91 Shenton Rd Swanbourne, 6010
Perth, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
TEL: +61 (08) 9384 1218
MOB: +61 417 189 883
TEL: +61 (08) 9384 1218
MOB: +61 417 189 883
9-5 Monday to Friday
LT Gubbins Victorian Mounted Rifles is standing top left in group photo
Group of six; Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamels; The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 1st type breast badge, silver-gilt, hallmarks for London 1919; Queen’s South Africa five clasps “Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902” (2/Lieut. S. Gubbins, Rl. Fus.); 1914-15 Star (Major S. Gubbins, R. Fus.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col. S. Gubbins),
It appears Stamer Gubbins was born in New Zealand on passage to Australia in 1882. Gubbins family settled in Melbourne where he was educated at Melbourne Grammar School. Joining the 5th Contingent, Victorian Mounted Rifles in 1900 as a lieutenant at the age of 18, he served in South Africa during the Boer War. After serving his full tour with the 5th VMR he went on to serve in the Royal Fusiliers in 1902.
Having then been seconded to the West African Frontier Force in Nigeria 1904-09, and been advanced to Major, Gubbins was embarked for France in June 1915, where he commanded the 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers from August of that year until May 1916.It was during this period that he won his D.S.O. for the Battalion’s attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt (a.k.a. The Chord) on 2 March. On that occasion, the attack was launched at 5.45 p.m. with the detonation of seven mines, the largest of which was intended to wreck the bulk of The Chord. Certainly the earth thrown up by the mines partly covered the enemy’s wire, thereby allowing Gubbins’s men - and the neighbouring 8th Battalion - to gain access to the enemy’s defences, but not without significant loss. As stated in The Royal Fusiliers in the Great War, the 9th Battalion ‘found many Germans in their sector of The Chord who, though dazed, did not surrender and had to be killed. There followed a number of fierce grenade fights, the Germans rushing down from the north end of The Chord and along the trenches leading from the east into it ... but the craters were held against enemy bombing attacks during the night.’
D.S.O. London Gazette 15 April 1916:
‘This officer commanded his Battalion in an attack, the success of which was due to the excellent organisation he had established in his Battalion, and to the fighting spirit he had fostered in it.’
O.B.E. London Gazette 3 June 1919.
“For valuable service rendered in connection with Military Operations in Egypt”
Gubbins, who was also mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 15 June 1916, refers), later served in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force as Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, services that resulted in his award of the O.B.E. After a long adventure away from Australia, Gubbins finally returned in 1938 with his wife. He died in 1940.
Mounted as worn, minor enamel damage to wreaths on the first, otherwise good very fine $7950
Four: A Great War 1918 ‘Somme’ M.M. group of four awarded to Private A. F. Allen, 5th Battalion Australian Machine Gun Corps, Australian Imperial Force, who was wounded in action in 1916, 1917 and 1918
Military Medal, G.V.R. (2552 Pte. A. E. Allen. 5/Aust: M.G.C.); 1914-15 Star (2552 Pte. A. F. Allen. 7/Bn. A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medals (2552 Pte. A. E. Allen. 7 Bn. A.I.F.)
M.M. London Gazette 24 January 1919. The original recommendation states:
‘Whilst moving into position for attack in front of Villers Bretonneux at 5 a.m. on the morning of 8th August 1918, Private Allen received nasty wounds in the arm. Although in great pain he carried on over an advance of approximately 10 kilometres. Throughout the operation he showed an utter disregard for his personal safety, and by his gallantry, self-sacrifice and devotion to duty he set a splendid example to all ranks. His courage and endurance are worthy of special recognition.’
Edward Albert Allen was born in Wandsworth, London, in 1894. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Seahawk, Victoria, 6 May 1915. Allen embarked for Egypt in H.M.A.T. Anchises, and arrived at Mudros 18 November 1915. He initially served on the strength of the 7th Australian Infantry Battalion, before briefly transferring to the 59th Battalion, and ultimately serving with the Australian Machine Gun Corps from March 1916.
Allen was wounded in action in the French theatre of war, 19 July 1916 and 24 March 1917. He was awarded his M.M. for service with the 5th Battalion Australian Machine Gun Corps, as part of the 5th Australian Division on the Somme, 8 August 1918. He also received his final wound on that date. Allen returned to Australia in SS Main, and was discharged 10 December 1919.
Minor edge nicks, generally very fine or better $4250
Trio: A Great War 1917 ‘French theatre’ M.M. group of three awarded to Sergeant G. J. Irving, 29th Battery, 8th Field Artillery Brigade, Australian Imperial Force, who was also wounded in action, 19 July 1917
Military Medal, G.V.R. (19852 Bmbr: G. J. Irving. 8/Bde: Aust: F.A.); British War and Victory Medals (19852 A-Sgt. G. J. Irving. 8. F.A.B. A.I.F.)
M.M. London Gazette 18 July 1917. The original recommendation states:
‘On the morning of 13-5-1917 the 29th. Battery was subjected to very heavy shell fire by 5.9 shells. Under the orders of the Battery Commander all ranks except himself and these four men had evacuated the position. The Battery Commander and these four men remaining in the close vicinity of the Battery, during the bombardment a number of direct hits were made on the Gun Pits setting fire to three of them and causing the ammunition in the pits to commence to explode. These four men with Major Churchus at once went in to these pits and put out two fires with wet bags. This was done although amounts of 5.9 were at the time landing on the Battery position and the ammunition in the pits was also exploding, about 400 rounds exploding before the fires were extinguished. By the action of Major Churchus and these four men two (2) guns and about 300 rounds of ammunition were undoubtedly saved.’
Good very fine or better $3250
Pair: A Great War 1916 ‘Somme’ M.M. pair awarded to Private O. M. Selig, 13th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, a battalion runner who worked for 48 hours without rest, and was continually exposed to sniper and shell fire. He was wounded in action, 17 May 1918
Military Medal, G.V.R. (3917. Pte. O. M. Selig. 13/Aust: Inf:); British War Medal 1914-20 (3917 Pte. O. M. Selig. 13 Bn. A.I.F.)
M.M. London Gazette 8 December 1916. The original recommendation states:
‘For bravery and devotion to duty during the operations N.W. of Pozieres 29th/31st August. He was a battalion runner and worked for 48 hours without rest and was continually exposed to the greatest danger from shells and snipers. His courage and devotion to duty are very highly recommended.’
O. M. Selig was born in Dungoy, near Maitland, New South Wales, Australia, in 1892. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 30 August 1915, and embarked for Egypt, in December 1915. Selig served with the 13th Australian Infantry Battalion as part of the 4th Australian Brigade, 4th Australian Division in the French theatre of war from June 1916.
Selig was awarded his M.M. for gallantry in operations on the Somme, in particular during attacks north west of Pozieres 29/31 August 1916. The Battalion War Diary for these dates records an attack on Mouquet Farm. During the latter the Battalion suffered 8 other ranks killed, 3 officers and 42 other ranks wounded.
Selig continued to serve with the Battalion in France, and was wounded in action, 17 May 1918. He was invalided to England a few days later, and returned to Australia in the H.T. Marathon. Selig was discharged 21 March 1919.
Both suspension claws re-pinned, nearly very fine $2950
Trio: A Great War 1918 ‘Somme’ M.M. group of three awarded to Corporal A. E. Boyd, 37th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, for continued gallantry as a stretcher bearer over a three week period in August 1918
Military Medal, G.V.R. (2222 Pte. - T. Cpl. - A. E. Boyd. 37/Aust: Inf:); British War and Victory Medals (2222 Cpl. A. E. Boyd 37 Bn. A.I.F.)
M.M. London Gazette 29 March 1919. The original recommendation states:
‘On the night of the 9th/10th August 1918, Corporal Boyd, who was then a stretcher bearer, did consistently good work getting out wounded men. During this operation, he was continuously under heavy artillery and machine gun fire, and was working until late in the morning. At Proyart 12th August, Bray 24th August, Suzanse 26th August, Howitzer Wood 29th August, Clery 30th August, he continued to do good work showing a total disregard for personal danger and endurance and courage of a remarkably high standard. When wanted he was always on the job and apart from his personal work was invaluable in directing the work of other stretcher bearers of B Company. Corporal Boyd has proved himself a splendid and dauntless leader under the most trying and perilous circumstances.’
A. E. Boyd was born in Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, in January 1916. Boyd embarked for the UK on the S.S. Shropshire, and travelled on to France, 15 February 1917. He served with the 37th Australian Infantry Battalion as part of the 10th Australian Brigade, 3rd Australian Division in the French theatre of war.
Boyd was awarded his M.M. for gallantry as stretcher bearer in operations on the Somme, over a three week period in August 1918. The Battalion War Diary for this month records the 37th Battalion suffering casualties of 4 officers (including the CO) and 34 other ranks killed, 12 officers and 257 other ranks wounded, and one officer and 14 other ranks died of wounds.
Boyd continued to serve with the Battalion in France, and was wounded in action. He returned to Australia in the S.S Nestor, 20 May 1919, and was discharged 9 August 1919. Boyd died in November 1956.
Minor edge bruising overall, therefore very fine $3750
Trio: A Great War 1918 ‘Somme’ M.M. group of three awarded to Private C. Wells, 47th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, for gallantry as a Runner at Dernancourt, 5 April 1918
Military Medal, G.V.R. (5208 Pte. C. Wells. 47/Aust: Inf:); British War and Victory Medals (5208 Pte. C. Wells. 47-Bn. A.I.F.)
M.M. London Gazette 16 July 1918. The original recommendation states:
‘At Dernancourt, south west of Albert 5th April 1918, Wells acted as a runner and did some splendid work. He showed great determination in getting his messages through heavy artillery and machine gun fire. When passing the Battalion Headquarters with a message, he was wounded, but delivered his message. His grit was very fine and was an example to all the men.’
C. Wells was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1891. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, in November 1915. He embarked for Egypt on H.M.A.T. Star of Victoria, in March 1916, and travelled on to France on the H.T. Hunstpill, in June 1916. Wells served with the 47th Australian Infantry Battalion as part of the 12th Australian Brigade, 4th Australian Division in the French theatre of war from July 1916.
Wells was awarded his M.M. for gallantry in operations on the Somme, in particular at Dernancourt, 5 April 1918. The Battalion War Diary for this date records that the attack was successful, with the 47th Battalion suffering casualties of 3 officers and 22 other ranks killed, 2 officers and 85 other ranks wounded.
Wells continued to serve with the Battalion in France, and was hospitalised suffering from ‘lumbago, debility and trench fever.’ He returned to Australia in the S.S Commonwealth, 11 February 1919, and was discharged 28 July 1919.
Generally very fine $3850
Trio: A Great War 1918 ‘Somme’ M.M. group of three awarded to Private C. McCabe, 55th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, for continued acts of gallantry over a 11 month period in 1918, in particular during the Spring Offensive, and at Peronne, 1 September 1918
Military Medal, G.V.R. (5418 Pte. C. McCabe. 55/Aust: Inf:); British War and Victory Medals (5418 Pte. C. McCabe. 55 - Bn. A.I.F.)
M.M. London Gazette 20 August 1919. The original recommendation states:
‘For continued gallantry and devotion to duty during the period 25th February 1918 to 31st December 1918. During these periods Pte. McCabe was a member of his Company permanent patrol and many were his acts of gallantry and devotion to duty indicating an utter disregard of personal safety. Whilst the Battalion was in the line north of Villiers Bretonneux during the months of April and May 1918, his work was marked and won for him the admiration and confidence of all with whom he was associated. During the operations at Peronne on 1st September 1918, his coolness and energy under heavy fire so cheered and inspired his comrades that the operation was helped to a great degree by his personal example.’
Generally very fine or better $3750
Trio: A Great War 1917 ‘Ypres’ M.M. group of three awarded to Private A. Delury, 25th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, who received a shrapnel wound to the right shoulder in the process of winning the M.M., and was later gassed 12 May 1918
Military Medal, G.V.R. (4797 Pte. A. Delury. 25/Aust: Inf:); British War and Victory Medals (4797 Sgt. A. Delury. 25-Bn. A.I.F.)
M.M. London Gazette 12 December 1917. The original recommendation states:
‘At Westhoek Ridge 20th September 1917 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, when despite heavy shell fire he laid out telephone wires to the front line, and by repairing continual breaks, consequent upon enemy shell fire, he maintained communications throughout.’
A. Delury was born in Woolwich, Kent, in 1893. He was employed as a Well Borer prior to his enlistment in the Australian Imperial Force, in January 1916. Delury served with the 25th Australian Infantry Battalion as part of the 7th Australian Brigade, 2nd Australian Division in the French theatre of war from November 1916.
Delury was awarded his M.M. for gallantry in operations at Ypres, in particular during the attack on Westhoek Ridge, 20/21 September 1917. The Battalion War Diary for this date records that all objectives were taken and consolidated, with the 25th Battalion suffering casualties of one officer and 32 other ranks killed, one officer and 9 other ranks died of wounds, 3 officers and 135 other ranks wounded and 4 other ranks missing. Delury was amongst the Battalion’s wounded for that day, having suffered a shrapnel wound to the right shoulder.
Delury continued to serve with the Battalion in France, and was gassed, 12 May 1918. He returned to Australia in the H.M.A.T. Border, 9 December 1919, and was discharged ‘medically unfit’ 27 April 1920.
Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Military Medal correctly impressed 4608 CPL J. C. COLDICOTT 42/BY: 11/BDE: AUST: F.A, and British War and Victory Medals correctly impressed to 4608 CPL J. C. COLDICOTT 9 BN. A.I.F.
Emb: 31ST January 1916 from Brisbane with the 9th Battalion AIF before being transferred to the 42nd battery in April 1916
Attached to Number 6 Flying Squadron, Royal Flying Corps (in the field) from the 28th April 1916 until being returned to the battery’s control prior to doing a signals course in early 1917.
Military Medal action 5th April 1918
M.M. London Gazette 16 July 1918. The original recommendation states:
‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on our positions opposite Dernacourt and Albert on April 5th 1918. When the heavy shelling in the vicinity of the Battery cut all telephone wires he and two others went out without hesitation and succeeded in keeping the most urgent line in repair all the time. By his constant work on lines and disregard of danger under heavy and continued shell fire throughout the day, he rendered valuable service and enabled his Battery Commander to keep in communication and receive urgent tactical messages without delay.’
Transferred to the 4th Divisional Signals School in July 1918
Discharged 4th August 1919
Note: Coldicott (or “Coldy” as he was known) was personally presented with the riband for his award by General Sir W. R. Birdwood on 9 June 1918
GD VF $3250
Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Military Medal correctly impressed 2052 PTE A. COOPER 42/AUST INF and British War and Victory Medals correctly impressed to 2052 PTE A. W. BROWNE 42 BN. A.I.F.
Emb: 7th September 1916
WIA: 1st August 1917 (G.S.W Arm, compound fracture)
Military Medal London Gazette 18th August 1917 “For Bravery in the Field”
26th April 1918 promoted to Cpl
21st October 1918 Transferred to the 11th Field Ambulance
Discharged 20th May 1919
Records show that Private Browne/Cooper was awarded his Military Medal "in the field" and as a result no citation can be found at this stage (worthy of further research
Note: Albert William Brown - alias ‘Albert Cooper’ – It was in March 1918 that he revealed his true identity as Albert William Browne, rather than ‘Albert Cooper’; Statutory Declaration to this effect is in his personnel file.
Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 2669 PTE. W. J. WILKIE 41. BN. A.I.F.
Emb. 17th November 1916
Commonwealth Gazette 27th June 1918
RTA 14th January 1919
Records show that Private Wilkie was awarded his Military Medal "in the field" and as a result no citation can be found at this stage (worthy of further research). Interestingly we do have a citation of where Private Wilkie is recommended for a "Bar" to his Military Medal, which was subsequently not awarded like so many of the late war awards.
In 1944 Private Wilkie applies for a re-issue of his medals as his original medals are lost. A rare chance to purchase a good infantry Military Medal group (that was nearly an MM and Bar) at a reduced price
Good VF SOLD
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 29603 T.CQMS R. Hindes 6 F.A.B. AIF
Emb: 3rd October 1916
Awarded MILITARY MEDAL London Gazette 16 August 1917
"At Ploegsteert on the 1st June, 1917, these N.C.Os. and men, under the orders of Major E.T. Dean, whilst the 16th Battery was being heavily shelled, displayed the greatest bravery and devotion to duty in extinguishing on three separate occasions fires which had broken out from the hostile shelling in three gun pits of the battery and in several ammunition dumps. Whilst the gun pits were on fire, and the ammunition in them, and several dumps surrounding the battery were exploding, they brought buckets of water to the Battery Commander who was standing on top of the pit being dealt with, and worked in the pits with him putting out the fire. They subsequently put out the burning dumps, on more than one occasion boxes exploding whilst they were handling the dump. On the pits again catching fire under the heavy shelling they returned in the rage of it and successfully renewed their efforts. Their disregard for personal safety, fine devotion and determination undoubtedly saved the guns and a large quantity of ammunition, 1,500 rounds only being destroyed out of some 5,000 stored at these pits."
RTA: 24th October 1919
Note: Records show his Military Medal was returned to the Government by the Adelaide RSL.
Single : South Africa Medal 1853 impressed : LIEUT. H.J.N. KING 6th REGT wounded in action 9.6.1851.
A superb medal to an easy to research Officer thanks to his triple initial. The State of Victoria Gazette of Jan 29 1869 under "POST OFFICE" then "BALLARAT" shows him taken on strength of the Victorian Government in 1853 - the year before EUREKA.
Numerous newspaper reports show the demise of King for embezzlement of the Ballarat Post Office in 1869. There is much more research that can be done on this Officer and it would be interesting to learn if he played any part in the EUREKA uprising due to the probable central meeting place of the Ballarat Post Office and his loyalty to the Army.
Single: New Zealand 1845-66, reverse dated 1863 to 1866 (2783 Cr. Sergt. Saml. Manning, 1st Bn. 12th Regt.),
The 12th Regiment arrived at Sydney in 1854 and served in New Zealand from 1860-66. It was engaged in the first Taranaki War, being present at No. 2 Redoubt and was in action throughout the Waikato War. It sustained losses at Rangiriri and fought at Gate Pa. The Headquarters moved to Napier in December 1865 and then moved to Tauranga in 1866, where part of the regiment took part in the Tauranga bush campaign.
As per the following report from The Hobart Mercury, 10 August 1861, Manning served as a Drill Instructor to the local volunteers in Tasmania in 186-61:
‘Yesterday evening a presentation of a purse of twenty sovereigns by the members of the First Rifles, S.T.V., to Acting Sergeant-Major Manning of H.M. 12th Regiment, who since the formation of the Corps, has filled the post of Drill Instructor, took place at the Town Hall.
Lieutenant-Colonel Russell, Field Officer, commanding Volunteers, and the whole of the officers of the Second Rifles were present; Mr. Manning holding the office of Drill Instructor to that corps. Several ladies also graced the scene with their presence and numerous spectators filled the gallery and lower part of the Hall. Acting Sergeant-Major Manning arrived shortly after eight o'clock, and the Corps being drawn up in subdivisions facing each other, Captain Solly spoke as follows:
“Sergeant Manning - The pleasing duty has devolved upon me, as the Captain Commanding the First Rifles, to convey to you, on the part of the Corps, the expression of their appreciation of your services as Drill Instructor. We feel, that to your unwearied assiduity and never failing patience, the present state of efficiency, which without boasting I may say is second to no corps in the Colony, is in great measure owing to you. I have now the pleasure of presenting to you this purse as a token of the good feeling entertained by the Corps towards you, and the high place you hold in their esteem. l am quite sure that wherever duty may call you, you will not forget the First Rifles, and you will ever carry with you the best wishes of the members of the Corps.
Sergeant Manning said:
“Officers, non-commissioned officers, and members of the First Rifles. I thank you most heartily for the very handsome present which you have made me. It has always been my anxious desire to do my duty faithfully as your Drill Instructor. I shall ever feel it a great pleasure to assist in any way the members of the First Rifles; and any information that I may possess connected with their instruction as Volunteers I shall be most happy to afford. I may be called away shortly, or I may remain here for many years, but wherever I am I shall always remember the time I have spent with you and hope and trust you will ever maintain the position you now hold in the Rifle Corps of Tasmania.”
Sergeant Manning then withdrew and Colonel Russell, who had been present at the drill, requested Captain Solly to convey to the Corps his satisfaction at the manner in which they had gone through their evolutions.’
Officially impressed naming, edge bruise, otherwise very fine SOLD
India General Service Medal 1854 one clasp : "Burma 1885 - 7" named in running script to: 1162 Pte. T. Keohane 2nd Bn.Rl.Muns.Fus.
This medal was originally found on the Geraldton rubbish tip - north of Perth. It appears the Keohane family came to Western Australia in the early 1900's.
Worthy of further research
Fathers Pair: Colour Serjeant J. Martin, 82nd Regiment. Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (C. Sjt., 82/Foot) scratch to obverse; Army L.S. & G.C., V.R., small letter reverse (1310 Sergt., 82nd Foot)
John Martin was born in Dublin. A Labourer by occupation, he attested for the 49th Regiment at Fermoy, 11 January 1853, aged 14 years, 7 months. With the regiment he served as a Drummer until transferring to the 82nd Regiment as a Private in February 1869. With the regiment he was promoted to a Corporal in November 1870; Sergeant in August 1874 and Colour Sergeant in December 1874. During his military career he served 3 years, 9 months in India. He was discharged at Dublin on 9 December 1879. Awarded the Army L.S. & G.C. with a gratuity of £5 in August 1875; awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with an annuity of £10 on 27 November 1915. Latterly the Chief Warder at the Military Prison, Cork.
With copied service papers and other research.
Sons group of Four: Staff Sergeant-Major J. Martin, Australian Forces, late South Lancashire Regiment
Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek (3503 Serjt., S. Lanc.Regt.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps (3503 Clr.-Serjt., S. Lanc. Regt.);Army L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (1st Cl. Sergt-Instr., 1st Bn. G.I.P. Ry.Vol. Rif. Cps.) correction to unit; Commonwealth of Australia Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R. (Staff Sergt-Major, Instl. Staff) John Martin was born in Bullevant, Co. Cork. He attested for the South Lancashire Regiment at Chester on 21 August 1891, aged 15 years, 8 months, and joined the regiment in Jersey two days later. He served as a Drummer until February 1892 when he reverted to Private and was promoted to Lance-Corporal in February 1894; Corporal in August 1895; Lance-Sergeant in March 1898; Sergeant in March 1899 and Colour-Sergeant in April 1902. Served in South Africa, November 1899-January 1903 and in India, January 1903-August 1913. In April 1906 he was transferred to the Bombay Unattached List as a 1st Class Sergeant-Instructor, posted to the Poona Volunteer Rifles and in March 1907, with the same rank, to the Great Indian Peninsula Railway Volunteers. Awarded the L.S. & G.C. in April 1910. Discharged on 21 August 1913 - listing Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, Australia as his intended place of residence. Awarded the Commonwealth of Australia M.S.M. as Staff Sergeant-Major of the 4th Military District (Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 7 June 1917).
With copied service and other papers.
First group, very fine and better. Second, edge bruising, contact marks, nearly very fine and better $3250
Trio : QUEENS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL, BRITISH WAR MEDAL AND VICTORY MEDAL. QSA with three clasps "CC, OFS, T" impressed 1153 SHG: STH: E. J. BISHOP VICTORIAN M.R. BWM and Victory Medal impressed 3303 A-SGT. E. J. BISHOP 5 PNR BN AIF.
Edward John Bishop’s Boer war service was with the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles as the Farrier Corporal and all three clasps are confirmed on the roll.
Enlisted in WW1 and trained with the 44th and 48th Battalion prior to departing with the 5th Pioneer Battalion
Emb: 23rd December 1916
Taken on strength Pioneer training Bn 18th February 1917 before proceeding to France
WIA: 30th September 1917 (remained on duty) France
Gassed but as it was caused by mishap it is not classed as a wounding (14th May 1918) “Platoon marched into to Corbie 13.5.18 which had been gas-shelled. Billets cleared and gas proofed and men warned against gas. L/Cpl Bishop with others visited areas other than billet area, which has been badly gassed. Evacuated following day sore eyes” No disciplinary action was taken.
2nd WIA: 23rd July 1918 (remained on duty) France
RTA: 10th March 1919 and discharged 5th Military District Western Australia
A great letter in Sergeant Bishop’s records by his wife describes his service “my husband said they were turned out of the hospital before they were well enough to make room for other cases and had to do two days march about 26 miles & had only been out of bed a few days. This sort of treatment to our men, to me, lwei’s what we would only expect from the enemy.
I do not want you to get the impression that my husband is a milk of water man, he has been fighting in France for fifteen (15) months without any leave and although reported twice wounded he remained each time on duty and has only been out of the fighting line when gassed. He is now 45 years of age and fought 16 months in the South African Boer war without a day’s leave”
Group of six, with Death plaque : QSA four clasps " CC, Rhodesia, OFS,T" KSA two clasps "SA01, SA02" correct running script Lieut. F. St. J. Barton 2/Hampshire RGT. with duplicate issue correctly impressed 123 CORP. F. ST. BARTON. VICTORIAN. M. R.,1914 -15 STAR, BRITISH WAR MEDAL (MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES) & VICTORY MEDAL impressed to CAPT. F. ST. J. BARTON HAMPS. R.
Death Plaque correctly named "Frederick ST. John Barton.
M.I.D. London Gazette 6 April 1916, for services in the Euphrates operations, 24 June to 26 July 1915.
Frederick St John Barton was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on 6 May 1876, 4th son of Robert Barton, Malvern, Victoria, formerly Deputy Master of Melbourne Branch, Royal Mint. He was educated at Toorak College, near Melbourne, and volunteered and enlisted in the 5th Victoria Contingent during the South African War. He was then transferred as Sergeant to the Rhodesian Artillery, and afterwards gazetted 2nd Lieutenant into the 2nd Hampshire Regiment on 19 May 1900, at the recommendation of the Governor of Victoria. He was promoted to Lieutenant in March 1902 and to Captain in January 1907. He took part in the operations in Rhodesia, May 1900, and in the Transvaal and west of Pretoria in May to June 1901; and in the Orange River Colony, July to October 1901 (Queen’s Medal with 4 clasps; King’s Medal with two clasps). He served as Adjutant to the 1st Battalion from March 1909 to March 1912, and to the 4th Territorial Battalion from November 1912. He went to India with his battalion in October 1914, after the outbreak of the European War, and from there to Mesopotamia in March 1915, and was killed in action at the battle of Nasiriya, 24 July 1915.
Sold with an Army Post Card home to his wife ‘I am quite well’, signed ‘Fred 4/5/15’, two news cuttings and a copied portrait photograph, together with other research.
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 4478 PTE E. L. STEPHENS 1 BN AIF
Previous service listed as "21st INF MILITIA” (2 YEARS) NSW
Emb. 15th January 1916
WIA or injury (?) initially whilst on duty in France 10th May 1916 "To hospital eye trouble" and goes back and forth from duty to hospital because of this injury.
RTA: Discharging NSW in August 1917 "medically unfit" as a result of “defective eyes”
Note: There is an unopened “Vocational Training” file in National Archives (1920). This was a scheme to give selected soldiers training in a trade post war.
Good VF $375
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 377 PTE N. D. CUDDEFORD 1 BN AIF.
EMB: 3RD May 1916 with the 1st ANZAC Cyclist Corps before transferring to the 1st BN AIF September 1916
8th April 1917 admitted to hospital with trench feet and paratyphoid fever
Records show various disciplinary charges, all minor and appear to stem from being late on parade.
RTA: 19th February 1919 and discharged Medically unfit NSW (from Cootamundra)
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 6846 A-CPL (PTE ON VICTORY MEDAL) R. J. WATSON 2 BN AIF
EMB: 8th November 1916
WIA/KIA: Initially classed as wounded 6th November 1917, then reported wounded/missing before he was finally reported Killed in Action after a court of inquiry into his death.
Private Harris from his battalion gave the following statement in reference to Cpl Watson’s death; “Watson was buried by shell at Passchendaele on the 6th November with McDonald, Sutcliffe and Cox. I helped to dig them out and buried them behind the trench which was just in rear of village.”
Confirming Private Harris’s statement to be true and correct, Cpl Watson’s body was exhumed at the first possible opportunity and he now rests in the Passchendaele New British Cemetery (six and half miles N. E. from Ypres).
Also comes with a British War and Victory Medal (pair) correctly impressed to 181003 GNR J. W. S. WATSON R. A. Medal roll confirms this to be the full entitlement to John William Stewart Watson who is believed to be Robert’s brother. Further research required
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 6983 PTE M. GRIFFIN 2 BN AIF
Previous service listed as "A.M.C."
Emb. 9th November 1916
WIA 22nd September 1917 "GSW L/Foot Severe"
RTA: 5th April 1918 and subsequently discharged "medically unfit" as a result of his wounds
Near EF $400
Five: 1914/15 Star, British War, Victory Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and ASM 1939/45. WW1 trio correctly impressed to 3243 PTE. J. H. BAMBURY 3/BN AIF. War Medal 1939/45 and ASM 39/45 correctly impressed N76029 J. H. BAMBURY. (Minor error with his second initial being “M” on Star, all other information being correct)
EMB: 2ND November 1915
Transferred to 53rd Battalion 16th February 1916
Transferred to 5th Pioneer Battalion 3rd March 1916
RTA: 10th July 1916 (operation Hernia)
Note: During the Second World War Joseph Henry Bambury served from July 1940 until February 1942 with the Australian Army Service Corps.
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 769 DVR (PTE on star). C. A. HANDLEY 4/BN AIF.
EMB: 20th Oct 1914
Joined Battalion on Gallipoli 14th June 1915
Left Gallipoli on the 7th August 1915 "sick"
21st September 1917 appointed driver
Hospital France (influenza) 21st Dec 1916
RTA: 24th September 1918
Note: Private Cecil Albyn Handley appears to have WW2 home service as N70284 with the rank WO2
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1623 PTE. J. A. WILLIAMS 5/BN AIF.
EMB: 19th Feb 1915
Admitted Field Amb. Gallipoli 28th July 1915 "sick"
WIA: 14th June 1918 wounds listed as "Face and back"
RTA: 6th November 1918 reason given "G. S. W. Left arm amputation"
Note: Records further explain that Private James Alexander Williams had "Multiple gunshot wounds" which led to his left arm being amputated.
Four: 1914/15 star, British War, Victory Medal and War Medal 1939/45. WW1 trio correctly impressed to 647 T/SJT (PTE on star) C. L. WILLIAMS 6/BN AIF. War medal 1939/45 correctly impressed V83170 C. L. WILLIAMS (Full entitlement).
EMB: 19th October 1914
WIA: 4th May 1915 Gallipoli "G. S. W. neck"
2nd WIA: 3rd May 1916 Gallipoli "G. S. W. lower extremities"
Transferred to Ordnance Corps 8th August 1917
RTA: 23rd October 1918 "Special leave"
Returned to the UK and taken on strength at A.I.F. HDQRS with rank of Hon. SGT.
RTA: 22nd October 1919
WW2 home service was recorded as HQ3 DIST DETAILS CAMP from 14th March 1940 until 20th July 1941 (16 months). The requirement for the Australian Service Medal at the time being 18 months makes this group his full entitlement
Note: An early entry in May 1915 at Gallipoli of a soldier being wounded is often due to wounds caused during the landing. Battalion musters were not able to be performed on the beach until the 2nd of May and records and information was filled in as a result of those initial musters.
National Archives records have Charles Latham Williams file incorrectly numbered as 649 when researching
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3274 PTE. T. M. COLE 8/BN AIF.
EMB: 11th Oct 1915
WIA: 18th April 1917 (concussion, head) France
RTA: 27th Sept 1917
Discharged: 3rd M.D (medically unfit) 26th Dec 1917
GOOD VF $995
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 4456 Pte. T. Clough 8 Bn. AIF
emb. 28 Jan 1916 RTA 5 Jan 1919
1)WIA 16 July 1916 58 Bn. 2) 1. Nov 1918 3) recorded GSW 4.Dec 1918
A nice multi wounded pair.
Near VF $525
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 484 PTE W. JONES 8 - BN AIF
Emb. 27th May 1916
Transferred to 8th Bn from the 39th (hence the low service number) 9th September 1916
WIA 20th September 1917 "GSW Rt Buttock Severe" and also shows as "Shrapnel Wound Neck"
Discharged "medically unfit" as a result of the wounding on the 8th May 1918
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 5236 PTE E. WALLIS 10 BN AIF
Emb. 25th March 1916
Sprained Left Ankle (Severe) 16th October 1916 "In the field"
Transferred to the 70th Bn (23rd March 1917)
RTA: For home service on the 27th August 1917 due to age.
PTE BROWN 51 BN KILLED IN ACTION BELGUIM
PHOTO CORTESY OF AWM WEBSITE
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3731 PTE. E. H. BROWN 11BN AIF
Private Edward Huxley Brown, a blacksmith’s striker from Westonia, WA, enlisted on 18 Sep 1915.
On joining the 11th Battalion in Egypt in December it was not long before Private Brown was transferred to the newly raised 51st Battalion becoming an original member of ‘C’ Company in Mar 1916.
Renown as a champion boxer, it is no surprise being a fighter that he became a machine gunner and took part in the 51st attacks at Mouquet Farm and Noreuil.
On the 10th June 1917, as a volunteer stretcher-bearer and having just completed his duties he returned to the front-line trench at Messines. Suddenly a German shell landed in his dug-out and both he and another soldier were instantly killed. He is recorded as being buried, but unfortunately his body never recovered post war,
Private Brown is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. †
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 6347 R. G. Turner 11 Bn. AIF
emb. 18 Sept 1916 RTA 1.6.1919
WIA GSW both arms and head 23 April 1917
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 5435 Pte. R. D. Moore. 11 Bn. AIF
Emb. 17 April 1916 RTA 13 May 1918
Records show " fractured leg -both bones".
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1764 L/CPL. (PTE on Star) W. W. GILBERT 11/BN AIF.
Previous Service 2 years W.A.I.R
EMB: 19th April 1915
Taken on strength 4th reinforcements, Gallipoli 10th July 1915
WIA: 6th May 1915 (remained on duty)
RTA: 21st March 1919
NEAR EF $995
Trio: British War Medal, Victory Medal and War Medal 1939/45 first two correctly impressed to 7726 A-CPL. G. T. HETTICH 11 BN AIF. War Medal 1939/45 correctly named W237627 G. T. HETTICK
EMB: 29th June 1917 11 BN AIF
No further information is given as his WW1 record is not digitalised?
WW2 home service with in Head Quarters Western Command as a staff Sergeant
Note: As the Australian Service Medal was not issued until 1952, this could be his full issue. Further research required.
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 2780 PTE. (SGT on BWM & VM) J. R. NEILSON 11/BN AIF.
Previous service stated as “five years Bendigo Cadets”
Promoted corporal 11th August 1915 11bn & then again promoted Sergeant 11th September 1915
EMB: 5th October 1915 reverts back to rank
Promoted Cpl 18th April 1916
Transferred to 24th How. Bde. In the 112th Bty 16th June 1916
Granted 12 months leave agricultural purposes to America 31st July 1919 “The purpose of instruction in agriculture and pig raising methods”
RTA 15th September 1920 from Vancouver to Perth Western Australia (address stated as Salvado St Cottesloe Beach)
Note: Records show John Roy Neilson medals were returned to sender and then sent back to him
FIRST DAY LANDER PTE RUSSELL 12 BN FROM BUNBURY WA
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 966 Pte L. W. O. Russell 12 Bn AIF
Enlisted on the 14TH September 1914, as an original member of ‘H’ Company, 12th Bn AIF.
Private Leonard William Oertle Russell landed at Gallipoli on 25 Apr 1915 where he remained at Gallipoli with the Battalion to France.
In Dec 1916, Pte Russell was evacuated to England with trench foot, returning to Perth in Mar 1918 owing to poor eye-sight and subsequently discharged as medically unfit.
In WW2 he re-enlisted almost immediately on the 11th October 1939, serving with 10th Garrison Battalion until his discharge on the 15th June 1942,
On the 8th June 1946 ‘dying of the effects of war’ he was buried in the Karrakatta Cemetery, WA and is commemorated at the War Memorial, King’s Park, WA. †
Near EF $1400
Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.1914/15 Star and Victory Medal impressed to 1981 DVR L. WRIGHT 12 BN AIF
Emb. 26 April 1915
Evacuated Gallipoli sick 14th August 1915 (returned to active duty 1916)
RTA 21 March 1919 (earliest discharge for 1915 enlistments who saw the whole war).
A nice group to a soldier who served continuously through WW1.
FAMILY GROUP: Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 2585 Pte. J. D. JOSLIN 12 Bn. AIF
Records report "infected wound" "forearm left" 18th April 1919
RTA. 1st June 1919
Also comes with Queen Elizabeth II Efficiency medal "Australia" correct period engraving to 546822 R. D. Joslin
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1431 A-L-SGT. (PTE on Star) R. P. CHARMAN 13/BN AIF.
EMB: 10th Feb 1915 (3rd reinforcements 13BN)
Transferred to the Anzac Railway Corps 25th May 1916
Accidental injury 29th Jan 1917 deafness (Train accident, Boulogne)
Promoted Lance Sergeant 16th Oct 1917
RTA: 21st April 1918
Note: Records report that Rupert Charman died in 1939. Also appears as number "1531" on records.
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 979 PTE. P. F. DOWNER 14/BN AIF.
EMB: 22ND December 1914
Admitted 4th Field Amb. Gallipoli 8th May 1915 "Diarrhoea"
Left Gallipoli for Alexandria 30th June 1915
RTA: 9th September 1915 reason given "Chronic Bronchritis"
Discharged 15th February 1916
Note: Private Percy Field Downer would have been with the battalion in the landing at Gallipoli and during the heavy fighting (April-May) of which the 14th Battalion became famous for. It is possible that he may be associated with Albert Jacka's feat that won him and Australia our very first Victoria Cross for WW1. Further research required.
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1893 PTE. H. TURNBULL 16/BN AIF.
Admitted Pneumonia Gallipoli
WIA: 2nd July 1916 G.S.W. Rt Arm
RTA: 13th February 1917 (Medically unfit)
When applying for the Gallipoli Medallion Private Turnbull included this from his diary, he had this to say
“landed about 11:30 at ANZAC Cove with the 7th reinforcements …. 6th Informed by our officers in Shrapnel Gully that we were to make big advance at 9pm, moved off at 9pm to the left with all the rifles free of ammunition , met with little opposition till 5am then we were in the midst of hell, with sniping very bad. We loaded our rifles just before daylight and were partly dug in on hill 303 at 4pm….. We made a heavy attack on Chocolate Hill at 3:30am on the 9th, the 13th, 14th & 15th battalions on the right of me made just a faint attack on the left and got cut up badly. I was one of 6 sent out to middle of hay field to draw enemy’s fire, our only cover being stacks of hay, there was only four of us left to join the main body, but 60 of us got cut off and returned into the Turks machine gun fire. Thirty of our chaps were cut down”
Note: It appears he lost his medals but all were returned. The Victory Medal was handed in separately and then returned by the government in 1936
Four: 1914/15 star, British War, British War (duplicate issue) and Victory Medal correctly impressed to 2543 PTE. D. MACKAY 17/BN AIF. Second War Medal correctly impressed 3876 A-CPL D. MACKAY 4 PNR. BN. A.I.F.
EMB: 5th October 1915 (17th Bn)
Proceeded to England with an injury to the knee 31st August 1916
Embarked again with 4th Pioneer Battalion and sent to Sandhurst for "bombing course" and passed as instructor 13th June 1917.
Transferred to 4th Machine Gun Battalion 12th May 1918
WIA: 30th June 1918 "Gunshot wound left arm severe"
RTA: 19th February 1919
Note: There is a statutory declaration for Daniel Mackay stating that he did not receive his victory medal (only receiving the initial War Medal he may not have believed he was entitled to the 1914/15 star as he was a late embarkation in 1915). Records further show that medals were returned in 1924 (possibly only the 1914/15 star and Victory Medal) and then sent back out along with a British War Medal. A very interesting grouping
Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to ERNEST BENNETT.
807 SGT Ernest Bennett embarked on the 25th June 1915 from Sydney with the 18th Battalion AIF. Address at the time of embarkation was the NSW Motor Cycle Association
He was Killed in Action on the 22nd August 1915 Gallipoli (Hill 60)
Memorial details: Lone Pine Memorial Gallipoli
“The fresh 18th Battalion went straight from the beach to Hill 60 and emerged with just 386 of its original 1000 men.” Max Blenkin
Comes with copy photograph
Slight surface marks otherwise VF $575
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 3131 PTE T. W. LOCKETT 18 BN AIF
Previous service listed as "12 months militia"
Emb: 20th December 1915
Transferred to the 3rd Bn AIF 14th February 1916
WIA: 18th August 1916 "Shell shock"
RTA: 11th May 1919
Note: Comes with Thomas Luckett's issue medal box, Dog tag and returned from active service badge
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1594 2-CPL (PTE on star). E. E. WILLIAMS 18/BN AIF.
EMB: 12th May 1915 (18th Bn)
Admitted Gallipoli 12th August 1915 "sick"
WIA: 28th July 1916 "G.S.W. left thigh, ankle"
Transferred to the 17th ANZAC Light Railway Operating Coy.
2nd WIA: 1st November 1917 "Gas Poison shell (severe)"
RTA: 19th April 1919
Near EF $975
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 4566 PTE A. L. WOLSTENHOLME 18 BN AIF
Emb. 9 April 1916
WIA 30 May 1918 gassed.
RTA 13 November 1919
Comes with copies of letters from Pte Wolstenholmes widow and family still applying for a widows pension in 1975. The letters state that his cause of death was mustard gassing in 1936. One letter states that he was a Military Medal winner, although there appears to be no mention of this in his records.
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 3199 Pte. J. C. Robertson 18 Bn. AIF - transfered to ANZAC LT. RAILWAY
emb. 20 Nov.1915 RTA 20 Dec.1918
Gd VF $400
Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to SAMUEL FENTON ROSE.
629 Corporal Samuel Fenton Rose embarked on the 25th June 1915 with the 18th Battalion AIF “B” Coy
KIA 4th August 1916 Villers – Bretonneux
Note: Corporal Rose next of kin is noted as Cape town, Cape Colony South Africa
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1398 PTE. S. PARKES 19/BN AIF.
EMB: 25th June 1915
Admitted hospital Malta 8th October 1915 Dysentery Gallipoli
Returned to Australia 7th September 1916 “Escort Duty”
EMB: 25th October 1916
WIA: 25th April 1918 “Gassed"
2nd WIA: 3rd October 1918 “Gassed & G.S.W. Leg”
RTA: 12th February 1919
Near EF $895
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 6675 T.Cpl. J. Broadgate 20 Bn. AIF
emb. 7 Feb.1917 RTA 30.Jan.1920
WIA 3 Oct.1918 - gassed ,19 May 1918 fractured skull
finished up with Graves Registration.
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 2848 PTE. J. WATERMAN 20/BN AIF.
EMB: 2nd November 1915
WIA: 27th July 1916 (remained on duty) France
Admitted to hospital November 1916 sickness severe
Transferred to 5th Machine Gun Coy 24th November 1917
RTA: 20th May 1919
Good VF $775
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1010 PTE. A. RICH 21/BN AIF.
EMB: 10th May 1915
WIA: 1st August 1916 (GSW Arm) Pozieres
RTA: 18th October 1917 due to wounds (home service for 6 months)
Discharged 16th January 1918 Medically unfit
Note: Died at the Echuca hospital on the 9th March 1920 (pernicious anemia)
GD VF $850
FAMILY GROUPING OF FATHER AND SON
GROUP 1: Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 734 L-CPL (PTE on star). W. CAMERON 22/BN AIF.
Taken on strength at Gallipoli 30th August 1915
WIA: 5th August 1916 "Gunshot wound thigh"
RTA: 12th February 1917
Note: Records show William Cameron's medals were issued in 1939 to his wife as they were unclaimed.
GROUP 2: Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star. War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939/45 all medals correctly impressed to VX103820 W. D. CAMERON
Note: Due to William David Cameron's file not being opened at this stage, all we can ascertain is that he enlisted on the 16th July 1942 and served with the 2/10th TSPT PL. Further research required.
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 2103 A-SGT (PTE on star) H. M. MILLS 22/BN AIF.
Previous service listed as “Snr Cadets 57th Bn (1 yr), inf. 6oth (1 yr), 58th Inf (2 ¼ yrs), A.I.F. (6 weeks) Colour Sgt”
EMB: 27th September 1915
Appears to go up and down in rank depending on the requirement within the unit
RTA: 24th May 1918
Note: Comes with Prayer Book and 58th Battalion Record of service book covering 1911 through to 1920 (62 pages)
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 5095 PTE E. SLATTERY 23 BN AIF.
EMB: 19th July 1916
WIA: 20th March 1917 “Shrapnel wound left ankle”
14th June 1917 admitted to clearing station a second time now with “Trench Fever” this is almost straight away from returning from his previous wounds.
RTA: 31st January 1918 medically unfit
Note: Interesting remark on his attestation form states he has two criminal charges; the first for “2up” and the second for “offensive behaviour” fined 1 pound. Comes with original colour patch, ID disc with Australian arms on obverse; King's Silver War badge numbered A49365 and Returned from Active Service badge (AIF) numbered 102292
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 5355 PTE G. B. GAMMON 23 BN AIF
Emb. 1st August 1916
WIA: 11th March 1917 "Gunshot wound spine, severe"
RTA: 24th October 1917 and subsequently discharged "medically unfit" as a result of his wounds
Note: Victory medal was posted out and returned to sender before being re-issued
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 4776 PTE J. W. TRATFORD 23 BN. A.I.F.
Emb. 4th April 1916
RTA 22nd July 1919
A Good soldier with minimal on his record!
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 1750 Pte. J. F. Whiteway-Wilkinson 24 Bn. AIF.
emb.16 July 1915 England, then France 10 Jan.1916 - therefore not entitled to star.
KIA 29th July 1916 VILLERS-BRETONNEUX
Good VF $525
Trio: Private P. S. Smith, 25th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force
1914-15 Star (234 Pte. P. S. Smith. 25/Bn A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medal (234 Pte. P. S. Smith. 25 Bn. A.I.F.)
Percival Sydney Smith was born in 1878 and attested for the Australian Imperial Force at Brisbane on 28 January 1915. He served with the 25th Battalion at Gallipoli from August 1915, and on the Western Front from 1916. He was wounded in action with a gunshot wound on 2 September 1918 and was invalided to Weymouth Hospital. He was discharged on 18 January 1919, and died on 29 July 1950.
Lacquered, good very fine $975
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 86 PTE. D. DYNON 25/BN AIF.
EMB: 29th June 1915 (25th Bn)
Admitted hospital 24th February 1917 "Frost bite toes"
WIA: 10th November 1917 listed as "Gassed" and "Trench Fever"
Taken on strength 26th Bn. 12th September 1918
RTA: 27th July 1919
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 982 PTE. S. C. SMITH 25/BN AIF.
EMB: 29th June 1915 (25th Bn A. Coy)
Taken on strength with 5 Field Company Engineers and remustered as Sapper number 4568 to re-joined unit at ANZAC (Gallipoli) on the 5th October 1915
Transferred as Driver to the F.A.B in 1916 finally ending up with the 17th Field Artillery Battery for service in France until 1919
RTA: 8th February 1919
GROUP 1: Pair: British War and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 3225 PTE H. J. STONE 25 BN AIF.
EMB: 30th December 1915
WIA: 29th July 1916 "G. S. W Head"
RTA: 13th February 1917.
Note: Comes with Henry James Stones Returned from active service, Services rendered and R.S.L badge
GROUP 2: Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star. War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939/45 all medals correctly impressed to QX103820 H. A. STONE
Note: Henry Allan Stones file is not opened at this stage, but with his Demobilization and Record of Service booklets we can confirm that he enlisted on the 11th March 1943 and served with the 15th Field Ambulance. Further research required. Also comes with Drivers and Red Cross I.D. and Returned from active service badge. Plenty of information in these booklets for a collector to decipher.
VF- Near EF $975
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 3900 PTE M. J. RYAN 25 BN AIF.
EMB: 31st January 1916
25th November 1916 to hospital listed as “trench feet”
Whilst in hospital it appears his behaviour is that of someone who has shell shock. Concluding “delusional insanity” and his file reports many of his delusional ranting such as his belief “the staff of the mental ward were leaders of the black hand gang” he also admits to hearing noises in his head and voices at the tip of his tongue that have “power” over him, especially at night.
RTA: 18th September 1917 Mental deficiency (for change)
Amazingly he was accepted back in service as part of the Sea Transport staff in October 1918 accompanying and helping the troops on their embarkation.
Note: Private Ryan’s records contain 73 pages with many of his various rants and delusions recorded giving us a very descriptive insight into his situation and also the medical assessments at the time
Near EF $425
Five: 1914/15 Star, British War, Victory Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and ASM 1939/45. WW1 trio correctly impressed to 1913 PTE. H. T. PARKER 26/BN AIF. War Medal 1939/45 and ASM 39/45 correctly impressed Q50772 H. T. PARKER
EMB: 16th August 1915
WIA: 1st November 1915 Shrapnel wound thigh Gallipoli
RTA: 20th January 1916 medically unfit
During the Second World War Herbert Thomas Parker served from March 1941 until January 1943 with the 1st Garrison battalion.
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 3192 PTE A. KNOTT 27 BN AIF.
Previous Service: 5 years Militia, 4th Devonshire England
EMB: 12th January 1916
WIA: 31st July 1916 (G. S. W Right Leg)
2nd WIA: 28th February 1917 (Gunshot wound face)
RTA: 13th April 1919
Note: Clean strong service with two wounds and serving into 1919 from the very start of 1916.
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 6228 A/L/CPL T. C. COUCHMAN 27 BN AIF
Previous service states "3 Yrs. SNR Cadets" and "Citizens Forces 78th Batt, still serving"
Emb: 28th August 1916 with the 10th Bn AIF
Transferred to 27th Bn from the 10th Bn on the 17th December 1916
WIA: 1st March 1917 "GSW Back, Severe"
Medical record states the following in regards to his wounding "Was wounded in left lumbar region by a piece of bomb when attacking a German trench".
RTA: 16th January 1919
Note: Comes with Thomas Coachman's original medal box and packaging
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 5875 Pte. H. H. Knight 27 Bn. AIF
emb.20 Oct 1916 RTA 20 Oct 1917
WIA 18 May 1917 GSW right leg
Complete with three service badges as pictured
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 6334 Pte. R. W. L. Thorpe 27 Bn. AIF
emb.28 Aug.1916 (10 Bn.) RTA 15 Sept. 1918
3 Times wounded by GUN SHOT!
GSW LEG 17 March 1917
GSW Right thigh (severe) 20 Sept 1917
GSW Arm right & leg 29 March 1918
An outstanding pair to a very gallant soldier who recieved 3 gun shot wounds on 3 occasions
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1080 PTE J. O. HUMPHRIES 27/BN A.I.F.
EMB: 31st May 1915
WIA: 29th September 1915 "G.S.W. right eye" also described “bullet under eye” Gallipoli
Appears to spend some time serving with the 7th Field Ambulance which is the unit that attends to his wounds
Transferred to back the 27th Bn (24th Jan 1918) before again returning to the 7th Field Ambulance (6th November 1918)
RTA: 19th May 1919
Near VF $875
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 2856 PTE. J. YOUNG 28/BN AIF.
Transferred to 51st BN 3rd March 1916 (now 2856A)
RTA: 31st May 1919
Note: John Young was a jockey from Kalgoorlie. Copy of discharge shows G.S.W. left arm.
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1738 PTE. J. T. JACKSON 28/BN AIF.
EMB: 23rd July 1915
WIA: 30th June 1916 (GSW Left hip & Abdomen)
RTA: 8th April 1919
Note: John Thomas Jackson entered the war with the second reinforcements and served until 1919. He would have been one of the few original members wearing an ANZAC “A” on the line at the end.
PAIR: British War Medal 1914-18 and Victory Medal 1914-19 correctly impressed to 4471 Pte F. Lee. 28 Bn A.I.F.
Frank Lee, farmer at Gnowangerup in WA, age 21, born at Sheffield in Yorkshire, England
Enl; 5th February 1916 at Tambellup, WA
Emb; 31st March 1916
TOS; 30th October 1916 France 28th Battalion
WIA; 3rd November 1916 “GSW Left arm” France
Discharged 30th August 1919; Died 13 September 1982
Together with Certificate of Sheffield Education, Certificate of Merit to Frank Lee at St Georges National School 1906, another at St Georges Church of England School 1907, both in gold blocked, red leather holders; original Certificate of Discharge; badge for Cannington Lodge W.A.C. No.205 reverse inscribed “Frank Lee”; Everyman’s diary for 1945, only a few entries and nearly new condition; large photo of Frank and Florence Lee c1930-1940
Very Fine $745
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 927 PTE P. A. ROBERTS 29/BN AIF.
Previous service Commonwealth Senior Cadets
EMB: 10th Nov 1915
Transferred to the 5th Pioneers Bn 3rd March 1916
RTA: 9th March 1919
Note: Comes with two original ribbon bars
Medals returned to sender 1923 and re sent in 1926
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 752 PTE M. ANDERSON 29 BN AIF
Emb. 10th November 1915
Killed in action France 24th April 1918
Cemetery details: Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, Picardie, France
Note: Martin Juelis Anderson is also entitled to the 1914/15 Star
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 518 PTE L. G. PRITCHARD 30 BN AIF
Emb. 9th November 1915
Transferred to Machine Gun section 30th Bn
Died of illness France 16th December 1916 (meningitis)
Cemetery details: Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Haute-Normandie, France
Note: Leslie George Pritchard is also entitled to the 1914/15 Star
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 744 PTE W. J. REDMOND 30/BN AIF.
EMB: 9th Nov 1915 "C" Coy
William John Redmond was diagnosed with Rheumatism and was in and out of hospital.
RTA: 1st July 1916
Discharged: 2nd M.D (medically unfit) 3rd Jan 1917
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 282 BDR (PTE on Star) E. W. RYDER 31/BN AIF.
Transferred to 113th How Battery (13th F.A.D) 15th March 1916.
Discharged: 1st M.D 3rd March 1919
GOOD VF $775
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 1327 L-CPL D. McCLURE 32 BN AIF.
EMB: 18th November 1915
WIA: 21st July 1916 (GSW Back & Hand) classed as dangerously ill at one point and sent home when he eventually became stable.
RTA: 17th March 1917 and subsequently discharged due to his wounds.
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1389 PTE E. P. WHITFIELD 32/BN AIF.
Previous service T.L.H (Toodjay Light Horse) time expired
EMB: 18th Nov 1915
Transferred to 14th F.A.B on the 15th March 1916.
Discharged: 5.M.D (medically unfit) 13th Dec 1917
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 2138 PTE A. ROGERS 37 BN AIF
Emb. 25th September 1916
WIA: 27th May 1917 "GSW Leg Frac."
Transferred to the 39th Bn on the 12th October 1918 (reallocated service number 2138A)
RTA: 7th September 1919
Good VF $400
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 2892 PTE I. C. W. D. POWELL 37/BN AIF.
EMB: 16th Dec 1916
Detached to 10th FLD Coy ENG. before returning to 37thBN
Accidental injury 5th August 1918
RTA: 2nd Aug 1919
Note: BMW 8 VM returned to sender and then reposted in 1923. Appears to have enlisted as V390028, V9522 and VX23672 in WW2?
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 5982 PTE R. E. BARTON 37 BN AIF.
EMB: 28th July 1916
Admitted to hospital “Trench Fever” 30th December 1917
WIA: 10th August 1918 (G.S.W. left calf and buttocks)
RTA: 20th October 1918 and discharged “Medically unfit” due to wounds
Note: Victory medal was initially returned to sender and then issued in 1923 (not duplicate). The group comes with an original Returned from Active Service badge, a RSL badge, also an unusual A.I.F. Women’s association badge and a blue enamel sweetheart or possibly lapel badge in the shape of Australia with a rising sun in the centre. Unsure as to whom each badge belongs to, but as they came with the group we assume a close relative if they are not Private Barton’s himself.
Near EF $525
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 1862 PTE F. MADDERN 38/BN AIF.
EMB: 12th Aug 1916 43rdBN
T.O.S: 38thBN 13th Nov 1916
W.I.A: G.S.W (face) 13th Oct 1917
W.I.A: (2nd) 5th Oct 1918 (gassed)
RTA: 9th June 1919
Note: WW2 service as S73763.
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 426 PTE H. J. Candy 39 BN. AIF
1. WIA Shrapnel wound L. Hand, Left Thigh and side of chest 4.10.1917 (finger removed)
2nd WIA. Shrapnel wound Shoulder right and GSW face 25.8.1918
1. Rising Sun hat badge
2. Gold and enamel sweet heart R/Sun (marked 9ct)
3. enamel colour patch
4. 3 x Sevice related badges.
4. Rare Gold tribute medal engraved "To Pte.H.J.Candy, from the citizens of Macorna and District on his return from the war 4.2.19".;;
Good VF $1485
Four: British War, Victory, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 1939/45. WW1 medals impressed to 3331 PTE. S. K. KLEMM 42 BN AIF. WW2 medals impressed Q121440 S. K. KLEMM.
National Archives States "Records Lost" but we are able to work out the following from the AWM and a Newspaper article surrounding his death.
EMB: 14th June 1917 as a SGT with the 42nd Bn
Previous service stated "INSTL STAFF". This explains no 1914/15 star and his embarkation as a SGT if he had stayed back to train soldiers at the outbreak of war
WIA: Gassed (Newspaper article mentions this, no date given)
WW2 service states Stanley Karl Klemm enlisted as Q121440 Warrant Officer Class 2 with 6 Bn Vol.Def Corps on the 13th Jan 1942.
Newspaper article mentioned above is an extract from the Nambour Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser 17th September 1943 which outlines WO2 Klemm's death whilst in service in 1943. "He was appointed to the 6th Battalion. Regarded as a specialist in demolition work, he also instructed in other sections." WO2 Stenley Klemm (49 years) collapsed and died at the Nambour railway station.
Note: Comes with a stunning crossed rifles gold fob "To S. K. Klemm from residents of Jondaryan, District 1919". A lot more research is required with this group which can only enhance what appears to be outstanding service.
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 1117 PTE H. JONES 43/BN AIF.
EMB: 9th Jun 1916
W.I.A: G.S.W (face) 5th Dec 1917
RTA: 12th Jun 1919
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 855 Cpl. S. C. Avery 43 Bn.AIF
emb. 9 June 1916 RTA 12 Dec. (due to wounds).
WIA 18 April 1918 GSW arm
WIA 25 Aug.1918 GSW shoulder
Made L.Cpl in bombing platoon
Near VF SOLD
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 213 PTE A. WRIGHT 43 BN AIF
Emb. 9th June 1916
Transferred 16th February to 3rd DIV. SAL. COY.
RTA 9th May 1919
Comes with issue boxes and badges as pictured.
Trio: British War and Victory Medals all correctly impressed to 713 T. CPL.T. McHUTCHISON. 44-BN. A.I.F. Memorial Plaque Thomas McHutchison
Thomas McHutchison was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1883, and was educated at Barry, Forfarshire. He emigrated to Perth, Western Australia, in 1912, and enlisted in the 44th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force on 7 February 1916. Embarking at Fremantle on 6 June 1916, he arrived at Plymouth on 21 July of that year, and proceeded to France on 25 November 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal on 12 July 1917, he suffered a gunshot wound to the head on 4 October 1917, whilst going up Zonnebeke Ridge, Ypres Sector, and was taken back to a field hospital. Despite writing to his Commanding Officer on 10 October, saying that he was getting better, he was admitted to Wimereux Hospital in critical condition on 16 October, and succumbed to his wounds there on 18 October. He is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France. Of the 992 men from his battalion involved in the Ypres operations in the autumn of 1917, only 158 emerged unwounded when it was relieved on 21 October 1917.
Note: Sold with named card box of issue for the Victory Medal, in envelope, together with Commonwealth of Australia enclosure.
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 7440 A-CPL J. H. FORD 44/BN AIF.
EMB: 29th Jun 1917
Transferred to 44thBN 4th Dec 1917
Discharged 5thM.D 10th Apr 1919
Note: Comes with services rendered badge.
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 3083 Pte. H. H. Jones 44 Bn. AIF
emb. 29 Jan.1917
Discharged medically unfit due to gassing 27 May 1918
Complete with two service badges and title as pictured
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 2224 PTE H. A. PAYNE 45 BN AIF
EMB: 22ND August 1916
Accidental wounding: 29th March 1917 (Severed hand) listed as accidental sawing of hand in the field?
RTA: 22nd July 1917 medically unfit due to injury
Good VF $325
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 2031 PTE R. BYRNES 45 BN. A.I.F.
Previous service noted as "8th Hussars, 7 yrs active reserve, 9 yrs reserve. Discharge on completion of time."
Emb. 22nd April 1916
Acc. Injured 15th October 1917 "Injuries to muscles of lumber region"
Transferred to the Australian Corp School from the 45th Bn on the 7th July 1918
Discharged 21st July 1919
Good VF $425
PAIR: British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19 correctly impressed to 1706 Pte J. Ross. 51 Bn. A.I.F. Together with Death Plaque correctly named to Jerome Ross and in the original fold-over cardboard pack of issue.
Jerome Ross, labourer, age 21 born at Southern Cross, WA;
Enl.12Jan1916 at Melbourne, Vic;
DOW at 1st CCS on 03Jul1916, the wounds received in action GSW bullet penetrating abdomen, France;
Buried at Estaires Communal Cemetery by Rev P. J. Griffin.
Sold with research and photos of grave.
Display mounted, extremely fine $975
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 3860 A-SGT F. E. DOCKERY. 51 BN A.I.F.
Previous service stated as “88th Infantry, 1 year 8 months”
Emb. 30th November 1917
Appointed acting Sergeant 17th February 1918 (after time he reverts back his rank ending up a lance corporal)
WIA: 25th April 1918 “G.S.W. Back”
RTA: 18th December 1919
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 2891 PTE F. V. DRIVER 54/BN AIF.
EMB: 26th Oct 1916
W.I.A: 14th Aug 1917 (trench fever)
RTA: 21st Dec 1917 (as a result of trench fever)
Discharged (medically unfit) 19th Mar 1918
GOOD VF $400
Pair: British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 2708 PTE. W. PALFREY 54 BN AIF.
EMB: 7th October 1916
KIA: 24th September 1917 Belgium
Cemetery or memorial details: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 5117 DVR S. C. HENDLEY 56 BN AIF
Emb. 1st April 1916
WIA. 8th September 1916. G. S. W. (Left Thigh)
Transferred to 17th BN from the 56th BN 1st April 1917
RTA 1st July 1919
Interesting note: Trade at calling "Jockey"
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 1949 PTE L. MCDONALD 57/BN AIF.
EMB: 4th May 1916
Transferred from 59thBN to 57th BN 10th Dec 1916
RTA: 15th May 1919
Discharged 15th Aug 1919 2ndM.D
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 3358 PTE J. BUCHAN 58/BN AIF.
EMB: 16th July 1917
T.O.S 58thBN 18th Jan 1918
Transferred to the 5th M.G BN 18th Jan 1918
Discharged (medically unfit) 8th Nov 1918 3rdM.D
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 1872 ER-SJT G. H. J. MEYER 9 L. H. R. AIF
Emb: 5th January 1916
Injured whilst returning from the rifle range on 23rd February 1918 when a horse lashed out kicking and injuring him on the right foot.
RTA: 10th July 1919
Note: Sergeant Meyers has very strong service with little break from the start of 1916 to his return well into 1919. Also his medals come in the original box, along with his original Light Horse colour patch which is quite rare in its own right and lovely to see still with the group.
PAIR: British War and Coronation Medal, War Medal correctly impressed to 55424 A-CPL W. H. NEVILLE GSR AIF. Coronation medal un-named as issued (War medal is his full WW1 entitlement)
Previous Service stated as: “S. Cadets 51st 4 years Albert Park” & “C. Forces ASC 2/years Sth Melb”
EMB: 17th July 1918, 1 to 17 (VIC) Reinforcements
At Cape Town he is classed as dangerously ill from Pneumonia
Discharged: 22nd February 1919 Medically unfit
Coronation medal awarded for his service to "SEC, VIC COUNTRY ROADS BOARD"
Note: Comes with coronation medal box and a set of early miniatures.
Near EF $285
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 2437 SPR R. W. ULPH 3 TUN COY A.I.F.
EMB: 31st March 1916 with the No 1 Mining Corps - 2 and 3 Reinforcements (March-April 1916)
Wounded accidently in the foot 27th October 1917
On the 18th October 1918 was charged with Mutiny along with 12 others. The official charge read “Joining in a mutiny in Forces belonging to His Majesty’s Australian Imperial Forces in that they in the field on the 25th September 1918 joined in a mutiny by combining among themselves to disobey the orders of their superior officers in the execution of their duty”
Initially being sentenced to 1 year hard labour (13th October) after review or appeal it seems it was increased to 2 years (17th October). Possibly due to their skill as miners they were sent back to the front where they were needed at the same time their sentences were being finalised. After further reviews and postponements they were finally sentenced with loss of pay.
The whole ordeal seemed to be over an order previously given that all soldiers were to carry their pay books on them whilst on the front line. This is well documented and easy to find by searching 2437 Ulph in your search engine and it is well worth a read. A bizarre occurrence over a trivial matter with such a harsh sentence, which by the final outcome it seems was probably agreed with by some in command. One of the members charged was also a DCM winner.
RTA: 3rd March 1919
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 6581 MT-DVR P. SPENCE 7 F. AMB. A.I.F.
Previous Service: 4th Volunteer Black Watch
EMB: 7th December 1915
WIA: 6th August 1916 “S. Wd. Upper Arm Right”
Transferred to 2nd Motor Transport Coy 1918
RTA: 9th August 1919
Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.1914/15 Star and Victory Medal impressed to 846 PTE D. Campbell 12 L. H. RGT AIF
Emb. 25 June 1915
Transferred to the 7th Light Horse 2 October 1915 (Gallipoli)
On the 21st of October 1915 Trooper Campbell was evacuated off the peninsula to the "Somali" hospital ship with enteric fever which eventually led to his discharge on the 28th of November 1916
Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 578 PTE (DVR on pair) R. B. BELL 1. A. G. H. (2 - L. H. F. AMB. on pair) AIF
Emb. 8th April 1915
Transferred from 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance to the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance 18th August 1917
Medical discharge "Colic" 17th January 1918
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 572. J. C. CLOW 3 PNR BN. A.I.F.
Emb. 6th June 1916
Transferred to Flying Corps 4th May 1917
Promoted 1AM (CPL Mech) 24th November 1917 A.F.C.
RTA 22nd September 1919
An interesting pair to an extremely rare unit.
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3432 SPR. C. W. KING 6 F. C. E. AIF.
EMB: 23rd November 1915 after enlisting in Geraldton Western Australia
WIA: 4th May 1916 (G. S. W. Rt. Arm) France. Due to poor admin there appears to conflicting dates so we can only go off the earliest dated entry. At some stage after his arm needs to be amputated due to this injury.
RTA: 3rd July 1917 and subsequently discharged in Western Australia as "medically unfit" due to amputation
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 18493 PTE R. R. COOPER 1 A. G. H. AIF
Private Coopers service is best summed up in his own words whilst applying for a new discharge paper....
"I enlisted Adelaide 1917 and left for England the same year. I was then attached to the Army Medical. On arriving in France I was sent to 1st Aust. General Hosp. I stayed until we came back to England.
GD VF $375
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 19785 PTE. H. LITTLER. A. H. S. A.I.F.
Unfortunately Private Littlers records are incomplete with one of his attestation papers recording his enlistment date as March 1918 with an interesting comment stating previous service as "A.M.C. Hospital Ship 15 months still serving". Making his true enlistment around the end of 1916.
RTA 7th March 1919
Near EF $595
Trio: 1915/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal correctly impressed to 1735 PTE W. H. BOWIE 1/G HOSP. A.I.F.
Previous service: 5 years RAMC & 2 years RE (Scotland). Not stated as operational, so it appears that it is militia service.
Enlisted on the 20th September 1915
RTA: 11th April 1916 (nursing duties)
Note: William Harry Bowie was a carpenter from Glasgow (Scotland) who had worked in the shipyards on the River Clyde for five years (Clyde Shipping Company). Bowie was living in Park Street, Kelvin Grove, Queensland when he enlisted in the A. I. F. Interesting fact on his Attestation he provides his Religion as being 'Socialist' and in one letter he states that he has spent the last eight years in China (1931)
Over the years he loses his Discharge Certificate "eaten by white ants in North Queensland" (1949) and his brass "Returned from Active Service" badge "stolen from his coat by a member in the cricket dressing room Mount Lawley” (WA 1958)
GD VF $625
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 28673 GNR. J. PALMER 2-D.A.C. AIF
Emb. 25 October 1916
Hospital sick 20 October 1917
RTA 3 March 1919 and discharged as "Medically unfit"
Gnr Palmer also served in the 4th F.A.B and the A.M.T.C.
Photo of Private Whyms courtesy of Ancestry.com
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 31851 GNR. E. J. V. WHYMS 4 D. A. C. AIF
Emb. 2nd December 1916
To Field Ambulance 21st November 1917
Transferred to A. A. M. C. 1st November 1918 (1st A. War Hospital)
RTA 18th July 1919
Near EF SOLD
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 5505 DVR E. A. NICHOLSON 1/F.A. BDE AIF
Previous Service: 3 years Naval Cadets
EMB: 11th October 1915
Accidental Injury whilst on active service in France (crushed foot) 22nd April 1917
Discharged 13th January 1920
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 12269 DVR T. S. Browne 2 F.A.B. AIF
Emb. 28 January 1916
Posted to 112 Bty 24th Howitzer Bde. 28 March 1916
Hospital Sick 22 March 1918
RTA 28 September 1918 Discharged as "Medically unfit"
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 7619 DVR. J. S. McNAMARA 5 F.A.B. AIF.
Previous service stated as “five years Militia”
Transferred to 15th Battery 11th November 1916
RTA: 27th April 1919
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 27596 DVR F. G. LINTON 6 F.A.B. A.I.F.
Emb. 20th October 1916
Comes with three hallmarked silver prize fobs. The engravings on each are as follows;
1. P.C.F.W.A. SAILORS HORNPIPE 2ND F.G. LINTON 1:1:10
2. P.C.F.W.A. IRISH JIG UNDER 14 F.G. LINTON 1:1:10
3. S.D.F.S.A. ANNUAL SPORTS JANUARY 29TH 1906 1ST PRIZE CLOG DANCE WON BY F. LINTON
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 19689 Dvr. C. Kerr 8 F.A.B . AIF
Emb.20 May 1916
Discharged 15 March 1919
Complete with three service badges and issue boxes as pictured
Gd VF $400
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 33665 GNR. G. COLLINS 13 - F.A.B. AIF
Emb. 11th May 1917
WIA 27th October 1917 "Gun shot wound face"
RTA 4th September 1919
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 31148 GNR R. J. WHITE 36 H.A.G. A.I.F.
Emb. 19th December 1916 with the 338 Siege Bty
WIA: 23rd October 1917 (G. S. W. Jaw)
RTA: 19th June 1919 2nd Military District
PTE CYRIL SMITH 2/32ND BN KILLED IN ACTION EL ALAMEIN
Five: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star “8th Army”, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to WX14734 C E F SMITH
Private Cyril Edward Francis Smith, a dairy hand from Welshpool, WA, enlisted as a general reinforcement on 2 Jul 1941 posted to the 2/32ND AIF.
An original member of ‘D’ Company, he fought at Tobruk, the capture of ‘Trig 22’ and during the subsequent German armoured counter-attack at El Alamein. On the 1st November 1942 when the 24th Brigade relieved the 26th Brigade at ‘the saucer’, Private Smith was killed from German tank machine gun fire during the heaviest fighting
Private Cyril Edward Francis Smith is buried in El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. †
Note: Comes with high quality digital photos
Four; 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal correctly impressed to VX65474 K. A. Sherry
Lance-Sergeant Sherry a native from Ballarat, Victoria enlisted in 1941.
He joined the 2/5th Independent Company and sailed for Port Moresby, joining Kanga Force in 1942. Tasked to reconnoitre Japanese positions at Lae and Salamaua and to conduct raids against the Japanese.
On 30 Jun, the 2/5th raided Salamaua, killing over 120 Japanese for three Australian wounded.
In the following months, the 2/5th patrolled the Huon Gulf area. When the Japanese started to concentrate around Mubo in preparation for an attack on Wau, the 2/5th raided Mubo and ambushed Japanese troops moving inland. After the battle, the 2/5th carried out more long range patrols in the Markham Valley, before returning to Australia in May.
In July 1945 the 2/5th also took part in the landing at Balikpapan, Borneo.
A very desirable Commando grouping to a Sergeant.
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"
Records show that Sgt Kenafick was part of a bomb disposal unit in LAE
Group of Five : 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. Defence Medal, War Medal and ASM are correctly impressed to W. 3060 S. L. SCORGIE with the stars being unnamed as often found.
Stoker Scorgie served on the HMAS Swan whilst in January 1942 it was lucky to escape when attacked by Japanese bombers. The HMAS Swan was then tasked to reinforce (Sparrow Force) in Timor where it was attacked by a force of 45 Japanese aircraft and again narrowly escaped. Whilst taking shelter in Darwin, Australia had its first attack on Australian soil and the HMAS Swan took indirect hits trying to escape the harbour. The HMAS Swan had 3 killed in action and 19 wounded.
Group of Four : 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. Both the War Medal and ASM are correctly impressed to F. 5172 A. W. H. JOHNSON with the stars being unnamed as often found.
Seaman Johnson served on multiple Aux. Minesweepers including the HMAS Bendigo as the first Australian Minesweeper to take up duties between Milne Bay and Manus.
After New Guinea patrols, Seaman Johnson was deployed in various anti-submarine roles in the Philippine waters and then on to Hong Kong.
BOUGAINVILLE. 1945-04-26. STRETCHER BEARERS CARRYING TPR C. PARKER, 2/4 ARMOURED REGIMENT (1), SHOT THROUGH THE LEG DURING 24 INFANTRY BATTALION'S ADVANCE ALONG BUIN ROAD SOUTH OF SINDOU RIVER. (AWM)
Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to NX104229 C. PARKER
At the time of listing these medals Claude Parker’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from TANK TRACKS The history of the 2/4th Australian Armoured (unit history);
Chapter: South Bougainville
“Two days later a jeep moving up to a forward company was ambushed, the crews went to ground and Tprs “Happy” Cole and Claude Parker moved forward with an infanteer to clear the ambush. Claude Parker was badley wounded in the right thigh”
Comes in box of issue and photocopy of above passage but further research is required
Group of Four:1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals correctly impressed to NX193543 H A G BRINCKLEY
At the time of listing these Private Brinckley’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;
Enlisted 30th July 1944 into the Australian Army at Endfield, NSW
Discharged 9th November 1945
Unit on discharge listed as “9th Australian Infantry Battalion”
Note: Medals come in box of issue along with his returned from active service badge. Further research required
Group of Four:1939/45 Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals correctly impressed to NX33126 M. W. BARTON
At the time of listing these Driver Barton’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;
Enlisted 20th June 1940 into the Australian Army at Paddington, NSW
Discharged 26th October 1945
Unit on discharge listed as “2/103 General Transport Company”
Note: Medals come in box of issue along with original paperwork confirming all four medals. Further research required
Group of Four:1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals correctly impressed to NX92525 P. HARRIGAN
At the time of listing these Signalman Harrigan’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;
Enlisted 14th March 1942 into the Australian Army at Paddington, NSW
Discharged 2nd August 1946
Unit on discharge listed as “13 AUSTRALIAN LINE SECTION”
Note: A quick search on Peter Harrigan turns up the following description on his post war life ; “A cartoonist and illustrator, He lived in Sydney. He is notable for thinking up outstandingly good jokes, according to Blaikie (p.109). After winning the Jimmy Bancks Art Award in 1947 he studied overseas, returning to Australia in 1962. Art Gallery of Western Australia has four original illustrations for a serial dated 1953 acquired from the Sun-Herald , one at least being for an Agatha Christie story and all presumably sent back from overseas.
After joining the Sydney Morning Herald for two years (c.1962-64), Pete Harrigan became the leader page cartoonist on the Brisbane Courier Mail . He contributed to the Bulletin both before and after its takeover by Australian Consolidated Press in 1960, e.g. a not very good supermarket joke 1961 (illus. Lindesay 1979, 297); 'You’ve got to hand it to them; they’ve come a long way since the First Fleet’ (2 Aborigines watching a rocket launch) 1961 (ill. Coleman & Tanner, 183; Rolfe, 302, Swain 148); and The Hollidays [in a beatnik café]. '“Interesting, but I don’t think I’d like to be one!”’ published Bulletin 16 December 1959, original Mitchell Library (D491/81), included in 1999 b/w exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales” Design and Art online.
Group of Four:1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals correctly impressed to 35935 R. R. HERFORT
Enlisted 10th April 1941 into the Australian Army after transferring from the RAAF reserve (Wireless operator)
Records show the following service overseas as a signalman
OBU, FALL RIVER (New Guinea) 12th September 1942
OBU, GURNEY (New Guinea) 20th September 1942
430BU, GURNEY (New Guinea) 30th October 1942
10 SIGS UNIT, MILNE BAY (New Guinea) 1st December 1942
Discharged 13th November 1945 at the rank of Sergeant
Note: Sergeant Herfort was in New Guinea during some of the hardest fighting
Group of Five:1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal, Australian Service Medal 39/45 and QE11 Coronation medal. First four medals correctly impressed to V145395 P. R. SMITH. Coronation medal un-named as issued.
Enlisted on the 5th January 1942 into the Australian Army Canteens Service for service in Port Moresby. Commissioned as Lieutenant shortly after.
Embarked 25th February1943 for PNG
Returned to Australia due to “Dengue” August 1943
Discharged 9th August 1944 as Captain.
Unit on discharge listed as “3 MD AACS”
Note: Records show previous service in WW1 with 36 H.A.G A.I.F. as regimental number 31424
Coronation medal came with the group and is not confirmed if it was awarded to Captain Smith or a relative.
Three: War Medal, Australian Service Medal and Police Long Service Good Conduct Medal (QE11). All medals correctly named to 36801 C. A. F. GIBBS (“CHARLES ARTHUR FENNING GIBBS” on police LSGC)
At the time of listing these medals Flying Officer Gibb’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;
Enlisted 19th May 1941 into the Royal Australian Air Force in NSW
Northern Star (Lismore, NSW) dated Tuesday 16th September 1941 reported the following “Injured in Aircraft Accident: Sgt C. A. F. Gibbs (Sydney).
Discharged 29th January 1946 as Flying Officer
Unit on discharge listed as “5 COMMUNICATIONS UNIT”
Note: Comes with Police LSGC medal box. Further research required.
Three: Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly chisel style naming to 37852 FIELDING H. D. G.
At the time of listing these medals Leading Aircraftsman Fielding’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;
Enlisted 10th July 1941 into the Royal Australian Air Force at Tamworth
Discharged 30th November 1945
Unit on discharge listed as “201 Flight”
Note: Comes with photos of recipient and paperwork confirming medal entitlement. Further research required
Near EF $150
Husband and Wife Grouping
Group 1; Group of Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals correctly impressed to V280669 F W PYGALL
At the time of listing these medals Frank Pygall’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;
Enlisted 24h September 1941 Armidale Victoria
Discharged 28th January 1947
Unit on discharge listed as “115 HEIDELBERG MILITARY HOSPITAL”
Note: A quick trove search shows that on the 24th December 1943 Pte Pygall and a Pte Malvern were removed from being dangerously and seriously ill in the Infantry section of the casualty list. It appears he is still kept in hospital until being discharged in 1947, further research required
Group 2; Pair: War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. Both medals correctly impressed to VFX128550 B. M. PYGALL
Note: Betty Pygall enlisted in the Australian Army Medical Women’s service, Heidelberg, Victoria which appears to be a classical romance story from taking care of a soldier in hospital.
Near EF SOLD
Three: Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to NX135349 M R SPENCER
Enlisted 4th January 1942 to the 3rd Army Tank Battalion and served in the 2/9th Armoured Regiment
Embarked Morotai for service British North Borneo 12th July 1945
RTA 24th February 1946
Note: Due to Trooper Spencer’s late embarkation he was not awarded the 1939/45 Star. Records are open.
Good VF $275
Five: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All correctly impressed to VX23142 C. W. S. BEVERLEY
Enlisted 24th May 1940 and then taken on strength 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion
Embarked Sydney for the Middle East 7th April 1941
Embarked from the Middle East and arriving at Batavia 17th March 1942
Reported Missing in Action 30th April 1942 Java
Classed as a Prisoner of War 1st October 1942
Transported as Java Party 5A on the Singapore Maru to Singapore arriving 19th October 1942 (part of a body of 1500 men)
Taken overland on train 32 to Thailand with 783 POW’s on the 7th January 1943
RTA: 16th November 1945
Note: Comes with a copy of Cyril Beverley’s service record
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 $725
Five: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to SX28726 D. A. VAUGHAN
At the time of listing these medals SGT Vaughan’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;
Enlisted 20th September 1943 Bandiana Victoria
Also served as VX127683
Obtained the rank of Sergeant
Discharged 14th November 1945
Unit on discharge listed as “2 AUST S R D BANDIANA”
Further research required
Good VF $250
Four : 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals are correctly impressed to SX39356 L. R. PRINCE
At the time of listing these medals PTE Prince’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;
Enlisted 6th November 1943 16th AUST. STG CAMP QLD
Also served as S16381
Discharged 7th March1946
Unit on discharge listed as “7 DOCKS OPERATING COMPANY”
Further research required
PRIVATE BROMLEY ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT KOREA (WIA) – VIETNAM
Five: Queens Korea, United Nations Korea (5/400270), GSM “Malaya” (5/3205), Vietnam Medal and Vietnam Star to 53205 T. H. Bromley with all medals correctly named (entitled to WWII pair for RAAF service, but records show they were not issued)
WX500452 PTE Thomas Henry Bromley, a plant operator from Coolgardie, WA, enlisted for service in BCOF on 7th March 1946. He had previously served as a 455032 LAC in the RAAF from Jul 1944 to August 1945, with 85 SQN, but was too young for overseas service. After service in Japan, he returned to Australia and was discharged in Jul 1948. He re-enlisted in Feb 1952 as 5/400270 and arrived in Korea for service with 3 RAR on 4 Oct 1952. 3 RAR was involved in patrolling no man’s land between opposing trench lines along the 38th parallel. 3RAR conducted trench raids, patrols and reconnaissance. Some minor skirmishes resulted in small gains or losses of territory, but overall the front line altered very little in this time, until the ceasefire on 27 Jul 1953. He took part in the ‘A’ Coy patrol under LT Smith, where 80 enemy were killed, for the loss of 7 KIA, 12 WIA (including Bromley, ‘hit by grenade while on patrol in face, right side of neck and right thigh’) and 7 POW. He left Korea on 6 October 1953 and was discharged in November. He re-enlisted in the A.R.A. on 11th February 1957 as a Private number 5/3205. He served in Malaya with 1 RAR from 1959-1961, then Vietnam from 27 May 65 to 11 Jun 66. He was discharged in July 1973, not being eligible for a Long Service Good Conduct Medal. The medals displayed here are his complete compliment of issued medals.
Private Bromley died in West Perth on 16 Dec 92, and was cremated at Karrakatta cemetery.
Good VF $4000
Pair: Queens Korea Medal and United Nations Korea Medal. All medals correctly impressed to 26166 P. E. Griffith.
Peter Edward Griffith was born in Sydney, N.S.W. on 8 August 1925. He served in the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, 25 July 1953-6 April 1954.
Pair: Korea 1950-53, U.N. Korea 1950-54 impressed to “37374 E. F. P. GIBB.”
Note: Stoker Eric Francis served in the RAN on the HMAS Warramunga (14th Aug 1950-17th May 1951) and HMAS Bataan (18th May 1951-6th June 1951).
The Warramunga was an extremely active ship in Korea, the following extract shows an insight in to her operations;
“Late on 5 February Warramunga and USS Lind detached and proceeded north to 38° 05' on the coast where LIND had previously landed an intelligence party. This party had been captured by the North Koreans who, using the team’s equipment, arranged a rendezvous with LIND. Unbeknown to the enemy, their deception was discovered and the two destroyers planned an unpleasant surprise. Right on time the enemy showed the prearranged signal.
Warramunga’s commander commented ‘USS Lind asked me if light was bright enough for an aiming mark and I replied it could be brighter. The enemy obliged by turning up to full brilliancy. We then opened up as fast as we could fire. I expended 59 rounds 4.7 inch and LIND about the same amount. The light went out. Subsequent intelligence confirmed that one North Korean company, some North Korean police and a large Intelligence team who were assembled as a reception committee were mostly killed or wounded. As the range was less than 3,000 yards and the fire was extremely rapid the result was not surprising.”
Comes with original box of issue.
Group of Five : 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. Defence Medal, War Medal and ASM are correctly impressed to F. 4920 J. S. SUMMERS with the stars being unnamed as often found.
Seaman Summers served on the HMAS Melville (Darwin) during the last part of the Darwin raids. He also served on the HMAS Mercades (Aux. Minesweeper) and then on to the HMAS Heros in various anti-submarine roles.
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1051 PTE. J. J. GRAY 2/BN AIF.
EMB: 18th Oct 1914
Left Alexandria in preparation for Gallipoli 5th April 1915
Hospital (sick) 30th July 1915 (Gallipoli)
Invalided from France to UK. 30th July 1916 (Bronchitis)
Hospital France (trench feet) 3rd Nov 1916
Discharged: 2nd M.D. (medically unfit) 2nd Aug 1917
Note: Private Joseph John Gray would have been a First Day Lander at Gallipoli.
NEAR EF SOLD
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 6542 O. MARTIN
Emb. 2nd October 1916 with the 5th Bn AIF
6th May 1917 Admitted to hospital with septic foot (Trench foot)
RTA 19th October 1919
Medical discharge "Influenza" 21st January 1918
These medals were issued in 1968 as Private Martin states "Have not at anytime received". Records further show that the medals were returned to sender in 1923.
Unusual late issue to the veteran himself of where rank and unit is dropped from the medals. Comes with original Dog Tags.
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 7060 PTE F. NICHOLSON 6 BN AIF
Emb. 23rd November 1916
WIA: 4th October 1917 "GSW Back"
RTA: 22nd April 1919
Note: Comes with large original studio photo of Frank Nicholson and services rendered badge
Four: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.1914/15 Star and Victory Medal impressed to 1178 PTE W. W. STANGER 11 BN. AIF (48 BN on Victory Medal). British War Medal is named to 2631 Spr J. Stranger R.E. (brother?). Death plaque named Walter Wright Stanger.
Emb. 20th December 1914.
Evacuated from Gallipoli sick August 1915 (11th BN)
WIA. Gun Shot to the left Shoulder 11th April 1917 (48th BN)
WIA 2nd Occ. 6th July 1918. Remained on duty (48th BN)
KIA Jeancourt 18th September 1918 (48th BN)
Records show that Pte Stanger was killed instantly by "Machine gun bullet to the head"
This group appears to be the classic family mix up either not realising the medals are named on the edge or just wanting a representative of both brothers.
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 78 CQMS A. C. COLLYER 39/BN AIF.
EMB: 27th May 1916
Appointed CQMS 22nd Oct 1916
Trench fever 8th Apr 1918
Discharged 18th May 1919 3rdM.D
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 2930 PTE N. S. KING 59 BN AIF
Previous service listed as the 29th INF AUST. RIFLES
Emb: 3rd November 1916
Transferred from the 59th Bn to the A. G. H. (underage personnel) 27th September 1917
Transferred back to the 59th Bn from the 2nd Aust. Gen. Hosp. 12th August 1918
RTA: 30th September 1919
Note: It appears that Norman Sydney King served almost a year with the 59th Bn before they discovered he had lied about his age and subsequently sent him to the AGH underage personnel section until he came of age. This group also comes with Norman Sydney King's original medal box.
Single: India General Service 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Punjab Frontier 1897-98 (Major F. A. Blyth. 10th. Bl. Lcrs.) with later silver Oak Leaf with M.I.D. inscribed.
Note: Frederick Augustus Blyth was born in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia, in 1857. He was the son of Major-General F. S. Blyth, C.B., who commanded the 40th Foot when stationed in Australia. F.A. Blyth was commissioned Second Lieutenant, 40th Foot, in February 1875. He transferred to the 73rd Foot in December of the same year, before being posted as a Lieutenant to the Indian Staff Corps in January 1881.
Blyth was appointed a Squadron Officer of the 10th Bengal Lancers in January 1882, and served with the Regiment during the Zhob Valley Expedition of 1884. He served as Adjutant, January 1885 - February 1886, advancing to Captain in the latter year. He served as Major, and officiating Commandant of the Regiment for the campaign on the North West Frontier under Sir William Lockhart, with the Buner Field Force in 1898 (M.I.D. London Gazette 22 April 1898). He commanded the Regiment, October 1901 - May 1907, having been appointed Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel in June 1904. Blyth died in February 1919.
Very fine SOLD
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 5732 PTE W. K. SHARPLES 59/BN AIF.
EMB: 4th May 1916 14thBN
Transferred to the 59thBN 1st Jun 1916
Trench feet 14th Dec 1916
W.I.A: 25th Apr 1918 (G.S.W face)
W.I.A: (2nd occurrence) 2nd Sept 1918 (shell right leg)
Discharged 7th Dec 1919 3rdM.D
Note: Medals returned to sender and resent in 1924.
Trio: 1914-15 Star correct impressed style to 1556 Pte. L. H. B. Hudd, 9........[A]I.F. (unit details are faint due to weak striking); British War and Victory Medals correctly impressed 1556 Pte. L. H. B. Hudd, 9........[A]I.F.
This group comes with a beautifully designed certificate of service outlining the following;
"Leslie Hilland Bruce Hudd was born in McLaren Vale, South Australia. A Lithographer by occupation and a member of the Public Service Rifle Club, he enlisted into the 9th Light Horse Regiment A.I.F. on 3 September 1915. He embarked for overseas service at Adelaide, aboard the Geelong, 18 November 1915, as part of the 12th Reinforcements to the 9th Light Horse and landed at Egypt. With the unit Hudd served in the raid on the Turkish outpost of Jifjafa in the Sinai, April 1916. On 5th August 1916 he served in the mounted attack on the Turks occupying the high ridge at Hamisah and on 9th August took part in the heavy fighting at Bir el Abd, where the light horsemen were attacked by near overwhelming numbers of Turks. The stubborn steadiness of the Light Horsemen, fighting throughout, in the heat of the day, saved the retreat from becoming a route. Casualties were heavy with eight officers and sixty-five other ranks killed and thirty-three officers and two hundred and ten other ranks wounded. In October 1916 Trooper Hudd was transferred to the H.Q. of the 3rd Light Horse. This unit later took part in the actions at Mazar, El Arish, Magdhaba and Rafa. His papers record that Hudd had several run-ins with authority - noting 'neglect of duty' in failing to clean his rifle, in May 1917 and 'failing to salute an officer', in August 1918. Hudd returned to Australia aboard the Delta on 2 August 1919."
Nearly VF SOLD
Five: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal correctly impressed to VX18985 C. W. Mucklow,
Sergeant Charles William Mucklow a native from Nathalia, Victoria enlisted on 6 Jun 1940. The 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion fought as companies during the Syrian campaign, but when the Vichy French counter-attacked Merdjayoun on 15 Jun 1941, the 2/2nd regrouped to hold the Litani Bridge and prevent further enemy advance.
On 17 Jun, the 2/2nd participated in the attack on Fort Merdjayoun. French machine-gun fire quickly stopped the attack and the Australians suffered 27 killed, 29 captured, and 46 wounded.
In early 1942 the 2/2nd sailed on the Orcades reaching Oosthaven in Sumatra before going to Batavia. The troops aboard Orcades combined as ‘Blackforce’ to defend Java. The Japanese landed on Java on 28 February 1942. Blackforce went into action at Leuwiliang near Buitenzorg on 4 March fighting against the Japanese for two days but was ordered to lay down arms the day after Dutch surrender on the 8th of March. The majority of the 2/2nd survived the fighting and spent the rest of the war as prisoners. Of these, 258 men died, most while working on the Burma-Thailand railway.
Mucklow was part of Williams Force, who worked the Burma end of the railway. He died of beri beri at Tha Makham camp, Thailand, on 29 Jan 1944. His body was recovered at the end of the war and reinterred in the CWGC cemetery at Kanchanaburi, Thailand.
Five: 1939/45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Australian Service Medal correctly impressed to 400969 R. F. Cripps
Flight Sergeant Cripps a native from Glenferrie Vic, enlisted on the 7th of December 1940.
On 9 Jan 43, Cripps was tasked as bomb aimer aboard Lancaster W4371 of 12 Sqn, Bomber Command. The aircraft took off from RAF Station Wickenby, to carry out a mine laying operation in the Saint Peter’s Head area of the West Frisian Islands, near the Danish coast. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it the Lancaster and crew failed to return to base.
The crew was listed as missing in action, and an investigation determined the crew was killed in flying battle. Two other planes were also listed as missing at the same time.
Official report states “It is presumed to have been lost owing to enemy action over the target which it was detailed to attack”
Historian Alan Storr states “Following post war investigations and enquires, it was recorded in 1949 that the missing crew had lost their lives at sea”.
This is a rare Air Crew Europe Killed in Action group to an Australian and seldom seen on the market.
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, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly impressed to VX34115 C. V. SPEERS. Comes with box of issue
Enlisted 11th July 1940 and posted to the 2/3rd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
The unit embarked for the Middle East in December 1940
Sydney Morning herald 18th June 1941 has Gunner Speers as “Previously reported missing now believed killed”
Records indicate that VX34115 Cyril Speers was at one stage held at an officers camp at Sulmona (Campo PG78)
Discharged 31st August 1945
Note: The majority of POW’s of the 2/3rd L. A. A. Rgt were taken during the evacuation of Crete. The approximate figure of Australians in Italian POW camps during the war is 2000 soldiers.
GROUP 1: Pair: British War and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 14021 PTE J. CLARKE WORC. R.
Note: Unclear as to relationship of both groups but not father & Son. Medals came together and we do not split families
GROUP 2: 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 VX48050 L. L. CLARKE Stars un-named as often found with early issue.
Enlisted 4th July 1940 to 8th Battalion as V58019
Enlisted A.I.F. at Caulfield 30th July 1940 2/23rd Battalion
Embarked Sydney for the Middle East 8th March 1941
To Corps of Sigs Section 8th July 1941
To 2/23rd Battalion Garrison duty against Vichy French in Syria 19th February 1942
AWOL with 120 days detention and then posted on further operations in North Africa and service at Gaza and Palestine with the 2/23rd Battalion.
Embarked Suez per “L4” 31st January 1943
Discharged medically unfit 27th September 1943 (Malaria)
Note: Comes with Colonel Neil Smiths research
First group near EF second VF SOLD
Five: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to QX20158 S. A. CREED
Enlisted A.I.F. at Rockhampton 25th March 1941 7th Infantry Training Battalion
Embarked Sydney for the Middle East 1st September1941
To 2/15th Infantry Battalion 26th January 1942
Embarked Suez for Australia 8th February 1942
Embarked from Brisbane for Port Moresby and operations against the Japanese 6th September 1942
To Carrier Group 25th Brigade 19th September 1942 and operations Lae and Nadzab
Discharged medically unfit 4th January 1944
Six: 1939/45 Star, Burma Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45, Queens Korea Medal and United Nations Korea Medal. WW2 medals are all unnamed as issued. Korea Pair correctly impressed to 3/10957 W. J. Whitford.
T/Sgt William John Whitford served with the English army in WW2 (service number 14922415), before enlisting into the Australian army and serving in Korea with 2 RAR
Comes complete with Australian Military Forces Certificate of Discharge (Korean overseas service of 1 year and 44 days). Royal Australian Regiment shoulder title, Ribbon Bar and both medal entitlement cards (WW2 and Korea) confirming all awards.
Near EF SOLD
Trio: British War Medal, Victory Medal and Coronation medal (QE11). WW1 pair impressed to 31692 DVR S. H. HATTON 36 - H. A. G. AIF. Coronation unnamed as issued.
Comes with a copy of Dvr Hattons photo and profile of service (as pictured).
"Driver Samuel Howard Hatton (31692) enlisted on the 2nd October, 1916, and embarked on the 23rd December with the 9/25th F.A.B. He was in action with the 54th Siege Battalion near Nieuport, and also Polygon Woods, Ypres, Menin Woods, and the Passchendaele stunt. He was slightly gassed at the latter place, and returned to Australia on the 13th May, 1918.
Also comes with coronation roll, confirming that Samuel Hatton was an official guest at the coronation service.
An extremely rare WW1 group to an enlisted man with the QE11 coronation medal
Gd VF SOLD
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 6109 Pte. F. L. Macey 3 F.A.B. Pk. Sec. AIF
emb.29 Dec.1916 discharged 19 Dec 1919
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 176 Pte. C. W. Greet 60 Bn. AIF
emb. 18 May 1916 ( spent 3 months with cyclists)
KIA 30 Aug. 1918 - missing then burried German cem. Barleux, Peronne
60 Bn impressed on medals is only found on KIA due to the Bn. being disbanded.
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal. Correctly impressed to 2893 PTE J. H. TATTERSALL 44-BN. A.I.F.
Emb. 29th December 1916
M.I.A. 1 August 1917
Classed as K.I.A. by a board of enquiry 8th January 1918. A Red Cross file exists going into details of his unfortunate death (see photos)
Due to there being no known grave for Private Tattersall he is honoured on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Private Tattersall enlisted in Kalgoorlie. ;;
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to LIEUT. L. D. LOBASCHER AIF
Emb. 30th October 1916 as "O. C. troops"
RTA 22nd November 1919
Comes with an original letter of recommendation from Beaconsfield state school where he attended, dated 1907. Also an engraved watch presented to him by the 32nd Battalion Association in appreciation of his services as Honourary secretary 1-9-1936
Group of six : QSA five clasps " CC,OFS,T SA 01,SA 02" (K.R.R.C) top two clasps loose. 1914 -15 STAR, BRITISH WAR & VICTORY MEDALS impressed 2387 Pte/Sgt T.Rogers K.R.R.C. 1939 WAR & AUST.SERVICE MEDALS impressed W243298 T.Rogers.
A nice rare Boer War to WW2 group with his final period still being active service in the 18 Maint. Platoon RAE, Western Australia.
AVG VF SOLD
Family grouping, Group One: Military Cross, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal.
Military Cross period engraved to "LIEUT. T. N. W. B. STEELE 49TH BATT. A.I.F. MOUQUET FARM SEPT 1ST - 6TH 1916". 1914/15 star impressed to 74 PTE T. N. W. B. STEELE 11/L. H. RGT. A.I.F. British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to Captain T. N. W. B. Steele AIF. Pacific Star, War medal and Australian Service Medal 1939/45 all impressed in the early small capital letter issue to NX137273 T. N. W. B. Steele.
Emb. 2 June 1915
Transferred to the 2nd Light Horse 29th August 1915 whilst on Gallipoli
Transferred again after Gallipoli to the 49th Bn. as an Officer.
Wins the Military Cross September 1916 "Mouquet Farm"
London Gazette 14th November 1916
RTA 16th April 1918
Captain Steeles WW2 record states that he was part of Eastern Command when he discharged after having been to the Pacific theatre of war.
A very important group to a soldier who rose through the ranks with the light horse in Gallipoli, recognised for his leadership and gallantry and then went on to serve overseas in WW2.
Complete with various silver pens, vesta, lighter and card case. All with initials or monogram.
Second group to the son of Captain Steele M.C.
Group of four 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star (late style period official engraved),War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal (officially impressed) to NX51099 R.B.Steele who served in the 2/6th Australian Armoured Regiment who with their tanks were involved in the actions at Buna and Sanananda.
He is noted on the roll of the Regimental book "The Vital Factor" which gives an excellent account of Australia's first tank action for WW2 in PNG making his group of 4 that much more interesting.
Complete with excellent photo, Discharge paper and one of his colour patches.
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 6084 PTE G. F. E. SMITH 2 BN. A.I.F.
Emb. 22nd August 1916
Died. Suffocation by immersion (found in river Seine)
Buried at St. Sever (Rouen) "Accidently drowned"
We have attached a copy of the Witness report surrounding the circumstances of Private Smith's death. It is very hard to imagine this as an accident?
Near EF SOLD
Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 4746 PTE. A. BRYANT 8 BN. A.I.F.
Emb. 29th May 1916
WIA 18th August 1916 G.S.W. Foot/right
2nd WIA 11th October 1917 G.S.W. Knee
3rd WIA 28th August 1918 Gassed
RTA 23rd March 1919
London Gazette 14th May 1919
Very strong service with the award of the Military Medal and three times wounded.
Good VF SOLD
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3280 PTE. E. R. BRIMSON 11/BN AIF.
EMB: 2nd November 1915 and posted to “C” Coy
27th March sprained ankle
KIA: 9th April 1917 During the German counter attack at Louverval (Where Pope won his VC)
Cemetery details: Morchies Australian Cemetery, Morchies, Arras, Nord Pas de Calais, France NOK West Leederville
Note: Records show Ernest Richard Brimson’s British war medal was returned to sender and sent out again
Six: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star (North Africa 1942-43), Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to J. G. SISSONS R.A.N.V.R. Stars for Navy casualties, regardless of cause or location of death, were issued unnamed.
Enlisted in the RANVR in Sydney 20th May 1941 service number S/V95 (Sydney Volunteer 95)
Commenced training under the “Dominion Yachtsman Scheme” as a potential Officer
Embarked for the UK on the 16th October 1941
Between December 1941 to October 1942 saw service on the Minesweeper HMAS Collingwood, HMS Victory, Minesweeper HMS Llandudno, HMS King and back to the London Depot before making Sub Lieutenant 9th October 1942
Posted as Sub Lieutenant to the HMS Quebec for Combined Operations Depot Inveraray 15th November 1942
Posted to HMS Copra (Combined Operations Depot) 1st April 1943 and duty with the Motor Launch 1038 near North Africa
Sub Lieutenant Sissons was killed in action 11th July 1943 during raiding operations South of Syracuse, Mediterranean Sea as part of Operation “Husky” and the invasion of Sicily.
The crew of HDML1038 were tasked with undertaking “raiding operations” with members of the specially trained 41 Commando, Royal Marines. The objective of HDML 1038 was to land the Commandos south of Syracuse for a pre-emptive strike for when the main landing to occur after.
Sub Lieutenant Sissons is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial on Panel 84, Column 2 as his body was not recovered.
Note: Comes with Four Allied Military (Italy) 1 Lira notes, Female Relatives Badge numbered N3598, Mothers and Widows Badge numbered N1450 and the rare RAN Killed in Action next of kin gold lapel pin “This lapel pin is presented by the Chief of Navy in recognition that your loved one, who was a valued member of the Royal Australian Navy, died in Service. May you look upon this in remembrance and wear it with pride”
Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 6405 PTE B. H. TUCKETT 24 BN. A.I.F.
Emb: 23rd November 1916
WIA: 4th October 1917 (G.S.W. Left Elbow)
2nd WIA: 22nd March 1918 (Gassed)
3rd WIA: 1st September 1918 (B. W. Leg Rt)
Awarded Military Medal London Gazette 17th June 1919
‘This man acted as stretcher bearer throughout the attack on Mt. St. Quentin near Peronne on 1 September 1918, and displayed a courage and devotion to duty which were of the highest order. Undeterred by incessant machine-gun and shell fire, he continued his work of rescuing the wounded, and he worked unremittingly until every casualty was removed from the field. During the operation his company trench was heavily shelled by 6.9s and among the casualties were two wounded men who had been buried. Though the bombardment still continued Tuckett, without hesitation, worked and dug these men out, tended their wounds, and carried them back to safety. His utter disregard for his own safety was instrumental in saving the lives of many of his comrades.’
RTA: 23rd March 1919 (Medically unfit)
Contact marks (polished) Nearly VF SOLD
Pair: A Great War 1918 ‘Somme’ M.M. pair awarded to Private P. O’Sullivan, 44th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, for single-handedly capturing a machine-gun, an officer and 20 men, during an attack on Hamel, 4 July 1918
Military Medal, G.V.R. (61 Pte. P. O’Sullivan. 44/Aust: Inf:); British War Medal 1914-20 (61 Pte. P. O’Sullivan 44 Bn. A.I.F.)
M.M. London Gazette 1 October 1918. The original recommendation states:
‘On the 4th July 1918 during the attack on Hamel, this man on reaching the final objective saw an enemy machine gun being mounted for action. He immediately rushed forward, bombed and killed the crew and captured the gun. He then bombed the adjacent dugout and captured an Officer and 20 men. During the whole of this operation this man showed conspicuous bravery and set a very high example of devotion to duty to his comrades.’
P. O’Sullivan was born in Warren Island, County Kerry, Ireland. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 10 January 1916, and embarked for France on H.M.A.T. Suevic, 6 June 1916. O’Sullivan served with the 44th Australian Infantry Battalion as part of the 11th Australian Brigade, 3rd Australian Division in the French theatre of war. He was awarded his M.M. for gallantry in operations on the Somme, in particular during the attack on Hamel, 4 July 1918. During the attack on Hamel, 12 German officers and 350 other ranks were captured, together with 20 machine-guns. O’Sullivan’s battalion suffered 22 other ranks killed, 5 officers and 113 other ranks wounded, and 13 other ranks missing.
O’Sullivan returned to Australia in H.T. Plassy in September 1919, and was discharged 10 December 1919.
Note: The BWM was re-united recently (2018) giving hope that the Victory Medal will eventually turn up
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 4892 DVR L. J. RAYMOND 1 ANZ CYC BN AIF (1 CYC. CPS AIF on Victory Medal).
Emb. 7th March 1916 with the 6th Battalion
Transferred to the 1st ANZAC Cyclist Bn. 9th July 1916
RTA: 22nd May 1919 3rd Military District
Note: Victory medal was returned to sender in 1921 and in 1928 a new victory medal was sent out, hence the different unit naming on the Victory Medal (Not a broken group). A rare group to the Cyclist Corps
Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to CHARLES ALBERT KEMP.
3165 Private Charles Albert Kemp embarked on the 18 January 1916 from Fremantle with the 28th Battalion AIF.
KIA 29th July 1916 Pozierres
Villers – Bretonneux Memorial
3252 Private Ryan’s witness report states ”Kemp was killed instantly by shell fire, during an attack at Pozierres on July 29th, 1915. I was near him when he was hit by a high explosive shortly after we had “stepped over”, He was terribly injured every limb being shattered. It was not possible to bury him, and we had to leave him in no man’s land, we could not bring him in, Enemy fire was to heavy. Ground was not held. He was about 5’7 well built , fair 33 years. Was a miner from Leonora, West Australia.” (Red Cross file AWM)
Trio: 1915/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Correctly impressed 2526 PTE J. NOBLE 17/AUST INF (L-CPL on pair)
Previous service: 7 years Royal Navy – Naval Brigade NSW & Naval Contingent from NSW to China – on active service (purchased discharge)
Emb: 5th October 1915 (age 45 years)
Transferred to the 5th Pioneers 18th March 1916
Discharged 13th September 1916, 2nd M.D. (senility)
Note: Joseph Noble died on the 5th January 1928 at the Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick. According to the contents of a letter from the NSW State Trustees Office, Noble also had home service as a Private in the Australian Army Medical Corps.
Further information is given on a medical form (in his AIF record) stating “Was at the bombardment of Alexandria 1881 and Boxer Rebellion”. The AWM has Noble Able Seaman Noble embarking on the SS Salamis and returning on the SS Chingtu. The China medal roll states his medal was sent to the “C in C Australia 6 Feb 03”. Due to the Australian government not issuing all the China medals at this stage we are unsure if his medal was actually presented to him.
Looking further into the Royal Navy records there appears to be a J. Noble on the HMS Monarch for the Sudan campaign listed as the “Asst. Engr” which could possibly be him however this would make him ten years old (roughly) going off his enlist age given in the first world war. Further research is required.
Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 6572 L/CPL G. G. ROBERTSON 7 BN. A.I.F.
Emb. 2nd October 1916
WIA 4th October 1917 G.S.W. Thigh
Awarded Military Medal 24th October 1918
RTA 27th July 1919
Cpl Roberston was one of the 133 (AWM website) that in WW1 were recommended for The Victoria Cross (including those awarded). It seems in Robertsons case, that he got himself into a minor prank involving souveniring womens knickers. It could be argued that this stupid prank may well have cost him, his countries highest honour.
Interesting note: When one examines the Victoria Cross recommendations in the AWM, 233 recommendations are listed. Exactly 100 duplicate examples are amongst these (where a soldier has been resubmitted, or a variation is present). So the true number of people recommended for the Victoria Cross in WW1 was 133 (66 of these were awarded).
Eight: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 2228 PTE F. ROBERTSON 58 BN. A.I.F. 1939/45 Star, Africa star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service medal 1939/45 all correctly impressed to VX44370 E. J. ROBERTSON
Emb. 1st May1916
WIA 25th April 1918 G.S.W. Neck
London Gazette 17th June 1919
RTA 5th August 1919
Due to his WW2 records being unopened (at this stage) we can only see an outline of his Africa service of which he served with the pay corp as a sergeant.
Francis appears to have changed his name to Eric (most likely due to his age) on enlistment in WW2 and this is backed up by his WW1 records that states that he has "No relatives living", The difference in age is roughly 5 years between the records and therefore can not be a son. These medals have all come together from a very old collection and is worthy of further research. A strong citation and a very impressive grouping.
Good VF SOLD
L/CPL "Paddy" Fitzgerald in Egypt
Group of Four, plus ANZAC plaque: Military Medal, 1914/15 star, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 341 L/CPL. P. FITZGERALD 23 BN. A.I.F.
ANZAC medallion correctly named to P. FITZGERALD
Enlisted. 15th February 1915 as an original member of "B" company
WIA 3rd May 1917 G.S.W. R/Arm
2nd WIA 16th May 1918 (slight) remained on duty
RTA 9th March 1919
Commonwealth Gazette 27th Aug 1917
The following extract was supplied by Paddys niece (in 1989) as part of paddy's story. There are four pages in total.
"Upon disembarkation at Alexandria the 2nd Division were transfered to the A.I.F. camp at MENA where further training was carried out prior to reinforcing the troops already on Gallipoli. On the morning of September the 2nd, 1915, the transport ship "SOUTHLAND", a vessel of 11,899 tons carrying 1600 men of the 21st BTN and "B" company of the 23rd BTN from Alexandria to Lemnos, was torpedoed in the AEGEAN SEA, causing a loss of one officer and 32 men.
It was during this action that Paddy saved the life of a soldier and was believed to have been recommended for a V.C. but a subsequent fight with a member of the provost corps saw an end to any award.
The troops were rescued by the hospital ship "NEURALIA" and other ships and were returned to Alexandria where they were regrouped and returned to Gallipolli arriving between the 6th - 8th of September, 1915.
The 23rd BTN relieved the 13th Light Horse Regiment at Lone Pine...... Paddy was evacuated from Gallipoli on the night of 12th December, 1915, with "A" party of the 6th Brigade where he returned to Egypt."
Three: British War Medal, Victory Medal and E11 coronation medal first two correctly impressed to 37326 A-CPL. R. T. GORE 4 D.A.C. A.I.F.
Enlisted on the 5th September 1916
Embarked 5th November 1917
RTA 31st March 1919
Ralph Thomas Gore was born in Glen Innes, NSW, on 4 October 1888. He was educated at Brisbane Grammar School and was called to the Queensland Bar in 1915. He was associate to Sir Samuel Griffith in 1915-16 and then served in the Artillery in WW1. He practised at the Queensland Bar 1919-24 and became Crown Law Officer in Papua in 1924. He was judge of the Supreme Court of Pupua 1928-42 and Judge of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea 1945-62. He died in 1968.
As the CBE is an unnamed medal, one could easily acquire the medal to add to this important group.
Four; 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal all correctly impressed WX3453 A. R. Smith-Ryan
A bank officer with the Commercial Bank of Australia from Northam, WA, enlisted on 21 Nov 1940, after service as a Lieutenant in the 11th Battalion of the Militia. As the original Second-in-Command of ‘B’ Company, 2/4th MG Bn.
Landing in Singapore in January 1942 with his company as support to the Manchester Fusiliers originally tasked with defending the naval base. From 8–15 of February, 137 men of 2/4th MG Bn were killed or missing, 106 wounded, and 24 suffered ‘shell shock’ from Japanese air, artillery and infantry attacks.
Upon the units surrender, he was marched to Changi with remnants of 2/4th MG Bn and spent the duration of the war in Adam Park and Changi. He was responsible for writing the unit’s War Diary and secretly kept a personal diary whilst a POW, hidden from the Japanese. Much of what we know about the 2/4th MG Bn during the Battle for Singapore was extracted from these diaries. He was recovered in 1945, and returned to WA, living in East Perth. He died in Floreat Park, WA, on 13 Nov 1970.
A very rare officer’s medal group to a key player in the 2/4th story
Private William Henry Francis Clarke
Six; 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Australian Service Medal and Greek War Medal. Allk Australian medals correctly impressed to WX292 W. H. F. Clarke.
William Henry Francis Clarke a mill hand from Swanbourne, WA, enlisted on 7 Nov 1939. An original member of 2/11th Bn,
Private Clarke saw action at Bardia, Tobruk and Derna before the campaign in Greece.
On the 17th of April 1941 during a Luftwaffe airstrike on the withdrawal through Brallos Pass Private Clarke was tragically killed (being the first member of the Battalion killed in action in the Greek campaign). He was quickly buried by the side of the road and his body has not been recovered.
Private Clarke was later commemorated on the Athens Memorial, Greece.
Ex: Status International sale Oct 2009
WX2246 George Sandercock
Seven; 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, War Medal, Australian Service Medal and Greek War Medal. All Australian medals correctly impressed to WX2246 G Sandercock,
A miner from Brookton, WA, Lance-Bombardier enlisted on 25 Apr 1940. He disembarked with 2/3rd Field Regiment at Gourock, Scotland on 17th June 1940 for training, where the 2/3rd was equipped with the new 25 Pounder. He arrived in Palestine on 31 Dec 1940, supporting the advance across North Africa to the frontier. Sandercock drove a truck shot up by enemy aircraft on 26th of February 1941. He embarked for Greece on 26 Mar 1941 In support of the New Zealanders they supported at Elasson on the 18th of April, at Erithrai on the 26th of April and at Porto Rafti on 27th of April 1941.
The 2/3rd lost 7 KIA, 17 WIA and 2 POW in Greece and destroyed their guns before the withdrawal to Crete on 3 Jun 1941. The 2/3rd was engaged against German paratroop landings at Suda and Retimo and covered the withdrawal to Sfakia prior to evacuation. Sandercock was amongst the final troops to be evacuated from Crete. The 2/3rd lost 20 KIA, 30 WIA and 126 POW on Crete.
After recuperating back in the Middle East, the 2/3rd returned to Australia on 25 Mar 1942. Sandercock landed with the 2/3rd at Aitape on 17 Oct 1944, remaining until the end of the war, returning from Wewak on 20 Sep 1945. Discharged on 30 Oct and died in Melville, WA on 7 Oct 1976.
Three:Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Military Medal impressed 3585 CPL J. H. Priest 10/AUST. INF. And War and Victory medals impressed 3585 SGT. J. H. Priest 27 BN AIF (having served in both the 10th and 27th Bn)
Emb. 11th January 1916
WIA: 18th September 1918. Gun Shot Wound Left Ear. This wound was prior to the advance that won him the military medal and it appears he was also wounded a further second time.
Discharged 27th October 1919
An extremely impressive citation for the heavy fighting at Jeancourt where it appears SGT Priest not only assaulted machine gun positions, but also came back with six prisoners.
GD VF SOLD
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 706 PTE. W. H. TOMS 27/BN AIF. (SGT on BWM & VM)
EMB: 31st May 1915
Taken ill 1st November 1915 after escorting prisoner from the front
Promoted Sergeant 19th August 1916
KIA: 5th November Villers-Bretonneux
Note: Served on Galliipoli and then in France where he was reported missing on the 5th November 1916 near Flers in the attack on The Maze. Later confirmed as killed in action.
Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1662 L/CPL P. GOGGIN 53 BN. A.I.F.
Emb. 14th April 1916
Military Medal action 14th November 1917
London Gazette 23rd February 1917
RTA 19th April 1919
A good defensive action in repelling the enemy
Comes with a photo of Corporal Ward and his original discharge paper.
Group of Seven : 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45, Australian Service Medal 39/45 and Australian Service Medal 1945/75 two clasps “SW Pacific & Japan”. All WW2 medals are correct to period style naming to NX52611 J P HALL. The ASM 45-75 is correctly named to NX502108 J P HALL due to reenlistment.
Enlisted 4th July 1940 and after training taken on strength with the 2/33rd Battalion (2nd reinforcements)
Embarked Sydney for the Middle East 3rd February 1941
13th March – 23rd May 1941 operations Egypt to Palestine
8th June – 14th January 1942 operations in Syria against the Vichy French
Embarked Suez and arriving in Australia 10th March 1942
Promoted to L/CPL and embarked for Port Moresby for operations against the Japanese including the Kokoda Track 31st August 1942
Wounded in Action 14th October 1942 near Templeton’s Crossing
Several attacks of Malaria find Corporal Hall back in Australia before he embarked for Balikpapan 25th June 1945 (assault landings).
RTA: 23rd December 1945 and discharged 14th January 1946
Re-enlisted 18th March 1946 and served with the 65th Infantry Battalion BCOF Japan
Discharged 17th May 1948
Note: Comes with a copy of Colonel Neil C. Smith’s research and service record. Mounted as worn.
Trio: Military Medal, War medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 2462 SJT W. DILLWORTH 46 BN. A.I.F.
Emb. 14th March 1916
WIA 19th September 1918 G.S.W. Buttock severe
Discharged in London to get married 17th March 1919
A very good strong fighting citation.
Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Military Medal is name erased, British War Medal and Victory Medal are correctly impressed to 3802 CPL. D. M. Baldwin 12 Bn. AIF.
Cpl Baldwin embarked on 17th December 1915 (not entitled to star).
WIA GSW Head and Arm 6. 9.1916
2nd WIA Left Thigh 10. 6. 1917
It was at this stage it appears that Cpl Baldwin wins his Military Medal at Messines with the 52nd Battalion. This is when the C.O. Lt. Col Pope is wounded. There is no clear citation for Cpl Baldwin only the London Gazette date of 20 December 1917.
This is a rare award to a double WIA soldier to the Western Australian branch of the 52nd Battalion.
Four: Military Medal with second award Bar, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Military Medal correctly impressed 2135 L.CPL C.L. COOPER. 20/AUST: INF. PTE on 1914/15 STAR and SGT on British War and Victory Medal.
Emb. 1 August 1915
WIA 6th May 1916 "Bomb Wounds"
WIA 2nd Occasion 20 July 1916 Shrapnel wounds to his Right Leg and Face
Award Military Medal 19th March 1917
WIA 3rd Occasion 5th May 1917 G.S.W left leg.
KIA 13th October 1917.
Award of Bar to the Military Medal 14th October 1917
This group is to a true fighting ANZAC. Not only is he wounded in action three times before he is killed in action, his Military Medal and Bar citations do not incorporate the actions in which he is wounded.
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Trio: British War Medal, Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 26155 DVR A. H. FLOYD 51 BN. A.I.F. Death Plaque names AUSTIN HERBERT FLOYD.
K.I.A. 26th September 1917 (Ypres) Where the 51st played an important roll.
There is unfortunately no known grave for Private Floyd so he is honoured on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. He was from Wokalup near Harvey WA.
Near EF SOLD
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 14 SGT L. G. BALDOCK 44 BN AIF.
Previous Service: 86th & 88th Inf 3 years and 6 months
EMB: 6th June 1916
WIA: 23rd June 1917 G. S. W Back
WIA 2nd Occasion: 29th November 1918 G.S.W. right arm (severe)
RTA: 25th January 1919
Note: Comes with original newspaper cut out of SGT Baldock. Nice strong service with an early battalion number and being wounded twice.
FAMILY GROUP : Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 3043 Pte. E. A. Beagley 12 Bn. AIF
emb. 14 Sept. 1915 Disch. 20 May 1919 entitled to Star
2. British War & Victory Medal impressed 37 Pte. R. H. Beagley 32 Bn .AIF
emb. 18 Nov 1915 WIA 3.Sept. 1916 GSW right arm D.O.W. (52nd Bn). - entitled to star.
3. WAR MEDAL 1939-45 12250 H. R. Beagley - full entitlement
Group of Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 1939/45. Both stars are in typical Navy chisel engraving, with the War Medal and ASM being impressed to F. 3105 J. N. FARRELL
Seaman Farrell served on multiple ships including the HMAS Manoora in 1940 (the Manoora seized Norwegian and Italian vessels early in the war). He was also serving in the Sydney harbour during the Japanese submarine attack at HMAS Penguin before serving on the Bathurst class Corvette the HMAS Geelong.
At the end of the war Seaman Farrell served on the HMAS Diamentia taking the surrenders at Torokina, Nauru and Ocean Island. This was a small ship and as all three surrenders were conducted on her quarterdeck, he was most likely involved.
Five: 1914/15 Star, British War, Victory Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and ASM 1939/45. WW1 trio correctly impressed to R. M. A. 11414, GR. A. L. SKIPP. War Medal 1939/45 and ASM 39/45 correctly impressed W28972 A. L. SKIPP
Gunner Skipp enlisted into the Royal Marine Artillery in 1905 (underage) serving on the following ships (in order); Hibernia, Magnificent, London, Collingwood and the Royal Sovereign until the end of the First World War.
In Australia, Alfred Leonard skip enlisted on the 6th November 1940 and served as a sergeant on staff with Western Command (WA) for the whole period of the Second World War.
MAJOR LEWIS ONE OF THREE 2/6TH TO SURVIVE BORNEO & SANDAKAN
Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to WX3338 T. T. Lewis
Major Travers Thorold (Peter) Lewis, an architect from Cottesloe, WA, enlisted on 1 May 1940 having previously served in the Militia in the RAE from 1935.
On the outbreak of war he was appointed as a Captain in the 2/2nd Field Company, then on the 14th November he was given command of the 2/6th Field Park Coy,
He embarked on to Malaya in Jun 1941, and the unit was based in Malacca in support of the two Field Engineer Company’s 8th Division located with the 27th Bde, Segamat sector.
He was promoted to Major on 24th December and after the 2/30th Battalion ambush at Gemas on 14th January 1942, 27th Bde conducted a fighting withdrawal to Singapore. The 2/6th Fd Park Coy suffered casualties from Japanese artillery and air attacks, before withdrawing to Singapore on the 9th February. A further six men of the 2/6th were killed prior to the 8th Division surrendering to the Japanese and the survivors imprisoned in Changi.
Whilst in the Changi camp he played a role in designing the Chapel before being shipped to Borneo on the Ume Maru with ‘B’ Force in July, arriving in Sandakan.
Major Lewis was tasked with building an airfield at Sandakan. The design and construction of the runway was sabotaged and deliberately delayed by the prisoners. The Kempeitai suspected him of being involved in intelligence activities and he was sent to Kuching and jailed for the remainder of the war.
When finally recovered he was suffering malnutrition and temporary blindness and was hospitalized before returning to Australia via Morotai. He was discharged in January 1946, one of 145 WA POW transported to Borneo, and one of seven to have survived. He was one of only three of the 2/6th Fd Park Coy to survive Borneo, with the remainder dying at Sandakan 1 and 2 camps, or on death marches. He returned to architecture post war, and died in Cottesloe, WA on 6 Apr 1955
Group of Four : Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals impressed to 68012 K. E. Mills.
Sgt Mills was posted to the Overseas Headquarters and his records show that he was not issued or entitled to a 1939/45 star.
A confidential report was made on Sgt Mills stating he had "Radical ideas" and "Communistic principles". A very interesting group with the rare Italy star, only 3200 being issued to the Airforce and seldom impressed.
Trio : QUEENS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL, BRITISH WAR MEDAL AND VICTORY MEDAL. QSA with five clasps "CC, OFS, T, 01, 02" impressed 1331 PTE F. A. McSHANE N.S.WALES M.R. BWM and Victory Medal impressed 3863 PTE. F. A. McSHANE 4 BN AIF.
Francis Andrew McShanes Boer war service was with the 2nd NSW Mounted Rifles and all five clasps are confirmed on the roll.
Enlisted in WW1 and embarked on the 7th January 1916
WIA first occasion 27th July 1916 (Poison Gas)
WIA 2nd occasion 29th September 1917 (remained on duty)
WIA 3rd occasion 4th October 1917 (G.S.W. left hand)
WIA 4th occasion 14th April 1918 (G.S.W. right leg severe)
RTA 1ST April 1919 (invalided)
Despite the newspaper article reporting a fifth wounding, we could only identify four. A remarkable soldier who certainly answered the call and more.
Comes complete with his dog tags as illustrated.
Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3234 PTE. G. A. THORNBERRY. 52ND/ AUST INF: (MT-DVR shown as rank on BWM)
Emb.23rd December 1916
Military Medal London Gazette 17th December 1917
WIA 5th April 1918 (Shrapnel Wound Left Thigh)
Discharged 1 September 1919
Interesting to note that his occupation in 1916 was as a Motor Driver. Also mentioned in Neville Browning's "The 52nd Battalion A. I. F." page 159 "The enemy bombardment constantly damaged the signal line from Brigade and Battalion Headquarters to the front line companies...... Whenever the lines were broken, runners had to deliver messages by hand and Privates E.J. O'Neill and G.A. Thornbury were awarded Military Medals for this work"
Near EF SOLD
Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 662 PTE. (DVR on campaign medals) W. J. GARTNER 31 BN. A.I.F.
Emb. 18th May 1916
Accidently wounded (shell wound hand) 25th May 1917 at the ANZAC instructional school (field). Board of inquiry ruled it was due to the school using bad/dated munitions
Awarded Military Medal 14th May 1919 (London Gazette)
RTA 21st July 1919
Private Gartner was awarded the Military Medal near Villers Carbonnel in August 1918 whilst attending to the wounded in the open under heavy machine gun and artillery. His records go on to show a congratulatory card issued by the General Officer Commanding the 4th Army for "the conspicuous manner in which you conducted yourself on the battlefield in the face of the enemy" this is dated 2nd of October 1919. Unfortunately congratulatory cards are not always recorded and other than the letter acknowledging it (in his file) we may never know exactly what action it is for. The congratulatory card post dates the Military Medal so could be considered a second award.
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 6207 Pte. S. A. Thrower 25 Bn. AIF
emb.27 Oct 1916 Dischared 12 Sept.1919
This soldier was always in trouble doing 12 months hard time
WIA 1 Sept.1918 Shrap.right knee-St.Quenton.
25th Bn. was one of the Bn's that Mutinied to avoid disbandment.
Single; Maori War medal to Private William Williamson, 1st Waikato Regiment, killed in action at Titi Hill, Mauku, in October 1863, a native of Bendigo, Victoria. reverse undated with the naming engraved in the correct period style to W. Williamson, Pr. 1st Waikato Regt
On the morning of the 23rd October 1863 firing was heard in the direction of Bald Hills. Lieutenant D. H. Lusk, who commanded the church stockade, sent out two scouts to reconnoitre. They discovered Maoris shooting cattle in the valley between the hills. On receiving their report Lieut. Lusk sent to the river stockade for reinforcements and at the same time dispatched a mounted orderly to Drury. The river stockade was in charge of Lieut. J. S. Perceval, an impulsive and inexperienced young officer. Disobeying his orders to join the church garrison he led a party of 13 men to the right, heading for the crest of Titi Hill, hoping to take the Maoris in the rear. The Maoris came skirmishing over the hill and rapidly outflanked Perceval’s party on both sides, pinning them down in some felled timber. About this time they were joined by Lieut. T. Norman who had just returned from Drury with the men’s pay.
Lieut. Lusk, observing the predicament of Lieut. Perceval, led his men in a foray up Titi Hill to join him. A desperate close-quarter battle followed, with repeated charges by about 150 Maori warriors. It was during this hand to hand fighting that the Militia casualties occurred; first Lieut. Perceval fell, then Lieut. Norman and several of the men. Falling back and clearing his right flank Lusk got his men into the cover of the bush. Retiring in good formation keeping to the cover of the forest and maintaining accurate shooting by sections, the party reached the church stockade without further casualties.
The fight was broken off and the Maoris headed for the Waikato River taking their wounded with them. Their dead were estimated at 30. During all this time the mounted orderly was having trouble convincing the Imperial officers in charge at Drury of the state of affairs at Mauku. Finally they dispatched two companies of Waikato Militia who arrived at Mauku that evening - too late to be of assistance.
An early morning reconnaissance discovered the bodies of the slain Militiamen, stripped and laid out in a row. They had all been tomahawked and a white haversack on a stick had been erected to mark their location.
Those killed were: Lieutenants John Perceval and Thomas Norman, Corporal M. Power, Privates W. Beysick, George O’Born, Farquhar McGillavray, and William Williamson, all of the 1st Waikato Regiment, and Private William Worthington of the Forest Rifles. Worthington was buried at Mauku but the bodies of the others were taken to Drury for burial where, in the overgrown churchyard of St. John’s, is still standing the forlorn monument to Australia’s first war dead which was erected by their comrades of the 1st Waikato Regiment (Ref. Australians in the Waikato War, L. L. Barton, Sydney, 1979).
Sold with further details including the roll of the 1st Waikato Regiment awarded the medal under the terms of N.Z.Gazette No. 63 of 1869, and copies of official correspondence to his brother who claimed his estate and to whom this medal was issued in 1872.
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 1918 Pte. J.Treweek 34 Bn. AIF
emb. 9 Aug. 1916 (44 Bn.)
WIA 7 July 1917 GSW thigh
DOW 4 Sept. 1917 - RED CROSS WOUNDED & MISSING FILE ON HIM
SCARCE NSW SUDAN GROUP
THE SUDAN CONTINGENT WAS THE FIRST ARMED FORCE RAISED BY A BRITISH COLONY AND DESPATCHED OVERSEAS
Five: Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, undated reverse, 1 clasp, Suakin 1885 (10. Pte. E. E. Buckleton. New Sth. Wales Contgt.); 1914-15 Star (Capt: E. E. Buckleton. Notts: & Derby: R.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt. E. E. Buckleton.); Khedive’s Star 1884-6
Ernest Edward Buckleton was born in Tinonee New South Wales in 1867. At a young age Ernest enlisted in the Naval Artillery Volunteers and then transferred to the NSW Ambulance Corp (Sudan Contingent).
The New South Wales Ambulance Corp consisted of only 37 members of which Ernest was a stretcher bearer. The "Evening News" newspaper dated Saturday 11th July 1885 has Ernest reciting the "Charge of the Six Hundred" prior to his departure at the benefit concert.
After returning from the Sudan, Ernest became involved in the Rubber industry and become the Managing Director of Rubber Co. This position had Ernest moving around the world with his base being in London. At the outbreak of WW1, Ernest again answered the call and as he was based in the UK, he joined the Sherwood Foresters in August 1915. serving as a Captain in France.
Note: Australians Awarded by Clive Johnson states that only 10 groups to the NSW Ambulance Corp are known to exist in either Museums, Collections or with family.
A scarce WW1 group with early WW1 service to an Officer
Previous prices realized.
Nobles July 2006 (lot 3484) Ambulance Sudan pair (with WW1 pair) to A. O. Trebeck. Sold for $6500.
Bonhams Oct. 2013 (lot 217) Ambulance Sudan pair to J. McDevitt. Sold for 3,600 Pounds (roughly $6500. PAIR ONLY)
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to CAPTAIN R.A.B.Stanhope AIF . Veterinary Officer
emb. 19 Sept. 1916 RTA 9 Jan. 1920
attached to the 13th Light Horse
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 11201 MT-DVR V. J. COHEN 3 D.S.C. AIF
Emb: 3rd June 1916 as part of the 3rd DIV. Ambulance Motor Transport Coy
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 3393 A-CPL L. E. TAYLOR 46 BN AIF
Emb: 2nd February 1918 with the 39th Bn sports unit "Sportsmen's 1000"
Transferred to the 46th Bn on the 5th June 1918
WIA: 8th August 1918 "GSW Arm"
Note: The Sportsmen's 1000 was a recruiting drive encouraging young men to join with their sporting team. The drive promised the team would stay together and fight together. This group also comes with Laurence Taylor's dog tag.
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 177 PTE. G. BROWN 18/BN AIF.
EMB: 25th June 1915 and posted to “A” company 18th Battalion
Died of wounds: 28th August 1915 Gallipoli “G.S.W. Chest & Rt Knee” (received at Hill 60 on the 27th August 1915)
Buried at Sea off the hospital ship on the 28th August 1915
Cemetery details: Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Note: 18th Battalion suffered the highest casualties in the fighting at Hill 60 from 21-31 August 1915 out of any unit. An important group.
Wing Commander Harry Lumsden Tancred AFC
Five: Air Force Cross, 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and New Zealand Service Medal. Air Force Cross dated 1940. Service medals unnamed as issued.
Born in Nanango Queensland in 1908, Wng Cdr Tancred’s family soon moved to New Zealand where he was raised. When the Mau uprising occurred in Samoa (1930), Tancred enlisted as number 45 in the Samoa Military Police. It was not long before the Mau uprising had ended in a truce and Tancred departed for the UK to join the Air Force. After passing his pilots course he was posted to Egypt and Iraq. Then in 1935 he returned to New Zealand to fly for Union Airways as well as flying with the RNZAF in the lead up to the war.
When the war broke out, Wng Cdr Tancred was appointed OC of the Air Gunners & Air Observers School at Ohakea and It was in this early stage that Tancred won his Air Force Cross, distinguishing himself as an early leader in the RNZAF.
Wng Cdr Tancred went on to become the commanding Officer at Woodbourne base and also to command bases in Guadalcanal and Bougainville. It would be hard to believe that any New Zealand pilots could go through service in WW2 without coming under Wng Cdr Tancreds command at some stage and in 1979 the New Zealand Postal Service honoured him on a limited edition first Day cover.
Also included with the medals are the following;
1. A Walker & Hall Sheffield, silver plated presentation tray with inscription: ‘502 (Ulster)(Bomber) Squadron presented to Flying Officer Tancred by the Commanding Officer and Officers 502 (Ulster)(Bomber) Squadron on the occasion of his marriage February 1935’, with engraved signatures.
2. Both Commission certificates for the RAF (1932) and RNZAF 1936. Note; The NZ commission paper is in the authority of Edward VIII who abdicated
3. Letter from government house inviting Wng Cdr Tancred to accept his AFC from the Governor General dated 1942
4. Two Sterling Silver Cigarette Cases. One is a beautiful early enamel case with ‘RAF’ insignia and engraved inner ‘To Louise from Tank 25-12-34’
5. A Silver Gelatin Print of Harry Lumsden Tancred with inscription: ‘Here’s looking at you love from Tank 10-11-40’
6. Various Ephemera, Documents, Badges, Pins pertaining to Harry Lumsden Tancred: Samoa Military Police discharge certificate 1930, various Pilots and drivers licenses, sweetheart pin, “Novices Bayonet Competition Iraq 1932” 1st prize Fob, miniature medals, cloth badges and silver gelatine print of a NZ Military parade.in Woodbourne of where Wng Cdr Tancred is leading the march.
Provenance : These medals are ex the estate of George Tancred the author of "The Historical Record of Medals and Honorary Distinctions" 1891
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 4668 PTE. J. P. ATKINSON 28 BN A.I.F,
emb. 19 November 1916
WIA 3 May 1917 Gun Shot Wound Head
WIA 26th Oct. 1917 Gassed
DOW 31st Oct. 1917 from the above wounding "Died of poisoning"
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 6344 Pte. H. J. Lane 28 Bn AIF
emb. 29 Dec.1916 RTA 13 Jan. 1919
WIA 2 Oct.1917 GSW chest
Complete with two service badges and ribbon bar as pictured
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.
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 937 2-Cpl. E. V. Boyle 3 Tun. Coy. AIF
emb. 20 Feb.1916
RTA 12 June 1917
A RARE GONA BEACH 2/16th CASUALTY
Five: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 1939/45 all correctly impressed to WX9438 S. SMITH
Living in Bridgetown, Stanley Smith Enlisted on the 4th of December 1940 and was taken on strength with the 2/16th Battalion Bravo Coy.
First serving in Palestine before reaching PNG and the Kokoda track (now as a member of Delta Company).
Private Stanley Smith was wounded in action in Gona and succomed to his wound on the 4th December 1942 at the age of 29.
The medals come in the original box of issue and also accompanied with research and his "South West Amatuer Wrestling Championship", Middleweight trophy won by him in 1939.
This is a rare chance to purchase a true bit of Australian History as 2/16th Battalion medals seldom appear on the market.
Single : ANZAC Medallion correctly engraved to A. RHODES in box of issue and outer postage box. To 28 Dvr. Arthur Rhodes 1st Light Horse Brigade Headquarters.
This is confirmed with the Address on the outside matching the application form in his file written by Mrs J. H. Rhodes (his widow).
Records show Dvr Rhodes embarked on the 21.10.1914 with the 1st Light Horse Brigade Headquarters on board the HMAT Devonha at Gallipoli. The next entry shows on 14/7/1915 that he was sent to an English hospital with pneumonia and eventually discharged on the 3.3.1916 in Melbourne.
In WW2 he re-enlisted under the number VX101214 with the Auxiliary Horse Transport Coy as a SGT.
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to LIEUT. T. W. PERRY AIF
Emb. 20th December 1915 (as a Sgt)
Promoted 2nd Lt. 27th April 1917
Promoted Lt. 7th October 1917
KIA Dernacourt 5th April 1918
Comes with original photo, dog tag bracelet and copy photo of his grave marker.
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 4016 Pte. J. Mulqueeny 51 Bn. AIF
emb.30 Nov.1917 RTA 1 May 1919
WIA 25 April 1918 GSW right leg
Near VF SOLD
Pair: British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 5384 T-SGT. J. JEFFREY 53 BN AIF.
EMB: 14th April 1916 (1st Bn)
Transferred to 53rd Bn 20th May 1916
WIA: 1st October 1916 "Shell WD left buttock"
KIA: 30th September 1918
Cemetery or memorial details: Tincourt New British Cemetery, Tincourt, Picardie, France
Note: Joseph Jeffrey also appears as "Jeffery" when searching records.
CULTURALLY IMPORTANT AUSTRALIAN FAMILY GROUPING
Captain Ralph Longstaff M.C. painted by his father Sir John Longstaff (Sydney National Gallery)
Group of four: Military Cross G.V.R, 1914 Star & Bar, British War & Victory Medal. 1914/15 Star impressed 2070 PTE R. LONGSTAFF 28 LOND. R. BWM & VM impressed to CAPT. R. LONGSTAFF Military Cross un-named as issued.
Along with an Ivory pass token “ROYAL ACADEMY ANTIQUE SCHOOL 1768” reverse “Admitted 1st Term of 3 years, 28th Janý 1909 R. Longstaff”
Military Cross was awarded in the 1917 New Year’s Honour List which unfortunately have no citations available. Captain Longstaff was personally presented the award by the King on the 22nd January 1918 at Buckingham Palace. The Australian newspapers report his award was for Bravery in the field, Somme. Whilst serving in the 28th Battalion, London Regiment (Artists Rifles), attached to the 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment.
Ralph grew up in Victoria the eldest son of the famous Australian Artist Sir John Longstaff and an outstanding artist in his own right. In 1908 Ralph won the “Graphic” prize for drawing amongst the various art schools in London and in 1910 he won a further award for the coronation design for public buildings.
As the two artists in the family, the bond between John and his son Ralph was unquestionably close, shown in the following article;
“John Longstaff lost one son In the war. Later on he received a War Office telegram in London announcing that another son, Ralph, was lying dangerously wounded in Rouen hospital. He himself had a military commission as a war artist, and also worked in the hospitals. He rushed across to Boulogne without waiting to obtain the necessary papers, and on the Boulogne station was arrested by a military guard. Seeing the 'train for Rouen just going out, he made a desperate dash, and risking a bullet in the back from the guard, he jumped aboard the train and got clear off. At Rouen he stood by his son's bedside. Ralph Longstaff was severely wounded, but he recovered. After the war John Longstaff painted a splendid portrait of Ralph in uniform, with the blue armband denoting a wound and hospital leave. The portrait was bought in 1921 by the Sydney National Gallery” Smith’s Weekly 18th April 1927
The above portrait of Ralph by his father was exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1921. The Argus 21st January 1922 article states “It is considered the finest work that Longstaff has done”.
Portrait of my Son (Jack Longstaff) by Sir John Longstaff .Inscribed verso 'not for public sale', this is a deeply personal image that Longstaff had painted for himself rather than for public exhibition (AWM)
Single: British War Medal impressed 2. LIEUT. J.C. LONGSTAFF. Missing 1914/15 Star & Victory Medal
2nd Lieutenant Jack Campbell Longstaff served in the 1st/5th Bn York & Lancaster Regiment, Initially enlisting as number 2553 before being commissioned 30th June 1915.
Jack was with his regiment engaged in the offensive on the Somme where he was wounded on July 3rd 1916, but continued in action. On July 7th, when leading a bombing party he was again wounded. It was from this action that he was never seen again and eventually reported as killed in action.
Medals are good to VF SOLD
Medals to the Armstrong family:
Three: Private Richard Armstrong, 2nd Battalion Australian Imperial Forces, who died of wounds suffered at Gallipoli, 27 July 1915
1914-15 Star (464 Pte., 2/Bn. A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medals (484 Pte., 2-Bn. A.I.F.); Memorial Plaque (Richard Armstrong)
Pair: Driver George Armstrong, 2nd Division Ammunition Column, Australian Imperial Forces, who died on 30 October 1918
British War and Victory Medals (15630 Dvr., 2-D.A.C. A.I.F.); Memorial Plaque (George Armstrong)
Pair: Driver W. Armstrong, 2nd Division Ammunition Column, Australian Imperial Forces
British War and Victory Medals (15631 Dvr., 2-D.A.C. A.I.F.)
Note: Medals to three brothers, the sons of James and Elizabeth Armstrong, of Gossings, Road Head, Carlisle, England:
Richard Armstrong was born in Carlisle, Cumberland, England. A Carpenter by occupation, he attested for the Australian Imperial Force at Sydney, N.S.W. on 24 August 1914. Serving with the 2nd Battalion A.I.F. in Gallipoli, he was wounded in action at Gallipoli during the period 28 April-2 May 1915 - suffering a gunshot wound to the head. Evacuated to a hospital in Cairo, then Alexandria, he was at length invalided to Netley Hospital in England. He died there on 27 July 1915, aged 32 years and was buried in Netley Military Cemetery. With copied service papers.
George and W. Armstrong were the twin brothers of Richard Armstrong who enlisted together, as evidenced by their consecutive service numbers. Driver George Armstrong, 16th Battery, 6th Brigade, Australian Field Artillery, died on 30 October 1918, aged 28 years. He was buried in Etretat Churchyard Extension, Seine-Maritime, France.
Good very fine and better SOLD
Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.1914/15 Star and Victory Medal impressed to 1099 PTE J. RIDLEY 19 BN AIF
Emb. 25th June 1915
Next entry shows that he disembarked at Alexandria ex Mudros 7th January 1916 possibly sick or wounded? (Mudros held the Gallipoli casualties)
WIA Gun shot wound right knee
RTA 30 January 1918 as a result of his wounds
DOW 23rd february 1918
Sadley Private Ridley succumbed to his wounds despite making it home to Australia. Comes with his rising sun set and dog tag.
Pair: Vietnam Medal and Vietnam Star with 1960- clasp. The Vietnam medal is correctly impressed to 44183 R. F. WILHELM and the Vietnam Star has the correct first type engraving.
Private Wilhelm was in Vietnam from September 1967 to April 1968 with 7 RAR. A nice early Vietnam infantry group with no chips in the enamel as so many have.
Note. 7 RAR was present at the TET offensive in 1968.
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 6815 SPR G. GARRETT 2 TUN. COY AIF
Emb. 17 January 1917
RTA 12 July 1919
Spr. Garrett rose up the ranks to Sgt but reverted to Spr.
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 15584 SPR W. N. COUSENS. 3-D. SIG. COY. A.I.F.
Transferred from the 51st BN to Signals 29th May 1916
Emb. 13th October 1916
Discharged 30th July 1919
Complete with A.I.F returned from active service badge, signals proficiency badge, Dog tag, an "early" RSL badge (1920 dated) and the later RSL badge (1941 dated).
Near EF SOLD
Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Military Medal correctly impressed to 3972 SJT. E. J. WALLACE 45/AUST INF with his British War Medal and Victory Medal correctly impressed 3972 SJT. E. J. WALLACE 13 BN. A.I.F.
Emb. 23rd December 1915
WIA, gun shot wound right leg 22-11-1916
2nd WIA gun shot wound nose 18-10-1918
3rd WIA seriously wounded right leg 8-8-1918. (this is in the action he wins his Military Medal and is mentioned in the citation).
RTA 13 April 1919
Great fighting citation in which he gets wounded on his third occasion in a very significant battle.
Group of Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. Both the War Medal and ASM are correctly impressed to S6294 C. W. SUSSMAN with the stars being unnamed as often found on early issues.
Seaman Sussman served on multiple ships during his service including the HMAS Adelaide in May to July 1942, when the Adelaide was docked at Garden Island for a refit, during the Japanese midget sub attack of 31 May 1942.
In November 1942, Adelaide, along with the Dutch cruiser HNLMS Jacob van Heemskerk and the Australian corvettes Cessnock and Toowoomba, escorted a convoy across the southern Indian Ocean. On 28 November, the ships spotted an unidentified vessel, which claimed to be the Norwegian merchantman Taiyang Officers aboard Adelaide recognized the ship as the German Blockade Runner Ramses, but did not receive a response to their challenging until two boats were lowered from the ship, followed by the sound of an explosion from a scuttling charge. Adelaide opened fire, hitting with the third salvo onwards, and continued shooting until Ramses sank eight minutes later, then recovered the Germans from the boats.
Seaman Sussman then went on to serve on the HMAS Yandra, Koopa, Moreton, ML 430 (Fairmile B class), Shropshire among others and finally discharging on the HMAS Rushcutter (previously HDML 1321). It appears that he was working on the Harbour Defence Motor Launch’s (HDML) which would work as patrol boats assigned to do reconnaissance work, these ships provided vital support for missions around New Guinea and the islands , including a mission which involved launching of four folding kayaks with eight Z Special commandos. One area mentioned on several occasions in Sussman’s records is “Ko Adang” in Thailand.
A good researcher with an understanding of naval records could possibly follow the dates and ships listed in his service record to see exactly his involvement in these raids. The AWM website has quite a few of the patrol reports available to the public as well. This is a very interesting group to an outstanding sailor.
Note: The ML-430 was sunk by gunfire from HMAS ML 819, after being mistaken for the conning tower of a Japanese submarine, north of Biak, New Guinea on 14 August 1944
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 39394 T-CPL J. L. S. BRIDGE 2 - D.A.C. A.I.F.
Previous service recorded as "21st Militia 4 years"
Emb. 30th April 1918
Discharged 10th February 1919
John Leo Stanley Bridges occupation was classed as a "Wool appraiser" for "The Australian Woollen Mills". John Bridge & Co. Est. 1869 was one the leading wool brokers in NSW, of which he is unquestionably related.
Good VF SOLD
Photo From Tasmanians in the Transvaal War
Single : QUEENS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL 1899 Three clasps "CC, T, S.A.02" impressed 1213 ................. AUS: COM: H.
The service number and Commonwealth Horse stamping (both impressed) is very clear. As there is only one soldier in the Commonwealth Horse with that number, it can only be Pte Walter Arnott Brooke from Tasmania.
On close examination you can see the surname Brooke under magnifying glass. A good chance to buy a rare Tasmanian QSA at a fraction of the cost.
Apart from naming VF SOLD
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 SOLD
An excessively rare and historically important pre federation Western Australian GOLD Police 1897 Jubilee/Long Service Medal and engraved presentation gold Waltham pocket watch. Both presented to Inspector E.G.Back (Fremantle).
Three very important aspects of the medal need to be borne in mind. Firstly, it is a unique and extremely rare commemorative medal. Secondly, it is in addition a long service and good conduct medal, the eligibility being limited to members of the Force “of long service and good character”. Thirdly, in regard to point two, it was the first official medal of that kind ever struck for any organisation of any type in Australia.
Born in Fremantle in 1839, Edward George Back is truly one of the "first West Australians". Son of a Master Mariner (who was the pilot in Fremantle Harbour and Rottnest) and spent 30 years in the WA Police Force. Included in this lot are an illuminated colour invitation to the "Australian Commonwealth Celebrations 1901", An illustrated invitation from the Government of Western Australia for the Royal Visit 1901 and an official letter relating to same.
This is the only GOLD Medal of the 10 awarded that is known to survive. For some further details, please visit http://policewahistory.org.au/html_pages/Gold_medal.html
A culturally important group in connection with our bushranging days. This group comprises of an Edward VII Imperial Service medal (first star type) correctly period engraved to FREDERICK FOWLER. Indian Mutiny Medal jewelers clasp “CENTRAL INDIA” period re-named engraved caps. F. FOWLER 5 BENGL. EUROPN. CAVLRY. And a New Zealand War Medal dated “1861 to 1866” correctly impressed SERGT F. FOWLER. 3RD, WAIKATO REGT.
THERE IS SO MUCH INFORMATION ON TROVE FOR SUB-INSPECTOR FOWLER THAT WE HAVE COMPRISED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS ONLY THE START OF RESEARCH
After Frederick Fowler completed his service in New Zealand he was asked by the New South Wales Mounted Police to join. One Newspaper article reports the dismay of the other police at the time in the recruiting of a soldier. Australians in the Waikato War by Barton show his as the only medal sent out to the Mounted Police Force.
Rising through the ranks Fowler had an extraordinary career catching many Bushrangers, quelling mining riots and can even be found in the company of Senior sergeant Fitzpatrick (of Ned Kelly fame) in Clarendon at the time that they were hunting the Kelly Gang.
ISM London Gazette date June 26, 1908. The ISM was awarded to Sub –inspector Fowler who rendered special service at the Araluen riots and during the maritime and mining strikes.
During the Araluen riots the crowd “were armed with revolvers, which they were determined to use, lives would have certainly have been lost. Thirty-two revolvers, we understand, were taken from this body by the police”. FREEMANS JOURNAL SYDNEY SATURDAY 29TH OCTOBER 1870
Below is a list that we have found (so far) of the names of Bushrangers that the newspapers credit Fowler with catching. Some use different Alias’s and may be the same person who changed his name across the state borders.
CLARENCE (RIVER) BUSHRANGER
A BUSHRANGER USING THE ALIAS “WARD”
GRAFTON BOY BUSHRANGER
SLY THE RICHMOND
Important note: The Indian Mutiny medal is a self-award and the clasp has been modified (possibly in the colony) to say “CENTRAL INDIA”. There may be a temptation to exclude this medal from the already impressive group, but especially since this group has come directly from the family, we felt that it tells an extra part of his story. Period records suggest that as a boy he was in the Mauritius police for some time and also worked on the boats before settling in Australia and such, he may have even done something that made him believe he was entitled to it.
Comes with period miniatures and original photo.
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 1951 PTE B. R. WILSON 36/BN AIF.
EMB: 4th Sept 1916
Taken on strength 36thBN 18th Jan 1917
W.I.A 15th April 1918 France (G.S.W thigh)
Discharged 18th May 1919 2nd M.D.
Note: Comes with original RSL badge
GOOD VF SOLD
THREE TIMES WOUNDED AT QUINNS POST
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1627 DVR J. LAIDLAW 16/BN AIF (L-CPL ON PAIR).
Emb: 22nd February 1915
WIA: 22nd May 1915 “Bomb wound Left Elbow and Right Hand” “at the Dardanelles”
2nd WIA: 27th May 1915”Abrasions” “at the Dardanelles”
3rd WIA: 28th May 1915 “Shrapnel wound fingers” “Again reported wounded”
Whilst there is no dispute over the amount of wounding’s James Laidlaw’s received, records show conflicting entries in regards to the exact day of each wound. This is understandable due the intense fighting which is best put by local author Ian Gill in his book the Bloody Angle stating “this post being deemed the most dangerous in ANZAC”
AWM has the following citation for Driver Laidlaw dated 25th October 1917;
“Is brought to notice for gallant conduct with a pack mule convoy on the 23rd October 1917 near BROODSEINDE. When the convoy was nearing BROODSEINDE it ran into an enemy barrage which caused casualties and confusion amongst the men and the mules. Driver Laidlaw, with great coolness and resource, collected the animals that had broken away and helped to re-load the rations from the dead mules to his own, and went on again. He is strongly recommended for distinction”
RTA: 24th January 1919 (Gallipoli service through to discharging in 1919 making him entitled to wear ANZAC “A”’s)
Note: With the word “Passed” on the citation It is unclear as to what award James Laidlaw received (Mentioned in Despatches, C in C congratulatory card?) as the award column is undecipherable.
POPE’s VC ACTION
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3444 PTE W. PIERCE 11/BN AIF (L-CPL ON PAIR).
POPE’s VC “On 15 April 1917 at Louverval, France, during the Battle of Lagnicourt, he was in command of a very important picquet post, with orders to hold it at all costs amidst a heavy German attack. The enemy, in greatly superior numbers, attacked and surrounded the post and ammunition was running short. Pope, in a desperate bid to save the position, was "seen to charge with his men into a superior enemy force, by which they were overpowered", although heavy losses were inflicted. He had "obeyed the order to hold out to the last" and his lifeless body, along with those of most of his men, was found amongst 80 enemy dead.
The 11th Battalion, despite suffering over 245 casualties, was subsequently able to hold their sector of the line. For his actions Pope was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross”
Volume IV, page 373 of Charles Bean’s Official history states the following in regards to Private Pierce in the action;
“Another man, Private W. Pierce (of Perth, W. Aust.), who volunteered to bring ammunition, managed to return with it to his post, though wounded.”
“MISSING IN ACTION” 16TH April 1917.
“Wounded and captured Cambrai” later confirmed on German list dated 30th July 1917
Prisoner of War – Interned Hilfs Lazarett Hohenzollern Park Magdeburg “Extract Post-Card from man dated 4.7.17”
Red Cross file records a postcard from Cpl Pierce now interned at Alten Grabow 1st December 1917 stating the following;
“My parcels come very good. I could not wish for better. If I want anything I will let you know. I am keeping the best of health.”
Repatriated Prisoner of War 19th December 1918
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 118 PTE. H. C. FOX 29/BN AIF.
EMB: 10th November 1915 (29th Bn)
Transferred to the 14th Field Ambulance 21st March 1916
To be Driver 25th April 1917
Discharged 2nd July 1919
Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 2196 A-L-CPL J. KENNERLEY. 51 BN A.I.F.
Previous service listed as 20th Signal Coy Engineers, 6 months
Emb. 9th August 1916 51st Bn
WIA: 5th April 1918 “G.S.W. Left Arm Serious”
RTA: 28th February 1919
Note: Comes with his 98 page diary filled out completely from Blackboy Hill until his discharge. On the day of his wounding he had the following to say “Fritz tried to break through but failed. He put over a very heavy Barage, and I had the luck to get a backslash wound in the upper part of the left arm between 10 & 11 o’clock in the morning.”
A very extensive diary with all places, attacks and timings entered down to the hour.
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 5414 PTE A. R. RODGER 16 BN A.I.F.
Emb. 7 June 1916
On the 20th September 1916 Private Rodger was charged with desertion. He was found not guilty (as a guilty sentence resulted in a firing squad and Australia did not execute its men). His charge was downgraded to "absent without leave" and was sentenced to 2 years hard labour. After he served his time, private Rodger returned to active duty on the front line and was wounded in action.
WIA 8th August 1918 Shrapnel wound (knee)
RTA 11th February 1919
Comes with a newspaper clipping of his death in 1970 and a large original photo.
Gunner Joseph William Gardner (Picture is courtesy of a collage on AWM website)
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 11475 GNR J. W. GARDNER 5 F.A.B. AIF
Accidently injured. 23rd May 1917. "run into by motor waggon" (contused ankle)
WIA/DOW 18th April 1918
"GSW both legs. Frac. L. Leg, arms R. Buttock. Dead on admission.
Buried Franvillers cemetry 25th April 1918
Six: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Australian Service Medal and Unofficial Tobruk Medal. All official medals correctly impressed to WX7280 M. G. RYAN
Occupation on enlistment “Prospector”, Next of Kin Busselton WA
Previous service: 1 year 11 Bn C.M.F.
Taken on strength of the 2/28th BN and embarked on the 4th Jan. 1940 for the Middle East.
After more than two years’ service in the Middle East including Tobruk (April-August 1941), Private Ryan was discharged medically unfit due to dysentery and fever (along with other symptoms). He also states the location where the symptoms first occur was “Tobruk”
Note: Comes with copy of service record
MM (GVI) and WWII group of six to WX1822 Corporal John Torrens Snelling all medals correctly impressed. A painter from Northam, WA, he enlisted on 4 Mar 1940, as one of the 2/11th Bn reinforcements reallocated to raise the Australian 25th Brigade in the UK. An original member of ‘B’ Company, 2/31st Bn, he took part in the 2/31st Bn defence of Mersa Matruh in Apr-May 1941, then the advance into Lebanon in June. During the Battalion’s first engagement with the enemy at Khirbe, during the capture of Merdjayoun, B and D companies were caught by surprise in the open by a Vichy French fireplan, leaving many wounded men without cover. As a driver, he made numerous trips forward, initially by vehicle, then on foot, rescuing at least eight men. He was recommended for the immediate award of the DCM, but subsequently awarded an immediate MM for his extreme bravery in crossing the fire swept ground in front of the well-defended enemy position. Merdjayoun was eventually captured, for the loss of 16 killed and 34 wounded and was the first of WX2437 PTE James Heather Gordon of B Coy’s actions cited, for which he was awarded the first West Australian VC of the war. He took part in the capture of Jezzine, and was wounded in action by a shell blast during the Vichy counter-attack on 16 Jul, leaving him partially blind. He returned to Australia with the 2/31st in Jan 1942 and was transferred to the 2/1st Guard Bn, serving in New Guinea and Morotai until the end of the war. He returned to WA and was discharged in Sep 1945, worked as a painter for the WA Government Railways until retirement, and died in Como, WA, on 27 May 1991. (group swing mounted as worn, on original ribbons. Includes original portrait photo in uniform, original colour patch, and his RAS Badge)
Australian Camel Corps
FAMILY GROUPING OF FATHER (CAMEL CORPS) AND SON (CHANGI POW)
GROUP 1: FOUR: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1393 PTE R. WILLIAMS 32/BN AIF. Death plaque correctly named to ROBERT WILLIAMS
EMB: 18th November 1915 with the 32nd Battalion.
Transferred to the Camel Corps on the 24th January 1916. Previous occupation “Jockey”
It appears Private Williams was severely injured by a “Defective Cap” which caused a “Compound Fracture of Radius…B. W. Forearm” whilst on duty with the Camel Corps on the 15th March 1916 at Assuit
He was further invalided to Australia to recover on the 24th June 1916
Admitted to 8th A.G. Hospital (Subiaco, Western Australia) 14th February 1917 “Delirium Tremens” and died a few days later. Cause of death stated as “Cerebro Spinal Meningitis”
Note: As his death was war related and as he was still serving this is a rare example of a soldier receiving a Death Plaque even though his died in Australia.
Liberated Changi POW's
GROUP 2: Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star. War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939/45 all medals correctly impressed to WX16956 R. S. WILLIAMS
Robert Sydenham Williams (known as “Thirsty Bob”) enlisted 8th October 1941 and was taken on strength with the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion 30th December 1941
Sailed for Singapore 16th January 1942 and was attached to E Company 1 platoon of the Special Reserve Battalion (all Machine Gunners) under the command of Major Bert Saggers.
He was recovered at Changi Gaol Camp on the 4th September 1945. Returning to Sydney from Singapore via Darwin on the Hospital Ship Oranje, then by train to Perth to 110 Military Hospital with Berri Berri (Malnutritian).
Discharged 4th April 1946
Note: Major A. E. Saggers wrote the book “To Hell and Back” which may give further incite. Also comes with masonic medal dated 1938 to R. Williams
Both groups VF SOLD
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3062 PTE F. G. NEDWICH 15/BN AIF.
EMB: 5th Oct 1915
Transferred to 47thBN 3rd March 1916
Transferred to 4th Field Butchery 16th March 1916
Taken on strength 49th BN 29th July 1918
Discharged: 24th July 1919
Note: Comes with original discharge certificate and photo.
Single: SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL1853 impressed to JOHN HALPIN, 74TH REGT
John Halpin was born 1822 in Limerick, Tipperary, Ireland joining the 74th Regiment (number 1766) on the 22nd February 1840, at the age of 18. John saw service in the 3rd Kaffir war of 1850-53 with his unit the 74th Highland Regiment. In 1864 after 20 years of service and in receipt of a pension he migrated to Sydney NSW along with his five children on board “The Queen of the East”. His wife was not aboard but was noted as already living in the colony; John’s occupation was listed as Shoemaker and soldier.
Good, fine SOLD
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 2024 L/CPL S. R. WOOLBANK 45/BN AIF.
EMB: 22nd Apr 1917
Appointed L/CPL 4th Mar 1917
W.I.A: G.S.W buttocks (multiple) & hand 7th Jun 1917
RTA: 21st Dec 1917 (Due to wounds)
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 2838 PTE W. B. PEBEROY 34/BN.
Previous service (no star) ENL. 4th Nov 1915
Discharged 14th Dec 1915 (varicose veins)
EMB: 25th Nov 1916 4thBN
Transferred 34thBN 10th Aug 1917
RTA: 11th Jan 1919
GOOD VF SOLD
Single; Crimea medal one clasp "Alma". Officially Impressed to J. YOUNG 55th REGT. On the roll as wounded in Alma and subsequently died at Scutari in 1854.
Comes with a letter home of 4 pages of stop start writing, almost like a diary where he describes the arrival of the wounded from the Charge of the Light Brigade to Scutari. Also included is an official disbursement of his assets, An official letter regarding the medal plus an Official envelope addressed to his Sister in Easey Street Collingwood Melbourne Australia.
A choice Crimea to a casualty with extremely rare Ephemera and a bonus Australian connection.
Small EK at 6 o'clock otherwise EF SOLD
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 50947 PTE H. C. STEWART 35/BN AIF.
Previous service, 4 years & 5 months SNR. Cadets Holsworthy
EMB: 8th May 1918 19thBN
To join 35thBN 17th Oct 1918
RTA: 26th Aug 1919
PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 2723 PTE H. R. MARKS 46/BN AIF.
EMB: 20th Oct 1916
W.I.A: 11th Apr 1917 (shell shock)
RTA: 26th Sep 1917
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 3972 PTE G. V. R. WILLIAMS. 22 BN AIF
Emb. 8th February 1916
Accidently injured. 28th March 1917. "scalded left leg"
WIA 4th October 1917 G. S. W. Left shoulder
2nd WIA 19th May 1918 G. S. W. Face
3rd WIA 23rd July 1918 Gassed
4th WIA 12th October 1918 G. S. W Abdomen
RTA 1st July 1919 due to termination of period of enlistment (not medically unfit!)
Not surprisingly with being wounded in action FOUR times Private Williams record states "Died after discharge".
Very impressive service to say the least.
BWM suspender repaired with wire. VF SOLD
Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to VX147459 G. W. JACOBS
Sapper Glen William Jacob signed up on the 15th of October 1943 with the WW2 nominal roll interestingly shows the following as his location on enlistment
IN THE FIELD, NEW GUINEA
The roll shows that he discharged as part of the 4th Aust Dock’s Opp Coy on the 30th of October 1945. At the time of listing these medals, Glen William Jacob’s service records were still sealed and as a result no further information is available about his Pacific service until his file is opened.
Note: With the curious comment stating enlistment in New Guinea, this group has great potential for a fascinating story with further research.
Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 569 PTE A. WILSON 10/BN AIF.
EMB: 20th October 1914
Concussion drum of left ear 20th October 1916?
RTA: 13th February 1917
Note: There seems to be very little written on Private Wilsons service in 1915. He certainly embarked in 1914 (Gallipoli?). Unfortunately his service record is only 9 pages long.
Private Burgoyne 8th Light Horse
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 3471 PTE. H. L. BURGOYNE 8. L. H. R. AIF
Emb. 2nd November 1917
RTA 10th April 1919
3471 Private Herbert Lionel BURGOYNE, a 35 year old Labourer from Elmore, Victoria.
Four: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Tribute Medal. First three medals all correctly named to 3052 L/CPL. J. CAIN 8 BN A.I.F. (24th BN on BWM & VM).
Tribute medal, Obverse. "Romsey and district. Victoria. Reverse, He responded to his countrys call 1914-18 "Presented to J. Cain A.I.F. in recognition of his service abroad in the great war for freedom"
Emb. 26th November 1915
DCM recommendation (downgraded to M.M.) 30th August 1918
WIA 1st September 1918 Gassed
An extremely scarce combination with this beautifully produced quality tribute medal.
Four: Military Medal, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly named to 2915 PTE. J. H. WARD 6 BN A.I.F.
Emb. 1 July 1915
DCM recommendation (downgraded to M.M.) 12th/13th June 1916
Military Medal recommendation (second citation) for the 30th October 1917 Zonnebeke
WIA 26th December 1917. Multiple gun shot wounds
London Gazette 27th June 1918
RTA 20th September 1918 Medically unfit
This is an outstanding double citation Military Medal group with his first citation stating he killed a German with a knob-kerry in the trenches, however it appears that this was too gruesome and there is a clear line through the comment. On the 30th June 1917 at a Coy parade (field) Pte Ward struck a superior officer calling him "A bloody bastard" amongst other things and received 90 days. As his first MM still had not been awarded the second citation is not for a bar to his MM but simply a recommendation for an MM. Could his failure to receive a bar be a mistake or the result of his charge?
Victory medal returned to sender and then re-sent to him (NOT A DOUBLE ISSUE)
There can be no doubt that this soldier was a tough man and certainly lives up to the fighting Anzac spirit.
An outstanding group.;
FAMILIY GROUPING TO TWO BROTHERS
GROUP 1: Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3723 PTE. R. EDDY 7/BN AIF.
EMB: 23RD November 1915 (18 years old)
Transferred to the 60th Battalion on the 18th March 1916
REPORTED MISSING: 19TH July 1916
Board of enquiry concluded that Private Richard Eddy was shot through the head in "the charge" of July 19th at Fleurbaix. His body was sadly left in no-man's land. See Red Cross file on AWM website.
Group 2: Pair: British War and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 4799 PTE. R. EDDY 38 BN AIF.
EMB: 21ST June 1917 (29th Bn)
Transferred to 38th Bn. 18th December 1917
WIA: 26th August 1918 "S. W. left arm"
RTA: 4th July 1919
Note: It appears Robert answered the call to arms after he learnt of the death of his brother Richard. A sad story of two fighting brothers. Robert Eddy's medals were returned to sender in 1923 and re-sent in 1928.
VF – EF SOLD
GROUP OF ELEVEN: Military Cross (GVR); 1914-15 Star; British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19; 1939-45 Star; Pacific Star; Defence Medal 1939-45; British War Medal 1939-45; Australia Service Medal 1939-45; Coronation Medal 1953; Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (EIIR). 553 Pte C. McI. Potts 13/Bn A.I.F. on star, Lieut C. McI. Potts A.I.F. on third and fourth medals, NX 12434 C. M. Potts on seventh, eighth and ninth medals, Clarence McIntosh Potts on eleventh medal. MC unnamed, second, third and fourth medals impressed, fifth and sixth medals unnamed, seventh, eighth and ninth medals impressed, tenth medal unnamed, last medal impressed. All correct to issue and mounted as worn.
Clarence Potts enlisted 8th September 1914 as a Private number 553 with the 13th Bn (later being commissioned with the 45th Bn having come up through the ranks).
Proceeded to join M.E.F. Gallipoli and in his own words from his service record "Landed Gallipoli 25th April 1915" and "In rear-guard at evacuation"
Records state the following "3/12/1915 to be Lance Corporal. Heart complaint in Greek Hospital. Wounded." (This shows possibly another wound at Gallipoli making it a total of three wounding's)
WIA: France 8th August 1916 (G.S.W. back and arm) and also states (multiple Gunshot wounds, severe)
2nd WIA: 17th August 1918 (Multiple bomb wounds)
MILITARY CROSS. L.G.: 29th November 1918 C.G.: 23th May 1919 'For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership in an attack. He led his company with great skill, capturing 150 prisoners and a battery of 5.9 guns. Later, after making a daring reconnaissance he advanced his line 2,000 yards and consolidated his position under heavy fire. He set a splendid example of coolness and determination to his company'
R.T.A. 1st May 1919.
WW2. NX12434 Captain Potts Enlisted 20th May 1940
Taken POW at the fall of Singapore and Interned by the Japanese in a Malay camp for over three and a half years.
Returned to Australia after the Japanese surrender arriving in Sydney 29th October 1945.
Comes with research, photocopies of service records, an extract from the War Diary of Alexandria Hospital Malaya 14th February 1942 giving explicit details of the Japanese actions in the hospital, copy of telegram from the Minister for the Army notifying Mrs Potts of Captain Potts being a P.O.W., New South Wales Police Department Certificate to certify C. Mc. Potts served in the N.S.W. Police Force.
Note: Captain Pott's medals were initially sold by Noble Numismatics in 2006 for $8,700 plus buyer's premium (19.75%) of $1675 which equals $10,375. Ten years later we are proud to offer such an outstanding officers fighting gallantry group covering two conflicts, multiple wounds and a POW of the Japanese.
Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.1914/15 Star and Victory Medal impressed to 30 T-SGT J. E. BAKER 12 L. H. RGT AIF
Emb. 13th June 1915
WIA Shrapnel wound hand, Gallipoli 25 October 1915
Posted on strength at the charge of Beersheba (31 October 1917)
Reported as having Malaria 28th June 1918
RTA 2nd January 1918
An outstanding group to an early enlistment, regimental number "30". Wounded at Gallipoli, promoted to sgt and at the iconic charge of Beersheba. Comes with his trench art caddy spoon.
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal. Correctly impressed to 4872 PTE. C. J. WHITE 48-BN. A.I.F.
Previous service "15 days A.I.F. Exhibition" "15 days war service"
Emb. 23rd June 1917
WIA 5th April 1918 (Bomb wound, chest). Private White was taken to 13th Field Ambulance where he died of his wounds that day.
Page 229 of Neville Brownings book "Leane's Battalion" states the following " as they marched along the Amiens to Albert road, a shell exploded amongst the column and killed Sergeant M.H. Macloy and Private N. Oma and wounded Privates S. W. Howells and H. M. Martin. Tentative roll calls revealed that CQMS F. A. Rochow, Corporal D. O. Rogers , Lance Corporals A. C. MacKenzies and J. Scott and Privates W. R. Baker, E. Blackman, S. H. Chandler, B. E. Chellew, H. M. Drummond, M. S. McCombe, T. McGowan, P. O'Sullivan, S. R. Tudor and C. J. White had also been killed during the battle."
Cecil Johnson White was a local identity of Renmark in South Australia and amongst his talents is mention of his artistic ability. With this group comes a beautiful original characterture of "The flag Lieutenant" (signed C.J.W) of which we presume is from his embarkation. Also with his original AIF booklet of his Grave, a photo of him and a single collar badge.
An impressive and emotive grouping.;
Medals Near EF SOLD
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 3396 Cpl. C. W. Harris 53 Bn. AIF
emb. 24 Jan.1917 RTA 14 Sept. 1919
John Burridge Military Antiques Perth - Western Australia
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