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GSM Group Of 3 To The Sea Highs POW 1940

GSM one bar Palestine 2818344 PTE G PARTRIDGE SEAFORTH 1939/45 Star, War Medal

Pte G A Partridge 2nd Seaforth Highlanders was reported missing in France in 1940, he was later confirmed a POW . He was held at Stalag 344

Stalag 344 Lamsdorf was a German Army prisoner of war camp, located near the small town of Lamsdorf (now called Łambinowice) in Silesia

The 2nd Battalion went to France as part of the 152nd Brigade in the 51st Highland Division with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in October 1939 but was captured at Saint-Valery-en-Caux during the Battle of France in June 1940

Medals in NEF condition

Code: 50663


Group Of 6 To The Royal Marines, In VC ballot For Zeebrugge

1914/15 Trio PO16014 PTE A W J TERRY RMLI . ( CH21491 on pair ) Defence medal, War Medal, Navy LSGC ( Geo V ) PO16014 A W J TERRY CPL RM

Alfred William Jackson Terry a Butcher from Reading enlisted in the Royal Marine Light Infantry on the 7th of June 1911. Posted to the Portsmouth Division, he served during the Great War in the SS Galway Castle and HMS Hindustan (battleship) . He subsequently took part in the Zeebrugge Raid on 23 April 1918, where he formed part of the naval and marine storming parties that landed on the Mole from H.M. Ships Vindictive, Daffodil and Iris to act as a diversion while block ships filled with concrete were sailed into the canal entrance and sunk.

Casualties during the Zeebrugge raid were heavy and such was the bravery of all those involved aboard the three vessels that Article 13 of the Victoria Cross warrant was invoked. This stipulates that, when a corps or unit so distinguishes itself as to make it impossible to single out individuals, crosses should be awarded by a ballot of those who survived. Two Victoria Crosses were awarded to the Royal Marines by this method and another two to the naval personnel. Under a further provision of Article 13, all those who did not receive the V.C. had their records of service annotated to the effect that they had participated in the ballot for the V.C., and Terry's service record is thus annotated.

After discharge terry served with the Royal Marines Police

Both service numbers on the medals confirmed on his service papers and on the medal rolls

Trio and LSGC mounted on bar as originally worn and generally in NVF-VF condition, Defence and War Medals loose

Code: 50667


Imperial Yeomanry LSGC To The Cheshire IY

Imperial Yeomanry LSGC ( EdVII ) 848 L SJT A BURSTON CHESHIRE IY

Medal with original ribbon with attractive top brooch bar and in toned NEF condition

Code: 50673


WW2 Group of 4 To the R Norfolk Regt , POW Singapore

1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal Efficiency Medal ( Geo VI ) bar Territorial with extra LS bar ( Eliz II ) 5771776 PTE H G BLOOMFIELD R NORFOLK R

H G Bloomfield 4th Royal Norfolk Regiment was taken POW at the Fall of Singapore on the15th of February 1942

On the 29th of January 1942 the 4th Royal Norfolk Regiment landed at Keppel Harbour, Singapore. which at this time was being raided day and night by enemy aircraft. The Battalion was given a sector to defend in the north east of the island until the Japanese made a landing on the north west coast when it was taken from the 54th Brigade and formed part of 'Tom Force' under Lt Col Thomas, Northumberland Fusiliers. This Force consisting of 4th Royal Norfolk Regiment, Sherwood Foresters and the Divisional Reconnaissance Battalion moved to Bukit Timah, some 5 miles west of Singapore Town. On 11th February it went into action west of the racecourse and met a strong Japanese attack on Singapore from the north west. Heavy fighting ensued with no air support whilst the Japanese had plenty of aircraft which harried our troops continually. A move was then made to Adam Road which was in the perimeter defences of Singapore City. Most of the food dumps had to be abandoned together with the stores of water and ammunition and by 15th February supplies of all kinds were running short. On that date the order to surrender was received.Two days later, the Battalion was moved into the crowded area at Changi. During the next 3_ years practically all the men were made to work on the railway in Thailand and at other camps. Conditions in Thailand were terrible and over 124 men died from disease and starvation. When the Japanese surrendered only 88 men of the Battalion were found on Singapore Island, the rest having been dispersed over Thailand and the surrounding country. Throughout the battle for Singapore and the long period in captivity, all ranks maintained that dignity and spirit common to all men in the Regiment and lived with the knowledge that, in the end, the Japanese would be defeated

Code: 50675


WW1 Groups To Brothers Both At Jutland, One KIA

1914/15 Trio 196411 A SAWYER PO RN Navy LSGC (Geo V ) 196411 ALBERT SAWYER PO HMS HERCULES small Jutland Medallion in silver

Albert Sawyer an 18 year old errand boy from Brecon enlisted into the Royal Navy in 1899, he served on various ships before being killed in action aboard HMS Black Prince at Jutland on the 31st May / 1st of June 1916

HMS Black Prince was an armoured cruiser which formed part of Rear-Admiral Robert Arbuthnot's ill-fated 1st Cruiser Squadron at Jutland. The squadron was employed as a screen several miles ahead of the Grand Fleet. During the early engagement, Black Prince became separated from the rest of the force, and later during the night came into contact with the German High Seas Fleet at point blank range. Powerful searchlights were turned on her and she was engaged by up to five battleships. There were no survivors from a crew of 858

1914/15 trio 185234 C G SAWYER AB RN small Jutland Medallion in silver

Together with a thick mother of pearl ID tag marked Charles Sawyer Thursday Island ( Thursday Island is situated off the coast of Queensland Australia ) ID tag would have bought as a souvenir when Charles served on the Australia Station

Charles George Sawyer an 18 year old groom from Brecon enlisted into the Royal Navy in 1897 , he served in various ships until WW1 where he served throughout on HMS Monarch

On 31 May at Jutland, HMS Monarch, under the command of Captain George Borrett, was the sixth ship from the head of the battle line after deployment. During the first stage of the general engagement, the ship fired three salvos of armour-piercing, capped (APC) shells from her main guns at a group of five battleships at 18:32, scoring one hit on the dreadnought SMS König that knocked out a 15-centimetre (5.9 in) gun, temporarily disabled three boilers and started several small fires. At 19:14, she engaged the battlecruiser SMS Lützow at a range of 17,300–18,450 yards (15,820–16,870 m) with five salvos of APC shells and claimed to straddle her with the last two salvos. Lützow was also fired at by Orion during this time and was hit five times between the sisters. They knocked out two of her main guns, temporarily knocked out the power to the sternmost turret and caused a fair amount of flooding. This was the last time that Monarch fired her guns during the battle, having expended a total of fifty-three 13.5-inch APC shells

Medals generally in VF condition

Code: 50677

675.00 GBP

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WW2 Group Of 5 To The S Lancs R , Wounded

1939/45 Star, France & Germany Star Defence Medal War Medal Efficiency medal bar Territorial 4615286 PTE J COATES S LAN R

Pte J Coates was wounded in North west Europe on the 24th of March 1945 whilst serving with the 1st South Lancs Regiment , this would have been during or very shortly after the crossing of the Rhine. The 1st South Lancs Regt came ashore with the first wave at Sword Beach on D Day, 6th june 1944

Medals loose and in NEF condition

Code: 50678

175.00 GBP

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WW1 Pair To The Shropshire Yeo, KIA With The KSLI


Robert Jarman Edwards , a farmer aged 22 was born in Kimbolton Herefordshire , lived at Widgeon Hill Farm Leominster . He enlisted into the Shropshire Yeomanry in Leominster in February 1915 and served in France from October 1916 where he transferred to the 6th KSLI, he was killed in action by Birdhouse l
Langemarck NE of Ypres on the 20th of September 1917.

His commanding officer wrote " He was shot by a German machine gun whilst advancing in the attack on the 20th. He was a very good fellow and worked very hard in his platoon"

A fuller obituary is available in De Ruvigny's roll of honour

His regimental number on his MIC shows a change to 25643. He is shown elsewhere as 25642 however the below entry from Soldiers Died shows his original number ( as on the medals ) in the Shropshire Yeomanry prior to transferring to the KSLI

From Soldiers Died

Name: RobertJarman Edwards
Birth Place: Kimbolton, Herefords
Residence: Leominster, Herefords
Death Date: 20 Sep 1917
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Shrewsbury
Rank: Private
Regiment: Shropshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 6th Battalion
Regimental Number: 26542
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: Formerly 2363, Shrops Yeo

Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition

Code: 50680


BWM And Memorial Plaque To The RSF, Only Entitlement, Torpedoed And Killed

British War Medal 47719 PTE W RONNIE R S FUS Memorial Plaque William Ronnie

Together with forwarding slip for the BWM addressed to his father

William Ronnie was born in Kirkcowan enlisted in Bladnoch and resided in Ballaird Wigtownshire

He served with the 3rd Royal Scots Fusiliers and was drowned aged 21 on the 30th of December 1917 whilst aboard the SS Aragon , He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial Egypt

On the 30th December 1917, the Troopship S.S. Aragon arrived at Alexandria Harbour, having sailed from Marseilles on the 17th December. She was laden with around 2,700 troops bound for the conflicts in Palestine.

As she arrived in a convoy bound for the port, the rest of the ships sailed onwards to Alexandria and she lay up ten miles off shore, awaiting her escort. The 9588 tons of ocean liner drifted gently as she waited within sight of land but was torpedoed by the German Submarine and minelayer the UC-34.

The destroyer HMS Attack dashed to her rescue as she sunk quickly, as well as every available ship within reach. Many of the men rescued and taken onto the HMS Attack had just stripped their oil drenched clothes from their bodies and laid on the deck when she too was torpedoed by the same submarine, almost blowing her in two.

The following day - New Years Eve - just as the rescue was called off, fleet auxiliary craft HMS Osmanieh also hit a mine in the area, taking another 197 soldiers and nurses down with her.

610 of the 2,700 passengers on board the HMS Aragon were lost at sea

MIC confirms war medal only

Medal with small edge bump otherwise with original ribbon and in toned GVF condition

Code: 50685

195.00 GBP

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1914/15 Trios To Brothers With Consecutive Numbers, One Kia , One a Sniper Wd 4 Times

1914/15 Trio 1741 PTE E GARDNER MIDDX R

Edward Gardner from Hayes End Middlesex served with the 8th Middlesex Regiment. He was killed in action aged 20 on the 26th of April 1915

1914/15 Trio 1742 PTE J GARDNER MIDDX R

John Gardner served with the 8th Middlesex Regiment , he is shown on his service papers as a sniper, he was gassed on the 24th of May 1915, received a GSW to the thigh on the 26th of June 1916, shell shocked on the 4th of October 1916, and received GSW's to the back , face and elbow on the 9th of April 1917. He was discharged in 1918 with 30% disability

There was a note with the medals stating the brothers were twins however further research will be required to confirm this

A scarce family grouping with consecutive numbers and a rare trio to a man listed as a sniper

Full service papers are available on line for John Gardner

Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition

Code: 50686


Group Of 6 To the RFA / RE Wounded Vlakfontein 1901

Qsa five bars Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal 13542 BOMB F GILLARD 28 :B RFA KSA two bars SA01, SA02 13542 CPL F GILLARD RFA 1914/15 Trio 30541 PNR -SPR F GILLARD RE ISM ( Geo V ) FRANK GILLARD

Frank Gillard a 20 year old labourer from Taunton Somerset enlisted into the Royal Artillery in 1896 , he served throughout the Boer war with the 28th battery Royal Field Artillery and was wounded on the 29th of May 1901 at Vlakfontein , he was discharged in December 1902

At Vlakfontein on the 29th of May 1901 1500 Boers attacked the British Column of 400, the attack was so swift it caught the British unaware. The Regimental History of the Derbyshire Regiment states that "H" Company were outnumbered by five or six to one and out of 100 men of "H" Company only 28 came out of the action at the close of the fight. The 28th Battery Royal Artillery were overun and the guns were taken over by the Boers who tried to turn them on the approaching Derbyshire's they were given the order to charge and re-take the guns by the point of the bayonet, which was duly carried out. The casualties of the Royal Artillery were 7 killed and 12 wounded whilst the 7th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry had 5 men killed and 26 wounded. The 1st Derbyshire's had 18 men K.I.A. with 58 wounded and 5 missing

Medal generally in VF condition

Code: 50687


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