Groups with First World War Medals


China Medal 1900 no clasp, British War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV 1st type to Leading Boatman Harry James, HM Coast Guard late Royal Navy a former waiter born in Christchurch, Hampshire in 1871. Entering the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class at Boscawen 1st March 1887, he was rated Signalman aboard HMS Buzzard in April 1888 and 2nd Yeoman of Signals aboard HMS Hood in January 1895. Serving aboard HMS Centurion during the Third China War, he transferred to HM Coast Guard 17th December 1901. Serving ashore in the UK during the First World War, including a posting to Whitehall, London in July 1917, he was demobilised in April 1919 and reverted to Coast Guard service.

China Medal 1900 no clasp

H James Yeo Sigls HMS Centurion

British War Medal

140468 H James Act PO RN

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GVI 1st type

140468 Harry James Ldg Boatn HM Coast Guard

With copy service record.

Harry James was born in Christchurch, Hampshire 19th September 1871 a Waiter he entered the Royal Navy at Boscawen as Boy 2nd Class 1st March 1887. He subsequently joined HMS Buzzard 24th April 1889 and rated Signalman 19th September 1889 and Qualified Signalman 3rd March 1890. Sentenced to 14 days detention in cells on 14th January 1891 and again on 13th May 1891 breaking his “Very Good” conduct. Joining Victory 3rd September 1891, HMS Invincible 19th November 1891, Victory I as acting Petty Officer Telegrapher 20th January 1893, he reverted to Qualified Signaller on joining HMS Hood 1st June 1893, advanced to Leading Signaller 23rd July 1893 and to 2nd Class Yeoman of Signals 1st January 1895, Victory 8th September 1896, his conduct was again reduced to “Good”. Joining Boscawen 10th November 1896, HMS Centurion 11th February 1897, Victory 20th September 1901, HMS Revenge 12th December 1901, he transferred to HM Coast Guard as Boatman joining the Weymouth Station 17th December 1901. Rated Commissioned Boatman 15th February 1909 at Clovely Station, he was advanced to Leading Boatman 1st April 191o, joining Sheerness Station 13th April 1911, Stockton Station 1st May 1913, he was mobilised on the outbreak of war but remained serving with HM Coast Guard. Joining President IV 1st October 1916, rated acting Petty Officer (Royal Navy) 15th June 1917, he joined Whitehall 2nd July 1917 and was demobilised 30th April 1919 and returned to Coast Guard duties. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded 11th May 1917.

Only entitled to the British War Medal for his First World War service confirmed on the Medal roll TNA ADM171/106 page 396. Correct China Medal ribbon will be supplied on purchase.

NEF £395 SOLD


British War Medal, 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, War Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV 3rd type to Armourer Harold Yabsley Morrell was born 24th July 1900 in Devonport, Plymouth a Fitter entered the Royal Navy as Probationary Armourers Crew 6th August 1918.  Serving aboard the Scott Class Desroyer HMS MacKay  was a Scot Class Destroyer took part in the Dunkirk evacuation of the BEF, on 26th May 1940 she embarked 581 soldiers, returning to Dunkirk the following day, she was damaged in a collision with HMS Montrose on 28th May and was grounded off Dunkirk, later re floated she returned to Dover. Discharged to pension in 1946, he died in Kerrier, Cornwall in 1975

British War Medal

M.33616 H Y Morrell Ar Cr RN

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, War Medal

Unnamed as issued

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV 3rd type

M.33616 H Y Morrell Armr HMS Danae

With details extracted from his on line service record.

Harold Yabsley Morrell was born 24th July 1900 in Devonport, Plymouth a Fitter entered the Royal Navy as Probationary Armourers Crew 6th August 1918 at Vivid II (entitled British War Medal only) rated Armourer’s Crew 6th August 1919 aboard HMS Constance, advanced to Armourer’s Mate 30th June 1924 at Vivid II, advanced to Armourer 30th June 1929 at Osprey (Anti Submarine School), joining HMS Albatross 31st July 1939, HMS MacKay 25th August 1939, Drake II 23rd November 1940, discharged to pension from Eaglet 6th August 1946. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal aboard HMS Danae 25th August 1933.

HMS MacKay was a Scot Class Destroyer took part in the Dunkirk evacuation of the BEF, on 26th May 1940 she embarked 581 soldiers, returning to Dunkirk the following day, she was damaged in a collision with HMS Montrose on 28th May and was grounded off Dunkirk, later re floated she returned to Dover.

Two edge knocks on BWM and LSGC

VF £150 Reserved


1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Gunner George Lewis, Canadian Field Artillery a Fireman born in Manchester in 1887. Attesting for the Canadian Expeditionary Force 22nd September 1914, he joined 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery (CFA) which left for England 3rd October 1914 and landed in France with the 1st Canadian Division 8th February 1915. Taking part in the Second Battle of Ypres, the 1st Brigade CFA were moved forward on 25th April 1915, to halt the German advance following the first gas attack and witnessed the horrors of the new weapon. Serving with No 1 Battery 1st Brigade CFA until 7th August 1917 when he transferred to HQ 4th Canadian Division Artillery. Marrying whilst on leave in England in 1917, he returned to France and in 1919 was in hospital with Influenza, discharged in England 16th May 1919, he became Landlord of The Lamb Inn, Rowde, Devizes, Wiltshire.

1914/15 Star

40204 Gnr G Lewis Can Fd Art

British War & Victory Medals

40204 Gnr G Lewis CFA

With details extracted from his on line service record.

George Lewis was born in Manchester 24th June 1887, a Fireman, he attested for the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Valcartier 22nd September 1914 and joined No 1 Battery, 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery (CFA). Sailing for England 22nd September 1914, the 1st Brigade CFA were part of 1st Canadian Division and landed in France 8th February 1915, taking part in the Second Battle of Ypres.

22 April 1915: 17.30

About half an hour before the German attack was launched the 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery (CFA) was ordered to move forward towards Ypres from its position in reserve at Vlamertinghe. The Brigade would wait near Ypres until it received further orders to move into a position near the Brielen Bridge No. 4 on the Yser Canal in the early hours of the following morning, 23rd April.

Major John McCrae, a doctor, was second in command of this Artillery Brigade. In his capacity as a military doctor he was also the brigade surgeon. John McCrae became famous as the author of the poem “In Flanders Fields”. It is believed that he wrote the poem ten days later on 2nd May during the battle in which he was about to become involved: the Second Battle of Ypres. As the 1st Brigade CFA moved along the road towards Ypres French troops and refugees were streaming past them, away from the fighting line, all of them talking and shouting. According to the Brigade Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel E W B Morrison, at one point a massive crowd of French Moroccan soldiers of the 45th Algerian Division was heading towards the Canadians, who tried to cut them off; the Moroccans fell off their horses and wagons and lay writhing on the ground, foaming at the mouth.

“As we sat on the road, we began to see the French stragglers: men without arms, wounded men, teams, wagons, civilians, refugees – some by the roads, some across the country, all talking, shouting – the very picture of a debacle. I must say they were the ‘tag enders’ of a fighting line rather than the line itself. And they streamed on and shouted us scraps of not too inspiriting information – while we stood and took our medicine, and picked out gun positions in the fields in case we had to go right in there and then. The men were splendid: not a word: not a shake. And it was a terrific test. Traffic whizzed by: ambulances, transport, ammunition, supplies, despatch riders – and the shells thundered into the town or burst high in the air nearer us, and the refugees streamed. Women, old men, little children, hopeless, tearful, quiet or excited, tired, dodging the traffic – and the wounded in singles or in groups: here and there I could give a momentary help, and the ambulances picked them up as they could. So the cold, moonlight night wore on – no change save that the towers of Ypres showed up against the glare of the city burning – and the shells still sailed in.”

Serving with 1st Brigade CFA until 7th August 1917 when he transferred to HQ 4th Canadian Division Artillery, he married in England whilst on leave in England Mary of the Lamb Inn, Rowde, Devizes, Wiltshire. Returning to France, he was admitted in early 1919 to hospital with Influenza and on recovery was discharged from the Canadian Army in England 16th May 1919, his address on discharge in The Lamb Inn which presumably he managed with his wife.

GVF £145 Available


British War and Victory Medals, Special Constabulary Long Service Medal GV to Corporal Joseph Jackson, 33rd Battalion London Regiment late Denbigh Yeomanry a Railway Signalman born in Macclesfeld, Cheshire in 1874. In 1914 he was residing in Old Colwyn, North Wales when he attested for the Denbighshire Yeomanry 2nd September 1914. Serving at home until transferring to the 33rd Battalion London Regiment, he served in France from 3rd July 1918 until the end of hostilities. Discharged 4th April 1919 suffering from Myalgia attributed to his active service and awarded a 20% disability pension.

British War & Victory Medals

860708 Cpl J Jackson 33-Lond R

Special Constabulary Long Service Medal GV Coinage Head

Joseph Jackson

With copy Medal Index Card, Medal roll entry and details from what survives of his on line service record.

Original ribbons.

Joseph Jackson was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1874, the 1911 census records he is a 37 year old Railway Signalman residing with his wife Jane (whom he married in Bury, Lancashire 23rd May 1903) and 3 sons at Ballin Grove, Butley, Macclesfield. In 1914 he was residing at “Ingledene”, Penmaen Park, Old Colwyn, North Wales when he attested for the 2/1 Denbighshire Yeomanry 2nd September 1914 (Regimental numbers 558 and 215011). Serving in France from 3rd July 1918, on this day the Battalion arrived in France at Boulogne. It was not until 28th August that the Battalion took over a section of the front line at Ypres. Jackson remained with the Battalion until the Armistice and returning to England was disembodied 4th April 1919. He had contracted Myalgia as a result of his active service at home and abroad and was awarded a 20% disability pension.

Rare British War and Victory Medals to the 33rd Battalion London Regiment.

NEF £175 Available


East and West Africa Medal clasp Benin 1897, 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy EVII to Chief Petty Officer (Seaman Gunner) Joseph Davies Davies, Royal Navy a former Gardener born in Newport, Monmouthshire in 1876. Entering the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class aboard HMS Impregnable 23rd September 1891, he served as an Able Seaman aboard the 1st Class Screw Gun Boat HMS Widgeon during the Benin operations of 1897, one of only 75 clasps to the ship. Serving as Petty Officer 1st Class aboard HMS Essex on the outbreak of the First World War, he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer (Seaman Gunner) 1st August 1914. Serving aboard Essex until 23rd August 1916, and after a brief period ashore, he joined HMS Suffolk 17th May 1917 and was demobilised from this ship 31st July 1918 after completing almost 27 years service.

East and West Africa Medal clasp Benin 1897

J D Davies AB HMS Widgeon

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

162887 J D Davies CPO RN

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy EVII

162887 J D Davies PO 1 CL HMS Impregnable

With copy service record and Medal roll entries.

Joseph Davies Davies was born in Newport, Monmouthshire 19th April 1876 a Gardener, he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable as Boy 2nd Class 23rd September 1891. rated Ordinary Seaman aboard HMS Immortalite 18th April 1894 and Able Seaman aboard HMS Blenheim 13th May 1895, he subsequently joined Vivid I 25th May 1895, Cambridge 29th May 1895, Vivid I 7th December 1895, HMS Hermione 14th January 1896, Vivid I 11th September 1896, HMS Melpomene 3rd October 1896, HMS Widgeon 24th November 1896, HMS Penelope 14th April 1897, HMS Widgeon 7th May 1897, HMS Penelope 2nd June 1897, HMS Monarch 1st July 1897, HMS Fox 23rd January 1898, Vivid I 8th July 1899 where he was advanced to Leading Seaman 21st August 1899, Cambridge 15th November 1899, Vivid I 12th February 1900, HMS Collingwood 11th April 1900 where he was advanced to Petty Officer of the 2nd Class 1st July 1900, HMS Hood 1st February 1901 where he was advanced to Petty Officer of the 1st Class 21st September 1902, Vivid I 6th December 1902, Cambridge 18th January 1903, HMS Commonwealth 10th May 1905, Vivid 28th May 1907.

Joining HMS Majestic 21st August 1908, HMS Impregnable 12th December 1908, he was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal aboard this ship 28th April 1909, HMS New Zealand 10th August 1909, HMS Theseus 1st August 1911, Vivid I 1st October 1911, HMS Euryalus 10th August 1912, Vivid I 15th April 1912, HMS Impregnable 26th September 1912, HMS Powerful 23rd September 1913, HMS Essex 1st January where he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer (Seaman Gunner) 1st August 1914, Vivid I 24th August 1916, HMS Suffolk 17th May 1917, demobilised 31st July 1919 after almost 27 years service.

Nice combination, 75 Benin 1897 clasps to the 1st Class Screw Gun Boat HMS Widgeon.

GVF & better £495 Available


1914 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Drummer Charles George Gray, Worcestershire Regiment born in Brackley, Northamptonshire in 1889. Serving with the 2nd Battalion in India in 1911, he served in France from 12th August 1914. Wounded in action during the battle of the Aisne in October 1914 and was evacuated to the Sobhill Hospital, Glasgow. On recovery, he returned to France and served with the 3rd Battalion. He died in Northumberland in 1949.

1914 Star

8174 Dmr C G Gray 2/Worc R

British War & Victory Medals

8174 Pte C G Gray Worc R

With details extracted from on line records.

Charles George Gray was born in Brackley, Northamptonshire in 1889, the 1911 census records he is a 21 year old Drummer serving with the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment in India although on the day of the census he is noted as “Absent in England” presumably on leave. Serving with the 2nd Battalion in France from 12th August 1914, The Scotsman newspaper 28th October 1914 page 8 records he was one of over 100 soldiers wounded during the battle of the Aisne to be admitted to Sobhill Hospital, Glasgow, a similar report appears in The Glasgow Daily Record 28th October 1914 page 6. On recovery Gray joined the 3rd Battalion in France and appears to have been still serving when his Medals were issued. He died in Northumberland in 1949.

First time on the market.

GVF £165 SOLD


1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals with Silver War Badge to Sergeant Charles Reginald Ellis, Essex Regiment a former Draper’s Assistant born in Wivenhoe, Essex in 1885. Enlisting on 31st August 1914, he served with the 11th Battalion in France from 30th August 1915. Taken prisoner of war at Loos 26th September 1915, he was held at Wahn Prisoner of War Camp, near Cologne, Germany. He must have been rapatriated via the Red Cross before the Armistice as he was discharged 19th December 1917 no longer physically fit for Military service. In 1939 he was a shopkeeper in Shoreham by Sea, Sussex. He died in Folkestone, Kent in 1960 aged 75 years.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

12975 SJT C R Ellis Essex R

Siver War Badge complete with pin and catch reverse and numbered

286550

With details extracted from on line records and copy POW List.

The Silver war Badge the correct one for this soldier.

Charles Reginald Ellis was born in Lexden, Wivenhoe, Essex 18th October 1885, the 1911 census records he is a 26 year old Draper’s Assistant residing at 114 High Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Attesting for the Essex Regiment 31st August 1914, he served in France with the 11th Battalion from 30th August 1915. Taken prisoner of war at Loos 26th September 1915 –

11.00: The remainder of the attacking units move forward from the Bois Hugo area towards the German second line. They have had little rest, and for many no food or water since yesterday. The various orders to deploy battalions piecemeal, together with the defence against counterattacks, has reduced what was intended to be an attack by 24 battalions to just 6. The four battalions of 72nd Brigade advanced over open ground, starting some 1000 yards West of the La Bassee road, and were in such good order that they had the effect of reinvigorating 63rd Brigade on their right. However, once again men of this Brigade lost direction and moved towards the summit of Hill 70, taking them across direct fire from Chalet Wood and Bois Hugo, both places they should have been approaching frontally. The advance of 72nd Brigade, composed now of 8/Royal West Kents and 9/East Surreys, together with half of 2/Welch, came under severe enfilade and frontal fire which included point-blank artillery. These units also reported British shellfire falling among them. 8/Buffs, 8/Queen’s, 11/Essex and 9/Suffolks were all pushed into this murderous area. (The first three named all lost their Commanding Officers, killed in action here). Only a thin line reached the virtually undamaged German wire by about 13:00. All attempts to cut the wire failed with heavy casualties, and the remaining men took cover in long grass. At a shouted order to retire, men withdrew – many being hit by machine-gun fire as they did so. Those who did not retire were killed or captured.

Held at a POW camp in Wahn, about 20 miles south east of Cologne, Germany, Ellis must have been repatriated early via the Red Cross as he was discharged from the Army 19th December 1917 no longer fit for Military service. The 1939 Register records he is a shop keeper residing with his wife Mary at 84 High Street, Shoreham by Sea, Sussex, he died in Folkestone, Kent in 1960 aged 75 years.

First time on the market.

GVF £150 Available 


Brothers, the sons of Arthur William and Fanny Whhitlock of Portsmouth.

British War and Victory Medals to Private Ernest Frederick Whitwick, South Staffordshire Regiment born in Portsmouth in 1899, he was almost certainly a conscript. Serving in France with 2/6th Battalion he was killed in action, Belgium 15th April 1918 aged 19 years. Commemorated on the Ploegstreert Memorial.

Imperial Service Medal E2 to Mr Herbert Charles Whitwick born in Portsmouth in 1888, he was a Ship’s Boilermaker employed in HM Dockyard Portsmouth. He was awarded the ISM on his retirement in 1954 and died in Portsmouth in 1978 aged 90 years.

British War & Victory Medals

43614 Pte E F Whitlock S Staff R

Imperial Service Medal E2

Herbert Charles Whitlock

With details extracted from on line records, the ISM in Royal Mint fitted presentation case.

Ernest Frederick Whitlock was born in Portsmouth in 1899, the 1911 census records he is a 12 year old School Boy residing with his father Arthur William a Portsmouth Dockyard Labourer, mother Fanny and siblings at 91 Winstanley Road, Stamshaw Portsmouth. Enlistiung at Portsmouth he was almost certainly a conscript and served with the 2/6th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment – TF in France probably from early 1918. Killed in action 15th April 1918 aged 19 years he is commemorated on the Ploegstreert Memorial, Belgium.

Herbert Charles Whitlock was born in Portsmouth 16th October 1888, the 1911 census records he is a 22 year old Shgip’s Boilermaker at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth residing with his father, mother and younger brother Ernest Frederick at 91 Winstanley Road, Stamshaw, Portsmouth. He married Pauline J Clark in Portsmouth in 1930 and the 1939 Register records he is still employed as a Ship’s Boilermaker residing with his wife at 31 Winstanley Road. Awarded the Imperial Service Medal on his retirement London Gazette 5th January 1954 page 219, he died in Portsmouth in 1978 aged 90 years.

First time on the market.

EF £120 SOLD


1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to PrivateEdwin Smith, Shropshire Light Infantry a former Labourer born in Stottesdon, Budgnorth, Shropshire in 1892. Enlisting on 7th September 1914, he served in France with the 6th Battalion from 23rd July 1915. Wounded in October 1915, gun shot wound left hand, he returned to England for treatment 18th October 1915. Returning to France 9th February 1916, he joined the 1st Battalion, wounded a second time in April 1917, gun shot wound to back (slight), he was treated in France and returned to his unit in June 1917. Wounded a third time in July 1917, gun shot wound left thigh with fractured femur and gun shot wounds right buttock, he was listed as dangerously ill whilst a patient in No 7 General Hospital, St Omer. Evacuated to Scotland he was admitted to the Edinburgh War Hospital and recovered. Discharged no longer fit for Military service 15th August 1918.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

13139 Pte E Smith Shrop LI

With details extracted from his on line service record.

Edwin Smith was born in Stottesdon, Budgnorth, Salop in 1892, a Labourer residing at 8 Station Road, Stottesdon, he attested for the Shropshire Light Infantry at Budgnorth 7th September 1914 and joined the 6th Battalion 15th September 1914. Serving in France from 24th July 1915, he was admitted to No 5 British Red Cross Hospital, Wimereux 21st October 1915 with gun shot wound left hand. Evacuated to England he was admitted to No 2 Western General Hospital and recovered sufficiently to be granted leave 11th November 1915 to 20th November 1915 when he was posted to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion. Returning to France 9th February 1916, he joined the 1st Battalion 9th February 1916 and was wounded in action for a second time 17th April 1917 gun shot wound back, slight. Admitted to No 24 General Hospital, Etaples 20th July 1917 he recovered sufficiently to be discharged to the Base Depot at Rouen 9th June 1917 and from there re-joined the 1st Battalion. On 7th July 1917 he was admitted to No 7 Casualty Clearing Station dangerously wounded, gun shot wound left thigh with fractured femur and gun shot wounds right buttock. Transferred to No 31 Ambulance Train 17th September 1917 for evacuation to England aboard HMAT St Dennis, his condition was reported to his next of kin by telegram as “Dangerously ill”. Admitted to the Edinburgh War Hospital 19th September 1917, he recovered and was discharged medically unfit for further service 15th August 1918.

First time on t he market.

GVF & better £125 Available 


1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Private James Logan, Gordon Highlanders born in 1878 who served with the 2nd and 8th / 10th Battalions in France from 16th February 1915. The 2nd Battalion took part in the attack on Mametz 1st July 1916 and captured their objectives suffering 461 casualties they were relieved from the front line on 3rd July. Private Logan is recorded as admitted to No 34 Casualty Clearing Station on 2nd July 1916 with a gun shot wound left hand and evacuated by Ambulance Train to hospital 5th July 1916. Almost certainly wounded during his Battalions attack on 1st July. Later serving with the 8th/10th Battalion he was taken prisoner of war at Monchy 28th March 1918 during the German Spring offensive. Repatriated at the end of hostilities, he arrived in Dover 29th November 1918 and was discharged to the Reserve 28th March 1919.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

S-7784 Pte J Logan Gord Highrs

With details extracted from his on line service record.

WithServed with “C” Company 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders on the Somme, the Battalion was part of 20th Brigade, 7th Division and took part in the attack on Mametz 1st July 1916. Assaulting the western side of the village on the right of the railway, the German first line was reached and the Battalion came under heavy Machine Gun fire from The Shrine, advancing past Mametz Station and on to Shrine Alley, Cemetery Trench and to its final objectives of Bunny Alley and Orchard Alley. Withdrawn from the front line on 3rd July having suffered 461 casualties. Admitted to 34 Casualty Clearing Station on 2nd July 1916 with gun shot wound left hand, he was evacuated further by Ambulance Train (to hospital) 5th July 1916.

Later serving with the 8th/10th Battalion, he was taken prisoner of war during the German Spring offensive (probably at Monchy 28th March 1918) when other members of this Battalion are recorded as captured and repatriated, arriving at Dover 29th November 1918 and sent to POW Reception Camp, Canterbury (Ref: Red Cross Archive). Discharged to Class “Z” Army Reserve 28th March 1919.

GVF & better £175 Available 


British War and Victory Medals toPrivate John Arthur Lange, 1st King Edward’s Horse an Accountant born in Lambeth, Surrey in 1899. Enlisting in London 29th November 1915 aged 16 years 10 months, he served in France after January 1916. On 19th October 1917 he was admitted to hospital in Warrington suffering from debility and pyrexia of unknown origin (PUO) and following discharge in December 1917 he was posted to Dublin. Demobilised at the end of hostilities, in 1939 he was a Commercial Traveller residing with his wife in Harrow, Middlesex, he died in Poole, Dorset in 1985 aged 86 years.

British War & Victory Medals

1352 Pte J A Lange K Edw H

With details extracted from his on line service record.

John Arthur Lange was born in Lambeth, Surrey 21st February 1899, the 1911 census records he is a scholar residing with his father Arthur a Restaurant Carver, mother Alice and three sisters at 10 Pawsons Road, West Croydon, Surrey. Attesting for the 1st King Edward’s Horse in London 29th November 1915 he stated his occupation as Accountant and age as 16 years 10 months. Serving in France after January 1916, he was admitted to the Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington 19th October 1917 suffering from debility and pyrexia of unknown origin, the result of service in France. In December 1917 he is recorded as serving Dublin and does not appear to have returned to active service. Demobilised at the end of hostilities, the 1939 Register records he is a Commercial Traveller residing with his wife Winifred at 243 Rayners Lane, Harrow, Middlesex, he died in Poole, Dorset in 1985 aged 86 years.

First time on the market and relatively scarce to the Regiment.

GVF & better £125 Available 


British War and Victory Medals to Private George Edward Raffield, Northumberland Fusiliers and Labour Corps a Solicitor’s Law Case Clerk born in St Saviour, Southwark, London in 1885. Enlisting 11th December 1915, he served with the 7th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers in France, later transferring to Prisoner of War Companies, Labour Corps. Discharged medically unfit for further service 4th January 1919. In 1939 he was employed Law Staioner’s Manager residing in Beckenham, Kent, he died in Croydon in 1970 aged 85 years.

British War and Victory Medals

291941 Pte G E Raffield North’d Fus

Silver War Badge the reverse impressed

B.139004

With details extracted from on line records, old original ribbons, the Silver War Badge the correct one for this soldier, complete with pin and catch reverse.

George Edward Raffield was born in St Saviour, Southwark in 1885, the 1911 census records he is a 26 year old Solicitor’s Law Writer for Law Cases (Clerk) residing at 74 Henslowe Road, East Dulwich, London with his father John a Carpenter, mother Marian, two brothers and three sisters. Enlisting 11th December 1915, he served with the Northumberland Fusiliers in France after January 1916, his service number indicates 7th Battalion. Transferring to the Labour Corps (Private No 612545) his number indicates service with Prisoner of War Companies. Discharged 4th January 1919 no longer fit for Military service, in 1939 he was employed as an Assistant Manager at a Law Stationers residing at 54 Langley Way, Beckenham Kent with his wife. He died in Croydon in 1970 aged 85 years.

First time on the market.

GVF & better £80 SOLD


1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Signaller Vivian Edward Clack, Royal Navy a former Bricklayer’s Labourer born in Wallingford, Oxfordshire in 1898. Entering the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 11th July 1913, he was rated Signal Boy 1st January 1914. Serving aboard HM Ships Crescent, Castor, BlakeSuperb and Nizam during the First World War, he was discharged shore on reduction of the Royal Navy 24th December 1919. He married in Hackney, London in 1922 and in 1939 was employed as a Chauffeur and Mechanic residing in Paddington, London, he died in Paddington in 1971.

1914/15 Star

J.25766 V E Clack Sig Boy RN

British War and Victory Medals

J.25766 V E Clack Sig RN

With copy service record, old original ribbons.

Vivian Edward Clack was born in Wallingford, Oxfordshire 1st May 1898, a Bricklayer’s Labourer he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 11th July 1913 at Ganges. He was subsequently rated Signal Boy 1st January 1914 and subsequently joined Victory I 10th May 1914, HMS Crescent 4th December 1914, rated Ordinary Signalman 1st May 1916, Victory I 3rd May 1916, HMS Castor 5th June 1916, HMS Blake 16th June 1916, rated Signalman 1st October 1916, HMS Superb 15th October 1917, HMS Nizam 19th March 1918, Victory I 18th August 1918, AMC Michael Sing 27th January 1919, Victory I 1st July 1919. Discharged shore on reduction of the Royal Navy 24th December 1919. Clack married in Paddington in 1922, the 1939 Register records he is a Chauffeur and Mechanic residing at 23 Polygon Mews South, Paddington, he died in Paddington in 1971.

First time on the market, unusual rate on 1914/15 Star.

GVF & better £70 SOLD


1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Petty Officer 1st Class John Fitzgerald, Royal Navy a former Caretaker born in Peckham, Surrey in 1868. Entering the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class aboard HMS Impregnable, he served until 3rd October 1906 when discharged to pension. Disrated several times, he was not awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal having five breaks in “Very Good” Conduct. Joining Chatham Royal Fleet Reserve, he was mobilised 2nd August 1914 and served aboard the Armed Merchant Cruisers Palma, Ophir and Mikado. Joining Pembroke 31st December 1916, he was demobilised from there 14th February 1919.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

128122 J Fitzgerald PO 1 RN

With copy service record.

John Fitzgerald was born in Peckham, Surrey 10th August 1868, a Caretaker, he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable 24th July 1884 as Boy 2nd Class. Rated Ordinary Seaman aboard HMS Agincourt 10th August 1886 and Able Seaman aboard HMS Rover 20th October 1887. Advanced to Leading Seaman aboard HMS Canada 25th August 1892, he was reduced to Able Seaman at Excellent 7th April 1893. Advanced to Leading Seaman at Excellent 24th June 1895, to Petty Officer 2nd Class aboard HMS Ramillies 25th November 1896 and to the 1st Class 2nd April 1897, he was reduced to Leading Seaman 16th October 1897. Advanced to Petty Officer 1st Class again 19th September 1899, he continued to serve ashore and afloat in this rate until discharged to pension from Pembroke 3rd October 1906. Not awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal as five breaks in “Very Good” Conduct recorded. Joining Chatham Royal Fleet Reserve, he was mobilised 2nd August 1914 and joined the Armed Merchant Cruiser Palma. He subsequently joined Pembroke 10th February 1915, Armed Merchant Cruiser Ophir 2nd March 1915, Pembroke I 14th May 1916, Armed Merchant Cruiser Mikado 10th June 1916, Pembroke I 31st December 1916 from where he was demobilised 14th February 1919.

First time on the market.

EF £70 Available


Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Johannesburg, Belfast, King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, British War and Victory Medals, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army EVII, Meritorious Service Medal GV Immediate to Company Sergeant Major Charles Blackburn, Royal Engineers a Musician born in Bloomsbury, London in 1868. Attesting 4th October 1883 as a Boy he was appointed Trumpeter in March 1884 and Driver in August 1886. Serving in the Bechuanaland 1884-85, he qualified as an Army Signaller (Telegraph Field Lines) in June 1891. Serving on Mounted Duties from 1898, he served in South Africa from October 1899 with 1st Division Telegraph Battalion. Invalided home with debility and Enteric Feverin May 1901, he returned to South Africa in December 1901 and finally left for England in October 1902. Awarded the LSGC Medal in 1907, he was permitted to extend his service beyond 21 years. Serving at Home as an instructor during the First World War, he was sent to North Russia in 1918 during the Allied intervention in that country’s Civil War. Awarded the MSM for his services with the Archangel Command he was finally discharged in February 1920 after almost 37 years service.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Johannesburg, Belfast

17625 TQM SJT C Blackburn RE

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

17625 T Qr Mr SERJT H Blackburn RE

British War and Victory Medals

17625 WO CL 2 H Blackburn RE

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army EVII

17625 C S MJR H Blackburn RE

Meritorious Service Medal GV Immediate

17625 C S MJR H Blackburn RE

With details extracted from on line records and original ID tag.

Charles Blackburn was born in Bloomsbury, London, a 15 year 3 month old Musician, he attested for the Royal Engineers at Aldershot 4th October 1883 as a Boy. Appointed Trumpeter 31st March 1884 and Driver 15th August 1886, he was appointed Lance Corporal 18th August 1886. Seving in Bechuanaland, South Africa 25th November 1885 to 23rd December 1885, appointed 2nd Corporal 22nd May 1888, promoted Corporal 26th September 1890, he qualified as an Army Signaller (Telegraph Field Line) 5th June 1891. Promoted Sergeant 23rd September 1893, he served in South Africa from 21st October 1899 to 18th May 1901 with 1st Division Telegraph Battalion. Promoted to Troop Quartermaster Sergeant 1st April 1900, having been employed on Mounted Duties, he was returned to England 18th May 1901 suffering from Debility and Enteric Fever. 

On recovery Blackburn left for South Africa 30th December 1901 and re-joined his unit resuming Mounted Duties, returning to England 28th October 1902. Promoted Company Sergeant Major 4th October 1904, appointed as Permanent Staff 2nd West Yorkshire RE Volunteers 27th July 1904, to Northern Command RE 6th December 1912, awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Army Order 242 of 1907. Permitted to remain in the Army beyond 21 years service he was promoted acing Warrant Officer Class 1 1st March 1915 and remained in the UK during the First World War as an Instructor. Sent to North Russia, embarking at Newcastle 16th June 1918 as part of the allied intervention in the Russian Civil War, he embarked in North Russia for England 25th July 1919.

The North Russian intervention, also known as the Archangel Campaign was part of the Allied intervention in Russia after the October Revolution. The intervention brought about the involvement of foreign troops in the Russian Civil War on the side of the White Movement. While the movement was ultimately defeated, the Allied forces fought notable ending defensive actions against the Bolsheviks in the battles of Bolshie Ozerki, allowing them to withdraw from Russia in good order. The campaign lasted from 1918, during the final months of World War I to 1920.

Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal London Gazette 12th August 1919 page 10319 “In recognition of valuable services rendered with British Forces in North Russia (Archangel Command). Discharged 2nd February 1920 after almost 37 years service. Home address recorded as 89 Newport Road, Charlton, Manchester.

Scarce combination of awards to the Royal Engineers.

First time on the market.

Average GVF £950 Available


1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Private Charles Henry Twaits, 23rd (1st Sportsman’s) Battalion Royal Fusiliers born in St Pancras, London in 1889. Serving in France from 16th November 1915, the Battalion was in action at Delville Wood, Somme sector in July 1916 and suffered 288 casualties in their successful attack on 27th July. Serving in France until 28th January 1919, he returned to St Pancras following discharge and was employed as a Clerk at Somerset House, he died in St Pancras in 1937 aged 47 years.

1914/15 Star

373 Pte C H Twaits R Fus

British War and Victory Medals

SPTS-373 Pte C H Twaits R Fus

With details extracted from on line records and original ID tag.

Charles Henry Twaits was born in St Pancras, London in 1889, he served in France with the 23rd (1st Sportsman’s) Battalion Royal Fusiliers from 16th November 1915. The Battalion arrived on the Somme as part of 99th Brigade, 2nd Division and was in action at Delville Wood 27th July 1916, passing through Princess Street and on to final objective inside northern edge of Delville suffering 288 casualties. Serving in France continually until 28th January 1919, he returned to St Pancras on discharge and was employed as a Clerk at Somerset House. He married at St Likes Church, West Holloway 8th August 1920 and resided at 116 Berrington Road, Crouch End St Pancras. He died on 16th May 1937 aged 47 years.

First time on the market.

EF £145 Available


1914 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Private Sidney George Roberts, 1/1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment. Enlisting 3rd September 1914, he served in France from 6th November 1914. Transferring to 573 Employment Company, Labour Corps, he was discharged medically unfit for further service 8th March 1919 the result of wounds received in action.

1914 Star

2693 Pte S G Roberts 1/1 Herts R

British War and Victory Medals

2693 Pte S G Roberts Herts R

With details extracted from on line records.

Sidney George Roberts attested for the Hertfordshire Regiment 3rd September 1914 and served in France with the 1/1st Battalion from 6th November 1914. Transferring to 573 Employment Company, Labour Corps, he was discharged unfit for Military service 8th March 1919, the result of wounds received in action.

Original silk ribbons and safety pins as originally worn.

First time on the market.

GVF £250 SOLD


British War and Victory Medals, India General service Medal (1908) GV clasp Afghanistan NWF 1919 to Private Leslie Dowse, Hertfordshire Yeomanry a Clerk born in Abbot’s Langley, Hertfordshire in 1898. Enlisting 10th October 1915, he arrived in Mesopotamia 6th November 1916. Evacuated to India 23rd July 1917 aboard a Hospital Ship with sickness, on recovery he was transferred to the 21st Lancers. Sent as a re-enforcement to 22 Machine Gun Squadron for operations in Afghanistan in 1919, he returned to the UK in November 1919 and was demobilized. The India General Service Medal and clasp one of only 16 named to the Regiment.

British War and Victory Medals

2620 Pte L Dowse Herts Yeo

India General Service Medal GV clasp Afghanistan NWF 1919

105858 Pte L Dowse Herts Yeo

With copy Medal Index Card, Medal roll entries, service papers.

Leslie Dowse was born in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire in 1898, a Clerk, residing at 14 Marling Square Abbots Langley, he attested for the Hertfordshire Yeomanry 10th October 1915. Arriving at Basra, Mesopotamia 6th November 1916, he was in Hospital on two occasions with enteritis and was invalided to India aboard the Hospital Ship Erinpura 23rd July 1917. Compulsory transferred to the 21st Lancers 22nd May 1919, he was posted as a re-enforcement to 22 Machine Gun Squadron 5th July 1919 serving in the Third Afghan War of 1919. Embarked at Bombay 18th October 1919 for England, he was demobilized 5th November 1919.

Appears on the Afghanistan NWF Medal roll as Hertfordshire Yeomanry attached 21st Lancers attached 22 Machine Gun Squadron, his IGS and clasp being one of only 16 named to the Hertfordshire Yeomanry. Taming The Tiger, The Story of the India General Service Medal 1908-35 by Richard G M L Stiles, Savannah, 2012 refers.

GVF & better £395 Available


British War Medal and Royal Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal EVII to Ernest Mondon, Petty Officer 1st Class, Royal Navy, a former Stone Mason born in Brixham, Devon in 1873. Entering the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable as Boy 2nd Class 22nd July 1889, he joined HMS Argyll 2nd January 1906 and was awarded the LSGC Medal aboard this ship 2nd October 1906, Argyll was wrecked in a storm 28th October 1915. Discharged shore to pension 30th August 1913, he joined Devonport Royal Fleet Reserve. Mobilized 2nd August 1914 he joined the Armed Merchant Cruiser Oceanic, which ran aground onto the Shaalds of Foula in the Shetland Islands 7th September 1914, the vessel being a total loss. Joining Vivid 7th October 1914, he spend the rest of the war ashore. Demobilized 28th April 1920, he returned to Brixham and died there in 1948.

British War Medal

150660 E Mondon PO1 R.N

EDVII Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

150660 Ernest Mondon PO 1 CL HMS Argyll

With folder of research including copy service record, original silk ribbons, mounted for wear.

Ernest Mondon was born in Brixham, Devon 1st September 1873, a Stone Mason, he came from a well-known fishing family in Brixham. He entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable as Boy 2nd Class 22nd July 1889, rated Ordinary Seaman aboard 1st September 1891, Able Seaman 4th March 1893 aboard  HMS Shannon. Advanced to Leading Seaman 14th August 1899 and Petty Officer of the 2nd class 1st April 1900 aboard HMS Devastation. Advanced to Petty Officer 1st Class aboard HMS Lion 4th November 1903, he joined HMS Argyll 2nd January 1906 and was awarded the LSGC Medal aboard this ship 2nd October 1906. Discharged shore to pension from Defiance 30th August 1913, he joined Devonport Royal Fleet Reserve.

Mobilized 2nd August 1914 he joined the Armed Merchant Cruiser Oceanic, which ran aground onto the Shaalds of Foula in the Shetland Islands 7th September 1914, the vessel being a total loss. Joining Vivid 7th October 1914, Defiance 25th November 1914 and Pomone 20th April 1915 he was demobilized 28th April 1920. Returning to Brixham, he died there 24th June 1948. HMS Argyll ran aground on Bell Rock, Dundee during a storm on 28th October 1915 and was a total loss.

Awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals reference Admiralty Medal roll TNA ADM171/110 page 321.

Toned

NEF £110 SOLD


British War & Victory Medals to Gunner Alfred Milner Anderson, South African Heavy Artillery a Fitter from Belgravia, Johannesburg born in 1898. Enlisting at Cape Town in July 1917, he arrived in England in September 1917 and in France in January 1918 where he joined 73rd Siege Battery the following month. In June 1918 he was treated in hospital in France with shell shock, he had previously been subject to bombardments of high explosive and gas shells on 9th and 12th April 1918. Re-joining his battery in September 1918, he returned to England in March 1919 and was discharged in South Africa in June 1919. He died in Johannesburg in April 1966.

British War and Victory Medals (Bi-lingual reverse Victory Medal)

Gnr A M Anderson SAHA

With copy service papers and a photo of the recipient in later life.

Alfred Milner Anderson was born in Durban, Natal, South Africa in 1898, a Fitter residing in Belgravia, Johannesburg, he attested for the South African Heavy Artillery at Cape Town 11th July 1917. Arriving in England 14th September 1917 and in France 29th January 1918. Posted to 73rd Siege Battery South African Heavy Artillery in the field 18th February 1918, he was admitted to 34 Field Ambulance 5th June 1918 with shell shock (Neurasthenia) and transferred to No 18 General Hospital, France 19th July 1918. Re-joining his Battery on recovery in the field 1st September 1918, he returned to England 20th March 1919 for onward travel to South Africa arriving home, he was discharged 6th June 1919.

His Medical Card records whilst serving with 73rd Siege Battery South African Heavy Artillery on 5th June 1918 at Verquin at 2100, he went sick because he was very shaky and could not stand the noise of the guns. He had previously been subject to a bombardment of high explosive and gas shells on 9th April 1918 and a bombardment of high explosive 8 inch shells on 12th April 1918.

Alfred Milner Anderson died in Johannesburg 7th April 1966.

EF £55 SOLD


A rare British War and Victory Medal, British issue to an Egyptian Soldier in the Egyptian Army Artillery.

British War and Victory Medals

7270 Artillery E A

With copy Medal roll entry and header.

Medals correct impressed naming.

The Medal roll for the British War and Victory Medals to the Egyptian Army TNA WO329/2370, soldier number 7270 is recorded on page 10 of that roll, the Egyptian Army Artillery being commanded by Major Hon T P P Butler, DSO, Royal Artillery. Soldier’s numbers only are recorded as eligible for the medals, no names.

Rare.

GVF & better £195 Available


British War and Victory Medals, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV Third Type to Able Seaman William John Wadley Royal Navy a former Munitions Worker born in Woolwich, London in 1899 he entered the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class 27th July 1916. Joining HMS Hercules 29th March 1917, he remained aboard this ship until the Armistice. Serving aboard HMS Wakeful on the outbreak of war, torpedoed by the German E-Boat S-30, 29th May 1940 there were only two survivors from the embarked soldiers and 25 Royal Navy crew survived. Wadley had a fortunate escape having been admitted to the Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth on 7th May 1940 with a gastric ulcer, he was discharged medically unfit in June 1940.

British War and Victory Medals

J.55658 W J Wadley AB RN

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV Third type

J.55658 W J Wadley AB HMS Pembroke

William John Wadley was born 16th December 1899 in Woolwich, London a Munitions Worker he entered the Royal Navy 27th July 1916 as Boy 2nd Class aboard HMS Powerful. Joining HMS Hercules 29th March 1917, rated Ordinary Seaman 16th December 1916 and Able Seaman 3rd September 1918. Awarded the LSGC Medal 22nd December 1932, on the outbreak of the Second World War he was serving aboard HMS Wakeful.

Wakeful was selected to support Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of allied troops from Dunkirk on 26 May 1940. On 27 May 1940 Wakeful embarked 631 allied troops. While returning them to Dover Wakeful came under air attack and received minor damage below the waterline. Despite the near miss Wakeful returned to Dunkirk to continue the evacuation, embarking 640 Allied troops on 28 May 1940. While carrying this out Wakeful was torpedoed by the German E-Boat S-30. The Destroyer was struck by two torpedoes, one hitting the forward boiler room. Casualties were heavy, only two of the 640 Allied troops – Mr Stanley Patrick of the Royal Army Service Corps and Mr James ‘Jim’ Kane of the Royal Tank Regiment plus 25 of Wakeful’s crew survived. A number of ships stopped to pick up the survivors, but one of these, the Destroyer Grafton, was then in turn sunk by a German U-Boat.

Wadley had a lucky escape, admitted to the Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth 7th May 1940 with a gastric ulcer, he was medically unfit 15th June 1940.

GVF & better £125 Available


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