29 December 2016

4042, later D/20999 Squadron Sergeant Major Frederick Allsopp, 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons

Medals sought, please, for the man pictured above. His name was Frederick Allsopp and in the undated photograph above he wears the following medals:

Distinguished Conduct Medal
QSA with clasps for Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast, Cape Colony and Orange Free State
KSA with usual two clasps
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Inter-Allied Victory Medal
Delhi Durbar Medal
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

Frederick was born in 1878 and enlisted with the 6th Dragoons on the 12th October 1898 having previosuly served with the 3rd (militia) Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. He extended his service in 1904 to complete eight years with the colours. extended aagain in 1906 to complete 12 years with the colours and then re-engaged in May 1910 to complete 21 years. By the time he was discharged in November 1919 he had soldiered in South Africa, Egypt, India and France and Flanders. He had three children, all born in India, two of whom died in infancy.

Frederick Allsopp's DCM was gazetted on the 26th June 1918. His son, a veteran of the Second World War, is now hoping to find his father's medals. Please contact me if you can help.

20 December 2016

Philip Burman RIP

Very sorry to see that Philp Burman died on the 13th December at the age of eighty-four. I never met him but I have bought medals from him and he was well respected in the medals trade.  The photo on this post appears on Philip's site - http://www.military-medals.co.uk/ - which notes that the business has been closed until further notice. RIP Philip Burman.

18 December 2016

The Great War Medal Collector's Companion

I see that my old mate Howard Williamson is selling his essential three-volume Great War Medal Collector's set at bargain prices via eBay. Volumes I and III are being offered at £25 and volume II at £20. These would normally cost £150 for all three and so this really is a give-away. Each volume is comprehensively illustrated and contains a wealth of information that really is not found anywhere else. For the medal collector I would argue that these volumes are as essential as British Battles & Medals and the annual Token Medal Yearbook. Here's the eBay link.