First World War Medals to Casualties


British War and Victory Medals to Private John Philip Leadbeater, (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) Middlesex Regiment born in Hammersmith, Middlesex in 1897. Enlisting in Fulham, he served with the 16th (Public Schools) Battalion in France after January 1916. In support of 86th Brigades unsuccessful attack on Beaumont Hamel 1st July 1916, in which they suffered 524 casualties. Killed in action in forward positions near Flers (Switch Line) Somme Sector 22nd October 1916 aged 19 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

British War and Victory Medals

L-16363 Pte  J P Leadbeater Midd’x R

 With copy Medal Index Card and CWGC Details.

John Philip Leadbeater, born, Hammersmith, Middlesex in 1897 he was the son of Mrs Lilliam Harrington of 191a Stephendale Road, Fulham London. Enlisting at Fulham, Middlesex he served with the 16th (Public Schools) Battalion in France after January 1916. The 16th Battalion suffered 524 casualties in the unsuccessful attack on Beaumont Hamel 1st July 1916. Killed in Action in forward positions near Flers (Switch Line) Somme sector  22nd October 1916 aged 19 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial..

GVF & better £85 SOLD


British War & Victory Medals named to Private Arthur Stevens, Notthinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment late Lincolnshire Regiment from Lincoln. Serving in France after January 1916 he was killed in action Somme sector 17th October 1916 in the front line at Thiepval (River section) whilst serving with the 17th Battalion (Welbeck Rangers).  The 17th Battalion had previously taken part in a successful attack on the German front line near Beaumont Hamel on 3rd September in which they sustained 454 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

British War & Victory Medals

4745 Pte A Stevens Linc R

Arthur Stevens was born and enlisted in Lincoln. Attesting for the Lincolnshire Regiment, he served in France after January 1916 and was killed in action Somme Sector serving with the 17th Battalion Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment 17th October 1916 in the front line at Thiepval (River section) whilst serving with the 17th Battalion (Welbeck Rangers).  The 17th Battalion had previously taken part in a successful attack on the German front line near Beaumont Hamel on 3rd September in which they sustained 454 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, next of kin recorded as his wife Florence.

Original Silk Ribbons and one original box lid

GVF & better £85 Available


 

British War & Victory Medals named to Arnold Leslie Hasler, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Born in Newport, Monmouthshire in 1894, a former Ticket Writer residing in Birmingham on the outbreak of war, he attested in Birmingham and served with the 1/6th (Territorial) Battalion in France after January 1916. The 1/6th Battalion suffered heavy casualties during their unsuccessful attack on the Quadrilateral 1st July 1916 and later took part in a successful attack on Leipzig Redoubt capturing 250 prisoners. Killed in Action whilst manning the fron line (Skyline Trench) Somme sector 24th August 1916 aged 22 years, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

British War and Victory Medals

20720 Pte A L Hasler R War R

Memorial Scroll

Private Arnold Leslie Hasler Royal Warwickshire Regiment

 With original silk ribbons, named boxes of issue, Commemorative Scroll and Medal award letter.

Arnold Leslie Hasler, born Newport, Monmouthshire in 1894. Son of Frederick William Hasler, a Widower, of 198 Mary Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham. The 1911 Census records he is 16 years old and employed as a Ticket Writer. He enlisted with the 1/6th (Territorial) Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment at Birmingham and served in France after January 1916. Killed in Action Somme sector whilst manning the front line (Skyline Trench) on 24th August 1916 aged 22 years. The 1/6th Battalion had previously suffered heavy casualties during their unsuccessful attack on the Quadrilateral 1st July 1916 and later took part in a successful attack on Leipzig Redoubt capturing 250 prisoners.Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Virtually as issued

 EF £120 SOLD


 

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Private Ernest John Haskins, Leicestershire Regiment, a former Tile Maker and Iron Turner born in Bournemouth in 1894. Enlisting in Nottingham 5th September 1914, he served in France from 29th July 1915 with the 8th Battalion. Killed In Action in Somme sector 15th July 1916 aged 22 years. Assembling at the northern edge of Mametz Wood for the attack on Bazentin-Le-Petit during the night of 13th July, Villa trench taken the next day and counter attacks repulsed, relieved on 17th July 1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, his younger brother a Gunner, Royal Field Artillery died of wounds received on the Somme 17th November 1916.

 1914/15 Star

14390 Pte E J Hoskins Leic R

British War and Victory Medals

14390 Pte E J Haskins Leic R

This soldier has two Medal Index Cards, with spellings for both surnames.

Ernest John Haskins was born in 1894, Bournemouth, Hampshire. Son of Frederick and Martha Sarah Haskins of 10 Palmeston Row, West Street, Poole, Dorset. The 1911 Census records Ernest Haskins aged 16 years and working as a Tile Maker in a Pottery Works. Prior to his enlistment at Nottingham, his service documents record him working as an Iron Turner. Attesting for the Leicestershire Regiment on 5th September 1914, he joined the 8th (Service) Battalion 24th September 1914. Serving in in France from 29th July 1915 he was Killed in Action on the Somme on 15th July 1916 aged 21 years and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Ernest Haskins was one of seven brothers, his younger brother, Clifford Herbert Haskins enlisted as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery and died as a result of his wounds received in battle on the Somme on 17th November 1916. He is buried at Bazentin-Le-Petit Military Cemetary, France.

The 8th Battalion Leicester Regiment took over support trenches at Fricourt, Somme sector on the night of 10th July 1916 and assembled on the northern edge of Mametz Wood during the night of 13th July for the attack on Bazentin-Le-Petit. “D” company advanced with 6th and 7th Battalions Leicestershire Regiment at 0325 hours and took Villa Trench, the War Diary records not a single officer left and the assault led by NCO’s. The rest of 8th Battalion went forward at 0425 hours reaching northern end of Bazentin-Le-Petit Wood. Commanding Officer Lt Colonel J G Mignon killed during enemy counter attack up Aston and Villa Trenches. Relieved and to Ribemont on 17th July having suffered 426 casualties.

GVF Condition £175 Available


 

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Private William Harold Marchant, Royal Fusiliers a former Glass Bender born in Depford, Kent in 1894. Residing at Forest Gate, East London, he attested in London and served with the 2nd Battalion in Gallipoli from 25th April 1915, the Battalion landing at “X” beach, Helles. Immediately moving forward to attack Hill 114, they captured the position at the point of the bayonet beating off two counter attacks. Constantly in action during April and May, during the First and Second battles of Krithia, the Battalion took part in the Third Battle of Krithia commencing 4th June 1915. Capturing their objective at a cost of 2 officers missing, one wounded, 20 other ranks killed, 52 wounded and 49 missing (most of these being killed) they were relieved on 7th June. Killed in action 6th June 1915 aged 21 years he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

1914/15 Star

14599 Pte W Marchant R Fus

British War and Victory Medals

L.14599 Pte W H Marchant R Fus

With research details extracted from on line sources.

Original silk ribbons on Trio and each one mounted for wear as originally worn by next of kin.

William Harold Marchant was born in Depford, Kent 17th October 1894, the 1911 census records he is a 16 year old Glass Bender residing with his father William a Postman, mother Jane, two brothers and two sisters at 109 South Esk Road, Forest Gate, East London. Enlisting in London, he served with the 2nd Battalion in Gallipoli from 25th April 1915, the day the Battalion landed on “W” Beach, Helles. Moving forward following their landing to attack Hill 114 and the enemy trench to the left, the Battalion was met with heavy fore and suffered heavy casualties, by 1100 their objectives were taken at the point of the bayonet. Moving forward to the enemy’s second line of trenches they met strong opposition and were forced to retire.

During the night of 25th April the Turks counter attacked and beaten off. At 1400 on 26th April a counter attack estimated at 1,500 Turks was also beaten off and a third with reinforcements of about 1,000 was beaten off. By 27th April the 2nd Battalion were reduced to half strength and were withdrawn to Reserve 29th. On 1st May the 2nd Battalion were back in the line and assisted to hold off a Turkish counter attack of 18,000 enemy, 200 prisoners being taken by the Battalion and an estimated 2,000 enemy killed. Taking part in the second battle of Krithia, the attack of 22nd May, the Chaplain of 86th Brigade in his book With the Twenty Ninth Division in Gallipoli records “The leading company went forward at 0830, the men, (he heard) seemed to feel it was a counsel of despair and the officers knew they could expect no support, with three officers hit, the men rushed forward magnificently, almost officerless. There was a perfect hail of bullets, and then the Turks started throwing hand grenades, which did most of the damage, making ghastly wounds”.

Taking part in the Third battle of Krithia which commenced on 4th June 1915, “W” company attacked and cleared the enemy redoubt by noon, by the time the Battalion was relieved on 7th June they were down to 2 officers and 278 other ranks. William Harold Marchant was killed in action on 6th June 1915 aged 21 years he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

First time on the market

NEF £225 Available


 

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1902, 1914 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Private Ernest Robert Jones, Devonshire Regiment. Born in Hackney, Middlesex in 1882, he served with the 2nd Battalion in South Africa and transferred to the 1st Battalion on return to England. By the outbreak of the First World War he was an Army Reservist, employed as a Porter with the General Post Office and residing in Hammersmith. Mobilised, he joined the Depot at Exeter and the 1st Battalion in France 27th August 1914. Killed in action 9th May 1917 in the defence of Fresnoy, Arras sector, captured by German forces on this day. Aged 35 years he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

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

6526 Pte E Jones Devon Regt

1914 Star

6526 Pte E R Jones 1/Devon R

British War and Victory Medals

6526 Pte E R Jones Devon R

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details, QSA roll verification.

Original silk ribbons on Trio.

Ernest Ronert Jones was born in Hackney, Middlesex in 1882, he enlisted at London for the Devonshire Regiment and served in South Africa in 1902 with the 2nd Battalion, his QSA and four clasps verified correct TNA WO100/174 page 239 dated Bordon 11th December 1903, the roll records he transferred to the 1st Battalion. On 20th April 1913 he married Florence Buck in Hammersmith, London an Army Reservist at the time he stated his occupation as General Post Office Porter. Mobilised on the outbreak of war, he served with the 1st Battalion in France from 27th August 1914.

On 21st August 1914 the 1st Devons left Jersey, where they had been stationed since 1911, and landed at Le Havre, where they were reinforced by nearly 500 reservists from Exeter. In September, during their first spell in the line, they suffered 100 casualties from shelling.  In October on the La Bassee Canal they supported the badly mauled 1st Dorsets and helped capture Givenchy Ridge.  The Devons performed well during a bitter three-week battle but lost two thirds of their officers and a third of their men.  From November they occupied Messines Ridge in rain and sleet, often knee- or waist-deep in mud and icy water.

Jones is recorded as admitted to 14 Field Ambulance on 4th April 1915 with Influenza and discharged to recover at the Division Rest camp, Bailleul. On 21st April 1915 they occupied Hill 60, which had been captured on 17th April.  Counter-attacks and heavy shelling cost them more than 200 casualties. On 31st July 1915 they moved to the Somme.  When the offensive began on 1st July 1916 the Devons were at Arras but returned to the Somme, to consolidate the line around Longueval.  Shellfire and German counter-attacks cost them 265 casualties.  In September they made two very successful advances near Guillemont at a cost of 376 casualties. In the Battle of Arras, in April and May 1917, their losses in four attacks nearly wiped out the Battalion. Killed in action 9th May 1917 in the defence of Fresnoy which fell to German forces that day. Aged 35 years he was the son of Herberat and Elizabeth Jones, husband of Florence Jones of 6 Bengeworth Road, camberwell, London and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

EF £425 Available


 

Bronze Memorial Plaque to Private Oliver Ebdon, Welsh Regiment born in Thorncombe, Dorset in 1884. Serving in France from 13th August 1914 with the 2nd Battalion, he died of wounds received in action during the battle of the Aisne 26th September 1914 at No 4 General Hospital aged 30 years. The 2nd Battalion saw heavy fighting during 14th to 20th September 1914, taking part in the attack towards Chemin des Dames, they dug in on Beaulne Ridge and held their positions against German counter attacks until relieved on 20th September. He now rests in the Les Gonards Cemetery, Versailles, France.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Oliver Ebdon

With details extracted from on line sources.

Oliver (Francis Arthur) Ebdon, served as Oliver Ebdon was born in Thorncombe, Dorset in 1884. Residing in Blackwood, Monmouthshire, he attested for the Welsh Regiment (Regimental number 8211) at Newport, Monmouthshire and served in France with the 2nd Battalion from 13th August 1914. On 13th September 1914 the 2nd Battalion crossed the Aisne de Bourg and took part in the attack towards the Chemin des Dames the following day. Heavy casualties were sustained whilst advancing across the Chivy Valley and dug in on the Beaulne Ridge. Holding their positions against a German counter attack 15th September, the Battalion withdrew on 20th after being relieved. Private William Fuller of the 2nd Battalion awarded the Victoria Cross for carrying a wounded officer to safety under a tremendous fire during this action.

Private Ebdon died of wounds received in action 26th September 1914 aged 30 years at No 4 General Hospital. The husband of Mrs Rose Simmons (formerly Ebdon) of 1 Homeland Place, Thorncomb Road, Blackwood, Monmouthshire, he now rests in an identified grave in the Les Gonards Cemetery, Versailles, France.

The Plauque virtually as issued.

First time on the market.

EF £95 Available


 

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Corporal George Reed, Yorkshire Regiment, a Blacksmith’s Labourer born in Glass Houghton, Yorkshire in 1881. Serving in Gallipoli from 28th September 1915, the Battalion served in Egypt from 17th February 1916 and arrived in France 1st July 1916. Arriving on the Somme 3rd September 1916 as part of 32nd Brigade, 11th (Northern) Division. Killed in Action 13th September 1916 aged 35 years during the attack and capture of Turk Street and Wonder Work, Thiepval area, Somme sector. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star

16051 Pte S Reed York R

British War & Victory Medals

16051 Cpl G Reed York R 

Bronze Memorial Plaque

George Reed

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

George Reed was born in Glass Houghton, Yorkshire in 1881, the son of George and Elizabeth Reed of 9 Front Street, Glass Houghton, Yorkshire. The 1901 Census records George Reed aged 20 years and working as a Blacksmith’s Labourer, enlisting at Pontefract for the Yorkshire Regiment he served with the 6th Battalion in Gallipoli from 28th September 1915. The Battalion arrived in Egypt 17th February 1916 and landed in France on 1st July 1916 arriving on the Somme as part of 32nd Brigade, 11th (Northern) Division. Killed in action 13th September 1916 in the attack and capture of Turk Street and Wonder Work, Thiepval area, Somme sector aged 35 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Small hole drilled in Plaque at 12 o’clock

GVF £275 Available


 

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Officer’s Steward 2nd Class William John Loker, Royal Navy a former College Servant born in Cambridge in 1893. Entering the Royal Navy as Boy Servant 25th January 1910, he joined HMS Goliath as Officer’s Servant 2nd Class 25th April 1913. During the early months of the war, Goliath was engaged on the East African coast blockading the German Light Cruiser Konigsberg. Arriving in the Dardanelles in March 1915, she took part in the landings on 25th April 1915. Lost on 13th May 1915  when Goliath was sunk in Morto Bay off Cape Helles by three torpedoes from the Turkish Destroyer Muavenet-i-Milliye, 570 officers and ratings were lost from her 750 crew. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

L.1627 W J Loker OS2 RN

Bronze Memorial Plaque

William John Loker

With copy service record and other research listed here, flattened named medal card boxes of issue.

William John Loker was born in Cambridge 1st March 1893, a College Servant, he entered the Royal Navy as a Boy Servant at Pembroke II 25th January 1910. Rated Officer’s Steward 3rd Class 1st March 1911, he subsequently joined HMS Shearwater 9th June 1911, where he was advanced to Officer’s Steward 2nd Class 20th July 1911, Pembroke I 24th November 1912, HMS Albion 16th January 1913, HMS Goliath 25th April 1913. During the early months of the war, Goliath was engaged on the East African coast blockading the German Light Cruiser Konigsberg. Arriving in the Dardanelles in March 1915, she took part in the landings on 25th April 1915. On 13th May 1915 Goliath was sunk in Morto Bay off Cape Helles by three torpedoes from the Turkish Destroyer Muavenet-i-Milliye, 570 officers and ratings were lost from her 750 crew. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, he was the son of Mr W and Mrs Eliza Loker of 2 Great Eastern Street, Mill Road, Cambridge.

The Medals virtually as issued.

First time on the market.

EF £375 Available


 

Bronze Memorial Plaque to Lieutenant William Stanley Allen, 1/7th Battalion Liverpool Regiment a former Insurance Broker born in Rock Ferry, Cheshire in 1893. A graduate of Liverpool University, he was first commissioned into the 1/7th Battalion in November 1911, but soon after went to Canada. Returning to re-join his old Regiment and Battalion, he served in France from 7th March 1915 and was killed in action 15th May 1915 during the successful attack on Festubert in which they suffered 13 officers and 301 other ranks killed and wounded.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

William Stanley Allen

With details extracted from on line records.

William Stanley Allen was born in Rock Ferry, Cheshire in 1893, the 1911 census records he is an 18 year old Insurance Clerk residing at 98 Bidston Road, Oxton, Birkenhead with his family. A graduate of Liverpool University he was an Insurance Broker. First commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 1/7th Battalion Liverpool Regiment TF 2nd November 1911 (London Gazette 1st December 1911 page 9074), he went to Canada before the outbreak of war and returned to re-join his old Battalion and Regiment. Killed in action during the attack on Festubert 17th May 1915, The Gloucester Citizen dated 9th June 1915 page 3 records –

“William Stanley Allan, the eldest son of Mr James Allan, Sub Manager of the London and Lancashire Fire Insurance Company. After leaving Liverpool University he served in the Head Office of the Liverpool, London and Globe Insurance Company, but subsequently went to Canada, returning to join his old Regiment. He was killed in action on 15th May in a night attack at Festubert”.

The Regimental Historian Everard Wyrall records –

“On 15th May 1915 the 1/7th Battalion were on the right of the attack (on Festubert). They rushed through torn wire and entered battered trenches between “R1” and “R2″. The King’s men dashed into the battered (German) trenches, bayoneting and shooting down all those who refused to surrender or showed fight. The Battalion later pushed on the the German second line.”

Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France.

GVF £175 Available


 

Brothers, two of the thirteen children of Alfred George and Ada Jane Aslett

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Private Frederick James Aslett, East Kent Regiment a Shop Assistant born in Clapham, London in 1891. Enlisting 12th September 1914, he served in France with the 8th Battalion from 31st August 1915. Mortally wounded at the battle of Loos 26th September 1915, he died of gunshot wounds in No 5 Stationary Hospital, Abbeville 30th September 1915 aged 24 years.

British War and Victory Medals to Private Walter George Aslett, 1/17th (Poplar and Stepney) Battalion London Regiment born in Wandsworth in 1899. Probably a conscript on reaching the age of 18 years he served in France from 14th August 1918 and post Armistice remained with the Army of occupation until March 1920. Returning to Wandsworth on demobilisation, he later lived in Wimbledon and died in 1966.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

G-1419 Pte F J Aslett E Kent R

British War and Victory Medals

576610 Pte W G Aslett 17-Lond R

With details extracted from on line records.

Frederick James Aslett was born in Clapham in 1891, the 1911 census records he is a Packer for a Farm Produce Manufacturer residing with his father Alfred George Aslett and mother Ada Jane and twelve brothers and sisters at 37 Rostella Road, Tooting. A Shop Assistant residing in Tooting on the outbreak of war, he attested for the East Kent Regiment at Wandsworth 12th September 1914 and joined the 8th Battalion 12th September 1914. Serving in France from 31st August 1915, he was mortally wounded at Loos 26th September 1915, gunshot wounds and died in No 5 Stationary Hospital, Abbeville on 30th September 1915 aged 24 years. He now rests in the Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France.

Walter George Aslett was born in Wandsworth 3rd October 1899, the 1911 census records he is a Scholar residing with his father Alfred George Aslett and mother Ada Jane and twelve brothers and sisters at 37 Rostella Road, Tooting. Probably a conscript, he served in France with the 1/17th (Poplar and Stepney) Battalion London Regiment from 14th August 1918 and later with the Army of Occupation in Geramany until 19th March 1920. The 1939 Register records he is residing with his wife Winifred at 31 South Road Wimbledon and employed as a Boot and Shoe ship assistant, he died in Wandsworth in 1966.

First time on the market, original silk ribbons, the War and Victory ribbons reversed, as purchased.

NEF £225 Available


 

Bronze Memorial Plaque to Private Joseph Alphonsus O’Sullivan, 1st Irish Horse born in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland in 1891. Enlisting in Dublin, he was killed in action France 22nd June 1917 aged 26 years he now rests in the Loos British Cemetery, France.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Joseph A O’Sullivan

With casualty details.

Joseph Alphonsus O’Sullivan was born in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland in 1891, enlisting in Dublin for the 1st South Irish Horse, Regimental number 445, he served in France and was killed in action 22nd June 1917 aged 26 years, he now rests in an identified grave in the Loos British Cemetery. The son of William and Nora McSweeney O’Sullivan, he resided at Friendly Cove, Durrus before enlisting, his effects were left to his brother William a Farmer and totalled £250 13 shillings and 1 penny, administration granted 30th November 1925.

A rare Memorial Plaque to the South Irish Horse.

NEF £145 Available


 

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Private Herbert Edwards, Rifle Brigade a former Electrician’s Boy born in West Ham, Essex in 1894. Serving in France from 30th July 1915, he was killed in action 14th November 1916 in the attack on Beaucourt Trench, battle of the Ancre, Somme sector aged 22 years whilst serving with the 13th Battalion. The 13th Battalion Rifle Brigade was attached to 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, and attacked with 1/1st Honourable Artillery Company and 13th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, the attack was successful and all objectives were taken. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

S-3709 Pte H Edwards Rif Brig

With details extracted from on line records.

Herbert Edwards was born in West Ham, Essex in 1894, the son of William and Mary Edwards, the 1911 census records Herbert (Bertie) is a 17 year old Electrician’s Boy residing at 119 Harold Road, Upton Park, London with his parents, four brothers and three sisters. Residing at Plaistow, Essex on enlistment, he enlisted at St Paul’s Churchyard, Middlesex. Serving in France from 30th July 1915 with 13th Battalion Rifle Brigade, this Battalion arrived on the Somme 3rd July 1916. Taking part in the attack towards Ovillers on 7th July, the German third line was reached with over 200 prisoners taken, the attack was a costly one, the Battalion suffering 400 killed and wounded. On 13th November the Battalion moved south of Englebelmer and attached 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, moving through Hamel to its assembly positions. Took part in the attack on Beaucourt Trench from Railway Alley 14th November to a point 400 yards north west with 1/1st Honourable Artillery Company on the right and 13th Battalion Royal Fusiliers on the left, all objectives taken. Killed in action during the attack on Beaucourt Trench aged 22 years and commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

GVF £185 Available


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Fred Powell, The King’s Liverpool Regiment born in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1890. Enlisting at Liverpool, he served with the 8th (Liverpool Irish) Battalion TF in France from 2nd May 1915. Arriving on the Somme 21st July 1916, the Battalion occupied trenches at Trones Wood before their unsuccessful attack towards Guillemont on 8th August, which cost the Battalion 570 casualties. Taking part in the attack on Hop and Ale Alley east of Delville Wood 9th September they held their gains until relieved three days later. Killed in action 27th September 1916 aged 26 years during the attack on the Gird Lines, the objective being the Ligny-Thilloy Road. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

2157 Pte F Powell L’pool R

With research extracted from on line sources, copy newspaper (unidentified) death notification with poor quality head and shoulders photo in uniform.

Fred Powell was born in Leeds, Yotkshire in 1890, the 1901 census records he is 11 years old residing with his father George a Painter and mother Matilda Elizabeth at 35 Darfield Street, Patter Newtown, Leeds. Residing at Blundell Sands when he enlisted at Liverpool, he served with the 1/8th (London Irish) Battalion in France from 2nd May 1915. The 1/8th Battalion fought at Ypres in 1915 and arrived on the Somme 21st July 1916.  the Battalion occupied trenches at Trones Wood before their unsuccessful attack towards Guillemont on 8th August, which cost the Battalion 570 casualties. Taking part in the attack on Hop and Ale Alley east of Delville Wood 9th September they held their gains until relieved three days later. Killed in action 27th September 1916 aged 26 years during the attack on the Gird Lines, the objective being the Ligny-Thilloy Road. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

The Newspaper notification records “Private Fred Powell aged 28 (sic) son of Mr and Mrs Powell of 35 Darfield Street, Ashley Road, Leeds was killed in action on September 27th (1916)”.

NEF £175 SOLD


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Lance Corporal John Vickers, Cheshire Regiment a Laundry Van Man born in Glossop in 1883. Enlisting at Glossop, he served with the 1st Battalion in France from 7th July 1915. Killed in action 5th September 1916 aged 33 years during his Battalion’s successful assault and capture of Falfemont Farm, Somme sector. During the assault which commenced on 4th September 1916, “D” company attacking the left of the objective were forced to retire owing to heavy machine gun fire, “A” company attacked in the afternoon capturing and consolidating the objective. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and the Glossop War Memorial in Norfolk Square, Glossop.

1914/15 Star

12433 L Cpl J Vickers Chesh R

British War and Victory Medals

12433 Pte J Vickers Chesh R

With research extracted from on line sources.

John Vickers was born in Glossop, Derbyshire in 1883, the 1911 census records he is a Laundry Van Man residing with his wife Alice Ann a Cotton Weaverand son William at 206 High Street West, Glossop. Enlisting at Glossop he served with first the 1/7th Battalion and later the 1st Battalion in France from 7th July 1915. The 1st Battalion arrived on the Somme 14th July 1916 and moved into positions around High Wood 19th July. Taking part in the attack on Longueval 27th July, the Battalion met strong opposition and was forced to retire. Arriving in the support line at Delville Wood 31st July, they arrived at Angle Wood 3rd September and were in action in the attack on Falfemont Farm. During the assault which commenced on 4th September 1916, “D” company attacking the left of the objective were forced to retire owing to heavy machine gun fire, “A” company attacked in the afternoon capturing and consolidating the objective. The Battalion withdrew on 5th September to Citadel Camp having suffered 460 casualties, John Vickers is recorded as killed in action 5th September 1916 aged 33 years, he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and the Glossop War Memorial, Norfolk Square, Glossop.

The Sheffield Daily Telegraph 30th September 1916 page 8 records –

“Pte John Vickers, Cheshires of Charles Street Glossop has been killed in action, he was 33 years of age. Formerly employed by the Norfolk Laundry, Glossop, he leaves a widow and two young children”.

The son of Michael and Sarah Ann Vickers, husband of Ann Vickers of 3 Charles Street, Glossop.

NEF £185 SOLD


 

914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Corporal James Markie, Royal Fusiliers a Wine and Spirit Merchant’s Warehouseman born in Glasgow in 1886. Residing in Chorlton Cum Hardy, near Manchester when War broke out he enlisted in Manchester and served with the 22nd (Kensington) Battalion Royal Fusiliers in France from 17th November 1915. Killed in action Bernafay Wood, Somme sector 26th July 1916 aged 30 years, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star

517 Pte J Markie R Fus

British War & Victory Medals

K-517 Cpl J Markie R Fus  

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and details extracted from on line records.

James Markie was born in Glasgow in 1886, the 1911 census records he is a 25 year old Wine and Spirit Merchant Warehouseman residing with his father James a Tailor’s Cutter, mother Elizabeth, three sisters and one brother at 202 Oswald Road, Cholton Cum Candy, near Manchester. Enlisting at Manchester he served with the 22nd (Kensington) Battalion in France from 17th November 1916. Killed in action near Bernafay Wood, Somme sector 26th July 1916 aged 30 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

EF £175 Available


 

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


 

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 SOLD


 

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.

EF £165 Available

 


 

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 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


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