Campaign Groups Post 1914


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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 Available


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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 £245 Available


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Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Near East, Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Malay Peninsula, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy E2 to Petty Officer Marine Engineering Mechanic J C Barrett, Royal Navy. Awarded the LSGC Medal in May 1969 whilst serving aboard the Bulldog Class Hydrographic Survey Ship HMS Fawn. Launched in February 1968, Barrett served on her first commission. A rare LSGC Medal to this Class of Ship, the compliment of HMS Fawn being 44 officers and ratings.

Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Near East

C/KX.921205 J C Barrett A/LM(E) RN

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Malay Peninsula

KX.921205 J C Barrett PO RN

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy E2

KX.921205 J C Barrett POM(E) HMS Fawn

Mounted as originally worn.

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Petty Officer Marine Engineering Mechanic J C Barrett was awarded the LSGC Medal 28th May 1968, the Medal was sent to HMS Drake for presentation. The Bulldog Class Hydrographic Survey Ship HMS Fawn was launched 29th February 1968, so Barrett would have served aboard during her first commission. A rare LSGC Medal to this class of ship, her compliment being only 44 officers and ratings.

First time on the market

GVF £450 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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India General Service Medal GVI clasps North West Frontier 1936-37, North West Frontier 1937-39, 1939/45 Star, Africa Star clasp 8th Army, Italy Star, Defence & War Medals to Private M E Martin, 2nd Battalion Green Howards.

India General Service Medal GVI clasps North West Frontier 1936-37 North West Frontier 1937-39

4389157 Pte M E Martin Green Howards

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

Unnamed as issued

With copy Medal roll entries confirming the award of both clasps whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion. The group mounted as originally worn.

GVF £250 SOLD


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1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Pacific Star, Italy Star & War Medal, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GVI Royal Navy to locally enlisted Petty Officer Steward Emanuele Borg, Royal Navy. Born in Senglea Malta in 1900 he was awarded the LSGC Medal in May 1938 aboard the Queen Elizabeth Class Battleship HMS Warspite.

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

Unnamed as issued

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

L.14935 E Borg PO Std HMS Warspite

Emanuele Borg was born in Senglea, Malta 23rd April 1900, he was awarded the LSGC Medal aboard the Queen Elizabeth Class Battleship HMS Warspite 30th May 1938, he would have been discharged to pension in 1946.

Slight edge bruise over Std and ‘W’ of Warspite weak impression.

GVF £175 SOLD


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1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Defence & War Medals, Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Near East, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GVI Royal Navy to locally enlisted Maltese Petty Officer Stoker Mechanician Emmanuel Inguanez, Royal Navy, awarded the LSGC Medal in July 1952.

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

Unnamed as issued

Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Near East

E/KX.87279 E Inguanez POM(E) RN

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

KX.87279 E Inguanez POSM HMS St Angelo

Emmanuel Inguanez a locally enlisted Maltese rating, entered the Royal Navy in 1937, he was awarded the LSGC Medal 21st July 1952, his Medal was sent for presentation at HMS Phoenicia the Royal Navy Minesweeping Base at Manoel Island, Malta GC.

GVF £325 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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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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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 SOLD