Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame's Battle Dress Blouse with Medal Ribbons
Philip Neame is one of the Royal Engineers who was awarded a Victoria Cross whilst Serving in World War One. We have been trying to post about individuals from our collection that may not be as well known or written about, however today we found a battledress blouse belonging to Neame and having done a bit of research about him in order to identify the medal ribbons we didn’t want to waste it. Philip Neame came from a Kent Landowning family, related to the founders of Sheperd Neame Brewery. He was an adventurous man and having circulated with Royal Engineers, being from Kent, he joined the Corp in 1908. Neame won his VC at Ypres in 1914 for defending a trench against German attack and covering their retreat with his own bombs when the troops were unable to use their bombs. At the time, Royal Engineers received more training in how to make and light bombs than other corps. He was involved in numerous battles during World War One, including Neuve-Chapelle. After World War One he spent 12 years in India, During World War Two he was a Prisoner-of-War in Italy and escaped in 1943, remaining in the army till 1947. While the Neame’s Medals are at the Imperial War Museum the medal ribbons that we identified on the Battle Dress Blouse today included: Victoria Cross, Order of the British Empire (military), Order of the Bath, Distinguished Service Order, Venerable of St John, 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal 1914-18, Allied Victory Medal, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, George V Jubilee 1935, George VI Coronation 1937, Elizabeth II Coronation 1953, Legion d’Honneur, Croix de Guerre (France), Croix de Guerre (Belgium), Order of the White Lion of Czechoslovakia. He also won a Gold Medal in the 1924 Paris Olympics for shooting.