1914-15 Star (Lieut., A.S.C.); B.W.M. & V.M. (Major). With full details. Gordon Harry Bowker Vessey was born in 1887 and in 1901 he was living at Cambria Villa, St. Peter Port, Guernsey; his father John was a soldier. In 1911 he was 24 and a confidential clerk working for the States of Guernsey - his father was now a diocesan lay reader and the family was living at 4 Cambridge Park, St. Peter Port, Guernsey. He was commissioned into the A.S.C. at the beginning of the war and left for France on 22/11/14; he was initially awarded the 1914 Star but this was cancelled as he did not disembark until 23/11/14. The Trio is confirmed as Lieut. A.S.C. and Major R.E. and his address was given as G.H.Q. British Armies in France and as 5 Clyde Street, London SW10. He was promoted to A./Lt-Col. R.E. on 4/12/16 and served as Asst. Director of Inland Water Transport. He was M.I.D. twice (L.G. 15/6/16 and 11/12/17) and was awarded the O.B.E. for services in Egypt (L.G. 3/6/19). He became Deputy Director of I.W.T. with the rank of Colonel on 15/5/19. He relinquished his commission as Lt-Col. on 14/11/19 but rejoined as a Lt-Col. in the Reserve of Officers on 1/7/21. He married, on 30/9/13, Stella Windsor, daughter of Thomas Windsor of Bangkok, Siam; and he died on 2/8/39 in Edgware, Middlesex, leaving £2,351. He was the author of several published musical compositions and performed as a singer/musician whilst living in Guernsey in his youth.
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Condition Near EF Item Code 1748