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Single; Military Medal, G.V.R. impressed to 6802 Pte F. B. O’Donnell 3/Aust. Inf.
$2,350

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

Four: 1914-15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, MSM G.V.R. 57 WO1 R. J. Hogan AAPC.
$2,500

Four: 1914-15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, MSM G.V.R. 57 WO1 R. J. Hogan AAPC.

Enlisted 1st Brigade Ammunition Column then transferred to the AAPC. He was Field Cashier for the 5th Division. Qualified for 1914 leave.

MSM: London Gazette 18.1.19

VF $2500   

Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (A.R.R.C.), E.II.R., silver and enamel, no date on reverse in typical gilt embossed case with no maker’s mark.
$385

Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (A.R.R.C.), E.II.R., silver and enamel, no date on reverse in typical gilt embossed case with no maker’s mark.

EF $385

Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (A.R.R.C.), G.VI.R. 1st issue, silver and enamel, reverse dated ‘1943’, on lady’s bow riband, in Garrard, London, case of issue.
$365

Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (A.R.R.C.), G.VI.R. 1st issue, silver and enamel, reverse dated ‘1943’, on lady’s bow riband, in Garrard, London, case of issue.

VF $365

Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (A.R.R.C.), G.V.R., silver and enamel, unnamed as issued, on lady’s bow riband, in Garrard, London, case of issue.
$350

Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (A.R.R.C.), G.V.R., silver and enamel, unnamed as issued, on lady’s bow riband, in Garrard, London, case of issue.

Gd VF $350

Royal Red Cross, 1st Class (R.R.C.), G.V.R., silver-gilt, gold, and enamel, on lady’s bow riband, in Garrard, London, case of issue.
$750

Royal Red Cross, 1st Class (R.R.C.), G.V.R., silver-gilt, gold, and enamel, on lady’s bow riband, in Garrard, London, case of issue.

 EF $750

Five: 1939-45 & Africa Stars, Defence, War & Australian Service Medals. ALL impressed. SX1984 R. E. Williams 2/10 Infantry Battalion. Comes with an engraved Tobruk Medal.
$725

Five: 1939-45 & Africa Stars, Defence, War & Australian Service Medals. ALL impressed. SX1984 R. E. Williams 2/10 Infantry Battalion. Comes with an engraved Tobruk Medal.

Wounded in Action at Tobruk 6 May 1941, Served in the post War period twice.

Gd VF $725

Eight: MBE (type 2) Military, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with 8th Army clasp & Pacific Stars
$0

Eight: MBE (type 2) Military, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with 8th Army clasp & Pacific Stars (all appear to be period private engraving), Defense Medal, War Medal with MID, Australian Service Medal (all 3 impressed), Efficiency Medal “Australia” (G.VI.R.) with TWO CLASPS.   NX13879 J. W. Fyfe 2/13 BN. WO1.

Comes with two named unofficial medals being Tobruk & BECOF

MID: London Gazette 6.3.47 Exceptional Service in the field in SWP Area.   

MBE: Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 10.1.52.

Photos of Ming the Merciless Jim Fyfe in unit history Bayonets Abroad.

Only 140 two bar Efficiency bars awarded. A cracking senior NCO to a famous Battalion.

VF ON HOLD 

9TH WELLINGTON EAST COAST MOUNTED RIFLES COLLAR BADGE
$45
9TH WELLINGTON EAST COAST MOUNTED RIFLES COLLAR BADGE 

E1 - 1st BATTALION (WESTERN ONTARIO) CAP BADGE
$210
E1 - 1st BATTALION (WESTERN ONTARIO) CAP BADGE


E-2 2nd BATTALION (EASTERN ONTARIO) CAP BADGE
$90
E-2 2nd BATTALION (EASTERN ONTARIO) CAP BADGE

E-6 6th BATTALION (FORT GARY HORSE) CAP BADGE
$95

E-6 6th BATTALION (FORT GARY HORSE) CAP BADGE


E10 -10th BATTALION (CALGARY, ALBERTA) CAP BADGE
$120
E10 -10th BATTALION (CALGARY, ALBERTA) CAP BADGE 

E12 - 12th BATTALION (MARITIMES) CAP BADGE
$90
E12 - 12th BATTALION (MARITIMES) CAP BADGE

E26 - 26th BATTALION, (NEW BRUNSWICK) CAP BADGE (TIFTAFT MARKED)
$85
E26 - 26th BATTALION, (NEW BRUNSWICK) CAP BADGE (TIFTAFT MARKED) 

E31 - 31st BATTALION (CALGARY, ALBERTA) CAP BADGE (TIFTAFT MARKED)
$110

E31 - 31st BATTALION (CALGARY, ALBERTA) CAP BADGE (TIFTAFT MARKED)


E37 - 37th BATTALION (TORONTO) CAP BADGE(TIFTAFT MARKED)
$85
E37 - 37th BATTALION (TORONTO) CAP BADGE  (TIFTAFT MARKED)


E50 - 50th BATTALION (CALGARY, ALBERTA) CAP BADGE
$90
E50 - 50th BATTALION (CALGARY, ALBERTA) CAP BADGE 


E54 - 54th BATTALION (KOOTENAY, B.C.) CAP BADGE
$110
E54 - 54th BATTALION (KOOTENAY, B.C.) CAP BADGE


E58 - 58th BATTALION COLLAR BADGE
$40
E58 - 58th BATTALION COLLAR BADGE

E89 - 89th BATTALION (CALGARY, ALBERTA) CAP BADGE
$90
E89 - 89th BATTALION (CALGARY, ALBERTA) CAP BADGE


E144 - 144th BATTALION (WINNIPEG) CAP BADGE
$100
E144 - 144th BATTALION (WINNIPEG) CAP BADGE


PAIR OF AUSTRALIAN ARMY INTELLIGENCE CORPS SHOULDER FLASHES
$30
PAIR OF AUSTRALIAN ARMY INTELLIGENCE CORPS SHOULDER FLASHES

$30
New South Wales Helmet Plate 1880-1900 Whitemetal 101mm (three lugs)
$650

New South Wales

Helmet Plate 1880-1900

Whitemetal 101mm (three lugs)

$650