Campaign Medal Groups


 

Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasp Sebastopol, Turkish Crimea Medal British issue, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria to Chief Officer (Commissioned rank) Daniel Piper HM Coast Guard late Royal Navy born in Gillingham, Kent in 1833. Entering the Royal Navy at Boscawen as Ordinary Seaman 2nd Class 13th December 1852, he joined his first ship HMS Agamemnon 22nd October 1853 and served aboard this ship during the Sebastopol operations 1854-55. Transferring to HM Coast Guard 1st May 1856 as Commissioned Boatman, he was advanced to Chief Boatman 8th March 1876 and Chief Officer 18th July 1877, serving at Eastbourne, Seaham Harbour and Harlepool. Pensioined 30th June 1886 after 34 years service, he died in Hartlepool in 1903 aged 70 years. 

Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasp Sebastopol

D Piper HMS Agamemnon

Turkish Crimea Medal British issue

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria early Engraved Naming type

Danl Piper Comd Boatmn HM Coast Guard

With copy service records (2)

The Crimea Medal officially impressed naming.

Daniel Piper was born in Gillingham, Kent 18th June 1833, he entered the Royal Navy at Boscawen as Ordinary Seaman 2nd Class 13th December 1852. Rated Ordinary Seaman 11th October 1853, he joined HMS Agamemnon 22nd October 1853 and served aboard this ship during the Sebastopol operations in the Crimea war.

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HMS Agamemnon

HMS Agamemnon was attached to the Mediterranean Fleet and served in the Crimean war as Fagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Edmund Lyons. She participated in the bombardment of Sebastopol on 17th October 1854 and the shelling of Fort Kinburn, at the mouth of the Dnieper River in 1855.

Subsequently joining HMS Retribution 13th July 1856, rated Able Seaman 14th February 1857, Excellent 23rd December 1860, HMS Castor 10th October 1861, HMS President 1st April 1862, advanced to Leading Seaman 3rd August 1863, Excellent 1st May 1866, transferring to HM Coast Guard joining Hector as Commissioned Boatman 1st May 1868, advanced to Chief Boatman 8th March 1876, and promoted Chief Officer (Commissioned rank) 18th July 1877. Stationed at Eastbourne, Seaham Harbour and Hartlepool, he was pensioned 30th June 1886. The 1891 census records he is a 57 year old Custodian of the L and M Institute, residing with his wife Frances two sons and three daughters at 19 Scarbro’ Street, Stranton, West Harlepool, he died in Hartlepool in 1903.

Officially impressed naming Crimea Medals to the Royal Navy are rare.

First time on the market, new ribbons will also be supplied.

GVF £825 SOLD


 

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Petty Officer Arthur James Edwards Wilson born 17th August 1910 in Norwich, Norfolk an Errand By he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 13th January 1924 at Ganges joining HMS Volunteer 28th July 1939, she took part in the Norway operations commencing 9th April 1940. After a period ashore, he joined the King George V Class Battleship HMS Anson 24th August 1943, joining Pembroke 31st July 1944, he remained ashore until the end of hostilities. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 25th February 1944, discharged to pension 15th January 1952. 

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

Unnamed as issued

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

JX.125704 A J E Wilson PO HMS Anson

With details extracted from his on line service record. Arthur James Edwards Wilson born 17th August 1910 in Norwich, Norfolk an Errand By he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 13th January 1924 at Ganges. Rated Ordinary Seaman 17th August 1928 aboard HMS Ramillies, rated Able Seaman 17th February 1930 aboard HMS Cyclops, advanced to acting Leading Seaman 1st February 1939 aboard HMS Foxhound, joining HMS Volunteer 28th July 1939, confirmed in that rate 1st February 1940. In April Volunteer was assigned to support operations in Norway which began on 9th April. Joining Pembroke I 2nd May 1940,  Seabelle (Royal Naval Base Persian Gulf) 25th June 1940, advanced to acting Petty Officer 10th March 1941, and confirmed in that rate 10th March 1942, Pembroke 15th November 1942, HMS Anson (King George V Class Battleship) 24th August 1943. On the 4th October 1943 Anson provided cover for Operation Leaver, a US Naval operation against German shipping in the vicinity of Bodo, Norway, and during Operation Tungsten on 3rd April 1944, a successful airstrike against the German Battleship Tirpitz.

Joining Pembroke 31st July 1944, HMS Gould 25th May 1946, Sultan 14th September 1946, Bonaventure 21st September 1946, Pembroke 15th November 1946, Bonaventure 1st October 1947, Pembroke I 15th November 1947,  HMS Manxman 24th January 1948, HMS Solebay 6th September 1948, HMS Portland Bill 31st August 1949, advanced to Chief Petty Officer 8th June 1950, Pembroke I 1st July 1950, shore pensioned 15th January 1952. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 25th February 1944.

NEF £175 Available


 

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Regular Army E2 to Lance Corporal J E Morris, 1st Battalion Queen’s Lancashire Regiment who enlisted in 1960 and would have been deployed in the Regiments first tour of Northern Ireland in 1970. He would have been discharged to pension in 1982.

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland

23833044 Pte J E Morris QLR

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Regular Army E2

23833044 LCpl J E Morris QLR

Mounted as originally worn.

Service number indicates 1960 enlistment.

The 1st Battalion Queen’s Lancashire Regiment served in Northern Ireland from 19th May 1970 to 18th September 1970 patrolling the Armagh/Fermanagh/East Tyrone/County Down areas. They subsequently deployed to Northern Ireland 29th November 1971 to 29th March 1972 based in the Ardoyne area, 4th December 1972 to 4th April 1973 based in Hastings Street, Belfast a crumbling, derelict factory often the target of IRA snipers, 10th January 1975 to 18th July 1976 based in Ballykinler, 5th August 1977 to 9th December 1977 and 30th October 1980 to 13th March 1981 based at Bessbrook.

Fairly scarce pair.

GVF £245 SOLD


 

India General Service Medal (1895) clasps Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army EVII to Sergeant Frank Hopper, Highland Light Infantry a former Labourer born in Hartlepool, Durham in 1870. Attesting for the Border Regiment at Sunderland 28th January 1888, he transferred to the Highland Light Infantry 31st May 1890 joining the 2nd Battalion, he served in Malta, India and Ceylon. Appointed to Permanent Staff 4th (Militia) Battalion Highland Light Infantry 11th April 1900, he remained in this appointment until discharged 27th January 1909. Awarded Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with £5 Gratuity Army Order 77 dated 1st April 1906, he died in Stoke on Trent in 1945.

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

No 3711 Sergt F Hopper 2 High LI

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army EVII

3711SJT F Hopper Highland LI

With copy service papers, Medal roll entries.

The IGS correctly named in the distinct Highland Light Infantry style.

Frank Hopper was born in Harlepool, Durham in 1870, an 18 year 6 month old Labourer, he attested for the Border Regiment at Sunderland 28th January 1888. Transferring to the Highland Light Infantry 31st May 1890, he joined the 2nd Battalion the next day. Appointed Lance Corporal 1st June 1890, promoted Corporal 15th March 1892, appointed Lance Sergeant 19th May 1894, promoted Sergeant 28th November 1894. Appointed to Permanent Staff 4th (Militia) Battalion Highland Light Infantry 11th April 1900, he remained in this appointment until discharged 27th January 1909. Serving in Malta 3rd November 1888 to 20th February 1890, India 21st February 1890 to 4th February 1899, Ceylon 5th February 1899 to 21st March 1900. Took part in the North West Frontier operations 1897-98 including the Malakand operations in Bajour, operations in Mamund Country, attack and capture of Tanga Pass (Medal and clasp). Awarded Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with £5 Gratuity Army Order 77 dated 1st April 1906. Qualified Instructor of Musketry at Hythe 24th January 1901, Certificate from Royal Small Arms Factory 10th October 1903. He died on 26th December 1945 in Stoke on Trent. His brother Thomas also served in the Highland Light Infantry (Regimental number 1604) from 1883 to 1895.

GVF and better £350 Available


 

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).

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.

GVF and better £750 Available


 

India General Service Medal (1895) clasps Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98, Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Relief of Kimberley, Orange Free State, King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 to Sergeant Charles Marshall was born in Luton, Bedfordshire a 20 year 11 month old Upholsterer he attested for the 16th Lancers in London 22nd April 1886 and joined the Regiment in Dublin 1st May 1886. After a shaky start to his Army service he was promoted to Sergeant in 1898. Serving in the Punjab Frontier and Tirah Expeditions of 1897-98 he was a member of the 16th Lancers Maxim Gun Detachment and was one of only 48 of that Regiment to receive the Medal. Serving in South Africa from 1900 to 1904, he was appointed Sergeant Instructor of Musketry in 1903 and was discharged at his own request 20th July 1905. Not awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, he died at his home in Hunston, Ware, Hertfordshire in 1940 aged 75 years.

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

2445 Lce Serjt C Marshall 16th Lancers

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Relief of Kimberley, Orange Free State

2445 SJT C Marshall 16th Lancers

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

2445 SERJT C Marshall 16th Lancers

With copy service papers which contain a copy of his death certificate, Medal roll entries.

Charles Marshall was born in Luton, Bedfordshire a 20 year 11 month old Upholsterer he attested for the 16th Lancers in London 22nd April 1886 and joined the Regiment in Dublin 1st May 1886. Appointed Lance Corporal 7th July 1888, he was under arrest 13th March 1890, tried and reduced to Private 15th March 1890, forfeiting Good Conduct Pay 13th March 1890, this was restored 16th March 1891. Appointed Lance Corporal 7th March 1892 and reverted to Private 9th January 1893, awarded 2d Good Conduct Pay 16th March 1893. Appointed Lance Corporal 31st July 1893, promoted Corporal 1st May 1895, appointed Lance Sergeant 12th March 1897, promoted Sergeant 1st October 1898, appointed Acting Sergeant Instructor of Musketry 22nd March 1903, he reverted to normal duties as Sergeant 28th November 1904. Discharged at his own request after 18 years service 20th July 1905.

Marshall served in India 3rd September 1890 to 4th March 1899, taking part in the Punjab Frontier and Tirah operations 1897-98 as part of 16th Lancers Maxim Gun Detachment, serving in India again from 22nd September 1899 to 6th January 1900 when he left for South Africa serving there until 9th November 1904. Qualified in Transport Duties 4th March 1896 and Musketry at Hythe. His intended place of residence following discharge recorded as Olives Farm, Hunsdon, Near Ware, Hertfordshire. He died at his home 13 Springfield Cottages, Hunsdon 8th August 1940 aged 75 years, occupation recorded as Army Pensioner. Not awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

A total of 48 India General Service Medal (1895) were awarded to the 16th Lancers all on detached duty.

GVF and better £695 SOLD

India General Service Medal (1895) clasps Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98, Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Relief of Kimberley, Orange Free State, King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 to Sergeant Charles Marshall was born in Luton, Bedfordshire a 20 year 11 month old Upholsterer he attested for the 16th Lancers in London 22nd April 1886 and joined the Regiment in Dublin 1st May 1886. After a shaky start to his Army service he was promoted to Sergeant in 1898. Serving in the Punjab Frontier and Tirah Expeditions of 1897-98 he was a member of the 16th Lancers Maxim Gun Detachment and was one of only 48 of that Regiment to receive the Medal. Serving in South Africa from 1900 to 1904, he was appointed Sergeant Instructor of Musketry in 1903 and was discharged at his own request 20th July 1905. Not awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, he died at his home in Hunston, Ware, Hertfordshire in 1940 aged 75 years.

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

2445 Lce Serjt C Marshall 16th Lancers

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Relief of Kimberley, Orange Free State

2445 SJT C Marshall 16th Lancers

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

2445 SERJT C Marshall 16th Lancers

With copy service papers which contain a copy of his death certificate, Medal roll entries.

Charles Marshall was born in Luton, Bedfordshire a 20 year 11 month old Upholsterer he attested for the 16th Lancers in London 22nd April 1886 and joined the Regiment in Dublin 1st May 1886. Appointed Lance Corporal 7th July 1888, he was under arrest 13th March 1890, tried and reduced to Private 15th March 1890, forfeiting Good Conduct Pay 13th March 1890, this was restored 16th March 1891. Appointed Lance Corporal 7th March 1892 and reverted to Private 9th January 1893, awarded 2d Good Conduct Pay 16th March 1893. Appointed Lance Corporal 31st July 1893, promoted Corporal 1st May 1895, appointed Lance Sergeant 12th March 1897, promoted Sergeant 1st October 1898, appointed Acting Sergeant Instructor of Musketry 22nd March 1903, he reverted to normal duties as Sergeant 28th November 1904. Discharged at his own request after 18 years service 20th July 1905.

Marshall served in India 3rd September 1890 to 4th March 1899, taking part in the Punjab Frontier and Tirah operations 1897-98 as part of 16th Lancers Maxim Gun Detachment, serving in India again from 22nd September 1899 to 6th January 1900 when he left for South Africa serving there until 9th November 1904. Qualified in Transport Duties 4th March 1896 and Musketry at Hythe. His intended place of residence following discharge recorded as Olives Farm, Hunsdon, Near Ware, Hertfordshire. He died at his home 13 Springfield Cottages, Hunsdon 8th August 1940 aged 75 years, occupation recorded as Army Pensioner. Not awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

A total of 48 India General Service Medal (1895) were awarded to the 16th Lancers all on detached duty.

GVF and better £695 Available


 

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

VF and better £450 Available


 

India General Service Medal (1854) clasp Umbeyla, Imperial Service Medal Star Shaped type EVII, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army Victoria to Lance Corporal Henry Lemon Gill, 7th Regiment of Foot born in Huntingdon in 1840, a Labourer and serving member of the Huntingdon Regiment of Militia, he attested for the 37th Regiment of Foot 21st January 1859. Whilst serving at Colchester, he transferred to the 1/7th Regiment of Foot (Royal Fusiliers) 1st February 1861. Serving in India 8 years 11 months, he was discharged in Dublin 14th February 1879. Subsequently employed as a Prison warder at Winson Green Prison, Birmingham he was awarded the Imperial Service Medal on his retirement in 1906. Mr Gill made an application for an increase in his Army pension, he was at the time residing at 77 Shenstone Road, Rotton Park, Birmingham.

India General Service Medal (1854) clasp Umbeyla

747 H Gill HMs 1st Bn 7th Regt

Imperial Service Medal Star Type EVII the reverse beautifully engraved

“The Imperial Service Medal Presented to Warder Henry Lemond Gill at this Prison Birmingham by 
Sir E Eardley Wilmot Inspector of Prisons 23rd October 1906″

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army Victoria

747 Lce Corpl H Gill 1-7th Foot

With copy service papers, IGS Medal roll entry, London Gazette entry for ISM, copy photo wearing Medals.

Provenance: Dix Noonan Webb September 2008 Lot 255.

Henry Lemon Gill was born in Huntingdon in 1840 a Labourer and serving member of the Huntingdon Regiment of Militia (Regimental number 679) he attested for the 37th Regiment of Foot 21st January 1859 (Regimental number 526). Serving at Colchester, he transferred to the 1/7th Regiment of Foot (Royal Fusiliers) 1st February 1861 (Regimental number 747). Appointed Lance Corporal 1st April 1876, he served 8 years 11 months in India , taking part in the Umbeyla operations 20th October to 23rd December 1863. He was discharged 14th February 1879 in Dublin after 20 years 42 days service. Conduct described as “Very Good” his name never appeared in the Regimental Defaulter’s Book and he was in possession of Four Good Conduct Badges.

Intended place of residence on discharge recorded as New Street, Hintingdon. He was subsequently employed as a Prison warder at Winson Green Prison, Birmingham and was awarded the Imperial Service Medal on his retirement London Gazette 2nd October 1906 page 6625 “Henry Lemon Gill, Warder, Birmingham Prison”. In 1926 Mr Gill made an application for an increase in his Army pension, he was at the time residing at 77 Shenstone Road, Rotton Park, Birmingham.

Enamel missing on Imperial Service Medal, contact wear therefore

VF and better £650 Available


 

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, Italy Star, War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type and Corps of Commissionaires Long Service Medal to Leading Steward Frederick Walter Warded born 30th September 1904 in Twickenham, Middlesex, a Labourer he entered the Royal Navy 13th September 1923 as Officer’s Steward 4th Class at Pembroke II. Serving aboard HMS Sheffield on the outbreak of war, she took part  in the Norway operations of 1940, the battle of Cape Spartivento 27th November 1940 and the Bismarck action 24th to 26th May 1941, in which Sheffield sustained structural damage to the upper deck and Radar Station, three Seaman were killed. In the battle of the Barents Sea 31st December 1942 Sheffield sank  the German Destroyer Friedrich Eckoldt and scored hits on the Admiral Hipper. Joining Pembroke II 18th August 1944, he was discharged to pension 13th November 1945 and joined the Corps of Commissionaires.

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, 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

L.14511 F W Warden L Std HMS Pembroke

Corps of Commissionaires Long Service Medal in Silver HM Reverse Birmingham 1965

F W Warden

With details extracted from his on line service record.

Frederick Walter Warded born 30th September 1904 in Twickenham, Middlesex, a Labourer he entered the Royal Navy 13th September 1923 as Officer’s Steward 4th Class at Pembroke II, rated Officer’s Steward 3rd Class 13th September 1925 aboard HMS Calidon, rated Steward 1st October 1931 aboard HMS Canterbury, advanced to Leading Steward 1st June 1933 at Pembroke II. Joining HMS Sheffield 10th August 1938 and served aboard this ship until 17th August 1944. HMS Sheffield took part in the Norway operations of 1940, the battle of Cape Spartivento 27th November 1940 and the Bismarck action 24th to 26th May 1941, in which Sheffield sustained structural damage to the upper deck and Radar Station, three Seaman were killed. In 1941 Sheffield took part in escorting Malta convoys and in 1941 to 1943 escorted convoys to North Russia, supporting the North Africa landings Operation Torch. In the battle of the Barents Sea 31st December 1942 Sheffield sank  the German Destroyer Friedrich Eckoldt and scorded hits on the Admiral Hipper. Taking part in the Salerno landings and battle of the North Cape in 1943. 

Joining Pembroke II 18th August 1944, HMS Frisco 1st November 1944,  HMS Aster (Flower Class Corvette) 1st April 1945, HMS Rhyl (Minesweeper) 1st July 1945, Pembroke II 9th July 1945, released 13th November 1945 to pension. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 16th August 1938.

GVF  Available £225 SOLD


 

Crimea Medal with clasp Sebastopol, Turkish Crimea (British) and Victoria Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal named to Colour Sergeant William Taylor, Royal Engineers a former Tailor born Holsworthy, Devon in 1829. Attesting for the Royal Engineers 18th January 1849, he was severely wounded at Sebastopol 10th April 1855 whilst serving with the Sappers and Miners, he served in the Crimea 2 years 92 days and Halifax, Nova Scotia 3 years 266 days. Discharged to pension 24th May 1870, he was employed as a civilian by the War Office, his pension being increased in 1881 in reward of his services as a Pensioner in Charge of Stores.

Crimea Medal Clasp Sebastopol

2278 Cr-Sergt Wm Taylor Ryl Engineers

Turkish Crimea British issue

Corpl Willm Taylor RE

Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

2278 Cr-Sergt Wm Taylor Ryl Engineers

With copy Service Record.

The Crimea Medal neat Regimental style impressed naming, the Turkish Medal neatly engraved in sloping capital letters and fitted with a swivel scroll suspender, the LSGC officially impressed naming.

William Taylor, born Holsworthy, Devon in 1829, a Tailor he attested for the Royal Engineers at Devonport 18th January 1849. Promoted 2nd Corporal 1st November 1856, Corporal 1st April 1857, Sergeant 1st April 1861 & Colour Sergeant in 1st February 1867. Severely wounded at Sebastopol 10th April 1855 whilst serving with the Sappers and Miners as notified in the London Gazette 24th April 1855. Serving for 21 years including 2 years 92 days in the Crimea and 3 years 266 days in Halifax Nova Scotia.His conduct was described as –

“Very Good and when promoted was in possession of Two Good Conduct Badges, had he not been promoted he would be in possession of Five Good Conduct Badges, he has received the Crimea Medal and clasp, Turkish War Medal and the Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct and gratuity of Ten Pounds. His name does not appear in the Regimental Defaulters Book and he has never been tried by Court Martial”. 

Discharged at Chatham on 24th May 1870 aged 41 years, his intended place of residence recorded as New Brompton, Kent. Possibly still employed by the War Office his pension was increased in 1881 for services as pensioner in charge of stores.

VF to GVF £450 SOLD


 

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39, 1939/45 Star, Defence and War Medals with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Chief Petty Officer Claude Leslie Williams, Royal Navy born in Harwich, Essex 12th March 1910 a Cabinet Maker he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class at Ganges 15th September 1926. Mentioned in Despatches for his distinguished service during the evacuation of the BEF from the beaches of Dunkirk Operation Dynamo, whilst serving aboard HMS Wolsey. Williams was in charge of one of the ship’s boats ferrying troops from the beach to his ship. HMS Wolsey completed six round trips from Dover to Dunkirk and on one occasion remained 25 hours in the outer harbour and off shore, frequently under air attack as Wireless Telegraphy link ship. She carried a total of 3,650 soldiers between 28th May and 1st June 1940 when she had to go to Portsmouth for essential repairs. Leaving Wolsey in April 1940, he spent the remainder of the war at various shore bases, he retired from the Royal Navy 9th April 1950 and died in Hythe, Southampton, 5th January 1989.

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

JX.128094 C L Williams A/PO RN

1939/45 Star Defence and War Medals with MID Oakleaf

Unnamed as issued

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

JX.128094 C L Williams PO HMS Tyne

 With copy service records covering his entire RN service, copy Medal Card confirming the award of the 1939/45 Star, Defence and War Medals only for his 2WW service, London Gazette entry and header for MID, copy recommendation, copy LSGC Medal roll entry and death certificate.

Claude Leslie Williams was born in Harwich, Essex 12th March 1910 a Cabinet Maker he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class at Ganges 15th September 1926, joining HMS Benbow 27th August 1927 he was rated Ordinary Seaman aboard this ship 12th March 1928. Rated Able Seaman aboard HMS Enterprise 12th August 1929, he was advanced to acting Leading Seaman aboard HMS Foxhound 17th April 1936 and confirmed in that rate 17th April 1937 aboard the same ship. Joining HMS Wanderer 1st October 1937, HMS Garland 28th January 1938, he was advanced to acting Petty Officer aboard this ship 12th November 1938 and confirmed in that rate 12th November 1939 aboard the same ship. Joining HMS Wolsey 1st January 1940 he served aboard this ship during the evacuation of the BEF from Dunkirk Operation Dynamo.

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HMS Wolsey returns to Dover from Dunkirk with 800 soldiers aboard.

HMS Wolsey completed six round trips from Dover to Dunkirk and on one occasion remained 25 hours in the outer harbour and off shore, frequently under air attack as Wireless Telegraphy link ship. She carried a total of 3,650 soldiers between 28th and 1st June 1940 when she had to go to Portsmouth for essential repairs.

Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 16th August 1940 page 5070

“For good services in the withdrawal of the Allied Armies from the beaches of Dunkirk”.

The recommendation file TNA ADM116/4504 records –

“Leading Seaman Claude Leslie Williams C/JX.128094 was selected from the boat’s crews as being outstanding for their work in ferrying troops (from the beach to the Destroyer)”.

Joining Osprey (RN Base Portland, Dorset), 7th August 1940, Nimrod (Training Establishment and Anti Submarine Base, Cambletown) 2nd December 1940, Osprey 13th December 1940, Nemesis (Acomodation ship, Iceland) 31st May 1941, Osprey 22nd June 1941, HMS Tyne (Destroyer Depot Ship, Scapa Flow) 28th June 1942, Osprey 9th April 1943, HMS Tyne 23rd April 1943, Osprey 13th December 1943, advanced to Temporary Chief Petty Officer 13th February 1945, Malabar (RN Base Bermuda) 28th October 1946, confirmed in the rate of Chief Petty Officer 1st October 1947, Pembroke I 4th May 1949, HMS Woolwich 11th May 1949, Collingwood 5th February 1950, Pembroke I 4th March 1950 and discharged shore to pension 8th April 1950. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 19th February 1943.

Claude Leslie Williams died at his home 34 Adams Road, Hythe, Southampton 5th January 1989, his occupation is recorded as “Retired Technical Advisor”.

A fine award for Operation Dynamo.

GVF & better £595 Available


 

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39, 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star clasp France and Germany, Burma Star clasp Pacific, Italy Star, Defence and War Medals, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type with Clasp for Second Award to Chief Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic Matthew Redshaw, Royal Navy a former Coal Miner born in Chester-Le-Street, Durham in 1905. Entering the Royal Navy as Stoker 2nd Class 20th August 1924, he was advanced to Chief Stoker in 1937. Serving aboard HMS Belfast on the outbreak of the Second World War, he had joined Belfast on commissioning, he served aboard this ship until August 1944. Joining HMS King George V in October 1944, he came ashore in April 1946. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 21st July 1939 and the clasp 7th July 1958. Discharged 28th July 1958, after 34 years service, he was employed as a factory cleaner and died at his home in Southsea, Portsmouth in 1978 aged 73 years.

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

K.64619 M Redshaw SPO RN

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star clasp France and Germany, Pacific Star clasp Burma, Italy Star, Defence and War Medals

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type with clasp for SECOND AWARD

K.64619 M Redshaw Ch Sto HMS Victory

With copy service papers covering the period 1924 to 1958, copy 2WW Medal award card verifying all medals and clasps, copy death certificate. Copy LSGC Medal roll and Bar entty (By Captain K J Douglas-Morris, RN).

The group mounted as originally worn with dark Navy blue serge cloth backing.

Matthew Redshaw was born in Chester-Le-Street, Durham 3rd March 1905 a Coal Miner, he entered the Royal Navy as Stoker 2nd Class at Victory III 20th August 1924. Joining his first ship HMS Barham, he was rated Stoker 1st Class aboard this ship 20th July 1925. Advanced to acting Leading Stoker aboard HMS Nelson 12th March 1928, he was confirmed in this rate at Fisgard 15th May 1930. Advanced to Acting Stoker Petty Officer aboard HMS Sandwich 20th January 1933 and confirmed in that rate at Victory II 20th January 1934. Advanced to Chief Stoker aboard HMS Ajax 4th September 1937, he joined HMS Belfast 3rd August 1939 (on commissioning) and served aboard this ship until 23rd August 1944 when he joined Victory.

HMS Belfast

Built by Messrs Harland & Wolff in 1936, HMS Belfast was launched by Anne Chamberlain, wife of the then Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, on St Patrick’s Day in 1938. After fitting out and builder’s trials, Belfast was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 5 August 1939 under the command of Captain G A Scott DSO, Royal Navy. Designed for the protection of trade and offensive action she was immediately called into service patrolling the northern waters in efforts to impose a maritime blockade on Germany. However, disaster struck after only two months at sea when Belfast hit a magnetic mine on 21st November 1939. There were few casualties but the damage to her hull was so severe she was out of action for three years.

On rejoining the home fleet in 1942 she was still the largest and most powerful Cruiser in the Royal Navy and most importantly she was equipped with the most advanced radar systems. Belfast was immediately called into action and played a crucial role in protecting the arctic convoys, Russia’s supply route throughout the war. Most notably in her role during the Battle of North Cape which saw the sinking of the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst and the loss of all but 36 of her 1,963 crew. Belfast remained protecting the arctic convoys until 1944, then spent five weeks supporting the D-Day landings and reportedly fired one of the first shots on D-Day itself, firing over 5,000 rounds.

Joining HMS King George V 15th October 1944, Victory II 27th April 1946, he was rated Stoker Mechanic  (new trade rating) 29th July 1950, Leading Stoker Mechanic 30th July 1950, Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic 31st July 1950, Chief Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic 1st August 1950. Joining Belleropheon 1st September 1950, he was discharged 28th July 1958. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 4th July 1939, he would have qualified for the Bar to the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 4th July 1954 and this was awarded 7th July 1957. He died at his home in 13 Mafeking Road, Southsea 24th October 1978, his occupation recorded as factory cleaner (retired).

GVF and better £525 Available


 

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Paardeburg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04 (one of 58 Medals to RE), Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army EVII to Sapper Albert Thomas Draper Royal Engineers a former Gardener born in Gittisham, Honiton, Devon in 1870. Attesting for the Royal Engineers 17th January 1890, he served in Egypt, South Africa and Somaliland. Qualified as a Field Line Telegraphist, he was discharged at Aldershot 16th January 1911. The 1911 census records he is a 41 year old General Labourer (Military) residing at 5 Why Cottages, Highland Road, Aldershot, he died at this address 11th January 1939 aged 69 years.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Paardeburg, Driefontein, Johannesburg

24203 Sapr A T Draper RE

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

24202 Sapr A T Draper RE

Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04

24202 Sapr A T Draper RE

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army EVII

24102 Sapr A T Draper RE

With copy service papers, Medal roll entries, copy photo taken in South Africa, Newspaper articles (2) regarding gifts of two Donkeys from Lord Kitchener to Queen Victoria and the Duchess of Cleveland which Sapper Draper looked after during their voyage from Cairo to London.

Albert Thomas Draper was born in Gittisham, Honiton, Devon a 20 year 5 month old Gardener he attested for the Royal Engineers at Ottery St Mary 17th January 1890. Serving in Egypt 23rd December 1898 to 21st September 1899, South Africa 21st October 1899 to 28th October 1902, serving with the 2nd Telegraph Division, Somaliland 28th July 1903 to 22nd December 1904 serving with the Telegraph Battalion. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded Army Order October 1908. Qualified as a Field Line Telegraphist he was discharged at Aldershot 16th January 1911. The 1911 census records he is a 41 year old General Labourer (Military) residing with his wife Jessie 2 sons and 2 daughters at 5 Why Cottages, Highland Road, Aldershot, he died at this address 11th January 1939.

Sirdar’s Gift to the Queen

“The large Arabian Donkey presented to the Queen by Lord Kitchener arrived at the Royal Albert Docks on Thursday afternoon aboard the SS Duke of Argyll. It was accompanied by another much smaller Donkey, destined for the Duchess of Cleveland, also a gift from the Sirdar. Both animals were in splendid condition. Indeed, Sapper Draper, RE, who had charge of them since the vessel left Cairo, stated they had stood the voyage very well, although the cold weather experienced in the Channel had been severely felt by them. They travelled in specially constructed boxes, fitted with slings, and erected upon deck”.

Rare combination a total of 58 AGS Medal clasp Somaliland awarded to the Royal Engineers, all Telegraph Battalion personnel.

GVF to NEF £695 SOLD


 

Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol, Turkish Crimea Medal British issue, Major General Bentinck’s Medal for Distinguished Conduct during the Crimea Campaign 1854-55 to Sergeant William Harding, 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards a former Labourer born in Tisbury, Wiltshire in 1816. Enlisting at Winchester 22nd August 1842, he was promoted to Sergeant 10th May 1854 after being reduced to Private from Corporal on two occasions. Serving with his Regiment in all the major engagements in the Crimea, he was the recipient of one of seven Bentinck Medals to the Grenadier Guards. A total of 13 awards were made, Harding’s is the only Medal in circulation, the others being owned by Regimental or Private collections. Sergeant Harding died on 6th August 1855 from sickness, he was buried in the 1st Division Camp Cemetery.

Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol

SERJT W Harding Grenadier Gds

Turkish Crimea Medal (British issue) 

SERJT W Harding Gren Gds

Major General Bentinck’s Medal for Distinguished Conduct in the Campaign in the Crimea 1854-55

SERJT W Harding

 With details extracted from the Regimental Pay & Muster Books and other on line records listed here.

The Crimea Medal officially impressed naming, the Turkish Crimea Medal contemporary (old) engraved naming in neat upright sloping capital letters, original ribbons.

Provenance :

Glendinings April 1936

Sothebys December 1991

Dix Noonan Webb 16th September 2010 Lot 1337 (Hammer £5,800)

William Harding was born in Tisbury, Wiltshire, the 1841 census records he is 25 years old and residing with his father Francis a Draper, mother Ruth and two brothers in East Knowle, Tisbury. A Labourer, he attested for the Grenadier Guards (Regimental number 4026) at Winchester 22nd August 1842 and joined the 3rd Battalion. Stationed at Wellington Barracks from October 1843, he was promoted Corporal 31st March 1844.

Reduced to Private 26th August 1844, he was also recorded as being in confinement 23rd to 26th August. In September 1845 the Battalion arrived at Windsor, and until March 1850 records its locations as Winchester, London and Wellington Barracks arriving in Chichester in April 1850. Awarded 1d Good Conduct Pay 23rd April 1847 and 2d Good Conduct Pay 18th February 1850. Promoted Corporal 10th September 1850. Returning to London in April 1851, reduced to Private 21st April 1852 and in confinement 21st  to 25th April, forfeits 1d Good Conduct Pay 26th April and in Barrack cells 26th to 28th April. In April 1853 the Battalion were at Windsor and 1d Good Conduct pay restored 29th April. Promoted Corporal 21st October 1853, the Battalion left for the Crimea in March 1854. Promoted Sergeant 10th May 1854, he died in the Crimea of sickness 6th August 1855.

Reference Regimental Musters TNA WO12/1631 to 1638

Crimea Medal with 4 clasps verified correct on the Medal roll.

Buried in the 1st Division camp cemetery, in The last of the brave or resting places of our fallen heroes in the Crimea and at Scutari, Captain Hon John Colbourne, 60th Royal Rifles late 77th Regiment of Foot and Frederic Brine, Royal Engineers, published by Ackerman, Strand, London, 1857, records the memorial at the grave of Sergeant Harding, the inscription reads “Sacred to the memory of SERJT William Harding, 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards, 6th August 1855”.

The Bentinck Medal reverse

The Bentinck medal was first presented in 1855 by Major-General Sir Henry Bentinck, KCB, formerly of the Coldstream Guards. On the outbreak of the Crimea War he was appointed Commander of the Guards Brigade with the rank of Brigadier General, later promoted to Command the 4th Division. He intended to issue the medal in three different strikings to selected members of the three Guards regiments who had performed outstanding service, at a time when insufficient official awards for gallantry were available. Ironically no member of the Coldstreams was ever to receive the medal, as the General had made the first presentation to the Grenadier Guards, whereupon the Coldstreams are said to have protested (on the grounds that the General, as an ex-Coldstream should have presented them with theirs first) and refused any awards. General Bentinck destroyed the Coldstream die, and proceeded to present Medals to the Scots Guards.

There were 13 awards made, seven to the Grenadier Guards, two of whose recipients would later receive the Victoria Cross, and five to the Scots Fusilier Guards. The thirteenth medal went to Private John Alexander VC of the 90th Regiment of  Foot (Perthshire Volunteers) (Light Infantry), who had risked his life helping to save an officer in the Scots Fusilier Guards, at the Redan on 6th September 1855. Four Medals are today in the possession of the Grenadier Guards Museum, three by the Scots Guards (one in the National Army Museum), two by Lt Colonel Count A W D Bentinck and two by the Maharaja of Patiala, leaving one Medal (to Sergeant Harding) currently on the open market.

GVF & better £5,950 SOLD


 

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39, 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Defence and War Medals with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Stoker Petty Officer Alfred Henry Binstead, Royal Navy from Belfast. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal aboard the Flower Class Corvette HMS Anemone 5th December 1940, he was recommended for the Distinguished Service Medal for his services aboard HMS Balsam in defence of North Atlantic Convoy OS.51 and the destruction of the German Submarine U-135 on 15th July 1943, downgraded to a Mention in Despatches

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

KX.86656 A H Binstead L Sto RN

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Defence and War Medals with MID Oakleaf

Unnamed as issued

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

KX.86656 A H Binstead SPO HMS Anemone

With copy London Gazette entry and header for MID, recommendation for Award, downgraded to an MID.

Mounted as originally worn with dark blue Navy surge cloth backing.

Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 5th December 1940 aboard the Flower Class Corvette HMS Anemone.

Stoker Petty Officer Alfred Henry Binfield was Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 9th November 1943 page 4916

“For gallant and distinguished services in action with enemy Submarines while serving in His Majesty’s Ships……Balsam“.

The original recommendation is for a Decoration (Distinguished Service Medal) downgraded to a Mention in Despatches TNA reference ADM1/14503

“For skill and devotion to duty at his action station as Engine Room Stoker Petty Officer during a successful action against an enemy submarine. The manoeuvres of the escorts from the time this U-Boat attacked the convoy at 10:20 until its final destruction at 12:06 were such as to call for a high degree of skill and care from the Engine Room personnel. The operations required of escorts ro ensure destruction of this U-Boat could not have been accomplished without the skill and devotion to duty of the Engine Rood Department”.

The destruction of the U-135 took place on 15th July 1943 in the North Atlantic, a combination of depth charges and ramming, 5 crew were lost, 41 officers and ratings were rescued and taken prisoner of war. The U-135 (Oberleutnant Zur See Otto Luther) ignored standing orders that attacks on convoys should not be attempted and attacked convoy OS.51. He damaged the 4,762 ton freighter Twickenham but was spotted by the escort. The sloop HMS Rochester and corvettes HMS Balsam and Mignonette launched a series of depth charge attacks which blew the submarine to the surface, where she was rammed by HMS Rochester.

Subsequent interrogation of U-135’s crew revealed that the Boat was still seaworthy after depth charging and that Luther had been the first man to abandon her. He had not sunk anything for over a year and was desperate to do so before the end of his patrol, hence his disregard for orders.

Slight edge knock to LSGC, scratch through “i” of Binfield on NGS otherwise

GVF & better £400 Available


 

Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasp Sebastopol, Turkish Crimea Sardinian issue, Victoria Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army Victoria o Sergeant Thomas Short, 5th Division, Coast Brigade, Royal Artillery.

Crimea Medal Clasp Sebastopol

Gr T Short Ry AR*

Turkish Crimea

Gr T Short RA

Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

2061 Sergt Thos Short Coast Bde RA

 Thomas Short born 1832, Dunban Haddington, attesting for the Royal Artillery at Leigh, Midlothian on 28th January 1851, aged 18 years. Promoted Bombardier 1st October 1862, Corporal on 1st May 1865 and Sergeant 1st December 1869. Sergeant Short served for a period of over 21 years and was discharged on 30th July 1872 aged 40 years. His service records shows the award of the Crimea Medal Clasp Sebastopol, Turkish Crimea Medal and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

Naming worn away in places as indicated by *

Condition Good Fine / GVF £450 Available


 

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Fleet Reserve GVI 2nd type to Leading Seaman Arthur Best, Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Reserve awarded the LSGC Medal in 1952.

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

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Fleet Reserve GVI 2nd type

SSX.18219 A Best Dev.B.18482 LS RFR

Mounted as originally worn.

Leading Seaman Arthur Best RFR LSGC claimed 29th February 1952 ref TNA ADM171/160 page 246.

GVF £110 Available


 

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


 

Crimea Medal with three clasps, Sebastopol, Inkermann, Alma, Turkish Crimea (Sardinian issue) Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Victoria Army to Christopher Whipps 50th Regiment of Foot (Queens Own Regiment) and 34th Regiment of Foot, enlisting 25th February 1952, he died at Shorncliffe 26th January 1871 whilst serving with the 34th Regiment.

Crimea Medal Clasps Sebastopol, Inkermann, Alma

362* *** Christopher Whipps 50th ***iment

Turkish Crimea Sardinian issue

3626 Christopher Whipps 50th Regt

Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Victoria

867 C Whipps 34th Regt 

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

Christopher Whipps, born Romford Essex. Wife of Sarah Whipps he enlisted in the 50th Regiment on 25th February 1852, he died at Shorncliffe while serving with the 34th Foot on 26th January 1871.

 Copies Muster Roll entry showing basic service details

The Crimea Medal contemporary engraved naming in neat upright capital letters, worn away in places as indicated by **

Good Fine and better £595 Available


 

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 dated 1882 reverse, Khedives Star 1882, Long Service and Good Conduct Medals Royal Navy Victoria to Chief Carpenter’s Mate Richard James Kitson Scorey, Royal Navy born in Devonport in 1851 and a Dockyard Apprenticeship served Skilled Shipwright he entered the Royal navy aboard HMS Indus as Skilled Shipwright 22nd June 1877. Serving aboard HMS Agincourt during the Egyptain operations of 1882, rated Skilled Carpenter’s Mate aboard HMS Agamemnon in January 1885 and Chief Carpenter’s Mate aboard HMS Dolphin in July 1889. Awarded the LSGC Medal 17th January 1889, he retired 30th June 1897. He died in Devonport in 1943 aged 92 years.

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

R S Corey Skd Shipwt HMS Agincourt

Khedives Star dated 1882

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria

R J K Scorey Skd Carpt’s Mte HMS Indus

With copy service record.

Richard James Kitson Scorey was born 30th July 1851 in Devonport, a Shipwright almost certainly employed in HM Dockyard, Devonport, he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Indus as Skilled Shipwright 22nd June 1877. He subsequently joined HMS Penguin 4th October 1877, HMS Indus 23rd September 1881, HMS Agincourt 27th May 1882, taking part in the Egypt operations of 1882 aboard this ship. Joining HMS Indus 1st August 1884, HMS Agamemnon 16th September 1884 where he was rated Skilled Carpenter’s Mate 29th January 1885, HMS Indus 13th December 1887, HMS Dolphin 9th May 1889 as Skilled Chief Carpenter’s Mate and Chief Carpenter’s Mate from 1st July 1889. Joining Vivid II 1st April 1893, Vivid I 2nd March 1896 and finally Vivid II 5th May 1896, he was discharged to pension 30th June 1897. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 17th January 1889. The 1911 census records he is a 59 year old Shipwright residing with his wifeAnnie, two daughters and three sons at 69 George Street, Devonport, he died in Devonport 24th December 1943 aged 92 years

Average VF Minimal pitting £450 Available


 

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 Biatn 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 £450 Available


 

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Chief Petty Officer Airman Vivian Read Graham, Fleet Air Arm born in Gateshead, Durham 20th August 1909. Entering the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 3rd December 1924, he was rated Ordinary Telegrapher 20th August 1927. Transferring to the Fleet Air Arm 1st June 1939 as a Leading Airman (Telegraphist & Air Gunner), he flew operationally from HMS Ark Royal during the Norway campaign of 1940. Taking part in Operation Menace, the attack on Dakar 13th to 25th September 1940, his aircraft was brought down by anti aircraft fire on 24th during an attack on a Vichy French Destroyer and ditched in the sea, the three man crew rescued by HMS Echo. As a Telegraphist Air Gunner of Swordfish 2B of 810 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm piloted by Lieutenant D F Godfrey-Faussett, DSC, he took part in the attack on German Battleship Bismarck that led to her destruction on 27th May 1941, his aircraft being damaged by Anti-Aircraft fire from Bismarck during the attack. Remaining in the Fleet Air Arm post war, he was discharged to pension in August 1949 and died in Cheltenham in 1986.

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

Unnamed as issued

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

F55072 V R Graham POA HMS Kestrel

With copy research documents by email and service record by email.

Vivian Read Graham was born in Gateshead, Durham on 20th August 1909, a scholar he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable as Boy 2nd Class (J.112598) 3rd December 1924. Rated Boy Telegrapher aboard HMS Ajax 30th April 1926, he subsequently joined HMS Ark Royal 1st September 1926, HMS Benbow 6th January 1927, HMS Ramillies as Ordinary Telegrapher 20th August 1927, HMS Conquest 14th October 1927, Egmont I 8th March 1928, HMS Ceres 1st April 1928 where he was rated Telegrapher 17th December 1928.

Passing the course as Telegraphist Air Gunner on 16th January 1935. Joining HMS Furious on 5th March 1935, HMS Glorious 29th August 1935 and to HMS Courageous 19th October 1935. He returned to HMS Glorious 18th February 1936 and served on her until 27th July 1936. He saw further on HMS Eagle from 18th January 1937 advanced to Acting Leading Telegraphist 17th November 1937 and confirmed Leading Telegraphist 17th November 1938 he transferred to the Fleet Air Arm as Leading Airman F55072 on 1st June 1939, serving aboard HMS Eagle until  3rd August 1939.

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Fleet Air Arm Fairey Swordfish airborne from HMS Ark Royal during Operation Menace 1940

Joining Daedalus 4th August 1939 and HMS Ark Royal 27th February 1940, advanced to Acting Petty Officer Airman 1st May 1940. Flying from HMS Ark Royal, he took part in the Norway campaign of 1940, and flew the following sorties –

25th April 1940 – Anti Submarine patrol, 28th April 1940 – Bombing Vaernes aerodrome, 16th May 1940 – Bombing Hemnes, 4th June 1940 – Fighter Patrol (Reported on weather at Narvik), 6th June 1940 – Air Defended Area (ADA) Patrol, 6th June 1940 – Patrol for enemy shipping, 8th June 1940 – ADA patrol Risoy, 9th June 1940 – Reconnaissance for Convoy, 9th June 1940 – Reconnaissance, 10th June 1940 – Reconnaissance, 10th June 1940 – Search for enemy battleships, 13th June 1940 – Reconnaissance of evacuation vessels. TNA references ADM199/15, 479 & 480.

Taking part in Operation Menace, the unsuccessful attempt to capture Dakar Harbour from Vichy French Forces 13th to 25th September 1940. The Telegraphist / Air Gunner in Swordfish L2644 of 820 Squadron pilot Lieutenant (A) Richard Sydney Hankey, Royal Navy and Observer Temporary Sub Lieutenant (A) Anthony Wilfred Noel Dayrell, Royal Navy. On 24th September they were part of a formation of six aircraft tasked with attacking Destroyers in Dakar Harbour when they were hit by anti aircraft fire at about 1530 and forced to ditch in the sea. Only the pilot was slightly injured and all three were rescued by HMS Echo. Reference TNA ADM358 and ADM199/907.

As a Telegraphist Air Gunner of Swordfish 2B of 810 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm piloted by Lieutenant D F Godfrey-Faussett, he took part in the attack on German Battleship Bismarck that led to her destruction on 27th May 1941. The aircraft being damaged by Anti-Aircraft fire from Bismarck during the attack. His pilot being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Petty Officer Graham received no recognition.

On 24 May 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank the Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Hood, and damaged out of action HMS Prince of Wales. The Aircraft Carrier HMS Ark Royal received an order from Churchill, as part of Force H, to hunt down Bismarck and sink it.On 26 May 1941 Bismarck was running for the safety of the French port of Brest to make repairs to light damage that she had received from the clash with Prince of Wales, and a last-ditch attempt to slow it down with an airborne torpedo attack from Ark Royal’s aircraft was ordered that night so that the pursuing Royal Navy’s heavy ships could catch up with her.

Report of attack by Lt D F Godfrey-Faussett, Royal Navy pilot of Swordfish 2B

TNA references ADM199/1187 and 1188.

“Aircraft was in No 2 Sub Flight part of the striking force of second wave of attack on Bismarck. Attacked from the starboard beam with two aircraft under intense and accurate anti aircraft fire. Long range anti aircraft fire on approach and on return. Aircraft 2A and 2B attacked together coming out of the cloud one mile away. First engaged by close range (red tracer). Fire was also opened with heavier stuff evidently time fused. Some of this went into the sea and some burst beyond and above. Aircraft was hit in tail plane and port lower main plane. The heavy fire continued with accuracy up to four miles and appeared to be predicted all the time as bursts followed the aircraft, going off just above. Armament was sub divided, each aircraft being engaged by a separate control”.

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Fairey Swordfish aircraft attack Bismarck

In evening twilight at 21:05 amid gale force winds, Lt Commander Jock Moffat and his Observer, Temporary Sub Lieutenant (A) J D “Dusty” Miller, and Telegraphist/Air Gunner (TAG) Leading Airman A J Hayman, flying in Fairey Swordfish 5C/L9726 together with 14 other Swordfish attacked Bismarck amidst a torrent of anti-aircraft fire being put up by the ship’s guns. Two torpedoes struck home, one amidships on its port side resulting in slow flooding, and the second in the steering area. Her rudders were consequently jammed in a turning position, and although she was still underway at good speed, she was directionless in the water. Attempts to steer by varying the speed of the three propellers failed. With Bismarck’s steering control jammed the Royal Navy’s Force H and its Home Fleet were able to catch up with it, surround it and subject it to extensive shelling and torpedoing, after which it turned over and sank the following morning. The wreck of the Bismarck was discovered in 1989. At the time of the attack no definitive statement of whose torpedo had hit the Bismarck was released, however following the observation of this wreck historian Mike Rossiter credited John Moffat as by far the most likely, through analysis of the flight paths. However, the son of another Swordfish pilot that attacked the Bismarck Kenneth Pattison believes that it was his father that damaged the ship.

His subsequent postings included 810 Squadron 1st July 1941, Buzzard 11th September 1941, HMS Illustrious 1st December 1941, 810 Squadron 9th January 1942, RN Air Stations ant Daedalus and Kestrel between 13th January 1942 to 30th October 1942, Goshawk 7th November 1942, advanced to Chief Petty Officer Airman 1st May 1943, Daedalus 6th May 1945, Sanderling 25th July 1945, Nighthawk 12th August 1945, Daedalus 12th March 1946.

Post war he joined the RN Air Stations Redford 24th June 1946, Daedalus 6th July 1946, Goldcrest 27th July 1946, Siskin 21st October 1947, appointed Instructor 1st April 1948, Warrior 15th February 1949, 782 Squadron (Merlin helicopters) 8th June 1949, Daedalus 18th July 1949, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 23rd July 1942, discharged to pension 19th August 1949, he died 12th April 1986 at Leckhampton, Cheltenham, Goucestershire.

Official correction to “el” of Kestrel on LSGC.

A rare group to a Fairey Swordfish TAG who took part in the Norway campaign 1940, Operation Menace in 1940 where he was shot down and the attack on Bismarck.

NEF £4,250 Available


 

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Burma Star clasp Pacific, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy E2 1st type to Petty Officer Telegrapher Frank Moses Wright, Royal Navy born in Wolverhampton in 1921. Awarded the LSGC Medal in 1956 aboard the Repair Ship HMS Dodman Point, he would have been discharged to pension in 1963, he died in Birmingham in 2000.

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

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy E2 1st type

JX.164178 F M Wright CPO Tel HMS Dodman Point

The group mounted as originally worn, with research from on line records.

Frank Moses Wright born 24th March 1923 in Wolverhampton, he was awarded the LSGC Medal 21st March 1956 whilst serving aboard the 8,580 ton Repair Ship HMS Dodman Point. Wright would have retired to pension in 1963, he died in Birmingham in 2000.

A new original silk Atlantic Star Medal ribbon will be supplied.

GVF & better £175 Reserved


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