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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 and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 1576 L/CPL T. KELLEHER 9 BN AIF.
EMB: 13th February 1915 with the 9th Battalion
RTA: 4th May 1915 for reasons unknown (due to this part of the file missing). The 9th Battalion was in the initial waves at the landing at Gallipoli and by the 4th May it is possible that slightly wounded or stable wounded could have been sent home to recover (depending on the wound). There is no reference to a charge appearing later on in his service and a wound or injury seems the only likely event that once recovered would carry no prejudice on re-enlistment.
EMB: Now as number 2487 with the 8th BN on the 16th July 1915
Absent without Leave on the 16th August until apprehended by the Military Police. Also for using threatening language to a superior and attempting to escape. Sentenced 28 days detention as of the 13 September 1915
Taken on strength at Lemnos on the 31st October 1915 heading for Gallipoli. We can only assume he reached Gallipoli with nearly two months left of fighting before the evacuation and the next entry in his records show him disembarking at Alexandria on the 7th of January 1916 with the rest of Gallipoli’s evacuated force.
Transferred to the 57th BN on the 22nd March 1916
KIA: 25th October 1917 Belgium. Unfortunately no body was recovered for Thomas Keleher and he is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.
Note: A letter on file from his mother alerts us to the sad fact that his brother number 2696 Private James Martin Keleher 3rd BN AIF was also killed in action the year before on the 25th of July 1916 at Villers-Bretonneux
When searching records for Thomas Kelleher he may appear under his second number 2487 and the family surname is spelt with one “L”. Missing 1914/15 star based on previous enlistment. On the surface he was a very interesting man and hopefully with good research his full story will be discovered.
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
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 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.
Good VF $425
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
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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 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
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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