Campaign Groups Post 1914
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.
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 £895 Available
Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland (copy), NATO Medal for Macedonia, Operational Service Medal E2 clasp Afghanistan, Queen Elizabeth 2 Golden Jubilee 2002, Accumulated Campaign Service Medal to Corporal Steven Richards, 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment.
Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland (copy)
NATO Medal for Macedonia
Operational Service Medal E2 clasp Afghanistan
24769687 Cpl S Richards PARA
Accumulated Campaign Service Medal E2 Hallmark at 2 o’clock
24769687 Pte S Richards PARA
The group mounted court style as originally worn, the OSM and ACSM both impressed naming. With a quantity of colour photographs, many depicting the recipient on tour in Northern Ireland and Macedonia. Service number indicated 1986 enlistment.
Private Steven Richards 2 PARA on tour in Macedonia 2001
2 PARA served in Northern Ireland March to September 1990 based in Fermanagh, July to October 1992 based at Girdwood, October 1996 to April 1997, December 2000 to June 2001 as Roulement Battalion and September 2002 to March 2003, Macedonia August to December 2001 and Afghanistan February to May 2002.
GVF £875 Available
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 Reserved
General Service Medal E2 Arabian Peninsula, Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Radfan to Junior Technician Robert Frank Snowley, Royal Air Force from Sheppey, Kent.
General Service Medal E2 clasp Arabian Peninsula
4235458 SAC R F Snowley RAF
Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Radfan
42354458 Jnr Tech R F Snowley RAF
The pair mounted as originally worn.
Robert Frank Snowley was born in Sheppey, Kent 17th December 1936, in 1939 he was residing in Sheerness, Kent. He died in Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 2002.
GVF £175 SOLD
1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, War Medal, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Royal Navy 1st type to Engineer Sub Lieutenant Peter Harry Philip Laing, Royal Navy from Ware, Hertfordshire. Entering the Royal Navy in August 1936 as an Ordnance Artificer Apprentice he was rated Ordnance Artificer 5th Class on qualifying 1st July 1940. Joining HMAS Nestor 29th September 1941, he served with the Royal Australian Navy from this date. Surviving the sinking of Nestor by air attack off Crete 16th June 1942, he joined HMAS Nizam 17th June 1942 reverting to Royal Navy service in February 1943. Continuing to serve post War he was advanced to Chief Ordnance Artificer in March 1952 and was commissioned in August 1954. He died of sickness whilst still a serving officer on 22nd December 1957 aged 37 years.
1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, War Medal
Unnamed as issued
Ling Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy E2 1st type
MX.53221 P H P Laing COA HMS Ranpura
Mounted as originally worn. With copy service papers covering his Rating’s and Officer’s service and confirmation of his Second World War Medal entitlement.
Peter Harry Philip Laing was born in Ware, Hertfordshire 27th December 1920, a Scholar he entered the Royal Navy at Pembroke II as an Apprentice Ordnance Artificer 18th August 1936. Completing his Apprenticeship he was advanced to Ordnance Artificer (OA) 5th Class 1st July 1940 at Excellent. Joining HMAS Nestor 29th September 1941, he transferred to the Royal Australian Navy from this date. Nestor took part in the hunt for the Bismarck in 1941 but was not present when she was sunk on 27th May 1941, she diverted to Iceland to re-fuel. Credited with the sinking of the German Submarine U-127 off Cape St Vincent 15th December 1941 Nestor was deployed to the Indian Ocean and Far East returning to the Mediterranean in June 1942 she participated in Operation Vigorous a Malta Convoy.
Survivors of HMAS Nestor on board HMS Javelin, with their Ship’s Bell
At 1800 on 15th June 1942 Nestor came under sustained German air attack whilst off the south west corner of Crete. The victim of three near misses she sustained extensive damage to her boiler rooms and was taken in tow by HMS Javelin. Nestor began to sink by the bow and she was sunk by depth charge, all her crew transferring to Javelin beforehand. Laing joined HMAS Nizam 17th June 1942 and left her on 3rd February 1943 when he reverted to Royal Navy service. For the remainder of the war he was shore based being advanced to OA3 31st March 1944. Advanced to OA2 31st March 1948, Chief OA 2nd March 1952 he was awarded the LSGC Medal aboard HMS Ranpura, the Repair Ship (ex Armed Merchant Cruiser), Malta 7th October 1953. Promoted Commissioned Ordnance Engineer (Engineer Sub Lieutenant) 15th August 1954 he served at various UK Shore Establishments and died of illness on 22nd December 1957 aged 37 years. The exact cause of death not recorded on his service record only ‘Natural causes’.
First time on the market.
GVF & £275 SOLD
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’.
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
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 £275 Available
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 £225 Available