MBE. Military, Lieutenant Harry Rogers, R.N.R.
Type II. military, extremely fine condition, in case of issue, ROYAL MINT maker mark, with "Instruction as to Wearing Insignia" card, in original protective shipping carton, stamped M.B.E. MILY., one small dent on top, extremely fine. Also included a copy from the London Gazette documenting his Military MBE (July 11, 1944, Temporary Lieutenant Harry Rogers, R.N.R.); two original warrants for the MBE (dated July 11, 1944) and Appointment as "Temporary Sub-Lieutenant" from the Admiralty (dated September 16, 1940); a letter from the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood, St. James's Palace noting that the warrant for the MBE was being sent under separate cover; a letter from Buckingham Palace congratulating him, with a George R.I. stamp; a congratulatory letter from the Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty (dated October 16, 1944); a copy of a letter from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Station, Allied Force Headquarters, Algiers, with recommendations for awards "to officers and ratings who showed outstanding courage and resourcefulness during and after the heavy air attack on the port of Bari during the night 2nd/3rd December, 1943."; eleven pages of copies from The National Archives; a list accompanying the original group of medals (not included with the MBE) indicating he was the recipient of the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star with France and Germany clasp, the Africa Star with North Africa 1942-43 clasp, the Italy Star and the War Medal 1939-45 and other research papers. Original documents are well aged, in fine condition. Footnote: Temporary Lieutenant Harry Rogers was on Naval Staff at the Port of Bari in December 1943, when a surprise low-level attack at dawn by twenty to thirty German bombers on the Allied base at Bari sank 17 supply ships and caused about 1,000 casualties. Lack of overall air defence and one ship, the US Liberty ship John Harvey carrying a secret cargo of WWI type mustard bombs, in case Germany resorted to chemical warfare, was compromised, contributing heavily to the casualty list. Rogers is cited in a congratulatory letter from the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty: "Member of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire for courage, leadership and resource shown in towing a damaged and deserted cased-petrol ship clear of the fires which had broken out after a heavy enemy air raid on the Port of Bari on the night of 2nd/3rd December 1943.", dated October 16, 1944. In the Recommendation for Decoration or Mention in Despatches, dated March 12, 1944, it is noted that the cased-petrol ship "Christa, which was very gallantly and skillfully towed clear by the Italian tug Capidistra, manned by a British Naval crew under the command of Lieutenant Rodgers (sic), R.N.R." Rogers was very worthy of this prestigious award.