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A Great War 1918 ‘Somme’ M.M. group of four awarded to Private F. Whitehead, 29th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, a veteran of Gallipoli, he went on to distinguish himself at Morlancourt - going out in the night to rescue a wounded N.C.O. from no man’s land, despite seeing three men attempt the same thing and all become casualties

Four: Military Medal, G.V.R. (454 Pte. F. Whitehead. 29/Aust: Inf:); 1914-15 Star (454 Dvr. F. Whithead 1/A.S.C. A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medals (454 Dvr. F. Whithead. A.S.C. A.I.F.)

 

M.M. London Gazette 11 December 1918. The original recommendation states:

‘Morlancourt, on the night of 28th/29th July 1918. This soldier was a Coy. stretcher bearer. A Sergeant was lying wounded in ‘no man’s land’ and after three men had become casualties in the attempt to get the wounded N.C.O. in, Pte. Whitehead immediately volunteered and was successful in bringing the wounded N.C.O. in under heavy shell and M.G. fire. All through the attack and afterwards he worked on in ‘no man’s land’, brining in wounded under heavy enemy shell fire.’


Fred Whitehead was born in Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia in 1894. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 27 August 1914, and was posted to the Australian Army Service Corps. Whitehead served with the Corps in Gallipoli prior to serving in the French theatre of war from 1916. He transferred to the 29th Australian Infantry Battalion in February 1918, and distinguished himself whilst serving with the Battalion on the Somme in July 1918. The incident is recorded in Black and Gold - History of the 29th Battalion, 1915-1918, by R. J. Slaugh.

Whitehead returned to Australia in November 1918, and was discharged in March of the following year. He died in December 1961.

 

Mounted for display, very fine $4250

 

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Single: India General Service 1854-95, 2 clasps, Burma 1885-7, Burma 1887-89, clasp carriage altered to accommodate additional clasp (827 Lce. Corpl. W. Say. 2nd. Bn. R.W. Surr. R.) 

Edge nicks, nearly very fine $525

 

 

Single: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Burma 1887-89 (1664 Pte. J White 2nd. Bn. S. Wales Bord) 

Good very fine $495

 

 

Pair: Afghanistan 1878-80, 2 clasps, Ahmed Khel, Kandahar (1263 Pte. G. Blackmore, 2/60th Foot); Kabul to Kandahar Star 1880 (1263 Private Geo: Blackmore 2/60 Foot) 

 

George Blackmore was born in Lambeth, south London, and enlisted for 12 years service with the 60th Rifles, and was posted to the 3rd Battalion at Winchester. In October 1877 he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion, then in India, and the following day embarked with a draft for the Service Companies of the 2/60th. He served with this battalion in the Second Afghan War, in the punitive campaign against the Marri tribe of Baluchistan in 1880, and finally in the First Boer War in 1881. Blackmore was posted to the Army Reserve in February 1883, having completed his service with the Colours but, in October 1888, shortly before the expiration of his service in the Reserve, he enlisted in Section D (the second division) of the Army Reserve and served until 15 November 1892, when he took his final discharge at Winchester. Sold with copied discharge papers and other copied research.

 

Light pitting from star, otherwise nearly very fine $1650

 

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Single: Afghanistan 1878-80, 1 clasp, Ahmed Khel (924 Pte. H. Thackeray, 59th. Foot.) 

 

Edge bruising, nearly very fine $550

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Single: India General Service 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Punjab Frontier 1897-98 (3746 Pte. W. Brown 2d. Bn. Arg: & Suth’d Highrs.) 

Light scratches, very fine $465

 

 

Single: India General Service 1895-1902, 2 clasps, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 (4108 Dvr. W. D. O’Brien 3rd. Fd. By. R.A.) 

Minor edge bruise, very fine $495

 

 

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Single: India General Service 1895-1902, 2 clasps, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 (71835 Dvr. J. Argyle 51st. Fd. By. R.A.) 

Edge bruising and contact marks, scratch to obverse field, nearly very fine $495

 

 

Group of Six: Queen's South Africa Medal 1899, (type 2 reverse with trace of ghost dates), - four clasps - Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Liangs Nek, Belfast; King's South Africa Medal 1902, - two clasps - South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; 1914-15 Star; British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19; Imperial Service Medal (GVR). 4336. Sapr. J.H.Mackness. R.E. on first medal, 4336 Sapr J.H.Mackness. R.E. on second medal, 70025 Sjt J.H.Mackness R.E. on third to fifth medals, Josiah Howard Mackness..

ISM: LG 5/3/1929, p1570, and The Edinburgh Gazette 8/3/1929, p258, to Josiah Howard Mackness, Overseer, Central Telegraph Office.

J.H.Mackness served in South Africa with Royal Engineers, Telegraph Battalion, 1st Division. His QSA clasp entitlement confirmed. After serving he was discharged to the Army Reserve.

Ex G.W.Sutherland Collection.

 

Fine to extremely fine $875

 

 

Four: Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (4969 Pte. J. Gooderham. Norfolk Regt.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (4969 Pte. J. Gooderham. Norfolk Regt.); British War and Victory Medals (3490 Pte. J. Gooderham. M.G.C.) 

Edge bruising and contact marks, therefore good fine or better $695

 

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Three: Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (28265 Gnr T. R. Coombs. 66th Bty: R.F.A.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (28265 Gnr: T. R. Coombs. R.F.A.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (28265 Gnr: T. R. Coombs. R.F.A.) 

Footnote

Theodore Robert Coombs enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery in June 1898.

 

Contact marks, therefore nearly very fine or better $695

 

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Four: Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Transvaal, South Africa 1902 (5240 Pte W. Else. York & Lanc: Regtlast clasp loose on riband; 1914 Star (5240 Pte W. Else. 2/York: & Lanc: R.); British War and Victory Medals (5240 Pte. W. Else. Y. & L. R.)

 

Mounted for wear, light contact marks, generally very fine $795

 

 

Four: Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1902 (3915 Pte G. Tombling. 3rd Hussars.); 1914-15 Star (29291 Pte. G. T. [sic] Tombling. 3rd. Hrs.); British War and Victory Medals (29291 Pte. G. T. Tombling. 3-Hrs.) 

Footnote

George Tombling served during the Great War with the 3rd Hussars in the French theatre of war from 18 October 1915.

 

Worn, therefore good fine or better $585

 

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Three:  Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (6041 Pte. C. Guttridge. Middx: Regt. M.I.); British War and Victory Medals (50538 Pte. C. A. Guttridge. The Queen’s R.) 

Private C. Guttridge, Middlesex Regiment, later Royal West Surrey Regiment, serving with the Mounted Infantry in South Africa


Edge bruising to first, nearly very fine and better $575

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Three: Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 2 clasps, Cape Colony, South Africa 1902 (41108 Pte A. Mackie. 177th Coy Imp: Yeo:); British War and Bilingual Victory Medals (Pte A. Mackie. 4th S.A.I.)

 

Alexander Mackie served with the 177th (Fincastle’s Horse) Company, 31st Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry during the Second Boer War. He served during the Great War with the 4th South African Infantry in the French theatre of war from July 1917 (entitled to Silver War Badge). Mackie resided with his wife at 95 Durham Avenue, Salt River, Cape Town.

 

Mounted for display, generally good very fine $495

 

 

Pair: Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 2 clasps, Natal, Transvaal (874 Pte C. [sic] Elliott. Durban L.I.); Natal 1906, 1 clasp, 1906 (Tpr: C. E. Elliott, Natal Police.)

 

Both mounted with top riband buckle, very fine $695

 

 

Pair: Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (1707 Tpr: E. C. Holt. S.A.C.); Natal 1906, 1 clasp, 1906 (Cpl: E. C. Holt, Natal Rangers.) 

 

Eric Charles Holt was born in London in 1877 and attested for the South African Constabulary at Westminster on 11 October 1901.

Sold with copied attestation form and medal roll extracts.

 

Minor edge bruising to latter, good very fine $875