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Victory Medal

5273 WO CL 2 J Howes Lan Fus

Victory Medal

Capt W B K Glass

1914/15 Star

S-4764 Pte G McGill Sea Highrs

James Howes

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With copy Medal Index Card, London Gazette entry and headers for DCM, copy service papers and copy photo depicted here. James Howes was born in Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire in 1885. The 1901 census records he is residing with his family at 20 Ash Street, Farnworth Bolton, he is employed as a Coal Miner (Hewer). Attesting for the Lancashire Fusiliers at Bury 29th July 1902 and served with the 1st Battalion in Ireland, Gibraltar, Malta, Egypt and India. Transferring to the Army Reserve 29th July 1912, he was mobilized 2nd August 1914 and was posted to the 11th Battalion as Sergeant in September 1914. Serving in France from 25th September 1915 he gained promotion to Company Sergeant Major and transferred to the 18th Battalion. Awarded the DCM London Gazette 1st January 1919, citation London Gazette 3rd September 1919

‘Since 9th September (serving with 18th Battalion), his work has been continuously of the highest order. In the attack on Houthulst Forest on 22nd October 1917, and the subsequent minor operations carried out by the Battalion during the winter in the Poelcapelle area, he displayed the greatest gallantry and initiative. During the withdrawal from Maricourt through Bray to Buire, in March 1918, he set a splendid example to his men, inspiring them with that confidence which enabled his company to maintain a successful rear guard action under the most arduous conditions. On several occasions, owing to casualties, he has commanded the company, and done so with marked ability’.

James Howes was demobilized in 1919 and died in Upper Agbrigg, West Yorkshire in 1951.

GVF £75 SOLD

William Brown Knox Glass

With copy Medal Index Card, other ranks service record, London Gazette entry and headers for MC, annotated (date and place citation) for MC, London Gazette entries for 2WW commission. William Brown Knox Glass was born in Lampside, Glasgow a 20 year 1 month old Clerk he attested for the Cameron Highlanders in Glasgow 9th September 1914. Joining the 6th Battalion 18th September 1914 he was appointed Lance Corporal 14th November 1914. Serving in France from 9th July 1915 he received a Gun Shot wound to his John Thomas 26th September 1915 at Loos. Returning home 2nd October 1915 and posted to the Depot while he recovered, he was posted to the 8th Battalion 10th January 1916 and the 7th Battalion in France 18th March 1916. Promoted acting Corporal 2nd August 1916, he was commissioned into the 17th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers 9th November 1916.

Awarded the Military Cross London Gazette 26th July 1918 for his gallantry at Maricourt Bray 25th March 1918 during the German spring offensive as Temporary Captain 17th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in command of the outpost line he kept the enemy in check for some six hours in spite of heavy enemy Machine Gun fire from both flanks, and then withdrew in a most orderly manner to a new line. Afterwards he went forward and carried in, under heavy fire, one of his Platoon Commanders who was severely wounded and would have been captured otherwise by the enemy’.

Captain Glass remained in the Army after the Armistice and served in the Indian Army commanding a Company of the 2nd Battalion 154th Indian Infantry in 1920 and retired in 1923. In March 1943 he was recalled to serve with the Army Education Corps.

GVF £125 SOLD

George McGill

With copy Medal Index Card, London Gazette entry and headers for DCM, part copy discharge certificate and copies from the Battalion War Diary covering 25th September 1915. George McGill from Kinross attested for the Seaforth Highlanders 15th September 1915 and served with the 7th Battalion in France from 10th May 1915. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal London Gazette 22nd January 1916 –

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Fosse 8 (Loos) on 25th September 1915. When Captain Farmer of his Regiment was wounded, Private McGill dressed his wound under fire and shot two Germans who attempted to take his officer prisoner. He then lay over his officer for two hours to protect him from shrapnel bullets. Later, still under a hot fire, he dragged Captain Farmer to a trench, a bullet passing through his kilt as he did so. Again near the dressing station he used his own body to shield the officer from the shrapnel fire, which was heavy. His gallantry and self sacrifice were beyond praise’.

On 25th September 1915 the 7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders attacked and captured Hohenzoliern Redoubt, the attack went in at 0628, the Battalion held the trench in front of Fossse 8 facing Haisnes. Most of the Battalion officers were casualties in this action, the Commanding Officer was killed and all Company Officers killed or wounded, Captain Farmer being wounded. As soon as the Seaforths were relieved by 9th Royal Sussex Regiment the Germans counter attacked and captured the British trenches, the Seaforths returned ad re took it. Farmer was captured during the German counter attack before he could be evacuated and died whilst a prisoner of war on 12th November 1915 aged 28 years.

George McGill survived the War and was discharged at the end of hostilities.

GVF £95 SOLD


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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Benjamin Bassett, 1st Battalion Welsh Regiment a former Coal Mine Underground Pumpman from Lanelly Rural, Carmarthenshire. Enlisting 12th August 1914 he served in France from 18th January 1915, the 1st Welsh taking over front line trenches at Ypres on 4th February 1915, taking part in their first attack on 20th February they sustained 94 casualties, taking part in the battle of Bellawaarde Ridge 24th to 25th May 1915 they sustained a further 406 casualties. Discharged 18th December 1915 no longer fit for service, probably from wounds received at Bellawaarde Ridge. Benjamin Bassett died in Stoke on Trent in 1968 aged 73 years.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

1666 Pte B Bassett Welsh R

Silver War Badge the reverse numbered

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With copy Medal Index Card, SWB roll and research listed here. The Silver War Badge the correct one for this soldier complete with pin and catch reverse.

Benjamin Bassett was born in Llanelly Rural, Carmarthenshire, the 1911 census records he is a 15 year old Coal Mine Underground Pumpman residing with his father John a Coal Miner Hewer, mother Mary two brothers and two daughters at ‘Herbert Villa’, Pontyates, Kidwelly, Llanelly Rural. Enlisting 12th August 1914 he served with the 1st Battalion in France from 18th January 1915, the Battalion arriving in the Ypres sector 2nd February 1915 taking part in their first attack on 20th February sustaining 94 casualties. The 1st Welsh were to take part in the battle of Bellawaarde Ridge 24th to 25th May 1915 in which it sustained a further 406 casualties, most probably including Private Bassett who was discharged 18th December 1915 unfit for Military service. He died in Stoke on Trent in 1968 aged 73 years.

First time on the market.

GVF £145 SOLD


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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Sergeant Alfred Botterill, 20th (Blackheath & Woolwich) Battalion London Regiment a former Engineering Pattern Maker from Deptford SE London born in 1894. Enlisting in January 1914 he served in France from 9th March 1915, transferring to the 22nd (The Queen’s) Battalion London Regiment and finally the Royal West Kent Regiment. Discharged 21st August 1918 the result of wounds received in action. Returning to Deptford when the Second World War broke out he was employed by the London Power Company at Greenwich Power Station and was fatally injured during a German bombing raid on Greenwich 25th October 1940 during the Battle of Britain, he died the same day at The Miller Hospital Greenwich aged 45 years.

1914/15 Star

630135 Pte A Botterill 20th Lond R

British War & Victory Medals

1140 SJT A Botterill 20-Lond R

With copy Medal Index Card, SWB roll and casualty details. Medal Index Card confirms change in service numbers.

Arthur Botterill was born in Deptford, SE London in 1894, the 1911 census records he is an Apprentice Engineer’s Pattern Maker residing at 65 Childers Street, Deptford with his father Daniel a Marine Engineer and General Fitter at Deptford Shipyard, mother Mary and three sisters. Enlisting 31st January 1914, he served in France from 9th March 1915 and later transferred to the 22nd Battalion London Regiment and finally the Royal West Kent Regiment. Discharged 21st August 1918 aged 25 years the result of wounds received in action. Returning to Deptford, he married on 31st March 1923 Margaret Ellen Pilling at Erith, Kent, he gave his occupation as Pattern Maker aged 28 years.

Residing at 24 Roseveare Road, Grove Park on the outbreak of the Second World War he was employed by the London Power Company at Greenwich Power Station and was fatally injured in a German air raid on 25th October 1940. Admitted to The Miller Hospital Greenwich he died the same ay aged 45 years.

Original silk ribbons, first time on the market.

GVF £195 SOLD


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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Skipper Fulford William Bartlett, Royal Naval Reserve. A Fishing Trawler Skipper from Brixham, Devon born in September 1886, he entered the RNR in November 1914 serving aboard Hired Trawlers and in 1915 to 1916 aboard the Armed Boarding Steamer Stephen Furness (sunk in 1917). Promoted to Skipper (Warrant Officer) 12th August 1917 he was demobilized in July 1919 and returned to Fishing, sailing from Brixham, he died in Torbay, Devon in 1978 aged 91 years.

1914/15 Star

2150 DA  F W Bartlett 2HD RNR

British War & Victory Medals

DA 2150 F W Bartlett SKR RNR

With copy service record and the following original documents –

Marriage Certificate William Fulford Bartlett aged 26 a Fisherman married Mary Taylor 14th October 1912 at All saints Church, Lower Brixham, Devon. Warrant for promotion to Skipper, Royal Naval Reserve named Fulford William Bartlett, dated 30th August 1917 (with seniority to date 25th August 1917), Certificate of Competency as Skipper of a vessel employed in Fishing only named Fulford William Bartlett dated 20th January 1909, Southern Sea Fisheries District By Laws booklet 1950, four Board of Trade certificates of Discharge from Fishing Trawlers –

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Fishing Smack White Rose at Brixham entered 3rd March 1901, discharged 1st August 1902 aged 16 years employed as Cook.

Fishing Smack Amity at Brixham entered 20th August 1902, discharged 1st December 1906 aged 20 years employed as Third Hand.

Fishing Smack Violet at Brixham entered 25th March 1907, discharged 9th December 1907 aged 21 years employed as Third Hand.

Fishing Smack Violet at Brixham entered 2nd January 1908, discharged 0th January 1909 aged 22 years employed as Second Hand.

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Fulford William (sometimes William Fulford) Bartlett was born in Brixham, Devon  14th September 1886 a Fishing Trawler Skipper operating from the Port of Brixham when he entered the Royal Naval Reserve 7th November 1914 he was residing at 15 Belle Vue, Brixham. Serving aboard Hired Trawlers on patrol work and from 18th January 1915 to 9th February 1916 aboard the Armed Boarding Steamer Stephen Furness. Promoted to Skipper (Warrant Officer) 25th August 1917 he served Hired Trawlers and Whalers until demobilized in July 1919. Returning to the Fishing Fleet at Brixham, he died in Torbay, Devon in 1978 aged 91 years.

Original silk ribbons, first time on the market.

NEF £195 Reserved


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Brother and Sister

British War & Victory Medals to Private William Ivor Hopkins, 2nd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment.

British War & Victory Medals to Worker Olive Hopkins, Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps. 

British War & Victory Medals

3188 Pte W I Hopkins Monmouth R

British War & Victory Medals

5054 Wkr O Hopkins QMAAC

With copy Medal Index Cards and research listed here. The Medals with original ribbons purchased at the same time from the same person.

William Ivor Hopkins was born in Aberavon, Glamorgan, Wales, the 1911 census records he is a 19 year old Tin Worker residing with his widowed mother Emma aged 50 years, brothers and sister Olive aged 10 years at 10 Thomas Street, Aberavon, Glamorgan. William enlisted 2nd November 1914 and served with the 2nd Battalion in France after January 1916 (Medal Index Card confirms British War & Victory Medals only awarded). Discharged 7th December 1917 aged 24 years and 6 months no longer fit for Military service. Olive served with QMAAC in France from 24th October 1917 to 11th October 1919, she must have been barely 17 years old when she went to France. William Ivor Hopkins died in Swansea in 1970 aged 78 years.

Rare pairs to brother and sister.

GVF £245 Available


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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Staff Nurse Miss Elizabeth Mary Davies, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve from Rlydfelin, Pontypridd, Wales. Miss Davis trained as a Registered Nurse at the London Homeopathic Hospital 1910 to 1914 and enlisted in January 1915, serving in Egypt, Salonika, Malta and France, a Surgical and Operating Theatre Nurse.

1914/15 Star

S Nurse E M Davies QAIMNSR

British War & Victory Medals

S Nurse E M Davies

With copy Medal Index Card and details here extracted from her service record at TNA.

Elizabeth Mary Davies was born 12th September 1884 in Pontardulais, Pontypridd, Wales the daughter of an Engineer, her mother at the time of enlisting for QAIMNSR was a widow residing at Pollyward Farm, Rlydyfelin, Pontypridd. Educated at Pontypridd Council School she trained as a Registered Nurse at the London Homeopathic Hospital from 19th February 1910 to 10th June 1914 and since qualifying worked as a Surgical Nurse and Operating Theatre Sister. Joining QAIMNSR 23rd January 1915 she left for service in Egypt in October the same year joining No 17 General Hospital. She later served in Salonika with 28 General Hospital and arrived in Malta aboard the Hospital Ship Panama 31st January 1917. Returning to the UK Miss Davies served in France from 12th August 1917 with No 83 General Hospital and finally joined Croydon War Hospital, England 23rd April 1919. She resigned on marriage.

GVF £325 SOLD


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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Petty Officer Mechanic Frederick John Smith, Royal Naval Air Service a Clerk from Kensington, London born in 1891. Enlisting on 28th June 1915 he served in France from August 1915 to July 1916. Transferring to the Royal Air Force 1st April 1918 on its formation and rated Flight Sergeant (Clerk) he was demobilized 8th March 1919.

1914/15 Star

F.6035 F J Smith AM2 RNAS

British War & Victory Medals

F.6035 F J Smith POM RNAS

With details extracted from his on line RNAS and RAF service records.

Frederick John Smith was born in Kensington, London 20th June 1891, a Clerk he enlisted for the Royal Naval Air Service 28th June 1915 and served in France from 31st August 1915 to 15th July 1916. Advanced to Air Mechanic 1st Class 1st August 1916, Leading Mechanic 1st August 1917 and Petty Officer Mechanic 1st November 1917. Transferring to the RAF on its formation 1st April 1918 as Flight Sergeant (Clerk). Demobilized 8th March 1919.

VF & better £150 SOLD


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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private (Lance Corporal) Albert Arthur Halford, 8th Battalion Royal Fusiliers a former Electric Works Labourer from Hayes, Middlesex. Attesting at Hounslow in September 1914 he served in France from 1st June 1915. Severely wounded at Loos in February 1916, gun shot wound left leg, he developed Gas Gangrene and was evacuated to a hospital in Glasgow in March 1916. Three operations followed resulting in the loss of his left leg and the fitting of an artificial limb at Roehampton Rehabilitation Hospital. Discharged in February 1917, he married in Southall in September 1918. Moving to Gosport, Hampshire he died there in 1960 aged 65 years.

1914/15 Star

G-3909 L Cpl A A Halford R Fus

British War & Victory Medals

G-3909 Pte A A Halford R Fus

With details listed here from his on line service record.

The Trio mounted as originally worn.

Albert Arthur Halford was born in Hayes, Middlesex a 19 year 138 day old General Labourer at the Electric Works residing at 5 Richmond Cottages, North Hyde, Southall, Middlesex he attested at Hounslow 1st September 1914 and joined the Royal Fusiliers Depot. Posted to the 8th Battalion the following day he served in France from 1st June 1915, the 8th Battalion taking part in the battle of Loos in 1915. Severely wounded in action gun shot wound lower left leg the actual date of his wound is not recorded but almost certainly 12th February 1916 when the Battalion entered the front line at Loos. Treated initially in hospital in France, a War Office telegram sent to his next of kin dated 5th March 1916 reported he was ‘Dangerously ill’. Evacuated to Bellahouston Hospital, Glasgow 23rd March 1916 he had developed Gas Gangrene in his left leg and this was amputated above the knee with further ‘tidying up’ operations performed on 11th May 1916 and 1st September 1916.

Recovering from his ordeal Halford was reviewed at King George Hospital, London SE on 31st January 1917 by an Army Medical Board and declared unfit for any further Military service. He had been admitted to Queen Mary’s Convalescent Hospital Roehampton 18th December 1916 and was supplied with an artificial leg. Discharged 1st February 1917 he married Theresa Willson ar St John’s Church, Southall on 7th September 1918 stating his occupation as Labourer. Albert Arthur Halford died in Gosport, Hampshire in 1960 aged 65 years.

First time on the market.

GVF & £125 Available


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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private James Arthur Bowley, 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. Born in London in 1887, a General Labourer he enlisted at Stanmore, Middlesex 31st August 1914 and was posted to the 8th Battalion 15th September 1914. Serving in France from 10th September 1915, he was taken prisoner of war during the desperate fighting at Loos 26th September 1915. The Battalion’s first action since arriving in France, heavy and often hand to hand fighting took place at Bois Hugo. Almost surrounded and forced to retire the Lincolns suffered 22 officer and 471 other rank casualties. Released from captivity 2nd December 1918 he returned home and was demobilized in February 1919. He died in Dunstable, Bedfordshire in 1973 aged 86 years.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

10532 Pte J A Bowley Linc R

With copy service papers, Medal Index Card, Medal roll entries and copies from the Battalion War Diary covering 25th / 26th September 1915.

James Arthur Bowley was born in London 26th April 1887, a 27 year old General Labourer he attested for the Lincolnshire Regiment at Stanmore, Middlesex 31st August 1914.Posted o the Depot 4th September 1914 and to the 8th Battalion 15th September 1914, he served in France from 10th September 1915. With no previous experience of warfare the 8th Battalion were to receive their baptism of fire at the battle of Loos which commenced on 25th September 1915. When the Battalion reached the battle zone it was pitch dark, they crossed the old British front line and the destroyed German front line trenches.

At midnight 25th September Chalk Pit Wood was cleared by ‘A’ company, Machine Gun fire having been directed at the Battalion from this position. The night was spent repairing trenches and when dawn broke on 26th September they were in a position facing Hill 70. Pounded by German artillery, the German infantry made their way through Bois Hugo and attacked ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ companies 8th Lincolns, which made a short controlled retirement. Hand to hand fighting took place, bayonet charges were made but to no avail, Lt Colonel H E Walter commanding was killed leading a counter attack charge. A counter attack by 8th Lincolns did retake part of Bois Hugo, however the Germans attacked again and took total control. In the late afternoon of 26th September the Germans rushed the remaining Lincoln positions, almost surrounded they were forced to retire. All the officers that went into action were casualties and 471 other ranks were killed, wounded and taken prisoner.

James Arthur Bowley was taken prisoner on 26th September 1915 and held at Munster 2 POW camp. Released from captivity 2nd December 1918, he returned home and was demobilized in category ‘B1′ fitness 20th February 1919. Bowley made an application for an Army disability pension in May 1924 but this was rejected. He died in Dunstable, Bedfordshire in 1973 aged 83 years.

NEF £175 Available

 


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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Frederick Palmer, 9th Battalion Essex Regiment. Enlisting in May 1915 he served in France from 22nd December 1915. The 9th Essex were part of 35th Brigade, 12th (Eastern) Division and were in reserve at Henecourt Wood, Somme sector 1st July 1916. Taking part in the attack towards Ovillers 3rd July 1916 and entering the village on 8th July. Subsequent actions included the attack on Skyline Trench 12th August and Bayonet Trench 18th October. Discharged no longer fit for Military service aged 21 years 6 months 20th November 1917.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

19378 Pte F Palmer Essex Regt

With copy Medal Index Card, SWB card and roll entry.

Frederick Palmer enlisted 28th May 1915 and served with the 9th Battalion Essex Regiment in France from 11nd December 1915. The Battalion was in reserve at Hanecourt Wood, Somme sector 1st July 1916 and subsequently took part in the attack towards and capture of the village of Ovillers 3rd to 8th July 1916, the attack on Skyline Trench12th August and Bayonet Trench 18th October 1916. Withdrawn to the Arras sector 22nd October 1916. Discharged 20th November 1917 no longer fit for Military service aged 21 years 6 months.

GVF £75 SOLD