General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48, Private, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, twice wounded in North West Europe with the 2nd Battalion which landed on “D” Day at Sword Beach.

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48

14682757 Pte N Marshall Warwick

With copy War Office casualty list entries, the Medal with long length of original ribbon in named card box of issue, the Medal virtually as issued.

Private Marshall served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, the Battalion landed on Sword Beach on “D” Day 6th June 1944, Marshall was wounded in action in July 1944 no specific date given (War Office Casualty List dated 25th July 1944) and again on 28th February 1945.

EF £145 SOLD


General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine, Corporal, King’s Own Royal Regiment, wounded Normandy 8th August 1944 during Operation Totalize.

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine

3710373 Cpl J Blanshard King’s Own R

With copy War Office casualty list entry.

Medal in named card box of issue.

Wounded in action, Normandy 8th August 1944 whilst serving as a Sergeant with 148 Regiment Royal Armourer Corps during Operation Totalize, the break out from Caen.

Two neat official corrections to naming, dark toned virtually as issued.

EF £110 SOLD 


Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Radfan, Trooper, 16th/5th Lancers

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Radfan

23870779 TPR W E Stevens 16/5 L

From: Aden Insurgency, the Savage Was in South Arabia 1962 – 1967, Jonathan Walker, Spellmount, 2005

“Brigadier Lunt was not convinced that a purely military operation like Nutcracker was the answer to rebellion in the Radfan, sensing that it would play into the hands of the dissidents, as well as committing the Federal Regular Arab Army (FRA) to a permanent role in the region. He was a forceful character and although a great proponent of the role of Arab soldiers, he made plain to Trevaskis that this operation held too many risks. As a portent of trouble to come, there were political problems concerning the deployment of the local FRA. The Federal Government could not decide whether to keep all the Radfani members of the FRA out of the operation. In the end just the Radfani officers took part, leaving the Radfani other ranks to return home on leave .

Despite these difficulties, the operation commenced on 4th January 1964 with the assembly of 2, 3 and 4 Battalions FRA at Thimier, a village on the Dhala Road near the start of the Radfan Mountains, where they were joined by the FRA Squadron of Armoured Cars. The British support comprised a Troop of Centurion Tanks from 16th/5th Lancers, Artillery support was provided by “J” Battery 3 Royal Horse Artillery and road building by 12th Field Squadron Royal Engineers. Air support was provided by 4 Wessex Helicopters from 815 Squadron Royal Navy and 2 Belvedere Helicopters from 26 Squadron Royal Air Force”.

Scarce one Troop (4 tanks) of 16th/5th Lancers present for Operation Nutcracker commanded by 2/Lieutenant R Lunt, son of Brigadier Lunt.

NEF £225 Available


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

Campaign Service Medal E2 clasp Northern Ireland

24698900 GDSM G J Salisbury Gren Gds

Service number indicates 1983 enlistment

NEF £80 Available


China 1900 Medal no clasp Lance Naik, Jubbulpore Central Police District

China 1900 Medal no clasp

119 Lce Naik Aleegohar JCP District

Jubbulpore Central Police District. A most unusual unit to be found on a Third China War Medal. Named in the correct running script.

VF & better £225 Available


General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48, Private, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment wounded in Italy in the same action in which Private Richard Burton 1st Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment won the Victoria Cross.

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48

14529624 Pte J W Redshaw DWR

With copy War Office casualty list entry recording Private Redshaw served with the 1st Battalion and was wounded in action, Italy 8th October 1944.

5891907 Private Richard BURTON, 1st Battalion, The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (West Riding)

Awarded the Victoria Cross London Gazette 4th January 1945

“In Italy on 8th October, 1944, two Companies of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment moved forward to take a strongly held feature 760 metres high (at Monte Ceco, near Palazzuolo sul Senio, north-east of Florence).. The capture of this feature was vital at this stage of the operation as it dominated all the ground on the main axis of advance.

The assaulting troops made good progress to within twenty yards of the crest when they came under withering fire from Spandaus on the crest. The leading platoon was held up and the Platoon Commander was wounded. The Company Commander took another platoon, of which Private Burton was runner, through to assault the crest from which four Spandaus at least were firing. Private Burton rushed forward and, engaging the first Spandau position with his Tommy Gun, killed the crew of three. When the assault was again held up by murderous fire from two more machine guns Private Burton, again showing complete disregard for his own safety, dashed forward toward the first machine gun using his Tommy gun until his ammunition was exhausted. He then picked up a Bren gun and firing from the hip succeeded in killing or wounding the crews of the two machine guns. Thanks to his outstanding courage the Company was then able to consolidate on the forward slope of the feature.

The enemy immediately counter-attacked fiercely but Private Burton, in spite of most of his comrades being either dead or wounded, once again dashed forward on his own initiative and directed such accurate fire with his Bren gun on the enemy that they retired leaving the feature firmly in our hands.

The enemy later counter-attacked again on the adjoining platoon position and Private Burton, who had placed himself on the flank, brought such accurate fire to bear that this counterattack also failed to dislodge the Company from its position. Private Burton’s magnificent gallantry and total disregard of his own safety during many hours of fierce fighting in mud and continuous rain were an inspiration to all his comrades”.

GVF & better £275 Available


Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Private, East Surrey Regiment

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith

3410 Pte H Smith 2nd E Surrey Regt

With details extracted from his on line service record.

Henry Smith was born in Eden Bridge, Woolwich, Kent an 18 year 9 month old Postman and serving member of the 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion East Surrey Regiment he attested for the Regular Army in London 3rd March 1891, next of kin recorded as his father Abraham Smith, Mill Row, Eden Bridge, Woolwich. Posted to the 2nd Battalion 8th July 1891 and the 1st Battalion 26th September 1892, he served in India from 26th September 1892 to 25th January 1899. Discharged to the Army Reserve 29th January 1899. Re-called to the Colours he joined the 2nd Battalion and left for South Africa 20th October 1899. Invalided to England 13th August 1900, he was discharged from the Army Reserve 2nd March 1903. He married Ellen Louise Young at St James’s Church, Fulham, London 6th May 1902. Clasps verified correct on the QSA Medal roll TNA WO100/185 page 64, roll states “Invalided to England”.

The 1911 census records he is a 38 year old Motor Bus Conductor residing with his wife and four daughters at 23 Warlidge Street, Hammersmith, W London.

First time on the market.

A couple of minor edge knocks, Ghost Dates reverse, otherwise

GVF £165 SOLD


South Atlantic Medal with Rosette, Third Officer, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Tidespring.

South Atlantic Medal with Rosette

3/O J A Thornborough RFA Tedespring

With two photographs of RFA Tidespring and a photocopied publication The RFA in the Falklands War

GVF and better £495 SOLD


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 Tide of Tidepool, hardly noticeable. Scarce Medal to an RFA officer.

GVF and better £495 SOLD


King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, Private, Royal Dublin Fusiliers

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

3946 Pte M Heagarty Rl Dublin Fus

With details of service extracted from his on line service record.

Michael Heagarty was born in Kirkdale, Liverpool an 18 year 7 month old Labourer residing at 1 Portobello Square, Dublin he attested for the 5th (Militia) Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers at Terenure 10th February 1898. Embodied for service in South Africa from 5th December 1899 to 25th February 1902 when he returned home for discharge. Treated in hospital in Kimberley from 15th September 1900 to 5th October 1900 for Influenza.

NEF £95 SOLD


Military General Service Medal 1793-1814 clasps Talavera, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Vittoria, Pyrenese, Orthes, Toulouse, Private, Drummer and Musician, 83rd Regiment of Foot, wounded at Talavera 27th July 1808, in which the Regiment suffered 335 casualties.

Military General Service Medal 1793-1814 clasps Talavera, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Vittoria, Pyrenese, Orthes, Toulouse

Mark Myers 83rd Foot

With details of service extracted from the Regimental Muster books, Chelsea Pension Registers, all seven clasps confirmed on the Medal roll. Mark Myers (Miers) was born in Lancaster in 1783, a serving soldier of the 3rd Lancashire Militia he volunteered to serve as a Private with the 2nd Battalion 83rd Regiment (Royal Irish Fusiliers) 29th September 1807 and received a bounty payment of £15.13s. Between December and March 1808 the Battalion was based in Kinsale, Ireland moving to Dublin until September 1808. Promoted to Corporal 30th March 1808, he was reduced to Private 24th July 1808. In September the Battalion arrived at Fermoy, Myers being appointed Drummer 24th October 1808. Embarking on 11th January 1809 for Portugal, the 2nd Battalion 83rd Regiment was to see much action, in December 1810 Myers was in hospital in Lisbon and in January and February 1811 in hospital at Campo Maior. Advancing into Spain in September 1811, Myers was appointed Musician in December 1811 and in August and September 1812 was in the General Hospital at Salamanca sick, he was again in hospital sick at Madrid 18th to 20th October 1812. Advancing into France in March 1814 the Battalion embarked for Ireland 7th June 1814, being stationed first at Kilkenny and from September 1814 in Dublin. Myers was discharged 27th October 1814.

At Talavera 27th July 1808, north east of Lisbon across the Spanish frontier, a force of 20,000 British and allied troops faced the main French Army, British losses were around 4,000 killed and wounded and the French 7,000, the British were compelled to retire the following day. The 2nd Battalion 83rd Foot suffered 4 officers killed and 11 wounded with 38 other ranks killed and 282 wounded. In the siege and assault on Badajoz in March and April 1812, the 2nd Battalion 83rd Foot suffered 3 officers killed and 7 wounded with 31 other ranks killed and 76 wounded. Losses were again to be high in the battle of Vittoria 21st June 1813 when the 83rd suffered 3 officers killed and 4 wounded with 32 other ranks killed and 74 wounded, at Orthes 27th February 1814, the first battle fought on French soil they suffered 6 officers wounded with 11 other ranks killed and 47 wounded.

Mark Myers was awarded a Chelsea Hospital out pension on 15th September 1857 of 6 pence a day, he was at the time residing in Preston, Lancashire. The Chelsea Hospital Pension Register TNA WO120/63 page 87 records he was wounded at Talavera. The 1871 census records he is an 87 year old Chelsea Pensioner residing with his son, also Mark Myers, at 185 Packham Road, Habergham Eaves, Burnley, Lancashire, he died on 23rd August 1873 aged 89 years.

Two edge bruises all naming fine, polishing therefore

GF to VF £2,250 Available


Afghanistan 1878-80 Medal clasps Charasia, Kabul, Private 67th Regiment of Foot (Hampshire)

Afghanistan 1878-80 Medal clasps Charasia, Kabul

1989 Pte J Keefe 67th Foot

With details of service extracted from his on line service record.

John Keefe was born in Bermondsey, London a 19 year old Labourer he attested for the 67th Foot at Westminster 6th January 1871. In custody of the civil power 22nd May 1872, he was imprisoned by the civil power from 24th May 1872 to 23rd July 1872, the actual offence not recorded. Imprisoned by his Commanding Officer 25th October 1872 to 2nd December 1872, again the offence not recorded. Serving in Burma from 1st November 1872 to 2nd March 1876 and in India and Afghanistan from 4th March 1876 to 7th February 1888 (Afghanistan Medal clasps Charasia and Kabul, India General Service Medal clasp Burma 1885-7). Keefe married in India, Miss Bridget Toner on 12th January 1883, she is recorded as deceased on his service record. Returning to England in February 1888, he was discharged 5th September 1889 having served 18 years.

VF £325 Available


India General Service Medal (1854) clasps Burma 1885-7, Burma 1887-89, Assistant Superintendent, Ye-U Civil Police, Burma

India General Service Medal (1854) clasps Burma 1885-7, Burma 1887-89

Asst Suptdt E G Mumford Ye-U Civil Police

With research listed here and copy will.

Mounted as originally worn with old frayed ribbon as “discovered”.

Edward George Mumford was born in Lucknow, India 7th August 1862, the son of Edward Andrew Munford, Inspector Oudh Police and his wife Mary Anne, baptised by Rev Milward R Burge, Chaplain of Lucknow 17th June 1863. Edward followed his father into the Indian Police, he married Alice Eugene Ellen Hutton, daughter of William Hutton at Christ Church, Lucknow 22nd September 1885, he gave his occupation as Police. Edward married for the second time after becoming a widower on 30th June 1891 to Mary Alexandra Salome Ellen Ransom, daughter of Henry Ransom, District Superintendent of Police in Rangoon. Edward gave his age as 28 years and occupation as Deputy Superintendent Burma Police.

Edward George Mumford died in Ealing, London 17th November 1902 aged 40 years. He had almost certainly returned to England in poor health and may have succumbed to Malaria. His will records –

“This is the last will and testament of me, Edward George Mumford late of Tounghoo in the province of Lower Burma a District Superintendent in the Burma Police (at present residing temporarily in Rangoon prior to leaving for Katha in Upper Burma where I am to be stationed). I devise and bequeath all the real and personal estate to which I shall be entitled to my wife Mary Alexander Salome Ellen Mumford (nee Ransom) absolutely. I appoint my said wife guardian not only of my infant children by her but my child by my former wife”. Dated Rangoon 27th June 1890.

The 1911 census records his widow Mary is residing with her brother Harry Alexander Vincent Ransom a self employed Tutor at 41 Princes Square, Paddington, London, Mary is employed as a Secretary and Housekeeper, two of her surviving children live with her, she died in Battle, Sussex in 1949 having never re-married.

Second clasp loose on ribbon where lugs from first clasp removed.

Dark toned, first time on the market and rare.

EF £650 Available


GENUINE clasps for Second World War Campaign Stars

North Africa 1942-43               GVF £20      Available

1st Army                                      NEF £25      Available

Air Crew Europe (rare)            EF £250      Available

France and Germany                GVF £25      Available

Atlantic (rare)                             NEF £125      Available

Burma                                           NEF £30      Available


General Service Medal E2 clasp Borneo, Marine, Royal Marines

General Service Medal E2 clasp Borneo

RM. 19107 L. Helsby, MNE, R.M.

With copy Medal Roll Entry for service in Borneo 40 Royal Marine Commando 1962 – 1966

GVF £125 Available


Africa General Service Medal E2 clasp Kenya, Sergeant, Royal Army Dental Corps

Africa General Service Medal E2 clasp Kenya

13036579 Sgt W E Greenslade RADC

Edge knock at 7 o’clock, rare to this small Army Unit.

First time on the market.

GVF £145 Available


Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39, Boy 1st Class, Royal Navy

Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39

JX.145670 W J Toomer Boy 1 RN

William John Toomer born in Winchester, Hampshire in 1920, died in Rugby, Warwickshire in 2001.

Scarce to a Boy, multiple edge nicks therefore

GF £135 Available


Naval General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1936-39, Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy

Naval General Service Medal GV clasp Palestine 1936-39

KX.85561 F Barber Sto 1 RN

GVF £115 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

GVF £110 Available


General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1934-48, Fusilier, Royal Irish Fusiliers

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48

14455831 Fus J Andrews R IR F

GVF £70 Available


Africa General Service Medal E2 clasp Kenya, Fusilier, Royal Irish Fusiliers

Africa General Service Medal E2 clasp Kenya

22243466 Fus L Beattie R Ir F

 

GVF & better £125 Available


General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48, Private, Highland Light Infantry

General Service Medal GVI clasp Palestine 1945-48

14715269 Pte J Waters HLI

With copy War Office casualty list entry.

Private Waters was wounded in action 14th April 1945 whilst serving with the 1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry.

In 1946 the 1st Battalion returned to Palestine where tensions had reached a critical stage in the run-up to the creation of the State of Israel. Heavily involved in peace-keeping and suffered ten men killed and nearly seventy wounded. It was the last British unit to leave Jerusalem, in May 1948. Returning to Britain the Battalion went to Fort George to become the Training Battalion of the Highland Brigade.

Tine edge knock

GVF £145 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, 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