Incredible family group spanning the whole of the 20th Century including two World Wars. The father: Lieutenant Archibald Charles Mackay Edmonds, R.N., O.B.E. His son: Commander J. C. Edmonds, C.M.G., C.V.O. His wife: Armine Williams, W.R.N.S.
Incredible family group spanning the whole of the 20th Century including two World Wars.
The father: Lieutenant Archibald Charles Mackay Edmonds, R.N., O.B.E.
OBE (with military ribbon), 1914 Star, WWII Defence Medal, British War Medal 1939-45, King George V Silver Jubilee Medal 1935, King George Coronation Medal.
His son: Commander J. C. Edmonds, C.M.G., C.V.O.
A group of eight WWII and later medals. The Most Distinguished Order of St Micheal and St George, Companion (C.M.G.), silver-gilt and enamel in original Skink & Son box, Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.) no.1765 gilt and enamels, cased with ribbons, both with original certificates/ citations and a framed photograph signed by Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne, dated 1971; mounted France & Germany Star, 1939-45 Star. Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, British War Medal (x2), Malta Medal, plus miniatures. Included s correspondence with Lord Mountbatten of Burma, Ted Heath, David Owen, David Steel, and Theresa May.
After WWII John Edmonds became a diplomat whose career culminated in his appointment as head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Arms Control and Disarmament Department in the 1970s; he became leader of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty negotiations at Geneve, with personal rank of ambassador from 1978.
During WWII he saw action in the Norwegian Campaign in 1940 and served in the battleship Warspite in the battle of Cape Matapan in 1941. He then spent two years in Phoebe, overseeing the evacuation from Crete, before the cruiser was torpedoed off Tobruk and sent to New York to be repaired.
Edmonds joined the Foreign Office in September 1959 and was appointed desk officer for Yemen and Saudi Arabia. He was then successfully First Secretary in Tokyo (1960-62), Head of the International Section of the FO's Information Research Department (1963-67), and First Secretary and Head of Chancery in Ankara. He was appointed CVO in 1971 and CMG in 1978 (Telegraph News).
His wife: Armine Williams, W.R.N.S.
WWII trio: France & Germany Star, Defence Medal & 1939-45 Star.