A Chinese Medal of the Royal Household Office to V. B. Glover; Maritime Customs in Shanghai
Group of Eight, Gunner V. B. Glover, Royal Artillery, later of the Chinese Maritime Customs in Shanghai, China: British War Medal (352107 GNR. V. B. GLOVER. R.A.); Victory Medal (352107 GNR. V. B. GLOVER. R.A.); 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star with silver rosette clasp; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; War Medal 1939-1945: and Territorial Efficiency Medal (352107 GNR. V. B. GLOVER. R.A.). Naming is officially impressed on the First World War pair and the TEM, the others four medals are un-named. Un-mounted, original ribbons, dark patinas on the BWM and TEM, gilt wear on the VM, the four Second World War medals in their boxes of issue, near extremely fine. Accompanied by the China: Medal of the Royal Household Office, Cased (silver with white, red, light green, dark green, yellow, blue and black enamels, 44.5 mm x 59.3 mm, replacement ribbon, intact enamels, extremely fine, in its wooden-framed case of issue, recessed medal bed, newspaper article taped on the inside lid, scuffed and soiled exterior, case fine); a Miniature Group: 1914 Star, 1 Clasp - 5th AUG. - 22nd NOV. 1914 (bronze, 19.2 mm x 20.7 mm); British War Medal (silver, 17.8 mm); Victory Medal (bronze, 18 mm); 1939-1945 Star (bronze, 17 mm x 19.5 mm); France and Germany Star with silver rosette clasp (bronze, 17 mm x 19.5 mm); Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp (silver, 17.8 mm); War Medal 1939-1945 (silver, 18 mm); and Efficiency Medal with Canada Scroll, George VI (silver, 16 mm x 26 mm), mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, replacement ribbons, two of the silver medals with dark patinas; along with three Three-Ribbon Ribbon Bars. Footnote: V. B. Glover was a member of the Chinese Maritime Customs in Shanghai, China and is on record as having been aboard the Empress of Asia, commanded by A.V. R. Lovegrove, which began a Pacific Ocean crossing upon sailing from Vancouver on March 24, 1934. The ship carried 200 passengers in all classes, along with a full cargo of Canadian products destined for various ports in the Far East. The newspaper article taped on the inside lid of the Medal of the Royal Household Office case documents his rescuing of a Chinese man from drowning: "Many Southamptonians will be interested to hear that at Shanghai recently Mr. V. B. Glover, an engineer of the Customs revenue cruiser Luihsing, was presented with a testimonial from the Royal Humane Society for gallantry in saving a Chinese sailor from drowning in the Whangpoo, where the currents are extremely strong and dangerous. Mr. Glover has many friends in Southampton, being the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Glover, of Cranbury-avenue, and a brother of Mr. C. W. Glover, Commodore-Engineer of the Chinese Government Steamship Administration. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Day and Summers, and, after being demobilised from the Army, went East with his brother. Like his brother, he is an excellent rifle shot, having won a number of competitions in Shanghai, and he plays centre-forward for the Shanghai Football Club."