Single Campaign Medals post 1902
General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine, Corporal, Royal Air Force, as a Warrant Officer was Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services during the allied landings at ANZIO, the award being UNIQUE to the Royal Air Force.
General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine
517682 Cpl W A Reading RAF
With copy London Gazette entry and service record.
William Alfred Reading enlisted as an Aircraft Hand in July 1934 before posting to 201 Squadron in November. Posted to the Electrical and Wireless School in April 1935, posted to 15 Squadron in Iraq 1936-38, where he may have flown as a backseater, posted to Heliopolis until December 1938. His next posting was to RAF Ramleh, where he earned the GSM clasp Palestine, before returning to the Home Establishment in April 1939.
Reading spent the early war with No 1 Electrical and Wireless School followed by a stay in hospital, followed by two postings to unreadable stations before he went to Combined Signals School, HMS Dundonald from 8 October 1942 to 31 May 1944, encompassing the period of Operation Shingle (Anzio) January – June 1944. Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 5th May 1944 page 2127 “For outstanding skill, resolution and devotion to duty in successful landings at Anzio”. Unusually, this was a Naval Despatch, the award being UNIQUE to the Royal Air Force. His final posting was to No 105 (Combined Operations) Wing, Leuchars, 31 May 1944, released from service in November 1945.
The Medal virtually as issued, dark toned.
EF £425 Available
Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04, Bandsman, HMS Hyacinth died whilst a prisoner in Lewes Prison in 1907.
Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04
A J Dale Bandsn HMS Hyacinth
With copy service records and casualty roll entry.
Alfred John dale was born in Portsea, Portsmouth 7th December 1880, a scholar he entered the Royal Navy (No 341202) at St Vincent as Band Boy 19th June 1896. Rated Bandsman 7th December 1898, he subsequently joined HMS Andromeda 5th September 1899, St Vincent 24th September 1899, HMS Northampton 31st October 1899, HMS Agincourt 6th May 1903, HMS Hyacinth 20th July 1903 and Victory 21st April 1906, transferring to the Royal Marines 23rd April 1903 (No Portsmouth 14159). Joining Portsmouth Division and RN School of Music 24th April 1906, he joined HMS Britannia 2nd October 1906. He died of Enteric Fever whilst a prisoner in Lewes Prison 6th September 1907, his last character assessment being recorded as “Indifferent”. Next of kin recorded as his mother 9 Samuel Road, Kingston, Portsmouth.
The Medal virtually as issued, dark toned.
EF £275 SOLD
Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Near East, Merchant Navy served aboard SS New Australia
Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Near East
Mr George McTernan was a Merchant Seaman, Discharge Book Number R512342 who served aboard the SS New Australia during the 1956 Suez Operations, Medal issued 2nd March 1963.
The SS New Australia was requisitioned by the UK Government for the Suez Operations on 3rd August 1956, by 7th October 1956 a total of 81 Merchant Vessels had been taken into service for what was to be known as Operation Musketeer. New Australia had previously been employed on the migrant service UK to Australia and was requisitioned with the agreement of the Australian Government. Embarking troops at Southampton on 1st November she sailed with Asturias and Dilwara and arrived off Port Said on 10th November with soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division. New Australia carried soldiers from the Royal West Kent Regiment who relieved 2 PARA, embarking the PARA’s and transporting them to Cyprus. She returned to Port Said for the withdrawal and embarked soldiers on 14th and 15th December 1956.
Toned and fairly scarce to Merchant Seamen.
GVF £145 Available
Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp Near East, Marine, 42 Commando Royal Marines.
Naval General Service Medal E2 clasp NEAR EAST
R.M. 11180 P F Cordon Mne RM
The RM Medal roll for the NGS clasp Near East records Marine Cordon served with 42 Commando during the 1956 Suez operations, landing on 6th November 1956 they remained after the Brigade withdrew until 27 November when they returned to Bickleigh.
GVF £165 Available