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
P31 Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 370 L-CPL (PTE on star). S SAVAGE 4/BN AIF.
Previous Service stated as “7 mths NZ Territorials”
EMB: 18th August 1915
Joined Battalion on Gallipoli 31st May 1915
Wounded in action France 25th July 1916 “SW Jaw”
Transferred to the 62nd Battalion 25th April 1917 for convalescing prior to re-joining the 4th Bn in France 9th July 1917
Killed in action 4th October 1917 in Belgium.
A Red Cross file exists with the following two entries; “No trace Germany”, “Killed in action previously reported wounded & missing 10-9-17”
Remembered on Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium.
Near EF $1100
P33 Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1914 CPL (PTE on star) G. BLYTH 5/BN AIF.
EMB: 17th April 1915
Joined Battalion on Gallipoli 9th July 1915
Transferred to 2nd Field Coy as Sapper Regimental Number 405 on the 6th August 1915 Gallipoli.
Killed in action 4th October 1917 in Belgium.
Cpl George Blyth is buried at B.72 Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium.
P34 Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 434 PTE F. (“E” ON BWM) T. HAINES 6/BN AIF.
Comes with Dog Tags (stamped 58th Bn A.I.F.), Ribbon Bar & Returned From Active Service Badge.
EMB: 19th Oct 1914
Wounded in action at the landing on Gallipoli 25th April 1915 “GSW Forearm”
Transferred to the 58th Battalion 17th February 1916
2nd WIA; France 12th October 1917 “GSW Neck”
RTA: 20th October 1918
Gd VF $1100
P35 Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 655 PTE N. S. DUNCAN 6/BN AIF.
Initially enlisted as Douglas Sinclair Duncan
Previous Service stated as “3 years School Cadets”
EMB: 19th October 1914
Wounded in action at Cape Helles Gallipoli 8th May 1915 “bullet through chest”
Invalided to Australia discharging 2nd June 1916
Re-enlisted 4th June 1916 as service number 2297 Norman Sinclair Duncan with the 39th Battalion
Embarked second occasion on the 20th October 1916
Reduced to ranks and Detention for 6 months on the 7th July 1917 after accepting money to absent a soldier from parade
Discharged from Detention 8th December 1917
Committed to H. M. Prison Shepton Mallett 9th October 1918 for theft of 119 pounds
Released and scheduled to return to Australia but is again charged and detained this time for AWOL
Finally returning to Australia 1st January 1919 for discharge
Medals are shown initially not to be issued but later restored by permission of army order.
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
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
Three: Private 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
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
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.
P37 Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1719 PTE F. C. BOLTON 9/BN AIF.
EMB: 8th April 1915
Joined Battalion on Gallipoli 26th April 1915
Killed in action 23rd July 1916 in France.
A Red Cross file exists for Frederick Charles Bolton with letters from his family enquiring about his whereabouts which a board of enquiry concluded; “Killed in action 23-7-16 previously reported missing”.
Remembered on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
P38 Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1365 PTE J. B. JEFFERIES 9/BN AIF.
Previous Service noted as “Royal Navy 12 years”
Occupation on enlistment Fireman
EMB: 13th February 1915
Joined Battalion on Gallipoli 6th May 1915
Wounded in Action 23rd July 1916 France (G.S.W.)
Killed in action 27th Decvember 1916 in France.
Joseph Benjamin Jefferies is buried at Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers, Picardie, France
P39 Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 253 T-CQM (PTE on star) H. R. VINCENT 10/BN AIF.
Previous Service noted as “WA Volunteers 2 years”
EMB: 20th Oct 1914
Wounded in Action 30th April 1915 Gallipoli (“Gun Shot Wnd Foot”)
Invalided to Australia discharging 5th July 1916
Re-enlisted 3rd July 1917 as service number 8248 with the Tunnelling reinforcements.
Embarked second occasion on the 26th November 1917 with 2nd Australian Tunnelling Coy
RTA: 28th July 1919
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”.
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.
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.
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
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".
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
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.
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