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1914 Star And Bar Trio And Tribute Medal To The 6th D Gds 1914 star and original bar trio 6616 PTE F BROWN 6 / D GDS 6th Dragoon Guards WW1 Tribute Medal, from the officers 1914/1918 named F G BROWN
1914 Star And Bar Trio To The Rif Bde With Very Low Number 1914 star and original bar trio 5 PTE - SGT H BENNETT 1/RIF BDE 5 Sergt H Bennett entered France and Flanders on the 24th of August 1914, He is listed as admitted to no 2 General Hospital on the 4th of July 1916 with a gunshot wound to the arm, he is invalided out of the service due to this wound in 1917 Medals mounted as originally worn and in VF condition
1914 Star And Bar Trio, Wilts R , KIA 1914 star and bar trio 8034 PTE H G SAINSBURY 2 / WILTS R Hedley Giles Sainsbury 2nd Wiltshire Regiment, the 25 year old Son of George Sainsbury, of 7, Green Croft, Salisbury.was reported wounded in a War Office list published on the 27th of November 1914, he was later killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Loos , the 25th of September 1915. He is buried in the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez Medals generally in GVF condition
1914 Star Trio To S Gds KIA 1914 1914 star trio 7322 PTE J W FLEETWOOD S GDS James William Fleetwood a 23 year old labourer from Warrington enlisted in to the Scots Guards at Liverpool in 1909 , he served for 3 years and was discharged to the reserve in 1912, his intended employment being a policeman. At the time he was recalled from the reserve he was a policeman in the Staffordshire Police . He served in F & F from 21st August 1914 and was posted missing later confirmed killed in action on the 11th of November 1914 . There is a large amount of service papers online for Pte Fleetwood including a very good portrait in police uniform 11th November 1914 The Battle of Nonne Bosschen was part of the wider first battle of Ypres and was the final German attempt to break through the British lines around Ypres. It was mounted by twelve and a half divisions from two army groups (Fabeck’s and Linsingen’s), under the overall command of Crown Prince Rupprecht, and involved an attack against a nine mile front, stretching from Messines to Reutel (close to Polygon Wood). By the middle of November both the British and German armies were exhausted. The main German threat on 11 November would come from two fresh divisions, the 4th Division and the Prussian Guards. These two divisions, with 10,000 men in twelve fresh battalions, would attack eleven tired British battalions, reduced in strength to around 4,000 men after three months of fighting, along the line of the Menin road. The German attack was preceded by one of the heaviest artillery bombardments yet, lasting from 6.30-9.00 am. Along much of the line the advancing German troops were further protected by early morning mist, but the attacking troops had already lost their early enthusiasm and the attack was turned back by the accurate British rifle fire. The most successful German attack was made by the 1st Guards Brigade. They were advancing towards the British 1st (Guards) Brigade, under Brigadier General Charles FitzClarence. This brigade contained battalions from the Scots Guards, Camerons and Black Watch regiments, and had around 800 men. They were outnumbered three to one by the Germans. The advancing Germans emerged from the mist and overran the British front line, in a rare bayonet attack. However, enough resistance was offered to disrupt the German formations. Accurate British artillery fire then isolated the German Guards, preventing reinforcements from reaching them. Isolated British strong points combined with well aimed artillery fire then took any remaining momentum out of the German attack. The 1st Food Guard Regiment retreated into Nonne Bosschen woods, the incident that gave the entire battle its name. They were then driven out of the woods by the 2nd Oxfordshire Light Infantry, ending the attack. FitzClarence then attempted to organise a counterattack to recover the British front line lost earlier in the day, but was shot and killed before the attack could begin. After his death the proposed counterattack was abandoned. This was the last major German offensive of the battle. A series of minor attacks were mounted over the next few days, and in the official German history of the war the battle of Ypres does not finish until 30 November, but the real danger was over medals with tatty ribbons and in VF condition
1914 Trio To a Wilts Regiment / Gas Coy RE Casualty 1914 star 3-9130 PTE O G PENNY 2 / WILTS R . British war and victory medals, 9130 A CPL O G PENNY WILTS R Oliver George Penny from Warminster in Wilts transferred from the Wiltshire regiment to the 4th bn Special Brigade Royal Engineers and served with them as a pioneer, he was killed in action on the 27th of June 1916 ,He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. A scarce casualty group to a Gas Company Royal Engineers man Medal with original ribbons and in NEF condition
1914.15 trio , Memorial Plaque And Tribute Medal To The Sportsmens Bn R Fus 1914/15 trio 2654 CPL A TIPTON R FUS (spts-2654 on pair ) Memorial plaque Arthur Tipton .Cuncliffe Owen Sportsmens Bn Royal Fus tribute medal , unnamed ( HM silver ) Arthur Tipton was the Son of John and Elizabeth Tipton, of 1, Brockley Rd., Laira, Plymouth , He served with "C" Coy 24th ( sportsmen ) Bn Royal Fusiliers and was killed in action on the 31st of July 1916 . he is buried in grave V. J. 8.Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval The 24th Royal Fusiliers Sportsman’s Battalion silver medal/medallion was privately issued by Lady E. Cunliffe-Owen in January 1915. One side shows twin coats of arms, those of the Royal Fusiliers and that of the Cunliffe-Owen family. Under the Royal Fusiliers coat of arms it reads (Sportsman’s Battalion) . The other side of the medal reads ‘from Cunliffe-Owen Jan - 1915’ “God guard you” and is hallmarked. The hallmarks are for Mappin & Webb, Birmingham 1914. It is small measuring 26mm with ring suspension. Mrs E. Cunliffe-Owen raised the Sportsman’s Battalion in 1914 encouraging men to enlist from a sporting background. Interestingly the upper age limit was increased allowing those who would normally be considered to old to enlist. Two battalions were formed the 23rd Royal Fusiliers (1st Sportsman’s Battalion) & the 24th Royal Fusiliers (2nd Sportsman’s Battalion Medals with original ribbons and in EF condition
1914/15 Trio And Navy LSGC ( Vic ) To RMLI, KIA 1914/15 Trio PO2996 PTE J WOODING RMLI Navy LSGC ( Vic ) JOHN WOODING PTE NO 2996 PORTS RMLI John Wooding from Tolworth in Surbiton was killed in action aged 52 aboard HMS Ramsey on the 8th of August 1915 SS or RMS The Ramsey was a passenger steamer operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company from 1912 to 1914. She had been built in 1895 as Duke of Lancaster for the joint service to Belfast of the London and North Western Railway and Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway companies.1 The steamer was requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1914 as the armed boarding vessel HMS Ramsey The Ramsey was the third of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's ships to be called up for service in the Great War. On 28 October 1914 she was requisitioned and fitted out as an Armed Boarding Vessel by Cammell Laird with two 12-pounder guns and a ship's company of 98, and renamed simply HMS Ramsey. Ramsey was based at Scapa Flow under the command of Lieutenant Harry Raby.Her work consisted of night patrols during the course of which she was usually accompanying two destroyers. It was dangerous work, directed by radio from headquarters, carried out without navigation lights, and with manned guns throughout. In the course of a few months Ramsey intercepted and challenged many ships, sometimes putting a prize crew aboard and taking the suspect into port. On her last patrol she had steamed for 12 hours when, after dawn on 8 August 1915, smoke was seen from over the horizon. Ramsey gave chase and came upon a steamer flying the Russian flag. Ramsey proceeded alongside the vessel, which had duly stopped. The suspect, which was the German auxiliary minelayer SMS Meteor, then hoisted the German flag and fired at what amounted to point-blank range, killing the commander and crew members on the bridge of Ramsey. At the same time the raider fired a torpedo, shattering Ramsey″s stern. Fifty five of the crew were killed; Meteor picked up 43 after Ramsey went down in five minutes. The next day British forces overwhelmed Meteor, whose prisoners were transferred to neutral ships before she was scuttled A rare casualty group containing a Victorian LSGC to a man KIA aged 52 Medals are loose with original ribbons and generally in GVF condition
1914/15 Trio And Navy LSGC , Commended For Services After Q Ship Sinking 1914/15 Trio 175194 T SIMS CPO RN , Navy LSGC ( EdVII ) 175194 THOMAS SIMS PO 1CL HMS CUMBERLAND Thomas Sims from Hapleton joined the Royal Navy in 1896 aged 16, he served on numerous ships during his service and was commended for " good work performed on the occasion of the torpedoeing of the Q27 on the 13th of March 1917 and subsequently during the four days on which he was in charge of the starboard lifeboat of the ship in question " HMS Warner was the Q Ship Q27 From a German newspaper report The sinking of a British ''trap ship" . by a Geman U-boat ( U61) is de-. scribed as follows by the Tamburg "Nachrichten" On a westward run from the coast, in order to lie in wait-for the ships des- . tined for England, one of our U-boats,, towards 9 o'clock in the morning of a cold March day sighted. a smallish steamer. of. about 1500 tons approaching with an east .ward course, which excited remark not only by her high bridge and highs deck erections, but also by the meaningless deviations from her route .and her wild zig zag course.. The submarine put the last torpedo .into the tube for the attack, and only now and again popped the conning tower for a few moments above the surface , in order not to betray itself to the suspicious steamer, which was approaching at about 12 knots. In spite of :the continual change of course, it was possible to :get the enemy within range, and the . torpedo : was launched without being noticed. It had scarcely penetrated with a powerful detonation into the centre of the steamer when she began to sink ,.and after a second explosion in the boiler house she disappeared, in less than three minutes. The large number of. the crew standing ion deck, who only succeeded, in spite of the utmost exertions, in lowering one boat to the water, seemed to confirm the suspicion that this was a U-boat trap. In order to ascertain if this was so the U Boat went up to the survivors, who were drifting about on the water, and fished out six men, who were clinging half benumbed to planks. 'The men were very well dressed and had a good military carriage, to which one is not usually accustomed in mercantile ships. "According to their statements the steamer was bound from Africa to England After denying it for a long time, they at last admitted that they belonged to the navy. The sunk ship was, they said, the U-boat trap Q27, H.M.S. Warner, and the captain and all the officers had perished in the boiler explosion. Medals are loose and in NEF condition
1914/15 Trio To 2 Lieut York & Lanc R , KIA 1914/15 trio 2 LIEUT G N SHARPE YORK & LANC R ( 2 Lieut on pair ) Gerald Norman Sharpe 4th Hallamshire Battalion The Yorks and Lancs Regiment was the 20 year old Son of Beatrice Sharpe, of "Oakdene," 13, York Rd., Hove, Brighton, and the late Granville Hawley Sharpe. Native of Kingston-on-Thames. He was killed in action on the 31st of July 1916 and is buried in Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuille Wood Medals toned and in NEF condition, BWM has an official correction to the letter A in Sharpe
1914/15 Trio To a Nursing Sister QAIMNS 1914/15 trio S/NURSE K M PITCHFORD QAIMNSRS Nurse K M Pitchford Staff Nurse Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve. Kathleen Marion Pitchford was born 10 May 1890 the daughter of a British Warrant Officer in the Indian Army. Educated at the Convent of the Good Shepherd, Bangalore, India she trained as a Nurse at the Plumstead and Woolwich Hospitals for three years leaving on 20 November 1914. At the time of completing her training her parents were residing in Exeter, Devon. Miss Pitchford joined the QAIMNSR on 21 June 1915 for a period of two years and served in France from 14 October 1915 at No 9 General Hospital and later at No 5 General Hospital. During her leave to the UK she married Sergeant Sambrook, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, probably a former patient of hers, at the All Saints Church, Volverhampton on 9 December 1916 without first seeking permission of the Matron! In a letter to the Matron of No 9 General Hospital she requests to complete her engagement which is approved.Now Mrs Sambrook left France on 18 June 1917 and was discharged two days later. Her husband Sergeant William Charles Sambrook Grenadier Guards enlisted 3 June 1912 and was discharged 13 June 1918 with Shell Shock and Disordered action of the Heart aged 34 years 7 months. Mrs Sambrook died in Warwick, Warwickshire in March 1972 aged 82 years Medals court mounted as originally worn on dirty ribbons and in polished NVF condition
1914/15 Trio to The 9th ( Highland) Bn The Royal Scots KIA 1914/15 trio to 350884 PTE R W TAYLOR R SCOTS Robert Watt Taylor was born and enlisted in Edinburgh he served with the 9th ( highland) battalion the royal Scots and was killed in action on the 9th of April 1917, the first day of the Battle of Arras Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition
1914/15 Trio To The Essex Yeo, Wd Gallipoli Later Commissioned 1914/15 trio 1265 PTE S P LEIGH ESSEX YEO ( 2 Lieut on pair ) Samuel Preston Leigh, of Bearsted, Maidstone, was born at Bury St Edmunds Suffolk in 1895. In the 1911 census he is shown as a student in Cambridge . He was commissioned, served with the 5th Suffolk Regiment in the First War and was wounded at Gallipoli.with the Essex Yeomanry He is a widower, his wife having died just after he became a St. Dunstaner . He died in 1975 at Bearsted in Kent
1914/15 Trio To The Norfolk Yeo Later Wounded With The Tank Corps 1914/15 trio 2422 PTE A J HARRISON NORF YEO Alfred James Harrison a 19 year old butcher from Kenmore House Strumpshaw Norfolk enlisted into the Norfolk Yeomanry in May 1915 and served with them in Gallipoli from September 1915 to February 1916 when he was hospitalised with enteric and dyptheria. he later transferred to the 8th Norfolk Regiment and was severely wounded on the first day of the Battle of Arras 9th of April 1917 , receiving a gun shot wound to the chest. He transferred to the Tank Corps in March 1918 and was serving as a Gunner with the 10th battalion when he was severely wounded , receiving a gun shot wound to the head and shoulder ,possibly on the 23rd of October 1918, however the date appears faded on his papers He was admitted wounded on the 2nd of November to the War Hospital Chester and later spent over 3 months in the Western General Hospital Manchester, possibly being treated for a period of this time for VD . He was discharged in April 1919 Together with 2 large brass shell rings ? heavily stamped as follows (1) A.J.H. WAR AUG 4 1914 PEACE NOV 11 1918 (2) 301181 GNR A J HARRISON 10TH TANK BTTN Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition
1914/15 Trio To The R Innis Fus , KIA 1914/15 trio 4480 PTE A MURRAY R INNIS FUS Memorial Plaque ANDREW MURRAY Andrew Murray from Motherwell worked in the Fallin Colliery Stirlingshire, he served with the 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and was killed in action at the second Battle of Festubert on the 16th of May 1915 . The offensive of the 1st Army was to be resumed on the night of the 15th/16th May. The 2nd Battalion had taken over the front line breastworks on the night of the 12th, and before the offensive commenced had already lost 6 men with forty more wounded. Amongst these was 2/Lt VES Mattocks. At 11:30pm on the night of the 15th May, the 2nd Battalion attacked to the right of the 2nd Worcestshire Regiment, supported by the 2nd Oxford & Bucks and the 9th Highland Light Infantry. “A” and “D” Companies attacked to the left and right, respectively, of a cinder track bordered by two deep ditches on either side. Both gained significant ground. “D” Company penetrated the 1st and 2nd Lines of the German trenches, but “A” Company were cut off after having taken the 1st Line Trench due to lack of support from the failed attack to their left flank and severe losses. “B” Company, who were in support of “A” Company, also suffered grevious losses and were unable to provide the much needed assistance in order to ensure success. “D” Company would hold the Second German Line until the night of the 16th when they were ordered to retreat to the Reserve Breastworks. The following night they were relieved by the 1/1st Gurkhas. In total 252 Officers and Men of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers are recognised as having lost their lives on the 15th and 16th May 1915. In the following months, reports of the battle appeared in the Sprig of Shillelagh, such as one from Sergeant R Langford who said, harrowingly, “Many of our wounded were buried by shells in dug-outs where they had been placed for safety”. In other issues, wives searched for their husbands, and others supplied photographs where their husbands were known to have died for obituaries. Medals with polishing and In NVF condition
1914/15 Trio To The RN, MID For Jutland 1914/15 Trio ( MID ) J25427 F R WATTS ORD RN ( LS on pair ) Frank Robert Watts a 15 year old fitters assistant from Charminster in Dorset enlisted into the Royal Navy in October 1913 with the rank of Boy 2. he served on various ship during his career before being invalided out of the service in 1919. He served from October 1915 until 1st July 1916 aboard HMS Barham , He was MID and advanced in rank for services aboard HMS Barham at Jutland whilst still only 18 years old HMS Barham at the Battle of Jutland HMS Barham was laid down on 24 February 1913 and commissioned on 19 August 1915 as a Portsmouth ship. She was chosen as the flagship of the fifth battle squadron with Rear-Admiral Hugh Evan-Thomas the first to raise his flag. The squadron consisted of herself, HMS Valiant, HMS Warspite and HMS Malaya (HMS Queen Elizabeth was in refit at the time of the battle) and was normally part of the Grand Fleet based at Scapa Flow under Admiral Jellico. After German battle cruisers had bombarded Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth on 25 April 1916 the squadron was moved south to Rosyth on 21/22 May. It now came under command of Acting Vice-Admiral Beatty and his 2nd Battle Cruiser Squadron but still part of the Grand Fleet. On the 30 May a German signal sent to all the ships of the High Seas Fleet was intercepted and the Admiralty who ordered the Grand Fleet to sea. The 5th battle squadron was placed astern and to port of, but 5 miles from Beatty's flagship and his squadron steaming south-eastward. At 1400 on the 31st Beatty ordered a planned turn of his force to the north east to join the remainder of the Grand Fleet. Soon after 1430 with reports of German naval activity Beatty turned to his east to cut off a German retreat. Rear Admiral Hipper in Command of the German battlecruisers Lutzow, Derfflinger, Seydlitz, Moltke and Der Tann sighted Beatty's force and tried to draw them on to the High Seas Fleet, both forces turning south. The two lines opened fire at 1545. Due to its position relative to Beatty's battlecruiser squadron there was a delay before the 5th Battle Squadron came into range. On board HMS Barham all hands were piped to action stations at 1440. At 1550 the German battlecruisers were sighted and HMS Barham opened fire six minutes later when the ship was steaming at 25 knots. After two or three salvos the German light cruisers turned away. After turns to the south east fire was opened again at 1606 at a range of 18000 yards. At 1621 the enemy replied and straddled HMS Barham. Two minutes later she received her first hit, at section 62 which exploded in a main deck reading room but caused no serious damage. At 1635 Hipper sighted the High Seas Fleet and turned north again and 6 minutes later Beatty also ordered a turn north but this was not received by the 5th Battle Squadron until repeated at 1654. The second hit at 1658 abreast B turret at section 72 was the most destructive. It plunged through the upper deck, wrecked the medical store and auxiliary wireless office causing severe damage to light structure. It had a marked incendiary effect on the adjacent sick bay where 24 of the crew were killed. It passed on down to the lower conning tower where the assistant navigator Lieutenant Reginald Blyth and his assistant Midshipman Alex Doddington were keeping the ship's position plotted. This piece of shell almost severed Blyth's leg and although Doddington did his best to tie a tourniquet, he was much handicapped owing to the lights going out. Blyth died from loss of blood. The piece of shell continued down killing a seaman in a 6" magazine. The third hit at section 126 and exploded in the Officers WC's. The fourth a 12 inch shell from SMS Lutzow exploded in the gunroom at section 182 with a part continuing down to the Engineers workshop. The fifth hit at section 240 and exploded in the Admiral's cabin and wrecked everything in his quarters. In all 26 were killed and a further 37 wounded, two subsequently died of wounds. 20 those killed were buried at sea and their names are on the Royal Naval Memorials at Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth. Six including the chaplain were buried at Lyness in the Orkneys where there is a memorial stone to all the sailors lost erected by their shipmates. The 5th Battle squadron was ordered to join the Grand Fleet steaming south and formed up at the back of the lines of warships taking no further part in the action. Except HMS Valiant the other ships of the squadron were also hit, HMS Lion at least 9 times, HMS Tiger at least 7 times, HMS Malaya at least 3 hits and HMS Warspite 12 or more. HMS Barham and the other ships of the 5th in turn set two enemy battle cruisers on fire the Derfflinger and the Seydlitz which was close to sinking. The Lutzow was crippled and scuttled by a German torpedo. The undamaged HMS Valiant and the 2nd Battle Squadron returned to Rosyth. The remainder of the 5th Battle Squadron returned to Scapa Flow. The dead were put ashore and ships were tidied up and reloaded with ammunition before sailing south to be refitted Medals mounted as originally worn with original MID oakleaf on ribbon
1914/15 trio To The Royal Scots, 1st Day Lander Gallipoli later KIA 1914/15 trio 2656 PTE G J KERR R SCOTS George John Kerr , 5th Royal Scots the 18 year old Son of Margaret Kerr, of 21, Salisbury Rd., Edinburgh, and the late Roderick Kerr landed with his battalion in Gallipoli on the first day of the landings 25th of April 1915 , he was killed in action on the 3rd of May 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles memorial
1914/15 Trio With Memorial Plaque To The Liverpool Regiment 1914/15 Trio 267902 ( on star ) 14616 ( on Pair ) PTE R HALLIDAY L'POOL R Memorial Plaque RUSSELL HALLIDAY Russell Halliday 7th Liverpool Regiment was KIA on the 20th of September 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium
1914/15 Trios To Brothers With Consecutive Numbers, One Kia , One a Sniper Wd 4 Times 1914/15 Trio 1741 PTE E GARDNER MIDDX R Edward Gardner from Hayes End Middlesex served with the 8th Middlesex Regiment. He was killed in action aged 20 on the 26th of April 1915 1914/15 Trio 1742 PTE J GARDNER MIDDX R John Gardner served with the 8th Middlesex Regiment , he is shown on his service papers as a sniper, he was gassed on the 24th of May 1915, received a GSW to the thigh on the 26th of June 1916, shell shocked on the 4th of October 1916, and received GSW's to the back , face and elbow on the 9th of April 1917. He was discharged in 1918 with 30% disability There was a note with the medals stating the brothers were twins however further research will be required to confirm this A scarce family grouping with consecutive numbers and a rare trio to a man listed as a sniper Full service papers are available on line for John Gardner Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition
1915/15 Trio To The 9th Yorks LI, KIA 1st Day Somme 1/7/16 1914/15 Trio 12587 PTE A SHAW YORKS LI Abraham Shaw 9th Yorks LI was born Pittsmoor Sheffield and enlisted in Sheffield , he was killed in action on the 1st Day of the Battle of the Somme 1/7/1916 "When the barrage lifts..." The 9th battalion KOYLI was wiped out on the First Day of the Somme, 1st July 1916, losing over 500 casualties. For many years afterwards an 'In Memorium' notice appeared on the 1st July commemorating the battalion, and using the phrase 'When the barrage lifts'. The story of this goes back to the eve of the Battle of the Somme, when the officers of 9th KOYLI met for one last time before going up to the trenches opposite Fricourt. Their commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel C.W.D.Lynch DSO had been with the unit since 1915, and was awarded the DSO for bravery at Loos. He was not a popular commanding officer, and had a habit of promoting favourites, rather than those who deserved the position. Lancelot Spicer, then an officer in the battalion, recalled the incident in his memoirs: At about 6pm on June 28th all officers received a summons to go to Battalion HQ for a final drink before going into action. We assembled, glasses were put into our hands, drinks were passed round and we drank quietly to one another – everyone was naturally feeling strained. The Adjutant and Second-in-command were away on some course, so the Acting Adjutant, Keay, was in charge. Lynch came into the room and was given a glass. Keay went up to Haswell, the senior Captain, and said quietly to him, ‘I think you should propose the CO’s health!’ ‘I’m damned if I will’, said Haswell ‘I don’t wish him good health and am not prepared to be insincere on this occasion.’ ‘You must’, said Keay. ‘I won’t.’, said Haswell. For a few moments they argued, and then Haswell stepped forward and raising his glass said: ‘Gentlemen, I give you the toast of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and in particular the 9th Battalion of the Regiment’ – a slight pause – ‘Gentleman, when the barrage lifts…’ We emptied our glasses and were silent. Dramatically, Haswell had avoided an unpleasant scene, and the toast has never been forgotten. Of those present, twenty-four went into action next day in the attack on Fricourt. Six were in reserve. Of the twenty-four, twelve were killed, including Lynch and Haswell. Three died of wounds afterwards, eight were wounded, one slightly and only one left untouched. Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition
A GSM Bar Palestine To a Ryl Sussex Casualty GSM one bar Palestine 2021963PTE T J KING R SUSS R Sergt Thomas Joseph King died on the third of December 1943 and is buried in Brighton. He is listed in the CWGC as mentioned in despatches but I cannot find a London Gazette entry for this . I had this once before and it turned out the recipient had received a C in C 's commendation for Palestine and the family had listed this with the CWGC as an MID , further research required
Abbysinia Medal To The 26th Regt Abyssinia Medal 1866 3921 C VEITCH 26TH REGT Charles Veitch from Glasgow attested for the 26th Regiment ( Cameronians ) in 1855, he served a total of 20 years and was discharged with general debility caused by foreign service in 1875, he is described on his service papers as a bad soldier, being 9 times in the regimental defaulters book, once tried by court martial and once by the civil powers , an interesting character to say the least ! Full service papers are available on-line Medal is generally in VF condition
An Indian Army HEIC LSGC Medal To The Artillery Honourable East Indian Company Victorian Long Service Medal STAFF SERGT JAMES SANDFORD 3 BATT ARTILLERY Medal is generally in GVF condition
Anglo Boer War Medal To Burger Taken POW Anglo Boer War Medal BURGER M P GERTENBACH Marcus Petrus Gertenbach served under Kommandant J Jordaan in the Winburg Commando. He fought at Belmont, Rooilaagte, Modder River, and Magersfontein. He was taken prisoner after the Battle of Paardeberg and sent as a POW to Green Point Camp in Cape Town and then to Simonstown Medal is generally in VF condition
Army LSGC (Vic) Large Letter Reverse To The RA Army LSGC (Vic) Large Letter Reverse to J SCOPES GR 7 DR RL ARTY James Scopes an 18 year old labourer from Rendlesham Woodbridge Suffolk enlisted into the Royal Artillery in April 1838, he served abroad in Canada for 5 years 10 months and was discharged in May 1861. This is his only medal entitlement Medal with contacting and edge marks, generally in NVF condition
Army LSGC To ASC Entitled To NZ Medal Army LSGC ( Vic ) 957 1ST CLS STAFF SERGT J B HAMSHERE ARMY S CORP J B Hamshere was discharged in 1876 after 21 years service including over 5 years in New Zealand, entitled to the New Zealand Medal Full service papers are available on line Medal is in VF condition
Army LSGC To The R Scots , MID Boer War Army LSGC ( Geo V ) 1831 C SJT W CHALMERS R SCOTS MID in the London Gazette of the 10th of September 1901 for services in South Africa
BWM And Memorial Plaque To The RSF, Only Entitlement, Torpedoed And Killed British War Medal 47719 PTE W RONNIE R S FUS Memorial Plaque William Ronnie Together with forwarding slip for the BWM addressed to his father William Ronnie was born in Kirkcowan enlisted in Bladnoch and resided in Ballaird Wigtownshire He served with the 3rd Royal Scots Fusiliers and was drowned aged 21 on the 30th of December 1917 whilst aboard the SS Aragon , He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial Egypt On the 30th December 1917, the Troopship S.S. Aragon arrived at Alexandria Harbour, having sailed from Marseilles on the 17th December. She was laden with around 2,700 troops bound for the conflicts in Palestine. As she arrived in a convoy bound for the port, the rest of the ships sailed onwards to Alexandria and she lay up ten miles off shore, awaiting her escort. The 9588 tons of ocean liner drifted gently as she waited within sight of land but was torpedoed by the German Submarine and minelayer the UC-34. The destroyer HMS Attack dashed to her rescue as she sunk quickly, as well as every available ship within reach. Many of the men rescued and taken onto the HMS Attack had just stripped their oil drenched clothes from their bodies and laid on the deck when she too was torpedoed by the same submarine, almost blowing her in two. The following day - New Years Eve - just as the rescue was called off, fleet auxiliary craft HMS Osmanieh also hit a mine in the area, taking another 197 soldiers and nurses down with her. 610 of the 2,700 passengers on board the HMS Aragon were lost at sea MIC confirms war medal only Medal with small edge bump otherwise with original ribbon and in toned GVF condition
China War Medal 1842 To HMS Blenheim China War Medal 1842 RICHARD PUTMAN HMS BLENHEIM Medal with original suspension and ribbon and generally in toned GVF condition
CSM One Bar Borneo To a Casualty In The R Signals CSM one bar Borneo 22772473 CPL J R FROGGATT R SIGS Cpl Froggatt died on the 27th of October 1964 and is buried in Kranchi War Cemetery Singapore his cause of death is unknown to me Medal is in NEF condition
DCM And Trio To The N Rid Hy Bt RGA DCM 311048 A BMBR F JEFFERSON N RID HY BY RGA 1914/15 Trio 319 ( 311048 Gnr on pair ) A BMBR F JEFFERSON RGA DCM awarded in the London Gazette of the 25th of August 1917 For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in removing a wounded comrade from his battery position under very heavy shell fire, during which all the stretcher bearers who were assisting him were wounded. He thereupon returned through the bombardment for further assistance and successfully got all the wounded med to the ambulance. He displayed a very splendid example of gallantry and fearless devotion to his wounded comrades The North Riding Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery comprised of approx 170 officers and men and had its headquarters in Middlesborough Middlesborough Daily Gazette 11th August 1917 Local Man Honoured among the recent awards for conspicuous bravery in the field is that of gunner Frank Jefferson of the North Riding RGA Grange Road Middlesboroughwho has received the DCM. Gunner Jefferson was a member of the local Territorial heavy Battery before the outbreak of war and was subsequently transferred to Monkseaton to assist in training the new entrants in Kitcheners Army His heart however was with his friends in the battery which had left for France and finally he relinquished his stripes to rejoin them. On the expiration of his period of service he rejoined before leaving France in order to continue his work . He has seen some very strenuous fighting during his two and a half years active service and the award has given great pleasure to his many friends in the town Medals mounted on card by collector and generally in VF condition
Efficiency Medal To The R Sigs . POW Efficiency medal bar Territorial 2565850 CPL F W W FARLEY R SIGS Taken POW in the Middle East whilst serving with 97th Army Field Regiment Signals Section , Held in Stalag 4G in Oschatz
Efficiency Medal To The RA , Wounded At Home 1940 Efficiency Medal bar Territorial ( Geo VI ) 919568 GNR J E TELLING RA Gunner J E Telling 113th Field Regiment Royal Artillery was wounded at home on the 15th of August 1940 , quite possibly whilst serving as an anti aircraft gunner on this historic day , 2 other members of his unit were also wounded 15 August 1940 – Battle of Britain Winston Churchill described today as “one of the greatest days in history.” For the Luftwaffe this was “Black Thursday”, as it deployed major forces to attack airfields and Chain Home stations, while seeking to bring up Fighter Command to battle. The Germans suffered casualties on a large scale. The RAF flew a total of 974 sorties and the Luftwaffe 1,786. Germany lost 75 planes to the RAF’s 30 – heavy casualties meant that this was to be the last outing of strength for Luftwaffe 5 division.
Family Group, Father Wounded 1/7/1916 , Son Far East POW WW2 1914 Star and original bar trio 8125 PTE C W BALLAM 1/LINC R 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal , unnamed as issued in later box of issue addressed to R BALLAM, 39 ST HUGH'S ST LINCOLN LN2 5BE Charles William Ballam from Lincoln served with the 1st Lincolnshire regiment in WW1 and was severely wounded on the first day of the Somme, he received a shrapnel wound to the shoulder and spent 57 days in hospital, his full service papers are available on-line R Ballam 88th Field Regt RA was taken POW at the fall of Singapore on the 15th of February 1942 medals are in NEF condition
Group Of 4To Lieut RA, MID For Palestine Defence Medal, War Medal , GSM one bar Palestine 1945-48 LT K H JEFFERY RA, Coronation Medal 1953 Together with miniature medals Lieut K H Jeffery 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery served in Palestine from the 5th of July 1947 to the 21st of February 1948. He was MID for gallant and distinguished service in Palestine during the period 27th of March -26th of September 1947 in the London Gazette of the 7th of January 1949 Full size and miniature medals mounted as originally worn and in NEF condition
Group Of 7 To HMS Suffolk, MID for Norway 1940 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star bar France and Germany, Pacific Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Naval LSGC ( Geo VI) M36766S R DOWNER SHPT 2 HMS VERNON Together with original MID certificate MID in London Gazette of the 4th of October 1940 For gallantry and devotion to duty when engaged with enemy aircraft off the Coast of Norway HMS Suffolk, served on the China Station, save for reconstruction, until the outbreak of the Second World War. She came home in 1939 and then patrolled the Denmark Straits in October 1939. In April 1940 Suffolk participated in the Norwegian Campaign. On 13 April 1940 the ship arrived at Tórshavn to commence the British pre-emptive occupation of the Faroe Islands. On 14 April 1940 Suffolk sank the German tanker Skagerrak northwest of Bodø, Norway. On 17 April 1940, Suffolk and four destroyers, HMS Kipling, HMS Juno, HMS Janus and HMS Hereward, were sent to bombard the airfield at Sola, Norway. The operation had little effect and the retaliation from German bombers severely damaged the aft of the ship, forcing her to return to Scapa Flow. Suffolk was out of action from April 1940 until February 1941 while she was repaired at the Clyde Medals generally in GVF condition, MID certificate water stained
GSM Bar Brunei To The Queens Own Highlanders GSM one bar Brunei 23545061 L/CPL A MACKENZIE Q O HLDRS The Queens Own Highlanders were the only Scottish Regiment to receive the Brunei bar On the 8th of December 1962 there was a revolt in the Sultanate of Brunei , where Azahri's rebels attacked the Sultans palace and other government establishments including those operated by other European nations . the rebels took many hostages and in the process seized the Shell Oil field in a place called Seria The battalion was immediately tasked to deal with the problem, namely : neutralise the rebels, free the hostages ! Battalion Headquarters and A company moved from Singapore to Brunei by air while B company sailed at full speed on HMS Cavalier A company carried out its air assault and landed at Seria catching the rebels with complete surprise. The aircraft was still rolling while troops spilled out the rear of the plane and immediately began to engage the Azahri's rebels. After a swift and decisive battle the battalion cleared Seria of rebels, and freed some 46 European hostages , without loss to our troops The battalion had taken part in it's first active service since being formed and the first success was a spectacular one, an achievement any other regiment would have been equally proud of. Medal with original ribbon and in GVF condition
GSM Bar Malaya To The NZ Infantry GSM bar Malaya ( Eliz II ) 691010 PTE J E RAPER NZ REGT Medal mounted on single wearing pin and in NEF condition
GSM Palestine To The Buffs, KIA Italy 1943 GSM one bar Palestine 6284981 PTE A BEALE THE BUFFS Arthur Norman Charles Beale 5th The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) was killed in action in Italy on the 3rd of November 1943 . He was 27 years of age and is buried in Sangro River War Cemetery Transcription of 5th Battalion, The Buffs War Diary . 3rd November 1943 FIUME TRIGNO The attack started with B Coy (MAJOR W H FEWSON) as right forward Coy, D Coy (MAJOR D MILTON) left forward Coy followed by advance RHQ C & Y Coy’s. The remainder of RHQ with the weapons of S Coy on mules assembled on the forward edge of the BOSCO DI MOLTICE with instructions to move forward if possible on the capture of the 1st objective. Almost immediately the leading Coy’s came under intense MMG & mortar fire as did its mule party in the BOSCO DI MOLTICE. This fire however was not accurate as it was still dark. The advance continued but owing to the heavy going across the ploughed country, dawn was just breaking when the leading Coy were within 300ft of the first objective. The enemy fire became much more intense and accurate and the troops were unable to move forward until two troops of tanks of 46 RTR moved up in support and engaged the enemy MMG’s. During this time the Commanding Officer (LT. COL. A D MCKECHNIE, DSO) was badly wounded and B Coy Commander (MAJOR W H FEWSON) was killed. The leading Coy moved forward, captured the first objective, destroyed two MG’s and their crews and capturing a number of prisoners. After consolidating the first objective, the attack continued and the 2 i/c (MAJOR G M De B MONK, M.C.) took over. The attack on the 2nd objective was carried out by 3 Coy’s forward, B, D & Y (CAPT. E H BODY) and C Coy (CAPT. W L FAIRWEATHER) was left to hold the first objective. 3 forward Coy’s were supported by a squadron of 46 RTR. The capture of the 2nd objective was effected with very few casualties by approximately 10.30 hours. However on the left of the Bn. the 6th Inniskillings had not been able to capture the whole of SAN SALVO and the enemy were still holding out in the Northern part of the town. On the right flank the enemy were still in possession of SAN SALVO Station 6384. The position thus had to be consolidated to face our enemy on 3 sides Medal in EF condition
IGS Bar Burma 1887-9 To A Surgeon , MID IGS Bar Burma 1887-9 SURGN C S CRONIN MEDL STAFF Cecil Spencer Cronin was born in Dublin on 11 December 1858 , He graduated with a Medical Degree from Queens University Ireland and was commissioned Surgeon, Indian Medical Staff, on 28 July 1886. He served in Burma during the Third Burmese War at the Station Hospital, Bhano, from 16 April 1888 to 18 May 1889, and was Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 15 November 1889: ‘Surgeon C. S. Cronin, Medical Staff, has also earned mention in this despatch by his devotion to duty and care of the wounded.’) He died of cholera at Ranikhet on 29 July 1890 , his burial being officiated over by Rev Father Francis, a Roman Catholic priest and probate was granted to his wife Maria Elizabeth at Dublin in 1891. His death notice lists his home address at time of death as Mardyke House Cork Medal is in GVF condition
IGS Bar NE Frontier 1891 To The RA IGS one bar NE Frontier 1891 62623 GUNR A E LUSH NO2 MN BY RA Albert Edward Lush a 19 year old labourer from Gillingham Dorset enlisted into the Royal Artillery at Kingston on Thames in 1887 , He served in India between 1889 and 1894 with no 2 Mountain Battery RA , serving 41 days in jail during this period , he was discharged in 1899 , his address at the time being 46 Cleveland Rd Surbiton Also entitled to Burma 1889-92 to his medal Full service papers available on line Medal is in GVF condition
IGS Bar NWF 1908 To RFA , Wounded on NWF 1908 IGS one bar NWF 1908 33589 GUNR E MILCHELMORE NO3 MTN BTY RGA Emmanuel Mitchelmore an 18 year old labourer from Kings Bridge Devon enlisted into the RGA in 1899 , he served in India from January 1901 to February 1911 and was finally discharged at Gosport on the 8th of February 1911 after 12 years service. He received a gunshot wound to the right hand in action on the 18th of February 1908 during the expedition into the Bazar Valley against the Zakka Khel Afridis " As usual in this type of warfare , the return journey was closely followed by the enemy. They closed in on the rear guard and flanks as soon as the column began to move off and especially selected for attack the mountain guns ( 3rd Mountain battery RGA ) escorted by men of the Seaforths , moving through fairly open country south of China, and the 54th Sikhs on flank " The total casualties sustained by the expedition were 3 KIA , 3 DOW and 35 wounded , 2 KIA , 1 DOW and 8 wounded being British Troops , 6 of the wounded belonging to the 3rd Mountain Battery RGA This the recipients only medal awarded during his service Medal with official correction to the first e in surname, otherwise in toned NEF condition
IGS Bar NWF 1937-39 To R Sigs, KIA Malaya 1942 IGS one bar North West Frontier 1937-39 2325726 SGLN W C HILLS R SIGNS William Charles Hills was killed in action on the 24th of December 1941 in Malaya whilst serving with the 9th Indian Divisional Signals Medal is dark toned 2 slight edge nicks and in NEF condition
IGS To The Devon Regt, DOW In The Boer War IGS the bars Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 4102 PTE R MORGAN 1ST BN DEVON REGT Pte Morgan died of wounds at Geluk South Africa on the 28th of August 1900 Medal with two slight edge knocks and in VF condition
IGS To The R W Kent R, KIA Nigeria 1904 IGS one bar Punjab Frontier 1897-98 4039 LCE CORPL J MENDHAM 1ST BN RYL W KENT REGT J Mendham on medal and medal roll but actual initials are W B Sergeant Walter Bagge Mendham He was born in the village of Shipdham, in the Breckland district of Norfolk, between Norwich and Kings Lynn, the seventh child of Henry Bagge Mendham and his wife Jane. A number of the children had that middle name “Bagge”, and in the 1881 Census the whole family is listed with Bagge as the surname, so there must be a story there somewhere. Perhaps Henry was illegitimate, but knew that his father was a Bagge, and so wanted to ensure that it would be difficult to forget it. In 1891 all the working men in the family, including Walter, were farm workers, and the others seemed to have remained on the land, most as labourers, although brother Elijah was a gamekeeper in Nottinghamshire when he died in 1918. Walter, however, left the land early. In 1893, when he enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment, he described himself as a “draper”, aged 18 years and 11 months.He serves in the Punjab Frontier campaigh 1897-98 and received the medal and clasp. He obviously made an impression in the army, as by 1903 he had been made a sergeant, and was seconded to the Southern Nigeria Regiment as a Colour-Sergeant. This rank was usually only awarded to senior sergeants as a reward for long service or for courage on the battlefield. As Walter had only been in the army for ten years, I assume the rank was awarded for good service or showing promising potential. When Mendham was posted there Nigeria as we know it did not exist. The Northern Nigeria Protectorate covered the northern and eastern parts of the country, which had previously been ruled under the Sokoto Caliphate. The Southern Nigerian Protectorate had responsibility for the southern and coastal areas, which had consisted of a large number of independent kingdoms and city-states brought together as Southern Nigeria in 1900, though not without opposition. The resistance faced by the British during the 1890s had been at its most effective when the various factions of the different states managed to overcome their differences and work together. At its most efficient this resistance came under the umbrella of an organization known as the Ekumeku, which translates roughly as “the silent ones”, a grouping which transcended states and factions, with its leaders sworn to secrecy about their contacts and organizational methods. For ten years they pursued guerilla tactics to harass the colonial forces, until, in 1902, the British went on the offensive and arrested all the suspected leaders. That was, thought the government, the end of the Ekumeku, but less than two years later it appeared again. It is not surprising that the Ekumeku reappeared, given that it had as an expressed purpose “the driving out of the country all foreigners and everything foreign”. In particular, by mid-1903, its followers were upset by two major issues: one was the establishment of native courts, which were felt to undermine the traditional authority of tribal and city elders; the second was the increasingly successful activity of Christian missionaries, converting people away from their traditional beliefs. The activity of missionaries had caused unrest elsewhere, for example before the Indian Mutiny and the Boxer Rebellion, and in those places one can see their opponents’ point. From a Western point of view, however, it is difficult to have sympathy with the Ekumeku’s objections to Christianity being encouraged; fetishism, human sacrifice and cannibalism are difficult to admire. Many of the Delta Region’s people felt strongly enough, however, for the movement to became active again in the hinterland of Asaba, which lies on the West bank of the Niger, and was and is the chief city of the Niger Delta region. Towards the end of 1903 mission stations were destroyed, and “friendly natives”, which usually means Christian converts, were attacked, some killed. In response the British put together a force under Captain I. G. Hogg of the 4th Hussars, which left Asaba on 17th January 1904. It was made up of six British officers, four British N.C.O.s, including Walter Mendham, two hundred and fifteen troops of the Southern Nigeria Regiment, a seven-pounder field gun, two Maxim guns, and three political officers. The Campaign Expecting to face the guerrilla methods of previous campaigns Hogg found that this time the Ekumeku had changed tactics. Instead of creating roving raiding bands, the Ekumeku forces now concentrated on the defence of individual towns. This had the advantage of allowing the towns to be defended more vigorously, with superior numbers, but against that Hogg’s forces could focus on one town at a time, with the confidence that the mud- and clay walls would not be able to withstand the British guns for long. Although each town they approached presented fierce defence, in each case the Ekumeku were driven out. It was in the attack on Ukunzu, a town north-west of Asaba, that Colour-Sergeant Mendham was killed in action, amidst opposition so determined that Hogg decided to send for reinforcements. On the 11th February the force was joined by a further ninety men, two N.C.O.s, and another gun. Thus strengthened Hogg attacked the enemy at a town named Okuruku, in an assault that was to see the end of the campaign. Storming the town the British forces left over four hundred defenders dead, and captured over three hundred, for the loss of one British officer and twelve troops. For the time being, ‘The Silent Ones’ had been gagged. Afterwards Colour-Sergeant Menhdam’s home regiment, the Royal West Kents, mounted a memorial to him in All Saints’ Church, Maidstone, which stands next to the regimental barracks. His commander at Ukunzu, Captain Hogg, only survived him another ten years. On September 1st, 1914, Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Graham Hogg, commanding the 4th Hussars, was shot while ordering the retreat from Compeigne, and died from his wounds the next day. TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF WALTER BAGGE MENDHAM, SERGEANT THE QUEENS OWN ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT, AND COLOUR SERGEANT SOUTHERN NIGERIA REGIMENT, WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT ONICHAALONA SOUTHERN NIGERIA 28TH JANUARY 1904 Medal with a few contact marks and generally in VF condition
MBE Group of 8 To The RN MBE ( Mil ) 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Burma Star, War Medal, NGS one bar S E Asia 1945/46 A/CD GNR R W PAIGE RN Together with miniature medal group ( no bar on NGS ) MBE announced in the London Gazette of the 1st of January 1967 as Lt Commander RN ( Retired ) Medals mounted as originally worn Navy style with black cloth backing and generally in GVF condition
Memorial Plaque To RN, KIA Jutland Memorial Plaque to FRANCIS WILLIAM FARLEY Francis William Farley a 20 year old messenger from Bognor joined the Royal Navy in 1912. he was killed in action aboard HMS Queen Mary at Jutland on the 31st of May / 1st of June 1916 On 31 May 1916, Queen Mary put to sea with the rest of the Battlecruiser Fleet to intercept a sortie by the High Seas Fleet into the North Sea. The British were able to decode the German radio messages and left their bases before the Germans put to sea. Hipper's battlecruisers spotted the Battlecruiser Fleet to their west at 15:20, but Beatty's ships did not spot the Germans to their east until 15:30. Two minutes later, he ordered a course change to east south-east to position himself astride the German's line of retreat and called his ships' crews to action stations. Hipper ordered his ships to turn to starboard, away from the British, almost 180 degrees, to assume a south-easterly course, and reduced speed to 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph) to allow three light cruisers of the 2nd Scouting Group to catch up. With this turn, Hipper was falling back on the High Seas Fleet, then about 60 miles (97 km) behind him. Around this time, Beatty altered course to the east, as it was quickly apparent that he was still too far north to cut off Hipper.33 This began what was to be called the "Run to the South" as Beatty changed course to steer east-southeast at 15:45, paralleling Hipper's course, now that the range closed to under 18,000 yards (16,000 m). The Germans opened fire first at 15:48, followed by the British. The British ships were still in the process of making their turn, as only the two leading ships – Lion and Princess Royal – had steadied on their course when the Germans opened fire. The German fire was accurate from the beginning, but the British overestimated the range, as the German ships blended into the haze. Queen Mary opened fire about 15:50 on SMS Seydlitz, using only her forward turrets.34 By 15:54, the range was down to 12,900 yards (11,800 m), and Beatty ordered a course change two points to starboard to open up the range at 15:57.35 During this period, Queen Mary made two hits on Seydlitz, at 15:55 and 15:57, one of which caused a propellant fire that burnt out her aft superfiring turret. A black and white photograph showing a large cloud of smoke near the sea surface from which issues a towering mushroom cloud angled toward the right side of the photo Queen Mary explodes during the Battle of Jutland The range had grown too far for accurate shooting, so Beatty altered course four points to port to close the range again between 16:12 and 16:15. This manoeuvre exposed Lion to the fire of the German battlecruisers, and she was hit several times. The smoke and fumes from these hits caused SMS Derfflinger to lose sight of Lion – which had sheered out of line to starboard – and to switch her fire to Queen Mary, now visible to Derfflinger's gunnery officer as the second ship in the British line and therefore assumed to be Princess Royal, at 16:16. Queen Mary hit Seydlitz again at 16:17 and knocked out one gun of her secondary armament. In return, Queen Mary had been hit twice by Seydlitz before 16:21 with unknown effects, but the German battlecruiser hit the turret face of 'Q' turret at that time and knocked out the right-hand gun in the turret. By 16:25, the range was down to 14,400 yards (13,200 m), and Beatty turned two points to starboard to open the range again. This move came too late for Queen Mary, however, as Derfflinger's fire began to take effect, hitting her twice before 16:26. One shell hit forward and detonated one or both of the forward magazines, which broke the ship in two near the foremast. Stationed inside 'Q' turret, Midshipman Jocelyn Latham Storey survived and reported that there had been a large explosion forward which rocked the turret, breaking the left gun in half, the gun breech falling into the working chamber and the right gun coming off its trunnions. Cordite in the working chamber caught fire and produced poisonous fumes that asphyxiated some of the turret's crew. It is doubtful that an explosion forward could have done this, so 'Q' turret may have been struck by the second shell. A further explosion, possibly from shells breaking loose, shook the aft end of the ship as it began to roll over and sink. Tiger, the battlecruiser behind her, was showered with debris from the explosion and forced to steer to port to avoid her remains. 1,266 crewmen were lost; eighteen survivors were picked up by the destroyers Laurel, Petard, and Tipperary, and two by the Germans A unique Memorial Plaque with this name Plaque with some dark spots and generally in VF condition
Mercantile Marine Pair, KIA Mercantile Marine Pair CHARLES J CAMPBELL Charles John Campbell the 27 year old Son of Mary Campbell, of 669, Argyle St., Glasgow, and the late Charles Campbell was killed in action aboard the SS Garmoyle on the 10th of July 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial The cargo ship SS Garmoyle was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 14 nautical miles south east of Mine Head, County Cork by SM U-57 ( Imperial German Navy) with the loss of twenty crew The U57 sunk approx 57 allied vessels and damaged 6, the vast majority being British Medals with some edge bruising
MM , Pair , Memorial Plaque And Scroll To The Sportsmens Battalion Middlesex Regt MM ( Geo V ) 43333 PTE M CORCORAN 16/MIDDX R, British War and Victory Medals 5671 PTE M CORCARAN MIDDX R, Memorial Plaque MICHAEL CORCORAN, Memorial Scroll PTE MICHAEL CORCORAN MIDDLESEX REGT Michael Corcoran was killed in action at Arras on the 31st of may 1917 Medals and Plaque in dark toned EF condition
Navy LSGC ( Geo V ) To The RMA, Served With The RNAS WW1 Navy LSGC ( Geo V ) 7553 ARTHUR BARTON GUNNER RMA Arthur Barton was born in Portsmouth in 1880 , he served with the Royal Marine Artillery before transferring in September 1912 to the fledgling and as yet unofficial Royal Naval Air Service , his rank on transfer being Gunner, later AM1 in July 1914, POM in January 1915 , CPO in August 1916 and F/Sgt RAF April 1918. He is entitled to a 1914 trio as AM1 RNAS A medal to a very early original member of the RNAS which was officially formed in July 1914 Medal dark toned GVF condition
Navy LSGC ( Geo VI ) , KIA Navy LSGC ( Geo VI ) J109371 E E FRANCIS PO HMS WARSPITE Eric Edgar Francis an errand boy from Dartford in Kent enlisted into the Royal Navy in 1929, he was killed in action on the 11th of March 1943 aged 35 whilst aboard HMS Harvester HMS] Harvester was converted to an escort destroyer during a lengthy refit at Dundee, Scotland, from 30 January 1942 to 16 April. She conducted sea trials of her Type 271 radar during May and then resumed her escort duties in the North Atlantic as flagship of Mid-Ocean Escort Force Escort Group B-3. The ship was refitted at Liverpool between 12 December and 11 February 1943. Whilst defending Convoy HX 228 on 3 March, Harvester forced U-444 to the surface and then rammed it. She was badly damaged by the ramming, but she rescued five survivors after the submarine sank. The next day, Harvester was torpedoed by U-432 and broke in half. Nine officers and 136 ratings were lost, but the French corvette Aconit rammed and sank U-432 herself and then rescued Harvester's few survivors Medal with original length of ribbon and in NEF condition
New Zealand Medal To The Royal Artillery New Zealand Medal ( undated ) 1291 G&D WM EDWARDS RYL ARTY Medal is in GVF condition
QSA 4 Bars To The SJAB QSA four bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State, SA01, SA02 802 ORDLY J T BROWN ST JOHN AMB BDE J T Brown served with the 21 General Hospital St John's Ambulance Brigade . He also had previously served with Cape Colony Cyclist Corps,Private,35340 and with CCF Company Cape Medical Staff Corps,Private,124 Bars in 2 blocks of 2 and loose on ribbon as issued Medal with original ribbon and in toned NEF condition
QSA 5 Bars To 4th Batt RFA, KIA QSA 5 bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State , Transvaal, SA01, SA02 17357 DVR W H MORGAN 4TH BTY RFA William H Morgan a 20 year old groom from Liverpool enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery at Liverpool in 1896, his next of kin being shown as his mother Kate who was living at 13 Plumpton St off Everton Rd Liverpool. He served with the 4th battery Royal Field Artillery and was listed as missing later confirmed killed in action ( gunshot wounds ) at Klerksdorp on the 25th of February 1902 . He is commemorated on the Royal Artillery Memorial St James's Park north-east corner. The Mall, London, England Medal in lightly toned NEF condition
QSA KSA Pair To a Guide In The FID QSA two bars Orange Free State, Transvaal GUIDE J E HELLET FID KSA two bars SA01,SA02 GUIDE J E HELLET FID FID = Field Intelligence Department Medals are generally in GVF condition
QSA KSA Pair To The RFA, MID For Gallantry QSA 3 bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State , Transvaal 48956 GNR W SCAIFE 4:B, RFA KSA 2 bars SA01, SA02 49856 GNR W SCAIFE RFA 49856 Gunner W Scaife 4th Battery Royal Field Artillery was MID and promoted Bombardier by the Commander-in-Chief in the London Gazette of the 18th of July 1902 " At Klipdrift, on 7th March,1902, continued to work his gun after all his detachment had been killed or wounded" Klipdrift ( Battle of Tweebosch ) 7th March 1902 On the night of 6 March Methuen was informed by his Intelligence Officer that a large concentration of Boers, under De la Rey, was nearby. Grenfell was then 36 miles away to the east of Tweebosch and De la Rey moved in between the two columns. His battle plan was much the same as that employed at Ysterspruit, which was to cut the columns into three, and to overcome resistance with a charge, the men firing from the saddle The column moved off in two divisions from Tweebosch on 7 March 1902, the ox-convoy starting at 0300 hrs, escorted by Cape Police, the Yeomanry, all the Infantry and Lt Venning's two guns.of 4th Battery RFA The main column moved out at 0400hrs, escorted by the Cape Special Police, Ashburner's Light Horse, with one pom-pom forming the advance guard, and Dennison's Scouts and the Diamond Fields Horse the rear guard. Lt Nesham's two guns of 38th Battery RFA were with this column. By about 0500 hrs the head of the column had reached de Klipdrift on the Great Harts River, when the Boer attack opened on the rear-guard. The fire put down by Nesham's guns and the second pom-pom was effective for a while, but not for long. At 0530 hrs the ox-column was ordered to halt, and at 0600 hrs the attack assumed serious proportions when, in addition to attacking the rear of the column, a movement was made against the column's right flank. Methuen, in accordance with a previous arrangement, took post with the Infantry. Major Paris, commanding the mounted troops, reinforced the rear while Metheun extended the Infantry and brought Venning's guns into action. Lines of charging Boers, firing from the saddle, in extended order, disregarding the heavy fire directed at them, pushed forward. After a small measure of resistance nearly all the Colonial troops broke and fled. The regulars, or the handful that were left, and Nesham's gunners, stood fast. One by one the men of the 38th Battery were shot down, but the guns remained in action. Burgher Willem Richards took up a position behind the guns and shot six gunners. One gun only, served by Lt T. P. W. Nesham, entirely on his own, remained in action. The Boers, admiring the young officer's coolness and courage called on him to surrender. He refused to comply, shouting out: 'I prefer death to surrender.' He, too, was shot down. Venning's battery suffered the same fate, but continued in action until he fell mortally wounded while serving a gun. At about 0930 hrs Methuen was hit in the thigh. He dismounted and lay down next to his horse. It was hit, wounded a second time, and fell on him, breaking his leg. Colonel E. Townsend, the column's Principal Medical Officer, splinted Methuen's leg with two rifles, and was hit three times in rapid succession. The fight was over and surrender was inevitable. Together with copy photo of Scaife in uniform Medals generally in GVF condition
QSa KSA Pair To The Scot Rif, DOW 1915 QSA three bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State , Transvaal 6613 PTE H BLAND SCOT RIFLES KSA two bars SA01 SA02 6613 PTE H BLAND SCOT RIFLES Harry Bland 1st Scottish Rifles ( The Cameronians ) from St Cuthbert's Darlington Co Durham died of wounds on the 18th of July 1915 He is buried in Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension France Medals generally in NVF condition
QSA KSA Pair To The Welsh Regiment QSA six bars Relief of Kimberley Paardeberg Driefontein Johannesburg Diamond hill Belfast 5604 PTE G GODWIN WELSH REGT KSA two bars SA01 SA02 5604 PTE G GODWIN WELSH REGT George Godwin an 18 year old stableman from Cheltenham enlisted into the Welsh Regiment in 1898, he served for 12 years including 4 years in South Africa , from 1899 to 1904, he was discharged in 1910 Medals polished and with edge bruising,with original tatty ribbons and generally in GF condition
QSA KSA To The W Yorks R, Wounded Twice QSA three bars Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith , Transvaal 5108 PTE T PEACOCK W YORKSHIRE REGT KSA two bars SA01, SA02 5108 PTE T PEACOCK W YORK REGT Thomas Peacock a 20 year old farm labourer enlisted into the West Yorkshire Regiment in 1897, he was discharged in April 1914 He served in South Africa Oct1899 till Oct 1900 and Again from August 1901 till the end of the war, he was wounded twice , once at Willow Grange on the 23rd of Nov 1899 and again at Sundays River 10th April 1900.He is listed in the casualty return foe the action of Willow Grange as the son of Mr Peacock of 8 Ranter Court Wapping Rd Bradford. On returning to England he is shown as suffering from a gun shot wound to the right shoulder When Cmdt D.J. Joubert's column advanced in to the Natal Midlands, eight companies of infantry and 430 mounted men under the command of Col J.H.E. Hinde, The Border Regiment, were sent to occupy the station on the night of 20 November 1899. There then developed the action known as that of Willow Grange which was, in fact, fought around Brynbella Hil According to the Times History, the total (British) casualties had been sixteen killed and over sixty wounded, mostly from the West Yorkshire Regiment Medals with some contacting and generally in VF condition.
QSA No Bars To The Oxford LI , Died Of Disease QSA no bars 6533 PTE W G HUTCHINS OXFORD L I Died of Disease at Kroonstad on the 28th of May 1902 Medal with one edge knock otherwise in toned NEF condition
QSA To a Sjt 6th Inniskilling Dragoons, Injured And Died QSA one bar Cape Colony 2740 SERJT A HANWELL 6/DRGNS The regimental history states that on the 22nd of January 1900 at Kuilfontein Sergt Hanwells horse was shot and he had to take shelter behind an anthill in the blazing sun under Boer fire, the exposure to the sun later led to his death medal with original ribbon and in dark toned mint condition
QSA To The KRRC , KIA 1914 QSA one bar Cape Colony 1956 PTE H ROBINS KRRC Harry Robins a 19 year old labourer from Millbank Lancs enlisted into the KRRC at Burnley in June 1899 . He served in South Africa May-July 1900 and received the QSA with one clasp. He served in F&F from the 1st of November 1914 and was killed in action on the 16th of November 1914 . He was buried at Sanctuary Wood Cemetery Belgium , his next of kin at the time being shown as his wife Leah who was living at Travis St Burnley Medal with 2 slight edge knocks , with original ribbon and generally in VF condition
QSA To The Liverpool Regiment, KIA QSA one bar Defence of Ladysmith 5076 SGT S J MCDONNELL LIVERPOOL REGIMENT Sergt Mcdonnell was killed in action on the 9th of November 1899 during the Defence of Ladysmith From Four months Besieged , the Story of Ladysmith " We had not however done with the enemy by repulsing him at one point. His big guns opened again presently from Blaauwbank and Rietfontein to the west and north . A smaller battery on Long Hill echoed the deep boom from Long Tom who was carrying on a duel with our naval gun , and throwing shells over the town to burst very near Sir George White's headquarters. Field guns fron the nek near Lombards Kop joined the chorus shooting with effect on Tunnel Hill, held by the Liverpools , several of whom were hit. Colour Sergt Mcdonald ( sic ) went out of the bomb-proof to mark where one shell had struck, when another burst, on the same spot, and he fell terribly mangled by jagged fragments of iron. His comrades rushed to aid him, but he died in their arms , saying simply, "what a pity it was I who went out to see" There is no other Mcdonald or Mcdonnell or similar name killed with the Liverpool Regiment so it appears obvious it is Sgt McDonnell being referred to Sergt Mcdonnell was the first member of the Liverpool Regiment killed in action during the Boer War . Pte Doolan died of wounds the same day , they are the first 2 casualties of any type ( KIA DOW or wounded )to the Liverpool Regiment and appear to be the first fatal casualties of any unit during the Defence of Ladysmith Medal toned and in GVF condition
QSA To The Royal Irish Rifles , KIA Stormberg QSA one Bar Cape Colony 2920 PTE J MADDEN R IR RIF Pte J Madden ( Modden on casualty roll) was killed in action at Stormberg on the 10th of December 1899 The Battle of Stormberg, which was the 2nd Battalion's first and only major action of the war, was ill directed, ill handled, and ill supported - especially when the Rifles were shelled by the Artillery. However, Gatacre's explanation may have lacked detail and frankness as the Battalion cheered him at the end of his speech with an eagerness to return and carry on with the fight. Importantly, there had been no error on the part of the Rifles. The Battalion, as a result of this action, lost 12 other ranks killed; five officers and 46 other ranks wounded; and four officers and 216 men captured. The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel H A Eagar, died of his wounds on 3 February 1900 At 9.15 p.m. the column marched out of Molteno, the Royal Irish Rifles leading. Just before moving off, Colonel Eager said: "The battalion represents the North of Ireland, which is watching you. I know I have not to ask you to do your duty." Two days' rations of tinned meat and biscuit were carried. The distance to be covered was ten miles. There was a bright moon, which set about midnight. The road at first was quite good; every-thing looked promising, and the men were in capital spirits. General Gatacre gave the order to fix swords, and the men marched on, carrying their arms in this rather constrained position. The artillery followed the infantry, but with a long interval between, and the wheels of the guns, etc., were wrapped up in raw hide, to deaden the sound. Behind the guns came the mounted troops. Various details, including the Maxim gun detachment of the Royal Irish Rifles, under Lieutenant Wright, had not been informed of the change of plan from the frontal to the flank attack, and they took the direct road to the nek and lost themselves. The guides, in the darkness, missed the right turning, and the force halted at I a.m. at a farm, owned by a Mr. Roberts. The guides informed General Gatacre that the distance from the coveted heights was now only one and a half miles; in reality it was three miles away. The Boers had sent out some 600 men that night, probably to beat up Gatacre's left flank. This force was under Grobler, and was laagered three miles farther up the road from the British column, so Gatacre was actually between the two bodies of Boers, who had not the vaguest idea that his outposts were nearer than Molteno. Here indeed was a chance, if he had known of it, to finish up the 600 Bethulie warriors with the bayonet. However, not knowing this, at 2 a.m. the march was resumed. The track—for it could not be called a road—became appallingly bad. Colonel Eager reported to the General that he thought the guide had lost his way. The guide as stoutly protested that he had not. At 3.45 a.m. on the 10th of December the head of the column reached the point which General Gatacre had aimed for. He was at the foot of the heights which formed the western boundary to the Stormberg Basin, and he was on the western side of those heights, in a small valley, which led into the Stormberg Basin. Everything was as he could wish it. Unfortunately in the dark he did not know that he had arrived there, and his guides did not quite understand his plans, so there was a misunderstanding. The guides thought he wanted to push on by road into the valley, and did not realise that the infantry, facing east, could have climbed straight up the hill and dominated all the Boer camps from these heights with their rifles; so the column toiled along the road, past the heights on their right, until broad daylight came on, still marching in fours, with swords fixed. Colonel Eager realized the danger, and requested the General's permission to send half a company out as an advanced guard. General Gatacre ordered him not to do so. A few hundred yards to the east of the British force lay one of the Boer laagers, its outpost absolutely unconscious of the presence of the enemy. There was a picquet, with a single Boer sentry on the road which ran through the nek, which the force was now approaching in column of route. To his horror, the sentinel saw this long serpent of marching men drawing near him. He roused his comrades—between ten and twenty in number—and fire was opened. The Dutch poured out of their laager, wheremost of them had been making coffee, and rushed for the heights. General Gatacre ordered the Royal Irish Rifles to rush through the nek and seize a detached hill just inside it, but it was too late to issue orders then. Everyone had felt that they were called upon to act promptly for themselves in the emergency, and, though three companies (" F," "G," and "H ") dashed through the nek for the hill beyond, the remainder of the Royal Irish Rifles formed for attack towards their right flank, and, with the Northumberland Fusiliers prolonging their right, rushed for the summit, led by " C " Company, under Captain Bell. The advance was well maintained, and half the distance had been crossed when the whole force was brought to a standstill by a line of precipices, which rose sheer up for some distance, and was only scalable here and there. The men laid down under cover, whilst Colonel Eager, Major Seton, Major Welman, and Captain Bell drew together, studied the formation of the ground, and arranged for the forward movement. The three companies who had taken the hill beyond the nek outflanked the Boer position, whilst the mounted infantry had also pushed inside the Stormberg Valley. Everything was in capital train. The General rode up to the three companies on the hill, whilst Colonel Eager, without orders, but wisely comprehending the situation, arranged for the rush to clear the heights. The two batteries—the 74th and the 77th—opened fire on the heights, but, unfortunately, thinking the Royal Irish Rifles were the enemy in the uncertain light, commenced to shell them. The results were instantaneous. The first shell mortally wounded Colonel Eager and severely wounded Majors Seton and Welman, Captain Bell and several riflemen. The next few were equally deadly, and in a few seconds, to the surprise of the Boers, some of whom had been pouring in an ineffectual fire, whilst others were hurrying to the rear, the whole of the infantry who had been lying close under the cliffs, ready to escalade them, were driven down the slope, vainly trying to avoid the deadly shrapnel of their own guns. The officer commanding the Northumberland Fusiliers ordered his battalion to retire to reform it, ready to support either attack. Some of the Royal Irish Rifles, hearing the order, moved with this battalion, assuming that it also applied to them. Some of the Northumberland Fusiliers did not hear it, and remained where they were. The men who retired first took shelter in the donga at the foot of the hill, but this was enfiladed, so the retirement was continued as far as the small hills across the valley. The movement was carried out in good order, and each part covered the retreat of the others. Arriving at these small hills, one company was told off to hold the heights, whilst the remainder formed in quarter column under cover. General Gatacre had been with the party that held the hill inside the nek. From here he had meant to sweep down the enemy's position, pressing home his attack. With the hills abandoned to the Boers, he saw that this could not be done, so he gave the order to the three companies to retire, which they did, under heavy fire, in good order, and the mounted infantry of the force galloped back, and a new line was formed on a ridge across the road up which the force had marched. This was about an hour and a quarter after the first shot had been fired. Naturally, the noise had drawn in all parties of Boers, even Grobler's detachment. This last commando fired into Gatacre's troops from the rear, and the 77th battery had three guns firing forward and three backward. In the meantime, some 600 men of the two infantry battalions lay on the hill under the cliffs, keeping up the fight with the Boers. General Gatacre ordered the force he was now with on the ridge to retire. Major Allen, of the Royal Irish Rifles, urged the General to allow him to take up the remaining companies of the Rifles to carry the heights, but General Gatacre refused to let him do this. The remainder, nearer to the enemy, were left to their fate. Afterwards it transpired that the officers and men did not know what was going on, and that they held tenaciously to their ground, expecting that the remainder of the force was moving to make a flank attack. No orders were given, and each party was overpowered in detail. The retreating force, under General Gatacre, was not kept well in hand, and the infantry straggled a great deal. The guns and mounted infantry kept the enemy at a distance, and Lieutenant and Adjutant Sitwell collected the men of the Royal Irish Rifles who were least fatigued and formed an efficient rearguard. About 11 a.m. Molteno was reached; 634 unwounded prisoners (officers and men) were taken by the Boers. The total casualties of the whole force were 28 killed and 61 wounded on the British side, and 8 killed and 26 wounded on the Boer side. The Royal Irish Rifles loss was as follows: —Twelve non-commissioned officers and men killed and forty-six non-commissioned officers and men wounded; also wounded officers as follow: Lieutenant-Colonel Eager (mortally wounded), Majors Seton and Welman, Captains Bell and Kelly, and Lieutenant Stevens. The following officers were captured: Captain Weir, Lieutenant Christie, and 2nd-Lieutenants Maynard and Rodney, and 216 unwounded non-commissioned officers and men. The battalion, under Major Allen, was entrained that afternoon, with the remainder of the infantry of General Gatacre's force, and was sent down to Sterkstroom. General Gatacre had, on the whole, bad luck at Stormberg. The idea was sound; but his arrangements were not thoroughly supervised. He surprised his enemy, but, from want of precautions, was not able to use his advantage, and appears to have sent no orders to his troops. That he should have left 600 of them to be made prisoners was also a piece of bad staff work; whilst the crowning calamity was the successful shelling by the British artillery of their own side. On the whole, the force was lucky to have been able to effect their retreat. An enterprising enemy would have stopped it and captured the whole force. The prisoners were sent to Pretoria. Medal dark toned with some edge contacting and generally in VF condition
QSA To The W York R , Wounded At Hussar Hill Later KIA / DOW At Lake Chrissie QSA 6 bars Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith Transvaal, Laings Nek SA01 5064 PTE A MIDDLETON W YORKSHIRE REGT Pte Middleton was wounded at the attack on Hussar Hill ( Monte Christo ) on the 18th of February 1900, the regiment losing nearly 50 men KIA , DOW or wounded during the attack, Pte Middleton was later KIA or DOW ( Killed in Action on the medal roll, Died of Wounds on the casualty roll ) during a night attack on the camp at Lake Chrissie on 6 February 1901 On 5 February, General Smith-Dorrien, reached Bothwell Farm, in the neighbourhood of Lake Chrissie, where he halted for the night and with the studious attention to all reasonable precautions, entrenched his camp strongly. It was an intensely dark night and visibility was further hampered by a heavy mist which hung over the uplands, making it virtually impossible for the sentries and outposts to see anyone beyond the distance of a few yards. Earlier in the day Louis Botha had reinforced Lukas Meyer, who was conducting the Boer retreat in this quarter, and it had been determined that a night attack with two thousand men would be made upon the British camp, in order to cover the withdrawal northwards. At 3.00am on 6 February the attack was delivered. The Boers who had crawled unseen close to the British outposts suddenly rushed between two trenches held by the West Yorkshire Regiment, driving in front of them a herd of loose horses in order to confuse the defenders into believing that they were being attacked by mounted troops. However the men of The West Yorkshire Regiment held firm, whilst support came up and a fierce hand-to-hand struggle ensued, the Boers being forced back in disorder, leaving some twenty burghers dead. Casualties on the British side were heavy too with twenty-four Officers and men killed and a further fifty-three wounded, the West Yorkshire Regiment was hardest hit. The Victoria Cross was awarded to Sergeant William Traynor of the Regiment for saving the life of a wounded comrade in this action Together with an old print of a poem stuck on card regarding the West Yorks in the Boer War Medal in GVF condition, SA01 bar loose on ribbon
Royal Humane Society Medal To The Royal Fusiliers Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal FUS THOMAS B ATTERBURY 13TH (HD) BN ROYAL FUSILIERS 23RD DEC 1939 Thomas B. Atterbury, 13th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, successfully saved life at Woolwich Arsenal on 23 December 1939. (R.H.S. Case No. 55,64) Medal with original buckle and ribbon and in EF condition
Strathclyde Gallantry medal To a Woman Strathclyde Regional Council medal For Bravery, MRS JANE MULDER A scarce medal only being in existence from 1975 to 1996 and very rare to a woman
Sudan Pair to The Lan Fus, POW And Later Wounded In The Boer War Queens Sudan Medal 5298 PTE W RATHBONE 2/LAN FUS , Khedives Sudan Medal bar Khartoum 5298 PTE W RATHBONE 2ND L F William Whittle Rathbone a 20 year old labourer from Bolton enlisted into the Lancashire Fusiliers in 1895 , he served in the Sudan and in the Boer War with the Lanc Fus detachment of the 5th Mounted infantry and was taken Prisoner at Vryheid on the 11th of December 1900 and was slightly wounded at the defence of Itala Fort on the 26th of October 1901 The Mounted Infantry of the Lancashire Fusiliers formed part of the garrison of Vryheid when that town was attacked on 10th-11th December 1900. After very severe fighting the enemy was driven off with a loss of 100 killed and wounded. The men of the battalion had about 10 casualties At Fort Itala on 26th September 1901 (see 2nd Royal Lancaster) the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers were represented in the little force which made one of the finest stands recorded in the campaign. One man of the battalion was killed and 5 wounded During the second Boer incursion into Natal Colony, Cmdt-Gen L. Botha, laagered at Babanango, sent Asst Cmdt-Gen C. Botha on 25 September 1901 with some 1,400 burghers to storm the fortified British post at Itala on the eastern slopes of Itala Mountain. It was occupied by 300 men of the 5th division mounted infantry and two guns of the 69th battery Royal Field Artillery under the command of Maj A.J. Chapman, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. On receiving warning of the Boer advance, the peak of Itala Mountain was manned by 80 mounted infantrymen under Lt B.P. Lefroy, 1st The Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and Lt H.R. Kane, 1st The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire) regiment. At midnight, Botha first attacked the detachment on the summit which put up stout resistance and fought for over an hour before it was overwhelmed. The garrison thus had time to prepare for an attack which came about 2 am and for the next two hours repeated Boer rushes were repulsed. During the day, the burghers maintained a sporadic but accurate fire on the British defences from their positions on the mountain above the camp. Faced with this resistance, Botha withdrew his burghers that evening and Chapman, having provided for the wounded, withdrew from the camp at midnight retiring to his base at Nkandla. The British lost 22 killed, including Kane, and 59 wounded. Driver F.G. Bradley, 69th battery Royal Field Artillery, was awarded the Victoria Cross for carrying a wounded soldier to safety under heavy fire. Boer losses were 15 killed, 40 wounded and one missing; among the dead were Cmdt J.S.F. Blignaut, Swaziland Police, and Capt P.J. Scholz, Vryheid Commando scout corps. Medals are dark toned VF condition
Sudan Pair To The Royal Artillery Queens Sudan Medal 97723 GR J ATTREALL RA Khedives Sudan Medal one bar The Atbara 27723 GUNNER J ATTREALL 16 COY ED RA James Attreall a 18 year old labourer from Rudmell Lewes Sussex enlisted into the Royal Garrison Artillery at Lewes in January 1893 , he served for 19 years, finally being discharges in 1912 , the only medals being awarded to the recipient during his service being the Sudan Medals The Atbara 8th April 1898 Three hundred miles north of Khartoum lies Atbara, at the confluence of the eponymous river and the Nile. Kitchener had established a fort at the junction of the rivers, and the Khalifa ordered one of his generals, Emir Mahmud Ahmed, north to engage the British. However, Mahmud did not engage immediately, pausing instead on March 20th 1898 twenty miles south of Kitchener's fort, and erecting his own fortified camp, with trenches and zarebas, ( a barriers of thorn bushes.) After preparing for the expected attack Kitchener realised that Mahmud was reluctant to fight, and so he decided to take the initiative. On April 7th he ordered a night march across the gravelly desert which allowed his forces to be in a position to attack at dawn the next day. The British-Egyptian force had about ten and a half thousand troops, against the Mahdists' fifteen thousand, which included five thousand cavalry. However, Kitchener's troops were all armed with modern rifles, while their enemy were mostly (though not all) armed with spears and swords. ​At dawn Kitchener's four artillery batteries opened fire on the Mahdist camp. The cannonade lasted for just over an hour, during which the Mahdist cavalry attempted an attack, only to driven back by the British Maxim guns. Once the artillery had ceased the infantry were ordered forward, with Sudanese and Egyptian troops to the right and in the centre, with the British contingent of Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders, supported by the 1st Royal Warwickshire and the 1st Lincolns, to the left. Protected by the thick zareba the Mahdists poured a torrent of gunfire into the troops advancing up the gravel slope, with the Sudanese in the centre in particular experiencing heavy losses. On the left the Camerons were in front, with the Seaforths behind. Soon the Camerons were close enough to the zareba for some of the troops to begin pulling it down, while others fired through the gaps created. Then through and over those gaps drove the Seaforths. Soon fierce hand-to-hand fighting ensued, with no quarter given; in the trenches that lay behind the zareba more than two thousand Mahdist bodies lay at the close of the fighting. With them lay eighty British casualties. A very scarce pair of medals to the Royal Artillery, the only British Artillery present during the Battle of Atbara being a Maxim Gun detachment of the 16th Company Eastern Division Royal Garrison Artillery. They received a total of 34 Atbara bars , 5 as single bars and 29 with Khartoum bars also and 27 Atbara bars all with Khartoum also to Egyptian Drivers attached to the battery . The other 4 batteries present during the Battle of Atbara being Egyptian Artillery Medal mounted on original ribbons with pin mount , with contact marks and in NVF condition
TFEM ( EDVII) To The 4th Rl Sussex R TFEM ( EDVII) 408 PTE R GRAVETT 4/R SUSSEX REGT Medal with original mounted on single wearing pin and in NEF condition
Volunteer LS With Attractive Prize Badge To a Bglr In The Leic R Volunteer LSGC 289 BUGLER R SHARPE 1ST V B LEICESTERSHIRE REGT 1ST VB Leicester Regt silver prize badge the reverse engraved Won By BUGLER R SHARPE Volunteer Medal engraved , with original ribbon and mounted on single pin brooch, generally in GVF condition
Volunteer LSGC ( EDVII ) To The 1/London REV Volunteer LSGC ( EDVII ) 3327 2/CPL W H CUTHBERT 1/LONDON REV Medal is in NEF condition
WW1 / WW2 group of 8 To the RN. MID 1914/15 trio J32761 A G WARREN B TEL RN ( Tel RN on pair ) 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star War Medal ( MID ) Naval LSGC ( Geo V ) J32761 A G WARREN PO TEL HMS ST VINCENT Allister Gordon Warren a 15 year old seaman from Devonport in Devon enlisted into the Royal navy as a Boy Telegraphist in 1914, he served from June 1915 until March 1919 aboard HMS Firedrake and would have been aboard when the Firedrake captured the German Submarine UC5 in April 1916. Between the wars he served on various ships and qualified as an aerial gunner with the fleet Air Arm between 1926 and 1928. At the outbreak of WW2 he served aboard HMS St George and was Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette of the 14th of March 1944 as a CPO Telegraphist aboard HMS Enterprise for his services during Operation Stonewall Operation Stonewall From the start of the war, the Allies had maintained a blockade against the import of seaborne goods to Germany. Although rich in many basic industrial materials, Germany, like Britain, could not produce some essentials. These included rubber, tin, and tungsten. Although organised interdiction against these blockade runners was not set up until December 1943, the Allies intercepted and sank several ships in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Few ships managed successful runs. The operation The Royal New Zealand Navy light cruiser HMNZS Gambia joined the operation in December 1943, operating from Horta in the Azores. The Royal Navy light cruiser HMS Glasgow patrolled an area north of the islands. On 23 December aircraft from the United States Navy escort carrier USS Card sighted a suspected runner, and there were further reports of a flotilla of destroyers escorting another merchantman west from France. Gambia, Glasgow, and the light cruiser HMS Enterprise formed a cordon to intercept. Aircraft attacked the flotilla, now escorting a large incoming merchantman, the 6,951 GRT Osorno, and reported a hit and a near-miss on her. The light cruiser Penelope, minelayer HMS Ariadne and four Free French destroyers joined the patrol to intercept another runner. RAF Coastal Command aircraft acted in close cooperation. On 27 December at 1535 hrs Liberator GR Mk V heavy bomber of Coastal Command's Czechoslovak-crewed No. 311 Squadron RAF sighted a smaller blockade runner, the 2,729 GRT refrigerated cargo ship Alsterufer. The Liberator made a diving attack with eight wing-mounted SAP60 semi-armour piercing rocket projectiles, five of which hit the cargo ship above her waterline. The Liberator also dropped one 500 lb (230 kg) bomb, and one 250 lb (115 kg) bomb one of which hit the ship aft of her funnel. The ship immediately caught fire. Alsterufer defended herself with anti-aircraft fire and rockets that released parachute cables. The Liberator's starboard outer engine was hit, but the aircraft successfully returned to base at RAF Beaulieu in England. Later that day two more RAF Liberators and four RAF Halifax heavy bombers attacked the ship, but claimed no hits. Alsterufer sank on the afternoon of 28 December. 74 members of her crew were rescued by four Canadian corvettes. Kriegsmarine destroyers and torpedo boats had set out to meet and escort Alsterufer in an operation codenamed Bernau. Now Glasgow and Enterprise sought to intercept them. Guided by shadowing aircraft, the cruisers intercepted eight destroyers early in the afternoon of 28 December and exchanged fire with them. Despite accurate German gunfire and torpedoes, effective German evading action and an attack with guided bombs by a Luftwaffe aircraft, the Royal Navy ships maintained contact. The German ships divided into two groups and the cruisers pursued one of these. By 1600 hrs the Elbing-class torpedo boats T25 and T26 and the Narvik-class destroyer Z27 had been sunk and one had escaped, damaged. About 62 survivors were rescued by Royal Navy minesweepers, 168 by a 335 GRT Irish coaster, Kerlogue, and four by Spanish destroyers.[ The blockade runner Osorno reached the Gironde but struck a wreck in the estuary. She was beached and subsequently unloaded offshore. Glasgow, Enterprise and Ariadne returned to Plymouth and Penelope to Gibraltar. WW1 medals and LSGC with polishing and generally in GF condition , rest GVF
WW1 Pair And Plaque To Capt 15th Hamps Regt , KIA WW1 pair CAPT S THOMPSON Memorial Plaque STANLEY THOMPSON Captain Stanley Thompson 15th ( 2nd Portsmouth ) Battalion The Hampshire Regiment , Son of the late Henry Thompson (Surgeon) and of Alice Eveline Quain (formerly Thompson), of "Sideways," Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Bucks. Native of Hull, Yorks , he was killed in action on the 15th of September 1916 during the attack on Flers.The battalion lost almost half it's strength this day. From the regimental war diary of the 15th Hampshire Regiment , 15th of September 1916 "The action commenced with the battalion moving across no man's land just behind the barrage , the barrage in front of this battalion was excellent, just what the men had been trained to expect and came up to expectations so far as keeping the enemy quiet . Things were not so satisfactory on the left however for a full 10 minutes was taken up before 3 machine guns were silenced . These guns took a heavy toll of the left platoons company commanders , no less than 3 being fatally hit before the first objective was won, Capt H E Carrington, Capt S Thompson and Capt Stapleton" The battalion casualties in this attack were 8 officers KIA , 5 wounded , 31 o/r's KIA , 60 missing and 188 wounded , the vast majority of the missing later listed as KIA These medals were originally purchased by me around 35 years ago in the Barras market Glasgow , they were then in a frame with the recipients brothers 15 star BWM and Plaque ( Can Inf ) , I sold them together approx 30 years ago and have just recently bought the pair and plaque back Medals and plaque in NEF condition with original ribbons
WW1 Pair And Plaque To The Royal Marines , KIA Gavrelle WW1 pair CH 1635-S- PTE W J GREEN RMLI Memorial Plaque WILLIAM JOHN GREEN William John Green a 31 year old bricklayer from Wiltshire enlisted into the RMLI in August 1916. He served with 9 platoon, C Company 1st Battalion RMLI and was listed as missing at Gavrelle on the 28th of April 1917 , a BRCS enquiry by his wife Mrs Lottie Louisa Green of Kinross 54 Hamilton Rd Salisbury was returned showing no trace of him could be found, he was later confirmed as killed in action on the 28th of April 1917 , he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial France The battle of Gavrelle saw the highest number of Royal Marine causalities in a single day in the history of the corps, with 846 recorded as killed, missing or wounded. “The purpose of the attack of the 28th was as a supporting role to the Canadian Corps and the 2nd Division attacking to the north. The RND were required to form a defensive flank for the 2nd Division on its left thus protecting its right flank. The 2nd Division and the Canadians were trying to breech the Arleux loop German defensive system. Gavrelle was part of this defensive system but the RND’s role was purely a supportive one. The Arleux loop was the last formed defensive system in front of the partially completed Siegfied Line, breaching it therefore would therefore jeopardise the Germans defensive plan.” At 04:25 hours on the 28th April the two Marine Battalions launched their very separate attacks. The 1st RMLI, found that the wire in front of the German lines had not been cut; many men settled in shell holes in front of the German line and conducted the firefight from there. It seems some men must have got through because members of the Royal Flying Corps could see isolated pockets of marines behind the German lines and reported signal flares from the 1st RMLI sector. However, almost immediately after the attack had been launched all communication with the 1st RMLI was lost though and, to all intents and purposes, the 1st Battalion were never heard of again. The only form of news was from the few wounded who managed to get back to their own lines. They reported that the first two waves of 1st RMLI had got to their objectives but were then hit hard by a massive counter attack from the direction of Oppy wood, to the north. There was severe hand to hand fighting and gradually one small group after another was overcome, either being killed or forced to surrender when their ammunition ran out. “The HAC were ordered to bomb their way up the Oppy line and succeeded in capturing the strong point, but it was too late for the marines who could not be found. Shortly afterwards the Germans recaptured their position. “The 2nd RMLI Battalion managed to gain some territory including the all important windmill but by the evening the captured ground was back in the hands of the Germans with the exception of a small garrison who were hanging on for grim death at the windmill.” “A fierce battle continued throughout the greater part of the 28 and 29 April. The Germans delivered determined and repeated counter-attacks. The British positions at Gavrelle alone were attacked seven times with strong forces, and on each occasion the German thrust was repulsed with great loss by the 63rd Division. It is now known that the Germans regarded the windmill as of more importance than even the village itself and, evidently, they had no intention of giving it up easily The fighting at Gavrelle claimed 3,000 casualties from the Royal Naval Division. In particular, the losses of the Royal Marines Light Infantry were severe, with 850 casualties and many dead. 1st Royal Marines Light Infantry lost most of their officers and more than half of their men. The Royal Marines sustained their heaviest ever losses in a single day’s fighting. Of the 1st RMLI, 6 officers were killed in action, 7 were wounded and 1 was taken prisoner. 157 other ranks were killed, 153 wounded and 28 were taken prisoner. Of the 2nd RMLI, 6 officers were killed and 3 taken prisoner. 155 other ranks were killed, 157 wounded and 173 taken prisoner. The ratio of killed to wounded is 50/50, which bears testimony to the ferocious nature of the fighting. The 1st Battalion Royal Marine Light Infantry was effectively wiped out when it charged a German Strongpoint, north of the village, with the barbed wire still intact Medals in GVF condition with original ribbons and in box of issue
WW1 Pair To a Nurse, MID WW1 Pair E E POINTS VAD Emma Eliza Points a 30 year old nurse from Norwich enlisted into the VAD in June 1915, She received a "B" Mention. Shown as serving with 3rd Southern General Hospital , Oxford. "B" mentions were not published in the LG, did not entitle them to wear the Oakleaf, were entered in their service record and normally published in newspapers, particularly "The Times" Medals with original ribbons with safety pins to rear as worn and are generally in NEF condition
WW1 Pair To Lieut Cheshire Yeo / RAF , Shot Down And POW WW1 pair LIEUT J W BOUMPHREY RAF Joseph Whalley Boumphrey From Baycliff Lymm Cheshire , was first commissioned into the Cheshire Yeomanry. He later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and served as a Sopwith Pup Pilot with 66 Squadron in France. on the 30th of September 1917 he was shot down in combat with over Gheluwe by The German ace Richard Runge , Lieut Boumphrey was taken prisoner of war . He was repatriated to Leith in December 1918 Medals with original ribbons and in EF condition
WW1 Pair To Lieut Notts & Derby R , KIA WW! pair LIEUT B BOND Lieut Bernard Bond 19th attached 11th Notts and Derby Regiment died of wounds on the 2nd of August 1916. He is buried in Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. He was born on 30th May 1882 in South Leverton and was the son of Reverend Samuel Bond and Emily Kate Bond née Worts of Woodborough Vicarage Nottingham, He married his wife Eleanor Jarvis (b1891 in Bedford ) in Bedford in 1910 they went on to have a son Geoffrey born 1911 in Nottingham . Retford Times 11/8/1916 'News has reached Mrs Bond of Lowdham, that her husband Lieut Bernard Bond, Sherwood Foresters, died of wounds on Aug 2. Lieut Bond who was brother of Captain the Rev B K Bond, B F (late curate of Ordsall) was in the service of Messrs John Player Limited as a traveller for 12 years prior to volunteering his services on the outbreak of war. Having received a training under Captain Trotman in the Nottingham OTC, he was granted a commission in the Sherwoods about 18 months ago and was and went to the front with a draft early this year. The deceased officer was the son of the late Rev Samuel Bond who was the vicar of Woodborough for 16 years Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition
WW1 Pair To The Black Watch, KIA WW1 pair 4690 PTE J SIM R HIGHS 266936 ( formerly 4690 ) Pte John Sim 6th Royal Highlanders. An Officer under the Fishery Board for Scotland was the 35 year old Son of Susan Sim, of The Terrace, Sandhaven, Fraserburgh, and the late Alexander Sim. He was formerly in business with his father as a fishcurer before becoming a fisheries officer based at Campbelltown, He was reported missing on the first day of the German spring offensive 21st March 1918 . BRCS enquiry reports submitted by his mother in Fraserburgh , his sister a schoolteacher in Hawick and his cousin a nurse in Edinburgh were all returned with no trace of John Sim being found, he was later reported killed in action on the 21st of March 1918, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial France "At 4.40 a.m. on 21 March 1918 the Germans unleashed a terrifyingly violent artillery and trench mortar bombardment using both high explosive and gas shells. Their great attack, Operation Michael, also known to the Germans as 'Die Kaiserschlacht', the Kaiser ' Battle, had 'begun. More than 6,400 artillery piece and 3,500 trench mortar opened fire on a front of 50 miles with the aim of destroying the Allied lines. The Fifth Army behind its week defences in the south was most vulnerable, but the Third Army, in which the 51st Division was serving, had the advantage of being stronger positions. From the Highlanders' perspective the bombardment extended as far as they could see and was seeking out the trenches, strong points, headquarters, artillery batteries, villages, roads and other places of importance. The bombardment continued for four hours and the smoke, gas and a morning mist conspired to help the German infantry when they surged forward from about 9 a.m. onwards." The exact happenings when the German infantry were first encountered are not known, as none of the 6th Black Watch in the front and support line survived. These unfortunate men were subjected to a continuous bombardment of over four hours, which was concentrated on the trenches they occupied. If any of them survived the ordeal, they must have been overwhelmed when the masses of German infantry emerged through the fog. Medal with original ribbons and in EF condition
WW1 Pair To The British West Indies R , Died 1917 WW1 pair 191 PTE V G PEREIRA BR WIR Vincent G Pereira 1st British West Indies Regiment died on the 16th of September 1916, he is buried in Kensal Green ( St Mary's) RC Cemetery MIC confirms pair only
WW1 Pair To WO2 Chinese Labour Corps Formerly 16/HLI , Sev Wd WW1 pair 236712 A W O CL 2 W F RITCHIE LABOUR CORPS William Frederick Ritchie from Shawlands Glasgow enlisted into the 17th HLI in September 1914 aged 38 , he transferred to the 16th ( Boys Brigade ) Battalion HLI in early 1916 and served overseas with them from March 1916. He would have been with the battalion when it was decimated on the first day of the Somme 1916. He was severely wounded on the 3rd of April 1917 and returned to the UK. On recovering from his wounds he returned to France in late 1917 and served till the end of the war as A/CSM 136th Chinese Labour Company Labour Corps Full service papers are available on-line Medals in GVF condition
WW1/WW2 Group of 7 To The RN, KIA WW1 Pair J90568 A C SNOW BOY 2 RN ( ORD RN on Victory ) 1939/45 Star , Atlantic Star, Africa Star, War Medal, RFR LSGC ( Geo V ) J90568 ( CH B 20647 A C SNOW AB RFR Archibald Cyril Snow a Drapers Assistant from Walthamstow joined the Royal Navy in July 1918 aged 16, he served until 1928 when he joined the RFR. He was recalled in 1939 and served aboard HMS Gallant until early 1941, He would have been aboard gallant at Dunkirk where she was nearly hit by a bomb and again in Jan 1941 when she was damaged by a mine ( losing 65 killed ) after an action with Italian Torpedo Boats. He transferred in April 1941 to the submarine depot ship HMS Medway and was killed in action aboard her on the 30th of June 1942 Vice-Admiral Henry Harwood, Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet, ordered all non-essential ships to leave Alexandria in June 1942 as he was preparing to demolish the port facilities there to prevent their capture by the advancing Panzer Army Africa. Medway loaded stores and 1,135 personnel on 29 June to establish a new base at Beirut, Lebanon and sailed later that day for Beirut. Accompanied by the Greek ship SS Corinthia, Medway was escorted by the light cruiser Dido and the destroyers Sikh, Zulu, Hero, Exmoor, Aldenham, Croome, and Tetcott. The next day, off Port Said, U-372 fired two torpedoes that sank Medway; 30 men were lost in the sinking 47 of the 90 spare torpedoes aboard floated free of the wreck and were salvaged Together with original seamans will made out to Archibald Snow's widow WW1 pair mounted as originally worn and in GVF condition, rest in EF condition with condolence slip and damaged box of issue
WW2 Efficiency Group To The Northumberland Field Battery RA, KIA 1940 1939/45 Star, War Medal, Efficiency Medal ( Geo V ) bar Territorial 760803 SJT J INGLIS RA Sergt John Inglis from Wallsend enlisted into the 72nd ( Northumbrian ) Field Regiment Royal Artillery ( TA ) in 1925 , at the time he is shown as a 24 year old riveter, He was killed in action in France on the 23rd of May 1940 , he has no know grave and is commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial
WW2 Group Of 5 To The S Lancs R , Wounded 1939/45 Star, France & Germany Star Defence Medal War Medal Efficiency medal bar Territorial 4615286 PTE J COATES S LAN R Pte J Coates was wounded in North west Europe on the 24th of March 1945 whilst serving with the 1st South Lancs Regiment , this would have been during or very shortly after the crossing of the Rhine. The 1st South Lancs Regt came ashore with the first wave at Sword Beach on D Day, 6th june 1944 Medals loose and in NEF condition
WW2 Group of 6 To The RN, KIA 1939/45 Star, Africa Star bar N Africa 1942-43, Italy Star, War Medal , RFR LSGC ( Geo VI) SSX.13028 DEV D145A J A B HARRINGTON AB RFR John Alfred Bryce Harrington from Ongar in Essex enlisted into the RN in 1929, he served in various ships before joining HMS Tynedale in November 1940 and would have been aboard her during the St Nazaire raid in 1942. He was killed in action aboard the Tynedale on the 12th of December 1943. HMS Tynedale was mostly employed on convoy and escort duties initially as part of the First Destroyer Flotilla based at Portsmouth. On 11 March 1941 she sustained damage which put her out of action for 9 days from an air raid of Portsmouth's docks by the Luftwaffe.On 15 December, she was transferred to the 15th Flotilla based at Plymouth. Tynedale took part in the St. Nazaire Raid on 27 March 1942 as one of the escorts for the destroyer Campbeltown and small craft which were to enter the harbour. South west of Ushant she sighted the U-boat U-593 and attacked her initially with depth charges and then, when the submarine was forced to the surface, with a deck gun. However the submarine managed to dive again and escaped. It would be the same submarine U-593 which would sink Tynedale the following year. When rendezvousing with the surviving small craft from the raid outside the harbour Tynedale and another destroyer, Atherstone engaged the five German torpedo boats of the 5th Flotilla. Tynedale returned to Plymouth on 29 March, along with the rest of the convoy that had survived. She underwent repairs and resumed duties on 18 April, continuing with convoy escorts in the Southwest Approaches. On 14 May, she encountered the German auxiliary cruiser Stier, and was part of the task force that sank it, albeit only as a support vessel. She also participated in a support role in the sinking of the German auxiliary cruiser Komet in October] Tynedale was nominated for service in the Mediterranean, and as part of Destroyer Division 59 (which she joined on 8 March 1943) she guarded convoys between Gibraltar and Algeria. She acted as an interceptor during the Allied invasion of Sicily, and aided in the rescuing of 218 passengers from the Dutch freighter Felix Jan Van Manix which was torpedoed and sank in October. During convoy escorts with convoy KMS34 on 12 December 1943, Tynedale was torpedoed off Jijel, Algeria, by U-593 commanded by Kptlt. Gerd Kelbling, the same boat which it had damaged at St. Nazaire. The ship broke in two, and despite rescue efforts by other ships, 73 crewmen died (seven officers and 63 men). U-593 later sank another Hunt-class destroyer, Holcombe before surfacing and surrendering on 13 December Medals with original ribbons in box of issue addressed to next of kin in Droitwich Spa and in EF condition
WW2 Group To The Border R , Wounded 1940, KIA As a Chindit 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Burma Star, Defence Medal, War Medal all in packets of issue with condolence slip named to Pte J WAUGH and in box of issue addressed to J C WAUGH MOOR HOUSE WALTON BRAMPTON CUMBERLAND 3598225 Pte John Waugh 4th Border Regiment was the 38 year old son of Frank and Margaret Waugh; husband of Jessie Raff Waugh, of Brampton, Cumberland , he was wounded in France in 1940 and killed in action in Burma on the 1st of May 1944 4th Border Regiment in WW2 May – June 1940: After the main force of the B.E.F. had been evacuated from the beaches. The Battalion part of the new 23rd Brigade attached to the 1st Armoured Division along with a further Division and communications and troops, stayed on overseas. June 1940: The Battalion moved north towards Fécampe where it met the 7th German Panzers and then withdrew to Le Havre where the Battalion went by ship to Cherbourg. 18 June 1940: It moved to Rennes and then on to Brest. It boarded a ship for Southampton March 1941: The Battalion left for Suez and went on to Sidi Barrani, supporting Wavell's offensive in Syria. The Battalion, now based in Kiam patrolled the central sector generally under continuous shelling. Now as part of the 6th British Division, the 4th returned to the Western Desert. October 1941: It went to Tobruk and relieved the Australians. During the siege, the Battalion became part of the 70th British Division, the only British Division of infantry in the Middle East at the time and eventual taking Tobruk. 1942: Along with the same Division, the Battalion, was sent to India and Burma, 1944: Now attached to the 23rd Indian Infantry Brigade, Special Force, 3rd Indian Infantry Division and was involved in Gen. Wingate's 2nd Chindit Expedition code named Operation Thursday Medal in mint condition
WW2 RN Group , MID For Motor Launch Action 1939/45 Star, Atlantic star, War Medal ( MID ) RNR LSGC ( Geo VI ) J101252 ( CH D 404 ) J SWAN TEL RFR Jack Swan a labourer from Hastings enlisted into the Royal Navy in 1921. He served until 1935 when he was discharged and joined the RNR, he was recalled in 1939 He served until 1941 and between Oct and Dec 1940 served on ML 120, he was Mentioned in Despatches in The London Gazette of the 27th of December 1940, " For coolness and skill during attacks by enemy dive bombers" His full service papers are available online medals unmounted and in VF condition