A superb WW2 MC MID group of seven to NX34890 Captain John E. Macdonald 2/3rd Infantry Battalion. Comprising; MC officially dated 1941, 1939/45, Africa, Pacific stars, Defence, War with M.I.D and Australian service Medal. All Officially impressed in WW2 small block lettering.
Original photo in uniform, award document for Military Cross (signed by General Warell), Original M.I.D. certificate and an original book "... Line Upon Line..." by Captain Macdonald (believed one of only 20 copies).
Military Cross Citation reads as follows;
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the battle of Tobruk on 21 Jan. 41. Lieut. Macdonald attacked with his platoon a strongly held enemy post containing a field gun and six machine guns, and surrounded by a deep anti-tank ditch. On most of his platoon becoming disorganised in the ditch, Lieut. Macdonald with a couple of men advanced on the post and attacked it with grenades. A machine gun opened fire and killed one of the men, and this officer advanced alone, attacking with grenades . He was wounded once and continued, being again wounded in the body, but continued his advance, throwing grenades into the post. By the inspiring example and outstanding courage of this very gallant officer the post was finally captured.
London Gazette 9th May 1941
M.I.D. citation reads;
Exceptional service in the field in S.W.P. area.
London Gazette 6th March 1947
This outstanding double award group comes with a tremendous amount of research and was originally obtained directly from the family.
Good VF/EF $15,000
Group of five: 1939/45 and Africa Stars (impressed), War Medal and Australian Service Medals (impressed), Naval Long Service Good Conduct Medal (Engraved). 16687 B. F. Biram.
Bartolomeo Colleoni Medallion on contemporary stand with small enamel HMAS Sydney badge. Engraved naming in typical style.
Petty Officers bullion hat badge, Original photograph in uniform, True copy of certificate of service, Original telegram to family offering sympathy for the loss of their son on HMAS Sydney.
Finally the jewel in the crown, is his original substantial diary describing life on the Sydney between the dates of 18 April 1940 to 30 December 1940. Including his description of the Bartolomeo Colleoni action. There is also a large quantity of research.
This is one of the best documented HMAS Sydney groups ever to be seen on the market. The diary adding that true personal touch.
Five: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, War Medal (M.I.D.) and Australian Service Medal 1939/45 to an Officer of the 2/43rd Btn. AIF. War Medal and ASM are correctly impressed to SX6994 R. B. Davis. Stars un-named as often found.
MID London Gazette 24-6-1943. Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 16-3-1944 "Award for El Alamein"
WIA 10/8/1941 Tobruk.
Promoted to be Lieutenant 3/1/1943.
Comes with large quantity of research. Original train ticket and Battalion Car Badge for the 2/43rd, plus old period plastic coated ribbon bar, pre ASM award.
Five: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal (M.I.D.) and Australian Service Medal 1939/45. All medals Officially impressed to WX27990 T. H. Kenafick. (13 Field Coy. AIF).
MID "For exceptional service in the field in S.W. Pacific area"
London Gazette 6/3/1947. Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 6/3/1947.
Complete with his original pocket watch "To T. Kenafick railway picnic Committee Southern Cross September 28th 1903"
Five: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to VX2446 R.A.K. Fairless (2/2nd Field Ambulance). Stars un-named as often found.
FAIRLESS REGINALD ALLEN KEITH : Service Number - VX2446 : Date of birth - 28 Jun 1908 : Place of birth - WEST MELB VIC : Place of enlistment - MELBOURNE VIC : Next of Kin - FAIRLESS ERNEST
WIA 19/5/1941 Severely wounded Crete and as a result evacuated back to Australia for discharge. Records open to public.
A very nice Crete Casualty group $825
Single: Rare Commonwealth of Australia Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Edward VII issue. Correctly chisel engraved to 521 A/Bdr W. Clarke R.A.A. 30.1.09.
Williams claims only 167 issued EF $1450