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Eight: OBE (Military), British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1939/45 Star, Africa Star with 8th Army clasp, Italy Star, Defence Medal and War Medal
$1,250

Eight: OBE (Military), British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1939/45 Star, Africa Star with 8th Army clasp, Italy Star, Defence Medal and War Medal. British War and Victory Medal correctly impressed 4734 PTE P. S. KEEN 15-LOND. All other medals un-named as issued.

WW1 Service

Phillip Sydney Keen enlisted in the Civil Service Rifles 15th London Regiment as a private number 4373 (later 531823) on the 16th August 1915

Ireland; May 1916

France; June - November 1916

Wounded in action left knee 12th August 1916

Salonika/Macedonia; December 1916 – June 1917

Egypt; June - July 1917

Palestine; July – October 1917

Belgium; November 1917 – March 1919

During this time Phillip Keen is commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on the 8th March 1918 serving with the 3/13 London Regiment (Kensington’s) and then with the 1 /2 London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)

France; March – October 1919 during this time he served with the 3/16 London Regiment (Queens Westrs)

Due to his fluent Italian in-between the war he was employed by the government as a translator in the Italian section clearing offices.

WW2 Service

Resigned for the Second World War on the 24th of June 1940 and appointed a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Devon Regiment.

Posted to the 7th Battalion D. C. L. I. (later the 30th Bn) in October 1940 and shortly after promoted to Lieutenant.

20th April 1942 promoted to the position of Battalion adjutant as an Acting Captain departing overseas with the 1st Army in December 1942

Made temporary Major and appointed Camp Commandant of Allied Forces Headquarters Battalion 28th October 1943

M.B.E. London Gazette 1st January 1944

Temporary L/Colonel 15th September1945

Disembarked UK 19th January 1947

Fantastic group spanning both World Wars showing Phillip Keen enlisting as a private in the Infantry and ending up a Lieutenant Colonel.

Note: All medals are confirmed on paperwork

VF $1250

 

Four: MBE, Defence Medal, GSM clasps Palestine 1945-48, Cyprus, Arabian Peninusla 4003634 AC1 CJ Domoney RAF, RAF LSGC 4003634 SGT CJ Domoney RAF
$900

Four: MBE, Defence Medal, GSM clasps Palestine 1945-48, Cyprus, Arabian Peninusla  4003634 AC1 CJ Domoney RAF, RAF LSGC 4003634 SGT CJ Domoney RAF.

 

Note: Comes with a quality Commander in Chief’s Commendation, Various photos, Apprentices Certificate, RAF Notice Paper, RAF Education Certificate. Warrant Document and Sewing kit with hat badge

 

 

Good VF $900

Single: United States Bronze Star correctly named to Charles H Brown in box of issue along with the Secretary of the Army’s award card.
$475

Single: United States Bronze Star correctly named to Charles H Brown in box of issue along with the Secretary of the Army’s award card.

A period Newspaper clipping gives an insight into Charles’s service and award

“At the time, Mr Brown was a Technician Fourth Grade, assigned to duty with the 101st Coast Artillery Battalion (AA).

Technician Brown performed meritorious service from September to November, 1942. The citation accompanying the medal said, “He volunteered to help build the important road from Port Moresby to Ioribaiwa. This road, constructed over a very treacherous jungle mountain range, speeded up supply of the Australian Army. Technician Brown’s initiative and devotion to duty made an important contribution to the successful defense of Port Moresby.”

Antiaircraft played an important role in the Papuan Campaign. Its units were among the most forward elements and in their activity in Northern New Guinea they were involved in an operation that enveloped the enemy’s rear. The campaign was marked by close cooperation and coordination between the American and Australian Anti-Aircraft units. All American Anti=Aircraft units participating in the Papuan Campaign received the Presidential Unit Citation.

A cut of the article accompanies the medal and is framed along with the Secretary of the Army’s award card.


Good very fine $475

The remarkable Anglo-American group of six awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel R. H. Griffiths, United States Army, late U.S. Volunteer Infantry and Philippines Constabulary, and Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment and the Royal Scots
$4,750

The remarkable Anglo-American group of six awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel R. H. Griffiths, United States Army, late U.S. Volunteer Infantry and Philippines Constabulary, and Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment and the Royal Scots, who was killed in action as a U.S. Battalion C.O. in April 1918

United States of America, Philippine Insurrection Medal 1899, officially numbered ‘23344’, wrap-round brooch suspension, in its original numbered card box of issue, with old ink inscriptions inside, including ‘1st Sergt. 37 U.S. Inf. Vols., Richard H. Griffiths, 1899’

United States of America, Spanish War Service Medal, officially numbered ‘17531’, in its original numbered card box of issue, brooch-pin for wearing

United States of America, Philippine Congressional Medal 1899, officially numbered ‘4456’, with wrap round brooch suspension, in its original numbered card box of issue, with old ink inscription inside, ‘The President McKinley Congressional Medal, Philippines Insurrection, 1899, Richard H. Griffiths, First Sergt., 37th U.S. Inf. Vol.’

Great Britain, 1914-15 Star (Major R. H. Griffiths, Notts. & Derby. R.), in its original named card box of issue, with old ink inscriptions, including ‘Dardanelles Medal (Star), Major R. H. Griffiths (Mrs. Griffiths)’

Great Britain, British War Medal 1914-20 (Major R. H. Griffiths), in its original named card box of issue, with old ink inscription as before but ‘British War Medal 1914-1918’

United States of America, Victory Medal, slide-on clasp, Defensive Sector, with wrap round brooch suspension, in its original card box of issue, with old ink inscriptions to lid and base, ‘Victory Medal 779379 issued to Mrs. Anne M. Griffiths, widow of Lieut. Col. Richard H. Griffiths, U.S. Infantry, 12.1.21’ and ‘Given by Geo. C. Marshall, Major, 1920, in person’

United States of America, Spanish War Veterans Badge 1898-1902, bronze, with ornate bar and eagle suspension, with numbered lid of original box of issue ‘14713’ and old ink inscription, ‘Spanish Am. War Veterans Badge, U.S.W.V.’

United States of America, Philippine Campaign Veterans Badge 1898-1899, bronze, with enamelled ‘8’ to centre and ‘U.S.V.’ suspension bar and eagle above

United States of America, Purple Heart Lapel Badge, gilt and enamel, the reverse inscribed, ‘A. M. G.’, 



Richard Henry Griffiths was born in Derbyshire in February 1873, his family emigrating to the United States of America whilst he was still a youngster.

On the declaration of war with Spain in April 1898, he joined the Tennessee National Guard, and in November was embarked for the Philippines, as a Sergeant in Company ‘M’ of the 1st Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. Quickly witnessing action at San Juan del Monte and the capture of the water works at Luzon, he was also present at the capture of Iloilo and Paney and in various other skirmishes.

Advanced to 1st Sergeant in Company ‘A’ of the 37th U.S. Volunteer Infantry in July 1899, Griffiths saw action at Columba, Santo Tomas, Aluminos, San Diego and elsewhere, including the capture of a wagon train, while in the following year he participated in General Schwann’s expedition through Southern Luzon, and in General Hill’s expedition to Polillo and Infanta, being recommended for a certificate of merit for gallantry displayed on 28 February 1900. Returning to the U.S.A. on the cessation of the main hostilities, he passed the examination for a 2nd Lieutenancy, but did not take up the appointment and instead, after a short period out of uniform, re-enlisted in the U.S. Army Engineers as a Private 2nd Class, in which capacity he returned to the Philippines where, in October 1901, he transferred to the local Constabulary with a commission as a Lieutenant.

Griffiths subsequently attained the rank of Major and, with the advent of hostilities in Europe in August 1914, sailed for London to offer his services. Duly commissioned in the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment in March 1915, he was advanced to the temporary rank of Major that September and seconded to command, and evacuate from Gallipoli, the badly mauled 1/5th Battalion of the Royal Scots, who had suffered heavy casualties since the landings in April. This duty done, and after a period of re-mustering in Egypt, he was embarked with the Battalion for France in March 1916, where he remained in command until relieved. Reverting to the rank of Captain, he then re-joined the 2nd Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters and was severely wounded in the Ypres Salient in June 1916, losing part of his shoulder blade.

Returning to duty out in France in February 1917, Griffiths resigned his commission that November, when he accepted a Majority in the United States Army and was posted to the 18th U.S. Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, which was occupying positions north-west of Toul. Subsequently commended for his ‘cool calm and efficiency in the trying days of January and February 1918’, he was advanced to Lieutenant-Colonel and given command of the 3rd Battalion, 18th Regiment. About this time, a New York Times correspondent wrote:

‘When his command was going into the line, Lieutenant-Colonel Griffiths sat astride his horse at a crossroads over which German shrapnel was bursting heavily, and was unconcerned as if a thousand miles away from the war. He spoke to his men sharply, but in a low voice, telling them not to forget who the enemy was, what he had done, and to punish him. He had been a constant visitor in the trenches and shell-holes held by his troops, taking long chances to get to all of them, making sure that they were getting everything they wanted and were well cared for.’

Griffiths was killed in action during the final days of April 1918, near Villers-Turnelle, when a German high-explosive shell landed in front of his dugout just as he had emerged.

A correspondent overheard a group of men discussing their Colonel earlier that day: “There’s the old man, and believe me, if you are looking for a soldier and a gentleman, there he is. Every man in this outfit would go straight through Hell if Griffiths gave the order to march.”

A Corporal was killed by the same shell and a number of others were wounded, the Corporal falling across his Colonel’s body. They were buried nearby.

As verified by the recipient’s MIC entry, he was never issued with the Victory Medal by the British authorities, the relevant column being endorsed: ‘Transferred to American Army. To be administered by Washington, U.S.A.’; in so far as his earlier American awards are concerned, his Philippine Congressional Medal was sent to him on 30 July 1910 (Medal No. 4456), and his Philippine and Spanish War campaign issued to his widow on 18 November 1926, the respective Serial Numbers differing to those on the above described awards.

Sold with original British Consulate (Paris) passports for both Griffiths and his wife, with portrait photographs, issued in November 1917 and July 1915 respectively; together with a file of research, including copied application forms for the American awards.

 

Ex. Hal Giblin Collection, Christies 10 November 1992, lot 322.

 

Generally good very fine and most probably unique $4750

Four: 1914-15 Star (113227 SJT J. DICK. R.E.); British War (113227 W.O. CL 1 J. DICK. R. E); VICTORY MEDAL (113227 W.O. CL 1 J. DICK. R. E); Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (113227 S. MJR. DICK. R. E).
$485

Four: 1914-15 Star (113227 SJT J. DICK. R.E.); British War (113227 W.O. CL 1 J. DICK. R. E); VICTORY MEDAL (113227 W.O. CL 1 J. DICK. R. E); Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (113227 S. MJR. DICK. R. E).

M.S.M. London Gazette 18th January 1919 “113227 S. M. Dick, J., H.Q. Sp Coy. (Dundee).”

James Eric Dick's medal card shows his entry into the war was in France with the Royal Engineers in September 1915, It also shows another regimental number of 5249 and service with the E. Kent Regiment then finally the new rank of Lieutenant and subsequent service with “Z Res”

 Note: Comes with “The Borough of Tynemouth Education Authority” cased medallion “For good conduct regular and punctual attendance” and engraved “Jubilee Boy’s School 1904 James Eric Dick

Nearly extremely fine $485

 

Single: Maharajpoor Star 1843 Private James Fincher HM 16th Lancers.
$1,285

Single: Maharajpoor Star 1843 Private James Fincher HM 16th Lancers.

 

Enlisted Dorchester 6th March 1837 in the 16th Lancers, Regimental number 1651 at the age of 23

 

British Army Index of 1841 records Private Fincher service number 1234 with the 16th Dragoons, Meerut

 

British Army Index of 1851 records Private Fincher service number 1234/1615 with the 3rd (The Kings Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons, Wazirabad, Pakistan.

 

Medically discharged unfit in 1857 from the 15th Hussars due to illnesses “originating in the service and caused by long military service, as a Cavalry Soldier.” Total of 14 years and 11 months overseas service in Bengal, Bangalore and East Indies. Pension drawn from London Comes with service docs.

 

Near VF $1285

Single: Punjab Medal with clasps “Goojerat”, “Chilianwala”. Correct period naming to JOHN BRODIE 61ST FOOT.
$685

Single: Punjab Medal with clasps “Goojerat”, “Chilianwala”. Correct period naming to JOHN BRODIE 61ST FOOT.


61st Foot (South Gloucestershire) Foot saw action at the Battle of Ramnagar (November 1848), Battles of Saddalupar and Chillanwala (December 1848-January 1849) and the Battle of Guirat (February 1849);

 
 contact wear Gd F $685

 

Single : SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL1853 impressed : LIEUT. H.J.N. KING 6th REGT wounded in action 9.6.1851.
$4,750

Single : SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL1853 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

SOUTH AFRICA 1853 (Corpl. J. Bunting, 2nd 60th Rifles), China 1857-60, 2 clasps, Taku Forts 1860, Pekin 1860 (Cr. Serjt. Josh. Bunting, 2nd Bn. 60th Rl. Rifles) officially impressed naming,
$2,250

SOUTH AFRICA 1853 (Corpl. J. Bunting, 2nd 60th Rifles), China 1857-60, 2 clasps, Taku Forts 1860, Pekin 1860 (Cr. Serjt. Josh. Bunting, 2nd Bn. 60th Rl. Rifles) officially impressed naming, 

Joseph Bunting was born in the parish of Great Linford, near the town of Newport Pagnell. He originally enlisted into the Royal Marines 7 December 1842. He transferred into the 2/60th Rifles 1 July 1843 – indicating he was previously a sailor. With the Regiment he saw service during the third Kaffir war (medal verified on roll) before being promoted up the ranks to Colour Sergeant. During the later stages of the China campaign, he saw action at Taku Forts and Pekin in 1860 (medal verified on roll). This is Joseph Bunting’s full entitlement, no LSGC medal due to 13 entries in the Regimental defaulter’s book and two Court Martial’s by the end of his 21 years of service. The fact that he did not receive a LSGC yet still made it to the rank of Colour Sergeant suggests a good strong soldiers.

Contact marks, good, very fine $2250

Pair: Corporal A. J. Sharp, Royal Monmouthshire Engineers, late Royal Artillery.
$985

PairCorporal A. J. Sharp, Royal Monmouthshire Engineers, late Royal Artillery. India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Hazara 1888 (32595 Gunr., No. 2 By. 1st Bde. Sc. Dn. R.A.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (2970 Corpl., Rl. Engineers)

 

Note: Alfred James Sharp was born in Millbrook, Southampton. He joined the Royal Artillery on 6 July 1882, aged 19 years. He initially served in the 1st Brigade Scottish Division R.A., which later became Mountain Artillery. Served in India, September 1883-February 1890 and took part in the Black Mountain Expedition 1888. Sharp was transferred to the Army Reserve in February 1890 and discharged on 5 July 1894. His intended place of residence being given as King Street, Brynmawr. He later joined the Royal Monmouthshire Engineers Militia and served with them in the Second Boer War. With copied R.A. service papers and roll extracts on paper and C.D.

 

Contact marks, nearly very fine $985

Pair: India General Service 1854-95, one clasp “Hazara 1888” correct script engraving
$985

Pair: India General Service 1854-95, one clasp “Hazara 1888” correct script engraving to 809 Pte D.Turner 2nd Bn. North'd Fus. and Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, four clasps, “Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal & South Africa 1901” correctly impressed 809 Pte D.Turner, North'd: Fus

VF - EF $985

Single: India General Service 1854-95, 2 clasps, Burma 1885-7, Burma 1887-89, clasp carriage altered to accommodate additional clasp (827 Lce. Corpl. W. Say. 2nd. Bn. R.W. Surr. R.)
$525

Single: India General Service 1854-95, 2 clasps, Burma 1885-7, Burma 1887-89, clasp carriage altered to accommodate additional clasp (827 Lce. Corpl. W. Say. 2nd. Bn. R.W. Surr. R.) 

Edge nicks, nearly very fine $525

Single: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Burma 1887-89 (1664 Pte. J White 2nd. Bn. S. Wales Bord)
$495

Single: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Burma 1887-89 (1664 Pte. J White 2nd. Bn. S. Wales Bord) 

Good very fine $495

 

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL1854 One Clasp; "Burma 1885-7". 2373 Pte. J. Wilson. 1st Bn. Pl. Welsh. Fus.
$425

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL1854 One Clasp; "Burma 1885-7". 2373 Pte. J. Wilson. 1st Bn. Pl. Welsh. Fus.

EF $425

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1854 One clasp: "Burma 1885-7" 1622 Pte D.McEwen. 2nd Bn. R.Scot. Fus.
$450

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1854 One clasp: "Burma 1885-7" 1622 Pte D.McEwen. 2nd Bn. R.Scot. Fus.

 Good VF $450

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL1854 One Clasp; "Burma 1887-9". 1105 Cpl. F. Lee. 1st Bn. Ches. Rgt.
$525

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL1854 One Clasp; "Burma 1887-9". 1105 Cpl. F. Lee. 1st Bn. Ches. Rgt.

VF $525

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1854-95, one clasp "Jowaki 1877-8" impressed naming to 1521 GUNNER C. VERNEY. 13/9th R.A.
$625

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1854-95, one clasp "Jowaki 1877-8" impressed naming to 1521 GUNNER C. VERNEY. 13/9th R.A.

Note: Ex Trevor Bushell Taylor Collection.

 

Scuff marks, otherwise good VF $625

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1854 One Clasp: "Burma 1887- 89". 2812 Corpl.P. Reilly. 2nd.Chesh.Rgt.
$525

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1854 One Clasp: "Burma 1887- 89". 2812 Corpl.P. Reilly. 2nd.Chesh.Rgt.

 Good VF $525

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL1854 One Clasp; "Burma 1889-92". 342 Serjt. T. Wilkins 2nd Bn Devon RGT.
$525

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL1854 One Clasp; "Burma 1889-92". 342 Serjt. T. Wilkins 2nd Bn Devon RGT.

Gd VF $525

Single: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, “WAZIRISTAN 1894-5” to 2804 Pte. T. Glendinning, 2nd Bn. Border Regt.
$625

Single: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, “WAZIRISTAN 1894-5” to 2804 Pte. T. Glendinning, 2nd Bn. Border Regt.

VF $625

SINGLE: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, ” Jowaki 1877-8” correct period naming to 2725 Pte. Joseph Cook, 51st Foot
$675

SINGLE: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, ” Jowaki 1877-8” correct period naming to 2725 Pte. Joseph Cook, 51st Foot

VF $675

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL1854 One Clasp; "Hazara 1891" 1722 Pte. E. Williams. 1st Bn R. Welsh Fus.
$585

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL1854 One Clasp; "Hazara 1891" 1722 Pte. E. Williams. 1st Bn R. Welsh Fus.

Gd VF $585

Single: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Burma 1885-7 (1054 Pte. J. Maisy 2d. Bn. L’pool R.)
$525

Single: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Burma 1885-7 (1054 Pte. J. Maisy 2d. Bn. L’pool R.)

 

Note: J. Maisy is listed as ‘dead’ on the medal roll. Sold with copied medal roll extract (medal issued to ‘Thomas Maisy, Bluebury, Berkshire’)

 

Light Scratches to Queens neck VF $525

Single: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Burma 1885-7 (890 Pte. W. Fell 2d. Bn. L’pool R.)
$485

Single: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Burma 1885-7 (890 Pte. W. Fell 2d. Bn. L’pool R.)

Minor edge nicks, nearly extremely fine $485