Super miniature medal group with some papers, photograph and other items to a Royal Marine Senior Non Commissioned Officer who gave an overall 48 years to the Corps. Famed for the now frowned upon practice of tossing the staff he was a leading personality of the 1930s and early 40s.
His obituary in the Globe and Laurel (Sept/Oct 1992), of which a copy comes with this lot, record Day being born in Deal, Kent 1904 and joining the RMLI in 1921. He was presented his BEM by King George VI at Buckingham Palace. He headed the band on many occasions including King George V’s Silver Jubilee and King George VI’s Coronation. His final major parade was leading the Victory March through Berlin, 21st July 1945.
On retirement he became a Doorkeeper at the House of Lords, becoming Principal Usher on Black Rod’s Staff until final retirement in 1969.
Court mounted the group consists – M.B.E. (Mili), B.E.M. (Mili), Defence medal, War Medal, Coronation Medal 1937, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
Comes with Original Central Chancery Warrant for the MBE to William Day MBE, BEM, photograph, cap badge (very rubbed, polished), Royal Marines lighter, boxed Royal Marines Football Medal 1931, 2 copies of The Globe and Laurel.
These fine miniatures are from a long held private collection in West Sussex and we are very pleased to bring them to market.