Australian Medals 

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AUSTRALIAN MAJOR GENERAL A. J. CLYNE C.B.E Q.H.S. BSC MB BS FRSC FRACS FRACMA

Nine: CBE (Military), 1939/45 Star, Burma Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Queens Korea Medal, UN Korea Medal, GSM (GVI) with clasp “Malaya” and EII Coronation Medal. Queens Korea and GSM both correctly impressed “COL. A. J. CLYNE. STAFF”, All other medals un-named as issued.

Born in Melbourne Victoria 1907 and educated at the University High School in Melbourne before going onto study at the Melbourne University. During his study he was awarded the Keith Levi Memorial Scholarship in Medicine and later won the Jamieson Prize in Clinical Medicine.

1933 he become the Regional Medical Officer for the Melbourne Hospital.

Commissioned in the British Army R.A.M.C.in 1934

1935-46 serving in India, Assam and Burma as the Commanding Officer of the Indian C.C.S. (14th Army) and then as Commanding Officer of British Military Hospitals in Bombay and Delhi

During the period of 1950-56 he served in Korea in 1952 and as Consulting Surgeon F.E.L.F. in Malaya and then Hon. Consulting Surgeon for the Singapore General Hospital

Citation covering the period of July 1950 – 31 December 1953

“Col. CLYNE has held the appointment of consulting Surgeon to the Army in FFARELF for the past three and a half years. During this period of service he has personally carried out over five hundred major surgical operations in all parts of FARELF.

This officer has been quite indefatigable in carrying out his onerous duties. He insists on always being on call twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, in case his services are required for a serious emergency operation. He has given much thought and time to the training of junior surgeons in order that the high standard which he has set himself can be maintained for the benefit of all troops and families.

Immediate departure to Malaya by air is a commonplace in his routine, in order that the highest skill available can be given to seriously wounded cases requiring immediate operation. The acknowledged surgical skill of this officer, combined with his kindly after care of patients, is a cherished memory for a great number of officers and men still serving in Malaya as well as for those who have departed to other commands.”

1956-59 saw him as the Consulting Surgeon H. Q. British Army of the Rhine and H.Q. Northern Army.

1959-60 Consulting Surgeon to HQ of the Middle East Land Forces in Cyprus

1960-67 he was Director General of Royal Australian Army Medical Services in which role he visited the troops in Vietnam and even performed surgery on the wounded. This period also saw him in the role as Honorary Surgeon to Her Majesty the Queen.

Ministry of Defence (Army) B.A.O.R. 1968-71

Note: FRCS; England 1949 (Fellow Royal College Surgeon’s)

FRACS; 1961 (Fellow Royal Australian College Surgeon’s)

FRACMA; (Fellow Royal Australian College Medical Administrator’s)

Comes with original portrait painting (see above) along with a large quantity of original paperwork and documents. Unfortunately, the family had no interest in claiming his Vietnam service medals or ADM making the group complete as issued. Very rarely does an Australian Generals medals appear on the market.

Good VF $5450

 

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A Great War 1917 ‘Ypres - Battle of Broodseinde’ M.M. group of four awarded to stretcher bearer, Private H. E. King, 5th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, who was gassed 25 August 1918

Four: Military Medal, G.V.R. (3481 Pte H. E. King. 5/Aust: Inf:); 1914-15 Star (3481 Pte H. E. King. 5/Bn. A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medals (3481 Pte H. E. King. 5 Bn. A.I.F.)

 

M.M. London Gazette 17 December 1917. The original recommendation (jointly listed with Private S. T. C. Izard) states:

‘These men, as stretcher bearers, showed great coolness and devotion to duty in the operations of the 4th October 1917 in the vicinity of Zonnebeke east of Ypres. Casualties were extremely heavy through the enemy barrages of 4th, 5th and 6th and notwithstanding the shelling, fatigue and great danger, they moved about constantly dressing and attending wounded men. They set a fine example of devotion to duty.’

Herbert Ernest King was born in Touugabba, Victoria in 1892. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 15 September 1914. King served with the 5th Australian Infantry Battalion in Egypt from 11 October 1915, and in the French theatre of war from 25 March 1916. He was awarded his M.M. for his gallantry whilst serving with ‘C’ Company during the Battle of Broodseinde, Ypres, 4 October 1917.

King was gassed, 25 August 1918. He returned to Australia in January 1919, and was discharged, 2 May 1919.

 

Mounted for display, lacquered, good very fine $4250

 

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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

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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

 

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A Great War 1918 ‘Somme’ M.M. group of four awarded to Private F. Whitehead, 29th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, a veteran of Gallipoli, he went on to distinguish himself at Morlancourt - going out in the night to rescue a wounded N.C.O. from no man’s land, despite seeing three men attempt the same thing and all become casualties

Four: Military Medal, G.V.R. (454 Pte. F. Whitehead. 29/Aust: Inf:); 1914-15 Star (454 Dvr. F. Whithead 1/A.S.C. A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medals (454 Dvr. F. Whithead. A.S.C. A.I.F.)

 

M.M. London Gazette 11 December 1918. The original recommendation states:

‘Morlancourt, on the night of 28th/29th July 1918. This soldier was a Coy. stretcher bearer. A Sergeant was lying wounded in ‘no man’s land’ and after three men had become casualties in the attempt to get the wounded N.C.O. in, Pte. Whitehead immediately volunteered and was successful in bringing the wounded N.C.O. in under heavy shell and M.G. fire. All through the attack and afterwards he worked on in ‘no man’s land’, brining in wounded under heavy enemy shell fire.’


Fred Whitehead was born in Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia in 1894. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 27 August 1914, and was posted to the Australian Army Service Corps. Whitehead served with the Corps in Gallipoli prior to serving in the French theatre of war from 1916. He transferred to the 29th Australian Infantry Battalion in February 1918, and distinguished himself whilst serving with the Battalion on the Somme in July 1918. The incident is recorded in Black and Gold - History of the 29th Battalion, 1915-1918, by R. J. Slaugh.

Whitehead returned to Australia in November 1918, and was discharged in March of the following year. He died in December 1961.

 

Mounted for display, very fine $4250

 

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.

 

Generally very fine or better $3750

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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.

GD VF $3250

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A Great War 1917 ‘Ypres - Battle of Broodseinde’ M.M. pair awarded to Driver R. Loton, 1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade, Australian Imperial Force, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Amiens, 9 August 1918

Military Medal, G.V.R. (4875 Dvr: R. Loton. 1/By: Aust: F.A.); 1914-15 Star (4875 Dvr. R. Loton. 2/F.A. Bde. A.I.F.) 

Footnote

M.M. London Gazette 17 December 1917.

The original joint recommendation (with 3588 Driver H. Mitchell) states: ‘At Westhoek 2nd to 4th October 1917. These drivers have been conspicuous in devotion to their work and horses carrying ammunition in the short time available - setting a fine example of gallantry and enthusiasm. The result of the work of the Drivers was that the Battery had 8000 rounds on the morning of the attack (4/10/17) of which they had salved 1000 rounds.’

Roy Loton was born in Ballarat, Victoria in 1896. Abandoned at birth, he was adopted and raised by Fanny Loton and, after her marriage, also by her husband Percy Goad. He was educated at Macarthur Street School and attested for the Australian Imperial Force on 17 June 1915, aged 18 years. Embarking on 15 September 1915 from Melbourne in the S.S. Makarini he was taken on the strength of the 2nd Australian Field Artillery Brigade in Egypt on 20 October 1915. Disembarking at Marseille on 17 May 1916, he joined the Base Depot at Etaples 3 days later and joined the 1st Divisional Artillery Column on 20 October 1916 before transferring to No. 1 Battery, 1st Field Artillery Brigade on 11 January 1917.

Loton was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous devotion to his work in carrying ammunition at Westhoek, during the preparations for the Battle of Broodseinde, Ypres, 4 October 1917. On 9 August 1918, near Harbonniere, France, during the Battle of Amiens, he was wounded in the stomach by a shell and died later the same day at the 8th Field Ambulance. Originally buried at White Chateau British Cemetery he was re-interred at the Adelaide British Cemetery, Villers Bretonneaux, France in 1919. After the war, Loton’s medals (including now absent British War and Victory Medals), memorial plaque and scroll were sent to his foster mother, Fanny Goad.

Sold with copied research and service papers.

 

Ex. Warwick Cary collection

 

Nearly extremely fine $2250

 

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A Great War 1916 ‘Somme’ M.M. pair awarded to Driver P. Ryan, 49th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force

Pair: Military Medal, G.V.R. (3470 Dvr: P. Ryan. 49/Aust: Inf: Bn:); 1914-15 Star (3470 Pte P. Ryan. 9/Bn. A.I.F.)

 

M.M. London Gazette 9 March 1917. The original recommendation (jointly listed with Driver H. McFarlane) states:

‘On the 13th November 1916 the Pack Transport was dispersed by shell fire and some mules were killed and others escaped. The Quartermaster, with the assistance of these two men, immediately assisted to collect the mules and turn out transport from the Battalion and brought rations to Flers. This was during the period that Flers was being shelled by the enemy. The behaviour and devotion to duty of these two men during the time between 13th November 1916 and 26th November 1916 was excellent. They were cheerful under all conditions and I think their conduct was an excellent example to the remainder of the Battalion Transport. These two men have consistently done good work in the Battalion Transport and I beg to recommend them for some honour.’

Percival Ryan was born in Glen Innes, New South Wales in 1893. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 3 August 1915, and embarked for Egypt with the 9th Australian Infantry Battalion in October 1915. Ryan transferred to the 49th Australian Infantry Battalion in February 1916, and served with them in the French theatre of war from June 1916.

Ryan was awarded the M.M. for his gallantry at Flers, Somme in November 1916. He returned to Australia in April 1919, and was discharged, 5 August 1919.

 

Mounted for display, good very fine $2250

 

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A good Great War 1918 ‘Somme’ M.M. awarded to Private F. B. O’Donnell, 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, for the capture of 4 machine guns and 45 prisoners during the attack near Hargicourt, 18 September 1918

Single; Military Medal, G.V.R. impressed to 6802 Pte F. B. O’Donnell 3/Aust. Inf.

 

M.M. London Gazette 17 June 1919. The original recommendation states:

‘For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Hargicourt on 18th September 1918. With his Platoon Sergeant and Section Leader, Pte. O’Donnell under heavy machine fire rushed an enemy machine gun and helped to capture four machine guns and 45 prisoners. He killed the crews of two of the guns. Prior to this action he single handed captured a small enemy post and a garrison of eight. He did excellent work throughout and set a fine example of determination and fearlessness.’

The following additional detail is given in the Official History of Australia in the War 1914-1918, Vol. VI:

‘Lieut. Lord, to advance quickly, split his platoon into two, half led by Sgt. McMillan. Half way up the northern slope of the spur the left stopped by machine gunners in a knot of trenches. Leggett’s platoon on the north side of the valley was sniping across at these when it saw three Australians coming from the south towards the nest of guns. They were Sgt. McMillan and two of his men (L/Cpl Bradford and Pte F. B. O’Donnell). Following closely on the barrage, they had seen a machine gun firing on the troops on the left, and they hurried to work round into the trench full of Germans, putting on a bold face on their surprise they hurled their bombs. The whole trench-full surrendered, whereupon all the other Germans in the valley fled to the rear.’

Francis Bernard O’Donnell was born in Haymarket, Sydney in 1888. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Liverpool, New South Wales, 6 November 1916. O’Donnell was subject to court martial on two separate occasions - firstly for striking a superior officer, 23 April 1917, and latterly for fighting and drunkenness in the field, 11 June 1918.

O’Donnell served with the 3rd Battalion Australian Infantry Battalion in the French theatre of war from October 1917. He was awarded the M.M. for his gallantry near Hargicourt, Somme, 18 September 1918 (Sergeant McMillan’s D.C.M. was sold in these rooms in February 2019). On the latter date the Battalion War Diary records losses of 1 officer and 7 other ranks killed, 5 officers and 71 other ranks killed, whilst giving 60 Germans killed, approximately 200 captured, along with 22 guns and 20 machine guns captured during the attack. O’Donnell returned to Australia in May 1919.

 

Very Fine $2350

 

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A Great War 1918 ‘Somme’ M.M. awarded to Lance Corporal F. J. A. Bent, 18th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, originally recommended for the D.C.M. for his gallantry at Morlancourt, 19 May 1918, he was subsequently wounded in action, 31 May 1918

Single: Military Medal, G.V.R. impressed to 4512 Pte F. J. A. Bent. 18/Aust: Inf:

 

M.M. London Gazette 7 October 1918. The original recommendation (for a D.C.M.) states:

‘For conspicuous bravery. On reaching the objective in the attack near Morlancourt on the 19th inst. [May], it was found that no machine guns had arrived and this soldier immediately returned across the area which was swept by intense machine gun and rifle fire to a spot where we had suffered most casualties in penetrating the enemy’s wire. On searching the ground, he found a gun of which the gunners had been killed and returned with it to where his platoon was holding the line. He immediately went back again and brought in another gun under similar circumstances. On making a third trip Pte Bent obtained several panniers of machine gun ammunition which had been lost on the way across. His conduct throughout was extremely cool and his bearing inspired the remainder of the men.’

Francis Joseph Arthur Bent was born in Wangaratta, Victoria in 1884. A printer by trade, he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Melbourne, 10 October 1916. Bent was initially posted for service with the 29th Australian Infantry Battalion, and then to the 61st in July 1917.

Bent transferred to the 18th Australian Infantry Battalion, 13 October 1917, and served with them in the French theatre of war from 9 April 1918. The following month he distinguished himself at Moralncourt, and was wounded in action, 31 May 1918. Bent advanced to Lance Corporal in October 1918, and returned to Australia in April 1919. He was discharged in July 1919.

 

VF $2250

 

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A Great War 1918 ‘Western Front’ M.M. awarded to Corporal A. L. Fraser, 60th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, for his repeated gallantry during a night raid on July Farm, east of Wytschaete, 13/14 March 1918. He was wounded in action on the Western Front, 2 September 1918

Single; Military Medal, G.V.R. impressed to 1940 Cpl A. L. Fraser. 60/Aust: Inf:

 

M.M. London Gazette 25 April 1918. The original recommendation states:


‘For conspicuous bravery and initiative during a raid on July Farm, east of Wytschaete, on the night of the 13th/14th March 1918. This NCO accompanied Lieutenant John Charles Moore [M.C. and Bar, M.M.] and helped him to get the men into position. When the barrage lifted, he was one of the first to enter the enemy’s position and received the prisoners from Lieutenant Moore. During the whole action he showed a daring and disregard for his own personal safety which was a distinct encouragement to his men and of great assistance to Lieutenant Moore. He stayed behind with Lieutenant Moore and helped this officer to carry in a wounded man under heavy machine gun fire. His work in helping with the organisation of the party and in the training previous to the raid went far to ensure its ultimate success. Strength of raiding party - one officer and twenty other ranks.’

Albert Leopold Fraser was born in Bendigo, Victoria in 1896. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Melbourne, 15 January 1915. Fraser served with the 8th Australian Infantry Battalion in Gallipoli, and was evacuated to hospital with frostbite, 8 December 1915. He transferred to the 60th Australian Infantry Battalion in July 1916, and served with them in the French theatre of war from that month.

Fraser advanced to Corporal in February 1917, and was awarded the M.M. for his gallantry at July Farm, east of Wytschaete, Ypres, 13/14 March 1918. He was wounded in action, 2 September 1918. Fraser returned to Australia in December 1918, and was discharged in January 1919.

 

Suspension claw re-pinned, nearly very fine $2000

 

A scarce Great War ‘French theatre’ M.M. awarded to Lance Corporal M. J. Sheridan, 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company, Australian Imperial Force, who was wounded in action 18 February 1917

Single: Military Medal, G.V.R. (1163 L. Cpl. M. J. Sheridan. Aust: E.) 

M.M. London Gazette 17 June 1919.

Michael Joseph Sheridan was born in Kingston, Dublin, Ireland in 1886. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Blackboy Hill, Western Australia, 29 November 1915, and served with the 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company, Australian Engineers in the French theatre of war from 5 May 1916. The Australian company relieved the 255th Tunnelling Company in the Laventie/Fauquissart area in May 1916.

Sheridan was wounded in action, 18 February 1917, and having returned to his unit was posted to work around the Cité St. Pierre area near Lens in late 1917. In February 1918, ‘a party of men from the 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company’s headquarters at Bracquemont travelled 40 kilometres to the British Tank Corps headquarters located at Bermicourt. On 10 February, an overcast day which saw men thickly clothed and cloaked in their trench coats to stave off the chill wind that swept across the open landscape, the tunnellers prepared and simultaneously blew two mines placed next to each other on the Tank Corps’ tank testing area.

The mines were blown as part of a trial designed to test the effectiveness of mine craters as a defence against tanks, and British tanks were used to negotiate the obstacles thus created. The group of Australian tunnellers comprised the company’s CO, Major Alexander Sanderson, Sergeant 1012 Matthew Goodlad, 2nd Corporal 1163 Michael Sheridan.... [and 7 others]... Two tanks rumbled down into the mine craters until their roofs were flush with ground level. Then, amid clouds of exhaust fumes and the roar of engines, they struggled to gain sufficient traction up the steep, crumbly crater walls to haul themselves out.

Among the witnesses to the trial were Lieutenant General Sir Arthur Holland, the General Officer Commanding I Corps, his Chief Engineer, Brigadier General H. Gordon, D.S.O., the commanding officers of the 185th Company and the 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company, Majors Tulloch and North respectively, and Charles Bean, the Australian Official Historian.

The information gained on this day proved to be of immense value to the 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company, then operating in the I Corps area, in its preparation of defensive works to meet German tank assault along the front at Loos....’ (Crumps and Camouflets, Australian Tunnelling Companies on the Western Front by D. Finlayson refers)

Sheridan advanced to Lance Corporal in April 1918, and returned to Australia in June 1919. He was discharged, 19 December 1919.

 

Nearly very fine $2250

 

 

A Great War 1916 ‘Somme’ M.M. awarded to Corporal G. D. Thompson, 4th Light Trench Mortar Battery, Australian Artillery, Australian Imperial Force, later Lieutenant in the 14th Australian Infantry Battalion

Single: Military Medal, G.V.R. (1063 Cpl. G. D. Thompson. 4/Lt: T.M. By: Aust: A.) 

M.M. London Gazette 8 December 1916. The original recommendation states:

‘North West of Pozieres. I wish to recommend Thompson for distinction. During the period the Battery was in the trenches Thompson showed great ability and bravery. On the 8th August, the night of the attack by the 15th Battalion, he handled his men splendidly, and after having completed his firing he then remained at his gun through exceedingly heavy enemy barrage, and obtained the position of the advanced line of 15th Battalion and enemy position, thus enabling me to use my gun. His conduct throughout was most distinguished.’

George Dominic Thompson was born in Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1893. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 1 October 1914. Thompson was posted to the 14th Australian Infantry Battalion, and served with them in Gallipoli before being evacuated to Mudros due to illness, 24 August 1915.

Thompson advanced to Corporal in June 1916, and transferred to the 4th Light Trench Mortar Battery, Australian Artillery the same month. He served with the Battery in the French theatre of war from July 1916, and distinguished himself on the Somme during the following month. Thompson advanced to Sergeant in November 1916, and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the 14th Australian Infantry Battalion in May 1918. He served with the Battalion in the French theatre of war and advanced to Lieutenant in July of the same year.

Thompson returned to Australia in January 1920, and was discharged in March of the same year.

Very fine $1850

 

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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

 

A Great War 1917 ‘French theatre’ M.M. awarded to Lance-Corporal A. Briggs, 20th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, for his gallantry with rifle-grenades during a counter-attack at Lagincourt, 15 April 1917. He was wounded in action at Pozieres, 5 August 1916, and received a gunshot wound to the right arm and left knee at Bullecourt, 2 May 1917

Single: Military Medal, G.V.R. (1671 L. Cpl. A. Briggs. 20/Aust: Inf:)  

M.M. London Gazette 18 June 1917 on page 6026 at position 16. The original recommendation states:

‘These men showed great initiative and bravery when their company was held up during the counter-attack near LAGNICOURT on 15th. April they crawled within 50 yards of the enemy’s strong post and with the use of rifle grenades bombed the enemy out, thus allowing the advance to continue.’

Note: The AWM has embroidery from Lance Corporal Briggs and the following is a copy of their very informative research


"Born in Sydney in 1892, Albert Biggs, who is said to have disliked being called 'Bert Biggs', was working as a labourer when he enlisted in the AIF on 29 May 1915, using the alias Alfred Briggs.

After initial training, Briggs was assigned as a private, service number 1671, to the 2nd reinforcements for 20 Battalion. He left Sydney for overseas service on 19 June, aboard HMAT A61 Kanowna. The battalion trained briefly in Egypt before arriving at Gallipoli in late August, where they defended Russell's Top until they were evacuated to Egypt in December.

The battalion moved to France, for service on the Western Front in April 1916. Briggs was promoted to lance corporal on 14 May but reverted to the rank of private on 16 July at his own request. He received a gunshot wound to his left leg on 5 August, during the battalion's first major action at Pozieres, and was evacuated to the 3rd London General Hospital. 

Two months later Briggs was discharged to the 5th Training Battalion, where he remained until he rejoined the 20th Battalion in France on 19 February 1917. He was promoted to lance corporal on 23 March. On 15 April Briggs was awarded the Military Medal for 'great initiative and bravery', at Lagnicourt.

Briggs was severely wounded during the second battle of Bullecourt, on 5 May, sustaining a penetrating shrapnel wound to his left knee and a severe fracture of the humerus, just above his right elbow. He was evacuated to the 6th Field Ambulance, then to a casualty clearing station, and finally to the 1st Australian General Hospital at Rouen, where he remained until the end of April 1918. On 29 April he was transferred to England, to the Tooting Military Hospital in London. In July Briggs was sent to 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield, suffering from disability and a mental condition, to prepare him for his return to Sydney in September. He spent nearly two years at the 4th Australian General Hospital (4 AGH) at Randwick, and convalescent homes, before his discharge from the army on 7 July 1920.

Brigg's wounds permanently fused his left knee, and so damaged the nerves in his right arm that he had very little function in that hand. He was encouraged to take up embroidery as a means of both passing the time and of 'training' his left hand in fine motor skills. This example is thought to have been completed while he was at 4 AGH. While he was in hospital Briggs' wallet and Military Medal were stolen from his bedside locker. A new medal was issued to him, correctly named at his request to 'Biggs'.

Towards the end of his long life Biggs lived with his niece, Emily, and her husband Fred Lees. She made three of her uncle's rehabilitation embroideries into cushions, which were always positioned on her living room sofa. The embroideries were donated to the War Memorial in memory of Albert Biggs.”

Very fine $2000

 

 

 

 



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

 

 

 

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Single: Military Medal, G.V.R.  correctly impressed to 1947 Gnr: F. Nicholas. 101/How: By: 1/Bde: Aust: F.A.

 

M.M. London Gazette 12 June 1918. The original recommendation (jointly listed with Gunners A. E. Schmidt and A. Woodington) states:


‘For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the night of 17th/18th March 1918, when during a heavy hostile gas and high explosive bombardment of the battery near Norfolk Bridge on the Ypres-Comines Canal, North East of St. Eloi, a gun pit was ignited by an enemy shell and severe damage was threatened. Under great difficulties these gunners extinguished the burning pit, with the result that the gun was only temporarily out of action and the loss of ammunition minimised.’


Frank Nicholas was born in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 24 August 1915. Nicholas was posted to the 1st Light Horse Regiment in March 1916, and transferred as a Signaller to the Australian Artillery in May of the same year. He served with the 101st Howitzer Battery, 1st Field Artillery Brigade in the French theatre of war from December 1916.

The following year Nicholas suffered from Trench Feet and Rheumatic Fever, before recovering to distinguish himself in action near St. Eloi, Ypres, 17/18 March 1918. Nicholas was severely gassed during the action, and returned to Australia in October 1918.

Nicholas was discharged in May 1919, and in later life resided in Bendigo, Victoria.

 

Nearly very fine $1850

 

 

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

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Five: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal (M.I.D.) and Australian Service Medal 1939/45. All medals Officially impressed to WX27931 W. E. LYNES (11TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION)

MID "For exceptional service in the field in S.W. Pacific area" and gazetted under the period for the 1st April, 1945 to 15th August 1945 Borneo.

London Gazette 6TH March 1947.

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 6TH March 1947.

Corporal William (Bill) Edward Lynes from Collie Western Australia served 1509 days from the 16th December 1941 to 1st February 1946 of which 414 days were outside Australia serving with the 11th Australian Infantry Battalion.

Note: Comes with original M.I.D. award document with additional “Oak Leaf” M.I.D. device, Service awards issue documents, Soldiers Record of Service Book (with photo), Statement of Service certificate and Certificate of Discharge (All original period paperwork).

Very rare to see an M.I.D. to an enlisted man on the market and it is believed that there is roughly only about four issued per battalion in WW2

EF $2400

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

 

FAMILY GROUPING

 

Fathers PairColour 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

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RARE AFC PILOTS GROUPING

 

Three: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. All three correctly impressed to 1507 DVR C. A. ALISON 8/A.S.C. A.I.F. on star and 2/LIEUT. On pair. 

Colin Archibald Alison Enlisted in the 301st Motor Transport A.S.C. on the18th September 914

Seldom seen 1914/15 Star earned whilst serving as part of the A.I.F. in France (not Gallipoli)

18th September 1917 marched in at the rank as sergeant from France to be attached to the Australian Flying Corps training depot England

On the 4th of January 1918 he joined Number 2 Royal Flying Corps School of Aeronautics as a cadet to qualify as a Pilot

Taken on strength in 8th Squadron Australian Flying Corps as a pilot on the 5th May 1918

29th June 1918 made 2/Lieutenant as a result of graduated as a Flying Officer (Pilot) with his Commanding Officer stating, “A very good pilot, will make a good officer”.

To graduate category “A” which Alison did a pupil must have

1.     Undergone instruction at a school of Aeronautics

2.     Completed 25 hours Solo and Dual

3.     Attained Flying Standard “V” on an elementary machine

4.     Flown a Graduation Aeroplane satisfactorily

5.     Climbed to 10,000 feet, remained there for at least 15 minutes, after which he will land with his engine stopped, the aeroplane first touch the ground and coming to a halt within a marked circle 150 yards in diameter

6.     Passed the following tests:-

(a)   Formation Flying. Satisfactorily maintained his position in formation flights for a total of four hours

(b)   Forced landings. Four forced landings in fields not forming part of Aerodrome

(c)   Cloud Flying. While taking full control of machine remained three minutes in clouds with instructor.

(d)   Aerial Gunnery. While diving at a ground target taken two successful photographs of the target from 1500 feet or under.

5th October 1918 on Command at R.A.F. Fighting School Harske from 8th Squadron A.F.C

1st March 1919 appointment terminated 2nd Military District ex “Marsina”

Note: The rarity of any AFC pilots group to the market can be fully appreciated in the fact only 410 Australians served as Pilots during WW1 in the Australian Flying Corps.

 

VF + $2400

 

The British War Medal awarded to Second Lieutenant J. N. Cash, 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, who was killed in France as result of a mid-air collision on 6 January 1918

Single: British War Medal 1914-20 (2-Lieut. J. N. Cash. A.I.F.)

Note: James Norman Cash was born in Newcastle, England in 1896 and having emigrated to Australia attested for the 10th Field Artillery Reinforcements, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, Australian Imperial Force, on 18 August 1916. He sailed on R.M.S. Osterley from Sydney on 10 February 1917, arriving in Portsmouth on 11 April 1917. Gunner Cash transferred to 30th Squadron, Australian Flying Corps as an Air Mechanic Class 2 on 27 June 1917 and was attached for flying training to 29th Training Squadron on 9 August 1917. Having qualified as a pilot he was promoted to Second Lieutenant A.F.C. and on 6 November 1917 transferred to 71st Squadron, and proceeded to France on 5 December 1917. He was killed in action on 6 January 1918, while serving with 4th Squadron A.F.C., as a result of a mid-air collision involving two other members of his squadron; all three pilots were killed. He is buried in Sailly-Labourse Communal Cemetery Extension, France.


Sold with a comprehensive file of copied research and an original photograph of the recipient in uniform.

 

Nearly extremely fine $1475

 

 

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)

VF $375

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Family Grouping:

 

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

VF $775

 

 

 

 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: 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

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PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 7534 PTE O. S. OWEN 3 BN AIF.

Oswald Stewart Owen, born at Kentucky, NSW; a mechanic by trade enlisting on the 25th March 1917 at Trial Bay, NSW age 24. Previous service listed as A.C.C.;

Emb. 31st October 1917; to France and taken on strength with the 3rd Battalion A.I.F.

Transferred to 18th Battalion on the 7th of December 1918;

RTA on the 22nd July 1919; Discharging on the 5th October 1919; Died 17th November 1971 at Kensington, Sydney, NSW.

 

Contact marks otherwise Very Fine $325

 

Three: Lance-Corporal E. L. Hignett, 3rd Battalion Australian Imperial Force 1914-15 Star (1285 Pte E. L. Hignett. 3/Bn. A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medals (1285 L-Cpl. E. L. Hignett. 3-Bn. A.I.F.)

Lance Corporal Ernest Lewis Hignett's embarked on the 20th October 1914 with the 3rd Battalion

The Red Cross file on Ernest gives us the following eyewitness statements as to what happened to him on Gallipoli shortly after he landed

“This happened a fortnight after we had landed (April 25th)”

“In a trench in front of Lone Pine”

“Hignett was sitting in a dug-out with Cpl Hane of the 3rd. Batt, from whom I obtained the following information later”. “A shell came through the wall of the dug-out and took his knee right off. He was carried away on a stretcher. He never winged and sat up to the salute as he passed Major Lamb, who seeing his condition was moved to tears. He was taken to the beach.”

 

Lance Corporal Ernest Lewis Hignett died in hospital in Egypt from the wound he sustained at Gallipoli serving in the 3rd Battalion A.I.F. on the 17th May 1915

He is buried at Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt

The eyewitness statements leave no doubt as to how tough a man Hignett was, he took his injury in his stride when most people would understandably be in hysterics.

Good very fine $1250

 

 

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

 

VF $975

 

 

 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  

 

 

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

 

VF $1300

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

 

ThreePrivate G. L. F. Butcher, 8th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, who was killed in action on the Western Front on 26 July 1916

1914-15 Star (262 Pte. G. L. F. Butcher. 8/Bn. A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medals (262 Pte. G. L. F. Butcher. 8-Bn. A.I.F.) 

 

Gordon Leslie Fleuret Butcher attested for the Australian Imperial Force and served initially with the 8th Battalion during the Great War, before transferring to the 58th Battalion. He was killed in action on the Western Front on 26 July 1916, while serving with the latter unit, and is buried at Rue-de-Bois Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France.

 

Light traces of verdigris, very fine $1200

 

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 $425

 

 

 

 

 

 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

 

 

 

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

 

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.

VF $625

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Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 3052 PTE T. McCAULEY 10 BN AIF

Emb. 14th September 1915

Transferred to the 50th Bn (26th February 1916)

Transferred to the Australian Army Medical Corps officially the 6th March 1919 but parading with unit from the 2nd November 1918

Discharged 4th military district 13th August 1919 Medically unfit 

Note: Entitled to 1914/15 star, however the pair was re-united recently (2018) giving hope that the 1914/15 Star will eventually turn up. A note that came with medal indicates he died in 1930 with the official records stating “died after discharge”.

VF+ $375

 

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.

 

VF+ $375

 

PTE BROWN 51 BN KILLED IN ACTION BELGUIM

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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. †

VF $1800

Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 2417 PTE. C. McCARTHY 11/BN AIF.

Charles McCarthy enlisted on the 10th May 1915 in to the 11th Bn A.I.F.

Taken on strength 7th Reinforcements 11 Battalion at the Dardanelles on the 4th August 1915

11th November 1915 leaves Gallipoli Peninsula due to Dysentery

18th November 1916 whilst meant to be recovering in London Charles is arrested for AWOL and being out of uniform. He is awarded 12 months in prison hard labour.

Sentence reduced to 6 months and in June 1917 Charles was back on the frontline with the 11th Battalion where he stayed until the end of the war.

RTA: 27th April 1919 Discharging 5:M.D in June that year.

 

VF+ $785

 

 

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

 

 

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: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3922 PTE. G. M. PESCOD 11/BN AIF.

George Marshall Pescod aged 43 enlisted on the 27th August 1915 in the 11th Bn A.I.F.

Taken on strength with the 12th Reinforcements 11 Battalion he proceeded overseas to Alexandria.

After service in the Middle East, George proceeded with Charlie Company 11th Battalion to France disembarking on the 5th April 1916.

Wounded in action “Gun Shot Wound Abdomen (penetrating)” France 20th August 1916

Sadly, he succumbed to his wounds and died three days later at the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station on the 23rd August 1916.

George is buried Plot 2. Row F. Grave 10. Puchevillers Cemetery, France

The medals come in their boxes of issue along with the outer postal packaging addressed to Mrs R. B. Pescod (wife). Hillcroft, Sheriff Hill, Gateshead on Tyne. Also with the group are two beautiful sweetheart badges made from a single collar rising sun badge and an “Australia” shoulder title on each.

EF+ $1125

 

 

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.

 VF $375

 

 

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

 

VF $775

 

 

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.

 

 

VF $925

 

 

 

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: 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

 

 

 

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1893 PTE. H. TURNBULL 16/BN AIF.

EMB: 19th April 1915

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

VF $1200

 

 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 

 

 

 

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

 

VF $1300

 

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: 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 

 

 

 

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

 

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 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

 

 

 

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.

EMB: 10th May 1915

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.

 

VF $1350

 

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

 

VF $400

 

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!

 

 VF $375  

 

 

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

 

Three: Private P. R. Church, 25th Battalion Australian Imperial Force 1914-15 Star (57 Pte P. R. Church. 25/Bn. A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medals (57 Pte P. R. Church. 25 Bn. A.I.F.);

Private Percy Robert Church embarked on the 29th June 1915 with the Alpha Company of the 25th Battalion A.I.F. for Gallipoli serving four and a half months before Dysentery took its toll on him.

Private church’s medical record give us a rare insight into the effects of dysentery on Gallipoli when recording his weight “Gallipoli in Dec. 1915, Wt. 11.5. , Wt. on enlistment 12 St. 2 lbs”

Transferred to the 49th Battalion on the 3rd November 1916 France

Unable to shake his illness that had followed him from Gallipoli all through his service discharging from the A.I.F. on the 10th October 1917 in the U.K. classed as “permanently unfit for general service”.

Note: Comes with his numbered A.I.F. ‘Returned from active service badge’,

Nearly extremely fine $875

 

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

 

VF $775

 

FAMILY GROUPING OF FATHER AND SON

 

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.

 

Previous Service:

 

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. 

VF $1100

 

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.

VF+ $545

 

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

 

EF $425

 

Pair: 1914/15 Star and British War medal (missing Victory medal). Both correctly impressed to 513 PTE B. BOOKER 27/BN A.I.F.

Previous service: 76th A.R. (Infantry) two and a half years (still serving on enlistment)

 Emb. 31st May 1915

Sick: 9th August 1915 Diarrhoea Gallipoli 

9th September 1915 sick to Lemnos

Admitted 3rd London General Hospital 27th October 1915 diagnosed with Rheumatism

RTA: 19th January 1916 discharged “Medically Unfit” 4th M.D.

VF $385

 

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

EMB: 2nd November 1915

 

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.

 VF $875

 

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.

VF $850

 

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

 

 VF $845

 

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 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

 

VF $650

 

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

 

VF $450

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

 

VF $675

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 282 BDR (PTE on Star) E. W. RYDER 31/BN AIF.

EMB: 9th Nov 1915 "C" Coy

Transferred to 113th How Battery (13th F.A.D) 15th March 1916.

Discharged: 1st M.D 3rd March 1919

 

GOOD VF $775

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

 

VF $775

 

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?

 

VF $375

 

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.

 

VF $475

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Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to THOMAS CLARKE.

2041 Pte Thomas Clarke embarked on the 16th August 1914 from Thursday Island with the 41st Battalion AIF.

Private Clarke died of Illness (Cerebrospinal meningitis) on the 12th April 1916 in the Brisbane General Hospital Australia

Cemetery details:  Toowong Cemetery, Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Place of association: Cairns, Queensland

Note: Private Clarke saw initial service with the ANMEF

Slight surface marks otherwise VF $245

 

 

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.

 

VF $1100

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.

 

VF $425

 

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 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

Bathurst enlistment.

 Good VF  $425

 

 

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

VF $475

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

VF $675

 

 

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"

 

 

 VF $400

 

 

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

 

 VF $400

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

 

GOOD VF $400

 

 

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 34604 GNR. D. C. ARMSTRONG 4 D.A.C. A.I.F.

Cane Farmer Douglas Cave Armstrong enlisted in Cairns Qld 4th November 1916

Emb: 21st June 1917

Transferred to 11th F. A. Bde 4th November 1917

RTA: 23rd September 1919

Note: Gunner Armstrong applied for his medals in the U.K. in 1939 where he resided at that time.

 Good Very Fine $375

 

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

VF $575

 

 

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.

 

 VF $495  

 

 

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

 

VF $785

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 6184 PTE. H. A. MCKENZIE 4 FD AMB. AIF.

Herbert Arthur MacKenzie was born at Adelaide in 1895 and was a tailors cutter upon his enlistment on 14 June 1915. He had a note from his mother and father giving their consent for his enlistment. He had served for two years in the A.G.A. Langs Bay Volunteers and a further four in the 10th Australian Imperial Volunteers.

Embarked at Adelaide aboard the Benalla on 27 October 1915, he joined his unit at Alexandria on 4 December and was taken on the strength five days later.

Mackenzie sailed for France in June 1916 serving until his discharge on the 10th August 1919. He had applied for his Medals in May 1919 

Good, Very fine $625

 

 

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  

 

 

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.

 

 

 VF $350

 

 

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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

VF+ $625

 

 

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 and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 12602 PTE P. CARROLL 11- F. AMB. A.I.F.

 

Previous Service: stated as “12 years RAGA June expired”

 

EMB: 30th June1916 with the 11th Field Ambulance from Melbourne age 43

  

Transferred to 3rd San. Sect. 2nd May 1917

 

RTA: 23rd  March1919 due to defective eyes

VF $375

 

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”

EMB: 18th November 1915

Transferred to 15th Battery 11th November 1916

RTA: 27th April 1919

 

VF $675

 

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;

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

 

 

 

 VF $425

 

 

 

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 $350

 

 

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

VF $400

 

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Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to FRANK GREEN.

Frank Green embarked in August 1916 from Melbourne as the Australian YMCA Representative (attached 3rd Infantry Brigade).

Frank Green died of illness on the 27th October 1918 France at the age of 26

Memorial details: Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Abbeville, Picardie, France

Place of association: Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Attached is an fascinating account of life on the front with the YMCA written by Frank Green himself prior to his death

Slight surface marks otherwise VF $300

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PAIR: British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19 correctly impressed to 23/2152 Pte G. Blake NZEF. Together with Death Plaque correctly named to George Blake

Private Blake embarked with the 1st Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade on the 1st April 1916

Died of wounds 24th August 1918 with the 2nd Battalion Auckland Infantry Regiment

Buried at Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France.

Note: Interestingly Private Blake had been previously reported as “killed in action” when wounded in 1916. Sold with research

 

VF $470

 

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Three: Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. War medal and Australian Service medals are both correctly named to SX17274 R C PLATTEN. Pacific star unnamed as often found in early issues

Private Reginald Colin Platten enlisted on the 10th of February 1942 at Forrest Gardens, South Australia and discharged with the Mobile Laundry on the 9th of April 1945.  At the time of listing these medals Private Platten’s service records were still sealed and as a result no further information is available about his Pacific service until his file is opened.

 

The group comes in its original boxes of issue, along with his medal entitlement paperwork. The paperwork confirms the three awards as his full entitlement at the time of issue. Further research is required

Near EF $150

 

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

EF $2200

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

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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

EF $275

 

 

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

EF $245

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Four: Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939/45. Pacific Star un-named (as often issued). Defence, War and Australian Service medals all officially impressed to VX79121 G. G. Curry

Sgt Curry Enlisted 13th April 1942

Transferred to “Z” Special Unit 23rd November 1942 (Katherine)

Transferred as Sergeant to “M” Special Unit 8th May 1943

Ruptured Gastric Ulcer on the 6th November 1944 in Queensland leads to Sgt Curry’s eventual discharge a year later

In July 1942 the Allied Intelligence Bureau (AIB) was formally established with two ‘arms’: Intelligence (which operated as M Special Unit: the ‘Coastwatchers’), with personnel being inserted along the coast behind enemy lines where they would observe enemy movements and report back to the AIB via radio. The other being Sabotage (which operated as Z Special Unit).

Due to the Secret nature of all Special Forces soldiers in WW2 it is hard to determine exactly what each member did and it is possibly only due to Sgt Curry’s 1944 illness (and his subsequent leaving the unit) that we have any records at all. “for those wishing to read "Z" Special Unit personnel files, they do not exist. All that is left in Canberra is the index file page, with name rank and the two serial numbers (ordinary and AK). General Blamey had the rest destroyed after the war.” (Dunn. P., ozatwar.com in reference to Z Special Forces National Archives files A10797).

The basic records we do have of Sergeant Curry’s show overseas service as Timor (“M” Special Unit) and his service in Australia as being in Katherine so with this we know his focus in the Special Forces was on “Operations in Portuguese Timor”. The following are the names and date ranges of known operations by Special Forces in WW2 of which Sergeant Curry was likely involved;

LIZARD I-III (SRD Project 24) 7 July 1942 to 10 February 1943

PORTOLIZARD 10 February 1943 to 4 August 1943

LAGARTO: 1 July 1943 to 29 September 1943

COBRA: 27 January 1944 to (mid) February 1944

ADDER: 21 to 22 August 1944

Very rare to see groups like this come on the market.

Near EF $1950

 

 

FAMILY GROUPING;

Pair: War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to S212133 L. W. SANDO

Enlisted 27th September 1939 into the Australian Army at Echunga, SA

Discharged 6th Jan 1944 as a Captain

Unit on discharge listed as “HQ (WE) 4MD”

Note: Captain Sando’s record is open and shows WW1 service as a Sergeant with the 48th Battalion number 3304 and entitled to WW1 trio

 

2nd Pair: Defence Medal and War Medal All medals correctly named to SX14678 V. G. SANDO

At the time of listing these medals, Private Sando’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll.

Enlisted 25th September 1941 into the Australian Army at Clarence Park, SA

Discharged 29th November 1945

Unit on discharge listed as “1 AUST BULK PET STORAGE COY”

Note: As the Australian Service Medal was issued last out of all the campaign medals, there is the possibility that the medal was not issued.

VF $275

Three: Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to SX15900 R. R. BLIGHT

Enlisted 3rd January 1942 into the Australian Army at Bowden, SA

Discharged 10th December 1945

Unit on discharge listed as “10/48 AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION”

Note: Private Blight’s records are open which shows service at home in various infantry units before being posted to Darwin where he qualifies for the Defence medal. This is his full entitlement.

VF $285

 

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.

EF $325

 

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

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

 

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

VF $250

Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to VX142345 G. E. DUNN

Enlisted 18th November 1942 into the Australian Army in Victoria, with previous service in the militia number V33357 (8th Field Regiment)

Initially assigned to the 2nd Field Regiment before embarking in Cairns for Milne Bay and operations in New Guinea on the 14th August 1943 per ‘Howell Cobb’ and then 2/4th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment on arrival.

Sadly it wasn’t long before Gunner Dunn was killed in action at Finschhafen on the 23rd September 1943

Buried Finschhafen, map reference 269226 and then reburied Lae War Cemetery, Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea Plot EE, Row C, Grave 2 Headstone inscription reads duty nobly done. He was 32 years old. Son of Edward Henry and Gertrude Grace Dunn, of North Richmond, Victoria. EE.C.2.

The Battle of Finschhafen was part of the Huon Peninsula campaign during WW2 and was fought between Australian and Japanese forces. The fighting took place between 22 September and 24 October 1943 following the landing at Scarlet Beach, which was followed by a two-pronged advance on Finschhafen as the Australian 20th Infantry Brigade advanced on the town from the north, while the 22nd Infantry Battalion drove from the south, having advanced from the landing beaches east of Lae. After the capture of Finschhafen, the Japanese forces in the area withdrew towards Sattelberg where they sought to hold the Australians before launching a counteroffensive, which subsequently threatened the landing beach. This attack was repelled by American and Australian forces, with heavy casualties being inflicted on the Japanese. In the aftermath, the Australians went on the offensive, capturing Sattelberg, and then advancing towards the Wareo plateau”.

Note: Medals come in frame as pictured along with research

Medals in frame near EF $1800

 

 

Five: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to QX2454 E. F. G. H – HARFORD. Stars un-named as issued along with Defence medal (see end of description)

At the time of listing these medals, Private Hetherington-Harford’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll.

Enlisted 30th May 1940 into the 2/7th Field Engineers at Miowera, Queensland

The following story was taken from https://9thdivvy.blogspot.com/2008/09/image-incredible-escape.html

22nd April, 1941. Tobruk, Libya.

 

The Benghazi Handicap's Wooden Spooners.

 

Meet two of the 9th Division's luckiest men. QX1698 Sapper Stanley Curtis and QX2454 Sapper Edward Hetherington-Harford of the 2/7th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers enjoy a well received cigarette after their late arrival in Tobruk on foot after a 16 day trek.

 

Left behind in Benghazi to plant demolitions on Italian supply dumps so that the advancing Afrika Korps could not take advantage of them the two Sappers planted explosives to cover the 9th Divisions retreat, known as "the Benghazi Handicap". When surprised by the rapid approach of the advancing Afrika Korp the two men hid and were overtaken by Rommel's Panzer Divisions.

 

Finding themselves behind enemy lines and surrounded by thousands of Axis troops the men hid by day and travelled by night where possible overland on foot. After a journey of 16 days, and 300 miles (483 kilometres), the men managed to sneak past German positions surrounding Tobruk and return to their units. Immediately hospitalised for treatment of their injuries it is not known if the men played any further part in the Western Desert Campaign. If so I believe they well deserved any rest coming to them after that

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Note: Medals come with Frame, Beautiful "Tobruk Association" notebook case with pen (pictured above), Family bible, Tobruk Seige medal “EL ALAMEIN” clasp, engraved “E. Harford” and returned serviceman’s badges. Further research required

This is a known group purchased from the family with a unnamed Defence medal and seems to comply with the Clive Johnson statement that up to 700 Defence medals were despatched in haste to predominantly QX numbers

VF $1800

 

Pair: War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Both medals correctly named to 80636 H. C. COLLINS

At the time of listing these medals Corporal Horace Cecil Collins’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;

Place of birth Coolup, Western Australia

Enlisted 27th May 1942 into the Royal Australian Air Force

Discharged 25th November 1945

Unit on discharge listed as “4 CENTRAL RECOVERY COMPANY”

Note: Further research required

Comes with badges and 1964 Discharge certificate for a Private Helen May Collins who served as F51811 with the 14th WRAAC (Karrakatta).

Near EF $225

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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.

 

Near EF $525

 

Pair: Vietnam Medal and Vietnam Star with 1960- clasp. The Vietnam medal is correctly impressed to 18821 K. J. Pardella and the Vietnam Star is correctly engraved.

Kevin John Peter Pardella joined the Army Apprentice School (18th intake), Vehicle Mechanic on trade as part of the Royal Corps of Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in Queensland and served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in Vietnam from 19th May 1967 to 13th June 1968. After discharge noted as residing in Victoria.

VF $575

 

Pair: Vietnam Medal and Vietnam Star with 1960- clasp to A56467 WELLS R. L. with both medals correctly Airforce style named.

  

The Vietnam Veterans Nominal Roll states the following;

 

Name: Raymond Lionel Wells

Date of Birth: 15/11/1943

Place of Birth: Perth, Western Australia

Service: RAAF

Rank: Corporal

Served with Headquarters, Australian Force Vietnam (RAAF Element) from 12th June 1966 to 15th May 1967

 

VF $525

 

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Pair: Australian Defence Medal named O510027 J C CRAIG and Anniversary of National Service Medal to 549137 J C CRAIG with both medals correctly named.

 

Note: The “O’ in front of his service number denotes an Officer and are seldom seen on the market.

 

 

VF $385