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1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Defence and War Medals, Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Near East, Queen Elizabeth 2 Coronation Medal 1953 to Captain Alwyn Douglas Lenox-Conyngham, Royal Navy born at Edinburgh in 1907, youngest of four children of the Reverend George Lenox-Conyngham and his wife Barbara (nee Turton). His mother and two elder siblings were passengers on RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage from Southampton, fortunate to have chosen to disembark at Cherbourg. Promoted Lieutenant Commander 1st October 1937 on the outbreak of war he was coming to the end of the RN Staff Course. He was immediately appointed (S) and W/T officer on the Staff of Admiral Sir Wilfred French, Admiral Commanding Orkneys and Shetland. Towards the end of 1940 he went out to the Mediterranean as Fleet W/T officer on Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham’s staff, a post he occupied for the next two crucial years appointed HMS Warspite 24th November 1940 and HMS Queen Elizabeth in 1942. He returned to the UK in January 1943 and appointed to Ferret the RN Base at Londonderry 31st January 1943. Promoted Commander 31st December 1943, he then spent the rest of the war at the Admiralty Signal Establishment, the Navy’s Communications Research Organisation. Promoted Captain in December 1948, appointed Director of the Signal Division at the Admiralty in September 1953, appointed to Command HMS Mermaid in September 1952 and to Command HMS Jamaica in 1956 taking part in Operation Musketeer, the Suez Operations aboard this ship. Retiring 7th January 1958, he embarked on a second career with United Steel Company and the British Steel Corporation in the North of England and was appointed a JP for County Durham before finally retiring to Sturminster Newton, Dorset where he died in 1990.

1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Defence and War Medals

Unnamed, as issued

Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Near East

Capt A D Lenox-Conyngham RN

Queen Elizabeth 2 Coronation Medal 1953

Unnamed as issued

With copy research documents on CD including copy Coronation Medal roll entry and photograph depicted here.

The group mounted as originally worn.

Alwyn Douglas Lenox-Conyngham was born at Edinburgh in 1907, youngest of four children of the Rev. George Lenox-Conyngham and his wife Barbara (nee Turton). His mother and two elder siblings were passengers on RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage from Southampton, fortunate to have chosen to disembark at Cherbourg. Entering the Royal Navy as a 13 year old Cadet at BRNC Dartmouth in May 1921, passing out as Midshipman in September 1925. After successfully completing his courses for the rank of Lieutenant he chose Signals as his career specialisation and underwent the Long (S) course at Victory throughout 1932.

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Promoted Lieutenant Commander 1st October 1937 on the outbreak of war he was coming to the end of the RN Staff Course. He was immediately appointed (S) and W/T officer on the Staff of Admiral Sir Wilfred French, Admiral Commanding Orkneys and Shetland. He would therefore have been in the vicinity when U-47 penetrated the defences at Scapa Flow and torpedoed the battleship HMS Royal Oak, for which Admiral French was unjustly blamed and forced to retire. Towards the end of 1940 he went out to the Mediterranean as Fleet W/T officer on Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham’s staff, a post he occupied for the next two crucial years appointed HMS Warspite 24th November 1940 and HMS Queen Elizabeth in 1942. He returned to the UK in January 1943 and appointed to Ferret the RN Base at Londonderry 31st January 1943, no doubt taking the opportunity to spend time at the nearby family estate at Springhill (now a National Trust property). Having been promoted Commander 31st December 1943, he then spent the rest of the war at the Admiralty Signal Establishment, the Navy’s Communications Research Organisation, where he would have been involved in consolidating the great technological advances in his field brought by the war.

Promotion to Captain 31st December 1948, appointed HMS Mermaid in Command September 1952 and in September 1953 he reached one of the pinnacles of his specialisation on appointment as Director of the Signal Division at the Admiralty. Captain Lenox-Conyngham received his final seagoing appointment, commanding the cruiser HMS Jamaica (which had just completed filming her starring role as HMS Exeter in the film The Battle of the River Plate) from 8th March 1956. Assigned to the 1st Cruiser Squadron of the Mediterranean Fleet, Jamaica played a leading part in the operations at Suez later that year. On 29th October 1956 she was despatched from Malta to Port Said by Lord Mountbatten for initially unspecified reasons, which turned out to be present to receive Egypt’s surrender in the event that the joint ultimatum presented by Britain and France for a ceasefire against Israel was accepted. Although Lenox-Conyngham was instructed to steam at top speed in order to arrive by the time the ultimatum expired, apparently he had not been informed what the ultimatum actually was. In the ensuing ‘Operation Musketeer’ Jamaica led the bombardment force covering the Royal Marine landings at Port Said.

Captain Lenox-Conyngham retired from the Royal Navy 7th January 1958. He embarked on a second career with United Steel Company and British Steel Corporation in the North of England (and was appointed a JP for County Durham), before finally retiring to Sturminster Newton, Dorset. He died in 1990.

A fairly scarce NGS Near East to a Captain, Royal Navy in Command of a Warship.

Traces of lacquer on all medals.

GVF & better £495 SOLD


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General Service Medal GVI clasps Palestine, Palestine 1945-48, 1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence and War Medals  to Warrant Officer Class 2 Michael Christopher Pearcey, 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment and sometime attached 1st Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment born in Winchester, Hampshire in 1912, he attested for the Hampshire Regiment in 1930. Serving with the 1st Battalion in Palestine from 1938, he must have transferred from the 2nd Battalion as he did not serve in India with the 1st Battalion. The 1st Battalion served in the Western Desert in 1940, on Malta throughout the siege, assault landings in Sicily and the Italian mainland and finally the invasion of Normandy, where he was wounded in action on 9th June 1944, three days after the 1st Battalion went ashore at Sword Beach on “D”-Day 6th June. Transferring post recovery from his wound into the Royal Sussex Regiment, he served in Palestine post war and transferred back to the Hampshire Regiment 20th September 1948. He died in Gosport, Hampshire in 1982, this his full Medal entitlement.

General Service Medal GVI 2 clasps, Palestine, Palestine 1945-48

5495256 Cpl M C Pearcey Hamps R

1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence and War Medals

Unnamed, as issued

With copy Medal roll entries, War Office Casualty roll entry and other research on CD.

The group mounted as originally worn.

Michael Christopher Pearcey was born at Winchester in 1912, where his father George was serving as a Regular soldier of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps (1897-1919). He attested for  Hampshire Regiment in April 1930 and served with the 2nd Battalion, the 1st Battalion was in India and he does not appear on the India General Service Medal rolls 1935 to 1938. Both Regular battalions of the Hampshire Regiment served in Palestine prior to the Second World War; Pearcey appears on the roll of the 1st Battalion, which arrived there from India in October 1938. The unit was distributed around the country in detachments, usually of less than company strength, and experienced its fair share of sniping, bomb-throwing and mines in the course of its patrol and escort duties. By June 1940 it had moved to Egypt, coinciding with Italy’s entry into the war, and moved up to Mersa Matruh in the Western Desert to counter the Italian threat from Cyrenaica. Here it experienced heavy bombing from the air and supported General Wavell’s brilliant attack on Sidi Barrani that saw over 30,000 Italian troops taken prisoner.

The 1st Battalion moved to Malta in February 1941, where it was to stay for the next two years, through the tremendous bombing, famine and all the other hardships of the siege. In July 1943 the battalion was in the first wave of the invasion of Sicily and suffered over 300 men killed and wounded in the fighting that followed. In September it undertook its next assault landing, this time at Porto San Venere on the Italian mainland after which it was withdrawn to England to prepare for the invasion of France. The 1st Battalion went ashore near Arromanches on “D” Day 6th June 1944 and successfully secured its objectives. In the days that followed it continued to see heavy fighting in the Normandy bocage. Sergeant Pearcey’s name appears in a War Office casualty list as  wounded in action 9th June 1944.

Presumably this wound saw Pearcey separated from his Regiment for some time, as he appears on the roll for the post-war Palestine clasp serving as Warrant Officer 2nd Class attached to the Royal Sussex Regiment. He returned to the Royal Hampshire Regiment on 20th September 1948. Despite his length of service Pearcey does not appear in Army Orders as receiving a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. The MOD Medal Office has confirmed the group as his full entitlement. Latterly he lived in Gosport where he worked as a swimming bath attendant. He died at the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar, Gosport, Hampshire in April 1982.

NEF £295 Reserved


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British War Medal, 1939/45 Defence Medal to Mr Stanley Verrinder Bloodworth born in St Mary’s, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1900, an Outfitter with a family business in Cheltenham High Street, he attested for the Royal Naval Air Service 29th January 1918 and transferred to the RAF on its formation 1st April 1918. Serving at home, he was discharged 7th November 1918. In 1939 he was an ARP Warden in Chigwell, Epping Forest, Essex and kept a diary of events 30th August 1940 to 25th October 1940, recording bombing raids, do fights, areas bombed etc.

British War Medal

F .48482 F V Bloodworth AC2 RNAS

1939/45 Defence Medal

Unnamed as issued

With original Royal Navy certificate of service, original RAF certificate of service, original Chigwell Council Air Raid Precautions Card, his son’s 1939 Registration Cards (2), Army Cadet Force identity card, various cloth badges shown here with silver ARP lapel badge and button. An original photo of Stanley Verrinder Bloodsworth in uniform of RNAS. A very rare ARP diary kept between 30th August 1940 to 25th October 1940.

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Stanley Verrinder Bloodsworth was born 27th January 1900 in St Mary’s, Cheltenham an Outfitter he attested for the Royal Naval Air Service 29th January 1918 as Aircraftsman 2nd Class, recording his next of kin as his father Nathaniel Bloodworth, 306 High Street, Cheltenham. Joining President II. Subsequently joining the RN Air Stations at Tregantle 31st January 1918 and Orfordness 18th February 1918, he transferred to the RAF 1st April 1918 as a Labourer. Joining the Armament Experimental School 16th September 1918, RAF Oxfordness 2nd October 1918, he was discharged from No 20 Squadron 7th November 1918. An Air Raid Precaution (ARP) Warden at Chigwell during 1940, his diary records some interesting events a selection here –

30th August 1940 – Big aerial fight and anti aircraft fire, two planes down, one German, one ours, three men bailed out, 31st August – seven high explosive bombs dropped at Chigwell Road, 20 casualties and house demolished at Grange Hill, 31st Aug – Gun fire and aerial dog fight, four men bailed out, bombs fell by Grocers, Mersserschmitt cannon shells found at 94 and 149 Queens Road, 2nd September – Big gun barrage put up, German squadron of 50 to 100 planes, caught between gun barrage and our own fighter squadrons, 4th September – Heavy anti aircraft fire, no local damage, 7th September – Large local raid, 500 German planes, terrific gun barrage and dog fights, hail of shrapnel in Queens Road, Hurricane crashed on air raid shelter in New Loughton, three killed, airman (Polish) bailed out, about 400 to 500 killed in London area, 7th / 8th September – Sky red and London lit up all night, widespread damage in London area, heavy gun barrage, bombs dropped along High Road, 20 explosions in Prince’s Road, all Gas supplies failed, 8th/9th September – Longest and worst raid yet. Terrible damage in East End, London sky still aflame, 10th / 11th September – Incendiaries started fires, aerial torpedoes launched, 11th / 12th September Very heavy local gun fire, delayed action bomb dropped at Bush Way, slept in Shelter, Mr Wild’s car hit by shell, 12th / 13th September – Heavy local gun fire at intervals, hail of shrapnel in Queens Road, 13th September – Bombs dropped towards Epping, Germans later flew in low and bombed towards Watford, 15th September – Big raid from Dover to London, fires started but quickly under control, Buckingham Palace hit again. Diary continues recording dog fights and local areas bombed, including a direct hit on the local Doctor’s house (Dr Vollers), gas and water mains burst  on 23rd September, last entry 25th October – Planes continually heard and dogfight observed.

First time on the market.

GVF & better £275 SOLD


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1939/45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence and War Medals, General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48 to Private M Wray, East Yorkshire Regiment wounded in action on “D” Day 6th June 1944 whilst serving with the 5th Battalion. The Battalion landed on Gold Beach as part of the first assault wave. Capturing VER SUR MER, the Battalion pressed on its attack and took LA RIVIERE, the casualties were heavy. Two Company Commanders wounded, one 2 i/c Company killed, two Platoon Commanders  killed One Platoon Commander severely wounded (later died of wounds) and approx 100 ORs killed and wounded including Private Wray, recovering he later serving with the 2nd Battalion post war in Palestine.

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

Unnamed as issued

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48

14398951 Pte M Wray E Yorks

With copy War Office Casualty List entry TNA WO417/77 confirming wounded on “D” Day 6th June, GSM Medal roll entry recording service with the 2nd Battalion.

Account by Major A Consitt OC D Coy TNA WO223/30.

The run in was fairly uneventful drawing only moderate arty fire.

As the assault wave touched down (Gold Beach first assault wave) enemy small arms started and one AVRE took a direct hit from an 88mm  causing the simultaneous detonating of all charges, the effect was shattering causing very heavy casualties to two of the assault platoons of “D” Company (the left assault Cpompany) and killing two Platoon Commanders. The Right assault company (“A” Company) touched down where there were no enemy on the immediate beach, and they captured VER SUR MER with in- credibly light casualties (2 killed 3 wounded). This left the Right Reserve Company (“B” Company) free to pass through A Company and take up a back stop position in case the enemy should try to withdraw from LA RIVIERE.

Battalion HQ was coming in with the Left Res Company (“C” Company). As the beach came in full view and figures could be made out it was clear that the “D” Company was having trouble. Battalion HQ bring on an LCM grounded further out than “C” Company and so the Company had a start up the beaches. There was quite considerable small arms fire at this period, and as I came up the beach it was obvious “C” Company were in trouble too. The Back and of Battalion HQ was badly caught by a Spandau, FOB and wireless operator were killed, BC wireless operators were killed, Battalion 11 set rear link to Brigade operators were killed and wireless drowned. Wireless communications were impossible from the LCM. Coming out of the water I saw a large crowd up against the sea wall this transpired to be C Company who were by then without Company Commander or 2 i/c the former having been shot through the ankle on the beach and being unable to move and the 2 i/c having been killed.

I got hold of “D” Company Commander who told me that he was unable to make progress in the direction planned and had also tried to get on over the sea wall but failed. I told him to continue pressing the enemy as he was and I would take “C” Company round and try and get over the sea wall. He phoned to his leading pl and was almost immediately wounded in the head and though he carried on for sometime had eventually to hand over to his 2 i/c. The enemy in LA RIVIERE had by now obviously concentrated at the end of the village opposite “D” Company. I tried to get on to Squadron Commander “C” Squadron 4/7 DG but could not make contact by wireless. Later it transpired that owing to an error I was netted to the tanks supporting 6th Green Howard and vice versa. By now the position of “A” Company was clear, so “B” Company was ordered to come down from VER SUR MER and come at LA RIVIERE from the back. There was an unpleasant muddle under the sea wall at the WEST end of LA RIVIERE a stretch of it being defiladed from any enemy fire.

The expedition along the sea wall ran into a spandau as it approached the gap which existed where a road ran onto the beach.However the I.O. was able to get two tanks which were nearby and with these the spandau was silenced and one pl got over the wall in the gap in LA RIVIERE. The other two Platoon Commanders with part of their platoons had got muddled up with “D” Company and in the general turmoil could not be got hold of. The Platoon Commander got his platoon across an open piece of grass and into some slit trenches but on closing up to the houses was twice severely wounded in the stomach. Fire was then directed from a tank onto the houses and the leading section closed up to the houses. At this moment LCS joined in the fun for no apparent reason and starting pouring heavy MG fire and 4 inch shelling into the houses obliterating the leading section. To call this off took about 10 minutes.

And as the winkling started again the enemy emerged with white flags. “B” Company had not assisted in this battle having not fully understood the instructions, which had had to be passed over the air. However they had fulfilled a useful task which would otherwise now have had to be carried out. They had come down on the other end of LA RIVIERE and swept up to where “C” Company now were. The time was about 1030 hrs so that 3 hrs after “H” hour LA RIVIERE was completely clear. The casualties in taking LA RIVIERE were heavy. Two Company Commanders wounded One 2 i/c Company killed, two Platoon Commanders  killed One Platoon Commander severely wounded (later died of wounds) and approx 100 ORs killed and wounded.

GVF & better £425 SOLD


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1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Defence and War Medals, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Chief Engine Room Artificer Sidney Vernon Suggitt, Royal Navy born 30th August 1909 in Richmond, Yorkshire a Scholar, he entered the Royal Navy as an Engine Room Artificer Apprentice at Fisgard 31st December 1924.  Advanced to CERA 6th April 1940, joining Calliope 1st October 1940, HMS Cleopatra 20th November 1941. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal whilst serving at Moreta, the RN Base at Haifa 1st February 1943. Joining Pembroke 1st October 1947, he was discharged to pension 29th August 1949, in 1950 he applied to join the Indian Navy as a Commissioned Engineer, the result of his application not recorded. He died in Kingston upon Thames in 1971.

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Defence and War Medals

Unnamed as issued

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

M.38841 S V Suggitt CERA HMS Moreta

With copy service record and a small original photo of the recipient.

Sidney Vernon Suggitt was born 30th August 1909 in Richmond, Yorkshire a Scholar, he entered the Royal Navy as an Engine Room Artificer Apprentice at Fisgard 31st December 1924. Rated Engine Room Artificer (ERA) 5th Class at Pembroke 1st July 1929, acting ERA 4th Class 1st July 1930 aboard HMS Revenge, ERA 4th Class 20th July 1931, advanced to ERA 3rd Class 1st July 1933 aboard HMS Valiant, ERA 2nd Class 1st July 1937 at Pembroke II, Acting CERA 2nd Class 6th April 1939 aboard HMS Fortune. Joining Pembroke II 28th July 1939, advanced to CERA 6th April 1940, joining Calliope 1st October 1940, HMS Cleopatra 20th November 1941 on commissioning. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal whilst serving at Moreta, the RN Base at Haifa 1st February 1943. Joining Pembroke 1st October 1947, he was discharged to pension 29th August 1949, in 1950 he applied to join the Indian Navy as a Commissioned Engineer, the result of his application not recorded. He died in Kingston upon Thames in 1971.

NEF £175 Available


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1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star clasp France and Germany, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, Italy Star, War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Able Seaman James Kendal Tarbet, Royal Navy born 4th September 1904 in Sunderland, an Apprentice Plater he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class at Ganges 10th June 1921. Serving aboard HMS Greenwich during the Palestine operations 1936-39, he was aboard HMS Bideford when the Second World War broke out. Wounded when Bideford was hit by a German bomb which detonated one of the ships depth charges during an air attack on the evening of 29th May 1940, whilst evacuating troops from Dunkirk. 16 ships company and 12 embarked soldiers were killed and 50 seriously wounded. The Dragonfly-Class River Gunboat Locust towed the badly damaged Bideford back to Dover, the journey taking 32 hours and ending on 31st May. Discharged to pension 23rd October 1945 from Drake I. He died in Durham in 1973.

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

J.102741 J K Tarbet AB RN

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star clasp France and Germany, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, Italy Star, War Medal

Unnamed as issued

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

J.102741 J K Tarbet AB HMS Greenwich

With copy service record.

James Kendal Tarbet was born 4th September 1904 in Sunderland, an Apprentice Plater he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class at Ganges 10th June 1921. Rated Ordinary Seaman aboard HMS Warspite 4th Septermber 1922 and Able Seaman aboard HMS Warwick 26th October 1923. Joining HMS Brazen 18th October 1933, Drake I 7th October 1936, HMS Greenwich 29th December 1936, Cochrane 1st June 1938, Drake I 10th November 1938. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 14th October 1937 aboard HMS Greenwich, he Joined HMS Bideford 28th November 1938 and was still serving aboard this ship at least until October 1941. Discharged to 23rd October 1945 from Drake I. He died in Durham in 1973.

HMS Bideford

HMS Bideford was still part of the China Station on the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, continuing to carry out patrols until being ordered to return to Britain in December 1939. On her journey back to home waters, Bideford formed part of the escort of Convoy HGF 14 from Gibraltar to the UK, attacking a suspected submarine contact off Cape Finisterre on 9 January 1940. In February 1940, Bideford joined the 1st Escort Vessel Division of the Western Approaches Command, and was deployed on escorting convoys between Gibraltar and the United Kingdom. While escorting one such convoy, the Britain-bound HG 19, on 23rd February, Bideford attacked another suspected submarine contact. She attacked another submarine contact on 18 March, while escorting Convoy OG 22F. In May 1940 she took part in the Dunkirk evacuation. On her first evacuation trip, on the evening of 29th May, Bideford was struck by a German bomb, which set off one of Bideford’s depth charges, badly damaging the ship, and killing 28 personnel, 16 from the ship’s crew and 12 passengers with 50 wounded, Able Seaman Tarbet is recorded as wounded during this action on his service record. The aft 40 feet (12 m) of the ship’s stern was blown off and the ship’s mainmast collapsed, with Bideford having to be grounded to avoid sinking. The Minesweeper HMS Kellett took off the surviving troops , but despite the damage to the sloop, other troops later boarded Bideford. The Dragonfly-Class River Gunboat Locust towed Bideford back to Dover, the journey taking 32 hours and ending on 31st May.

GVF & better £450 Available


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1939/45 Star, France and Germany Star, and War Medal, General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48, Queen’s Korea Medal, United Nations Medal for Korea to Sergeant Edward Oliver Hearn, Gloster Regiment late Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and 156 Battalion Parachute Regiment Army Air Corps. Taken prisoner of war at Arnhem 25th September 1944. The 156th Battalion (4th Parachute Brigade) landed to the west Arnhem and could make no progress against 9th SS Panzer Division, who had been dug in for two days in well defended positions. With casualties mounting they finally withdrew south of the rail line into Oosterbeek. By 23rd September the battalions position was subjected to constant mortar and artillery fire and incursions by tanks and infantry were becoming more and more frequent. The remnants of the battalion were evacuated over the night of 25th/26th September. During the battle of Arnhem the battalion’s casualties were, 98 dead, 68 were evacuated and 313 became prisoners of war. The casualties sustained were never replaced and the battalion was disbanded after the battle. Re-joining the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1945, he served with the 1st Battalion in Palestine. Recalled from the Army Reserve for the Korean War, he served with 1st Battalion Gloster Regiment.

1939/45 Star, France and German Star and War Medal

Unnamed as issued

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48

14219663 SJT E O Hearn A&S H

Queen’s Korea Medal

14219663 Sgt E O Hearn Glosters

United Nations Medal for Korea British issue

Unnamed as issued

With some research.

Edward Oliver Hearn was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset in 1925 and enlisted into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Transferring to the Parachute Regiment he served 3 Platoon, “A” Company, 156th Battalion Parachute Regiment at Arnhem, jumping from aircraft tail number 42192903, chalk number 604, landing on 18th September 1944.

Taken prisoner of war at Arnhem 25th September 1944, held at Stalag 12A Limburg, Germany.

The 156th Parachute Battalion and the rest of the 4th Parachute Brigade landed to the west of Arnhem on the second day of the battle 18th September 1944. Their objective was to hold a position on the high ground north of Arnhem at Koepel. With the 156th Parachute Battalion leading on the right followed by the 10th Battalion on the left. By dawn the following day the battalion was just north of the Utrecht to Arnhem railway line. When they came under attack from German 88 mm guns. Both battalions were ordered to start an assault on the position at 07:00. After repeated attacks the battalion got no further forward. The defenders from the 9th SS Panzer Division had been here for two days and were well dug in. The German position included infantry, self propelled guns and armoured cars. The battalion fought all day in the woods but its losses were very heavy, with ‘A’ Company losing all of its officers. Finally brigade headquarters obtained permission to withdraw south of the rail line into Oosterbeek. The battalion started to pull back over the rail line but in the confusion of the withdrawal no orders had been given about where they were to go once south of the rail line. Most of ‘B’ and ‘Support’ Companies headed towards Wolfheze while the rest of the battalion headed towards Oosterbeek, the two parts of the battalion were never reunited. The units in Wolfheze and the remnants of the 10th Parachute Battalion now prepared to defend the village.

Casualties had continued to mount including the commanding officer Lieutenant-Colonel Richard des Voeux and the second in command who were both killed on 20th September. The battalion was now under command of Major Richard Powell. The German tactics were to bombard the British positions with tank and mortar fire. The remnants of the battalion were withdrawn into the perimeter formed by the division around Oosterbeek. By 21st September pressure from the German attacks had squeezed the perimeter to less than 1,000 yards across.

On 22nd September the bulk of the 1st Polish Parachute Brigade were dropped south of the river. This drew off some of the Germans from around the divisional perimeter to confront the new threat. The defenders now had to cope with over 100 German artillery guns firing onto their positions. By 23rd September the battalions position was subjected to constant mortar and artillery fire and incursions by tanks and infantry were becoming more and more frequent. Casualties forced a contraction of the perimeter but first the Germans had to be evicted from the houses behind them which they were to occupy. On 24th September the decision was made by Lieutenant General Horrocks commander XXX Corps to withdraw what was left of the division south of the Rhine. The remnants of the battalion were evacuated over the night of 25/26 September. During the battle of Arnhem the battalion’s casualties were, 98 dead, 68 were evacuated and 313 became prisoners of war. The casualties sustained were never replaced and the battalion was disbanded after the battle.

A letter written by Sergeant Hearn appears in the War Office Missing Files reference TNA WO361/633 – received by the Missing Section 11th July 1945.

“Sir, with reference to the attached list, I regret that I can only give definite news concerning the following two persons – 14629915 Pte A D Trueman was shot through the head and died instantly on 19th September 1944 and 5122842 Corporal R West who was shot through the foot, chest and stomach and died 20th September 1944, the plane carrying 3188365 Corporal O Lilly is reported to have crashed and all the occupants killed, I am sir, your obedient servants, E Hearn, Corporal, home address 25 Windham Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire”.

Re-joining his old Regiment in 1945, he served with the 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was discharged to the Army Reserve. Re-called to the Colours for the Korean War, he served with the 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.

GVF & better £1,850 SOLD


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1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Burma, War Medal, Queen Elizabeth 2 Coronation Medal 1953, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 2nd type to Petty Officer Joseph Charles Willis, Royal Navy. Enlisting in 1934 awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in December 1949, he appears on the Coronation Medal roll as Chief Petty Officer, Royal Navy, he died in Hampshire in 1975.

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

Unnamed as issued

Queen Elizabeth 2 Coronation Medal 1953

Unnamed as issued

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

JX.151290 J C Willis PO HMS Excellent

Mounted as originally worn, the Coronation Medal unmounted..

With copy LSGC and Coronation 1953 Medal roll entries.

Joseph Charles Willis born 21st January 1916 in Henley, Oxfordshire, awarded the LSGC Medal in December 1949 , he appears on the 1953 Coronation Medal roll as Chief Petty Officer, Royal Navy, he died SE Hampshire 1975.

GVF & better £225 Available


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1939/45 Defence and War Medals, Efficiency Medal GVI “Territorial” 2nd type to Sergeant J Wellings, Auxiliary Territorial Service.

1939/45 Defence & War Medals

Unnamed as issued

Efficiency Medal GVI “Territorial” 2nd type

W/701 Sgt J Wellings ATS

Mounted as originally worn.

Low number indicates 1938 enlistment.

GVF £110 SOLD


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1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, War Medal, Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Yangtse 1949, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 2nd type to Chief Petty Officer (Seaman) born in Fulham, London 2nd January 1912, a Training Ship Arethusa Boy, he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable as Boy 2nd Class 12th December 1927. Serving aboard HMS Sabre in 1940,  Sabre was conspicuous in the evacuation of British and French soldiers from the beaches of beaches at Malo-Les-Bains and the harbour mole during the Dunkirk evacuation. During nine days and nights of the evacuation, despite being damaged in an air attack, Sabre made ten round trips to Dunkirk and brought back to Dover a total of 5,765 soldiers, her Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Commander Dean was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Joining HMS London as Petty Officer 25th November 1948, he took part in the Yangtse incident in 1949 aboard this ship. Advanced to Chief Petty Officer 30th May 1953, he was discharged shore to pension 1st January 1957 and died in Enfield, Greater London in 1979.

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

Unnamed as issued

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Yangtse 1949

C/JX.131182 E Pledger PO RN

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

JX.131182 E Pledger PO HMS Tana

With copies of on line service records TNA ADM362/26 and ADM363/552/54.

Mounted as originally worn.

Ernest Pledger was born in Fulham, London 2nd January 1912, a Training Ship Arethusa Boy, he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable as Boy 2nd Class 12th December 1927. He subsequently joined Ganges 9th March 1928, HMS Benbow 1st January 1929, HMS Marlborough 30th April 1929, HMS Canterbury 2nd January 1930 as Ordinary Seaman, Pembroke I 30th April 1930, HMS York 6th May 1930, Pembroke I 30th January 1931, HMS Curlew 31st March 1931 where he was rated Able Seaman 2nd July 1931, HMS Sandhurst 8th March 1932, Pembroke I 26th July 1933, HMS Renown 4th May 1934, Pembroke I 3rd September 1936, HMS Warspite 25th February 1937, HMS Sabre 2nd March 1940 where he was advanced to acting Leading Seaman 7th July 1941.

HMS Sabre

As part of the 22nd Destroyer Flotilla, Sabre was conspicuous in the evacuation of British and French soldiers from the beaches of beaches at Malo-Les-Bains and the harbour mole during the Dunkirk evacuation. During nine days and nights of the evacuation, despite being damaged in an air attack, Sabre made ten round trips to Dunkirk and brought back to Dover a total of 5,765 soldiers, her Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Commander Dean was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. After Dunkirk there were still Allied forces to be evacuated from other French ports along the coast westward so the Navy had further work to do. ‘Operation Cycle’ launched on 10 June rescued some 11,000 from the English Channel port of Le Havre. Then on 12th June Sabre was deployed to help with the evacuation of still more British and Allied forces in ‘Operation Ariel’ from the rest of France. It began with the evacuation of Cherbourg and continued for the next ten days, moving south to St Nazaire, Bordeaux and right down to the Franco-Spanish border. Sabre was sent to Alderney the northerly island amongst the Channel Islands on 23 June and helped evacuate around 1,400 islanders to safety in Weymouth.

Joining Pembroke 30th July 1943, confirmed in the rate of Leading Seaman 30th July 1943.There is a gap in his service record 1943 to 1947 although in 1945 he was serving at HMS Tana, the RN Base at Mombassa, Kenya which closed in 1945. Fulmar / Milltown 1st October 1947, Pembroke 20th December 1947 as Petty Officer, HMS London 25th November 1948 taking part in the Yangtse incident aboard this ship.

HMS London

In the spring of 1949 the frigate HMS Amethyst became trapped by advancing Communist Chinese forces up the Yangtze River. HMS London sailed up the river as a show of strength in an attempt to help free the frigate. The Communist forces were not intimidated and took the cruiser under fire. London returned fire with her 8-inch and 4-inch guns, firing several hundred rounds, but was hit several times. Her two forward 8-inch turrets and “X” turret aft were damaged and rendered inoperable, and her bridge sustained several hits. London retreated down river and returned to Hong Kong for repairs which lasted until the end of July. London remained in Chinese waters until August 1949, when she was relieved by HMS Kenya, and she returned to the UK in the autumn of 1949.

Joining Pembroke I 1st November 1949, HMS Osiris 24th February 1950, Terror for Motor Minesweeper 1004 26th February 1953, advanced to Chief Petty Officer 30th May 1953, Royal Arthur 24th April 1955, Victory I 22nd September 1956, Pembroke I 21st October 1956 and discharged shore to pension 1st January 1957. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 23rd April 1945 whilst serving at HMS Tana, a duplicate Medal was sent to him at the Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham 27th April 1950, Medal roll TNA DM171/145 refers (Medal not marked duplicate). Ernest Pledger died in Enfield, Greater London in 1979.

GVF £1,350 SOLD


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Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39, 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Stoker Mechanic George Watkins, Royal Navy a former Labourer born in Sunbury Middlesex in 1904. A Labourer he entered the Royal Navy at Victory 13th April 1923 as Stoker 2nd Class. Joining HMSSomali 6th December 1938, shortly after commissioning he served aboard this ship during the Norway operations of 1940, being damaged by air attack on the 2nd May she was forced to return to Scapa Flow for repairs. Joining Victory 15th September 1941, he subsequently joined HMS Marne 18th November 1941 for Arctic convoy duty and HMS Scylla 20th November 1942, coming ashore 6th February 1943, he was discharged to pension 20th August 1948.

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

K.60932 G Watkins Sto 1 RN

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

Unnamed as issued

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

K.60932 G Watkins Sto 1 HMS Hawkins.

Mounted as originally worn with original certificate of service.

George Watkins was born in Sunbury, Middlesex 29th March 1904, a Labourer he entered the Royal Navy at Victory 13th April 1923 as Stoker 2nd Class. He subsequently joined HMS Assistance 12th September 1923, rated Stoker 1st Class 13th May 1924, HMS Leamington 4th December 1924, Victory 14th October 1925, HMS Yarmouth 8th April 1926, Victory 5th February 1927, HMS Courageous21st February 1928, HMS Cairo 21st June 1929, Victory 17th September 1930, HMS Frobisher 26th November 1930, HMS Vindictive 21st June 1932, HMS Nelson 1st September 1932, Victory 4th January 1935, Excellent 24th January 1925, HMS Repulse 9th January 1936, Victory 3rd December 1937, HMS Hawkins 22nd January 1938, HMS Somali 6th December 1938, Victory 15th September 1941

HMS Somali was  launched on 24 August 1937, and commissioned on 12 December 1938.On 3 September 1939, Somali intercepted the German Freighter Hannah Boge 350 miles south of Iceland, and took her as a prize. This was the first enemy merchant ship to be captured during the war. On 15 May 1940, during the Norwegian campaign Somali was carrying The Commander of 24th Guards Brigade back to Harstad from a reconnaissance of Mo when she was bombed by German aircraft on 2nd May 1940 and forced to return to the UK for repairs, taking the Brigadier with her. He did not reach Harstad until 23 May. In October 19140 Somali participated in the sinking of the German WSB 5 Adolf Vinnen in the Norwegian Sea off Stadlandet, Norway. As leader of 6th Destryer Flotilla she spent most of the remainder of 1940 and 1941 screening Home Fleet sweeps. In May 1941, Somali boarded the German weather ship München. Prior to being boarded, the crew of München threw overboard the ship’s Enigma Machine in a weighted bag. However, documents on the operation of the Enigma machine were left on board, as were vital code books providing a breakthrough for Allied code breakers.

Joining HMS Marne 18th November 1941 for Arctic convoy duty, HMS Scylla 20th November 1942, Victory 6th February 1943, rated Stoker Mechanic 2nd May 1947 and discharged 20th August 1948. Awarded the LSGC Medal 14th April 1938. Home address recorded as 209 Ludlow Road, Itchen, Southampton, Hampshire.

GVF & better £325 SOLD


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Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Alma Balaklava, Sebastopol, Turkish Crimea Sardinian issue, Turkey Order of the Medjidie 5th Class, Sardinia Silver War Medal Al Valore Militare 1855-56 to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Douglas Clephane born 1st January 1821 at Kirkness House on the shore of Loch Leven, the son of the Sherrif of Fifeshire. Ensign 79th Regiment of Highlanders by purchase 8th June 1836, promoted Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 6th June 1856 for his services during the assault on the fortifications at Sebastopol 18th June 1855. His book The Story of Sebastopol  A Poem in Two Cantos was published in 1869, a copy accompanies the group. Retired by sale of commission  6th June 1856, he died in Fife in 1887.

Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Alma, Balaklava, Sebastopol

Major R D Clephane 79th Highlanders

Turkish Crimea Medal Sardinian issue

Unnamed as issued

Turkey Order of the Medjidie 5th Class

Unnamed as awarded

Sardinia Silver War Medal Al Valore Militare engraved reverse

Lt Col Robt Douglas Clephane 79 Regt

All medals with ornate Silver Ribbon Buckle Brooches.

The Crimea Medal contemporary engraved naming in upright capital letters in the correct style, the Sardinian War Medal correct engraved naming.

Robert Douglas Clephane born 1st January 1821 at Kirkness House on the shore of Loch Leven, the son of the Sherrif of Fifeshire.

Ensign 79th Regiment of Highlanders by purchase 8th June 1836 (, Lieutenant by purchase 18th September 1840 (London Gazette 18th September 1840 page 2090), in 1841 the Regiment were serving in Gibraltar, Captain by purchase 11th April 1845 (London Gazette 11th April 1845 page 1113), in 1851 the Regiment were serving in Quebec, Canada, Major without purchase 13th August 1854 (London Gazette 8th September 1854 page 2763), Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 6th June 1856 for his services during the assault on the fortifications at Sebastopol 18th June 1855. He married Annie Laura Pine at St Marylebone Church, London 13th December 1855, retired by sale of commission  6th June 1856. Residing in Duddingston, Midlothian as recorded on the 1861 and 1871 census, in 1881 he was residing in Moffat, Dumfies. He died at Strattendry, Fife 3rd February 1887 aged 67 years.

Order of the Medjidie 5th Class London Gazette 2nd March 1858 “For distinguished services before the enemy in the late war”.

The London Evening Standard 5th September 1857 page 3 announced the award of the Sardinian War  Medal –

“Served in the Eastern campaign of 1854-56 (actually to 25th June 1855), including Alma, Balaklava and siege of Sebastopol, including the assault of 18th June (1855), the expeditions to Kertch and Yenikale”.

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With a copy of his book The Story of Sebastopol  A Poem in Two Cantos published by William Elgin & Sons, Edinburgh in 1869, the publication includes –

Canto 1 – Declaration of war, voyage out, Malta, dardanelles, Scutari, Balgaria, Sickness, Embarkation at Varna for the Crimea, Eupatoria, old fort, battle of the Alma.

Canto 2 – Halt after the battle, advance on Balaklava, Balaklava, opening of the siege of Sebastopol, Battle of Balaklava, approach of winter, Battle of Inkermann, winter, return of spring, Assault of 18th June and 8th September, fall of Sebastopol, conclusion.

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An account of the siege of Sebastopol 

During the first four months of 1855, low fever and dysentery prevailed in the Regiment to such an extent that it was found necessary to put the 79th under canvass in a position about 300 yards higher up the slope, exposed to the sea breezes from the south-west. Very soon after this move the health of the regiment underwent much improvement. In connection with what we have just stated, we shall introduce here a striking and intensely pathetic reminiscence of the campaign, which has been furnished us by Lieutenant Colonel Clephane. It shows how these comparatively raw soldiers of the Cameron Highlanders displayed a gallant devotion to their duty under the most trying circumstances which would have reflected credit upon veterans of a dozen campaigns.

“Shortly after the opening of the bombardment of Sebastopol, the 79th Highlanders furnished a party for trench duty, consisting of about 150 men, under command of a field officer, and accompanied by a similar number detailed from the brigade of Guards. They marched for the post of duty shortly before daybreak, taking the well-known route through the “Valley of Death,” as it was called. At that time a foe more dreaded than the Russians had persistently dogged the footsteps of the army, never attacking in force, but picking out a victim here and there, with such unerring certainty that to be sensible of his approach was to feel doomed. The glimmering light was at first insufficient for making out aught more than the dark body of men that moved silently along the above gloomy locality in column of march four deep ; but as the sun approached nearer the horizon, and the eye became accustomed to the glimmer, it was seen that one man was suffering under pain of no ordinary nature, and was far from being fit to go on duty that morning.

Indeed, on being closely inspected, it became evident that the destroyer had set his seal on the unfortunate fellow’s brow, and how he had mustered the determination to equip himself and march out with the rest was almost inconceivable. Upon being questioned, however, he persisted that there was not much the matter, though he owned to spasms in his inside and cramps in his legs, and he steadily refused to return to camp without positive orders to that effect, maintaining that he would be better as soon as he could get time to “lie down a bit.” All this time the colour of the poor fellow’s face was positively and intensely blue, and the damps of death were standing unmistakably on his forehead. He staggered as he walked, groaning with clenched teeth but keeping step, and shifting his rifle with the rest in obedience to each word of command. He ought probably to have been at once despatched to the rear, but the party was now close to the scene of action (Gordon’s battery), the firing would immediately commence, and somehow he was for the moment forgotten. The men took their places lining the breastwork, the troops whom they relieved marched off, and the firing began, and was kept up with great fury on both sides. All at once a figure staggered out from the hollow beneath the earthen rampart where the men were lying, and fell groaning upon the earth a few paces to the rear. It was the unfortunate man whose case we have just noticed. He was now in the last extremity, and there was not the ghost of a chance for him in this world; but three or four of his comrades instantly left their place of comparative safety, and surrounded him with a view of doing what they could to alleviate his sufferings. It was not much; they raised him up and rubbed his legs, which were knotted with cramps, and brandy from an officer’s flask was administered without stint.

All in vain, of course; but, curiously enough, even then the dying man did not lose heart, or show any weakness under sufferings which must have been frightful. He was grateful to the men who were busy rubbing his agonised limbs, and expressed satisfaction with their efforts, after a fashion that had even some show of piteous humour about it. “Aye.” groaned he, as they came upon a knot of sinews as large as a pigeon’s egg, “that’s the vaygabone !” It became evident now that the best thing that could be done would be to get him home to camp, so that he might at least die beyond the reach of shot and shell. The open ground to the rear of the battery was swept by a perfect storm of these missiles; but volunteers at once came forward, and placed upon one of the bloodstained litters the dying man, who, now nearly insensible, was carried back to his tent. This was affected without casualty to the bearers, who forthwith returned to their post, leaving their unfortunate comrade at the point of breathing his last.”

GVF & better £3,500 SOLD


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Queen’s Korea Medal, United Nations Medal for Korea, Meritorious Service Medal E2 Army, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Regular Army E2 and Bar for Second Award to Warrant Officer Class 2 J N L Hughes, Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

Queen’s Korea Medal

14473664 Sgt J N L Hughes RAOC

United Nations Medal for Korea (British issue)

Unnamed as issued

Meritorious Service Medal Army E2

LS 14473664 WO2 J N L Hughes RAOC

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Regular Army E2

14473664 S Sgt J N L Hughes RAOC

Court mounted as originally worn.

GVF £725 Available


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1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Petty Officer Arthur James Edwards Wilson born 17th August 1910 in Norwich, Norfolk an Errand By he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 13th January 1924 at Ganges joining HMS Volunteer 28th July 1939, she took part in the Norway operations commencing 9th April 1940. After a period ashore, he joined the King George V Class Battleship HMS Anson 24th August 1943, joining Pembroke 31st July 1944, he remained ashore until the end of hostilities. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 25th February 1944, discharged to pension 15th January 1952. 

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

Unnamed as issued

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

JX.125704 A J E Wilson PO HMS Anson

With details extracted from his on line service record. Arthur James Edwards Wilson born 17th August 1910 in Norwich, Norfolk an Errand By he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 13th January 1924 at Ganges. Rated Ordinary Seaman 17th August 1928 aboard HMS Ramillies, rated Able Seaman 17th February 1930 aboard HMS Cyclops, advanced to acting Leading Seaman 1st February 1939 aboard HMS Foxhound, joining HMS Volunteer 28th July 1939, confirmed in that rate 1st February 1940. In April Volunteer was assigned to support operations in Norway which began on 9th April. Joining Pembroke I 2nd May 1940,  Seabelle (Royal Naval Base Persian Gulf) 25th June 1940, advanced to acting Petty Officer 10th March 1941, and confirmed in that rate 10th March 1942, Pembroke 15th November 1942, HMS Anson (King George V Class Battleship) 24th August 1943. On the 4th October 1943 Anson provided cover for Operation Leaver, a US Naval operation against German shipping in the vicinity of Bodo, Norway, and during Operation Tungsten on 3rd April 1944, a successful airstrike against the German Battleship Tirpitz.

Joining Pembroke 31st July 1944, HMS Gould 25th May 1946, Sultan 14th September 1946, Bonaventure 21st September 1946, Pembroke 15th November 1946, Bonaventure 1st October 1947, Pembroke I 15th November 1947,  HMS Manxman 24th January 1948, HMS Solebay 6th September 1948, HMS Portland Bill 31st August 1949, advanced to Chief Petty Officer 8th June 1950, Pembroke I 1st July 1950, shore pensioned 15th January 1952. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 25th February 1944.

NEF £165 Available


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India General Service Medal (1895) clasps Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98, Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army EVII to Colour Sergeant John Sanders, Gordon Highlanders a former Chair Maker born in Sheffield  in 1871, he attested for the Gordon Highlanders in Glasgow 3rd February 1889. Posted to the 2nd Battalion 16th May 1889 and to the 1st Battalion 26th January 1896. Serving in India from 8th January 1896 to 18th October 1898, the 1st Battalion famous for their assault and capture of the Dargai Heights 20th October 1897, Egypt 19th October 1898 to 8th December 1898, South Africa 9th November 1899 to 3rd July 1900 when invalided home. Mentioned in Despatches by FM Lord Roberts in 1901 page, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded Army Order 242 of 1907. Discharged to pension 5th February 1910, he resided in Glasgow and served in the Special Reserve 1911 to 1914 being medically discharged 9th October 1914.

India General Service Medal (1895) clasps Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98

3131 Sergt J Sanders 1st Bn Gord Hrs

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

3131 SJT J Sanders Gordon Highrs

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army EVII

3131 C SJT J Sanders Gordon Hrs

With copy service papers, Medal roll entries, London Gazette entry and headers for MID, small copy photo of recipient wearing his IGS (1895).

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John Sanders was born in Sheffield, an 18 year 4 month old Chair Maker, he attested for the Gordon Highlanders in Glasgow 3rd February 1889 and joined the Depot two days later. Posted to the 2nd Battalion 16th May 1889, granted 1d Good Conduct Pay 5th February 1891, appointed Lance Corporal 28th February 1891, promoted Corporal 3rd October 1891, and posted to the Depot 9th September 1893. Appointed Lance Sergeant 23rd August 1894, promoted Sergeant 13th June 1895, posted 2nd Battalion 27th November 1895 and to the 1st Battalion 26th January 1896. Posted to the Depot 8th May 1900, 3rd (Reserve) Battalion 1st December 1901, Permanent Staff 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion Gordon Highlanders 1st February 1902 and promoted Colour Sergeant 5th September 1904. Discharged to pension having completed 21 years service 5th February 1910.

An attack on Dargai Heights during the Tirah Campaign resulted in the award of four Victoria Crosses . The Heights were held by Afridi  tribesmen but were successfully stormed by the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders and 2nd Battalion King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles  on 20  October 1897. Piper George Findlater and Private Edward Lawson of the Gordons both received the award the other two being awarded to soldiers of the Derbyshire and Dorset Regiments.

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Gordons assault the Dargai Heights 20th October 1897

Serving in India from 8th January 1896 to 18th October 1898, including the attack on Dargai Heights during the Tirah Campaign 20th October 1897, Egypt 19th October 1898 to 8th December 1898, South Africa 9th November 1899 to 3rd July 1900 when invalided home. Mentioned in Despatches by FM Lord Roberts London Gazette 8th February 1901 page 849, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded Army Order 242 of 1907. Attesting for the Army Special Reserve 3rd February 1911 aged 44 years he stated his occupation as Clerk. Promoted to Colour Sergeant 3rd October 1914, he was discharged medically unfit for service 9th October 1914, home address recorded as 70 Balfour Street, Maryhill, Glasgow.

GVF and better £695 Available


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Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 clasp Suakin 1885 reverse dated 1882, Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04, Khedives Star 1882 to Stoker John McCarthy, Royal Navy a former Boiler Maker born in Dublin in 1861 he entered the Royal Navy as Stoker 2nd Class at Pembroke 30th June 1882. Serving aboard HMS Euphrates during the Egypt operations of 1882, he was to return to this theatre of operations in 1885 aboard HMS Dolphin. Continuing to serve ashore and afloat he joined HMS Dryad 7th December 1899 taking part in the operations off Somaliland in 1902 aboard this ship. Discharged to pension 23rd April 1903, he was not awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal having been awarded three breaks in “Very Good” conduct.

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 reverse dated 1882 clasp Suakin 1885

J McCarthy Stkr 2 Cl HMS Euphrates

Africa General Service Medal VII clasp Somaliland 1902-04

J McCarthy Sto HMS Dryad

Khedives Star dated 1882

Unnamed as issued

With copy service papers, Medal roll entries.

John McCarthy was born in Dublin 16th November 1861, a Boiler Maker, he entered the Royal Navy as Stoker 2nd Class at Pembroke 30th June 1882, he subsequently joined HMS Euphrates 12th July 1882 taking part in the operations off Egypt in 1882, Asia 11th October 1882, Pembroke 18th October 1882 where he was rated Stoker 29th November 1883, HMS Dolphin 1st May 1884 taking part in the Suakin operations of 1885 aboard this ship. Pembroke 1st October 1887, HMS Hotspur 24th January 1888, Pembroke 1st October 1887, HMS Rodney 14th May 1890, Pembroke 15th February 1893, HMS Sphinx 7th April 1893, HMS Magdala 23rd January 1894, HMS Sappho 17th May 1896, Pembroke 18th July 1896, Torpedo Store, Chatham 17th October 1896, Pembroke 20th April 1899, Torpedo Store Chatham 8th November 1899, Pembroke II 1st November 1899, HMS Dryad 7th December 1899 taking part in the operations off Somaliland aboard this ship, Pembroke 29th November 1902 from where he was discharged to pension 23rd April 1903.

Not awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, breaks in “Very Good” conduct recorded in 1889, 1890 and 1895.

115 clasps Suakin 1885 awarded to HMS Dolphin

137 clasps Somaliland 1902-04 awarded to HMS Dryad

An unusual combination, light pitting to Egypt and Sudan Medal therefore

VF and better £450 Available


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Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39, 1939/45 Star, Defence and War Medals with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Chief Petty Officer Claude Leslie Williams, Royal Navy born in Harwich, Essex 12th March 1910 a Cabinet Maker he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class at Ganges 15th September 1926. Mentioned in Despatches for his distinguished service during the evacuation of the BEF from the beaches of Dunkirk Operation Dynamo, whilst serving aboard HMS Wolsey. Williams was in charge of one of the ship’s boats ferrying troops from the beach to his ship. HMS Wolsey completed six round trips from Dover to Dunkirk and on one occasion remained 25 hours in the outer harbour and off shore, frequently under air attack as Wireless Telegraphy link ship. She carried a total of 3,650 soldiers between 28th May and 1st June 1940 when she had to go to Portsmouth for essential repairs. Leaving Wolsey in April 1940, he spent the remainder of the war at various shore bases, he retired from the Royal Navy 9th April 1950 and died in Hythe, Southampton, 5th January 1989.

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

JX.128094 C L Williams A/PO RN

1939/45 Star Defence and War Medals with MID Oakleaf

Unnamed as issued

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

JX.128094 C L Williams PO HMS Tyne

With copy service records covering his entire RN service, copy Medal Card confirming the award of the 1939/45 Star, Defence and War Medals only for his 2WW service, London Gazette entry and header for MID, copy recommendation, copy LSGC Medal roll entry and death certificate.

Claude Leslie Williams was born in Harwich, Essex 12th March 1910 a Cabinet Maker he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class at Ganges 15th September 1926, joining HMS Benbow 27th August 1927 he was rated Ordinary Seaman aboard this ship 12th March 1928. Rated Able Seaman aboard HMS Enterprise 12th August 1929, he was advanced to acting Leading Seaman aboard HMS Foxhound 17th April 1936 and confirmed in that rate 17th April 1937 aboard the same ship. Joining HMS Wanderer 1st October 1937, HMS Garland 28th January 1938, he was advanced to acting Petty Officer aboard this ship 12th November 1938 and confirmed in that rate 12th November 1939 aboard the same ship. Joining HMS Wolsey 1st January 1940 he served aboard this ship during the evacuation of the BEF from Dunkirk Operation Dynamo.

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HMS Wolsey returns to Dover from Dunkirk with 800 soldiers aboard.

HMS Wolsey completed six round trips from Dover to Dunkirk and on one occasion remained 25 hours in the outer harbour and off shore, frequently under air attack as Wireless Telegraphy link ship. She carried a total of 3,650 soldiers between 28th and 1st June 1940 when she had to go to Portsmouth for essential repairs.

Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 16th August 1940 page 5070

“For good services in the withdrawal of the Allied Armies from the beaches of Dunkirk”.

The recommendation file TNA ADM116/4504 records –

“Leading Seaman Claude Leslie Williams C/JX.128094 was selected from the boat’s crews as being outstanding for their work in ferrying troops (from the beach to the Destroyer)”.

Joining Osprey (RN Base Portland, Dorset), 7th August 1940, Nimrod (Training Establishment and Anti Submarine Base, Cambletown) 2nd December 1940, Osprey 13th December 1940, Nemesis(Acomodation ship, Iceland) 31st May 1941, Osprey 22nd June 1941, HMS Tyne (Destroyer Depot Ship, Scapa Flow) 28th June 1942, Osprey 9th April 1943, HMS Tyne 23rd April 1943, Osprey 13th December 1943, advanced to Temporary Chief Petty Officer 13th February 1945, Malabar (RN Base Bermuda) 28th October 1946, confirmed in the rate of Chief Petty Officer 1st October 1947, Pembroke I 4th May 1949, HMS Woolwich 11th May 1949, Collingwood 5th February 1950, Pembroke I 4th March 1950 and discharged shore to pension 8th April 1950. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 19th February 1943.

Claude Leslie Williams died at his home 34 Adams Road, Hythe, Southampton 5th January 1989, his occupation is recorded as “Retired Technical Advisor”.

A fine award for Operation Dynamo.

GVF & better £595 SOLD


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Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39, 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star clasp France and Germany, Burma Star clasp Pacific, Italy Star, Defence and War Medals, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type with Clasp for Second Award to Chief Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic Matthew Redshaw, Royal Navy a former Coal Miner born in Chester-Le-Street, Durham in 1905. Entering the Royal Navy as Stoker 2nd Class 20th August 1924, he was advanced to Chief Stoker in 1937. Serving aboard HMS Belfast on the outbreak of the Second World War, he had joined Belfast on commissioning, he served aboard this ship until August 1944. Joining HMS King George V in October 1944, he came ashore in April 1946. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 21st July 1939 and the clasp 7th July 1958. Discharged 28th July 1958, after 34 years service, he was employed as a factory cleaner and died at his home in Southsea, Portsmouth in 1978 aged 73 years.

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

K.64619 M Redshaw SPO RN

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star clasp France and Germany, Pacific Star clasp Burma, Italy Star, Defence and War Medals

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type with clasp for SECOND AWARD

K.64619 M Redshaw Ch Sto HMS Victory

With copy service papers covering the period 1924 to 1958, copy 2WW Medal award card verifying all medals and clasps, copy death certificate. Copy LSGC Medal roll and Bar entty (By Captain K J Douglas-Morris, RN).

The group mounted as originally worn with dark Navy blue serge cloth backing.

Matthew Redshaw was born in Chester-Le-Street, Durham 3rd March 1905 a Coal Miner, he entered the Royal Navy as Stoker 2nd Class at Victory III 20th August 1924. Joining his first ship HMS Barham, he was rated Stoker 1st Class aboard this ship 20th July 1925. Advanced to acting Leading Stoker aboard HMS Nelson 12th March 1928, he was confirmed in this rate at Fisgard 15th May 1930. Advanced to Acting Stoker Petty Officer aboard HMS Sandwich 20th January 1933 and confirmed in that rate at Victory II 20th January 1934. Advanced to Chief Stoker aboard HMS Ajax 4th September 1937, he joined HMS Belfast 3rd August 1939 (on commissioning) and served aboard this ship until 23rd August 1944 when he joined Victory.

HMS Belfast

Built by Messrs Harland & Wolff in 1936, HMS Belfast was launched by Anne Chamberlain, wife of the then Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, on St Patrick’s Day in 1938. After fitting out and builder’s trials, Belfast was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 5 August 1939 under the command of Captain G A Scott DSO, Royal Navy. Designed for the protection of trade and offensive action she was immediately called into service patrolling the northern waters in efforts to impose a maritime blockade on Germany. However, disaster struck after only two months at sea when Belfast hit a magnetic mine on 21st November 1939. There were few casualties but the damage to her hull was so severe she was out of action for three years.

On rejoining the home fleet in 1942 she was still the largest and most powerful Cruiser in the Royal Navy and most importantly she was equipped with the most advanced radar systems. Belfast was immediately called into action and played a crucial role in protecting the arctic convoys, Russia’s supply route throughout the war. Most notably in her role during the Battle of North Cape which saw the sinking of the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst and the loss of all but 36 of her 1,963 crew. Belfast remained protecting the arctic convoys until 1944, then spent five weeks supporting the D-Day landings and reportedly fired one of the first shots on D-Day itself, firing over 5,000 rounds.

Joining HMS King George V 15th October 1944, Victory II 27th April 1946, he was rated Stoker Mechanic  (new trade rating) 29th July 1950, Leading Stoker Mechanic 30th July 1950, Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic 31st July 1950, Chief Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic 1st August 1950. Joining Belleropheon 1st September 1950, he was discharged 28th July 1958. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 4th July 1939, he would have qualified for the Bar to the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 4th July 1954 and this was awarded 7th July 1957. He died at his home in 13 Mafeking Road, Southsea 24th October 1978, his occupation recorded as factory cleaner (retired).

GVF and better £525 SOLD


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Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39, 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Defence and War Medals with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Stoker Petty Officer Alfred Henry Binstead, Royal Navy from Belfast. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal aboard the Flower Class Corvette HMS Anemone 5th December 1940, he was recommended for the Distinguished Service Medal for his services aboard HMS Balsam in defence of North Atlantic Convoy OS.51 and the destruction of the German Submarine U-135 on 15th July 1943, downgraded to a Mention in Despatches

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

KX.86656 A H Binstead L Sto RN

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Defence and War Medals with MID Oakleaf

Unnamed as issued

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

KX.86656 A H Binstead SPO HMS Anemone

With copy London Gazette entry and header for MID, recommendation for Award, downgraded to an MID.

Mounted as originally worn with dark blue Navy surge cloth backing.

Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 5th December 1940 aboard the Flower Class Corvette HMS Anemone.

Stoker Petty Officer Alfred Henry Binfield was Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 9th November 1943 page 4916

“For gallant and distinguished services in action with enemy Submarines while serving in His Majesty’s Ships……Balsam“.

The original recommendation is for a Decoration (Distinguished Service Medal) downgraded to a Mention in Despatches TNA reference ADM1/14503

“For skill and devotion to duty at his action station as Engine Room Stoker Petty Officer during a successful action against an enemy submarine. The manoeuvres of the escorts from the time this U-Boat attacked the convoy at 10:20 until its final destruction at 12:06 were such as to call for a high degree of skill and care from the Engine Room personnel. The operations required of escorts ro ensure destruction of this U-Boat could not have been accomplished without the skill and devotion to duty of the Engine Rood Department”.

The destruction of the U-135 took place on 15th July 1943 in the North Atlantic, a combination of depth charges and ramming, 5 crew were lost, 41 officers and ratings were rescued and taken prisoner of war. The U-135 (Oberleutnant Zur See Otto Luther) ignored standing orders that attacks on convoys should not be attempted and attacked convoy OS.51. He damaged the 4,762 ton freighter Twickenham but was spotted by the escort. The sloop HMS Rochester and corvettes HMS Balsam and Mignonette launched a series of depth charge attacks which blew the submarine to the surface, where she was rammed by HMS Rochester.

Subsequent interrogation of U-135’s crew revealed that the Boat was still seaworthy after depth charging and that Luther had been the first man to abandon her. He had not sunk anything for over a year and was desperate to do so before the end of his patrol, hence his disregard for orders.

Slight edge knock to LSGC, scratch through “i” of Binfield on NGS otherwise

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Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasp Sebastopol, Turkish Crimea Sardinian issue, Victoria Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army Victoria o Sergeant Thomas Short, 5th Division, Coast Brigade, Royal Artillery.

Crimea Medal Clasp Sebastopol

Gr T Short Ry AR*

Turkish Crimea

Gr T Short RA

Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

2061 Sergt Thos Short Coast Bde RA

 Thomas Short born 1832, Dunban Haddington, attesting for the Royal Artillery at Leigh, Midlothian on 28th January 1851, aged 18 years. Promoted Bombardier 1st October 1862, Corporal on 1stMay 1865 and Sergeant 1st December 1869. Sergeant Short served for a period of over 21 years and was discharged on 30th July 1872 aged 40 years. His service records shows the award of the Crimea Medal Clasp Sebastopol, Turkish Crimea Medal and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

Naming worn away in places as indicated by *

Condition Good Fine / GVF £450 Available


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Queen’s Korea Medal and United Nations Medal for Korea to Sergeant Frank Harold William Christie, Royal Army Service Corps late 4th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment born Horsham Sussex in 1919, he served with 4th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment in France 1939 to 1940. Transferring to the Royal Army Service Corps he served in Korea, he died Lambeth, London in 1988.

Queen’s Korea Medal 1st type

S/7890516 Sgt F H W Christie RASC

United Nations Medal for Korea (British issue)

Unnamed as issued

With Copy Muster Roll entry showing basic service details, all clasps confirmed on the Medal roll.

Frank Harold William Christie born in Horsham, Sussex in 1919, he is listed as embarking with 4th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment (4RTR) for France 19th September 1939 reference War Diary TNA WO167/4597, the unit (less tanks) being evacuated from Dunkirk 27th May 1940. Later transferring to the Royal Army Service Corps, he served in Korea, he died in Lambeth, London in 1988.

NEF £225 Available


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Crimea Medal with three clasps, Sebastopol, Inkermann, Alma, Turkish Crimea (Sardinian issue) Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Victoria Army to Christopher Whipps 50th Regiment of Foot (Queens Own Regiment) and 34th Regiment of Foot, enlisting 25th February 1952, he died at Shorncliffe 26th January 1871 whilst serving with the 34th Regiment.

Crimea Medal Clasps Sebastopol, Inkermann, Alma

362* *** Christopher Whipps 50th ***iment

Turkish Crimea Sardinian issue

3626 Christopher Whipps 50th Regt

Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Victoria

867 C Whipps 34th Regt 

With  Copies Muster Roll entry showing basic service details, all clasps confirmed on the Medal roll.

Christopher Whipps, born Romford Essex. Wife of Sarah Whipps he enlisted in the 50th Regiment on 25th February 1852, he died at Shorncliffe while serving with the 34th Foot on 26th January 1871.

 Copies Muster Roll entry showing basic service details

The Crimea Medal contemporary engraved naming in neat upright capital letters, worn away in places as indicated by **

Good Fine and better £595 Available


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Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 undated reverse no clasp, Khedives Star 1884-6, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria to Chief Officer William Samuel Hill, HM Coast Guard late Royal Navy born in Lambeth, Surrey a former Labourer and Gas Fitter, he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 8th April 1873. Serving aboard HMS Euryalus during the operations in the Sudan in 1885 as Captain’s Coxswain. Disrated in July 1885 to Able Seaman, he transferred to HM Coast Guard as Boatman 16th November 1887 and served at various stations in Ireland and Scotland. Advanced to Chief Boatman in Charge 13th June 1904 and Chief Officer (Warrant Officer) 1st January 1909, he retired 29th May 1912 after 39 years service.

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 undated reverse no clasp

W S Hill Coxn 1 CL HMS Euryalus

Khedives Star dated 1884-6

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria

W S Hill Comd Biatn HM Coast Guard

William Samuel Hill was born in Lambeth, Surrey 29th May 1857 a Labourer and Gas Fitter he entered the Royal Navy at Fisgard as Boy 2nd Class 8th April 1873. Reated Ordinary Seaman aboard HMS Endymion 29th May 1875 and Able Seaman aboard HMS Royal Adelaide 3rd August 1876. Advanced to Leading Seaman 23rd March 1881, to Petty Officer of the 2nd Class aboard HMS Londonand to the 1st Class 16th September 1883. Joining HMS Euryalus, he was rated Captain’s Coxswian from 1st April 1884. Disrated to Able Seaman 2nd July 1885, he joined Excellent 24th July 1885, HMS Devastation 8th June 1886 where he was advanced to Leading Seaman 15th December 1886.

Transferring to HM Coast Guard as Boatman 16th November 1887, he served at stations at Dunbar, Elie (Fifeshire), Crail (Fifeshire), Berwick, Leith, Redheugh (Newcastle on Tyne), Rosehearty (Aberdeen), Mean Queensford, Butt of Lewes and Queensferry. Advanced to Commissioned Boatman 9th February 1894, Chief Boatman 14th February 1901, Chief Boatman in Charge (at Mean) 13th June 1904, Chief Officer (Warrant Officer) at Queensferry 1st January 1909. Discharged to pension 29th May 1912 after 39 years’ service, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 21st January 1901.

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Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 dated 1882 reverse, Khedives Star 1882, Long Service and Good Conduct Medals Royal Navy Victoria to Chief Carpenter’s Mate Richard James Kitson Scorey, Royal Navy born in Devonport in 1851 and a Dockyard Apprenticeship served Skilled Shipwright he entered the Royal navy aboard HMS Indus as Skilled Shipwright 22nd June 1877. Serving aboard HMS Agincourt during the Egyptain operations of 1882, rated Skilled Carpenter’s Mate aboard HMS Agamemnon in January 1885 and Chief Carpenter’s Mate aboard HMS Dolphin in July 1889. Awarded the LSGC Medal 17th January 1889, he retired 30th June 1897. He died in Devonport in 1943 aged 92 years.

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 dated 1882 reverse no clasp

R S Corey Skd Shipwt HMS Agincourt

Khedives Star dated 1882

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria

R J K Scorey Skd Carpt’s Mte HMS Indus

With copy service record.

Richard James Kitson Scorey was born 30th July 1851 in Devonport, a Shipwright almost certainly employed in HM Dockyard, Devonport, he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Indus as Skilled Shipwright 22nd June 1877. He subsequently joined HMS Penguin 4th October 1877, HMS Indus 23rd September 1881, HMS Agincourt 27th May 1882, taking part in the Egypt operations of 1882 aboard this ship. Joining HMS Indus 1st August 1884, HMS Agamemnon 16th September 1884 where he was rated Skilled Carpenter’s Mate 29th January 1885, HMS Indus 13th December 1887, HMS Dolphin 9th May 1889 as Skilled Chief Carpenter’s Mate and Chief Carpenter’s Mate from 1st July 1889. Joining Vivid II 1st April 1893, Vivid I 2nd March 1896 and finally Vivid II 5th May 1896, he was discharged to pension 30th June 1897. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 17th January 1889. The 1911 census records he is a 59 year old Shipwright residing with his wifeAnnie, two daughters and three sons at 69 George Street, Devonport, he died in Devonport 24th December 1943 aged 92 years

Average VF Minimal pitting £425 Available


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1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Chief Petty Officer Airman Vivian Read Graham, Fleet Air Arm born in Gateshead, Durham 20th August 1909. Entering the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 3rd December 1924, he was rated Ordinary Telegrapher 20th August 1927. Transferring to the Fleet Air Arm 1st June 1939 as a Leading Airman (Telegraphist & Air Gunner), he flew operationally from HMS Ark Royal during the Norway campaign of 1940. Taking part in Operation Menace, the attack on Dakar 13th to 25th September 1940, his aircraft was brought down by anti aircraft fire on 24th during an attack on a Vichy French Destroyer and ditched in the sea, the three man crew rescued by HMS Echo. As a Telegraphist Air Gunner of Swordfish 2B of 810 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm piloted by Lieutenant D F Godfrey-Faussett, DSC, he took part in the attack on German Battleship Bismarck that led to her destruction on 27th May 1941, his aircraft being damaged by Anti-Aircraft fire from Bismarck during the attack. Remaining in the Fleet Air Arm post war, he was discharged to pension in August 1949 and died in Cheltenham in 1986.

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Defence and War Medals

Unnamed as issued

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

F55072 V R Graham POA HMS Kestrel

With copy research documents by email and service record by email.

Vivian Read Graham was born in Gateshead, Durham on 20th August 1909, a scholar he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable as Boy 2nd Class (J.112598) 3rd December 1924. Rated Boy Telegrapher aboard HMS Ajax 30th April 1926, he subsequently joined HMS Ark Royal 1st September 1926, HMS Benbow 6th January 1927, HMS Ramillies as Ordinary Telegrapher 20th August 1927, HMS Conquest 14th October 1927, Egmont I 8th March 1928, HMS Ceres 1st April 1928 where he was rated Telegrapher 17th December 1928.

Passing the course as Telegraphist Air Gunner on 16th January 1935. Joining HMS Furious on 5th March 1935, HMS Glorious 29th August 1935 and to HMS Courageous 19th October 1935. He returned to HMS Glorious 18th February 1936 and served on her until 27th July 1936. He saw further on HMS Eagle from 18th January 1937 advanced to Acting Leading Telegraphist 17th November 1937 and confirmed Leading Telegraphist 17th November 1938 he transferred to the Fleet Air Arm as Leading Airman F55072 on 1st June 1939, serving aboard HMS Eagle until  3rd August 1939.
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Fleet Air Arm Fairey Swordfish airborne from HMS Ark Royal during Operation Menace 1940
Joining Daedalus 4th August 1939 and HMS Ark Royal 27th February 1940, advanced to Acting Petty Officer Airman 1st May 1940. Flying from HMS Ark Royal, he took part in the Norway campaign of 1940, and flew the following sorties –

25th April 1940 – Anti Submarine patrol, 28th April 1940 – Bombing Vaernes aerodrome, 16th May 1940 – Bombing Hemnes, 4th June 1940 – Fighter Patrol (Reported on weather at Narvik), 6th June 1940 – Air Defended Area (ADA) Patrol, 6th June 1940 – Patrol for enemy shipping, 8th June 1940 – ADA patrol Risoy, 9th June 1940 – Reconnaissance for Convoy, 9th June 1940 – Reconnaissance, 10th June 1940 – Reconnaissance, 10th June 1940 – Search for enemy battleships, 13th June 1940 – Reconnaissance of evacuation vessels. TNA references ADM199/15, 479 & 480.

Taking part in Operation Menace, the unsuccessful attempt to capture Dakar Harbour from Vichy French Forces 13th to 25th September 1940. The Telegraphist / Air Gunner in Swordfish L2644 of 820 Squadron pilot Lieutenant (A) Richard Sydney Hankey, Royal Navy and Observer Temporary Sub Lieutenant (A) Anthony Wilfred Noel Dayrell, Royal Navy. On 24th September they were part of a formation of six aircraft tasked with attacking Destroyers in Dakar Harbour when they were hit by anti aircraft fire at about 1530 and forced to ditch in the sea. Only the pilot was slightly injured and all three were rescued by HMS Echo. Reference TNA ADM358 and ADM199/907.

As a Telegraphist Air Gunner of Swordfish 2B of 810 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm piloted by Lieutenant D F Godfrey-Faussett, he took part in the attack on German Battleship Bismarck that led to her destruction on 27th May 1941. The aircraft being damaged by Anti-Aircraft fire from Bismarck during the attack. His pilot being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Petty Officer Graham received no recognition.

On 24 May 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank the Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Hood, and damaged out of action HMS Prince of Wales. The Aircraft Carrier HMS Ark Royal received an order from Churchill, as part of Force H, to hunt down Bismarck and sink it.On 26 May 1941 Bismarck was running for the safety of the French port of Brest to make repairs to light damage that she had received from the clash with Prince of Wales, and a last-ditch attempt to slow it down with an airborne torpedo attack from Ark Royal’s aircraft was ordered that night so that the pursuing Royal Navy’s heavy ships could catch up with her.

Report of attack by Lt D F Godfrey-Faussett, Royal Navy pilot of Swordfish 2B

TNA references ADM199/1187 and 1188.

“Aircraft was in No 2 Sub Flight part of the striking force of second wave of attack on Bismarck. Attacked from the starboard beam with two aircraft under intense and accurate anti aircraft fire. Long range anti aircraft fire on approach and on return. Aircraft 2A and 2B attacked together coming out of the cloud one mile away. First engaged by close range (red tracer). Fire was also opened with heavier stuff evidently time fused. Some of this went into the sea and some burst beyond and above. Aircraft was hit in tail plane and port lower main plane. The heavy fire continued with accuracy up to four miles and appeared to be predicted all the time as bursts followed the aircraft, going off just above. Armament was sub divided, each aircraft being engaged by a separate control”.
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Fairey Swordfish aircraft attack Bismarck

In evening twilight at 21:05 amid gale force winds, Lt Commander Jock Moffat and his Observer, Temporary Sub Lieutenant (A) J D “Dusty” Miller, and Telegraphist/Air Gunner (TAG) Leading Airman A J Hayman, flying in Fairey Swordfish 5C/L9726 together with 14 other Swordfish attacked Bismarck amidst a torrent of anti-aircraft fire being put up by the ship’s guns. Two torpedoes struck home, one amidships on its port side resulting in slow flooding, and the second in the steering area. Her rudders were consequently jammed in a turning position, and although she was still underway at good speed, she was directionless in the water. Attempts to steer by varying the speed of the three propellers failed. With Bismarck’s steering control jammed the Royal Navy’s Force H and its Home Fleet were able to catch up with it, surround it and subject it to extensive shelling and torpedoing, after which it turned over and sank the following morning. The wreck of the Bismarck was discovered in 1989. At the time of the attack no definitive statement of whose torpedo had hit the Bismarck was released, however following the observation of this wreck historian Mike Rossiter credited John Moffat as by far the most likely, through analysis of the flight paths. However, the son of another Swordfish pilot that attacked the Bismarck Kenneth Pattison believes that it was his father that damaged the ship.

His subsequent postings included 810 Squadron 1st July 1941, Buzzard 11th September 1941, HMS Illustrious 1st December 1941, 810 Squadron 9th January 1942, RN Air Stations ant Daedalus and Kestrel between 13th January 1942 to 30th October 1942, Goshawk 7th November 1942, advanced to Chief Petty Officer Airman 1st May 1943, Daedalus 6th May 1945, Sanderling 25th July 1945, Nighthawk 12th August 1945, Daedalus 12th March 1946.

Post war he joined the RN Air Stations Redford 24th June 1946, Daedalus 6th July 1946, Goldcrest 27th July 1946, Siskin 21st October 1947, appointed Instructor 1st April 1948, Warrior 15th February 1949, 782 Squadron (Merlin helicopters) 8th June 1949, Daedalus 18th July 1949, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 23rd July 1942, discharged to pension 19th August 1949, he died 12th April 1986 at Leckhampton, Cheltenham, Goucestershire.

Official correction to “el” of Kestrel on LSGC.

A rare group to a Fairey Swordfish TAG who took part in the Norway campaign 1940, Operation Menace in 1940 where he was shot down and the attack on Bismarck.

NEF £4,250 Available