Campaign Groups Post 1914


 

1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence and War Medals with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf, General Service Medal GVI clasp Malaya with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf to Hon Major Leonard Blumenthal, Royal Army Service Corps born in Kensington, London in 1910 to Russian immigrant parents, naturalized as British subjects in 1899. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant from Staff Sergeant 1st  February 1941, he was Mentioned in Despatches for services in the Middle East in 1942 and again for services in Malaya in 1952. Retiring with the honorary rank of Major in May 1955 he died in Hendon, Greater London in 1986.

1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence & War Medals with MID Oakleaf

Unnamed as issued

General Service Medal GVI clasp Malaya with MID Oakleaf

Capt L Blumenthal RASC

With original Mentioned in Despatches Certificates (2) Middle East and Malaya, three original photographs of the recipient in uniform, original proceedings of a Medical Board certificate dated 8th October 1951 recording his injury on duty in Malaya and assessing him as now fully fit, details extracted from the London Gazette and other on line records. The group mounted as originally worn.

Leonard Blumenthal was born in Kensington, London 16th February 1910. The 1911 census records he is 1 year old residing with his father Peter born in Ozerkov, Kalish, Russia in 1865 and a Grocer with his own business, his mother Annie also born in Russia 5 sisters and 2 brothers at 50 Tottenham Street, St Pancras, London. His father and presumably mother became naturalized as British citizens on 5th December 1899. Joining the RASC he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant from Staff Sergeant 1st February 1941 (London Gazette 25th March 1941 page 1727). Promoted Lieutenant 11nd December 1941 and Captain 8th October 1942. Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 15th December 1942 page 5437 ‘In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East during the period November 1941 to April 1942’. Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 21st October 1952 page 5529 ‘In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June 1952’.

Transferring to the Reserve of Officers with the rank of Honorary Major 8th May 1955 (London Gazette 10th May 1955 page 2695) he ceased to belong to the Reserve of Officers 16th February 1965 and retains the rank of Honorary Major (London Gazette 12th February 1965 page 1674). He died in Hendon, Greater London in 1986.

GVF & better £375 SOLD


 

British War War Medal 1939/45 Star, Defence & War Medals, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal GV Royal Navy to Marine John William Mansfield, Royal Marines born in Nottingham in 1900. Attesting on 14th August 1918, he served ashore and afloat and although pensioned on 12th December 1939, he re-joined Portsmouth Division the next day and joined the Troopship Mashobra 1st January 1940 which took part in the Norway campaign of 1940. Badly damaged in an air attack on 25th May 1940 Mashobra was sunk by the Royal Navy prior to the evacuation of Norway. Posted to Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth, he was wounded in a German air attack on 26th August 1940 during the Battle of Britain, 5 officers and 3 Marines were killed and 3 officers and 10 other ranks wounded. Posted to Lympstone in January 1944 and Plymouth in August 1945 he was released 20th September 1945.

British War Medal

PLY.20425 J W Mansfield RMLI

1939/45 Star, Defence and War Medals

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV Third type

PLY.20425 J W Mansfield Mne RM

With copy of service record and Admiralty casualty reporting signal reference TNA ADM358/237. The 1WW Admiralty Medal roll confirms the BWM his only 1WW entitlement.

John William Mansfield was born in Nottingham 15th December 1900 a Factory Stoker he entered the Royal Marines at the Recruit Depot at Deal 14th August 1918 and served ashore an afloat until he was pensioned 12th December 1939, he re-joined Portsmouth Division the next day.  Joining  the Troopship Mashobra 1st January 1940 which took part in the Norway campaign of 1940. Badly damaged in an air attack on 25th May 1940 Mashobra was sunk by the Royal Navy prior to the evacuation of Norway. Posted to Fort Cumberland at Portsmouth, he was wounded in a German air attack 26th August 1940 during the Battle of Britain, 5 officers and 3 Marines were killed and 3 officers and 10 other ranks wounded. Posted to Lympstone in January 1944 and Plymouth in August 1945 he was released 20th September 1945.

GVF £250 Available


 

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, Defence & War Medals, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal GVI Royal Naval Reserve GVI 1st type to Leading Seaman Isaac Thomas Chatten, Royal Naval Reserve. Born in North Shields, Northumberland in 1911. An Able Seaman in the Merchant Navy he joined the RNR in June 1932. Mobilized on the outbreak of war he joined the Armed Merchant Cruiser Comorin in December 1939 and was aboard this ship when she caught fire and sank in April 1941. Joining HMS Matchless in February 1942, taking part in both Malta and Arctic convoys and the sinking of the Scharnhorst 26th December 1943. Demobilized in November 1945, LSGC awarded aboard HMS Matchless 17th November 1943.

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, Defence and War Medals

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal GVI Royal Naval Reserve 1st type

10226.B. I T Chatten L SMN RNR

With copy of service records (2) covering the period 1932 to 1945.

Issac Thomas Chatten was born in North Shields, Northumberland 23rd August 1911 an Able Seaman in the Merchant Navy he joined the Royal Naval Reserve 15th June 1932. Mobilized on 12th September 1939, he joined Victory I and subsequently the Armed Merchant Cruiser Comorin 28th December 1939 and was aboard this ship when she caught fire and sank 6th April 1941. Joining HMS Matchless 20th February 1942 taking part in the Malta and Arctic convoys and the sinking of the Scharnhorst 26th December 1943. Joining Sanderling 17th October 1943, Wagtail 20th November 1944 he was demobilized 2nd November 1945.

GVF £175 Available


 

1939/45 Star, Africa Star clasp 8th Army, Italy Star, Defence & War Medals, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Regular Army GVI 1st type to Warrant Officer Class 2 (Squadron Sergeant Major) Claude William Webb, Queen’s Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards) born in Birmingham in 1908. Enlisting in 1928 for the 13th/18th Hussars in 1928, he transferred to the 4th Hussars the following year and then to The Queen’s Bays. Serving in France in May 1940, the Regiment saw heavy fighting on the Somme. Evacuated from Brest, the Regiment arrived in North Africa in November 1941 equipped with Crusader Tanks and taking part in both battles of El Alamein. Deployed to Italy in May 1944 where it remained until the end of hostilities.

1939/45 Star, Africa Star clasp 8th Army, Italy Star, Defence & War Medals

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal GVI Regular Army 1st type

547948 WO CL 2 C W Webb Bays

Claude William Webb was born in Birmingham 30th June 1908 a Fitter, he first attested for the 13th/18th Hussars 24th January 1926, transferring to the 4th Hussars 19th February 1929 and finally The Queen’s Bays.

The Queen’s Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards) was mechanised in 1937 and became part of the Royal Armoured Corps in 1939. In May 1940 the Bays went to France and experienced heavy fighting on the Somme, following the collapse of French and British resistance the Regiment was evacuated from Brest. Deployed to the Middle East in November 1941 equipped with Crusader Tanks and took part in the battle of Gazala in May 1942 in which the Regiment was engaged for 19 consecutive days. Taking part in the first battle of El Alamein in July 1942 and the second battle of El Alamein in October 1942. In March 1943, the Regiment took part in the assault on the Mareth Line in Tunisia. In May 1944 the Regiment arrived in Italy and remained there until the end of hostilities.

VF £175 SOLD


 

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence & War Medal, Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 2nd type to Leading Cook (Officers) Charles Azzilla, Royal Navy, a Maltese Rating awarded the LSGC Medal 31st August 1950.

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence & War Medals

Unnamed as issued

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48

E/LX.21864 C Azzilla Ldg Ck (O) RN

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GVI Royal Navy 2nd type

E/LX.21864 C Azzilla L Ck (O) HMS St Angelo

Mounted on a display board taken from a glazed frame, with an original photo of the recipient taken after leaving the Royal Navy as a trumpeter in a Malta Brass Band. LSGC Medal  awarded 31st August 1950 sent to HMS Phoenicia for presentation the RN Base Manoel Island, Malta.

 

GVF £295 Available


 

1939/45 Star, Italy Star, Defence and war Medals, General Service Medal GVI clasp Malaya, Queen’s Korea Medal, United Nations Medal for Korea, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Air Force E2, Pakistan Gulf War Medal clasp 16 Jan to 28 Feb 1991, Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medals to Gunner G P Roberts, Royal Artillery.

Gulf War Medal clasp 16 Jan to 28 Feb 1991

24896100 Gnr P J Roberts RA

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland

24896100 Gnr P J Roberts RA

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal

unnamed as issued

The first two Medals mounted court style as originally worn, the Kuwait and Saudi Arabia Medals in cases of issue.

Toned

NEF £275 Available


 

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, 1939/45 Defence Medal, Special Constabulary Long Service Medal GVI 1st Type, St John’s Ambulance Brigade Badge to Chief Inspector John William Telford, Special Constabulary late Royal Garrison Artillery. Serving in Egypt from 30th October 1915, he is believed to be born in 1892 and in 1939 residing in Billingham, Northumberland.

1914/15 Star

58279 Gnr J Telford RGA

British War and Victory Medals

58279 A SJT J W Telford RA

1939/45 Defence Medal

Unnamed as issued

Special Constabulary Long Service Medal GVI 1st type

CH INSPR John W Telford

h copy Medal Index Cards (2) Telford first served in Egypt from 30th October 1915. Believed to be John W(illiam) Telford identified on the 1939 Registration as born in 1892 residing in Bellingham, Northumberland. With a St John’s Ambulance Brigade badge / medallion the reverse engraved “A.9698 John W Telford”.

NEF £125 SOLD


 

1939/45 Defence & War Medals, General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Air Force E2 to Flight Sergeant R L Tully, Royal Air Force who enlisted in March 1938 and would have been discharged to pension in 1961.

1939/45 Defence & War Medals

Unnamed as issued

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48

620361 Sgt R L Tully RAF

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Air Force E2

620361 F Sgt R L Tully RAF

Service number indicates a civilian March 1938 enlistment.

GVF £125 Available


 

British War and Victory Medals, General Service Medal GV clasp IRAQ to Private Edward Chappell, Royal Army Medical Corps from Swanley Junction, Kent.

British War & Victory Medals

77229 Pte E Chappell RAMC

General Service Medal GV clasp IRAQ

206239 Pte E Chappell RAMC

With copy Medal Index Card confirming change in service number and these three medals only awarded.

GSM IRAQ Medal roll records discharged 30th November 1921 (TNA WO100/G9/419 page 53). Home address 6 Lullingstone Terrace, Swanley Junction, Kent.

NEF £125 Available


 

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Italy Star, War Medal, Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Minesweeping 1945-51 to Lieutenant Commander Hubert James Watkins, Royal Navy born in Chester in 1913. Almost certainly commissioned from the Lower Deck, Sub Lieutenant 1939, Lieutenant with backdated seniority to January 1937 he was promoted Lieutenant Commander in January 1945. Appointed First Lieutenant in HMS Trourbridge in December 1942, appointed to command HMS Tescott in March 1944 and the Algrerine Class Minesweeper HMS Chameleon in September 1947. Retiring in 1955 he returned to Chester and died there in 2000.

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Italy Star, War Medal

Unnamed as issued

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Minesweeping 1945-51

Lt Cdr H J Watkins RN

The group mounted as worn with research extracted from the Navy List

From : The Bucks Herald 15th October 1943

Hubert James Watkins born Chester 9th January 1913, almost certainly commissioned from the lower deck, Sub Lieutenant 10th June 1939, Lieutenant with seniority backdated to 9th January 1937, Lieutenant Commander 9th January 1945, Retired 9th January 1958. Appointed HMS Eskimo 10th June 1939, Navigation course November 1939, HMS Alresford 11th February 1940, HMS Vega 1st August 1940, Osprey September 1940, HMS Whitshed 16th December 1940, HMS Walpole 10th June 1941, HMS Trourbridge 14th December 1942 (First Lieutenant), HMS Tescott March 1944 (In Command), Pembroke 2nd July 1945, HMS Chameleon 23rd September 1947 (In Command), HMS Dido 18th August 1950, Ulster Division RNVR 1953, Drake 25th April 1955 until retirement. Returning to Chester he died there on 16th December 2000.

GVF & better £450 SOLD


 

British War & Victory Medals, India General Service Medal GV clasp Malabar 1920-21 to Trooper Samuel Herbert Sullivan, 2nd Dragoon Guards (The Bays) late Royal Field Artillery a former Upholsterer born in Liverpool in 1896. Serving with the Royal Field Artillery in France, he was demobilized at the end of hostilities. Re-enlisting for the Royal Tank Regiment in April 1920 he was posted to the 2nd Dragoon Guards and took part in the Malabar operations 1921-22, one Squadron of this Regiment being present. Discharged in April 1934 he returned to Liverpool and died there in 1978 aged 82 years.

British War & Victory Medals

2603 Gnr S H Sullivan RA

General Service Medal GV clasp Malabar 1921-22

394100 Tpr S H Sullivan The Bays

The group mounted for display, with copy Medal Index Card, Medal roll entries and research details extracted from on line sources. Four original photographs, two depicted here, Sullivan seated in front of his gun, reverse annotated “Gnr S H Sullivan, British Leave Club, Paris”, a third with horses in India (postcard size) and a fourth in later life in civilian clothing.

Samuel Herbert Sullivan was born in Liverpool16th February 1896, he served with the Royal Field Artillery in France and was demobilized at the end of hostilities. Re-enlisting for the Royal Tank Regiment 12th April 1920 he was transferred to the 2nd Dragoon Guards (The Bays), his next of kin on enlistment recorded as his father John Sullivan 6 Selby Road, Bootle, Liverpool and his civil occupation recorded as Upholsterer. Serving in the Malabar operations 1921-22, he continued to serve with The Bays until discharged at Canterbury 11th April 1934. Returning to Liverpool he died there in 1978 aged 82 years.

Only one Squadron of the 2nd Dragoon Guards participated in the Malabar operations 1921-22.

GVF £250 SOLD


 

British War & Victory Medals, General Service Medal GV clasp Kurdistan to Private Thomas Wood, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment from Bolton, Lancashire. Serving in the 6th Battalion in Egypt and Mesopotamia and with the same Battalion in the Kurdistan operations. Discharged to the Army Reserve in March 1920 post war he resided in Bromley Cross, near Bolton. 

British War & Victory Medals

31526 Pte T Wood L N Lan R

General Service Medal GV clasp Kurdistan

31526 Pte T Wood L N Lan R

The group mounted for display, with copy Medal Index Card, Medal roll entries.

Thomas Wood served with the 6th Battalion in Egypt and Mesopotamia, post war he served with the same Battalion during the Kurdistan operations. Discharged to the Army Reserve 19th March 1920, his Medal Index Card records his home address as 14 Clay Street, Bromley Cross, near Bolton.

Slight ek to GSM therefore

GVF £150 Available


 

British War & Victory Medals, General Service Medal GV clasp Kurdistan to Private Leonard Frank Farthing a Plumber born in Holloway, London in 1895. Serving with the 6th Battalion in Egypt and Mesopotamia he was attached 1/5th Battalion East Surrey Regiment for operations in Kurdistan. Discharged to the Army Reserve in March 1920 he resided in South Hornsey, London N4 post war and died in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in 1979 aged 83 years.

British War & Victory Medals

50189 Pte L F Farthing S Lan R

General Service Medal GV clasp Kurdistan

50189 Pte L F Farthing S Lan R

The group mounted for display, with copy Medal Index Card, Medal roll entries and other research from on line sources.

Leonard Frank Farthing was born in Holloway, London 12th July 1895, the 1911 census records he is a 15 year old Plumber’s Labourer residing at 14 Holloway Road, London with his father, mother 3 brothers and 1 sister. Serving with the 6th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment in Egypt and Mesopotamia he was attached 1/5th Battalion East Surrey Regiment for the Kurdistan operations. Discharged to the Army Reserve in March 1920 he returned to North London, he died in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in 1979 aged 83 years.

The GSM clasp Kurdistan rare named to this Regiment as the South Lancashires were not present during the Kurdistan operations.

NEF £155 SOLD


 

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39, 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Burma Star, War Medal, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 2nd type to Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic William Arthur Thomas Anderson, Royal Navy a former Labourer born in Rochester, Kent 5th April 1913. Entering the Royal Navy at Pembroke II as Stoker 2nd Class 1st December 1931, when war broke out he was serving aboard HMS Hotspur during the First Battle of Narvik, Hotspur being badly damaged on 10th April 1950 in action with five German Destroyers. He subsequently joined HMS Dogger Bank in June 1940, HMS Sherwood in October 1940, HMS Sussex in January 1943, HMS Woolwich in February 1944, Lanka in October 1944 and Mayina in August 1945. Released from service 21st January 1946 he re-entered the Royal Navy 4th October 1950. Advanced to Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic in October 1950, awarded the LSGC Medal in September 1951. In November 1954 he requested a free discharge on compassionate grounds, this was not approved and on 29th November 1954 he purchased his discharge on payment of £35.

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

KX.81637 W A T Anderson Sto 1 RN

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Burma Star, War Medal

Unnamed as issued

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 2nd type

KX.81637 W A T Anderson POSM HMS Forth

The group mounted as worn with copy Royal Navy service record covering his whole service and confirming all 2WW Stars and Medal.

William Arthur Thomas Anderson was born in Rochester, Kent 5th April 1913 a Labourer he entered the Royal Navy at Pembroke II as Stoker 2nd Class 1st December 1931. Rated Stoker 1st Class aboard HMS Ceres 1st December 1931 when war broke out he was serving aboard HMS Hotspur and was aboard this ship during the first battle of Narvik, when, on 10th April 1940 she was badly damaged in action with five German Destroyers. Advanced to Leading Stoker 17th April 1940 he joined Pembroke II 6th May 1940. Joining HMS Dogger Bank 9th June 1940, HMS Sherwood 12th October 1940, an ex-US Navy Destroyer which assisted in the hunt for the Bismarck in May 1941, a succession of shore bases followed from 1st May 1942 until he joined HMS Sussex 21st January 1943 operating in the Indian Ocean, narrowly missing four torpedoes fired at her by the U-264 on 26th February 1943. Joining HMS Woolwich as acting Stoker Petty Officer 26th February 1944, Lanka 25th October 1944, Mayina 16th August 1945 and Pembroke 26th September 1945. Released from service 2nd January 1946.

Anderson re-entered the Royal Navy at Pembroke 4th October 1950 as Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic. Awarded the LSGC Medal 13th September 1951, in November 1954 he requested a free discharge on compassionate grounds. Request refused he was allowed to purchase his discharge on payment of £35 half the normal rate. Discharged 29th November 1954.

GVF £345 Available


 

British War & Victory Medals, King George V Silver Jubilee 1935 Medal, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GV Royal Air Force to Flight Sergeant Horace George Ffaulkes, Royal Air Force late Royal Navy a former Cabinet Maker born in Waterloo, Lancashire in 1891. Entering the Royal Navy in July 1912 as Carpenter’s Crew he was rated Air Mechanic 1st Class in July 1914 and by April 1917 had been advanced to Chief Petty Officer Grade III. Serving at home until he transferred to the RAF as Flight Sergeant 31st March 1918. Continuing to serve post War he also served in the Second World War. On retirement he resided in Barnstaple, Devon and died there in 1969 aged 78 years.

British War & Victory Medals

313718 F Sergt H G Ffaulkes RAF

King George V Silver Jubilee 1935 Medal

Unnamed as issued

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GV Royal Air Force

313718 F/Sgt H G Ffaulkes RAF

The group mounted as worn with copy Royal Navy service record and 1935 Jubilee Medal roll entry.

Horace George Ffaulkes was born in Waterloo, Lancashire 12th October 1891 a Cabinet Maker he entered the Royal Navy at Vivid 12th July 1912 as M.4719 Carpenter’s Crew. He subsequently joined HMS Indus 14th August 1912, HMS Leviathan 9th October 1912, HMS Conqueror 20th February 1913, Pembroke III 24th July 1914. Rated Air Mechanic 1st Class 26th July 1914, he joined President II 1st April 1915, advanced to Leading Mechanic 1st June 1915. Posted to Aberdeen as Petty Officer Mechanic 1st August 1915, he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer III Grade 30th April 1917 and transferred to the Royal Air Force 31st March 1918 and was still serving on the outbreak of the Second World War. His Jubilee 1935 was awarded to him whilst serving at the RAF Depot, Middle East. Post War he resided at 27 Pilton Street, Barnstaple, Devon this taken from a passenger list of the RMMV Winchester Castle when she returned to Southampton from Durban, South Africa 21st January 1955 travelling with his wife Caroline, the pair had left Southampton for South Africa 12th October 1948. Stating his occupation as Cabinet Maker he returned to Barnstaple and died there in 1969 aged 78 years.

GVF £250 Available


 

1939/45 War Medal, Naval General Service Medal E2 clasps Malaya, Near East, Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Radfan to Lieutenant Commander (X) Huw Ceiriog Williams, Royal Navy born in Cardiff, Wales in February 1928. Commissioned acting Sub Lieutenant 1st May 1951, he served aboard HMS Lioness during the Malaya operations, HMS Theseus during the Suez crisis in 1956 and HMS Albion during the Radfan opeartions. Promoted Lieutenant 1st July 1953 and Lieutenant Commander 1st July 1961. He died in Cardigan, Wales in 1998.

1939/45 War Medal

Unnamed as issued

Naval General Service Medal E2 clasps Malaya, Near East

Sub Lt H C Williams RN

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Radfan

Lt Cdr H C Williams RN

Medals court mounted for display, the War Medal qualification must have been as a Rating.

Huw Ceiriog Williams was born in Cardigan, Wales 8th February 1928, commissioned acting Sub Lieutenant 1st May 1951 (X or Seaman Branch), promoted Lieutenant (X) 1st July 1953 and Lieutenant Commander (X) 1st July 1961. He qualified for the Malaya clasp for services aboard the Minesweeper HMS Lioness, the Aircraft Carrier HMS Theseus for the Near East clasp, in 1956, Theseus was used as an emergency commando carrier, along with Ocean during the Suez crisis. From November to December, helicopters from Theseus transported troops ashore, as well as evacuating wounded soldiers. Served aboard the Aircraft Carrier HMS Albion for the Radfan clasp.

Scarce Radfan clasp to a Royal Navy officer.

NEF £850 Available


 

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Transvaal, King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, 1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, to Ship’s Musician Neil Mac Innes, Royal Navy late King’s Own Scottish Borderers a former Farm Servant originally from Temple, Edinburgh, Scotland. Attesting for the KOSB at Edinburgh in September 1901, he served with the 1st Battalion in South Africa from December 1899 to August 1902. Discharged from the Army Reserve in September 1903. Entering the Royal Navy as Ship’s Musician aboard HMS Blonde in March 1912, he joined HMS Lowestoft in May 1914 and served aboard this ship at the battle of Heligoland Bight 28th August 1914 and battle of Dogger Bank 24th January 1915. Discharged shore as invalid in October 1915, he joined the Royal Defence Corps in October 1916 and was discharged from this unfit in October 1917.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Transvaal

3819 Pte N McInnes K O Scot Bord

King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902

3819 Pte N McInnes KOSB

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

M.4097 N MacInnes Sh Mus RN

With copy QSA & KSA Medal roll entries confirming all clasps, Medal Index Card awarded Silver War Badge only on this, his 1914/15 Star Trio issued from the Admiralty Medal roll, details extracted from his on line Army service record, copy Royal Navy service record. The group mounted as originally worn.

Neil MacInnes was born in Temple, Edinburgh, Scotland in 1880, a 21 year 6 month old Farm Servant he attested for the King’s Own Scottish Borderers at Edinburgh 12th September 1891. Posted from the Depot to the 1st Battalion 16th November 1891 he was discharged to the Army Reserve 11th September 1898 having never served overseas. Recalled 18th December 1899 he re-joined the 1st Battalion and left for South Africa 4th January 1900, returning home 29th August 1902. Discharged to the Army Reserve, he was discharged from this on 11th September 1903.

MacInnes entered the Royal Navy on 11th March 1912 as Ship’s Musician joining HMS Blonde the same day. He subsequently joined HMS Lowestoft 1st May 1914 and was aboard this ship during the battle of Heligoland Bight 28th August 1914 and the battle of The Dogger Bank 24th January 1915. Joining Pembroke I 8th September 1915 he was discharged shore, invalid 7th October 1915. Not content with returning to civilian life, he enlisted for the Royal Defence Corps as Private No 39590 and was discharged no longer fit for Military service 13th October 1917.

The rate of Ship’s Musician Royal Navy is very unusual, the Royal Marines Band being formed in 1903 and providing all Band and Musical services for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. A neat correction of initial to ‘N’ on QSA (appears on the Medal roll incorrectly as “J”).

Average GVF £395 Available


 

India General Service Medal EVII clasp North West Frontier 1908, 1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Acting Sergeant Herbert Wood, Northumberland Fusiliers born in Chelsea, London in 1884 and a former Labour he enlisted on 15th February 1907. Serving in India with the 1st Battalion from September 1907 to November 1914, France from 16th January 1915 where he received a gun shot wound to the right arm and shrapnel wounds left foot in action in April 1915. During April 1915 the 1st Battalion carried out tours in the trenches either side of St Eloi, being pulled out of the line on 26th May having suffered 136 casualties.Arriving in Birmingham 12th May 1915 for hospital treatment, he saw no further service overseas being posted to the Depot and in Augst 1915 to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion where he remained until discharged to Class Z Reserve 26th May 1919.

India General Service Medal EVII clasp North West Frontier 1908

2018 Pte H Wood 1st Bn North’d Fus

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

2018 Pte H Wood North’d Fus

With copy Medal Index Card, service papers, Medal roll entries.

Herbert Wood was born in Chelsea, London in 1884 a Labourer he attested for the Northumberland Fusiliers in London 11th February 1907. Posted to the 2nd Battalion 15th February 1907, posted 1st Battalion 3rd September 1907, he served in India from 3rd September 1907 to 17th November 1914 where he was treated for Malaria in 1910, and France from 16th January 1915. Wounded in action in April 1915, gun shot wound right arm and shrapnel wound left foot he returned to Birmingham 2nd May 1915 for treatment at No 1 Southern General Hospital. During April 1915 the 1st Battalion carried out tours in the trenches either side of St Eloi, being pulled out of the line on 26th May having suffered 136 casualties.Posted to the Depot for administrative purposes during his recovery, posted 3rd Battalion 21st August 1915, appointed Lance Corporal 3rd October 1916, promoted acting Corporal 6th February 1917 and acting Sergeant. Remaining at home until discharged to Class Z Army Reserve 26th May 1919, awarded a 30% disability pension.

Address on discharge recorded as 3 Browns Buildings, West Boldon, Newcastle on Tyne                     

GVF £275 Available


 

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, War Medal, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Able Seaman Bruce Alfred Fisk, Royal Navy a former Labourer from Clapham, London born in 1905. Entering the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 19th July 1921, he was rated Able Seaman aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in June 1924. Awarded the LSGC Medal in August 1938 serving aboard the Minesweeper HMS Jason. Joining HMS Hereward 25th July 1939, he was lost aboard this ship when she was sunk by JU87 aircraft 29th May 1941 during the battle of Crete. Aged 35 years he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, War Medal

Unnamed as issued

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GVI Royal Navy 1st type

J.103125 B A Fisk AB HMS Jason

With copy service records covering the period 1921 to 1941.

Bruce Alfred Fisk was born in Clapham, London 10th September 1905, a Labourer he entered the Royal Navy at Ganges as a Boy 2nd Class. Rated Ordinary Seaman aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth 10th September 1923 and Able Seaman aboard the same ship 9th June 1924, he was awarded the LSGC Medal aboard HMS Jason 18th August 1938. On the outbreak of the Second World War he was serving aboard HMS Hereward  and on 20th May 1941 the ship arrived to take part in the battle of Crete coming under air attack the same day. Moving westward on 21st May to intercept any possible invasion craft, she located some invasion force Caiques NW of Suda Bay and sank them. On 22nd May Hereward returned to Alexandria being short of Anti Aircraft ammunition. On 28th May she participated in the evacuation of allied troops from Heraklion, Crete and came under air attack. The following day (29th) having completed the evacuation Hereward came under sustained air attacks returning to Alexandria and was hit by one bomb. Not at reduced speed she became isolated and was subject to further air attacks 5 miles south of Crete, hit for a second time she began to sink, 76 officers and ratings were lost including Able Seaman Fisk aged 35 years and 89 were rescued, all became prisoners of war.

The son of Jessie Fisk, husband of Margaret Fisk of Stubbington, Hampshire he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. 

Several small edge ‘nicks’ to LSGC all naming fine therefore                          

 VF £295 Available   


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, India General Service Medal GV clasp Afghanistan NWF 1919, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GV Army 1st type to Drummer William Harry Baker, Royal Sussex Regiment a former Farm Labourer from Brighton, Sussex born in 1885. Enlisting at Chichester 17th February 1905, he deserted 10th June 1905 and was absent for a month before recovered. Sentenced to 28 days in prison with hard labour he retuned to duty 17th August 1905 and posted 1st Battalion. Absent for a second time for a week in January 1906 before the Battalion sailed for Malta. Serving in Crete 1906-07, India 1907 to 1919, Germany 1920-21, he was discharged 25th August 1927 to pension.

1914/15 Star

L-8187 Dmr W H Baker R Suss R

British War & Victory Medals

L-8187 Pte W H Baker R Suss R

India General Service Medal GV clasp Afghanistan NWF 1919

L-13431 Drumr W Baker R Suss R

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Army GV 1st type

6392228 Pte W H Baker R Suss R

With copy service papers, Medal Index Card and Medal roll entries.

William Harry Baker was born Albert Budd in Brighton, Sussex in 1885, an 18 year 3 month old Farm Labourer, he attested for the Royal Sussex Regiment at Chichester 17th February 1905 and joined the Depot. He deserted on 10th June 1905 and was recovered 10th July 1905, sentenced by District Court Martial to 28 days imprisonment with hard lablour he was released 3 days early on 17th August 1905. Posted to the 1st Battalion 9th October 1905 he went absent 31st January 1906 and re-joined 6th February 1906. Posted to the 2nd Battalion 10th February 1906 and back to the 1st Battalion 1st February 1907. Appointed Drummer 4th January 1910, he served in Malta 10th February 1906 to 29th April 1906, Crete 30th April 1906 to 31st January 1907, India 1st February 1907 to 11th March 1919. Re-enlisting to complete time for pension 12th March 1919 he served in the North West Frontier Province 6th May 1919 until admitted to hospital 9th August 1919. Leaving India for England 21st September 1919, he served with the Army of the Rhine 8th March 1920 to 12th April 1921. Appointed Lance Corporal 9th December 1925, awarded the LSGC Medal Army Order 388 of 1924, he was discharged to pension having given three months notice 25th August 1927.

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Campaign Service Medal E2 clasps Malay Peninsula, Northern Ireland, Meritorious Service Medal Army E2, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Regular Army, Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal to Warrant Officer Class 2 (Battery Sergeant Major) H M Shaw, Royal Artillery who enlisted in 1958 and gained rapid promotion.

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasps Malay Peninsula, Northern Ireland

236867888 WO2 H M Sahw RA

Meritorious Service Medal Army E2

23686788 S Sgt H M Shaw RA

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Regular Army E2

23686788 WO2 H M Shaw RA

Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal

Unnamed as issued

The first three medals mounted as originally worn, clasps riveted together.

The Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal in fitted presentation case with miniature and tunic ribbon.

Service number indicates 1958 enlistment, a pretty rapid promotion to WO2 for Malaya Peninsula clasp (1964-66), an acting rank as Staff Sergeant on MSM, interesting story there somewhere!

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Vietnam Medal (Australia & New Zealand Forces) E2, South Vietnam Campaign Medal clasp 1960 to Sapper John Purlis, Royal Australian Engineers. Born in Malta in March 1945 he emigrated to Australia and served as a National Serviceman in South Vietnam from June 1968 to January 1969 with 32 Small Ships Squadron (Landing craft).

Vietnam Medal (Australia & New Zealand) E2

2786773 J Purlis

South Vietnam Campaign Medal clasp 1960

2786773 J Purlis

With details extracted from the  roll of Australians that served in Vietnam.

John Purlis was born in Malta 11th March 1945 and emigrated to Australia. Called up as a National Serviceman he joined the Royal Australian Engineers as Sapper and served in Vietnam from 4th June 1968 to 10th January 1969 with 32 Small Ships Squadron Royal Australian Engineers, serving aboard Armoured Vessel 1356 Clive Steel, these were armoured Landing Craft.

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Loading a battle damaged tank onto AV1356 Clive Steele at Vung Tau, Vietnam
for return to Australia in 1969.

A rare Vietnam Medal pair to a Maltese recipient.

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An historically important SAS Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, Dhofar to Major Peter Ratcliffe, The Parachute Regiment and Special Air Service Regiment originally from Salford, Manchester. Author of ‘Eye of the Storm : 25 years in action with the SAS’ and ‘The Little Book of the SAS’. Leaving an Apprenticeship as a Joiner he joined the Army in January 1970, passing out top of his Parachute Regiment intake, he joined the 1st Battalion and served in Northern Ireland, his Battalion were central to the events of both the Ballymurphy Massacre in August 1971 and Bloody Sunday in January 1972. In 1972 Ratcliffe passed the SAS selection first time and on passing out was posted to ‘D’ Squadron. Serving in Dhofar, he was later to serve in the Falkalnds War, including the capture of South Georgia and was Mentioned in Despatches for leading an observation patrol in Fox Bay on West Falklands, relaying vital information to HMS Intrepid. His Patrol observed a 1,000 strong Argentinian Garrison with Artillery for 5 days being 200 yards from the enemy the whole time. Withdrawing, they were evacuated by helicopter on day 7. Second in command of the 20 man SAS team that relieved the Peterhead, Scotland Prison siege in October 1987 after inmates had threatened to kill a Prison Officer held hostage. By the start of the Gulf War in 1991 he was Regimental Sergeant Major and took over command of ‘A’ Squadron, carrying out a successful raid on an Iraqi Scud Missile Communication Centre known as ‘Victor Two’, they were able to lay explosive charges and  destroy their target, despite being attacked by hundreds of Iraqi troops, a successful fighting withdrawal was performed, awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for this action. Commissioned in 1992, he retired from the Army in 1997 as a Major.

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, Dhofar

24180996 Pte P Ratcliffe PARA

The Medal in named box of issue for the Dhofar clasp ‘24180996 Tpr P Ratcliffe SAS’.

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Peter Ratcliffe was born in Salford, Manchester and left home when he was 15 years of age. Disenchanted with life as an apprentice joiner, he joined 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment in 1970 having passed out top of his intake. He served with 1 PARA in Northern Ireland at the time of the Ballymurphy Massacre in 9th to 11th August 1971 during Operation Demetrius and Bloody Sunday 30th January 1972. In 1972 he applied for SAS selection, which he passed at the first attempt, on joining the Regiment, he was posted to 18 (Mobility) Troop ‘D’ Squadron.

During his time in the SAS, Ratcliffe was to deploy into a number of theatres and operations including the Dhofar Rebellion in Oman, the Falklands War and the Gulf War. When the Falklands War broke out he was a Sergeant with 23 SAS (Territorial Army) serving as a Permanent Staff Instructor. Able to speak Spanish, he was immediately drafted to ‘D’ Squadron and flew to the Ascension Islands. A Sergeant by now, he initially joined HMS Plymouth off the Falkland Islands, taking part in the re-capture of South Georgia 28th April 1982. Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 11th October 1982 page 13203 for leading a four man patrol at Fox Bay on West Falklands in June to observe and report on the substantial Argentinian Garrison there. The Garrison consisted of about 1,000 soldiers with Artillery, his observation position being only 200 yards from the enemy. In position for five days ,they relayed information by radio to HMS Intrepid. Withdrawing on the fifth day they were picked up by helicopter on day seven.

Second in Command of the 20 strong SAS unit called upon to end the Peterhead Prison riot. On 28th September 1987 a riot in the Prison’s ‘D’ Wing resulted in the prisoners taking over the Wing and holding a 56 year old Prison Officer hostage. The rioters were serving life in prison for violent crimes and considered they had nothing to loose. When negotiations broke down and threats were made to kill the hostage, who was paraded on the roof with a noose around his neck, the Home Secretary Douglad Hurd ordered in the SAS who ended the situation on 3rd October after blasting their way in to ‘D’ Wing and using stun and CS gas grenades.

He served in Operation Granby, the Gulf War of 1991 as Regimental Sergeant Major and deployed to IRAQ to relieve the Officer Commanding ‘A’ Squadron (one of the few times where an enlisted man has formally relieved a commissioned officer). He subsequently led the squadron on a Scud Missile communication site raid known as “Victor Two” for which he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) London Gazette 13th May 1997 page 5628 (to date 29th June 1991) ‘In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Gulf’.

Towards the end of the air campaign the whole of ‘A’ Squadron was mustered for an attack on a Scud Missile Communications System codenamed ‘Victor Two’. The site featured a large communications tower that was assisting Scud launches. Under cover of darkness the SAS moved into position. The wagons with the longer range weapons were positioned as Fire Support Group whilst the Land Rovers fitted with twin GPMG’s were to act as Close Fire Support Group. Both Groups would cover Assault Teams who would move in to attack the buildings and communications and lay charges. The Assault Teams attempted to sneak in undetected but were ‘bumped’ by Iraqi soldiers who opened fire. As several hundred Iraqi soldiers engaged the SAS they realised their intelligence had been woefully inaccurate. Undeterred the SAS accomplished their mission and carried out a fighting withdrawal. The next morning a SAS reconnaissance mission went in and confirmed all targets destroyed’

Commissioned 2/Lieutenant Parachute Regiment (SAS) 23rd November 1992 with seniority 23rd November 1988, Lieutenant 23rd November 1992 with seniority 23rd November 1990 (London Gazette 26th January 1993 page 1374), Captain 23rd November 1994 (London Gazette 5th December 1994 page 17051). Major Ratcliffe retired from the Army 23rd November 1997 (London Gazette 24th November 1997 page 13203). Author of ‘Eye of the Storm: 25 Years in Action with the SAS’, and ‘The Little Book of the SAS’, he appears in numerous other publications concerning SAS exploits.

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