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Item: BSL - Bagnall-Wild Appts.
 

King George V and King Edward VIII Appoint Air Commodore Ralph Kirkby Bagnall-Wild
Companion of St. Michael & St. George & Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Signed by the Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, Governor General of Canada

 


Grant of CMG


Transmittal Letter

Grant of CBE


 
 
The Grant of a Dignity as Companion of the Order of St. Michael & St. George
 


George V Stamped Signature
with embossed motto: Auspicium melioris aevi :
Token of a better age

Paper over wax Seal of the Order of St. Michael & St. George

Autograph Signature of the 5th Marquis of Lansdowne, Chancellor of the Order of St. Michael & St. George
Governor General of Canada
Viceroy of India, Foreign Secretary,
Secretary of State for War and
Head of the House of Lords
 
 

Grant of a Dignity as Commander of the Order of the British Empire
 

George V Stamped Signature

motto: For God and the Empire
 

Edward VIII Stamped Signature


 


 

 

Historical Note

Air Commodore Ralph Kirby Bagnall-Wild, CMG, CBE

R. K. Bagnall-Wild began his aeronautical career in the nascent British Air Force in Jan of 1914 as an inspector of Engines in the Aeronautical Inspection Department. By November of 1915 he was the Chief Inspector. In June of 1918 he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the RAF and attached to the Ministry of Munitions, when he was awarded the Companion of St. Michael and St. George. In May of 1919, now acting Brigadier General Bagnall-Wild, was appointed the Director of Aeronautical Inspection for the RAF and in June made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. By 1921 Bagnall-Wild was the Director of Research for the RAF and in 1922 published Aircraft Steels and Materials (London, Constable, 1922, 212 pp) a very early account of Aircraft Steel Technology. Between 1919-1920 Brigadier-General R. K. Bagnall-Wild served as the Chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

This Extremely Fine set of documents includes a George V appointment as a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. This is personally signed by Lord Lansdowne on the second page as Chancellor of the Order. George V (stamped signature) also grants Bagnall-Wild the dignity of being a Commander of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire. Finally there is a transmission letter from the Chancery of the Order of the Order of Dt. Michael and Saint George, Downing Street which states:

Sir, The King having graciously pleased to appoint you to be a Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, and to present you with the appropriate Badge, I have the honour to transmit to you a Warrant under the Royal Sign Manual and the Seal of the Order, conveying to you the Grant of that Dignity - 3rd June 1918.

A Beautiful set of Royal Dignities awarded to an Air Commodore who was instrumental in the foundation of the Royal Air Force in World War I and served as the first Chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society. These are pristine copies with no folds or tears, an immaculate set.

Offered by Berryhill & Sturgeon, Ltd.

End of Item: BSL - Bagnall-Wild Appts.

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