Second World War Middle East, North Africa, Crete and Italy, Kenya Mau Mau Rebellion, and long service group awarded to Major M.E.J. Brewer, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, who was reported as missing in action at the fall of Crete in June 1941, but subsequently turned up, and went on to be commissioned in June 1942, serving as an Ordnance Executive Officer, he took part in the Italian campaign, and saw service post-war, being present in Kenya during the Mau Mau Rebellion which lasted from 21st October 1952 to 17th November 1956, he would have been present in Kenya at the very beginning of the operations as he relinquished his commission in June 1953.
1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Africa General Service Medal 1899-1956, clasp: Kenya; (MAJOR M.E.J. BREWER. R.A.O.C.); Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Eliz II, Fixed Regular Army Suspender; (733238 W.O.CL.2. M.E.J. BREWER. R.A.O.C.)
Maurice Ernest James Brewer initially saw service as a Staff Quartermaster Sergeant (No.733238) with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, and was present during the Second World War in the Middle East, North Africa, and then during the defence of Crete, being reported as missing in action on 2nd June 1941. He however subsequently turned up. Crete had fallen the day before on 1st June 1941, and clearly he had got lost from his unit during the chaos of the fall of Crete, but succeeded in being evacuated. Brewer was then commissioned from Staff Sergeant to Lieutenant (No.236320) and Ordnance Executive Officer 3rd Class on 5th June 1942, and saw further service in North Africa and then Italy, Brewer was promoted to War Substantive Captain and Ordnance Executive Officer 2nd Class on 5th June 1945, and having been granted a Short Service Commission, was promoted to Major on 21st July 1951. Brewer went on to see service in Kenya during the Mau Mau Rebellion which lasted from 21st October 1952 to 17th November 1956. Brewer was present in Kenya at the very beginning of the operations, as he relinquished his commission and was granted the honorary rank of Major on 1st June 1953. officials correction to service number on last,