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Outstanding POW DFC group to a Pathfinder Pilot and member of the Caterpillar Club who according to a newspaper report in 1965 flew an amazing 85 missions including Black Thursday

Six: Distinguished Flying Cross (dated 1944), 1939/45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All campaign medals correctly impressed to 403147 J. H. Nicholls. Along with correct period gold Caterpillar Club badge with red gem eyes engraved ‘F/L J. H. Nicholls DFC

DFC London Gazette date 2nd June 1944

“Numerous attacks on German & French Targets”.

At the time of listing these Flight Lieutenant John Harold Nicholl’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll and various POW websites;

“Johnny” Nicholl’s enlisted into the Royal Australian Air Force in Sydney, NSW on the 9th December 1940.

Posted to the UK Flight Lieutenant Nicholls did nearly all of his operational flying with 97 Sq (including Black Thursday) before moving with “C” flight to form part of the new 635 Squadron at Downham Market, Norfolk.

On the night of the 30/31st March 1944, F/L Nicholls piloting Lancaster JB706 took off on his 35th mission from RAF Downham Market, Norfolk, detailed to bomb Nuremberg (Operation: Nurnberg), but was hit by flak near Westerburg (Rheinland Pfalz, Germany). The aircraft crashed and two of the crew WO Jolley and Flt Sgt Whitehead were killed. The other five parachuted including Nicholls who earnt his Caterpillar Club badge in doing so. Once on the ground all five became Prisoners of War. The plane crashed at Mademühlen (Hessen, Germany), 2 km SW of Driedorf. Taking down the plane plane was also claimed by German night fighter (Felwebel Otto Kutzner, 5./NJG3).

Germany In a POW Report Flt Lt Nicholls stated; “An explosion in the fuselage set fire to the aircraft and damaged the elevator control and trim controls as well as loss of power in three engines. The aircraft was out of control and had commenced a stall spin with smoke issuing from the centre of the aircraft inside the fuselage. I gave the order to abandon but this was not acknowledged because the I/C was U/S. I bailed out at approx. 17,000 feet. There was no crew member injured and no crew member still in the aircraft as far as I know. The aircraft landed in a field 20 miles north east of Coblenz. I was captured 24 hours later by German farmers. I have no information re Jolley or Whitehead.”

Casualty enquiry, 18/01/1946.
“ … Questionnaires completed by F/S Ogilvie and Sgt. Smith on repatriation state that W/O Jolley bailed out but was killed to parachute failure. It was probable that F/S Whitehead did not leave the aircraft and they presumed he was killed on information given by Germans … “.

WO Jolley is buried in the Rheinberg Ware Cemetery, Locality Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Flt Sgt Whitehead is buried in the Hanover War Cemetery.

Fl/Lt Nicholls spent the remainder of the as a Prisoner of War in Stalag Luft L1 Barth Vogelsang before being repatriated in 1945.

Discharged 26th November 1945, “97 Squadron” listed as unit on discharge.

Comes with cased unofficial Bomber Command Medal in case of issue and numbered “4610”.and original group of miniatures with miniature Pathfinders badge 

Good VF SOLD

 

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Four: Mons Star with Clasp, British War, Victory Medal and L. S. G. C. Medal (GV) all correctly impressed to 1814 SDLR (CPL ON PAIR) F. C. FERRIS R.H.A.

Note: Medal index confirms Mons Star and clasp with Frederick Charles Ferris qualifying on the 15th August 1914. Initially uses service number S.R./238 as a member of 158 Siege Battery. Also comes with Fredericks ribbon bar and a prayer book which has address in 1895 as “Officers’ Quarters, Netley, Hants”.

GD-VF SOLD

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Three:  Mons Star (M1-07550 PTE A.B. CRAIG A.S.C.); British War and Victory Medals (M1-07550 CPL A.B. CRAIG A.S.C.).

Note: Medal index confirms Mons Star qualifying on the 4th November 1914 serving as a member of the 5th Motor Ambulance Convoy A.S.C.

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Three: Mons Star, British War and Victory Medals. All medals correctly impressed to 9407 PTE. F. WATSON 2/W. YORK. R.

Note: Medal index confirms Frank Watson’s Mons Star qualifying on the 5th November 1914 serving as a member of the 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Medal card shows service in Malta followed by service in the Royal Defence Corps regimental number 72230.

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Four: 1914/15 Star, British War, Victory Medal and L. S. G. C. Medal (GV) all correctly impressed to 799 DVR. P. CROSBY. R.F.A. (722971 on long service medal).

Note: Medal index confirms Peter Crosby’s medal entitlement with his embarkation date listed as the 1st October 1915 serving in the Royal Field Artillery. Also served under regimental number 697061.

In 1933 recipient was issued a second issue of first world war service medals due to his original set being lost in transit.

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Three: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals. All medals correctly impressed to 10150 PTE. W. BEARDWELL HAMPS: R

Walter Anselm Beardwell’s medal card shows his entry into the war was in the Balkan’s with the Hampshire Regiment on the 5th August 1915. Walter was killed in action on the 28th August 1915 at Gallipoli serving in the 10th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Walter was 35 years old and was the Uncle of the following three brothers.

Pair: British War and Victory Medals. All medals correctly impressed to 395125 PTE. E. A. BEARDWELL 9-LOND. R

Edwin Arthur Beardwell’s medal card shows service with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps, regimental number 51731. The British War and Victory medals are shown as his full entitlement

Pair: British War and Victory Medals. All medals correctly impressed to 241933 PTE. W. H. BEARDWELL E. SURR. R.

William Hunter Beardwell’s medal card shows service with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, regimental number 30215. William was killed in action on the 16th June 1918 in France serving in the 1st/4th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. William is buried in the British Cemetery at Houchin, France. The British War and Victory medals are shown as his full entitlement.

Single:  Victory Medal correctly impressed to T4-037668 DVR. S. J. BEARDWELL A.S.C.

Sidney John Beardwell’s medal card shows his entry into the war was in France on the 5th January 1915. Missing 1914/15 Star and British War Medal.

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Family Grouping;

Three: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals. All medals correctly impressed to 43194 L. CPL E. F. POOLE R.E.

Pair: British War and Victory Medals. All medals correctly impressed to 434567 SPR A. E. POOLE R.E.

Note: Medal card shows Ernest Poole’s embarkation to Egypt with the Royal Engineers as the 15th June 1915 and discharging on the 23rd June 1919.

Arthur Poole’s medal card shows service with the R.A.M.C as part of the Territorial Force, Regimental Number 1785, disembarking 21st March 1919.

GD VF $325

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Family Grouping;

Three: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals. All medals correctly impressed to 61582 SPR. S. J. FULLER R.E.

Pair: British War and Victory Medals. All medals correctly impressed to 70781 GNR. F. W. F. FULLER R.A.

Note: Medal card shows Stanley Fuller’s embarkation to Egypt with the Royal Engineers as the 30th June 1915 and discharging on the 19th June 1919.

Frederick Fuller’s medal card confirms the British War and Victory medals are his full entitlement.

GD VF $325

 

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Three:  1914-15 Star. British War and Victory Medals. All medals correctly impressed to T4-123669 PTE. G. WARD A.S.C.

Note: George Ward attested on the 19th June 1915 for service in the Army Service Corps, before transferring to the Royal Engineers and serving as a Train Conductor (Pioneer Regiment). He transferred to Z Class for demobilisation on 9th March 1919 but before he is discharged his records show he died on the 22nd May 1919; no cause of death given.

George’s service number changes several times and may appear under WR254878 and 153677. Further research required.

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Three: 1914-15 Star; British War and Victory Medals. All medals correctly impressed to M2-048294 PTE G. T. LARKMAN A.S.C.

Note: George Thomas Larkman attested on the 5th February 1915 for service in the Army Service Corps, and served in the Motor Transport section on the Western Front. He was discharged medically unfit on the 23rd May 1918 aged 54.

VF $195

 

 

Three: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals All medals correctly impressed to 86752 PNR. W. K. HOBBS R.E.

Note: Medal card shows William Hobb’s embarkation with the Royal Engineers as the 27th July 1915 for service in the Egyptian theatre of war and discharging on the 11th June 1919.

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Pair: British war and Victory medal impressed to 36178 DVR H. T. MOAKES R.A.

Note: Walter Thomas Moakes’s medal card shows that this is his full entitlement serving with the Royal Field Artillery

VF $100

 

Pair: British war and Victory medal impressed to PO.20019 PTE. S. G. RAISON. RMLI

Note: Sidney George Raison’s medal card shows that this is his full entitlement having enlisted in the Royal Marines, Portsmouth Division on the 19th April 1917.

Comes with Sidney’s personal Communion book, Royal Marines L I hat badge and registered envelope addressed “Mr S, Raison, Cripplestile, Alderholt, Nr. Fordingbridge, Hants.”

VF $115

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Six: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to NX23883 T. C. HEWES

Thomas Charles Hewes enlisted 3rd June 1940 into the Australian Army at Paddington, NSW

Discharged 12TH March 1945

Unit on discharge listed as “2/5TH FLD RGT ARTY”

Good solid service all the way through from the African campaign to the Pacific

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Five: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. War Medal and Australian Service Medal correctly named to 22659 C. A. BERRY. Stars issued un-named and have been privately engraved.

Cyril Alfred Berry initially enlisted in the Australian Army on the 28th February 1938 serving with the 22nd Light Horse (Number 231766) before discharging to enlist in the Navy on the 7th December 1938.

Originally from Tasmania, Cyril served across Australia, including Broome and on many ships, some of which include HMAS Australia, HMAS Brisbane, HMAS Penguin, HMAS Kanimbla, HMAS Assault, HMAS Kuranda, HMAS Ladava, and HMAS Melville. Finally discharging on the 29th June 1958 at the rank of Constable.

Note: Pacific Star has a miniature Burma clasp which is unconfirmed, along with the Africa Star which also has a rosette attached indicating an award of a further clasp (also un-confirmed), further research required.

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Group of Five:1939/45 Star, Pacific Star Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals correctly impressed to NX134662 J. L. WELSH

At the time of listing these medals, Driver Joseph Leo Welsh’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll

Enlisted 10th July 1942 into the Australian Army at Noonamah, NT, having previously served in the militia (Number N160445).

Discharged 22nd July 1946

Unit on discharge listed as “157 Australian General Transport Company”

Note: Further research required

GD VF $275

 

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Group of Four:1939/45 Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals correctly impressed to 25194 J. P. SMYTH

At the time of listing these James Paul Smyth’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;

Enlisted 28th February1942 into the Royal Australian Air Force at Bowen, Qld.

Discharged 10th May 1946

Unit on discharge listed as “2 AIRCRAFT DEPOT”

Note: Medals come with James’s RAAF hat badge and RAAF association badge. Further research required

VF $275

 

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Pair: War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Both medals correctly named to 20646 H. B. MOLONEY

At the time of listing these medals Flight Lieutenant Harold Bernard Moloney’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;

Enlisted 9th January 1941 into the Royal Australian Air Force in Sydney, NSW

Discharged 23rd November 1945

Unit on discharge listed as “4th MEDICAL REHABILITATION UNIT”

Note: The Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (19th October, 1944 number 203) shows Harold was promoted to the Temporary rank of Squadron Leader with effect from the 1st July 1944. Further research required

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Pair: War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Both medals correctly named to N104454 J. H. BURROWS

At the time of listing these medals James Henry’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;

Enlisted 17th May 1941 into the Australian Army at Hay, NSW

Discharged 12th February 1946

Unit on discharge listed as “16th Garrison Battalion”

Note: The 16th Garrison Battalion were responsible for the Hay Internment Camps of which James would have unquestionably been involved. An unusual group to an interesting part of Australia’s history. Further research required

VF $275

 

1939/45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence & War Medals, George VI Jubilee Medal, Territorial Efficiency Medal (GVI) and bar, correctly named 2570052 SIGMN. V. R. PAIN. SIGNALS; and Police Special Constabulary Long Service medal correctly named VICTOR R. PAIN.

Note: Further research required

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Single: Army Long Service & Good Conduct "REGULAR ARMY" George VI issue, DEI GRATIA. Impressed to 6542208 SIGMN W. G. RODEN. R. SIGNALS

Note: Further research required

GD VF $125

 

Three: Defence Medal, War Medal and EII Fire Brigade Long Service Good Conduct Medal correctly named to FIREMAN GARDINER E. WARMAN

 Note: Further research required

 

VF $185