Campaign Groups Post 1914


 

General Service Medal GVI clasps Palestine 1945-48, Cyprus with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf, Campaign Service Medal clasp Borneo to Staff Sergeant Maurice Wyld Stanfield, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers late Royal Army Service Corps born in Melton Mowbray in 1926. Conscripted in 1944, he is at least entitled to the 1939/45 War Medal. Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th September 1946 to 26th March 1947. whilst serving as a Mechanic Staff Sergeant with No 1 Company (General Transport) RASC. Continuing to serve in the Army post war he transferred to the REME, discharged to pension in 1968. He married in Basford, Nottingham in 1948 and died there in 2002 aged 76 years.

General Service Medal GVI clasps Palestine 1945-48, Cyprus with MID Oakleaf

T/14448388 S SJT M W Stanfield RASC

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Borneo

14448388 Sgt M W Stanfield REME

With research listed here from on line records and his tunic medal ribbons which are the GSM with MID Oakleaf and CSM only.

Maurice Wyld Stanfield was born in Melton Mowbray 9th June 1926, he would have been called up for Military service in June 1944, certainly his service number suggests he enlisted around this date so entitled to at least the 1939/45 War Medal may be more. By 1947 he had gained rapid promotion to Staff Sergeant, suggesting he may have been a Mechanical Engineer Apprentice before he was called up, this is supported by his rank on the Medal roll for Palestine 1945/48 Medal which, records he is serving with No 1 Company Royal Army Service Corps (General Transport) as a Mechanic Staff Sergeant. Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 7th January 1949 page 126 ‘For gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th September 1946 to 26th March 1947’. Stanfield transferred to the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and served in Borneo as a Sergeant. The family story is he was reduced to Lance Corporal in 1950 for misconduct and was never awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. He would have been discharged to pension in 1968. Stanfield married in Basford, Nottingham in 1948 and died there in 2002 aged 76 years.

GVF £375 SOLD


 

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence & War Medal, Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 2nd type to Leading Cook (Officers) Charles Azzilla, Royal Navy, a Maltese Rating awarded the LSGC Medal 31st August 1950.

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

Unnamed as issued

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48

E/LX.21864 C Azzilla Ldg Ck (O) RN

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

E/LX.21864 C Azzilla L Ck (O) HMS St Angelo

Mounted on a display board taken from a glazed frame, with an original photo of the recipient taken after leaving the Royal Navy as a trumpeter in a Malta Brass Band.

LSGC Medal  awarded 31st August 1950 sent to HMS Phoenicia for presentation the RN Base Manoel Island, Malta.

GVF £325 Available


 

Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Brunei, Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Borneo to Marine James W Forbes, 42 Commando Royal Marines, born in Portsmouth in 1942. In 1960 42 Commando began a period of 11 years service abroad based on Singapore. In July 1961 it landed in Kuwait as the Defence Force, in December 1962 to Brunei serving there until April 1963. Serving in Sarawak July to October 1963 and February to June 1964, at Tawau December 1964 to May 1965 and the Lundu area from December 1965 to May 1966.

Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Brunei

RM.20053 J W Forbes Mne RM

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Brunei

RM.20053 J W Forbes Mne RM

Marine James W Forbes served with 42 Commando Royal Marines.

In 1960 42 Commando began a period of 11 years service abroad based on Singapore. On 1st July 1961 it landed in Kuwait as the Defence Force, in December 1962 to Brunei serving there until April 1963 at the time of the Indonesian confrontation Serving in Sarawak July to October 1963 and February to June 1964, at Tawau December 1964 to May 1965 and the Lundu area from December 1965 to May 1966.

First time on the market.

Average GVF £425 Available


 

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Transvaal, King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, 1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, to Ship’s Musician Neil Mac Innes, Royal Navy late King’s Own Scottish Borderers a former Farm Servant originally from Temple, Edinburgh, Scotland. Attesting for the KOSB at Edinburgh in September 1901, he served with the 1st Battalion in South Africa from December 1899 to August 1902. Discharged from the Army Reserve in September 1903. Entering the Royal Navy as Ship’s Musician aboard HMS Blonde in March 1912, he joined HMS Lowestoft in May 1914 and served aboard this ship at the battle of Heligoland Bight 28th August 1914 and battle of Dogger Bank 24th January 1915. Discharged shore as invalid in October 1915, he joined the Royal Defence Corps in October 1916 and was discharged from this unfit in October 1917.

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

3819 Pte N McInnes K O Scot Bord

King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902

3819 Pte N McInnes KOSB

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

M.4097 N MacInnes Sh Mus RN

With copy QSA & KSA Medal roll entries confirming all clasps, Medal Index Card awarded Silver War Badge only on this, his 1914/15 Star Trio issued from the Admiralty Medal roll, details extracted from his on line Army service record, copy Royal Navy service record. The group mounted as originally worn.

Neil MacInnes was born in Temple, Edinburgh, Scotland in 1880, a 21 year 6 month old Farm Servant he attested for the King’s Own Scottish Borderers at Edinburgh 12th September 1891. Posted from the Depot to the 1st Battalion 16th November 1891 he was discharged to the Army Reserve 11th September 1898 having never served overseas. Recalled 18th December 1899 he re-joined the 1st Battalion and left for South Africa 4th January 1900, returning home 29th August 1902. Discharged to the Army Reserve, he was discharged from this on 11th September 1903.

MacInnes entered the Royal Navy on 11th March 1912 as Ship’s Musician joining HMS Blonde the same day. He subsequently joined HMS Lowestoft 1st May 1914 and was aboard this ship during the battle of Heligoland Bight 28th August 1914 and the battle of The Dogger Bank 24th January 1915. Joining Pembroke I 8th September 1915 he was discharged shore, invalid 7th October 1915. Not content with returning to civilian life, he enlisted for the Royal Defence Corps as Private No 39590 and was discharged no longer fit for Military service 13th October 1917.

The rate of Ship’s Musician Royal Navy is very unusual, the Royal Marines Band being formed in 1903 and providing all Band and Musical services for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. A neat correction of initial to ‘N’ on QSA (appears on the Medal roll incorrectly as “J”).

Average GVF £425 Available


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, India General Service Medal GV clasp Waziristan 1921-24, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Army GV 1st type to Staff Sergeant Bertie Alexander Wright, Rifle Brigade and Military Engineering Service (India) a former Labourer born in Burmondsey, London in 1886. Enlisting 27th January 1904, he served with the 2nd Battalion in Egypt and India before the outbreak of War. Qualifying as a Military Telegraphist in October 1906 he served in German East Africa from 15th November 1915 attached Indian Telegraphic Department and again during the Waziristan operations of 1921-24. Promoted Sub Conductor (Warrant Officer Class2) in 1931 he was discharged to pension in March 1935.

1914/15 Star

151 Cpl B A Wright Rif Brig

British War and Victory Medals

151 A SJT B A Wright Rif Brig

India General Service Medal GV clasp Waziristan 1921 – 24

S-Sgt B A Wright MES

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GV Army 1st type

6905123 Pte B A Wright Rif Brig

With copy Medal Index Card, service papers, medal rolls, National Roll of the Great War entry.

Bertie Alexander Wright was born in Bermondsey, London in 1886, a Labourer, he attested for the Rifle Brigade in London 27th January 1904. Posted to the 4th Battalion from the Depot 14th April 1904, he subsequently joined the 2nd Battalion 24th September 1904 and embarked with his Battalion for service in Egypt. Arriving in India 22nd November 1905, he qualified in Military Telegraphy 1st October 1906 and was still in India when War broke out. Serving in German East Africa from 15th November 1915 attached Indian Telegraphic Department. Returning to India post armistice he re-joined the 1st Battalion and was posted as Military Telegraphist at the Government Telegraph Office Ranikhet from 10th February 1921 with the rank of Rifleman. Appointed Barrack Sergeant with HQ Waziristan Force as acting Staff Sergeant from 23rd March 1923. Promoted Sub Conductor (Warrant Officer Class 2) 23rd March 1931, he retired from the Army 6th March 1935. Long Service & Good Conduct Medal awarded in Army Order 393 of 1922.                 

GVF and better £250 Reserved


 

India General Service Medal GV clasp North West Frontier 1935, India General Service Medal GVI clasp North West Frontier 1936-37, 1939/45 Star, Burma Star, War Medal to Lieutenant William Henry Kirk, Royal Signals. Serving with “A” Corps Signals in the North West Frontier operations he was commissioned from Company Sergeant Major 29th January 1944 and relinquished his commission on account of disability 4th August 1947.

India General Service Medal GV clasp North West Frontier 1935

2323270 Sgln W Kirk R Signals

India General Service Medal GVI clasp North West Frontier 1936-37

2323270 Sgln W Kirk R Signals

With copy Medal roll entries, copy London Gazette entries for his commission and retirement, original Identity Card, Army in India, original group photo containing the recipient (identified reverse) “Burma Army Signals”.

Lieutenant W Kirk, Royal Signals second row from front, far left.

William Henry Kirk was born 22nd June 1914, he served with “B” Corps Signals during the North West Frontier operations 1935 to 1937. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Royal Signals from Company Sergeant Major 29th January 1944 (London Gazette 23rd June 1944 page 2978 refers). War Substantive Lieutenant the same year, he relinquished his commission on account of disability 4th August 1947 and granted  the Hon rank of Lieutenant (London Gazette 5th August 1947 page 3654 refers).                   

GVF £275 Available


 

India General Service Medal EVII clasp North West Frontier 1908, 1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Acting Sergeant Herbert Wood, Northumberland Fusiliers born in Chelsea, London in 1884 and a former Labour he enlisted on 15th February 1907. Serving in India with the 1st Battalion from September 1907 to November 1914, France from 16th January 1915 where he received a gun shot wound to the right arm and shrapnel wounds left foot in action in April 1915. During April 1915 the 1st Battalion carried out tours in the trenches either side of St Eloi, being pulled out of the line on 26th May having suffered 136 casualties.Arriving in Birmingham 12th May 1915 for hospital treatment, he saw no further service overseas being posted to the Depot and in Augst 1915 to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion where he remained until discharged to Class Z Reserve 26th May 1919.

India General Service Medal EVII clasp North West Frontier 1908

2018 Pte H Wood 1st Bn North’d Fus

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

2018 Pte H Wood North’d Fus

With copy Medal Index Card, service papers, Medal roll entries.

Herbert Wood was born in Chelsea, London in 1884 a Labourer he attested for the Northumberland Fusiliers in London 11th February 1907. Posted to the 2nd Battalion 15th February 1907, posted 1st Battalion 3rd September 1907, he served in India from 3rd September 1907 to 17th November 1914 where he was treated for Malaria in 1910, and France from 16th January 1915. Wounded in action in April 1915, gun shot wound right arm and shrapnel wound left foot he returned to Birmingham 2nd May 1915 for treatment at No 1 Southern General Hospital. During April 1915 the 1st Battalion carried out tours in the trenches either side of St Eloi, being pulled out of the line on 26th May having suffered 136 casualties.Posted to the Depot for administrative purposes during his recovery, posted 3rd Battalion 21st August 1915, appointed Lance Corporal 3rd October 1916, promoted acting Corporal 6th February 1917 and acting Sergeant. Remaining at home until discharged to Class Z Army Reserve 26th May 1919, awarded a 30% disability pension.

Address on discharge recorded as 3 Browns Buildings, West Boldon, Newcastle on Tyne                     

GVF £275 Available


 

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, War Medal, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Able Seaman Bruce Alfred Fisk, Royal Navy a former Labourer from Clapham, London born in 1905. Entering the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 19th July 1921, he was rated Able Seaman aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in June 1924. Awarded the LSGC Medal in August 1938 serving aboard the Minesweeper HMS Jason. Joining HMS Hereward 25th July 1939, he was lost aboard this ship when she was sunk by JU87 aircraft 29th May 1941 during the battle of Crete. Aged 35 years he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

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

Unnamed as issued

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

J.103125 B A Fisk AB HMS Jason

With copy service records covering the period 1921 to 1941.

Bruce Alfred Fisk was born in Clapham, London 10th September 1905, a Labourer he entered the Royal Navy at Ganges as a Boy 2nd Class. Rated Ordinary Seaman aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth 10th September 1923 and Able Seaman aboard the same ship 9th June 1924, he was awarded the LSGC Medal aboard HMS Jason 18th August 1938. On the outbreak of the Second World War he was serving aboard HMS Hereward  and on 20th May 1941 the ship arrived to take part in the battle of Crete coming under air attack the same day. Moving westward on 21st May to intercept any possible invasion craft, she located some invasion force Caiques NW of Suda Bay and sank them. On 22nd May Hereward returned to Alexandria being short of Anti Aircraft ammunition. On 28th May she participated in the evacuation of allied troops from Heraklion, Crete and came under air attack. The following day (29th) having completed the evacuation Hereward came under sustained air attacks returning to Alexandria and was hit by one bomb. Not at reduced speed she became isolated and was subject to further air attacks 5 miles south of Crete, hit for a second time she began to sink, 76 officers and ratings were lost including Able Seaman Fisk aged 35 years and 89 were rescued, all became prisoners of war.

The son of Jessie Fisk, husband of Margaret Fisk of Stubbington, Hampshire he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. 

Several small edge ‘nicks’ to LSGC all naming fine therefore                          

 VF £295 Available   


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, India General Service Medal GV clasp Afghanistan NWF 1919, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GV Army 1st type to Drummer William Harry Baker, Royal Sussex Regiment a former Farm Labourer from Brighton, Sussex born in 1885. Enlisting at Chichester 17th February 1905, he deserted 10th June 1905 and was absent for a month before recovered. Sentenced to 28 days in prison with hard labour he retuned to duty 17th August 1905 and posted 1st Battalion. Absent for a second time for a week in January 1906 before the Battalion sailed for Malta. Serving in Crete 1906-07, India 1907 to 1919, Germany 1920-21, he was discharged 25th August 1927 to pension.

1914/15 Star

L-8187 Dmr W H Baker R Suss R

British War & Victory Medals

L-8187 Pte W H Baker R Suss R

India General Service Medal GV clasp Afghanistan NWF 1919

L-13431 Drumr W Baker R Suss R

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Army GV 1st type

6392228 Pte W H Baker R Suss R

With copy service papers, Medal Index Card and Medal roll entries.

William Harry Baker was born Albert Budd in Brighton, Sussex in 1885, an 18 year 3 month old Farm Labourer, he attested for the Royal Sussex Regiment at Chichester 17th February 1905 and joined the Depot. He deserted on 10th June 1905 and was recovered 10th July 1905, sentenced by District Court Martial to 28 days imprisonment with hard lablour he was released 3 days early on 17th August 1905. Posted to the 1st Battalion 9th October 1905 he went absent 31st January 1906 and re-joined 6th February 1906. Posted to the 2nd Battalion 10th February 1906 and back to the 1st Battalion 1st February 1907. Appointed Drummer 4th January 1910, he served in Malta 10th February 1906 to 29th April 1906, Crete 30th April 1906 to 31st January 1907, India 1st February 1907 to 11th March 1919. Re-enlisting to complete time for pension 12th March 1919 he served in the North West Frontier Province 6th May 1919 until admitted to hospital 9th August 1919. Leaving India for England 21st September 1919, he served with the Army of the Rhine 8th March 1920 to 12th April 1921. Appointed Lance Corporal 9th December 1925, awarded the LSGC Medal Army Order 388 of 1924, he was discharged to pension having given three months notice 25th August 1927.

GVF £325 Available

 


 

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasps Malay Peninsula, Northern Ireland, Meritorious Service Medal Army E2, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Regular Army, Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal to Warrant Officer Class 2 (Battery Sergeant Major) H M Shaw, Royal Artillery who enlisted in 1958 and gained rapid promotion.

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasps Malay Peninsula, Northern Ireland

236867888 WO2 H M Sahw RA

Meritorious Service Medal Army E2

23686788 S Sgt H M Shaw RA

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Regular Army E2

23686788 WO2 H M Shaw RA

Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal

Unnamed as issued

The first three medals mounted as originally worn, clasps riveted together.

The Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal in fitted presentation case with miniature and tunic ribbon.

Service number indicates 1958 enlistment, a pretty rapid promotion to WO2 for Malaya Peninsula clasp (1964-66), an acting rank as Staff Sergeant on MSM, interesting story there somewhere!

GVF & better £695 Available


 

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp, British War and Victory Medals, Coronation Medal 1911 St John’s Ambulance Brigade, Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GV, St John’s Ambulance Brigade Service Medal for South Africa 1899-1902, St John’s Ambulance Brigade Long Service Medal to Senior Reserve Attendant John Colson Partridge Faulkner RNASBR late St John’s Ambulance Brigade born in Rushden, Northamptonshire in 1879. Volunteering to serve on the Hospital Ship Simla during the Boer War. Mobilized on the outbreak of the First World War he joined Pembroke 1 5th August 1914 and remained there until invalided in April 1919. He must have served afloat at some point to qualify for the Victory Medal so possibly aboard a Hospital Ship bringing wounded home to Chatham Royal Naval Hospital.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp

1383 Ordly J C P Faulkner St John Amb Bde

British War and Victory Medals

9408 J C Faulkner SRA RN

  1. King George V 1911 Coronation Medal, St. John Ambulance reverse

Pte J C Faulkner

Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, GV 1st type

996 J C P Faulkner SRA RNASBR

St John’s Ambulance Brigade Long Service Medal in Silver

Pte John Faulkener Higham Ferrers Div SJAB 1915

St. John’s Ambulance Brigade Medal for service in South Africa 1899-1902

Pte J C P Faulkner Wellingborough Corps

With a CD containing copies of census entries, medal roll entries RN service record etc.

John Colson Partridge Faulkner was born at Rushden, Northamptonshire in 1879. He and his elder brother James were both members of the Rushden St. John Ambulance Brigade and volunteered together for service in South Africa, both served as orderlies aboard the Hospital Ship Simla from 14th November 1900, qualifying them for a no clasp Queen’s South Africa Medal. John Faulkner was employed in Northamptonshire’s boot and shoe factory until 1914, and remained a member of his local St. John Ambulance Division. At the beginning of the Great War he was mobilised from the Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve 5th August 1914 and served throughout the War as a Senior Reserve Attendant at Pembroke 1 the RN Barracks at Chatham, he married at Deal in December 1914. At some stage he must have served at sea to qualify for the Victory Medal so may have been aboard Hospital Ships bringing wounded back to Chatham Royal Naval Hospital. Invalided from the RNASBR 16th April 1919 with a cataract. Awarded the RNASBR LSGC Medal 25th February 1922. Residing in Deal post War he died there in 1955 aged 76 years.

A fine combination

GVF & better £1,295 Reserved

 

 


 

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


 

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 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.

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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 £385 Available


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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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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