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Commander James Leslie Harries Medal Set
Commander James Leslie Harries Medal Set

James Leslie Harries defused and removed German naval mines during and immediately after the Second World War.

Harries joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve after having been told he was too old for Royal Navy active service. After initially working on mines dropped in British waters, he commanded one of the "P-Parties" responsible for clearing mines, demolition charges, and booby traps from recently liberated ports in Northwest Europe and Germany. These medals testify to his service, and include the Order of the British Empire (left), the George Medal and Bar (second from left), and the United States Legion of Merit (right), all awarded for mine clearance work.

Medal Set, Commander James Leslie Harries
Tilston Memorial Collection of Canadian Military Medals
CWM 19880306-001

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Commander James Leslie Harries Medal Set
White Ensign, LCI(L) 250
Chaplain James Harold Graven's Pyx
Royal Canadian Navy Beach Commando Battle Dress Blouse
Canadian Blue Ensign
Medal Set, Dennis Thompson Forster, HMS Nabob
Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship Service Dress Jumper
Canadian Pacific Cap Badge and Cap Band
Merchant Navy Sweetheart Brooch
Merchant Navy War Service Badge, Somer Oscar James
Merchant Navy Uniform, Clovis Ira Bordeleau
Balaclava, Clovis Ira Bordeleau
Identity Bracelet, Robert Bush
Memorial Cross, Third Engineer Alfred Henry Perry, SS Fort Longueuil
David McMillan's Merchant Navy Uniform
Uniform, Rear Admiral Sturton Mathwin Davis
Ship's Crest, HMCS Porte de la Reine
HMCS Labrador's White Ensign
Uniform, Reverend Ernest Gordon Blair Foote
Sea Cadet Jumper
Uniform, Rear-Admiral Kenneth L. Dyer
Service Dress Jacket, Chief Petty Officer James Richard Ross
Denim Working Dress Uniform