Campaign Medal Groups


 

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV 1st type to Victualling Chief Petty Officer Ernest Arthur Moyse, Royal Navy born in 1882 in Saltash, Cornwall. A Greenwich Hospital School Boy he entered the Royal Navy at Vivid I as a Ship’s Steward Boy 2nd April 1897. Joining HMS Magicienne 5th January 1899 he took part in the South Africa operations in 1900, leaving the ship in June 1901. Advanced to Ship’s Steward aboard HMS Psyche in November 1906, he joined HMS Centurion 22nd May 1913 and served aboard this ship for the entire First World War including the battle of Jutland 31st may 1916. Advanced to Victualling Chief Petty Officer in February 1918, he was awarded the LSGC Medal in February 1915. Discharged shore to pension from HMS Pomone 11th February 1922. 

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp

341516 E A Moyse SSA HMS Magicienne

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV 1st type

341516 E A Moyse SSA HMS Centurion

With copy service record.

Ernest Arthur Moyse was born 12th February 1882 in Saltash, Cornwall a Greenwich Hospital School Boy he entered the Royal Navy at Vivid I as a Ship’s Steward Boy 2nd April 1897. Joining HMS Black Prince 14th April 1897, HMS Benbow 2nd November 1898, HMS Philomel 11th December 1898, he joined HMS Magicienne 5th January 1899 and was rated Ship’s Steward Assistant 12th February 1900. He subsequently joined Vivid I 20th June 1901, Cambridge 5th August 1901, HMS Monmouth 2nd December 1903 where he was advanced to Acting Ship’s Steward, Vivid I 2nd December 1904, HMS Psyche 16th September 1905 and confirmed in the rate of Ship’s Steward 1st November 1906.

Joining Crescent 23rd August 1907, Vivid 4th October 1907, HMS Donegal 18th December 1907, Vivid I 3rd January 1908, HMS Forth 7th January 1908, Vivid I 21st February 1908, HMS Sharpshooter 3rd November 1908, Vivid I 8th September 1911, HMS Centurion 22nd May 1912 and advanced to Victualling Chief Petty Officer aboard this ship 28th February 1918. Moyse served aboard HMS Centurion for the entire First World War including the battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. Awarded the LSGC Medal 24th February 1915, he joined HMS Pomone 13th May 1919 and was discharged to pension 11th February 1922.

NEF £250 SOLD


 

South Africa Medal (Zulu) clasp 1878-9, India General Service Medal (1854) clasp Burma 1885-7 to Private John Hoblyn Cross, Somerset Light Infantry a former Carpenter born in St Mawes, Falmouth, Cornwall in 1845. Residing in Devonport, he attested for the 13th Regiment of Foot there 9th July 1866 joining the 1st Battalion. Serving in Malta and Gibraltar  from 15th June 1867 to 2nd December 1874, South Africa 3rd December 1874 to 18th September 1879, India 14th January 1882 to 24th November 1887 (including Burma 15th April 1886 to 17th March 1887). He was promoted Sergeant 1st September 1881, only to be reduced to Private by June 1885. Discharged to pension 6th December 1887, the 1891 census records he is residing on Drake Island off Plymouth with his wife and three sons, employed as a Canteen Servant and Beer Keeper. He died at Totnes, Devon in 1895 aged 50 years.

South Africa Medal (Zulu) clasp 1878-9

1452 Pte J Cross 1/13th Foot

India General Service Medal (1854) clasp Burma 1885-7

2220 Pte J H Cross 2nd Bn Som LI

With copy service record and copy Medal roll entries, the service papers record change in Regimental number when he transferred from the 1st to the 2nd Battalion.

Provenance: Christies 14th March 1889 Lot 175

John Hoblyn Cross was born in St Mawes, Falmouth, Cornwall a 20 year old Carpenter and serving member of the Royal Miners Artillery Militia, residing in Devonport he attested for the 13th Regiment of Foot at Devonport on 9th July 1866 joining the 1st Battalion. Forfeiting Good Conduct Pay 2nd October 1871, he was imprisoned by the Commissary Officer for Insolence 11th February 1872 and released 4 days later. Imprisoned by his Commanding Officer for being drunk on duty 27th December 1872, he returned to duty 3rd January 1873. Re-engaging at Malta 10th May 1873 to complete 21 years service. Tried and imprisoned for being drink on duty 1st July 1874, his sentence was remitted the following day. Promoted Corporal 2nd January 1881, he transferred to the 2nd Battalion 1st March 1881.

Promoted Sergeant 1st September 1881, he was tried and reduced to Corporal for breaking out of Barracks and disobeying orders 19th March 1884 and reduced to Private 30th June 1885 for not complying with an order. Appointed Lance Corporal 15th May 1887, he was discharged to pension 6th December 1887 at Gosport after completing 21 years 150 days service. Serving in the Mediterranean (Gibraltar and Malta) from 15th June 1867 to 2nd December 1874, South Africa 3rd December 1874 to 18th September 1879, India 14th January 1882 to 24th November 1887 (including Burma 15th April 1886 to 17th March 1887). John Cross married Ellen Johns at Devonport 12th August 1880, he qualified in Field Fortifications and Buildings 7th September 1881. Not awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

The 1891 census records he is residing on Drake Island, off Plymouth, with his wife and three sons, employed as a Canteen Servant and Beer Keeper. He died at Totnes, Devon in 1895 aged 50 years

GVF & better £995 SOLD


 

India General Service Medal (1854) clasp Pegu, China Medal 1856-60 no clasp to Domestic 1st Class George Cornish, Royal Navy a Cook born in Stonehouse, Plymouth in 1831.  He joined HMS Spartan as Sub Officer’s Cook 3rd July 1852, rated Landsman aboard this ship 21st November 1852 and Ordinary Seaman 23rd August 1853 taking part in the Pegu operations (2nd Burma War 5th April to 20th December 1852)  (Medal & clasp) and operations off China in 1856 (Medal no clasp). Subsequently serving as Ward Room Cook, Gun Room Cook and Domestic he was discharged shore from HMS Espiegle  20th December 1882. He died in Devonport in 1900 aged 69 years.

India General Service Medal (1854) clasp Pegu

Geor Cornish LM “Spartan”

China Medal 1856-60 no clasp

Unnamed as issued to Royal Navy and Royal Marines

With copy service record, copies from ship’s musters, census etc.

George Cornish was born in Stonehouse, Plymouth 15th June 1831, a Cook, he joined HMS Spartan as Sub Officer’s Cook 3rd July 1852. Rated Landsman aboard this ship 21st November 1852 and Ordinary Seaman 23rd August 1853 taking part in the Pegu operations (2nd Burma War 5th April to 20th December 1852)  (Medal & clasp) and operations off China in 1856 (Medal no clasp). He subsequently joined HMS Lapwing as Ordinary Seaman 21st December 1857, HMS Magicienne as Gun Room Cook 7th April 1862, HMS Queen as Ward Room Cook 31st October 1863, HMS Gladiator as Gun Room Cook 19th March 1864 and HMS Warrior as Gun Room Cook 21st November 1868. Joining HMS Barossa as Gun Room Cook 1st November 1870, HMS Iron Duke as Domestic 2nd Class 1st January 1873, HMS Barossa as Domestic 2nd Class 22nd January 1873, HMS Eclipse as Domestic 2nd Class 19th November 1873, HMS Northumberland as Domestic 2nd Class 14th August 1880 and finally HMS Espiegle as Domestic 1st Class 5th November 1881 from where he was discharged shore 20th December 1882. He died in Devonport in 1900 aged 69 years.

No record of a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded.

GVF & better £495 Available


 

East and West Africa Medal clasp Witu 1890, Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV 1st type to Petty Officer Thomas Poxon, HM Coast Guard late Royal Navy a former Labourer born in Newhill, Derbyshire in 1872. Entering the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable 1st March 1888 as Boy 2nd Class. Joining HMS Redbreast 27th February 1890, he took part in the Witu expedition of 1890. It was whilst aboard Redbreast that he was assessed as having Indifferent Character, sentenced to 90 days imprisonment in Byculla Goal, India with hard labour. Joining HMS Cossack 28th March 1900, he took part in the operations off Somaliland in 1902.  Transferring to HM Coast Guard as Boatman 7th April 1904 he was discharged to pension 30th September 1913. Re-called on the outbreak of War, he served in HM Coast Guard until demobilized 4th February 1919.

East and West Africa Medal clasp Witu 1890

T Poxon ORD HMS Redbreast

Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04

T Poxon LG SEA HMS Cossack

British War Medal

145275 T Poxon PO RN

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV 1st type

145275 Thomas Poxon PO 2nd CL HM Coast Guard

With copy service papers, Medal roll entries, the 1WW Admiralty Medal roll entry confirms the award of the British War Medal only.

Thomas Poxon was born in Newhill, Derbyshire 2nd October 1872, a Labourer he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable 1st March 1888 as Boy 2nd Class. Joining HMS Redbreast 27th February 1890, he took part in the Witu expedition of 1890 (Medal and clasp) 47 Medals and clasp awarded to the ship. Rated Ordinary Seaman aboard Redbreast 12th October 1890. It was whilst aboard Redbreast that he was assessed as having Indifferent Character, sentenced to 90 days imprisonment in Byculla Goal, India with hard labour, the actual offence not recorded.

Joining Vivid I 1st February 1892, HMS Himalaya 7th May 1892 and rated Able Seaman aboard this ship the same day, advanced to Leading Seaman aboard HMS Ringdove 12th May 1895, he reverted to Able Seaman 13th January 1896. Joining HMS Cossack 28th March 1900, he took part in the operations off Somaliland in 1902 (Medal and clasp), advanced to Leading Seaman aboard Cossack 1st July 1900. Transferring to HM Coast Guard as Boatman 7th April 1904 he was stationed in the north of Ireland at Ardglass and Ballygeary, discharged to pension 30th September 1913. Joining Devonport Royal Fleet Reserve he re-joined HM Coast Guard at Stack Fort 4th August 1914 posted to Strumblehead 1st October 1918, Vivid I 23rd January 1919 he was demobilized 14th February 1919.

Scarce combination to the Royal Navy

Good Fine to GVF & better £695 Available


 

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV 2nd type to Chief Petty Officer Stoker Evelyn Hurrell, Royal Navy a former Farm Labourer born in Modbury, Kingsbridge, Devon in 1894. Entering the Royal Navy as Stoker 2nd Class 11th April 1913, he served aboard HMS Ajax from 16th October 1913 to 10th March 1919 including the battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. Advanced to Stoker Petty Officer in October 1918, he was awrded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal aboard HMS Tiverton in June 1928. Advanced to Chief Stoker aboard HMS Veceroy in February 1931, he was discharged to pension 10th April 1935. Re-joining Drake 2nd July 1940, he joined the Mersey Type Admiralty Trawler HMS Phyllisia 15th August 1940 operating in the Mediterranean. Joining Rooke (Gibraltar) 26th November 1943, Drake 15th January 1944 he was demobilized 25th August 1945.

1914/15 Star

K.18836 E Hurrell Sto 1 RN

British War and Victory Medals

K.18836 E Hurrell Act SPO RN

1939/45 Star, Africa Star, War Medal all privately engraved

K.18836 E Hurrell Ch Sto RN

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV 2nd type

K.18836 E Hurrell SPO HMS Tiverton

With original parchment certificate of service covering the period 11th April 1913 to 25th August 1945

Evelyn Hurrell was born in Modbury, Kingsbridge, Devon 8th December 1894 a Farm Labourer he entered the Royal Navy at Vivid as Stoker 2nd Class 11th April 1913. Joining HMS Ajax 16th October 1913, he was rated Stoker 1st Class aboard this ship 1st May 1914, advanced to Leading Stoker 28th November 1917 and acting Stoker Petty Officer 19th October 1918. Serving aboard HMS Ajax at the battle of Jutland 31st May 1916, he finally left the ship joining Vivid 11th March 1919. Confirmed in the rate of Stoker Petty Officer aboard HMS Colossus 2nd September 1919, he continued to serve ashore and afloat joining HMS Tiverton 24th April 1928, he was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal aboard this ship 24th June 1928.

Advanced to Chief Petty Officer Stoker aboard HMS Viceroy 4th February 1931, he was discharged to pension from Drake 10th April 1935. Re-joining Drake 2nd July 1940, he joined the Mersey Type Admiralty Trawler HMS Phyllisia 15th August 1940 operating in the Mediterranean. Joining Rooke (Gibraltar) 26th November 1943, Drake 15th January 1944 he was demobilized 25th August 1945.

First time on the market.

Toned

GVF £195 SOLD


 

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine, 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence and War Medals to Private D Christie, 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Arriving in Palestine in May 1939, the Battalion arrived in Egypt in September 1940 and were in action action against Italian Forces. Leaving Alexandria 17th May 1941 for Crete they arrived two days later. The Argylls arrived at Tymbaki and was given the task of defending the Plain of Messara, which included the Nida Plateau and the defence of Tymbaki beach. The German airborne assault came on May 20th and four days later the battalion marched north to aid in the defence of Heraklion, although it left a detachment at Ay Deka on the Plain of Messara. The evacuation was announced on May 28th and the battalion left Crete, leaving behind some 300 men that were part of the Ay Deka detachment. Between 28th May and 26th July Christie evaded capture. Rescued by HM Submarine Thrasher on 26th July he was one of 7 soldiers from his Battalion transported to Alexandria and later re-joining their Battalion serving with them in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine

2979601 Pte D Christie A & S Hdrs

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

Unnamed as issued

With copy War Office casualty report recording Christie as missing and later returned. Copy HM Submarine Thrasher’s log report on the operation which includes a list of those picked up (including Christie).

1st Battalion, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise’s) were part of 14th Infantry Brigade – 3 September 1939 to 16 January 1940. The 1st Battalion received orders to deploy to Palestine on April 1st, 1939 to counter an Arab revolt. It left Aldershot by train, embarked on HMT Somersetshire at Southampton, and arrived at Haifa on May 3rd. On arrival it took over positions in the Jenin area under the 14th Infantry Brigade of the 8th Division. On the outbreak of war the battalion was located at Jenin in Palestine with ‘A’ Company at Umm-al-Fahm (one platoon at Kufier and one at Haifa) and ‘C’ Company at Arraba (one platoon at Kafkrai). A draft of five officers and three hundred other ranks arrived from Great Britain to reinforce the battalion on September 19th, 1939 since it had been on home establishment when it left. During December it took part in two operations, one at Wadi Shubash on the 5th and another at Umm al Fahm on the 17th, ending Arab resistance. It left Jenin and the brigade on January 16th.

16th Infantry Brigade – 17 January 1940 to 15 May 1941
The battalion joined the Brigade at Jericho on January 17th, 1940. On March 4th, it moved to the Tel Aviv area, arriving at nearby Jaffa to quell Jewish unreset in the area. Shortly after the battalion’s arrival at Latrun Camp in March, it received a draft of two officers and eighty other ranks from the Rhodesia Regiment in April 14th. It moved to Gedera on June 8th, 1940 and to Egypt on September 4th, 1940. The Brigade was assigned to the 4th Indian Infantry Division on September 7th to defend the Baggush Box, two miles west of Sidi Haneish. On December 5th, the Argyll received orders to move out and, five days later, attacked Italian positions located between Ilwet Matrud and Alam el Dab. It then took up defensive positions at Beit Ait Hassan and secured Hill X by the end of the day. On the 11th, it was placed into Brigade Reserve before it moved to positions facing east near Abar Yusef. Later the same day it moved back to Alam el Dab. The battalion was sent to Salum on the evening of December 19th/20th, where ‘D’ Company was detached for dock duties. After getting six officers and seventy-six other rank reinforcements, the battalion was placed into brigade reserve and moved to Halfaya Wadi, better known as ‘Hellfire Pass’. It returned to Salum in January 1941 for garrison duties, although without ‘D’ Company. The battalion left Libya on February 13th, was reunited on the 16th, and arrived at Tahag Camp in the Nile Delta on the 17th. On March 28th, the Argylls marched to Kabrit on the Great Bitter Lake, but left there on April 9th for garrison duty in Mersa Matruh Fortress. It returned to Baggush Box on April 23rd for a three-week period.

GHQ Middle East Force – 15 May 1941 to 19 May 1941
On May 16th it moved to Amiriya Transit Camp in preparation for a move to Crete. It left Alexandria on May 17th, 1941 and arrived on the night of May 18th/19th.

14th Infantry Brigade – 19 May 1941 to 29 May 1941
The Argylls arrived at Tymbaki and was given the task of defending the Plain of Messara, which included the Nida Plateau and the defence of Tymbaki beach. The German airborne assault came on May 20th and four days later the battalion marched north to aid in the defence of Heraklion, although it left a detachment at Ay Deka on the Plain of Messara. The evacuation was announced on May 28th and the battalion left Crete, leaving behind some 300 men that were part of the Ay Deka detachment. Between 28th May and 26th July Christie evaded capture. At 2220 on Saturday 26th July 1941, HM Submarine Thrasher had surfaced off the south coast of Crete in the vicinity of Limni Bay (Preveli) when a light was spotted on the hillside flashing the signal “SOS. Please send help”. The message was repeated throughout the night.

At 0245 on Sunday 27th, Lieutenant Commander Pool, RNR a member of Thrasher’s crew and a Greek guide were landed to make arrangements to contact the signallers and arrange for the escape of a number of allied troops. At 0050 on Monday 28th July 1941, Thrasher touched the sea bed just 75 yards from the beach at Limni Bay and began embarking the evaders. Lieutenant G S Clarabut  RN  and two commandos were responsible for ensuring that no lives were lost in the transfer. Thrasher arrived in Alexandria on 31st July with her 78 assorted evaders without further incident. Lt Commander Pool remained in Crete arranging for the evacuation of further allied troops. When he finally left the island on 20th August he took a further 130 evaders on the second submarine HMS Torbay establishing a record for the greatest number of people jammed in a submarine in the process.

Christie rejoined his Battalion which went on to see service at El Alamein, Sicily and ended the war in Italy.

A most unusual Crete escape and evader rescued by a Submarine.

NEF £425 Available


 

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star Clasp North Africa 1942-43, Pacific Star, War Medal with Mention in Despatches Oakleaf, Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp South East Asia 1945-46 and Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Chief Engine Room Artificer Horace Edward Jee, Royal Navy born in Gillingham, Kent in 1910. Entering the Royal Navy at Fisgard as Apprentice Engine Room Artificer 3rd August 1925, he was serving aboard HMS Griffin as an ERA2 on the outbreak of war, his ship taking part in the Norway operations in April and May 1940. Joining HMS Orion 15th March 1941, he was Mentioned in Despatches for his leadership and exemplary conduct in the Engine Room during the battle of Cape Matapan 27th to 29th March 1941. Later serving aboard HM Ships Milford, Black Swan, he was awarded the LSGC Medal aboard HMS Bermuda in February 1943. Post war he served in SE Asia aboard HMS Veryan Bay, discharged shore to pension 5th April 1950. Employed as an Engineer with the Ministry of Defence (Navy) following discharge, he died in Gillingham in 1979.

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star Clasp North Africa 1942-43, Pacific Star, War Medal with MID Oakleaf

Unnamed as issued

Naval General Service Medal GVI Clasp S E Asia 1945-46

D/M 39433 H E Jee CERA RN

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

M. 39433 H E Jee CERA HMS Bermuda 

Mounted as originally worn, with copy service records and other research including confirmation of 2WW Stars and Medals, MID recommendation.

Medallion for Athletic Sports Competition 1930 (HMS Pembroke).

Provenance : Dix Noonan Webb Lot 864 Auction date 25th March 2013.

Horace Edward Jee was born in Gillingham, Kent 9th March 1910 a scholar he entered the Royal Navy at Fisgard as an Apprentice Engine Room Artificer (ERA) 3rd August 1925. Qualifying as an ERA he was rated ERA 5th Class 1st July 1930 at Pembroke II and joined his first ship HMS Rodney 9th September 1930. Advanced to acting ERA 4th Class 19th November 1931, he was confirmed in this rate aboard HMS Furious 19th May 1933. Advanced to ERA 3rd Class aboard HMS Capetown and ERA 2nd Class aboard HMS Griffin 19th November 1938, being advanced to acting Chief ERA 2 5th March 1940 and Chief ERA 11th April 1940 aboard this ship. Joining HMS Gallant 23rd August 1940 and HMS Orion 15th March 1941, he was Mentioned in Despatches 3rd February 1942 for “Leadership and exemplary conduct in charge of (the) watch in the Engine Room at the battle of Cape Matapan 27th to 29th March 1941”.

Joining Drake 2nd April 1942, he subsequently joined HMS Spartiate 10th June 1942, Cochrane 9th July 1942, HMS Bermuda 5th August 1942 and awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal aboard this ship 24th February 1943, Drake 4th September 1943, HMS Milford 14th October 1943, HMS Black Swan 11th December 1943, HMS Milford 13th December 1943, HMS Tormaline 14th February 1944, HMS Nelson 23rd February 1944, HMS Milford 11th March 1944, Drake 3rd March 1945, HMS Veryan Bay 29th March 1945, Drake 4th December 1946 and HMS Menelaus 17th July 1947. Discharged shore to pension 5th April 1950. Residing in Rochester, he was employed by the Ministry of Defence (Navy) as an Engineer, he died in Medway Hospital, Gillingham Kent 3rd May 1979.

Neat official very neat correction to “Jee” &  “Bermuda” on LSGC

NEF £595 Available


 

Naval General Service Medal GV clasp Palestine 1936-1939, 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star Clasp France & Germany, Africa Star Clasp North Africa 1942-43, War Medal with Mention in Despatches Oakleaf, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Chief Petty Officer (Ordnance Mechanician) Sydney William John Neville, Royal Navy a former Butcher’s Assistant born in Peckham, London in 1910. Entering the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 18th August 1925, he was serving as Able Seaman aboard HMS Firedrake on the outbreak of war. Joining HMS Delhi 13th November 1941, he was Mentioned in Despatches for his gallantry aboard this ship under repeated air attack between 21st and 23rd November 1942 during Operation Torch whilst providing anti aircraft cover in Algiers Bay. Keeping his 5 inch gun firing throughout the night, over 20,000 rounds were fired by Delhi in two successive nights, Delhi was hit by a bomb on 20th November blowing off her stern and killing 59 crew, despite this she remained on station. Joining Landing Ship Tank 160 12th July 1944, he qualified as an Ordnance Mechanician 5th Class in April 1944. Remaining in the Royal Navy post war, he was advanced to acting Chief Petty Officer in January 1953 and was discharged to pension shortly after. He died in New Zealand in 1990.

Naval General Service Medal GVI Clasp Palestine 1936-1939 

J.114766 S W J Neville AB RN

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star Clasp France & Germany, Africa Star Clasp North Africa 1942-43, War Medal with MID Oakleaf

Unnamed as issued

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

J.114766 S W J Neville AB HMS Delhi

Mounted as originally worn.

With folder of research including copy service records, confirmation of 2WW Stars and Medals, MID recommendation.

Sydney William John Neville was born in Peckham, London 29th January 1910, a Butcher’s Assistant, he entered the Royal Navy at Ganges as Boy 2nd Class 18th August 1925. Early service included the Battleships Malaya and Queen Elizabeth in the Mediterranean, the 4th Submarine Flotilla in China and the Light Cruiser Arethusa in Palestine (Medal & clasp). Joining the Destroyer HMS Firedrake 14th January 1939, he subsequently joined Pembroke I 1st July 1941, HMS Delhi 13th November 1941, taking part in Operation Torch aboard this ship he was Mentioned in Despatches for his gallantry under air attack between 21st to 23rd November 1942 whilst providing anti aircraft support in Algiers Bay.

Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 6th April 1943 page 1584

“For bravery and skill in the hazardous operations in which the Allied Forces were landed in North Africa”.

The official recommendation states –

‘In the course of three nights’ intensive bombing of Algiers Bay anchorage (21, 22 and 23 November 1942) when 66 massed and single aircraft attacks were made upon Delhi while affording AA cover and protection to valuable laden shipping in the anchorage, in which engagements one casualty was incurred by shipping and over 20,000 rounds fired by Delhi in two successive nights. The above-named (Able Seaman Neville), with cool courage and remarkable physical endurance maintained the fire and feeding of No. 3 5-inch gun throughout the night without air blast and under strain of continuous attack’. Delhi was hit by a bomb on 20th November 1942 which blew off her stern killing 59 crew, despite the severe damage she remained in station for several more days, proceeding first to Gibraltar for temporary repairs and then to Newcastle.

Joining Landing Ship Tank 160 12th July 1944 based at Pembroke, he qualified as an Ordnance Mechanician (OM) 5th Class (Able rate) 11th September 1944 (new number MX.719963), joining Pembroke 28th February 1945, HMS Beaver 20th June 1945, he was advanced to OM 4th Class (Leading rate) 11th September 1945. Continuing to serve in the Royal Navy he was advanced to OM 3rd Class (Acting Petty Officer) 11th September 1948 and acting Chief Petty Officer 24th January 1953. Discharged shore to pension 29th January 1953. Emigrating to New Zealand, he died there 16th October 1990.

LSGC Medal awarded 30th January 1943.

GVF & better £450 Available


 

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Malay Peninsula, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Regular Army E2 to Captain (Technical Officer Telecommunications) Ronald Stringer, Royal Signals. Commissioned from Warrant Officer Class 1 (Foreman of Signals) in April 1970, promoted Captain in September 1970, he retired in October 1975 on reaching the age limit of 55 years.

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Malay Peninsula

2549534 WO CL2 R Stringer R Signals

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Regular Army E2

2549534 WO CL 1 R Stringer R Signals

Mounted as originally worn.

Warrant Officer Class 1 (Foreman of Signals) Ronald Stringer was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Royal Signals 27th April 1970 and promoted Lieutenant (Technical Officer Telecommunications) with seniority 27th April 1970 (London Gazette 2nd June 1970 page 6121). Promoted Captain 13th September 1970 (London Gazette 8th January 1971 page 382), he retired 14th October 1975 (London Gazette 14th October 1975 page 12841).

Toned, first time on the market.

NEF £175 Available


 

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-1939, 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, 1939/45 War Medal with Mention in Despatches Oakleaf, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV 3rd type to Engine Room Artificer, 1st Class, Eric Roulstone Fox, Royal Navy born in Stoke, Staffordshire in 1901. Entering the Royal Navy as a Boy Artificer at Indus 2nd January 1917. Joining Dolphin for submarine course 2nd September 1925, he served continuously in submarines from 1925  including M3, L25, Osiris, Swordfish and Clyde. The last-named was deployed in Palestine on the outbreak of the Arab revolt in 1936. Serving aboard HM Submarine Tribune from 11th August 1939 completing 9 war patrols in the North Sea and Bay of Biscay over 1939-40, he was Mentioned in Despatches in December 1940. Joining HM Submarine H28 on 28th October 1940, taking part in war patrols off the Dutch coast, in October 1941 he was drafted to HM Submarine Tempest, deployed in the Mediterranean. On 13th February 1942 Tempest was detected by the Italian torpedo boat Circe and sunk by depth charges and gun fire only 23 including Fox out of her crew of 62 survived. Treated at Taranto Naval Hospital he was held at POW camps in Italy and Germany until liberated by American Forces in March 1945. Returning to Portsmouth the following month, he was released from service in October 1945.

Naval General Service Medal GVI Clasp Palestine 1936 – 1939

M.24887 E R Fox ERA1 RN

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

Unnamed as issued

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV 3rd type

M.24887 E R Fox ERA2 HMS Dolphin

With a folder of research including service records, copy POW repatriation questionnaire, recommendation for MID.

Provenance : Dix Noonan Webb Lot 218, 26th July 2017.

Eric Roulstone Fox born in Staffordshire 16th March 1901, he entered the Royal Navy as Boy Artificer 2nd January 1917 (Awarded a British War Medal TNA ADM 171/102 page 224 Medal sent to Ajax) and attended training institutions for the next four years. Rated Engine Room Artificer (ERA) 5th Class 1st July 1920 at Indus, he joined HMS Ajax 15th October 1921, which was deployed in the eastern Mediterranean, present at the Turkish massacre at Smyrna in 1922 and the Chanak crisis, advanced to Acting ERA 4th Class 1st July 1923. Advanced to ERA 3rd Class at Fisgard 1st July 1925, he joined Dolphin for submarine course 2nd September 1925.  Serving continuously in submarines from 1925 onwards: M3, L25, Osiris, Swordfish and Clyde. The last-named was deployed in Palestine on the outbreak of the Arab revolt in 1936 and her crew was employed in putting out fires and operating the railways.

Serving aboard HM Submarine Tribune from 11th August 1939, Tribune completing 9 war patrols in the North Sea and Bay of Biscay over 1939-40. This submarine featured in a wartime documentary produced by the Crown Film Unit, ‘Submarine Patrol’ (also called Close Quarters) which can be seen on Youtube, he was Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 12 December 1940  “For good services in recent patrols whilst serving aboard HM Submarine Tribune“. The official brief recommendation TNA ADM1/10493 records –

“For marked efficiency in the performance of his duty as Outside ERA, both in the face of the enemy and also during previous patrols”.

Joining HM Submarine H28 on 28th October 1940, taking part in war patrols off the Dutch coast. In October 1941 he was drafted to HM Submarine Tempest, deployed in the Mediterranean. On 13th February 1942 Tempest was detected by the Italian torpedo boat Circe which subjected her to a terrifying depth charge attack lasting several hours. She was repeatedly depth-charged until most of the instruments and machinery were smashed and salt water leaked into the batteries, producing chlorine gas. She then surfaced and the crew abandoned ship. As they left the hatches, the Italians machinegunned them (this was because one sailor rashly went to the deck gun and aimed it at the Italians). The survivors were in the water for several hours before being picked up – only 23 out of 62 survived. Fox was amongst them and was initially admitted to Taranto Naval Hospital where he remained until 3rd March 1942. Imprisoned in various POW camps in Italy and Germany (Stalag 8B and 9A) he was liberated on 31st March 1945 by American Forces, during captivity he suffered from Malaria three times and Dysentery once, his POW repatriation questionnaire TNA WO344/112 records he received adequate medical care on each occasion.

Arriving in Portsmouth 19th April 1945 he was released from service in Class “A” from Dolphin 27th October 1945.

GVF £750 SOLD


 

1939/45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence and War Medals, General Service Medal E2 clasp Malaya to Corporal A Roantree, Somerset Light Infantry late Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Wounded in action during the Rhine crossing 27th March 1945 Operation Varsity serving with the 9th Battalion Cameronians.

1939/45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence and War Medal

Unnamed as issued

General Service Medal E2 clasp Malaya

14776145 Cpl A Roantree Som LI

Mounted for wear.

With copy War Office casualty List TNA WO417/90 recording wounded in action 27th March 1945 during the Rhine crossing Operation Varsity serving with 9th Battalion Cameronians.

GVF £125 Available


 

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Burma Star clasp Pacific, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy E2 1st type to Petty Officer Telegrapher Frank Moses Wright, Royal Navy born in Wolverhampton in 1921. Awarded the LSGC Medal in 1956 aboard the Repair Ship HMS Dodman Point, he would have been discharged to pension in 1963, he died in Birmingham in 2000.

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Burma Star clasp Pacific, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, War Medal

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy E2 1st type

JX.164178 F M Wright CPO Tel HMS Dodman Point

The group mounted as originally worn, with research from on line records.

Frank Moses Wright born 24th March 1923 in Wolverhampton, he was awarded the LSGC Medal 21st March 1956 whilst serving aboard the 8,580 ton Repair Ship HMS Dodman Point. Wright would have retired to pension in 1963, he died in Birmingham in 2000.

A new original silk Atlantic Star Medal ribbon will be supplied.

GVF & better £175 Available


 

1939/45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence and War Medals, General Service Medal E2 clasp Cyprus Private D Ferguson, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Late Highland Light Infantry. Wounded 26th June 1944 in Normandy whilst serving with 2nd (Glasgow Highlanders) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry on the opening day of Operation Epsom. Also known as the First Battle of the Odon, Operation Epsom was a British offensive that took place between 26th and 30th June 1944, intended to outflank and seize the German-occupied city of Caen, an important Allied objective.

1939/45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence and War Medals

Unnamed as issued

General Service Medal E2 clasp Cyprus

3130589 Pte D Ferguson RAOC

With copy War Office casualty list entries for wounding (1)

Private D Ferguson served in the 2nd (Glasgow Highlanders) Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry in Normandy. The battalion was part of 15th (Scottish) Division, landing in Normandy on 14th June 1944. He was wounded on the opening day of Operation Epsom 26th July 1944 when the Battalion attacked towards the village of Cheux finally taking the village with casualties of 12 officers and nearly 200 other ranks. Operation Epsom  also known as the First Battle of the Odon, was a British offensive that took place between 26th and 30th June 1944, intended to outflank and seize the German-occupied city of Caen, an important Allied objective.

GVF £135 Available