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Three: Conspicuous Service Medal (James Rodney Richards), Defence Long Service Medal and Australian Defence Medal (8087211 J R Richards) all correctly named.

2007 Queen’s Birthday Honours List Royal Australian Navy;

Chief Petty Officer James Rodney Richards, CSM: “For outstanding service as the Operational Surveillance Branch Electronic Intelligence Manager in the Joint Operations Intelligence Centre Australia.”

“Chief Petty Officer Richards has displayed superior technical skills in the development and use of electronic intelligence in support of Australian Defence Force and Customs/Coastwatch operations in the Southern Ocean (Operations CELESTE, MISTRAL and RESOLUTE) since 2011. His dynamic leadership and inspired training efforts have created an elite and dedicated surveillance team and shaped the future of the regional surveillance operations. They will have a lasting, positive effect on future generations. His outstanding professionalism and devotion to duty have significantly enhanced the profile of Australia’s Defence Intelligence community in the eyes of our closest allies.”

Operation Resolute has been the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to patrolling Australia’s borders and offshore interests since 2006. The Operation RESOLUTE Area of Operations covers approximately 10% of the world’s surface. Up to 500 ADF personnel are assigned to Operation RESOLUTE.

Comes with CSM box of issue, bullion uniform insignia and miniatures.

Extremely rare to see a group of this nature to become available.

Near EF $2850



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

 Good very fine $395



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


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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


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Single: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Persia (1st Lieut. G. M. Duncan, Bombay Engrs.) with named card box of issue and Daguerreotype photo of recipient.

George Munro Duncan born 23rd June 1831 son of Alexander Duncan Surgeon of the Bombay Medical Establishment. Whilst at Kensington Proprietary Grammar School he won the prize to enter into a military cadetship with the East India Company and enlisted on the 3rd January 1849. George rose to the rank of 2nd Captain in the Bombay Engineers within 10 years of service. Sadly, it was whilst serving in India on the 27th November 1859, aged 27 that George died of disease.

Only 12 medals issued to the unit.

Single: Indian Mutiny 1857-59, no clasp (Capt P. H. Dun, 33rd Madras N. L.) with named card box of issue.

Major Percy Henderson Dun was born on September 17th 1829, in India. Commissioned as Ensign on the 13th December 1846. Employed on Field Service with the Kamp tee movable column in the Saugor and Nerbudda Territories and Rathore District from 15th December 1857 to 30th April 1858 and was present at an affair of Patanang Khonee Pajs. Finally serving as Commissioner in Nahore in 1859.  Married to Kathrine Eliza Jean Duncan (Brother of George Munro Duncan) and they had six children together. He died on March 3, 1898, in Sydney, Australia, at the age of 68

Single: British War Medal (53529 A=Cpl C. W. S. Dun. 55 Bn A.I.F.) 

Charles William Sutherland Dun educated at Sydney Grammar School before enlisting on 22nd October 1917 into the 3rd NSW General Service Reinforcements for UK. Charles sailed 8th May 1918 and joined the 55th Battalion in France on the 14th of November and served till demobilisation, Returning to Australia on the 25th March 1919.

This Family grouping comes with too much original ephemera to mention it all including items to nurses and various other members of the family from NSW. A great “untouched” family archive with an early NSW history.

Generally good very fine or better SOLD


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Three: Able Seaman H. Cooper, Royal Navy

Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, undated reverse, 1 clasp, Suakin 1885 (H. Cooper, Ord. H.M.S. Humber); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., V.R., narrow suspension (Henry Cooper, A.B., H.M.S. Alexandra); Khedive’s Star 1884-6, unnamed as issued.


Approximately 100 clasps issued to men from H.M.S. Humber forming part of the Naval Brigade.


Pitting overall, therefore nearly very fine $785

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Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Defence of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Laing’s Nek, Belfast (2462, Sq. S. Maj. W. J. Fatt, 19/Hrs.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (2462, Serjt. W. J. Fatt. 19th. Hussars).

Good Very Fine $595



Four: Private W. F. Taylor, Northamptonshire Regiment

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 2 clasps, Transvaal, South Africa 1902 (6322 Pte W. Taylor. N’Hampton Regttop lugs filled with retaining rod; 1914 Star (6322 Pte W. F. Taylor. 1/North’n R.); British War and Victory Medals (6322 Pte W. F. Taylor. North’n. R.) 


William Taylor served during the Great War with the Northamptonshire Regiment in the French theatre of war from 12 September 1914. He subsequently served with the Norfolk Regiment and the Northumberland Fusiliers.


Edge bruise to first, otherwise generally very fine or better $585



ThreePrivate 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