A well documented group of six to Captain Alfred J Brightwell, W Yorkshire Regiment.
Order of the British Empire, Officers breast badge (Civil) in Royal Mint case of issue, Military Cross GV in case of issue, 1914-15 Star, (3-10300 Sjt A.J.Brightwell, W.York:R.); British War Medal 1914-1920 and Victory Medal 1914-1919, (Capt. A.J.Brightwell.); Defence Medal 1939-1945, un-named as issued. (6)
M.C. LG 3 June 1919. Recorded in the Gazette, issue 31370, 30 May 1919:-
The Gazette, www.thegazette.co.uk.
O.B.E. 1 January 1949. Recorded in the Gazette, issue 38493, 31 December 1948:-
The Gazette, www.thegazette.co.uk
Alfred John Brightwell was born in Burton on 17th December 1885 to John and Alice Brightwell.
He joined the Newcastle Savings Bank in 1914 but on the outbreak of war joined the West Yorkshire Regiment and served with them in the Balkans landing on 11th July 1915. Commissioned on 26th April 1917 he went on to service in Frnace & Flanders and was awarded the Military Cross.
He returned to the Newcastle Savings Bank and although he worked in other trustee savings banks, finally retired as Chief Actuary after serving six months short of 50 years.
Awarded the OBE after 35 years service in the bank, he received a letter congratulationg him from the then Chancellor of the Excgequer Sir Stafford Cripps, the original letter is included in the lot together with the items listed below.
Alfred John Brightwell OBE MC dies on 23rd July 1966.
- Original warrant for the OBE
- Covering letter for warrant from Central Chancery
- Original recipt for limousine hire to attend investiture!
- Various newspaper cuttings, one confirming his Home Guard service.
- Numerous photographs including one on investiture day for the OBE
- Birth and Death certificates
Some small edge nicks on BWM and one edge bruise to reverse of this, otherwise NEF.