WW2 Military Officers Brigadier Beret Northamptonshire Uniform Hat Badge (5512)
An Original WW2 Military British Army's Officers Beret Belonging To Brigadier R. An Officer Brevet With Bullion Brigadier Badge Stitched To The Front. Stamped Inside 7 1/8 Beret Industries Ltd 1948 Broad Arrow Stamp. Rim Stamped Z W Broad Arrow D G99. Condition: In Good Well Used Condition, Small Wear. Measurements: 7 1/8 General Size: Medium. Please See My Other Listings For The Other Hat/Uniforms Belonging To Brigadier R. HM the Queen escort is Robert George Melsome, after passing out from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Melsome was commissioned into the Northamptonshire Regiment as a second lieutenant on 4 February 1926, he was promoted to lieutenant three years later. On 30 January 1936 he was seconded to command a Cadet Company at Sandhurst, he was promoted to captain, remaining at Sandhurst. He continued his service into the Second World War, but was captured early in the war during the Battle of France and spent most of the war in German prisoner of war camps.
Despite his capture, he was promoted major on 4 February 1943. After the war he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his actions as a POW, the recommendation for the award describes how he was held at Oflag VI-B and Oflag VII-B where he worked on the escape committee and other organisations set up by the POWs, and between October 1942 and February 1945, a noted cricketer, he retired on 1 March 1961.