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An interesting lot of 13 Items relating to the service of Sister R. L. Rushton A.A.N.S. who trained at the Royal Adelaide Children’s Hospital before joining the AANS 1916.

Lot comprises of framed photo of Grandmother, Large silver named Royal Adelaide Children’s Hospital enamel medal, RSL badge AIF nursing lapel badge enamel, dog tag & ID bracelet on chain, 3 X UK nursing badges, Aust. trained nurse Assn, R/Sun broach and Silver R/Sun throat badge, WW1 Ribbon bar. (13).

A scarce lot to an AIF nurse particularly the AIF 1916 badge.

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Nine: 1939-45 Star; Pacific Star; British War Medal 1939-45; Australia Service Medal 1939-45; Korea Medal 1950-53; United Nations Korea Medal; General Service Medal 1962 - two bars - Borneo, Malay Peninsula; Australia Vietnam Medal; South Vietnam Medal - bar - 1960. VX148860 D.H. Appleby on first three medals, as D.A. Appleby on fourth, 3/1235 D.A. Appleby on fifth and sixth, 35822 A.D. Appleby on last three medals. The last medal engraved; all others impressed. 

Comes with 2-page details of service showing service with 58-59th Infantry Battalion in WWII., Korea, Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam served with Signals.

 

An outstanding modern campaign service group covering four theatres of war.

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Five: 1939-45 Star, Africa Star (both unnamed), Defence Medal, War Medal & ASM (impressed) SX5586 C. G. Pridmore.

Pridmore served in the 2/6th FLD. AMB. AMC. AIF. discharging in Jan 1945 at the rank of Sergeant.

Note: Comes with very collectable Map of Australia ID and set of Dog tags plus his sons Dog tags for his visit to Vietnam as a LIEUT. In the CMF.

 

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Five: : 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, War Medal & Australian Service Medal (first two unnamed, last two impressed). Greek Medal (unnamed). WX1266 T. Warren 6 DIV SIGS.

Classed as POW Crete !9 June 1941. Stalag VIIIB Jan.1942. Stalag 344 15 Jan 1944. Stalag 13C 2nd of March 1945 Recovered to the UK 15 May 1945.

Comes with an interesting letter from his wife enclosing an original photo pictured above (on left) confirming the medal sale from the family. 

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Seven: MBE (Military), 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with 8th Army clasp and Pacific Stars (all small letter impressed) Defence medal, War medal and ASM (all impressed) VX45725 W. D. Woods 2/23rd Bn, AIF.

MBE: London Gazette 6. 3. 1947 Commonwealth Gazette 6. 3. 1947.

Page 60 of “Mud and Blood in the field” records Pte W. D. Woods, after battling valiantly, was the first to retire from the dugout at Tobruk, June 1941.

He was at Milne Bay July 1943 and to Morotai March 1945. By then he was a Warrant Officer class 1 and responsible for drawing up all the paperwork for the Japanese surrender.

Another nice Tobruk Battalion man. Comes with named Tobruk medal.

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Six: 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with clasp ‘North Africa 1942-43’ & Italy Star (all impressed) Defence Medal, War Medal & Australian Service Medal to 407622 Flight Lieutenant C. W. McClure 37 Squadron.

Born in Narrogin WA enlisted Dec. 1940 discharged 8 April 1946.

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Six: Distinguished Flying Cross dated 1944 (nicely engraved), 1939- 45 Star & Aircrew Europe Star with France & Germany Clasp. Defence, War & New Zealand Service Medals attributed to NZ417127 David Buchanan Thomas

DFC NZ Gazette 3.10.1944  

David served in 90 Squadron, flying Stirlings including dropping dummy paratroopers on D Day and low-level flying dropping supplies to resistance.

Comes with a great deal of research plus photocopies of photos. 

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Eight: British Empire Medal E II R (Military)., Pacific Star, War & Australian Service Medals, British & UN Korea medals, GSM G.VI.R. one clasp Malaya & RAAF LSGC E.II.R. All medals correctly named 14469 (WW2) A25 1F/Sgt. R H Walford

BEM 1957 for Leading teams of RAAF Bush Fire Fighters in the Blue Mountains.

Comes with research confirming all medals and official citation for BEM. Malaya not common to RAAF.      

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Six: OBE (Military) E II R. Pacific Star, War & Australian Service Medal (all 3 impressed), Coronation Medal 1953 & Air Efficiency Medal G.VI.R. (June 1951). 251130 & 033024 Group Captain H. D. Hamilton RAAF.

OBE: Commonwealth Gazette 20.1.1955        Coronation confirmed on roll

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Seven: 39-45, Africa with 8th Army & Pacific Stars Defence, War MID & Australian Service Medals ALL correctly impressed & Efficiency Decoration (engraved). NX35052 Lt. Colonel D. Junor. Signals AIF.

MID: London Gazette 8.3.1945.  Commonwealth Gazette 15.3.1945 For exceptional services in the field in New Guinea.

Efficiency Decoration 1954.

Served Middle East May 1941 in 9 Div. Sigs in operations North Africa and El Alamein. Embarked Suez Jan. 1943. New Guinea June 1943.

Comes with two excellent portrait photos which are believed to be him. Dog tags, rank insignia, miniatures colour patches and other insignia. Photo in “Signals” book page 111.

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Seven: 39-45, Africa with 8th Army & Pacific Stars, Defence, War MID & Australian Service Medals ALL correctly impressed & unofficial Tobruk Medal (engraved). SX503 Roy Cullen 2/3rd Field Coy. Engineers AIF.

MID: London Gazette 30 December 1941. For Services at Tobruk.

Embarked Middle East 5 May 1940 and in operations at Cyrenaica, Tobruk and Alamein. RTA 27.2.1943. Embarked for SW Pacific 8.9.1943.

Comes with two original letters including one in which he complains he is being charged for a lost helmet. There is an interesting article in which he and his team built the Tobruk Memorial.

A nice early award to an early enlistment.

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Seven: BEM E.II.R. Civil (impressed), 39-45, Africa & Italy Stars (unnamed) Defence, War & Australian Service Medal (all three impressed). 19057 Flying Officer R. A. King 3 Squadron. RAAF.

MID London Gazette 1.1.1945 Com. Aust. Gazette 4.1.45

BEM Civil confirmed 1977 for community work.

A not commonly encountered group to a flying Officer with the famous RAAF fighter 3 squadron who spent its entire operational tour in the Middle East and Italy during WW2.    

A file of good research included including confirmation of all campaign medals.           

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Four: DCM G.V.R., 1914-15 Star, British War & Victory Medals. 421 SGT A. R. Selman 1 Bn. AIF. all correctly impressed.

DCM London Gazette 12.3.19   p 31225

1st wound Gallipoli GSW 29.5.15

2nd wound France bayonet wound 28.7.16 originally reported as accident then changed to “in action”.

3rd wound France 21.9.18 leading to amputation of left leg.

Comes with a set of his miniatures, pair of dog tags and a superb Commonwealth of Australia Cadet shooting medal 1901 which is named.

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Pair: British Korea & UN Korea Medal (both impressed) 2/4553 N. C. Shephard 3 RAR with BECOF patch.

Shephard enlisted 6th February 1951 in Sydney. Was marked AWOL in June and declared as a deserter but re-in listed in September under the name W. C. Hampton then reverted to original name. Sent to Japan in June 1953 then to Korea with 3 RAR in July 1953. Back to Japan in September 1953 where he was accidently Killed while serving in “School Japan”. Buried Yokohama.

Comes with two identified AWM photos. A scarce classified Korean War casualty.

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Pair: Vietnam Medal and Vietnam Star correctly named to Major 235219 G. F. Walker MID who served with 8 RAR In Vietnam from 19 November 1969 to 12 November 1970. Comes with Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with palm and unit citation.

 

His citation states that his company was involved in large bunker complex’s destroying 34 bunkers with 7 enemy KIA and on another occasion 55 bunkers with 10 enemy KIA.

 

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A nicely mounted fighter pilots grouping for the "Battle of Britain" awarded to flight SGT Leslie Raymond Carter

Comprising of the 1939-45 Star with Battle of Britain clasp (copy), Air Crew Europe Star and War Medal. Also included is his condolence slip and original caterpillar badge correctly named.

Adding to the provenance is his father's group to A. W. Carter comprising of the WW1 Trio plus MID Bedfordshire Rgt. And Defence Medal (Home Guard).

Flight Sgt Carter served with 66, 610 Sqdns and 41 Sqdn during the Battle of Britain and who was tragically killed in sweeps over France while flying a Spitfire Mk 5 serving as a member of 74 Sqdn in 1941.

 

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Three: OBE (Military), British War Medal and Victory Meda with M.I.D. oak leaf attached. British War and Victory Medal correctly impressed H-MAJOR J. J. TRICKETT A.I.F.

OBE Commonwealth Gazette 23rd May 1919, page 890 Position 12

 

'For valuable service rendered in connection with military operations in Egypt’

 

MID Commonwealth Gazette 23rd May 1919, page 895 Position 108

 

Mentioned in Despatches by Gen. Allenby dated 23rd October 1918 ‘for services during period from 16.3.18 to 18.9.18’

 

Major Trickett’s service is best described by the following passage taken from his own words when applying for his medals in 1933; ‘I left in December 1915 as a Lieutenant in the Special Canteen Section formed, and was afterwards in Command of the Canteens with the Light Horse, with the rank of Major. I received my discharge in February or early March 1919.’

 

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Five: A Great War Belgium Croix de Guerre award to Sgt. 1742 F. B. Matthies 20 Bn. and FAB A.I.F. comprising of the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory medals, Belgium Croix de Guerre and unofficial Somme medal.

 

All items are nicely framed and include photo in uniform and Anzac A. Separately framed are his Official Croix de Guerre Certificate and Disabled in the Great War Certificate.

 

Belgium Croix de Guerre London Gazette 31275  4.4.19. There are numerous notations of his award in his National Archives file. All photos are taken through the glass frames and have lost some clarity. Foreign awards that are confirmed with documents are rare to Australians.

 

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Pair: British War Medal (613 WO/2 B. C. HOBSON 13/BN. A.I.F.) and Meritorious Service Medal. (613 R Q M SJT B. C. HOBSON 13 INF. BN. A.I.F.)

Emb. 14th September 1916 with the 33rd Fortress Company, Australian Engineers.

Proceeded to Gallipoli with the 13th Battalion and was present at the landing.

WIA: 1st May 1915 “Remaining on duty”. It is important to note that after the landing that the first opportunity to account for the dead and wounded was in the first few days of May and as a result many soldiers wounds are incorrectly recorded as early May 1915.

RTA: 8th October 1918 2nd Military District

Meritorious Service Medal Australia Gazette number 67, 13th June 1919, page 940.

Awarded “for consistent good work and devotion to duty during period February to September, 1918,.

He has served continuously since 1914 and has at all times been a model of industry and soldierly bearing.”

Note: MSM are a scarce award to AIF personnel.

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Single to 15th Battalion Military Medal Winner Who Died of Wounds in France

Single: British War Medal 1914-20 (7292 PTE P. J. C. PEUT. 15 – BN. A.I.F.). NOK “WOMEN OF AUSTRALIA” Badge numbered 111090.

Military Medal London Gazette 29 August 1918 on page 10141 at position 143

7292 Pte Peter Jacob Christopher Peut embarked on the 24th January 1917 from Sydney with the 15th Battalion AIF.

WIA: 28th March 1918 “Shrapnel wound legs” admitted to 2/1st West Riding Field Ambulance; transferred to No 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital.

Peter succumbed to his wounds on the 31st March 1918 France with the 15th Battalion at the age of 30

Grave reference; Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No. 1 (Plot VI, Row G, Grave No. 50), France

Place of association: Cairns, Queensland.

Note: Unfortunately, no citation can be found for Private Peut. This could be due to his family requesting his Military Medal be sent to the Mayor of Mount Morgan so that he could present it to the local War Committee and at that time his citation may have been separated from his file for the presentation.

Comes with replica miniature death plaque.

 

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2/48th Killed in Action Group at El-Alamein when Sgt Kibby earnt his VC

Five: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to SX11133 G J BOWDEN Stars un-named with a notation with the accompanying research stating, “this is how the group was obtained”.

Gordon James Bowden enlisted on the 29th January 1941 into the 2/48th Battalion at Wayville, SA

Embarked 13th August 1940 for the Middle East

Private Bowden was killed in action on the 31st October 1942 El Alemein. He was one of 48 men from the 2/48th to lose their life in the same action that Sgt Kibby earnt his Victoria Cross with only 41 men left fighting before being ordered to withdraw.

Grave/Memorial reference; El Alamein War Cemetery, El Alamein, Marsa Matruh, Egypt

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Five: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Australian Service Medal and Greek Medal. All Medals correctly named to SX3384 D H PILE

David Hamilton Pile enlisted on the 23rd May 1940 into the 2/27th Battalion at Adelaide

Discharged 7th December 1945 at the rank of Corporal.

Comes with collar badge and 2/27th colour patch collar button pictured.

Note: Also served under number 420452

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Officer of the Order of Australia cased and complete with lapel badges (2)
and miniature awarded to Benno Charles Schmidt who it is believed to have been an Honorary recipient. Awarded on the 8th February 1991

Retaining good gilt and near EF SOLD

 

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Medal of the Order of Australia cased and complete Female ribbons, lapel pin and miniatures (2) awarded to Olive Dorothy Johnson on the 26th January 1998
 

Retaining excellent gilt therefore EF SOLD

 

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KNIGHTED GROUP TO A WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT & LIBERAL LEADER

Six: Knights Bachelor Badge, 1st type breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel with hallmarks, British War, Victory Medal, 1935 GV Jubilee Medal, 1937 GVI Coronation Medal and 1953 EII Coronation Medal. WW1 pair correctly impressed to T-CAPTAIN R. MC DONALD A.I.F. with Jubilee and Coronation medals un-named as issued.

EMB: 2nd October 1916 as 2nd Lieutenant with the 39th Battery, 119th Howitzer Battery 4th Division Artillery

Promoted Lieutenant 1st August 1917

Promoted Temporary Captain 3rd February 1919

RTA: 28th July 1919

Returned to Legal profession becoming a partner with the firm Robinson Cox & Wheatley, Perth WA

Member of army reserve 1920-32 (Promoted Captain 20th October 1925)

A.D.C. To Governor of W.A. 1925-31

Member of W.A. Legislative Assembly 1933-1950

Appointed King’s Counsellor 12th May 1936

Founder and original president National Trust

Knighted: June 1950 with Knights Bachelor

Member of the Senate of University of WA 1950-51

Warden State War Memorial 1952

Chairman Royal Perth Hospital 1956-60

President, Friends of R.P.H.

Died 25th March 1964

Note: Comes with two Ross Mcdonald 1920’s Revolver Competition trophies, Photos and paperwork

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The Australian made Marine Corps “George Medal” for Guadalcanal

The Late Lt. Gen. Merrill B. Twining Marine Corps, then a Lt Colonel (1st Division) explains below how the medal was created after the Marines were left stranded on Guadalcanal;

“One night on Guadalcanal, a group of us were discussing our situation. It didn’t look good. We lack support, chow, ammo, and just about everything else except Japs. That’s when I suggested a medal designed to commemorate the campaign, some-thing akin the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal and that would be called the “Let George Do It Medal” Twining’s explains further “Anytime there was a job that no one else wanted to do, Head-quarters Marine Corps assigned it to the 1st Marine Division. Soon, some senior officers referred to the division as the ‘Let George Do It Division’ and it became a common term. If you had a job to be done, call up the ‘George (1st) Division’

The group asked famed Australian Coast Watcher Martin Clemens to translate the inscription they decided upon in Latin Twining’s continues “He gave us a sharp look, but then we explained that our ‘George’ had nothing whatever to do with King George V, and I explained the idea of our medal. Martin was delighted and suggested the words, ‘Faciat Geogius’, a loose rendering of “let George Do It’

Adjutant and Artist for Leatherneck magazine Captain Donald L. Dickson tracing a 50 cent piece onto a Japanese post card sketched what became the symbolic design.

Obverse; Outstretched hand with Navy stripes on the lower sleeve, dropping a hot potato in the shape of Guadalcanal into the hands of a tired, less grateful Marine. Also depicted was a Saguaro (barrel) cactus representing the military code for the Guadalcanal campaign.

Reverse: Image of a cow with tail in air facing an electric fan to suggest the “*!*!” has hit the fan. The inscription below reads “In fond remembrance of the happy days spent from Aug. 7th 1942 to Jan. 5th 1943. USMC.”

Various pins were used but to be considered truly authentic the pale green herringbone twill from the US Marine utility uniform was to be used as ribbon as it had been washed in the Lunga River at Guadalcanal.

When the remnants of the division returned to Australia in December 1942 the press officer Lt Herbert C. Merillat contacted a Melbourne Company (believed to be K. G. Luke) to strike the medal. A small amount was struck before production was halted as the request had not come through official channels. With the war still being fought and the allies’ future in the balance no Officer wanted to sign his name to an order taking resources away and the subsequent use of man hours for this humorous medal.

As the creation of the medals were now no longer to be a defence expense as assumed, Intelligence Officers 2nd Lt. John C. Schiller and Lieutenant Frank Farrell were assigned to collect One Australian Pound in payment for the believed to be estimated 45 medals already made, which they had no trouble doing.

At a later date the unit themselves took control of the production of a second striking, the second mold is said to produce a slightly smaller medal in size due to being taken from a first example medal and this mold currently presides in the Marine Corps Museum. It is estimated that around 350 of the second strike were struck to bring the overall total to be in the vicinity of 400.  Amazingly there are also surviving examples of several certificates that accompanied the issue of the medal.

Note: Beware, there are many fakes of this very rare medal but this example is exact to that awarded to Major General William H. Rupertus, which still resides with his Family and can be seen here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faciat_Georgius

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Pair: Serving Sister Badge of the Order of St John of Jerusalem and Service Medal of the Order of St John (with three silver award bars signifying 25 years’ service). All medals correctly named to 7288 F. POULTNEY AUSTRALIA S. J. A. B. 1947

Note: The original circular design was used up until 1948.  This group also comes with an Officer Sister Order of St John of Jerusalem enamelled miniature (28mm wide) worn in a bow to signify it was awarded to a female (Sister). Further research required about Sister Poultney’s service.

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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

 

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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 35935 R. R. HERFORT

Enlisted 10th April 1941 into the Australian Army after transferring from the RAAF reserve (Wireless operator)

Records show the following service overseas as a signalman

OBU, FALL RIVER (New Guinea) 12th September 1942

OBU, GURNEY (New Guinea) 20th September 1942

430BU, GURNEY (New Guinea) 30th October 1942

10 SIGS UNIT, MILNE BAY (New Guinea) 1st December 1942

Discharged 13th November 1945 at the rank of Sergeant

Note: Sergeant Herfort was in New Guinea during some of the hardest fighting

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Three: Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to NX135349 M R SPENCER

Enlisted 4th January 1942 to the 3rd Army Tank Battalion and served in the 2/9th Armoured Regiment

Embarked Morotai for service British North Borneo 12th July 1945

RTA 24th February 1946

Note: Due to Trooper Spencer’s late embarkation he was not awarded the 1939/45 Star. Records are open.

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Five: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to SX28726 D. A. VAUGHAN

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

Enlisted 20th September 1943 Bandiana Victoria

Also served as VX127683

Obtained the rank of Sergeant

Discharged 14th November 1945

Unit on discharge listed as “2 AUST S R D BANDIANA”

Further research required

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Group of Five: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals correctly impressed WX19763 H. GOWER

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

Enlisted 19th February 1942 into the 2/28th Battalion at Bridgetown, Western Australia

Discharged 18th April 1946

Further research required

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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 QX38028 E. J. HAMLIN

At the time of listing these Signalman Edwin John Hamlin’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;

Enlisted 23nd April 1941 into the Australian Army in Nundah, Queensland

Discharged 20th September 1945

Unit on discharge listed as “NGF School of Sigs”. (Which unit he served with overseas is unknown without records being opened)

Note: Signalman Hamlin also has previous militia service with his number being Q100368, Comes with Victory Medal to 4545 PTE F. J. HAMLIN 4 M.G. BN A.I.F. Frederick John Hamlin Enlisted 4th November 1916 and returned to Australia 25th March 1919. Further research required

Victory Medal VF, WW2 medals near EF SOLD

 

 

 

Group of Four:1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals correctly impressed to 40245 C J STANFORD

At the time of listing these medals, Leading Aircraftsman Stanford service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;

Enlisted 28th April 1941 into the Australian Air Force at Melbourne, Victoria

Discharged 15th June 1945

Unit on discharge listed as “7th Service Flying Training School”. (With the issue of the 1939/45 & Pacific stars this cannot be the unit he served overseas with and only where he discharged)

Note: Comes with miniature group of medals. Further research required

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Three: Africa Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to VX40186 N W SUTTIE

At the time of listing these medals, Warrant Officer Class 1 Suttie’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll.

Enlisted 1st July 1940 into the Australian Army at Caulfield, Victoria

Discharged 4th November 1944

Unit on discharge listed as 2/4 AUSTRALIAN FIELD WORKSHOP

Note: Medals come original photo, dog tags and sweetheart boomerang pendant “Go to return”. Further research required

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Three: Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to 19052 G. CROFT

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

Enlisted 30th May 1940 into the Royal Australian Air Force at Ballarat, Victoria

Discharged 8th November 1945

Unit on discharge listed as “2 Reserve Personnel Pool”

Note: Comes with “Corps of Commissionaires” award of merit medal engraved “898 G. Croft 18-2-74”. Further research required

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Pair: War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Both medals correctly named to Q126432 G. H. BLACK

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

Enlisted 24th February 1942 into the Australian Army at Milton, Queensland

Discharged 11th February 1946

Unit on discharge listed as 113 GENERAL TRANSPORT COMPANY

Note: Comes with box of issue. Further research required

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Pair: War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Both medals correctly named to WF53056 M. B. PAULETT

Lance Corporal Mildred Bernice Paulett enlisted on the 15th April 1943 into the Australian Army at Dalwallinu, Western Australia

Mildred served the majority of her service as a store woman at 110 PERTH MILITARY HOSPITAL.

Discharged 31st March 1947

Note: Comes with original Badges, Red Cross patches and AAMWS shoulder titles.

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Pair: War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Both medals correctly named to NF461961 J. W. SHAKSPEARE

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

Enlisted 15th June1943 into the Australian Womens Army Service at Paddington, NSW

Discharged 15th May 1946

Unit on discharge listed as “Australian Womens Army Service”

Note: Comes with a large amount of photos in album pictured above (very uncommon to see the female side of service pictured) and a lot of original paperwork, miniatures and several AWAS badges.

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PRIVATE BROMLEY ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT KOREA (WIA) – VIETNAM

Five: Queens Korea, United Nations Korea (5/400270), GSM “Malaya” (5/3205), Vietnam Medal and Vietnam Star to 53205 T. H. Bromley with all medals correctly named (entitled to WWII pair for RAAF service, but records show they were not issued)

WX500452 PTE Thomas Henry Bromley, a plant operator from Coolgardie, WA, enlisted for service in BCOF on 7th March 1946. He had previously served as a 455032 LAC in the RAAF from Jul 1944 to August 1945, with 85 SQN, but was too young for overseas service. After service in Japan, he returned to Australia and was discharged in Jul 1948. He re-enlisted in Feb 1952 as 5/400270 and arrived in Korea for service with 3 RAR on 4 Oct 1952. 3 RAR was involved in patrolling no man’s land between opposing trench lines along the 38th parallel. 3RAR conducted trench raids, patrols and reconnaissance. Some minor skirmishes resulted in small gains or losses of territory, but overall the front line altered very little in this time, until the ceasefire on 27 Jul 1953. He took part in the ‘A’ Coy patrol under LT Smith, where 80 enemy were killed, for the loss of 7 KIA, 12 WIA (including Bromley, ‘hit by grenade while on patrol in face, right side of neck and right thigh’) and 7 POW. He left Korea on 6 October 1953 and was discharged in November. He re-enlisted in the A.R.A. on 11th February 1957 as a Private number 5/3205. He served in Malaya with 1 RAR from 1959-1961, then Vietnam from 27 May 65 to 11 Jun 66. He was discharged in July 1973, not being eligible for a Long Service Good Conduct Medal. The medals displayed here are his complete compliment of issued medals.

Private Bromley died in West Perth on 16 Dec 92, and was cremated at Karrakatta cemetery.

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Pair: Queens Korea Medal and United Nations Korea Medal. All medals correctly impressed to 22905 J. W. JOUGHLIN.

John William Joughin was born in Douglas (Isle of man, England), on 5th March 1932. He served in the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in Korea from March 1953 to April 1954 (378 days in Korea).

Note: Sergeant Joughin also went on to serve in Vietnam with 3 RAR from the 15th February 1971 to 9th October 1971                                                                 VF+ SOLD

 

 

Pair: Vietnam Medal and Vietnam Star with 1960- clasp. The Vietnam medal is correctly impressed to 2787845 W. D. LAMBERT and the Vietnam Star is correctly engraving.

Private William Dennis Lambert from Maitland, NSW served in Vietnam from May 1968 until late November 1968 with 3 RAR. A nice early Vietnam infantry group with no chips in the enamel as so many have.

Note; 3 RAR along with 1 RAR took part in the Battle of Coral–Balmoral (12 May – 6 June 1968) The battle was the first time the Australians had clashed with regular North Vietnamese Army units operating in regimental strength

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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 SOLD

 

 

 

Pair: Vietnam Medal and Vietnam Star with 1960- clasp. The Vietnam medal is correctly impressed to 262456 N. P. LAURNT (mistake missing “E”) and the Vietnam Star has the correct engraved spelling to 262456 N. P. LAURENT

Corporal Noel Patrick Laurent from Chatswood NSW, served in Vietnam from March 1968 to October 1971 with 3 RAR. A nice early Vietnam infantry group with no chips in the enamel as so many have.

Note. 3 RAR along with 1 RAR took part in the Battle of Coral–Balmoral (12 May – 6 June 1968) The battle was the first time the Australians had clashed with regular North Vietnamese Army units operating in regimental strength.

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Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to THOMAS HARVEY.

4362 Pte Thomas Harvey embarked on the 7th December 1915 from Sydney with the 3rd Battalion AIF.

He was Killed in Action on the 4th October 1917 Belgium with the 2nd Battalion at the age of 27

Memorial details:  Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium

Place of association: Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales

Slight surface marks otherwise VF SOLD

 

 

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3461 CPL. (PTE on Star) G. E. SHRUBSALL 11/BN AIF.

EMB: 2ND November 1915

Appointed L/Cpl 12th May 1917 France

Appointed Cpl 5th May 1918 France

Disembarked Albany on return and discharged “T.P.E” 5th M. D. 3rd June 1919

 Note: Comes with two lovely “Trench Art” shells which Corporal Shrubsall has engraved his battle honours on

First Shell “MESSINES, PLEOGIEST, GAPAARD, POLYGON – WOOD, YPRES, HILL 60 1914-16”

Second Shell “HEBURTERNE, VILLERS – BRETTONEUX, HAMEL, VAIRE WOOD, GACHY, HAMEL – AUG 8TH 1918”

It is extremely hard to accurately know the battles a soldier was involved in making the survival of these shells with the group a very rare find and fantastic to see.

VF SOLD

 

FAMILY GROUPING

 

Fathers PairColour Serjeant J. Martin, 82nd Regiment. Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (C. Sjt., 82/Foot) scratch to obverse; Army L.S. & G.C., V.R., small letter reverse (1310 Sergt., 82nd Foot) 

 

John Martin was born in Dublin. A Labourer by occupation, he attested for the 49th Regiment at Fermoy, 11 January 1853, aged 14 years, 7 months. With the regiment he served as a Drummer until transferring to the 82nd Regiment as a Private in February 1869. With the regiment he was promoted to a Corporal in November 1870; Sergeant in August 1874 and Colour Sergeant in December 1874. During his military career he served 3 years, 9 months in India. He was discharged at Dublin on 9 December 1879. Awarded the Army L.S. & G.C. with a gratuity of £5 in August 1875; awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with an annuity of £10 on 27 November 1915. Latterly the Chief Warder at the Military Prison, Cork.

With copied service papers and other research.

 

Sons group of Four: Staff Sergeant-Major J. Martin, Australian Forces, late South Lancashire Regiment

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek (3503 Serjt., S. Lanc.Regt.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps (3503 Clr.-Serjt., S. Lanc. Regt.);Army L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (1st Cl. Sergt-Instr., 1st Bn. G.I.P. Ry.Vol. Rif. Cps.) correction to unit; Commonwealth of Australia Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R. (Staff Sergt-Major, Instl. Staff)  John Martin was born in Bullevant, Co. Cork. He attested for the South Lancashire Regiment at Chester on 21 August 1891, aged 15 years, 8 months, and joined the regiment in Jersey two days later. He served as a Drummer until February 1892 when he reverted to Private and was promoted to Lance-Corporal in February 1894; Corporal in August 1895; Lance-Sergeant in March 1898; Sergeant in March 1899 and Colour-Sergeant in April 1902. Served in South Africa, November 1899-January 1903 and in India, January 1903-August 1913. In April 1906 he was transferred to the Bombay Unattached List as a 1st Class Sergeant-Instructor, posted to the Poona Volunteer Rifles and in March 1907, with the same rank, to the Great Indian Peninsula Railway Volunteers. Awarded the L.S. & G.C. in April 1910. Discharged on 21 August 1913 - listing Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, Australia as his intended place of residence. Awarded the Commonwealth of Australia M.S.M. as Staff Sergeant-Major of the 4th Military District (Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 7 June 1917). 

With copied service and other papers.

 

First group, very fine and better. Second, edge bruising, contact marks, nearly very fine and better SOLD

 

FIRST DAY LANDER PTE RUSSELL 12 BN FROM BUNBURY WA

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 966 Pte L. W. O. Russell 12 Bn AIF

Enlisted on the 14TH September 1914, as an original member of ‘H’ Company, 12th Bn AIF.

Private Leonard William Oertle Russell landed at Gallipoli on 25 Apr 1915 where he remained at Gallipoli with the Battalion to France.

In Dec 1916, Pte Russell was evacuated to England with trench foot, returning to Perth in Mar 1918 owing to poor eye-sight and subsequently discharged as medically unfit.

In WW2 he re-enlisted almost immediately on the 11th October 1939, serving with 10th Garrison Battalion until his discharge on the 15th June 1942,

On the 8th June 1946 ‘dying of the effects of war’ he was buried in the Karrakatta Cemetery, WA and is commemorated at the War Memorial, King’s Park, WA. †

Near EF SOLD

 

Five: 1914/15 Star, British War, Victory Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and ASM 1939/45. WW1 trio correctly impressed to 2201 PTE. W. V. DANIELS 16/BN AIF (CPL ON PAIR) War Medal 1939/45 and ASM 39/45 correctly impressed W30491 W. V. DANIELS

EMB: 25th June 1915

WIA: 2nd February 1917 “G. S. W. R-foot, knee, thigh, hand”

Transferred to 4th Machine Gun Battalion

2nd WIA: 15th August 1918 France

Discharged on the 3rd June 1919 (Gallipoli service through to discharging in 1919 making him entitled to wear ANZAC “A”’s)

Daniel’s continued his service in WW2 as a Sergeant in the “WESTERN AUSTRALIA ECHELON & RECORDS” department.

Note: Comes with original marked 9 CT Gold locket with Daniels’s portrait inside. A further larger version of this photo is also included in a period picture frame.

VF-EF SOLD

 

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1398 PTE. S. PARKES 19/BN AIF.

EMB: 25th June 1915

Admitted hospital Malta 8th October 1915 Dysentery Gallipoli

Returned to Australia 7th September 1916 “Escort Duty”

EMB: 25th October 1916

WIA: 25th April 1918 “Gassed"

2nd WIA: 3rd October 1918 “Gassed & G.S.W. Leg”

RTA: 12th February 1919 

Near EF SOLD

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Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 2103 A-SGT (PTE on star) H. M. MILLS 22/BN AIF.

Previous service listed as “Snr Cadets 57th Bn (1 yr), inf. 6oth (1 yr), 58th Inf (2 ¼ yrs), A.I.F. (6 weeks) Colour Sgt”

EMB: 27th September 1915

Appears to go up and down in rank depending on the requirement within the unit

RTA: 24th May 1918

Note: Comes with Prayer Book and 58th Battalion Record of service book covering 1911 through to 1920 (62 pages)

 

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PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 5095 PTE E. SLATTERY 23 BN AIF.

EMB: 19th July 1916

WIA: 20th March 1917 “Shrapnel wound left ankle”

14th June 1917 admitted to clearing station a second time now with “Trench Fever” this is almost straight away from returning from his previous wounds.

RTA: 31st January 1918 medically unfit

Note: Interesting remark on his attestation form states he has two criminal charges; the first for “2up” and the second for “offensive behaviour” fined 1 pound. Comes with original colour patch, ID disc with Australian arms on obverse; King's Silver War badge numbered A49365 and Returned from Active Service badge (AIF) numbered 102292

VF SOLD

 

 

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 86 PTE. D. DYNON 25/BN AIF.

EMB: 29th June 1915 (25th Bn)

Admitted hospital 24th February 1917 "Frost bite toes"

WIA: 10th November 1917 listed as "Gassed" and "Trench Fever"

Taken on strength 26th Bn. 12th September 1918

RTA: 27th July 1919

 

VF SOLD

 

Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to ARTHUR SILL.

5792 CPL Arthur Sill embarked on the 30th October 1916 from Fremantle with the 27th Battalion AIF. Address at the time of embarkation was Queens Park, Western Australia

He was Killed in Action on the 9th October 1917 Ypres Belgium at the age of 27

Unfortunately there is no known grave for Arthur.

Memorial details:  Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium

Slight surface marks otherwise VF SOLD

 

 

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 6334 Pte. R. W. L. Thorpe 27 Bn.  AIF

emb.28 Aug.1916 (10 Bn.)   RTA 15 Sept. 1918

3 Times wounded by GUN SHOT!

GSW LEG 17 March 1917

GSW Right thigh (severe) 20 Sept 1917

GSW Arm right & leg 29 March 1918

An outstanding pair to a very gallant soldier who recieved 3 gun shot wounds on 3 occasions

 VF SOLD

 

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 426 PTE H. J. Candy 39 BN. AIF

1. WIA Shrapnel wound L. Hand, Left Thigh and side of chest 4.10.1917 (finger removed)

2nd WIA. Shrapnel wound Shoulder right and GSW face 25.8.1918

Comes with:

1. Rising Sun hat badge

2. Gold and enamel sweet heart R/Sun (marked 9ct)

3. enamel colour patch

4. 3 x Sevice related badges.

4. Rare Gold tribute medal engraved "To Pte.H.J.Candy, from the citizens of Macorna and District on his return from the war 4.2.19".;;  

 

 

Good VF SOLD

 

Trio: British War and Victory Medals all correctly impressed to 713 T. CPL.T. McHUTCHISON. 44-BN. A.I.F. Memorial Plaque Thomas McHutchison

 

Thomas McHutchison was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1883, and was educated at Barry, Forfarshire. He emigrated to Perth, Western Australia, in 1912, and enlisted in the 44th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force on 7 February 1916. Embarking at Fremantle on 6 June 1916, he arrived at Plymouth on 21 July of that year, and proceeded to France on 25 November 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal on 12 July 1917, he suffered a gunshot wound to the head on 4 October 1917, whilst going up Zonnebeke Ridge, Ypres Sector, and was taken back to a field hospital. Despite writing to his Commanding Officer on 10 October, saying that he was getting better, he was admitted to Wimereux Hospital in critical condition on 16 October, and succumbed to his wounds there on 18 October. He is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France. Of the 992 men from his battalion involved in the Ypres operations in the autumn of 1917, only 158 emerged unwounded when it was relieved on 21 October 1917.

Note: Sold with named card box of issue for the Victory Medal, in envelope, together with Commonwealth of Australia enclosure.

 

EF SOLD

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Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.1914/15 Star and Victory Medal impressed to 290 PTE (T-CPL on pair) M. A. ELLIS 3 L. H. RGT AIF

CPL Ellis embarked on the 22nd October 1914 from Adelaide with the 3rd Light Horse Regiment AIF.

Proceeded to join M.E.F Gallipoli 9th May 1915

Wounded in action “G.S.W to Left foot” on the 17th January 1917 El-Arish

Returned to Australia on the 15th November 1918 due to being an original 1914 enlistee. An impressive service of 4 years and 189 days.

Gd VF SOLD

 

 

Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 1872 ER-SJT G. H. J. MEYER 9 L. H. R. AIF

Emb: 5th January 1916

Injured whilst returning from the rifle range on 23rd February 1918 when a horse lashed out kicking and injuring him on the right foot.

RTA: 10th July 1919

Note: Sergeant Meyers has very strong service with little break from the start of 1916 to his return well into 1919. Also his medals come in the original box, along with his original Light Horse colour patch which is quite rare in its own right and lovely to see still with the group.

EF SOLD

 

Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to KEITH GEORGE LAKIE.

4209 Pte Keith George Lakie embarked on the 11th January 1916 from Adelaide with the 10th Battalion AIF.

He was Killed in Action on the 14th August 1916 France with the 50th Battalion

Red Cross accounts of Private Lakie’s death are conflicting in the exact details of his death apart from the fact that he appears to have been blown up by artillery fire at Mouquet Farm at some stage on the 14th.

Memorial details:  Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France

Place of association: Rosewater, Port Adelaide, South Australia

Note: Comes with carton of issue

Slight surface marks otherwise VF SOLD

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Four: Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939/45. Pacific Star un-named (as often issued). Defence, War and Australian Service medals all officially impressed to VX79121 G. G. Curry

Sgt Curry Enlisted 13th April 1942

Transferred to “Z” Special Unit 23rd November 1942 (Katherine)

Transferred as Sergeant to “M” Special Unit 8th May 1943

Ruptured Gastric Ulcer on the 6th November 1944 in Queensland leads to Sgt Curry’s eventual discharge a year later

In July 1942 the Allied Intelligence Bureau (AIB) was formally established with two ‘arms’: Intelligence (which operated as M Special Unit: the ‘Coastwatchers’), with personnel being inserted along the coast behind enemy lines where they would observe enemy movements and report back to the AIB via radio. The other being Sabotage (which operated as Z Special Unit).

Due to the Secret nature of all Special Forces soldiers in WW2 it is hard to determine exactly what each member did and it is possibly only due to Sgt Curry’s 1944 illness (and his subsequent leaving the unit) that we have any records at all. “for those wishing to read "Z" Special Unit personnel files, they do not exist. All that is left in Canberra is the index file page, with name rank and the two serial numbers (ordinary and AK). General Blamey had the rest destroyed after the war.” (Dunn. P., ozatwar.com in reference to Z Special Forces National Archives files A10797).

The basic records we do have of Sergeant Curry’s show overseas service as Timor (“M” Special Unit) and his service in Australia as being in Katherine so with this we know his focus in the Special Forces was on “Operations in Portuguese Timor”. The following are the names and date ranges of known operations by Special Forces in WW2 of which Sergeant Curry was likely involved;

LIZARD I-III (SRD Project 24) 7 July 1942 to 10 February 1943

PORTOLIZARD 10 February 1943 to 4 August 1943

LAGARTO: 1 July 1943 to 29 September 1943

COBRA: 27 January 1944 to (mid) February 1944

ADDER: 21 to 22 August 1944

Very rare to see groups like this come on the market.

Near EF SOLD

 

PAIR: British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19 correctly impressed to 1706 Pte J. Ross. 51 Bn. A.I.F. Together with Death Plaque correctly named to Jerome Ross and in the original fold-over cardboard pack of issue.

Jerome Ross, labourer, age 21 born at Southern Cross, WA;

Enl.12Jan1916 at Melbourne, Vic;

Emb.17Apr1916;

DOW at 1st CCS on 03Jul1916, the wounds received in action GSW bullet penetrating abdomen, France; 

Buried at Estaires Communal Cemetery by Rev P. J. Griffin.

Sold with research and photos of grave.

 

Display mounted, extremely fine SOLD

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 276 CPL E. S. HEITHERSAY 9/L. H. REGT. A.I.F. (missing 1914/15 Star)

 

Previous service listed as “S. A. Police 7 months resigned 8-8-09”

Emb: 11th February 1915

Proceeded to join M.E.F. Gallipoli 16th May 1915

8th July 1915 (admitted to hospital at ANZAC) “Rupture Hernia” resulting in being sent to UK 18th Sept.1915

On command at Royal Small Arms Factory 27th January 1916

RTA: 4th May 1917 “for duty in small arms factory”

Discharged 15th July 1917 in the 4th Military District

Note: Due to Corporal Edgar Stocks Heithersay’s occupation in civil life as a Mining Engineer in WA & SA he was one of eight A.I.F. members chosen for “a course of instruction as Barrel Straighteners at the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield”. These men on completion of their course were returned to Australia to take up duties at Lithgow factory.

 Very Fine SOLD

 

 

 

Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 578 PTE (DVR on pair) R. B. BELL 1. A. G. H. (2 - L. H. F. AMB. on pair) AIF

Emb. 8th April 1915

Transferred from 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance to the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance 18th August 1917

Medical discharge "Colic" 17th January 1918

 

 

 VF SOLD

 

 

Group of Five : 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. Defence Medal, War Medal and ASM are correctly impressed to F. 4920 J. S. SUMMERS with the stars being unnamed as often found.

Seaman Summers served on the HMAS Melville (Darwin) during the last part of the Darwin raids. He also served on the HMAS Mercades (Aux. Minesweeper) and then on to the HMAS Heros in various anti-submarine roles.

 

VF SOLD

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1051 PTE. J. J. GRAY 2/BN AIF.

EMB: 18th Oct 1914

Left Alexandria in preparation for Gallipoli 5th April 1915

Hospital (sick) 30th July 1915 (Gallipoli)

Invalided from France to UK. 30th July 1916 (Bronchitis)

Hospital France (trench feet) 3rd Nov 1916

Hospital France (influenza) 21st Dec 1916

Discharged: 2nd M.D. (medically unfit) 2nd Aug 1917

 

Note: Private Joseph John Gray would have been a First Day Lander at Gallipoli.

 

NEAR EF SOLD

 

 COLONIAL Pattern six panel pith helmet PRE FEDERATION STATE OF VICTORIA. Complete with quality gilt “double wreath” Victorian helmet plate with its two small lugs (close together) which indicates no other HP has been on this helmet. Gilt acanthus leaf base and ball fitting and lion head clip for chin chain retention. Complete with chin chain and corrugated sweat band base but missing the actual leather band which is something of a surprise given the quality of the rest of the helmet. These early Australian helmets are now extremely scarce in good condition.

SOLD

A very scarce set of Turkish WW1 binoculars & Turkish marked binocular case by Carl Zeiss.

Binoculars are marked GOERZ MOD 1908 and are of excellent quality with very clear lens. The leather case is text book marked as per the excellent ottoman uniforms website (ottoman-uniforms.com).

Although German sets are fairly common, this is the first Turkish set I have had in 40 years.

 

Good condition SOLD 

 

 An extremely rare 1846 pattern 17th Lancers Officers Lance Cap. This example is in superb untouched condition with plume and from a very old established collection. It is even complete with cap lines, flounders and bullion tassels. The helmet plate is true to pattern  and is post Hanoverian coat of arms, yet pre the 1855 battle honours. Large lion head bosses and correct chin chain in excellent condition. Interior lining of black leather also in good condition. All in all, an exceptionally rare helmet of the Crimean period.

Please enquire for more information.

 

SOLD 

 

 

A superb pre federation   state of Victoria local forces officers uniform circa 1890. Comprising lieutenants tunic, mess dress, waist coat. shoulder belt and pouch, waist belt and buckle and side cap with embroided badge. Profusely marked with Moubray, Rowan and Hicks Melbourne, even on the reverse of the buttons.

SOLD

 

 

An absolutely outstanding 1814 Household Cavalry Officers sword which I doubt could be found in better condition. Absolutely true to pattern retaining almost it’s entire gilt with superb fish skin grip. Complete with period sword knot. For an example of a reasonable condition 1814 see DNW Auction December 2006 where one sold for 9800 pounds (Incl. BP) which was nowhere near the quality or condition of this sword.

 

Superb condition. SOLD

 

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An outstanding pair of 1796 patter HEAVY CAVALRY swords which have stayed together for over 200 years. Both have “FERARA” blades which would suggest the Officer has approached the sword cutler requesting he build the current 1796 dress regulations around the two family blades.

These were purchased in the 1970’s as a pair and declared  to be from a very prominent family. The full dress sword is unusual in that it has a fighting blade and it’s nice to see the chamois hilt liner in the undress sword which is maker marked on the scabbard

R.JOHNSTON late BLAND & FOSTER 68 St. James St. London in the cartouche. Only to be sold as a pair.

Very good condition SOLD

 

A rare variation of the 1796 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Officers sword. 85.5 cm pipe back clipped point blade with excellent wire bound leather grip and typical steel ladder hilt with elongated pommel.

All steel scabbard with two quite well repaired dings (one on each side). For a similar blade see Bonhams sale Lot 116 11th December 2007 which sold for S4357.

 

Apart from scabbard dents this sword is in very good condition. SOLD

 

 

 

A 1908 Pattern Cavalry trooper’s sword by Wilkinson. Often referred to as the LIGHT HORSE SWORD as they were issued to our Light Horse in 1918.  Marked on back of blade 08 and dated 1916. True to pattern and complete with straight undented scabbard which makes for a nice change. Very good quality checked grip without the normal lumps missing. Sword repainted is well done. On both the scabbard and the hilt is the large D with a broad arrow inside, making this an Australian issue.

Very good condition SOLD

 

A choice 1796 Light Cavalry Officers Blue & Gilt Sword true to pattern with an excellent wire bound grip. Very good Blue and Gilt remains but has worn off in places due to constant withdrawal from scabbard..

Complete with early bullion sword knot. Excellent steel scabbard with only the smallest of minor dings.

Very good overall condition SOLD

 

An English Officers Backsword circa 1680. Very typical of the period hard wood grip is missing its binding. Blade length 32 inches

Good condition SOLD

A French PARTIZAN circa 1700. Believed to be from the town of Lyon with its coat of arms being three Fleur-de-lis over a rampant lion with pretruding tongue beside what is possibly a rack number "164" (see photo). Very typical of style with toggle at right angle to spear face. What is particularly pleasing is that the fluted haft is original with many studs and Fleur-de-lis (a couple missing) at both the top and bottom. Haft has a small amount of old wood worm holes, however given how few retain original wood, this is a small price to pay. Overall legth 77.25 inches.

Good condition SOLD

A WW2 German Cavalry Officers sword with etched panels both sides of the blade, complete with leather hanger. Etching atributes award to Cavalry RGT 10

Very Good condition SOLD

Another example of the 1796 Heavy Cavalry Disc Hilt sword. No real distinguishing marks to the sword other than a proof mark which I believe to be the crown over 4. The scabbard is stamped 8 over F41. The disc has not been cut down and both langets are present. The point of the blade has been converted from hatchet to point which some say could indicate Waterloo service.

 Other than a few small dings to the scabbard and some pitting the sword is in good condition and rare. SOLD

 

 

A slightly heavier 1796 Blue & Gilt Officers Light Cavalry Sword. True to pattern with excellent steel scabbard maker marked Durs Egg Haymarket London in cartouche (1788-1804). A extremely good wire bound hilt. Blue & Gilt showing withdrawal from scabbard marks and wear.

Good overall condition SOLD

 

 

A very scarce 1853 British Cavalry trooper’s sword marked in the classic style for the state of Victoria. Complete with scabbard. Hilt clearly marked Va 201 and the scabbard is Va 207.This pattern sword is believed to be the first edged weapon to be marked with Colonial markings in Australia. This is an extremely scarce sword and has been purchased from a very old established collection.

Overall condition is extremely good SOLD

 

1908 Pattern Trooper’s Cavalry Sword marked to the 7th Dragoon Guards, the 88 cm straight blade with single fuller marked at the forte with the broad arrow EFD crown over 36 over E and various other markings, the plated scabbard marked M 11.13 and 7/DG 232, complete with brown leather sword knot, the hand grip of chequered composition, Matching hilt and scabbard numbers .

good overall condition SOLD

 

 

A very rare Elcho bayonet by Gustav Felix. True to pattern but missing bottom scabbard mount and spring catch. Probably the rarest of all British bayonets, this honest example is the first I have had in 40 years. Interestingly the largest bayonet collector I know’ s examples all have the bottom scabbard mount missing.

SOLD

Scottish Basket Hilt Backsword Circa 1730, true to to style with very good wire bound fishskin grip. Blade Length 33.5 inches.

 Good condition SOLD

 

 Kukri of the Kothimoda type. Circa 1850. Bone handle and clean blade mounted in a superb worked scabbard. Close examination of this silver scabbard shows quality workmanship and design with gold plaque and rose overlay. These special knives were used by senior ranking Gurkhas and are of the highest rarity. When one considers the price of gold and silver today, I believe it is very reasonably priced.

Good condition overall SOLD

 

 

 1822 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword. Blade by H. Hart, Pall Mall, London etched with the crowned "VR" cypher and scrolling foliate panels, standard gilt brass gothic hilt incorporating the crowned "VR" cypher, wire bound fish skin grip in its field rank brass scabbard, complete with a continental gold lace and bullion sword knot.

Good condition overall SOLD

 

 1831 Pattern General Officers Mameluke Hilted Sabre. A Victorian period example, unfullered blade with clip and pipe back point by Thurkle of Soho London etched with crowned "VR" cypher crossed sword and baton crossed laurel and palm sprays and other scrolling foliage, brass mounted hilt with crossguard, this with foliate ecussian incorporating crossed sword and baton within laurels, two piece ivory grip in its brass scabbard complete with gold and crimson lace sword knot, the blade retains the majority of original polish.

Very good condition overall SOLD

 

 

 WW2 German Army Officers sword by Carl Eickhorn. This sword is from the Eickhorn Field Marshall series and is designated the Wrangle pattern 1693. True to pattern in every respect with beautiful gilt hilt and perfect black scabbard. This is by far the best condition army sword we have ever handled.

Outstanding Condition $SOLD

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A very good Cromwellian Lobster Tail Helmet from the English Civil War 1642-1651. True in every respect for what you would expect from this period example.

Four Lame fully articulated neck guard plus original nasal bar marked M (Nicholas Marshall?). Wing nut with good thread. Ear flap leather has been replaced at some time which is to be expected. A truly lovely example of a helmet over 350 years old.

 

Very good condition SOLD

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A superb example of the extremely rare Regency period Officers Shako of the 17th Light Dragoons pattern 1812. See plate 19 “Head dresses of the British Army” – Cavalry by W. Y. Carman (pictured above).

The condition of this helmet is outstanding and possibly never worn.  The Regiment history states “1812 .. the old helmet disappeared and the felt shako took its place”. After service in India from 1808 having landed in Calcutta with 790 strong, the regiment lost through disease, invalided and killed in action 26 Officers and 796 men but received numerous reinforcements during this period. It returned home with no less than 200 all ranks.  On arriving in St. Helena in 1823 they learnt for the first time that they had been redesignated as a Lancer Regiment. It is also recorded that “the shako was discarded forever and a lance cap of the more orthodox shape introduced in its place”.

Close examination of this helmet shows almost no wear with even the complete chin strap in perfect condition. The maker’s placement of a Coat of Arms indicates a Scottish maker as the main Lion and Unicorn are reversed with first and fourth quarter of the shield depicting the Lion rampant of Scotland.

Being over 200 years old, Shakos of this quality virtually never survive. A truly magnificent example to an extremely popular regiment.

 

SOLD

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The 63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment Officers 1855 Pattern Shako, an extremely fine and rare example, the black beaver covered body with sunken patent leather top similar bottom bracing band and front and rear peaks, correct bronze gorgon’s head at the back for ventilation. Broken and incomplete leather chin strap but with very good leather sweatband and silk attached liner. Good frontal plate correct and original to the helmet. Plume holder although original is not of the 1855 pattern but correct wool ball. The helmet is in excellent condition with very good beaver body.

Excellent condition SOLD

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A Boer War period possibly Yeomanry Khaki Drill Tunic. Five buttons with pleated breast pockets, red facings (collar, cuffs & shoulder straps), Buttons not sewn on as eyelets in place. Stand up collar suggests early Boer War.

Very Good Condition SOLD 

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British Officers red tunic to the 30th Regiment, White facings and bullion insignia for a captain, gilt buttons with Victorian crown over 30 (Cambridgeshire). Making this an early tunic prior to becoming the East Lancashire Regiment.

A few snail trails otherwise good condition SOLD  


Hallmarked (1915) silver nurses hip flask engraved “L. D. Meares 6th L. H. RGT. A.I.F.”

Sister Louisa Devenish Meares saw most of her service in Salonika with a brother (Charles Dycester Devenish Meares) serving with the 6th Light Horse. Possibly a gift from her brother or she could have been looking after the wounded from the 6th L.H (staying close to her brothers unit). Rare to find an Australian WW1 nurses attributed item. Further research could only enhance this interesting piece.

Note: Measures 14 cm x 9.5 cm

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A scarce ROYAL MARINE Foreign Service Helmet post 1905 when the Home Service Helmet was discontinued for the Marines. Classic six panels of white cloth with leather sweatband and regulation eight cork spacers. Plate appears original to the helmet with no multiple holes. Size 7 stamp plus what appears to be a Regimental number 2618 which is also present on the separate (almost impossible to find) storage helmet cover. Overall the helmet is in very good condition and retains its attractive shape.


Very good condition SOLD

 

 

Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Officer’s Helmet c. 1881 – 1901.  Blue cloth skull complete with all gilt metal fittings, spike pattern finial, chin chain and spine. The helmet plate with crowned star back plate with laurel and Garter overlays, in the centre on a ground of green velvet a strung bugle horn with castle and red velvet feathers, one hook and two stud fasteners, the green velvet with fading, internally complete with original leather sweat band and silk lining in excellent condition. Overall condition is very good.

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SECOND LIGHT HORSE 1930-42 full dress  Wolseley Helmet, Typical seven pleat puggaree complete with acanthus leaf base and spike. Light Horse badge is original to the helmet with no extra holes and is further attached with fine cotton. Liner and leather sweatband in excellent condition with makers label J. Compton London. Complete with chin chain and japaned storage tin. Also included are a pair of original dog tags named to QX 6236  Captain R.A.G.Muir. This helmet was originally part of the well-known General Jess Australian collection. In very good condition.

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An extremely rare 1855 Pattern Shako to the 40th Foot. Actual Shako is true to pattern with front and back peaks with gorgon’s head at the back for ventilation. Officers lining in good condition but some separation from the complete leather sweat band. Complete with unbroken chin strap and worsted ball minus its holder. Heavy loss of knap to sides of shell. The two gold bands suggest rank of Colonel or Lt. Colonel. Helmet plate appears original to the helmet. The stand out feature of this shako is the AUSTRALIAN MADE (probably STOKES) Helmet plate making it one of the earliest badges made in the colony. This plate is acknowledged among the advanced collectors in Australia and one was included on an old Stokes pattern board sold a number of years ago. I am reluctant to clean this badge which shows some gilt particularly to the reverse suggesting Officers pattern which is in keeping with the helmet.

The 40th Foot served a second time in Australia in 1852 and in October 1854 quelled an uprising at Eureka Stockade going on to serve in New Zealand 1860 to 1866 prior to the introduction of the 1869 Shako. The lack of motto and garter strap may indicate a late 1844 interim Officers Star shape plate prior to the issue of the 1855 shako and simply carried over.

Helmet plate of the highest rarity SOLD

 

A Good example of a MORION circa 1600. Two piece skull with tall roped comb and turned over ribbed borders. All rivets present, Armourers mark close to forward point. One small hole in comb for display purposes. 

Very Good Condition SOLD

 

German M1916 Helmet "Sniper Brow Plate" or Stirnpanzer PLUS M16 WW1 German Helmet. Chin strap to helmet has a clean break but retains ALL furniture. Good Leather liner with 3 leather pockets (one empty) and one marked with owners name "P.Weihs". Front plate in good condition but strap broken with remnant of strap. This is totally new to the market with impeccable provenance having been found in the roof of a house being demolished and having never been in a collectors hands. 

Overall good condition SOLD

 

World War 1 German  pickelhaube reversible manoeuver helmet cover. Four correctly stitched eyelets with correct brass hooks for helmet retention. Spike top held by tabs to allow for ventelation. No tears or mothing. Very good condition.

SOLD

 

 Single officers epaulette. 90th Foot. Perthshire Light Infantry. Circa 1829-1855. As worn by the 90th Regiment whilst stationed in Werstern Australia (Commanding Officer Major R. Bush) 1847-1849

Scarce item with a colonial connection. Good Condition SOLD

 

WW1 'Brodie' with extremely scarce Middle East cover (Mesopotamia). This cover is undoubtedly the rarest of all WW1 head dress items and is never seen. The dome and flap of cover is in extremely good condition however, there is some separation caused by the sharp edge of the helmet.

Good Condition SOLD

  

Two extremely rare WW1 Cap tallys. First is to H.M.A.S. Sydney and the other is to S.M.S. Emden. These two Tallys were originally purchased in the 1960's in a Princess Mary chocolate tin from a junk shop, by a well known Australian collector. This collector acquired an original German WW1 "donald duck" cap in order to display the Emden tally. 

Both Tally's are in Superb condition and are not cut short. Extremely rare and significant items with excellent provenance. 

SOLD

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A Rare white Cloth State of Victoria Colonial 6 panel Pith Helmet complete with badge for the Victorian Military Forces which is original to the helmet.  The badge is an Officers issue gilt on a silver star and is circa 1893.  The elongated neck and body is still quite firm, with excellent puggaree.  Good condition leather sweat band with sound silk attachment. Internal body has full quilting. Complete with leather lined chin chain.

Colonial helmets are now considered extremely rare in this country and only seem to appear as a result of old collections being dispersed.

Good condition SOLD

 

 Wurtenburg Artillery Other Ranks Issue Kratzchen. Maker Marked "Deutsche Industrie"

Main body of cap in superb condition. A few small wear spots, where liner is attached to main body. Otherwise in excellent condition.

SOLD

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AN IMPERIAL GERMAN ARTILLERY OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE CIRCA 1900 A very sound leather skull with excellent lacquer. Ball top secured by four stars complete with original nuts and washers. Unusual and Original to helmet is the plate with FWR centre (Friedrich Wilhelm Rex). Good unbroken chin scales complete with cockades. Liner in particularly good condition with no damage.

Overall, in excellent condition SOLD 

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A rare Georgian Officers coatee in amazing condition circa 1810. Scarlet cloth with dark blue facings, complete with all its gilt buttons (40) and gilt metal stringed bugles on the wings. Buttons back marked H T & D being Hammond Turner & Dixon 1800-1812. Some stain & moth under the armpits otherwise in outstanding condition. Good to see all buttons present which are in superb gilt with LV in the star.

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An extremely scarce Boer War Pattern 1888 six pocket Bandolier. Australian made and marked with provenance. This Bandolier belonged to 585 Oswald Pentry Gayer who joined the Australian Commonwealth Horse on the 9.1.1902. 3 pouches are marked with 615 on the flap. Tongue Has A C over 615 plus maker Herbert Carter & Co., Melbourne. These Bandoliers are becoming extremely difficult to obtain particularly in good condition with no flaps missing or torn.

Overall good condition SOLD

 

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An outstanding WW1 Austrian/German M18 camouflage Steel helmet. Typical 3 colour camouflage with black dividing lines. The rarity of this helmet is the overpainting of white squares with a red cross. The original three-pad leather liner is in reasonable condition with all eyelets present. One pad is still stuffed with another leaking contents. A couple of what appears to be burn marks to leather but does not detract.

Showing wear but overall good condition SOLD

 

 

 

 Prussian NCO Garde - Schutzen (Jager) Schirmmutze.

Lovely condition, with superb liner. Remarkable given age.

SOLD

 

 A very good example of an ORs Jager Zu Pferd lobster tailed cavalry helmet.  Great makers plate on the inside "Nerm. Weissenburger Cannstatt" (doubles as washer to hold spike). Body of helmet completely blacked including helmet plate. Complete with original chin strap and cocardes. Liner showing some wear, but complete.

Good condition. SOLD

 

 A great example of a Prussian OR's Kurassier Regt helmet. Maker stamped on inside "Otto Nachtigall Berlin 1915" (impressed on inside to main body of helmet at base of spike). Another cracking example of a lobster tail helmet complete with chinstrap, both cocardes and exceptional black leather liner.

Very good Condition SOLD

 

 A very rare Victorian silver hoof memorial inkwell to Lt. Francis Hervey Harford 10th Hussars. The base has a solid silver horse shoe and the top a fur cover opening to reveal the inkwell. There are three sets of matching hallmarks dating the piece to 1880, London. Thornhill & Co. makers, 144 Bond St. The piece in inscribed 'Bon Bon, 1st Charger, C.S.G. X. R. H. , In Memoriam F. H. H. March 31st 1879'

On the 31st of march in Afghanistan the 10th Hussars were involved in a tragic event crossing the Kabul river at Kala-i-Sak. Lt Harford, 46 N.C.O.s and men and thirteen horses were drowned in this disaster, which was subject of the famous poem by Rudyard Kipling. (below is a extract).

'Gawd 'elp 'em if they blunder, for their

boots'll pull 'em under,

By the ford o' Kabul river in the dark."

Rudyard Kipling

 

During the 19 century, farriers were required to remove a hoof from deceased horses as proof of death thus avoiding any suggestion of "black market" selling of horses. 

SOLD

 

 BREASTPLATE, Early 16th century possibly German approx. 20 inches high. Roped border at neck and cod. Four articulated panels attached to main plate, complete with buckles.

Good overall condition SOLD

 

 

 

 

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 6542 O. MARTIN

Emb. 2nd October 1916 with the 5th Bn AIF

6th May 1917 Admitted to hospital with septic foot (Trench foot)

RTA 19th October 1919

Medical discharge "Influenza" 21st January 1918

These medals were issued in 1968 as Private Martin states "Have not at anytime received". Records further show that the medals were returned to sender in 1923.

Unusual late issue to the veteran himself of where rank and unit is dropped from the medals. Comes with original Dog Tags.

 

 

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Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 7060 PTE F. NICHOLSON 6 BN AIF

Emb. 23rd November 1916

WIA: 4th October 1917 "GSW Back"

RTA: 22nd April 1919

Note: Comes with large original studio photo of Frank Nicholson and services rendered badge

 

Near EF SOLD

Four: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.1914/15 Star and Victory Medal impressed to 1178 PTE W. W. STANGER 11 BN. AIF (48 BN on Victory Medal). British War Medal is named to 2631 Spr J. Stranger R.E. (brother?). Death plaque named Walter Wright Stanger.

Emb. 20th December 1914.

Evacuated from Gallipoli sick August 1915 (11th BN)

WIA. Gun Shot to the left Shoulder 11th April 1917 (48th BN)

WIA 2nd Occ. 6th July 1918. Remained on duty (48th BN)

KIA Jeancourt 18th September 1918 (48th BN)

Records show that Pte Stanger was killed instantly by "Machine gun bullet to the head"

This group appears to be the classic  family mix up either not realising the medals are named on the edge or just wanting a representative of both brothers.

 

 

Good VF SOLD

PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 78 CQMS A. C. COLLYER 39/BN AIF.

EMB: 27th May 1916

Appointed CQMS 22nd Oct 1916

Trench fever 8th Apr 1918

Discharged 18th May 1919 3rdM.D

 

 

VF SOLD

 

Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 2930 PTE N. S. KING 59 BN AIF

Previous service listed as the 29th INF AUST. RIFLES

Emb: 3rd November 1916

Transferred from the 59th Bn to the A. G. H. (underage personnel) 27th September 1917

Transferred back to the 59th Bn from the 2nd Aust. Gen. Hosp. 12th August 1918

RTA: 30th September 1919

Note: It appears that Norman Sydney King served almost a year with the 59th Bn before they discovered he had lied about his age and subsequently sent him to the AGH underage personnel section until he came of age. This group also comes with Norman Sydney King's original medal box.

 

EF SOLD

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PTE CYRIL SMITH 2/32ND BN KILLED IN ACTION EL ALAMEIN

Five: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star “8th Army”, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to WX14734 C E F SMITH

Private Cyril Edward Francis Smith, a dairy hand from Welshpool, WA, enlisted as a general reinforcement on 2 Jul 1941 posted to the 2/32ND AIF.

An original member of ‘D’ Company, he fought at Tobruk, the capture of ‘Trig 22’ and during the subsequent German armoured counter-attack at El Alamein. On the 1st November 1942 when the 24th Brigade relieved the 26th Brigade at ‘the saucer’, Private Smith was killed from German tank machine gun fire during the heaviest fighting

Private Cyril Edward Francis Smith is buried in El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. †

Note: Comes with high quality digital photos

EF SOLD

 

 

ESCAPE & EVASION

Six: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal with Mentioned in despatches oak leaf and Australian Service Medal. Stars un-named as often issued, with remaining three correctly impressed to NX3735 W. H. SCHOFIELD

NX3735 William Henry Schofield  enlisted into the Australian Army as a Signalman on the 23rd October 1939 at Paddington NSW

His date for embarkation was the 14th September1940 bound for the Middle East returning on the 19th March 1942

M.I.D. awarded for “Distinguished Service in the Middle East during the period of February 1941 to July 1941”. London Gazette 35396 dated the 30th of December 1941 page 7361 at position 68

Embarking again this time to confront the Japanese and bound for New Guinea he left on the 24th of April 1944. Finally Schofield returned on the 16th September 1945 for discharge which took place on the 19th October 1945 due to the conclusion of the war. It is nice to see he went on to live a healthy long life passing away on the 28th September 2001.

Interestingly Schofield’s name comes up on the Freeman website (dedicated to soldiers who have escaped the enemy) with the following reference “Greece NX3735 SCHOFIELD William Henry 2/2 Bn” then it mentions the ship “Victoria Huon” he used in the final leg of his escape from the island of “Skyros” also mentioned.

“Purple over Green” the unit history on the 2/2nd Battalion (who Schofield was attached to) gives us an insight into Schofields fascinating escape telling the story of one of Schofield’s companions for part of his escape. We do not know what Schofield endured over the first nine days whilst on the run evading the Germans until the late hours of the 27th where the book specifically mentions him meeting other escaping soldiers forming a group of no less than 14 in all. Several days were then spent in hiding whilst trying to negotiate with the local Greek villagers for a boat to further their escape. Finally a boat large enough was acquired and the 14 of them were able to sail to the island of Skopelos, then the next day to the island of Skandura, then on to Skyros. The escape was far from over and days past on the island along with another group that had made it. The group waited and hoped until the night of the 13th of May when they sighted a 30 foot boat and after much negotiation with the skipper it was agreed he would take the whole party of now 30 men. The cost for this was an exorbitant sum that the group was to obtain from the British Consul at Smyrna in Turkey, their projected destination. The book tells of further close calls as the group hides under blankets as the German planes fly over until arriving in Turkey. Once in Turkey arrangements had to be made for the group to travel to Palestine where the Australian troops were located. They finally reached their fellow comrades on the 24th of May now a group of no less than 48 men made up of both Australian and New Zealand soldiers.

When we compare the dates for which Schofield is awarded his MID, along with the dates the Germans invaded and the dates we now know he escaped, we see they are the same, making this award a seldom seen award for escape and evasion. A truly fascinating story which further research could only make better.

VF SOLD

 

Single: India General Service 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Punjab Frontier 1897-98 (Major F. A. Blyth. 10th. Bl. Lcrs.) with later silver Oak Leaf with M.I.D. inscribed.

 

Note: Frederick Augustus Blyth was born in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia, in 1857. He was the son of Major-General F. S. Blyth, C.B., who commanded the 40th Foot when stationed in Australia. F.A. Blyth was commissioned Second Lieutenant, 40th Foot, in February 1875. He transferred to the 73rd Foot in December of the same year, before being posted as a Lieutenant to the Indian Staff Corps in January 1881.

Blyth was appointed a Squadron Officer of the 10th Bengal Lancers in January 1882, and served with the Regiment during the Zhob Valley Expedition of 1884. He served as Adjutant, January 1885 - February 1886, advancing to Captain in the latter year. He served as Major, and officiating Commandant of the Regiment for the campaign on the North West Frontier under Sir William Lockhart, with the Buner Field Force in 1898 (M.I.D. London Gazette 22 April 1898). He commanded the Regiment, October 1901 - May 1907, having been appointed Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel in June 1904. Blyth died in February 1919.

 

Very fine SOLD

PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 5732 PTE W. K. SHARPLES 59/BN AIF.

EMB: 4th May 1916 14thBN

Transferred to the 59thBN 1st Jun 1916

Trench feet 14th Dec 1916

W.I.A: 25th Apr 1918 (G.S.W face)

W.I.A: (2nd occurrence) 2nd Sept 1918 (shell right leg)

Discharged 7th Dec 1919 3rdM.D

 

Note: Medals returned to sender and resent in 1924.

 

VF SOLD

 

Trio: 1914-15 Star correct impressed style to 1556 Pte. L. H. B. Hudd, 9........[A]I.F. (unit details are faint due to weak striking); British War and Victory Medals correctly impressed 1556 Pte. L. H. B. Hudd, 9........[A]I.F.

This group comes with a beautifully designed certificate of service outlining the following;

"Leslie Hilland Bruce Hudd was born in McLaren Vale, South Australia. A Lithographer by occupation and a member of the Public Service Rifle Club, he enlisted into the 9th Light Horse Regiment A.I.F. on 3 September 1915. He embarked for overseas service at Adelaide, aboard the Geelong, 18 November 1915, as part of the 12th Reinforcements to the 9th Light Horse and landed at Egypt. With the unit Hudd served in the raid on the Turkish outpost of Jifjafa in the Sinai, April 1916. On 5th August 1916 he served in the mounted attack on the Turks occupying the high ridge at Hamisah and on 9th August took part in the heavy fighting at Bir el Abd, where the light horsemen were attacked by near overwhelming numbers of Turks. The stubborn steadiness of the Light Horsemen, fighting throughout, in the heat of the day, saved the retreat from becoming a route. Casualties were heavy with eight officers and sixty-five other ranks killed and thirty-three officers and two hundred and ten other ranks wounded. In October 1916 Trooper Hudd was transferred to the H.Q. of the 3rd Light Horse. This unit later took part in the actions at Mazar, El Arish, Magdhaba and Rafa. His papers record that Hudd had several run-ins with authority - noting 'neglect of duty' in failing to clean his rifle, in May 1917 and 'failing to salute an officer', in August 1918. Hudd returned to Australia aboard the Delta on 2 August 1919."

 

Nearly VF SOLD

 

 

 

Five: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal correctly impressed to VX18985 C. W. Mucklow,

Sergeant Charles William Mucklow a native from Nathalia, Victoria enlisted on 6 Jun 1940. The 2/2nd  Pioneer Battalion fought as companies during the Syrian campaign, but when the Vichy French counter-attacked Merdjayoun on 15 Jun 1941, the 2/2nd regrouped to hold the Litani Bridge and prevent further enemy advance.

On 17 Jun, the 2/2nd participated in the attack on Fort Merdjayoun. French machine-gun fire quickly stopped the attack and the Australians suffered 27 killed, 29 captured, and 46 wounded.

In early 1942 the 2/2nd sailed on the Orcades reaching Oosthaven in Sumatra before going to Batavia. The troops aboard Orcades combined as ‘Blackforce’ to defend Java. The Japanese landed on Java on 28 February 1942. Blackforce went into action at Leuwiliang near Buitenzorg on 4 March fighting against the Japanese for two days but was ordered to lay down arms the day after Dutch surrender on the 8th of March. The majority of the 2/2nd survived the fighting and spent the rest of the war as prisoners. Of these, 258 men died, most while working on the Burma-Thailand railway.

Mucklow was part of Williams Force, who worked the Burma end of the railway. He died of beri beri at Tha Makham camp, Thailand, on 29 Jan 1944. His body was recovered at the end of the war and reinterred in the CWGC cemetery at Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

 

 EF SOLD

 

 

 

 

Five: 1939/45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Australian Service Medal correctly impressed to 400969 R. F. Cripps

Flight Sergeant Cripps a native from Glenferrie Vic, enlisted on the 7th of December 1940.

On 9 Jan 43, Cripps was tasked as bomb aimer aboard Lancaster W4371 of 12 Sqn, Bomber Command. The aircraft took off from RAF Station Wickenby, to carry out a mine laying operation in the Saint Peter’s Head area of the West Frisian Islands, near the Danish coast. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it the Lancaster and crew failed to return to base.

The crew was listed as missing in action, and an investigation determined the crew was killed in flying battle. Two other planes were also listed as missing at the same time.

Official report states “It is presumed to have been lost owing to enemy action over the target which it was detailed to attack”

Historian Alan Storr states “Following post war investigations and enquires, it was recorded in 1949 that the missing crew had lost their lives at sea”.

This is a rare Air Crew Europe Killed in Action group to an Australian and seldom seen on the market.

 

 Near EF SOLD

 

Five: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, War Medal (M.I.D.) and Australian Service Medal 1939/45 to an Officer of the 2/43rd Btn. AIF. War Medal and ASM are correctly impressed to SX6994 R. B. Davis. Stars un-named as often found.

MID London Gazette 24-6-1943. Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 16-3-1944 "Award for El Alamein"

WIA 10/8/1941 Tobruk.

Promoted to be Lieutenant 3/1/1943.

Comes with large quantity of research. Original train ticket and Battalion Car Badge for the 2/43rd, plus old period plastic coated ribbon bar, pre ASM award.

EF SOLD

 

Five: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly impressed to VX34115 C. V. SPEERS. Comes with box of issue

Enlisted 11th July 1940 and posted to the 2/3rd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment

The unit embarked for the Middle East in December 1940

Sydney Morning herald 18th June 1941 has Gunner Speers as “Previously reported missing now believed killed”

Records indicate that VX34115 Cyril Speers was at one stage held at an officers camp at Sulmona (Campo PG78)

Discharged 31st August 1945

Note: The majority of POW’s of the 2/3rd L. A. A. Rgt were taken during the evacuation of Crete. The approximate figure of Australians in Italian POW camps during the war is 2000 soldiers.

 

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Five: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to WX284 G. J. STRAUGHAN. Stars un-named as often issued.

At the time of listing these medals Sergeant George James Straughan’s service records were still sealed.

The following was taken from the WW2 nominal roll;

Enlisted 7th November 1939 into the Australian Army at Subiaco, WA

Discharged 1ST March 1944

Unit on discharge listed as “2/11TH BATTALION 6 DIVISION”

Note: With the service number WX284 we know that Sergeant Straughan enlisted on the very first day of enlistment in 1939. The “Western Mail” newspaper dated the 9th January 1941 lists a Virgilian Honour Roll” giving us an insight of his service and shows us he was still overseas at that time.  “Cocky's Offsider" WX284 Sgt G. I. Straughan, A/A Platoon, Headquarters Coy.. 2/11 Battalion. AIF. Abroad”

 

The “Mirror” newspaper dated 31st October 1942 in relation to Georges wedding had stated the following; “George took everything Hitler’s men could throw at him overseas, and returned to claim his sweet heart. “(First WAAAF wedding in Geraldton)

 

With the newspaper clipping showing his marriage in Australia in 1942 and knowing the majority of the 2/11th were taken Prisoners on Crete, it appears that Sergeant Straughan may have been one of the lucky few who were able to make a daring escape off the island. Further research can only enhance this group.

VF SOLD

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Three: Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to VX131045 H J W SEWELL

Henry Joseph William Sewell was born on the 1st May 1910 Leichhardt, NSW.

Enlisted in the Militia 1st July 1928 (36th Infantry Bn)

To 57/60th Infantry Bn 1st July 1935

Enlisted in the Permanent Forces 13th August 1936 (Ordnance Corps)

Posted to Midland Junction workshops, Western Australia as Sergeant 1938

posted to duty 3rd Heavy Brigade of Artillery, Rottnest Island and promoted to Warrant Officer Class II shortly after.

Joined A.I.F. November 1940 and continued to be posted to Rottnest Island, Midland Junction (as Armament Artificer) and various other locations in WA before posted to Queensland 13th Advanced Workshops towards the end of 1944.

Embarked Brisbane for Morotai, Borneo and operations against the Japanese per Transport “Sea Barb” 1945

Enplaned Morotai for Melbourne 18th January 1946 and to Officer Cadet training.

After WW2 posted to Army Headquarters Master General of the Ordnance Branch, Albert Park Melbourne 1947 and rose up through the ranks as a junior officer before being discharged with the Honorary rank of Major in 1965

Note: Regimental numbers he was given are 10/281681, 3753, VX131045 and 3470

Comes with WW2 Dog Tags, REME rifle competition awards (engraved medallion and plaque), both his original Warrant and also his Commission, along with a beautiful letter from Major-General Canet, CB CBE on Major Sewell’s retirement and his “Record of Service Book” which confirms the three medals as his full issue of medals. Research included

Good VF SOLD

 

 

 

FAMILY GROUPING

 

GROUP 1: Pair: British War and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 14021 PTE J. CLARKE WORC. R.

Note: Unclear as to relationship of both groups but not father & Son. Medals came together and we do not split families

 GROUP 2: Five: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to VX48050 L. L. CLARKE Stars un-named as often found with early issue.

 

Enlisted 4th July 1940 to 8th Battalion as V58019

Enlisted A.I.F. at Caulfield 30th July 1940 2/23rd Battalion

Embarked Sydney for the Middle East 8th March 1941

To Corps of Sigs Section 8th July 1941

To 2/23rd Battalion Garrison duty against Vichy French in Syria 19th February 1942

AWOL with 120 days detention and then posted on further operations in North Africa and service at Gaza and Palestine with the 2/23rd Battalion.

Embarked Suez per “L4” 31st January 1943

Discharged medically unfit 27th September 1943 (Malaria)

 

Note: Comes with Colonel Neil Smiths research

 

First group near EF second VF SOLD

 

Five: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to QX20158 S. A. CREED

Enlisted A.I.F. at Rockhampton 25th March 1941 7th Infantry Training Battalion

Embarked Sydney for the Middle East 1st September1941

To 2/15th Infantry Battalion 26th January 1942

Embarked Suez for Australia 8th February 1942

Embarked from Brisbane for Port Moresby and operations against the Japanese 6th September 1942

To Carrier Group 25th Brigade 19th September 1942 and operations Lae and Nadzab

Discharged medically unfit 4th January 1944

 

Note: Comes with Colonel Neil Smiths research

 

VF SOLD

 

PTE BROWN 51 BN KILLED IN ACTION BELGUIM

PHOTO CORTESY OF AWM WEBSITE

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3731 PTE. E. H. BROWN 11BN AIF

Private Edward Huxley Brown, a blacksmith’s striker from Westonia, WA, enlisted on 18 Sep 1915.

On joining the 11th Battalion in Egypt in December it was not long before Private Brown was transferred to the newly raised 51st Battalion becoming an original member of ‘C’ Company in Mar 1916.

Renown as a champion boxer, it is no surprise being a fighter that he became a machine gunner and took part in the 51st attacks at Mouquet Farm and Noreuil.

On the 10th June 1917, as a volunteer stretcher-bearer and having just completed his duties he returned to the front-line trench at Messines. Suddenly a German shell landed in his dug-out and both he and another soldier were instantly killed. He is recorded as being buried, but unfortunately his body never recovered post war,

Private Brown is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. †

VF SOLD

 

Six: 1939/45 Star, Burma Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45, Queens Korea Medal and United Nations Korea Medal. WW2 medals are all unnamed as issued. Korea Pair correctly impressed to 3/10957 W. J. Whitford.

T/Sgt William John Whitford served with the English army in WW2 (service number 14922415), before enlisting into the Australian army and serving in Korea with 2 RAR

Comes complete with Australian Military Forces Certificate of Discharge (Korean overseas service of 1 year and 44 days). Royal Australian Regiment shoulder title, Ribbon Bar and both medal entitlement cards (WW2 and Korea) confirming all awards.

Near EF SOLD 

 

 

 

 

 

Trio: British War Medal, Victory Medal and Coronation medal (QE11). WW1 pair impressed to 31692 DVR S. H. HATTON 36 - H. A. G. AIF. Coronation unnamed as issued.

Comes with a copy of Dvr Hattons photo and profile of service (as pictured).

"Driver Samuel Howard Hatton (31692) enlisted on the 2nd October, 1916, and embarked on the 23rd December with the 9/25th F.A.B. He was in action with the 54th Siege Battalion near Nieuport, and also Polygon Woods, Ypres, Menin Woods, and the Passchendaele stunt. He was slightly gassed at the latter place, and returned to Australia on the 13th May, 1918.

Also comes with coronation roll, confirming that Samuel Hatton was an official guest at the coronation service.

An extremely rare WW1 group to an enlisted man with the QE11 coronation medal

 

 

 

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 6109 Pte. F. L. Macey 3 F.A.B. Pk. Sec. AIF

emb.29 Dec.1916  discharged 19 Dec 1919

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 176 Pte. C. W. Greet 60 Bn.  AIF

emb. 18 May 1916 ( spent 3 months with cyclists)

KIA 30 Aug. 1918 - missing then burried German cem. Barleux, Peronne

60 Bn impressed on medals is only found on KIA due to the Bn. being disbanded.

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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 

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 Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal. Correctly impressed to 2893 PTE J. H. TATTERSALL 44-BN. A.I.F.

Emb. 29th December 1916

M.I.A. 1 August 1917

 Classed as K.I.A. by a board of enquiry 8th January 1918. A Red Cross file exists going into details of his unfortunate death (see photos)

Due to there being no known grave for Private Tattersall he is honoured on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Private Tattersall enlisted in Kalgoorlie. ;;

 

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to LIEUT. L. D. LOBASCHER AIF

Emb. 30th October 1916 as "O. C. troops"

RTA 22nd November 1919

Comes with an original letter of recommendation from Beaconsfield state school where he attended, dated 1907. Also an engraved watch presented to him by the 32nd Battalion Association in appreciation of his services as Honourary secretary 1-9-1936

 

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Group of six : QSA  five clasps " CC,OFS,T SA 01,SA 02" (K.R.R.C) top two clasps loose. 1914 -15 STAR, BRITISH WAR & VICTORY MEDALS impressed  2387 Pte/Sgt T.Rogers K.R.R.C. 1939 WAR & AUST.SERVICE MEDALS impressed W243298  T.Rogers.

 

A nice rare Boer War to WW2 group with his final period still being active service in the 18 Maint. Platoon RAE, Western Australia.

AVG VF  SOLD

 

 

Family grouping, Group One: Military Cross, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal.

Military Cross period engraved to "LIEUT. T. N. W. B. STEELE 49TH BATT. A.I.F. MOUQUET FARM SEPT 1ST - 6TH 1916". 1914/15 star impressed to 74 PTE T. N. W. B. STEELE 11/L. H. RGT. A.I.F. British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to Captain T. N. W. B. Steele AIF.  Pacific Star, War medal and Australian Service Medal 1939/45 all impressed in the early small capital letter issue to NX137273 T. N. W. B. Steele.

Emb. 2 June 1915

Transferred to the 2nd Light Horse 29th August 1915 whilst on Gallipoli

Transferred again after Gallipoli to the 49th Bn. as an Officer.

Wins the Military Cross September 1916 "Mouquet Farm"

London Gazette 14th November 1916

RTA 16th April 1918

Captain Steeles WW2 record states that he was part of Eastern Command when he discharged after having been to the Pacific theatre of war.

A very important group to a soldier who rose through the ranks with the light horse in Gallipoli, recognised for his leadership and gallantry and then went on to serve overseas in WW2.

Complete with various silver pens, vesta, lighter and card case. All with initials or monogram.

Second group to the son of Captain Steele M.C.

Group of four 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star (late style period official engraved),War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal (officially impressed) to NX51099  R.B.Steele who served in the 2/6th Australian Armoured Regiment who with their tanks were involved in the actions at Buna and Sanananda.

He is noted on the roll of the Regimental book "The Vital Factor" which gives an excellent account of Australia's first tank action for WW2 in PNG making his group of 4 that much more interesting.

Complete with excellent photo, Discharge paper and one of his colour patches.  

 

 

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 6084 PTE G. F. E. SMITH 2 BN.  A.I.F.

Emb. 22nd August 1916

 Died. Suffocation by immersion (found in river Seine)

 Buried at St. Sever (Rouen) "Accidently drowned"

We have attached a copy of the Witness report surrounding the circumstances of Private Smith's death. It is very hard to imagine this as an accident?

 

Near EF SOLD 

 

 

Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 4746 PTE. A. BRYANT 8 BN. A.I.F.

Emb. 29th May 1916

WIA 18th August 1916 G.S.W. Foot/right

 2nd WIA  11th October 1917 G.S.W. Knee

3rd WIA 28th August 1918 Gassed

RTA 23rd March 1919

London Gazette 14th May 1919

 Very strong service with the award of the Military Medal and three times wounded.

 

 

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Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3280 PTE. E. R. BRIMSON 11/BN AIF.

EMB: 2nd November 1915 and posted to “C” Coy

27th March sprained ankle

KIA: 9th April 1917 During the German counter attack at Louverval (Where Pope won his VC)

Cemetery details: Morchies Australian Cemetery, Morchies, Arras, Nord Pas de Calais, France NOK West Leederville

 

Note: Records show Ernest Richard Brimson’s British war medal was returned to sender and sent out again

 

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Six: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star (North Africa 1942-43), Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to J. G. SISSONS R.A.N.V.R. Stars for Navy casualties, regardless of cause or location of death, were issued unnamed.

Enlisted in the RANVR in Sydney 20th May 1941 service number S/V95 (Sydney Volunteer 95)

Commenced training under the “Dominion Yachtsman Scheme” as a potential Officer

Embarked for the UK on the 16th October 1941

Between December 1941 to October 1942 saw service on the Minesweeper HMAS Collingwood, HMS Victory, Minesweeper HMS Llandudno, HMS King and back to the London Depot before making  Sub Lieutenant 9th October 1942

Posted as Sub Lieutenant to the HMS Quebec for Combined Operations Depot Inveraray 15th November 1942

Posted to HMS Copra (Combined Operations Depot) 1st April 1943 and duty with the Motor Launch 1038 near North Africa

Sub Lieutenant Sissons was killed in action 11th July 1943 during raiding operations South of Syracuse, Mediterranean Sea as part of Operation “Husky” and the invasion of Sicily.

The crew of HDML1038 were tasked with undertaking “raiding operations” with members of the specially trained 41 Commando, Royal Marines. The objective of HDML 1038 was to land the Commandos south of Syracuse for a pre-emptive strike for when the main landing to occur after.

Sub Lieutenant Sissons is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial on Panel 84, Column 2 as his body was not recovered.  

Note: Comes with Four Allied Military (Italy) 1 Lira notes, Female Relatives Badge numbered N3598, Mothers and Widows Badge numbered N1450 and the rare RAN Killed in Action next of kin gold lapel pin “This lapel pin is presented by the Chief of Navy in recognition that your loved one, who was a valued member of the Royal Australian Navy, died in Service. May you look upon this in remembrance and wear it with pride”

Near EF SOLD

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Pair: Private R. H. King, 20th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces, who was killed in action on the Western Front on 28 October 1917

British War and Victory Medals (5689. Pte. R. H. King. 20-Bn. A.I.F.); Memorial Plaque (Robert Henry King) in card envelope, with Buckingham Palace enclosure.

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Provenance: Acquired by the vendor directly from the recipient’s family.

Robert Henry King was born in Clerkenwell, London, and having emigrated to Australia attested for the Australian Imperial Force at North Sydney, New South Wales. He served with the 20th Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 22 May 1916, and in a letter home, dated 26 August 1917, he writes: ‘According to the way that the Germans keep retreating I think that he is fed up with it and will soon turn it in and the sooner he does the better for all of us.’

King was killed in action on 28 October 1917. A comrade from the same unit stated: ‘I saw Private King killed at Halfway house at Ypres. He was out delivering rations when he was caught by a shell, which killed him instantly.’ He is buried in Perth Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium.

Sold with a quantity of ephemera, including silk postcards and letters written by the recipient to his wife; a small coloured portrait of the recipient housed in a silver pendant; two Australian Military Forces ‘For Australia’ memorial silk; cap badge; and an A.I.F. ‘To the Women of Australia. For Duty Done’ lapel badge, reverse numbered ‘189350’; together with official telegram and letter notification of death; a portrait photograph of the recipient and a photograph of his original grave; and a large quantity of copied research.

 

Nearly extremely fine SOLD

 

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Pair: War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Both medals correctly named to WX30071 H. E. WALTERS

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

Enlisted 15th July 1942 into the 16th Battalion Australian Army at Bellevue, Western Australia

Discharged 3rd November 1944 (possibly injury?)

Further research required

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Pair: British War and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 9656 SGT. J. L. PAPPIN 11 F. C. E. AIF.

 

EMB: 31st May 1916

 

John Llandaff Pappin was the Farrier Sergeant of the 11th Field Company Engineers

 

RTA: 12th March 1918

 

Note: Comes with Original Discharge paper, Eastern and Australian Steamship Co., Ltd. S.S. “AUSTRALIAN” 9TH MAY 1906 passenger list booklet from Australia to Japan confirming Pappin as a passenger, Two Australian Consolidated Commonwealth Government Stock Certificates to Mrs Mary Eliza Pappin, Glenelg SA both to the value of 3500 pounds, The Last Will and Testament of John Llandaff Pappin dated 1935 and listing John as a Coachbuilder in South Australia, and two letter/receipts dealing with the cost and arrangement of his funeral along with two grave site photo postcards. 

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Newspaper article showing McLachlan as Professional golfer prior to his death at the hands of the Japanese

Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939/45. All medals officially impressed to NX23783 J McLACHLAN

James was born in Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland moving to Australia prior to the war as a professional golfer at Glenelg Golf Club, Adelaide in 1929  (where a tournament for the Jimmy McLachlan Memorial Trophy is still held).

Enlisted: 12th June 1941 2/18th Battalion

The 2/18th Battalion participated in the unsuccessful defence of Singapore in early February 1942 where the men were taken as prisoners of war. Jimmy McLachlan died as a POW in 1942.

Date of Death: 11th July 1942. Initially classed as missing and then classed as died of illness which is how each prisoner’s death was recorded to the Red Cross.

Cemetery/memorial: James Sawers McLachlan was buried in the Kranji War cemetery, Singapore plot 2 row B grave number 16 inscribed “Always remembered” (In 1946, the graves from Changi were also moved to Kranji, many of them during the construction of the Burma-Thailand railway).

Note: Comes with a photograph of Pte McLachlan’s war grave in the Singapore Military Cemetery, four medal documents / letters, a photograph of Pte McLachlan pre-war, newspaper cuttings, Glenelg Golf Club program the “Jimmy McLachlan Memorial Trophy” dated 1948, 1914/18 Red cross medallion and two buttons.

The ‘Jimmy Mac’ is a 36 Hole Stroke Play Championship, open to all Full, Provisional, Intermediate and Junior male members of the Club with a G.A. handicap of 10.1 or less (both amateurs and professionals).

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Pair: Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 “Vietnam” clasp and Vietnam Medal to 4720718 W. S. BRIDGEWATER with both medals correctly named.

 

4720718 Sapper William Sydney Bridgewater a Royal Engineer National Serviceman from Henley Beach South Australia

 

Service shown as;

32 Small Ship Squadron (AV 1356 Clive Steele) 17/12/1969-02/03/1970

32 Small Ship Squadron (AV 1353 Harry Chauvel) 21/05/1970-06/06/1970

32 Small Ship Squadron (AV 1353 Harry Chauvel) 11/11/1970-15/12/1970

Note: Sapper Bridgewater is not entitled to the Vietnam Star due to 128 days in country (less than the 6 months service in country needed).

 

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Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 6405 PTE B. H. TUCKETT 24 BN. A.I.F.

Emb: 23rd November 1916

WIA: 4th October 1917 (G.S.W. Left Elbow)

2nd WIA: 22nd March 1918 (Gassed)

3rd WIA: 1st September 1918 (B. W. Leg Rt)

Awarded Military Medal London Gazette 17th June 1919

 ‘This man acted as stretcher bearer throughout the attack on Mt. St. Quentin near Peronne on 1 September 1918, and displayed a courage and devotion to duty which were of the highest order. Undeterred by incessant machine-gun and shell fire, he continued his work of rescuing the wounded, and he worked unremittingly until every casualty was removed from the field. During the operation his company trench was heavily shelled by 6.9s and among the casualties were two wounded men who had been buried. Though the bombardment still continued Tuckett, without hesitation, worked and dug these men out, tended their wounds, and carried them back to safety. His utter disregard for his own safety was instrumental in saving the lives of many of his comrades.’

RTA: 23rd March 1919 (Medically unfit)

Contact marks (polished) Nearly VF SOLD

 

Pair: A Great War 1918 ‘Somme’ M.M. pair awarded to Private P. O’Sullivan, 44th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, for single-handedly capturing a machine-gun, an officer and 20 men, during an attack on Hamel, 4 July 1918

Military Medal, G.V.R. (61 Pte. P. O’Sullivan. 44/Aust: Inf:); British War Medal 1914-20 (61 Pte. P. O’Sullivan  44 Bn. A.I.F.)

M.M. London Gazette 1 October 1918. The original recommendation states:

‘On the 4th July 1918 during the attack on Hamel, this man on reaching the final objective saw an enemy machine gun being mounted for action. He immediately rushed forward, bombed and killed the crew and captured the gun. He then bombed the adjacent dugout and captured an Officer and 20 men. During the whole of this operation this man showed conspicuous bravery and set a very high example of devotion to duty to his comrades.’

P. O’Sullivan was born in Warren Island, County Kerry, Ireland. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 10 January 1916, and embarked for France on H.M.A.T. Suevic, 6 June 1916. O’Sullivan served with the 44th Australian Infantry Battalion as part of the 11th Australian Brigade, 3rd Australian Division in the French theatre of war. He was awarded his M.M. for gallantry in operations on the Somme, in particular during the attack on Hamel, 4 July 1918. During the attack on Hamel, 12 German officers and 350 other ranks were captured, together with 20 machine-guns. O’Sullivan’s battalion suffered 22 other ranks killed, 5 officers and 113 other ranks wounded, and 13 other ranks missing.

O’Sullivan returned to Australia in H.T. Plassy in September 1919, and was discharged 10 December 1919.

Note: The BWM was re-united recently (2018) giving hope that the Victory Medal will eventually turn up

 

Very fine SOLD

 

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3146 DVR. J. F. DAVIS 1/F.A. BDE AIF.

Previous Military service stated as “Rifle Club Tumbarumba”

EMB: 21st November 1914

Admitted hospital Mena 4th April 1915 “Sick”

Transferred to 1st Battery 11th July 1915 Gallipoli Peninsula

RTA: Invalided on the 3rd September 1915 “for discharge in Australia”

Discharged: 27th December 1915 2nd Military District

Note: Due to Driver Davis’s early discharge he becomes a member of the initial RSL club the “Returned Servicemen’s Association” (RSA) of New South Wales of which his rare original badge numbered 548 is included. Also included is a Political Labor League (NSW) 1915 silver jubilee badge/fob and a 1937 Coronation medallion both belonging to him.

Good VF SOLD

 

 

Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 4892 DVR L. J. RAYMOND 1 ANZ CYC BN AIF (1 CYC. CPS AIF on Victory Medal).

Emb. 7th March 1916 with the 6th Battalion

Transferred to the 1st ANZAC Cyclist Bn. 9th July 1916

RTA: 22nd May 1919 3rd Military District

Note: Victory medal was returned to sender in 1921 and in 1928 a new victory medal was sent out, hence the different unit naming on the Victory Medal (Not a broken group). A rare group to the Cyclist Corps

 

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Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to CHARLES ALBERT KEMP.

 3165 Private Charles Albert Kemp embarked on the 18 January 1916 from Fremantle with the 28th Battalion AIF.

 KIA 29th July 1916 Pozierres

Villers – Bretonneux Memorial

3252 Private Ryan’s witness report states ”Kemp was killed instantly by shell fire, during an attack at Pozierres on July 29th, 1915. I was near him when he was hit by a high explosive shortly after we had “stepped over”, He was terribly injured every limb being shattered. It was not possible to bury him, and we had to leave him in no man’s land, we could not bring him in, Enemy fire was to heavy. Ground was not held. He was about 5’7 well built , fair 33 years. Was a miner from Leonora, West Australia.” (Red Cross file AWM)

Good VF SOLD

 
 

 

 

Trio: 1915/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Correctly impressed 2526 PTE J. NOBLE 17/AUST INF (L-CPL on pair) 

Previous service: 7 years Royal Navy – Naval Brigade NSW & Naval Contingent from NSW to China – on active service (purchased discharge)

Emb: 5th October 1915 (age 45 years)

Transferred to the 5th Pioneers 18th March 1916

Discharged 13th September 1916, 2nd M.D. (senility)

Note: Joseph Noble died on the 5th January 1928 at the Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick. According to the contents of a letter from the NSW State Trustees Office, Noble also had home service as a Private in the Australian Army Medical Corps.

Further information is given on a medical form (in his AIF record) stating “Was at the bombardment of Alexandria 1881 and Boxer Rebellion”. The AWM has Noble Able Seaman Noble embarking on the SS Salamis and returning on the SS Chingtu. The China medal roll states his medal was sent to the “C in C Australia 6 Feb 03”. Due to the Australian government not issuing all the China medals at this stage we are unsure if his medal was actually presented to him.

Looking further into the Royal Navy records there appears to be a J. Noble on the HMS Monarch for the Sudan campaign listed as the “Asst. Engr” which could possibly be him however this would make him ten years old (roughly) going off his enlist age given in the first world war. Further research is required.

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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

 

 

RECOMMENDED FOR THE VICTORIA CROSS

Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 6572 L/CPL G. G. ROBERTSON 7 BN. A.I.F.

Emb. 2nd October 1916

WIA 4th October 1917 G.S.W. Thigh

Awarded Military Medal 24th October 1918

RTA 27th July 1919

Cpl Roberston was one of the 133 (AWM website) that in WW1 were recommended for The Victoria Cross (including those awarded). It seems in Robertsons case, that he got himself into a minor prank involving souveniring womens knickers. It could be argued that this stupid prank may well have cost him, his countries highest honour.

Interesting note: When one examines the Victoria Cross recommendations in the AWM, 233 recommendations are listed. Exactly 100 duplicate examples are amongst these (where a soldier has been resubmitted, or a variation is present). So the true number of people recommended for the Victoria Cross in WW1 was 133 (66 of these were awarded).

 

Good VF SOLD

 

 

 

 

Eight: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 2228 PTE F. ROBERTSON 58 BN. A.I.F. 1939/45 Star, Africa star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service medal 1939/45 all correctly impressed to VX44370 E. J. ROBERTSON

Emb. 1st May1916

WIA 25th April 1918 G.S.W. Neck

London Gazette 17th June 1919

RTA 5th August 1919

Due to his WW2 records being unopened (at this stage) we can only see an outline of his Africa service of which he served with the pay corp as a sergeant.

Francis appears to have changed his name to Eric (most likely due to his age) on enlistment in WW2 and this is backed up by his WW1 records that states that he has "No relatives living", The difference in age is roughly 5 years between the records and therefore can not be a son. These medals have all come together from a very old collection and is worthy of further research. A strong citation and a very impressive grouping.

 

Good VF SOLD

 

 

 

L/CPL "Paddy" Fitzgerald in Egypt

 

Group of Four, plus ANZAC plaque: Military Medal, 1914/15 star, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 341 L/CPL. P. FITZGERALD 23 BN. A.I.F.

ANZAC medallion correctly named to P. FITZGERALD

Enlisted. 15th February 1915 as an original member of "B" company

WIA 3rd May 1917 G.S.W. R/Arm

 2nd WIA  16th May 1918 (slight) remained on duty

RTA 9th March 1919

Commonwealth Gazette 27th Aug 1917

 The following extract was supplied by Paddys niece (in 1989) as part of paddy's story. There are four pages in total.

"Upon disembarkation at Alexandria the 2nd Division were transfered to the A.I.F. camp at MENA where further training was carried out prior to reinforcing the troops already on Gallipoli. On the morning of September the 2nd, 1915, the transport ship "SOUTHLAND", a vessel of 11,899 tons carrying 1600 men of the 21st BTN and "B" company of the 23rd BTN from Alexandria to Lemnos, was torpedoed in the AEGEAN SEA, causing a loss of one officer and 32 men.

It was during this action that Paddy saved the life of a soldier and was believed to have been recommended for a V.C. but a subsequent fight with a member of the provost corps saw an end to any award.

The troops were rescued by the hospital ship "NEURALIA" and other ships and were returned to Alexandria where they were regrouped and returned to Gallipolli arriving between the 6th - 8th of September, 1915.

The 23rd BTN relieved the 13th Light Horse Regiment at Lone Pine...... Paddy was evacuated from Gallipoli on the night of 12th December, 1915, with "A" party of the 6th Brigade where he returned to Egypt."

 

 

Good VF SOLD

 

 

Three: British War Medal, Victory Medal and E11 coronation medal first two correctly impressed to 37326 A-CPL. R. T. GORE 4 D.A.C. A.I.F.

Enlisted on the 5th September 1916

Embarked 5th November 1917

RTA 31st March 1919

Ralph Thomas Gore was born in Glen Innes, NSW, on 4 October 1888. He was educated at Brisbane Grammar School and was called to the Queensland Bar in 1915. He was associate to Sir Samuel Griffith in 1915-16 and then served in the Artillery in WW1. He practised at the Queensland Bar 1919-24 and became Crown Law Officer in Papua in 1924. He was judge of the Supreme Court of Pupua 1928-42 and Judge of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea 1945-62. He died in 1968.

As the CBE is an unnamed medal, one could easily acquire the medal to add to this important group.

 

 

 

 

Good VF SOLD

 

 

Captain Smith-Ryan

 

 

Four; 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal all correctly impressed WX3453 A. R. Smith-Ryan

A bank officer with the Commercial Bank of Australia from Northam, WA, enlisted on 21 Nov 1940, after service as a Lieutenant in the 11th Battalion of the Militia. As the original Second-in-Command of ‘B’ Company, 2/4th MG Bn.

Landing in Singapore in January 1942 with his company as support to the Manchester Fusiliers originally tasked with defending the naval base. From 8–15 of February, 137 men of 2/4th MG Bn were killed or missing, 106 wounded, and 24 suffered ‘shell shock’ from Japanese air, artillery and infantry attacks.

Upon the units surrender, he was marched to Changi with remnants of 2/4th MG Bn and spent the duration of the war in Adam Park and Changi. He was responsible for writing the unit’s War Diary and secretly kept a personal diary whilst a POW, hidden from the Japanese. Much of what we know about the 2/4th MG Bn during the Battle for Singapore was extracted from these diaries. He was recovered in 1945, and returned to WA, living in East Perth. He died in Floreat Park, WA, on 13 Nov 1970.

A very rare officer’s medal group to a key player in the 2/4th story

 

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Private William Henry Francis Clarke

 

 

Six; 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal,  Australian Service Medal and Greek War Medal. Allk Australian medals correctly impressed to WX292 W. H. F. Clarke.

William Henry Francis Clarke a mill hand from Swanbourne, WA, enlisted on 7 Nov 1939. An original member of 2/11th  Bn,

Private Clarke saw action at Bardia, Tobruk and Derna before the campaign in Greece.

On the 17th of April 1941 during a Luftwaffe airstrike on the withdrawal through Brallos Pass Private Clarke was tragically killed (being the first member of the Battalion killed in action in the Greek campaign). He was quickly buried by the side of the road and his body has not been recovered.

Private Clarke was later commemorated on the Athens Memorial, Greece.

 

Ex: Status International sale Oct 2009

 

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WX2246 George Sandercock

 

 

Seven; 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, War Medal, Australian Service Medal and Greek War Medal. All Australian medals correctly impressed to WX2246 G Sandercock,

A miner from Brookton, WA, Lance-Bombardier enlisted on 25 Apr 1940. He disembarked with 2/3rd Field Regiment at Gourock, Scotland on 17th June 1940 for training, where the 2/3rd was equipped with the new 25 Pounder. He arrived in Palestine on 31 Dec 1940, supporting the advance across North Africa to the frontier. Sandercock drove a truck shot up by enemy aircraft on 26th of February 1941. He embarked for Greece on 26 Mar 1941 In support of the New Zealanders they supported at Elasson on the 18th of April, at Erithrai on the 26th of April and at Porto Rafti on 27th of April 1941.

The 2/3rd lost 7 KIA, 17 WIA and 2 POW in Greece and destroyed their guns before the withdrawal to Crete on 3 Jun 1941. The 2/3rd was engaged against German paratroop landings at Suda and Retimo and covered the withdrawal to Sfakia prior to evacuation. Sandercock was amongst the final troops to be evacuated from Crete. The 2/3rd lost 20 KIA, 30 WIA and 126 POW on Crete.

After recuperating back in the Middle East, the 2/3rd returned to Australia on 25 Mar 1942. Sandercock landed with the 2/3rd at Aitape on 17 Oct 1944, remaining until the end of the war, returning from Wewak on 20 Sep 1945. Discharged on 30 Oct and died in Melville, WA on 7 Oct 1976.

 

 VF SOLD

 

 

 

 Pair: 1914/15 Star and Victory medal (missing BWM). Both correctly impressed to 474 PTE (CPL on Victory Medal) H. WEBSTER 16 BN. AIF

 Emb. 22 December 1914. Proceeded to Gallipoli 12 April 1915

 WIA. 11 May 1915 (wounded "upper extremities" and amputated his finger as a result) Quinns Post

 RTA 9 December 1918

 Great early fighting group from the landing to the hugely significant Quinns post.

 

 

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Three:Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Military Medal impressed 3585 CPL J. H. Priest 10/AUST. INF. And War and Victory medals impressed 3585 SGT. J. H. Priest 27 BN AIF (having served in both the 10th and 27th Bn)

Emb. 11th January 1916

WIA: 18th September 1918. Gun Shot Wound Left Ear. This wound was prior to the advance that won him the military medal and it appears he was also wounded a further second time.

London Gazette 17th June 1919

Discharged 27th October 1919

An extremely impressive citation for the heavy fighting at Jeancourt where it appears SGT Priest not only assaulted machine gun positions, but also came back with six prisoners.

.

 

GD VF SOLD

 

 

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 706 PTE. W. H. TOMS 27/BN AIF. (SGT on BWM & VM)

EMB: 31st May 1915

Taken ill 1st November 1915 after escorting prisoner from the front

Promoted Sergeant 19th August 1916

KIA: 5th November Villers-Bretonneux

Note: Served on Galliipoli and then in France where he was reported missing on the 5th November 1916 near Flers in the attack on The Maze. Later confirmed as killed in action.

 

SOLD

 

Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1662 L/CPL P. GOGGIN 53 BN. A.I.F.

Emb. 14th April 1916

Military Medal action 14th November 1917

 London Gazette 23rd February 1917

RTA 19th April 1919

A good defensive action in repelling the enemy

Comes with a photo of Corporal Ward and his original discharge paper.

Good VF SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

Group of Seven : 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45, Australian Service Medal 39/45 and Australian Service Medal 1945/75 two clasps “SW Pacific & Japan”. All WW2 medals are correct to period style naming to NX52611 J P HALL. The ASM 45-75 is correctly named to NX502108 J P HALL due to reenlistment.

Enlisted 4th July 1940 and after training taken on strength with the 2/33rd Battalion (2nd reinforcements)

Embarked Sydney for the Middle East 3rd February 1941

13th March – 23rd May 1941 operations Egypt to Palestine

8th June – 14th January 1942 operations in Syria against the Vichy French

Embarked Suez and arriving in Australia 10th March 1942

Promoted to L/CPL and embarked for Port Moresby for operations against the Japanese including the Kokoda Track 31st August 1942

Wounded in Action 14th October 1942 near Templeton’s Crossing

Several attacks of Malaria find Corporal Hall back in Australia before he embarked for Balikpapan 25th June 1945 (assault landings).

RTA: 23rd December 1945 and discharged 14th January 1946

Re-enlisted 18th March 1946 and served with the 65th Infantry Battalion BCOF Japan

Discharged 17th May 1948

Note: Comes with a copy of Colonel Neil C. Smith’s research and service record. Mounted as worn.

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Photos found on the internet of Arnold Macully

 Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal (missing 1914/15 star) all correctly impressed to 5689 DVR A. A. MACULLY 3 F.A.B. A.I.F.

 Previous service in the St. Peters Cadets and then with the 22nd Australian Light Horse prior to WW1

 Emb. 11th October 1915

 A curious entry stating "Injury to head" on the 16th March 1916 in Cairo, but no further information.

 Transferred to the 54th Bty 14th F.A.B. on the 3rd December 1917

 9th May 1918 admitted to hospital with "Trench Fever"

 D.O.W. 23rd October 1918 Taken to the 55th Casualty Clearing Station with "G.S.W. thigh"  in Tremont, near Bohain (France) where he succumbed to his wounds (See photo for extract from his Red Cross file).

 Buried Premount British Cemetry (Plot I, Row A, Grave Number 7) France.

 Note; Private Macully also sometimes appears as "McCully"

 

Good VF SOLD

 

 

 

 

 Pair: 1914/15 Star and Victory medal (missing British war medal). Both correctly impressed to 890 PTE E. J. CHANDLER 11 L. H. R. A.I.F.

 Emb. 24th June 1915 with the 11th Light Horse Regiment

 Returned to Australia 3rd August 1915 classed as medically unfit with no mention as to why?

 Re-enlisted for deployment 12th April 1916, now under service number 4294 with the 57th Bn.

 Transferred to the 5th Div. Salvage Coy on the 10th January 1917

 Private Chandler is accidentally injured "Tibia & Fibula" (ankle) severe on the 4th February 1917 "slipped while carrying bombs". Board of enquiry found him not at fault.

 RTA on the 24th August 1918 and was discharged as medically unfit 20th October 1918. It appears that after his injury, he never quite healed.

 

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 Memorial Plaque. Correct one piece cast named to John Shevland.

 John Shevland was a 2nd Class Waiter with the Mercantile Marine on the R.M.S. Lusitania

 The sinking of the R.M.S. Lusitania on the 7th of May 1915 by the German U-boat U-20 is seen as one of the most important events in WW1 and is often argued as the reason America entered the war. Period reports give the casualties of the Merchant Marine at roughly 400. Considering the amount that would still be with families, on graves or in museums, makes this culturally important and rare.

 

Note: There is only one "John Shevland" listed with the War Graves Commission, so there can be no doubt that this is his.

VF SOLD 

 

 

 

 

 FAMILY GROUPING (both brothers killed in action)

 Daniel McCallum

 Pair: British War medal and Victory medal (missing 1914/15 star). Both correctly impressed to Captain D. MCCALLUM A.I.F.

 Emb. 2 September 1914 (as number 687)

 First Day Lander with the 11th Battalion

 15 October 1915 promoted 2/Lt Gallipoli

 29 February 1916 transferred to 51st Bn.

 28 August 1916 promoted Captain

 KIA 3 September 1916 Mouquet Farm.

 An extremely important grouping from the landing at Gallipoli with the 11th, to being killed as the O.C "B" Coy in the attack on Mouquet farm.

 

 Morris McCallum

 Pair: British War medal and Victory medal (missing 1914/15 star). Both correctly impressed to 1968 L-CPL M. MCCALLUM 28 BN AIF

 Emb. 5 June 1915

 Arrived at Gallipoli in October 1915

 KIA 3 November 1916 Villers- Bretonneux

 

 A very emotional grouping.

 

 

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 Pair: 1914/15 Star and British War medal (missing Victory medal). Both correctly impressed to 28 PTE C. E. F. RUSHBROOKE 1/ A. N. & M. E. F. (DVR ON BWM).

 Emb. 11 August 1914 with the AN&MEF expeditionary force to German New Guinea.

 Disc. 4 March 1915

 Re-enlists as number 8779 A with the 4th Light Horse and then 1 & 2 Div. Train

 Emb. 30 Sept. 1915

 WIA. 9 June 1918 (Gas)

 RTA. 6 June 1919

 Charles Rushbrooke was previously a constable in the NSW police, despite this, he continuously gets in trouble and on one occasion was "Offering violence to a person in whose custody he was placed". He also appears to have three nurses writing to him (national archives).

 A nice early number "28" to the AN&MEF

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Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 1942 PTE H. R. GANNONI 10 BN AIF (missing 1914/15 star).

Emb. 20th April 1915

Taken on strength at Gallipoli “D Company” 10 BN 8th July 1915

Taken off Gallipoli sick 25th August 1915 and only becomes fit again to re-enter the war in France

He now appears to be with Alpha Company and in late November 1915 is a Lance Corporal when he is admitted to hospital (Fulham UK) with Laryngitis

WIA 20th August 1916 "Shrapnel wound R/Knee" due to “Shrapnel explosion” France

RTA: 16th July 1917 and subsequently discharged "medically unfit" as a result of his wounds

 

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 Memorial Plaque. Correct one piece cast named to James Martin Keleher.

 2696 Private James Martin Keleher embarked in November 1915 with the 3rd Battalion AIF.

 KIA 25th July 1916 Villers - Bretonneux

 Private Keleher was sadly only 18 years when he fell.

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 Four: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.1914/15 Star and Victory Medal impressed to 1178 PTE W. W. STANGER 11 BN. AIF (48 BN on Victory Medal). British War Medal is named to 2631 Spr J. Stranger R.E. (brother?). Death plaque named Walter Wright Stanger.

Emb. 20th December 1914.

First Day lander

Evacuated from Gallipoli sick August 1915 (11th BN)

WIA. Gun Shot to the left Shoulder 11th April 1917 (48th BN)

WIA 2nd Occ. 6th July 1918. Remained on duty (48th BN)

KIA Jeancourt 18th September 1918 (48th BN)

Records show that Pte Stanger was killed instantly by "Machine gun bullet to the head"

This group appears to be the classic  family mix up either not realizing the medals are named on the edge or just wanting a representative of both brothers.

 

 

Good/VF SOLD

 

Pair: British War Medal, Victory medal (missing 1914/15 star). Both correctly impressed to 1411 A/CPL L. H. SHAW 1 L. H. R. A.I.F.

 Emb. 4th October 1915

Transferred to Artillery 15th May 1916

Discharged 19th July 1919

Note: Lendon Hunter Shaw took ownership of the family business, "Hunters on the Hill Office Supply Centre" one of Wagga's most well known and longest lasting businesses, having been in the same premises since 1872

 

 

Spotting on VM otherwise Good VF SOLD   

 

 

 

 Pair: 1915/15 Star and British War Medal (missing the victory medal). Both correctly impressed to 997 SGT T. TURNER 1/BN A.I.F.

 Previous service recorded as "6 years Irish Guards, purchased discharge"

 Emb. 18th October 1914

WIA 6-9 August (G.S.W. Left arm) one record states "Shoulder , Lone Pine 6th Aug. 1915"

Discharged 6th December 1917 as Medically unfit.

Interestingly Sergeant Turner was wounded at the time of the two Victoria Cross actions of Shout and Keyser of the 1st Bn. Both Victoria Cross actions involved Grenades and further research may connect him to these actions.

Sergeant Turner never re-entered the field after being wounded at Lone pine.

 

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Lone Pine memorial where Private Deller is remembered with honour

 

Pair: Queen South Africa Medal 1899 two clasps "T, SA02" and British War Medal (missing 1914/15 Star & Victory Medal). QSA impressed 5595 PTE F. DELLAR SCOTTISH RIFLES (bars confirmed on roll) and BWM impressed  738 PTE F. DELLAR 9 BN AIF (Reffered to as either Dellar or Deller)

Previous service recorded on attestation papers as 6 years Cameronians & 6 years Medical Corps.

WW1 Australian Service as follows;

Emb. 2nd March 1915

Detached to duty with transport section 25th April 1915

Arrived at Alexandria ex Gallipoli Peninsula 19th May 1915

Re-joined unit 4th June 1915

Private Dellar appears to have lasted the whole of the Gallipoli campaign with the 9th Battalion only to take his own life on board the HMAT Grampian (after the evacuation, leaving Lemnos area for Alexandria).

The board of enquiry (extract supplied under photo of medals) shows that whilst off duty, Private Dellar shot himself in the head (with his own rifle) whilst everyone was asleep in his cabin. The board also went on to class his death as being caused by “Misadventure” no doubt to save any further heartache by his family. A very tragic ending to a veteran of two wars.

 

Good VF SOLD  

 

 

 

 Pair: British War medal and Victory medal (missing 1914/15 Star). Both correctly impressed to 1383 PTE W. COLLINS 13 - BN AIF

 Emb. 22 December 1914

 WIA 15 May 1915 Quinns Post (B.W. Groin and Foot)

 KIA 22 August 1915 Hill 60

 

 Note: It must be remembered that at Quinns Post and Hill 60, the 13th was well under half strength. Private Collins, not only took part as one of the few, but was wounded and then gave his life at Hill 60.

 

 

 

VF SOLD

 

 

 

Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to GEORGE ADOLPHUS HERBERT MORTON, along with his 1914/15 star correctly named “1411 PTE G. A. H. MORTON 18/BN A.I.F.”

 

1411 PTE George Morton embarked on the 25th June 1915 from Sydney with the 18th Battalion AIF. Address at the time of embarkation was Wallendbeen NSW

 

He was Killed in Action on the 22nd August 1915 Gallipoli (Hill 60)

 

Memorial details:  Lone Pine Memorial Gallipoli

 

“The fresh 18th Battalion went straight from the beach to Hill 60 and emerged with just 386 of its original 1000 men.” Max Blenkin

 Comes with copy photograph

Edge knocks to the side of the plaque otherwise VF, 1914/15 Star is EF SOLD

 

 

 

 Pair: 1914/15 Star and British War medal (missing Victory medal). Both correctly impressed to 1665 PTE S. V. DONNELLY 1/BN A.I.F.

 Pte Donnelly also appears as number 1472

 Emb. 11 February 1915

 WIA. 15 August 1915 (S. W. right arm and leg). Reported as "Dangerously ill" and he is not "out of danger" until 11th October 1915.

 RTA. 24 June 1916 Med Discharge.

 Pte Donnelly was wounded at Lone Pine and a good researcher may be able to connect him to the Victoria Cross actions of either Shout or Keyser of his Unit. Both Victoria Cross actions involved Grenades of which Pte. Donnelly's injuries appear to be.

His wounding is first reported as  the 15th but most likely occurred days prior.

 An important Gallipoli casualty.

 

VF SOLD

 

 

Trio: Military Medal, War medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 2462 SJT W. DILLWORTH 46 BN. A.I.F.

Emb. 14th March 1916

 WIA 19th September 1918 G.S.W. Buttock severe

Discharged in London to get married 17th March 1919

A very good strong fighting citation.

Good VF SOLD

 


 

 

Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Military Medal is name erased, British War Medal and Victory Medal are correctly impressed to 3802 CPL. D. M. Baldwin 12 Bn. AIF.

Cpl Baldwin embarked on 17th December 1915 (not entitled to star).

WIA GSW Head and Arm 6. 9.1916

2nd WIA Left Thigh 10. 6. 1917

It was at this stage it appears that Cpl Baldwin wins his Military Medal at Messines with the 52nd Battalion. This is when the C.O. Lt. Col Pope is wounded. There is no clear citation for Cpl Baldwin only the London Gazette date of 20 December 1917.

This is a rare award to a double WIA soldier to the Western Australian branch of the 52nd Battalion.

SOLD

 

 

 

 


 Four: Military Medal with second award Bar, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Military Medal correctly impressed 2135 L.CPL C.L. COOPER. 20/AUST: INF.  PTE on 1914/15 STAR and SGT on British War and Victory Medal.

Emb. 1 August 1915

 WIA 6th May 1916 "Bomb Wounds"

 WIA  2nd Occasion 20 July 1916 Shrapnel wounds to his Right Leg and Face

 Award Military Medal 19th March 1917

 WIA 3rd  Occasion 5th May 1917 G.S.W left leg.

 KIA 13th October 1917.

Award of Bar to the Military Medal 14th October 1917

 

 This group is to a true fighting ANZAC. Not only is he wounded in action three times before he is killed in action, his Military Medal and Bar citations do not incorporate the actions in which he is wounded.

 

  

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Gd VF SOLD
 

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FAMILY GROUPING

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

 

 

Trio: British War Medal, Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 26155 DVR A. H. FLOYD 51 BN. A.I.F. Death Plaque names AUSTIN HERBERT FLOYD.

Emb. 1st August 1916

K.I.A. 26th September 1917 (Ypres) Where the 51st played an important roll.

There is unfortunately no known grave for Private Floyd so he is honoured on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. He was from Wokalup near Harvey WA.

 

  Near EF SOLD

 

 

PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 14 SGT L. G. BALDOCK 44 BN AIF.

Previous Service: 86th & 88th Inf 3 years and 6 months

EMB: 6th June 1916

WIA: 23rd June 1917 G. S. W Back

WIA 2nd Occasion: 29th November 1918 G.S.W. right arm (severe)

RTA: 25th January 1919

Note: Comes with original newspaper cut out of SGT Baldock. Nice strong service with an early battalion number and being wounded twice.

 

VF SOLD

 

 

FAMILY GROUP : Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 3043 Pte. E. A. Beagley 12 Bn. AIF

emb. 14 Sept. 1915  Disch. 20 May 1919 entitled to Star

2. British War & Victory Medal impressed 37 Pte. R. H. Beagley 32 Bn .AIF

emb. 18 Nov 1915 WIA 3.Sept. 1916 GSW right arm D.O.W. (52nd Bn). - entitled to star.

3. WAR MEDAL 1939-45 12250 H. R. Beagley - full entitlement

 SOLD

 

 

 

Group of Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 1939/45. Both stars are in typical Navy chisel engraving, with the War Medal and ASM being impressed to F. 3105 J. N. FARRELL

Seaman Farrell served on multiple ships including the HMAS Manoora in 1940 (the Manoora seized  Norwegian and Italian vessels early in the war). He was also serving in the Sydney harbour during the Japanese submarine attack at HMAS Penguin before serving on the Bathurst class Corvette the HMAS Geelong.

At the end of the war Seaman Farrell served on the HMAS Diamentia taking the surrenders at Torokina, Nauru and Ocean Island. This was a small ship and as all three surrenders were conducted on her quarterdeck, he was most likely involved.

 

VF SOLD

 

Five: 1914/15 Star, British War, Victory Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and ASM 1939/45. WW1 trio correctly impressed to R. M. A. 11414, GR. A. L. SKIPP. War Medal 1939/45 and ASM 39/45 correctly impressed W28972 A. L. SKIPP

Gunner Skipp enlisted into the Royal Marine Artillery in 1905 (underage) serving on the following ships (in order); Hibernia, Magnificent, London, Collingwood and the Royal Sovereign until the end of the First World War.

In Australia, Alfred Leonard skip enlisted on the 6th November 1940 and served as a sergeant on staff with Western Command (WA) for the whole period of the Second World War.

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Group of Four : Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals impressed to 68012 K. E. Mills.

Sgt Mills was posted to the Overseas Headquarters and his records show that he was not issued or entitled to a 1939/45 star.

A confidential report was made on Sgt Mills stating he had "Radical ideas" and "Communistic principles". A very interesting group with the rare Italy star, only 3200 being issued to the Airforce and seldom impressed.

 

VF SOLD

 

Group of Four:1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals correctly impressed to NX92525 P. HARRIGAN

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

Enlisted 14th March 1942 into the Australian Army at Paddington, NSW

Discharged 2nd August 1946

Unit on discharge listed as 13 AUSTRALIAN LINE SECTION”

Note: A quick search on Peter Harrigan turns up the following description on his post war life ; “A cartoonist and illustrator, He lived in Sydney. He is notable for thinking up outstandingly good jokes, according to Blaikie (p.109). After winning the Jimmy Bancks Art Award in 1947 he studied overseas, returning to Australia in 1962. Art Gallery of Western Australia has four original illustrations for a serial dated 1953 acquired from the Sun-Herald , one at least being for an Agatha Christie story and all presumably sent back from overseas.

After joining the Sydney Morning Herald for two years (c.1962-64), Pete Harrigan became the leader page cartoonist on the Brisbane Courier Mail . He contributed to the Bulletin both before and after its takeover by Australian Consolidated Press in 1960, e.g. a not very good supermarket joke 1961 (illus. Lindesay 1979, 297); 'You’ve got to hand it to them; they’ve come a long way since the First Fleet’ (2 Aborigines watching a rocket launch) 1961 (ill. Coleman & Tanner, 183; Rolfe, 302, Swain 148); and The Hollidays [in a beatnik café]. '“Interesting, but I don’t think I’d like to be one!”’ published Bulletin 16 December 1959, original Mitchell Library (D491/81), included in 1999 b/w exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales” Design and Art online.

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Trio : QUEENS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL, BRITISH WAR MEDAL AND VICTORY MEDAL. QSA with five clasps "CC, OFS, T, 01, 02" impressed 1331 PTE F. A. McSHANE N.S.WALES M.R. BWM and Victory Medal impressed 3863 PTE. F. A. McSHANE 4 BN AIF.

Francis Andrew McShanes Boer war service was with the 2nd NSW Mounted Rifles and all five clasps are confirmed on the roll.

Enlisted in WW1 and embarked on the 7th January 1916

 WIA first occasion 27th July 1916 (Poison Gas)

 WIA 2nd occasion 29th September 1917 (remained on duty)

 WIA 3rd occasion 4th October 1917 (G.S.W. left hand)

 WIA 4th occasion 14th April 1918 (G.S.W. right leg severe)

RTA 1ST April 1919 (invalided)

Despite the newspaper article reporting a fifth wounding, we could only identify four. A remarkable soldier who certainly answered the call and more.

Comes complete with his dog tags as illustrated.

 

 

 

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A Great War 1917 ‘Ypres’ M.M. awarded to Sergeant R. Hindes, 18th Battery, 6th Brigade, Australian Field Artillery, Australian Imperial Force

Trio: Military Medal, G.V.R. (29603 Gnr: R. Hindes. 18/By: 6 A. Bde: Aust: F.A.) British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 29603 T. CQMS R. Hindes 6 F.A.B. AIF

M.M. London Gazette 16 August 1917. The original recommendation (jointly listed with Corporal E. W. Mattner, Bombardiers W. C. Chambers and C. Fullgrave, and Gunner W. J. F. Sage) states:

‘At Plogesteert, Belgium, on 1st June 1917 these non-commissioned officers and men were under the orders of Major E. T. Dean whilst the 18th Battery was being heavily shelled, displayed the greatest bravery and devotion to duty in extinguishing, on three separate occasions, fires which had broken out from the hostile shelling in three gun-pits of the battery and in several ammunition dumps. Whilst the gun-pits were on fire, and the ammunition in them and several dumps surrounding the battery were exploding, they brought buckets of water to the battery commander who was standing on top of the pit being dealt with, and worked in the pits with him putting out the fire. They subsequently put out the burning dumps, on more than one occasion boxes exploding whilst they were handling the dump. On the pits again catching fire under heavy shelling they returned in the face of it and successfully renewed their efforts. Their disregard for personal safety, fine devotion and determination undoubtedly saved the guns and a large quantity of ammunition, 1,500 rounds only being destroyed out of some 5,000 stored at these pits.’

Rolon Hindes was born in Milang, South Australia in 1884. He was employed as a train driver before enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force, 5 March 1916.

Hindes was posted to the 118th Howitzer Battery in September 1916, and transferred to the 18th Battery, 6th (Army) Brigade, Australian Field Artillery in March 1917. He served with the latter in the French theatre of war from March 1917, and distinguished himself in action at Ypres, 1 June 1917.

Hindes advanced to Temporary Sergeant, and contracted pneumonia in 1919 whilst still in service. He returned to Australia in September 1919, and was discharged in December of the same year.

 

Good very fine SOLD

 

 

Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3234 PTE. G. A. THORNBERRY. 52ND/ AUST INF: (MT-DVR shown as rank on BWM)

Emb.23rd December 1916

Military Medal London Gazette 17th December 1917

WIA 5th April 1918 (Shrapnel Wound Left Thigh)

Discharged 1 September 1919

Interesting to note that his occupation in 1916 was as a Motor Driver. Also mentioned in Neville Browning's "The 52nd Battalion A. I. F." page 159 "The enemy bombardment constantly damaged the signal line from Brigade and Battalion Headquarters to the front line companies...... Whenever the lines were broken, runners had to deliver messages by hand and Privates E.J. O'Neill and G.A. Thornbury were awarded Military Medals for this work"

 

Near EF SOLD

 

 

 

Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 662 PTE. (DVR on campaign medals) W. J. GARTNER 31 BN. A.I.F.

Emb. 18th May 1916

Accidently wounded (shell wound hand) 25th May 1917 at the ANZAC instructional school (field). Board of inquiry  ruled it was due to the school using bad/dated munitions

Awarded Military Medal 14th May 1919 (London Gazette)

RTA 21st July 1919

Private Gartner was awarded the Military Medal near Villers Carbonnel in August 1918 whilst attending to the wounded in the open under heavy machine gun and artillery. His records go on to show a congratulatory card issued by the General Officer Commanding the 4th Army for "the conspicuous manner in which you conducted yourself on the battlefield in the face of the enemy" this is dated 2nd of October 1919. Unfortunately congratulatory cards are not always recorded and other than the letter acknowledging it (in his file) we may never know exactly what action it is for. The congratulatory card post dates the Military Medal so could be considered a second award.

 

 

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Three: Lance-Corporal E. L. Hignett, 3rd Battalion Australian Imperial Force 1914-15 Star (1285 Pte E. L. Hignett. 3/Bn. A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medals (1285 L-Cpl. E. L. Hignett. 3-Bn. A.I.F.)

Lance Corporal Ernest Lewis Hignett's embarked on the 20th October 1914 with the 3rd Battalion

The Red Cross file on Ernest gives us the following eyewitness statements as to what happened to him on Gallipoli shortly after he landed

“This happened a fortnight after we had landed (April 25th)”

“In a trench in front of Lone Pine”

“Hignett was sitting in a dug-out with Cpl Hane of the 3rd. Batt, from whom I obtained the following information later”. “A shell came through the wall of the dug-out and took his knee right off. He was carried away on a stretcher. He never winged and sat up to the salute as he passed Major Lamb, who seeing his condition was moved to tears. He was taken to the beach.”

 

Lance Corporal Ernest Lewis Hignett died in hospital in Egypt from the wound he sustained at Gallipoli serving in the 3rd Battalion A.I.F. on the 17th May 1915

He is buried at Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt

The eyewitness statements leave no doubt as to how tough a man Hignett was, he took his injury in his stride when most people would understandably be in hysterics.

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 6207 Pte. S. A. Thrower 25 Bn. AIF

emb.27 Oct 1916 Dischared 12 Sept.1919

This soldier was always in trouble doing 12 months hard time

WIA 1 Sept.1918 Shrap.right knee-St.Quenton.

25th Bn. was one of the Bn's that Mutinied to avoid disbandment.

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Single;  Maori War medal to Private William Williamson, 1st Waikato Regiment, killed in action at Titi Hill, Mauku, in October 1863, a native of Bendigo, Victoria. reverse undated  with the naming engraved in the correct period style to W. Williamson, Pr. 1st Waikato Regt

On the morning of the 23rd October 1863 firing was heard in the direction of Bald Hills. Lieutenant D. H. Lusk, who commanded the church stockade, sent out two scouts to reconnoitre. They discovered Maoris shooting cattle in the valley between the hills. On receiving their report Lieut. Lusk sent to the river stockade for reinforcements and at the same time dispatched a mounted orderly to Drury. The river stockade was in charge of Lieut. J. S. Perceval, an impulsive and inexperienced young officer. Disobeying his orders to join the church garrison he led a party of 13 men to the right, heading for the crest of Titi Hill, hoping to take the Maoris in the rear. The Maoris came skirmishing over the hill and rapidly outflanked Perceval’s party on both sides, pinning them down in some felled timber. About this time they were joined by Lieut. T. Norman who had just returned from Drury with the men’s pay.

Lieut. Lusk, observing the predicament of Lieut. Perceval, led his men in a foray up Titi Hill to join him. A desperate close-quarter battle followed, with repeated charges by about 150 Maori warriors. It was during this hand to hand fighting that the Militia casualties occurred; first Lieut. Perceval fell, then Lieut. Norman and several of the men. Falling back and clearing his right flank Lusk got his men into the cover of the bush. Retiring in good formation keeping to the cover of the forest and maintaining accurate shooting by sections, the party reached the church stockade without further casualties.

The fight was broken off and the Maoris headed for the Waikato River taking their wounded with them. Their dead were estimated at 30. During all this time the mounted orderly was having trouble convincing the Imperial officers in charge at Drury of the state of affairs at Mauku. Finally they dispatched two companies of Waikato Militia who arrived at Mauku that evening - too late to be of assistance.

An early morning reconnaissance discovered the bodies of the slain Militiamen, stripped and laid out in a row. They had all been tomahawked and a white haversack on a stick had been erected to mark their location.

Those killed were: Lieutenants John Perceval and Thomas Norman, Corporal M. Power, Privates W. Beysick, George O’Born, Farquhar McGillavray, and William Williamson, all of the 1st Waikato Regiment, and Private William Worthington of the Forest Rifles. Worthington was buried at Mauku but the bodies of the others were taken to Drury for burial where, in the overgrown churchyard of St. John’s, is still standing the forlorn monument to Australia’s first war dead which was erected by their comrades of the 1st Waikato Regiment (Ref. Australians in the Waikato War, L. L. Barton, Sydney, 1979).

Lieut. Perceval, Corporal Power and Privates Beysick and Williamson were all natives of Bendigo, Victoria. As the 1st Waikato Regiment was raised in Australia, Private Williamson with his three other comrades are classed as the very first casualties for Australia. Clive Johnsons “Australians Awarded” states that there were 826 Australians that served with the 1st Waikato Regiment and only 197 of these medals were issued. This may be the only medal out of the first (four) Australians killed and thus a culturally important medal.

Sold with further details including the roll of the 1st Waikato Regiment awarded the medal under the terms of N.Z.Gazette No. 63 of 1869, and copies of official correspondence to his brother who claimed his estate and to whom this medal was issued in 1872.

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 1918 Pte. J.Treweek 34 Bn. AIF

emb. 9 Aug. 1916 (44 Bn.)

WIA 7 July 1917 GSW thigh

DOW 4 Sept. 1917 - RED CROSS WOUNDED & MISSING FILE ON HIM

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SCARCE NSW SUDAN GROUP

THE SUDAN CONTINGENT WAS THE FIRST ARMED FORCE RAISED BY A BRITISH COLONY AND DESPATCHED OVERSEAS

 

Five: Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, undated reverse, 1 clasp, Suakin 1885 (10. Pte. E. E. Buckleton. New Sth. Wales Contgt.); 1914-15 Star (Capt: E. E. Buckleton. Notts: & Derby: R.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt. E. E. Buckleton.); Khedive’s Star 1884-6

Ernest Edward Buckleton was born in Tinonee New South Wales in 1867. At a young age Ernest enlisted in the Naval Artillery Volunteers and then transferred to the NSW Ambulance Corp (Sudan Contingent).

The New South Wales Ambulance Corp consisted of only 37 members of which Ernest was a stretcher bearer. The "Evening News" newspaper dated Saturday 11th July 1885 has Ernest reciting the "Charge of the Six Hundred" prior to his departure at the benefit concert.

After returning from the Sudan, Ernest became involved in the Rubber industry and become the Managing Director of Rubber Co. This position had Ernest moving around the world with his base being in London. At the outbreak of WW1, Ernest again answered the call and as he was based in the UK, he joined the Sherwood Foresters in August 1915. serving as a Captain in France.

Note: Australians Awarded by Clive Johnson states that only 10 groups to the NSW Ambulance Corp are known to exist in either Museums, Collections or with family.

 

A scarce WW1 group with early WW1 service to an Officer

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Previous prices realized.

Nobles July 2006 (lot 3484) Ambulance Sudan pair (with WW1 pair) to A. O. Trebeck. Sold for $6500.

Bonhams Oct. 2013 (lot 217) Ambulance Sudan pair to J. McDevitt. Sold for 3,600 Pounds (roughly $6500. PAIR ONLY)

 

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to CAPTAIN R.A.B.Stanhope AIF . Veterinary Officer

emb. 19 Sept. 1916  RTA 9 Jan. 1920

attached to the 13th Light Horse

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Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 11201 MT-DVR V. J. COHEN 3 D.S.C. AIF

Emb: 3rd June 1916 as part of the 3rd DIV. Ambulance Motor Transport Coy

RTA: 10th July 1919

 

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Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 3393 A-CPL L. E. TAYLOR 46 BN AIF

Emb: 2nd February 1918 with the 39th Bn sports unit "Sportsmen's 1000"

Transferred to the 46th Bn on the 5th June 1918

WIA: 8th August 1918 "GSW Arm"

RTA: 19th April 1919

Note: The Sportsmen's 1000 was a recruiting drive encouraging young men to join with their sporting team. The drive promised the team would stay together and fight together. This group also comes with Laurence Taylor's dog tag.

 

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Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 177 PTE. G. BROWN 18/BN AIF.

EMB: 25th June 1915 and posted to “A” company 18th Battalion

Died of wounds: 28th August 1915 Gallipoli “G.S.W. Chest & Rt Knee” (received at Hill 60 on the 27th August 1915)

Buried at Sea off the hospital ship on the 28th August 1915

Cemetery details: Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey

 Note: 18th Battalion suffered the highest casualties in the fighting at Hill 60 from 21-31 August 1915 out of any unit. An important group.

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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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Wing Commander Harry Lumsden Tancred AFC

Five: Air Force Cross, 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and New Zealand Service Medal. Air Force Cross dated 1940. Service medals unnamed as issued.

Born in Nanango Queensland in 1908, Wng Cdr Tancred’s family soon moved to New Zealand where he was raised. When the Mau uprising occurred in Samoa (1930), Tancred enlisted as number 45 in the Samoa Military Police. It was not long before the Mau uprising had ended in a truce and Tancred departed for the UK to join the Air Force. After passing his pilots course he was posted to Egypt and Iraq. Then in 1935 he returned to New Zealand to fly for Union Airways as well as flying with the RNZAF in the lead up to the war.

When the war broke out, Wng Cdr Tancred was appointed OC of the Air Gunners & Air Observers School at Ohakea and It was in this early stage that Tancred won his Air Force Cross, distinguishing himself as an early leader in the RNZAF.

Wng Cdr Tancred went on to become the commanding Officer at Woodbourne base and also to command bases in Guadalcanal and Bougainville. It would be hard to believe that any New Zealand pilots could go through service in WW2 without coming under Wng Cdr Tancreds command at some stage and in 1979 the New Zealand Postal Service honoured him on a limited edition first Day cover.

Also included with the medals are the following;

1. A Walker & Hall Sheffield, silver plated presentation tray with inscription: ‘502 (Ulster)(Bomber) Squadron presented to Flying Officer Tancred by the Commanding Officer and Officers 502 (Ulster)(Bomber) Squadron on the occasion of his marriage February 1935’, with engraved signatures.

2. Both Commission certificates for the RAF (1932) and RNZAF 1936. Note; The NZ commission paper is in the authority of Edward VIII who abdicated

3. Letter from government house inviting Wng Cdr Tancred to accept his AFC from the Governor General dated 1942

4. Two Sterling Silver Cigarette Cases. One is a beautiful early enamel case with ‘RAF’ insignia and engraved inner ‘To Louise from Tank 25-12-34’

5. A Silver Gelatin Print of Harry Lumsden Tancred with inscription: ‘Here’s looking at you love from Tank 10-11-40’

6. Various Ephemera, Documents, Badges, Pins pertaining to Harry Lumsden Tancred: Samoa Military Police discharge certificate 1930, various Pilots and drivers licenses, sweetheart pin, “Novices Bayonet Competition Iraq 1932” 1st prize Fob, miniature medals, cloth badges and silver gelatine print of a NZ Military parade.in Woodbourne of where Wng Cdr Tancred is leading the march.

Provenance : These medals are ex the estate of George Tancred the author of "The Historical Record of Medals and Honorary Distinctions" 1891

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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.

 

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 4668 PTE. J. P. ATKINSON 28 BN A.I.F,

emb. 19 November 1916

WIA 3 May 1917 Gun Shot Wound Head

WIA 26th Oct. 1917 Gassed

DOW 31st Oct. 1917 from the above wounding "Died of poisoning"

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 6344 Pte. H. J. Lane 28 Bn  AIF

emb. 29 Dec.1916  RTA 13 Jan. 1919

WIA 2 Oct.1917 GSW chest

Complete with two service badges and ribbon bar as pictured

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Group of five: 1939/45 and Africa Stars (impressed), War Medal and Australian Service Medals (impressed), Naval Long Service Good Conduct Medal (Engraved). 16687 B. F. Biram.

Bartolomeo Colleoni Medallion on contemporary stand with small enamel HMAS Sydney badge. Engraved naming in typical style.

Petty Officers bullion hat badge, Original photograph in uniform, True copy of certificate of service, Original telegram to family offering sympathy for the loss of their son on HMAS Sydney.

Finally the jewel in the crown, is his original substantial diary describing life on the Sydney between the dates of 18 April 1940 to 30 December 1940. Including his description of the Bartolomeo Colleoni action. There is also a large quantity of research.

This is one of the best documented HMAS Sydney groups ever to be seen on the market. The diary adding that true personal touch.

 

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 937 2-Cpl. E. V. Boyle 3 Tun. Coy.  AIF

emb. 20 Feb.1916 

RTA 12 June 1917

 

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A RARE GONA BEACH 2/16th CASUALTY

Five: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 1939/45 all correctly  impressed to WX9438 S. SMITH

Living in Bridgetown, Stanley Smith Enlisted on the 4th of December 1940 and was taken on strength with the 2/16th Battalion Bravo Coy.

First serving in Palestine before reaching PNG and the Kokoda track (now as a member of Delta Company).

Private Stanley Smith was wounded in action in Gona and succomed to his wound on the 4th December 1942 at the age of 29.

The medals come in the original box of issue and also accompanied with research and his "South West Amatuer Wrestling Championship", Middleweight trophy won by him in 1939.

This is a rare chance to purchase a true bit of Australian History as 2/16th Battalion medals seldom appear on the market.

 

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Single : ANZAC Medallion correctly engraved to A. RHODES in box of issue and outer postage box. To 28 Dvr. Arthur Rhodes 1st Light Horse Brigade Headquarters.

This is confirmed with the Address on the outside matching the application form in his file written by Mrs J. H. Rhodes (his widow).

Records show Dvr Rhodes embarked on the 21.10.1914 with the 1st Light Horse Brigade Headquarters on board the HMAT Devonha at Gallipoli. The next entry shows on 14/7/1915 that he was sent to an English hospital with pneumonia and eventually discharged on the 3.3.1916 in Melbourne.

In WW2 he re-enlisted under the number VX101214 with the Auxiliary Horse Transport Coy as a SGT.

 

 

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to LIEUT. T. W. PERRY AIF

Emb. 20th December 1915 (as a Sgt)

Promoted 2nd Lt. 27th April 1917

Promoted Lt. 7th October 1917

KIA Dernacourt 5th April 1918

Comes with original photo, dog tag bracelet and copy photo of his grave marker.

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 4016 Pte. J. Mulqueeny 51 Bn. AIF

emb.30 Nov.1917  RTA 1 May 1919

WIA 25 April 1918 GSW right leg

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Pair: British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 5384 T-SGT. J. JEFFREY 53 BN AIF.

EMB: 14th April 1916 (1st Bn)

Transferred to 53rd Bn 20th May 1916

WIA: 1st October 1916 "Shell WD left buttock"

KIA: 30th September 1918

Cemetery or memorial details: Tincourt New British Cemetery, Tincourt, Picardie, France

Note: Joseph Jeffrey also appears as "Jeffery" when searching records.

 

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CULTURALLY IMPORTANT AUSTRALIAN FAMILY GROUPING

Captain Ralph Longstaff M.C. painted by his father Sir John Longstaff (Sydney National Gallery)

Group of four: Military Cross G.V.R, 1914 Star & Bar, British War & Victory Medal. 1914/15 Star impressed 2070 PTE R. LONGSTAFF 28 LOND. R. BWM & VM impressed to CAPT. R. LONGSTAFF Military Cross un-named as issued.

Along with an Ivory pass token “ROYAL ACADEMY ANTIQUE SCHOOL 1768” reverse “Admitted 1st Term of 3 years, 28th Janý 1909 R. Longstaff

Military Cross was awarded in the 1917 New Year’s Honour List which unfortunately have no citations available. Captain Longstaff was personally presented the award by the King on the 22nd January 1918 at Buckingham Palace. The Australian newspapers report his award was for Bravery in the field, Somme. Whilst serving in the 28th Battalion, London Regiment (Artists Rifles), attached to the 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment.

Ralph grew up in Victoria the eldest son of the famous Australian Artist Sir John Longstaff and an outstanding artist in his own right. In 1908 Ralph won the “Graphic” prize for drawing amongst the various art schools in London and in 1910 he won a further award for the coronation design for public buildings.

As the two artists in the family, the bond between John and his son Ralph was unquestionably close, shown in the following article;

“John Longstaff lost one son In the war. Later on he received a War Office telegram in London announcing that another son, Ralph, was lying dangerously wounded in Rouen hospital. He himself had a military commission as a war artist, and also worked in the hospitals. He rushed across to Boulogne without waiting to obtain the necessary papers, and on the Boulogne station was arrested by a military guard. Seeing the 'train for Rouen just going out, he made a desperate dash, and risking a bullet in the back from the guard, he jumped aboard the train and got clear off. At Rouen he stood by his son's bedside. Ralph Longstaff was severely wounded, but he recovered. After the war John Longstaff painted a splendid portrait of Ralph in uniform, with the blue armband denoting a wound and hospital leave. The portrait was bought in 1921 by the Sydney National Gallery” Smith’s Weekly 18th April 1927

The above portrait of Ralph by his father was exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1921. The Argus 21st January 1922 article states “It is considered the finest work that Longstaff has done”.

Portrait of my Son (Jack Longstaff) by Sir John Longstaff .Inscribed verso 'not for public sale', this is a deeply personal image that Longstaff had painted for himself rather than for public exhibition (AWM)

Single: British War Medal impressed 2. LIEUT. J.C. LONGSTAFF. Missing 1914/15 Star & Victory Medal

2nd Lieutenant Jack Campbell Longstaff served in the 1st/5th Bn York & Lancaster Regiment, Initially enlisting as number 2553 before being commissioned 30th June 1915.

 Jack was with his regiment engaged in the offensive on the Somme where he was wounded on July 3rd 1916, but continued in action. On July 7th, when leading a bombing party he was again wounded. It was from this action that he was never seen again and eventually reported as killed in action.

 

Medals are good to VF SOLD

 

Medals to the Armstrong family:

Three: Private Richard Armstrong, 2nd Battalion Australian Imperial Forces, who died of wounds suffered at Gallipoli, 27 July 1915

1914-15 Star (464 Pte., 2/Bn. A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medals (484 Pte., 2-Bn. A.I.F.); Memorial Plaque (Richard Armstrong)

PairDriver George Armstrong, 2nd Division Ammunition Column, Australian Imperial Forces, who died on 30 October 1918

British War and Victory Medals (15630 Dvr., 2-D.A.C. A.I.F.); Memorial Plaque (George Armstrong)

PairDriver W. Armstrong, 2nd Division Ammunition Column, Australian Imperial Forces

British War and Victory Medals (15631 Dvr., 2-D.A.C. A.I.F.) 

Note: Medals to three brothers, the sons of James and Elizabeth Armstrong, of Gossings, Road Head, Carlisle, England:

Richard Armstrong was born in Carlisle, Cumberland, England. A Carpenter by occupation, he attested for the Australian Imperial Force at Sydney, N.S.W. on 24 August 1914. Serving with the 2nd Battalion A.I.F. in Gallipoli, he was wounded in action at Gallipoli during the period 28 April-2 May 1915 - suffering a gunshot wound to the head. Evacuated to a hospital in Cairo, then Alexandria, he was at length invalided to Netley Hospital in England. He died there on 27 July 1915, aged 32 years and was buried in Netley Military Cemetery. With copied service papers. 

George and W. Armstrong were the twin brothers of Richard Armstrong who enlisted together, as evidenced by their consecutive service numbers. Driver George Armstrong, 16th Battery, 6th Brigade, Australian Field Artillery, died on 30 October 1918, aged 28 years. He was buried in Etretat Churchyard Extension, Seine-Maritime, France.

Good very fine and better SOLD

 

 

 

Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.1914/15 Star and Victory Medal impressed to 1099 PTE J. RIDLEY 19 BN AIF

Emb. 25th June 1915

Next entry shows that he disembarked at Alexandria ex Mudros 7th January 1916 possibly sick or wounded? (Mudros held the Gallipoli casualties)

WIA Gun shot wound right knee

RTA 30 January 1918 as a result of his wounds

DOW 23rd february 1918

Sadley Private Ridley succumbed to his wounds despite making it home to Australia. Comes with his rising sun set and dog tag.

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Pair: Vietnam Medal and Vietnam Star with 1960- clasp. The Vietnam medal is correctly impressed to 44183 R. F. WILHELM and the Vietnam Star has the correct first type engraving.

Private Wilhelm was in Vietnam from September 1967 to April 1968 with 7 RAR. A nice early Vietnam infantry group with no chips in the enamel as so many have.

Note. 7 RAR was present at the TET offensive in 1968.

 

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 6815 SPR G. GARRETT 2 TUN. COY AIF

Emb. 17 January 1917

RTA 12 July 1919

Spr. Garrett rose up the ranks to Sgt but reverted to Spr.

 

 

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 15584 SPR W. N. COUSENS. 3-D. SIG. COY. A.I.F.

 Transferred from the 51st BN to Signals 29th May 1916

Emb. 13th October 1916

Discharged 30th July 1919

Complete with A.I.F returned from active service badge, signals proficiency badge, Dog tag, an "early" RSL badge (1920 dated) and the later RSL badge (1941 dated).

 

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Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Military Medal correctly impressed to 3972 SJT. E. J. WALLACE 45/AUST INF with his British War Medal and Victory Medal correctly impressed 3972 SJT. E. J. WALLACE 13 BN. A.I.F.

Emb. 23rd December 1915

WIA, gun shot wound right leg  22-11-1916

2nd WIA gun shot wound nose 18-10-1918

3rd WIA seriously wounded right leg 8-8-1918. (this is in the action he wins his Military Medal and is mentioned in the citation).

RTA 13 April 1919

London Gazette 17th June 1919

Great fighting citation in which he gets wounded on his third occasion in a very significant battle.

 

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Group of Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. Both the War Medal and ASM are correctly impressed to S6294 C. W. SUSSMAN with the stars being unnamed as often found on early issues.

Seaman Sussman served on multiple ships during his service including the HMAS Adelaide in May to July 1942, when the Adelaide was docked at Garden Island for a refit, during the Japanese midget sub attack of 31 May 1942.

In November 1942, Adelaide, along with the Dutch cruiser HNLMS Jacob van Heemskerk and the Australian corvettes Cessnock and Toowoomba, escorted a convoy across the southern Indian Ocean. On 28 November, the ships spotted an unidentified vessel, which claimed to be the Norwegian merchantman Taiyang Officers aboard Adelaide recognized the ship as the German Blockade Runner Ramses, but did not receive a response to their challenging until two boats were lowered from the ship, followed by the sound of an explosion from a scuttling charge. Adelaide opened fire, hitting with the third salvo onwards, and continued shooting until Ramses sank eight minutes later, then recovered the Germans from the boats.

Seaman Sussman then went on to serve on the HMAS Yandra, Koopa, Moreton, ML 430 (Fairmile B class), Shropshire among others and finally discharging on the HMAS Rushcutter (previously HDML 1321). It appears that he was working on the Harbour Defence Motor Launch’s (HDML) which would work as patrol boats assigned to do reconnaissance work, these ships provided vital support for missions around New Guinea and the islands , including a mission which involved launching of four folding kayaks with eight Z Special commandos. One area mentioned on several occasions in Sussman’s records is “Ko Adang” in Thailand.

A good researcher with an understanding of naval records could possibly follow the dates and ships listed in his service record to see exactly his involvement in these raids. The AWM website has quite a few of the patrol reports available to the public as well. This is a very interesting group to an outstanding sailor.

Note: The ML-430 was sunk by gunfire from HMAS ML 819, after being mistaken for the conning tower of a Japanese submarine, north of Biak, New Guinea on 14 August 1944

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 39394 T-CPL J. L. S. BRIDGE 2 - D.A.C. A.I.F.

 Previous service recorded as "21st Militia 4 years"

Emb. 30th April 1918

Discharged 10th February 1919

John Leo Stanley Bridges occupation was classed as a "Wool appraiser" for "The Australian Woollen Mills". John Bridge & Co. Est. 1869 was one the leading wool brokers in NSW, of which he is unquestionably related.

 

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Four: British War, Victory, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 1939/45. WW1 medals impressed to 5080 PTE. W. T. DOHERTY 48 BN AIF. WW2 medals impressed W13148 W. T. DOHERTY.

Previous service stated as the 85th Regiment 29th December 1915

EMB: 31st March 1916 as a Private with the 16th Battalion from Fremantle

Transferred to 48th Battalion 13th August 1916

Charged with leaving a post without orders and originally sentenced to 10 years and commuted to 2 years on the 10th September 1916.

Sentence was suspended on the 27th November 1917 by letter of remission and Private Doherty was returned to his unit from Military Prison.

WIA: “Gun shot wound left ankle” 5th April 1918 France

RTA: 15th September 1918 due to injury

WW2 service states William Thomas Doherty enlisted as W13148 with the Catering Corps as a driver on the 5th September 1940. Discharging in 1948 at the age of 50

Note: Comes with WW1 & WW2 dog tags named to recipient.  

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Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM QUINN.

Comes with article stating the following “Private William Cunningham Quinn enlisted aged 19, on 17 May 1916, and embarked for overseas service on 30 Sept. 1916 with the 54th Battalion reinforcements. Educated at Christian Brothers’ School Balmain he was employed as an ‘indoor Messenger’, residing with his mother in Auburn, prior to enlistment. He served in France until he was returned to Australia on 16 March 18 suffering from TB, contracted in the trenches. He died of TB at the Military Hospital, North Head on 23 June, 1918. He is commemorated in perpetuity at the Commonwealth War Graves Section. Rookwood Necropolis”

Note: Rare to have a death plaque to a soldier who died on Australian soil.

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Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to ARTHUR PERCY MARTIN.

135 PTE Arthur Percy Martin embarked on the 18th November 1915 from Adelaide with the 32nd Battalion AIF.

He was Killed in Action on the 20th July 1916 France (Fromelles) at the age of 19

Red Cross eye witness report from L/CPL Redman gives us the following insight “He was A Company. At Fleurbaix about 6:30 in evening. 19th July 1916. I saw Martin in Enemy’s first Line of Trench. He had been wounded by shrapnel or bullet in shoulder. I helped bandage him up and had to leave him. Was conscious and was groaning a good deal. He wanted to know if his arm was off. There was heavy shelling over the trench all night. I was taken prisoner”

Memorial details:  VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France

Place of Association: Curramulka, South Australia

Slight surface marks otherwise VF SOLD

 

Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to GEORGE MAYNARD.

6102 PTE George Maynard embarked on the 25th October 1916 from Sydney with the 17th Battalion AIF.

He was Killed in Action on the 9th October 1917 Ypres Belgium at the age of 35

Memorial details:  Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium

Place of Association: Gladesville, New South Wales, Australia

 

Slight surface marks otherwise VF SOLD

 

Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to WILLIAM RAE.

4915 PTE William Rae embarked on the 7th March 1916 from Sydney with the 5th Battalion AIF.

William Rae died of wounds on the 14th August 1916 in France serving with the 58th Battalion at the age of 47

Memorial details:  Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension, Estaires, Nord Pas de Calais, France

Slight surface marks otherwise VF SOLD

 

Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to CHARLES WILLIAM WINKLER.

3968 Pte Charles William Winkler embarked on the 2nd December 1915 from Adelaide with the 10th Battalion AIF.

Private Winkler was Killed in Action on the 11th August 1918 France at the age of 21

Sgt Duncan also of 10th Battalion gave the following account of Private Winklers death, “Fritz was counter attacking at Crepey-Wood, came through a gap in our front line and 5 of us in a dug out found ourselves surrounded. A few shots were exchanged, and he was killed by a rifle shot in the body fired at point blank range. The rest of us were captured but got away about an hour later when the enemy were driven off. He died practically instantly.”

Memorial details:  Heath Cemetery, Picardie, France

Place of association: Wallaroo, South Australia

Slight surface marks otherwise VF SOLD

 

 

 

Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to WILLIAM HENRY PERKINS.

2971B Pte William Henry Perkins embarked on the 25th October 1916 from Sydney with the 55th Battalion AIF.

He was Killed in Action on the 15th April 1917 France with the 17th Battalion at the age of 20

Private J. C. Jones of C Company 17th Battalion gives the following account of Private Perkins death “near Bapaume on April 17th, in a surprise attack in which they were forced to retire. He was wounded in the head and very severely in the legs and he is sure that his death was instantaneous.”

Memorial details:  Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France

Place of association: Tumbarumba, New South Wales

Slight surface marks otherwise VF SOLD

 

Five: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to VX42588 W. P. SHAW

Cpl Shaw’s service records are open on the national archives website

Enlisted 3rd July 1940 into the Australian Army at Caulfield, Victoria. Previous service listed in WW1 from Tasmania but did not make it overseas with cease of hostilities.

Overseas service shown as “Middle East” 6th November 1940 – 11th December 1942 serving with 2/24th Battalion

Due to illness contracted in the Middle East on his return to Australia Cpl Shaw saw service with 2nd movements group

Discharged 11th July 1946

Note: Medals come with Bible, Tobruk Seige medal, engraved “W. Shaw VX42588”, miniatures, ribbon bar and RSL badge.

VF SOLD

Photo From Tasmanians in the Transvaal War

Single : QUEENS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL 1899 Three clasps "CC, T, S.A.02" impressed 1213 ................. AUS: COM: H.

The service number and Commonwealth Horse stamping (both impressed) is very clear. As there is only one soldier in the Commonwealth Horse with that number, it can only be Pte Walter Arnott Brooke from Tasmania.

On close examination you can see the surname Brooke under magnifying glass. A good chance to buy a rare Tasmanian QSA at a fraction of the cost.

Apart from naming VF SOLD

 

 

Single: Rare Commonwealth of Australia Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Edward VII issue. Correctly chisel engraved to 521 A/Bdr W. Clarke R.A.A. 30.1.09.

Williams claims only 167 issued EF SOLD

 

 

 

An excessively rare and historically important pre federation Western Australian GOLD Police 1897 Jubilee/Long Service Medal and engraved presentation gold Waltham pocket watch. Both presented to Inspector E.G.Back (Fremantle).

Three very important aspects of the medal need to be borne in mind. Firstly, it is a unique and extremely rare commemorative medal. Secondly, it is in addition a long service and good conduct medal, the eligibility being limited to members of the Force “of long service and good character”. Thirdly, in regard to point two, it was the first official medal of that kind ever struck for any organisation of any type in Australia.

Born in Fremantle in 1839, Edward George Back is truly one of the "first West Australians". Son of a Master Mariner (who was the pilot in Fremantle Harbour and Rottnest) and spent 30 years in the WA Police Force. Included in this lot are an illuminated colour invitation to the "Australian Commonwealth Celebrations 1901", An illustrated invitation from the Government of Western Australia for the Royal Visit 1901 and an official letter relating to same.

This is the only GOLD Medal of the 10 awarded that is known to survive. For some further details, please visit  http://policewahistory.org.au/html_pages/Gold_medal.html

 

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A culturally important group in connection with our bushranging days. This group comprises of an Edward VII Imperial Service medal (first star type) correctly period engraved to FREDERICK FOWLER.  Indian Mutiny Medal jewelers clasp “CENTRAL INDIA” period re-named engraved caps. F. FOWLER 5 BENGL. EUROPN. CAVLRY. And a New Zealand War Medal dated “1861 to 1866” correctly impressed SERGT F. FOWLER. 3RD, WAIKATO REGT.

THERE IS SO MUCH INFORMATION ON TROVE FOR SUB-INSPECTOR FOWLER THAT WE HAVE COMPRISED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS ONLY THE START OF RESEARCH

After Frederick Fowler completed his service in New Zealand he was asked by the New South Wales Mounted Police to join. One Newspaper article reports the dismay of the other police at the time in the recruiting of a soldier. Australians in the Waikato War by Barton show his as the only medal sent out to the Mounted Police Force.

Rising through the ranks Fowler had an extraordinary career catching many Bushrangers, quelling mining riots and can even be found in the company of Senior sergeant Fitzpatrick (of Ned Kelly fame) in Clarendon at the time that they were hunting the Kelly Gang.

ISM London Gazette date June 26, 1908. The ISM was awarded to Sub –inspector Fowler who rendered special service at the Araluen riots and during the maritime and mining strikes.

During the Araluen riots the crowd “were armed with revolvers, which they were determined to use, lives would have certainly have been lost. Thirty-two revolvers, we understand, were taken from this body by the police”. FREEMANS JOURNAL SYDNEY SATURDAY 29TH OCTOBER 1870

Below is a list that we have found (so far) of the names of Bushrangers that the newspapers credit Fowler with catching. Some use different Alias’s and may be the same person who changed his name across the state borders.

WILLIAM SLEIGH

FRANK QUI(N)LAN

CLARENCE (RIVER) BUSHRANGER

A BUSHRANGER USING THE ALIAS “WARD”

BOMBALA MURDERER

GRAFTON BOY BUSHRANGER

SLY THE RICHMOND

TASMANIAN LYNCH

JACK-IN-THE-BOX

Important note: The Indian Mutiny medal is a self-award and the clasp has been modified (possibly in the colony) to say “CENTRAL INDIA”. There may be a temptation to exclude this medal from the already impressive group, but especially since this group has come directly from the family, we felt that it tells an extra part of his story. Period records suggest that as a boy he was in the Mauritius police for some time and also worked on the boats before settling in Australia and such, he may have even done something that made him believe he was entitled to it.

  

  Comes with period miniatures and original photo.  

 

SOLD
 

PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 1951 PTE B. R. WILSON 36/BN AIF.

EMB: 4th Sept 1916

Taken on strength 36thBN 18th Jan 1917

W.I.A 15th April 1918 France (G.S.W thigh)

Discharged 18th May 1919 2nd M.D.

 

Note: Comes with original RSL badge

 

GOOD VF SOLD

 

THREE TIMES WOUNDED AT QUINNS POST

 

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1627 DVR J. LAIDLAW 16/BN AIF (L-CPL ON PAIR).

Emb: 22nd February 1915

WIA: 22nd May 1915 “Bomb wound Left Elbow and Right Hand” “at the Dardanelles”

2nd WIA: 27th May 1915”Abrasions” “at the Dardanelles”

3rd WIA: 28th May 1915 “Shrapnel wound fingers” “Again reported wounded”

Whilst there is no dispute over the amount of wounding’s James Laidlaw’s received, records show conflicting entries in regards to the exact day of each wound. This is understandable due the intense fighting which is best put by local author Ian Gill in his book the Bloody Angle stating “this post being deemed the most dangerous in ANZAC”

AWM has the following citation for Driver Laidlaw dated 25th October 1917;

“Is brought to notice for gallant conduct with a pack mule convoy on the 23rd October 1917 near BROODSEINDE. When the convoy was nearing BROODSEINDE it ran into an enemy barrage which caused casualties and confusion amongst the men and the mules. Driver Laidlaw, with great coolness and resource, collected the animals that had broken away and helped to re-load the rations from the dead mules to his own, and went on again. He is strongly recommended for distinction”

RTA: 24th January 1919 (Gallipoli service through to discharging in 1919 making him entitled to wear ANZAC “A”’s)

Note: With the word “Passed” on the citation It is unclear as to what award James Laidlaw received (Mentioned in Despatches, C in C congratulatory card?) as the award column is undecipherable.

VF SOLD

 

 

POPE’s VC ACTION

 

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3444 PTE W. PIERCE 11/BN AIF (L-CPL ON PAIR).

POPE’s VC  “On 15 April 1917 at Louverval, France, during the Battle of Lagnicourt,  he was in command of a very important picquet post, with orders to hold it at all costs amidst a heavy German attack. The enemy, in greatly superior numbers, attacked and surrounded the post and ammunition was running short. Pope, in a desperate bid to save the position, was "seen to charge with his men into a superior enemy force, by which they were overpowered", although heavy losses were inflicted. He had "obeyed the order to hold out to the last" and his lifeless body, along with those of most of his men, was found amongst 80 enemy dead.

The 11th Battalion, despite suffering over 245 casualties, was subsequently able to hold their sector of the line. For his actions Pope was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross”

Volume IV, page 373 of Charles Bean’s Official history states the following in regards to Private Pierce in the action;

“Another man, Private W. Pierce (of Perth, W. Aust.), who volunteered to bring ammunition, managed to return with it to his post, though wounded.”

 “MISSING IN ACTION” 16TH April 1917.

“Wounded and captured Cambrai” later confirmed on German list dated 30th July 1917

Prisoner of War – Interned Hilfs Lazarett Hohenzollern Park Magdeburg “Extract Post-Card from man dated 4.7.17”

Red Cross file records a postcard from Cpl Pierce now interned at Alten Grabow 1st December 1917 stating the following;

“My parcels come very good. I could not wish for better. If I want anything I will let you know. I am keeping the best of health.”

Repatriated Prisoner of War 19th December 1918

RTA: 19th April 1919

Good VF SOLD

 

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 118 PTE. H. C. FOX 29/BN AIF.

EMB: 10th November 1915 (29th Bn)

Transferred to the 14th Field Ambulance 21st March 1916

To be Driver 25th April 1917

Discharged 2nd July 1919

 

VF SOLD

 

Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 2196 A-L-CPL J. KENNERLEY. 51 BN A.I.F.

Previous service listed as 20th Signal Coy Engineers, 6 months

Emb. 9th August 1916 51st Bn

WIA: 5th April 1918 “G.S.W. Left Arm Serious”

RTA: 28th February 1919

Note: Comes with his 98 page diary filled out completely from Blackboy Hill until his discharge. On the day of his wounding he had the following to say “Fritz tried to break through but failed. He put over a very heavy Barage, and I had the luck to get a backslash wound in the upper part of the left arm between 10 & 11 o’clock in the morning.”

A very extensive diary with all places, attacks and timings entered down to the hour.

VF SOLD

 

 

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 5414 PTE A. R. RODGER 16 BN A.I.F.

Emb. 7 June 1916

On the 20th September 1916 Private Rodger was charged with desertion. He was found not guilty (as a guilty sentence resulted in a firing squad and Australia did not execute its men). His charge was downgraded to "absent without leave" and was sentenced to 2 years hard labour. After he served his time, private Rodger returned to active duty on the front line and was wounded in action.

WIA 8th August 1918 Shrapnel wound (knee)

RTA 11th February 1919

Comes with a newspaper clipping of his death in 1970 and a large original photo.

 

 VF SOLD

 

 

 

Gunner Joseph William Gardner (Picture is courtesy of a collage on AWM website)

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 11475 GNR J. W. GARDNER 5 F.A.B. AIF

Emb. 15th January 1916

Accidently injured. 23rd May 1917.  "run into by motor waggon" (contused ankle)

WIA/DOW 18th April 1918

"GSW both legs. Frac. L. Leg, arms R. Buttock. Dead on admission.

 Buried Franvillers cemetry 25th April 1918

 

 

 VF SOLD

 

 

 

Six: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Australian Service Medal and Unofficial Tobruk Medal. All official medals correctly impressed to WX7280 M. G. RYAN

Occupation on enlistment “Prospector”, Next of Kin Busselton WA

Previous service: 1 year 11 Bn C.M.F.

Taken on strength of the 2/28th BN and embarked on the 4th Jan. 1940 for the Middle East.

After more than two years’ service in the Middle East including Tobruk (April-August 1941), Private Ryan was discharged medically unfit due to dysentery and fever (along with other symptoms). He also states the location where the symptoms first occur was “Tobruk”

Note: Comes with copy of service record

 VF SOLD

 

MM (GVI) and WWII group of six to WX1822 Corporal John Torrens Snelling all medals correctly impressed. A painter from Northam, WA, he enlisted on 4 Mar 1940, as one of the 2/11th Bn reinforcements reallocated to raise the Australian 25th Brigade in the UK. An original member of ‘B’ Company, 2/31st Bn, he took part in the 2/31st Bn defence of Mersa Matruh in Apr-May 1941, then the advance into Lebanon in June. During the Battalion’s first engagement with the enemy at Khirbe, during the capture of Merdjayoun, B and D companies were caught by surprise in the open by a Vichy French fireplan, leaving many wounded men without cover. As a driver, he made numerous trips forward, initially by vehicle, then on foot, rescuing at least eight men. He was recommended for the immediate award of the DCM, but subsequently awarded an immediate MM for his extreme bravery in crossing the fire swept ground in front of the well-defended enemy position. Merdjayoun was eventually captured, for the loss of 16 killed and 34 wounded and was the first of WX2437 PTE James Heather Gordon of B Coy’s actions cited, for which he was awarded the first West Australian VC of the war. He took part in the capture of Jezzine, and was wounded in action by a shell blast during the Vichy counter-attack on 16 Jul, leaving him partially blind. He returned to Australia with the 2/31st in Jan 1942 and was transferred to the 2/1st Guard Bn, serving in New Guinea and Morotai until the end of the war. He returned to WA and was discharged in Sep 1945, worked as a painter for the WA Government Railways until retirement, and died in Como, WA, on 27 May 1991. (group swing mounted as worn, on original ribbons. Includes original portrait photo in uniform, original colour patch, and his RAS Badge)

 

Good/VF SOLD

Australian Camel Corps

FAMILY GROUPING OF FATHER (CAMEL CORPS) AND SON (CHANGI POW)

GROUP 1: FOUR: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1393 PTE R. WILLIAMS 32/BN AIF. Death plaque correctly named to ROBERT WILLIAMS

EMB: 18th November 1915 with the 32nd Battalion.

Transferred to the Camel Corps on the 24th January 1916. Previous occupation “Jockey”

It appears Private Williams was severely injured by a “Defective Cap” which caused a “Compound Fracture of Radius…B. W. Forearm” whilst on duty with the Camel Corps on the 15th March 1916 at Assuit

He was further invalided to Australia to recover on the 24th June 1916

Admitted to 8th A.G. Hospital (Subiaco, Western Australia) 14th February 1917 “Delirium Tremens” and died a few days later. Cause of death stated as “Cerebro Spinal Meningitis”

Note: As his death was war related and as he was still serving this is a rare example of a soldier receiving a Death Plaque even though his died in Australia.

Liberated Changi POW's

GROUP 2: Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star. War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939/45 all medals correctly impressed to WX16956 R. S. WILLIAMS

Robert Sydenham Williams (known as “Thirsty Bob”) enlisted 8th October 1941 and was taken on strength with the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion 30th December 1941

Sailed for Singapore 16th January 1942 and was attached to E Company 1 platoon of the Special Reserve Battalion (all Machine Gunners) under the command of Major Bert Saggers.

He was recovered at Changi Gaol Camp on the 4th September 1945. Returning to Sydney from Singapore via Darwin on the Hospital Ship Oranje, then by train to Perth to 110 Military Hospital with Berri Berri (Malnutritian).

Discharged 4th April 1946

Note: Major A. E. Saggers wrote the book “To Hell and Back” which may give further incite. Also comes with masonic medal dated 1938 to R. Williams

Both groups VF SOLD

 

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3062 PTE F. G. NEDWICH 15/BN AIF.

EMB: 5th Oct 1915

Transferred to 47thBN 3rd March 1916

Transferred to 4th Field Butchery 16th March 1916

Taken on strength 49th BN 29th July 1918

Discharged: 24th July 1919

 

Note: Comes with original discharge certificate and photo.

 

 VF SOLD

 

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 706 PTE. W. H. TOMS 27/BN AIF. (SGT on BWM & VM)

EMB: 31st May 1915

Taken ill 1st November 1915 after escorting prisoner from the front

Promoted Sergeant 19th August 1916

KIA: 5th November Villers-Bretonneux

Note: Served on Galliipoli and then in France where he was reported missing on the 5th November 1916 near Flers in the attack on The Maze. Later confirmed as killed in action.

 

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Single: SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL1853 impressed to JOHN HALPIN, 74TH REGT

John Halpin was born 1822 in Limerick, Tipperary, Ireland joining the 74th Regiment (number 1766) on the 22nd February 1840, at the age of 18. John saw service in the 3rd Kaffir war of 1850-53 with his unit the 74th Highland Regiment. In 1864 after 20 years of service and in receipt of a pension he migrated to Sydney NSW along with his five children on board “The Queen of the East”. His wife was not aboard but was noted as already living in the colony; John’s occupation was listed as Shoemaker and soldier.

Good, fine SOLD

 

PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 2024 L/CPL S. R. WOOLBANK 45/BN AIF.

EMB: 22nd Apr 1917

Appointed L/CPL 4th Mar 1917

W.I.A: G.S.W buttocks (multiple) & hand 7th Jun 1917

RTA: 21st Dec 1917 (Due to wounds)

 

VF SOLD

 

Trio: Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 2669 PTE. W. J. WILKIE 41. BN. A.I.F.

Emb. 17th November 1916

Commonwealth Gazette 27th June 1918

RTA 14th January 1919

Records show that Private Wilkie was awarded his Military Medal "in the field" and as a result no citation can be found at this stage (worthy of further research). Interestingly we do have a citation of where Private Wilkie is recommended for a "Bar" to his Military Medal, which was subsequently not awarded like so many of the late war awards.

In 1944 Private Wilkie applies for a re-issue of his medals as his original medals are lost. A rare chance to purchase a good infantry Military Medal group (that was nearly an MM and Bar) at a reduced price

 

 

 

Good VF SOLD


 

 

Single: New Zealand 1845-66, reverse dated 1863 to 1866 (2783 Cr. Sergt. Saml. Manning, 1st Bn. 12th Regt.),

 

The 12th Regiment arrived at Sydney in 1854 and served in New Zealand from 1860-66. It was engaged in the first Taranaki War, being present at No. 2 Redoubt and was in action throughout the Waikato War. It sustained losses at Rangiriri and fought at Gate Pa. The Headquarters moved to Napier in December 1865 and then moved to Tauranga in 1866, where part of the regiment took part in the Tauranga bush campaign.

As per the following report from The Hobart Mercury, 10 August 1861, Manning served as a Drill Instructor to the local volunteers in Tasmania in 186-61:

‘Yesterday evening a presentation of a purse of twenty sovereigns by the members of the First Rifles, S.T.V., to Acting Sergeant-Major Manning of H.M. 12th Regiment, who since the formation of the Corps, has filled the post of Drill Instructor, took place at the Town Hall.


Lieutenant-Colonel Russell, Field Officer, commanding Volunteers, and the whole of the officers of the Second Rifles were present; Mr. Manning holding the office of Drill Instructor to that corps. Several ladies also graced the scene with their presence and numerous spectators filled the gallery and lower part of the Hall. Acting Sergeant-Major Manning arrived shortly after eight o'clock, and the Corps being drawn up in subdivisions facing each other, Captain Solly spoke as follows:

“Sergeant Manning - The pleasing duty has devolved upon me, as the Captain Commanding the First Rifles, to convey to you, on the part of the Corps, the expression of their appreciation of your services as Drill Instructor. We feel, that to your unwearied assiduity and never failing patience, the present state of efficiency, which without boasting I may say is second to no corps in the Colony, is in great measure owing to you. I have now the pleasure of presenting to you this purse as a token of the good feeling entertained by the Corps towards you, and the high place you hold in their esteem. l am quite sure that wherever duty may call you, you will not forget the First Rifles, and you will ever carry with you the best wishes of the members of the Corps.

Sergeant Manning said:

“Officers, non-commissioned officers, and members of the First Rifles. I thank you most heartily for the very handsome present which you have made me. It has always been my anxious desire to do my duty faithfully as your Drill Instructor. I shall ever feel it a great pleasure to assist in any way the members of the First Rifles; and any information that I may possess connected with their instruction as Volunteers I shall be most happy to afford. I may be called away shortly, or I may remain here for many years, but wherever I am I shall always remember the time I have spent with you and hope and trust you will ever maintain the position you now hold in the Rifle Corps of Tasmania.”

Sergeant Manning then withdrew and Colonel Russell, who had been present at the drill, requested Captain Solly to convey to the Corps his satisfaction at the manner in which they had gone through their evolutions.’

 

Officially impressed naming, edge bruise, otherwise very fine SOLD

India General Service Medal 1854 one clasp : "Burma 1885 - 7" named in running script to: 1162 Pte. T. Keohane 2nd Bn.Rl.Muns.Fus.

This medal was originally found on the Geraldton rubbish tip - north of Perth. It appears the Keohane family came to Western Australia in the early 1900's.

Worthy of further research

 

Good/VF SOLD

 

Trio : QUEENS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL, BRITISH WAR MEDAL AND VICTORY MEDAL. QSA with three clasps "CC, OFS, T" impressed 1153 SHG: STH: E. J. BISHOP VICTORIAN M.R. BWM and Victory Medal impressed 3303 A-SGT. E. J. BISHOP 5 PNR BN AIF.

Edward John Bishop’s Boer war service was with the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles as the Farrier Corporal and all three clasps are confirmed on the roll.

Enlisted in WW1 and trained with the 44th and 48th Battalion prior to departing with the 5th Pioneer Battalion

Emb: 23rd December 1916

Taken on strength Pioneer training Bn 18th February 1917 before proceeding to France

WIA: 30th September 1917 (remained on duty) France

Gassed but as it was caused by mishap it is not classed as a wounding (14th May 1918) “Platoon marched into to Corbie 13.5.18 which had been gas-shelled. Billets cleared and gas proofed and men warned against gas. L/Cpl Bishop with others visited areas other than billet area, which has been badly gassed. Evacuated following day sore eyes” No disciplinary action was taken.

2nd WIA: 23rd July 1918 (remained on duty) France

RTA: 10th March 1919 and discharged 5th Military District Western Australia

A great letter in Sergeant Bishop’s records by his wife describes his service “my husband said they were turned out of the hospital before they were well enough to make room for other cases and had to do two days march about 26 miles & had only been out of bed a few days. This sort of treatment to our men, to me, lwei’s what we would only expect from the enemy.

I do not want you to get the impression that my husband is a milk of water man, he has been fighting in France for fifteen (15) months without any leave and although reported twice wounded he remained each time on duty and has only been out of the fighting line when gassed. He is now 45 years of age and fought 16 months in the South African Boer war without a day’s leave” 

VF SOLD

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Five: 1914/15 Star, British War, Victory Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and ASM 1939/45. WW1 trio correctly impressed to 3243 PTE. J. H. BAMBURY 3/BN AIF. War Medal 1939/45 and ASM 39/45 correctly impressed N76029 J. H. BAMBURY. (Minor error with his second initial being “M” on Star, all other information being correct)

EMB: 2ND November 1915

Transferred to 53rd Battalion 16th February 1916

Transferred to 5th Pioneer Battalion 3rd March 1916

RTA: 10th July 1916 (operation Hernia)

Note: During the Second World War Joseph Henry Bambury served from July 1940 until February 1942 with the Australian Army Service Corps. 

VF-EF SOLD

 

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1623 PTE. J. A. WILLIAMS 5/BN AIF.

EMB: 19th Feb 1915

Admitted Field Amb. Gallipoli 28th July 1915 "sick"

WIA: 14th June 1918 wounds listed as "Face and back"

RTA: 6th November 1918 reason given "G. S. W. Left arm amputation"

 

Note: Records further explain that Private James Alexander Williams had "Multiple gunshot wounds" which led to his left arm being amputated.

 

VF SOLD

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 1431 A-L-SGT. (PTE on Star) R. P. CHARMAN 13/BN AIF.

EMB: 10th Feb 1915 (3rd reinforcements 13BN)

Transferred to the Anzac Railway Corps 25th May 1916

Accidental injury 29th Jan 1917 deafness (Train accident, Boulogne)

Promoted Lance Sergeant 16th Oct 1917

RTA: 21st April 1918

 

Note: Records report that Rupert Charman died in 1939. Also appears as number "1531" on records.

 

VF SOLD

 

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 979 PTE. P. F. DOWNER 14/BN AIF.

EMB: 22ND December 1914

Admitted 4th Field Amb. Gallipoli 8th May 1915 "Diarrhoea"

Left Gallipoli for Alexandria 30th June 1915

RTA: 9th September 1915 reason given "Chronic Bronchritis"

Discharged 15th February 1916

 

Note: Private Percy Field Downer would have been with the battalion in the landing at Gallipoli and during the heavy fighting (April-May) of which the 14th Battalion became famous for. It is possible that he may be associated with Albert Jacka's feat that won him and Australia our very first Victoria Cross for WW1. Further research required.

 

VF SOLD 

 

Pair: British war medal and Victory medal impressed to 3131 PTE T. W. LOCKETT 18 BN AIF

Previous service listed as "12 months militia"

Emb: 20th December 1915

Transferred to the 3rd Bn AIF 14th February 1916

WIA: 18th August 1916 "Shell shock"

RTA: 11th May 1919

Note: Comes with Thomas Luckett's issue medal box, Dog tag and returned from active service badge

 

EF SOLD

 

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 4566 PTE A. L. WOLSTENHOLME 18 BN AIF

Emb. 9 April 1916

WIA 30 May 1918 gassed.

RTA 13 November 1919

Comes with copies of letters from Pte Wolstenholmes widow and family still applying for a widows pension in 1975. The letters state that his cause of death was mustard gassing in 1936. One letter states that he was a Military Medal winner, although there appears to be no mention of this in his records.

VF SOLD

 

 

 

Memorial Plaque: Correct one piece cast named to SAMUEL FENTON ROSE.

 629 Corporal Samuel Fenton Rose embarked on the 25th June 1915 with the 18th Battalion AIF “B” Coy

 KIA 4th August 1916 Villers – Bretonneux

Note: Corporal Rose next of kin is noted as Cape town, Cape Colony South Africa

 

VF SOLD

 

PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 1327 L-CPL D. McCLURE 32 BN AIF.

 

EMB: 18th November 1915

 

WIA: 21st July 1916 (GSW Back & Hand) classed as dangerously ill at one point and sent home when he eventually became stable.

 

RTA: 17th March 1917 and subsequently discharged due to his wounds.

Good VF SOLD

 

PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 1117 PTE H. JONES 43/BN AIF.

EMB: 9th Jun 1916

W.I.A: G.S.W (face) 5th Dec 1917

RTA: 12th Jun 1919

 

VFSOLD

 

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 855 Cpl. S. C. Avery 43 Bn.AIF

emb. 9 June 1916 RTA 12 Dec. (due to wounds).

WIA 18 April 1918 GSW arm

WIA 25 Aug.1918 GSW shoulder

Made L.Cpl in bombing platoon

Near VF SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 213 PTE A. WRIGHT 43 BN AIF

Emb. 9th June 1916

Transferred 16th February to 3rd DIV. SAL. COY.

RTA 9th May 1919

Comes with issue boxes and badges as pictured.

 

 EF SOLD

 

 

East Kent Rifles Other Ranks Shako Badge c1861-1870. A fine and very rare example in die-stamped blackened metal being a crowned oval strap ‘East Kent Rifles’, in the centre the White Horse/Invicta, complete with two loop fasteners, the fasteners slightly crushed otherwise very fine condition.

SOLD

 

The 2nd Middlesex Militia Other Ranks Victorian Period Helmet Plate, good quality items in die stamped white metal, with central Garter motto and central ‘2/Mm’, lacking one loop fastener otherwise very good condition 

SOLD

The South Wales 4th Volunteer Battalion Other Ranks Edwardian Period Helmet Plate, good quality die stamped white metal with applied centre and title details, complete with original fasteners, very good condition

SOLD

The Welsh Regiment 1st Volunteer Battalions Other Ranks Victorian Period Helmet Plate, good quality die stamped white metal example of standard pattern crowned star and laurel, back plate with circular centre Prince of Wales’s crest and regimental motto plus unit title, with original lug fasteners, with reaffixed crown (clean repair) otherwise good condition

SOLD

 

64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot  Victorian other ranks shako plate. 1869-1881

SOLD

 

84th York & Lancaster Regiment

Victorian officers shako plate. 1869-1881

Faultless condition

SOLD

 

PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 6581 MT-DVR P. SPENCE 7 F. AMB. A.I.F.

 

Previous Service: 4th Volunteer Black Watch

 

EMB: 7th December 1915

 

WIA: 6th August 1916 “S. Wd. Upper Arm Right”

 

Transferred to 2nd Motor Transport Coy 1918

 

RTA: 9th August 1919

VF SOLD

Group of six, with Death plaque : QSA  four clasps " CC, Rhodesia, OFS,T" KSA two clasps "SA01, SA02" correct running script Lieut. F. St. J. Barton 2/Hampshire RGT. with duplicate issue correctly impressed 123 CORP. F. ST. BARTON. VICTORIAN. M. R.,1914 -15 STAR, BRITISH WAR MEDAL (MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES) & VICTORY MEDAL impressed to CAPT. F. ST. J. BARTON HAMPS. R.

Death Plaque correctly named "Frederick ST. John Barton.

M.I.D. London Gazette 6 April 1916, for services in the Euphrates operations, 24 June to 26 July 1915.

Frederick St John Barton was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on 6 May 1876, 4th son of Robert Barton, Malvern, Victoria, formerly Deputy Master of Melbourne Branch, Royal Mint. He was educated at Toorak College, near Melbourne, and volunteered and enlisted in the 5th Victoria Contingent during the South African War. He was then transferred as Sergeant to the Rhodesian Artillery, and afterwards gazetted 2nd Lieutenant into the 2nd Hampshire Regiment on 19 May 1900, at the recommendation of the Governor of Victoria. He was promoted to Lieutenant in March 1902 and to Captain in January 1907. He took part in the operations in Rhodesia, May 1900, and in the Transvaal and west of Pretoria in May to June 1901; and in the Orange River Colony, July to October 1901 (Queen’s Medal with 4 clasps; King’s Medal with two clasps). He served as Adjutant to the 1st Battalion from March 1909 to March 1912, and to the 4th Territorial Battalion from November 1912. He went to India with his battalion in October 1914, after the outbreak of the European War, and from there to Mesopotamia in March 1915, and was killed in action at the battle of Nasiriya, 24 July 1915.

Sold with an Army Post Card home to his wife ‘I am quite well’, signed ‘Fred 4/5/15’, two news cuttings and a copied portrait photograph, together with other research.

 

VF SOLD

 

 

 

Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.1914/15 Star and Victory Medal impressed to 846 PTE D. Campbell 12 L. H. RGT AIF

Emb. 25 June 1915

Transferred to the 7th Light Horse 2 October 1915 (Gallipoli)

On the 21st of October 1915 Trooper Campbell was evacuated off the peninsula to the "Somali" hospital ship with enteric fever which eventually led to his discharge on the 28th of November 1916

VF SOLD

 

 

 

Photo of Private Whyms courtesy of Ancestry.com

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 31851 GNR. E. J. V. WHYMS 4 D. A. C. AIF

Emb. 2nd December 1916

To Field Ambulance 21st November 1917

Transferred to A. A. M. C. 1st November 1918 (1st A. War Hospital)

RTA 18th July 1919

 

 

 

 Near EF SOLD

 

 

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MAJOR LEWIS ONE OF THREE 2/6TH TO SURVIVE BORNEO & SANDAKAN

Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal all correctly named to WX3338 T. T. Lewis

Major Travers Thorold (Peter) Lewis, an architect from Cottesloe, WA, enlisted on 1 May 1940 having previously served in the Militia in the RAE from 1935.

On the outbreak of war he was appointed as a Captain in the 2/2nd Field Company, then on the 14th November he was given command of the 2/6th Field Park Coy,

He embarked on to Malaya in Jun 1941, and the unit was based in Malacca in support of the two Field Engineer Company’s 8th Division located with the 27th Bde, Segamat sector.

He was promoted to Major on 24th December and after the 2/30th Battalion ambush at Gemas on 14th January 1942, 27th Bde conducted a fighting withdrawal to Singapore. The 2/6th Fd Park Coy suffered casualties from Japanese artillery and air attacks, before withdrawing to Singapore on the 9th February. A further six men of the 2/6th were killed prior to the 8th Division surrendering to the Japanese and the survivors imprisoned in Changi.

Whilst in the Changi camp he played a role in designing the Chapel before being shipped to Borneo on the Ume Maru with ‘B’ Force in July, arriving in Sandakan.

Major Lewis was tasked with building an airfield at Sandakan. The design and construction of the runway was sabotaged and deliberately delayed by the prisoners. The Kempeitai suspected him of being involved in intelligence activities and he was sent to Kuching and jailed for the remainder of the war.

When finally recovered he was suffering malnutrition and temporary blindness and was hospitalized before returning to Australia via Morotai. He was discharged in January 1946, one of 145 WA POW transported to Borneo, and one of seven to have survived. He was one of only three of the 2/6th Fd Park Coy to survive Borneo, with the remainder dying at Sandakan 1 and 2 camps, or on death marches. He returned to architecture post war, and died in Cottesloe, WA on 6 Apr 1955

EF SOLD

 

 

Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to VX147459 G. W. JACOBS

Sapper Glen William Jacob signed up on the 15th of October 1943 with the WW2 nominal roll interestingly shows the following as his location on enlistment

 

IN THE FIELD, NEW GUINEA

 

The roll shows that he discharged as part of the 4th Aust Dock’s Opp Coy on the 30th of October 1945.  At the time of listing these medals, Glen William Jacob’s service records were still sealed and as a result no further information is available about his Pacific service until his file is opened.

Note: With the curious comment stating enlistment in New Guinea, this group has great potential for a fascinating story with further research.

Near EF 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

 

 

Group of Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals correctly impressed to WX29300 A. SIGLIN

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

Enlisted 2ND August 1942 into the Australian Army at Claremont, WA

Discharged 24th May 1946

Unit on discharge listed as “17 Australian Field Ambulance”

Note: Doctor Alec Siglin was an ex Perth Modern student prior to going into Medicine. Nice grouping to a local Doctor with plenty of research potential.

Near EF SOLD

 

 

 

 

Four; 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal correctly impressed to VX65474 K. A. Sherry

Lance-Sergeant Sherry a native from Ballarat, Victoria enlisted in 1941.

He joined the 2/5th Independent Company and sailed for Port Moresby, joining Kanga Force in 1942. Tasked to reconnoitre Japanese positions at Lae and Salamaua and to conduct raids against the Japanese.

On 30 Jun, the 2/5th raided Salamaua, killing over 120 Japanese for three Australian wounded.

In the following months, the 2/5th patrolled the Huon Gulf area. When the Japanese started to concentrate around Mubo in preparation for an attack on Wau, the 2/5th raided Mubo and ambushed Japanese troops moving inland. After the battle, the 2/5th carried out more long range patrols in the Markham Valley, before returning to Australia in May.

In July 1945 the 2/5th also took part in the landing at Balikpapan, Borneo.

A very desirable Commando grouping to a Sergeant.

 

 VF SOLD

 

 

Group of Five : 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. Defence Medal, War Medal and ASM are correctly impressed to W. 3060 S. L. SCORGIE with the stars being unnamed as often found.

Stoker Scorgie served on the HMAS Swan whilst in January 1942 it was lucky to escape when attacked by Japanese bombers. The HMAS Swan was then tasked to reinforce (Sparrow Force) in Timor where it was attacked by a force of 45 Japanese aircraft and again narrowly escaped. Whilst taking shelter in Darwin, Australia had its first attack on Australian soil and the HMAS Swan took indirect hits trying to escape the harbour. The HMAS Swan had 3 killed in action and 19 wounded. 

 

VF SOLD

BOUGAINVILLE. 1945-04-26. STRETCHER BEARERS CARRYING TPR C. PARKER, 2/4 ARMOURED REGIMENT (1), SHOT THROUGH THE LEG DURING 24 INFANTRY BATTALION'S ADVANCE ALONG BUIN ROAD SOUTH OF SINDOU RIVER. (AWM)

Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to NX104229 C. PARKER

At the time of listing these medals Claude Parker’s service records were still sealed. The following was taken from TANK TRACKS The history of the 2/4th Australian Armoured (unit history);

 Chapter: South Bougainville

“Two days later a jeep moving up to a forward company was ambushed, the crews went to ground and Tprs “Happy” Cole and Claude Parker moved forward with an infanteer to clear the ambush. Claude Parker was badley wounded in the right thigh”

Comes in box of issue and photocopy of above passage but further research is required

EF SOLD

 

Three: War Medal, Australian Service Medal and Police Long Service Good Conduct Medal (QE11). All medals correctly named to 36801 C. A. F. GIBBS (“CHARLES ARTHUR FENNING GIBBS” on police LSGC)

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

Enlisted 19th May 1941 into the Royal Australian Air Force in NSW

Northern Star (Lismore, NSW) dated Tuesday 16th September 1941 reported the following “Injured in Aircraft Accident: Sgt C. A. F. Gibbs (Sydney).

Discharged 29th January 1946 as Flying Officer

Unit on discharge listed as “5 COMMUNICATIONS UNIT”

Note: Comes with Police LSGC medal box. Further research required.

VF SOLD

 

Husband and Wife Grouping

 

Group 1; Group of Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. All medals correctly impressed to V280669 F W PYGALL

 

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

 

Enlisted 24h September 1941 Armidale Victoria

Discharged 28th January 1947

Unit on discharge listed as “115 HEIDELBERG MILITARY HOSPITAL”

Note: A quick trove search shows that on the 24th December 1943 Pte Pygall and a Pte Malvern were removed from being dangerously and seriously ill in the Infantry section of the casualty list. It appears he is still kept in hospital until being discharged in 1947, further research required

Group 2; Pair: War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal 39/45. Both medals correctly impressed to VFX128550 B. M. PYGALL

Note: Betty Pygall enlisted in the Australian Army Medical Women’s service, Heidelberg, Victoria which appears to be a classical romance story from taking care of a soldier in hospital.

Near EF SOLD

 

Five: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All correctly impressed to VX23142 C. W. S. BEVERLEY

Enlisted 24th May 1940 and then taken on strength 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion

Embarked Sydney for the Middle East 7th April 1941

Embarked from the Middle East and arriving at Batavia 17th March 1942

Reported Missing in Action 30th April 1942 Java

Classed as a Prisoner of War 1st October 1942

Transported as Java Party 5A on the Singapore Maru to Singapore arriving 19th October 1942 (part of a body of 1500 men)

Taken overland on train 32 to Thailand with 783 POW’s on the 7th January 1943

RTA: 16th November 1945

Note: Comes with a copy of Cyril Beverley’s service record

Near EF SOLD

 

Pair: Korea 1950-53, U.N. Korea 1950-54 impressed to “37374 E. F. P. GIBB.”

Note: Stoker Eric Francis served in the RAN on the HMAS Warramunga (14th Aug 1950-17th May 1951) and HMAS Bataan (18th May 1951-6th June 1951). 

The Warramunga was an extremely active ship in Korea, the following extract shows an insight in to her operations;

Late on 5 February Warramunga and USS Lind detached and proceeded north to 38° 05' on the coast where LIND had previously landed an intelligence party. This party had been captured by the North Koreans who, using the team’s equipment, arranged a rendezvous with LIND. Unbeknown to the enemy, their deception was discovered and the two destroyers planned an unpleasant surprise. Right on time the enemy showed the prearranged signal.

Warramunga’s commander commented ‘USS Lind asked me if light was bright enough for an aiming mark and I replied it could be brighter. The enemy obliged by turning up to full brilliancy. We then opened up as fast as we could fire. I expended 59 rounds 4.7 inch and LIND about the same amount. The light went out. Subsequent intelligence confirmed that one North Korean company, some North Korean police and a large Intelligence team who were assembled as a reception committee were mostly killed or wounded. As the range was less than 3,000 yards and the fire was extremely rapid the result was not surprising.”

Comes with original box of issue.

Near EF SOLD

 

PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 2838 PTE W. B. PEBEROY 34/BN.

Previous service (no star) ENL. 4th Nov 1915

Discharged 14th Dec 1915 (varicose veins)

EMB: 25th Nov 1916 4thBN

Transferred 34thBN 10th Aug 1917

RTA: 11th Jan 1919

 

 GOOD VF SOLD

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LT Gubbins Victorian Mounted Rifles is standing top left in group photo

Group of six; Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamels; The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 1st type breast badge, silver-gilt, hallmarks for London 1919; Queen’s South Africa five clasps “Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902” (2/Lieut. S. Gubbins, Rl. Fus.); 1914-15 Star (Major S. Gubbins, R. Fus.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col. S. Gubbins),

It appears Stamer Gubbins was born in New Zealand on passage to Australia in 1882. Gubbins family settled in Melbourne where he was educated at Melbourne Grammar School. Joining the 5th Contingent, Victorian Mounted Rifles in 1900 as a lieutenant at the age of 18, he served in South Africa during the Boer War. After serving his full tour with the 5th VMR he went on to serve in the Royal Fusiliers in 1902.

Having then been seconded to the West African Frontier Force in Nigeria 1904-09, and been advanced to Major, Gubbins was embarked for France in June 1915, where he commanded the 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers from August of that year until May 1916.It was during this period that he won his D.S.O. for the Battalion’s attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt (a.k.a. The Chord) on 2 March. On that occasion, the attack was launched at 5.45 p.m. with the detonation of seven mines, the largest of which was intended to wreck the bulk of The Chord. Certainly the earth thrown up by the mines partly covered the enemy’s wire, thereby allowing Gubbins’s men - and the neighbouring 8th Battalion - to gain access to the enemy’s defences, but not without significant loss. As stated in The Royal Fusiliers in the Great War, the 9th Battalion ‘found many Germans in their sector of The Chord who, though dazed, did not surrender and had to be killed. There followed a number of fierce grenade fights, the Germans rushing down from the north end of The Chord and along the trenches leading from the east into it ... but the craters were held against enemy bombing attacks during the night.’

D.S.O. London Gazette 15 April 1916:

‘This officer commanded his Battalion in an attack, the success of which was due to the excellent organisation he had established in his Battalion, and to the fighting spirit he had fostered in it.’ 

O.B.E. London Gazette 3 June 1919.

“For valuable service rendered in connection with Military Operations in Egypt”

Gubbins, who was also mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 15 June 1916, refers), later served in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force as Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, services that resulted in his award of the O.B.E. After a long adventure away from Australia, Gubbins finally returned in 1938 with his wife. He died in 1940.

Mounted as worn, minor enamel damage to wreaths on the first, otherwise good very fine SOLD

Single; Crimea medal one clasp "Alma". Officially Impressed to J. YOUNG 55th REGT. On the roll as wounded in Alma and subsequently died at Scutari in 1854.

Comes with a letter home of 4 pages of stop start writing, almost like a diary where he describes the arrival of the wounded from the Charge of the Light Brigade to Scutari. Also included is an official disbursement of his assets, An official letter regarding the medal plus an Official envelope addressed to his Sister in Easey Street Collingwood Melbourne Australia.

A choice Crimea to a casualty with extremely rare Ephemera and a bonus Australian connection.

 

  

 

 

Small EK at 6 o'clock otherwise EF SOLD


 

PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 50947 PTE H. C. STEWART 35/BN AIF.

Previous service, 4 years & 5 months SNR. Cadets Holsworthy

EMB: 8th May 1918 19thBN

To join 35thBN 17th Oct 1918

RTA: 26th Aug 1919

 

 GOOD VF SOLD

PAIR: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 2723 PTE H. R. MARKS 46/BN AIF.

EMB: 20th Oct 1916

W.I.A: 11th Apr 1917 (shell shock)

RTA: 26th Sep 1917

 

EF SOLD

 

 

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 3972 PTE G. V. R. WILLIAMS. 22 BN AIF

Emb. 8th February 1916

Accidently injured. 28th March 1917.  "scalded left leg"

WIA 4th October 1917 G. S. W. Left shoulder

2nd WIA 19th May 1918 G. S. W. Face

3rd WIA 23rd July 1918 Gassed

4th WIA 12th October 1918 G. S. W Abdomen

RTA 1st July 1919 due to termination of period of enlistment (not medically unfit!)

Not surprisingly with being wounded in action FOUR times Private Williams record states "Died after discharge".

Very impressive service to say the least.

 

 

 

 BWM suspender repaired with wire. VF SOLD

 

 

 

 

Four: 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal. All medals correctly named to VX147459 G. W. JACOBS

Sapper Glen William Jacob signed up on the 15th of October 1943 with the WW2 nominal roll interestingly shows the following as his location on enlistment

 

IN THE FIELD, NEW GUINEA

 

The roll shows that he discharged as part of the 4th Aust Dock’s Opp Coy on the 30th of October 1945.  At the time of listing these medals, Glen William Jacob’s service records were still sealed and as a result no further information is available about his Pacific service until his file is opened.

Note: With the curious comment stating enlistment in New Guinea, this group has great potential for a fascinating story with further research.

Near EF SOLD

Three: 1914-15 Star; British War and Victory Medals all correctly impressed to 253 PTE J. A. DAVENPORT 16/BN. A.I.F.;

 

Private J. A. Davenport, 16th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force

 

J. Allan Davenport, originally from Liverpool, served with the 16th Battalion. The following article appeared in the Liverpool Daily Echo in 1915:


‘Bugler J. Allen Davenport, formerly of the Liverpool Scottish, and now with the Second Contingent Australian Force writes: “I left Egypt months ago for the ‘do’ and have been wallowing in slaughter ever since. Oh, the sights I have seen and taken part in! It is marvellous how I escaped death. I have been fighting in the worst trench on the battlefield, and been in three bayonet charges. I volunteered to throw bombs, and threw a lot until I saw a fellow hold one in his hand a minute too long, and had his arm and hand blown off, so I thought discretion that better part of valour and gave it up.
One night an order came to charge the Turks’ trench, which was only 15 yards from ours, and the space between was filled with hundreds of our gallant Australians and Turks- mostly Turks. Anyway we charged and took the trench- they don’t like the bayonet- and held it till dawn. In the meantime the Turks had, under cover of darkness, got a couple of machine guns on each end of the trench, and when it grew light they opened fire. Those who survived came through a communication trench, dug overnight.
Another charge I was in was to take a hill where the Turks were entrenched. This hill is very steep. The 16th Battalion were ordered to take it. We had to creep up a narrow gully until we reached the hill. The slaughter that followed! I was one of the lucky ones. I was in the thick of the charge and yet I came out without a scratch, yet men were shot down all round me.”’

Davenport survived the War, and immigrated to Perth, Western Australia.

 

Note: Comes with the recipient’s aluminium identity tag; two cap badges; a Returned from Active Service lapel badge, the reverse officially numbered ‘123183’; and the recipient’s Returned Soldiers’, Sailors’, and Nurses’ Association of Western Australia lapel badge, gilt and enamel, the reverse numbered ‘39726’, with corresponding membership card,

 

Good very fine SOLD

 

 

BOER WAR DIARY & EPHEMERA

 A very rare collection of Ephemera including a portrait of Lieut. W. R. Finlayson M.C. 21 Bn AIF, 2 official papers relating to his discharge (3MD). A WW1 recommendation he had written for 6840 Pte. R. J. Knight (subsequently awarded), A 1918 officers photo signed by all 10 officers. 3 small portrait photos in uniform, plus a short but very interesting Diary in which he served with the 3rd Bushmans Contingent (Victorian) under Major Vialls (W.A.) of whom he speaks very highly. This is the first Boer War Diary to an Australian we have ever owned.

 Important note: Lieut Finlayson was one of the 133 soldiers reccommended for the Victoria Cross in the First World War

 

 

SOLD

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 Photograph album containing 48 original WW1 photos taken in France. The Album undoubtedly has an Australian Artillery connection with one caption stating "Group NCO's OF 31st BTY". A SGT Major Erskine (8th FAB and also a Belgian Croix De Guerre winner) is also mentioned. Numerous photo's of Guns, Planes Tanks and various places (including Villers Bretonneux and Plug Street 1917). All photos are captioned circa 1917/18.

 

 

SOLD

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Photograph album containing 23 original WW1 period photos belonging to an Australian Soldier named “Arch”. The Album cover is titled “Snapshots taken by Arch. On active service 1916”.

All photos are captioned in detail showing Australian soldiers and naming most of them. A few photos also cover several parts of the UK including the zoo whilst presumably on leave. A good researcher may be able to work out exactly who Arch is with the other names and clues given by the soldier throughout.

Good overall condition with captions and photos all being clear SOLD

 


 An extremely scarce pair of award documents awarded to " Matrosen - ober - Gefreiten  Johann Forster " for service on the famous German Raider  "HILFSKREUZER THOR" comprising of:

1. Award document for the qualification badge - KRIEGSABZEICHEN FUER HILFSKREUZER signed by the ships Captain and dated 6.Januar 1943.

2.Award document for the award of the " IRON CROSS SECOND CLASS" signed by the ships Captain and dated 24.Dez.1942

Of particular note, is that both these documents were produced in the German headquarters at Yokohama in Japan where the "THOR" was stationed.

The Australian connection to this ship is of great interest, as the Thor captured an Australian Liner the Nankin enroute to Bombay and opted to take her as a prize ship. Whilst tied up in Yokohama the Thor ,Nankin and two German ships were all destroyed together during a fuel resupply killing a dozen crew members of the Thor. The balance of the crew were killed on the way back to Germany when accidentally sunk by a German U boat.

There are many stories of interest (on the internet) on the Thor including a great article by a POW from the Australian Ship the Nankin on his time as a "German POW" in Japan.

We recently purchased this superb original example of an Auxiliary Cruisers badge, maker marked SCHWERN BERLIN and a mint Iron cross (second class) in its packet of issue and have included them with the Documents as we felt it would enhance a quality display.

 SOLD

 

 

 

WWI LARGE SURVEY MAPS ON LINEN BACKING FRANCE ISSUE TITLED NORTH WEST EUROPE 30

With very heavy folds, moisture affected and aged as to be expected of maps carried in the line.

Very good - fine and scarce. SOLD

 

 CAPTAIN JAMES HENRY MOORE 38TH BN AND CAPTAIN ERNEST WILLIAM DIXON D.S.O 10TH L.H. & 3RD ANZAC BN. IMPERIAL CAMEL CORPS (15TH L.H.)

These two photo albums contain a mixture of over 250 photos of both Captain Moore & Captain Dixon. The albums were put together by their friend Eileen Ramsay and are all very detailed. They include;

1. The embarkation of the 38th Bn AIF from Melbourne on the HMAT Runic. in June 1916. This is a most comprehensive detail of all the Officers (HQ's and all Coy's) naming each individually. With various other identities on the ship including Lieut. Orchard (Geelong footballer) and various other officers who would later become KIA, commanding Officers and or highly decorated to name just a few.

2. General photos of the battalion on board the ship ie. "looking for submarines", boxing "Heavy weight Championship" and general drill

3. Several photos of a visit by General Monash with Major Story (later the C.O. of the 37th who was later controversially dismissed as a result of the mutiny) and Brigadier McNicol D.S.O. for example.

4. Hospital photos. Nurses and wounded (Named)

5. Two portrait photos of Australian Flying Corps pilots (signed), one of which is Will Dixon brother to Ernest, the other name is hard to read and needs further research. Also various plane photos and a group photo of the AFC pilots in 1918 (pictured left), most likely related to Will.

6. Numerous photos related to Captain Dixon a Jnr Officer D.S.O. and twice mentioned in despatches. The photos start in Perth in February 1915 including naval officers, HMAT Kyarra (twice torpedoed, although not his ship he travelled on), then in the Middle East with various officers and men (named), horses (named), Light Horse Warrent Officers, signalers, 8th Light Horse Sgt, Soldiers doing gas mask training, despatch riders, Turkish officers surrendering, too many to name. These photos cover the early stages of Captain Dixons service when he was part of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade Train A.A.S.C. hence his association with so many different units whilst working out of HQ. He was then made R.S.M. of 10th Light Horse and then transfered with a commission to the Camel Corp (15th L.H.). This is when the then Lt. Dixon wins a Gallant D.S.O defending the post that would later be known as "Dixons Post" for his command of the position when the Turks make a last ditch effort to re-take Beersheba.

Both "mixed" albums are extremely fascinating and have so many avenues to research.  As with the above two lots of photos, they are well documented, clear and represent a researchers dream. There are so many outstanding names that appear, that I have no doubt that many of these photos will eventually end up in publications.

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 Single; Crimea medal one clasp "Alma". Officially Impressed to J. YOUNG 55th REGT. On the roll as wounded in Alma and subsequently died at Scutari in 1854.

Comes with a letter home of 4 pages of stop start writing, almost like a diary where he describes the arrival of the wounded from the Charge of the Light Brigade to Scutari. Also included is an official disbursement of his assets, An official letter regarding the medal plus an Official envelope addressed to his Sister in Easey Street Collingwood Melbourne Australia.

A choice Crimea to a casualty with extremely rare Ephemera and a bonus Australian connection.

 

   

 

 

Small EK at 6 o'clock otherwise EF SOLD


 

 

A Christmas Gift with Christmas Greetings to the Men of Canterbury, N. Z. Fighting for the Empire. From the Editor and Readers of “The Press” Christchurch, New Zealand Christmas 1915.

SOLD

 

 

 

Souvenir Guide of South Australia’s Fighting Men of the A.I.F. The history, achievements and colors of the various units. Compiled for the citizens and business men’s committee by SGT-MJR H. H. Hannam late A.I.F.

100 pages packed with interesting and important information to do with South Australian’s in the war. An absolute must for any South Australian collector.

SOLD


 

Ephemera rated to WX2063 Private Edward Donald Calvert 2/11th Australian Field Ambulance late Royal Engineers. Consisting of three original photographs, Australian WW2 discharge paper (showing 1200 days service outside Australia), three Australian issued soldiers pay books and Private Calvert’s Australian Record of Service book for WW2.

SOLD

 

 

COUVE BROTHERS KIA GALLIPOLI 8th BN AIF

 An outstanding and scarce pair of photo Albums of Lt Alan "father" Crawford Couve and Lt Henry Thomas Ladson Couve both of  the 8th battalion AIF. There are 161 photos in total of which were sent home to their sister. All are captioned and record their story fighting the Turks before Gallipoli (this subject is seldom written about) and includes their last photos captioned "En route to Lemnos April 1915" and "Kit parade Lemnos" as Lt Alan Couve was tragically killed on the landing by sniper fire (DOW on the 26th), with his brother being killed only two weeks later.

There are too many 8th battalion names associated with these photos to mention them all, although all would be Gallipoli veterans, possibly decorated and KIA's. This collection really demands a lot of time and research but would no doubt be a "jewel in the crown" to an 8 Bn, Gallipoli or Victorian collector.

The regimental unit history "Cobbers in Khaki" states Lt. Alan Couve was reported to have encouraged his men during the initial fighting by shouting. "Don't worry about the shells, boys; while you can hear them they won't do you any harm; it's the shells you don't hear that will do the damage".

Included with the photos are as follows;

1. 1913 dated 3 MD military map by the then Lt. Col. Monash of the Lilydale & Yarraglen districts. The map is named to Lieut A. Couve F. Company Dandenong in pencil. There are a few locations marked "HQ, 10.2.14" and similar.

2. A beautiful poem about the very first troop departure out of Albany titled "The troopships of A.N.Z.A.C. (Oct.. - Dec. 1914.). The poem mentions the Emden action and is very well written by Eileen Ramsay nee Couve.

3. An official letter mentioning the above poem, Mr Couve Snr's soldier settlement property and goes on to mention that the Couve brothers were prominant footballers. Written by the Hon. Ken. Mackenzie Wright.

This is a very important and emotional collection

 SOLD

 

 

 

 

H.M.A.S. “Otway” Christmas and New Year card. Signed  from “Bert with love to all x”. Extremely Rare to see an Australian Submarine Christmas Card

SOLD

 

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Rare diary for HMAS NIZAM. Covering the period from July 1941 to March 1943.

The diary entries go up to page 113 with multiple days being covered on most pages (due to its large size). Each page typically records the date (exact timings), the ship’s location or course, a summary of events, and many remarks or references to the day’s activities. Page one starts with the following; “Diary as from my joining the ship in Alexandria” (2nd July 1941). No name accompanies the diary.

The diaries pages vary greatly in the amount and level of detailed information it contains from day to day. Some days in the Middle East are very active compared to others. This is a historical record of the ship’s administration, operations, and activities, and was highly frowned upon in case it fell into enemy hands.

Example of an active day’s entry;

“Sunday 23rd

“0300 Left Alex. In/c with “Napier”, “Jackal”, “Kipling” + “Hasty” to do anti sub sweep in front of A.M.C. “Glenroy” + A/A Cruiser “Carlisle” . “Glenroy” loaded with tanks and troops for Tobruk. 1600 the two ships were attacked by torpedo bombers & “Glenroy” hit Aft. “Carlisle” took her in tow. We raced back at full speed & just before we reached scene we were attacked. Fierce barrage drove them off and they machine gunned the Jackal killing one man. Fish dropped at us but missed by a mile. Caught up with “Carlisle” + “Glenroy” + did A/S sweep around them.”

Due to the large amount of sensitive detail in this diary along with the educated manner in which it is written, one would assume this is written by a senior officer.

In conclusion, there can be no doubt that this “untouched” and “unpublished” diary is an extremely rare piece of Australian Naval history.

Great condition with all pages clear and eligible SOLD 

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AN OUTSTANDING WW2 LUFTWAFFE HONOUR GOBLET and GERMAN CROSS IN GOLD Grouping awarded to Oberleutnant Ewald Giebler ( JU 88 ),

Comprising of the following;

1.     Honour Goblet by Alpaka correctly named.

2.     German Cross in Gold 4 rivet unmarked but probably by Deschler.

3.     Cloth version of the cross in Gold – not worn.

4.     Observers Badge by C. E. Juncker.

5.     Reconnaissance clasp in silver marked BSW.

6.     Iron Cross 1st Class slight convex unmarked.

7.     Black wound badge.

Also includes the following original documents and photos.

1.     Leistungsbuch confirming all awards and 169 flights.

2.     Soldbuch with countless entries and stamps. Showing wear.

3.     Award document for the wound badge dated 25 May 1941 (Crete).

4.     2 x Original photos in uniform

5.     Denazification certificate.

6.     Running sheet of awards and promotions.

7.     2 X general information sheets

What is interesting is his award sheet shows he received the cuff title “Kreta” on the 8th August 1943 which would relate to his wounding on the 25th May 1941. All items have come directly from the family in Western Australia and are guaranteed to have belonged to him.

Good overall condition SOLD

 

 NURSES CLEARING STATION PHOTO ALBUM FOR GALLIPOLI, MIDDLE EAST & SALONIKA CASUALTIES

This nurses photo album contains 50 photos in total with various examples of the captions as follows;

Observation Balloon, Gully ravine Gallipoli, Sisters bathing, various Stationary Hopitals and Casualty Clearing Station names, Turkish Quarters, Wounded Tommies, Hospital ship (and other ships),Turkish trenches Egypt and more.

A very interesting nursing sisters album, who was obviously there from the beginning.

 

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Villers-Bretonneux Memorial

Pair: British War and Victory Medal, both correctly impressed to 6314 PTE S. W. PENTLOW.11 BN. A.I.F.


Stanley William Pentlow enlisted on the 11th of April 1916 listing his address as “Railway Coffee Palace, Perth W.A.

 

Private Pentlow embarked on the 18th September 1916 with the 11th Battalion A.I.F.

 

Tragically Private S. W. Pentlow was killed in action with the 11th Battalion on the Western Front on 15th April 1917. Sadly little is known about the death of Pentlow, no Red Cross file and he has no known grave being commemorated only on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Somme, France.

 

A very sad story that’s likely no one will ever know how poor Stan really met his end.

 

Nearly extremely fine SOLD

 

Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 569 PTE A. WILSON 10/BN AIF.

EMB: 20th October 1914

Concussion drum of left ear 20th October 1916?

RTA: 13th February 1917

 

Note: There seems to be very little written on Private Wilsons service in 1915. He certainly embarked in 1914 (Gallipoli?). Unfortunately his service record is only 9 pages long.

 

 

VF SOLD

 

 

Private Burgoyne 8th Light Horse

 

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 3471 PTE. H. L. BURGOYNE 8. L. H. R. AIF

Emb. 2nd November 1917

RTA 10th April 1919

3471 Private Herbert Lionel BURGOYNE, a 35 year old Labourer from Elmore, Victoria.

 

 

 VF SOLD

 

 

Four: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Tribute Medal. First three medals all correctly named to 3052 L/CPL. J. CAIN 8 BN A.I.F. (24th BN on BWM & VM).

Tribute medal, Obverse. "Romsey and district. Victoria. Reverse, He responded to his countrys call 1914-18 "Presented to J. Cain A.I.F. in recognition of his service abroad in the great war for freedom"

Emb. 26th November 1915

 DCM recommendation (downgraded to M.M.) 30th August 1918

 WIA 1st September 1918 Gassed

RTA 31st March 1919

London Gazette 14th May 1919

An extremely scarce combination with this beautifully produced quality tribute medal.

 

 

 

Good VF SOLD


 

Four: Military Medal, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly named to 2915 PTE. J. H. WARD 6 BN A.I.F.

Emb. 1 July 1915

 DCM recommendation (downgraded to M.M.) 12th/13th  June 1916

 Military Medal recommendation (second citation) for the 30th October 1917  Zonnebeke

 WIA 26th December 1917. Multiple gun shot wounds  

 London Gazette 27th June 1918  

RTA 20th September 1918 Medically unfit

This is an outstanding double citation Military Medal group with his first citation stating he killed a German with a knob-kerry in the trenches, however it appears that this was too gruesome and there is a clear line through the comment. On the 30th June 1917 at a Coy parade (field) Pte Ward struck a superior officer calling him "A bloody bastard" amongst other things and received 90 days. As his first MM still had not been awarded the second citation is not for a bar to his MM but simply a recommendation for an MM. Could his failure to receive a bar be a mistake or the result of his charge?

Victory medal returned to sender and then re-sent to him (NOT A DOUBLE ISSUE)

There can be no doubt that this soldier was a tough man and certainly lives up to the fighting Anzac spirit.

An outstanding group.;  

 

Good VF SOLD


 

 

FAMILIY GROUPING TO TWO BROTHERS

 

GROUP 1: Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3723 PTE. R. EDDY 7/BN AIF.

EMB: 23RD November 1915 (18 years old)

Transferred to the 60th Battalion on the 18th March 1916

REPORTED MISSING: 19TH July 1916

Board of enquiry concluded that Private Richard Eddy was shot through the head in "the charge" of July 19th at Fleurbaix. His body was sadly left in no-man's land. See Red Cross file on AWM website.

 

Group 2: Pair: British War and Victory Medal both correctly impressed to 4799 PTE. R. EDDY 38 BN AIF.

EMB: 21ST June 1917 (29th Bn)

Transferred to 38th Bn. 18th December 1917

WIA: 26th August 1918 "S. W. left arm"

RTA: 4th July 1919

 

Note: It appears Robert answered the call to arms after he learnt of the death of his brother Richard. A sad story of two fighting brothers. Robert Eddy's medals were returned to sender in 1923 and re-sent in 1928.

National Archives records have Charles Latham Williams file incorrectly numbered as 649 when researching

 

VF – EF SOLD

 

GROUP OF ELEVEN: Military Cross (GVR); 1914-15 Star; British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19; 1939-45 Star; Pacific Star; Defence Medal 1939-45; British War Medal 1939-45; Australia Service Medal 1939-45; Coronation Medal 1953; Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (EIIR). 553 Pte C. McI. Potts 13/Bn A.I.F. on star, Lieut C. McI. Potts A.I.F. on third and fourth medals, NX 12434 C. M. Potts on seventh, eighth and ninth medals, Clarence McIntosh Potts on eleventh medal. MC unnamed, second, third and fourth medals impressed, fifth and sixth medals unnamed, seventh, eighth and ninth medals impressed, tenth medal unnamed, last medal impressed. All correct to issue and mounted as worn.

Clarence Potts enlisted 8th September 1914 as a Private number 553 with the 13th Bn (later being commissioned with the 45th Bn having come up through the ranks).

Proceeded to join M.E.F. Gallipoli and in his own words from his service record "Landed Gallipoli 25th April 1915" and "In rear-guard at evacuation"

Records state the following "3/12/1915 to be Lance Corporal. Heart complaint in Greek Hospital. Wounded." (This shows possibly another wound at Gallipoli making it a total of three wounding's)

WIA: France 8th August 1916 (G.S.W. back and arm) and also states (multiple Gunshot wounds, severe)

2nd WIA: 17th August 1918 (Multiple bomb wounds)

MILITARY CROSS. L.G.: 29th November 1918 C.G.: 23th May 1919 'For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership in an attack. He led his company with great skill, capturing 150 prisoners and a battery of 5.9 guns. Later, after making a daring reconnaissance he advanced his line 2,000 yards and consolidated his position under heavy fire. He set a splendid example of coolness and determination to his company'

R.T.A. 1st May 1919.

WW2. NX12434 Captain Potts Enlisted 20th May 1940

Taken POW at the fall of Singapore and Interned by the Japanese in a Malay camp for over three and a half years.

Returned to Australia after the Japanese surrender arriving in Sydney 29th October 1945.

Comes with research, photocopies of service records, an extract from the War Diary of Alexandria Hospital Malaya 14th February 1942 giving explicit details of the Japanese actions in the hospital, copy of telegram from the Minister for the Army notifying Mrs Potts of Captain Potts being a P.O.W., New South Wales Police Department Certificate to certify C. Mc. Potts served in the N.S.W. Police Force.

Note: Captain Pott's medals were initially sold by Noble Numismatics in 2006 for $8,700 plus buyer's premium (19.75%) of $1675 which equals $10,375. Ten years later we are proud to offer such an outstanding officers fighting gallantry group covering two conflicts, multiple wounds and a POW of the Japanese.

 

VF SOLD

 

 

Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.1914/15 Star and Victory Medal impressed to 30 T-SGT J. E. BAKER 12 L. H. RGT AIF

Emb. 13th June 1915

WIA Shrapnel wound hand, Gallipoli 25 October 1915

Posted on strength at the charge of Beersheba (31 October 1917)

Reported as having Malaria 28th June 1918

RTA 2nd January 1918

An outstanding group to an early enlistment, regimental number "30". Wounded at Gallipoli, promoted to sgt and at the iconic charge of Beersheba. Comes with his trench art caddy spoon.

VF SOLD

 

 

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal. Correctly impressed to 4872 PTE. C. J. WHITE 48-BN. A.I.F.

Previous service "15 days A.I.F. Exhibition" "15 days war service"

Emb. 23rd June 1917

WIA 5th April 1918 (Bomb wound, chest). Private White was taken to 13th Field Ambulance where he died of his wounds that day.

 Page 229 of Neville Brownings book "Leane's Battalion" states the following " as they marched along the Amiens to Albert road, a shell exploded amongst the column and killed Sergeant M.H. Macloy and Private N. Oma and wounded Privates S. W. Howells and H. M. Martin. Tentative roll calls revealed that CQMS F. A. Rochow, Corporal D. O. Rogers , Lance Corporals A. C. MacKenzies and J. Scott and Privates W. R. Baker, E. Blackman, S. H. Chandler, B. E. Chellew, H. M. Drummond, M. S. McCombe, T. McGowan, P. O'Sullivan, S. R. Tudor and C. J. White had also been killed during the battle."

Cecil Johnson White was a local identity of Renmark in South Australia and amongst his talents is mention of his artistic ability. With this group comes a beautiful original characterture of "The flag Lieutenant" (signed C.J.W) of which we presume is from his embarkation. Also with his original AIF booklet of his Grave, a photo of him and a single collar badge.

An impressive and emotive grouping.; 

 

Medals Near EF SOLD
 

 

Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 3396 Cpl. C. W. Harris 53 Bn.  AIF

emb. 24 Jan.1917  RTA 14 Sept. 1919

Near VF SOLD

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A rare Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Member of the British Empire (MBE) group for North West Europe the recipient being in addition Mentioned in Despatches for North West Europe and Korea later serving in Malaya

 

 

Nine: Member of the British Empire (MBE) 2nd type Military 1939/45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence & War Medals with Mentioned in Despatches Oak leaf Queen's Korea Medal with MID Major J R Matthews MBE REME, General Service Medal E2 bar Malaya Major J R Matthews MBE REME, United Nations Medal for Korea Queen Elizabeth 2 Coronation Medal 1953 – mounted as worn

 

MBE London Gazette 11 October 1945

 

'For gallant & distinguished service in NW Europe'

 

MID London Gazette 23 March 1945

 

'For gallant and distinguished service in NW Europe'

 

MID London Gazette 7 September 1952 'For gallant and distinguished services in Korea during the period 1 January to 30 June 1951'

 

With copy Medal roll entry for Elizabeth 2 Coronation Medal and MBE recommendation as Deputy Assistant Director of Mechanical Engineering 8th Corps stating 'This officer has held the appointment of D.A.D.M.E since the early days of the Corps in February 1943. His untiring application has played a great part in the work which REME have been able to undertake. Throughout the operation from HOLLAND to SCHLESWIG he has put in a degree of work that has enabled the branch to function normally in spite of severe reductions in personnel from accidents and sickness'.

 

Second Mentioned in Despatches was awarded commanding the 11th Infantry Brigade REME Workshop in Korea.

 

John Rose Matthews, MBE, MA was born 21 June 1914 and obtained an Honours Degree in Mechanical Sciences at Cambridge University commissioned Lieutenant 23 March 1940 promoted Captain 11 January 1943 and acting Major from 11 October 1942 and War Services substantive Major 8 November 1945 and acting Lt Colonel 8 August 1945 to 7 November 1945 and Temporary Colonel 8 November 1945 to 23 May 1947. Reverted to substantive Major on the 21 June 1950 from acting rank of Lt Colonel. Retired 21 June 1969 and granted the hon rank of Lt Colonel. John Ross Mathews died in Chichester in 1999

 

Note: Johnathan Collins, Warsash Hampshire 1st June 2008 £1150

 

 

GVF - NEF SOLD

 

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Army of India 1799-1826, 1 clasp, Ava (Serjt. R. Whittan, 45th Foot) short reverse hyphen, officially impressed naming, 

Obverse shows proud polishing with excellent reverse, EK so Good, Fine SOLD

 

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Single: Maharajpoor Star 1843 James Devine HM 39th Regt. With service docs, transferred to the Royal Canadian Rifles after 20 years service with the 39th.

 

Near VF SOLD

 

Single: St. Jean d’Acre 1840, bronze, unnamed, pierced with ring suspension

SOLD

 

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1854 One clasp:. "Burma 1889-92". 1583 Pte.R.Kilgannon. Devon.Rgt. Later impressed naming.

 Good VF SOLD

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Baltic 1854-55, unnamed as issued, 

Good very fine $395

 

 Single : BALTIC MEDAL 1854 un named as issued

Small EK at 7 o'clock otherwise near EF SOLD

 

Single: BALTIC MEDAL 1854 un-named as issued

 VF SOLD

 

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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 SOLD

 

 

single: Turkish Crimea 1855, French issue, unnamed, fitted with a bar suspension.

SOLD

 


Single:Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-58 one clasp "CENTRAL INDIA" period engraved to 569 PTE W. MCGUIRE 3RD MADRAS EUROPEAN RGT.

Confirmed on roll. William McGuire

 

 

Near EF SOLD  

 

Single: Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-58 one clasp "CENTRAL INDIA" impressed to GEO. WESTALL 8TH HUSSARS.

VF SOLD

 

 

Single: NEW ZEALAND WAR MEDAL (undated reverse) correctly impressed 425. JAS. MANGAN. 57TH FOOT.

Enlisted in the 57th Foot West Middlesex Regiment 6th August 1857

October to November 1859 Aden then to Poona

Embarked for NZ 23rd November 1860

To Plymouth 23rd January 1861

To Wanganui 2nd July 1861

July to December 1862. NTR at Wanganui

Discharged Manchester 17th August 1867

Comes with further research.

 

 

EF SOLD  

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READING, MAIWAND 66TH REGIMENT
AFGHAN CAMPAIGN WAR MEMORIAL

www.roll-of-honour.com/Berkshire/ReadingAfghanCampaign.html

 

Single: Afghanistan 1878-80, 1 clasp, Kandahar (B/375. Pte. W. Davis. 66th Foot.) Correctly chisel engraved regimental number leaving no doubt as to the recipient.

 

B/375 Private William Davis was killed in action at Maiwand on 27 July 1880 (WO 100/52 refers).

Note: He is not entitled to the clasp for Kandahar which appears to have been fitted in error, the roll showing the entry above for John Davis being present at Kandahar. Private William Davis is confirmed on the 66th Foot memorial at Reading as being killed in action at Maiwand.

 

Surname part officially corrected (from ‘Davies?). Good very fine SOLD

 

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

 

 

VF SOLD

 

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Pair: Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, dated reverse, 4 clasps, Tel-El-Kebir, Suakin 1884, El-Teb_Tamaai, The Nile 1884-85 correct period naming to 1906 Pte. J. Jacklin. 1/Gord: Highrs.; Khedive’s Star 1882 un-named.

 

Note: Sold with confirmation.

 

Pitting from star, otherwise very fine SOLD 

 

 


Single: Egypt Medal dated 1882 three clasps "TEL-EL-KEBIR, THE NILE 1884-85 & KIRBEKAN" correct period engraved naming to 3800 CORPL W. J. CHAPLIN R...

Note: Roll confirms clasps to 3800 Corporal W. J. Chaplin, No 11 Company. Commissariat and Transport Corps (also entitled to Khedives Star)

normal pitting near VF SOLD  

Pair; QUEENS SUDAN 1896-98 & KEDIVES SUDAN 1896-1908 one clasp "HAFIR"  both engraved 3415 Pte.C.Ford. 1.N.STAFF.Rgt.    

 VF SOLD

 

 

 

 

QSA one clasp "CC" impressed 32631 GNR: T. W. WORTHINGTON 15TH W. D., R.G.A.       CHINA 1900 no clasp normal running script to 32631 G. T. W. WORTHINGTON No.91 Co., RGA.

Gnr Worthington was born in Bilby, South Retford, Notinghamshire and a former member of the 4th Bn.Derbyshire Rgt.. Served in S.Africa Nov 1899 to July 1900 and China July 1900 to Aug 1901 and India Aug 1901 to March 1907. Reserve 1907 and discharged 1911.

near VF SOLD

 

 

 

Single: CHINA 1900 no clasp. Impressed to F. Pritchard, Ord., H.M.S. Pique.

GD VF SOLD

 

 

Single: India General Service 1908-35 (EVII), 1 clasp,” North West Frontier 1908”correct running script engraving to 7669 Pte H. Cameron 1st Bn Sea Highrs

VF SOLD

 

 

Three: Sergeant J. Dear, East Surrey Regiment 1914-15 Star (4440 Pte. J. Dear. E. Surr. R.); British War and Victory Medals (4440 Sjt. J. Dear. E. Surr. R.)

Good very fine SOLD

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Three: Private W. Cooper, Suffolk Regiment 1914-15 Star (7620 Pte. W. Cooper. Suff: R.); British War and Victory Medals (7620 Pte. W. Cooper. Suff. R.)

Note: William Cooper attested for the Suffolk Regiment, and served with the 1st Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 16 January 1915. He was discharged time expired on 13 October 1919.

 

Very fine SOLD

 

 

Family Grouping;

Five: Mons Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. All medals correctly impressed to 9890 PTE W. J. DOUBLE 2/S. LANC: R. Death plaques named to WILLIAM JAMES DOUBLE and JOHN HENRY DOUBLE

9890 Private William James Double 2nd Bn. South Lancashire Regiment died 30th October 1914PAS DE CALAIS, FRANCE. CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ XII. D. 13. German Trench Grave No. 4 “No clothing of any description found on remains”

9858 Private John Henry Double 7th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment died 9th August 1915. TURKEY. HELLES MEMORIAL Panel 135 to 137.

Near EF SOLD

 

 

Three: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. All medals correctly impressed to M2-119200 PTE A MILNE. A.S.C.

 

Date of disembarkation 15th September 1915

 

A.R.CL.Z. (Army reserve class Z) discharged to the reserves on the 25th May 1919

 

VF SOLD

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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 SOLD

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Single: GSM clasp SE Asia 1945-46 2386201 Cpl RA Precious R Sigs

 

Note: Comes with original box of issue

 

EF SOLD

 

GSM clasp Arabian Penninusla 9264 Pte Nasser Aboulla Audhali APL

 

VF SOLD

 

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CSM clasp Dhofar 24181255 Gnr A Drummond RA.

Good VF SOLD

 

Single: GSM One Clasp;  "PALESTINE 1945-48" 14353405 PTE. P. BROWN EAST YORKS.

EF SOLD

 

Single: Maharajpoor Star 1843 Private Frederick Davis HM 40th Reg’t.

Enlisted in Birmingham, Warwick on the 18th November 1839 in the 40th Foot number 1255 at the age of 18

Service shown as five years and nine months “East Indies, Seinde, Afghanistan” and a further four and a half years “Australia” where he discharges in Mebourne on the 29th December 1856

Near VF SOLD

 

 

Single: CSM (QE11) One Clasp; "NORTHERN IRELAND" 23994474 BDR. J. A. WARNER R. A.

Near EF SOLD

 

Single : ASHANTI MEDAL 1900 no clasp impressed Headman D.Edison A.F.F.

EF SOLD

 

 

SIGNALMAN BOLEY IS MARKED WITH "X" (BOTTOM LEFT)

FAMILY GROUPING

1. GROUP OF SIX: 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, France and Germany clasp, Africa Star, Defence Medal and War Medal all unnamed as issued and still in outer sleeves. Attributed to Royal Navy Signalman D/JX 208027 Arthur Kenneth Wallace Boley and comes with a large amount of original paperwork, photo's (with signatures of the full course on reverse of group photo), Drivers License, Naval signals hand written notes (not in photo as too large) and other Ephemera related to Signalman Boley.

Leading Signalman Boley (also appears as Bowley) was taken prisoner of war in the commando (Tobruk) action when his ship "HMS SIKH" was lost in a gallant action along with "HMS ZULU" in 1942.

Friday 2nd October 1942 the Western Daily Express published the following "Signalman Kenneth Boley.... is reported missing following the loss of HMS SIKH at the attack on Tobruk"

The fact that Sig. Boley was taken P.O.W. is confirmed by his original discharge (included with medals) which shows he has been granted Prisoner of War Leave (discharging from the HMS Rodney in 1946).

An estimated 70 survivors of the HMS SIKH were picked up in the water or were able to make it to shore. In March 1943 an unprecedented event occurred with the exchange of 788 POW's in the neutral Turkey. This exchange has caused many a debate as it was outside the Geneva Convention (and not handled by the Red Cross) and thus the POW's were technically allowed to re-join the war effort and most went on to take part in D-Day.

Due to the large amount of original paperwork with this group, we can see that Sig. Boley was back in service in 1943 and must have been part of this amazing exchange.

2. Pair: Defence Medal and War Medal unnamed as issued. Attributed to 20103 Petty Officer Margaret Elizabeth Webb W. R. N. S. (Wife of Signalman Boley) comes with original discharge (order of release) certificate dated 1946 and photo in uniform.

3. Single: British War Medal correctly impressed 1015652 PTE. E. R. WEBB C. M. G. BDE. Edward Robert Webb enlisted in 1916 with the 231st Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (Father of Margaret Webb).

4. TRIO: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to SE 4755 PTE E. H. BOLEY A.V.C. Ernest Boley served in the Army Veterinary Corps embarking on the 6th Match 1915 for France (Father of Signalman Boley).

 

Paperwork varies in condition but eligible in all areas. Medals VF to EF SOLD

Single : AFGHANISTAN MEDAL 1878 no clasp . 1736 Pte G. Gibbons, 4th Bn. Rifle Bde.   

George Gibbons was born in Hoxton, London, and enlisted in the Rifle Brigade in October 1877 aged 21 years. Embarked for India in January 1879, he witnessed active service with the 4th Battalion in Afghanistan in April - June of the same year (Medal). He later participated in the Waziri Expedition - for which there was no medal  - and returned to the UK in December 1887. Placed on the Army Reserve in October 1889, he was finally discharged in December 1893

Sold with copied attestation and discharge papers.

 VF SOLD

 

PairPrivate J. McLean, Cameron Highlanders Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, dated reverse, 2 clasps, Tel-el-Kebir, The Nile 1884-85 (138 Pte., 1/Cam’n. Highrs.); Khedive’s Star, 1882, unnamed as issued.

Edge bruising, contact marks, nearly very fine SOLD

 

Single : EGYPT MEDAL dated 1882 no clasp.  R.Hardy A.B. HMS THALIA.

Contact marks in field otherwise good SOLD

Single : KEDIVE STAR dated 1882 unnamed as issued

 VF SOLD

 


Single: British South Africa Company Medal 1890-97. Rhodesia 1896 reverse, one clasp "MASHONLAND 1897" correct period engraving to 4013 PTE C. DUNFORD 7TH HUSS

confirmed on roll

 

 

Contact marks obverse, otherwise near VF SOLD  

 

Single : NATAL 1906 one clasp "1906" impressed  Tpr.W.Comley. Transvaal Mtd.Rifles

EF SOLD

 

Single : NATAL 1906 one clasp "1906" impressed  S.S,M., A.J.Pannewitz. Natal Carbinners.

VF SOLD

 

Single : NATAL 1906 one clasp "1906" impressed  Tpr.A.J.Small. Border Mtd.Rifles.      A total of 251 medals to the unit.

EF SOLD

 

 

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: 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

 

 

Trio: Queens Korea Medal, United Nation Korea medal and Korea 50 year anniversary medal.  Queens Korea Medal impressed 22540855 PTE. K. INGHAM. KINGS. UN Korea unnamed as issued.

Comes with regimental cap badge.

GD VF SOLD

 

 

 

Single: GSM clasp "Malaya" impressed to 2/LT. M. B. EVERITT. FORESTERS.

Comes with original box, copy photograph and regimental cap badge.

GD VF SOLD

 

 

 

Single: South Atlantic 1982, with rosette. Correctly impressed to AB (R) S. G. TEMPLETON D171837Q  HMS BRILLIANT

Note: HMS Brilliant was involved in many incidents during the war including the shooting down of three A-4 Skyhawks. In defence the type 22 frigate came under Argentine air attack outside San Carlos Water where she was slightly damaged by cannon fire.

Comes with original box of issue.

Near EF SOLD

 

 

Single : NATAL 1906 no clasp impressed  Tpr.J.Binnie. Lower Tugela Res.          
A total of 35 medals to the unit.

EF SOLD

 

 

 

Single : NATAL 1906 no clasp impressed  Dvr.G.W.Ralph.  A.Battery.N.F.A.        
21 no clasp medals to the Natal Field Artillery

near EF SOLD

 

Single : NATAL 1906 no clasp impressed Tpr.H.M.Posner. Natal Police.            
32 no clasp medals to the unit.

Gd VF SOLD

 

Single : NATAL 1906 no clasp impressed  Pte.T.Edwards. Natal Rangers         
68 no clasp medals to the unit

Gd VF SOLD

 

Single : NATAL 1906 no clasp impressed  QMS. J.W.Dale. New Hanover Res.       
A total of 75 medals to the unit

EF SOLD

 

Group of Four: 1939/1945 Star, France & Germany Star, 1939-1945, Defence and War Medal to 3776911 Sgt Herbert Horatio Austin. Unnamed as issued.

After a brief stint in the air force in 1933, Sgt Austin enlisted on the 16th June 1940 with the King's Regiment. Sgt Austin's Special Service Brigade booklet for the Commando's shows he was taken on strength of the 2nd Special Boat Squadron on the 17th August 1943 and it was not until 1946 that Sgt Austin transferred to the reserves.

Complete with Certificate of Service & Discharge Royal Air Force, National Registration Card, Embarkation Card, Ration Book, Application for Particulars of Soldiers Pay, Old Comrades Association of the Special Service Brigade Card & Letter, Record of Service Card, Certificate of Transfer to the Army Reserve, Soldiers Release Book Class "A" and Photograph.

 

VF SOLD


Seven: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, General Service Medal (GVI) “Malaya” and African General Service Medal (QEII) “Kenya”. First five unnamed as issued. GSM and AGSM correctly impressed to 5618908 PTE A. E. JEFFREY DEVON (5618908 SGT A. E. JEFFERY DEVON on African General Service Medal).

Enlisted into the second battalion Devonshire Regiment and posted to Malta by the summer of 1939

Having spent the duration of his time under siege in Malta the unit embarked for Alexandria in March 1943 and after a short stint of training, they were ready for the invasion of Sicily (during the Sicilian campaign the Malta Brigade took 40 percent casualties).

After the Sicilian campaign the regiment was further tasked with the Invasion of Italy of where Private Jeffery was knocked out during the advance. After recovering from his injuries Private Jeffery found himself attached to the American forces advancing on Rome whilst his unit had been withdrawn in preparation to D-Day. Spending two months with the Americans Private Jeffery was finally withdrawn and sent back to the UK.

As his unit was already deployed Private Jeffery found himself floating around the UK attached to several units, even at one stage spending a short stint in a military prison (for trading boots). This accounts for no long service medal.

At the end of the war, now Lance Corporal Jeffery’s was posted back with the Devon’s to Singapore, Hong Kong and surrounds in the jungle fighting against the uprising groups of Communist insurgents.  In 1949 L/Cpl Jeffery was discharged in the UK and after a year of civilian life, re-enlisted and was on his way to Malaya.

After the fighting in Malaya and promoted to Corporal, Jeffery’s was sent to North Africa as the regime of King Farouk in neighbouring Egypt was in trouble and the Devon’s were at the ready. After King Farouk was driven from power Jeffrey now a Sergeant was sent to Kenya against the Mau Mau revolt (March 1953).

Serving further with the territorials after Kenya and now at the age of forty one, Sgt. Jeffery discharged on the 11th January 1963.

Note: A chapter in Philip Zeigler’s “Soldiers” Fighting Men’s Lives 1901-2001 is dedicated to Sergeant Jeffery’s life (book included). Also comes with hat badge.

VF SOLD

 

Single: GSM (GV1) One Clasp; "PALESTINE 1945-48" 4547337 PTE. G. F. WELLS E.YORKS.

Good VF SOLD

 

Single: NGS (QE11) One Clasp; "NEAR EAST" RM.7747 J. R. KING. MNE. R. M.

Near EF SOLD

 

Defence Medal, War Medal and Africa General Service 1902-56, 1 clasp, Kenya first two unnamed as issued, third correctly named to A.S.P. J.P. REFOY.

Comes with original period miniatures, Kenya Police hat badge and an AFRICAN EAST & WEST POLICE MATCH Medallion engraved to “CAPTAIN OF TEAM J. F. REFOY”.

James Patrick Refoy migrated to Western Australia on the 12th August 1949 from Mombasa listing his occupation as Police Inspector at the time.

James passed away in 2000 and is buried in the Bunbury cemetery, Western Australia.

VF SOLD 

 

Group of Five: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star "1st Army", Italy Star, Defence and War Medal to 5381977 SGT Frederick Arthur Clayton. Unnamed as issued.

Sgt Clayton enlisted on the 2nd March 1935 with the Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry with service in India prior to WW2. During WW2 Sgt Clayton served in the African campaign as a qualified member of the 3rd Parachute Battalion of the Army Air Corps. 1946 saw Sgt Clayton transfer to the Army Reserves with the Royal Engineers.

Complete with Army Book 64 Soldier's Service & Pay Book, Record of Service Card, Certificate of Transfer to the Army Reserve, Medals Card, Certificate of Service, Soldiers Release Book Class "A", three Photographs and Para Regiment Badge.

Note: Italy star is not shown on his certificate of service even though the medal card supplied shows confirmation of all medals including "1st army clasp".

 

VF SOLD

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Single: Waterloo 1815 WILLIAM COTTLE, 2nd BATT. 44th REG: FOOT.

The Essex regimental museum website records an insight into the day’s events as follows;

“French Lancers attacked as the Regiment was forming up when it was at a disadvantage having no support on either flank and arranged in lines 2 men deep rather than the squares employed as defence against cavalry. This deployment allowed the lancers to attack from front and rear.

A French lancer made a grab for the colours with his lance but the flag was secured by Ensign Christie despite serious wounds. The Lancer then tried to escape with some of the colour still on his lance but he was killed in the attempt to get away.”

The Regiment earned great praise for their stand against the attack from Lord Wellesley-"The troops were long and severely engaged and conducted themselves with utmost gallantry".

14 other ranks were killed and 151 were wounded. Two officers were killed and 17 wounded.

Note: Only 38 waterloo medals are recorded to have surfaced for the unit making this one of the scarcest Regiments to obtain.

Fitted with replacement silver clip and bar suspension. VF SOLD

 

 

Crimea 1854-56, no clasp, unnamed, 

Minor scratches otherwise, good very fine SOLD

 

 

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Turkish Crimea 1855, British issue, unnamed,

Very fine SOLD

 

 

Single: Waterloo 1815 JOHN GILBERT 10th REG. HUSSARS.

Ex Sotheby’s in March 1888

Note: John Gilbert served in Captain Grey’s number 4 troop and participated in the action on the far left of the battlefield, late in the day. Major Howard, who was the only 10th Hussar officer killed that day, could possibly  have been the last Anglo-Allied officer killed , attacking a French square on the last attack.

71 medals are recorded to exist from the unit.

Fitted with replacement clip and ring suspension. VF SOLD

 

 

Single: Waterloo 1815 RICHARD WILLIAMS 7TH REGIMENT HUSSARS.

To best describe the 7th Hussars on the day, the following is a quote from one of their officers printed in ‘Waterloo Letters, edited by Major General H. T. Siborne;

"We charged twelve or fourteen times, and once cut off a squadron of cuirassiers, every man of whom we killed on the spot except the two officers and one Marshal de Logis, whom I sent to the rear"

Note: 65 medals are recorded to exist from the unit.

Fitted with original steel clip and replacement ring suspension. VF SOLD

 

 

 

Trio : Distinguished Conduct Medal (VR), India General Service Medal 1895 two clasps: "P.F. 1897-98, TIRAH 1897-98", Queens South Africa Medal 1899 five clasps: "CC, T. HTS, R of L. , BELFAST, OFS". 3640 PTE. A. THOMPSON. 1ST. RL. INNIS. FUSILIERS. All medals correctly named, DCM & QSA impressed, IGS (2nd Bn) in running script.

London Gazette April 19 1901

First mentioned in Gen. Buller's despatch 30 March 1900. "Pte. Thompson 3640 on the 23rd February 1900 went to rescue Pte. Nesbitt a heavy wounded man and laboriously brought him to cover under hot fire."

A further mention is found in the book "Buller's campaign with the Natal Field Force of 1900" of where the following gives us a better understanding of this heroic action at "Harts Hill"

"They passed along this Bullet-swept path over the Onderbrook Spruit bridge, the Inniskillings leading, and the other regiments following. Every man of the brigade had therefore to run the Gauntlet of the Boer marksman, and numbers dropped on the bridge, where the enemy's bullets were falling thick. Some fifty men were put out of action* in the race over the bridge to the rendezvous further on,..."

"* An act of gallantry was displayed at this spot as the Inniskillings crossed. Private Nesbitt fell badly wounded on the middle of the bridge. With considerable courage Private Thompson of the same regiment ran back and removed his comrade, though under heavy fire, to a place of safety."

There has been many a Victoria Cross awarded for similar acts of Gallantry and Private Thompsons actions that day again illustrates to me why the DCM has always been my favourite award for the past 40 years.

 

 VF  SOLD

Single: Crimea medal one clasp "Alma". Officially Impressed to J. YOUNG 55th REGT. On the roll as wounded in Alma and subsequently died at Scutari in 1854.

Comes with a letter home of 4 pages of stop start writing, almost like a diary where he describes the arrival of the wounded from the Charge of the Light Brigade to Scutari. Also included is an official disbursement of his assets, An official letter regarding the medal plus an Official envelope addressed to his Sister in Easey Street Collingwood Melbourne Australia.

A choice Crimea to a casualty with extremely rare Ephemera and a bonus Australian connection.

 

  

 

 

Small EK at 6 o'clock otherwise EF SOLD


 

 

Single : Military General Service Medal 1793-1814 with four clasps "Toulouse, Pyrenees, Badajoz, Ciudad Rodrigo" impressed naming to A. HILLMAN, DRUMR 40TH FOOT.

This medal was purchased from the "Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe" (Surrey) in 1974 and comes with the following research on Alexander Hillman (in a typed letter form)

"ALEXANDER HILLMAN (1792-1870)

Born in the parish of Shepton Maller 1792

Enlisted in the 40th. Regiment of Foot on the 5th. March 1808 for limited service aged 16 and served 9 years and 128 days. Discharged in consequence of his term of service having expired on 21st. June 1817. His conduct as a soldier was :- Good, he served in the Peninsular, America and the Continent and was wounded in the left leg at Waterloo on the 18th. June 1815.

Description of Discharge :- Alexander Hillman, Drummer, is about 25 years old, is 5 ft. 6 ins. in height, brown hair, grey eyes, fair complexion and by trade or occupation a labourer. His discharge was carried out at Glascow and he was granted 7/6 marching money to carry him to Leith where he was to embark to England, his final destination being Wells in Somersetshire. On arrival at Leith he was granted a free passage to London. Arriving in London he was advanced 22/- marching money to Wells in Somerset being at the rate of 1/10 a day. He was granted a pension of 6d. a day but apparently this was later increased to 8d a day on an application by him dated 9th June 1840. He was admitted as an In-Pensioner to Chelsea Hospital at the end of March 1853 and died there on 28th. June 1870 at the age of 78.

N.B. A note written in 1933 by his daughter stated that his Waterloo Medal was lost overboard when he was at sea I.W.T.

He served in the American War 1812-14. Another note said that he served 21 years in the army chiefly in India."

The medal has an unofficial buckle with "Peninsula" and "Waterloo" and has a slight "wooff" in the carriage between the first and second clasps, but is not damaged in any way. Heavily toned and on what appears to be original ribbon.

 


SOLD

 

Group of four; Crimea one clasp "Sebastopol" (Lieut) period engraved; Indian Mutiny two clasps "Relief of Lucknow, Lucknow" (Lieut), Ashantee one clasp "Coomassie" (Bt. Lt. Col.); Turkish Crimea Sardinian issue to Lt.Col. J. De Vic Tupper, 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Contact marks, edgebruising otherwise near very fine and better, together with the 4 related miniature medals, all contained in velvet-lined fitted case. All mounted as worn.

Lt Col Tupper entered the army as an Ensign 1854, serving in the Crimea at the siege and fall of Sebastopol (severely wounded at the attack on The Redan 8 September  1855), present during the Indian Mutiny and the relief and capture of Lucknow, the defeat of the Gwalior contingent at Cawnpore and operations including the affair at Ramgunga and the driving of the rebels from Oude into Nepal (Mentioned in Despatches); Captain 1859, Brevet Major 1872, embarked for the Gold Coast and served in the second phase of the Ashanti War 1873 (awarded Brevet Lt. Colonency). With a quantity of research including  copy letters from Tupper’s father to the Duke of Wellington requesting the purchase of a commission for his son (mostly by Judith Farrington) including obituary from The Times 1881.

Ex Alec A. Purves Collection.

Value point: Good early to mid Victorian officer’s group contained in the original fitted medal case with miniatures and both groups mounted as worn.

 near VF SOLD

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Family group:

Pair: Private H. J. Cornish, 19th Hussars

Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, dated reverse, 5 clasps, Tel-El-Kebir, Suakin 1884, El-Teb-Tamaai, The Nile 1884-85, Abu Klea (2259 Pte. Pte. J. Cornish, 19th Hussars), note single initial; Khedive’s Star, 1882, contact marks, otherwise generally very fine

Pair: Private E. Cornish, 19th Hussars, late Royal Horse Artillery

Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, dated reverse, 5 clasps, Tel-El-Kebir, Suakin 1884, El-Teb-Tamaai, The Nile 1884-85, Kirbekan (2789 Gunr. E. Cornish, G/B. R.H.A.); Khedive’s Star, 1882, contact marks, otherwise generally very fine.

Harry John Cornish was born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, in about August 1860, and enlisted in the 7th Hussars at Dublin in March 1881. Transferring to the 19th Hussars in July 1882, he quickly witnessed active service, being present at Tel-el-Kebir, El-Teb-Tamaai and Suakin, it appears that he may not have been present in the Nile Expedition or at Abu Klea? He contracted dysentery and was invalided home on the Seraphis in early 1886 (1 year after Abu Klea) and was admitted to Netley Hospital on arrival, he was discharged in consequence of his having been found medically unfit for further service’ in June 1886.

Ernest Cornish, Harry’s brother, was born in about February 1859, and enlisted in the Royal Horse Artillery in July 1877. Having then served in India, he transferred to ‘G’ Battery, R.H.A., and was present at Tel-el-Kebir. Then in November 1883, he transferred to the 19th Hussars, in order to be with his brother, and it was in this capacity that he was present at Suakin and El-Teb-Tamaai, in addition to the Nile Expedition and Kirbekan. He was placed on the Army Reserve in January 1887.

Please note that both medals have perfect carriage work for the five clasps and have not been altered.

Sold with research.

 

VF SOLD

Group of five: NWF of India 1908 Distinguished Conduct Medal (EDVII), IGS 1854 three clasps "Burma 1885-87, Sikkim 1888, Samana 1891 "(Gunner No 9 By 1st Bde N Dn RA); IGS 1895 three clasps " Relief of Chitral 1895, PF 1897-98, Tirah !897-98 "(Corpl. No3 Mtn By RA); IGS 1908 one clasp "NWF 1908" (Sjt. No 3 Mtn B RA); Army LSGC Medal (EDVII) to Sgt. J. Charlton RGA. Some contact marks otherwise generally very fine, with copied original Recommendations and service papers.

DCM LG 12.8.1908: Sergeant John Charlton, Royal Garrison Artillery. For operations against Zakka Khel and Mohmands; Army Order No 252 of October 1908.

M.I.D. LG 22.5.1908 Sergeant Charlton’s name appears in Appendix A of Major General Willock’s despatches for operations of the Bazar Valley Frontier Force 13th February – 2nd March 1908.
Only 9 DCMs awarded for the NWF 1908 campaign.

Value point: Unique to the RA and an extremely rare combination of IGS campaign medals/clasps to a British Army Other Rank having served an incredible 30 years continuously in NW India.

VF SOLD

 

Single : Waterloo Medal impressed to JOHN GRANT , ROYAL ARTILL. DRIVERS.

John Grant served in Major N. Turner's A. Troop and is confirmed on the roll.

This medal is ex the Payne collection 1911

Split ring and steel clip suspension.

 

Near VF SOLD

Group of Six : MILITARY CROSS G.V.R, 1914 Star & Bar, British War & Victory Medals with MID, Defence & War Medals

MC engraved "Cyril E.W.Birkett, Givenchy, March 10th 1915, 60th Rifles", Trio correctly impressed : Star 2nd Lt. Somerset L.I.. BWM & VM Capt.. DM & WM un named as issued.

MC London Gazette 23 June 1915 - attached 1st Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps.

Birkett also served in the post WW1 Iraq army terminating in 1926 and during a period where no campaign medal was issued.

Although originally Som.L.I. Birkett was attached to K R R C for the duration of the war and in Iraq finally retiring in 1946.

A superb early 1915 Gallantry group to a very popular Regiment. Purchased direct from the family.

 

Good VF SOLD

Family Group : Group one; Military Medal, 1914/15 star, British War Medal and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to S-8520 CPL W. Gerard GORD. HIGHRS. Lond. Gaz. 16th November 1916. Comes with his dog tag bracelet and medal card box.

Group two; British War Medal and Victory Medal correctly impressed to 350946 PTE. A. Gerard R. SCOTS.

KIA 1 August 1918 France 9th Battalion Royal Scots

Comes with medal card box.

Group three; 1914/15 star, British War Medal and Victory Medal correctly impressed to 408 Pte. A. MC CAW A & S. HIGHRS

Fantastic Scottish family grouping with the last group belonging to the brother-in-law.

VF SOLD

Single : Medal of the Order of the British Empire (civil) in the box of issue.

Instituted in June 1917 with less than 2000 medals awarded before they were discontinued in 1922.

Near EF SOLD

Pair : EGYPT MEDAL dated 1882 four clasps " Tel-El-Kebir, Suakin1884, El-Teb-Tamaai, The Nile 1884-85 "  222 Pte.J.Jack 1/Gord. Highds. KHEDIVE STAR dated 1882.. only light pitting otherwise VF

VF SOLD

Pair : EGYPT MEDAL undated two clasps " Suakin1885, Tofrek"  259 Pte.M. BALLARD. 1/RL. BERKS R. KHEDIVE STAR dated 1884-6 stamped "BERKS" and "259"

Near VF SOLD

 

Ashantee Star 1896, unnamed as issued

Near EF SOLD

 

Single : EAST & CENTRAL AFRICA MEDAL one clasp "Uganda 1897-98" engraved 1557 Pte Jaffa Khan 27/ Bo:L.Inf.

EF SOLD

Single : BRITISH NORTH BORNEO MEDAL 1888 - 1916 one clasp " Rundum "  Silver by SPINK impressed 'copy' un named

SOLD

Single : CRIMEA MEDAL1854 no clasp period engraved BENJN CHURCH , CAPTNS STEWARD, HMS ALBION. Comes with attractive locket belonging to Church's first wife Elizabeth, containing a small portrait of him and his daughter. He served as Steward to Captain (later rear admiral) Stephen Lushington Commander of the Naval Brigade at Sebastopol. Also with six copied letters written by Lushington to Church, which make interesting reading and provide some background to life on campaign in this period. Includes a number of copies of family photos and research.

Near EF SOLD

Single : CRIMEA MEDAL1854 one clasp "Sebastopol" regimentally impressed.: 2412 John Fletcher 79 Cameron Highlanders

VF SOLD

 

Single : CRIMEA MEDAL1854 one clasp "Sebastopol" engraved 3272 Andrew Robertson, 71st Highland Lt.Infy.

VF SOLD

Single : HANOVERIAN WATERLOO 1815 Medal impressed Corporal Jopst' Heinr Kracke, Landwehr Bat. Nienburg.

Near VF SOLD

Single : ARMY OF INDIA MEDAL one clasp "Bhurtpoor" impressed Drummer J.Gee 59th Foot.  Short hyphen & WW type. The 59th were part of the main storming of this major fortification being the gateway to the East.

SOLD

Single : CHINA WAR MEDAL 1857-1860 two clasps "Taku Forts 1860  Pekin 1860" impressed Pte Josph.Goodchild. 1st Dragoon Guards.  This was the only British Cavalry unit to recieve this medal and as such is scarce.

 VF SOLD

 

Single : CHINA WAR MEDAL 1857-1860 two clasps "Taku Forts 1860  Pekin 1860" impressed to THOS ATKINS 2ND BN. 60TH RL. RIFLES

"A GREAT NAME!"

Good VF SOLD

Single : NEW ZEALAND MEDAL dated " 1860 - 65 "impressed  198 George Jefferies 65th Foot.

Good VF SOLD

 

Single AFGHANISTAN MEDAL 1878 0ne clasp " Ali Musjid" engraved 27B/60 Pte C.Gammon 1/17th Regt.

near EF SOLD

Single : CANADA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL one clasp " Fenian Raid 1866" impressed 1567 Dr. E.Newberry, 4th Bde. R.A. This medal is not common to British Troops.

EF SOLD

 

Single : TIBET MEDAL bronze one clasp " Gyantse " engraved running script - Sweeper Raja Ram, 8th Gurkha Rifles

Gd VF SOLD

 

 

 

 

Pair : EGYPT & SUDAN 1882-89 dated reverse no clasp 2685 Pte.W.Simmonds. 2nd Bn. Derbyshire Rgt. KHEDIVE SUDAN dated 1882. very neatly engraved with full details of recipient.       

  Near 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

 

family Grouping

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.

GD VF SOLD

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

GD VF SOLD

 

 

Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 411 PTE. A. J. MIELL. R. FUS.

Comes with regimental cap badge.

GD VF SOLD

 

 

 

Four: 1914 Star with bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal and India General Service Medal 1908 two clasps "WAZIRISTAN 1919-21" and "WAZIRISTAN 1921-24"  All four medals are impressed to 20751 GNR G. PHILLIPS. R.A. (last medal "R.G.A")

Comes with regimental cap badge.

GD VF SOLD

 

 

 

Pair: GSM One Clasp;  "Cyprus"  and CSM One Clasp; "South Arabia" correctly impressed to 23531132 SPR - CPL R. S. Torode R.E.

EF SOLD

 

 

 

Single :INDIAN MUTINY MEDAL 1857 no clasp impressed Robert Wilson 74th Highlanders. A nice condition medal evenly toned, however it appears the mint was a bit heavy handed with the crimping machine when putting on the suspension shearing off the reverse two lugs but without causing any damage to the medal

Good VF SOLD

 

Single: CSM two Clasps; "South Arabia, Radfan" correctly impressed to 23866608 TPR. W. J. DAVIES . 16/5 L.

GD VF SOLD

 

 

 

Single: CSM clasp; "South Arabia" correctly impressed to 23959252 RFN. D. A. McI. BOGAN. CAMERONIANS.

 Note. This was the Cameronians last campaign before disbanding. The Cameronians chose to disband rather than amalgamate with another regiment in the Lowland Brigade.

GD VF SOLD

 

 

 

Pair: CSM Two Clasps;  "Malay Peninsula, Borneo" and United Nations medal Cyprus. Correctly impressed to 24033739 RFN F. A. E. Therton. 3 Green Jackets.

VF SOLD

 

 

 

Family grouping. Father and Son.

Trio: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 87841 DVR. J. FRENCH R.A.

Trio: Queens Korea Medal, United Nation Korea medal and CSM clasp "NORTHERN IRELAND". Queens Korea Medal impressed to 22274310 SPR. E. J. FRENCH R.E. UN Korea is unnamed as issued with the CSM impressed 22274310 SGT. E. J. FRENCH QUEENS.

Unusual grouping which includes Korea and Northern Ireland.

Comes with regimental cap badges.

VF SOLD

 

 

 

Single : CRIMEA MEDAL1854 one clasp "Alma" officially impressed W.Mashall 42nd Regt..

near VF SOLD

 

Pair: CSM One Clasp;  "Northern Ireland" and United Nations medal Cyprus. Correctly impressed to 24187986 Pte R. J. Desborough PARA.

Good VF SOLD

 

 

 

CHARGE OF THE HEAVY BRIGADE

 

Three: Crimea 1854-56, 3 clasps, "Balaklava, Inkermann, and Sebastopol" officially impressed to E. Quinn. 6th Dragoons, Army L.S. & G.C., V.R., small letter reverse to 955. Edwd. Quinn. 11th Hussars; Turkish Crimea 1855, Sardinian issue in contemporary running script to 957 E. Quinn, 6th Dragoons.

Edward Quinn was born in County Donegal and attested for the 6th Dragoons at Enniskillen on 3 October 1846, aged 20 years. He is shown in the muster rolls as being on active duty with his regiment for the whole of the quarter dating 1st October to the 31st December 1854, and it is most probable, therefore, that he took part in the famous charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaklava. Medal roll states "Invalided home 15 Sept 1855". He transferred to the 11th Hussars on 1 November 1866 and was discharged from the service on 1 November 1870. Sold with copied discharge papers.

 

Light contact marks, otherwise VF SOLD

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL1854 One Clasp; "PEGU" CPL. W. Wheeldon 18th Royal Irish RGT. Impressed naming. Converted to menu holder fully HM Birmingham 1898. Fortunately the silver stand is attached to the inside of the clasp ends, having almost no effect on the medal itself. An interesting Medal.

VF SOLD

 

Single: Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-58 one clasp "DELHI" impressed naming to CORPL S. COTTERILL 52ND L. I.

Medal confirmed on service record as Samuel Cotterill. Record also shows service in the East Indies as 8 years 7/12 months (no further medal).

GOOD VF SOLD

 

Single: Iraq war medal correctly named to 25149862 PTE G. P. D. Dawson RAMC.

With original oath of allegiance, Course Certificate, Box of issue and a group course photo.

Pte. Dawson was a combat medic in Iraq.

 


SOLD

 

 


Photo: Crimean Engineer Veterans

Pair: Crimea Medal three clasps "ALMA, INKERMANN & SEBASTOPOL" and China Medal 1857. Crimea period engraved T. EWEN 8TH COY R*S*M, China Medal impressed CORPL THOS EWEN. 23RD C. ROYAL ENGRS.


This pair is ex a very old Australian collection and thanks to the modern ability to research has turned into a great story of Crimean heroism. In a NSW newspaper article dated 14th July 1900 we have found a brief article on the Victoria Cross that Sapper Ewen "never wore, though he won."


The official history mentions Sapper Ewens bravery on a number of occasions including along side Colour Sgt Henry McDonald when he earns his Victoria Cross. It is interesting to note that years after the event General Gordon (of Khartoum fame) was still campaigning to have Ewen recognized for his gallantry.


VF SOLD

 

GRENADIER GUARDS SANDBAG ACTION CASUALTY

Single: Crimea 1854-56, 4 clasps, "Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, and Sebastopol" correctly impressed to G. Alcock, Grenadier Gds.

3420 Private George Alcock ('Allcock' in the published roll), 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards was severely wounded at the battle of Inkermann, 5 November 1854. On a later roll he is listed as ‘Dead W.O. 29.4.56'. As Private Alcock was classed as "Severely wounded" one can only guess that his death was a result of his wounding.

The Russian force of no less than 7,000 men attacked the Sandbag Battery bravely defended by 2,000 men. A rare casualty medal to such a significant action.

 

Slight contact marks and edge bruising, VF SOLD

 

Single : AFGHANISTAN MEDAL 1878 one clasp "Charasia" engraved 1973 Corpl.C Baillee 92nd Highrs.

near EF SOLD

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Group of eight: 1914/15 Star (LIEUT. J. P. DUGUID), British War, Victory Medal, (CAPT J. P. DUGUID), GSM GV “IRAQ” (CAPT J. P. DUGUID), IGS “WAZIRISTAN 1919-21” (CAPT J. P. DUGUID A. D. CORPS), Defence, War and 1953 Coronation medal unnamed as issued

John Paris Duguid first appears in WW1 on the R.A.M,C Special List at the rank of Lieutenant in October 1915. Serving all through WW1 up until the early 1920’s including service in Iraq and India, discharging at the rank of Captain.

Post war Captain Duguid travelled, visiting and living in several places including Australia and America.

At home for the outbreak of WW2, Captain Duguid re-enlisted for home service. Reaching the rank of Colonel by the end of hostilities and he further continued to serve post war in a reserve role.

John passed away in 1964 at the age of 74

Note: Comes with research confirming medal entitlement and a copy of photo of the recipient in uniform

VF-EF SOLD

 

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Group of Five: GSM (GV1) One Clasp; "PALESTINE” correctly impressed to 3908856 PTE W. GETHIN S. WALES BORD. 1939/1945 Star, Africa Star, Defence and War Medal unnamed as issued.

Note: The 1st battalion, South Wales Borderers were posted to Iraq in November 1941 in anticipation of a German attack. When it became apparent that no such attack was coming, they moved overland the following May to a position just outside Tobruk, which they were ordered to hold in cover of the general British withdrawal of forces from the area. This order, however, was almost immediately countermanded and a chaotic retreat ensued, exacerbated by lack of transport and the capture of the battalion’s reconnaissance officers by the Germans. Under heavy attack, and in unfamiliar and hostile terrain, over 500 men were lost, most taken prisoner.

Originally classed as missing in action and re-classified as Prisoner of War (Germany). Lance Corporal Gethin was prisoner number 6384 at Stalag 317, Sankt Johann im Pongau, Austria.

Stalag 317 initially consisted of prisoners from France and the Soviet Union who were used as forced labour in nearby factories and in agriculture. In November 1943, after the Italian armistice, Commonwealth prisoners arrived from Italy with two hundred NCOs being transferred. Records state approximately 4,000 people died in the camp and indicates that most were Soviet Prisoners.

VF-EF SOLD

 

 

 

Single: Egypt Medal (undated) three clasps: "TAMAAI, THE NILE 1884-85 & KIRBEKAN" correct period engraved naming to 2452 PTE D. KENEALY 19th HUSSARS.

Note: believed only three members of the 19th Hussars entitled to this combination.

 

normal pitting near VF SOLD 

 

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL1854 One Clasp;  "Burma 1885-7". 5018 Pte. J. Hargraves 1st Bn. Rifle Bde

EF SOLD

Group of four : MILITARY CROSS G.V.R. British War & Victory Medals plus "Mayor of Exeter" Key 1933.

MC engraved " 8th Sept 1916, Kenneth Gatey, Devon Regt"  Pair impressed Lieut.

MC London Gazette 20 October 1916

Temp.2nd Lieut. Kenneth Gatey, Devon Rgt.

 "For conspicuous gallantry during a raid.When hung up by the enemy's wire he deliberately cut it, aided by a corporal and a lance corporal, and, entering the enemy's trenches, accounted for several enemy and took a prisoner."

KEY engraved with:

" Southern Railway Exeter Central - New Station opened by - The Mayor of Exeter Kenneth Gatey Esq. MC. 1st July 1933."

Key is HM Silver Birmingham 1932 and is lightly gilded.

Purchased direct from the family.

Good VF SOLD

 

 

Single: South Africa Medal 1834-53 impressed to GUNR & DR J. MALONE RL. ARTY.

Note: Gunner or Driver John Malone was a member of the 4th Company 8th Battalion of the Royal Artillery and his medal issue is confirmed

 

 

Near EF SOLD 

 

 

Four: Engine Room Artificer 1st Class C. McCarthy, Royal Navy
1914-15 Star (M.13701 Act. E.R.A.4, R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (M.13701 E.R.A.3, R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., 2nd issue (M13701 E.R.A.1, H.M.S. Acasta) some edge bruising and contact marks, fine and better.

Note; Cyril McCarthy was born in Birmingham on 19 January 1891. An Engine Fitter & Turner by occupation, he entered the Royal Navy in June 1915. During the war he served on Argyll, July 1915-December 1915; Vivid and Victory, December 1915-February 1917; Circe, February-July 1917; Bellona, September 1917-March 1918 and M.B.037, July 1918-June 1919. He attained the rank of E.R.A. 1st Class in 1927. With copied service paper.

 

 

VF SOLD  

 

Single : CRIMEA MEDAL1854 one clasp "Sebastopol" engraved Thos.Parr Grenr.Guards..

VF SOLD

 

Pair: India General Service Medal one clasp: "CHIN-LUSHAI 1889-90" , running script 3359 Pte. T. Baker 1st Bn. K.O.SCO. B. Queens South Africa Medal three clasps : "C.C., P'Burg, Jo'Burg" impressed 3359 Pte. T. Baker. K.O. SCOT. BORD.

Original Documents include:

1. Gold Blocked leather covered pay book

2. Two original parchment discharge certificates

3. Original letter requesting his QSA

4. Death certificate

5. Pension forms

6. Small photo of recipient.

Thomas Baker was born in Birmingham and attested for the K.O.S.B. at Walsall on 5 September 1878, aged 18 years. He was discharged at Gosport having completed his second period of engagement on 19 November 1900. As a Factory Worker and an Army Pensioner, Baker died of heart failure on 3 March 1905

 

EF SOLD 

 

Single : Gwalior Star 1843. Maharajpoor Star unnamed as issued with normal accepted straight bar suspension

VF  SOLD

Single: Crimea Medal four clasps "Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol" impressed naming to C. HATTER. GRENADIER GDS.

WIA wounded at Alma 20th September 1854

WIA (second occasion) severely wounded at Inkerman 5th November 1854

Died from his wounds 20th November 1854

A great double wounding medal to a true fighting soldier who succumbed to his wounds only weeks after the famous "Sandbag action".

VF SOLD 

CHARGE OF THE HEAVY BRIGADE

Pair : Crimea Medal three clasps "Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol" and Turkish Crimea (Sardinian issue). Crimea medal impressed F. GRAY. 2ND DRAGNS.  Sardinian Crimea depot impressed in upright capitals F. GRAY 2ND DRAGOONS.

Confirmed on roll and records show that at no stage was Private Francis Gray sick during the Crimean war. His service being stated as 1 year and eleven months in the Crimea. Roy Duttons book "Forgotten Heroes" has 1099 Pte. Gray as "probably rode in the charge". Great group to Gray of the Grey's.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The book "Charge of the Heavy Brigade" by Roy Dutton on page 359 reproduces an article by "the Aberdeen weekly" October the 27th 1896 which reports on the Scots Greys annual reunion in which Troopers W. Swanson, Gray and Berland are guests of honour being original chargers. This clearly illustrates that Gray being the only trooper on the nominal roll can now be classed as a "confirmed charger".

Ex Glendining's September 1977

 

Some contact marks, otherwise near VF SOLD

 

Passport photo of Thomas McConville and his wife

Four: R.Q.M.S. Thomas McConville M.S.M. Royal Irish Fusiliers

1914-15 Star (14516 SJT T. McCONVILLE. R. IR. FUS); British War (14516 SJT T. McCONVILLE. R. IR. FUS); VICTORY MEDAL (14516 SJT C. McCONVILLE. R. IR. FUS); Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (14516 C.Q.M. SJT T.  McCONVILLE 9/R. IR. FUS). There is a minor initial error on the Victory Medal, but all surrounding information including service number is the same.

M.S.M. London Gazette 18 January 1919.

Thomas McConville was born on the 9th August 1895 in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland and enlisted with the Royal Irish Fusiliers in 1915, serving with the 9th Battalion (Lurgan) during the Great War. A Genealogy extract on Lurgan has his final rank as Regimental Quartermaster showing the following “McConville, Thomas, 120, Victoria Street, R.Q.M.S., 9th R.I.F., M.S.M”. He and his wife along with their baby daughter migrated to Australia in 1926.

 

Nearly extremely fine SOLD

A superb example of a Scots Guard Sgt in the Crimea

Trio : Distinguished Conduct Medal (VR), Crimea Medal four clasps "Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol" and Turkish Crimea (British issue). DCM impressed CORPL G. THOMSON. SCOTS FUSR GDS. Crimea Medal contemporary engraved capitals CORPL GEOE THOMPSON SCOTS FUSR GDE. Turkish Crimea in upright engraved capitals SGT G. THOMPSON (unofficial Crimea suspension). Note: the DCM has omitted the "P" in Thompson.

Period records show that Sgt.Thompson was recommended on the 26th March 1855 by the Officer Commanding the Royal Scots Fusilier Guards "Under the Warrant of 4th December 1854" for "Distinguished conduct in the field". The medal was sent to the Adjutant General in the Crimea on the 14th May 1855 for issue in the field.

The Scots Guards were awarded four Victoria Crosses and a number of Distinguished Conduct Medals in Heavy fighting in the Alma and Inkermann. As this DCM was awarded prior to the creation of the Victoria Cross and was issued in country, there is unfortunately no citation. One thing is for sure he would have been involved in several bayonet charges and a good deal of bloody hand to hand fighting. It even raises the question whether the original DCM winners would have been eligible for the Victoria Cross if it had been instituted at the time.

Some contact marks otherwise near VF SOLD

 

Keith Rocco's painting of the 23rd in action against French cuirassiers and Dutch lancers

 

Single: Waterloo Medal 1815 correctly named to William Cooksey, 23rd Reg. Light Dragoons fitted with original steel clip and later ring suspension.

23rd Light Dragoon casualties at Waterloo; 13 men killed, 5 officers & 23 men wounded, 1 officer & 31 men missing.

Served in Captain John Martin's number 2 troop. Ex Gascoigne collection March 1909. Originally sold by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge February 1879 and later again sold by Spink's (c1995) of where it has resided in a collection ever since.

 

Slight edge bruising VF SOLD

 

Single:South Africa Medal 1834-53 impressed to J. MILLER. 91ST REGT

Note: There appears to be three soldiers of the 91st with this name and initial and a curious note in records that states a "Miller" (of the 91st) has a medal for Gallant Conduct (not engraved).

 

 

 

Light contact marks otherwise VF SOLD

INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL1854 one clasp : "Burma 1885 - 7" named in running script to: 1162 Pte. T. Keohane 2nd Bn.Rl.Muns.Fus.

This medal was originally found on the Geraldton rubbish tip - north of Perth. It appears the Keohane family came to Western Australia in the early 1900's.

Worthy of further research

 

Good VF SOLD

 

 

Single: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, North West Frontier impressed to 578 DRIVR. W. J. SMITH, D By. F Bde. R.A.

VF+ SOLD

 

Single: INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL1854 One Clasp; "Hazara 1888" 1156 Pte. E. Goddard 2nd Bn. Sussex Reg't. VF

Good VF SOLD

 

CHARGE OF THE HEAVY BRIGADE

 

Single: Crimea 1854-56, 3 clasps, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol (J. Canning. 2nd Dragns.) 

 

James Canning was born in October 1827 and enlisted into the 2nd Dragoons at Edinburgh on 13 April 1846, for an unlimited period of engagement. He embarked with the regiment during April-June 1854 for service in the Crimea. The muster rolls confirm that Canning was on active duty with his regiment for the whole of the quarter of the 1st October to the 31st December 1854, and it is most probable, therefore, that he took part in the famous charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaklava, in which the Scots Greys had two men killed and fifty-six wounded. Seven men were awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Canning returned from the Crimea during the latter part of 1855, subsequently purchasing his discharge from the army in September 1856.

It should be noted that the 2nd Dragoons were not present at Inkermann and that Canning’s medal should technically have clasps for Balaklava and Sebastopol only. The mistake is easily explained by examining the regimental medal roll compiled ‘Camp Crimea. 11 January 1855’ (WO 100/24) which clearly shows the letter ‘I’ in the column for ‘Inkermann Novr. 5’ against many names, including Canning, in addition to the letter ‘B’ to indicate entitlement to the clasp for Balaklava. Consequently many men of the 2nd Dragoons were officially issued with the Inkermann clasp. A separate roll was compiled in November 1855 listing those entitled to clasps for Sebastopol, most of which were despatched as loose clasps at a later date. Sold with copies of relevant medal and muster rolls.

 

Officially impressed naming, very fine SOLD

 

Single: Crimea 1854-56, 4 clasps, "Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann and Sebastopol" contemporary engraving to CORPL. R. GRACIE SCOTS FUSR GDS

Good VF SOLD

 

 

single: Crimea 1854-56, 1 loose clasp, Sebastopol, unnamed

Note: With French Imperial award document for the British Crimea Medal with clasp Sebastopol, awarded to Fusilier Jean Gueyrouil (?), 47th Regiment dated 1 December 1856. Document creased and repaired.

 

Good very fine SOLD

 

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 SOLD

 

 

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

 

 

Single: Turkish Crimea 1855, British issue, unnamed, pierced with rings for suspension

SOLD

 

Single: Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-58 two clasps "LUCKNOW & DELHI" impressed to CORPL JOHN MARTIN 1ST EURN BENGAL FUSRS.


Note: Confirmed on roll & note stating that transferred to 4th Bengal Fusiliers.


The munsters had 98 officers and men killed and 211 wounded in the seige and assault of Delhi in 1857

 

 

Near EF SOLD 

 

Single: Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-58 one clasp "CENTRAL INDIA" impressed naming to COLR SERJT J. F. STEVENS. 86TH REGT.

Confirmed on medal roll as Colour Sergeant J. Stephens

 

Near EF SOLD

 Single : INDIAN MUTINY MEDAL 1857 one clasp "Delhi" Impressed B.Cogan 52nd L.I.. The 52nd were in the thick of the fighting at Delhi.

Good VF SOLD

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LT Gubbins Victorian Mounted Rifles is standing top left in group photo

Group of six; Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamels; The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 1st type breast badge, silver-gilt, hallmarks for London 1919; Queen’s South Africa five clasps “Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902” (2/Lieut. S. Gubbins, Rl. Fus.); 1914-15 Star (Major S. Gubbins, R. Fus.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col. S. Gubbins),

It appears Stamer Gubbins was born in New Zealand on passage to Australia in 1882. Gubbins family settled in Melbourne where he was educated at Melbourne Grammar School. Joining the 5th Contingent, Victorian Mounted Rifles in 1900 as a lieutenant at the age of 18, he served in South Africa during the Boer War. After serving his full tour with the 5th VMR he went on to serve in the Royal Fusiliers in 1902.

Having then been seconded to the West African Frontier Force in Nigeria 1904-09, and been advanced to Major, Gubbins was embarked for France in June 1915, where he commanded the 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers from August of that year until May 1916.It was during this period that he won his D.S.O. for the Battalion’s attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt (a.k.a. The Chord) on 2 March. On that occasion, the attack was launched at 5.45 p.m. with the detonation of seven mines, the largest of which was intended to wreck the bulk of The Chord. Certainly the earth thrown up by the mines partly covered the enemy’s wire, thereby allowing Gubbins’s men - and the neighbouring 8th Battalion - to gain access to the enemy’s defences, but not without significant loss. As stated in The Royal Fusiliers in the Great War, the 9th Battalion ‘found many Germans in their sector of The Chord who, though dazed, did not surrender and had to be killed. There followed a number of fierce grenade fights, the Germans rushing down from the north end of The Chord and along the trenches leading from the east into it ... but the craters were held against enemy bombing attacks during the night.’

D.S.O. London Gazette 15 April 1916:

‘This officer commanded his Battalion in an attack, the success of which was due to the excellent organisation he had established in his Battalion, and to the fighting spirit he had fostered in it.’ 

O.B.E. London Gazette 3 June 1919.

“For valuable service rendered in connection with Military Operations in Egypt”

Gubbins, who was also mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 15 June 1916, refers), later served in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force as Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, services that resulted in his award of the O.B.E. After a long adventure away from Australia, Gubbins finally returned in 1938 with his wife. He died in 1940.

Mounted as worn, minor enamel damage to wreaths on the first, otherwise good very fine SOLD

Germany, Prussia, Iron Cross 1813, 2nd Class, Rare “stepped iron center” first issue

King Friedrich Wilhelm III instituted the Iron Cross on 10 March 1813 as an award for bravery, available to all ranks, both combatant and non-combatant. By the Supreme Cabinet Order of 12 March 1815, combatants whose bravery in action had been brought to the attention of the King but had not been awarded an Iron Cross as a result, were permitted to ‘inherit’ an Iron Cross 2nd Class when, following the death of a recipient, the cross was returned. A deceased officer’s Iron Cross being awarded to another officer, in similar other rank’s crosses were awarded again to other ranks. A single Iron Cross could therefore be awarded to several combatants. This continued until the 1830’s when it was decided clear the backlog and to award an Iron Cross to those still waiting to ‘inherit’ one. This required a new batch of Iron Crosses to be produced. Those manufactured differed from the earlier versions like this example in being slightly larger and in having flat centre plates without a peripheral step, in general resembling subsequent issues of the cross.

Note: The 1813 Iron Cross is in the British section as they were allies at the time of the Peninsular Wars.

Very Fine SOLD

 

Single: New Zealand 1845-66, reverse dated 1863 to 1866 (2783 Cr. Sergt. Saml. Manning, 1st Bn. 12th Regt.),

 

The 12th Regiment arrived at Sydney in 1854 and served in New Zealand from 1860-66. It was engaged in the first Taranaki War, being present at No. 2 Redoubt and was in action throughout the Waikato War. It sustained losses at Rangiriri and fought at Gate Pa. The Headquarters moved to Napier in December 1865 and then moved to Tauranga in 1866, where part of the regiment took part in the Tauranga bush campaign.

As per the following report from The Hobart Mercury, 10 August 1861, Manning served as a Drill Instructor to the local volunteers in Tasmania in 186-61:

‘Yesterday evening a presentation of a purse of twenty sovereigns by the members of the First Rifles, S.T.V., to Acting Sergeant-Major Manning of H.M. 12th Regiment, who since the formation of the Corps, has filled the post of Drill Instructor, took place at the Town Hall.


Lieutenant-Colonel Russell, Field Officer, commanding Volunteers, and the whole of the officers of the Second Rifles were present; Mr. Manning holding the office of Drill Instructor to that corps. Several ladies also graced the scene with their presence and numerous spectators filled the gallery and lower part of the Hall. Acting Sergeant-Major Manning arrived shortly after eight o'clock, and the Corps being drawn up in subdivisions facing each other, Captain Solly spoke as follows:

“Sergeant Manning - The pleasing duty has devolved upon me, as the Captain Commanding the First Rifles, to convey to you, on the part of the Corps, the expression of their appreciation of your services as Drill Instructor. We feel, that to your unwearied assiduity and never failing patience, the present state of efficiency, which without boasting I may say is second to no corps in the Colony, is in great measure owing to you. I have now the pleasure of presenting to you this purse as a token of the good feeling entertained by the Corps towards you, and the high place you hold in their esteem. l am quite sure that wherever duty may call you, you will not forget the First Rifles, and you will ever carry with you the best wishes of the members of the Corps.

Sergeant Manning said:

“Officers, non-commissioned officers, and members of the First Rifles. I thank you most heartily for the very handsome present which you have made me. It has always been my anxious desire to do my duty faithfully as your Drill Instructor. I shall ever feel it a great pleasure to assist in any way the members of the First Rifles; and any information that I may possess connected with their instruction as Volunteers I shall be most happy to afford. I may be called away shortly, or I may remain here for many years, but wherever I am I shall always remember the time I have spent with you and hope and trust you will ever maintain the position you now hold in the Rifle Corps of Tasmania.”

Sergeant Manning then withdrew and Colonel Russell, who had been present at the drill, requested Captain Solly to convey to the Corps his satisfaction at the manner in which they had gone through their evolutions.’

 

Officially impressed naming, edge bruise, otherwise very fine SOLD

 

Single: Canada General Service 1866-70, 1 clasp, Fenian Raid 1866. Correct impressed naming to PTE. E. De VILLERS, 17th BATTALION

VF+ SOLD

 

Five: Military Medal, Mons Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Belguim Croix de Guerre. First four medal correctly impressed to D-19927 L.CPL R. SEAL. 3/D.GDS on the Military medal and then a change of service number 5228 shown on the remaining three . Croix de Guerre un-named as issued.

All medals are officialy confirmed.

Military Medal London Gazette 16.7.1918

Belgium Croix de Guerre London Gazette 15.4.1918 No 30631

It is understood thar R. Seal participated the the famous Cavalry charge at Villeselve in March 1918 and was a good pal of Captain A. B. P.L. Vincent MC & Bar who was decorated for his roll in that charge and who’s medals were sold in our last list. Researching gallantry awards to the 3rd Dragoon Guards indicates very little has ever been sold relating to such an amazing feat of arms which must go down as one of the last horse back chargers on the western front in WW1. Extremley rare.

bsp;Overall group is VF SOLD

 

Single: Abyssinia 1867 correct raised naming to J. Warner A.B. H.M.S. Nymphe 

Good very fine SOLD

 


Single: Cape of Good Hope General Service Medal 1880-97 one clasp "TRANSKEI" correct period engraving to TPR J. H. SMITH BAKERS HSE.


confirmed on roll


Note: Only 556 medals with "TRANSKEI" issued

 

 

EF SOLD   

Single : EGYPT MEDAL undated one clasp "Gemaizah 1888"  1072 Pte.J.Soper 1/ Welch R.

Born in Ramplsham, near Maiden Newton,Dorsetshire and attested Welsh Rgt. 28 Feb 1885 aged 24 1/2 years. Served Egypt & Sudan Dec 1886 to aug 1889. Discharged 'time expired" 27 Feb 1897.

VF SOLD

 

Single: Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, undated reverse, 1 clasp, Suakin 1885 correctly named to 5320 Pte. W. L. Galliers, M.S. Corps.

Note: Ex American Numismatic Society Collection, Morton & Eden, 25/26 October 2006

Extremely fine SOLD

 

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Early Vietnam 1966 KIA Valour Grouping to James Mitchell Cornett

No 25367148 Private First Class James Mitchell Cornett was born on May 10, 1943, and was originally from Elizabethton, Tennessee. He served his country in the Vietnam War in the United States Army, as an Infantryman in Alpha Company 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, His tour began on September 25, 1965. Nearly 6 months later, on March 24, 1966, PFC Cornett was killed under hostile conditions in Binh Duong province, South Vietnam; he was 22 years old at the time of his death. PFC Cornett is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 6E, Line 46

The grouping consists of the following;

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Vietnam campaign medals, name tag and Infantry Combat badge.

Official Award Documents for both Bronze Star and his Purple Heart in official padded booklet.

Various original cloth patches including Airborne patches (One article states that he transferred to the 173rd Airborne”

Military I.D. and many original photographs in Vietnam

Basic training book from 1962

1965 original Discharge paper where he transferred to the reserves.

Numerous newspaper clippings including one of his parents receiving the Bronze Star.

Over 50 letters to him from family and several from him to them where he describes “loosing men like they are going out of style” along with killing two V.C.

A letter from the White House and several letters from his Congressman.

An amazing collection showing the complete story one man’s heroic life from enlistment until his death in Vietnam.

VF – EF SOLD

 

Single: Hunza Nagar Badge 1891, the reverse impressed, ‘Gurney & Son, Woodstock Street, London’, complete with reverse fitments and split pin for wearing, 

Very fine SOLD 

 

Pair: Queen’s Sudan 1896-98 3955 PTE N. WILDE 1/R. War. R. (small initial correction "V" to "N"), Khedive’s Sudan 1896-1908, 2 clasps, “The Atbara, Khartoum” 3955 PRIVATE. N. WILDE 1st ROY WARWICKSHIRE. REGT

Slight wear to naming (90 % readable), otherwise V