107076 Major John Helier LANDER, OBE, Royal Engineers

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  1. Old Git

    Old Git Harmless Curmudgeon

    Major John Helier Lander, (107076) OBE, RE

    Trying to find out anything I can about this chap. A civil Engineer before the war he apparently worked for London Underground before commissioned into RE. Served in Malta, Sicily and Italy, AFAIK.

    Want to know what became of him post war and if he has any descendants? Got his medal card from TNA which lists his OBE but so far that's about it. Anyone got a source for more? Googling him turns up a portrait painter who died in 1944, no idea if related or not.
  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    London Gazette : 5 Receber 1939
    The undermentioned to be 2nd Lts.: —
    14th Nov. 1939:—
    John Helier LANDER (107076).

    London Gazette : 28 June 1945
    The KING has been .graciously .pleased -to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy:—
    To be Additional Officers of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:—
    Major (temporary) John Helier LANDER (107076), Corps of Royal Engineers (London, S.W.I4).

    Recommendation for Award for Lander, John Helier Rank: Captain, Temporary Major ... | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 373/73/130
    Name Lander, John Helier
    Rank: Captain, Temporary Major
    Service No: 107076
    Regiment: DW Head Quarters AAI
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy
    Award: Order of British Empire
    Date of announcement in London Gazette: 28 June 1945

    "This Officer is a distinguished bridge designer in civil life..."
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  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    1911 Census, Chelsea:
    John, son of artist & portrait painter John [St.] Helier Lander; another son named as George Henry Lander
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    1944 John St. Helier Lander, father, Will; George Henry Collet Lander mentioned
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    1981, John Helier Lander, Probate
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  4. Old Git

    Old Git Harmless Curmudgeon

    Thanks for all that dbf, looks like he was descended from the portrait painter after all. The portrait painter was from St Helier in Jersey and added the St. to his professional name in honour of his birthplace and, presumably, because it gave him more gravitas. He did a good line in painting portraits of senior officers during WWI and post-war painted a lot of Royalty. His eldest son, also John Helier Lander, was in Malta when his dad died in February 1944 so I presume he got some home leave for funeral. He was posted to AFHQ in June 1944 where he earned his OBE.

    If he was 1 yo in 1911 then he must have just turned 70, or thereabout, when he died in 1980. Hell of a young age to die at. Now I need to track down his children. As he was 34 yo's in 1944, and had a previously distinguished career as a Civil Engineer, pre-war, I'd have to assume his children, or at least the first couple (if indeed he had children) were born early in the war, with maybe another one or two post-war.

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