First World War Medals to Casualties


 

British War and Victory Medals to Private Robert Crawford, 9th (Glasgow Highlanders) Battalion Highland Light Infantry. Born in Glasgow in 1897, he served in France after January 1916. Killed in action Arras on the opening day of the attack on the Hindenburg Line 20th May 1917 aged 20 years. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

British War and Victory Medals

332320 Pte R Crawford HLI

With copy Medal Index Card confirming these two Medals only sent to his next of kin and casualty details.

Robert Crawford was born in Glasgow in 1897, he enlisted in Glasgow and served with the 9th (Glasgow Highlanders) Battalion Highland Light Infantry in France after January 1916. Killed in action in the opening day of the attack on the Hindenburg Line, battle of Arras 20th May 1917 aged 20 years. The son of Mrs Mary Crawford of 12 Kay Street, Springburn, Glasgow he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

NEF £85 Available


 

Victory Medal to 2nd Lieutenant William Leonard Posnett, 1/13th Battalion London Regiment (Kensington) a former Leather manufacturer and tanner company manager born in Canterbury in 1891. Enlisting as a Private into the Inns of Court OTC, he was commissioned in March 1917. Arriving in France shortly after commissioning he was killed in action Beaurains, Arras 22nd June 1917 aged 26 years, when the Germans shelled Tool Trench and the Arras-Cambrai Road. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial and the Leys School Memorial, Cambridge.

Victory Medal

2 Lieut W L Posnett

With copy officer’s service papers.

William Leonard Posnett was born in Canterbury 10th February 1891 the son of Leonard Walker Posnett, JP Department Manager, Imperial Tabacco Company and his wife Effie Bell of “Westgate”, Cavendish Road, Chester. Educated at The Leys School, Cambridge, he enlisted into the Inns of Court OTC as Private number 9793 on 16th November 1915. Discharged to the Army Reserve the following day he was mobilized 27th October 1916 joining the Inns of Court OTC he was commissioned 27th March 1917 into the 13th Battalion London Regiment (Kensington). Arriving in France shortly after being commissioned he was killed in action Beaurains, Arras 22nd June 1917 aged 26 years when the Germans shelled Tool Trench and the Arras-Cambrai Road the Kensingtons suffering one officer killed (2/Lt Posnett) one officer wounded (2/Lt Sredwick) with 6 other ranks killed and 24 wounded. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial and the Leys School, Cambridge Memorial.

EF £100 Available


 

Bronze Memorial Plaque to Lieutenant Richard Edward Lewis Treweeks, Royal Navy a former Merchant Navy officer born in Pembroke in 1883. Commissioned Sub Lieutenant Royal Naval Reserve 1st April 1911, he transferred as Lieutenant into the Royal Navy 1st April 1913. Appointed to HMS Natal 28th September 1913 from Victory, he was killed when the ship was sunk in the Cromarty Firth by a series of internal explosions 30th December 1915. Aged 32 years he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial and on a Plaque in St Mary’s Church, Pembroke, he left a widow Dorothy Martha whom he had married in November 1914.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Richard Edward Lewis Treweeks

With casualty details and research extracted from on line records.

Richard Edward Lewis Treweeks was born at St. Mary’s, Pembroke 25 April 1893, the son of Major Richard Treweeks, Welsh Regiment and his wife Gertrude. He had served with the Mercantile Marine for several years prior to the war. Commissioned Sub Lieutenant Royal Naval Reserve 1st April 1911, he entered the Royal Navy as Lieutenant 1st April 1913.  Appointed initially to Victory, he was appointed to HMS Natal 28th September 1913. He married Dorothy Martha Caistor 3rd November 1914 at St Michael’s Church, Flixton, Lancaster. On 30th December 1915 Natal was lying in the Cromarty Firth with her squadron, under the command of Captain Eric Back Royal Navy. Shortly after 1520, and without warning, a series of violent explosions tore through the ship. She capsized five minutes later. The most probable explanation was that a fire had broken out, possibly due to faulty cordite that ignited a magazine. Around 400 officers and men were killed, some in the immediate explosions, others drowned as the ship capsized, or succumbed to the freezing water of the Cromarty Firth. Some bodies were recovered and given a proper burial, but Richard went down with the ship, and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent and on a memorial tablet in St Mary’s Church, Pembroke, Wales.

GVF £175 SOLD


 

Bronze Memorial Plaque to 2/Lieutenant Joseph Francis House, Wiltshire Regiment attached 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment a former Fitter born in Woolwich in 1894. Enlisting as a Private soldier into the Wiltshire Regiment 31st August 1914 aged 19 years. Serving in France from 4th January 1915 with 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment, he transferred to the 9th Battalion West Riding Regiment in April 1916 and promoted Corporal in July the same year. Posted to 11th Officer Cadet Battalion in July 1917, he was commissioned into the Wiltshire Regiment in July 1917. Killed in action France 24th March 1918 aged 24 years whilst attached 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, during their rear guard action at Bethencourt during the German Spring offensive. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Joseph Francis House

With copy service record.

Joseph Francis House was born in Woolwich 14th October 1894, a 19 year old Fitter he attested for the Wiltshire Regiment in London 31st August 1914 and joined the Depot at Devizes the same day. Posted to the 3rd Battalion 2nd September 1914 and the 1st Battalion 4th January 1915, joining the Battalion in the field two days later. Transferring to the 9th Battalion West Riding Regiment 14th April 1916, appointed Lance Corporal 9th April 1916 and promoted Corporal 7th July 1916. Returning to England 17th February 1917, he was posted to No 11 Officer Cadet Battalion 7th April 1917 and was commissioned 2/Lieutenant Wiltshire Regiment 1st August 1917. Returning to France he was attached 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment and was killed in action 24th March 1918 aged 24 years during the Battalion’s rear guard action at Bethencourt on the third day of the German Spring offensive. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, his next of kin is recorded as his wife Mrs A G House, 9 Duke’s Avenue, Chiswick, London W4.

NEF £175 Available


 

Bronze Memorial Plaque to Acting Sergeant Frederick William Greening, DCM, Royal Fusiliers late 3rd County of London Yeomanry a Hosiery Salesman born in Cheltenham in 1888. Serving in France after January 1916 first with the 2nd Battalion and later the 9th Battalion, he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry at Arras in April 1917 when leading his men with the utmost skill and coolness under fire. Killed in action 30th June 1917 aged 29 years, he now rests in the Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Frederick William Greening

With research listed here extracted from on line records.

Frederick William Greening was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1888. The 1911 census records he is a 24 year old Retail Hosiery Salesman a boarder residing at 31 St Matthews Road, Cotham, Bristol. Enlisting at Putney for the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (no 3026) he transferred to the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers (No GS/62292) for service in France, arriving after January 1916. As an Acting Sergeant serving with the 9th Battalion he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry during the battle of Arras in April 1917 London Gazette 18th July 1917 –

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed the utmost skill and coolness under heavy fire in leading his men. His pluck and determination under fire were of the utmost value to his men”.

Killed in action 30th June 1917 aged 29 years.

The son of Maria Greening of 12 Oakfield Road, Cannon Hill, Birmingham and the late William Greening, Frederick was unmarried and now rests in an identified grave in the Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux, France. Also commemorated on a family memorial in Uttoxeter New Cemetery, Derby which includes his father William who died 9th December 1906 aged 45 years, the inscription under Sergeant Frederick William Greening DCM reads “My reward is with my God”.

NEF £145 Available


 

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Transvaal, South Africa 1902, British War and Victory Medals, Territorial Efficiency Medal EVII with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Sapper Frederick Arthur Charles Pryke, Royal Engineers late Suffolk Regiment and Northumberland Fusiliers a Joiner born in Ipswich, Suffolk in 1879. A member of the 1st (Volunteer) Battalion Suffolk Regiment he volunteered for service in South Africa in 1902. Remaining in the Volunteer Force and later Territorial Army on his return from South Africa he received the TFEM for his service with the 4th Battalion. The 1911 census records he is a Joiner employed by the building trade residing with his wife and daughter in Ipswich. Volunteering or conscripted in the First World War he first served with the Northumberland Fusiliers but transferred to the Royal Engineers due to his skills as a Joiner. Killed in action 29th March 1918 whilst serving with 234 Field Company aged 38 years. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Transvaal, South Africa 1902

7032 Pte F W C Pryke Suff Regt

British War and Victory Medals

57936 Pte F A C Pryke North’d Fus

Territorial Efficiency Medal EVII

441 Pte F A C Pryke 4/Suffolk Regt

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Frederick Arthur Charles Pryke

 With details extracted from his Boer War period service record, copy Medal Index Card confirming British War and Victory Medal only entitlement, original photo wearing RE cap badge. Note wrong initial “W” on QSA.

Frederick Arthur Charles Pryke was born in All Saints, Ipswich, Suffolk in 1879. A 22 year 10 month old Joiner and serving member of the 1st (Volunteer) Battalion Suffolk Regiment, he volunteered for service in South Africa at Bury St Edmonds 5th March 1902 and proceeded immediately to South Africa with a draft for the Volunteer Service Company. On arrival in South Africa he was attached Volunteer Special Service Company 1st Battalion Essex Regiment. Returning in August 1902 he was discharged. Remaining in the Suffolk Regiment Volunteers, this became the Territorial Army in 1908 and he was awarded the TFEM for his service with the 4th Battalion. The 1911 census records he is a 32 year old Joiner employed in the building trade residing with his wife Ellen and 7 year old daughter Dorothy at 49 Springfield Lane, Ipswich.

Joining the Northumberland Fusiliers, probably in 1915 (service number 57936) he transferred to the Royal Engineers (No 184199) no doubt a decision made by the Army given his carpentry skills. Serving with 234 Field Company he was killed in action 29th March 1918 during the German Spring offensive aged 38 years. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme. His widow never re-married and died in 1957 aged 82 years.

Two holes drilled in plaque where at one time fixed in a frame, original ribbons.

First time on the market.

Scarce casualty combination.

GVF & better £550 Reserved


 

Bronze Memorial Plaque to 2nd Lieutenant Ernest Clifford Bracey, 1/5th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment – TF late Sergeant Royal Welsh Fusiliers born in Walsall, Staffordshire in 1888. Enlisting into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers as a Private soldier, in 1911 he was serving in India. Serving in France with the 2nd Battalion from 1st September 1914, they were to see much action on the Somme around Delville Wood, Mametz Wood and High Wood during July 1916, taking part in the attack on Serre 13th November 1916 they were to suffer 289 casualties. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant from Sergeant 28th November 1917, he joined the 1/5th Battalion in France and was killed in action 28th September 1918 in “C” company’s counter attack to eject the Germans from captured British lines North West of Bellenglise. Aged 30 years he is commemorated on the Vis En Artois Memorial, France.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Ernest Clifford Bracey

 With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details, copies from the Battalion War Diary and other research listed here.

Ernest Clifford Bracey was born in Walsall, Staffordshire the son of William Bracey a Ironworks Bundler and his wife Elizabeth. The 1911 census records Ernest Clifford Bracey is a 24 year old Lance Corporal serving with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in India. Serving with the 2nd Battalion in France from 1st September 1914, he was almost certainly a mobilized Reservist. The 2nd Battalion saw much action on the Somme in 1916 including Delville Wood, Mametz Wood and High Wood in July 1916, taking part in the attack on Serre 13th November 1916 they suffered 289 casualties. Moving to Arras and Ypres in 1917, Bracey now a Sergeant was recommended for a commission and returned to the UK. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant into the South Staffordshire Regiment 28th November 1917 (London Gazette 8th January 1918 refers) he joined the 1/5th Territorial Battalion in France.

Killed in action 28th September 1918 aged 30 years in the front line trenches NW of Bellenglise during a German attack. The Battalion War Diary records-

“D” Company under Captain Ball was counter attacked at 0600 hours, some enemy got into our trenches but were ejected, leaving two prisoners in our hands. At 1100 hours a fresh counter attack drove “D” company out of their trench to the trenches of 1/6th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, who were holding the outpost north of “D” company. Under orders of Lt Colonel A White, “C” company, under Captain E J H Meynell counter attacked the enemy, but were unable to drive them out of the outpost line. Fighting was very severe indeed. Our casualties amounted to one officer killed 2/Lieutenant E C Bracey and a number of men. Orders came through to withdraw to the main front line at dusk, this was done without further casualties”

Commemorated on the Vis En Artois Memorial, France.

First time on the market.

EF £195 SOLD


 

Victory Medal and Bronze Memorial Plaque to Private Albert Hudd, 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment a former Blacksmith’s Labourer born in Warminster, Wiltshire in 1886. Serving in France from 14th August 1914, the Battalion first went into action on 23rd August 1914 defending the Mining Town of Mons and fought a vital rear guard action to cover 3rd Divisions retreat. Mortally wounded on 25th November 1914 during the attack on German positions near Reutelbeek Stream on the eastern edge of Polygon Wood, he died the same day aged 30 years. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.

Victory Medal

6800 Pte A Hudd Wilts R

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Albert Hudd

 

 With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details, copies from the Battalion War Diary, copy census entry and Militia service record.

Albert Hudd was born in Warminster, Wiltshire in 1886. An 18 year 7 month old Blacksmith’s Striker he attested for the 3rd (Militia) Battalion Wiltshire Regiment at Warminster 14th January 1904. The 1911 census records he is a 25 year old Army Reservist and Blacksmith’s Labourer residing at 6 Marsh Street, Warminster with his father George a Chimney Sweep, mother Mercy five sisters and one brother. Hudd joined the 1st Regular Battalion 3rd August 1914 for service overseas. Landing in France 14th August 1914. Mortally wounded in action 25th November 1914 during the attack on German positions near Reutelbeek Stream on the eastern edge of Polygon Wood, he died the same day aged 30 years. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.

Small hole drilled in Plaque at 12 o’clock

VF £100 available


 

British War and Victory Medals to Lieutenant Edward George Wishart, 1/5th (Buchan and Formartin) Battalion Gordon Highlanders, born in 1897 in Foreven, Aberdeen. Enlisting as a Private soldier into the 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders in November 1914, he transferred to the 14th (London Scottish) Battalion London Regiment 12th April 1915. Commissioned into the 3/5th Battalion 19th June 1915, he served in France with the 1/5th Battalion from 9th June 1916. Severely wounded in action 18th April 1918, he died of wounds at No 39 Stationary Hospital, France 21st April 1918 aged 21 years and now rests in the Aire Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

British War and Victory Medals

Lieut E G Wishart

 With service papers and other research from on line records listed here.

Edward George Wishart was born in Foreven, Aberdeenshire in 1897, educated Aberdeen Grammar School he attested for the 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders as a Private soldier at Aberdeen 7th November 1914. Posted 2/4th Battalion (number 3057) and to 3/14th (London Scottish) Battalion London regiment (number 4647) 12th April 1915. Commissioned 3/5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders 19th June 1915, he served in France from 9th June 1916 with the 1/5th Battalion. The 1/5th served on the Somme in 1916 arriving at Halloy on 14th July, Wishart left his Battalion on 21st July sick and was evacuated to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Patrick arriving on 27th July. Admitted to the Yorkhill War Hospital, Glasgow, he was sent on sick leave 2nd to 16th August and re-joined his Battalion in France. Severely wounded in action 18th April 1918, he died of wounds 21st April 1918 aged 21 years at No 39 Stationary Hospital, France and now rests in the Aire Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais France.

From : The Aberdeen Press and Journal 26th April 1918 page 2

“Lieutenant Edward George Wishart, Gordon Highlanders, fourth surviving son of Mr F W F Wishart, Hill of Fiddes, Foveran died of wounds 21st instant. Lt Wishart who was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School. He was going in (sic) for Farming and quite recently his father had arranged on his behalf a lease on the farm of Westerfolds, Duffus, Morayshire. The farm was owned by Sir Gordon Cumming and extended to 450 acres.

His headstone bears the inscription – “DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI” (It is sweet and right to die for your country)

GVF £225 Available


 

British War and Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll to Private Herbert George Turle, Worcestershire Regiment a former Gardener from Bath, Somerset born in 1894. Enlisting at Exeter he arrived in France 23rd July 1917 and joined the 1/7th Battalion in the field 4th August 1917. Killed in action 4 weeks later on 21st August 1916 aged 22 years in the front line at Skyline trench, Ovillers Spur, Somme sector. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

British War and Victory Medals

4711 Pte H G Turle Worc R

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Herbert George Turle

Memorial Scroll

Pte Herbert George Turle Worcestershire Regt

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and other research recorded here from on line records including his on line service record. Original silk medal ribbons, faded on one side caused by display in a case.

Herbert George Turle was born in Bath, Somerset in 1894, the 1901 census records he is a 7 year old school boy residing with his father Tm a Labourer, mother Ellen and one brother in Uplyme, Devon. A 22 year 2 month old Gardener he enlisted at Exeter 7th March 1916, initially requesting to join the Devon Regiment he was posted to the Worcestershire Regiment. Landing in France 23rd July 1916 he joined the 1/7th Battalion in the field 4th August 1916. Killed in action 21st August 1916 aged 22 years, just 4 weeks after arriving in France. On 19th August 1916 the 1/7th Battalion took over the front line in Skyline trench, Ovillers Spur, Somme sector, they were in action continuously until relieved on 23rd August. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

EF £225 SOLD


 

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Private William Thomas Evans, Middlesex Regiment, born in North Kensington, Middlessex in 1880. Enlisting at Hammersmith he served with the 1th Battalion in France from 4th October 1915. Arriving on the Somme 25th July 1916, the 13th Battalion took part in the attack towards Guillemont 18th August. Advancing on the right of Trones Wood they were checked by cross fire and forced to withdraw. Taking over front line positions at Delville Wood 30th August, they were subject to a heavy enemy artillery bombardment in which 400 casualties were sustained. Killed in action 31st August 1916 when his Battalion was attacked and forced out of Tea Trench. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

G-4994 Pte W T Evans Middx R

Bronze Memorial Plaque

William Thomas Evans

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and other research recorded here from on line records. Original silk medal ribbons, traces of lead solder centre reverse of plaque where at one time a fixing for display in a case, original silk ribbons faded on the obverse side caused by display in a case.

William Thomas Evans was born in 1880 in North Kensington, Middlesex, I was unable to locate him on the 1911 census but still residing in Middlesex on the outbreak of war he enlisted at Hammersmith. Serving in France from 4th October 1915 with the 13th Battalion Middlesex Regiment which arrived on the Somme as part of 73rd Brigade, 24th Division. Arriving at Happy Valley 2nd August, they took over the trenches at Arrow Head Copse 17th August. Taking part in the attack towards Guillemont 18th August their advance to the right of Trones Wood came to a standstill when they were caught in cross fire. To the craters in front of Carnoy 19th August and to Sandpit Camp 22nd August. Raking over front line positions at Delville Wood 30th August they were subject to a prolonged German artillery bombardment causing 400 casualties. Killed in action 31st August 1916 aged 36 years (CWGC erroneously record 38 years) when the Germans attacked forcing them out of Tea Trench. The Soldier’s effects list records he left his estate to his sister Florence Emily and brother John T Evans.

GVF £275 Available


 

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Private John Clapperton, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) late Army Cyclist Corps born in Barony, Glasgow in 1896. Serving in France from 11th September 1915 with the 9th (Scottish) Division Cyclist Company, he transferred to the 9th Battalion Cameronians and was killed in action 21st October 1916 aged 20 years whilst in the front line at Happy Valley, Somme sector. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

1587 Pte J Clapperton A Cyc Corps

Bronze Memorial Plaque

John Clapperton

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and other research recorded here from on line records. Original silk medal ribbons.

John Clapperton was born in Barony, Glasgow in 1896, the 1901 census records he is a 5 year old schoolboy residing with his mother Mrs James Clapperton (Agnes) a cotton weaver, lodging at 71 Dale Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow. Enlisting at Glasgow for the Army Cyclist Corps, he served with the 9th (Scottish) Division Cyclist Company in France from 11th September 1915. Transferring to the 9th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) part of 27th Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division. Arriving on the front line at Montauban, Somme sector 3rd July 1916, the Battalion were relieved five days later having suffered 139 casualties. Taking part in the attack on the village of Longueval 14th July and the bombing attack north west of Delville Wood 17th July. Taking over the front line at Happy Valley 20th July 1916, John Clapperton was killed in action the next day. Aged 20 years he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, the Glasgow Memorial record his home address as 65 Mordaunt Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow at the time of his death.

GVF to NEF £325 Reserved


 

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Private John Chappell, 18th (Public Works Pioneers) Battalion Middlesex Regiment. Born in St Lukes, Middlesex in 1885 and a former Bricklayer in the House Building industry, he served in France from 14th November 1915. Killed in action 27th October 1916 whilst the Battalion was working in the Mametz and Delville Wood areas, Somme sector. Aged 31 years he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

PW-2766 Pte J Chapell Middx R

Bronze Memorial Plaque

John Chapell

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and other research listed here.

John Chappell was born in St Lukes, Middlesex in 1885, the 1911 census records he is a 26 year old Bricklayer employed by the house building trade residing with his widowed mother Elizabeth, one sister and one brother at 83 Provost Street, Hoxton, Middlesex. Serving in France from 14th November 1915 with the 18th (Public Works Pioneer) Battalion Middlesex Regiment. Arriving on the Somme 9th July 1916 they were employed on road maintenance around Mametz Wood area, to the south of Fricourt Wood 17th July they were involved in operations at High Wood until 27th July. Killed in action 27th October 1916 aged 31 years when the Battalion was working in the Mametz and Delville Wood areas. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

GVF & better £255 Available


 

Brothers from Portsmouth, the sons of William and Margaret Burrows, Publicans of The Red Lion, 29 Havant Street, Portsmouth.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal GV Royal Navy 2nd type to Chief Engine Room Artificer William Thomas Burrow, Royal Navy a former Fitter and Turner born in Portsea, Portsmouth in 1884. Entering the Royal Navy as Acting Engine Room Artificer 4th Class 16th March 1907, during the First World War he served aboard HM Ships Latona, Monarch and Barham. Advanced to Chief ERA 1st Class in February 1923, he was pensioned in 1929. Re-entering the Royal Navy 28th April 1930 as Chief ERA 1st Class (Pensioner) with a change in service number.

1914/15 Star

272359 W T Burrows ERA2 RN

British War and Victory Medals

272359 W T Burrows CERA 2 RN

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

272359 W T Burrows CERA 2 HMS Vernon

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Stoker 1st Class Daniel Burrows, Royal Navy a former Butcher born in Portsmouth in 1895. Entering the Royal Navy at Victory II 29th September 1913, he joined HMS Amethyst 18th January 1915 and was rated Stoker 1st Class the same month. Killed in action 14th March 1915 when Amethyst was hit by Turkish shore battery artillery fire during the Dardanelles campaign, 22 ratings were killed and 38 men wounded of which 4 died of wounds.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

K.20453 D Burrows Sto 1 RN

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Daniel Burrows

With copy service records.

William Thomas Burrows was born in Portsea, Portsmouth 3rd October 1884 a Fitter and Turner, almost certainly completing his apprenticeship at Portsmouth Dockyard, he entered the Royal Navy as Acting Engine Room Artificer 4th Class (ERA) at Victory II 16th March 1907. Confirmed in the rate of ERA 4 aboard HMS Good Hope 21st March 1908, he was advanced to ERA 3 aboard HMS Ariadne 15th March 1910, ERA 2 aboard HMS Latona 21st March 1914, Acting Chief ERA 2nd Class aboard HMS Monarch 1st February 1917, Chief ERA 2 aboard HMS Barham 1st February 1918 and Chief ERA 1st Class aboard HMS Sirdar 1st February 1923. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 25th March 1922. Discharged to pension in 1929, he re-entered the Royal Navy as Chief ERA 1st Class Pensioner 28th April 1930 with the new number P/MX.48112.

Daniel Burrows was born in Portsmouth 7th March 1895, a Butcher he entered the Royal Navy at Victory II as Stoker 2nd Class 29th September 1913. He subsequently joined Attentive II 18th February 1914, HMS Syren 23rd October 1914 and HMS Amethyst 18th January 1915 where he was rated Stoker 1st Class 28th January 1915. Killed in action aboard HMS Amethyst when she was hit by Turkish shore battery artillery fire 14th March 1915 whilst in the Dardanelles.

Amethyst took part in the covering operation for the minesweeping effort in the Dardanelles and during the action on 1st March and 4th March 1915 she exchanged fire with Turkish forts. On the evening of 4th March she took on board injured personnel of the landing party and discharged them the next day to the Hospital Ship Soudan and SS Braemar Castle. During the hours of darkness between 6th and 11th March she took part in operations in the Dardanelles against mines, and was frequently in action against field artillery, forts and searchlights. On 14th March at 04:10 she was hit by field artillery and lost 22 men killed. A further 38 men were wounded, of whom 4 later died.  Amethyst retired to Tenedos for repairs. The Captain, Commander G J Todd, Royal Navy and Lieutenant James C J Soutter, Royal Navy, First Lieutenant, were commended in the Naval Dispatch dated 17th March 1915 from Vice Admiral Carden.

Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

GVF & better £525 Available


 

Bronze Memorial Plaque to John Molyneux Crockett, Merchant Navy. 3rd Engineer Crockett, born 1892, Hull, Yorkshire. Son of John Molyneux Crockett & Louise Crockett. The 1911 Census records he was aged 19, living with his parents at 85 Plane Street, Hull, Yorkshire and working as an Apprentice fitter in an engineering company. He married Elsie May Addey in 1916 of 42 Queensgate Street, Hull, Yorkshire. 3rd Engineer Crockett was killed on 12th April 1917 aged 25 years on board SS ‘Toro’, which was torpedoed and sunk by an enemy submarine. Many of the crew escaped the ship before it sunk.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

John Molyneux Crockett

Copy 1911 Census entry, CWGC Details etc

GVF £95 Available


 

British War Medal, Victory Medal with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Able Seaman Robert Knowles, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Born 16th September 1896, he attested for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve 30th November 1915 and first joined the Royal Naval Division 22nd May 1916 when called up for service. Transferring to sea service the following day, he joined Excellent in May 1916 as Able Seaman for Gunnery training and joined President III in July 1916 for service aboard Defensively Armed Merchant Ships as a Gunner. Lost aboard the SS Zara on 13th April 1917 when she was torpedoed by the German Submarine U-30 west of Helliso Island, 27 of her crew were lost. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

British War & Victory Medals

MZ 868 R Knowles AB RNVR

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Robert Knowles

With copy service record.

Robert Knowles, born 16th September 1896, a former Clerk and son of Mr Knowles of 112 Manton Road, Eccles, Manchester, Lancashire. Attesting for the RNVR 30th November 1915, he was called up for service 22nd May 1916 joining the Royal Naval Division. Transferring to sea service the following day as Able Seaman. Joining Excellent 23rd May 1916 for Gunnery training, he joined President III 20th July 1916 for service aboard Defensively Armed Merchant Ships as a Gunner. Lost aboard the cargo vessel SS Zara 13th April 1917 aged 21 years when she was sunk by the German Submarine U-30 90 miles west of Helliso Island on a voyage from London to Trondhjem with a general cargo, 27 of her crew were lost. Commemorated by name on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

Small hole on Plaque at 12 o’clock.

GVF £175 Available


 

 

British War Medal, Mercantile Marine War Medal & Bronze Memorial plaque to Greaser Thomas Phillips, Merchant Navy born in Dublin, Ireland in 1885. Lost aboard the SS Cork (City of Dublin Steam Packet Company) when she was sunk by the German Submarine U-103 on 26th January 1918 aged 33 years. Struck by a torpedo which hit the engine room, port side, she sank in four minutes 9 miles NE of Lynas Point, twelve lives were lost from a ship’s company of forty two. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

British War Medal and Mercantile Marine War Medal

Thomas Phillips

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Thomas Phillips

Thomas Phillips was born in Dublin in 1885, son of the late Thomas and Catherine Phillips and Husband of Christine Phillips of 30 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin. Serving as a Greaser aboard the Cargo Ship SS Cork on a journey to Liverpool with a general cargo, she was torpedoed by the German Submarine U-103 on 26th January 1918, nine miles North East off Lynas Point, Anglesey, Wales. The ship was struck on the port side, the torpedo hit the engine room and the ship sank within 4 minutes, 12 crew were lost including Thomas Phillips from a ship’s company of 42. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

S S Cork was owned by the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company, built in 1899. She weighed 1,232 Tons.

Includes a copy of the report on the sinking titled  ‘Particulars of Attacks on Merchant Vessels by Enemy Submarines’

EF £325 SOLD


 

 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Corporal William Fairhurst, 257 Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers. Born in Pemberton, Lancashire in 1879, the 1891 census records he was 12 years old assisting his father a Coal and General Carter. Travelling to work in the gold mines of South Africa he returned to live in Chorley but subsequently went to Canada and South Africa for a second time to work in the mines. Returning to England to enlist he originally joined the Manchester Regiment but transferred to the Royal Engineers Tunnelling Companies and served in France from 23rd September 1915. Gassed in September 1916 he returned to duty following a period as Musketry Instructor. Severely wounded by shell fire 9th April 1918 at Dainville whilst working on the East Arras defences, evacuated to England he was admitted to Exeter War Hospital and died of his wounds on 21st May 1918 aged 38 years. He now rests in the Adlington Cemetery, Lancashire.

1914/15 Star

121521 Spr W Fairhurst RE

British War and Victory Medals

121521 Cpl W Fairhurst RE

Bronze Memorial Plaque

William Fairhurst

With casualty details, copy from the 257 Tunnelling Company War Diary recording him wounded, original Plaque paper envelope addressed to his brother Mr A (Ambrose) Fairhurst, 64 Stockport Road, Ardwick, Manchester, copy newspaper article. Original silk ribbons.

William Fairhurst was born in Pemberton, Lancashire in 1879, the 1891 census records he is 12 years old assisting his father William a Coal and General Carter, his mother Ellen, three brothers and two sisters all residing at 443 Warrington Road, Pemberton. A miner who had worked overseas, he enlisted at Manchester, originally for the Manchester Regiment (number 17884) and transferred to the Tunnelling Section, Royal Engineers serving in France from 23rd September 1915. Gassed in September 1916, on recovery he served with 257 Tunnelling Company and was severely wounded by shell fire at Dainville whilst working on defences east of Arras on 9th April 1918. Evacuated to England he was admitted to the Exeter War Hospital and died of his wounds 21st May 1918 aged 38 years, he now rests in Adlington Cemetery, near Chorley, Lancashire.

The Lancashire Evening Post 25th May 1918 records – Military Funeral at Adlington

“Corporal W Fairhurst RE, Adlington whose death occurred in Exeter Hospital on Tuesday, was interred yesterday afternoon at Adlington Cemetery, the service being conducted by the Rev J H Kay, Wesleyan Minister at Chorley. For some years he was employed in the gold mines in South Africa and on returning to England was a member of the Trinity Wesleyan Choir, Chorley. He subsequently went to Canada and again to South Africa, returning to enlist in the Engineers. After serving in France 12 months he was gassed, and subsequently on recovery became Musketry Instructor. His death occurred from the effects of shrapnel wounds”.

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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Walter John Long, Middlesex Regiment, born in Holborn, Middlesex in 1892 a Clerk at the Army & Navy Stores he attested for the 11th Battalion serving in France from 31st May 1915. On 4th May 1916 he was on leave and married in Battersea, London, returning to France shortly after he was killed in action with the 1st Battalion 15th July 1916 aged 24 years in his Battalion’s attack on the Switch Line, Somme sector in which they suffered 321 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

G/959 Pte W J Long Middx R

With copy Medal Index Card and research listed here from on line records. With original transmission letters for the British War & Victory Medals (2).

Walter John Long was born in Holborn, Middlesex in 1892, the 1911 census records he is an 18 year old Clerk at the Army & Navy Stores residing with his father Alfred a retired Police Detective, mother Elizabeth and four sisters at 26 Crown Terrace, Richmond on Thames. Attesting for the 11th Battalion Middlesex Regiment he served in France from 31st May 1915. Returning home on leave he married Alice Maude Clarke at St Michael’s Church, Battersea, London on 4th May 1916. In July 1916 he was serving with the 1st Battalion which arrived on the Somme 9th July 1916. Killed in action 15th July 1916 aged 24 years in his Battalion’s attack on the Switch Line, heavy Machine Gun fire on both flanks brought the advance to a stand still after advancing through the village of Bazentin-le-Petit, casualties recorded as 321 killed and wounded. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Thomas Winter, 7th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. Born in Medomsley, Co Durham in 1891 and a Coal Miner at Roddymoor Colliery, he enlisted on 10th November 1914 and arrived in France on 13th July 1915. On 1st July 1916 the 7th Battalion were in support during the attack on Fricourt, Somme sector taking over the British front line shortly after Zero. Attacking at 1433 they could not reach their objective in the face of heavy Machine Gun fire, ‘B’ Company was unable to get out of its trench. Killed in action 7th July 1916 aged 25 years during an unsuccessful bombing attack on Quadrangle Alley and Quadrangle support in which the Battalion suffered 145 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

15045 Pte T Winter E York R

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details, details from his on line service record and research listed here from other on line sources. Original letter forwarding the 1914/15 Star.

Thomas Winter was born in Medomsley, Co Durham in 1891, the son of John Thomas and Ruth Winter of 65 West Chilton, Ferry Hill, Co Durham. A 23 year 9 month old Coal Miner at Roddymoor Colliery, he attested for the 7th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment at Ferry Hill 10th November 1914. Serving in France from 13th July 1915, the Battalion was in support of the attack on  Fricourt, Somme sector taking over the British front line shortly after Zero. Attacking at 1433, they could not reach their objective in the face of heavy Machine Gun fire, ‘B’ Company was unable to get out of its trench, relieved the following day having suffered 123 casualties. Killed in action 7th July 1916 aged 25 years during a bombing attack on Quadrangle Alley and Quadrangle support, Somme sector failed, the Battalion suffering 145 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

A photo of Private Winter appears on the North East War Memorials Project Web Site.

NEF £165 Available


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Harry Humphrey, 11th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers a former Colliery Labourer above ground, born in Quay Corner, Jarrow on Tyne in 1896. Serving in France from 25th August 1915, he was killed in action in the attack on Bailiff Wood, Somme sector 7th July 1916. aged 19 years. His Battalion came under heavy Machine Gun fire from Contalmaison during the attack, suffering 264 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

15563 Pte H Humphrey North’d Fus

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and research listed here from on line sources.

Harry Humphrey was born in Quay Corner, Jarrow on Tyne in 1896, the son of Edmund Eckford Humphrey a Raftman for a Timber Merchant and his wife Sarah. The 1911 census records Harry is a 14 year old Colliery Labourer above ground residing at 91 Brussels Street, Gateshead with his widowed father and two sisters. Enlisting at North Shields he served in France with the 11th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers from 25th August 1915. Killed in action 7th July 1916 aged 19 years during his Battalion’s attack on Bailiff Wood, Somme sector in which it suffered 264 casualties mainly from German Machine Gun fire from the direction of Contalmaison. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

EF £165 Available


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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Arthur Henry Twort, 6th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment a former Cement Manufacturing Works Cooper born in Eccles, Kent. Enlisting in Marylebone, London initially for the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry he transferred to the Wiltshire Regiment and served in France from 19th July 1915. Killed in action 2nd July 1916 aged 25 years during his Battalion’s assault on La Boisselle, Somme sector. Assaulting the western end of the village they cleared it and consolidated by 2100 that evening at a cost of 316 casualties.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

17817 Pte A H Twort Wilts R

With details here extracted from on line documents, copy Newspaper article with photo depicted here, copy birth certificate, original silk ribbons to BWM and Vict.

Arthur Henry Twort was born in Eccles, Kent 2nd August 1890, the 1911 census records he is a 20 year old Cooper employed at the Cement Manufacturing Works, residing with his father Walter Rolls Twort a Foreman Cooper at the same Works, his mother Eleanor Elizabeth, 2 brothers and 1 sister at Little Culland Cottage, Great Rowlands, Burnham, Kent. Attesting for the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (Private number 15366) at Marylebone, London he transferred to the Wiltshire Regiment and served with the 6th Battalion in France from 19th July 1915.

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From : The Kent Messenger 12th August 1916 page 5

On 1st July 1916, the first day of the Somme offensive the 6th Battalion moved forward from Albert and on 2nd July took part in the operations around La Boisselle, assaulting the western end of the village and clearing it by 2100 that evening having sustained 312 casualties. Killed in action during this assault aged 25 years Arthur Henry Twort is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

NEF £250 Available


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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Joseph Bradley, 14th (Pioneer) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Born in Bishop Auckland, Co Durham he was employed as an underground Coal Miner and Pony Putter  before enlisting. Serving in France from 9th September 1915, the 14th Battalion had assisted 63rd and 64th Brigades during the attack on Fricourt, Somme sector 1st July 1916. Killed in action whilst wiring 21st Division front lines at Gueudecourt, Somme sector 29th September 1916 aged 24 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

18746 Pte J Bradley North’d Fus

With details here extracted from on line documents, original silk ribbons.

Joseph Bradley was born in Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, the 1911 census records he is a 19 year old Underground Coal Miner and Puny Putter (Driver of a Pony drawing a Mine Waggon) residing at 11 Bridge Street, Bishop Auckland with his widowed father George also an Underground Coal Miner and Waggon man and two younger brothers. Enlisting at Bishop Auckland he served with the 14th (Pioneer) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers in France from 9th September 1915.

The 14th Battalion were the Pioneer Battalion of 21st Division and on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Somme offensive had assisted 63rd and 64th Brigades in their attack on Fricourt. Killed in action 29th September 1916 aged 24 years whilst wiring 21st Division’s front line at Gueudecourt. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

GVF & better £175 Available