Campaign Groups Post 1914


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Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, United Nations Medal for Cyprus, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Regular Army to Staff Sergeant K Parkinson, Royal Tank Regiment.

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland

24215056 Tpr K Parkinson RTR

United Nations Medal for Cyprus (UK issue)

Unnamed as issued

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Regular Army E2

24215056 S Sgt K Parkinson RTR

Mounted as worn.

Service Number indicates 1972 enlistment.

GVF £225 SOLD


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King George V Silver Jubilee 1935 Medal, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GV Regular Army 3rd type to Lance Corporal (Bandsman) John Lacey, 14th/20th Hussars originally a Shoemaker from Goodmayes Field, Essex. Enlisting in March 1916 aged 14 years he served at home for the remainder of the First World War. Serving in Egypt from December 1933 and in India from January 1934 the Regiment stationed at Risalpur. Discharged at Canterbury 2nd April 1938 having completed 22 years service.

King George V Silver Jubilee 1935 Medal engraved naming

L/Cpl J Lacey 14th/20th Hrs

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Regular Army GV 3rd type

536279 Tpr J Lacey 14-20 H

With research extracted from Tank Museum attestation ledgers and copy Silver Jubilee Medal roll entry.

John Lacey was born in Goodmayes Field, Essex in 1902 the on of Michael and Norah Lacey. A 14 year old Shoemaker he attested for the Cavalry of the Line at Stratford, London 7th March 1916. Posted to the 13th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry at Maresfield, Sussex, posted 5th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry on reorganization 11th February 1917 and posted 14th Hussars 26th July 1919 on their return from Mesopotamia. The 14th Hussars left Tidworth for Cologne, Germany in November 1920 and amalgamated with the 20th Hussars in 1922, returning to Tidworth in October 1923.

In 1926 the 14th/20th Hussars moved to York where John Lacey, recorded as Bandsman, married Margaret Eliza Harris at Chapel Allerton 4th July 1928. The Regiment moved to Aldershot in 1929 and in October 1930 to Hounslow. Departing for Egypt 31st December 1933 they sailed from Port Suez to India arriving at Risalpur 12th January 1934. John Lacey appears on the Jubilee 1935 Medal roll as Lance Corporal (Bandsman). Nearing completion of his service engagement he returned to England in 1938 and was discharged at the Cavalry Depot, Canterbury 2nd April 1938.

His only Medal entitlement.

GVF £165 SOLD


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General Service Medal E2 clasp Malaya, Campaign Service Medal E2 clasps Borneo, Malay Peninsula, Northern Ireland, unidentified Bronze Nepalese Medal to Major Christopher John Batchelor 7th Gurkha Rifles. Born in September 1935 he was commissioned in December 1955  from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and was promoted Major in December 1967. Extra Regimentally employed as DAAG in Germany and Northern Ireland he retired in January 1983 and died in May 2011. A colleague writing in The Trinity Mirror Southern  2nd June 2011 described him as ‘A fearless and extraordinary man, a hero and inspiration to many’.

General Service Medal E2 clasp Malaya

2/Lt C J Batchelor 7 GR

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasps Borneo, Malay Peninsula, Northern Ireland

Capt C J Batchelor 7 GR

Nepal Bronze Medal unidentified the reverse engraved

Capt C J Batchelor 1964

Mounted as originally worn, with details extracted from The Army List and other publications. The Bronze Medal I have been unable to identify and may have some operational significance being dated 1964.

Clasps on CSM riveted together.

Christopher John Batchelor was born 30th September 1935, commissioned 2nd Lieutenant (445789) from the Royal Military College Sandhurst into the 7th Gurkha Rifles 16th December 1955. Promoted Captain 16th December 1961 (London Gazette 12th December 1961 page 9038), Major 31st December 1967 (London Gazette 2nd January 1968 page 76). Retired 31st January 1983 (London Gazette 31st January 1983 page 1506). Extra Regimentally employed as General Staff Officer training Cadets HQ Eastern District from 3rd October 1970 to 10th September 1972, Deputy Assistant Adjutant General M2 HQ British Army of the Rhine 19th December 1975 to 14th October 1977 he held a similar Staff post in HQ Northern Ireland although I have been unable to find out exactly his role. Major Batchelor died on 24th May 2011, the announcement being made in The Times 2nd June 2011. A rare instance of a Northern Ireland clasp being awarded to a Gurkha officer requiring more research, guaranteed entitled to this clasp.

First time on the market

GVF £750 SOLD


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1939/45 Star, Africa Star, Defence & War Medals, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Royal Navy, Malta GC 50th Anniversary Medal to Able Seaman George Gatt, Royal Navy. Serving throughout the siege of Malta, he was awarded the LSGC Medal 6th March 1957 and was presented with his Anniversary Medal by the President of Malta at The Palace, Valetta 15th April 1992, he died in 1997.

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

Unnamed as issued

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Royal Navy

J.778353 G Gatt AB HMS St Angelo

Malta GC 50th Anniversary Medal Genuine First Striking

Unnamed as awarded

The set as displayed at some time in a frame, with original invitation for his 50th Anniversary Medal dated 15th April 1992 and a Memorial Card with photo of Mr Gatt who died in 1997. He qualified for the LSGC Medal 6th March 1957 whilst serving at HMS St Angelo the Royal Navy base at Valetta, Malta, the medal delivered to HMS Phoenicia, the Royal Navy Minesweeping base at Manoel Island, Malta for presentation.

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First time on the market

Average GVF £245 Reserved


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South Atlantic Medal with Rosette, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Royal Navy to Petty Officer Weapons Electrical Mechanic (Ordnance) Robert David Smith, Royal Navy. Serving aboard HMS Glamorgan during the Falklands War the ship bombarded Stanley on 1st May 1982 and came under air attack sustaining minor damage from a near miss. She supported the raid on Pebble Island 14th May 1982 and for two weeks bombarded Argentine positions on East Falklands. On 11th June she supported the Royal Marines in action on Two Sisters and was hit by a land launched MM38 Exocet missile on 12th June 1982, resulting in 14 of her crew being killed and many more wounded. Glamorgan was the only ship to survive an Exocet missile hit during the war.

South Atlantic Medal with Rosette

POWEM(O) R D Smith D057162L HMS Glamorgan

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Royal Navy

POWEM(O) R D Smith D057162L RN

The South Atlantic Medal mounted as originally worn with named card box of issue, the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal in named card box of issue and virtually as issued. With a copy of the book ‘Ordeal by Exocet, HMS Glamorgan and the Falklands War 1982′ by Ian Inskip, Frontline Books, London, 2012.

At the start of the Falklands campaign, on 2 April 1982, Glamorgan was already at sea off Gibraltar about to take part in exercises; she was immediately diverted to join the main Royal Navy task force, and served as Flagship for Admiral Sandy Woodward during the voyage south until 15 April, when he transferred his flag to HMS Hermes. Her most useful armament proved to be her remaining twin 4.5-inch (114 mm) guns, which were used primarily to shell enemy positions on shore. Glamorgan was first in action on the evening and night of 1 May when she joined forces with the frigates HMS Arrow and HMS Alacrity to bombard Argentine positions around Stanley . The three British ships soon came under attack by three IAI Dagger  Jets; two 500 lb (230 kg) bombs fell close alongside Glamorgan, causing minor underwater damage.

Two weeks later on 14 May she was again in action, this time supporting British special forces during the raid on Pebble Island  in the west of the Falklands. For the next two weeks until the end of May she was almost continuously engaged bombarding various shore positions on the east of the Islands mainly as part of a plan to distract attention from the landings at San Carlos Water, but also against the airfield at Stanley and in support of British forces ashore. She also fired a Sea Slug Missile at the airstrip.

At the beginning of June, the task force having been reinforced with other ships, Glamorgan was detached to protect shipping in the Towing, Repair and Logistics Area (TRALA), some 200 miles (320 km) away from the islands, but as the campaign reached a climax she was recalled in the evening of 11 June to support the Royal Marines during the battle of Two Sisters. At 06:37 the following morning, Saturday 12 June 1982, Glamorgan was attacked with an MM38 Exocet missile which was fired from an improvised shore-based launcher. Glamorgan was steaming at about 20 knots (37 km/h) some 18 nautical miles (33 km) off shore. The first attempt to fire a missile did not result in a launch. At the second attempt a missile was launched, but it did not find the target. The third attempt resulted in a missile tracking the target. The incoming Exocet missile was being tracked on both the bridge and operations room radar by the Principal Warfare Officer and Navigation Officer.

Before the missile impact, the ship was moving at high speed. After the ship executed a rapid turn away from the missile in the limited time available, a few seconds, the Exocet struck the port side adjacent to the hangar near the stern. The turn had prevented the missile from striking the ship’s side perpendicularly and penetrating; instead it hit the deck coaming at an angle, near the port Seacat launcher, skidded on the deck, and exploded. This made a 10 by 15 feet (3.0 m × 4.6 m) hole in the hangar deck and a 5 by 4 feet (1.5 m × 1.2 m) hole in the galley area below, where a fire started. The blast travelled forwards and down, and the missile body, still travelling forwards, penetrated the hangar door, causing the ship’s fully fuelled and armed Wessex  helicopter (HAS.3 XM837) to explode and start a severe fire in the hangar. Fourteen crew members were killed and more wounded. The ship was under way again with all fires extinguished by 10:00.

First time on the market

NEF £1,100 SOLD


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1939/45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence & War Medals, General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48, Queen’s Korea Medal, United Nations Medal for Korea to Sergeant George Miller, King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB). Born in 1919, he enlisted in 1938 and served with the 5th Battalion in the North West Europe campaign 1944-45 and was wounded in the assault and capture of Flushing, Walcheren Island 4th November 1944 Operation Infatuate. Serving in Palestine and Korea with the 1st Battalion, he was wounded 4th November 1951 in defence of Point 217 Korea, Private Bill Speakman, Black Watch attached to the 1st Battalion KOSB was awarded the Victoria Cross for this action, in which he was also wounded. Both men were treated by 60th Independent Field Ambulance, 8055 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) and were both admitted to 29 General Hospital on the same days.

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

Unnamed as issued

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48

3188826 SJT G Miller KOSB

Queen’s Korea Medal

3188826 Pte G Miller KOSB

United Nations Medal for Korea British issue

Unnamed as issued.

The group mounted court style for display.

With copy from the Regimental Journal 1938 page 96 depicting Private Miller in a group photo ‘Depot Recruits Athletic Team 1938′, another group photo from the Regimental Journal ‘WO’s and Sergeant’s Mess 1st Battalion depicting Sergeant Miller (identified), copy casualty lists for November 1944 and Korea and copies from the Regimental History regarding the action in Korea on 4th November 1951. At some time between 1948 and 1950 he was reduced to the rank of Private.

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Sergeant George Miller seated far right front row

George Miller was born in 1919 and attested for the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in 1938. A member of the Depot Recruits Athletics team that year they won the One Mile Team race. By 1944 he was serving with the 5th Battalion, a Territorial Battalion that had served with the BEF in 1940 and on return to the UK had trained as Mountain Warfare and Airborne troops. The 5th Battalion took part in Operation Infatuate, the assault and capture of Walcheren Island in particular the capture of Flushing, Miller was wounded in action on 4th November 1944 whilst 52nd Highland Division were eliminating pockets of resistance on Walcheren Island. Recovering he served with the 1st Battalion in Palestine post War and with the 1st Battalion in Korea.

Wounded 4th November 1951 (seven years to the day when he was wounded on Walcheren Island) in his Battalion’s heroic defence of Point 217, in the face of a Chinese attack of Division strength, Private William (Bill) Speakman attached to 1st Battalion KOSB being awarded the Victoria Cross for this action in carrying out multiple grenade attacks forcing back the enemy on each occasion, even when wounded by shrapnel himself in the left shoulder and right thigh. Miller was wounded by shrapnel right foot. Both men were initially treated by 60 Independent Field Ambulance, evacuated to 8055 Mobile Army Surgical Unit (MASH) and finally both admitted to 29 General Hospital on the same days. In a Special Order of the Day the Commanding Officer of 1st KOSB, Major D H Tadman, OBE wrote –

(To be read to all soldiers of 1st KOSB at the earliest opportunity)

‘From interrogation of recently captured prisoners and from other intelligence sources, it is apparent that on 4th November 1951, the Battalion was attacked by virtually a complete enemy Division supported by another holding the line. This means that some 5,000 enemy were committed against us, supported by a great weight of Artillery, Mortars and self propelled guns. It is estimated the enemy suffered well over 1,ooo casualties as a result of your courage, skill and determination, together with that of our supporting arms.

That the Battalion withstood and stopped this colossal onslaught, making only limited re-adjustments of Company positions, is tribute to every one of you. I thank and commend you all from the bottom of my heart for your magnificent efforts, and this applies equally to those of you, not immediately in the front line, who gave and are giving such excellent and efficient support and service. The Corps Commander and Divisional Commander have requested me to convey to you their heartfelt thanks and congratulations, and I do this with great pride. In this recent action, your courage, your tenacity and refusal to accept defeat in the face of innumerable odds will, I am sure, become an epic in the history of our great Regiment and of the British Forces in Korea’.

GVF £850 Available


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Naval General Service Medal E2 clasps Near East, Cyprus, Brunei, Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Borneo, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Royal Navy to Petty Officer Marine Engineering Mechanic Ronald Amess, Royal Navy, a Royal Navy Commando serving with RM Amphibious assault units. Born in 1931 in South Shields, Co Durham, he completed the All Arms Commando course, his Campaign Service Medal being exceptionally named Royal Navy Commando. Awarded the LSGC Medal in August 1967 whilst serving with the Amphibious Training Unit Royal Marines based at RM Poole, home of the Special Boat Squadron.

Naval General Service Medal E2 clasps Near East, Cyprus, Brunei

P/KX.914440 R Amess LM(E) RN

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Borneo

KX.914440 R Amess POM(E) RN CDO

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Royal Navy

KX.914440 R Amess POM(E) ATURM

The trio mounted as worn, clasps on the NGS riveted together.

 Ronald Amess was born in South Shields, Co Durham in 1931, a Marine Engineering Mechanic serving with Royal Marines Amphibious Assault Craft units, he completed the All Arms Commando course, his Campaign Service Medal being exceptionally named Royal Navy Commando. Awarded the LSGC Medal 7th August 1967 serving with the Amphibious Training Unit Royal Marines based at RM Poole, home of the Special Boat Squadron. A very rare group to a Royal Navy Commando, post Naval service he returned to South Shields.

Two edge knocks to LSGC to the reverse, clear of naming.

VF to GVF £1,750 SOLD


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

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, Dhofar

24180996 Pte P Ratcliffe PARA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEF £9,950 Available


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1939/45 Star, Defence & War Medals, General Service Medal E2 clasp Cyprus, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Regular Army to Major Clarence Hubert Major, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers an Electrical and Mechanical Artificer Engineer originally from Plymouth, Devon. Promoted to Warrant Officer Class 1 after only three years in the Army he was commissioned in January 1957. Promoted to Major in 1967, he retired in 1974 and died in Warminster, Wiltshire in 1992. His Second World War Medals suggest service with the BEF in 1940.

1939/45 Star, Defence & War Medals

Unnamed as issued

General Service Medal E2 clasp Cyprus

Lt C H Major REME

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Regular Army E2

Lt (EMAE) C H Major REME

The Medals mounted as originally worn with research from the Army Lists, London Gazette and Regimental Magazine.

Clarence Hubert Major was born in Plymouth, Devon 28th March 1919, he served in the ranks 2 years 291 days, Warant Officer Class 2 for 182 days and Warrant Officer Class 1 for 14 years 221 days. Commissioned Lieutenant (EMAE) 28th January 1957 (London Gazette 1st March 1957), Long Service & Good Conduct Medal awarded London Gazette 30th January 1959 page 711. Transferred to Regular Army Commission from Short Service Commission 4th May 1959 (London Gazette 23rd February 1960 page 1385). Promoted Captain 9th February 1960 (London Gazette 13th December 1960 page 8481), Major 9th February 1967 (London Gazette 14th February 1967 page 1702) he retired 28th March 1974 (London Gazette 2nd April 1974 page 4285).

Specially employed Federation of Malaya 30th March 1961 to 15th September 1963 at the RASC Workshops, appointed 38 Central Workshop UK in 1964, 31 Squadron Royal Corps of Transport Far East Land Forces 1968 and 27 Command Workshop, Warminster, Wiltshire in 1971. Retiring to Warminster, he died there in 1992.

GVF & better £265 Available


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Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Malay Peninsula, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy E2 to Chief Electrician (Air) J A Gorman, Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy. In 1988 his book was published titled ‘Scimitar’ covering the Fighter Aircraft’s service with the Royal Navy, a copy accompanies the Medals.

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Malay Peninsula

F.984573N J A Gorman LEM (A) RN

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy E2 second type

F.984573N J A Gorman CEL (A) HMS Heron

With a copy of his book ‘Scimitar’ covering the service of this Fighter Aircraft with the Royal Navy, published by the Fleet Air Arm Museum in 1988. 53 pages of text and photographs including a full list by Squadron of Scimitar Squadron Commanders with dates from – to, list of individual aircraft and their fate etc.

Medals dark toned

GVF & better £195 Available