Campaign Groups Post 1914
British War Medal, Mercantile Marine War Medal, Victory Medal, 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star War Medal with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf to Skipper (Warrant Officer) Arthur Donkin, Royal Naval Reserve and Royal Naval Patrol Service. Born in Scarborough, Yorkshire in 1893 he was a Fishing Trawler Skipper residing in Hartlepool, appointed Skipper RNR 23rd January 1918 he command HM Armed Trawler Xmas Daisy during the last year of War. Volunteering again in the Second World War he served as Second Hand (Petty Officer) RNR and was Mentioned in Despatches in June 1942 for distinguished services operating on small patrol craft from HMS Calliope (RN Base at Albert Edward Dock, North Shields). He died in Sunderland in 1972.
British War & Victory Medals
SA.2719 A Donkin Skr RNR
Mercantile Marine War Medal
1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, War Medal with MID Oakleaf
Unnamed as issued
With copy research.
when she was moved to the Albert Edward Dock, North Shields (1939 to 12 August 1946) to act as Arthur Donkin was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire in 1893 a Fishing Trawler man residing at 64 Durham Street, Hartlepool, he was appointed Skipper (Warrant Officer) Royal Naval Reserve 23rd January 1918 and for the last year of the War was in command of HM Armed Trawler Xmas Daisy. Volunteering his services again on the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the Royal Naval Patrol Service (RNPS) and served aboard small Patrol Craft operating from Calliope the RN Base at Albert Edward Dock, North Shields as a Second Hand (Petty Officer). Mentioned in Despatches for distinguished services London Gazette 11th June 1942 page 2512. He died in Sunderland in 1972.
NEF £245 SOLD
1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, Italy Star, War Medal, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Musician James Henry Julnes, Royal Marines Band. Born in Portsmouth in March 1912, he was awarded the LSGC Medal whilst serving at HMS St Vincent the new entry Boys training base in Gosport, Hampshire. He died in Worthing, West Sussex in 1993.
1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, Italy Star, War Medal
Unnamed as issued
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GVI Royal Navy 1st type
RMB.X.18 J H Julnes Mus HMS St Vincent
Mounted as originally worn, missing catch for pin reverse.
James Henry Julnes was born in Portsmouth 12th March 1912 and enlisted about 1928, he was awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal 31st March 1945 whilst serving at St Vincent the Boys new entry training establishment in Gosport, Hampshire. He died in Worthing, West Sussex 24th August 1993.
Neat official correction to ‘ne’ of Julnes, only just visible, toned.
GVF £250 SOLD
An historically important SAS Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, Dhofar to Major Peter Ratcliffe, The Parachute Regiment and Special Air Service Regiment originally from Salford, Manchester. Author of ‘Eye of the Storm : 25 years in action with the SAS’ and ‘The Little Book of the SAS’. Leaving an Apprenticeship as a Joiner he joined the Army in January 1970, passing out top of his Parachute Regiment intake, he joined the 1st Battalion and served in Northern Ireland, his Battalion were central to the events of both the Ballymurphy Massacre in August 1971 and Bloody Sunday in January 1972. In 1972 Ratcliffe passed the SAS selection first time and on passing out was posted to ‘D’ Squadron. Serving in Dhofar, he was later to serve in the Falkalnds War, including the capture of South Georgia and was Mentioned in Despatches for leading an observation patrol in Fox Bay on West Falklands, relaying vital information to HMS Intrepid. His Patrol observed a 1,000 strong Argentinian Garrison with Artillery for 5 days being 200 yards from the enemy the whole time. Withdrawing, they were evacuated by helicopter on day 7. Second in command of the 20 man SAS team that relieved the Peterhead, Scotland Prison siege in October 1987 after inmates had threatened to kill a Prison Officer held hostage. By the start of the Gulf War in 1991 he was Regimental Sergeant Major and took over command of ‘A’ Squadron, carrying out a successful raid on an Iraqi Scud Missile Communication Centre known as ‘Victor Two’, they were able to lay explosive charges and destroy their target, despite being attacked by hundreds of Iraqi troops, a successful fighting withdrawal was performed, awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for this action. Commissioned in 1992, he retired from the Army in 1997 as a Major.
Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, Dhofar
24180996 Pte P Ratcliffe PARA
The Medal in named box of issue for the Dhofar clasp ‘24180996 Tpr P Ratcliffe SAS’.
Peter Ratcliffe was born in Salford, Manchester and left home when he was 15 years of age. Disenchanted with life as an apprentice joiner, he joined 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment in 1970 having passed out top of his intake. He served with 1 PARA in Northern Ireland at the time of the Ballymurphy Massacre in 9th to 11th August 1971 during Operation Demetrius and Bloody Sunday 30th January 1972. In 1972 he applied for SAS selection, which he passed at the first attempt, on joining the Regiment, he was posted to 18 (Mobility) Troop ‘D’ Squadron.
During his time in the SAS, Ratcliffe was to deploy into a number of theatres and operations including the Dhofar Rebellion in Oman, the Falklands War and the Gulf War. When the Falklands War broke out he was a Sergeant with 23 SAS (Territorial Army) serving as a Permanent Staff Instructor. Able to speak Spanish, he was immediately drafted to ‘D’ Squadron and flew to the Ascension Islands. A Sergeant by now, he initially joined HMS Plymouth off the Falkland Islands, taking part in the re-capture of South Georgia 28th April 1982. Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 11th October 1982 page 13203 for leading a four man patrol at Fox Bay on West Falklands in June to observe and report on the substantial Argentinian Garrison there. The Garrison consisted of about 1,000 soldiers with Artillery, his observation position being only 200 yards from the enemy. In position for five days ,they relayed information by radio to HMS Intrepid. Withdrawing on the fifth day they were picked up by helicopter on day seven.
Second in Command of the 20 strong SAS unit called upon to end the Peterhead Prison riot. On 28th September 1987 a riot in the Prison’s ‘D’ Wing resulted in the prisoners taking over the Wing and holding a 56 year old Prison Officer hostage. The rioters were serving life in prison for violent crimes and considered they had nothing to loose. When negotiations broke down and threats were made to kill the hostage, who was paraded on the roof with a noose around his neck, the Home Secretary Douglad Hurd ordered in the SAS who ended the situation on 3rd October after blasting their way in to ‘D’ Wing and using stun and CS gas grenades.
He served in Operation Granby, the Gulf War of 1991 as Regimental Sergeant Major and deployed to IRAQ to relieve the Officer Commanding ‘A’ Squadron (one of the few times where an enlisted man has formally relieved a commissioned officer). He subsequently led the squadron on a Scud Missile communication site raid known as “Victor Two” for which he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) London Gazette 13th May 1997 page 5628 (to date 29th June 1991) ‘In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Gulf’.
Towards the end of the air campaign the whole of ‘A’ Squadron was mustered for an attack on a Scud Missile Communications System codenamed ‘Victor Two’. The site featured a large communications tower that was assisting Scud launches. Under cover of darkness the SAS moved into position. The wagons with the longer range weapons were positioned as Fire Support Group whilst the Land Rovers fitted with twin GPMG’s were to act as Close Fire Support Group. Both Groups would cover Assault Teams who would move in to attack the buildings and communications and lay charges. The Assault Teams attempted to sneak in undetected but were ‘bumped’ by Iraqi soldiers who opened fire. As several hundred Iraqi soldiers engaged the SAS they realised their intelligence had been woefully inaccurate. Undeterred the SAS accomplished their mission and carried out a fighting withdrawal. The next morning a SAS reconnaissance mission went in and confirmed all targets destroyed’
Commissioned 2/Lieutenant Parachute Regiment (SAS) 23rd November 1992 with seniority 23rd November 1988, Lieutenant 23rd November 1992 with seniority 23rd November 1990 (London Gazette 26th January 1993 page 1374), Captain 23rd November 1994 (London Gazette 5th December 1994 page 17051). Major Ratcliffe retired from the Army 23rd November 1997 (London Gazette 24th November 1997 page 13203). Author of ‘Eye of the Storm: 25 Years in Action with the SAS’, and ‘The Little Book of the SAS’, he appears in numerous other publications concerning SAS exploits.
NEF £11,500 Available
Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Regular Army to Corporal P G Gordon, Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland
24305019 Cpl P G Gordon RAOC
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Regular Army E2
24305019 Cpl P G Gordon RAOC
The Medals mounted as worn rather crudely.
Service number indicated 1965 enlistment.
GVF / VF £135 Available
1939/45 Star, Defence & War Medals, General Service Medal E2 clasp Cyprus, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal E2 Regular Army to Major Clarence Hubert Major, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers an Electrical and Mechanical Artificer Engineer originally from Plymouth, Devon. Promoted to Warrant Officer Class 1 after only three years in the Army he was commissioned in January 1957. Promoted to Major in 1967, he retired in 1974 and died in Warminster, Wiltshire in 1992. His Second World War Medals suggest service with the BEF in 1940.
1939/45 Star, Defence & War Medals
Unnamed as issued
General Service Medal E2 clasp Cyprus
Lt C H Major REME
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Regular Army E2
Lt (EMAE) C H Major REME
The Medals mounted as originally worn with research from the Army Lists, London Gazette and Regimental Magazine.
Clarence Hubert Major was born in Plymouth, Devon 28th March 1919, he served in the ranks 2 years 291 days, Warant Officer Class 2 for 182 days and Warrant Officer Class 1 for 14 years 221 days. Commissioned Lieutenant (EMAE) 28th January 1957 (London Gazette 1st March 1957), Long Service & Good Conduct Medal awarded London Gazette 30th January 1959 page 711. Transferred to Regular Army Commission from Short Service Commission 4th May 1959 (London Gazette 23rd February 1960 page 1385). Promoted Captain 9th February 1960 (London Gazette 13th December 1960 page 8481), Major 9th February 1967 (London Gazette 14th February 1967 page 1702) he retired 28th March 1974 (London Gazette 2nd April 1974 page 4285).
Specially employed Federation of Malaya 30th March 1961 to 15th September 1963 at the RASC Workshops, appointed 38 Central Workshop UK in 1964, 31 Squadron Royal Corps of Transport Far East Land Forces 1968 and 27 Command Workshop, Warminster, Wiltshire in 1971. Retiring to Warminster, he died there in 1992.
GVF & better £275 Available
Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Malay Peninsula, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy E2 to Chief Electrician (Air) J A Gorman, Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy. In 1988 his book was published titled ‘Scimitar’ covering the Fighter Aircraft’s service with the Royal Navy, a copy accompanies the Medals.
Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Malay Peninsula
F.984573N J A Gorman LEM (A) RN
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy E2 second type
F.984573N J A Gorman CEL (A) HMS Heron
With a copy of his book ‘Scimitar’ covering the service of this Fighter Aircraft with the Royal Navy, published by the Fleet Air Arm Museum in 1988. 53 pages of text and photographs including a full list by Squadron of Scimitar Squadron Commanders with dates from – to, list of individual aircraft and their fate etc.
Medals dark toned
GVF & better £225 Available
British War Medal, 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star clasp ‘France and Germany’, Africa Star, Italy Star, War Medal, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV Coinage Head to Commissioned Gunner (Sub Lieutenant) Reginald Charles Fleming, Royal Navy a former Motor Engineer’s Apprentice from Salisbury, Wiltshire. Entering the Royal Navy 28th June 1918 as a Boy 2nd Class he rose steadily through the ranks being advanced to Chief Petty Officer in May 1940 and promoted Gunner (Warrant Officer) in October the same year. Appointed to the Anti Aircraft Ship HMS Alynbank 21st October 1940, he served aboard this ship during Russian Convoy escort duties, during the invasion of Sicily and until the ship was sunk as a Block Ship at Arromanches, Normandy 9th June 1944. Post War he was appointed to the Aircraft Carrier HMS Indefatigable in April 1946. Retiring in 1949, he died in Portsmouth in 1973.
British War Medal
J.90822 R C Fleming Boy 2 RN
1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star clasp ‘France and Germany’, Africa Star, Italy Star, War Medal
Unnamed as issued
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV Third type
J.90822 R C Fleming A/PO HMS Excellent
Mounted as originally worn. With copy service records covering his Rating service.
Commissioned Gunner Reginald Charles Fleming, Royal Navy
Reginald Charles Fleming was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire 10th January 1903, a Motor Engineer’s Apprentice he entered the Royal Navy at Ganges as a Boy 2nd Class 28th June 1918. He joined HMS Barham 19th March 1919 where he was rated Ordinary Seaman 10th January 1921. Rated Able Seaman at Victory I 23rd September 1921, he was advanced to Leading Seaman aboard HMS Whitshed 4th February 1933, Petty Officer at Excellent 6th January 1935 and Chief Petty Officer at Victory I 1st May 1940. Long Service & Good Conduct Medal awarded 20th March 1936. Promoted to Temporary Acting Gunner (Warrant Officer) 3rd October 1940 he was appointed to the Anti Aircraft ship HMS Alynbank 21st October 1940.
Serving aboard Alynbank for most of the Second World War including Russian convoys QP13, QP14, QP16 and QP18, she participated in Operation Husky, the allied invasion of Sicily and on 10th July 1943 came under air attack suffering minor damage from near misses, two of her Ratings were killed. Taking part in the Normandy invasion in 1944 she was sunk as a Block Ship at Arromanches on 9th June 1944. Fleming was promoted to Commissioned Gunner 18th June 1945 and retired from the Royal Navy in 1949 with the rank of Lieutenant, he died in Portsmouth in 1973.
GVF & better £250 SOLD