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Military Medal GV to Lance Corporal George Messer, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards from Brecon. A founding member of the last of the Guards Regiments to be formed by order of HM King George V on 26th February 1915 (Regimental number 252). The 1st Battalion landed in France 17th August 1915 and saw their first action at Loos in September 1915. Messer was wounded in action probably when his Battalion were manning front line positions at Potijze, Ypres sector in May 1916, his wounding reported in The Western Daily Press 15th August 1916 page 3. Returning to the 1st Battalion in France on recovery, he was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry during the advance and capture of St Ledger 23rd to 25th August 1918. Discharged to the Army Reserve 21st January 1919. In May 1936 he applied for a War Pension.

Military Medal GV

252 Pte – L Cpl G Messer 1/W Gds

Withcopy Medal Index Card, copy Medal rolls, copies from Regimental History for MM action, Messer mentioned.

George Messer was from Brecon, a founding member of the newly formed Welsh Guards, the last of the Guards Regiments formed by the command of HM King George V on 26th February 1915, Private Messer allocated the Regimental number 252. He served in France from 17th August 1915, the day the 1st Battalion arrived in France and they were soon in action at Loos in September 1915. Recorded as wounded in The Western Daily Press dated 15th August 1916 page 3, he was almost certainly wounded near Potijze, Ypres sector in May 1916, before the Battalion arrived on the Somme. The paper records his next of kin residing in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Recovering, he re-joined the 1st Battalion in France and was awarded the Military Medal London Gazette 24th January 1919 page 1214, the Regimental history records this is for the advance ad capture of St Ledger 23rd to 25th August 1918, in which the 1st Battalion captured 86 prisoners, one Field Gun and seven Heavy Machine Guns at a cost of 144 killed and wounded. All the men are noted as doing well, 1215 Cpl Drake was killed trying to rush a Machine Gun by himself, 2333 Pte Llewellyn Edwards who, having dropped his rifle while scrambling over some wire, engaged in fisticuffs with the enemy…..252 L/Cpl Messer….were a few of the names that were noted for good work.

Discharged to the Army Reserve  21st January 1919, some documentation has survived between the Guards Records Office, Chelsea Hospital and the Ministry of Pensions, in what appears to be an application for a War Pension dated 20th May 1936, the outcome of the application is not recorded.

Polishing and contact wear, particularly over “Gds” but a scarce gallantry medal to a founding member of the Regiment.

Good Fine £595 Available


Gallantry and Distinguished Service

Distinguished Conduct Medal Victoria, Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol, Turkish Crimea Medal Sardinian issue to Private Michael Burke 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers). Enlisting at the Regimental HQ, Kinsale, Ireland 13th January 1849. Serving with his Regiment in the Crimea, he was awarded the DCM for gallantry at the battle of Inkermann 5th November 1854, recommendation dated 21st January 1855. An in patient at Scutari hospital, he was evacuated to England 15th May 1855, he recovered and went on to serve with his Regiment in India post Indian Mutiny and died of sickness near Cawnpore 31st August 1864. In November 1870 the Regiment boarded the troopship HMS Jumna in Bombay, and commenced the passage home. Nine officers, and 407 non-commissioned officers and men, died in India, mainly from cholera, during the 13 years the Regiment were stationed there.

Distinguished Conduct Medal Victoria

*ichl Burke 88th Regt

Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol

Pte Michl Burke 88th Ft

Turkish Crimea Medal Sardinian issue

2560 Michl Burke 88th Regt

With copies from the Regimental Muster Book for enlistment, return to England and death and other research listed here.

DCM correct impressed naming style, Crimea Medal engraved naming in Regimental style, Turkish Crimea Medal Regimental impressed naming. “M” on DCM obscured by contact wear.

Provenance: ex Lt Colonel Henry Francis Newdigate Jourdain, CMG collection, recorded as his first gallantry group to the Regiment when his Medal group was sold (Spink 3rd February 2015).

Michael Burke attested for the 88th Foot (Connaught Rangers) at the Regimental HQ, Kinsale, Ireland 13th January 1849. An in patient at Scutari hospital, he was evacuated to England 15th May 1855, he recovered and went on to serve with his Regiment in India and died of sickness near Cawnpore 31st August 1864.

The Regiment served inNova Scotia in 1850 before returning home in 1851. Deployed for the Crimean War and saw action at the Battle of Alma in September 1854, the Battle of Inkermann in November 1854 and the Siege of Sebastopol in winter 1854. Its service in the Crimean War was recognised by the presentation to the City of Galway of a pair of cannons which remain on public display.

Battle of Inkermann 5th November 1854

………The next Russian assault, also on the Second Division’s left, was in substantially greater numbers and led by General Soimonoff himself. As the Russians approached the ridge, troops of General Buller’s Brigade from the Light Division and a battery of guns came up. The 88th Regiment passed the crest, followed by the battery, but were driven back, three guns falling into Russian hands. General Buller then charged the Russian column with the 77th and 88th Regiments. The 47th Regiment attacked the Russians in flank and the column retreated, giving up the captured guns. General Soimonoff was killed in the struggle and General Buller wounded. A column of Russian sailors, attempting an approach from the Careenage Ravine was also attacked by Buller’s men and driven back. The remainder of Soimonoff’s first line advanced down the post road to the Barrier. They were bombarded by a British battery and finally driven back by the assembled British pickets and the remaining companies of the 49th Regiment. The initial Russian assaults had all failed. Soimonoff’s attack took up the first part of the battle. Some of his regiments were so severely handled, losing a high proportion of officers, that they took no further part in the war. While the struggle had been intense it could not compare with the severity of the fighting that began with the arrival of Pauloff’s force from across the Tchernaya River. The 88th Regiment suffered 2 officers and 102 men killed and wounded.

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for Inkermann, recommendation dated 21st January 1855. One of 16 such awards for the Crimea War.

Siege of Sebastopol April to September 1855

The 88th Regiment took part in the first attack on the Redan 18h June 1855 and the final attack on the Redan 8th September 1855 in which their Commanding Officer Lt Colonel G V Maxwell, CB was severely wounded along with one officer killed and seven wounded with 13 men killed and 133 men wounded and missing. Remaining throughout the siege of Sebastopol the 88th Regiment were present during the second, third, fouth, fifth and final bombardment of Sebastopol between April and September 1855 sustaining a furthe 133 killed and wounded.

After the Crimean War, the Regiment returned home in 1856 but was deployed to India in 1857 in response to the Indian Rebellion. Michael Burke remained in England, he does not appear on the Indian Mutiny Medal roll for the 88th Foot. In November 1870 the Regiment boarded the troopship HMS Jumna in Bombay, and commenced the passage home. Nine officers, and 407 non-commissioned officers and men, died in India, mainly from cholera, during the 13 years the Regiment were stationed there.

Contact wear and polishing therefore

VF £3,450 Available


Gallantry and Distinguished Service

British Empire Medal For Gallantry E2 Civil Division, 1939/45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence and War Medals to Mr Edward Alfred Quigley, Driver and Attendant, London Ambulance Service born in Camberwell, London in 1921. Awarded the BEM For Gallantry in 1969 when, responding to an emergency call, he lowered himself into a sewer filled with poisonous fumes to rescue two men. Giving one man oxygen he tied a rope around him and he was hauled to safety. The second unconscious man was also hauled to safety but was dead on arrival at hospital. Mr Quigley also started to loose consciousness and had to be pulled out by a rope he attached around himself. He retired to Bournemouth and died there in 1995. He is believed to have served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the Second World War.

British Empire Medal For Gallantry E2 (Civil Division)

Edward Alfred Quigley

1939/45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence and War Medal

Unnamed as issued

With copy London Gazette entry and headers, corresponding miniatures, letter from The Central Chancery dated 25th October 1993, addressed to “Mr Edward E Quigley, 121 Church Road, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9ET”, thanking him for his donation to the Order of the British Empire 75th Anniversary Appeal Fund.

Edward Alfred Quigley was born in Camberwell, London 13th July 1921, he died in Bournemouth, Dorset in 1995.

BEM For Gallantry (Civil Division) London Gazette 8th August 1969 page 8213

Edward Alfred Quigley, Ambulance Driver / Attendant, London Ambulance Service

Joint citation with Thomas Edward Peter Smith, Descaling Engineer, London SE5

“Mr Smith and two other men were engaged in clearing out the interceptor in a drain. It was decided to clear the blockage by using a chemical and about 4 gallons of the acid were poured into the drain. The three men then went to the manhole over the council sewer and one man went down to clear the blockage in the interceptor from behind. He started to push rods back up the sewer, came up to the surface for more rods and then collapsed down into the manhole apparently the result of fumes. Smith’s colleague immediately jumped into the manhole and managed to lift the man up so that Smith was able to get hold of his hands and lift him out of the manhole and lay him on the road.

The man in the manhole now collapsed. Smith, after calling for help took off his jacket and jumped into the manhole. A rope was passed down to Smith and he was told to tie it around the other man. Smith by now was seriously affected by the fumes and although he tied the rope it kept slipping. Smith was too affected to retie the rope but refused to leave his colleague and he eventually became unconscious himself. By this time Mr Quigley arrived following an emergency call to his (ambulance) depot. On being told two men were in the sewer, he looked down the manhole where he saw one man apparently unconscious and the other fighting for breath. Realising there was no time to wait for assistance, he took an oxygen mask and went into the manhole, where he could small what appeared to be acid fumes.

As Smith was the least affected of the two men, he placed the oxygen mask on him and then pulled the head of the other man clear of the sewer. He tied the rope which had been passed down to him around Smith, who was then pulled out of the manhole. The rope was again passed down and Quigley tied it around the other man who was again pulled out. He was found to be dead on arrival at hospital. By this time Quigley was almost unconscious and he too had to be pulled out”.

A rare gallantry award for saving life to the London Ambulance Service.

GVF £650 SOLD


Gallantry and Distinguished Service

Distinguished Conduct Medal EVII, Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 to Private Hugh McGilvray, Royal Irish Fusiliers a former Joiner born in Ross Mull, Argyll in 1875. Attesting at Glasgow 19th August 1896, he served with the 2nd Battalion in South Africa from 23rd October 1899 to 16th October 1902, transferring to the 1st Battalion 2nd September 1902, he was discharged to the Army Reserve 18th August 1903 and from the Reserve 5 years later. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his services in South Africa in October 1902 a total of 14 DCM’s being awarded to the Regiment’s 1st and 2nd Battalions.

Distinguished Conduct Medal EVII

5695 Pte H McGilvray 1st R Irish Fus

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal

5695 Pte H McGilvray R Irish Fus

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

5695 Pte H McGilvray RL Irish Fus

With details extracted from his on line service record.

Hugh McGilvray was born in Ross Mull, Argyll a 21 year old Joined he attested for the Royal Irish Fusiliers at Glasgow 19th August 1896 recording his next of kin as his father John McGilvray of Garston Farm, Faynault, Argyll. Posted to the 2nd Battalion, he served in South Africa from 23rd October 1899 to 16th October 1902 and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal London Gazette 31st October 1902 page 6905. Appointed Lance Corporal 7th February 1902, he transferred to the 1st Battalion 2nd September 1902 and to the Army Reserve 18th August 1903. He married in Oban 25th January 1906 and was discharged from the Army Reserve 18th August 1908.

A total of 14 Distinguished Conduct Medals awarded to the Regiment for the Boer War.

GVF £1,600 SOLD


Gallantry and Distinguished Service

Military Medal GVI, 1939/45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence and War Medals to War Substantive Corporal Douglas John Oakley born in Willesden, London 4th October 1909, in 1937 he was residing in Kennington, the 1939 Register records he is a Piano Salesman and Tuner residing at 2 Dunheved Close, Croydon with his wife Mabel Sarah a Music Saleswoman. He is recorded in the book Croydon in the Second World War on page 564 as Lance Sergeant and winning the MM. Serving with 90th Field Company, Royal Engineers, 10 Beach Group, 104 Beach Sub Area, Gold Beach, he landed on “D” Day 6th June 1944 just  East of Le Hamel at H plus 30 minutes (Gold Beach Jig Green West Side) . He was in charge of a mine clearance party and at the time he landed Le Hamel was strongly held by the enemy and the exit he had to clear was under small arms and mortar fire. Nevertheless Corporal Oakley coolly led his party to it and started and successfully completed his task. Subsequently by his personal example of cheerfulness and energy, he played a prominent part in the completion of beach exits and tracks. He died in Worthing, Sussex in 1985.

Military Medal GVI

2136656 Cpl D J Oakley RE

1939/45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence and War Medals

Unnamed as issued

With copy London Gazette entry and original recommendation.

Mounted as originally worn.

Douglas John Oakley was born in Willesden, London 4th October 1909, in 1937 he was residing in Kennington, the 1939 Register records he is a Piano Salesman and Tuner residing at 2 Dunheved Close, Croydon with his wife Mabel Sarah a Music Saleswoman. He is recorded in the book Croydon in the Second World War on page 564 as Lance Sergeant and winning the MM. Military Medal London Gazette 29th August 1944 page 4048 “In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Normandy”.

The official recommendation states –

2136656 WS Cpl Douglas John Oakley, 90th Field Company Royal Engineers, 10 Beach Group, 104 Beach Sub Area

“Corporal Oakley landed on the beaches East of Le Hamel at H plus 30 minutes (Gold Beach Jig Green West Side) on June 6th (1944). He was in charge of a mine clearance party. At the time he landed Le Hamel was strongly held by the enemy and the exit he had to clear was under small arms and mortar fire. Nevertheless Corporal Oakley coolly led his party to it and started and successfully completed his task. Subsequently by his personal example of cheerfulness and energy, he played a prominent part in the completion of beach exits and tracks.”

Douglas John Oakley died in Worthing, Sussex 29th January 1985.

Gold Beach 6th June 1944

The 50th Division (the leading division of XXX Corps, associated with Assault Force G) was to attack in the Gold area with two brigade groups. The 231st Brigade was to capture ‘Jig’ beach, the 69th Brigade’s objective was ‘King’ beach’.The coast in both is low-lying and sandy, offering no such natural obstacles as the bluffs of the rock-bound shore which stretches from Arromanches to Port en Bessin in the western half of Gold. Only low sand dunes fringe the shore of Jig and King but there are soft patches of clay in the tide-washed foreshore on which heavy vehicles would be liable to sink; and behind the lateral road which runs near the sea front much of the ground is soggy grassland, criss-crossed with dykes which must hinder movement. Jig beach could be covered by fire from strongly defended positions at le Hamel and Asnelles sur Mer and from a smaller strong-point near les Roquettes; King beach was protected by defences at la Rivière and by strong- points at Hable de Heurtot on the coast, and on higher ground near Mont Fleury and Ver sur Mer. The whole front between le Hamel and la Rivière was defended by beach obstacles and by a continuous belt of mines and barbed wire.

For the 231st Brigade, attacking on a two-battalion front with the 1st Hampshire on the right and the 1st Dorset on the left, it was obviously important to capture quickly the position at Le Hamel this was known to include on the west a number of fortified houses and entrenchments, well protected by barbed wire and mines and by an anti-tank ditch; on the east, commanding Jig beach, the defences consisted not only of more fortified buildings, including a large and conspicuous sanatorium, but also a number of concrete and steel pill-boxes and infantry positions, again protected by barbed wire and minefields. The position was held by about a company of infantry well supplied with mortars and machine guns and with two anti-tank guns and at least one field gun.

About seven hundred yards east of Le Hamel, where a by-road leads past les Roquettes to a customs building on the coast, there was a small well-wired post with several machine guns. Landing craft bearing the leading companies of the 1st Hampshire were carried by wind and tide some distance eastward of their intended landing place and touched down nearly opposite les Roquettes. DD tanks which were to have preceded them were still at sea, for on this front it was considered to be too rough to swim them ashore and they were being brought in by their landing craft which did not arrive till later. Misfortunes had overtaken the 1st Royal Marine Armoured Support Regiment. Of the ten tanks which were to have landed on Jig beach at H-hour, in order to join with the DD tanks in giving support to the attacking troops until the field artillery could be brought in, only five were landed and about a quarter of an hour late, and all but one of these were hit by shell-fire from Le Hamel soon after landing.

Thus the first troops to land on Jig beach had no tanks to support them and had little answer to the gun, mortar and machine-gun fire which swept the shore. It was obvious that the defence of Le Hamel, although it had been attacked shortly before by twelve Typhoons using 1,000-lb bombs, was unsubdued. Owing to the loss of two control vessels during the passage, Le Hamel had to be omitted from the field artillery’s shoot during the run-in; most of the Eighth Air Force bombs had fallen well inland and the Destroyers were unable to silence guns and other weapons sited to take the shore in enfilade and protected from seaward by massive earth-banked concrete walls. Interpretation of photographic reconnaissance here and elsewhere along the front had failed to reveal the fact that many of the guns near the shore were thus sited solely for enfilade fire on the beaches; they could not fire to seaward but neither could they be effectively attacked from the sea, except by cross-fire. Had this been known the Naval fire plan might have been differently framed. On the flat sands craft grounded some distance from dry land. The engineers’ armoured bulldozers, track-laying, bridging and ramp tanks had therefore to negotiate a considerable stretch of surf, while men of many units often bearing heavy loads of explosives or other equipment, had to struggle ashore through the waves, raked all the way by the enemy’s fire.

Contact wear from Star on edge of MM at  4 o’clock well clear of the naming.

Rare MM for “D” Day.

GVF & better £2,500 SOLD


Gallantry and Distinguished Service

Distinguished Conduct Medal GVI, 1939/45 Star, Africa Star clasp 8th Army, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence and War Medals to Private James Hudson, Durham Light Infantry from Bradford. Recommended for the Military Medal for his gallantry in leading an attack on an enemy Machine Gun post on the night of 21st / 22nd March 1943 located in the Mareth Line (Southern Tunisia) of defences whilst serving in the 6th Battalion. His Company Commander seriously wounded beside him, he fixed bayonets and captured the position accounting for many of the enemy himself. The award upgraded to a Distinguished Conduct Medal. Landing with the 8th Battalion on “D” Day 6th June 1944 in Normandy, he went missing during an offensive patrol on 17th June 1944 with two other soldiers of his Battalion, they later re-joined their Battalion having encountered strong enemy positions in the Parc de la Mere and Chateau du Coridillon areas.

Distinguished Conduct Medal GVI

3660867 Pte J Hudson Durh LI

1939/45 Star, Africa Star clasp 8th Army, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence and War Medals

Unnamed as issued

With copy London Gazette entry and headers, copy DCM recommendation, copies from the Regimental History and a copy photo of Private (Lance Corporal) Hudson.

Mounted as originally worn.

Gallantry and Distinguished Service

3660867 Pte James Hudson 6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry from Bradford.

Distinguished Conduct Medal London Gazette 17th June 1943 page 2761 “For gallant and distinguished services in North Africa”.

“On the night of 21st / 22nd March 1943 during the 151st Brigade’s attack on the Mareth defences Private Hudson was with “C” Company 6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. On seeing an enemy Machine Gun Post, he immediately led a group of men forward with fixed bayonets and charged the position. His rifle bolt was damaged and his rifle could not be fired, but he still led on his party relying solely on the use of his bayonet. He succeeded in capturing the Post, killing many of the enemy personally. This action of Private Hudson’s enabled the rest of his company to move forward onto the position. Before leading the charge, his Company Commander had been seriously wounded beside him. He showed outstanding courage and complete disregard for his own safety”.

The Regimental History records –

“The attack was timed to take place at full moon during the night of 21st / 22nd March. After careful reconnaissances made under the very noses of the enemy during the night of 18th, the Durham assault Battalions advanced from the Chet Meskine at 2300 hours on 20th. Against a heavy but not very accurate fire of all arms “C” and “D” Companies of the 9th Battalion succeeded in crossing the anti tank ditch, and wading across the Wadi and scrambling up the far bank by forming a human ladder, fought their way with the bayonet into the thick of the position. “B” Company finally overcoming Ksiba Ouest. The 8th Battalion had a similar experience in overrunning Ouerzi, where the Italians fought stubbornly. Lt Colonel Jackson was killed, but by morning both Battalions had reached their objectives with very severe fighting but without undue loss. On the other hand the 6th Battalion was unable to launch its attack until dark fell again, and the supply of reinforcements remained precarious throughout the 21st. When it did advance, however, the 6th secured its objectives, Ouerzi Ouest and Zarat Sudest, with comparative ease.”

Private James Hudson landed with the 8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry on “D” Day at La Riviere. On 17th June 1944 he was reported missing in the War Office Casualty List TNA WO417/78. On this day active patrolling south and south east took place in an endeavour to come into contact with enemy units. Enemy positions in some strength were located in the Parc de la Mere and Chateau du Coridillon areas. Hudson went missing with Pte J F Robinson and Private E Swann of his Battalion, likely they were cut off or had to go to ground for a period of a few days in order to rejoin allied lines when safe to do so. War Office Casualty List TNA WO417/79 records he is no longer missing.

GVF £3,950 Reserved


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British Empire Medal GVI (Civil Division) to John Cheesman, a civilian Lorry Driver from Lincoln. On 3rd July 1945, Mosquito XXV KB416 of 627 Squadron, piloted by 133387 Flight Lieutenant Douglas Norman Johnson, RAFVR and Navigator 198190 Pilot Officer Joseph Duthae Finlayson, RAFVR, crashed in a field when on an overshoot, after attempting to land at RAF Station Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, on one engine. John Cheesman, who was working near by, assisted with the rescue of the Pilot and Navigator from the burning aircraft. The NCO in charge of the Fire Party Corporal Coggar was awarded the George Medal for the same incident.

British Empire Medal GVI (Civil Division)

John Cheesman

With copy London Gazette entries and headers, newspaper article.

The BEM on its original investiture pin.

On 3rd July 1945, Mosquito XXV KB416 of 627 Squadron, piloted by 133387 Flight Lieutenant Douglas Norman Johnson, RAFVR and Navigator 198190 Pilot Officer Joseph Duthae Finlayson, RAFVR, crashed in a field when on an overshoot after attempting to land at RAF Station Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, on one engine. John Cheesman had been working nearby and went to assist the Fire Party.

British Empire Medal London Gazette 5th February 1946 page 806

 ‘An aircraft crashed in a field adjoining the runway on which it was endeavouring to land. A Fire Party from the aerodrome went immediately to the scene. Cheesman, who was working nearby, went to the assistance of the Fire Party to help to release the navigator from the burning wreckage. Cheesman tried with a hacksaw to cut through the cables by which the airman was held, whilst a fire extinguisher was played on the navigator. The fire had by this time gained a good hold and it was necessary for the rescuers to withdraw. A fire tender was then able to subdue the flames sufficiently in the area where the Navigator was lying, to enable the rescuers to make a further attempt, and Cheesman was successful in cutting the cables and freeing the man. Cheesman showed courage without thought for his own safety.’

1585300 Corporal Stephen James Coggar, RAFVR was in charge of the Fire Party and was awarded the George Medal for his gallantry in the rescue of the pilot and navigator London Gazette 26th February 1946 page 1134.

1585300 Corporal Stephen James Cogger, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Royal Air Force Station, Woodhall Spa.

‘On the afternoon of 3rd July, 1945, a Mosquito aircraft crashed in a field (adjoining the runway) when attempting to land. Corporal Cogger, who was in charge of the fire party, observed the aircraft to be in difficulty. He ordered the fire tender to stand by and himself started up the section’s Jeep. By this time the aircraft had crashed, so Corporal Cogger immediately proceeded to the scene. On arrival he found the aircraft on fire, the flames rapidly spreading along the leading edge of the wings and the fuselage. The nose of the aircraft had completely broken away from the remainder of the fuselage. The navigator was lying in the wreckage by the leading edge of the wing. Corporal Cogger immediately entered the flames and tried to pull the navigator clear but found him to be held fast by some cables around his legs. Corporal Cogger then went to the Jeep to get a hacksaw and hand fire extinguisher. By this time the Duty Orderly and Ambulance Driver and also a civilian had arrived. All four entered the burning area, the civilian using the hacksaw to cut the cables holding the navigators legs, whilst Corporal Cogger played the extinguisher on him. By this time the fire had gained a good hold and the four men were forced to retire. The fire tender had now arrived and was able to subdue the flames enough to permit the four rescuers to cut the navigator free. Corporal Cogger, in spite of burns sustained earlier, again entered the burning area, accompanied by the Ambulance Driver, to look for the pilot but he could not be seen. Corporal Cogger was ultimately taken to hospital suffering from major burns of the forehead, cheeks, arms and hands. He had displayed great gallantry in circumstances when, at any moment, the aircraft might have exploded. He has attended some 14 crashes as NCO in charge of the fire party and in 10 of these he has shown resource and determination in dealing with fires.’

EF £450 Available


Gallantry and Distinguished Service

Distinguished Service Order GV, 1914 Star and GENUINE clasp 5th Aug-22nd Nov 1914, British War and Victory Medals with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf, India General Service Medal GV clasp Waziristan 1921-24, Delhi Durbar Medal King George V 1911 to Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Kenyon Stanbrough, Royal Garrison Artillery, born 27th August 1874 the fourth son of Reverend Morris Edgar Stanbrough, Rector of Crayke, Yorkshire.entering the RMC Woolwich as Cadet 22nd September 1892, commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 17th November 1894, he served in Gibraltar, India and Singapore, the latter appointment as ADC to His Excellency the Governor. Serving in France and Belgium from 6th November 1914 with 8th Brigade, Royal Garison Artillery, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1916 and twice Mentioned in Despatches. Served during the Waziristan operations 1921-24 with HQ, 20th Indian Pack Brigade, Royal Artillery and retired on Half Pay in February 1925. He died in Natal, South Africa in 1949 aged 75 years.

Distinguished Service Order GV

Unnamed as awarded

1914 Star and GENUINE clasp 5th Aug – 22nd Nov 1914

Major L K Stanbrough RGA

British War and Victory Medals with MID Oakleaf

Lt Col L K Stanbrough

India General Service Medal GV clasp Waziristan 1921-24

Lt Col L K Stanbrough RA

Delhi Durbar Medal King George V 1911

Unnamed as issued

With a small folder of research containing copy documents from various sources, copy Medal Index Card, copy Medal roll entries for Delhi Durbar 1911 Medal and IGS Waziristan 1921-24. Medal Index Card confirms the award of the clasp to 1914 Star.

Leonard Kenyon Stanbrough was born 27th August 1874 the fourth son of Reverend Morris Edgar Stanbrough, Rector of Crayke, Yorkshire and his wife Augusta, entering the RMC Woolwich as Cadet 22nd September 1892, commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 17th November 1894, Lieutenant 17th November 1897, Captain 10th October 1900, Major 30th October 1914, Lieutenant Colonel 21st February 1921, placed on Half Pay 21st February 1925. Served in Gibraltar September 1897 to February 1899, India February 1899 to January 1901, Adjutant of Heavy Brigade RGA 1st Army Corps 1903-05, Singapore November 1906 to April 1908 as ADC to His Excellency the Governor, India April 1908 to October 1912, and Adjutant of Mountain Batteries RGA at Jutogh in 1909, France and Belgium from 6th November 1914 with No 8 Heavy Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order London Gazette 3rd June 1916 page 5569, Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 1st January 1916 page 22 (FM Sir John French) and 23rd December 1918 page 15034 (FM Sir Douglas Haig), served during the Waziristan operations 1921-24 with HQ, 20th Indian Pack Brigade, Royal Artillery. Married Florence Marienne Doris, second daughter of Major General T B M Glascock at Ambala, India in 1909, retired on Half pay 21st February 1925. He died in Pietermaritzburg, Natal 15th March 1949.

NEF £2,250 Available


Gallantry and Distinguished Service

Distinguished Sercice Medal GV, 1914/15 Star, British war and Victory Medals to Petty Officer Telegrapher Albert Thomas Sibthorpe, Royal Navy a former Railway Porter born in Bethnal Green, London in 1893. Entering the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class aboard HMS Impregnable, he was Rated Ordinary Telegrapher aboard HMS Neptune 3rd April 1911 and Telegrapher aboard the same ship 24th March 1912. Joining the Submarine Base Dolphin 29th September 1913 and his first Submarine E6 11th December 1913 which completed the first war patrol by a British Submarine commencing 5th August 1914. Sibthorpe was ashore at Maidstone as spare crew when E6 was sunk by a mine off Harwich 26th December 1915. Later joining HM Submarine G10, he was discharged 10th February 1923 on reduction of the Royal Navy, the rating electing for discharge under the terms of Admiralty Fleet Order 1359 of 1922. Post Naval service, he was employed as a Porter with the General Post Office and resided at 31 Cumming Street, Finsbury with his wife, he died of Pulmonary Tuberculosis at the London Fever Hospital, Liverpool Road, Islington, South East London on 30th August 1928 aged 35 years.

Distinguished Service Medal GV

J.7280 A T Sibthorpe LG TEL Oversea Submarines 1914-6

1914/15 Star

J.7280 A T Sibthorpe L Tel RN

British War and Victory Medals

J.7280 A T Sibthorpe PO Tel RN

With copy London Gazette entry and header for DSM, service record, death certificate and photo.

Albert Thomas Sibthorpe was born in Bethnal Green, London 8th August 1893 a Railway Porter he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class aboard HMS Impregnable 12th February 1910. Rated Ordinary Telegrapher aboard HMS Neptune 3rd April 1911 and Telegrapher aboard the same ship 24th March 1912. Joining the Submarine Base Dolphin 29th September 1913 and the Submarine Depot Ship HMS Maidstone 11th December 1913, he joined HM Submarine E6 the same day and was advanced to Leading Telegrapher aboard this Boat 21st November 1914.

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On the outbreak of War HM Submarine E6 was commanded by Lt Commander Cecil P Talbot, Royal Navy and completed the first war patrol by a British Submarine commencing 5th August 1914. Present at the battle of Heligoland Bight 24th August 1914, she was nearly rammed by a British Warship. On 25th September 1914 E6 encountered a new minefield 10 miles west of Heligoland, a mine caught in her forward hydrophone she surfaced and eventually the mine was freed by Lieutenant Williams-Freeman (awarded DSO) and Leading Seaman Cremer (awarded Conspicuous Gallantry Medal). On 29th September 1914 E6 attacked a German Destroyer at 500 yards but her torpedo missed, on 30th May 1915 E6 sighted the German High Seas Fleet, fired a torpedo at the leading Battle Squadron but missed. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal London Gazette 1st January 1917 page 9 “In recognition of services rendered by Petty Officers and men in Submarines in enemy waters during the period from the commencement of hostilities to 3rd August 1916”.

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Albert Thomas Sibthorpe aboard HM Submarine G10 (3rd from left) an enlargement from a copy photo
of the crew of G10, all identified by name

E6 was mined on 26th December 1915 with the loss of all hands in the North Sea off Harwich. A trawler had been sunk by a mine in the same position shortly before, and a British Torpedo Boat signalled E6 to avoid the minefield, but E6 ignored the warning and was lost, at the time Sibthorpe was ashore at Maidstone, presumably as spare crew.

Sibthorpe subsequently joined Dolphin 1st July 1916, the Submarine depot Ship HMS Lucia 15th November 1916, advanced to Petty Officer Telegraphist 28th June 1917, the Submarine Depot Ship HMS Lucia 15th November 1916 and HM Submarine G10 10th August 1918. Post war he joined Victory I 29th November 1919, HMS Colombo 27th January 1922, HMS Vindictive 27th December 1922 and finally Victory I 29th January 1923 from where he was discharged shore 10th February 1923 on reduction of the Royal Navy and the rating electing for discharge under the terms of Admiralty Fleet Order 1359 of 1922. Sibthorpe married Maud Elizabeth Webb at St James’s Church, Pentonville in the Parish of Clerkenwell 14th September 1915, after leaving the Royal Navy, he was employed as a Porter with the General Post Office and resided at 31 Cumming Street, Finsbury with his wife, he died of Pulmonary Tuberculosis at the London Fever Hospital, Liverpool Road, Islington, South East London on 30th August 1928 aged 35 years.

A fine early DSM group to a Submariner participating in the first submarine war patrol of the First World War.

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Distinguished Conduct Medal GV, 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals with Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf to Temporary Corporal Walter George Burt, Dorset Regiment a former Gamekeeper born in Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset in 1889. Attesting for the Dorset Regiment at Dorchester 29th April 1907, he joined the 2nd Battalion for service in India in 1909 and landed with his Battalion in Mesopotamia 6th November 1914. For gallantry and coolness at Barjisiyah (Turkey in Asia) on 14th April 1915, he was also Mentioned in Despatches by General Sir John Nixon for distinguished service during the period April to September 1915. Wounded in action 28th September 1915 Kut al Amara, gunshot wound left leg and again on 22nd November September 1915 at Ctesiphon, the latter wound to his left knee and a bullet wound left calf, the bullet having to be removed surgically. Following treatment in Mesopotamia he was evacuated to  India aboard the Hospital Ship Takada 9th December 1915 arriving in hospital at Poona  7th January 1916. Recovering from his wounds he was deemed unfit to return to his Regiment now under siege at Kut al Amara and transferred to the Royal Engineers, discharged in October 1919 in April 1920 he was awarded a 20% disability pension.

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8328 Pte W G Burt 2/Dorset Regt

1914/15 Star

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British War and Victory Medals with MID Oakleaf

8328 T Cpl W G Burt Dorset R

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Walter George Burt was born in Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset in 1889, an 18 year 6 month old Gamekeeper he attested for the Dorset Regiment at Dorchester 29th April 1907 joining the Depot the same day. Posted to the 1st Battalion 4th October 1907 and to the 2nd Battalion 1st February 1909 for service in India, he landed with his Battalion in Mesopotamia 6th November 1914. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal London Gazette 5th August 1915 page 7678-

“For gallantry and coolness at Barjisiyah (Turkey in Asia) on 14th April 1915, when he carried an urgent message along the firing line within 400 yards of the enemy’s position under very heavy fire and returned to report having delivered it”

Mentioned in Despatches by General Sir John Nixon, KCB, ADC General Commanding Indian Expeditionary Force for distinguished services during the period from the middle of April 1915 to the end of September 1915 London Gazette 5th April 1916 page 3669.

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Picture from: Western Gazette Almanac 1917 page 209

Wounded in action 28th September 1915 Kut al Amara, gunshot wound left leg and again on 22nd November September 1915 at Ctesiphon, the latter wound to his left knee and a bullet wound left calf, the bullet having to be removed surgically. Following treatment in Mesopotamia he was evacuated to  India aboard the Hospital Ship Takada 9th December 1915 arriving in hospital at Poona  7th January 1916 and discharged 11th February 1916. Re-admitted with Malaria 2nd April 1916 and discharged 20th April 1916. Unfit for Infantry service he was transferred to the Royal Engineers (No 303511) and promoted to Corporal. Discharged 21st October 1919 he was awarded a 20% disability pension 30th April 1920, the Surgeon commenting “He has an inability to completely extend his left knee joint otherwise general health good”.

Although the Battalion’s landings in the Shatt-al-Arab on 6th November 1914 met little opposition, the Turks, backed by Arab levies, were quick to respond.  The Dorsets faced stiff fighting expelling the Turks from Saihan on 15th November and Saihil two days later.  In eleven days these actions and the diseases prevalent in the marshy conditions of the region cost the Battalion 25% of its fighting strength.  They reached Basra on the 23rd. After minor engagements, mostly against Arab insurgents, the 2nd Dorsets advanced to Shaiba (ancient Sheba).  In February 1915 they were forced to wade knee-deep through the annual flooding of the two rivers.  At Shaiba they endured very difficult conditions, including sand storms.  Mounting frequent offensive patrols, they fought major actions on 3rd March and 14th April in which the depleted Battalion showed great resilience, earning Shaiba (Barjisiyah) as a new Battle Honour.

From : History of the Dorsetshire Regiment 1914 – 1919 published by the Regimental History Committee, 1932.

As far as could be ascertained the Turks had fallen back to a position just east of Marjisiya Wood. General Melliss commenced his advance on Turkish positions at 0930 on 14th April 1915, the Dorsets on the left and the 24th Punjabis on the right leading 16th Brigade. South Mound Ridge was lightly defended and quickly taken, the two Battalions halted 500 yards beyond the Ridge while the enemy positions were reconnoitered.

Just before noon the Dorsets advanced on the left of the Brigade, the 117th Mahrattas now in support. The advance met strong opposition from machine gun and rifle fire as soon as it started, this partly enfiladed the Dorsets which swung half right to face it. Pushing onto about 900 yards in front of the Turkish trenches the advance was held up by a hail of bullets. Ammunition began to run short, but thanks to the gallantry of the Indian Mule Drivers bringing supplies right up to the front stocks were replenished in the nick of time. Casualties were mounting up fast, there were several acts of gallantry including Private Burt who again showed great coolness and determination in carrying a message under heavy fire.

At about 1430 Colonel Rosher the 2nd Battalion Commanding Officer was hit and killed and the Adjutant who went to his assistance was badly wounded. Orders for a retirement were actually issued when the day was saved by 16th Brigade getting up and charging. Lt Colonel Clarkson now in command of the 2nd Battalion jumped up at this point and shouted the order for the Dorsets to advance, he was soon hit but the Dorsets advanced the now 200 yards to the Turkish trenches, by 1615 the Turkish front line had been captured and those Turks who had not been bayoneted or surrendered fell back 150 yards to a new position. The Dorsets continued to advance capturing the second defensive line, Turkish resistance collapsed and they were now in full retreat.

The Dorsets had played a prominent part in the days fighting, losing a quarter of its strength, casualties amongst officers were high with one Commanding Officer killed and the second wounded, three companies were now commanded by 2/Lieutenants.

Scarce DCM to the Regiment, the Dorset Regiment received 101 DCM’s for the entire First World War.

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