Order of St John of Jerusalem Serving Brother, British Empire Medal E2 (Civil), British war and Victory Medals, 1939/45 Defence Medal, King George V Silver Jubilee 1935 Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Regular Army GV Third Type, Police Exemplary Service Medal E2 to Chief Inspector George Arthur Latter, War Department Constabulary late Company Sergeant Major South Staffordshire Regiment a Farm Labourer born in Maidstone, Kent in 1899. Enlisting in 1915 for the Royal Army Medical Corps he was compulsory transferred to the South Staffordshire Regiment serving with the 2/6th Battalion in France from 6th December 1917. Severely gassed in action in February 1918, he received treatment in France, joining the 1/6th Battalion in May 1918. Re-enlisting at the end of hostilities, he served with the 1st Battalion in Singapore, Egypt and India. Returning to India with the 2nd Battalion in 1935, he returned home two years later and was discharged at his own request having completed over 22 years service. Joining the War Department Constabulary as a Constable he gained rapid promotion and by July 1942 was a Chief Inspector. Awarded the British Empire Medal in 1957, he was further Honoured by the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 1964. Awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal in 1960, he retired in 1964 and died in 1971.

Order of St John of Jerusalem Serving Brother

Unnamed as awarded

British Empire Medal E2 (Civil)

George Arthur Latter

British War and Victory Medals

204392 Cpl G A Latter S Staff R

1939/45 Defence Medal

Unnamed as issued

King George V Silver Jubilee 1935 Medal

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Regular Army GV Third Type

4905751 WO CL II G Latter S Staff R

Police Exemplary Service Medal E2

CH Inspr George A latter

With corresponding Miniature Medal group, both groups mounted as originally worn.

With two silver HM reverse Regimental sporting medals both engraved reverse “Tug of War CSM G A Latter”.

With a folder of research including copy service record, copy photographs, Medal Index Card, London Gazette entries for his awards, letter from the Order of St John of Jerusalem etc.

George Arthur Latter was born 25th February 1899 at Fant Farm, Maidstone, Kent, the son of Albert Latter a Farm Labourer and his wife Sabina. On leaving school he was employed as a famer / market gardener, the 1911 census records the family are residing at 2 Prospect Place, Fant Farm and in 1915 at 1 Quarry Cottage, Dean Street, Tovil, Maidstone, Kent.

Enlisting at Maidstone on 16th March 1915 for the 3/1st (Home Counties) Field Ambulance RAMC aged 16 years stating his age as 19 years, transferring to the Army Service Corps as Driver 3rd June 1916. Compulsory transferred to the Reserve Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment 5th September 1917 and posted 2/6th Battalion 6th December 1917 in France. Promoted Corporal, he was gassed (severe) in action on 22nd February 1918 and was treated in hospital in France. The 2/6th Battalion saw much action during the German Spring offensive which commenced on 21st March 1918 and by 9th May 1918 due to high casualties the Battalion was reduced to a training cadre and finally disbanded, George transferred to the 1/6th Battalion 29th May 1918.

Appointed Lance Sergeant 4th October 1918, between 22nd October and 19th November 1918 he was a patient at No 15 Convalescent Unit. Whilst still in France, he re-enlisted into the Regular Army 31st January 1919 and joined the 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, returning to England 12th March 1919. On 17th October 1919 the 1st Battalion left England for Singapore, promoted Sergeant 20th June 1919 and acting Staff Sergeant 15th December 1919 whilst employed as Chief Warder at the Military Detention Barracks, returning to the 1st Battalion as Sergeant 30th April 1920.

Warrant Officers and Sergeants 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, Bangalore, India 1935
Company Sergeant Major Latter front row second from left

On 7th February 1922 the 1st Battalion left Singapore for India and on 7th March 1923 he was appointed temporary Staff Instructor to the Upper Burma Battalion Auxiliary Forces of India, it was whilst in Burma he married on 19th February 1924 at Christ Church, Rangoon. On 11th December 1927 the 1st Battalion moved to Egypt and on 23rd April 1929 returned to England. Promoted Colour Sergeant 11th June 1929 and Company Sergeant Major 1st July 1929. Awarded the LSGC Medal in Army Order 175 of 1933, he was posted to the 2nd Battalion and arrived in India 20th March 1935 and was awarded the King’s Silver Jubilee Medal the same year. Returning to England 11th May 1937, he was discharged at his own request 7th June 1937 having completed 22 years 84 days service.

Joining the War Department Constabulary as Constable No 406, he appears on the 1939 Registration as residing at 39 Bark Lane, Calne, Chippenham, Wiltshire. Promoted to Chief Inspector in July 1942, he was responsible for exposing some black market activities and on 16th July 1942 whilst in charge of security at the Central Ordnance Department, Donnington, Shropshire, was responsible for all aspects of security during the visit of HM King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

Awarded the BEM in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List London Gazette 1st January 1957 page 2 “George Arthur Latter Chief Inspector War Department Cnstabulary, Ministry of Supply, Woolwich”.

Order of St John of Jerusalem Serving Brother London Gazette 14th January 1964 page 389

“Arthur George Latter BEM”.

Awarded the Police Exemplary Long Service Medal in 1960, he retired in 1964 and died in Maidstone on 19th July 1971

Scarce combination of awards.

GVF average £795 Reserved


Companion of the Order of the Bath (Military), Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, Distinguished Service Order Victoria, Member of the British Empire 2nd type Civil, India General Service Medal (1895) clasp Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek, King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04, 1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, 1939/45 Defence Medal, King GV Silver Jubilee Medal, King GVI Coronation Medal, France Order of Agricultural Merit Commander Neck Badge, Belgium Order of Leopold, France Croix De Guerre with Palm to Major General Alexander Anderson McHardy, Staff late Royal Artillery. Born in 1868 into a Military family, he was first commissioned into the Royal Artillery 17th February 1888. Rising steadily in the officer ranks, he saw extensive service in India, South Africa and North Africa. On the outbreak of War he was serving in Hong Kong and arrived in France in December 1914, by  June 1916 he had been promoted to Brigadier General. Serving throughout the War in France and Flanders, he served with the British Army of the Rhine in 1919 and in Turkey from 1922-24. Promoted to Major General in 1924, he retired shortly after. Awarded an MBE in 1946 for his services with Norfolk Air Raid Precautions Services at the age of 78 years, he died in 1958 aged 90 years.

Companion of the Order of the Bath CB Military

Unnamed as awarded

Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

Unnamed as awarded

Distinguished Service Order Victoria

Unnamed as awarded

Member of the British Empire 2nd type

Unnamed as awarded

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

Lieut A A McHardy No 7 Mtn Bty RA

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek

Capt A A McHardy DSO RA

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

Capt A A McHardy, DSO, RGA

Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04

Capt A A McHardy DSO RA

1914/15 Star

Major A A McHardy RGA

British War & Victory Medals

Brig Gen A A McHardy

1939/45 Defence Medal

King GV Silver Jubilee Medal, King GVI Coronation Medal

France Order of Agricultural Merit Commander Neck Badge

Belgium Order of Leopold

France Croix De Guerre with Palm

All unnamed as issued / awarded

The group court mounted as originally worn contained in a velvet lined leather case. The CB, CMG and French Order of Agricultural Merit contained in their presentation cases.

Alexander Anderson McHardy

Born 9th November 1868, the son of Lt Colonel Sir Alexander Burness  McHardy late Royal Engineers and his wife Elsie Norrie Anderson.

2/Lt RA 17th February 1888, Lieut RA 17th February 1891, Captain RA 17th August 1898, Major 9th June 1908, Brevet Lt Colonel 3rd June 1915, Temporary Brigadier General 30th August 1916 (Brevet Colonel 1st January 1917).

Image result for alexander anderson McHardy

Served North West Frontier of India 1897 – 98, Malakand Field Force. Action at Landakai, operations in Bazaur and in the Mamund country Buner Field Force. Attack and capture of the Tanga Pass.

 Divisional Signalling Officer (Staff Captain) South Africa 13th November 1899 to 14th December 1900, DAAG Intelligence South Africa 15th December 1900 to 25th July 1902, Staff Officer for Prisoners of War South Africa 1st August 1902 to 15th January 1903, Special Service Somaliland Field Force 16th January 1903 to 15th August 1903, Staff Captain NW District, Welsh and Midlands Command, Staff Captain Coastal Defence Western Command 22nd January 1904 to 21st January 1908, DAA & QMG 2nd Division, Aldershot Command 18th March 1909 to 21st January 1911, General Staff Officer Second Grade, South China 12th July 1913 to 23rd November 1914, Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General 28th Division BEF in France 14th December 1914 to 5th June 1915, Quartermaster General 9th Division BEF in France 6th June 1915 to 29th August 1916, Temporary Brigadier General 30th August 1916, DA & Quartermaster General 7th Army, France 30th August 1916 to 31st August 1918, DA & Quartermaster General 8th Army in France 1st September 1918 to 7th April 1919, DA & Quartermaster General 10th Army, British Army of the Rhine 8th April 1919 to 6th May 1919, temporary Major General in charge of administration in Turkey 23rd September 1922 to 30th April 1923, promoted substantive Major General 2nd June 1924.

Companion of the Bath London Gazette 1st January 1918 page 2 King’s New Year’s Honours List for Distinguished service in France.

Companion of St Michael and St George London Gazette 3rd June 1916 page 5559 King’s Birthday Honours List for Distinguished Service in France.

Distinguished Service Order London Gazette 19th April 1901 page 2701, for Distinguished Services in South Africa.

Member of the British Empire (MBE)

London Gazette London Gazette 9th January 1946 page 298

“Lt General Alexander Anderson McHardy, CB, CMG, DSO, lately Air Raid Precautions Area Sub Controller, Norfolk”.

Mentioned in Despatches

London Gazette 8th February 1901 page 978 (South Africa)

London Gazette 8th February 1901 page 381 (South Africa)

London Gazette 29th July 1902 page 4840 (South Africa)

London Gazette 22nd February 1915 page 5978 (French, France)

London Gazette 15th June 1916 page 5921 (Haig, France)

London Gazette 4th January 1917 page 199 (Haig, France)

London Gazette 15th May 1917 page 4750 (Haig, France)

London Gazette 11th December 1917 page 12917 (Haig, France)

London Gazette 20th December 1918 page 14931 (Haig, France)

London Gazette 5th July 1919 page 8496 (Haig, France)

Foreign Decorations

Belgium Order of Leopold 4th Class London Gazette 7th February 1921 page 1037

France Croix De Guerre London Gazette 7th June 1919 page 7398

France Order of Agricultural Merit Commander London Gazette 7th October 1919 page 12408

The first Colony Commissioner for the Boy Scout Association in Hong Kong 1914 to 1915, he died 11th November 1958.

NEF £5,500 SOLD


A fine Siege of Malta Distinguished Service Medal GVI, 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star clasp France and Germany, Africa Star, Burma Star, War Medal, Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Minesweeping 1945-51, Royal Naval Reserve Officer’s Decoration E2 to Lieutenant Commander John Gordon Clowes, Royal Naval Reserve late Royal Navy and Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve born in Ecclesall, Bierlow, Yorkshire in 1919. Conscripted into the Royal Navy in 1939, he was awarded the DSM for his gallantry aboard the Hunt Class Minesweeper HMS Abingdon when she came under severe air attack off Malta 25th January 1942, previously recommended for a Mention in Despatches for air attacks on his ship on 30th and 31st December 1941 off St Elmo Fort, Valetta, Malta, in which Abingdon severely damaged a JU88 bomber and destroyed a ME109 fighter. Posted to HMS Swale following the destruction of Abingdon on 5th April 1942, Abingdon was severely damaged by Italian aircraft whilst in Kalbara Creek, Malta, and was declared a constructive total loss. Commissioned into the RNVR in October 1943, appointed to the Minesweeper HMS Hydra, serving aboard this ship in Convoy duties and the Normandy landings in June 1944. Serving aboard Hydra when she was mined off Ostend 10th November 1944. Deploying to the Far East for Minesweeping duties from April 1945 to July 1946 aboard HMS Pincher, he remained in the RNVR and later RNR post War, being awarded the Reserve Decoration in 1968, he retired as Lieutenant Commander in 1970 and resided in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Distinguished Service Medal GVI 1st type (impressed naming)

SSX.168577 J G Clowes AB

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star clasp France and Germany, Africa Star, Burma Star, War Medal

Unnamed as issued

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Minesweeping 1945-51

Lieut J G Clowes RNVR

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Forces Reserve Decoration E2

Unnamed as awarded the reverse officially dated 1966

The group mounted as originally worn.

Together with the following large quantity of related items and ephemera:

HMS Eastbourne Wartime Facsimile Letter congratulating Clowes on the award of the Distinguished Service Medal, this written by a G.A. Simps, who recommended Clowes for his award, dated 16th July 1942, Admiralty Notification Card instructing Able Seaman J G Clowes RN to attend a presentation of medals at Buckingham Palace on 13th April 1943, Secretary of the Admiralty Campaign Medal Award Slip, confirming entitlement to six awards, Admiralty Letter notifying recipient that his service aboard HMS Pincher qualifies him for entitlement to the Minesweeping Clasp to the Naval General Service Medal, sent to Lieutenant J G Clowes, RNVR of 84 Beech Road, Harrogate, dated 5th December 1949, an original studio photograph of the recipient wearing his Distinguished Service Medal ribbon and taken shortly after his commission as a Sub Lieutenant, and other photographs as a rating and in a group of fellow officers, six page handwritten account of recipient’s service, nine page handwritten account of the recipient’s time aboard the minesweeper HMS Hydra during the period from February 1943 to September 1944 including the Normandy Landings.

John Gordon Clowes was born in Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire 21st May 1919, educated at Boarding School in Kent, his father was employed by Samuel Osborne & Co Steel Manufacturers and regularly travelled abroad. Conscripted into the Royal Navy in June 1939 at Scarborough, he joined Victory in October 1939 and subsequently HMS Daring. Posted to Victory until 4th January 1940, he was subsequently posted to HMS Abingdon based at Singapore, his ship subsequently ordered to undertake Minesweeping duties off Alexandria and the North coast of Africa operating from Malta from November 1940.

HMS Abingdon was heavily attacked from the air on 30th and 31st December 1941, off St Elmo Fort, Valetta, Malta. In the first attack an enemy bomber was badly damaged and in the second a fighter destroyed. On 31st December Abingdon was attacked by eight ME109’s, seven of the crew were wounded, two seriously. Able Seaman Clowes was recommended for a Mention in Despatches which he did not receive, the recommendation TNA ADM1/12248 states –

“For great skill in working at his Gun during aircraft attack”.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal London Gazette 12th May 1942 page 2066 “For bravery and skill when HMS Abingdon was attacked by enemy aircraft”.

The original recommendation TNA ADM1/12249 states –

“The Honours and Awards Committee has considered the claims to recognition of HMS Abingdon and submits that The King be asked to approve the Awards shown below.

“HMS Abingdon was heavily attacked from the air on 25th January 1942 in Mediterranean waters. The Gunlayer of the 12 pounder, Able Seaman Harding (awarded MID), showed great courage in sticking to his post, though he received wounds from which he afterwards died. The Loader Able Seaman Laws (awarded DSM) also carried on although badly wounded. Leading Seaman Wheatcroft (awarded DSM) and Able Seaman Clowes (awarded DSM) shot with great coolness and courage at the Oerlikon Gun.

Able Seaman John Gordon Clowes shewed great attention to duty as number two on an Oirlikon Gun when his ship was attacked by four ME109’s. By his skill in changing the pans quickly, the gun was able to fire all four of the ready use pans. After these pans were exhausted he tried to fill them again in spite of heavy machine and cannon gun fire from which he had no protection and when (the fighters) shot away part of the wooden ramp of the Gun”.

Invested with the DSM at Buckingham Palace 13th April 1943.

On 5th April 1942, Abingdon was severely damaged by Italian aircraft whilst in Kalbara Creek, Malta, and was then beached with a broken back at Bighi. During her service she had been instrumental in keeping the local waters to and from Malta clear of mines, and at one stage was the only vessel employed on this work during the siege of Malta, her loss being a huge blow at the time.

Posted to HMS Swale, he was advanced to Leading Seaman in June 1942, his ship employed on various convoy duties he completed an ASDIC course at Dunoon. Appointed to Lochinvar at Port Edgar for a Minesweeping and Navigation course following his commission, he was appointed to the Algerine Class Minesweeper HMS Hydra 26th July 1943 Hydra joined the 18th Minesweeping Flotilla, Rosyth Command on 20 February 1943 and was transferred in May 1943 to the Nore Command. She was variously employed on minesweeping in the North Sea in 1943 and on escort duty with Arctic Convoys from 1943-1944, including the convoys JW55B and JW57 to Kola. Hydra was part of Operation Neptune the naval part of the “D” Day landings in Normandy on 6th June 1944. She was mined in the approaches to Ostend 10th November 1944. Towed to Sheerness but declared a constructive total loss and not repaired.

Appointed to HMS Pincher following a period of leave, the ship being deployed to the Far East in April 1945 employed in Minesweeping work off Malaya and in the Malacca Straits until July 1946. Remaining in the RNVR and later the RNR post war, main promotions and subsequent award of the RD as follows –

Commissioned Sub Lieutenant RNVR 30th October 1943

Temporary Lieutenant RNVR 1st December 1944

Substantive Lieutenant RNVR 26th November 1954

Lieutenant Commander Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) 26th November 1962 (London Gazette 6th August 1963 page 6642)

Awarded the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Forces Reserve Decoration London Gazette 26th March 1968 page 3540

Placed on the Retired List as Lieutenant Commander 1st October 1970 (London Gazette 18th September 1970 page 10346).

GVF & better £2,750 SOLD


Military Medal GV, 1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals named to Sergeant Arthur H Bevington, Royal Field Artillery, a former Bricklayer born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire in 1883. Awarded MM for his gallantry whilst serving with “A” Battery 230th Brigade, RFA during the closing actions of the war. He died in Birmingham in 1939 aged 57 years.

Military Medal GV

47952 Sjt AH Bevington RFA

1914/15 Star

47952 Gnr A H Bevington RFA

British War & Victory Medals

47952 A-Sjt A H Bevington RA

With copy Medal Index Card and London Gazette entry and headers for MM.

Arthur Henry Bevington, born Bromsgrove, Worcester 1883. Son of James & Fanny Bevington. A former Bricklayer, Gunner Bevington enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery and served in France from 18th January 1915. Awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field whilst serving with the A/230 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery London Gazette 13th June 1919 Page 7649. In 1918 & 1919 he is recorded on the Electorial Roll living at 33 Oxford Terrace, Birmingham and in 1930 & 1935 he is recorded on the Electorial Roll living at 7 Court, 29 White Lion, Birmingham. Arthur Henry Bevington died in Birmingham, Warwickshire in 1939 aged 57 years and now rests in the Witton Cemetery.

GVF £450 Available


Distinguished Conduct Medal GV, 1939/45 Star, Africa Star clasp 1st Army, Italy Star, Defence and War Medals to Guardsman William Walter Montgomery, 1st Battalion Irish Guards from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The 1st Battalion landed at Anzio on 22nd January 1944 and were engaged in almost continuous action for 4 weeks. Awarded the DCM for his gallantry on 30th January and again on 3rd to 4th February 1944 when as a Bren Gunner he gave covering fire whilst consolidating a position, withdrawing when the positions became untenable and silencing a German Machine Gun position at 150 yards range whilst opening fire in a standing position. On the night of 3rd / 4th February he was again giving covering fire on the Battalion’s exposed right flank when he was overwhelmed by a German assault and taken prisoner. Fighting his way out when the opportunity arose he shot several of his guards and escaped back to Battalion lines on an abandoned carrier, he was wounded in the leg during this action. Taken prisoner of war on 23rd February 1944 whilst serving with No 1 Company, he was held at Stalag 3A at Luckenwalde, Germany the camp being liberated by the Red Army 22nd April 1945. On 1st June 1945 Guardsman Montgomery is recorded as repatriated and on leave at his home address in Vernon Street, Belfast. One of 18 Distinguished Conduct Medals awarded to the Irish Guards for the Second World War.

“A total of 1,080 Irish Guards Officers and men, including reinforcements landed at Anzio, by the end of February just 267 effectives remained“.

Distinguished Conduct Medal GVI

2718746 Gdmn W Montgomery IR GDS

1939/45 Star, Africa Star clasp 1st Army, Italy Star, Defence and War Medals

Unnamed as issued

With copy DCM recommendation, London Gazette entry and headers, War Diary covering DCM citation dates and research from other sources.

The DCM still on its investiture pin, with flattened named card box.

Provenance : Ex Trevor Cambridge Collection (Romsey Medals)

William Walter Montgomery

War Office casualty list records wounded 4th February 1944

War Office casualty list records wounded and missing 23rd February 1944 whilst serving with No 1 Company, later confirmed POW in German hands 23rd February 1944.

POW number 52202.

POW Camp Stalag 3A (Luckenwalde) which was liberated by the Red Army 22nd April 1945, the Irish Guards missing personnel file TNA WO361/784 records on 1st June 1945 Guardsman Montgomery has returned home to 33 Vernon Street, Belfast.

DCM London Gazette 15th June 1944 page 2853

“This Guardsman took part in the successful night attack by No 1 Company on the night of 29th/30th January on the left of the main axis Anzio – Albano Road. On reaching the objective, the ground was found to be covered by enemy tanks which attempted to prevent the Company digging in by putting up flares and firing Machine Guns on the digging parties. All through the night this Guardsman gave what covering fire he could to his comrades by firing at the enemy tanks with his Bren Gun. This covering fire could not be very effective, but it did force the enemy tanks to limit their vision by shutting down their visors and exposed this Guardsman to the continued attention of the enemy.

When morning 30th January came and no supporting arms or British tanks appeared, the Company position was untenable and the Company was ordered to withdraw to another position on the flank. With great coolness and fine courage Guardsman accompanied by Guardsman Taylor, set up his Bren on top of the railway cutting and gave covering fire to the remainder of the Company as they withdrew across 400 yards of open country. The top of the railway cutting was level, clearly silhouetting this Guardsman’s head and shoulders. Besides presenting a good target from the front , he was also liable to be shot in the back by enemy Machine Guns on the other side of the valley. Constant enemy fire did not disturb or deter him from his task.

This Guardsman left the cutting in the last party with his Company Commander. Twice on the way back across the open stretch of ground he halted to return the fire of enemy Machine Guns, once engaging , whilst in a standing position, a concealed German Machine Gun 150 yards away and effectively silencing it. The outstanding courage skill and coolness of this Guardsman greatly facilitated the withdrawal of his Company and there is no doubt that a great many of his comrades owe their lives to his complete disregard for his own safety.

In the action of the night 3rd / 4th February this Guardsman was the first to engage and draw the enemy’s fire when the Battalion’s right flank was exposed. He was eventually taken prisoner but fought his way out, shooting several of his guards and escaped on a carrier. An officer in the same party said his coolness and bravery were quite remarkable. He had serveral days of really hard fighting and constant shelling but despite the physical strain he must have felt he was full of energy, resource and cheerfulness. Despite being wounded in the leg he was back in the Battalion position that night (4th February). No personal danger could prevent this Guardsman from doing more than his duty and he earned the greatest admiration from all who saw him. I strongly recommend this Guardsman for the immediate award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal”.

War Diary

30th January

“The gravity of the situation was further increased by the fact the dominating ground on the right flank was held by the enemy, who had succeeded in preventing the advance of the Scots Guards during the night. In view of this and other considerations it was decided to withdraw No 1 and No2 Companies to temporary positions in the rear. During the withdrawal the companies were caught by heavy Machine Gun fire and several casualties were sustained including Lieutenant De Costa and Lieutenant Preston killed and Lieutenant Gillow fatally wounded.

Finally the time came for the covering party to retire. Unfortunately Guardsman Taylor was wounded in the leg and had to remain with the wounded. Both he and Guardsman Montgomery (both of No 2 Company) did invaluable work by providing continuous fire for about an hour. German mortars and 8mm soon put down an accurate fire on the railway line, killing Lieutenant Preston.

4th February

“A group under Captain S H Combe were taken prisoner, Combe picked up a rifle that was lying on the ground and shot his guard. He then picked up a Tommy Gun and killed five more. In the end of the thirty guards twenty were killed and nine prisoners handed over to the Foresters. The “Micks” and others broke and ran, most under Lieutenant John Bell stayed and fought it out with the Foresters. A few officers and ten Guardsmen went south back down the railway, and once again reached the railway bridge where they found two carriers still intact. These they piled into and going “flat out” up the track past No 3 Company positions reached the Grenadiers lines”.

“A total of 1,080 Irish Guards Officers and men, including reinforcements, landed at Anzio, by the end of February just 267 effectives remained“.

The Battalion embarked for England on 11th April 1944, the 1st Battalion’s war was over. One of just 18 Distinguished Conduct Medals awarded to the Irish Guards for the Second World War.

Slight contact wear therefore

GVF £4,500 Reserved


Distinguished Flying Cross GVI reverse dated 1945, 1939/45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence and War Medals, General Service Medal GVI clasps Malaya, Cyprus to Flight Lieutenant Donald Chisholm Boa, Royal Air Force born in 1922. Qualifying as a Navigator he was commissioned Pilot Officer from Flight Sergeant in June 1944, he completed an impressive 66 operational sorties, 26 with 105 Squadron Flying Mosquitos, 15 as Marker aircraft. His first sortie was flown on 25th June 1943 and his last on 11th April 1945. Resigning his RAFVR commission in May 1947, he was commissioned Lieutenant, South Lancashire Regiment the same month. Resigning his Army commission in September 1950, he was appointed Assistant Superintendent, Federation of Malaya Police and whist so employed was married in Singapore in 1953. Returning to the Royal Air Force he was commissioned in June 1954 into the Provost Branch and appointed Assistant Provost Marshall in September the same year serving in Cyprus. Resigning in December 1957, he died in Reading, Berkshire in 1999.

Distinguished Flying Cross GVI

Unnamed as awarded the reverse officially dated 1945

1939/45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star clasp France and Germany, Defence and War Medals

Unnamed as issued

General Service Medal GVI clasps Malaya, Cyprus

ASP D C Boa F of M Pol

With copy London Gazette entries, recommendation for DFC with list of all 66 sorties and other research listed here. The group mounted as originally worn, the France and Germany clasp a copy, a GENUINE clasp will be supplied to the purchaser.

Born 24th November 1922, the 1939 registration records he is residing in Southgate, Middlesex.

Commissioned Pilot Officer (General Duties Branch Aircrew) from Flight Sergeant 2nd June 1944 (London Gazette 8th August 1944 page 3667), Flying Officer (General Duties Branch Aircrew) 2nd December 1944 (London Gazette 29th December 1944 page 5947), promoted Flight Lieutenant 2nd June 1946 (London Gazette 28th June 1946 page 3282). RAFVR commission resigned 1st May 1947 (London Gazette 17th February 1948 page 1117), Lieutenant South Lancashire Regiment from the RAFVR 1st May 1947 with seniority 24th November 1945 (London Gazette 9th September 1947 page 4243).

Resigning his commission in the South Lancashire Regiment 25th September 1950 (London Gazette 27th November 1951 page 6174), he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Police in the Federation of Malaya Police Force, being awarded the General Service Medal clasp Malaya, whilst serving in the Police he married in Singapore in 1953.

Appointed to Short Service Commission (Provost Branch) as Flying Officer 9th June 1954 with seniority 2nd April 1954 (London Gazette 20th July 1954 page 4246). Assistant Provost Marshall as Flying Officer 24th September 1954 (London Gazette 15th October 1954 page 5829), he qualified for the Cyprus clasp with the Royal Air Force.

As Flight Lieutenant (Provost Branch) he resigned his commission 19th December 1957 (London Gazette 31st December 1957 page 7598) and died in Reading, Berkshire in 1999.

Distinguished Flying Cross London Gazette 21st September 1945 page 4703

Flying Officer (Navigator / Bomb Aimer) Donald Chisholm Boa, 105 Squadron Royal Air Force

Hours flown on operations 248, number of sorties flown 66

‘Flying Officer Boa joined Pathfinder Force in April 1943 and has already carried out a first tour of 40 sorties before starting to operate in this Squadron in December, 1944. Since this date he has completed a further 26 sorties 15 of these being marker sorties.

Flying Officer Boa possesses great skill as a Navigator and also the ability to concentrate on the job in hand under any conditions. This together with his courage, endurance and determination, has made him a great asset to the Squadron and enabled him to compile a fine operational record.’

His impressive number of sorties commenced on 25th June 1943, target Hamburg and included Berlin on fifteen occasions, Frankfurt four times, Hamburg twice, Duisburg three times as well as Dusseldorf, Gelsenkirchen, Leverkusen, and Ludsweighaven, ending his first tour on 4th March 1944. Commencing his second tour 15th December 1944 his aircraft was marker for fifteen sorties, his last sortie was Bayreuth on 11th April 1945.

GVF & better £2,450 SOLD


 

Distinguished Service Order Victoria, Order of the British Empire 1st type Military, Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, British War Medal, Victory Medal to Major Henry Read Darley, Staff late 4th Dragoon Guards and South Wales Borderers born in Dublin in 1865. Educated at Clifton College, Trinity College Cambridge and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 4th Dragoon Guards in March 1888. Serving as Adjutant 1891 to 1892, he was placed on Half Pay as a Captain in 1894. Called to the Bar Inner Temple in 1893, he does not appear to have practiced as a Barrister. Commissioned into the 3rd Volunteer Battalion South Wales Borderers in 1894, he volunteered for service in South Africa serving as ADC to Major General Lord C C W Chesham, Inspector General Imperial Yeomanry, awarded the DSO for these services and Mentioned in Despatches. Resigning his commission in 1904, he was employed as Secretary of the Cavalry Club, Mayfair, London. Volunteering for service in the First World War he served in France from May 1916 and was both ADC to the GOC and Assistant Provost Marshall, 11th Division. Awarded the OBE for these services in June 1919. Demobilized in 1919 he returned to his position of Cavalry Club Secretary and died there in April 1931 after a long illness.

Distinguished Service Order Victoria in silver gilt

Unnamed as awarded

Order of the British Empire 1st type Military

Unnamed as awarded reverse Hallmark for London 1919

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

Capt H R Darley Imp Yeo

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

Capt H R Darley DSO S Wales Bord

British War and Victory Medals

Major H R Darley

The group mounted as originally worn contained in a black velvet lined leather case, the lid inscribed “Major H R Darley, DSO, OBE late 4th R I Dragoon Guards, Cavalry Club”.

With research extracted from on line sources listed here, copy photos of recipient (2).

Henry Read Darley born 13th June 1865 in Dublin, son of the late Joseph F Darley, Barister of 5 Northbrook Road, Leeson Park, Dublin.

Educated at Clifton College and Trinity College, Cambridge admitted 4th November 1885, spoke French and German, commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 4th Dragoon Guards from Gentleman Cadet, RMC Sandhurst 14th March 1888 (London Gazette 13th March 1888 page 1563), Lieutenant 30th July 1889, Captain 13th April 1892, Adjutant 4th Dragoon Guards 15th April 1891 to 13th December 1892, to Half Pay 14th February 1894. He married in 1890 Emily, daughter of the Honourable John Pentergast Vereker, four sons, they divorced in 1914. Called to the Bar Inner Temple 17th November 1893. Captain 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion South Wales Borderers 14th February 1894 and volunteered for service in South Africa.

Served in the South Africa War as ADC to GOG Imperial Yeomanry Brigade, DAAG from 15th December 1900 and ADC to Inspector General Imperial Yeomanry Major General Lord C C W Chesham, KCB. Operations in Orange Free State April to May 1900, operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900, operations in the Transvaal west of Pretoria July to 29th Nov ember 1900 including the actions at Venterskroom 7th and 9th August, operations in the Orange River Colony May to 29th November 1900, including action at Lindley 1st June and Rhenoster River. Operations in Cape Colony north of Orange River 1900. Operations in Transvaal 30th November 1900 to January 1902.

Distinguished Service Order London Gazette 27th September 1901 page 6305 “In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa”, the Insignia presented by HM The King 29th October 1901. Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 19th September 1901.

Resigning his commission in the South Wales Borderers 6th June 1904 (London Gazette 17th June 1904 page 3862). The 1911 census records he is employed as Secretary of the Cavalry Club, London. Volunteering his services on the outbreak of War, Major Reserve of Officers late 4th Dragoon Guards 29th August 1914 (London Gazette 28th August 1914 page 6798), appointed ADC 7th June 1915 (London Gazette 2nd July 1915 page 6439) Assistant Military Secretary to GOC Eastern Command, he served in France from 27th May 1916. Appointed Staff Captain with the rank of Major 21st November 1916 (London Gazette 30th January 1917 page 1056) and Assistant Provost Marshall 11th Division. Awarded the OBE London Gazette 3rd June 1919 page 6986 “For valuable services rendered in connection with the War”.

Demobilized in 1919, he returned to his employment as Secretary of the Cavalry Club in Mayfair, London and died there on 25th April 1931 aged 65 years after a long illness.

First time on the market.

GVF £4,250 Reserved


 

Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) in silver gilt and enamels, Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 undated reverse clasp The Nile 1884-85, Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 to Lieutenant Colonel The Honourable Richard Thompson Lawley, 7th Hussars. Born in August 1856, the second son of the Second Baron Wenlock of Escrick Park, Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire and Colonel Yorkshire Hussars. Educated at Eton 1870 – 74 and the Royal Military College, commissioned in February 1875, he joined the 7th Hussars the following year. Serving in the Nile Expedition 1884-5 as part of the Light Camel Regiment. Promoted Captain in 1885, Major in 1893 and Lieutenant Colonel commanding 7th Hussars in 1899. Serving in South Africa 1901 to 1902, he first commanded the 7th Hussars and from January 1902 commanded a mobile column. Mentioned in Despatches in June 1902 and appointed a Companion of the Bath in June 1902 in recognition of his services in South Africa. Brevet Colonel in June 1903 and placed on Half Pay in November 1904, he succeeded his brother as 4th Baron Wenlock in 1912 and died in July 1918.

Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) in silver gilt and enamels

Unnamed as awarded

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882 – 1889 undated reverse clasp The Nile 1884-85

Lieut Hon R T Lawley 7/ Husrs

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902

Lt Col Hon R T Lawley CB 7/Hrs

Khedives Star 1884-6

Unnamed as issued

With a folder of research, copied photos.

Richard Thompson Lawley was born 21st August 1856 the son of Beilby Richard Lawley 2nd Baron Wenlock of Escrick Park, the Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire and Colonel, Yorkshire Hussars and his wife Lady Elizabeth Grosvenor, daughter of Richard, 2nd Marquess of Westminster. Brother of Sir Beilby Lawley, 3rd Baron Wenlock, Governor of Madras (1891 to 1896), Lt Colonel Yorkshire Imperial Yeomanry and Lord of the Bedchamber of HRH The Prince of Wales (1901), whom he succeeded in 1912 as 4th Baron Wenlock.

Captian Hon R T Lawley (left) Captain D Haig (seated) later Field Marshal Earl Haig C in C BEF, India 1888

Educated at Eton (1870 – 74) he married in 1909 Rhonda Edith 2nd daughter of the Reverend Canon Knox-Little of Worcester. Commissioned Sub Lieutenant unattached list from the Royal Military College he was appointed to the 7th Hussars as Lieutenant 11th February 1876. Promoted Captain 21st July 1885, Major 5th May 1893, Lieutenant Colonel 26th June 1899 and Brevet Colonel 26th June 1903. Served throughout the Nile Expedition 1884-5 with the Light Camel Regiment including operations with the desert column including the engagement at Abu Klea Wells 16th to 17th February 1885. Three officers and forty four other ranks of the 7th Hussars served with the Light Camel Regiment.

Appointed to command the 7th Hussars 20th December 1901 to 22nd January 1902, he was then appointed to command a mobile column comprising The Queen’s Bays, 7th Hussars, two guns and a pom pom from 39th Battery Royal Field Artillery. Present during operations in the Transvaal from March to 31st May 1902, Orange River Colony from January to March and May 1902, Cape Colony from January to March and May 1902, Cape Colony from December 1901 to January 1902. Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 26th June 1902, appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath London Gazette 26th June 1902 page 4192 “In recognition of services during operations in South Africa” . Retiring 2nd November 1904, he inherited the title as 4th Baron Wenlock from his brother in 1912, he died at Hestercombe near Taunton whilst on a visit 25th July 1918 aged 61 years without issue, his brother inherited the title. Lord Wenlock is buried at St Peter’s Church, Monk Hopton, Shropshire, his home at the time of his death was Monk Hopton House.

Light pitting to Egypt and Sudan Medal otherwise.

GVF £2,950 Reserved


 

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.

Distinguished Conduct Medal GV

8328 Pte W G Burt 2/Dorset Regt

1914/15 Star

8328 Pte W G Burt Dorset R

British War and Victory Medals with MID Oakleaf

8328 T Cpl W G Burt Dorset R

With copy Medal Index Card, service record, London Gazette entries for DCM and MID, copy photo and other research listed here.

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.

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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Military Medal GV, 1914 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Lance Corporal John William Ledger, 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster regiment a former Foundry Labourer born in Carbrook, Sheffield in 1890. Enlisting at Sheffield 1st February 1910 he served with the 2nd Battalion in France from 8th September 1914 taking part in the battle of the Aisne and in action at Hooge, Ypres sector in July 1915. One of the first recipients of the new Military Medal decoration which appeared in the London Gazette dated 3rd June 1916, his award was for gallantry in the Ypres Salient in April 1916, in a series of attacks against German positions, notably on 19th to 22nd April 1916. Arriving on the Somme in August 1916, the Battalion was to see much action. Wounded in the right leg by a bomb (grenade) an accident in October 1916 he was evacuated to the UK for hospital treatment 5th October 1916. Discharged unfit in October 1917, he died in 1955.

Military Medal GV

9679 Pte J W Ledger 2/Y & L R

1914 Star

9679 Pte J W Ledger 2/York & Lanc R

British War and Victory Medals

9679 Pte J W Ledger Y & L R

With details extracted from his on line service record, copy Medal Index Card and London Gazette entries for MM.

John William Ledger was born in Carbrook, Sheffield in 1890, an Iron Foundry Labourer he attested for the York & Lancaster Regiment at Sheffield 1st February 1910 and joined the Depot. Posted to the 2nd Battalion 25th April 1910, 3rd Battalion 9th June 1914 and back to the 2nd Battalion 8th August 1914. Serving in France from 8th September 1914, the Battalion took part in the battle of the Aisne in September 1914 and the actions at Hooge, Ypres sector in July 1915. Awarded the Military Medal London Gazette 3rd June 1916 page 5593 for gallantry during April 1916 in the Ypres Salient the Battalion War Diary records –

From: Brigadier C L Nicholson Commanding 16th Infantry Brigade dated 29th April 1916 –

“The work of 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment since they were sent up in support of 8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment on the night of 19th/20th (April) has been admirable. The only successful attack on the night of 19th/20th (April) was executed by one company of this Battalion which recaptured D.21. During the 20th and 21st and the night of 21st/22nd they worked hard on the second line and suffered considerable losses. Whilst it is almost certainly due to their hard work and gallant patrolling that S.19 and the Mortaldje Estaminent have been occupied”.

John’s Granddaughter does recall him telling her he was awarded the MM for rescuing a wounded officer, there may be some truth to this as his service record records he was an officer’s servant (purchased from the family).

Arriving on the Somme 3rd August 1916, appointed Lance Corporal 18th August 1916,  they took part in the attack on Leuze Wood and the Quadrilateral 15th September. Soon checked by heavy machine gun fire, all three attacking Battalions were pinned down in their start position. A renewed attempt in the early evening also failed. Taking part in the attack on Morval 25th September all objectives were taken within 15 minutes of Zero hour, casualties for the month of September recorded as 360 killed and wounded and 129 admitted to hospital sick. Wounded in the right leg by a bomb (grenade) this is noted as an accidental wound but attributable to his active service for which he received a disability pension, could have been a training accident or hit by one of our grenades during the attack on Morval.

Evacuated to the UK for hospital treatment 5th October 1916 and admitted to Haxby Road Military Hospital, York. Posted to Command at Ripon 29th July 1917 and to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion 25th August 1917. Discharged no longer fit for military service 11th October 1917, home address recorded as 163 Greystock Street, Sheffield, he died in 1955.

Polishing contact wear particularly to MM, Star gilded.

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Distinguished Service Medal GVI, British Empire Medal GVI (Military), Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39, 1939/45 Star, Africa Star clasp North Africa 1942-43, Atlantic Star, War Medal, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type to Commissioned Engineer (Sub Lieutenant) Charles Stanley Carter, Royal Navy born in July 1905 in Penzance, Cornwall. Entering the Royal Navy in January 1921, he rose steadily through the ranks being advanced to Chief Engine Room Artificer in January 1937. Joining HMS Broke in July 1939, the ship taking part in the evacuation of troops from St Nazaire, France in June 1940. Awarded the BEM for his skill when Broke rescued 180 survivors from the Armed Merchant Cruiser Comorin  which caught fire on 6th April 1941 and eventually sank in mid Atlantic during severe weather conditions. Awarded the DSM for Operation Torch she landed US troops in Algiers, Broke came under a heavy fire from Vichy French shore batteries but landed troops despite being badly damaged. Disabled by further fire as she withdrew she sank two days later. Promoted to Warrant Engineer in September 1944, he retired in 1949 as a Commissioned Engineer and died in Plymouth in 1970.

Distinguished Service Medal GVI

M.36157 C S Carter CERA

British Empire Medal GVI (Military)

Chief ERA Charles Stanley Carter D/M.36157

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

M.36157 C S Carter ERA2 RN

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

Unnamed as issued

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

M.36157 C S Carter CERA 2 HMS Fearless

With copy service records, London Gazette entries and headers for BEM and DSM, copy recommendations for both awards. The group mounted for wear, not particularly well, in the wrong order.

Charles Stanley Carter was born in Penzance, Cornwall 2nd July 1905. A Scholar he entered the Royal Navy 29th January 1921 as an Artificer Apprentice, completing his Apprenticeship at Fisgard 1st July 1925 and rated ERA5, advanced to ERA3 at Vivid 1st July 1929, ERA2 aboard HMS Adventure 1st July 1933, acting CERA2 aboard HMS Fame 20th January 1937, he was confirmed in that rate aboard HMS Fearless 20th January 1938 and awarded the LSGC Medal aboard this ship 7th June 1938. Joining HMS Broke 31st July 1939, the ship taking part in the evacuation of troops from St Nazaire in June 1940. Awarded both the BEM and DSM whist serving aboard this ship.

BEM London Gazette 8th July 1944 page 3915 ‘For courage and seamanship in rescuing survivors from a burning vessel’

‘One of HM Ships the SS Comorin caught fire at sea (on 6th April 1941). The fire spread quickly and it was decided to abandon ship. Heavy weather made the removal of the crew difficult. By fine seamanship a Destroyer was brought along side, and the greater part of the crew taken off. In this operation acting Leading Seaman Cook (awarded BEM) was conspicuous. He took the lead in helping survivors who were hurt as they jumped aboard. He worked untiringly, with no regard for his own safety. Chief Engine Room Artificer Carter did fine work during three and a half hours of delicate handling. 685 orders were transmitted to the Engine Room during this time. The names of these two men are put forward as representative of the skill, devotion and courage displayed throughout the action by the lower deck and Engine Room’.

HMS Broke recued 180 survivors, HMS Lincoln and HMS Glenarty also took survivors, 405 of the 426 on board were rescued. SS Comorin sank in mid Atlantic.

DSM London Gazette  6th April 1943 page 1583 ‘For outstanding gallantry and zeal in the Engine Room of HMS Broke throughout the hazardous operations when the Allied Forces were landed in North Africa in November 1942, Operation Terminal’.

Originally recommended for a Mention in Despatches but this upgraded to the DSM, the recommendation states –

‘This man’s bearing and leadership in action were of the highest order and had a most excellent steadying effect. He was also untiring in his efforts in after action damage control. The high state of effectiveness of the Engine Room Department was largely due to his zeal and energy’.

On 8 November 1942 Broke, together with the Destroyer Malcolm took part in Operation Terminal  part of Operation Torch , the Allied invasion of French North Africa. In “Terminal”, the two Destroyers were to attempt to land infantry directly onto the portside in Algiers in the hope of capturing the port facilities and preventing their destruction by the Vichy French. It was hoped that either complete surprise would be achieved or that the defenders would support the invasion to the extent at least of refusing to fire on the attackers. However, the Vichy forces opened fire on the ships, damaging them heavily. Malcolm was forced to withdraw, but Broke had better luck. On her third attempt, she sliced through the boom and succeeded in landing her troops under fire on the Quai de Fécamp, four hours after the operation started. Broke continued to receive heavy fire and was forced to withdraw at 1030, the unseasoned US troops she landed were quickly taken prisoner. roke was again hit by shore batteries when withdrawing which compounded on earlier damage. She was taken in tow by the Destroyer Zetland, but sank two days later on 10th November at position 36.50N 00.40E.

Promoted to Warrant Engineer 18th September 1944, and to Commissioned Engineer with the same seniority he retired in 1949 and died in Plymouth in 1970.

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