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1914 Star And Bar Trio To The Royal Marines With Photo And Badges 1914 star and original bar trio CH16458 CPL W E BROCKMAN R M BRIGADE Together with large group photo , home fleet regatta 1913 Royal Marines challenge cup winners HMS Indomitable, Brockman is Identified and clearly visible, also with numbered old contemptibles badge and a 1914/1918 limbless ex-servicemens badge William Ernest Brockman from Lower Halstow near Sittingbourne in Kent enlisted into the Royal Marines in 1909, he was sev wounded at Gallipoli in November 1915 , receiving a bullet wound to the left tibia and was invalided out of the service in march 1916 , His full service papers are available on-line Medals are with original ribbons and in EF condition
1914 Star trio to The 8th Royal Scots, Shot His Own Finger Off 1914 star trio 997 PTE J MOTHERWELL 8 / R SCOTS In a diary kept by the chaplain of the 8th Royal Scots the following is recorded " Tuesday 9th February 1915. In the forenoon I walked down to the 22nd field ambulance at Sailly and took the deposition for Col Sergt Pitcher Orderley Room Clerk,of Pte Motherwell who shot off his own finger about 3 weeks ago but is getting on well.It was the usual explanation. He had emptied his rifle in the trenches to clean it and while he was away at tea someone had loaded it and left it as " Medal with original ribbons and in GVF condition
1914 Trio To a Wilts Regiment / Gas Coy RE Casualty 1914 star 3-9130 PTE O G PENNY 2 / WILTS R . British war and victory medals, 9130 A CPL O G PENNY WILTS R Oliver George Penny from Warminster in Wilts transferred from the Wiltshire regiment to the 4th bn Special Brigade Royal Engineers and served with them as a pioneer, he was killed in action on the 27th of June 1916 ,He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. A scarce casualty group to a Gas Company Royal Engineers man Medal with original ribbons and in NEF condition
1914/15 Star And British War Medal To The Canadian Scottish KIA 1914/15 Star and British War Medal 29396 PTE T WAUGH 16/ CAN INF Pte Waugh was killed in action on the 23rd of April 1915, he has no know grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial Ypres The attack at Kitcheners Wood 22 / 23rd of April 1915 Colonel Leckie the CO of the 16th Battalion ( Canadian Scottish ) had no opportunity to influence the planning of the counterattack. On arrival at brigade headquarters he was told that his task was no longer “to check the German advance” but to “support closely the 10th Bn. and attack the enemy so as to clear the wood northwest of St. Julien.” Leckie was given an extra hour to brief his men when the attack was postponed to 11:30 p.m. They “formed up in the moonlight about 1,000 yards from the enemy… four lines, single rank.” Canon Frederick Scott, the irrepressible padre, appeared shaking hands and murmuring, “A great day for Canada boys! A great day…” The advance began at 11:45. The 10th Bn. War Diary records that “the only sound was the quiet tramp of feet and “the knock of bayonet sheaths against thighs.” Then a hedge was expectantly encountered and the noise of breaking through brought a hail of bullets. After a “momentary pause” the lead companies raced forward clearing an enemy trench and pressing into the wood. The 16th Bn. was close behind, but as it passed through the hedge flares illuminated the scene. “We then doubled and when flares went up lay down.” After charging the woods the enemy fled. “Many were bayoneted, others surrendered… men were cautioned about dealing harshly with prisoners.” The Canadians cleared the woods, advanced to the north edge and established a line a few hundred yards forward. More than half the officers and men of the 10th Bn. had fallen, including Boyle. Leckie, as senior officer, tried to co-ordinate the defence of the wood by reorganizing what was left of two battalions that had fragmented into small, often intermingled groups. Leckie sent messages to Turner, requesting reinforcements and horses to remove the four guns abandoned by a British battery in the initial German advance. There was no response and as dawn approached it became evident that the French attack had been cancelled or failed. The enemy continued to hold Oblong Farm, the northwest corner of the wood and a strong position on the southwest edge. Leckie, after consultations with the surviving officers, ordered a withdrawal to the south side of the wood where they occupied and extended the original German trench, holding on for 24 hours until relieved. Those who experienced the midnight charge and those who have examined it years later have struggled to make sense of an event that ended with 259 men killed, 406 wounded and 129 missing. The title of Daniel Dancocks’ book on the 10th Battalion, Gallant Canadians, evokes the theme of courage and determination. Andrew Iarocci, who has published the most detailed account of the Canadian actions at Second Ypres, believes that “an immediate counterattack, cloaked by darkness,” was the proper response to the situation whether the French attacked or not. The “principles of active defense,” he writes, “dictated that lost ground must be recaptured as soon as possible. Speed was essential to delay the enemy the opportunity to consolidate.” Iarocci insists that the attack, “although very costly… initially succeeded in driving the German forces from the woods, delaying further German offensive action west of St. Julien. He quotes Leckie’s comment “we gave them an ungodly scare, and checked their advance.” George Cassar’s book, Hell in Flanders Fields, argues that the surprise night attack was an “eminently feasible operation” ruined by “deplorable planning and execution.” It would be difficult to defend the planning of the attack, but given the haste at which the operation was mounted, the lack of artillery support and the failure of the French army it is impossible for me to criticize the men who executed the attack. The reality is that the British and thus the Canadian Army was ill-prepared for the kind of siege warfare that had emerged on the Western Front. Neither an appropriate doctrine nor the weaponry and logistics were yet available The British War Medal has a slight bend in the suspender, otherwise the medals are in VF condition
1914/15 Star To RN, KIA At The Battle Of Coronel 1914/15 star to 159703 C E S STEER AB RN Charles Ernest Samuel Steer from Ellacombe Torquay was KIA aboard Hms Monmouth at the battle of coronel on the 1st of November 1914 , he is entitled to a China medal and an LSGC, his rank on the cwgc is shown as able seaman ( leading boatman coastguard) Medal with original ribbon and in GVF condition
1914/15 Trio and Japanese Order Of The Sacred Treasure To The Royal Marines 1914/15 trio PLY/9809 PTE S WILSON RMLI Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure 8th class, unnamed together with original award certificate for the Japanese order , the reason for the award is unknown to me but a rare medal to a Royal marine
1914/15 Trio And Memorial Plaque To The Durham Light Infantry 1914/15 trio 21621 PTE C CAMERON DURH L I Memorial Plaque CHARLES CAMERON Charles Cameron was born in Broxburn Midlothian and resided in Newcastle, he served with the 20th battalion Durham Light Infantry and was wounded on the 11th of July 1916 with a bullet wound to the elbow, He was later killed in action on the 6th of June 1917 A full set of service papers for Charles Cameron is available on-line Medals are in GVF condition
1914/15 Trio And Memorial Plaque To The East Surrey Regiment 1914/15 trio 10112 PTE C H HUCKLEBRIDGE E SUR R Memorial Plaque CHARLES HENRY HUCKLEBRIDGE Charles Henry Hucklebridge was born and enlisted in Bath Somerset, he served in WW1 with the !st battalion East Surrey Regiment and was killed in action on the 29th of July 1916, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Somme
1914/15 Trio And Memorial Plaque To The NZEF 1914/15 trio 8/2467 SJT A ROSS NZEF Memorial Plaque ANDREW ROSS Andrew Ross from Kirkintilloch Scotland was killed in action on the 29th of July 1916 at Armentieres France, he is buried in the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery France
1914/15 Trio And Memorial Plaque To The Royal Navy 1914/15 trio K25378 W HUGHES STO 2 RN on star , K25378 W HUGHES PO 1 RN on pair Memorial Plaque WILLIAM HUGHES William Hughes was aged 19 and from Wrexham, he was killed in action aboard HMS Flirt during the Battle of the Dover Straits on the 26th of October 1916. The Battle of Dover Strait occurred on 26–27 October 1916 . Two and a half flotillas of German torpedo boats from the Flanders Flotilla launched a raid into the Dover Strait in an attempt to disrupt the Dover Barrage and destroy whatever Allied shipping could be found in the strait. Upon approaching the barrage, the German torpedo boats were challenged by the British destroyer HMS Flirt and an engagement broke out. The Germans were able to destroy Flirt and successfully assault the barrage′s drifters, but were once more engaged when a flotilla of British destroyers was sent to repel them. The Germans were able to fight off the additional British units before successfully withdrawing. By the end of the night, the British had lost one destroyer, a transport, and several drifters while the Germans themselves suffered only minor damage to a single torpedo boat. Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition
1914/15 Trio And Plaque To HMS Tipperary, KIA Jutland 1914/15 trio SS113792 P THACKERAY STO 1 RN Memorial Plaque PERCY THACKERAY Together with 3 original postcard size photos in uniform, and a metal Jutland medallion in box which has written in pen " Percy Thackeray medals , ( Auntie Annies husband) he was killed at the Battle of Jutland, also with boxes of issue for the trio which are marked Auntie Annies first husband killed at the Battle of Jutland Percy Thackeray a 24 year old stoker from Sheffield was killed in action aboard HMS Tipperary at the Battle of Jutland , 31st May/1st June 1916 HMS Tipperary was the Flotilla Leader for the 4th Destroyer Flotilla in support of the Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland. The flotilla was engaged in torpedo attacks against the German High Seas Fleet during the night of the 31st May/1st June, with several of the Destroyers being sunk or badly damaged. Tipperary was sunk on 1st June by the guns of the battleship SMS Westfalen with the loss of 185 of her crew of 197 A scarce complete group to one of the smaller ships sunk at Jutland Medals with original ribbons and in EF condition
1914/15 Trio And RFR Lsgc To a Seaman Wounded At Ostend And served Q Ships 1914/15 trio J11393 W C HILLS AB RN RFR Lsgc ( Geo V ) J11393 ( CH.B.15624) W C HILLS AB RFR William Charles Hills was born in Gravesend in Kent in 1895 , he joined the navy in 1913 and served in various ships including from september 1916 to december 1917 on Hms Viola , otherwise know as the q ship Q14 , he also served on Hms Warwick from march to june 1918 and would have served on board when his ship took part in the Zeebrugge raid . He was still on board and was wounded when the Warwick hit a mine during the Ostend raid May 1918, his full service papers are available on-line Medals are unmounted with original ribbons and are in NEF condition
1914/15 trio To a Lieut In The 17th Manch Regt Taken POW On The Somme 1914/15 trio LIEUT L B HUMPHREYS MANCH R on star, Lieut on pair Lieut Leslie Brian Humphreys served with the 17th pals battalion of the Manchester Regiment and was wounded and taken POW at Trones Wood on the Somme , 9th of July 1916 , the following is an account of the action and his POW report Humphries L B The 17th Battalion had successfully attacked and held Montauban on 1st July 1916. After significant losses the under strength 2nd Manchester Pals were called back to action at Trones Wood. The assault was initially successful, with most Germans being cleared from the wood. In the face of a hurricane bombardment, communication became difficult in the dense vegetation and continuing losses meant that the depleted force withdrew at 3pm. The order to retire did not reach some of the scattered groups of defenders from A and B Company and approximately forty men were killed or captured. Some tried to escape back to Bernafay Wood and they were all killed, leaving only Sergeant Bingham to return from the northern part of the wood; and he was wounded. This is a first-hand account of a group of B Company, who were left behind on the north west edge of the Wood. Lieutenant Humphreys made repeated attempts to communicate with HQ, but no messages came back. The Germans continued a violent bombardment of the Manchesters. They then stopped the artillery fire (approx. 4.45pm) and their infantry closed in on the isolated pockets of defenders, who were unaware that the bulk of the wood was then in German hands. The Germans infiltrated without the Manchesters having any knowledge and Lieutenant Humphreys clearly found that resistance would promptly lead to the death of his detachment. He surrendered to the Germans and his group became prisoners of war. Statement regarding the circumstances which led to capture:- Date of Capture 9th July 1916 at Trones Wood, near Guillemont. Wounded. B Company, 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment. 90 Bgd, 30 Div. Repatriated to England 22nd January 1919. Address Merle Bank, Hale, Cheshire. At 6.0 am on 9/7/16 the battalion attacked Trones Wood & captured the whole of it. During the attack my company had become rather scattered & I spent some time trying to collect them. At 10.0 am I reported at Batt HQ for orders & was told that B & D Coys would hold the NE edge of the wood, with A & C on the NW edge. Having heard that the bulk of what remained of “B Coy” (which started 98 strong) were at that time at the NW edge, I proceeded there & found that the only men there were 20 men of A Coy & 20 men of B Coy, with a trench in of them still occupied by the enemy. I therefore ordered my own men to remain where they were, at any rate till some reinforcement arrived & at once sent runners to Batt HQ to inform them of the position. At 2.0pm, having received no communication from HQ, I despatched an officer & after waiting another hour without result, a second to HQ. At that time I was with a party of about 10 men, separated from the rest by a wide, deep communication trench & about fifteen yards of undergrowth, making it practically impossible to keep in touch without going round by a circuit across country. At 3.45 pm, the artillery fire which has all day been violent ceased, & shortly afterwards I heard enemy shouting close behind me in the wood, into which they appeared to have penetrated without opposition. We at once stood to & discerned that in spite of the sentries keeping a good look out to both front & rear, the enemy had crept to within 10 yards under cover of the undergrowth & were keeping up a fusillade of rifle fire at the top of the trench followed by bombs dropped into the trench. We returned his fire, but found it difficult to raise our heads above the parapet. They now pressed on our exposed flank, & it became evident that we could not hold on there, while at the same time the enemy were still holding a trench in rear making it impossible to get back. I also did not know what was happening to the men on our right. Under the circumstances I considered that the only course open was to surrender. On arriving behind enemy lines, I was joined by about another 30 men of the battalion, who had been captured attempting to get back. I have since heard that the rest of the battalion retired at about 2.0 pm, but apparently the runners sent up to me were killed on the way. L B Humpreys Lt 17th Manchester Regt.” A War Office letter of 7th May 1919 provides confirmation that Leslie Humphreys had fulfilled his duty “…his statement regarding the circumstances of his capture…the Council considers that no blame attached to him…” Leslie had written to his parents on 20th July 19161 providing a little more detail on events:- “…We got to the starting place and managed to get about a hundred yards without being spotted; as soon as they saw us their artillery got going, also a machine gun. We went on…without losing very heavily. There was a little hand to hand fighting, and then we cleared the wood…I got detached from the Company B with a few other men and was unable to find the rest…All this time being very heavily shelled. I eventually found 30 of the Coy. Dug in at the edge of the wood…We had with us in addition, about twenty of “A” Coy. After about four hours…we heard firing from the wood behind us…Just then a bomb came and landed on Grigg Lieutenant Malcolm Howard Grigg…The enemy was quite close all around so we had no choice…We were taken behind their line.” Medals are in GVF condition with original ribbons
1914/15 trio To a Submariner With Silver Wound Badge 1914/15 trio to K2211 A G TOMLINSON STO1 RN with silver wound badge numbered RN4351 Albert George Tomlinson from Stepney London joined the RN in 1909 and served in various ships until may 1915 when he joined the submarine service, serving in Hms Dolphin, Hms Maidstone and Hms Titania before being injured in an accident at Wallsend shipyard in early March 1916, he was invalided out of the service in December 1916 ,his service papers are available on-line Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition silver wound badge has a solder repair to the catch
1914/15 trio To An Officer In The KOSB, Entitled To CMG And DSO 1914/15 Trio MAJOR G S D FORBES CMG DSO K O SCO BORD on star MAJOR G S D FORBES on pair Major Gordon Stewart Drummond Forbes 7th KOSB, son of General Sir John Forbes GCB and Lady Forbes of Inverarnon Aberdeenshire , died of wounds in France on the 21st of July 1915 . He served throughout the Matabeleland campaign of 1896 on Colonel Plumer's staff, then on Colonel Spreckley's staff at the Battle of Umyussa .During the Boer War he served with Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry and was awarded the DSO for gallantry at Spion Kop on the 24th of January 1900 , he was awarded the CMG in 1910 as a member of the Legislative Council Rhodesia Together with an original postcard sized photo of Major Forbes in uniform Major Forbes earlier medals, DSO, BSA medal, QSA , KSA were sold in Spinks in the 1990's Victory medal has been cleaned on the edge with a lightly abrasive material that has lifted the medal varnish but the naming is perfectly ok, slight edge knock to the victory medal, otherwise medals are in NEF condition
1914/15 Trio to The 9th ( Highland) Bn The Royal Scots KIA 1914/15 trio to 350884 PTE R W TAYLOR R SCOTS Robert Watt Taylor was born and enlisted in Edinburgh he served with the 9th ( highland) battalion the royal Scots and was killed in action on the 9th of April 1917, the first day of the Battle of Arras Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition
1914/15 Trio To The Royal Navy Taken POW 1914/15 trio K10467 C H WHITE STO1 RN Charles Henry White from Bermondsey London joined the Royal Navy as a 20 year old in 1911, he served on various ships and was taken prisoner of war when HMS Maori was sunk on the 7th of May 1915, he was held in a POW camp in Cellelanger Germany until the armistice Hms Maori,an F class destroyer, Lt-Cdr or Cdr Benjamin Barrow, with sister ship Crusader (Lt-Cdr Maxwell) was reconnoitring the Belgian coast between Hayst and Blankenberge, and laying marks in preparation for a shoot by the battleship Venerable. Conditions at the time were misty. At 1515 steaming South East at 18 knots in low water, Maori was mined under the starboard quarter,she was later believed hit by German shore-fire and sank around 1600, 2 miles NW of Weilingen near Zeebrugge . The crew got away in their boats, Crusader lowered a boat but retired because of the intense shore fire, and left her boat behind; no lives were lost in Maori, 7 officers and 87 ratings reached shore to become POW's, Crusader's boat crew were also taken prisoner Medals with original tatty shortened ribbons with contact marks and in NVF condition
1914/15 Trio To The Royal Scots, Wounded Gallipoli , Later Tank Corps 1914/15 trio 1864 PTE T C WATSON R SCOTS The Scotsman newspaper confirms pte Watson as being wounded in Gallipoli in May 1915, his medal index card confirms he later served as 95600 L/cpl in the Tank Corps
1914/15 Trio With MID To a Captain In The S Lancs Regt 1914/15 Trio 2/LIEUT W P S TRUMAN S LANC R ( CAPT on pair ) with original MID oakleaf on Victory Medal ribbon Medals mounted as originally worn on tatty ribbons and in VF condition
1914/15 trio, Memorial Plaque And Memorial Scroll To An RAF Officer DOW 1914/15 Trio 305 CPL W DIXON ASC on star 2/LIEUT W DIXON RAF on pair Memorial Plaque WILLIAM DIXON Memorial Scroll 2/LIEUT WILLIAM DIXON SEAFORTH HIGHRS ATT 25TH SQN ROYAL AIR FORCE 2/ Lieut William Dixon was wounded in action on the 8th of June 1918 whilst acting as an observer in a 25 squadron patrol, he died of his wounds on the 28th of June 1918 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery France, He was 23 years of age and a native of Birmingham . One month earlier , on the 8th of May , whilst on a patrol in a DH4 piloted by Lieut Pugh MC their aircraft encountered six enemy aircraft , they shot down one, possibly two, as the following combat report describes " on crossing into enemy territory towards Thorout , six enemy machines were observed flying in pairs. Owing to mist and to the fact that we were flying into the sun, it was not possible to determine if they were EA. on approaching Thorout the leader of the formation fired a white light and attacked our machine on the right and in the rear, thereby disclosing their identity. My observer fired about 25-30 rounds into the nearest machine, about 70 yards away, and this machine went down out of control. After a few more rounds the observers gun jammed ( return spring ) . Lieut Pugh manoeuvred the machine over the top of the formation until the observers gun was in action again. The leader of the EA followed close on our machine , when I turned and allowed my observer to fire a burst of about 50-60 rounds into him and the EA went down enveloped in smoke and flame. On coming out of the dive I found we were in the middle of 3 EA again, but another white light was fired by EA and they closed in and dived away to the South East signed J E PUGH , pilot and W DIXON observer Medals with original sun faded ribbons and in NEF condition
A CBE Group Of Eleven To The Royal Navy CBE ( 2nd Type ) Military , 1914/15 trio CLK - PAYR S LT A P SHAW RN, 1939-45 star, Africa star bar North Africa 1942-43, Italy star , War Medal ( MID ) Defence medal,Coronation medal 1937, American Legion Of Merit Captain Arthur Purves Shaw was awarded the CBE in London Gazette of the 11th of June 1942. He was Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette of the 14th of September 1943 for service in North Africa and was awarded the American Legion of Honour for services to the USA in 1948 Together with a copy photo of Eisenhower with a dedication to Captain Shaw CBE is loose with no neck ribbon, the rest of the group is court mounted as originally worn and in NEF condition
A Four Bar GSM To The Royal Artillery GSM four bars Palestine 1945-48 , Malaya, Cyprus, Near East 14451522 GNR E WARWICK RA A very scarce four bar GSM. This medal was purchased a number of years ago from a small provincial auction in Canada Medal is in NEF condition
A group of Seven To An Isle Of Man Steamship Engineer, MID For Dunkirk 1914/15 trio ASST ENGR - JNR ENG S M QUIRKE MFA , 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, War Medal ( MID ) all three WW2 medals named S M QUIRK ENGINEER OFFICER M N Dunkerque Medal with unofficial bar on ribbon ( SYDNEY MANNING QUIRK ) In WW2 Sydney Manning Quirk served on the Isle of Man Steamship Manxman, he was Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette of the 21st of March 1941 , for good services in the withdrawal of the allied armies from Dunkirk During the Second World War the Manxman was requisitioned by the Ministry of War Transport as a personnel ship. Manxman served alongside seven of her Steam Packet sisters during Operation Dynamo. On 29 May, she was one of ten personnel ships which together took off 14,760 troops from the East Pier. She returned to Dunkirk on the morning of 2 June, when the operation was getting near its close, and embarked 177 troops. In all, Manxman evacuated 2,394 men. No sooner had she returned from her final journey to Dunkirk, she was ordered west to Dartmouth, where she had the ironical experience of being fired on by a small guard boat that had obviously not been alerted to her arrival. Within a few hours she was redirected to Southampton, and this was to be the start of the most active phase of Manxman's war. The evacuation of the ports of north-west France was beginning, and Manxman's crew knew the coast well, having spent some months before Dunkirk carrying troops to Le Havre and Cherbourg. Within what seemed a few days she made a succession of trips to the French ports under the command of Captain P. B. Cowley. At Cherbourg she embarked retreating Allied troops as the enemy approached the port, and returned to Southampton, often under air attack. Once back on the South Coast of England she disembarked the men she had brought back, refuelled, and was off again almost at once. It was dangerous and sleepless work well remembered by veterans from the Manxman's officers and crew, among whom were Chief Officer Lyndhurst Callow, and Second Officer A. W. G. Kissack, who later became the company's Marine Superintendent. As the days advanced the shelling came nearer, the raids more frequent, and the Cherbourg harbour area necessarily more congested with survival boats, wrecks and the debris of battle. It was "Dunkirk" again, but on a smaller scale. Meanwhile the Manxman, with no protective armament of her own, continued to venture in and out of the firing. As conditions became desperate and further Allied evacuation became impossible, the destroyer L.11. was specifically sent at full speed of 36 knots from Portsmouth to help cover the Manxman's escape. Chief Officer Callow, who survived to become Commodore of the Steam Packet Company fleet, vividly recalled how the ship eventually pulled out from Cherbourg: "The large cranes along the dockside had been blasted and broken, and were one of the many hazards to shipping. Tanks were approaching the harbour area; the remnants of the Allied armies were fighting them off as best they could. The Manxman herself was laden with troops and with stacked ammunition, small arms and even field weapons saved from the catastrophe – one hit from an enemy aircraft could have blown up the entire ship." Despite the odds, Manxman escaped, with her crew having been forced to cut her mooring ropes with axes. The Manxman then pulled out, thanks to fire cover from a Royal Navy destroyer, which had turned her forward guns on to the German tank column as it advanced down the quayside. Rommel is even said to have referred to her in his papers, describing her as a "cheeky two-funnel steamer". When Manxman pulled out for the last time, Rommel's main army was only a few miles away. The Manxman's main duties were at Cherbourg, but she was also deeply involved at the small port of St Malo, to the east, where she was the last ship to leave the shattered harbour. Medals are swing mounted as two groups of three as originally worn , Dunkirk medal is unmounted, medals are in GVF condition
A Military Cross Group Of Eight Awarded For 1914 Military Cross ( GeoV) reverse engraved 21042 M S M TOM D HOPPER ASC 5TH CAV BDE S C 1914, 1914 star and original bar M-21042 MECH S MJR T D HOPPER ASC British war and Victory medals ( MID ) QM & CAPT T D HOPPER Defence medal War medal Coronation medal 1911, Coronation medal 1937 Mechanist Sergt Major Tom D Hopper was awarded the Military Cross in the London Gazette of the 1st of January 1915, he was mentioned in dispatches in the London Gazette of the 19th of October 1914 This is a very scarce Military Cross group awarded to a non commissioned officer in the first ever gazetting of the award in January 1915 , for services in 1914 with the 5th Cavalry Brigade Supply Column Army Service Corps ,also an early mention in dispatches for 1914. Very little research has been carried out on this very long serving soldier who seemed to have served at least 30 years but probably much longer Medals are mounted as originally worn and are in GVF condition
A QSA Six Bars Including Talana To The Royal Field Artillery taken POW QSA six bars, Talana, Defence of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Laing's Nek, SA 1901 15307 DVR A GOFF RFA Arthur Goff an 18 year old Milkman from Dereham In Norfolk enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery in 1896, He served in South Africa until October 1901 He was taken prisoner of war at Blood River Poort on the 17th of September 1901 whilst serving with the 69th battery Royal Field Artillery. Two Guns of 69th battery RFA were lost at the disastrous action at Blood River Poort on the 17th of September 1901, 35 men of the battery were taken prisoner and Lieut Price-Davies of the KRRC was awarded the Victoria Cross for attempting to save the guns Medal is in NVF condition, slightly polished and with a few edge knocks
A Very Rare Group Of Four to Ross\'s Scouts / Mounted Military Police 1914/15 trio 476 SJT M HELLYER ROSS'S SCOUTS Army LSGC ( Geo V ) 564 L/CPL M HELLYER M M P Mordecai Hellyer from Littlehampton joined the Mounted Military Police in October 1893, He served the last 7 years of his 20 years service in East Africa and took his discharge there . On the outbreak of WW1 he enlisted in Ross's Scouts Ross's Scouts was a white mounted unit formed in British East Africa (BEA) after the declaration of the Great War. The founder of the unit, Major Charles Joseph Ross DSO had been born in Australia in 1857. He ran away as a child to America where he lived with Indians, & then was a scout for the US Army in three Indian wars. He then joined the Canadian North West Mounted Police for six years & was Chief Scout during the Riel Rebellion. In the South African War he was awarded a DSO whilst riding with Roberts Horse & he later commanded the Canadian Scouts. He then stayed in Africa trading in Bukoba & buying land in German East Africa (GEA). He poached in the wilder parts of BEA & GEA, & when the German authorities seized his land in retaliation he moved to the Kisii region of BEA, continuing his activities & selling his ivory to an Asian trader in Shirati, just across the GEA border from Karonga. Angry about the loss of his land Ross would sometimes raid across the GEA border to seize herds of native cattle, infuriating the German authorities. To curtail these activities BEA appointed him an Assistant Game Ranger in 1907 & he gradually became respectable, guiding Theodore Rooseveldt's Smithsonian Institute Safari in 1909. A year later he guided another Safari for "Buffalo" Jones, a famous USA wild-life conserver who wished to lassoo animals & photograph them rather than shoot them dead. On this safari the photographer was Cherry Kearton who later served in East Africa in the 25th Royal Fusiliers before moving to photographic duties with flying units. Charles Ross knew the bush on both sides of the border & he was a proven military leader. On the declaration of war he was appointed to form his own unit of Scouts & in November 1914 the 40 men of Ross's Scouts were sent to secure the western end of the BEA-GEA border area. Major Ross wasted no time in settling old scores. He is believed to have sent the male organs from a slaughtered goat across the GEA border to his old adversary District Commissioner (DC) Schultz, along with a note explaining that this was what the DC could look forward to Probably now things started to get out of hand, Ross's Scouts were a rough bunch of lads even by African frontier standards, & the looting & killing may have been "over the top" to spectators in Nairobi. Also, as was to happen elsewhere during the war, the temptation of seeing cash in the form of ivory ambling around the bush may not have been resisted. On 13 January 1915 General Stewart interviewed both Major C.R. Ross & Lieutenant Paysant of Ross's Scouts at Kisumu. As a result of these interviews it was decided to disband Ross's Scouts. Ross's 40 men chose where next to go & some went on Intelligence duties. Lieutenant J.J. Drought & 18 other officers, NCOs & men were posted to the East African Mounted Rifles on 15 January. They stayed in the eastern Lake area & were known as "Drought's Troop", & they raised a force of tribesmen for cross-border patrolling known as the "Skin Corps" because of the tribesmens' aversion to using clothing. A search of WW1 medal index cards shows that of the 40 men of Ross's Scouts only 19 have medal index cards, and of these a number had previous service in East African units and their medals were named to these units, , it therefore appears that no more than 8 men would have had their 1914/15 trios named to Ross's Scouts Medals are mounted as originally worn and in GVF condition
A Very Scarce GSM Malaya To The Cameron Highlanders GSM one bar Malaya ( Eliz II ) 23296052 PTE H WRIGHT CAMERONS a very scarce medal to the Cameron Highlanders , the regiment not being present during the Malaya campaign Medal with original ribbon in box of issue and in EF condition
A Very Unusual ISM / TD Group of Five Imperial Service Medal ( Geo V star type ) HENRY OLIVER Defence Medal, Coronation Medal 1902 ( bronze) , Coronation Medal 1911, Territorial Decoration ( Geo V ) MAJOR H OLIVER ( hallmarked London 1914) Together with on Imperial Service Badge Henry Oliver was awarded the Imperial Service Medal in the London Gazette of the 13th of January 1914 as a late Messenger Secretary of States Department India Office. , he served as Major and Adjutant of the 6th ( cyclist battalion ) The Essex regiment and also was attached to the Derbyshire yeomanry. He had Home service only in WW1 A very unusual if not unique group of medals ISM on original single mounting pin, other four medals swing mounted as originally worn, medals are in GVF condition
Africa General Service Medal To a Doctor AGS, One bar, S Nigeria 1905-06. DR F B THOMPSON S .N.REGT. A scarce medal to a doctor Medal with original ribbon and is in GVF condition
An Afghan 1880 Medal with No Bar To a Casualty In The 6th Dragoon Guards Afghanistan Medal 1880 no bar 915 PTE ED CLAMP 6TH D GDS Pte Clamp is confirmed on the medal roll as having died at Silkot on the 14th of March 1881 The medal with original ribbon and in attractive dark toned EF condition
An Iraq/Afghanistan Medal Pair To The Scots Iraq Medal no bar 25206090 PTE A J GEORGE SCOTS OSM one bar Afghanistan PTE A J GEORGE SCOTS 25206090 Iraq Medal on single mounting pin as worn, OSM Afghanistan Medal in box of issue, OSM has an edge bump otherwise NEF condition
An MC / MM Group Of Five To The Cameron Highlanders Military Cross, unnamed, Military Medal ( Geo V ) 7821 SJT J HOGG 1/CAM'N HIGHS 1914/15 Trio 7821 SJT J HOGG CAM'N HIGHRS - 2.LIEUT John Hogg was born in Winchburgh West Lothian in 1887, he enlisted into the 2nd Cameron Highlanders in February 1907. In WW1 he is shown in the battalion honours and awards book as recommended for the DCM as follows " when on the march from Hooge to Verlorenhoek on the 3rd of May 1915, under heavy shell fire he brought in under cover Lieut Hussey-Macpherson 2nd Cameron Highlanders also Sergt Cunningham 2nd Cameron Highlanders who were both severely wounded. As it turned out John Hogg's recommendation for a DCM was not successful , though a sequel to this event was reported in the West Lothian Courier on the 1st of October 1915- " Sergt John Hogg 2nd Cameron Highlanders , whose parents live at Niddry, Winchburgh has just received the gift of a gold wristlet watch from one of his officers in recognition of an act of bravery " somewhere in France ", The officer Mr L.F. Hussey Macpherson had been wounded on the 5th of May ( sic) last, and Sergt Hogg carried him from the firing line to a place of safety and also bandaged his wounds. Writing from Grosvenor Gardens, London SW , under date 16th September the officer says-" Dear Sergt Hogg, I am sending you a small watch with very many thanks for getting me under cover and bandaging me up the night I was hit. It was really awfully kind of you, and I am very sorry I have never written to you before, but I never heard myself what had happened for a good long time, till Mr Gemmell told me, and then I was unable to find out where you were to thank you, I believe you are at Invergordon , and were hit yourself sometime afterwards. I hope you were not seriously damaged , and are quite strong now...With very many thanks for all you did for me on the 5th of May, your truly L F Hussey Macpherson. The gold watch which is of neat design, and has illuminated figures and hands bears the following inscription- J Hogg May 5th 1915 " Verloren Hoek" from L F H M . Sergt Hogg was himself wounded on May 7th at Hooge being hit in the shoulder by shrapnel, and was at home at the beginning of August. He is now at Invergordon acting as a physical drill instructor Sergt Hogg returned to the Western Front in December 1915 and was posted to the 1st Cameron Highlanders. His award of the MM appeared in the London Gazette of the 14th of September 1916 - with this particular issue being devoted to non-immediate and retrospective awards. Almost certainly , therefore, this MM was given in recognition of his bravery in rescuing , and tending to, Lieut Hussey-Macpherson and Sergt Cunningham on the 3rd of May 1915. John Hogg was wounded for a second time , during the Battle of the Somme on the 22nd of September 1916, receiving a gun shot wound to the left foot . Following an operation in France he returned to England on the 29th of September. John Hogg returned to France in March 1917 and remained until July 1917 when he returned to the UK to train for a commission. On the 9th of January 2nd Lieut John Hogg joined the 1st Cameron Highlanders on the Western Front , he was attached for a period to the Machine Gun Corps but returned to the 1st Cameron Highlanders and was awarded the Military Cross at the Battle of Epehy on the 18th of September 1918, the citation being published in the London Gazette of the 8th of March 1919 " For great gallantry and determined leadership,On the 18th of September at the attack on Berthancourt his platoon was in the first attacking wave. It suffered many casualties , but he led it forward and secured his first objective. At this point he re-organised his own platoon and others in the vicinity who were without leaders, , and, by his fine example and leadership , gained his second objective. his conduct throughout was most inspiring to his men. On the 23rd of September the 1st Cameron Highlanders received orders to move back to billets in Vermand, but the Germans shelled the support position heavily with gas and John Hogg was wounded for a third time There are photos available of John Hogg that have been placed on-line by his family. They include photos in his sergeants and officers uniform Research indicates that this is probably a unique combination of gallantry medals to an officer in the Cameron Highlanders who won both awards with the regiment, there are 4 other officers with this combination but all receive their MM in other units before being commissioned into the Cameron Highlanders a very attractive gallantry group to a regiment where due to the small number of battalions who served overseas ( nine in total) gallantry awards are seldom seen Medals are unmounted and in GVF condition Bank transfer or cheque is the preferred payment method for this item
An Unusual Double Long Sevice Group Of Seven IGS one bar North West Frontier 1930-31 6396750 BOY B A SMITH R SUSS R , 1939-45 Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Coronation 1953, Efficiency Medal ( Eliz II ) one bar T&AVR 22226639 CPL B A SMITH HAMPS AND I OF W , Army LSGC ( Geo VI ) 22226639 PTE B A SMITH REME A very unusual long service group spanning over 40 years Together with original photo in uniform Medals mounted as originally worn, slight correction to regimental number on the Army LSGC otherwise in GVF condition
Army Long Service ( William IV ) To The 68th Durham Light Infantry Correctly named to GEORGE STAUNTON 68TH REGIMENT FOOT 1831. Service papers are available on-line which confirm George Staunton was from Middleton Suffolk, he served in Walcheren, the Peninsula and Canada and still appeared to be alive in Canada in 1875.He is also entitled to a 3 bar MGS medal. There is no doubt this is one of the first, if not the first medal to be awarded to an other rank of the Durham Light Infantry , the LSGC only being instituted in 1830 , George Staunton receiving his in 1831, 17 years before the MGS medal first being awarded. The medal with original ribbon and is in GVF condition, holed at top with a ring and attractive silver suspension fitted, as was often done to replace the unpopular steel clip and ring suspension
British War Medal To An Officer KIA In Italy 1918 British War Medal 2 LIEUT G S HAYES 2/ Lieut George Stanley Hayes , Queens (Royal West Kent Regiment) attached 1/5th Gloucester Regiment, killed in action in Italy on the 15th of June 1918 , buried in the Boscon British Cemetery medal with original ribbon and in NEF condition
British War Medal To RNVR KIA On a Q Ship British War Medal CZ 7389 R MONTGOMERY AB RNVR Reginald Montgomery from Bridge of Don Aberdeenshire was KIA aboard Hms Begonia ( Q10) on the 6th of October 1917 The following is a possible explanation for the loss of the Q ship HMS Begonia HMS Begonia was a regular warship, not a conversion. She was one of the "Flower-Q", sloops designed to foster the appearance of a freighter (like the French Amiens class of WWI). Officially she sank due to an explosion of undetermined origin with no survivors while cruising off Casablanca. That night, U 151 was cruising in the area, her lookouts reported seeing a "destroyer" charging her and the Captain dived, but the boat was still only at periscope depth when an impact was felt. This was followed by a heavy explosion and on surfacing it was found that there was considerable damage to deck casing abaft the CT. U 151 was able to continue on patrol. It is believed the collision ripped the bottom off Begonia and either a boiler explosion or friction which caused the explosion of ammunition in the magazine may have caused her immediate sinking. It is also likely some DCs exploded and killed any swimmers in the area. Medal with original ribbon and is in NEF condition
British War Medal To The Manch Regiment KIA Gallipoli British War Medal 2539 PTE F M FORRESTER MANCH R Frank Middleton Forrester 1/8th Manchester Regiment, born in Ancoats Manchester , killed in action Gallipoli 20th of June 1915 Medal has a slight bend to the suspension otherwise in VF condition
Canada General Service medal To The Royal Artillery Canada General Service Medal one bar Fenian Raids 1866 , officially engraved 1501 GNR J STEELE RA Medal is dark toned with original frayed ribbon , one slight edge knock otherwise in GVF condition
Canadian Memorial Cross To Bordens M M G Battery Canadian memorial cross correctly named to 426653 PTE G HUNTER Pte G Hunter served in Bordens Motor Machine Gun Battery and died of wounds on the 29th of September 1916 , this unit used armoured cars on the western front and had a strength of approx 60 men Cross is in NEF condition in box of issue with original ribbon and forwarding card
CB ( Civil) OBE ( Civil ) Group Of Two Companion of the Bath ( Civil) OBE ( Civil) both in cases of issue Both awarded to HARVEY HUGH MONTGOMERIE with original award certificates for the CB and OBE , original forwarding letters, original portrait photos, caricature, congratulation letters etc,far more original paperwork that the limited photos shown Medals with original ribbons in original boxes of issue and in EF condition
CBE Group Of Eight To a Brigadier In The Royal Signals CBE neck badge Military ( 2nd type) IGS two bars North West Frontier 1930-31 Mohmand 1933 LIEUT J C HARDY R SIGNALS 1939-45 star Africa star Italy star Defence medal War medal ( MID ) 1953 Coronation medal John Chambers Hardy was awarded the CBE in 1958 as a brigadier late Royal Signals , he was mentioned in dispatches twice in WW2, London Gazette 30th of december 1941 and 15th of December 1942 both as Major ( a Lt Col ) Royal Signals, for service in the Middle East He is noted as the eldest son of The Rev Hardy , rector of Killyman, Dungannon , Northern Ireland . He played rugby for Yorkshire and the Army A very scarce 2 clasp IGS to the British army, particularly with the Mohmand 1933 bar , both bars are verified on medal rolls Medals are mounted as originally worn on wearing pin, Mohmand 1933 bar is loose on ribbon, CBE neck badge separate, medals in NEF condition
Colonial Aux Forces Long Service ( Geo V ) To The Ceylon Planters Colonial auxiliary forces LSGC ( Geo v) NO 982 RFMN WM SPENCE FEA . CEYLON PLANTERS RIFLE CORPS. Medal is in NEF condition
Efficiency Medal ( Geo V ) Bar India To The Punjab Light Horse Efficiency Medal bar India ( Geo V ) SJT R MCLELLAN PUNJAB L H AFI Medal is in NEF condition
Gold Presentation Mining Medal for Pit Accident A Gold presentation medal, the front engraved with the initials GM , the reverse engraved FROM THE FIFE COAL CO LIM 20TH JANUARY 1917 GEORGE MUIR Serious Pit Accident In Fife - Results in Two Men Losing Their Lives And Three Others Sustaining Severe Injuries - One of the most serious mining accidents that has occurred in West Fife for some years took place at No. 7 Pit Cowdenbeath, belonging to the Fife Coal Company, on Saturday.( 20th January 1917) The pit has been in use for forty years, and with view to its further development the shaft has been under reconstruction during the past twelve months. Four men - Andrew Scott, Park Street; George Muir Foulford Road; James Newton Moss-side Road; and Edward M'Cafferty Lochore - were engaged in the shaft on Saturday and prior to going to the surface at breakfast time they fired a number of shots for the purpose of breaking up the stone necessary for the widening of the shaft. On descending to their working place in the kettle they began to clear away the loose material. Newton had just stepped from the kettle onto the ledge, when a large stone on which he was standing gave way beneath him. It fell down 12 fathoms and Newton fell beside it, and was firmly caught by the legs by other material that came away. Mr Henry Rowan and his staff of managers were early on the scene, and, with the help of the other men employed in the reconstruction work, brave efforts were made to rescue Newton. Unfortunately another accident occurred, which delayed operations. More Accidents – A party were descending in the kettle when a fall of stone struck them. Charles Boyd, Broad Street, a pit contractor, was fatally injured, and James Young, shaftsman, Broad Street, sustained an injury to one of his knees. The work of rescue, however, was continued. The imprisoned man was conscious, and made pathetic appeals to have his legs released. Later in the evening two other men were injured in the same manner. James Fisher, shaftsman, Kelty had one of his arms broken, and Archibald Brown, Broad Street, was badly bruised about the back and chest. At eight o’clock in the evening, Newton died where he had fallen and after that it was thought advisable to take precautions for safety before attempting to get out the body. This work is being proceeded with. About 6 o’clock Charles Boyd died in the West Fife Hospital. He leaves a widow and four of a family. Newton leaves a widow and three of a family. Dundee Courier 22 January 1917 Medal is in NEF condition
Group Of Five To The Royal Marines NGS one bar Palestine 1945-48 PO/X 126661 J CROW MNE RM , Korea medal RM11218 J CROW MNE RM, UN Korea , unnamed, CSM one bar South Arabia , RM11218 J CROW MNE RM , Naval LSGC ( Eliz II ) RM11218 MNE J CROW RM First four medals poorly mounted as worn, LSGC has official corrections , otherwise medals are in VF condition
Group Of Five With Memorial Plaque To Hampshire Regt QSA three bars Transvaal, SA1901, SA1902 5816 PTE E PIKE HAMPSHIRE REGT. AGS two bars Somaliland 1902-04 Jidballi 5816 PTE E PIKE 1ST HAMP REGT. 1914 star 5816 PTE E PIKE 1/HAMPS R British war and victory medals 5816 PTE E PIKE HAMPS R Memorial Plaque EDWIN PIKE Memorial scroll Private EDWIN PIKE 1914 star Hampshire regt Also comes with CWGC large scroll, this with folds and tears The memorial scroll is unusually marked 1914 star after his name , 1914 is also shown after his name in soldier's died in the great war Edwin Pike was killed in action on the 19th of December 1914 during an unsuccessful attack on Ploegsteert Wood undertaken by the 1st Hampshire Regiment. He served prior to enlisting as a porter at Templecombe with the London and South Western Railway A very attractive complete group First two medal have original ribbons and are in VF condition, the 1914 trio is in it's boxes of issue with original ribbons and registered envelopes addressed to mrs a pike lower rank, st mary's bource andover hants, memorial plaque is in it's original brown card case with kings letter
Group of Four To RAMC Officer Defence medal, GSM ( Geo VI ) one bar Malaya LT C LIPP RAMC, Territorial Decoration ( Eliz II ) dated 1966 , St John Ambulance long service medal CORPS SURGEON C LIPP NORTH DERBYSHIRE NCB AREA An unusual unit on SJAB medal , North Derbyshire national coal board area Medal mounted as originally worn and in GVF condition TD without top Territorial bar
Group Of Four With Memorial Plaque To The Suffolk Regiment QSA five bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, SA01, SA02 5373 PTE W BATES IST SUFFOLK REGT British War and Victory Medals 5373 WO CL 2 W BATES SUFFOLK R Army LSGC ( Geo V ) 5373 C S MJR W BATES SUFFOLK R Memorial Plaque WILLIAM BATES Medals in VF condition William Bates was born in Enfield Middlesex and enlisted in Hertford. He served in WW1 as Company Sergeant Major in the 7th Suffolk Regiment and was killed in action on the 27th of March 1918, the battalion being heavily engaged on this day, losing nearly 250 men killed wounded or missing MIC confirms pair only
Group Of Seven To REME Officer With MID 1939-45 star, Atlantic star, Africa star, Italy star, Defence medal War medal with mentioned in despatches oakleaf, Efficiency medal ( GeoVI ) bar Territorial LT D C ALLEN REME An unusual combination to a REME officer , Atlantic star rarely seen to this unit , mentioned in despatches for Italy london gazette 29th of November 1945 Medals are court mounted as originally worn, efficiency medal has an official correction to the first initial, otherwise GVF condition
Group Of Seven To The RE / R Sussex Regiment With An Unusual Combination GSM one bar Palestine 6390052 SPR A G HARVEY RE 1939-45 Star, Africa Star , Defence Medal, War Medal, Efficiency Medal bar Territorial ( Geo V ) 6390052 SGT A G HARVEY 4- R SUSS R Imperial Service Medal ( Eliz II ) ARTHUR GEORGE HARVEY A very unusual combination of medals, I have never seen a GSM Palestine in combination with a Geo V Efficiency medal, Sgt Harvey appears to have served a minimum of 12 years with the Territorial Army before enlisting into the Regular Army as a Sapper Medals unmounted and in NEF condition
Group Of Six To a Squadron Leader RAF 1939-45 star, Burma star, Defence medal, War medal, GSM ( GEO VI) , one bar malaya, SQN LDR W G PROSHO RAF, RAF Lsgc ( GeoVI ) ACT SQN LDR W G PROSHO RAF Medals are unmounted, no ribbon with LSGC, medals are in NEF condition
Group Of Six To POW In The RE with Original Paperwork 1939-45 star , Africa star , Italy star , Defence medal, War medal, Efficiency medal bar Territorial ( Geo vi) 2094550 SPR G LEWIS RE Together with the following original items, cap badge, loyal service badge, sweetheart badge, dog tag, German pow aluminium ID tag, report from the war officer to his wife reporting him missing 10th of February 1944 ,Mediterranean area, discharge certificate, postcard from pow camp to his brother , fully written on and dated 3rd of July 1944, record of service, financial statement on termination of service, re old comrades association membership card , Motherwell and district anzac RE members card , 4 postcard sized portrait photos in uniform and from after the war an Imperial War Graves Commission id card with photo dated 1950 and a train ticket to London from Dunkerque A very complete pow group on original ribbons in NEF condition
Group Of Three To The KRRC Taken POW 1940 And MID GSM one bar Palestine 6845322 RFMN G PIPER KRRC 1939/45 Star, War Medal ( MID ) Pte G H C Piper was taken POW during the epic Defence of Calais action . He was Mentioned in Despatches for the Defence of Calais in the London Gazette of the 18th of September 1945 Calais 1940 The British Army was falling back on Dunkirk when it was decided to send a mobile force from home to Calais to operate on the enemy's left flank. The 30th Infantry Brigade, commanded by Brigadier C. Nicholson, was selected and received orders to embark at Southampton. The Brigade included the 1st Bn. The King's Royal Rifle Corps (Lieutenant-Colonel F. A. B. Miller), 2nd Bn. The Rifle Brigade, 1st Bn. Queen Victoria's Rifles (Lieutenant-Colonel J. A. M. Ellison-Macartney), then a motor-cyclist battalion, and 3rd Bn. The Royal Tank Regiment. Marching all night, the Brigade reached Southampton on 21st and 22nd May, and by the 23rd had disembarked at Calais. The Rifle Brigade battalion was without three-fourths of its transport, owing to the stevedores striking work. The Queen Victoria's Rifles left England with no transport. About 1,000 French troops placed themselves under Brigadier Nicholson's orders. The Germans began shelling the town the same afternoon, and the next day, the 24th, surrounded the town and opened a heavy bombardment. The advanced troops were driven back. Tanks entered the town and street fighting continued until late on the 26th, when this gallant Brigade, short of ammunition, food and water, after four days of continuous fighting without sleep and with heavy casualties, was overwhelmed. The German attackers included two armoured divisions. All the survivors except a party or so brought off by the Navy were taken prisoner. Four officers and one N.C.O. subsequently escaped across the Channel in small boats. The losses of the 2nd Battalion included 9 officers killed and 7 wounded. The 1st Queen Victoria's Rifles had 2 officers killed and 4 wounded. The Prime Minister, in the House of Commons, stated that the defence of Calais had kept the port of Dunkirk open by drawing the German armour from the main battle, and he added that the defenders of Calais had "added another page to the glories of the Light Division." Medal mounted as originally worn ( wrong order ) and in NEF condition
Group Of Three to The Leicester Regiment Taken POW In Norway 1940 1939-45 Star, War Medal, Efficiency Medal ( Geo VI ) bar Territorial 4859220 PTE J H COPE R LEICESTERS Pte J H Cope 5th Royal Leicester Regiment was taken POW in Norway on the 23rd of April 1940. Action at Tretten 23rd April 1940 The possibilities of Tretten, which is the lowest of the points at which the Gudbrandsdal narrows to a gorge, had been in the mind of the Norwegian High Command for some days at least, and rudimentary machine-gun posts had been constructed with civilian labour on both sides of the river. The west bank of the River Laagen is here a precipice except for a narrow ledge carrying the railway, while the east bank leaves space only for the main road. This winds between the river and a mountain saddle about 1,200 feet high, which is crossed by a farm track running parallel with the road. The village itself stands about a mile and a half farther back, clustering round the bridge by which the British detachment from west of Mjösa had just rejoined; the defence of this bridge for at least one clear day was deemed essential by the Norwegian Commander-in-Chief, to enable Norwegian forces from the same direction under Colonel Dahl to rejoin. For this reason a stand had now to be made, whatever the cost, instead of a fighting withdrawal from point to point up the valley. The British expected the main German attack on their eastern flank, where the snow-covered mountain saddle was accessible and where the farm track also outflanked the road. Two companies of the Foresters were therefore set to control the main road on a three-quarter-mile frontage, with the one fresh company of the Leicestershire high up on their left flank. This flank was further strengthened by the remnants of three squadrons of Norwegian dragoons, with four medium machine guns and a mortar, whom Brigadier Morgan had induced General Ruge to place under his command; they were posted behind the Leicestershire on the plateau formed by the saddle. One company of the newly rejoined Foresters was left to guard the railway line on the other bank. Fighting on the east bank of the river began about 1 p.m., and after an hour the threat to the main road caused the reserve company of Foresters to be moved forward. About this time three tanks began to force their way along the road into our forward positions, unchecked by the anti-tank rifles, which failed to penetrate. Some officers, including the Military Attaché (who was later severely wounded and taken prisoner), advanced from the village to reconnoitre and were overrun by the tanks at a bend in the road. The company of Foresters on the west bank was ordered on Norwegian advice to move some distance south, to prevent the enemy from working up along the railway to enfilade the main position; but it was quickly recalled in order that a part of it might be transferred to the east bank, where the engagement was being decided. The enemy tanks had broken through the main position along the road, so that all our advanced units were cut off, while the village itself came under heavy fire from 5 .9-cm. close-support guns. Tretten and Tretten bridge were nevertheless held until early evening in the hope that troops from the forward area might filter past. Those on the west bank, reduced in number at an earlier stage, were fortunate and repelled an enemy party with good effect. Those on the east bank, though their small-arms fire could still be heard, had eventually to be left to their fate. The Norwegian dragoons, whose post on the saddle had not been seriously attacked, were able to get back to their transport along the farm track just before the final abandonment of Tretten, and a small proportion of British troops made their way through by the same route over the saddle. An improvised rear-guard defended a final position a mile north of the village until 9.30 p.m., after which what was left of the 148th Brigade dispersed, with the help of some buses mustered in the rear, to seek refuge forty-five miles back in the Heidal. In numbers, the brigade was now reduced to nine officers and three hundred men; as a fighting unit, the tale of events had reduced it for the time being to a lower figure. Such was the situation at the end of the first phase of the fighting in Gudbrandsdal
Group of Three To the RN With Messina Earthquake Medal British War Medal 347102 A MURRAY ARMR RN Navy LSGC ( Geo V ) 347102 ALEXANDER MURRAY ARMR HMS VICTORY Messina Earthquake Medal 1908 UNNAMED Together with original parchment service certificate which confirms all medals including entitlement to British War Medal only for WW1 service . Awarded the Messina Earthquake Medal whilst serving with HMS Exmouth Medals in VF condition
Group of Three To The Royal Berks Regiment KIA 1940 GSM one bar Palestine 5333333 PTE F H WEBB R BERKS R ,1939-45 star, War Medal Frank Hugh Webb served with the 1st Royal Berkshire Regiment and was killed in action in France between the 27th and 31st of May 1940, he is buried in the St Venant Communal Cemetery France
Group Of three To WO2 In The Cameron Highlanders KIA QSA four bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State Transvaal SA02 4357 CPL D MCDONALD CAM'N HIGHRS British War and Victory Medals 4357 W O CL 2 D MACDONALD CAM'N HIGHRS 4357 Company Sergt Major Donald Macdonald , 1st Cameron Highlanders from Stornoway Isle of Lewis was killed in action in France on the 18th of September 1918 In September 1918 the 1st Cameron Highlanders returned to The Somme, between 18th and 24th of September they attacked successfully at Epehy, capturing their objective and a large quantity of German weapons. The 1st Division took 1100 prisoners Medal index cards confirms pair only for WW! service QSA mounted on single wearing pin as originally worn, pair unmounted, medals generally in GVF condition
GSM / CSM Pair To The Royal Tank Regiment GSM one bar Cyprus 23390666 TPR J O C BELL R TKS CSM one bar Northern Ireland 23390666 CPL J O C BELL RTR A scarce pair to the Royal Tank Regiment Medals mounted as originally worn and in GVF condition
GSM / UN Korea Pair To a Woman Civilian GSM ( Geo VI ) one bar Malaya MISS M E BURGESS UN Korea Medal No research has been carried out on the recipient Medals are mounted as originally worn and in NEF condition
GSM Bar Malaya To a Casualty GSM ( Eliz II ) bar Malaya 22798324 CFN D F PIPE REME David Frederick Pipe died on active service on the 27th of December 1953 and is buried in Cheras Rd Christian Cemetery Kuala Lumpur . The circumstances of his death are as yet unknown to me Medal in box of issue and in NEF condition
GSM One Bar Cyprus To An Officer In The Royal Artillery GSM one bar Cyprus 2/LT C E POWELL RA Medal mounted as originally worn on single mounting pin, with box of issue and in NEF condition
IGS 1854 Bar Burma 1885-87 To The Royal Navy IGS one bar Burma 1885-87 J BRIMACOMBE ORD HMS TURQUOISE Medal with original ribbon and in toned EF condition
Igs 1895 Medal and Qsa pair To The KOSB IGS 1895, 3 bars , rel of chitral 1895, punjab frontier 1897-98 , tirah 1897-98 , 4368 PTE J CLARKE 2ND BN K O SCO BORD , and QSA , 2 bars , transvaal south africa 1902, 4360 PTE J CLARK K O SCOT BORD Please note the different digit in regimental number and the different spelling of Clark on both medals Medals are in NVF condition, mounted as originally worn with frayed ribbons on home made mounting bar
IGS And Delhi Durbar Pair To The Seaforth Highs , KIA IGS one bar North West Frontier 1908 9470 PTE J CAMPBELL 1ST BN SEA HIGHRS Delhi Durbar Medal 1911 UNNAMED 9470 Pte Thomas Campbell 2nd Seaforth Highlanders was killed in action on the 26th of October 1914, he is buried in the Houplines Communal Cemetery France Confirmed on the relevant medal rolls for both medals Medals are in GVF condition
IGS Pair To A&SH Sev Wounded North West Frontier IGS one bar North West Frontier 1935 2979287 PTE A SHAW A&SH, IGS one bar North West Frontier 1936-37 2979287 PTE A SHAW A&SH Pte A Shaw was severely wounded during an action near Pasal Camp Waziristan while withdrawing a Route Piquet on 27/28th of May 1937. Six men of the regiment were killed, one died of wounds and six were wounded including pte shaw , the medal roll confirms he was invalided Medals are dark toned and in EF condition
IGS To An Officer In The 98th Regiment IGS one bar North West Frontier LIEUT E F GREGORY HM'S 98TH REGT Medal with original ribbon and in NEF condition
IGS To The West Yorkshire Regiment, KIA 1915 IGS one bar North West Frontier 1908 7809 PTE G SMITH 1ST W Y REGT Lance-Corporal G. Smith, 1st West Yorks, was killed in action on December 19, 1915. Mr. Smith, who was 31 years of age, had been in the North Eastern Railway service for three years, and was employed as a fitter's labourer at Darlington Locomotive Works. Medal with original ribbon and on single mounting pin as originally worn, in GVF condition
IGS Two Bars To a Sergt Drummer In The Derby Regiment IGS two bars Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 3013 SERJT DRUMMER J O'FLAHERTY 2ND BN DERBY R The medal rolls confirm that this is a unique rank on an IGS 1895 to the Derby Regiment , O'flaherty being the only sergeant drummer on the roll John O'flaherty joined the Connaught Rangers in Galway Ireland in 1881 ,at the time he was 14 years old , weighing 72 lbs and 4 foot 9 inches in height ! He is shown as being born in Dinapore India so almost certainly the son of a serving soldier. He transferred into the Derby Regiment in 1893 and was discharged in 1898 , The IGS being his sole medal entitlement . His full service papers are available on-line medal has been lacquered at sometimes ( easily removable ) otherwise in NEF condition
Indian Mutiny Medal Clasp Defence Of Lucknow To An Original Defender Indian mutiny medal one bar Defence of Lucknow D SOMERVILLE 32ND L I The regiment suffered greatly during the defence of Lucknow, 30th of may to the 27th of november 1857. 15 officers and 365 other ranks were killed, died of wounds or died and 11 officers and 198 men were wounded. David Summerville ( Somerville on medal roll) was an original defender at lucknow, he died at lucknow during the defence 27th july 1857 Medal is dark toned and in VF condition with some slight edge knicks
Indian Mutiny Medal No Bar To a Capt In The Sikh Infantry Indian Mutiny Medal no bar CAPTN W H PHILLIPS 4TH SEIKH INFTRY medal with slight edge contact marks otherwise in VF condition
Indian Mutiny Medal One Bar Rel Of Lucknow To The 93RD Highlanders Indian Mutiny Medal One Bar Relief Of Lucknow JAS MCCOLL 93RD HIGHLANDERS Approx 100 single bar Relief Of Lucknow Indian Mutiny medals to the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders
Korea / CSM Group Of Three To An Officer In The Royal Artillery Korea Medal LT O CROCOMBE RA UN Korea Medal unnamed CSM one bar Borneo MAJOR O CROCOMBE RA Together with ribbon bar and miniatures Medals swing mounted as worn and in NEF condition
MC Group Of Five To The Cheshire Regiment Military Cross ( Geo V ) unnamed, 1914/15 trio 13231 PTE R D FLUNDER 5/CAN INF , CAPT on pair , France Croix De Guerre dated 1914/1918 unnamed MC London Gazette 4th of October 1919 Lt. (A./Capt.) Ralph Daniel Flunder, l/7th Bn., Ches. R., T.F. He commanded a battalion during the operations near Menin, on 14th, 15th and 16th October, 1918, with great skill and gallantry. His thorough organisation and the perfect handling of his men at the start ensured success. The complete confidence which he inspired in his men contributed very largely to the success of the operations French Croix De Guerre announced in the London Gazette of the 25th of November 1918 as Lieut ( A/Capt) Cheshire Regiment Ralph Daniel Flunders was commissioned into the Cheshire Regiment from the Canadian Infantry on the 1st of January 1916. He commanded the 7th battalion from the 6th of October to the 5th of November 1918 From The Biggleswade Chronicle 13th of September 1918 Capt Ralph Daniel Flunder, of the Cheshire Regt.. eldest son of Mr. and Mrs v. Flunder, The Gables, Arlesey, has been home on leave from France, and has been interviewed our correspondent, and ha.- very reluctantly given few particulars of his experiences during the campaigns both in France and in Palestine Joined up in Canada and came to France with the Canadians, where he remained 14 months, and also where he had very marvellous escapes. He then came to England for commission and after special training he was drafted to with the Cheshire Regt., and fought in the Campaign to Jerusalem, where Capt. Flunder was billeted and had the opportunity to visit many of the ancient riare. recorded In Bible history. He took in the battle of the Mount of Olives andl helped to drive out the Turks from the garden of Gethsemane and while out . that quarter he was promoted to the rank of captain for conspicuous bravery the field. A months ago he was brought back to France as Captain of the Cheshire Regt., and took part In the first engagements of the big offensive commencing July 1st, 1918, until August 1st when he gained further distinction and was decorated on the field with Croix de guerre. with palms, and the following letter was sent to him his general after the decoration "To A/Captaln R Flunder, Balt.. Cheshire Regt.—l wish to congratulate you on behalf of the ranks of the Brigade during the action in conjunction with the French Party and Grand Razoy, from the 23rd July to .list July, 1918. Your work has been excellent and beyond praise. It has been great pleasure to me to forward your name for the decoration you so gallantly earned, and trust I shall be able to congratulate you on many future occasions. Your example to the battalion been of great service to the commanding officer of the battalion and to myself his brigadier. Wishing you the best of luck In the future. E. Hllllam, C.M.G., D.S 0., Brigadier General Commanding Infantry Brigade.” Capt. Plunder the best of health, and has now probably returned to France. It hoped that after all his adventures and marvellous escapes he will be spared to come back In safety and uninjured There are a number of other articles in the Biggleswade Chronicle relating to Capt Flunders and his services Medals with tatty original ribbons and in VF condition
Memorial Plaque To An Officer In The South Wales Borderers Memorial plaque ALEXANDER CHARLES OSWALD MITCHELL Lieutenant Alexander Charles Oswald Mitchell served with the 4th South Wales Borderers and was KIA aged 29 at the battle of Bund-I Hadeim in Mesopotamia on the 30th of may 1917 .He previously served in India and Aden , He was mentioned in despatches , the son of mr and mrs Mitchell of Woodfield Stevenage Herts. The plaque has small verdigris marks and is in VF condition
Mercantile Marine Pair And Portuguese Order To An Officer Died WW2 British war and Mercantile Marine medals ALLAN C MACKELLAR. Portuguese Order of Christ, Chevaliers breast badge, silver gilt and enamels. Allan Cowan Mackellar was born in New Zealand in 1882. He served in the Mercantile Marine in WW1 and was awarded the Portuguese Cross of Chevalier of the Order of Christ in the London Gazette of the 21st of October 1921 as Chief Officer S S Bellerphon. In WW2 he served as a Lieut Commander in the RNR and died on the 16th of November 1942 whilst serving in HMS Orlando, the naval shore base and headquarters of the Flag Officer of the Clyde at Greenock Scotland.His next of kin at this time being shown as his wife Mabel Constance Mackellar of Lllandudno Caernarvonshire Greenock was a very important naval base in WW2, many ships using the base for operations in the North Atlantic and beyond Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition
Military OBE Group Of Five To The Home Guard Formerly An Officer In The KOSB OBE ( Military ) 2nd type, unnamed , 1914/15 trio 2/LIEUT-CAPT E GILLESPIE K O SCO BORD, Defence medal The OBE was announced in the London gazette of the 12th of December 1944 as Lieut Colonel, 21st Home Guard Anti-Aircraft Regiment With original ID card and ww1 dog tag as 17771 Cameron Highs
Militia Long Service Medal To The Royal Irish Rifles Militia Lond Service Medal ( EdVII ) 1415 PTE B GAMBLE 5 / RL IRISH RIF Medal in NEF condition
MM And 1914/15 Trio To The KOSB Military Medal ( Geo V ) 14112 SJT H HALL 6 / K O SCO BORD 1914/15 trio 14112 PTE - SGT H HALL K O SCO BORD Henry Hall was born in Preston and resided at 28 Princess St Blackburn, he was severely wounded on the fist day of the Battle of Loos , 25th of September 1915, receiving a gunshot wound to the right shoulder and the left hand . The Battalion were decimated on the first day of Loos, losing 12 officers killed and eight wounded and 189 other ranks killed, 266 wounded, 169 missing and 6 gassed, the large majority of the missing later being confirmed as killed , the award of the Military Medal was announced in the London Gazette dated 21st of January 1919 On The 25th of September ( 1st day Battle of Loos ) The 26th Brigade was using two battalions up front, the 6th Bn King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) on the right and the 10th Bn Highland Light Infantry (HLI) on the left. Their objective was to take three German defensive positions — from south to north : Strong Point; Madagascar Point (Mad Point) and Railway Redoubt. These three positions had been little touched by the bombardment and dominated the length of the Madagascar Trench — the German front line on the Brigade’s front. The gas discharge was even less effective here than in other areas and the wind blew it backwards behind the Scots line instead of towards the Germans. The KOSB went over the top and suffered few casualties until they reached the German wire — which was, as suspected, uncut, having been repaired during the night by wiring parties. As they tried to edge forward with wire cutters the supporting companies moved forward to join them. Suddenly the machine guns in the concrete bunkers of Strong Point opened fire on them destroying the battalion within minutes. All twenty of the officers that had gone forward and 630 men were killed or injured and that evening only forty-six survivors (under a corporal) were mustered. Full service papers are available on-line Medals swing mounted as originally worn and in VF condition
MM And Pair With Presentation Watch To The Yorks Light Infantry MM ( Geo V ) 42170 PTE - L/CPL R HUNT 2 / YORKS L I British War and Victory medals 42170 PTE R HUNT YORKS L I . Silver pocket watch, the inside engraved " presented to l/c r hunt 2nd K O Y L I by the public of Shildon for distinguished conduct in the great war" the watch is in good condition and is working
MM Group Of Four To The RAMC Attached London Regiment MM ( Geo V ) 18886 PTE P WALSH 7 / FA RAMC 1914 Star and original bar trio 18886 PTE P WALSH RAMC Peter Walsh from Rochdale was awarded the MM in the London Gazette of the 12th of March 1918, his MM card is additionally marked attached 1/3rd London Regiment
NGS/CSM Group Of Three To The Royal Marines NGS one bar Near East PLY/X5350 H STOBBS MNE RM CSM one bar Borneo PLY/X5350 H STOBBS CPL RM Navy LSGC ( Eliz II ) PLY/5350 MNE H STOBBS RM Medals unmounted and in GVF condition
OBE ( Mil ) Group Of Six With MID To a Major In The Royal Engineers OBE ( Mil ) 1914/15 trio with MID oakleaf LIEUT C H W EDMONDS RE on star , Major on pair , Defence Medal , War Medal Major Edmonds went to France in 1915 with the 110th Railway Company Royal Engineers and was awarded the OBE in the London Gazette of the 1st of January 1919, he was also MID three times, 1/1/1916 , 4/1/1917 and 20/12/1918
Pair To a Wing Cmdr RAF War medal, CSM one bar South Arabia WG CDR L C BATCHELDOR RAF Together with miniatures A scarce medal to such a high ranking officer in the RAF Medals are mounted as originally worn and in NEF condition, the CSM has the last four letters of his surname and raf officially corrected
QSA / Coronation 1902 Pair To The Scottish Horse QSA five bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State ,Transvaal, SA01, SA02 33434 PTE H GARSTANG SCOTTISH HORSE, Coronation Medal 1902 ( bronze) Harry Lewis Garstang was born in 1878 in Clapham London . He served with the Scottish Horse during the Boer War and with the Scottish Horse contingent at the 1902 Coronation, and is confirmed on the medal roll for the bronze medal, he enlisted in WW1 into the RAF but was too old for overseas service and is confirmed as having no WW1 medal entitlement, his trade on enlisting being shown as an actor medals with original tatty ribbons, the two dated bars on the QSA are loose, otherwise NVF condition
QSA / KSA Pair To The 82nd Battery Royal Field Artillery QSA six bars Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittebergen 73677 DVR J E BERRYMAN 82ND BTY RFA KSA two bars SA01, SA02 73677 DVR J E BERRYMAN RFA John Edward Berryman enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery in 1889 , he was born in West Ham and resided in Dagenham Essex, he was discharged in 1903 after serving 13 years, his full service papers are available on-line Medals are dark toned with original ribbons and in NEF condition
QSA / KSA Pair To The East Surrey Regiment QSA four bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State , Transvaal, Laings Nek 1484 PTE E TANDY 2ND E SURREY REGT KSA two bars SA01, SA02 1484 PTE E TANDY E SURREY REGT Edward Tandy from Alverston, Stratford upon Avon enlisted in 1886 into the East Surrey Regiment . At the time of enlisting he is shown as 28 years of age and his trade as a servant, he served 16 years and was discharged in Dublin in 1902 Medal are in VF condition, Slight bend to the KSA suspender
QSA / KSA Pair To The Scots Guards Wounded QSA three bars Cape Colony , Transvaal , Wittebergen 2290 PTE W E HOLLOWAY S GDS KSA two bars SA01, SA02 2290 PTE W HOLLOWAY SCOTS GUARDS William Elijah Holloway from Marylebone enlisted aged 19 into the Scots Guards in 1898, he was discharged in 1910 after 12 years service. He was severely wounded at Fouriesburg South Africa on the 5th of May 1901 Pte Holloway's full service papers are available on-line Medals are in toned GVF condition with small pieces of original frayed ribbons
QSA And 1914/15 Trio To The Scottish Horse / E Afr S C QSA four bars , Cape Colony Orange Free State ,Transvaal , SA 1901, 27654 TPR G H BROTHERIDGE SCOTTISH HORSE 1914/15 trio 4060 L/CPL - PTE G H BROTHERIDGE E AFR S C E AFR S C = East African Service Corps Medals without ribbons and in NEF condition
Qsa Bar Defence Of Ladysmith To An Hms Powerful Casualty QSA one bar Defence of Ladysmith 168097 AB B NEWELL HMS POWERFUL B Newell died of disease at Ladysmith on the 17th of December 1899 Medal is toned and in GEF condition, with original ribbon
QSA Bar Relief Of Kimberley To The 2nd Dragoons QSA one bar Relief Of Kimberley 3975 PTE A POWELL 2ND DRAGOONS Pte Powell died of disease at Wynberg South Africa in June 1900 A very scarce single clasp medal to the Royal Scots Greys Medal is in NEF condition
QSA Four Bars To The CMSC QSA four bars, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, SA01 260 PTE T B SIMPSON C M S C Cape Medical Staff Corps Medals with original ribbon and in NEF condition
QSA One Bar Defence Of ladysmith To The 11th Hussars QSA one bar Defence of Ladysmith 3829 PTE J HAIGH 11TH HUSSARS In 1899 Captain Harrison and Lieutenant FitzGerald and 108 men of the 11th Hussars served in the Boer war. They were dismounted and were present at Ladysmith during the siege. John Haigh enlisted into the 11th Hussars in 1894, he being at the time shown as a 21 year old labourer from Huddersfield, he served in South Africa from the 5th of November 1899 to the 21st of July 1900 ,his full service papers are available on-line Single clasp medal confirmed on roll a very scarce medal to a unit not fully present during the Boer war Medal with original ribbon and in EF condition
QSA To Irish Yeomanry Taken POW With Dublin School Prize Medal QSA , Three Bars , Cape Colony , Orange Free State , South Africa 1901, 9455 PTE G MOORE 46TH COY 13TH IMP YEO. Together with a silver Sandymount Academical Institute prize medal named GEORGE MOORE Elocution 1889 George Moore served with the 46th Belfast Company of the Imperial Yeomanry and was taken prisoner of war at the disastrous action at Lindley on the 31st of May 1900 , where most of the Irish Yeomanry were captured. Medals are in EF condition with original ribbon on QSA.
QSA To The Liverpool Regiment Taken POW And Later Wounded And DOW QSA three bars Defence of Ladysmith, Laing\'s Nek, Belfast 3477 PTE T BANKS LIVERPOOL REGIMENT 3477 Pte T Banks was taken POW at Helvetia on the 29th of December 1900. He was later released. He was then dangerously wounded at Lydenburg on the 28th of May 1900, dying of wounds the same day Early on the morning of 29th December 1900, the garrison at Helvetia, consisting of B, F, and H Companies Liverpool Regiment, with about 20 troopers 19th Hussars, and a gun detachment with a 4.7 gun, was attacked by the Boers. The principal defences were on four kopjes about 600 yards apart, and formed a rough circle. Simultaneous attacks were made on all points. Under cover of the dark and a thick fog the Boers succeeded in surprising the eastern kopje, on which the gun was, and took the garrison prisoners. This part was the key of the position and commanded the main camp situated by the central kopjes, which at once came under a very heavy fire. The losses soon became serious, and ammunition was becoming exhausted. The western kopje was held by a portion of B Company under Lieutenant Wilkinson, who, though heavily engaged and called upon to surrender, refused to do so, and succeeded in keeping the enemy at bay until relieved. The casualties were 9 killed, 28 wounded, 1 missing, and 130 taken prisoner. Medal has two edge bumps otherwise in GVF condition
Queens Sudan Medal To a Very Unusual Rank Queens Sudan Medal in silver 40 SAPR DRIVER PERUMAL 1 / MADRAS S&M A very unusual rank, sapper driver in the Bombay Sappers and Miners Medal with original ribbon and with one edge knock at 6 o'clock, otherwise in GVF condition
RAF Group Of Three Including LSGC And Bar GSM two bars Malaya Arabian Peninsula 3076926 SGT C E COSTON RAF CSM one bar Malay Peninsula Q3076926 SGT C F COSTON RAF RAF LSGC ( Eliz II ) with second award bar 3076926 SGT C F COSTON RAF Together with mounted group of miniatures Medals mounted as originally worn, edge knock to GSM at 7 o'clock otherwise NEF condition
RFR LSGC To a WW2 Casualty RFR LSGC ( Geo V) coinage head SS124306 ( POB 15091 ) W C EASTMAN STO 1 RFR Walter Charles Eastman , a 43 year old stoker from Andover was killed in action on the 9th of April 1943 aboard HMS Panther HMS Panther was attacked in the Scarpento Channel in the Aegean Sea by Junkers Ju 87 Stuka aircraft of I. Group Stuka Wing 3 from Megara airbase at noon on 9 October 1943, during the Dodecanese Campaign. She sank within one minute. 36 men were killed in action, the rest of her crew were saved by the Greek destroyer Miaoulis. Stoker Eastman has no WW1 medal entitlement Medal with edge contacting and in VF condition
Terr Force War Medal Group Of Three To The London Regiment British War and Victory Medals 1914 PTE R G KERRY 9 - LOND R Territorial Force War medal 7170 PTE R G KERRY 9 - LOND R MIC confirms number change Reginald George Kerry from Bamsbury enlisted into the 9th London regiment in 1914 aged 17. He went overseas in October 1916 and was wounded ( gassed ) in March 1918 , spending 13 days in hospital, his full service papers are available on-line A total of 23 TFWM were awarded to the 9th London Regiment Medal mounted as originally worn and in NEF condition
Two Trios To Brothers In The KOSB , One KIA, ONE Twice Wounded With SWB 1914 star trio 11446 L/CPL W THOMSON K O SCO BORD A CPL W S THOMSON on pair, with silver wound badge numbered 159228 1914/15 trio 11990 PTE A THOMSON K O SCO BORD William Stewart Thomson 2nd KOSB ,aged 20, received a bullet wound to the arm on the 25th of October 1914 and a gun shot wound to the head on the 16th of June 1915 , he was discharged as medically unfit in April 1917. The silver wound badge with number 159228 is confirmed Alexander Edward Thomson 2nd KOSB , aged 19, was killed in action on the 27th of December 1916. He was the son of Alexander and Isabella Thomson of Grangemouth Scotland Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition
Volunteer Force Long Service Medal ( Edv11) To The East Surrey Regiment Volunteer forces LSGC ( EdvII) 1689 PTE W J HILL 3/VB E SURREY REGT. Medal is in GVF condition, mounted as worn with original ribbon and mounting pin
WW1 Group Of five To a Liverpool Regiment Officer Later a Sir Entitled To The CMG 1914/15 trio 2/LIEUT C G S FOLLOWS L'POOL R ( LIEUT on pair ) Coronation Medal 1937, Coronation Medal 1953 Sir Charles Geoffrey Shield Follows (4 July 1896 – 1983) was a British colonial administrator. He was the Financial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1946 to 1951. Follows was a Lieutenant in The King's (Liverpool Regiment) in the First World War. He joined the colonial service after the war. He was appointed to Seychelles from 1920 to 1925, Gibraltar from 1925 to 1927, Northern Rhodesia as the Chief Secretary from 1935 to 1945. He was appointed acting Financial Secretary of Hong Kong in September 1945 and Financial Secretary on 1 May 1946. He was responsible for the financial difficulties in post-war Hong Kong. He left Hong Kong on pre-retirement leave in May 1951 First four medasl mounted as originally worn , 1953 Coronation medal in box of issue and all in GVF condition
WW1 Group of Three with South Persia GSM and SWB To The Bedfordshire Regiment British War and Victory medals 206596 PTE A E MOORE BEDF R GSM one bar South Persia 206596 PTE A E MOORE BEDF R Together with Silver Wound Badge numbered 03291 and a disabled sailors and servicemen's lapel badge Gsm with bar South Persia very rare to the Bedfordshire regiment, only 4 being issued and also an unusual instance of a silver wound badge being in a group with a GSM Medals are unmounted and in NEF condition
WW1 Lloyds MSM Group Of Three To a Mercantile Marine Captain British War and Mercantile Marine Medals WILLIAM M CHIRGWIN Llloyds Medal for Meritorious Service CAPTAIN WM MATTHEWS CHIRGWIN SS BURGUNDY 13TH MARCH 1917 The SS Burgundy, D MacIver, Sons & Co, Liverpool, armed, whilst sailing Liverpool for the River Plate with general cargo came under gun attack from a German U Boat,she was saved by her own gunfire, and was damaged according to Lloyds. Captain Chirgwin also received a commendation for good services in the Edinburgh Gazette of the 24th of July 1917 William Matthews Chirgwin was from Prescott in Lancashire.He received his Lloyds Captains certificate in June 1895
WW1 Pair ,Plaque And Scroll To An Officer In The 10th Hussars British war and Victory medals , 2.LIEUT R G FIELD, Memorial plaque, REGINALD GEORGE FIELD , Memorial Scroll, 2/LIEUT REGINALD GEORGE FIELD 10TH HUSSARS. Reginald George Field was born at Ashurst Park, Tunbridge Wells , the second son of George Hanbury Field and his wife, Hon Emily Hardinge, daughter of 2nd Viscount Hardinge of Lahore. Reginald was educated at Eton and was posted to France february 1917.he is commemorated on the Lychgate at St Martin's church Ashurst , and on the Fordcombe War Memorial , he died of wounds in france 0n the 6th of april 1918. A scarce officers casualty to a cavalry regiment , the 10th hussars losing approx 15 officers kia/dow in ww1 Medals and plaque in GEF condition, the scroll mounted on card alongside the Kings letter and in generally good condition
WW1 Pair And Plaque To The Cameron Highlanders British war and Victory medal to S/22297 PTE A CAMERON CAMERONS Memorial Plaque ANDREW CAMERON Andrew Cameron was born in Riccarton Ayrshire and resided in Hurlford Ayrshire , he served in the 5th Cameron Highlanders and was killed in action on the 18th of October 1916, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, the Somme Medals with original ribbons and in EF condition
WW1 Pair And Plaque To The Somerset Light Infantry British War and Victory Medals 50758 PTE R C LORD SOM LI Memorial Plaque ROBERT CHARLES LORD Robert Charles Lord served with the 1st battalion Somerset Light Infantry, he was 19 years of age from Cowes on the Isle of Wight . He worked as an apprentice fitter with the Great Western Railways Engine and Coach Dept, he was killed in action on the 21st of October 1918 , he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial France
WW1 Pair To An MM winner In The 6th London Regiment Later KIA British war and Victory medals 323762 PTE B PEARSON 6-LOND R Bertie Pearson was born in Hackney and enlisted in Poplar, he served with the 6th London regiment, was awarded the MM in the London Gazette of the 12th of December 1917. he was killed in action on the 28th of March 1918, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial France Medals are in VF condition, the BWM with some slight edge nicks
WW1 Pair To Australian Infantry With SWB British war and victory medals 5946 PTE J REID 19TH BN AIF Silver wound badge, reverse numbered A322 James Reid was from Kenmore Aberfeldy Perthshire ,he served in France from December 1916 with the 19th battalion AIF, He was severely wounded on the 27th of February 1917 , receiving a gunshot wound to the the left arm which led to his arm being amputated. When first enlisted he is shown as an accountant working in Sydney , he previously worked in India 55 pages of service papers are available on-line Medals with original ribbons and are in NEF condition
WW1 Pair To The RN Entitled To a DSM For An Outstanding Action British War and Victory Medals 199926 W BRADBURY ACT CPO RN William Bradbury from Birmingham enlisted into the Royal Navy in 1901, he served on numerous ships and whilst serving on HMS Triumph in 1915 was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in the London Gazette of the 16th of August 1915 \" ‘For services in picket boats of H.M.S. Majestic and Triumph 18th April 1915.’ The splendid work of our submarines in the Sea of Marmora was carried out in the teeth of great and incessant dangers, and both we and our Allies the French lost a number of boats in the narrow and closely guarded passage of the Dardanelles. And it was the loss of one of these vessels, the E.15, which led to a most brilliant exploit on the part of the two little steam picket boats belonging to the Royal Navy. On the night of 16 April 1915, the E.15 (Lieutenant Commander T. S. Brodie, R.N.) was detached from the flotilla lying at Tenedos and sent into the Straits to reconnoitre a newly laid minefield about eleven miles up. The Turks, however, were keeping a very vigilant watch, and it was not long before the submarine was compelled to dive in order to escape their searchlights. Thus submerged, she continued to creep steadily up the Straits, but the strong head current gradually threw her off her course, and just off Kephez Point, where the land shelves out and the navigable channel is greatly reduced in width, she unfortunately ran aground. The water shallowed so imperceptibly that she was hard and fast, with her conning tower well out of the water, almost before her danger was realised, and the forts ashore at once opened fire demolishing the conning tower, killing the Commanding Officer and a number of men, and leaving the survivors no alternative but to surrender. When it became apparent that the Turks were attempting to refloat the submarine, steps were immediately taken to frustrate this intention. Aircraft tried to drop bombs on the stranded vessel; submarines went in and endeavoured to torpedo her; battleships entered the Straits and fired two score rounds from their heavy guns, but all to no purpose. When darkness fell, destroyers were sent in to see if they could get within range, but they were discovered and driven out by the heavy fire that was concentrated on them. Next morning Vice-Admiral de Robeck made a signal to the effect that two small steamboats, one from the Triumph and one from the Majestic, were to be fitted with outrigger torpedoes, manned by volunteer crews, and sent in that night to accomplish what aircraft, submarines, battleships and destroyers had failed to do. Throughout the fleet there was very little expectation that those who ventured out on this exploit would ever return, but there was no lack of volunteers and lots had to be cast to choose the boats\' crews from among them. By nightfall all was ready, and at 2200 the little boats, with sides easily penetrable by a rifle bullet, got underway. The whole enterprise was fraught with the greatest danger, seeing that the boats had to steam ten or eleven miles through a narrow channel dominated by the Turks on both sides, and that the enemy had been well warned the previous day of our intention to destroy the submarine by some means or another. For some time, however, all went well; and then, while they were still three or four miles from their goal, they were suddenly lit up by the glare of a searchlight. Instantly a torrent of fire was opened on them, and the sea, now brilliantly lit, seemed as though it were lashed by a terrific hailstorm. As if by a miracle the boats remained unscathed, forging their perilous way ahead against the strong current, the centre always of a dazzling blaze of light and the target of guns that increased in number as they advanced. As they got nearer and nearer to the stranded submarine, fresh searchlights came into action from directly ahead, the enemy hoping by this means to blind the helmsmen and conceal the whereabouts of the E.15. Presently however one of the Turks made a slip and threw his light full on to the submarine. It was all our men wanted. The Majestic’s boat was then no more than three hundred yards distant from it, and Lieutenant Godwin put her end on to the target, slowed her down, and dropped his first torpedo. Unfortunately the glare of the search lights confused his aim, and the weapon missed, and a few seconds afterwards the Turkish gunners scored their one and only hit of the night with a shot that carried away part of the boat\'s stern. She instantly began to fill, but Lieutenant Godwin still had another torpedo in its slings, and he was determined to use it. Putting on steam he again approached the submarine, and taking careful aim, was rewarded after a few seconds by a great explosion which occurred well under water, just forward of her conning tower. After such an attack no submarine would have any remaining value save as waste metal. In the meantime the Triumph\'s boat had observed the misfortune of her consort and hurriedly steamed up alongside. All the men of the damaged craft were taken aboard, including one, the only casualty, who had been mortally wounded. The forts and batteries ashore had redoubled their efforts when the torpedo struck home, but not another shot found its intended billet, and when the Triumph, now doubly loaded, set off down stream, the enemy gunners, for some reason best known to themselves, concentrated their fire on the drifting and tenantless wreck of the Majestic\'s boat. Vice-Admiral de Robeck congratulated those concerned in a general signal, and the Admiralty telegraphed Lieutenant Commander Robinson\'s promotion to Commander for his services. The D.S.O. was awarded to Lieutenant Godwin, and the D.S.C. to Lieutenant Brooke-Webb and Midshipman Woolley, while the boats\' crews all received the D.S.M., Commander Robinson had already performed in Gallipoli a deed of gallantry for which he was later awarded the Victoria Cross. A DSM group of five to the steam picket of HMS Majestic sold in DNW on the 18th of May 2011 for a hammer price of £4000 Medals with original tatty ribbons and in VF condition
WW2 Group Of Five to Beds & Herts Regiment, Probable Chindit GSM one bar Palestine 5948939 PTE V M MALLA BEDFS & HERTS R 1939-45 star, Burma star, Defence medal, War medal The 1st Beds & Herts regiment served with the 14th British Infantry Brigade in Burma and formed Columns 16 and 61 in the 2nd Chindit expedition in 1944. There is a photo available on-line of a Beds & Herts chindit column which includes a sergt Malla , ( photo will be provided with the group) this is a very unusual name and probably the recipient of this medal group , further research required Medals unmounted in NEF condition
WW2 Group Of Five To Submarine Casualty 1939-45 star,Atlantic star, Africa star, Italy star, War medal , with condolence slip named to DAVID HAMILTON all in original box of issue addressed to recipients father in Clydebank Together with the following original items, one portrait photo in uniform, one postcard photo in uniform one small photo in uniform, original birth certificate , newspaper clipping and letter from the admiralty addressed to recipients father giving details of the loss of hm submarine sickle ERA 3 David Hamilton was killed in action aboard H M Submarine Sickle on 18th of July 1944 ,In 1943 the Sickle sunk the german submarine U303 and 5 other surface vessels, the Sickle herself was depth charged and sunk whilst shadowing an enemy convoy Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition
WW2 Group Of Five To The Gren Gds , KIA 1939-45 star, France and Germany star, Defence medal, War medal, Army LSGC ( GeoVI) 2609268 GDSMN C R HUNT G GDS L / Sgt George Robert Hunt , from Cheltenham served in WW" with the 4th Grenadier Guards, he was killed in action aged 38 on the 14th of August 1944 and is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery The 4th Grenadier Guards formed part of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade and fought with Churchill tanks during the North West Europe campaign Medals are in NVF condition, the LSGC having been cleaned at one time
WW2 Group Of Five To The RAMC Taken POW And Repatriated 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Efficiency Medal bar Territorial ( Geo VI ) 7357009 CPL R H CANT RAMC Robert Cant was taken Prisoner of War at Tobruk on the 20th of June 1942 , he was repatriated in 1943 From the Aberdeen Press and Journal, 5th of May 1943 Repatriated From Italy Pte. Robert Cant. R.A.M.C., has arrived at his home, 15 Howburn Place, Aberdeen, after being repatriated from an Italian prison camp. Pte. Cant went overseas in June, 1940, and was captured Tobruk two years later. A Territorial .he was called to the colours in March 1939, previously he was a bus conductor on the Torry-Ferryhill route Together with dog tags and loyal service badge WW2 medals in box of issue addressed to recipient in Aberdeen, with enclosure slip confirming awards, all medals with original ribbons and in EF condition
WW2 Group Of Four To The A&SH 1939-45 star, Defence medal, War medal, Efficiency medal ( GeoVI ) bar Territorial with extra long service bar 2982574 CPL D FINLAYSON A&SH Medals poorly mounted as worn on original brooch bar and in NEF condition
WW2 Group Of Four To The Royal Tank Regiment Wounded In Action IGS one bar North West Frontier 1930-31 7880222 TPR J W HANCOCK R TANK C 1939-45 star, War Medal John William Hancock served with the 4th Royal Tank Regiment and was wounded in the Middle East Theatre on the 15th of March 1941 One edge knock on the IGS otherwise medals are in NEF condition
WW2 Group Of Seven To The RASC 1939-45 star, Africa star, Italy star , Defence medal, War medal AGS ( Eliz II) one bar Kenya S/14477108 SGT B HILL RASC Army LSGC ( Eliz II) S/14477108 S SGT B HILL RASC Medals with original ribbons and mounted as originally worn, VF condition
Zulu War Medal Bar 1879 To HMS Shah Zulu War Medal one bar 1879 N J WAITE AB HMS SHAH Nathaniel John Waite was born in Bridge Kent in 1850, he joined the Royal Navy in 1874 , he served in various ships including HMS Shah during the Zulu War, he died in service, being discharged dead from HMS Constance on the 26th of March 1883 at the time of death his rank being PO 1CL HMS Shah took Sir Garnet Wolseley to take over from Lord Chelmsford in the Zulu War landing at Durban on 4th July 1879. Some of her crew took part in the Battle of Ginginlovo on 2nd April 1879. She also landed part of the Naval Brigade for the Relief of Eshowe in conjunction with HMS Tenedos and HMS Boadicea. Medal lightly toned and in NEF condition
Zulu War Medal One Bar 1879 To The 91st Foot Zulu War Medal one bar 1879 2198 PTE J COVEL 91ST FOOT Confirmed on the medal roll as 2198 Pte J Covell 91st Foot ( Argyllshire Highlanders ) Medal has an edge bump at 7 o'clock, otherwise in NEF condition