THE MILITARY SALE Historically Important World Medals and Militaria Go Under the Hammer in London 6th November 2013 sees Baldwin’s and Dreweatts hold the second of their bi-annual Military Sales, comprising 320 lots of Medals, Militaria and Military ephemera. The sale will be held at Dreweatts Lo
and likeness being used on cigarette cards of the ‘South African Series’. Sold within frame including a silver award plaque, believed to be for shooting, date 1895, a quantity of original paper cuttings and letters written to his brother 1894-8, and some relevant research.
The Medals and Orders awarded to The Honourable Sir Edgar Cuthbert Fremantle Whitehead, KCMG OBE, having initially moved to Southern Rhodesia for medical reasons, he served as an Air Despatcher in West Africa during WWII, eventually reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, he entered political service as Acting High Commissioner for Southern Rhodesia in London for a short period in 1945-6 before returning to Salisbury (now Harare) to become Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia between 1958 and 1962, comprising: The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George, Knight Commanders 2nd Class neck badge and breast star (KCMG) in gold, silver-gilt and enamel, by Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company Ltd with original box, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Officer’s breast badge (OBE), GRI, Military Division, silver-gilt, with original box, Defence and War Medals, 1939-45, Coronation Medal, GVIR 1937, Coronation Medal, EIIR, 1953; group unnamed as issued, and mounted on bar with reverse pin for wear. Group toned extremely fine, KCMG itself immaculate practically as struck with slight wear to original box, a rare group awarded to a colonial head of state.
KCMG London Gazette 10.06.1954 - ‘For public services rendered in connection with the setting up of the Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland.
CMG London Gazette 01.01.1952
OBE London Gazette 01.01.1944
Edgar Cuthbert Fremantle Whitehead was born on the 8th of February, 1905, at the British Embassy in Berlin, the third son of the diplomat Sir James Beethom Whitehead KCMG. He attended Shrewsbury School and University College, Oxford, and was too young to serve in the Great War. Having suffered from a weak constitution, he moved to Southern Rhodesia in 1928 as a result of these health concerns, where he became involved with the local farming unions. He joined the Southern Rhodesia legislative assembly in 1939, but was this time called up to serve in WWII, being initially commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Army Service Corps on the 10th of May 1940. He later served as an Air Despatcher in West Africa, and very soon progressed in his career, eventually reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (temp) by the end of the war.
Following WWII, he served as Acting High Commissioner for Southern Rhodesia in London in 1945-6, before returning to Southern Rhodesia to take up the post of Minister of Finance and Posts & Telegraphs. He was posted to Washington DC to serve as Minister for Rhodesia & Nyasaland Affairs between 1957 and 1958, before again returning to Salisbury in 1958, having been selected as the compromise candidate for the United Federal Party leadership. In the subsequent elections he was successful, and became Prime Minister, and Minister for Native Affairs. He spent five years in office,