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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.) 


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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.”

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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).


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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


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

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.


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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


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

EMB: 25th June 1915

Previous service stated as St Georges Rifles (5 years)

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

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

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

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

VF $650


Pair: 1914/15 Star and 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: 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.



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

 Emb. 2nd February 1915 as regimental number 1426

 Proceeded to Gallipoli ex Egypt 3 April 1915

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

 Transferred to 5th Pioneer Bn 16th May 1916

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

 Discharged 14th May 1919

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

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

VF $650  




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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

 Emb. 30th September 1915

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

 WIA. 20th October 1917 (Gassed)

 Discharged 6th October 1919


VF $385  





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

 Pte. Hamilton also appears as number 1348

 Emb. 2 Feb. 1915

 WIA. 8 May 1915 (G. S. W. left leg)

 RTA. 12 December 1915 Medically unfit.

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

VF $650




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

 Emb. 15 Sept. 1915

 WIA. 26 July 1916 (shell shock)

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

 Disch. 8 April 1919

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

VF $450




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

 Emb. 17 April 1915

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

 RTA 13 December 1915 and discharge for mental reasons

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

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


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


VF $650




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

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

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

 RTA 9 December 1918

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



VF $650





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

 Emb. November 1914

 WIA 27 April 1915 (G.S.W left leg).

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

 RTA 17 March 1916 unfit for duty for 6 months

 Emb. 9 October 1916

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

 Despite this he is not discharged until 10 January 1919.

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


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


VF $750 





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

 Emb. 2 November 1915

 Transferred to the 53rd Battalion in April 1916

 WIA 2 July 1916 (S. W. Chest)

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

 RTA 5 May 1919

VF $450 






Photos found on the internet of Arnold Macully

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

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

 Emb. 11th October 1915

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

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

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

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

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

 Note; Private Macully also sometimes appears as "McCully"






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

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

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


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






 FAMILY GROUPING (both brothers killed in action)

 Daniel McCallum

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

 Emb. 2 September 1914 (as number 687)

 First Day Lander with the 11th Battalion

 15 October 1915 promoted 2/Lt Gallipoli

 29 February 1916 transferred to 51st Bn.

 28 August 1916 promoted Captain

 KIA 3 September 1916 Mouquet Farm.

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


 Morris McCallum

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

 Emb. 5 June 1915

 Arrived at Gallipoli in October 1915

 KIA 3 November 1916 Villers- Bretonneux


 A very emotional grouping.








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

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

 Disc. 4 March 1915

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

 Emb. 30 Sept. 1915

 WIA. 9 June 1918 (Gas)

 RTA. 6 June 1919

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

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





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

Emb. 20th April 1915

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

 KIA 25th July 1916 Villers - Bretonneux

 Private Keleher was sadly only 18 years when he fell.




 Four: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.1914/15 Star and Victory Medal impressed to 1178 PTE W. W. STANGER 11 BN. AIF (48 BN on Victory Medal). British War Medal is named to 2631 Spr J. Stranger R.E. (brother?). Death plaque named Walter Wright Stanger.

Emb. 20th December 1914.

First Day lander

Evacuated from Gallipoli sick August 1915 (11th BN)

WIA. Gun Shot to the left Shoulder 11th April 1917 (48th BN)

WIA 2nd Occ. 6th July 1918. Remained on duty (48th BN)

KIA Jeancourt 18th September 1918 (48th BN)

Records show that Pte Stanger was killed instantly by "Machine gun bullet to the head"

This group appears to be the classic  family mix up either not realizing the medals are named on the edge or just wanting a representative of both brothers.





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

 Emb. 4th October 1915

Transferred to Artillery 15th May 1916

Discharged 19th July 1919

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



Spotting on VM otherwise Good VF SOLD   




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

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

 Emb. 18th October 1914

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

Discharged 6th December 1917 as Medically unfit.

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

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




Lone Pine memorial where Private Deller is remembered with honour


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

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

WW1 Australian Service as follows;

Emb. 2nd March 1915

Detached to duty with transport section 25th April 1915

Arrived at Alexandria ex Gallipoli Peninsula 19th May 1915

Re-joined unit 4th June 1915

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

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


Good VF SOLD  




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

 Emb. 22 December 1914

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

 KIA 22 August 1915 Hill 60


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








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


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


He was Killed in Action on the 22nd August 1915 Gallipoli (Hill 60)


Memorial details:  Lone Pine Memorial Gallipoli


“The fresh 18th Battalion went straight from the beach to Hill 60 and emerged with just 386 of its original 1000 men.” Max Blenkin

 Comes with copy photograph

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




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

 Pte Donnelly also appears as number 1472

 Emb. 11 February 1915

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

 RTA. 24 June 1916 Med Discharge.

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

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

 An important Gallipoli casualty.