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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

 

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A Great War 1918 ‘Somme’ M.M. awarded to Lance Corporal F. J. A. Bent, 18th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, originally recommended for the D.C.M. for his gallantry at Morlancourt, 19 May 1918, he was subsequently wounded in action, 31 May 1918

Single: Military Medal, G.V.R. impressed to 4512 Pte F. J. A. Bent. 18/Aust: Inf:

 

M.M. London Gazette 7 October 1918. The original recommendation (for a D.C.M.) states:

‘For conspicuous bravery. On reaching the objective in the attack near Morlancourt on the 19th inst. [May], it was found that no machine guns had arrived and this soldier immediately returned across the area which was swept by intense machine gun and rifle fire to a spot where we had suffered most casualties in penetrating the enemy’s wire. On searching the ground, he found a gun of which the gunners had been killed and returned with it to where his platoon was holding the line. He immediately went back again and brought in another gun under similar circumstances. On making a third trip Pte Bent obtained several panniers of machine gun ammunition which had been lost on the way across. His conduct throughout was extremely cool and his bearing inspired the remainder of the men.’

Francis Joseph Arthur Bent was born in Wangaratta, Victoria in 1884. A printer by trade, he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Melbourne, 10 October 1916. Bent was initially posted for service with the 29th Australian Infantry Battalion, and then to the 61st in July 1917.

Bent transferred to the 18th Australian Infantry Battalion, 13 October 1917, and served with them in the French theatre of war from 9 April 1918. The following month he distinguished himself at Moralncourt, and was wounded in action, 31 May 1918. Bent advanced to Lance Corporal in October 1918, and returned to Australia in April 1919. He was discharged in July 1919.

 

VF $2250

 

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A Great War 1918 ‘Western Front’ M.M. awarded to Corporal A. L. Fraser, 60th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, for his repeated gallantry during a night raid on July Farm, east of Wytschaete, 13/14 March 1918. He was wounded in action on the Western Front, 2 September 1918

Single; Military Medal, G.V.R. impressed to 1940 Cpl A. L. Fraser. 60/Aust: Inf:

 

M.M. London Gazette 25 April 1918. The original recommendation states:


‘For conspicuous bravery and initiative during a raid on July Farm, east of Wytschaete, on the night of the 13th/14th March 1918. This NCO accompanied Lieutenant John Charles Moore [M.C. and Bar, M.M.] and helped him to get the men into position. When the barrage lifted, he was one of the first to enter the enemy’s position and received the prisoners from Lieutenant Moore. During the whole action he showed a daring and disregard for his own personal safety which was a distinct encouragement to his men and of great assistance to Lieutenant Moore. He stayed behind with Lieutenant Moore and helped this officer to carry in a wounded man under heavy machine gun fire. His work in helping with the organisation of the party and in the training previous to the raid went far to ensure its ultimate success. Strength of raiding party - one officer and twenty other ranks.’

Albert Leopold Fraser was born in Bendigo, Victoria in 1896. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Melbourne, 15 January 1915. Fraser served with the 8th Australian Infantry Battalion in Gallipoli, and was evacuated to hospital with frostbite, 8 December 1915. He transferred to the 60th Australian Infantry Battalion in July 1916, and served with them in the French theatre of war from that month.

Fraser advanced to Corporal in February 1917, and was awarded the M.M. for his gallantry at July Farm, east of Wytschaete, Ypres, 13/14 March 1918. He was wounded in action, 2 September 1918. Fraser returned to Australia in December 1918, and was discharged in January 1919.

 

Suspension claw re-pinned, nearly very fine $2000

 

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: Sutlej Medal for Aliwal 1846 with clasp “Sobraon”. Correct period naming to CHAS ROBERTS 16TH LANCERS.

Charles Roberts enlisted 13th January 1825 in Reading, Sussex to the 59th Foot (also shown as 52nd), Regimental number 1638 at the age of 15 year and 2 months

 

Volunteered on the 18th December 1828 to serve with the 16th Dragoons

 

Transferred to the 3rd Light Dragoons 1st April 1846 30th September 1848

 

Medically discharged unfit in 1848 at 43 years of age due to injuries sustained whilst in the saddle having served a total of 22 years and 11 months including the campaign in Afghanistan in 1838-39 at the assault and capture of Ghuznee, the action at Maharajpoor in 1843 and Aliwal and Sobraon in 1846. Comes with service docs.

 The 16th Lancers were made famous for their charge at Aliwal completely routing the Sikh squares something the French were unable to do against the British Squares at Waterloo

 
  Contact wear Good Fine SOLD

 

 

 

Single: King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps 358 SJT. J. E. DAVIES, KIMB; VOL; REGT;

Medal Roll shows entitled to Queens South Africa medal with clasps “Defence of Kimberley, Orange Free State and Transvaal”. Discharged at own request 12th February 1903.

Near EF $155

 

 

TRIO: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 185 PTE P SWEENEY 3 BN AIF

 

Prior service listed as “Cape Mounted Rifles” (no medal entitlement)

 

Patrick Sweeney enlisted on the 17th of August 1914 Randwick NSW into the 3rd Battalion AIF

 

Embarked for the Middle East on the 20th October 1914

 

Gallipoli service from 25th April 1915 with B company on pioneer duties near Plugge’s Pateau. Later to the trenches near Owen’s Gully and Lone Pine as acting Sergeant.

 

WIA: August 1915 “struck in the head by a lump of earth thrown by a shell on Gallipoli”. Which leads to enteric fever, infection and deafness to his left ear.

 

Evacuated to Cairo per Hospital ship “Salta” 5th September 1915

 

Discharged NSW Medically unfit August 1916

 

VF $975

 

 

FOUR: 1914/15 Star, British War, Victory Medal and 1939/45 War medal. All correctly impressed to 1402 PTE J. F. NEUMANN 9/BN AIF (“Q141362” on 1939/45 War Medal)

 

Joseph Ferdinand Neumann embarked from Brisbane on the 13th February 1915 with the 2nd Reinforcements 9th Battalion AIF

 

RTA; 25TH May 1915 for medical reasons discharging on the 4th October 1915 “services no longer required”.

 

WW2 enlisted at Indooroopilly, QLD on the 22nd April 1942 to number 1 Garrison Battalion discharging on the 14th November later that year.

 

Note: Unfortunately, no further information is given to his injury and his full file is missing requiring further research..

 

VF $750

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Stoker Petty Officer J. S. Andrews, Royal Navy, who was serving in H.M.A.S. Encounter when she became the first Australian Naval Vessel to fire a shot in anger, on 14 September 1914

 

Four: 1914-15 Star (S.S. 109965 J. S. Andrews. Act. L. Sto., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (S.S.109965 J. S. Andrews. S.P.O. R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 2nd issue, fixed suspension (K.58497 J. S. Andrews S.P.O. H.M.S. Victory.)

 

Joseph Sidney Andrews, a labourer from Hull, Yorkshire was born on 6 March 1891. Enlisting in the Royal Navy on 13 July 1910, his Great War service included service in H.M.A.S. Encounter, a ship that was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy, on the Pacific Station, until May 1917, and he was serving in her when Encounter became the first Australian ship to fire a shot in anger, at Toma Ridge, New Guinea on 14 September 1914. Promoted Stoker Petty Officer on 1 March 1918, he was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 3rd October 1925, and was invalided from the service due to general paresis on 23 November 1931.

 

Mounted as worn, contact marks, nearly very fine SOLD

 

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TRIO: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 14712 PTE J PARKER R. FUS.

 

Date of entry into theatre of war listed as 25th April 1915, Gallipoli

 

John Thomas Parker “A” Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, listed as having died at sea on the 19TH August 1915. Dysentery listed as cause.

 

Commemorated at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

 

VF $275

TRIO: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medal, all medals correctly impressed to 11844 PTE E. G. ADAMS L’POOL R.

 

Ernest George Adams 1st Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool regiment) date of death listed as the 14TH May 1915. “Fever” listed as cause of death.

 

Buried Wimereux Communal Cemetery. Located at Pas de Calais, France

 

VF $245

 

Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 2817 2 A. M. L. C. DADSWELL AFC AIF

Lewis Charles Dadswell embarked 12th September 1916 with the 20th reinforcements 8th Light Horse for Alexandria

Taken on strength of the 68th Aust. Squadron Royal Flying Corps on the 24th of December 1916 listed as 2nd Air Mechanic, Alexandria.

Embarked for Southampton January 1917 for training

Proceeded overseas for France with the 68th Squadron 21st September 1917

New designation from 68th Squadron to 2nd Squadron Australian Flying Corps 18th January 1918 (France)

Stayed in the field in France until returning to the UK on the 4th March 1919.

Returned to Australia, discharging in the 5th Military District in July 1919.address listed as Fitzgerald Street, North Perth, WA.

VF $750

 

 

Reverend Bradley middle row, third from the right

Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to HON CAPT J L BRADLEY

John Leo Bradley, born September 14th 1886 in Ashbourne Derbyshire joined CEF embarking from Montreal for overseas service on the 8th July 1916.

Posted to 238th Bn (Forestry) 2nd October 1916 France

3rd February 1917 taken on strength “D. of C. Hp.” as Roman Catholic Chaplain. followed by postings at various casualty clearing stations, the 5th Can. Div, Artillery Brigade, Witley Camp then 4th Can. Div Artillery Brigade.

Transferred to Imperial Chaplains Services, C. Gen. Depot. S’cliffe on the 5th August 1918

Research shows post war service in the Canadian Militia, Ottawa, Ontario.

Note: Comes with original Canadian Chaplin’s badge and research suggesting that Reverend Bradley was reverend to King George VI. The ribbon at the end of his medal group represents the “Royal Warrant Holders Association Medal” and further supports this. Further research is required to ascertain the relationship with King George VI.

VF $550

 

 

Trio: British war medal, Mercantile Marine and 1935 Jubilee Medal. First two impressed to MARY MC FARLANE. Jubilee un-named as issued

Mary McFarlane was born in Kennington in 1880

Medals confirmed and issued 26th August 1919 and sent to 86 Thrush St, Walworth SE17

Note: Jubilee medal comes in box with female bow ribbon. Rare Female grouping.

VF SOLD

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Trio: British war medal, Defence Medal and Italian War Medal impressed to REV. P. N. MAITLAND

Reverend Peregrine Neave Maitland born 2nd November 1884, educated at Harrow School, Harrow, London and Trinity Hall, Cambridge University

Awarded British War Medal (Civilian List Rol 101/A) Page 20. Theatre of War first served in France, 9/1917

 

The following extract referring to Reverend Maitland’s WW2 activity was taken from the following website and would support the issue of his Defence Medal

 

www.coleshillhouse.com/specialdutiesbranch/bradwell-sd-out-station.php

 

“The only information currently available comes from a 1944 map of the Special Duties network. This shows an outstation in the vicinity of Bradwell-on-Sea. It is likely that the set was in or around the village itself as the land is extremely flat and the village is the highest point in the surrounding area. Even today the area is relatively sparsely populated

 

Doctors and the clergy were picked as wireless operators and with the church tower of St Thomas's being the highest structure in the area, it may be that the Reverend Peregrine Neave Maitland was involved. He had moved from Loughton in April 1940, his former parishioners giving him a 10hp car as a leaving gift. He had served in France during the First World War with the Church Army.”

Peregrine Neave Maitland Rector of Loughton, Essex died in 1954.

Note: Italian WW1 War medal unconfirmed. Comes with original period miniatures

VF SOLD

 

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Six: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to NX16377 R. G. FLANNERY

Richard Gerard Flannery enlisted 22ND May 1940 into the Australian Army at Paddington, residing at Woollahra, NSW

Injury prior to embarkation in Bathurst whilst on leave described as “wantonly attacked by an unknown civilian, frac nose”

Embarked 14th November 1940 for the Middle East with the 2/6th Field Regiment

15th November 1941 records show promotion to A/Sgt with a clear line marked through

RTA on the 23rd March 1942

13th June 1942 Gnr Flannery was charged with negligently drove an army vehicle. This charge was over turned by his commanding officer.

Embarked for the Pacific 6th September 1942

“At approx. 0930 on 28.2.43 at the position of C Tp, 12th Fd Bty, 2/6 Fd Regt, south of Gona. The pistol was a regulation U.S. Army pattern and was in the possession of NX65742 Gnr Pinnington D. M. at the time of the accident. Two shots were fired from the pistol.” Resulting in Gun Shot Wounds to Gnr Flannery’s right flank and liver.

Returned to Australia and subsequently discharged on the 12TH January 1944 as Medically unfit

VF SOLD

 

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Five: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to VX134772 E. A. ILIFF

Ernest Andrew Iliff enlisted 23rd April1940 into the Australian Army Part Time Militia at Noble Park in Victoria number V65409

Transferring to the full-time army on the 29th April 1941 posted to the 6th Field Ambulance, Mount Martha as a Driver.

Left Darwin on the 12th March 1942 with the 17th Field Ambulance during the Japanese Air Raids

Attached to 121st Australian General Hospital, Katherine 4th February 1943

Embarked Townsville for Lae and operations in New Guinea 12th May 1944

To Wau 6th June 1944

Embarked Lae for Treasury Island 10th October 1944

Sick with knee injury 24th October 1944 which ultimately returns him to Australia and medically downgraded

Discharged 5TH November 1945. Unit on discharge listed as “17TH FIELD AMBULANCE”

VF + $345

 

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Single; Efficiency Medal, G.V.R., Territorial correctly named to 750767 Gnr. J. D. Mc Neil. R.A.

 

J. D. McNeil was awarded his Efficiency Medal per Army Order 33 on 28 February 1937.

 

Minor edge bruise, nearly extremely fine SOLD

 

 

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SINGLE; General Service Medal 1962-2007 clasp Malay Peninsula (23782257 L/Cpl/ J. S. Fish. RE.)

Comes in named card box of issue with original envelope addressed to ‘Mr. J. S. Fish, 5 Duckmanton Road, Duckmanton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire’.

extremely fine $125

 

Photo from vietnamwar.govt/nz

Four: Queens Korea, United Nations Korea (rank “GNR” on Korean war medals), Vietnam Medal and Vietnam Star to 208472 BDR W. C. F. Browne RNZA with all medals correctly named

 

William Campbell Franklin Browne born 8th September 1930 Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

 

Joined the New Zealand Artillery initially serving in Korea in 1952-53 rising to the rank of Bombardier

 

Further overseas service in Vietnam shown on ID as commencing from 11th January 1966 with 161 Battery

 

Comes with Original Vietnam Military Drivers ID (with photo). Vietnam travellers warning brochure and his soldiers pay book of which a lot of the above information came from. Rare combination for New Zealand and seldom seen on the market.

 

Good VF $1685

 

Pair: Vietnam Medal and Vietnam Star with 1960- clasp. The Vietnam medal is correctly impressed to 18821 K. J. Pardella and the Vietnam Star is correctly engraved.

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.

VF $575

 

 

Pair: Vietnam Medal and Vietnam Star with 1960- clasp. The Vietnam medal is correctly impressed to 61788 G. W. LEWIS and the Vietnam Star is correctly engraved. Both medals stamped “D” for Official Government Duplicate issue.

Gary William Lewis was born in Hobart, Tasmania and served with the 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in Vietnam from 5th December 1967 to 1st October 1968.

VF $325

 

Single: Gulf War Medal 1990 - 1991 correctly impressed to SG N I BADEA SP.MIL.CHR.100

Sg = Sergeant, N. I. Badea = Name, Sp. Mil. Chir. (Spital Militar Campanie) = Military Campaign Hospital, 100 = Unit designation=100th surgical military hospital.

Awarded to members of the 100th Romanian Surgical Military Hospital – who participated in the “GRANBY” operation lead by the British, as part of the Multinational Force in the Persian Gulf (The International Coalition against Iraq), In accordance with parliamentary approval, the hospital campaign no. 100, had a capacity of 100 beds, with a staff of 363 active military personnel. They had their own defensive force made up of Romanian Parachute troops. The hospital provided medical assistance to British troops engaged in humanitarian operations and missions (for war prisoners and civilians). This was the first time a nation from the former Soviet Bloc had fought alongside NATO. Rare unit.

Mounted as worn, VF $485