BONHAMS TO SELL COLLECTION OF THE MOST DECORATED ROYAL NAVY RESERVE OFFICER OF ALL TIME

. July 25, 2007

Bonhams will be selling a Collection of Royal Navy items belonging to the late Reserve Officer, Commander Norman Morley DSC listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most decorated Reserve Officer of all time.

The collection includes an 1827 pattern Naval Officer’s Sword, the commander’s shoulder boards and his medals containing for instance the DSC three bars, a Victory of 39-45 Star, an Atlantic and Italy Star and a 39-45 War Medal. The collection is being sold on August 7 at Bonhams in Oxford, and is expected to fetch £1,000-1,500.

More than a decade after Commander Norman Morley’s death, this marvelous collection recalls accurately the extraordinary life of a man whose achievements over 30 years of service in the British Navy are unequalled.

In 1916 Norman Morley joined the Royal Naval Reserve as a Midshipman before becoming a Sub-Lieutenant in 1919 when he was awarded his first Service Cross for taking part in the raid on Kronstadt in the Baltic.

It was however during World War II that Morley won his bars to the DSC. From 1939 onwards he took part in the landings at Sicily and Saleno where he won his first bar. He eventually was awarded his second and third bars after the landing in Southern France in 1944, the Allies’ crucial and decisive year of the war, and in 1945 for clearing the harbors of Patras and Itea in Greece.

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