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Single: Military Medal (GV) correctly impressed to “2234 SJT: A. J. SMITH 3/ARMY BDE./AUST.F.A.”

Emb: 16th June 1915 with the 1st BN AIF

Joined Battalion at Gallipoli 7th August 1915

Transferred 10th February 1916 to the 53rd BN

Transferred 15th March 1916 to the 114th Bty (later 115th Bty).

MM London Gazette 16TH August 1917

Promoted 2/LT. 10th April 1918

Promoted LT 10th July 1918

RTA: 11th May 1919 

Note: No citation can be found at this stage (worthy of further research).

Very large EK at 9 o’clock otherwise VF $1425

 

 

 

 



Single: Military Medal (GV) correctly impressed to 3177 Pte. G. J. A. Long. 45/Aust: Inf:

M.M. London Gazette 28 January 1918. The original recommendation states:

‘For courage and devotion to duty at Zonnebeke on 12 October 1917. He was one of a party digging a communication trench during an attack on enemy trenches and when the party was withdrawn owing to very heavy casualties he remained behind and dressed the wounded. He then organised stretcher squads and got all the wounded back. His courage under fire was most marked.’


Note: G. J. A. Long was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1894. He enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps in New South Wales, 10 July 1916. Having embarked for the UK in November 1916, he arrived at Devonport in January 1917. He was drafted to the 45th Australian Infantry Battalion, A.I.F., and served with them in the French theatre of war from March 1917.

Long was twice wounded in action, including a gunshot wound to the shoulder and right arm on 30 May 1917, and a severe gunshot wound to the left arm on another occasion. He was discharged in Australia in May 1919.

Very Fine $1625

Single: Military Medal (GV) correctly impressed to 3761 L. CPL H. BATCHELOR 20/AUST; INF:

Emb: 20th January 1916

WIA: 26th May 1916 (G.S.W. Face)

2nd WIA: 26th July 1916 (G.S.W. Buttock).

3rd WIA: 31st August 1918 (S. W. Head and also written as S.W. Left cheek) wound received whilst earning his Military Medal.

RTA: 17th August 1919

There is confusion between his first two wounding’s and he appears only credited with two wounding’s. This is contradicted as he is taken back on strength between the dates.

MM London Gazette 17 June 1919

“During the operations MONT ST. QUENTON N. E. of PERONNE, on 31st August 1918, these two (3761 L/CPL Batchelor along with 5355 PTE Jackson) soldiers went forward to form a covering party during the transfer of troops from the trench to another. They kept up fire during the duration although both were wounded. They made back to our trench when the operation was completed.”

Note: Tragically Harry Batchelor was swept off the rocks at Bondi Beach whilst fishing and subsequently drowned on the 22nd of March 1925. A well-known local cricketer by the name of James Verner Garner (who is the only man ever to bowl out both Victor Trumper and Don Bradman) attempted to rescue him but was washed on to the rocks several times whilst trying to save him. Newspaper articles at the time hint towards Garner being awarded a medal for the attempted rescue (further research required).

This medal is partly erased with 70 percent still clearly visible. The fact that so much remains could be wear to the edge on what was a shallow striking and not done with any malice (see photos).

 

Other than stated above VF $1725

 

 

 

 

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal both correctly impressed LIEUT. G. W. KEELER. A.I.F. Also entitled to Military Medal and 1914/15 star.

Emb. 22nd December 1914 as number 188

Proceeded to join M.E>F. Gallipoli

Promoted through the ranks to Sgt 19th August 1917

WIA 6th April 1918 (GSW Lt Arm)

Awarded Military Medal, London Gazette 29th August 1918

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant 14th October 1918

Appointed Lieutenant 25th January 1919 “promoted for consistently conscientious work” (The fighting Thirteenth Page 140)

RTA 15th November 1919

Note: No citation can be found at this stage (worthy of further research).

VF $1425

 

Family grouping of two brothers who tragically died in France

Group 1; Pair: 1914/15 Star and Victory medal (missing British war medal). Both correctly impressed to 1384 PTE H. MORRIS 8/BN A.I.F. (1314 CPL H. MORRIS 8 BN A.I.F. on victory)

Emb. 2nd February 1915

Admitted to hospital Gallipoli sick 9th September 1915

Transferred to 4th Light Mortar Battery 14th August 1916

Died of injuries on the 31st August 1918 caused by a motor accident (fractured skull). This was whilst on active service behind the lines in France and he was taken to the 4th Field Ambulance and then to the 53rd Casualty Clearing Station where he died.

Cemetery details: Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, Picardie, France

Group 2; Pair: 1914/15 Star and Victory medal (missing British war medal). Both correctly impressed to 3419 PTE C. MORRIS 14/BN A.I.F.

Emb. 11th October 1915

KIA: 11th April 1917 (No body was found of Private Morris after the attack on Villers-Bretonneux)

Memorial details: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Picardie, France

Note: Includes the badges pictured and a beautiful gold fob with “HONOUR AND FREEDOM, AIF” encircling a soldier with the reverse inscribed “To William Morris, A grateful tribute from his friends of Weewin. In the memory of his son C. Morris”

Near EF $1425

 

Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to GEORGE ADOLPHUS HERBERT MORTON, along with his 1914/15 star correctly named “1411 PTE G. A. H. MORTON 18/BN A.I.F.”

 

1411 PTE George Morton embarked on the 25th June 1915 from Sydney with the 18th Battalion AIF. Address at the time of embarkation was Wallendbeen NSW

 

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

Edge knocks to the side of the plaque otherwise VF, 1914/15 Star is EF $750

 

 

Trio: 1914/15 star and British War Medal both correctly impressed to 18 PTE. G. B. PLAYER 18 BN A.I.F. Missing Victory Medal

EMB: 25th June 1915

Previous service stated as St Georges Rifles (5 years)

WIA: 22-23rd August 1915 GSW Left Foot Gallipoli Hill 60

Transferred to 2nd Div. Sig. Coy 4th December 1916

RTA: 8th September 1918 reason given "G. S. W. Left foot amputation of Great Toe". It appears his previous wounds have got infected and Private Player is very sick leading up to his discharge.

 Note: The 18th Battalion landed on Gallipoli on the 22nd August and went into action almost instantly on “Hill 60” and it is here where Private Player was injured.

VF $650

 

Pair: 1914/15 Star and Victory medal (missing British war medal). Both correctly impressed to 618 PTE V. C. RYAN 29/BN A.I.F.

Emb. 10th November 1915

WIA: 14th July 1916 (G. S. W. Left elbow) severe

RTA on the 17th March 1917 and was discharged medically unfit due to his wounds.

Note: On the last page of Vincent Charles Ryan’s records is the stamp showing a medal returned in 1923 (and no stamp showing that any medal was re-sent as per regulations). As we are in receipt of the 1914/15 Star and Victory medal, this would imply that the British War Medal was not issued.

 

 

VF $425  

 

 

Pair: British War Medal, Victory medal (missing 1914/15 star). Both correctly impressed to 1411 A/CPL L. H. SHAW 1 L. H. R. A.I.F.

 Emb. 4th October 1915

Transferred to Artillery 15th May 1916

Discharged 19th July 1919

Note: Lendon Hunter Shaw took ownership of the family business, "Hunters on the Hill Office Supply Centre" one of Wagga's most well known and longest lasting businesses, having been in the same premises since 1872

 

 

Spotting on VM otherwise Good VF SOLD   

 

 

 

 Pair: 1915/15 Star and British War Medal (missing the victory medal). Both correctly impressed to 997 SGT T. TURNER 1/BN A.I.F.

 Previous service recorded as "6 years Irish Guards, purchased discharge"

 Emb. 18th October 1914

WIA 6-9 August (G.S.W. Left arm) one record states "Shoulder , Lone Pine 6th Aug. 1915"

Discharged 6th December 1917 as Medically unfit.

Interestingly Sergeant Turner was wounded at the time of the two Victoria Cross actions of Shout and Keyser of the 1st Bn. Both Victoria Cross actions involved Grenades and further research may connect him to these actions.

Sergeant Turner never re-entered the field after being wounded at Lone pine.

 

VF $650  

 

 

 

 Pair: British War Medal and Victory medal (missing 1914/15 star). Both correctly impressed to 1349 PTE W. J. THORP 5 BN A.I.F.

 Emb. 2nd February 1915 as regimental number 1426

 Proceeded to Gallipoli ex Egypt 3 April 1915

 Disembarked in Egypt ex Gallipoli 7th January 1916 (probably still on British ship)

 Transferred to 5th Pioneer Bn 16th May 1916

 WIA 29th September 1918 (G.S.W. Buttock & right arm)

 Discharged 14th May 1919

 A letter applying for the ANZAC Medallion (in his records) by Private Thorp himself states that he was at the landing on the 25th April 1915 and was further wounded at Gallipoli where he ended up on the Destroyer "Reindeer" and remained for some time "to help the British".

 Total war service is recorded as "4 years and 185 days".

VF $650  

 

 

 

 Pair: 1914/15 Star and Victory medal (missing British war medal). Both correctly impressed to 890 PTE E. J. CHANDLER 11 L. H. R. A.I.F.

 Emb. 24th June 1915 with the 11th Light Horse Regiment

 Returned to Australia 3rd August 1915 classed as medically unfit with no mention as to why?

 Re-enlisted for deployment 12th April 1916, now under service number 4294 with the 57th Bn.

 Transferred to the 5th Div. Salvage Coy on the 10th January 1917

 Private Chandler is accidentally injured "Tibia & Fibula" (ankle) severe on the 4th February 1917 "slipped while carrying bombs". Board of enquiry found him not at fault.

 RTA on the 24th August 1918 and was discharged as medically unfit 20th October 1918. It appears that after his injury, he never quite healed.

 

VF $450  

 

 

 

 Pair: 1914/15 Star and British War medal (missing Victory medal). Both correctly impressed to 2780 PTE F. W. BARKER 2/BN A.I.F. (CPL on War Medal)

 Emb. 30th September 1915

 Transferred to the 55th Bty 14th Brigade 16th March 1916

 WIA. 20th October 1917 (Gassed)

 Discharged 6th October 1919

 

VF $385  

 

 

 

 

 Pair: 1914/15 Star and Victory medal (missing BWM). Both correctly impressed to 1361 PTE W. N. HAMILTON 8 BN AIF

 Pte. Hamilton also appears as number 1348

 Emb. 2 Feb. 1915

 WIA. 8 May 1915 (G. S. W. left leg)

 RTA. 12 December 1915 Medically unfit.

 Pte. Hamilton is recorded as being wounded on the 8th of May 1915 which is where the 8th Battalion was involved in Krithia. An extremely important yet tragic early battle in the Gallipoli campaign.

VF $650

 

 

 

 Pair: 1914/15 Star and Victory medal (missing BWM). Both correctly impressed to 2781 PTE D. BAMBRIDGE 8 BN AIF

 Emb. 15 Sept. 1915

 WIA. 26 July 1916 (shell shock)

 2nd WIA 9 August 1918 (G.S.W. right arm)

 Disch. 8 April 1919

 Pte Bambridge also served in the short lived 69th Bn AIF

VF $450

 

 

 

 Pair: 1914/15 Star and British War medal (missing Victory medal). Both correctly impressed to 2068 PTE F. A. ROOKE 14/BN AIF

 Emb. 17 April 1915

 12th August 1915 Pte Rooke is taken off the Peninsular with "Septic hands" after Lone Pine and is classed as "Mental"

 RTA 13 December 1915 and discharge for mental reasons

 "every one was in the last stage of exhaustion. Some had not had any sleep since they left reserve gully two days previously. Half of the personnel of the Battalion was killed, wounded or missing" The history of the Fourteenth Battalion A.I.F. by Wanliss

 This soldier was one of "Jacka's Mob" who obviously suffered greatly during the heavy fighting at Lone Pine.

 

 Important note; Victory Medal was returned to sender and never re-issued.

 

VF $650

 

 

 

 Pair: 1914/15 Star and Victory medal (missing BWM). Both correctly impressed to 474 PTE (CPL on Victory Medal) H. WEBSTER 16 BN. AIF

 Emb. 22 December 1914. Proceeded to Gallipoli 12 April 1915

 WIA. 11 May 1915 (wounded "upper extremities" and amputated his finger as a result) Quinns Post

 RTA 9 December 1918

 Great early fighting group from the landing to the hugely significant Quinns post.

 

 

VF $650

 

 

 

 

 Pair: 1914/15 Star and Victory medal (missing BWM). Both correctly impressed to 541 SJT (LIEUT. on Victory medal) H. T. CROUCH 16 BN. A.I.F.

 Emb. November 1914

 WIA 27 April 1915 (G.S.W left leg).

 Promoted 2/LT May 1915 as a result of W. B. Kerr being killed

 RTA 17 March 1916 unfit for duty for 6 months

 Emb. 9 October 1916

 Served in France until his leg wounds became complicated. Classed as "Permanently unfit for duty" 20 August 1917

 Despite this he is not discharged until 10 January 1919.

 Another very interesting group to a casualty in the first few days of the landing  and then on to become an officer.

 

 Important note; There is a letter in Lt. Crouch's records stating that he lost his BWM in 1938

 

VF $750 

 

 

 

 

 Pair: British War medal and Victory medal (missing 1914/15 Star). Both correctly impressed to 2613 A. W. DUCKWORTH 18 BN. A.I.F.

 Emb. 2 November 1915

 Transferred to the 53rd Battalion in April 1916

 WIA 2 July 1916 (S. W. Chest)

 2nd WIA 26 September 1917 (S. W. Eye)

 RTA 5 May 1919

VF $450 

 

 

 

RECENTLY SOLD

 

Photos found on the internet of Arnold Macully

 Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal (missing 1914/15 star) all correctly impressed to 5689 DVR A. A. MACULLY 3 F.A.B. A.I.F.

 Previous service in the St. Peters Cadets and then with the 22nd Australian Light Horse prior to WW1

 Emb. 11th October 1915

 A curious entry stating "Injury to head" on the 16th March 1916 in Cairo, but no further information.

 Transferred to the 54th Bty 14th F.A.B. on the 3rd December 1917

 9th May 1918 admitted to hospital with "Trench Fever"

 D.O.W. 23rd October 1918 Taken to the 55th Casualty Clearing Station with "G.S.W. thigh"  in Tremont, near Bohain (France) where he succumbed to his wounds (See photo for extract from his Red Cross file).

 Buried Premount British Cemetry (Plot I, Row A, Grave Number 7) France.

 Note; Private Macully also sometimes appears as "McCully"

 

Good VF SOLD

 

 

 

 Memorial Plaque. Correct one piece cast named to John Shevland.

 John Shevland was a 2nd Class Waiter with the Mercantile Marine on the R.M.S. Lusitania

 The sinking of the R.M.S. Lusitania on the 7th of May 1915 by the German U-boat U-20 is seen as one of the most important events in WW1 and is often argued as the reason America entered the war. Period reports give the casualties of the Merchant Marine at roughly 400. Considering the amount that would still be with families, on graves or in museums, makes this culturally important and rare.

 

Note: There is only one "John Shevland" listed with the War Graves Commission, so there can be no doubt that this is his.

VF SOLD 

 

 

 

 

 FAMILY GROUPING (both brothers killed in action)

 Daniel McCallum

 Pair: British War medal and Victory medal (missing 1914/15 star). Both correctly impressed to Captain D. MCCALLUM A.I.F.

 Emb. 2 September 1914 (as number 687)

 First Day Lander with the 11th Battalion

 15 October 1915 promoted 2/Lt Gallipoli

 29 February 1916 transferred to 51st Bn.

 28 August 1916 promoted Captain

 KIA 3 September 1916 Mouquet Farm.

 An extremely important grouping from the landing at Gallipoli with the 11th, to being killed as the O.C "B" Coy in the attack on Mouquet farm.

 

 Morris McCallum

 Pair: British War medal and Victory medal (missing 1914/15 star). Both correctly impressed to 1968 L-CPL M. MCCALLUM 28 BN AIF

 Emb. 5 June 1915

 Arrived at Gallipoli in October 1915

 KIA 3 November 1916 Villers- Bretonneux

 

 A very emotional grouping.

 

 

EF SOLD

 

 

 

 

 Pair: 1914/15 Star and British War medal (missing Victory medal). Both correctly impressed to 28 PTE C. E. F. RUSHBROOKE 1/ A. N. & M. E. F. (DVR ON BWM).

 Emb. 11 August 1914 with the AN&MEF expeditionary force to German New Guinea.

 Disc. 4 March 1915

 Re-enlists as number 8779 A with the 4th Light Horse and then 1 & 2 Div. Train

 Emb. 30 Sept. 1915

 WIA. 9 June 1918 (Gas)

 RTA. 6 June 1919

 Charles Rushbrooke was previously a constable in the NSW police, despite this, he continuously gets in trouble and on one occasion was "Offering violence to a person in whose custody he was placed". He also appears to have three nurses writing to him (national archives).

 A nice early number "28" to the AN&MEF

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Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 1942 PTE H. R. GANNONI 10 BN AIF (missing 1914/15 star).

Emb. 20th April 1915

Taken on strength at Gallipoli “D Company” 10 BN 8th July 1915

Taken off Gallipoli sick 25th August 1915 and only becomes fit again to re-enter the war in France

He now appears to be with Alpha Company and in late November 1915 is a Lance Corporal when he is admitted to hospital (Fulham UK) with Laryngitis

WIA 20th August 1916 "Shrapnel wound R/Knee" due to “Shrapnel explosion” France

RTA: 16th July 1917 and subsequently discharged "medically unfit" as a result of his wounds

 

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 Memorial Plaque. Correct one piece cast named to James Martin Keleher.

 2696 Private James Martin Keleher embarked in November 1915 with the 3rd Battalion AIF.

 KIA 25th July 1916 Villers - Bretonneux

 Private Keleher was sadly only 18 years when he fell.

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 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.

First Day lander

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 realizing the medals are named on the edge or just wanting a representative of both brothers.

 

 

Good/VF SOLD

Lone Pine memorial where Private Deller is remembered with honour

 

Pair: Queen South Africa Medal 1899 two clasps "T, SA02" and British War Medal (missing 1914/15 Star & Victory Medal). QSA impressed 5595 PTE F. DELLAR SCOTTISH RIFLES (bars confirmed on roll) and BWM impressed  738 PTE F. DELLAR 9 BN AIF (Reffered to as either Dellar or Deller)

Previous service recorded on attestation papers as 6 years Cameronians & 6 years Medical Corps.

WW1 Australian Service as follows;

Emb. 2nd March 1915

Detached to duty with transport section 25th April 1915

Arrived at Alexandria ex Gallipoli Peninsula 19th May 1915

Re-joined unit 4th June 1915

Private Dellar appears to have lasted the whole of the Gallipoli campaign with the 9th Battalion only to take his own life on board the HMAT Grampian (after the evacuation, leaving Lemnos area for Alexandria).

The board of enquiry (extract supplied under photo of medals) shows that whilst off duty, Private Dellar shot himself in the head (with his own rifle) whilst everyone was asleep in his cabin. The board also went on to class his death as being caused by “Misadventure” no doubt to save any further heartache by his family. A very tragic ending to a veteran of two wars.

 

Good VF SOLD  

 

 

 

 Pair: British War medal and Victory medal (missing 1914/15 Star). Both correctly impressed to 1383 PTE W. COLLINS 13 - BN AIF

 Emb. 22 December 1914

 WIA 15 May 1915 Quinns Post (B.W. Groin and Foot)

 KIA 22 August 1915 Hill 60

 

 Note: It must be remembered that at Quinns Post and Hill 60, the 13th was well under half strength. Private Collins, not only took part as one of the few, but was wounded and then gave his life at Hill 60.

 

 

 

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 Pair: 1914/15 Star and British War medal (missing Victory medal). Both correctly impressed to 1665 PTE S. V. DONNELLY 1/BN A.I.F.

 Pte Donnelly also appears as number 1472

 Emb. 11 February 1915

 WIA. 15 August 1915 (S. W. right arm and leg). Reported as "Dangerously ill" and he is not "out of danger" until 11th October 1915.

 RTA. 24 June 1916 Med Discharge.

 Pte Donnelly was wounded at Lone Pine and a good researcher may be able to connect him to the Victoria Cross actions of either Shout or Keyser of his Unit. Both Victoria Cross actions involved Grenades of which Pte. Donnelly's injuries appear to be.

His wounding is first reported as  the 15th but most likely occurred days prior.

 An important Gallipoli casualty.

 

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