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1915/15 Trio To The 9th Yorks LI, KIA 1st Day Somme 1/7/16

1914/15 Trio 12587 PTE A SHAW YORKS LI

Abraham Shaw 9th Yorks LI was born Pittsmoor Sheffield and enlisted in Sheffield , he was killed in action on the 1st Day of the Battle of the Somme 1/7/1916

"When the barrage lifts..."

The 9th battalion KOYLI was wiped out on the First Day of the Somme, 1st July 1916, losing over 500 casualties. For many years afterwards an 'In Memorium' notice appeared on the 1st July commemorating the battalion, and using the phrase 'When the barrage lifts'.

The story of this goes back to the eve of the Battle of the Somme, when the officers of 9th KOYLI met for one last time before going up to the trenches opposite Fricourt. Their commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel C.W.D.Lynch DSO had been with the unit since 1915, and was awarded the DSO for bravery at Loos. He was not a popular commanding officer, and had a habit of promoting favourites, rather than those who deserved the position. Lancelot Spicer, then an officer in the battalion, recalled the incident in his memoirs:

At about 6pm on June 28th all officers received a summons to go to Battalion HQ for a final drink before going into action. We assembled, glasses were put into our hands, drinks were passed round and we drank quietly to one another – everyone was naturally feeling strained. The Adjutant and Second-in-command were away on some course, so the Acting Adjutant, Keay, was in charge. Lynch came into the room and was given a glass. Keay went up to Haswell, the senior Captain, and said quietly to him,

‘I think you should propose the CO’s health!’

‘I’m damned if I will’, said Haswell ‘I don’t wish him good health and am not prepared to be insincere on this occasion.’

‘You must’, said Keay.

‘I won’t.’, said Haswell.

For a few moments they argued, and then Haswell stepped forward and raising his glass said:

‘Gentlemen, I give you the toast of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and in particular the 9th Battalion of the Regiment’ – a slight pause – ‘Gentleman, when the barrage lifts…’

We emptied our glasses and were silent. Dramatically, Haswell had avoided an unpleasant scene, and the toast has never been forgotten.

Of those present, twenty-four went into action next day in the attack on Fricourt. Six were in reserve. Of the twenty-four, twelve were killed, including Lynch and Haswell. Three died of wounds afterwards, eight were wounded, one slightly and only one left untouched.

Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition

Code: 50723


Group Of 7 To HMS Suffolk, MID for Norway 1940

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star bar France and Germany, Pacific Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Naval LSGC ( Geo VI) M36766S R DOWNER SHPT 2 HMS VERNON

Together with original MID certificate

MID in London Gazette of the 4th of October 1940 For gallantry and devotion to duty when
engaged with enemy aircraft off the Coast of

HMS Suffolk, served on the China Station, save for reconstruction, until the outbreak of the Second World War. She came home in 1939 and then patrolled the Denmark Straits in October 1939. In April 1940 Suffolk participated in the Norwegian Campaign. On 13 April 1940 the ship arrived at Tórshavn to commence the British pre-emptive occupation of the Faroe Islands. On 14 April 1940 Suffolk sank the German tanker Skagerrak northwest of Bodø, Norway.

On 17 April 1940, Suffolk and four destroyers, HMS Kipling, HMS Juno, HMS Janus and HMS Hereward, were sent to bombard the airfield at Sola, Norway. The operation had little effect and the retaliation from German bombers severely damaged the aft of the ship, forcing her to return to Scapa Flow.

Suffolk was out of action from April 1940 until February 1941 while she was repaired at the Clyde

Medals generally in GVF condition, MID certificate water stained

Code: 50731


1914/15 Trio To The RN, MID For Jutland

1914/15 Trio ( MID ) J25427 F R WATTS ORD RN ( LS on pair )

Frank Robert Watts a 15 year old fitters assistant from Charminster in Dorset enlisted into the Royal Navy in October 1913 with the rank of Boy 2. he served on various ship during his career before being invalided out of the service in 1919. He served from October 1915 until 1st July 1916 aboard HMS Barham , He was MID and advanced in rank for services aboard HMS Barham at Jutland whilst still only 18 years old

HMS Barham at the Battle of Jutland

HMS Barham was laid down on 24 February 1913 and commissioned on 19 August 1915 as a Portsmouth ship. She was chosen as the flagship of the fifth battle squadron with Rear-Admiral Hugh Evan-Thomas the first to raise his flag. The squadron consisted of herself, HMS Valiant, HMS Warspite and HMS Malaya (HMS Queen Elizabeth was in refit at the time of the battle) and was normally part of the Grand Fleet based at Scapa Flow under Admiral Jellico. After German battle cruisers had bombarded Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth on 25 April 1916 the squadron was moved south to Rosyth on 21/22 May. It now came under command of Acting Vice-Admiral Beatty and his 2nd Battle Cruiser Squadron but still part of the Grand Fleet.

On the 30 May a German signal sent to all the ships of the High Seas Fleet was intercepted and the Admiralty who ordered the Grand Fleet to sea. The 5th battle squadron was placed astern and to port of, but 5 miles from Beatty's flagship and his squadron steaming south-eastward. At 1400 on the 31st Beatty ordered a planned turn of his force to the north east to join the remainder of the Grand Fleet. Soon after 1430 with reports of German naval activity Beatty turned to his east to cut off a German retreat. Rear Admiral Hipper in Command of the German battlecruisers Lutzow, Derfflinger, Seydlitz, Moltke and Der Tann sighted Beatty's force and tried to draw them on to the High Seas Fleet, both forces turning south. The two lines opened fire at 1545. Due to its position relative to Beatty's battlecruiser squadron there was a delay before the 5th Battle Squadron came into range.

On board HMS Barham all hands were piped to action stations at 1440. At 1550 the German battlecruisers were sighted and HMS Barham opened fire six minutes later when the ship was steaming at 25 knots. After two or three salvos the German light cruisers turned away. After turns to the south east fire was opened again at 1606 at a range of 18000 yards. At 1621 the enemy replied and straddled HMS Barham. Two minutes later she received her first hit, at section 62 which exploded in a main deck reading room but caused no serious damage.

At 1635 Hipper sighted the High Seas Fleet and turned north again and 6 minutes later Beatty also ordered a turn north but this was not received by the 5th Battle Squadron until repeated at 1654.

The second hit at 1658 abreast B turret at section 72 was the most destructive. It plunged through the upper deck, wrecked the medical store and auxiliary wireless office causing severe damage to light structure. It had a marked incendiary effect on the adjacent sick bay where 24 of the crew were killed. It passed on down to the lower conning tower where the assistant navigator Lieutenant Reginald Blyth and his assistant Midshipman Alex Doddington were keeping the ship's position plotted. This piece of shell almost severed Blyth's leg and although Doddington did his best to tie a tourniquet, he was much handicapped owing to the lights going out. Blyth died from loss of blood. The piece of shell continued down killing a seaman in a 6" magazine.

The third hit at section 126 and exploded in the Officers WC's. The fourth a 12 inch shell from SMS Lutzow exploded in the gunroom at section 182 with a part continuing down to the Engineers workshop. The fifth hit at section 240 and exploded in the Admiral's cabin and wrecked everything in his quarters.

In all 26 were killed and a further 37 wounded, two subsequently died of wounds. 20 those killed were buried at sea and their names are on the Royal Naval Memorials at Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth. Six including the chaplain were buried at Lyness in the Orkneys where there is a memorial stone to all the sailors lost erected by their shipmates.

The 5th Battle squadron was ordered to join the Grand Fleet steaming south and formed up at the back of the lines of warships taking no further part in the action. Except HMS Valiant the other ships of the squadron were also hit, HMS Lion at least 9 times, HMS Tiger at least 7 times, HMS Malaya at least 3 hits and HMS Warspite 12 or more. HMS Barham and the other ships of the 5th in turn set two enemy battle cruisers on fire the Derfflinger and the Seydlitz which was close to sinking. The Lutzow was crippled and scuttled by a German torpedo.

The undamaged HMS Valiant and the 2nd Battle Squadron returned to Rosyth. The remainder of the 5th Battle Squadron returned to Scapa Flow. The dead were put ashore and ships were tidied up and reloaded with ammunition before sailing south to be refitted

Medals mounted as originally worn with original MID oakleaf on ribbon

Code: 50733

525.00 GBP

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Group Of 4To Lieut RA, MID For Palestine

Defence Medal, War Medal , GSM one bar Palestine 1945-48 LT K H JEFFERY RA, Coronation Medal 1953

Together with miniature medals

Lieut K H Jeffery 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery served in Palestine from the 5th of July 1947 to the 21st of February 1948. He was MID for gallant and distinguished service in Palestine during the period 27th of March -26th of September 1947 in the London Gazette of the 7th of January 1949

Full size and miniature medals mounted as originally worn and in NEF condition

Code: 50735


WW1 Pair And Plaque To Capt 15th Hamps Regt , KIA


Captain Stanley Thompson 15th ( 2nd Portsmouth ) Battalion The Hampshire Regiment , Son of the late Henry Thompson (Surgeon) and of Alice Eveline Quain (formerly Thompson), of "Sideways," Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Bucks. Native of Hull, Yorks , he was killed in action on the 15th of September 1916 during the attack on Flers.The battalion lost almost half it's strength this day.

From the regimental war diary of the 15th Hampshire Regiment , 15th of September 1916

"The action commenced with the battalion moving across no man's land just behind the barrage , the barrage in front of this battalion was excellent, just what the men had been trained to expect and came up to expectations so far as keeping the enemy quiet . Things were not so satisfactory on the left however for a full 10 minutes was taken up before 3 machine guns were silenced . These guns took a heavy toll of the left platoons company commanders , no less than 3 being fatally hit before the first objective was won, Capt H E Carrington, Capt S Thompson and Capt Stapleton"

The battalion casualties in this attack were 8 officers KIA , 5 wounded , 31 o/r's KIA , 60 missing and 188 wounded , the vast majority of the missing later listed as KIA

These medals were originally purchased by me around 35 years ago in the Barras market Glasgow , they were then in a frame with the recipients brothers 15 star BWM and Plaque ( Can Inf ) , I sold them together approx 30 years ago and have just recently bought the pair and plaque back

Medals and plaque in NEF condition with original ribbons

Code: 50736


Sudan Pair To The Royal Artillery

Queens Sudan Medal 97723 GR J ATTREALL RA Khedives Sudan Medal one bar The Atbara 27723 GUNNER J ATTREALL 16 COY ED RA

James Attreall a 18 year old labourer from Rudmell Lewes Sussex enlisted into the Royal Garrison Artillery at Lewes in January 1893 , he served for 19 years, finally being discharges in 1912 , the only medals being awarded to the recipient during his service being the Sudan Medals

The Atbara 8th April 1898

Three hundred miles north of Khartoum lies Atbara, at the confluence of the eponymous river and the Nile. Kitchener had established a fort at the junction of the rivers, and the Khalifa ordered one of his generals, Emir Mahmud Ahmed, north to engage the British. However, Mahmud did not engage immediately, pausing instead on March 20th 1898 twenty miles south of Kitchener's fort, and erecting his own fortified camp, with trenches and zarebas, ( a barriers of thorn bushes.)

After preparing for the expected attack Kitchener realised that Mahmud was reluctant to fight, and so he decided to take the initiative. On April 7th he ordered a night march across the gravelly desert which allowed his forces to be in a position to attack at dawn the next day. The British-Egyptian force had about ten and a half thousand troops, against the Mahdists' fifteen thousand, which included five thousand cavalry. However, Kitchener's troops were all armed with modern rifles, while their enemy were mostly (though not all) armed with spears and swords.

​At dawn Kitchener's four artillery batteries opened fire on the Mahdist camp. The cannonade lasted for just over an hour, during which the Mahdist cavalry attempted an attack, only to driven back by the British Maxim guns. Once the artillery had ceased the infantry were ordered forward, with Sudanese and Egyptian troops to the right and in the centre, with the British contingent of Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders, supported by the 1st Royal Warwickshire and the 1st Lincolns, to the left.

Protected by the thick zareba the Mahdists poured a torrent of gunfire into the troops advancing up the gravel slope, with the Sudanese in the centre in particular experiencing heavy losses. On the left the Camerons were in front, with the Seaforths behind. Soon the Camerons were close enough to the zareba for some of the troops to begin pulling it down, while others fired through the gaps created. Then through and over those gaps drove the Seaforths. Soon fierce hand-to-hand fighting ensued, with no quarter given; in the trenches that lay behind the zareba more than two thousand Mahdist bodies lay at the close of the fighting. With them lay eighty British casualties.

A very scarce pair of medals to the Royal Artillery, the only British Artillery present during the Battle of Atbara being a Maxim Gun detachment of the 16th Company Eastern Division Royal Garrison Artillery. They received a total of 34 Atbara bars , 5 as single bars and 29 with Khartoum bars also and 27 Atbara bars all with Khartoum also to Egyptian Drivers attached to the battery . The other 4 batteries present during the Battle of Atbara being Egyptian Artillery

Medal mounted on original ribbons with pin mount , with contact marks and in NVF condition

Code: 50740


Mercantile Marine Pair, KIA

Mercantile Marine Pair CHARLES J CAMPBELL

Charles John Campbell the 27 year old Son of Mary Campbell, of 669, Argyle St., Glasgow, and the late Charles Campbell was killed in action aboard the SS Garmoyle on the 10th of July 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial

The cargo ship SS Garmoyle was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 14 nautical miles south east of Mine Head, County Cork by SM U-57 ( Imperial German Navy) with the loss of twenty crew

The U57 sunk approx 57 allied vessels and damaged 6, the vast majority being British

Medals with some edge bruising

Code: 50742

160.00 GBP

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1914 Star And Bar Trio, Wilts R , KIA

1914 star and bar trio 8034 PTE H G SAINSBURY 2 / WILTS R

Hedley Giles Sainsbury 2nd Wiltshire Regiment, the 25 year old Son of George Sainsbury, of 7, Green Croft, Salisbury.was reported wounded in a War Office list published on the 27th of November 1914, he was later killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Loos , the 25th of September 1915. He is buried in the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez

Medals generally in GVF condition

Code: 50745

265.00 GBP

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QSA KSA Pair To The RFA, MID For Gallantry

QSA 3 bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State , Transvaal 48956 GNR W SCAIFE 4:B, RFA KSA 2 bars SA01, SA02 49856 GNR W SCAIFE RFA

49856 Gunner W Scaife 4th Battery Royal Field Artillery was MID and promoted Bombardier by the Commander-in-Chief in the London Gazette of the 18th of July 1902 " At Klipdrift, on 7th March,1902, continued to work his gun after all his detachment had been killed or wounded"

Klipdrift ( Battle of Tweebosch ) 7th March 1902

On the night of 6 March Methuen was informed by his Intelligence Officer that a large concentration of Boers, under De la Rey, was nearby. Grenfell was then 36 miles away to the east of Tweebosch and De la Rey moved in between the two columns. His battle plan was much the same as that employed at Ysterspruit, which was to cut the columns into three, and to overcome resistance with a charge, the men firing from the saddle
The column moved off in two divisions from Tweebosch on 7 March 1902, the ox-convoy starting at 0300 hrs, escorted by Cape Police, the Yeomanry, all the Infantry and Lt Venning's two guns.of 4th Battery RFA The main column moved out at 0400hrs, escorted by the Cape Special Police, Ashburner's Light Horse, with one pom-pom forming the advance guard, and Dennison's Scouts and the Diamond Fields Horse the rear guard. Lt Nesham's two guns of 38th Battery RFA were with this column.

By about 0500 hrs the head of the column had reached de Klipdrift on the Great Harts River, when the Boer attack opened on the rear-guard. The fire put down by Nesham's guns and the second pom-pom was effective for a while, but not for long. At 0530 hrs the ox-column was ordered to halt, and at 0600 hrs the attack assumed serious proportions when, in addition to attacking the rear of the column, a movement was made against the column's right flank. Methuen, in accordance with a previous arrangement, took post with the Infantry. Major Paris, commanding the mounted troops, reinforced the rear while Metheun extended the Infantry and brought Venning's guns into action. Lines of charging Boers, firing from the saddle, in extended order, disregarding the heavy fire directed at them, pushed forward. After a small measure of resistance nearly all the Colonial troops broke and fled. The regulars, or the handful that were left, and Nesham's gunners, stood fast. One by one the men of the 38th Battery were shot down, but the guns remained in action. Burgher Willem Richards took up a position behind the guns and shot six gunners. One gun only, served by Lt T. P. W. Nesham, entirely on his own, remained in action. The Boers, admiring the young officer's coolness and courage called on him to surrender. He refused to comply, shouting out: 'I prefer death to surrender.' He, too, was shot down.

Venning's battery suffered the same fate, but continued in action until he fell mortally wounded while serving a gun. At about 0930 hrs Methuen was hit in the thigh. He dismounted and lay down next to his horse. It was hit, wounded a second time, and fell on him, breaking his leg. Colonel E. Townsend, the column's Principal Medical Officer, splinted Methuen's leg with two rifles, and was hit three times in rapid succession.

The fight was over and surrender was inevitable.

Together with copy photo of Scaife in uniform

Medals generally in GVF condition

Code: 50747


1914/15 Trio To 2 Lieut York & Lanc R , KIA

1914/15 trio 2 LIEUT G N SHARPE YORK & LANC R ( 2 Lieut on pair )

Gerald Norman Sharpe 4th Hallamshire Battalion The Yorks and Lancs Regiment was the 20 year old Son of Beatrice Sharpe, of "Oakdene," 13, York Rd., Hove, Brighton, and the late Granville Hawley Sharpe. Native of Kingston-on-Thames. He was killed in action on the 31st of July 1916 and is buried in Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuille Wood

Medals toned and in NEF condition, BWM has an official correction to the letter A in Sharpe

Code: 50750


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