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Single: Military Medal, G.V.R.  correctly impressed to 1947 Gnr: F. Nicholas. 101/How: By: 1/Bde: Aust: F.A.

 

M.M. London Gazette 12 June 1918. The original recommendation (jointly listed with Gunners A. E. Schmidt and A. Woodington) states:


‘For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the night of 17th/18th March 1918, when during a heavy hostile gas and high explosive bombardment of the battery near Norfolk Bridge on the Ypres-Comines Canal, North East of St. Eloi, a gun pit was ignited by an enemy shell and severe damage was threatened. Under great difficulties these gunners extinguished the burning pit, with the result that the gun was only temporarily out of action and the loss of ammunition minimised.’


Frank Nicholas was born in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 24 August 1915. Nicholas was posted to the 1st Light Horse Regiment in March 1916, and transferred as a Signaller to the Australian Artillery in May of the same year. He served with the 101st Howitzer Battery, 1st Field Artillery Brigade in the French theatre of war from December 1916.

The following year Nicholas suffered from Trench Feet and Rheumatic Fever, before recovering to distinguish himself in action near St. Eloi, Ypres, 17/18 March 1918. Nicholas was severely gassed during the action, and returned to Australia in October 1918.

Nicholas was discharged in May 1919, and in later life resided in Bendigo, Victoria.

 

Nearly very fine $1850

 

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Four: Crimea 1854-56, clasp, "Sebastopol" Depot impressed to 2495 * WILLIAM * BRYAN * 34TH * REGT *, Indian Mutiny Medal impressedWm BRYAN, 34TH REGT, Army L.S. & G.C., (V.R. 3rd type), impressed 2495 SERGT Wm BRYAN, 34TH FOOT. and a un-named Turkish Crimea 1855 medal, Sardinian issue.

 

Note: William Bryan was born in Clarendon, near Hurley, Warwicks. He enlisted on the 27th July 1845 at Coventry aged19. Depot Rolls for the 34th Foot (WO67) show “2495 Private Bryan, William; - Severe Wound, 1st Attack on the Redan 18th June 1855 Crimean War”. Discharged 15th August 1871,

 

Comes with research. A superb long service, Crimean Casualty and Mutiny group

 

Good VF $1650

 

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Single: Kabul to Kandahar Star 1880 un-named as issued

 

Good VF $525

 

Single: Khedive’s Star 1882 un-named as issued

 

 

VF $195

 

Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 2417 PTE. C. McCARTHY 11/BN AIF.

Charles McCarthy enlisted on the 10th May 1915 in to the 11th Bn A.I.F.

Taken on strength 7th Reinforcements 11 Battalion at the Dardanelles on the 4th August 1915

11th November 1915 leaves Gallipoli Peninsula due to Dysentery

18th November 1916 whilst meant to be recovering in London Charles is arrested for AWOL and being out of uniform. He is awarded 12 months in prison hard labour.

Sentence reduced to 6 months and in June 1917 Charles was back on the frontline with the 11th Battalion where he stayed until the end of the war.

RTA: 27th April 1919 Discharging 5:M.D in June that year.

 

VF+ $785

 

 

 

Three: 1914-15 Star (11784 Pte. J. Briggs. Shrops: L.I.); British War and Victory Medals (11784 Pte. J. Briggs. Shrops. L.I.)

 

Private J. Briggs, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

GD VF$195

 

 

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 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

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Pair: British War and Victory Medals (736249 L. Cpl. H. Herbert. 50-Can. Inf.)

Lance-Corporal H. Herbert, 50th Canadian Infantry

VF $150

 

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Group of Four:1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals correctly impressed to NX70781 H M HORDERN

Henry Hordern enlisted into the Australian Army in NSW on the 10th February 1941 and it wasn’t long before Henry was chosen for an Officers training course where only three were selected, Henry was chosen along with Bill McMahon (Later Australian Prime Minister) who Henry had become friends with.

Two weeks later the now Lieutenant Hordern was offered and accepted the position of ADC to General Lloyd who was commanding the Second Division Militia.

Six months later Henry was offered a position now with the AIF as assistant to the Deputy Assistant Adjutant General (DAAG) responsible for all administration of the Eighth Division.

Months later when the decision was made that a Brigade would move to Singapore with General Bennet and some of his senior staff, Henry was made DAAG still surprisingly with rank of Lieutenant.

About a week before the Japanese invaded Malaysia a vacancy occurred for the Adjutant of No 1 Company AASC, with a compliment of 700 men of which Henry filled.

When Singapore fell Henry was taken POW and sent to Changi camp. In his brief autobiography Henry states that he does not want to go on about how they were treated in camp as he states it is “well documented in the many books which have been published”. He does however mention a few stories of other soldiers’ survival against execution. This then leads on to Henry telling a few of the more severe beatings he took whilst POW.

Henry does try to focus in on the few good moments he had whilst a prisoner, including times like when he taught Alexander Downer (senior) in cost accounting. His short Autobiography tells of many interesting personal moments of his or those close to him giving the reader a good insight into an amazing man.

When hostilities ceased Henry along with the most ill POW’s were quickly placed on a ship bound for home. Due to high seas and the believe that many would not make the trip they were soon sent to North Borneo where an Australian hospital was set up. This was Henry’s home for the next two months before being sent home and Discharging on the 22nd November 1945.

Post war with the occupation as a Chartered Accountant, Henry was Assistant Registrar at the University of Tasmania prior to taking up his appointment as General Registrar of the institute on the 5th February 1968.

Mr Hordern ended his career with the following post nominals; “A.C.A., F.C.I.S., A.I.B.A., A.F.A.I.M., L.H.A.”

Note: Medals comes with two photos of recipient and a seven page autobiography of his war experiences by Lieutenant Henry Malcolm Lothrop Hordern. Also included is a copy of “Googlyman” The story of HV ‘Ranji’ Hordern numbered 2 of 300 by Rick Smith and dedicated to Henry by the author in honour of Henry’s father whom the book is about. Henry’s father, Herbert Vivian Hordern is considered Australia’s father of Leg Spin Bowling which some credit his skills far superior than that of modern-day bowler Shane Warne. The iconic Hordern Pavilion in Moore Park Sydney, NSW is named after him which further reinforces how high he is thought of. The book is undoubtably extremely rare and a great family addition to an already amazing group.

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Near EF UNDER OFFER

 

Family Group:


Three: 1914-15 Star (Pte. T. E. J. Johnson 87th Infantry); British War and bilingual Victory Medals (Cpl T. E. Johnson. 7th S.A.I.)

Corporal T. E. Johnson, South African Infantry

Pair: War Medal 1939-45; Africa Service Medal, both officially impressed ‘329223 T. G. Johnson’,

T. G. Johnson, South African Forces

Both Groups VF $250

 

Pair: War Medal and African Service Medal. Both medals correctly named to 80708 A. J. BEKKER

 

Note: Further research required

VF $75

 

 

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.

VF $175

 

 

GSM clasp Malaya impressed to 2/410772 F. A WETHERED.

  

Frederick Arthur Wethered was born at Marrickville, NSW in 1936. He joined the Australian Army in June 1956 aged 19 and was initially posted to 4 RAR.

 

Private Wethered saw overseas service in Malaya with the 3rd Royal Australian Regiment from 25th September 1957 to 24th May 1959 (a total of 607 days overseas)

 

Discharged Balmain, NSW 11th June 1959 on expiration of period for which engaged

 

Note: Comes with photo of recipient, along with a copy of his full service record (40 pages).

VF SOLD

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Pair: Australian Defence Medal named O510027 J C CRAIG and Anniversary of National Service Medal to 549137 J C CRAIG with both medals correctly named.

 

Note: The “O’ in front of his service number denotes an Officer and are seldom seen on the market.

 

 

VF $385

 

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Pair: Rhodesian General Service Medal and Zimbabwe Independence Medal. GSM correctly impressed 645847 TPR N. DENHERE. Independence Medal numbered 17047

 

Comes with wings attached to medals, along with Laminated Certificate of Service with the Selous Scouts of the Rhodesian Army.

 

Note: a period roll titled “Secret” notes rank as Corporal with 9 Tp, 26th March 1979.

 

A very nice and desirable group to an original Selous Scout.

 

VF SOLD

 

 

A superb BRITISH ARMY ALBUM containing working music box with key circa 1890. Thick cushioned leather binding done in Germany despite being printed in England. The Album contains 12 Chromolithograph plates of famous battle scenes by Captain Bunnett. Over all very good condition with only a few tears to the insert and the glass cover for the music box having separated (but present). Leather covers present well.

 

Overall good condition $685