WW2 British Arnhem PoW's Medal Group to 6977845 Pte Joseph O'Donnell. Pte O'Donnell was a pre war regular soldier who joined up in 1934 at the age of 18. He joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers/Royal Irish Fusiliers seeing service in Palestine, Malaya and India with his Regt. In January 1942 he joined the Army Air Corps in India serving with 151/156 Batl Parachute Regt. In Sept 1942 he transfered to the Royal Signals (Airborne) He took part in OP Market-Garden arriving on the second day. He was taken prisoner on Sept 20th and was freed on 23/4/45. He continued to serve in the reserves until 15/4/48. The following day he rejoined the Army and served with 18th Battl Parachute Regt and later with the Royal Engineers. The group consists of: 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal and War Medal all complete with original ribbons and mounted on a bar: Regular Army Certificate of Service in original envolope: both his wartime and post war AB64 Paybooks: hand made leather wallet possibly obtained in India with tooled Parachute Regt cap badge to front along with his initials, this also contains his post war ID card: Parachute Regt Old Comrades Association Lifetime membership card no2080 along with two Kings Crown Parachute regt lapel badges: Soldiers Release Book Class "A": Stick Commanders' Duties book: 12 photos with pre war, wartime and post war service, which include him wearing his medals, one shows him with others members of his unit with Monty: Programme from 1958 re presentation of new 18th Bn Colours: Field medical card from 21/7/60 while serving with 131 RE, 301 Sqdn due to twisted ankle while parachuting: a selection of post war TA 18th batl training exercise instructions, some marked "Secret": Rifle/SMG Cleaning kit in tin: Brass Morse Code key with plaque in his name "J. O'Donnell, BEM": a selection of four 1960s Practical Wireless magazines: Roman Catholic Prayer book with Crucifix in black leather pouch: private purchase shaving kit in black leather pouch.
Medals are in good condition.