Naval General Service Medal, EIIR, bar Near East, L/F 933173 M.J. Gartside, Engineering Mechanic (Air) 1st Class, Royal Navy.
Scarce award to the Air section of the Royal Navy for the Suez Crisis.
Officially impressed: “L/F. 933173 M. J. Gartside. E.M, (Air) 1. R.N.”
A scarce award to an Air Engineering Mechanic for Operation Musketeer during 1956, where the Joint Experimental Helicopter Unit of the Fleet Air Arm took Helicopters into action to make history in the very first “Heliborne” assault which flew in the Royal Marine Commandos.
Other Naval Air Squadrons were present on the ships manning Hawker Sea Hawks, de Havilland Sea Venoms, Westland Wyverns, and Douglas Sky Raiders