British War & Victory Medals, Meritorious Service Medal GV to Acting Colour Sergeant Hubert John Godwin, Machine Gun Corps late Royal Fusiliers a former Insurance Clerk from East Finchley, North London born in 1886. Serving in France from 28th July 1915 with the 13th Battalion Royal Fusiliers he transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. Serving in Mesopotamia with 239 Company MGC he was awarded the MSM in September 1919 and Mentioned in Despatches both for services in Mesopotamia. He died in St Albans, Hertfordshire in 1962 aged 76 years.

British War & Victory Medals

5704 A C SJT H J Godwin R Fus

Meritorious Service Medal GV Immediate

37327 SJT H J Godwin MGC

With copy Medal Index Card, MSM award Card, all Medal roll entries and census etc details listed here.

Hubert John Godwin was born in East Finchley, North London in 1886, the 1911 census records he is a 25 year old Insurance Clerk residing at ‘The Nook’, East End Road, East Finchley with his father Henry a retired Accountant, mother Eliza Matilda. Enlisting into the 13th Battalion Royal Fusiliers he served in France from 28th July 1915 (entitled 1914/15 Star) and transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. Serving with 239 Company in Mesopotamia he was awarded the MSM London Gazette 22nd September 1919 page 11777 and was Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 12th January 1920 page 516. Discharged to Class ‘Z’ Reserve 29th May 1919, he died in St Albans, Hertfordshire in 1962 aged 76 years.

GVF & better £250 Available

 


1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, Meritorious Service Medal GV to Corporal Arthur Gordon Fieldwick, Army Cyclist Corps a Plumber’s Mate from Eastbourne, Sussex born in 1892. Serving in France from 26th July 1915 with 18th (Eastern) Division Cyclist Company, the Division tanking part in the battles of The Somme and Third Battle of Ypres. He later served with XIII Corps Cyclist Battalion in 1918 and was awarded the MSM in June 1919. Returning to Eastbourne to live and work, he died there in 1957 aged 65 years.

1914/15 Star

779 L Cpl A G Fieldwick A Cyc Corps

British War & Victory Medals

779 Cpl A G Fieldwick A Cyc Corps

Meritorious Service Medal GV Immediate

779 Cpl A G Fieldwick ACC

With copy Medal Index Card, MSM award Card, all Medal roll entries and census etc details listed here.

Arthur Gordon Fieldwick was born in Eastbourne, Sussex in 1892, the 1911 census records he is a 19 year old Plumber’s Mate residing at 11 Selwyn Road, Eastbourne with his widowed mother Eliza and four sisters. Serving in France with 18th (Eastern) Division Cyclist Company from 26th July 1915, the Division fought on the Somme in 1916 including the Battle of Albert, in which the Division captured its objectives near Montauban,  battle of Bazentin Ridge, in which the Division captured Trones Wood, battles of Delville Wood,  Thiepval Ridge and Ancre Heights in which the Division played a part in the capture of the Schwaben Redoubt and in the capture of Regina Trench.

In 1917 the Division took part in the operations on the Ancre (notably Miraumont and the capture of Irles), the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, Third battle of the Scarpe in the Arras offensive, battles of Pilkem Ridge and Langemarck, first and second battles of Passchendaele during the Third battle of Ypres. Transferring in 1918 to XIII Corps Cyclist Battalion he was awarded the MSM London Gazette 30th May 1919 page 6893 ‘For valuable services rendered with the Armies in France and Flanders’.

Discharged to Class ‘Z’ Army Reserve 10th September 1919 he returned to Eastbourne and died there in 1957 aged 65 years.

GVF & better £425 Available

 


1914 Star, British War & Victory Medals, General Service Medal GV clasp IRAQ to Warrant Officer 1st Class Arthur L Jennings, Royal Army Ordnance Corps from Southampton. Serving in France from 15th August 1914 he remained in France for the entire War. Serving during the operations in IRAQ post War he was discharged in August 1922 and in 1923 was residing in Foundry Lane, Southampton.

1914 Star

S-4751 2.Cpl A L Jennings AOC

British War & Victory Medals

S-4751 A SJT A L Jennings AOC

General Service Medal GV clasp IRAQ

S-4751 A WOCL 1 A L Jennings RAOC

With copy Medal Index Card, all Medal roll entries.

Arthur L Jennings married in Southampton in 1912, he served in France from 15th August 1914 until the Armistice. Post War he served in IRAQ as an acting Warrant Officer 1st Class and was discharged 13th August 1922. In 1923 when his Medals were sent to him he was residing at 181 Foundry Road, Southampton.

GVF & better £225 Available

 


British War & Victory Medals, General Service Medal GV clasp Kurdistan to Private Thomas Wood, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment from Bromley Cross near Bolton, Lancashire. Serving with the 6th Battalion in Egypt and Mesopotamia and later the Kurdistan operations. Discharged to Class ‘Z’ Army Reserve in March 1920.

British War & Victory Medals

31526 Pte T Wood LN Lan R

General Service Medal GV clasp Kurdiatan

31526 Pte T Wood LN Lan R

With copy Medal Index Card confirming the award of the British War & Victory Medals only for his First World War service and copy BWM/Vict and GSM Medal roll entry. Thomas Wood served with the 6th Battalion in Egypt and Mesopotamia before taking part in the Kurdistan operations. Discharged to Class ‘Z’ Army Reserve 19th March 1920, home address recorded as 4 Clay Street. Bromley Cross, Near Bolton, Lancashire.

GVF & better £150 Available

 


1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, Rocket Life Saving Apparatus Long Service Medal GV to Sergeant John Farrell, 24th (2nd Sportsman’s) Battalion Royal Fusiliers a Boot and Shoemaker from St Ives, Cornwall born in 1894. Serving in France from 15th November 1915 until 9th April 1919, he returned to St Ives following discharge and was awarded the Rocket Life Saving Apparatus Long Service Medal in May 1933 he died in St Ives in 1979 aged 85 years.

1914/15 Star

2919 Pte J Farrell R Fus

British War & Victory Medals

SPTS-2919 SJT J Farrell R Fus

Rocket Life Saving Apparatus Long Service Medal GV

John Farrell

With copy Medal Index Card, copy Rocket Life Saving Apparatus Long Service Medal roll entry and header and recipient’s worn HM Coast Guard Coast Life Saving Corps lapel badge

John Farrell was born in St Ives, Cornwall in 1894, the 1911 census records he is a 17 year old Apprentice Shoemaker to his father John Farrell (died 1924) a Boot and Shoemaker, mother Philippa, three brothers and three sisters all residing at Gabriel Street, St Ives. Serving with the 24th (2nd Sportsman’s) Battalion Royal Fusiliers in France from 15th November 1915.

The  24th (2nd Sportsman’s) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) was raised at the Hotel Cecil in the Strand, London, on the 25th of September 1914 by E.Cunliffe-Owen. In June 1915 they joined 99th Brigade, 33rd Division at Clipstone camp near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire in July 1915. In August they moved to Salisbury Plain for final training and firing practice. In November they received orderes to prepare to proceed to France and the Divisional Artillery and Train were replaced by the units raised for the 54th (East Anglian) Division. By the 21st of November the 33rd Division had concentrated near Morbecque. On the 25th of November 1915 The Battalion transferred to 2nd Division as part of an exchange to strengthen the inexperienced 33rd Division. They took part in the Winter Operations 1914-15 and in 1915 saw action at The Battle of Festubert and The Battle of Loos. In 1916 they fought in the Battles of the Somme and the Operations on the Ancre. In 1917 they were in action during The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, the Battles of Arras and The Battle of Cambrai. In 1918 they fought on the Somme, in the Battles of the Hindenburg Line and The Battle of the Selle. 2nd Division was selected to advance into Germany and formed part of the Occupation Force after the Armistice.

John Farrell returned to England for discharge 9th April 1919, he returned to St Ives and was awarded the Rocket Apparatus Long Service Medal at St Ives Station, Penzance Division 19th May 1933, he died in St Ives in 1979 aged 85 years.

GVF & better £325 SOLD

 


British War & Victory Medals with GENUINE Mentioned in Despatches Oakleaf, Territorial Force War Medal, Meritorious Service Medal Immediate GV to Sergeant James Brock Hogg, 406th (Renfrew) Field Company Royal Engineers Territorial Force a Railway Clerk employed by Glasgow & South West Railways born in 1893. Enlisting in May 1913, he served in France from 20th December 1915. Mentioned in Despatches by FM Sir Douglas Haig in December 1918 and awarded the MSM in May 1919, he returned to the UK in March 1919.

British War & Victory Medals with GENUINE MID Oakleaf

1113 SJT J B Hogg RE

Territorial Force War Medal

1113 Spr J B Hogg RE

Meritorious Service Medal Immediate GV

420111 SJT J B Hogg RE

Mounted as originally worn.

With details extracted from his on line service record.

James Brock Hogg was born in Paisley in 1893, a 20 year old Railway Clerk employed by Glasgow and South West Railways residing at 3 Whitehaugh Terrace, Paisley he attested for the Renfrew Field Works Company Royal Engineers Territorial Force 3rd May 1913. Serving in France from 20th December in 406th (Renfrew) Field Company Royal Engineers, from May 1916 part of 4th Division which saw action on the Somme in 1916, Third Battle of Ypres in 1917 and all the major actions and final advance of 1918. Appointed 2nd Corporal 29th June 1916, promoted Corporal 5th September 1916 and Sergeant 3rd October 1916. Mentioned in Despatches by FM Sir Douglas Haig for distinguished services in France London Gazette 23rd December 1918 page 15043 and awarded the MSM for services in France London Gazette 30th May 1919 page 6875. Sergeant Hogg returned to the UK for discharge 12th March 1919.

GVF & better £450 SOLD

 


1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, India General Service Medal GV clasp Afghanistan NWF 1919 to Private Alfred Thomas Simmonds, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment from Wandsworth, London born in 1894. Serving with the 1/5th Battalion, they landed in India 2nd December 1914 and saw active service in Mesopotamia from 7th December 1915. Embarking for England 14th March 1919, Simmonds returned to India attached 1st Battalion South Lancashire Regiment and served during the Third Afghan War, he was disembodied 15th November 1919.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

T-2482 Pte A T Simmonds The Queen’s R

India General Service Medal GV clasp Afghanistan NWF 1919

240690 Pte A T Simmonds 5-Queen’s Rl R

With copy Medal Index Card, Medal roll entries, 1WW and IGS, original photo of recipient in uniform and original Regimental Service and discharge certificate in colour signed in ink by Lt Colonel commanding the 5th Battalion and named to the recipient.

Arthur Thomas Simmonds was born in Wandsworth, London in 1894, he served with the 1/5th Battalion in India from 2nd December 1914 and in Mesopotamia from 7th December 1915. The Battalion embarked for England 14th March 1919 but Simmonds returned to India attached 1st Battalion South Lancashire Regiment and served in the Third Afghan War of 1919. Disembodied 15th November 1919.

A rare IGS Afghanistan NWF to 5th Battalion The Queen’s who did not serve in the campaign as a unit.

GVF & better £295 SOLD

 


British War & Victory Medals, Special Constabulary Long Service Medal GVI 1st type to 2nd Lieutenant Charles Gilbert Anderton, 6th Battalion London Regiment late Honourable Artillery Company – Infantry a Bank Clerk from Wimbledon, London born in 1896. Attesting at Armoury House 8th December 1915, he joined the 3rd Battalion in February 1916 and the 2nd Battalion in May 1916. Serving in France from 2nd October 1916, he was severely wounded in action 3rd May 1917, gun shot wounds forearm and thigh. Evacuated to England 17th May 1917 he recovered and was commissioned into the 6th Battalion London Regiment 26th March 1918. Anderton was never posted overseas again and remained with the Reserve Battalion until the end of hostilities. He died in Surrey in 1979 aged 83 years.

British War & Victory Medals

6974 Pte C G Anderton HAC-Inf

Special Constabulary Long Service Medal GVI 1st type

Charles G Anderton

With copy service record.

Charles Gilbert Anderton was an 18 year 11 month old Bank Clerk residing at 13 Strathearn Road, Wimbledon when he attested for the Honourable Artillery Company at Armoury House  8th December 1915. Placed on the Army Reserve 9th December 1915 he was mobilized 10th February 1916 and joined the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion. Posted to the 2nd Battalion, he arrived in France 2nd October 1916 and was severely wounded in action17th May 1917 gunshot (shell fragments) wound forearm and right thigh. Admitted 23 Field Ambulance and 45 Casualty Clearing Station the following day he arrived at No 10 Stationary Hospital, Rouen 5th May and was evacuated to the UK 16th May. On recovery Anderton was discharged to a commission as 2nd Lieutenant 6th Battalion London Regiment 26th March 1918. He never saw active service again and was demobilized at the end of hostilities. Charles Gilbert Anderton died in Surrey in 1979 aged 83 years.

First time on the market

GVF & better £125 SOLD

 


1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Warrant Officer Class 2 (Company Sergeant Major) Edward Francis Osborne, 11th Battalion London Regiment (Finsbury Rifles) a former Drapery Messenger originally from St Likes. London born in 1895. Serving in Gallipoli from 10th August 1915, Egypt from December 1915 to March 1916 and  Palestine from March 1916 to June 1919. In 1939 he was residing in Orpington, Kent employed as a Gravel Pit Watchman, he died in Bromley in 1975 aged 79 years.

1914/15 Star

2145 Cpl E F Osborne 11-Lond R

British War & Victory Medals

2145 WO CL 2 E F Osborne 11-Lond R

With copy Medal Index Card, Medal rolls, census entry, birth and death register entry, 1939 Registration entry.

Edward Francis Osborne was born in St Luke’s, London 1st October 1895, educated at Haggerston School, London the 1911 census records he is a 15 year old Draper’s Messenger residing at 15 Coombs Street, Islington, North London with his father Edward Charles Osborne a Copper Plate Engraver, mother Elizabeth Sarah and sister. Serving with the 11th Battalion London Regiment (Finsbury Rifles) in Gallipoli from 10th August 1915 to 15th December 1915, Egypt from 18th December 1915 to 18th March 1916 and Palestine from 19th March 1916 to 4th June 1919. The 1939 Register records he is residing at 10 Chelsfield Road, Orpington Kent with his wife and son, employed as a Gravel Pit Watchman. Mr Osborne died in Bromley in 1975 aged 79 years.

Nice Trio to a Finsbury Rifles Company Sergeant Major.

EF £175 Available


1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Sergeant Harry Dixon 10th (1st Hull Pals) or Hull Commercial Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment a former Clerk for Hull Corporation born in Newcastle on Tyne  born in 1891. First serving in Egypt from 22nd December 1915, the Battalion arrived in France in March 1916 and were in Reserve during the attack on Serre, Somme sector 1st July 1916. In Reserve in the attack on Serre on 13th November 1916, they were forced to withdraw after counter attacks. and later suffered heavy casualties in the assault on Oppy Wood, Arras sector 3rd May 1917. Discharged to a commission in the East Yorkshire Regiment in September 1917, he later served with 4th Battalion Essex Regiment but saw no further active service and was discharged in October 1918. Returning to Hull and his former occupation,  he died in Scunthorpe in 1957 aged 66 years.

1914/15 Star

10-247 Pte H Dixon E York R

British War & Victory Medals

10-247 A SJT H Dixon E York R

With copy Medal Index Card, Medal rolls, census entry, birth and death register entry etc.

Original silk ribbons and Identity Disc.

Harry Dixon was born in Newcastle on Tyne 13th December 1891, the 1911 census records he is a 19 year old Clerk with Hull Corporation residing with his father John Henry Dixon a Tramway Inspector for Hull Corporation, mother Elizabeth and one brother at 134 Westcott Street, Hull. Enlisting at Hull he joined the 10th (1st Hull Pals) or Hull Commercial Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment  and fist served in Egypt from 22nd December 1915. The 10th were transferred to France and landed on 7th March 1916 as part of 92nd Brigade, 31st Division. In Reserve during the attack on Serre, Somme sector 1st July 1916, they were during the attack on the town on  13th November when they were forced to retire due to heavy counter attacks, later to suffer heavy casualties during the attack on Oppy Wood, Arras sector 3rd May 1917.  Discharged to a commission in the East Yorkshire Regiment 24th September 1917 he later served with 4th Battalion Essex Regiment but saw no more active service as an officer. Discharged 17th October 1918 he returned to Hull and his former employment residing at 14 Seafield Avenue Hull with his wife Flora. He died in Scunthorpe in 1957 aged 66 years.

EF £195 Available


1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private John Thomas Kershaw, 13th (4th Hull) Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment a former Boatman from Hull, Yorkshire born in 1896. Enlisting in November 1914, he first served in Egypt from 29th December 1915, the Battalion arrived in France in March 1916 and were in Reserve during the attack on Serre, Somme sector 1st July 1916. Taking part in the attack on Serre on 13th November 1916 they were forced to withdraw after counter attacks. The Battalion was to suffer severe casualties at Oppy Wood 3rd May 1917 during the battle of Arras. Discharged in April 1919, in July he was found to be suffering from Neurashenia (Shell Shock) and Rheumatism following his experiences in 1916 and awarded a 20% disability pension. In August 1921 he was re-examined and although not suffering from Rheumatism, the Shell Shock persisted. Mr Kershaw died in Hull in 1948 aged 52 years.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

13-882 Pte J T Kershaw E York R

With copy Medal Index Card, Medal rolls, census entry, Medical examination records.

John Thomas Kershaw was born in Hessle, near Hull in 1896, the 1911 census records he is a 15 year old Boatman (Keel) residing with his father John Thomas Kershaw a Keel captain, mother Emily two sisters and one brother at 41 Brighton Street, Hull. Enlisting at Hull 28th November 1914 he joined the 13th (4th Hull Pals) or Hull T’Others Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment in Hull and fist served in Egypt from 29th December 1915. The 13th were transferred to France and landed on 7th March 1916 as part of 91st Brigade, 31st Division. In Reserve during the attack on Serre, Somme sector 1st July 1916, they were to take part in heavy fighting around the town on 13th November when they were forced to retire due to heavy counter attacks. The 13th were to later suffer severe casualties during the attack on Oppy Wood 3rd May 1917 during the battle of Arras. The 13th Battalion were disbanded in France 8th February 1918. There is no record of Private Kershaw transferring to another Battalion so he may have been in the UK receiving treatment. Discharged to Class ‘Z’ Army Reserve 9th April 1919.

On 30th July 1919 he was examined at a Medical Board and diagnosed with Neurasthenia (Shell Shock). Presenting as very nervous, a slight tremor, fast pulse he was also suffering from Rheumatism and was experiencing bad dreams, headaches, bad memory, vertigo and night sweats, awarded a 20% disability pension. Examined again on 18th August 1921 he was found to still be suffering from Neurasthenia but not Rheumatism so pension reduced to 14% disability. Mr Kershaw died in Hull in 1948 at the age of 52 years.

EF £150 SOLD


1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Canteen Manager J Camillieri, Royal Navy from Malta.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

J Camillieri CTN MGR

Verified correct on Medal roll TNA reference ADM171/133 page 511 there are two Maltese Canteen Managers listed with this name and initial John Camillieri who served aboard HMS Queen and Joseph Camillieri who served aboard HMS Dublin.

Scarce

GVF £195 SOLD


1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Seaman Domenico Spiteri, Maltese Royal Naval Reserve.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

B.46 D Spiteri SMN RNR

Verified correct on Medal roll TNA reference ADM171/133 page 218, Seaman Domenico Spiteri, Maltese Royal Naval Reserve.

Slight edge knock on BWM otherwise

Scarce

GVF £175 SOLD


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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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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 £225 SOLD


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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.

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