Campaign Medal Groups


Campaign Medal Groups

General Service Medal GV clasp S Persia, India General Service Medal GV clasp Waziristan 1919-21 to Lieutenant John Wright Vogwill, India Army Service Corps a former Stone Mason and Builder born in Petertavy, Devon in 1882. Commissioned into the Indian Army Reserve of Officers 26th July 1919, he resigned his commission 1st May 1922 and returned to Devon taking up Farming near Tavistock. He died in Tavistock in 1970 aged 88 years.

General Service Medal GV clasp S Persia

Lieut J W Vogwill

India General Service Medal GV clasp Waziristan 1919-21

Lieut J W Vogwill IASC

With copy Medal Index Card which records also entitled to British War and Victory Medals “Issued by the Government of India”.

John Wright Vogwill was born 15th February 1882 in Petertavy, Devon, the 1901 census records he is a 19 year old Stone Mason and Builder residing with his uncle John also a Stone Mason and Builder at 1 Love Side, Houghton, Lancashire. Commissioned Indian Army Reserve of Officers 2nd Lieutenant 26th July 1917 (London Gazette 16th November 1917 page 11855), promoted Lieutenant 26th July 1918 (London Gazette 18th February 1919 page 2436) he resigned his commission 1st May 1922 (London Gazette 1st September 1922 page 6387). On return to England his address is recorded as Collaton, Tavistock, Devon. The 1939 Register records he is a Farmer residing with his wife Emma at Moor New, Cudliptown, Tavistock, he died in Tavistock 27th March 1970 aged 88 years.

GVF & better £325 Available


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Queen’s Sudan Medal 1896-98, Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Defence of Ladysmith, Laing’s Nek, Belfast, King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 to Private Albert Alfred Hayling 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade a former Brewer’s Labourer born in Egham, Surrey in 1876. Enlisting in 1895, he served with the 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade in the Sudan and in South Africa including the defence of Ladysmith. Returning home in 1902 he was transferred to the Army Reserve. Marrying in Islington, Middlesex in 1908, the 1911 census records he is a Postman residing with his family in Highbury, North London. He died in Uxbridge, Middlesex in 1937.

Queen’s Sudan Medal 1896-98

3571 Pte A Hayling 2/R Bde

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Defence of Ladysmith, Laing’s Nek, Belfast

3571 Pte A A Hayling Rifle Brigade

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

3751 Pte A Hayling Rifle Brigade

With copy Medal roll entries (Pte Albert A Hayling on QSA roll) and details extracted from on line records here.

Albert Alfred Hayling was born in Egham, Surrey in 1876, the 1891 census records he is a 15 year old Brewery Labourer residing with his widowed mother Ann Sarah, brother and sister at Hale Street, Staines, Middlesex. Probably enlisting in 1895, he served with the 2nd Battalion in the Sudan in 1898 and in South Africa including the defence of Ladysmith. The King’s South Africa Medal roll records he was returned to England for transfer (to the Reserve). He married in 1908 at Islington, Middlesex, the 1911 census records he is a Postman residing with his wife Ellen Elizabeth and two daughters at 11 Gillespie Road, Highbury, North London. He died in Uxbridge, Middlesex in 1937.

Entitled to Khedives Sudan Medal no clasp TNA WO100/81 page 351 refers.

GVF & better £650 Available


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Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Brunei, Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Borneo to Petty Officer (Seaman) William Charles Walter Pollard, Royal Navy born in Liskeard, Cornwall in 1936.

Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Brunei

JX.836804 W C Pollard PO RN

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Borneo

JX.836804 W C Pollard PO RN

Mounted as originally worn.

William Charles Walter Pollard was born in Liskeard, Cornwall 10th October 1936, he married in Bodmin, Cornwall in 1959 and died in Plymouth in 1999 aged 63 years. His wife died in Plymouth in 2016, the medals purchased in Plymouth.

First time on the market.

GVF & better £395 Available


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 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Fleet Reserve GVI 1st type to Stoker Petty Officer Adam Fairrie, Royal Navy born in 1907 in Newcastle upon Tyne a Plater, he entered the Royal Navy in 1927. Discharged termination of engagement in May 1939, he joined Chatham Royal Fleet Reserve and was mobilised 31st July 1939. Serving aboard HM Ships Curacoa, Alisma, Kent and Gambia during the Second World War he was discharged 19th February 1946.

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

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Fleet Reserve GVI 1st type

KX.78068 CH.B.25320 A Fairrie A/SPO RFR

Adam Fairrie born 11th November 1907 in Newcastle on Tyne a Plater he entered the Royal Navy as Stoker 2nd Class at Pembroke II 11th May 1927, rated Stoker 1st Class aboard HMS Cumberland 16th April 1928. Advanced to acting Leading Stoker aboard HMS Warspite 2nd August 1937. Discharged shore 10th May 1939 on expiry of engagement. Joining Chatham Royal Fleet Reserve. Mobilised he joined HMS Columbo 31st July 1939, Pembroke II 19th December 1939, HMS Curacoa 10th January 1940, Pembroke II 16th February 1940, HMS Curacoa 27th March 1940, Pembroke II 3rd June 1940, Fleet Tender A 16th August 1940, Pembroke II 8th November 1940, HMS Alisma 22nd January 1941, advanced to acting Stoker Petty Officer 5th June 1941, Pembroke II 5th August 1941, HMS Kent 4th September 1941, Pembroke II 21st November 1941, HMS Gambia 4th February 1942, Pembroke 2nd October 1943, Saker 12th October 1943, Pembroke IV 15th December 1943, Ganges 16th October 1944, Pembroke 31st December 1944, Calliope 7th July 1945, released 19th February 1946.

GVF & better £110 Available


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Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39, 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Burma Star, War Medal to Able Seaman Harvey George Buck, Royal Navy who was born in Kingston on Thames, Surrey in 1917. In 1942 he was serving aboard HMS Worcestershire. 

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

JX.139724 H G Buck AB RN

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

Unnamed as issued

With copy letter by email.

Harvey George Buck born in Kingston on Thames, Surrey 19th April 1917, in 1939 he was serving at the RN Barracks Chatham. His service record not yet on line but a letter from his mother to the Admiralty ADM358/440 dated 28th February 1942, 4 Western Court, Surbiton

“Dear Sir, I have had no news from my eldest sailor son Harvey George Buck J/X.139724 of HMS Worcestershire, since the beginning of December. I should be so grateful if you could tell me as far as you know, he is alive. Yours faithfully Kathleen Buck”.

The Admiralty replied that no casualty report had been received regarding her son and as far as they were concerned he was safe and well.

He died December 2003 in Bexley, Kent.

GVF & better £150 Available


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1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Defence and War Medals, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Fleet Reserve GVI 1st type to Leading Seaman James Oliver, Royal Navy born in 1903 in Morton in the Marsh, Gloucestershire a Grocer’s Assistant he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 1st Class 19th April 1921. Discharged 27th October 1933 time expired he joined Chatham Royal Fleet Reserve. Mobilised, he joined HMS Enterprise 24th August 1939 serving aboard this ship until at least June 1941. Advanced to Acting Leading Seaman 10th August 1943 at Pembroke I, released 24th October 1945 from HMS Copra. LSGC RFR awarded in December 1937.

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

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Fleet Reserve GVI 1st type

J.102184 (CH.B.22883) J Oliver AB RFR

With copy service records by email.

James Oliver was born 23rd October 1903 in Morton in the Marsh, Gloucestershire a Grocer’s Assistant he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 1st Class 19th April 1921 at Vivid III. Rated Ordinary Seaman 23rd October 1921 aboard HMS Weymouth, Able Seaman 15th January 1924 aboard HMS Repulse. Discharged 27th October 1933 time expired he joined Chatham Royal Fleet Reserve. Mobilised, he joined HMS Enterprise 24th August 1939 serving aboard this ship until at least June 1941. Advanced to Acting Leading Seaman 10th August 1943 at Pembroke I, released 24th October 1945 from HMS Copra. LSGC RFR awarded in December 1937.

GVF & better £125 Available


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Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 undated reverse no clasp, Khedives Star 1884-6, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria to Chief Officer William Samuel Hill, HM Coast Guard late Royal Navy born in Lambeth, Surrey a former Labourer and Gas Fitter, he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 8th April 1873. Serving aboard HMS Euryalus during the operations in the Sudan in 1885 as Captain’s Coxswain. Disrated in July 1885 to Able Seaman, he transferred to HM Coast Guard as Boatman 16th November 1887 and served at various stations in Ireland and Scotland. Advanced to Chief Boatman in Charge 13th June 1904 and Chief Officer (Warrant Officer) 1st January 1909, he retired 29th May 1912 after 39 years service.

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 undated reverse no clasp

W S Hill Coxn 1 CL HMS Euryalus

Khedives Star dated 1884-6

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria

W S Hill Comd Boatn HM Coast Guard

William Samuel Hill was born in Lambeth, Surrey 29th May 1857 a Labourer and Gas Fitter he entered the Royal Navy at Fisgard as Boy 2nd Class 8th April 1873. Reated Ordinary Seaman aboard HMS Endymion 29th May 1875 and Able Seaman aboard HMS Royal Adelaide 3rd August 1876. Advanced to Leading Seaman 23rd March 1881, to Petty Officer of the 2nd Class aboard HMS London and to the 1st Class 16th September 1883. Joining HMS Euryalus, he was rated Captain’s Coxswian from 1st April 1884. Disrated to Able Seaman 2nd July 1885, he joined Excellent 24th July 1885, HMS Devastation 8th June 1886 where he was advanced to Leading Seaman 15th December 1886.

Transferring to HM Coast Guard as Boatman 16th November 1887, he served at stations at Dunbar, Elie (Fifeshire), Crail (Fifeshire), Berwick, Leith, Redheugh (Newcastle on Tyne), Rosehearty (Aberdeen), Mean Queensford, Butt of Lewes and Queensferry. Advanced to Commissioned Boatman 9th February 1894, Chief Boatman 14th February 1901, Chief Boatman in Charge (at Mean) 13th June 1904, Chief Officer (Warrant Officer) at Queensferry 1st January 1909. Discharged to pension 29th May 1912 after 39 years’ service, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 21st January 1901.

Average GVF Minimal pitting £405 Available


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Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 reverse dated 1882 no clasp, Khedives Star dated 1882 to Bandsman Thomas Jones, Royal Navy a Musician born in St Nicholls, Dublin he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Achilles 20th May 1882 and was discharged shore 19th January 1883. His Royal Navy service record indicates he was a Chelsea Hospital Pensioner dated 19th August 1915 indicating he later served in the Army.

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 reverse dated 1882 No clasp

T Jones Bandsn HMS Achilles

Khedives Star dated 1882

Unnamed as issued

With copy service record and Medal roll entry.

Thomas Jones was born in St Nicholls, Dublin, Ireland 22nd May 1852 a Musician, he entered the Royal Navy as Bandsman aboard HMS Achilles 20th May 1882. Discharged shore 19th January 1883. His service record suggests further service in the Army, his Royal Navy service record annotated “Traced to Chelsea Hospital 17th June 1915 and “Traced Pension 19th August 1915”.

GVF £250 SOLD


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Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 dated 1882 reverse, Khedives Star 1882, Long Service and Good Conduct Medals Royal Navy Victoria to Chief Petty Officer (Seaman Gunner) William Bonney, Royal Navy. Born in King’s Tamerton, Plymouth, Devon 3rd August 1856 and entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class aboard HMS Impregnable 9th August 1871. ently joined Cambridge 1st January 1873, HMS Implacable 27th February 1873, HMS Pearl 21st May 1873 and rated Ordinary Seaman 3rd August 1874 and Able Seaman 3rd August 1875 aboard this ship. Joining HMS Cambridge 6th June 1879, HMS Northumberland 15th November 1879, where he was advanced to Leading Seaman 1st October 1880, Petty Officer 2nd Class 1st July 1880, Petty Officer 1st Class 17th December 1882 and served in the Egypt operations 1882 aboard this ship. Advanced to Chief Petty Officer 24th April 1893, he was discharged to pension 10th August 1894.

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 dated 1882 reverse no clasp

W Bonney 2nd Cap M Top HMS Northumberland

Khedives Star dated 1882

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria

Wm Bonney PO 1st CL HMS Bellerophon

With copy service record.

William Bonney was born in King’s Tamerton, Plymouth, Devon 3rd August 1856 and entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class aboard HMS Impregnable 9th August 1871, he subsequently joined Cambridge 1st January 1873, HMS Implacable 27th February 1873, HMS Pearl 21st May 1873 and rated Ordinary Seaman 3rd August 1874 and Able Seaman 3rd August 1875 aboard this ship. Joining HMS Cambridge 6th June 1879, HMS Northumberland 15th November 1879, where he was advanced to Leading Seaman 1st October 1880, Petty Officer 2nd Class 1st July 1880, Petty Officer 1st Class 17th December 1882, Cambridge 2nd January 1883, HMS Lion 11th November 1884, Cambridge 1st December 1887, Defiance 8th April 1888, HMS Shannon 9th September 1888, Cambridge 8th March 1889, HMS Bellerophon 16th March 1889, Vivid I 30th April 1892, Cambridge 13th June 1892 where he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer 24th April 1893. Discharged to pension 10th August 1894.

GVF & better £385 Available


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Coronation Medal King George V 1911, India General Service Medal (1895) clasps Relief of Chitral, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98, Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Relief of Kimberley, Paardeburg, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army EVII to Private Thomas Phillips, Gordon Highlanders. Born in Reigate, Surrey a Driver and serving member of the 4th (Volunteer) Battalion East Surrey Regiment, he attested for the Gordon Highlanders in London 15th September 1890. Serving in  India 27th January 1893 to 16th February 1898. Discharged to Army Reserve 19th February 1898. Re-called to the Colours 9th October 1899 and posted 1st Battalion 18th October 1899, he served in South Africa 9th November 1899 to 15th July 1900.  Posted 1st Battalion 18th October 1902, posted as Permanent Staff Provisional Battalion, Dover 12th June 1904 and back to the 1st Battalion 3rd February 1909. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 1st July 1910 (Army Order 46 of 1910). Discharged on completion of engagement 14th September 1911. One of only FIVE Coronation Medals 1911 awarded to the 1st Battalion.

Coronation Medal King George V 1911

Unnamed as issued

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

3475 Pte T Phillips 1st Bn Gord Highrs

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Relief of Kimberley, Paardeburg

2475 Pte T Phillips Gordon Highrs

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army EVII

3475 Pte T Phillips Gordon Hdrs

With copy service record and Medal roll entries, rare combination to the Regiment.

Thomas Phillips was born in Reigate, Surrey a Driver and serving member of the 4th (Volunteer) Battalion East Surrey Regiment, he attested for the Gordon Highlanders at St George’s Barracks, London 15th September 1890 aged 18 years and joined the Regimental Depot at Aberdeen four days later. Posted 2nd Battalion 16th December 1890, appointed Lance Corporal 3rd September 1891, he reverted to Private 13th August 1892. Posted 1st Battalion 3rd March 1893, he served in India 27th January 1893 to 16th February 1898. Discharged to Army Reserve 19th February 1898. Re-called to the Colours 9th October 1899 and posted 1st Battalion 18th October 1899, he served in South Africa 9th November 1899 to 15th July 1900. Joining the Regimental Depot on return to Scotland, he re-engaged to complete 21 years service. Posted 1st Battalion 18th October 1902, posted as Permanent Staff Provisional Battalion, Dover 12th June 1904 and back to the 1st Battalion 3rd February 1909. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 1st July 1910 (Army Order 46 of 1910). Discharged on completion of engagement 14th September 1911, intended place of residence recorded as 141 Nottingham Road, Derby.

The 1911 Coronation rare to the Regiment the 1st Battalion received five, three officers including the Commanding officer, the RSM and one Private (Phillips).

NEF £750 SOLD


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Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Balaklava, Sebastopol, Turkish Crimea Medal Sardinian issue to Colour Sergeant Charles Pulley, Royal Marines born in Chatham, Kent in 1833 and the son of a serving Private, Royal Marines. Attesting 5th January 1844 aged 10 years and 10 months, he served as a Drummer until ranked as Private 7th June 1852. Serving aboard HMS Agamemnon from April 1853 and ashore with the RM Battalion during the Crimea War, he was promoted Sergeant in 1855 and Colour Sergeant in 1861. He died whilst on leave from 17th Company, Chatham Division 15th April 1867 and is buried at Wing, Buckinghamshire in the parish Churchyard.

Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Balaklava, Sebastopol

C Pulley RM HMS Agamemnon

Turkish Crimea Medal Sardinian issue

Unnamed as issued

With copy service record which is incomplete, probably the result of his death in service TNA ADM157/40 copies from Crimea Medal roll.

Officially impressed naming

Mounted as originally worn with “Crimea” top brooch suspender, ornate straight suspender and top brooch suspender to the Turkish Medal.

Charles Pulley was born in Chatham, Kent in 1833, the 1841 census records he is 7 years old residing with his his father Charles Pulley a Private, Royal Marines, his mother Helen and four sisters in the Royal Marine Barracks, Chatham. Attesting for the Royal Marines at Rochester 5th January 1844 aged just 10 years and 10 months, he was posted to 57th Company, Chatham Division as Drummer. Rated Private 7th June 1852, promoted Corporal 8th August 1852, Sergeant 1st March 1855 and Colour Sergeant 1st July 1861. He joined HMS Agamemnon 28th April 1853 and served aboard this ship and ashore with the RM Battalion at Balaklava and Sebastopol, both clasps verified correct on the Medal roll TNA ADM171/53 page 3 and ADM171/53 page 17. He died at Bassett, Buckinghamshire whilst on leave from 17th Company, Chatham Division 15th April 1867 aged 33 years and is buried at Wing, Buckinghamshire in the Parish Churchyard on 20th April 1867.

Scarce officially impressed two clasp Crimea Medal to the Royal Marines

Edge bruising contact wear, the claw of the Crimea Medal at some time re-fixed, therefore

Good Fine £625 SOLD


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India General Service Medal (1854) clasp Burma 1887-89, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army Victoria, Annuity Meritorious Service Medal GV to Quartermaster Sergeant Lewis Silver 2nd Battalion Cheshire Regiment a former Labourer born in Long Sutton, near Winchester, Hampshire in 1852. Enlisting at Aldershot 9th December 1870 he joined the 2nd Battalion. Serving in India from 7th October 1873 to 1st January 1888, Burma 2nd January 1888 to 7th February 1889, he returned to England and was discharged to pension 14th March 1898. Recommended for the Meritorious Service Medal on discharge after 27 years and 91 days service, this was finally awarded in Army Order 422 of 1921 with an Annuity of £10.

India General Service Medal (1854) claso Burma 1887-89

2110 Qr Mr Sergt L Silver 2 Bn Ches R

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army Victoria

2110 Qr Mr Sgt L Silver Ches R

Annuity Meritorious Service Medal GV

QM SJT L Silver Ches R

With copy service papers.

Lewis Silver was born in Long Sutton, near Winchester, Hampshire a 17 year 11 month old Labourer he attested for the 22nd Regiment of Foot (Cheshire) at Aldershot 9th December 1870 and joined the 2nd Battalion. Serving in India from 7th October 1873 to 1st January 1888, Burma 2nd January 1888 to 7th February 1889, he returned to England and was discharged to pension 14th March 1898. Promoted Corporal 5th August 1873, Sergeant 16th June 1875, Colour Sergeant 21st May 1880 and appointed Quartermaster Sergeant 27th December 1884. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1890 despite seven entries in the Regimental Defaulter’s Book, the last in 1884. Recommended for the Meritorious Service Medal on discharge after 27 years and 91 days service this was finally awarded in Army Order 422 of 1921 with an Annuity of £10.

Scarce GV Annuity MSM to the Regiment.

VF & better £695 SOLD


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Egypt and Sudan Medal reverse dated 1882 clasp Tel-El-Kebir, Khedives Star dated 1882 to Private John Emmett, Coldstream Guards born in Rochdale, Lancashire an 18 year 10 month old Labourer, he attested for the Scots Guards at Bury, 2nd October 1872 and joined the 2nd Battalion. Discharged to the Army Reserve in 1878, he was re-called to the Colours in March 1881 and posted 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards. Serving in Egypt including the battle of Tel-El-Kebir, he was discharged time expired in 1884 and returned to Bury, Lancashire.

Egypt and Sudan Medal reverse dated 1882 clasp Tel-El-Kebir

5118 Pte J Emmett 2/Cldm Gds

Khedives Star dated 1882 reverse impressed

5118 C G

With copy service papers Medal roll entries.

John Emmett was born in Rochdale, Lancashire an 18 year 10 month old Labourer, he attested for the Scots Guards at Bury, 2nd October 1872 and joined the 2nd Battalion, he recorded his next of kin as his mother Mrs E Pilkington, 28 Carrs, Haslongden, Lancashire. Discharged to the Army Reserve 3rd October 1878, his character assessed as “Indiferent”. Re-joining the Colours 19th March 1881, he was posted to the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards. Serving in Egypt from 1st August 1882 to 16th November 1882 including the battle of Tel El Kebir 13th September 1882. Discharged at Chelsea Barracks, London 2nd October 1884 time expired, his intended place of residence recorded as 20 Crompton Street, Bolton, Lancashire.

Contact wear particularly over “Coldm Gds” therefore

Good Fine £225 Reserved


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1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, Italy Star, Burma Star clasp Pacific, War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Naval Reserve GVI 1st type to Able Seaman Thomas Jackson Baker, Royal Naval Reserve born in Yarmouth, Norfolk 13th December 1913, a Merchant Navy Able Seaman he enrolled for the Royal Naval Reserve 19th July 1934, at the time he was serving aboard Foreign going Merchant Ships sailing from North Shields. Mobilised 1st August 1939, he joined HMS Ceres. Subsequently serving  aboard HMS Carlisle 1942-43 and the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious 1943-45. Demobilised 21st October 1945, he was released from the RNR on completion of service 28th April 1948.

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, Italy Star, Burma Star clasp Pacific, War Medal

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Naval Reserve GVI 1st type

10828.B  T J Baker AB RNR

With copy service records, with original Admiralty Medal award slip recording 8 Medals and clasps awarded.

Thomas Jackson Baker was born in Yarmouth, Norfolk 13th December 1913, a Merchant Navy Able Seaman he enrolled for the Royal Naval Reserve 19th July 1934, at the time he was serving aboard Foreign going Merchant Ships sailing from North Shields, his home address recorded as 11 Langley Road, North Shields. Mobilised 1st August 1939, he joined HMS Ceres serving aboard this ship 21st October 1941. Subsequently joining Drake 22nd October 1941,  Lochinvar 7th March 1942, Drake 31st July 1942, HMS Carlisle 10th November 1942 including service with Malta Convoys, HMS Illustrious 13th April 1943 and was released from service 21st October 1945, the ship being awarded battle honours for “Salerno 1943”, “Sabang 1944”, “Salembang 1945”, “Okinawa 1945”. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 4th May 1945 whilst serving aboard HMS Illustrious. Discharged from the Royal Naval Reserve on completion of service 28th April 1948.

GVF £185 SOLD


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1939/45 Star, Defence and War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV 3rd type to Petty Officer Stanley Farrar, Royal Navy, born 20th April 1904 in Malton, Yorkshire a scholar, he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class at Ganges 22nd September 1920. Serving aboard HMS Curlew on the outbreak of war, he survived the sinking of this ship by JU88 Dive Bombers  on 26th May 1940 in Lavangs Fjord near Narvick, Norway with the loss of 9 of her crew. Joining Drake I (Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth) 17th May 1940, he was killed in an air raid on Plymouth 30th April 1941 and now rests in an identified grave in Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth.

1939/45 Star, War Medal

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV 3rd type

J.99011 S Farrar PO HMS Royal Sovereign

With copy service record, copies from FO Plymouth report on the raid, and CWGC details.

Stanley Farrar born 20th April 1904 in Malton, Yorkshire a scholar, he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class at Ganges 22nd September 1920. Rated Ordinary Seaman aboard HMS Cambrian 20th April 1922, Able Seaman aboard HMS King George V 9th May 1923. Advanced to Acting Leading Seaman aboard Acasta 13th March 1931, Leading Seaman HMS Carlisle 13th March 1932, advanced to Acting Petty Officer at Drake I 20th October 1934, Petty Officer aboard HMS Royal Sovereign 20th October 1935. Joining HMS Curlew 9th August 1939. The Light Cruiser HMS Curlew was sunk by JU88 air attack on 26th May 1940 in Lavangs Fjord near Narvick, Norway with the loss of 9 of her crew. Joining Drake I 27th May 1940, advanced to Chief Petty Officer 17th September 1940 and was killed during an air raid on Plymouth 30th April 1941 in which seven Royal Navy ratings were killed. Chief Petty Officer Stanley Farrar was the son of Arthur and Mercia Farrar and husband of Elsie Lott Atrill Farrar of Higher Compton, Plymouth and now rests in Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth.

On the 29th/30th April Plymouth and Devonport were again attacked, and, although the raid was on a larger scale than any of its predecessors, it began with inaccurate, bombing in open country North of the city, where wood-fires at Mount Edgcumbe were heavily bombed. It was comparatively late in the raid before the enemy found his targets, and the attack did not therefore seem so heavy as some of its predecessors. The raid lasted nearly four hours, and, though its effects cannot yet be fully assessed, it is clear that, after all that the city and its environs have lately been through, this raid struck a heavy blow. The main weight of attack was felt at Keyham and Milehouse, between Plymouth and Devonport.

High explosives seem to have predominated over incendiary attack, and only 20 fires were reported. Fires were started in Milehouse, at a Devonport gasholder and once again at the Tor Point oil cisterns. In addition to areas of military importance, the city’s civilian life seems again to have suffered severely, and a shopping centre at Mutley, rendered more important by the destruction done elsewhere in earlier raids, was damaged in this one. Residential districts suffered severely, the worst damage of this kind being reported from the Beacon Park and Hartley areas. The fires were all brought under control during the morning.

NEF £325 Available


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Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1902, Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04 to Shoeing Smith William Edward Burridge 5th Dragoon Guards late 7th Dragoon Guards and Worcestershire Regiment (Militia) a former Painter born in Birmingham in 1883. Attesting for the Militia 9th October 1900, he joined the 7th Dragoon Guards shortly after and served in South Africa in 1902. Transferring to the 5th Dragoon Guards 23rd October 1902 he served in Somaliland attached Indian Transport and Remounts and was one of only NINE men of this Regiment to receive the AGS Medal and clasp. Transferring to the King’s Dragoon Guards at Aldershot 13th July 1904, he was discharged to the Army Reserve 4th August 1904. In 1921 he was employed as a Decorator and emigrated to Canada arriving st St John, New Brunswick.

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

5579 Pte W Burridge 7th Drgn Gds

Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04

4776 Sh Sth W Burridge 5th Drgn Gds

With copy QSA & AGS Medal roll entries, Militia service papers, census

William Edward Burridge was born in Birmingham in 1883, a Painter, he attested for the Worcestershire Regiment Militia at Birmingham 9th October 1900 aged 17 years 6 months. He joined the 7th Dragoon Guards shortly after, the 1901 census records he is serving with his Regiment at Shorncliffe Camp. Serving in South Africa in 1902, he transferred to the 5th Dragoon Guards 23rd October 1902 as Shoeing Smith, he served during the Somaliland operations 1902 – 04 attached to the Indian Army Transport and Remounts. One of only NINE men of the 5th Dragoon Guards to receive the Africa General Service Medal with this clasp. Transferring to the King’s Dragoon Guards on arrival at Aldershot 13th July 1904, he was discharged to the Army Reserve 4th August 1904. In 1921 he boarded the SS Empress of France bound for St John, New Brunswick, Canada stating his age as 39 years and occupation as Decorator.

Rare AGS to the 5th Dragoon Guards

GVF & better £750 Available


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1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Defence and War Medals, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Chief Engine Room Artificer Sidney Vernon Suggitt, Royal Navy born 30th August 1909 in Richmond, Yorkshire a Scholar, he entered the Royal Navy as an Engine Room Artificer Apprentice at Fisgard 31st December 1924.  Advanced to CERA 6th April 1940, joining Calliope 1st October 1940, HMS Cleopatra 20th November 1941. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal whilst serving at Moreta, the RN Base at Haifa 1st February 1943. Joining Pembroke 1st October 1947, he was discharged to pension 29th August 1949, in 1950 he applied to join the Indian Navy as a Commissioned Engineer, the result of his application not recorded. He died in Kingston upon Thames in 1971.

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Defence and War Medals

Unnamed as issued

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

M.38841 S V Suggitt CERA HMS Moreta

With copy service record and a small original photo of the recipient.

Sidney Vernon Suggitt was born 30th August 1909 in Richmond, Yorkshire a Scholar, he entered the Royal Navy as an Engine Room Artificer Apprentice at Fisgard 31st December 1924. Rated Engine Room Artificer (ERA) 5th Class at Pembroke 1st July 1929, acting ERA 4th Class 1st July 1930 aboard HMS Revenge, ERA 4th Class 20th July 1931, advanced to ERA 3rd Class 1st July 1933 aboard HMS Valiant, ERA 2nd Class 1st July 1937 at Pembroke II, Acting CERA 2nd Class 6th April 1939 aboard HMS Fortune. Joining Pembroke II 28th July 1939, advanced to CERA 6th April 1940, joining Calliope 1st October 1940, HMS Cleopatra 20th November 1941 on commissioning. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal whilst serving at Moreta, the RN Base at Haifa 1st February 1943. Joining Pembroke 1st October 1947, he was discharged to pension 29th August 1949, in 1950 he applied to join the Indian Navy as a Commissioned Engineer, the result of his application not recorded. He died in Kingston upon Thames in 1971.

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1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star clasp France and Germany, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, Italy Star, War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Able Seaman James Kendal Tarbet, Royal Navy born 4th September 1904 in Sunderland, an Apprentice Plater he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class at Ganges 10th June 1921. Serving aboard HMS Greenwich during the Palestine operations 1936-39, he was aboard HMS Bideford when the Second World War broke out. Wounded when Bideford was hit by a German bomb which detonated one of the ships depth charges during an air attack on the evening of 29th May 1940, whilst evacuating troops from Dunkirk. 16 ships company and 12 embarked soldiers were killed and 50 seriously wounded. The Dragonfly-Class River Gunboat Locust towed the badly damaged Bideford back to Dover, the journey taking 32 hours and ending on 31st May. Discharged to pension 23rd October 1945 from Drake I. He died in Durham in 1973.

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

J.102741 J K Tarbet AB RN

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star clasp France and Germany, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, Italy Star, War Medal

Unnamed as issued

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

J.102741 J K Tarbet AB HMS Greenwich

With copy service record.

James Kendal Tarbet was born 4th September 1904 in Sunderland, an Apprentice Plater he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class at Ganges 10th June 1921. Rated Ordinary Seaman aboard HMS Warspite 4th Septermber 1922 and Able Seaman aboard HMS Warwick 26th October 1923. Joining HMS Brazen 18th October 1933, Drake I 7th October 1936, HMS Greenwich 29th December 1936, Cochrane 1st June 1938, Drake I 10th November 1938. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 14th October 1937 aboard HMS Greenwich, he Joined HMS Bideford 28th November 1938 and was still serving aboard this ship at least until October 1941. Discharged to 23rd October 1945 from Drake I. He died in Durham in 1973.

HMS Bideford

HMS Bideford was still part of the China Station on the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, continuing to carry out patrols until being ordered to return to Britain in December 1939. On her journey back to home waters, Bideford formed part of the escort of Convoy HGF 14 from Gibraltar to the UK, attacking a suspected submarine contact off Cape Finisterre on 9 January 1940. In February 1940, Bideford joined the 1st Escort Vessel Division of the Western Approaches Command, and was deployed on escorting convoys between Gibraltar and the United Kingdom. While escorting one such convoy, the Britain-bound HG 19, on 23rd February, Bideford attacked another suspected submarine contact. She attacked another submarine contact on 18 March, while escorting Convoy OG 22F. In May 1940 she took part in the Dunkirk evacuation. On her first evacuation trip, on the evening of 29th May, Bideford was struck by a German bomb, which set off one of Bideford’s depth charges, badly damaging the ship, and killing 28 personnel, 16 from the ship’s crew and 12 passengers with 50 wounded, Able Seaman Tarbet is recorded as wounded during this action on his service record. The aft 40 feet (12 m) of the ship’s stern was blown off and the ship’s mainmast collapsed, with Bideford having to be grounded to avoid sinking. The Minesweeper HMS Kellett took off the surviving troops , but despite the damage to the sloop, other troops later boarded Bideford. The Dragonfly-Class River Gunboat Locust towed Bideford back to Dover, the journey taking 32 hours and ending on 31st May.

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1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Burma, War Medal, Queen Elizabeth 2 Coronation Medal 1953, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 2nd type to Petty Officer Joseph Charles Willis, Royal Navy. Enlisting in 1934 awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in December 1949, he appears on the Coronation Medal roll as Chief Petty Officer, Royal Navy, he died in Hampshire in 1975.

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

Unnamed as issued

Queen Elizabeth 2 Coronation Medal 1953

Unnamed as issued

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

JX.151290 J C Willis PO HMS Excellent

Mounted as originally worn, the Coronation Medal unmounted..

With copy LSGC and Coronation 1953 Medal roll entries.

Joseph Charles Willis born 21st January 1916 in Henley, Oxfordshire, awarded the LSGC Medal in December 1949 , he appears on the 1953 Coronation Medal roll as Chief Petty Officer, Royal Navy, he died SE Hampshire 1975.

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India General Service Medal (1895) clasps Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98, Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army EVII to Colour Sergeant John Sanders, Gordon Highlanders a former Chair Maker born in Sheffield  in 1871, he attested for the Gordon Highlanders in Glasgow 3rd February 1889. Posted to the 2nd Battalion 16th May 1889 and to the 1st Battalion 26th January 1896. Serving in India from 8th January 1896 to 18th October 1898, the 1st Battalion famous for their assault and capture of the Dargai Heights 20th October 1897, Egypt 19th October 1898 to 8th December 1898, South Africa 9th November 1899 to 3rd July 1900 when invalided home. Mentioned in Despatches by FM Lord Roberts in 1901 page, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded Army Order 242 of 1907. Discharged to pension 5th February 1910, he resided in Glasgow and served in the Special Reserve 1911 to 1914 being medically discharged 9th October 1914.

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

3131 Sergt J Sanders 1st Bn Gord Hrs

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

3131 SJT J Sanders Gordon Highrs

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army EVII

3131 C SJT J Sanders Gordon Hrs

With copy service papers, Medal roll entries, London Gazette entry and headers for MID, small copy photo of recipient wearing his IGS (1895).

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John Sanders was born in Sheffield, an 18 year 4 month old Chair Maker, he attested for the Gordon Highlanders in Glasgow 3rd February 1889 and joined the Depot two days later. Posted to the 2nd Battalion 16th May 1889, granted 1d Good Conduct Pay 5th February 1891, appointed Lance Corporal 28th February 1891, promoted Corporal 3rd October 1891, and posted to the Depot 9th September 1893. Appointed Lance Sergeant 23rd August 1894, promoted Sergeant 13th June 1895, posted 2nd Battalion 27th November 1895 and to the 1st Battalion 26th January 1896. Posted to the Depot 8th May 1900, 3rd (Reserve) Battalion 1st December 1901, Permanent Staff 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion Gordon Highlanders 1st February 1902 and promoted Colour Sergeant 5th September 1904. Discharged to pension having completed 21 years service 5th February 1910.

An attack on Dargai Heights during the Tirah Campaign resulted in the award of four Victoria Crosses . The Heights were held by Afridi  tribesmen but were successfully stormed by the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders and 2nd Battalion King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles  on 20  October 1897. Piper George Findlater and Private Edward Lawson of the Gordons both received the award the other two being awarded to soldiers of the Derbyshire and Dorset Regiments.

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Gordons assault the Dargai Heights 20th October 1897

Serving in India from 8th January 1896 to 18th October 1898, including the attack on Dargai Heights during the Tirah Campaign 20th October 1897, Egypt 19th October 1898 to 8th December 1898, South Africa 9th November 1899 to 3rd July 1900 when invalided home. Mentioned in Despatches by FM Lord Roberts London Gazette 8th February 1901 page 849, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded Army Order 242 of 1907. Attesting for the Army Special Reserve 3rd February 1911 aged 44 years he stated his occupation as Clerk. Promoted to Colour Sergeant 3rd October 1914, he was discharged medically unfit for service 9th October 1914, home address recorded as 70 Balfour Street, Maryhill, Glasgow.

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Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 clasp Suakin 1885 reverse dated 1882, Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04, Khedives Star 1882 to Stoker John McCarthy, Royal Navy a former Boiler Maker born in Dublin in 1861 he entered the Royal Navy as Stoker 2nd Class at Pembroke 30th June 1882. Serving aboard HMS Euphrates during the Egypt operations of 1882, he was to return to this theatre of operations in 1885 aboard HMS Dolphin. Continuing to serve ashore and afloat he joined HMS Dryad 7th December 1899 taking part in the operations off Somaliland in 1902 aboard this ship. Discharged to pension 23rd April 1903, he was not awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal having been awarded three breaks in “Very Good” conduct.

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 reverse dated 1882 clasp Suakin 1885

J McCarthy Stkr 2 Cl HMS Euphrates

Africa General Service Medal VII clasp Somaliland 1902-04

J McCarthy Sto HMS Dryad

Khedives Star dated 1882

Unnamed as issued

With copy service papers, Medal roll entries.

John McCarthy was born in Dublin 16th November 1861, a Boiler Maker, he entered the Royal Navy as Stoker 2nd Class at Pembroke 30th June 1882, he subsequently joined HMS Euphrates 12th July 1882 taking part in the operations off Egypt in 1882, Asia 11th October 1882, Pembroke 18th October 1882 where he was rated Stoker 29th November 1883, HMS Dolphin 1st May 1884 taking part in the Suakin operations of 1885 aboard this ship. Pembroke 1st October 1887, HMS Hotspur 24th January 1888, Pembroke 1st October 1887, HMS Rodney 14th May 1890, Pembroke 15th February 1893, HMS Sphinx 7th April 1893, HMS Magdala 23rd January 1894, HMS Sappho 17th May 1896, Pembroke 18th July 1896, Torpedo Store, Chatham 17th October 1896, Pembroke 20th April 1899, Torpedo Store Chatham 8th November 1899, Pembroke II 1st November 1899, HMS Dryad 7th December 1899 taking part in the operations off Somaliland aboard this ship, Pembroke 29th November 1902 from where he was discharged to pension 23rd April 1903.

Not awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, breaks in “Very Good” conduct recorded in 1889, 1890 and 1895.

115 clasps Suakin 1885 awarded to HMS Dolphin

137 clasps Somaliland 1902-04 awarded to HMS Dryad

An unusual combination, light pitting to Egypt and Sudan Medal therefore

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Queen’s Korea Medal and United Nations Medal for Korea to Sergeant Frank Harold William Christie, Royal Army Service Corps late 4th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment born Horsham Sussex in 1919, he served with 4th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment in France 1939 to 1940. Transferring to the Royal Army Service Corps he served in Korea, he died Lambeth, London in 1988.

Queen’s Korea Medal 1st type

S/7890516 Sgt F H W Christie RASC

United Nations Medal for Korea (British issue)

Unnamed as issued

With Copy Muster Roll entry showing basic service details, all clasps confirmed on the Medal roll.

Frank Harold William Christie born in Horsham, Sussex in 1919, he is listed as embarking with 4th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment (4RTR) for France 19th September 1939 reference War Diary TNA WO167/4597, the unit (less tanks) being evacuated from Dunkirk 27th May 1940. Later transferring to the Royal Army Service Corps, he served in Korea, he died in Lambeth, London in 1988.

NEF £225 Available