Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39, Petty Officer Seaman, Royal Navy served aboard SS Duchess of York during the evacuation of the BEF in 1940 from Ana Fjord, Norway and St Nazaire, France.

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

J.109034 J W Roast PO RN

With copy service record.

Jack William Roast was born in Southend on Sea, Essex 21st January 1907 a Labourer he entered the Royal Navy at Ganges as a Boy 2nd Class 27th November 1923. Rated Ordinary Seaman aboard HMS Marlborough 1st October 1924 and Able Seaman aboard the same ship 31st January 1925. Advanced to Leading Seaman aboard HMS Royal Oak 13th May 1930, he joined HMS Foxhound 24th October 1936 and took part in the Palestine operations aboard this ship. Advanced to Petty Officer aboard HMS Sussex 5th August 1937 on the outbreak of the Second World War he was serving aboard HMS Havock. Joining Pembroke I 7th February 1940 for services aboard the SS Duchess of York. After being requisitioned, the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company SS Duchess of York made three Liverpool – Canada sailings and on the 1st of June 1940 sailed to Ana Fjord, Norway to rescue 4,000 British troops and civilians. She then sailed to Brest with French Foreign Legionaires and then to St Nazaire where she rescued 5,000 British troops and nurses while under heavy bombing attacks. On 21st Jun.1940 she sailed for Canada with 3,000 German prisoners of war and then made a similar voyage with 1,100 evacuee children. Roast’s service record records he served aboard SS Duchess of York for Operation Dynamo.

Joining HMS Puffin 12th July 1940, he subsequently joined Pemborke I 18th November 1940, Calliope 3rd January 1941, the Destroyer HMS Liddesdale 19th February 1941, Pembroke I 12th June 1941, Ferrett 5th September 1941. Advanced to acting Chief Petty Officer aboard the Depot Ship HMS Tyne 29th May 1942. Charged with being drunk on board, he was found guilty and punished by Warrant dated 22nd March 1943, part of his punishment was to be deprived the LSGC Medal which had been awarded to him 29th November 1939. Discharged from the RN Hospital, Southport 17th April 1944, permanently unfit for Naval Service. Home address recorded as 96 Westbury Road, Southend on Sea, Essex. He died in Rochford, Essex 17th October 1951 aged 46 years.

EF £165 Available

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine, Signalman, Royal Signals wounded 30th March 1945 at Wesel, Germany whilst serving with 12 Lines of Communication Royal Signals.

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine

2324027 Sgln F W Riley R Signals

With copy GSM Medal roll entry, War Office casualty list entry and War Diary.

Lance Sergeant F W Riley was wounded 30th March 1945 whilst serving with 12 Lines of Communication Royal Signals. Riley was with 50 Conversion Section when his unit moved from Cleve to Wesel, Germany to work on forward communication cables when he was wounded. The War Diary also records on 7th April 1945 he was still being treated at 24 Field Dressing Station. Two men, including Riley were wounded on 30th March and three the following day almost certainly from mortar or artillery fire.

A Strategic Depot, Wesel became the target of allied bombing. On the 16, 17 and 19 February 1945, the town was attacked with impact and air-burst bombs, which destroyed 97% of the city. The Wehrmacht  blew up bridges along the Rhine and Lippe  to prevent Allied forces from advancing. The Wehrmacht also destroyed the 1,950m-long railway  bridge, the last Rhine bridge remaining in German hands, on 10 March. On 23 March, Wesel came under the fire of over 3,000 guns when it was bombarded anew, in preparation for Operation Plunder  The shelling was assisted by a raid of RAF bombers and a larger raid that night. At 2100 hours on the 23rd, ten individual bombers each dropped a 10,000 kg bomb on Wesel, the heaviest bombs dropped in World War II. Before the town was finally taken by Allied troops, 97% of its structures were destroyed. In the ensuing attacks by Allied forces, the town was taken with minimal casualties. Operation Varsity – the largest airborne landings of the war – dropped 18,000 troops into the area to take the hills behind Wesel. The British 1st Commando Brigade was already attacking Wesel, carried into action by LVT Buffalos. The remainder of the Allied force crossed the Rhine in more amphibious vehicles.

EF £135 Available

Naval General Service Medal GV clasp Persian Gulf 1909-14, Leading Seaman, Royal Navy HMS Sphinx

Naval General Service Medal GV clasp Persian Gulf 1909-14

197574 R W Preston LG SEA HMS Sphinx

With copy service record and 1WW Medal roll entry.

Robert William Preston was born in Walthamstow, Essex 28th August 1881 a Labourer he entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class aboard HMS Caledonia 25th January 1898. Rated Ordinary Seaman aboard HMS Agincourt 31st May 1899, Able Seaman aboard HMS Arethusa 1st June 1902 and advanced to Leading Seaman at Pembroke I 27th October 1908. Serving aboard HMS Sphinx 27th March 1909 to 24th November 1909, he was discharged from Pembroke 27th August 1911, time expired. Joining Chatham Royal Fleet Reserve he re-joined Pembroke 2nd August 1914 and served aboard a Merchant Fleet Auxiliary from 19th August 1914 to 4th September 1915 when he re-joined Pembroke and on 15th September 1915 joined President III, probably for service aboard Armed Merchant Cruisers. His record ends on 17th January 1917. The 1WW Medal roll records his 1914/15 Star Trio was sent to his father with a 1917 casualty reference number. His death is not recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but a civil death entry is recorded in Epping, Essex for him in the first quarter of 1917.

163 NGS clasp Persian Gulf 1909-1914 awarded to the Composite Paddle Steamer HMS Sphinx

EF £195 Available

Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04, Petty Officer 1st Class, Royal Navy HMS Highflyer.

Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04

J Germain PO 1CL HMS Highflyer

With copy Medal roll entry confirming.

EF £150 SOLD

Queen’s Korea Medal, Gunner, Royal Artillery

Queen’s Korea Medal

1427617 Gnr G W Ciswell RA

George William Criswell was born in St Ives, Huntingdonshire 13th February 1923, married on the Isle of Wight in 1943, he served in a Field Regiment, Royal Artillery 8th September 1944, discharged to Army Reserve 25th November 1951. Died in Chichester, Sussex 24th March 2004 aged 81 years.

GVF £100 Available

South Atlantic Medal (Falklands) with Rosette, Quartermaster, RFA Fort Austin.

South Atlantic Medal with Rosette

QM H Smith RFA Fort Austin

Mounted as originally worn.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Austin was in Gibraltar when the Falklands War broke out. She immediately sailed to Ascension Island where she embarked helicopters and Special Forces for the re capture of South Georgia. Having transferred the troops and stores she returned to Ascension Island and then back to the Total Exclusion Zone (TEZ) with the main battle group. In addition to her stores supply role, she provided anti submarine warfare support for the Amphibious Force and was in San Carlos on ‘D’ day and during the subsequent air attacks. She arrived in Ascension two days after the surrender of Argentine forces and was one of the first ships home from the conflict.

NEF £575 Available

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IRAQ Medal clasp 19 Mar to 28 Apr 2003, Marine Engineering Mechanic 1st Class, Royal Navy served aboard HMS Ark Royal during the invasion of IRAQ.

IRAQ Medal clasp 19 Mar to 28 Apr 2003

MEM 1 S Giles D246228L RN

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With named box of issue containing Rosette in envelope, photo of HMS Ark Royal returning from Operation Telic 1 and recipient’s kit record book. Giles enlisted in 1990 and joined Raleigh for basic training then Sultan for trade training. He joined HMS Ark Royal in May 2002 serving aboard this Aircraft Carrier during the invasion of IRAQ. Joining Nelson in June 2003, he appears to have been discharged at the end of 2004.

EF £245 SOLD

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Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Air Operations Iraq, Acting Operator Mechanic (Above Water) 1st Class, Royal Navy.

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Air Operations Iraq

AOM(AW) 1 A J Thompson D236188B RN

In named box of issue, mounted as originally worn, Thompson was a Radar Operator aboard HMS Ark Royal.

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NEF £295 SOLD

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Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, Corporal, Royal Military Police.

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland

24068853 Cpl M D Potter RMP

Service number indicates a 1966 enlistment so an early tour of Northern Ireland and RMP tour was for two years.

First time on the market.

GVF £125 Available

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Queen’s Korea Medal, Acting Leading Electrical Mechanic (Air), Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy.

Queen’s Korea Medal

L/SFX.856276 L J Loe A/LEM (A) RN

Acting Leading Electrical Mechanic (Air) Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy.

Lawrence J Loe was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire and was still residing there in 1939, his number indicates a 1947 enlistment.

NEF £130 Available

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General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine, Private, Army Catering Corps attached 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment wounded in Tunisia 6th May 1943.

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine

3854407 Pte G Williams Loyal R

With copy Medal roll entry and casualty reporting list.

Served with the 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in Palestine, the casualty reporting list records he is a Corporal Army Catering Corps attached 1st Battalion Loyals. Wounded in Tunisia 6th May 1943.

On 6th May 1943 the British Army began its final assault on Tunis. At dawn protected by a tremendous Artillery barrage, the 6th and 7th Armoured Divisions of the British IX Corps succeeded in reaching the plain behind Djebel Bou Aoukaz, throwing Axis communications and supply lines into disorder. The two Armoured Divisions manage to reach Massicault. Tunis and Bizerta were captured the following day.

GVF £150 Available

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Gulf War Medal  1990-91 clasp 16 Jan to 28 Feb 1991, Seaman Grade 1A, Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Gulf War Medal 1990-91 clasp 16 Jan to 29 Feb 1991

SG1A J M Galbraith RFA

Recipient served on the RFA Tidespring.

EF £225 Available

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Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, Private, Parachute Regiment

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland

24320133 Pte J P Wescott PARA

John Paul Wescott was born in Northumberland in 1956, his service number indicates a February 1973 enlistment.

EF £195 Available

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General Service Medal GV clasps IRAQ, N W Persia, Private, Royal Irish Fusiliers

General Service Medal GV clasps IRAQ, NW Persia

24066 Pte J Doherty R IR Fus

With copy Medal Index Card, also entitled British War & Victory Medals

James Doherty served with the 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia and post War IRAQ and NW Persia, his GSM was sent to him in 1924 to his home address 290 Cupar Street, Springfield Road, Belfast.

EF £170 Available

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General Service Medal E2 clasp Malaya, Lieutenant, King’s Own Scottish Borderers

General Service Medal E2 clasp Malaya

Lt J D F Howard KOSB

John David Frederick Howard was born in Rochford, Essex in 1932. An Officer Cadet at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant King’s Own Scottish Borderers 1st August 1952 (London Gazette 23rd September 1952 page 5022 refers). Promoted Lieutenant 1st August 1954 (London Gazette 3rd August 1954 refers), Lieutenant Reserve of Officers 24th September 1957 (London Gazette 29th October 1957 page 6318 refers). The 1st Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers were based in Northern Ireland from December 1952, they moved to Singapore in August 1955 and to Malaya the following month remaining in the Far East until October 1958 when they arrived at Milton Bridge Camp, Penicuick, Midlothian, Scotland.

Mounted as originally worn.

GVF £195 Available

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