Campaign Groups Post 1914


 

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasps Malay Peninsula, Northern Ireland, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Royal Navy to Marine Engineering Artificer 1st Class Harry F Attrill, Royal Navy born in Medway, Kent in 1938.

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasps Malay Peninsula, Northern Ireland

M.982281 H F Attrill Shpt Art 1 RN

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Royal Navy

M.982281 H F Attrill MEA1 HMS Excellent

Mounted as originally worn, dark toned.

Harry F Attrill was born in Medway, Kent in 1938, he married in Portsmouth in 1958, 1971 and 1978, in 2006 he was residing in Southsea, Portsmouth.

GVF £195 Available


 

1939/45 Star, Burma Star, Defence & War Medals, Efficiency Medal ‘Territorial’ GVI 1st type, Dunkirk 1940 Commemorative Medal to Sergeant B Edwards, Royal Military Police.

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

Unnamed as issued

Efficiency Medal ‘Territorial’ GVI 1st type

62561 SJT B Edwards RMP

Dunkirk 1940 Commemorative Medal

Unnamed as issued

Mounted on card for display.

NEF £175 Available


 

Naval General Service Medal clasp Palestine 1936-39, 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star clasp France and Germany, Africa Star, Italy Star, War Medal with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf, Greece Commemorative Star 1941-45 and a quantity of original documentation and photograph to Stoker Petty Officer Laurence Verdun Chandler, Royal Navy a former Garage Hand from Collingbourne, Wiltshire born in 1916. Entering the Royal Navy 18th February 1935, he served aboard HMS Shamrock during the operations in Palestine, and aboard HMS Faulknor during the entire Second World War. Falknor had a most impressive War record, the first Royal Navy ship to sink a U-Boat, on 14th September 1939 she sank the U-39 NW of Ireland, she went on to escort the Russian convoys including PQ17, joined Force ‘H’ in the Mediterranean escorting convoys to Malta, covered the landings in Sicily and mainland Italy and ‘D’ Day the invasion of NW Europe. Mentioned in Despatches in December 1945 for his distinguished services aboard Faulknor, he was released from service 23rd April 1947.

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

KX.85646 L V Chandler Sto 1 RN

1939/45 Star Atlantic Star clasp France and Germany, Africa Star, Italy Star, War Medal with MID Oakleaf

Unnamed as issued

Greece Commemorative Star Medal 1941-45

Unnamed as issued

With original service certificate, Mentioned in Despatches Certificate, Greek award certificate, letter of release from the Royal Navy, letters of reference and service in the War Department Constabulary 17th March 1947 to June 1948, passing certificate for Stoker Petty Officer dated 8th June 1939, Boiler Room Watch Keeping certificate dated 10th January 1942, photo in SPO uniform, photo in later years laying wreath at RN Memorial, Portsmouth with fellow Faulknor survivors.

Lawrence Verdun Chandler was born in Collingbourne, Wiltshire 2nd June 1916, a Garage Hand he entered the Royal Navy 18th February 1935 as Stoker 2nd Class joining Victory Barracks. Joining HMS Shamrock 20th September 1935, he took part in the Palestine operations of 1936 aboard this ship. Rated Stoker 1st Class 22nd January 1936, he joined HMS Malaya 8th September 1936, HMS Revenge 5th March 1937, advanced to Leading Stoker at Victory 1st May 1939, he joined HMS Faulknor 29th July 1939 and served aboard this ship throughout the Second World War being advanced to Stoker Petty Officer 7th April 1941. Faulknor had a most impressive War record taking part in the First and Second Battles of Narvick in 1940, she was credited with sinking the first U-Boat off NW Ireland on 14th September 1939 the U-39. Taking part in numerous Russian convoys including PQ17, she joined Force ‘H’ escorting convoys to Malta. Covering the invasions of Sicily and mainland Italy in 1943, she took part in operations in the Aegean. In 1944 she was part of the ‘D’ Day landings and subsequent operations in NW Europe. Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 11th December 1945 for his long and distinguished services aboard Faulknor.

Chandler left Faulknor on 31st July 1946 and joined Victory Barracks the following day, he was released from service 23rd April 1947.

GVF £375 SOLD


 

India General Service Medal (1895) clasps Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98, British War Medal, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GV Army 2nd type, Annuity Meritorious Service Medal GVI 2nd type to 1st Class Master Gunner (Warrant Officer Class 1) George Lawley Royal Artillery, awarded the IGS with two clasps for services with 57th Field Battery, awarded the MSM in September 1949.

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

77878 SJT G Lawley RGA

British War Medal

77878 WO CL 1 G Lawley RGA

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GV Army 2nd type

77878 3 CL Mr Gnr G Lawley RGA

Annuity Meritorious Service Medal GVI 2nd type

77878 WO CL 1 G Lawley RA

With copy Medal Index Card confirming British War Medal only awarded for services in India, copy MSM award card, Annuity MSM awarded Army Order 141 dated 30th September 1949. The first three Medals are later issues, the IGS impressed naming and ‘RGA’ on British War Medal. IGS (1895) verified correct on roll TNA WO100/85 Sergeant George Lawley, 57th Field Battery, Royal Artillery, no indication of a duplicate award.

EF £450 SOLD


 

Volunteer Reserves Service Medal E2, Queen Elizabeth 2 Golden Jubilee 2002 Medal to Lieutenant Peter Harry Haikin, Royal Naval Reserve. A graduate of Thames Polytechnic with a Degree in Environmental Health, commissioned Sub Lieutenant RNR 23rd April 1990 he was an Intelligence Officer and served with the Defence Intelligence Service (DIS). Promoted Lieutenant 2nd February 1996, he retired in 2010.

Volunteer Reserves Service Medal E2

Lt P H Haikin BSc RNR

Queen Elizabeth 2 Golden Jubilee 2002 Medal

Unnamed as issued

The Volunteer Reserves Service Medal in named box of issue, the medal impressed naming style. The Golden Jubilee Medal in box of issue. With details extracted from the Navy Lists.

Peter Harry Haikin was a graduate from Thames Polytechnic with a BSc in Environmental Health in 1982. Commissioned Sub Lieutenant Royal Naval Reserve 23rd April 1990 and appointed HMS Sherwood, the RNR Training Centre, Chalfont Drive Nottingham. Specialising as an Intelligence Officer he served with the Defence Intelligence Service (DIS). Appointed to HMS Forward, Sampson Road North, Birmingham in 1997, HMS Vivid at Devonport in 2000 and finally HMS Ferret, Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire in 2002 until he retired in 2010.

The Medals virtually as issued.

EF £425 SOLD


 

British War Medal, India General Service Medal GV clasp Afghanistan NWF 1919, Imperial Service Medal GVI 1st type to Private Alexander Miller, Gordon Highlanders late Cameron Highlanders from Dumbarton. Serving in India from January 1917 with the 1st Garrison Battalion and later the Third Afghan War of 1919. Discharged to Class ‘Z’ Reserve 25th January 1920. ISM awarded 5th March 1943 on his retirement as a Postman in Dumbarton.

British War Medal

S-16101 Pte A Miller Gordons

India General Service Medal GV clasp Afghanistan NWF 1919

S-16101 Pte A Miller Gordons

Imperial Service Medal GVI 1st type

Alexander Miller

With copy Medal Index Card confirming BWM only awarded for his services in India, copy IGS Medal roll, London Gazette entry for ISM.

Alexander Miller attested for the Cameron Highlanders but transferred to the Gordon Highlanders and served in India with the 1st Garrison Battalion from January 1917. Post War he participated in the Third Afghan War of 1919. Discharged to Class ‘Z’ Army Reserve 25th January 1920. ISM London Gazette 5th March 1943 page 1140 ‘Postman, Dumbarton’.

NEF £150 Available


 

British War Medal, India General Service Medal GV clasp Afghanistan NWF 1919, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Army GV 2nd type to Company Quarter Master Sergeant William Henry Robert Jennings, Somerset Light Infantry. Enlisting in 1910, he joined the 1st Battalion based at Portland 13th July 1910 following completion of training. Transferring to the 2nd Battalion before the outbreak of War, he served in India and the Third Afghan War of 1919. Promoted Sergeant in September 1918. Post War he was Sergeant Instructor attached 4th Territorial Battalion 1925-28. Posted back to the 2nd Battalion in January 1929 he was promoted CQMS and retired from the Army in October 1929.

British War Medal

8928 SJT W H R Jennings Som LI

India General Service Medal GV clasp Afghanistan NWF 1919

8928 SJT W Jennings Som LI

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Army GV 2nd type

5663816 SJT W E R Jennings Som LI

With copy Medal Index Card confirming BWM only awarded for his services in India, copy IGS Medal roll, note initial ‘E’ on LSGC, copies of his entries in the Regimental Journals.

William Henry Robert Jennings enlisted in 1910 and passing out of basic training at the Depot joined the 1st Battalion at Portland 13th July 1910. Before the outbreak of the First World War Jennings had transferred to the 2nd Battalion in India and was to remain in India throughout the War, promoted to Sergeant 22nd September 1918, he took part in the Third Afghan War of 1919. In 1925 the Regimental Journal records he is a Sergeant Instructor with the 4th Territorial Battalion and in 1928 re-joined the 2nd Battalion. Promoted to CQMS in January 1929, he was discharged to pension in October 1929. LSGC Medal awarded in October 1928.

NEF £195 Available


 

Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04, British War Medal, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Army GV 1st type to Corporal Robert George Froud, Military Foot Police late Hampshire Regiment a former painter from Fleet, Hampshire born in 1876. Enlisting in March 1895, he served with the 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment in India February 1898 to February 1903 and in Somaliland February 1903 to June 1904. Transferring to the MFP in April 1906, he served in Malta from April 1915 to March 1917 qualifying him for the British War Medal only. Awarded the LSGC Medal in 1913, he was discharged on completion of engagement 9th April 1917.

Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04

4587 Pte R Froud 1st Hamps Regt

British War Medal

899 L Cpl R G Froud MFP

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Army GV 1st type

899 L Cpl R G Froud MFP

With copy service papers and Medal Index Card confirming the award of the BWM only.

Robert George Froud was born in Fleet, Hampshire in 1876, a Painter and serving member of the 3rd (Militia) Battalion Hampshire Regiment he attested for the Hampshire Regiment Regular Army at Winchester 6th March 1895. Posted to the 2nd Battalion from the Depot 9th July 1895, he was posted to the 1st Battalion 25th February 1898. Serving in India from 24th February 1898 to 2nd February 1903, Aden and Somaliland Field Force 4th February 1903 to 21st June 1904. Appointed Lance Corporal 27th August 1905 he transferred to the Military Foot Police 4th April 1906. On 18th May 1912 Froud was injured whilst arresting a Private of the Black Watch in Edinburgh. The man resisted violently and as a result Froud required surgery from which he recovered. Serving in Malta from 18th April 1915 to 22nd March 1917, promoted Corporal 22nd May 1915, he returned home and was discharged 9th April 1917 to pension on completion of service.

Polishing, especially to AGS, all naming fine

Good Fine £295 SOLD


 

1939-45 Star, Africa Star clasp 8th Army, Italy Star, War Medal, United Nations Medal for Korea, General Service Medal clasp Malaya and Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GVI Regular Army to Warrant Officer 1st Class William James Green, Royal Army Medical Corps late Rifle Brigade from Worcester born in 1916. Serving with the 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade in India and the Sudan 1932-34, they landed for the defence of Calais 23rd May 1940 and Green was evacuated three days later. Most of the Battalion were killed or captured. Serving in North Africa from 25th September 1941, he transferred to the RAMC 28th December 1942 and served with this Corps until discharged in September 1957.

1939-45 Star, Africa Star clasp 8th Army, Italy Star, War Medal

Unnamed as issued

United Nations Medal for Korea British issue

Unnamed as issued

General Service Medal E2 clasp Malaya

6912367 S Sgt W J GREEN RAMC

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GVI Regular Army 2nd type

6912367 Sgt W J Green RAMC

Together with original documentation including Regular Army Certificate of Service ‘red books’ for both periods of engagement (confirming all medals); attestation form (1931); Army Certificates of Education (Second and Third Class); RAMC certificates of qualification as Nursing Orderly and Storeman (Technical); letter of appreciation from the Army Council on discharge to pension; membership cards for the RAMC Association. Also a Rifle Brigade cap badge, Rifle Brigade sports medal (Cross Country 1935) and RAMC blazer badge.

William James Green was born at Hunstanton, Norfolk in 1916. His father had won the Military Medal serving with the Rifle Brigade in the Great War, and he followed him into the Regiment on 19th January 1931, enlisting as a Boy Soldier. He served with 1st Battalion in India and the Sudan between 1932 and 1934, and thereafter in the UK until May 1940. Green’s service record confirms that he served with the Rifle Brigade in the BEF between 22nd and 25th May 1940. This brief, four-day period represents some of the most desperate fighting during the Battle of France, when a combined British and French force was able to hold off heavy German attacks for three critical days, allowing the Allies to consolidate their hold on Dunkirk. To achieve this 30th Motor Brigade (composed of 2nd KRRC and 1st Rifle Brigade), plus a battalion of the Royal Tank Regiment, AA and Searchlight Artillery units and the understrength Territorials of Queen Victoria’s Rifles, were rushed across the Channel at short notice. The garrison fought on to the exhaustion of its ammunition and its own virtual destruction, the decision having been made by Churchill that evacuation was not possible. During the fighting a few British small craft had managed to enter the harbour and take off parties of wounded, but the majority of the survivors fell into German hands when the town finally surrendered in the afternoon of May 26th. Green does not appear on any casualty lists, and it is intriguing to speculate how he came to be one of the few riflemen to make it back across the Channel.

1st Rifle Brigade reformed in the U.K. and Green went with it to join the 8th Army in North Africa in September 1941, where it fought in many of the desert battles, including at El Alamein. He transferred to the RAMC on 28th December 1942, and continued to serve in the Mediterranean theatre until the end of the War. Post-war he was in Japan from July 1953 to October 1954, and with Far East Land Forces until June 1956. He retired from the Army in September 1957.

GVF £225 SOLD


 

British War Medal 1914-20, Mercantile Marine War Medal, 1939-45, Atlantic, Africa, Burma, Italy Stars, War Medal to Radio Officer William Henry Chick Chick, Merchant Navy from St Teath, Cornwall born in 1892. Qualifying as a Marine Wireless operator with the Marconi Company in 1913, and followed this career for his whole working life. Crew lists show him as serving aboard SS Mesaba from September 1914 to June 1915, then SS Llanstephan Castle 1916 to 1919. Continuing to serve in the Merchant Navy in 1944 he was serving aboard SS Mooltan, and had probably been aboard this ship from the start of the Second World War. Finally retiring in 1959 after an impressive 46 years at sea. Retiring to the Isle of Wight, he died there in 1973 aged 81 years.

British War Medal 1914-20, Mercantile Marine War Medal

William H Chick

1939-45, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, Italy Star, War Medal.

Unnamed as issued

Unique name in the Merchant Navy 1WW Medal card series.

With a copy of his Board of trade service record covering the period 1944 to 1959, a CD with documents including a photo of Chick.William Henry Chick was born at St. Teath, Cornwall on September 3rd 1892. The son of a Royal Navy Yeoman of Signals who transferred to the Coast Guard in 1894 and eventually rose to the rank of Chief Officer. Regular changes of postings saw the Chick family move around the whole of the British Isles during William’s childhood: until 1900 they were at Bembridge, Isle of Wight, followed by several years in Scotland and Ireland, before finally returning to the Isle of Wight.

Chick qualified as a Marine Wireless operator with the Marconi Company in 1913, and followed this career for his whole working life. Crew lists show him as serving aboard SS Mesaba from September 1914 to June 1915, then SS Llanstephan Castle 1916 to 1919. Merchant Navy records confirm his Second World War campaign medal entitlement, his Merchant Navy record records he served aboard SS Mooltan in 1944 and show him employed as a Radio Officer until the end of 1959. Retiring in 1959 after an impressive 46 years at Sea, he died on the Isle of Wight in 1973 aged 81 years.

NEF £195 SOLD

 


 

British War & Victory Medals, General Service Medal GV clasps IRAQ, NW Persia, 1939/45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence & War Medals to Private Alexander McKnight, Highland Light Infantry late Royal Irish Fusiliers. Serving in France with the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion, 11th and combined 5th/6th Battalions, he served in IRAQ and NW Persia with the 1st Battalion. Transferring to the 2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry, presumably as the Royal Irish Fusiliers was being disbanded, an order cancelled in 1922. Awarded the LSGC Medal in April 1939, he served with the 1st Battalion in the Second World War as part of the 1940 BEF and following evacuation returned to NW Europe in 1944 and took part in several engagements including the assault on Walcheren Island..

British War & Victory Medals

29589 Pte A McKnight R Ir Fus

General Service Medal GV clasps IRAQ, NW Persia

29589 Pte A McKnight R Ir Fus

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

Unnamed as issued

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

7040893 Pte A McKnight HLI

The group mounted for display.

With copy Medal Index Cards (2), Medal roll entries for 1WW Medals and GSM, copy Army Order awarding LSGC.

Medal Index Card confirms British War & Victory Medals only awarded for his First World War Service, GSM Medal roll entry confirms both clasps awarded to his GSM.

Alexander McKnight first served in France with the 9th (County Armagh) Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, in September 1917 this Battalion absorbed ‘B’ and ‘C’ Squadrons 2nd North Irish Horse and was re-designated 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion. Transferring to the 11th Battalion followed by the combined 5th/6th Battalion, he served post War with the 1st Battalion in IRAQ and NW Persia. Transferring to the Highland Light Infantry, presumably when his Regiment was under orders to be disbanded (this reversed in 1922), his Medal Index Card records in 1924 he is serving with the 2nd Battalion HLI in Bangalore, India. Awarded the LSGC Medal in April 1939, he at some time transferred to the 1st Battalion which formed part of the BEF in 1940 and was evacuated at Dunkirk. Returning to NW Europe in 1944 taking part in the battles of Odon, Reichswald Forest and the assault on Walcheren Island.

Contact wear, polishing and edge nibbles to first three.

GF to NEF £375 SOLD

 


 

United Nations Medal for Cyprus, IRAQ Medal with clasp 19 Mar to 28 Apr 2003, Queen Elizabeth 2 Golden Jubilee 2002 Medal, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Regular Army E2 to Warrant Officer Class 2 Michael William Edwards, Royal Logistic Corps. Awarded the LSGC Medal in August 2000, he was discharged on completion of 22 years service in 2007.

United Nations Medal for Cyprus (British issue)

Unnamed as issued

IRAQ Medal clasp 19 Mar to 28 Apr 2003

24719862 WO2 M W Edwards RLC

Queen Elizabeth 2 Golden Jubilee 2002 Medal

Unnamed as issued

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Regular Army E2

24719862 SSgt M W Edwards RLC

The group mounted court style as originally worn.

With a framed RLC embroidered blazer badge with name plate ‘Presented to SSgt Mick Edwards by The 101 Logistics Brigade WO’s and Sgt’s Mess January 2003’. Awarded LSGC Medal (impressed naming) London Gazette 15th August 2000 page 9043, discharged in 2007 on completion of 22 years service.

Basil Stillman Read was born in Dorchester, Dorset 11th October 1896, a Telegraph Messenger, he entered the Royal Navy aboard

NEF £350 SOLD

 


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, King George V Silver Jubilee 1935, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV to Chief Petty Officer Telegrapher Basil Stillman Read, Royal Navy a former Telegraph Messenger from Dorchester Dorset born in 1896. Entering the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class 22nd August 1912, he served aboard HMS Fearless at the battle of Heligoland Bight 28th August 1914 and Jutland 31st May 1916. Joining the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert in 1932, he was awarded the King GV Jubilee Medal whilst serving aboard this ship. Discharged to pension in October 1936, he died in Winchester in 1937 aged 41 years.

1914/15 Star

J.19875 B S Read Tel RN

British War & Victory Medals

J.19875 B S Read L Tel RN

King George V Silver Jubilee Medal 1935

Unnamed as issued

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

J.19875 B S Read PO Tel HMS Victory

The first four medals mounted as originally worn. With copy service record.

Basil Stillman Read was born in Dorchester, Dorset 11th October 1896, a Telegraph Messenger, he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable as a Boy 2nd Class 22nd August 1912. Rated Boy Telegrapher 9th May 1913 he joined HMS Fearless 6th January 1914 where he was rated Ordinary Telegrapher 9th July 1914 and Telegrapher 5th March 1915, serving aboard Fearless at the battle of Heligoland Bight 28th August 1914. Joining HMS Cyclops 9th March 1916, he was advanced to Leading Telegrapher aboard this ship 1st April 1916. Re-joining HMS Fearless 22nd April 1916 he served aboard this ship at the battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. Joining HMS P60 6th June 1917, he was advanced to Petty Officer Telegrapher 15th December 1918.

Joining HM Yacht Victoria and Albert in 1932, he appears on the 1935 Jubilee Medal roll aboard this ship as a Chief Petty Officer Telegrapher. Discharged to pension in October 1936 he died the following year at the early age of 41 years, the exact cause of his death un researched.

First time on the market

GVF £195 Available

 


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GV Royal Navy to Able Seaman Robert Rickard, Royal Navy a former Electrical Worker from Liskeard, Cornwall born in 1889. Entering the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable as a Boy 2nd Class in May 1906, he served aboard the Battlecruiser HMS Tiger from 1st October 1914 to 14th July 1921, including the action at Dogger Bank 24th January 1915 and the battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. At Jutland Tiger was hit 18 times and suffered 24 killed and 46 wounded, she fired 439 shells and is credited with hits on the German Battlecruisers Moltke and Von der Tann. Continuing to serve post War ashore and afloat, he was awarded the LSGC Medal in January 1924 and was still serving in 1929. The 1939 register records he is residing at the Stagg Hotel, St Cleer, Liskeard a Royal Navy Pensioner (Incapacitated), he died in Liskeard in 1961.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

236461 R Rickard AB RN

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

236461 R Rickard AB HMS Columbine

With copy service record, census, birth and death index pages, 1939 register entry.

Robert Rickard was born in Liskeard, Cornwall 19th October 1889, an Electrical Worker he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable as a Boy 2nd Class 29th May 1906. Rated Ordinary Seaman aboard HMS Russell 12th October 1907 and Able Seaman 1st July 1909. When War broke out Rickard was serving at Defiance and joined HMS Tiger 1st October 1914. Serving aboard Tiger for the entire War including the action at Dogger Bank 24th January 1915 and the battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. After Jutland Tiger and the rest of the Battlecruisers reached Rosyth Dockyard in Scotland on the morning of 2 June. Docked the next day for repairs which took until 1 July, she was the first of the “Splendid Cats” to be repaired. Tiger was hit a total of 18 times during the battle, mostly by shells fired by Moltke, suffering 24 men killed and 46 wounded. The Battlecruiser fired 303 shells from her main guns during the battle and is credited with one hit on Moltke and two on Von der Tann and also fired 136 rounds from her 6-inch guns at the Light Cruiser Wiesbaden and German Destroyers .

Joining Vivid I from Tiger 7th January 1921, HMS Columbine 15th July 1921, Defiance 30th August 1924, HMS Furious 1st September 1925 and HMS Eagle 1st October 1926 and in 1929 was still serving. Returning to Liskeard following discharge from the Royal Navy, his 1939 Registration entry records he is residing at The Stagg Hotel, St Cleer, Liskeard with his wife a hotel Domestic, he stated he is a Royal Navy invalid (Incapacitated), he died in Liskeard in 1961.

Polishing, edge knocks to LSGC and contact wear therefore 

Good Fine £135 SOLD


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, Khedives Sudan Medal 1896-1908 no clasp, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal EVII Royal Navy to Chief Petty Officer (Seaman Gunner & Torpedo man) Charles Henry Braiden, Royal Navy a former Carter from Washington, Co Durham born in 1877. Entering the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in February 1893, he served aboard the Torpedo Cruiser HMS Scout during the operations south of Sarras, Sudan in 1896. Serving aboard HMS Edgar on the outbreak of War, he later served aboard HMS Genista, Implacable and Europa. Advanced to Chief Petty Officer in February 1915, in 1917 he was found guilty of negligence when in charge of the Picket Boat of HMS Implacable which collided with a Tug and forfeited the right to wear the LSGC Medal. Discharged to pension in February 1919, he died in Worthing, Sussex in 1956.

1914/15 Star

172000 C H Braiden PO 1 RN

British War & Victory Medals

172000 C H Braiden CPO RN

Khedives Sudan Medal 1896-1908 no clasp

C H Braiden AB HMS Scout 1896

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal EVII Royal Navy

172000C H Braiden PO 1 CL HMS Dreadnought

With copy service record, Medal roll entry for Khedives Sudan Medal, census, birth and death index pages.

Charles Henry Braiden was born in Washington, Co Durham 11th November 1877, a Carter he entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class at St Vincent 8th February 1893. Joining HMS Scout as a Boy 1st Class 5th June 1895, he was rated Ordinary Seaman 13th December 1895 and Able Seaman 16th July 1897 aboard this ship. Taking part in the operations south of Sarras,. Sudan betwee 30th March and 23rd September 1896. Advanced to Leading Seaman aboard HMS Majestic 22nd June 1902, Petty Officer 2nd Class at Crescent 1st December 1904 and Petty Officer 1st Class aboard HMS Dreadnought 1st November 1910 being awarded the LSGC Medal aboard this ship 13th March 1911. Serving aboard HMS Edgar on the outbreak of War he joined Victory I 5th December 1914, Cormorant 3rd February 1915, where he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer 13th February 1915, Victory I 28th October 1915, HMS Genista 1st April 1916, Victory I 30th May 1916, HMS Implacable 10th October 1916.

It was whilst in charge of a Picket Boat from HMS Implacable that due to his negligence it collided with the Tug Tenedos 15th May 1917, deprived of one Good Conduct Badge he also forfeited the right to wear the LSGC Medal. Joining HMS Europa 10th July 1917, Victory I 1st April 1918 and HMS Vindictive 1st October 1918 he was discharged to pension 24th February 1919. Charles Henry Braided died in Worthing, Sussex in 1956 aged 78 years.

149 Khedives Sudan Medals to HMS Scout, this operation did not qualify for the Queen’s Sudan Medal, impressed naming in the correct style an example of which is recorded in British Battles & Medals page 400, Spink 2006.

Some light scaring to reverse of Star and edge of Victory Medal from verdigris, at some time professionally cleaned / removed, all naming fine, therefore

VF £650 SOLD


 

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

Vietnam Medal (Australia & New Zealand) E2

2786773 J Purlis

South Vietnam Campaign Medal clasp 1960

2786773 J Purlis

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

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

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

A rare Vietnam Medal pair to a Maltese recipient.

GVF £450 Available


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Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, 1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, to Stoker 1st Class Edward Footman, Royal Navy late Imperial Yeomanry from Old Ford, Bethnal Green, London. Attesting for the Imperial Yeomanry in February 1901 he gave his occupation as Farrier and served with the 37th (Buckinghamshire) Company until August 1902. Entering the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd Class in September 1909, he served aboard HMS New Zealand at the battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. Demobilized in March 1919, he returned to London and died in Hackney in 1944 aged 63 years.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902

31696 Pte E Footman 37th Coy Imp Yeo

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

SS.109281 E Footman Sto 1 RN

The group mounted as originally worn, with copy Imperial Yeomanry service papers and RN record of service.

Edward Footman was born in Old Ford, Bethnal Green, London he was baptised 17th April 1881, the son of Edward Francis Footman and his wife Jane. In 1891 the family are residing at 21 Ashwell Road, Bethnal Green, his father is a house painter and he is one of 6 children. Arresting for the Imperial Yeomanry at Pall Mall, London 23rd February 1901 Edward Footman gave his age as 20 years 6 months and occupation as Farrier, he was a serving member of the East London Volunteer Engineers. Joining 37th (Buckinghamshire) Company he served in South Africa from 16th March 1901 to 2nd August 1902 and was discharged 9th August 1902 at Aldershot.

Entering the Royal Navy as a Short Service Stoker 24th September 1909 he gave his occupation as Warehouseman and gave a false date of birth 22nd October 1884. Joining Vivid II as a Stoker 2nd Class he was rated Stoker 1st Class aboard HMS Hannibal 26th January 1911. He subsequently joined HMS Majestic 5th June 1911, HMS Europa 4th March 1912, HMS Monmouth 12th April 1912, Vivid II 2nd January 1914 and HMS New Zealand 22nd February 1915 and served aboard this ship at the battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. Discharged Shore on Demobilization from New Zealand he returned to London and died in Hackney in 1944 aged 63 years.

Unusual combination Imperial Yeomanry Boer War Volunteer and Royal Navy.

GVF £275 SOLD


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Queen’s Korea Medal, United Nations Medal for Korea to Private A Morgan, Welsh Regiment. The 1st Battalion arrived in Korea in November 1951 and joined 29th Infantry Brigade of the 1st Commonwealth Division and left for duty in Hong Kong in November 1952.

Queen’s Korea Medal 

22591669 Pte A Morgan Welch

United Nations Medal for Korea British issue

Unnamed as issued

The 1st Battalion moved to Dering Lines in Brecon in February 1948 and amalgamated with the 2nd Battalion in June 1948. The Battalion moved to Sobraon Barracks in Colchester  in October 1950 and was then deployed to Korea as part of 29th Brigade, 1st Commonwealth Division in November 1951 for service in the Korean war. The Battalion moved to Hong Kong  as part of 27th Infantry Brigade in November 1952 and then returned home to Llanion Barracks in Pembroke Dock in 1954.

GVF £250 Available


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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

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General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48

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Queen’s Korea Medal

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United Nations Medal for Korea British issue

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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’.

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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

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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