A massive 702 pages including nominal roll and index and numerous photos. Neville Browning maintains it is the best book he has done.
Miniatures: Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (A.R.R.C.), G.V.R., silver and enamel, with lady’s bow riband; British War Medal and Victory Medal with M.I.D. oak leaf.Mounted as worn VF $245
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.
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
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
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
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
Single: GSM (GV1) One Clasp; "PALESTINE 1945-48" 14468457 SJT. J. BROWN R. A.
Medal roll shows service with 339 MOV/Lt Bty RA
GSM clasp Malaya 23281842 PTE E A A G STANDEN QUEENS.
Note: Ernest Arthur Alfred George Standen Died 2007
Good VF $165
Single: GSM clasp Palestine 1945-48 impressed to 14922340 SIGMN A. H. CLUTTERBUCK. R. SIGS.
Note: Comes with West Australian Newspaper cut out dated Monday March 11th 2002 detailing “Bert’s” life as a machinist. As a young man growing up in Bristol, he worked on a couple of the first Jet Aircraft, the Gloster Meteor and the Whittle prototype before joining the English Army in WW2. After returning from WW2 he worked for the Bristol Aeroplane Company on the classic Bristol two-litre car before migrating to Western Australia.
Pair: British war and Victory medal impressed to 248434 PTE J. YOUNG. LABOUR CORPS
Note: Further research is required but Young’s medal card shows that this is his full entitlement and that he discharged on the from the Labour Corps
Near EF $70
Pair: British war and Victory medal impressed to 43235 PTE W. S. ROWE. M.G.C.
Note: Further research is required but Rowe’s medal card shows that this is his full entitlement and that he discharged on the from the Machine Gun Corps
Near EF $100
Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to SE-26975 A. J. KEMPSTER VET. CORPS
Note: Private Arthur J. Kempter’s BWM and VM is confirmed as his full entitlement for service with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps in WW1
GD VF $100
Single: Afghanistan medal 1878-80 one clasp "PEIWAR KOTAL" correctly named to 990 PTE J. WILTON 2/8TH REGT.
Note: Roll states " DEAD 26/7/81" 2nd Bn Liverpool Regiment.
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
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
Pair: QUEENS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL 1899 two clasps "Belfast & Defence of Ladysmith", KSA two clasps.5290 PTE H. MARSLAND MANCHESTER REGT
Three: Private A. Amey, Royal West Surrey Regiment India General Service 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Punjab Frontier 1897-98 (3153 Pte. A.Amey 1st. Bn. Ryl. W. Surr: Regt.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek (3153 Pte. A. Amey, Rl. Wt. Surrey Regt.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (3153 Pte. A. Amey. The Queen’s)
Nearly very fine $785
Single : Army Long Service & Good Conduct, George V issue, military bust. Impressed to 2306164 SJT. C. H. THOMPSON R. SIGNALS
WW2 Civilian Registration (British Subjects) Identity Card. Dated 30th March 1942 and filled out in Glenelg to Grace Greene of South Australia. Comes protected in a specially made clear cover pocket holder.
1st Brecknockshire Rifle Volunteers Other Ranks Victorian Period Helmet Plate, good quality example in die stamped white metal of crowned star and laurel pattern, with central circle ‘1st Brecknockshire. R.V’, in the centre the Prince of Wales’s crest and motto and regimental motto, three loop fasteners, very good condition
A scarce Shoulder belt plate overlay to the 12th Regiment being of the type worn by the Regiment at Eureka Stockade in 1854. Complete with all four lugs and in excellent condition.