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WW2 Eff Medal Group Of 7 To An Officer In The Royal West Kents

1939/45 Star, Africa Star bar 1st Army, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence medal. War Medal, Efficiency Medal bar territorial LT D MCN TAYLOR RWK

Medals on mounting pin as originally worn and in NEF condition

Code: 50471

Reserved


1914/15 Trio And Navy LSGC , Commended For Services After Q Ship Sinking

1914/15 Trio 175194 T SIMS CPO RN , Navy LSGC ( EdVII ) 175194 THOMAS SIMS PO 1CL HMS CUMBERLAND


Thomas Sims from Hapleton joined the Royal Navy in 1896 aged 16, he served on numerous ships during his service and was commended for " good work performed on the occasion of the torpedoeing of the Q27 on the 13th of March 1917 and subsequently during the four days on which he was in charge of the starboard lifeboat of the ship in question "

HMS Warner was the Q Ship Q27

From a German newspaper report



The sinking of a British
''trap ship" . by a Geman U-boat ( U61) is de-.
scribed as follows by the Tamburg
"Nachrichten"


On a westward run from the coast,
in order to lie in wait-for the ships des- .
tined for England, one of our U-boats,,
towards 9 o'clock in the morning of a cold
March day sighted. a smallish steamer. of.
about 1500 tons approaching with an east
.ward course, which excited remark not
only by her high bridge and highs deck
erections, but also by the meaningless deviations
from her route .and her wild zig
zag course.. The submarine put the last
torpedo .into the tube for the attack, and
only now and again popped the conning
tower for a few moments above the surface
, in order not to betray itself to the
suspicious steamer, which was approaching
at about 12 knots. In spite of :the continual change of
course, it was possible to :get the enemy
within range, and the . torpedo : was
launched without being noticed. It had
scarcely penetrated with a powerful detonation
into the centre of the steamer when
she began to sink ,.and after a second explosion
in the boiler house she disappeared,
in less than three minutes.
The large number of. the crew standing
ion deck, who only succeeded, in spite
of the utmost exertions, in lowering one
boat to the water, seemed to confirm the
suspicion that this was a U-boat trap. In
order to ascertain if this was so the U Boat went up to the survivors, who
were drifting about on the water, and
fished out six men, who were clinging
half benumbed to planks. 'The men were
very well dressed and had a good military
carriage, to which one is not usually accustomed
in mercantile ships.
"According to their statements the
steamer was bound from Africa to England
After denying it for a long time,
they at last admitted that they belonged
to the navy. The sunk ship was, they
said, the U-boat trap Q27, H.M.S. Warner,
and the captain and all the officers had
perished in the boiler explosion.

Medals are loose and in NEF condition

Code: 50474

650.00 GBP


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WW1 Pair And Memorial Cross To An Officer in The Royal Canadian Dgns

British War and Victory Medals LIEUT S BOOTH Canadian Memorial Cross LIEUT S BOOTH


Lieut Stephen Booth Royal Canadian Dragoons was killed in action at The battle of Amiens , 8th of August 1918

The offensive at Amiens was a surprise assault based on a combined arms approach to war. The infantry attacked behind a creeping artillery barrage, supported by tanks, cavalry, armoured cars, and tactical airpower.

On 8 August, the Canadians advanced 13 kilometres through the German defences, the most successful day of combat for the Allies on the Western Front. But the Germans rushed reinforcements to the battlefield to prevent an Allied breakthrough, and subsequent fighting became far more difficult and costly, especially since the attacking forces were moving beyond the range of their guns. By the night of 11 August, most offensive operations had ground to a halt

Amiens, called the ‘black day’ of the German army by one of its commanders, shook German faith in the outcome of the war and raised Allied morale.
Previously, most Allied commanders had predicted the war would continue well into 1919 and possibly into 1920. Amiens proved that the German army, bending under the strain of four years of attritional warfare, was closer to defeat than anyone had predicted.
In a trend continued by other set-piece attacks in the following months, the battle was exceedingly costly. The Canadians suffered more than 11,800 casualties in total, including nearly 4,000 on 8 August alone.

The circumstances of Lieutenant Booths death are as follows, " this officer was attached to brigade HQ as a galloper between brigade and his regiment, in the advance at Beaumont he was following up his own squadron with a view to reporting progress when he was hit in the head by a bullet and killed instantly"


Lieut Booths service papers confirm previous service with the Royal North West Mounted Police

A rare casualty group to an officers killed on horseback in France in 1918


Medals with original ribbons and boxes of issue and in EF condition

Code: 50479

Reserved


WW1 Trio, Plaque, And Photo To The Yorkshire Regiment

1914/15 Trio 10490 PTE H PRICE YORK R Memorial Plaque HARRY PRICE

Together with plaque container and envelope addressed to Mrs H Price 183 Duke St Park Sheffield. Original photo in uniform and 2 letters written home from France in 1915


Harry Price served with the 2nd Yorkshire Regiment and was killed in action aged 19 at Loos on the 26th of September 1915 , he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial

Medals with original ribbons in boxes of issue and in EF condition

Code: 50481

Reserved


WW2 Efficiency Medal Group Of 6 To The A&SH , KIA

1939/45 Star, Africa Star bar 8th Army , Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal , Efficiency Medal ( Geo VI) bar Territorial 2975334 SJT P DEVINE A&SH

Coy Sergt Major Phillip James Devine 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was reported missing, later confirmed killed in action on the 21st of July 1943 in Sicily. he is buried in Catania War Cemetery Sicily


Battle for Gerbini
Sicily, 18-21 July 1943



The battle at Gerbini took place over the period 18/20 July. 154 Brigade pushed forward to capture Gerbini. Gerbini consisted of a cross roads, railway station, airdrome and barracks on a low ridge beyond which was the Catania plain.
The 1st Black Watch were in the lead and were to take the cross roads south of Gerbini. They were then to move on to capture the barracks and station. On the right the 7th Black Watch were to move through the airfield to the Simeto river. They were to seize the bridge if still intact and the 7th Argyll s would pass through to secure the entry onto the Catania plain.
There was not detailed information on the position and the Germans were holding the position in strength taking advantage of the old airdrome defences. The 1st Black Watch game into contact with the enemy before the reached the cross roads but they were able to capture it. Beyond the cross raids an anti tank ditch extended across their front and beyond that the barracks. As a result the battalion went firm. The 7th Black Watch reached the edge of the airdrome and dug in.
The next morning the forward battalion were heavily engaged and as a result the Brigade Commander decided that the 7th Argyll s would move between the two Black Watch battalions to assault Gerbini. The attack took place on the night of the 20th with the Argyll s, supported by armour, advancing on the direction of the railway line to assault the railway station and barracks. The 7th Black Watch on the right advanced to clear up to the railway station.
After heavy fighting and a major German counter attack the Argyll s were withdrawn to the anti tank ditch. The 1st Black Watch had got into the barracks and was also withdrawn to the anti tank ditch.
At this stage General Montgomery decided to shift the main effort of 30 Corps further west and the Brigade was withdrawn behind the Dittaino River



Medals with original ribbons , Efficiency medal in box of issue and all in NEF condition



Code: 50484

Reserved


WW2 And NGS Group of 5 To a C/Sgt R Marines

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Burma Star bar Pacific, War Medal NGS ( Eliz II) 1st type , one bar Malaya PLY/X4183 E C MOORE C/SJT RM


1st type NGS with bar Malaya is a very scarce medal, not often seen

First four medals mounted on bar as worn and in GVF condition, NGS in box of issue with original ribbon and in dark toned EF condition

Code: 50473

375.00 GBP


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1914/15 Trio To a Lieut RNR , Commended For Action With Zeppelin

1914/15 Trio S LIEUT-LIEUT A SLATER RNR


Alexander Slater from Portsoy Banffshire had his name forwarded by the Senior Naval Officer Granton in1916 for favourable consideration after the armed trawler he was commanding ( Remeno) was in action with a Zeppelin over the North Sea , the Zeppelin appearing to be hit 9 times , further research required but I would imagine the Zeppelin would have been going to or returning from a mainland raid on Britain.

Code: 50478

Reserved


WW1 Pair With ID Bracelet to Lieut RFA Taken POW

WW1 Pair LIEUT E B WALLER

Together with metal ID bracelet with chain engraved 2/lieut E B Waller RFA C of E

Lieut Waller was taken Prisoner of War on the 21st of march 1918, the first day of the German Spring Offensive


Medals loose with original ribbons and in NEF condition

Code: 50492

Reserved


1914/15 Trio To The S A Scottish, KIA High Wood, With Docs

1914/15 Trio PTE T DALL 8TH INFANTRY ( CPL T A H DALL 4TH SAI on pair )

Together with recipients fathers birth certificate and masonic certificate




Thomas Archibald Hugh Dall from Mount Florida , Glasgow was killed in action at High Wood , The Somme on the 18th of July 1916 whilst serving with the South African Scottish , he was 27 years of age and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial , The Somme , France

High Wood The 18th of July

This fourth day was the crisis of the battle for the defenders. In the night, a strong enemy attack was launched and Germans advanced as far as Buchanan Street and Princes Street. A costly counter-attack expelled them. At 3.45am, The 3rd Division succeeded to take the orchard in the North of Longueval and the 1st SAI joined hands with the 1st Gordon Highlanders. But this sudden success was due to the fact that German infantry had evacuated the orchard for a barrage of its artillery. At 8.00am, a bombardment of an unprecedented severity was open on the wood and Longueval. Every part of the area was searched and smothered by shells until 3.30pm. The 3rd Division was expelled from the northern part of Longueval and fresh German troops began to enter the wood from all sides. To the great surprise of the attackers, the handful of South African survivors gave a stubborn resistance and took place a fierce fighting with high losses on both sides. In many parts of the wood, were "duels" between attackers parties and resistance pockets, sometimes at reversed front. It is not easy to reproduce the circumstances of events of this painful day, because many of the protagonists were killed. The South African soldiers, driven back to the southwestern part of the wood delimited by Princes Street and Buchanan Street, installed there a pocket of resistance, assisted by Highlanders of the division. A new German division was committed to expel them : it never succeeded



Medals mounted on large pin as worn by next of kin and generally in GVF condition

Code: 50493

475.00 GBP


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1914/15 Trio And French Honneur Medal to the Essex Regt

1914/15 trio 2839 PTE F W BLOOMFIELD ESSEX R French Honneur travail Medal reverse embossed F BLOOMFIELD 1959

Frederick William Bloomfield from Leytonstone in Essex served with the 1/4th Essex Regiment and was wounded at Gaza on the 3rd of November 1917, receiving a gunshot wound to the leg. he spent 2 months in hospital in Egypt,


The award of the French medal is unresearched


Medals loose with original ribbons and in NEF condition

Code: 50486

170.00 GBP


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