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WW1 Family Group To 5 Brothers , 2 KIA And 1 Awarded DCM

(1) DCM ( Geo V ) 590 C S MJR H M BOYD 1/HAC 1914 Star and Bar trio 590 SJT - WOCL2 H M BOYD HAC 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, War Medal

DCM awarded in the London Gazette of the 10th of January 1917 For conspicuous gallantry in action. He crept up and bombed an enemy machine gun , silenced the gun and thereby allowed his men to capture a strong point

This was at Beaumont Hamel between the 13th and the 15th of November 1916 , the battalion fought alongside the Royal Naval Division and received heavy casualties

Together with contemporary group of 7 miniatures , original ribbon bar,original citation, cert of demob, 3rd Division gallantry card , London Gazette page, record office letter stating wounded ( GSW right leg ) dated 25th Nov 1916, telegram re award of DCM, congrats letter from Lt Col commanding HAC dated 20th Dec 1916, 3 page Letter from a comrade to recipient whilst in War Hospital Leith dated Dec 1916, WW2 Ministry of Transport medal forwarding slip, Record office letter confirming WW2 awards and,diary from the 1920's listing various Merchant Ship journeys

(2) 1914/15 Trio 659 PTE K S BOYD HAC Memorial Plaque KENNETH SEYMOUR BOYD

Together with original photo of grave ( cross) marked on the front of the cross RIP Lce Corporal K S Boyd No 659 B Company HAC killed in action June 30 1915 reverse marked in pen Brandlock Belgium

Kenneth Seymour Boyd was born in Hoddesden Herts and enlisted into the HAC ( Inf ) in July 1911, he served in France and from the 29th of December 1914 until he was killed in action on the 30th of June 1915

(3) 1914/15 Trio 2225 PTE S A BOYD 18/BN AIF Memorial Plaque STEWART AUGUSTINE BOYD

Stewart Augustine Boyd was born in Broxbourne Herts, he enlisted into the 18th Bn Australian Imperial Forces in Newcastle NSW in July 1915. He served in France and Flanders and received a GSW to the face on the 26th of August 1916 . He transferred to the 5th Machine Gun Coy AIF in February 1917 and was killed in action on the 5th of May 1917 , his effects were sent to his father in Stronsay Lowestoft

(4) WW1 pair 88388 PTE W S BOYD RAMC

(5) WW1 Pair 22644 3 AM D G BOYD RAF

A very interesting family group, only 22 DCM's to the HAC for WW1

All medals unmounted and in NEF condition the Memorial plaque with dark patina and in NEF condition

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Code: 50511

4450.00 GBP

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WW2 & GSM Group Of 6 , Served In Hong Kong 1941

1939/45 Star, Africa Star bar 1st Army, Pacific Star, Italy Star, War Medal, GSM ( Eliz II ) one bar Malaya 6200950 W O CL1 L A STALEY MPSC

Listed as missing Hong Kong 25th of December 1941 whilst serving as a Cpl in the 1st Bn Middlesex Regiment. later listed as not missing, I can only presume that he left Hong Kong before it fell, further research required

Medals mounted in order stated as originally worn, GSM with official correction to unit , otherwise medals are in GVF condition

Code: 50515

325.00 GBP

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Rare 3 Bar Egypt Medal And Khedives Star To The Cameron Highs

Egypt Medal ( dated 1882 ) three bars Tel- El- Kebir, Suakin 1884, El-Teb-Tamaai 1211 PTE J MCGLONE 1. CAM'N HIGHS Khedives Star 1882 UNNAMED

The Cameron Highlanders at Tel El Kebir

"The position of Tel-el-Kebir is to be attacked with the bayonet; no one is to load, not a shot is to be fired until over the intrenchments."
The position assigned to the Cameron Highlanders was the left centre of the Highland Brigade, with the 75th and 42nd to the right, and the 74th to the left, and the right of the A company had the honour of being the flank of direction for the brigade—Lieutenant R. Macleod, the right guide, being directed by Lieutenant Rawson, R.N., who was guided by the stars. After a short halt at Nine-gun Hill, the advance was resumed at 1 A.M., and then began that weird night-march over the desert, long to be remembered by the army and by the country—the monotonous tramp, the sombre lines, and the dimly discerned sea of sand faintly lighted by the stars, all combining to form an impressive sight, the memory of which will never be forgotten by those who took part in the operation. Just as dawn was breaking, two shots were fired from the left front, one of which killed a private, and in a few seconds these shots were followed by others, the bugles of the Egyptians rang out, shells screamed overhead, and a living stream of fire poured from the enemy’s trenches. Bayonets were silently fixed, and the 79th moved steadily on in an unbroken line, not a shot being fired in reply. On the "advance" being sounded by Drummer John Alcorn, Lieutenant - Colonel Leith galloped to the front, waving his sword and calling, "Come on the 79th;" and then, breaking into double time to the shrill music of the pipes, the men cheering as they ran, the regiment charged the line of intrenchments. Private Donald Cameron was the first to gain the top of the trench, but fell dead at once, shot through the head; but through the now full trench, mounting on each other’s shoulders and scrambling up, the front line gained the fiery top. Lieutenant Malcolm at once sprang down among some gunners, and, though wounded, succeeded in making good his position. Men fell fast, as flash after flash continued along the line, until the bayonets had done their work, and the inside of the rampart was full of dead and dying. The Egyptians retreated straight to the rear, turning from time to time and kneeling to fire, the front line following them up in a confused mass— Pipe-Major Grant playing "The March of the Cameron Men" lustily. The second line, which had now surmounted the works, became mixed with the first; and before any effort to reform the regiment could be successful, it was evident that a heavy cross-fire from shelter trenches on each side must be silenced. Advancing therefore to the left in skirmishing order, a portion of the battalion, under Lieutenants Urquhart, Grant, and Cavaye, speedily cleared the trench on that side, and drove the enemy along it and through a small camp to the trench in the rear. Major Chalmers, with Lieutenants D. F. Davidson and Ewart, at the same time led a small body of men against, and speedily captured, a two-gun redoubt in front; and Colour-Sergeants Newall, Young, and M’Laren, and Corporal Syme, advanced against another on the left, killed the gunners in it, drove across the Canal some Egyptian cavalry who were preparing to charge, and turned a captured Krupp gun against the retreating foe.
The remainder of the regiment, under Lieutenant-Colonel Leith, with Lieutenants Campbell, Mackenzie, C. Davidson, and Scott-Elliot, pushed on, along with the 42nd and 75th, to the trench in front, and after clearing this of the enemy, arrived at the crest of the hill overlooking the camp and railway station. The latter part of the progress of the British force was more a prolonged rush than anything else. "Without any great regard," says Lieutenant-General Hamley, "to the order of the ranks, or awaiting the coming up of troops constantly left behind, the advance was pushed at a great pace along the last line held by the enemy. . . . So rapid was the advance, that on reaching the last work there were not above two hundred men and officers in the front line; the colonel of the 79th was one of them, but I do not remember whether the rest were all of that regiment, or partly of the 75th; Sir Archibald Alison was also among them on foot."
From the rising ground thus gained, a terrible scene of confusion was visible. The Egyptians were leaving the camp by hundreds, some running across the desert, some along the railway, and some in their excitement jumping into the canal. A train full of fugitives had just started, and, in spite of the artillery which had by this time arrived on the hill in rear of the lines, it got safely away. The Highland Brigade, with portions of the 46th and 60th Regiments which had now come up, speedily cleared the camp of all the remaining Egyptians. The battle was won, and Arabi’s great force was melting away in the distance never to gather again

Medal and bars confirmed on roll , the Cameron Highlanders received only 5 Suakin 1884 bars and 9 El teb Tamaai's , the recipient being attached to various units

John McGlone from Sligo enlisted into the Cameron Highlanders at Dublin in 1862 aged 14, he served for 21 years but committed various offences during his service and did not receive the LSGC medal

A full set of service papers are available on-line

medals are unmounted with slight contacting and generally in VF condition

Code: 50525

795.00 GBP

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Group of Four to The RN, MID For Dunkirk

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, War Medal ( MID ) RFR LSGC ( Geo V ) J93546 ( CH B 21781) F J SLACK AB RFR

Frederick James Slack a messenger boy from Hackney in London joined the Royal Navy in November 1918 aged 17, he had no WW1 service and is not entitled to any WW1 medals ( rolls confirm ) , In WW2 he served at Dunkirk and was Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette of the 16th of August 1940 for his services aboard HMS Crested Eagle

HMS Crested Eagle, one of the Dunkirk small ships was bombed and sunk on the 29th of May 1940 whilst attempting to return evacuated troops to the UK, a large number of men were killed, The wreck can still be seen on the sands at Zoydcoote

Medals with contacting and generally on VF condition

Code: 50528


1914/15 trio to Lieut RNR, MID And Wounded In Air Raid On Ramsgate 1917

1914/15 trio ( MID ) LIEUT H E FROGBROOK RNR

Henry Edmund Frogbrook from the Isle of Wight commanded the yacht Ceto from April 1915 .Ceto was the name of a steam yacht of the Royal Navy, which served as a port naval flagship at Ramsgate during the First World War he was wounded , ( concussion and sprain to tendons of right arm ) during an air raid on Ramsgate on the 17th of June 1917. He was later Mentioned in Despatches for services in vessels of the auxiliary patrol, London Gazette the 6th of April 1918

Raid on Ramsgate
16/17th June 1917

Rather surprisingly, this raid set out for London on one of the shortest nights of the year with only about four hours of true darkness. Although six Zeppelins were earmarked for the raid, strong winds and engine problems meant only two crossed the English coast, L.42 and L.48.

Commanding L.42, Kapitänleutnant Martin Dietrich, cruised off the Kent coast before finally coming inland over the North Foreland lighthouse at 2.05am. Five minutes later a searchlight briefly found L.42 then lost her again. Dietrich headed south, keeping out to sea; he believed he was approaching Deal and Dover where he thought his bombs fell. In fact it was Ramsgate. Passing the town’s Marina Pier, L.42’s first bomb landed in the sea about 400 yards south-west of the pier, followed by another 150 yards further on which also fell in the sea, off the Royal Victoria Pavilion. The third bomb, however, made its mark. A 300kg HE bomb exploded on a building about 20 yards from the Clock Tower in Ramsgate Harbour, used at the time by the Royal Navy as an ammunition store. ‘A sheet of blood-red flame shot upwards and for hours ammunition of all kinds continued to explode with a tornado of fury.’ Such was the intensity of the explosions that some residents believed the Germans were attempting a landing.

The next bomb dropped in Albert Street, a narrow road near the harbour, where it demolished or seriously damaged a number of houses, with other damage extending over a wide area. At No. 45 the explosion killed 67-year-old Benjamin Thouless and injured his wife. Next door, at No. 47, Jonathan Hamlin and his wife also died, but his brother escaped with injuries. Two houses suffered when the next bomb detonated in a front garden in Crescent Road, amongst those injured was Lt. Warden of the Royal Flying Corps, home on leave. The following morning ‘it was impossible to walk in any of the main streets without feeling the crunch of glass under one’s feet’. The Borough Surveyor reported damage to 660 houses shops or other building

Having passed over the town, Dietrich headed away to the north-west, dropping four more bombs. One detonated about 100 yards from Southwood House, one in a field about 70 yards from where the railway crossed the Manston Road and two close together in a field about 50 yards from a railway cutting north-west of Nether Court Lodge. Continuing on the same heading L.42 neared the RNAS airfield at Manston but the five bombs dropped all fell in Poleash Fields near Manston village, about half a mile short of the airfield, breaking windows in seven houses. The final two bombs, both incendiaries, fell as L.42 turned to the north-east, landing harmlessly in fields at Lydden and at Nash Court as she approached Garlinge. L.42 only remained overland for 14 minutes. On her homeward journey L.42 evaded attacks by three RNAS aircraft from Yarmouth.

Casualties caused by the raid were 3 killed and 16 injured

Medals unmounted with original ribbons and MID oakleaf ( on BWM ribbon as worn ) and in NEF condition

Code: 50532


Group Of 5 To The RMA With Russian Medal Of St George For Jutland

1914/15 Trio RMA7208 GR S SHIPP Navy LSGC ( Geo V ) RMA 7208 SYDNEY SHIPP GUNNER RMA Russian Medal of St George ( 4th class) , reverse numbered No 1273178

Medal of St George ( 4 Cl ) confirmed for services aboard HMS Bellerophon at Jutland , as a RMA gunner it is likely he manned a gun turret during the battle

Bellerophon was at Jutland as part of Admiral Doveton Sturdee’s 4th Battle Division. She left the battle undamaged and had fired around 62 heavy shells.
When Bellerophon later crossed the area where Rear Admiral Horace Hood had been killed with almost his entire ship’s company, a 19 year old “snottie” (a term, I won’t say of endearment, used for midshipmen in the Royal Navy), commented on the terrible carnage.
“During the lull we came out of the turrets to get some fresh air and there, floating around us, was a whole mass of bodies and débris – some of our sailors were cheering because they thought they were Germans, but unfortunately they were from the Invincible. It was a terrible experience and my first experience of death.

medals unmounted and generally in GVF condition

Code: 50533

695.00 GBP

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WW2 group Of 6 To The RN , MID

1939/45 Star, Burma Star bar Pacific, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, War Medal ( MID ) NGS one bar Palestine 1945-48 D/JX371425 E H HOWKINS AB RN

Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette dated the 14th of August 1945, for services aboard HMS Black Prince during the relief of Greece

Medals mounted as originally worn and in NEF condition

Code: 50539


WW1 Pair To RFC Fighter Pilot Shot down By Ace And taken POW

British War And Victory Medals LIEUT R H EDELSTON RAF

Together with silver ID bracelet Lieut R H Edelston C of E RFC

Lieut R H Edelston whilst piloting a Sopwith Camel of 46 squadron RFC was shot down by Vzfw P Baulmer of Jasta 2 , a 43 victory German Ace

There is an obituary in a Preston newspaper regarding his death aged 35 , it states he came from a well known Preston family and includes the following " in 1918 whilst on a raid with his squadron the engine on his machine gave trouble, On his way back a German airman attacked him and after a short fight Mr Edelston, who was flying solo was forced down. He landed in no Man's Land and was immediately surrounded by german infantrymen who were engaged in an attack. Badly injured down the left side by the force of the landing Mr Edelston was taken prisoner on a stretcher and when he was brought back after the armistice he had to remain in hospital for 2 years

medals with original ribbons fitted with pins to the rear for wearing and generally in VF condition

Code: 50542


Group of 3 To An Officer In The Seaforth Highs

Defence Medal, Vol LSGC ( EVII ) LIEUT W FORBES 1 VB SEAFORTH HIGHS Territorial Decoration ( Geo V ) unnamed

One slight edge knock to the Vol LSGC otherwise medals in VF condition

Code: 50544


WW1 Pair To The 50th Can Inf , KIA

WW1 Pair 895462 PTE D K VINNIE 50-CAN INF

David Kerr Vinnie 50th Bn Canadian infantry from Kirkcudbright Scotland was killed in action on the 21st of August 1917 at the battle of Hill 70

The Attack on Hill 70
Haig ordered Sir Arthur Currie, who in June had been placed in command of the Canadian Corps, to launch a frontal assault on the city of Lens. Instead of attacking the heavily fortified city directly, Currie, after studying the ground, convinced his British superiors that a better plan would be to capture Hill 70, directly to the north. If this dominating hill could be taken, the Germans would have no choice but to counterattack. Currie planned for artillery and machine-guns to smash these German concentrations, thereby weakening their hold on the entire sector.
The Canadians attacked on 15 August and captured many of their objectives, including the high ground. They then held their positions against 21 determined German counterattacks over the next four days. Canadian probing attacks against Lens on 21 and 23 August were unsuccessful, but Currie’s forces had inflicted severe casualties on the enemy and gained the high ground overlooking the city.
A Canadian Victory
The Canadians lost more than 9,000 soldiers at Hill 70, but killed or wounded an estimated 25,000 Germans. Currie proved an able and innovative commander. His Canadian Corps would soon move north to help Haig and his faltering Passchendaele campaign

Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition

Code: 50546


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