Australian Medals


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 $2750


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.      



Good VF $9500




 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).

Good VF $4750



 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

 RTA 31st March 1919

 London Gazette 14th May 1919

 An extremely scarce combination with this beautifully produced quality tribute medal.




Good VF $3950


 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.                                                                 


Good VF $5850


 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.

Good/VF $4750

 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 $3850


 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

Good/VF $750


 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.





 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.


Good/VF $795



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. Comes with his returned from active service badge.


VF $925





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

VF $ 1250





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.

VF $ 5850




 Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 29603 T.CQMS R. Hindes 6 F.A.B. AIF

Awarded MILITARY MEDAL London Gazette 16 August 1917

Records show MM returned to the Government by Adelaide RSL.

emb.3 Oct.1916  RTA 24 oct 1919

 VF $ 950




 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

VF $475




 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

VF $ 475




 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".

VF $ 425




 FAMILY GROUP: Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 2585 Pte. J. D. JOSLIN 12 Bn. AIF

Emb. 9th November 1916

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

 VF $785




 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.


 VF $485




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.

VF$ 450




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




 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.

 VF $ 475




 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.


Good VF $ 525




 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

 Vf $ 475




 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

 VF $ 950




 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

 VF $785



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

Comes with:

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


 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 $ 575



 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.                                                   


Gd VF $485


 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

VF $ 425




 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

 Bathurst enlistment.

 Good VF  $425


 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 $985


 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

Near VF $400




 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 impressed to 27596 DVR F. G. LINTON 6 F.A.B. A.I.F.

Emb. 20th October 1916

RTA 18th July 1919

 Comes with three hallmarked silver prize fobs. The engravings on each are as follows;


 2. P.C.F.W.A. IRISH JIG UNDER 14 F.G. LINTON 1:1:10




 VF $425




 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.


 VF $350




 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.


 VF $400




 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

 An interesting pair to an extremely rare unit.


 Near EF $595  



 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"



 VF $350




 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






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 $785




 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


VF $400



 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.

EF $2350

 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. 

VF $550

 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.

VF $385

 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.

VF $375

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


 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 $785








 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.




 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.







 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.

 Emb. 1st August 1916

 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



 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.



 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"






 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).

Lieut. Perceval, Corporal Power and Privates Beysick and Williamson were all natives of Bendigo, Victoria. As the 1st Waikato Regiment was raised in Australia, Private Williamson with his three other comrades are classed as the very first casualties for Australia. Clive Johnsons “Australians Awarded” states that there were 826 Australians that served with the 1st Waikato Regiment and only 197 of these medals were issued. This may be the only medal out of the first (four) Australians killed and thus a culturally important medal.

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








 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




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 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






 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






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 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

 London Gazette 17th June 1919

Great fighting citation in which he gets wounded on his third occasion in a very significant battle.






 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.




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




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.


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.










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.