Medals from the Collection of David Lloyd

Date of Auction: 17th February 2021

Sold for £1,300

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

A Second War ‘Trawler service’ M.B.E. and Great War ‘Minesweeping’ D.S.M. group of seven awarded to Lieutenant George McDonald, Royal Naval Reserve

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Civil) Member’s 2nd type breast badge; Distinguished Service Medal, G.V.R. (D.A.202. G. McDonald. 2nd Hd. R.N.R. H.M. Tr. Hibernia II. Minesweeping. 1916.7); 1914-15 Star (202 D.A. G. McDonald, 2 Hd., R.N.R.); British War and Victory Medals (D.A. 202. G. McDonald. Skr. R.N.R.); Royal Naval Reserve Decoration, G.VI.R., 1st issue, the reverse officially dated ‘1937’; Royal Naval Reserve L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 2nd issue (86 W.S.C. G. McDonald. Skr. R.N.R.) mounted for display, nearly extremely fine (7) £800-£1,000


D.S.M. London Gazette 29 June 1917: ‘In recognition of services in Mine-sweeping operations between the 1st July, 1916 and the 31st March, 1917.’

Royal Naval Reserve Decoration London Gazette 6 May 1938: ‘Mr George McDonald, D.S.M., Chief Skipper.’

M.B.E. London Gazette 3 January 1945: ‘Lieutenant George McDonald, D.S.M., R.D., R.N.R. (Retd.), Skipper of a Steam Trawler.’

George McDonald was born at Hull, Yorkshire, on 23 February 1888, and enrolled into the Royal Naval Reserve as a 2nd Hand on 1 April 1912, then resident at Milford Haven, Wales. He was promoted to Skipper on 5 April 1918, received his R.N.R. L.S. & G.C. medal in July 1923, and was promoted to Chief Skipper on 5 April 1928.

Sold with an original investiture photograph of McDonald and his daughter having received his M.B.E., and a similar news cutting.