Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland, Guardsman, Scots Guards

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland

24399176 Gdsm M C C Morris SG

Court mounted as originally worn.

Service number indicates 1976 enlistment.

Recipient served with the 1st Battalion which was stationed at Chelsea Barracks in 1976. Deployed to Belfast 6th to 15th August 1977 to provide extra security for the Royal visit. Deployed again to Northern Ireland 27th August to 29th December 1978 based in Armagh and from 20th March 1980 to 10th November 1981 based in Alexander Barracks, Aldergrove. Deployed to Stanley Fort, Hong Kong in November 1981 the Battalion returned to the UK in March 1984.

Dark toned.

GVF & better £85 Available

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48, Private, Royal Warwickshire Regiment wounded in action during the fighting to capture the town of Venray, Holland, 16th October 1944 with the 2nd Battalion.

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48

14676595 Pte E Jones Warwick

With copy War Office casualty list entry.

Private Edward Jones transferred from 21 Infantry Training Centre to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers 29th December 1943. Transferred to King’s Shropshire Light Infantry 18th July 1944 and was wounded in action during the fighting to capture the town of Venray, Holland 16th October 1944 whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

NEF £125 Available

India General Service Medal GVI clasp North West Frontier 1937 -39, Private, Leicestershire Regiment. Transferring in 1940 to the 8th Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment they served on Malta during the siege and later in Palestine and Italy. Wounded in action serving with 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment in Italy 1st October 1944.

General Service Medal GVI clasp North West Frontier 1937-39

4857056 Pte H Anderson Leic R

With copy War Office casualty reporting list entry.

Harold Anderson enlisted into the Leicestershire Regiment 16th May 1933, he transferred to the 8th Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment on 20th April 1940, the Battalion serving with the BEF in France. In August 1941 the Battalion joined the Malta Garrison serving throughout the siege and moved to Palestine then to Italy as part of 10th (Indian) Infantry Division. The 8th Battalion was disbanded in Italy 30th January 1944, Anderson transferring to the 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment as a Corporal, he was wounded in action Italy 1st October 1944 during the crossing of the River Fiumicino.

NEF £175 Available

General Service Medal E2 clasp Cyprus, Sergeant, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, wounded 16th – 17th March 1943 in Tunisia whilst serving with 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards in the attack on the “Horseshoe feature”.

General Service Medal E2 clasp Cyprus

2664205 Sgt N Wilkinson RAOC

With copy War Office casualty reporting list entry (Initial “W” on casualty reporting list).

Sergeant Wilkinson was wounded in action Tunisia 16th – 17th March 1943 whilst serving as a Guardsman with 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards.

On the night of 16th – 17th March 1943 after a concentrated artillery bombardment on the Axis defences at Mareth the Grenadiers and Coldstreams with the Scots Guards in reserve advanced across an area intensively mined with ant personnel teller and box mines. The last 200 yards of the advance had to be made against a storm of mortar and machine gun fire. The Guards objective was what was known as the Horseshoe feature, a hill occupied by the bulk of the German 90th Light Division and a Battalion of German Grenadiers. In the teeth of difficulties the attack was brilliantly pressed home. It was, however impossible to hold the positions when taken. Supporting weapons were needed and attempts were made to get them forward, but again and again Bren Carriers and other vehicles blew up in the great minefield at the foot of the hill.

Casualties were heavy, the Coldstreams lost more that 150 men killed and wounded.

VF £110 Available

South Atlantic Medal with Rosette, Leading Radio Operator (General), HMS Yarmouth with the recipient’s diary covering the period 5th April to 12th July 1982.

South Atlantic Medal with Rosette

LRO(G) P Cardin D156563D HMS Yarmouth

Ex DNW Auction 17th May 2016

With the recipient’s hand written diary covering the period 5th April to 12th July 1982, letter forwarding his Medal post discharge from the RN dated 8th February 1983, named box of issue. Entries include –

Friday 21st May 1982

Antrim and Argonaut have bee damaged by bombs, Antrim has one unexploded bomb on board, Argonaut two. Broadsword and Brilliant have each shot down an enemy Skyhawk with Sea Wolf Missiles. Ardent has been hit badly. We are proceeding to render assistance. Too late for fire-fighting. They are abandoning ship. I was sent up to help out. The back of the ship is ripped open like a tin can with flames and black smoke pouring out. All the blokes are on the superstructure dressed in survival suits and lifejackets. Two blokes are stuck behind the fire right on the back end. Jumped into sea, both get lifejackets on but no suits. A Wessex helicopter is picking them up. Alongside the ship now. 168 survivors, 20 missing, 30 injured, some seriously. Bloke came on with his fingers missing off his left hand, bandaged up roughly. Other blokes are covered in blood. Most of them suffering shock. It’s hard getting them to walk the right way … they will be transferred to SS Canberra…one of the Stokers winched out of the sea died, probably from the cold.

Waves of Mirage and Skyhawks coming over dropping retard bombs. We are covering with 4.5 inch shells, Seacat and small arms fire, we put a couple off that were intent on visiting us’.

23rd May 1982

‘Air Raid warning Red, Mirage and Skyhawks coming in, Broadsword’s Sea Wolf splashed a Skyhawk that was attacking Antelope. Overflown by enemy aircraft the next day, at 1420 attacked by four Skyhawks, we splashed one with 20mm cannon fire. Seven enemy aircraft shot down today.’ 25th May 1982 ‘Air raid warning Red, HMS Coventry hit, survivors picked up by Broadsword, helicopters from Fearless sent to help, Broadsword hit by unexploded bomb. Atlantic Conveyor hit by two Exocet missiles. 27th May 1982 ‘Tonight we shot down a Skyhawk and another went over the hills leaking fuel. One of our Seacat missiles made a pilot eject, he was picked up by Marines in a boat. Attack on Ajax Bay store positions and hospital, 4 Marines killed 20 wounded’. Official correction to ship naming.

NEF £1,495 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 £550 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 £550 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 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

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