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Commander Joseph Mansergh Palmer RN (1912-1999)

Born: 1912 and died 1999.

Son of Vice Admiral Alexander Robinson Palmer (1879-19??) and Charlotte Helen Burke.

Brother of Shiela De Quincey (nee Palmer).

Joseph married Barbara Jean ??? (1925-1913).

Joseph and Barbara had one son named ?????

I remember meeting Joe Palmer and his wife and son back in the early 1980s.  They had been previously living over in Kent but had sold up and moved to Dorset where they could get more for their money.

I remember Joe was a person full of life.  He was just finishing writing a book about Dartmoor Ponies.  I remember him telling me that it was great writing a book but it was difficult to sell many copies.  You really needed to be a movie star or a politician before you would develope a brandname to help your books sell.

Note from Hampshire Telegraph newspaper 18 August 1939.
Bermuda Wedding.  The marriage will take place in Bermuda in November between Lt JM Palmer RN of HMS Dundee, only sone of Vice-Adm and Mrs Palmer, South Mundham, near Colchester, and Daphane (Joy), only daughter of Mr and Mrs John Bluck, Bewdley, Pembroke, Bermuda.

It would appear that this marriage to Joy was cancelled and Joe later married Barbara Jean.

Books by Joe Palmer

1957 Sammy the story of a Red Squirrel. By Joseph and Jean Palmer.
1964 Sunda Passage.
1975 Jane's Dictionary of Naval Terms.
1990 The Dartmoor Pony: A History of the Breed.  

In 2022 his medals were sold at auction presumably by his son.  The description reads as follows:

A Second World War and later group comprising 1939-45 and Atlantic Stars, War Medal with Mentioned in Despatches Oak leaf, all unnmaed as issued, Korea medal named to 'CDR J.M. Palmer R.N.' United Nations Korea Medal and Naval General Service Medal 1909-1962 with Near East clasp named to CDR J.M. Palmer R.N.' Mounted court style as worn, with accompanying miniatures and two sets of ribbon bars.
With Commander Palmer's sword and scabbard by Matthew's and Company of Portsmout, with a 79cm decorated blade marked 'Matthews Portsea' with gilt guard, fishskin grip and sword knot, engraved J.M. PALMER R.N. to the folding catch, with scabbard and leather travelling cover with a paper label 'Commander J.M. Palmer C.N.I. Dept Admiralty. London' and crossed out 'c/o Flag Officer Malayan Area, Singapore''.
Also with folding pocket knife with spike and 7.5cm blade marked 'J.M. Palmer', Junior Car Club medal from Brooklands Rally 1935 to J.M.Palmer (Singer), government issue whistle with chain and identity tag Lieutenant J.M. Palmer Royal Navy C of E', an 'Arctic Convoy Veternas 1941-45' Plaque presented to J.M. Palmer (Capt) 1945-46 H.M.S. Zambesi' with a label to the reverse 'Presented to Commander J.M. Palmer as a token of our regard for the Skipper of a Happy Ship. From the remaining Ship's Company At Hawkchurch Devon 31st October '92', and an unrelated pair of First World War miniatures.
Joseph Mansergh Palmer (1912-1999) joined the Navy as a Cadet on the 1st of September 1929, he was appointed Lieutenant on the 1st April 1934, Lt Commander from 1st April 1942 and Commander from the 31st Decemebr 1946. During the Second World War he commanded three ships HMS Aldenham an Escort Destroyer from 18th November 1941-23rd March 1942, HMS Eglinton a similar vessel from 16th May 1942 until and 21st February 1944 and HMS Zambesi a Destroyer from the 10th March 1945 until late 1946. He retired on the 26th April 1962. He was awarded his Mention for 'action with E Boats in Nore area' in February 1944.
Joseph Palmer is illustrated, when a Lieutenant Commander in a group photograph, plate 39, page 238, in 'Last Convoy of SS. Henry Bacon, by Foxvog and Alotta from 2001. This volume charts the last journey of one of the 'Liberty Ships' or freighter on its last journey. Palmer is seen amongst a group of 'Commanding officers of the Second Destroyer Flotilla 1946'.
For the set of six Victorian and Later medals to his Father see the proceeding lot.
Sold by a direct descendant of the recipient.

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