14 November 2015
Not for the first time, seeing a desirable item appear on a stock list had me thinking, "if only I had [in this case] £1875 to spare..." I would love an Indian Mutiny Medal with the Defence of Lucknow clasp. At this point in time I only possess one IM medal and that's to Colour Sergeant John Keatinge of the 1/8th Foot who has clasps for Lucknow and Defence of Lucknow; a man I have researched quite extensively and who spent many years in India, ultimately dying there in 1872.
But this medal from the London Medal Company Ltd is particularly attractive to me at this point in time because I have just finished reading (again) William Forbes-Mitchell's Reminiscences of the Great Mutiny 1857-9, which must be one of the best, if not the best, Other Rank account of soldiering in Queen Victoria's army; and I am also dipping in and out of A Lady's diary of the Siege of Lucknow.
Father Christmas, if you're listening, I'd like medals this year please, not more socks and after-shave.
25 October 2015
I have started selling transcriptions of my lists of men who were captured prior to December 1914. You can read more about this project on my 1914 PoWs page. Rolls cost £10 each; a bargain really when you consider how much information there is on many of them. I have published partial information for some of the regiments; full list follows. Drop me a line for more information.
I can't recall now, from where I obtained the photograph of Pte James Mowat of the 1st Gordons (above). My apologies if I have infringed any copyright.
Royal Garrison Artillery
Royal Field Artillery
1st Life Guards
2nd Life Guards
Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)
3rd (King's Own) Hussars
4th (Queen's Own) Hussars
10th (PWO) Hussars
11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars
14th (King's) Hussars
18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own)
1st (King's) Dragoon Guards
2nd Dragoon Guards
3rd Dragoon Guards
4th Dragoon Guards
5th Dragoon Guards
6th Dragoon Guards
7th Dragoon Guards
Infantry (Line and Territorial Force)
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Bedfordshire Regiment (173 named individuals)
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) (53 named individuals)
Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
Dorsetshire Regiment (390 named individuals)
Durham Light Infantry (184 named individuals)
East Lancashire Regiment
East Surrey Regiment
Essex Regiment (44 named individuals)
Gordon Highlanders (806 named individuals)
Highland Light Infantry
King's (Liverpool Regiment)
King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) (221 named individuals)
King's Own Scottish Borderers
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
King's Royal Rifle Corps
London Regiment (Territorial Force)
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (509 named individuals)
Middlesex Regiment (397 named individuals)
Norfolk Regiment (215 named individuals)
North Staffordshire Regiment
Northumberland Fusiliers (152 named individuals)
Ox and Bucks Light Infantry
Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (425 named individuals)
Rifle Brigade (304 named individuals)
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Royal Fusiliers (247 named individuals)
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Royal Irish Rifles
Royal Munster Fusiliers
Royal Scots Fusiliers
Royal Sussex Regiment (26 named individuals)
Royal West Kent Regiment (158 named individuals)
Somersetshire Light Infantry (186 named individuals)
South Lancashire Regiment (342 named individuals)
South Staffordshire Regiment
South Wales Borderers
Suffolk Regiment (621 named individuals)
Wiltshire Regiment (686 named individuals)
Army Service Corps
Military Mounted Police
Royal Army Medical Corps
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
20 September 2015
There are some nice medal groups on the recently re-vamped Harpers website, and if medals aren't particularly your thing, or if you're looking for that unusual gift for someone special, there are other categories guaranteed to tempt.
Site-owner and man behind Harpers, Jon Murphy, has just introduced a newsletter as a means of keeping in touch and you can subscribe to it on the site. I was pleased to be asked contribute an article to the first issue which means that it's bound to become a collectors' item in the not too distant future. Subscribe now by following the instructions at the bottom of the home page.
14 September 2015
I picked up this broken group at the DNW auction last week. I don't usually buy broken groups but I like medals awarded to the original BEF and besides, this one included a Medaille Militaire, albeit with most of the enamel missing from the face.
As DNW were quick to point out, the clasp on the 1914 Star isn't verified but I'm guessing that William was entitled to wear it and picked up a copy from a local tailor. As for the man himself, the book, Honours & Awards to the Old Contemptibles confirms the Medaille Militaire award and notes SR (or Special Reserve) next to William's name. This is interesting because his regimental number does not belong to the Special Reserve series and dates to around April 1913.
I have not yet confirmed William's entitlement to the Defence Medal but he was entitled to the Queen's South Africa Medal and King's South Africa Medal, having served in South Africa as 4607 Sapper William H Butt from June 1900 until September 1902. He received the usual three state clasps on his QSA and the usual two date clasps on his KSA, all of which means that the three silver medals from this group are missing and could well have been scrapped several decades ago. But if they do still survive, and the owner wishes to part with them, please do get in touch.
William was the son of Thomas and Maria Butt and was born in Portland, Dorset in 1872. He married Annie Florence Legg in Dorchester in 1903 and a son, Kenneth Butt, was born on the 31st January 1911. I have not yet confirmed a death date for William.
Photo courtesy of Dix Noonan Webb.
5 September 2015
I picked up this MM for a couple of hundred euros at a brocante in France the other week. Nothing wrong with the medal itself which appears to be genuine, it's the naming and the entitlement which is questionable.
The medal is named to 42138 SGT F. HUSSEY 2/4 D.W.R
Therein lies the first problem. There is no 42138 Sgt Hussey. I checked the usual medal rolls and service records and came up with 42168 Sergeant Frederick Hussey. He has surviving service papers and he did serve with the 2/4th Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), albeit not until 1919 after he had volunteered for a year's service with the Army of Occupation:
There is no mention on his service papers of an MM award and his name does not appear in "For Bravery in the Field" or in the London Gazette. At this point in time then, I suspect that for whatever reason, a genuine MM was obtained and re-named (although I have yet to measure the medal with calipers to confirm this).
Hussey himself had a long service history having originally joined the Leicestershire Regiment in 1886 (having seen prior service with the Royal Berkshire Regiment militia). His First World War attestation papers note 24 years' service with the 1st Leicestershire Regiment and the Royal Fusiliers and record his age in May 1915 as 44 years and six months (although according to his original 1886 papers he was born around July 1878 and therefore would have been closer to 47 years old). He saw service with the 12th, 16th and 22nd battalions of the Durham Light Infantry as well as the Training Reserve and the 53rd (Young Soldiers) Battalion of the KOYLI. He was, it would appear, a soldier through and through and so whilst the provenance of the MM may be questionable, I'm still pleased with the purchase. If anyone can add to Frederick Hussey's story, please drop me a line.
Service record screenshot courtesy of The National Archives.
2 August 2015
As a postscript to my February 2014 about Grenadier Guardsman Robert Chapman, I discovered, quite by accident this morning, that he was also a Prisoner of War. Many men taken prisoner of war in 1914 have this information recorded on their medal index cards. However, the practice is not universal and neither is the year or date of capture usually mentioned. Grenadier Guards medal index cards are not annotated with this information and it was only when I was looking at my database of 1914 Other Rank PoWs earlier this morning that I noticed Robert Chapman was on that list.
According to British records he was captured on the 27th October 1914, although German records note that he was taken prisoner on the 26th. Either way, it's a nice discovery for me and makes this interesting group even more appealing.
6 July 2015
Images courtesy The London Medal Company.
19 June 2015
Here's a nice group with a nice mark-up to match, from The London Medal Company's latest catalogue. I was an under-bidder on this group to W H Jewell of the Royal Horse Artillery when it sold for £340 at an Essex auction house last month. LMC now have it at a somewhat eye-watering £795. Quite some mark-up that, even with the 20 per cent buyer's premium, but I suppose those Cecil Court rents must be eye-watering too.
Read more about this group, and others, at the London Medal Company website.
Image copyright, London Medal Company.
5 June 2015
Here's a nice offer from Naval & Military Press. Spend £80 (including p&p) this weekend and get a copy of British Battles & Medals thrown in free of charge. I have an older version than this 7th edition but I'm still somewhat tempted.
The 7th edition of British Battles & Medals has been completely re-written and features hundreds of photos from the collection of renowned medal expert and authority, John B Hayward.
This offer is valid until 12 noon on Monday 8th June (even though the N&MP blurb above states July rather than June). Click on the images above or any of the text links to go straight through to the Naval & Military Press website.
23 May 2015
New items from the London Medal Company this week in include this fine group to a Royal Fusiliers officer who had previously served in the ranks of the Lincolnshire Regiment during the Sudan and Second Anglo-Boer war campaigns. It would look great on my wall.
10 May 2015
In the example below, the low number 35 is singled out as being worthy of note. But is it really that remarkable? The Rifle Brigade, alone of all the infantry regiments, did not start a new number series in 1881 but continued merrily along its way with its existing series. And why shouldn't it have done so? It was unaffected by Cardwell's changes and there was really no need to start afresh. It was numbering in the 4000s by July 1881, reached 9999 in 1889 and started a new number series in February that year. It reached 9999 for a second time in late 1903 and started again from 1 either very late 1903 or on the 1st or 2nd January 1904.
So in the case above, the number 35 does not signal that the man was an original member of a particular battalion (or regiment). He simply happened to enlist at a time when the Rifle Brigade had just started a new number series commencing from 1.
This man was a regular, career soldier, and as a general rule, the majority of Territorial Force units did start numbering from 1 when the TF came into being in 1908. In the same way, the majority of Special Reserve units did not start numbering from 1 when they replaced the militia in 1908. So low TF numbers might indeed signal early entry into a particular unit (and often prior service in the Volunteer Force). However, there are significant exceptions to the rule in both cases, some of which I have unpicked, and continue to unpick, on my army service numbers blog.
Images courtesy of the London Medal Company.
3 May 2015
I like what I've seen from The London Medal Company so far and so I'm happy to post these links to the company's website. I bought a modest group the other week but it did come with a lot of supporting ephemera including some great photos which will hopefully open up other research avenues.
The item pictured above comprises a "Second World War Battle of France May 1940 Hurricane Fighter Pilot’s casualty group awarded to Pilot Officer R.W. Burton, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, who flew operationally with No.85 Squadron, and when performing a ground attack, was killed in action, being shot down by either M.E.109’s or anti aircraft fire on 20th May 1940." So there.
19 April 2015
Dix Noonan Webb's latest auction of Orders, Decorations and Medals kicks off on 12th May. View the catalogue here. There are the usual goodies like lot 450 (above); a group of three to Squadron Sergeant-Major T Lockwell of the 9th Lancers together with a silver salver presented to him by his brother NCOs on leaving the regiment on 4th June 1892. Nice.
11 April 2015
Check out the catalogue for Spink's forthcoming Orders, Decorations, Campaign Medals & Militaria auction on April 23rd. There are some nice items in this auction which will be of particular interest to Life Guards and Royal West Kent Regiment enthusiasts. View the catalogue here.
4 April 2015
This annual event is becoming almost as traditional as the Easter Bunny: 20% off Naval & Military Press titles for all orders placed by 6pm on Monday 20th April 2015. The offer applies to every title stocked by N&M Press, including those that are already discounted.
NOW £116 - down from £145
Trench Maps ‘special sheets' demonstrate that the First World War was not a simple matter of ‘lions led by donkeys', but involved a massive amount of methodical and advanced scientific work – intelligence, aerial photography, photogrammetry, sound-ranging, predicted fire, aeroplanes, tanks, chemical, etc. – in an attempt to reduce casualties and break the deadlock.
This DVD ROM includes over 750 ‘special sheets' with expert commentary, at the 1:5,000, 1:10,000 and 1:20,000 scales from the ‘special sheets' collection held at The National Archives in TNA Class WO 297. The main battles and many smaller ‘actions' are well-represented, with maps showing trench systems developing over time, and the progress of battles – Loos, Somme, Arras, Vimy Ridge, Messines, Third Ypres, Hindenburg Line, Amiens, etc. Trench maps were used as a background for overprinting the specific functional information (e.g. Barrage Maps) of many of the ‘special sheets'. Particularly important overprints show artillery and intelligence functions, notably ‘Barrage Maps' for attacks, and ‘Enemy Order of Battle' and ‘Distribution of Enemy Forces' maps distributed for operations. ‘Hostile Battery Positions' maps show enemy artillery batteries located by flash-spotting, sound-ranging, aerial photography and reconnaissance, etc., and ‘Harassing Fire' maps show artillery targets in the enemy area to be subject to interdiction fire. Price plus VAT of £29 (VAT is applicable to all U.K. & European Union orders).
29 March 2015
I bought this old press photo from 1926 recently. The caption on the reverse reads:
YPRES DAY MEMORIAL SERVICE.
Our photograph shows the Rev. P.B. Clayton ("Tubby" of Toc H) leading the singing of Kipling's Recessional during the service in Horse Guards Parade, after which there was a procession to the Cenotaph. On the left are two VCs. Lt-Col Sherwood Kelly and Sergt Brooks.
John (Jack) Sherwood Kelly VC, CMG, DSO won his Victoria Cross on the 20th November 1917 at the Battle of Cambrai. Oliver (Olly) Brooks of the Coldstream Guards won his VC near Loos on the 8th October 1915.
23 March 2015
The London Medal Company Ltd has announced some nice new items including this triple gallantry group to 7860 Corporal Albert Hainge of the 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment; yours for £12,000.
11 March 2015
The latest DNW hootenanny (or as they like to put it, "Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria" auction) kicks off on the 25th March. Grab yourself a VC group, or simply click on the image above to browse the catalogue and dream...
21 February 2015
Some attractive medals have just been added by the London Medal Company. There is a range of items and with a range of prices to match. Great War pairs from £40. Worth checking out.
Pictured above, the group of 3: Campaign Service Medal 1962, 2 Clasps: Northern Ireland, Air Operations Iraq; (24428535 PTE M R ATKINS GORDONS); Jubilee Medal 2002; Accumulated Campaign Service Medal, 1st type; (24428535 SGT M R ATKINS R ANGLIAN), mounted court style as worn.
14 February 2015
I've just picked up a Queen's Sudan and a Khedive's Sudan to an Indian soldier. The claw on the Queen's Sudan is a little loose and both medals show signs of having been polished over the years. Queen Victoria is a little rubbed - Her Majesty would not be amused - and Victory (above and below) looks as though she's run into a brick wall or done ten rounds in the ring with a boxing champion.
So the medals are far from perfect, but as far as I'm concerned, both are preferable to groups which have had their original ribbons removed and then been artfully court-mounted for display. Heaven forbid, there are plenty of medals on the market - and many in regimental collections for that matter - which have been lacquered.
The Queen's Sudan Medal is one of my favourites. Not only is the design is just wonderful, those heavily impressed capital letters along the edge of today's acquisition are works of art in their own right. Besides which, a bloody and battered nose for Victory after her encounter with the Fuzzy-wuzzies is absolutely spot on.
8 February 2015
The latest Dix Noonan Webb beanfeast kicks off on 25th February at 10am. Lot 594 (above, estimate £2000 - £2500) is one of currently 847 lots in total. Browse or download the catalogue by clicking on the link. Image courtesy of DNW.
30 January 2015
Here's another one for the groaning bookshelves: Volume 3 of Howard Williamson's The Great War Medal Collectors Companion. Well-produced, lavishly illustrated and a treasure-trove of information form a well-respected author who lives and breathes medals and militaria. He's also a personal friend and an all-round jolly good egg.
Inside this Volume 3 of The Great War Medal Collectors' Companion you will find:
- A short history of the 76 British Army Divisions (plus Cavalry and Guards Divisions) alongside the dates and Battles in which they were engaged
- Locations of British Regiments showing the locations of each battalion of the Line Regiments (plus Guards, Cavalry and Yeomanry Units) throughout the War. Each entry gives Brigade and Division and date of entry to the theatres of war. All changes of Brigade, Division and Theatre of War are noted
- The OMRS Gold Medal Winning study of the Royal Engineer Units in the Great War. This includes locations, dates, battle honours, refined regimental numbers from Volume II, general duties and many contemporary photographs.
- A study of the Machine Gun Corps in the Great War. It gives all unit locations and the Brigade and Division attached. In addition, there are a number of photographs and a section on the equipment and tactics employed. Awarded OMRS Silver Medal 2014.
- A study of the Army Cyclist Corps in the Great War covering notes on their units, equipment and duties. This study was awarded an OMRS Silver Medal at the 2014 Convention.
29 January 2015
To buy any of the following items please contact John Hall: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01132 875810 / 07807729658.
GM3.GV Military Medal Died of wounds130173 PTE W ARNOLD 6/ MGC
William Arnold born Sharlston Wakefield
Enlisted in to the 21st Bn West Yorkshire regiment
21/10 lived at the time 7 Shuttleworth St, Earby and there is a picture of him in Craven's
Died Of Wounds 25.10.1918 whilst serving in the 6th Bn MGC Infantry
Buried in Vadencourt . Maissemy Aisne £425
15 STAR M2-079358 M.S.SJT S G W BLYTHE A.S.C
BWM&VIC M2-079358 S.SGT S G W BLYTHE A.S.C
MSM M2-079358 M S SGT S G W BLYTHE 648/M T Coy A.S.C.
Full service papers from Dollis Hill North West LONDON
Previous service with Nelson college Rifle Corps New Zealand for 6 years 1906
Occ motor driver & mechanic age 29 yrs to france 25.5.1915 then on to east Africa march 1916 MSM LG 13 march 1918 £295
GM5. GV MSM & MEDAILLE MILITAIRE.9258 A.CPL J MACONACHIE 1 CAM HDRS
M.S.M LG 1.1.1918 1 of 67 MSM`S
Medaille Militaire 1 of 7 to Regiment
Ent to 15 Trio to France 19.12.1914
Died of Wounds 18.10.1918 £325
GM6. GV MSM for France21503 PTE J M BENNETT 12/ W RID R
James Milroy Bennett born Barony Lanark
Enl Braightferry Dundee died of wounds 04.09.1917 £245
G1. BRIERLEY, Burdett Barrat
QSA Bars CC, OFS 2786 3rd Cl Tpr. B. Brierley, S.A.C.
1914-15 Trio P.518 L/Cpl B.B. Brierley, M.M.P.
With copy service record £265
G2.1914 TRIO & RNR GV LSGC DRAKE Bttn R.N.DA2862 D.Robinson smn R.N.R
David Robinson Born LARNE,Co Atrim joined RN Sept 1910
Served at Antwerp Oct 1914 with Drake Bn
With complete service details £445
G3. CLY 2/2206 W. MILLS, A.B. R.N.V.R. NELSON BTTN, R.N.D.1914 Star Trio to William Mills.
Served with Nelson Bttn in Belgium Oct 1914.
With service details and some original documents.
Also medals to Sister, Agnes Mills.
BRCS Medal and Nursing Proficiency medals x3. £360
G4. 14 TRIO + SERVICE RECORD4258 WOCL2 J ASHDOWN 2/W.YORK R
FULL SERVICE RECORDS ENL 1894 DISC 1918 £175
G5. 14 TRIO + SERVICE RECORD9455 PTE T GARDNER 2/ W YORK R
Thomas Gardner enlisted 3.8.1910 served Malta, Albania ,Malta France 5.11.1914
lived Armley discharged 5.7.1915 £175
G6. 14 TRIO8053 Pte/A/Sgt C W Hall, 1/W York R
France 8.9.1914 £170
G7. 14 TRIO
6638 PTE C MCLOUGHLIN 1/ W YORK R
To France .8.9.1914 £170
G8. 14 TRIO6616 PTE R E CHAMBERS 1/W YORK R
To France 08.09.1914 Robert Elliott Chambers Born 1881 £170
G9. 14TRIO3/8976 PTE C C BOWLER W YORK R £170
G10 . 14 TRIO8873 PTE/SGT A KING 2/ W YORK R £170
G11. 15 TRIO1658 PTE H BROWN 1/5th W YORK R
France 15.4.15 £80
G12 14 TRIO GSM & LSGC+BAR GROUP10687/20248 LCPL/SGT T WEBB WEST RIDING REGT/EAST YORK REGT
GSM & LSGC+BAR EAST YORK REGT
Thomas Webb Enl 1913 Disc 1949/50 comes with numerous paper work mainly from the snapper magazine also photo from magazine involved in a film during war a very good and interesting research project. £475
G13. 15 Trio LIEUT/CAPTAIN H W BROOKE W.YORK R
Herbert Wilson Brooke 8th Bn West Yorks Leeds Rifles Died 19.09.1964 age 73
Lived 3 Headingley Terrace Hyde Park Leeds
He was the managing director of James Hare LTD and numerous other wool and textile firmsIn 1947 he did a 25000 mile trip through Canada,USA & Mexico and wrote a book about about his experience and how superior the british wool & textile was and how the USA wanted good quality goods. A very interesting character needs more research. £235
G14. 15 TRIO
1404 PTE G NELSON W .YORK R
France 16.4.15 £80
21394 PTE J B WAUGH W YORK R
France 9.12.15 £80
11135 PTE J T HENSTOCK W YORK R
Balkans 11.7.15 disc due to wounds 29.6.16
Gsw r.shoulder from Blythe Full service record £85
G17. 15 TRIO4371 PTE J ROOKLEDGE 1/7th W YORK R
James Rookledge to France 10.12.1915 entitled to silver war badge No 206804 enl 17.07.15 disc due to sick 08.03.19 Lab Corp 583409 £80
G18. 15 TRIO
1598 PTE J LEE 1/7th W YORK R
France 15.4.15 £80
G19. 15 TRIO12654 PTE T CHADWICK W YORK R
Thomas Chadwick To France 26.08.15 £80
G20. 15 TRIO2776 PTE W PICKLES W YORK R
France 15.4.15 £80
G21. 15 TRIO2282 W E WOOD 1/7th W YORK R
France 15.4.15 £80
G22. 15 TRIO
2099 PTE E FRYER W YORK R
France 16.4.15 £80
G23. 15 TRIO3/8746 PTE D NEWMAN W YORK R
France 29.6.15 3rd Bn from Hebburn Durham
Numerous imprisonment+dcm`s £80
G24. 15 TRIO18557 PTE J F WILSON W YORK R
James Fishburn Wilson born Hett Durham, Lived 19 Nesbit St Shotton Colliery Durham
Occ coal miner age 26 in 1911 £80
G25. 15 TRIO2710 PTE J LACEY W YORK R
TO FRANCE 16.4.1915 £80
G26. 15 TRIO2700 PTE H E HENDERSON W YORK R
6TH BN THEN TO MFP LIVED LITTLE HORTON BRADFORD £80
G27. 15 TRIO + DEFENCE MEDAL +BOX OF ISSUE FOR WW215766 PTE G DENNISON 9th W YORK R
George Dennison to Balkans 11.07.1915 £85
G28. 15 TRIO2282 PTE W E WOOD W YORK R Prisoner of War as WEST YORKS MUSEUM LIST
William E Wood to France 15.04 1915 change Number 200626 6th Bn No £85
G29. 15 TRIORMB 923 MUS S TAYLOR
Joined 1905-1919 served HMS Dominion 1912=18 with
Papers and box of issue £115
G30. 15 TRIO 3650 PTE S KENDRICK 1/8th MANC R £75
G31. S/6955 PTE H V PASSINGHAM RIF BRIGWW1 15 TRIO, DEF, WAR MEDAL, E11R ISM & ODD FELLOW MEDAL
S/6955 PTE H V PASSINGHAM RIF BRIG/HORACE VICTOR PASSINGHAM ODD FELLOWS MEDAL FOR SERVICE RENDER 28.10.37 MIC STATES TO FRANCE 12.5.1915. £135
G32. 15 TRIO KILLED IN ACTION 2nd/5th West Yorkshire Regt13954 CHARLES SMITH WILDING KILLED IN ACTION 25th July 1918
Lived 5, The Square, East Morton, Bingley, Yorks. £170
G33. ALDRIDGE, W.1914-15 Star P1800 Cpl – A/Sjt W. Aldridge, M.M.P.
BWM/VIC P1800 Sjt W. Aldridge, M.M.P. First Theatre of War Balkans 7.10.15. £115
G34. 14 STAR + VIC Killed in Action 20.09.19147385 LCPL/PTE F BUCKLEY W YORK R
Killed in Action under flag of truce from Dewsbury
His name is an Alias Abraham Wolstenholme from Slaithwaite £145
G36. PAIR & PLAQUE36194 Pte H HAMPSHIRE W YORK R
HARRY HAMPSHIRE Killed in action/Died of wounds??? 13th January 1917 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regt age 37 Lived 21 Mathias St Burley Leeds index cards states pair only D of W Ancestry states K in A? £165
G37. PAIR KILLED IN ACTION 1st/5th West Yorkshire Regt12872 Pte W H THOMPSON W YORK R. WILLIAM HENRY THOMPSON Killed in Action 29th October 1917. Lived 10 Eltham Terrace Woodhouse Leeds index card states entitled to 15 Trio £65
G38. PAIR KILLEDIN ACTION 10TH BN W Yorkshire Regt235020 PTE R H TINKER W YORK R
Killed in action 18.09.1918 lived Temple Newsam he is on the Colton Memorial £75
G39. BWM + VIC62670 PTE A E NETTLETON 1/7TH W YORK R
Alfred Ernest Nettleton
Born 08.11.1899 died 4 March 1956 Wakefield left £5622 in his will. £40
G40. PAIR TO Officer 4th West Yorkshire RegtLT H L PEARSON
Henry Lindau Pearson Born Driffield 1897 enl 4th West Yorks 10.06.1915 discharged 01.01.1920
GSW Right Shoulder served RAF 15.07.1925 –04.07.1929 Served India 20th SQD 1926/27 £ 95
G41. BWM + VIC3512 PTE J W STOTHARD 3RD/5TH W YORK R
John W Stothard 3rd 5th Bn /Lab Corps / RE £40
G42. BWM + VIC Prisoner of War as WEST YORKS MUSEUM LIST325183 PTE A R ALLEN 18TH W YORK R Alfred R Allen £40
G43. WW1 GROUP POW?? WW1 PAIR Defence medal War medals31923 PTE J NICHOLSON 21ST W YORK R
JOHN NICHOLSON WEST YORKS REGT Prisoner of War £60
G44. BWM + VIC60483 PTE W SHACKLETON 15/17TH W YORK R £ 40
G45. BWM + VIC
3/8923 PTE G CONWAY 12TH W YORK R
France 12.10.15 previous service with KOYLI
Ent 15 star also IGA Tirah ,QSA 3 bars + KSA full service record £45
G46. BWM + VIC
21558PTE R W FOTHERGILL 15TH W YORK R
Ent to IGS NWF 1919 with Hamps Regt £40
G47. BWM + VIC 3346 PTE A NEWTON 2/6TH W YORK RKILLED IN ACTION 11.04.17 £75
G48. BWM+VIC32365 PTE T ASHCROFT 7TH N STAFF R
Ent pair only with lid to box of issue £45
G49. BWM + VIC
4712 PTE D J DAY 1/5TH W.YORK.R £40
G50. BWM + VIC
54689 PTE N BROOKE 2/7TH W YORK R £40
G51. BWM + VIC
4368 PTE V W W MASON W YORK R £40
Born Frodingham died 1981
G52. BWM + VIC3513 PTE H CHAPMAN W YORK R £40
G53. BWM + VIC238124 PTE J HALLIDAY 1ST W YORK R
Prisoner of war. £45
G54. BWM + VIC75114 PTE A E MITCHELL 10TH W YORK R £40
G55. BWM + VIC37166 PTE P W WICHERLEY 9TH W YORK R £40
G56. BWM + VIC20871 PTE D BURNHAM W YORK R £40
G57.BWM + VIC53805 PTE T A WILSON 10TH W YORK R £40
G58. BWM + VIC42497 PTE W ROBINSON 2ND W.YORK.R £40
G59. BWM + VIC49368 PTE H THORNTON 2/5TH W YORK R KILLED IN ACTION 20.07.1918 £75
G60. BWM + VIC3346 PTE A NEWTON 2/6TH W YORK R KILLED IN ACTION 11.04.17 £75
G61. BWM + VIC21066 PTE W ROBSON W YORK R £40
G62. BWM + VIC5832 PTE G COOPER 1/6TH W.YORK.R £40
G63. 3458 PTE R MC KAY H L I
WW1 BWM & VIC, DEF MEDAL & GV1 SPECIALS LSGC BAR 1949
3458 PTE R MC KAY H L I /ROBERT J G MC KAY MIC CARD CONFIRMING WW1 PAIR. £95
G64. 242691 PTE H P ROBERTS S LANC RWW1 BWM & VIC, DEF, WAR MEDAL GV SPECIALS LSGC COINAGE HEAD
242691 PTE H P ROBERTS S LANC R/HARRY P ROBERTS ORIGINAL CERT FOR PROMOTION T2 LT IN THE HOME GUARD JULY 1953+LETTER TO HARRY FROM IS GRANDMOTHER £115
G65. WW1 PAIR GV SPECIALS LONG SERVICE MEEDAL60320 PTE A C BARKER 2/7TH W YORK R , ARTHUR C BARKER £50
G66. George HOPEBWM/VIC to G. Hope, B.R.C.S. BRCS War Medal unnamed
MIC shows he entered France 18.1.16 £85
G67. SUPERB GROUP AND SCARCE9778/3701458 cpl/sgt E A HALL R LANC R
M.I.D. 3.8.1920 AFGHANISTAN SCARCE M.I.D.
BWM + VIC 9778 CPL E A HALL R LANC R
IGS bars AFGHAN 1919 + WAZ 1919-1921 3701458 SGT E A HALL R LANC R
GC LSGC SGT 3701458 SGT E A HALL R LANC R awarded July 1927
Joined 11/08/1908 disc 1932 first theatre of war India Sept 1915
So is he entitled to a star??? With some paperwork £365
EDV11 NAVY LSGC 155578 WILLIAM GREEN BOATN H M COAST GUARD
BWM 155578 W GREEN P.O R.N
Born 14 March 1874 Rustington Sussex enl 28.05.1890 age 16
Served on Audacious, Edinburgh, Barfleur, Duke of Wellington, Australia then he went on to be a Boatman 1901-1919 LSGC awarded 09.05.1907 ent to BWM only £100
G69. WW1 PAIR & SPECIALS LSGC3924 TPR S A WOLFE 2-L GDS
SECT CMDR SYDNEY A WOLFE
With papers from Horwich nr Bolton
Enl 29.2.1916 to France 23.4.1917 £130
G70. H BOOTHGSM BAR PALESTINE AND MALAYA TO 7885289 PTE H BOOTH E.YORK R
AFRICA STAR BAR 8TH ARMY,
DEFENCE & WAR MEDAL
E11R REGULAR ARMY LSGC TO 7885289 SGT H BOOTH E.YORK R (REPLACEMENT]
G71. GSM BAR PALESTINE 4534243 CPL A MORAN W YORK R39/45 star, Africa star. Defence , war medal
THREE NICE NAVAL M.I.D GROUPS
G72. MX.60468 R D SEARLE O.A.1 H.M.S. EXCELLENT39/45 STAR,
E11R NLSGC MX.60468 R D SEARLE O.A.1 H.M.S. EXCELLENT
RALPH DOUGLAS SEARLE M.I.D. LG 1.1.1945 WHILST SERVING ON HMS FORRESTER
NLSGC AWARDED 31 AUG 1954 BORN 1919 DIED 1997 COMES WITH WW1 BWM TO
4987 GNR R SEARLE R.A RAPLH SEARLE POSS FATHER £215
G73. . Morris Jackson COOK, Royal Navy1939-45 Star
Atlantic Star with France/Germany clasp,
War Medal with MID
NGS Clasp Minesweeping 1945-51.+++ Original Minesweeping badge.
MID LG 18 May 1943 Copy Seedies Roll. HMS Obdurate. North Russian Convoy £415
G74. JX.127380 R V WILLMOTT CPO HMS PEMBROKE39/45,ATLANTIC,AFRICA,ITALY,WAR MEDAL(MID) GV1 NLSGC
MID LG2 MAY 1944 OPS IN MEDITERRANEAN LST411 MINED 31 DEC 1943
NLSGC AWARDED 10.NOV 1944 DIED 1977 LINCOLNSHIRE
ORIGINAL ID BADGE,ARETHUSA TRAINING SHIP MEDAL
HMS KENT 1ST CUTTER MEDALLION,HMS GANGES 1927 WINNERS MEDAL FOR
ROWING,ORIGINAL BOX FOR NLSGC,ORIGINAL BOX FOR WW2 MEDALS
TO MR R V WILMOTT SKEGNESS LINCS £295
G75. 878539 GNR S TERRY R.A.DOUBLE LONG SERVICE GROUP OF FIVE39/45 STAR,
GV1 TEM &
E11R SPECIAL LSGC
PLUS TWO SMALL BOLTON SPECIAL CONSTABLE BADGES TO 878539 GNR S TERRY, R.A .STANLEY TERRY.Condition NEF £115
G76. Francis McBRIDE1939/45 Star,France/Germany Star ,Defence Medal , War Medal
Police LS Medal [E11R] to Const Francis McBride
Scots Guard Comm. Medallion.
Entitled to 1977 Jubilee Medal [Constable, Dumfries and Galloway] £105
G77. WW2 +ISM GROUP TO No 7 SIS???? /Special comms unit 32345524 operator specialist R G CLAYDON Royal Signals
E11R ISM LG 23rd sept 1974 RAYMOND GEORGE CLAYDON
Overseer Reigate & Redhill
With soldier service book plus stamped photo which gives details were he served and what branch he served in,He was a S Telegraphist served No 7 sheet operator special served M.E.F 1941 ONWARDS. with some paperwork £100
G78. WATERS, Frederick G.Defence Medal,Police LS Medal [GV1] Sergt Frederick G Waters
RLSS Bronze Medallion with 1937 bar £60
G79. ROGERS, ArthurDefence Medal;War Medal
Police LS Medal [E11R] Inspr Arthur Rogers £65
G80. GRAHAM, John MPolice LS Medal [E11R] Inspr John M Graham.
St John Ambulance medallion John M Graham £55
G81. ROBERTSON, George.Police LS Medal [GV1] Inspr George Robertson,
PAA Championship Bronze Medallion £55
G82. C.G. HEDGE, R.E.1939/45 Star, France/Germany Star, Defence Medal,War Medal
Army LSGC [GV1] to 1869103 CQMS C.G. Hedge, R.E. £95
G83. 4530522 W.O.CL.2 J.CAVANAGH W.YORKS39/45 STAR, FRANCE & GERMANY STAR ,DEFENCE, WAR,GV1 LSGC Regular Army bar
J CAVANAGH BECAME RSM 5TH BN MARCH 1947 TILL AUGUST 1948 £175
G84. R.A.F LSGC&BAR GROUPEIIR GSM bar Arabia Peninsula 2232747 SGT C I DYSON R.A.F
EIIR LSGC+BAR 2232747 SNR TECH C I DYSON R.A.F
Comes with box of issue for LSGC bar and dog tags £270
G85. METROPOLITAIN TRIOJUBILEE 1887+BAR 1897,
PC C MARKHAM F DIVISION
Joined 1886 ret 1912 26 yrs service all in F Division £150
G86 15 TRIO640PTE J PARKINSON E YORK R (tradesman)
Jim Parkinson 11th Bn east york regt lost is prefix
Born 1892 died 1945 lived Hull and was a general labourer £110
G87 EDV11 NAVY LSGC & BROTHERS BWMEdVII Naval LSGC S E Goldsworthy Lg sto 1 HMS KATOOMBA
Born Nov 1869 enl aug 1888 to RFR 1910 till 1919 total service 31 years
Served Endymion 1915 till 1918 lsgc awarded 1904 full service record
BWM to BROTHER 155931 H Goldsworthy L S R.N faint naming
Born 1875 enl 1890 disc march 1920 total service 30 years
Entitled to 1911 coronation medal whilst on Vanguard served HMS Forth & Maidstone entitled to BWM only full service record £110
2500 PTE J DILLINGHAM W YORKSHIRE REGt PAPERS £110
S2. J. HEFFERNAN1914 Star to 3/8646 Sjt J. Heffernan, 1st W. York R.
Killed in Action 15.1.17 £120
S3. 14 STAR+ SERVICE RECORD8315 PTE J H RADMALL
Joseph Henry Radmall To France 05.11.1914
Enl 14.01.1907 disc 20.03.1916 due to wounds received 27.12.1914
Occupation pre-war Lift Attendant
Born 1889 died 1964 left £229 in Will £100
S4. A. CROSSLEY.1914 Star to 5848 CQMS A. Crossley, 2 W. York R.
Full service record, joined 16.4.1900, trans to MPSC 1.3.15, wounded 1915 shrapnel neck and shoulder. £90
S5. SINGLE 15 STAR2LT E SMITH W YORK R
Disc due to Wounds served 12th BN
Only 1 E Smith with this rank in West Yorks £70
S5. 15 STAR
1735 PTE T H CROWTHER 1/6TH W YORK R GILDED £25
S6. 15 STAR72540 DVR O ROBINSON RFA
To France 21.05.15 Orlando Robinson born 6.6.84 died dec1972 Dewsbury £25
S7. BWM41935 PTE R HERZKA 2/6TH W YORK R
Rudolph Herza born 1879 Vienna Austria Died 1953 Barton Lancashire
Married 1903 to Ellen Dempster
Wife Ellen Herzka died 09.05.1917 £30
S8. BWM29713 CPL C H ARNOLD W YORK R
Charles H Arnold £28
S9. VICTORY MEDAL43453 PTE J T YOUNG 21ST W YORK R £12
S10. VICTORY MEDAL30766 PTE F EDWARDS ESSEX R £12
S11. GV1. GSM 1962 BARS PALESTINE & MALAYAto 1095478 Gnr A P BLAKE R.A. Replacement medals. £90
S12. GV1 GSM BAR PALESTINETO 4537604 PTE T MEEHAN W.YORK.R £75
S13. E11R GSM BAR MALAYA22789447 PTE C OLDFIELD W YORKS £60
S14. E11R GSM BAR MALAYA22599613 PTE B MEEGAN W YORKS £60
S15. E11R GSM BAR MALAYA22762759 PTE R TEASDALE W YORKS £60
S16. E11R GSM BAR MALAYA23201294 PTE C W D YOUNG W YORKS £60
S17. E11R GSM BAR MALAYA
23514012 PTE T A FOSTER R M P. £85
S18. E11R GSM bar MALAYA
23248954 CPL F BROWN R.A.O.C £60
S19. E11R GSM bar CYPRUS518210 F SGT G M WRIGHT R.A.F £55
S20. E11R GSM Bar Cyprus22558299 Sjt F. HAIL, R.A.O.C £60
S21. E11R GSM BAR NEAR EAST23228762 PTE B J FRAIN W YORKS £125
S22. E11R GSM BAR NEAR EAST
23250706 PTE J W HALL W YORKS £125
S23. E11R GSM 2 BARS MALAYA & NEAR EAST22978597 PTE K BROCKLESBY W YORKS £155
S24. E11R BAR SOUTH ARABIA £7023846701 CPL M J CONROY PWO
S25. E11R GSM BAR SOUTH ARABIA23951943 PTE J M SCAIFE PWO £70
S26. E11R GSM BAR NORTHERN IRELAND24123306 PTE G L BULL PWO £70
S27. E11R GSM BAR NORTHERN IRELAND24366503 PTE C NOBLE PWO £70
S28. QUEENS KOREA MEDAL22201455 CFN S MARTIN R.E.M.E £100
S29. IRAQ OP-TELIC MEDAL25215877 PTE K HODGSON YORKS With box of issue £175
S30. 14 STAR K.O.Y.L.I Prisoner of War7882 pte F BROWN K.O.Y.L.I Fred Brown taken prisoner of war 26.087.1914??? £95
LONG SERVICE, JUBILEE & CORONATION MEDALS
N1. EDV11 ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE LSGCD3377 J W NELSON SEAN 1 CL R.N.R £45
L1. VICTORIAN LSGC 1039 PTE H STEEL 1-14 FOOTHENRY STEEL ENLISTED 20 APRIL 1868 SERVED 21 YEARS with papers £125
L2. ARMY LONG SERVICE MEDAL GV9275 PTE J DAY W YORK R
Entitled to SWB No 89272 enl 1895 disc 10.05 1916 due to sickness £70
L3. ARMY LONG SERVICE GV5819198 PTE F CROCKFORD SUFF R £60
L4. E11R R.A.F LONG SERVICEE4027145 CPL E SLATER R.A.F £58
L5. VOLUNTEER LONG SERVICE MEDAL EDV11867 L-CORPL J ATKINSON 1ST V B W YORK Regt impressed £80
L6. TERRITORIAL EFFECIENCY MEDAL GV1 bar Territorial4534816 PTE S SPINK W YORK R £60
L7. TERRITORIAL EFFECIENCY MEDAL GV1 bar Territorial2050847 PTE F MAWER W YORK R £60
L8. TERRITORIAL EFFECIENCY MEDAL GV1 bar Territorial3655087 PTE C DANIELS W YORK R £60
L9. TERRITORIAL EFFECIENCY MEDAL GV1 BAR TERRITORIAL777388 SGLN F ALLEN R SIGNALS
Fred Allen was born in Tupton on 16th May 1909. He was the son of William and Mary Allen. The 1911 Census shows him residing at 6 Springwell Terrace, New Tupton (I believe they may be the same place). William Allen was a coal miner (deputy) as was two of his sons. The young Fred also had a sister. Fred also became a miner and was residing at Tapton, near Chesterfield when he joined the RA (Tapton is a different village near Tupton!). He attested at Derby on 2nd January 1928 for 3 years regular service and 9 on the reserve. His RA career was short lived. He was discharged on 12th January 1928 under King's Regulations Para 363 (VI) (a). He joined the Royal Corps of Signals (TA) on 13th May 1935, and agree I 'Signalman' it is. It appears he died in Chesterfield in 1982. £50
1437841 SGT F AIREY W YORK R £60
L11. EM Bar Terr [GV1] to 3522354 Pte E.H. HULLEY, R.A.O.C. £45
L12. Thomas BRUNNING, Metropolitan Police1887 Jubilee Medal named to Insp J. Brunning, ‘J’ Divn
Census records and some service details. Joined Met 1866 – retired 1892 £120
L13. JUBILEE 1887 BAR 1897 TO PC J STURNHAM N DIV, MET POLICE £55
L14. JUBILEE 1887 BAR 1897 TO PC J HACKETT M DIV, MET POLICECondition GVF £55
L15. GV1 IND IMP SPECIALS LSGC TO FRED W J PARKER, SPECIAL CONSTABULARYCondition GVF+ £15
IMPERIAL SERVICE MEDALS
GV1 IND IMP
UNWIN, Ruth Jessie. Asst Supervisior, London Postal Region.
LG 19.9.44. In black Royal Mint box of issue £25
EIIR DEI GRATIACHRISTIE, Robert Main, Assistant Supervisor Glasgow General Post Office
In black Royal Mint box of issue. LG 9.12.58 £25
CLISBY, Charles William, Postman, London Postal RegionIn black Royal Mint box of issue.
LG 21.9.65 £25
COWEN, Miss Ann, Lately Postal and Telegraph Officer Newcastle upon TyneWith original certificate for ISM, In black Royal Mint box of issue. LG 15.5.70 £28
GORE, Jack, Lately Technical Officer, Blackburn, General Post OfficeIn black Royal Mint box of issue.
LG 29.7.83 £25
MURTON, Miss Barbara Lillian, Lately Postal and Telegraph Officer, Ilford
With original certificate for ISM.
In black Royal Mint box of issue.
TILLEY, Harry William, Lately Senior Technician, Leicester.In black Royal Mint box of issue
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