General Service Medal GV clasp IRAQ, Private, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

General Service Medal GV clasp IRAQ

69416 Pte H Crump KOYLI

With copy Medal Index Card confirming this his ONLY Medal entitlement, served with the 2nd Battalion KOYLI during the IRAQ operations.

NEF £100 Reserved

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

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland

24342636 Pte C P Hobbs PARA

Mounted court style as originally worn. Service number indicates 1974 enlistment. With some written details of service from the recipient.

Clifford Phillip Hobbs was born 6th April 1958 in the British Military Hospital, Nicosia, Cyprus. He enlisted in 1974 and served 14 years in the Parachute Regiment, he served with 1 PARA in Northern Ireland from 2nd April to 9th July 1978 based at Bessbrook, 20th November 1981 to 27th January 1982 (Spearhead reinforcement) based in Armagh and the border area and 17th April to 1st October 1982 based in Fermanagh, discharged 1988.

GVF and better £195 Available

General Service Medal E2 clasps Cyprus, Near East, Sapper, Royal Engineers

General Service Medal E2 clasps Cyprus, Near East

23230379 Spr T R G Knight RE 

In named card box of issue for the “Near East” clasp. Clasps riveted together, recipient born in Weymouth, Dorset in 1936. Neat official correction to first “3” of service number

GVF and better £125 Available


South Atlantic Medal with Rosette, Able Seaman (Sonar Submarines), HMS Spartan

South Atlantic Medal with Rosette

AB (SSM) P A Jeffrey D133252P HMS Spartan

Spartan was ordered to sail south for the Falkland Islands  two days before the Argentine invasion  on 30th March 1982 and was the first ship to arrive in the islands. Her first task was to enforce a 200-mile (370-km) maritime exclusion zone imposed by the British. Shortly after, Spartan sighted Argentine merchant shipping mining the harbour at Stanley, but was not ordered to attack. This was partly due to British concerns about escalating the war too early, but also to avoid scaring off more lucrative targets such as the Argentine aircraft carrier Veinticinco de May, Spartan was marking the 25 De Mayo, from just outside the Argentinian 12 mile limit, when  Spartan was ordered away by the Northwood Fleet Command in England, rejecting, the strong view of the Task Force Commander, Admiral Woodward. He considered, as the highest ranking Naval Officer in the area, he should control the Royal Navy Submarines, and potentially faced losing the war, by the lack of local control in the battle zone. In the following days 25 de Mayo was therefore able to move, and almost launched a A-4Q Skyhawk attack from much closer range than possible from Argentinian airfields and, unchecked by the British nuclear submarines frequently operated anti submarine aircraft and helicopters well outside the territorial limit. Unlike HMS Conqueror, Spartan did not fire in anger during the Falklands War, though she did provide valuable reconnaissance to the British Task Force on Argentine aircraft movements.

NEF £1,450 SOLD


Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, Corporal, Royal Marines Commando 

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland

P025217W A Parker Cpl RM

Mounted as originally worn, in named card box of issue.

Service number indicates 1967 enlistment, dark toned.

GVF and better £95 Reserved


Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, Private, Gordon Highlanders.

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland

24469718 Pte M F Piacentini Gordons

Mounted as originally worn. With research note recording Marc Piacentini from Glasgow served in the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders 1978 to 1981, the Battalion served in Northern Ireland from 6th August 1979 to 6th December 1979 based in Armagh / Dungannon area.

Toned GVF and better £75 Available


South Atlantic Medal with Rosette, 3rd Officer, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship ‘Tidespring’

South Atlantic Medal with Rosette

3/0 J A Thornborough RFA Tidespring

With two photographs of RFA ‘Tidespring’. She sailed from Gibraltar on 30th March 1982 for the UK but was diverted south on 2nd April. Reaching Ascension on 10th April, where her arrival heralded the start of Operation Paraquat – the recapture of South Georgia.

Includes a photocopy of the magazine ‘The RFA in the Falklands’. Scarce to an RFA Deck Officer.

GVF and better £650 Available

RFA ‘Tidespring’



South Atlantic Medal with Rosette, Junior Engineering Officer, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Tidepool.

South Atlantic Medal with Rosette

JEO G Thompson RFA Tidepool

Mounted as originally worn with five photos, three of Tidepool at sea and two of a main street in Ports Stanley. Very neat official correction to Tidepool, hardly noticeable. Scarce Medal to an RFA officer.

GVF and better £650 Available


General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine, Private, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment

General Service Medal GV clasp Palestine

5949097 Pte W F Lee Bedfs & Herts R

With copy War Office casualty return injured in August 1944 in North West Europe whilst serving with 5th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. The 5th Battalion saw its first action on 27th June 1944 near Bayeux in which its Commanding Officer was killed. On 10th July 1944 it took part in the attack and capture of Hill 112 a key point between the Odon and Orne Rivers in which it suffered 300 casualties.

GVF £125 Available


General Service Medal E2 clasp Malaya, Sergeant, Royal Signals

General Service Medal E2 clasp Malaya

4033489 Sgt A M Cross R Sigs

With some research recording Sergeant Cross originally attested for the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry and transferred to the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on 19th October 1944. Discharged Section ‘B’ Army Reserve 12th March 1946. Re-joining the colours 9th April 1947, he transferred to the Royal Signals 1st April 1948.

GVF £45 Available


General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine, Private, East Yorkshire Regiment wounded in Tunisia in 1943.

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine

4341213 Pte E W Havery E York R

With copy War Office casualty roll entry and War Diary covering the date he was wounded. Havery served with the 5th Battalion in North Africa and was wounded in action 21st March 1943 in the attack on Ksiba Est, Tunisia.

GVF £125 Available


Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Borneo, Army Catering Corps

Campaign Service Medal E2 Clasp Borneo

23903717 PTE P KELLEY, ACC

NEF £60 SOLD


General  Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48

14317994 L CPL W H GIBSON, R.SIGS

GVF £45 SOLD


General Service Medal E2 clasp Cyprus, Royal Signals

General Service Medal E2 clasp Cyprus

23455076 SIGMN N E BROOKS, R.SIGS

GVF  £50 SOLD


General Service Medal GVI clasp S E Asia, Unnamed

General Service Medal GVI clasp S E Asia 1945-46

UNNAMED

GVF £40 SOLD


Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Canal Zone, Army Catering Corps

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Canal Zone

22110892 PTE G E W Ewens ACC

In named box of Issue

EF £195 SOLD


Campaign Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine, Yorks & Lancs Regiment

Campaign Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine

4741426 CPL C W Hall, Y & L R

Served with the 1st Battalion in Palestine, and recorded as still serving with the Battalion on the Medal roll compiled in 1940. The 1st Battalion served in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Norway, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, IRAQ, Persia and India during the Second World War. Initially posted to Northern France as part of the BEF, they were sent to Norway in April 1940 before the German offensive began and were evacuated by the Royal Navy. Returning to the UK it spent most of 1941 in Northern Ireland and in January 1942 sailed for India via South Africa.

Soon after arrival in India it was sent to Persia, then Egypt. Taking part in the invasion of Sicily and the Italian mainland taking part in the battles of Monte Cassino. In April 145 the Battalion was posted to Germany and took part in the advance to the Elbe.

GVF £100 Available


Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, Gunner, Royal Artillery

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland

24339365 GNR R P Lindsay RA

Service number indicates 1974 enlistment.

NEF £45 SOLD


General Service Medal GVI clasp Malaya, Rifleman, 6th Gurkha Rifles

General Service Medal GVI clasp Malaya

21143341 RFN Bhopal Thapa, 6 GR

GVF (slight edge knock) £45 SOLD


General Service Medal GV clasp Kurdistan, Burma Military Police

General Service Medal GV clasp Kurdistan

2469 Sepoy Gajiman Bhaju, Burma Mil P

VF £65 SOLD


General Service Medal E2 clasp Cyprus, Private, Welch Regiment

General Service Medal E2 clasp Cyprus

23415050 Pte D Miers Welch

The 1st Battalion Welch Regiment served in Cyprus from November 1957 to October 1958.

GVF & better £75 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 £110 Available