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1915 Star and Pair to Brothers RND and Can INF, POW and KIA

1914/15 star CZ1875 J BURNS AB RNVR

James Burns an apprentice boilermaker from Springburn Glasgow served in the Hood Battn RND, he was reported wounded in Gallipoli in 1915 and was taken POW at Ypres on the 24th of March 1918, he was held at Kriegsgefangenen-Stammlagere POW camp in Limburg Germany and was repatriated in 1919

WW1 Pair 427336 PTE J D BURNS 46-CAN INF

John Donaldson Burns a 33 year old boilermaker from Springburn Glasgow served with the 46th Canadian Infantry and died of wounds on the 14th of November 1916, He is buried in Albert Communal Cemetery . he had 8 years previous service with the HLI

It is highly likely that both brothers were originally boilermakers with the North British Locomotive Company Springburn Glasgow

Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition

Code: 50578


1914/15 Trio And Plaque To The 15th London Regt

1914/15 Trio 3532 PTE L A PACKHAM 15 LOND R Memorial Plaque LEONARD AYLOTT PACKHAM

Leonard Aylott Packham from Upper Tooting served with the 15th ( Civil Service Rifles ) London Regiment and was killed in action on the 7th of October 1916 during an attack on the Butte de Walcourt, .
Riddled with tunnels, deep dugouts and heavily defended by mortars, machine guns and belts of barbed wire the Butte commanded the road to Bapaume

The attack did not succeed and the Battalion lost over 100 men killed in action. Leonard Packham has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial,The Somme

Medals and Plaque in NEF condition

Code: 50612


Sudan Pair to The Lan Fus, POW And Later Wounded In The Boer War

Queens Sudan Medal 5298 PTE W RATHBONE 2/LAN FUS , Khedives Sudan Medal bar Khartoum 5298 PTE W RATHBONE 2ND L F

William Whittle Rathbone a 20 year old labourer from Bolton enlisted into the Lancashire Fusiliers in 1895 , he served in the Sudan and in the Boer War with the Lanc Fus detachment of the 5th Mounted infantry and was taken Prisoner at Vryheid on the 11th of December 1900 and was slightly wounded at the defence of Itala Fort on the 26th of October 1901

The Mounted Infantry of the Lancashire Fusiliers formed part of the garrison of Vryheid when that town was attacked on 10th-11th December 1900. After very severe fighting the enemy was driven off with a loss of 100 killed and wounded. The men of the battalion had about 10 casualties

At Fort Itala on 26th September 1901 (see 2nd Royal Lancaster) the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers were represented in the little force which made one of the finest stands recorded in the campaign. One man of the battalion was killed and 5 wounded

During the second Boer incursion into Natal Colony, Cmdt-Gen L. Botha, laagered at Babanango, sent Asst Cmdt-Gen C. Botha on 25 September 1901 with some 1,400 burghers to storm the fortified British post at Itala on the eastern slopes of Itala Mountain. It was occupied by 300 men of the 5th division mounted infantry and two guns of the 69th battery Royal Field Artillery under the command of Maj A.J. Chapman, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. On receiving warning of the Boer advance, the peak of Itala Mountain was manned by 80 mounted infantrymen under Lt B.P. Lefroy, 1st The Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and Lt H.R. Kane, 1st The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire) regiment. At midnight, Botha first attacked the detachment on the summit which put up stout resistance and fought for over an hour before it was overwhelmed. The garrison thus had time to prepare for an attack which came about 2 am and for the next two hours repeated Boer rushes were repulsed. During the day, the burghers maintained a sporadic but accurate fire on the British defences from their positions on the mountain above the camp. Faced with this resistance, Botha withdrew his burghers that evening and Chapman, having provided for the wounded, withdrew from the camp at midnight retiring to his base at Nkandla. The British lost 22 killed, including Kane, and 59 wounded. Driver F.G. Bradley, 69th battery Royal Field Artillery, was awarded the Victoria Cross for carrying a wounded soldier to safety under heavy fire. Boer losses were 15 killed, 40 wounded and one missing; among the dead were Cmdt J.S.F. Blignaut, Swaziland Police, and Capt P.J. Scholz, Vryheid Commando scout corps.

Medals are dark toned VF condition

Code: 50639

575.00 GBP

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QSA And Natal 1906 Pair


Medals with original ribbons and are in toned NEF condition

Code: 50641


Group of Five to the RE/ Togoland Civ / KAR

QSA five bars Belmont , Modder River, Orange Free State Transvaal SA01 570 BGLR R N KILBY RE 1914/15 Star R N KILBY British War and Victory medals ( MID ) LIEUT R N KILBY Army LSGC ( Geo V ) 570 CPL R N KILBY RE

Reginald Norman Kilby was born in Bermuda West Indies in 1882. he enlisted into the Royal Engineers in 1896 aged 14 , being 4 ft 11 in height and weighing 80Ib !

His reason foe enlisting at such a young age may have been to escape a slight troubled childhood as in 1892 aged 12 he along with a friend received at Chatham 8 strokes of the birch for attempting to drop a 7Ib rock down the funnel of a London Chatham and Dover train as it emerged from a tunnel !

He served in the Boer War and West Africa from 1905 and was mentioned by the Colonial Office for good services whilst employed with the Gold Coast Mines Survey . He was discharged in the Gold Coast in 1911 and took up a post with the Survey Dept there

He was still in the Gold Coast in 1914 when WW1 broke out and he took part in the Togoland campaign from 12th August 1914 as a special military probationer ( ex RE ) , he was later commissioned into the east Surrey Regiment attached Nigerian Regiment and was mentioned in despatches in the London Gazette of the 12th of June 1918 as Lieut East Surr R att Nigerian Regt WAFF

The medal Index cards show approx. 125 1914/15 stars were awarded to Europeans for services attached columns operating in Togoland , these men would have been amongst the first British troops in action, nearly 2 weeks before actions commenced in France and Flanders

Togoland 1914

After calling on the German colony to surrender on 6 August 1914, French and British troops invaded unopposed the next day. No military personnel were stationed in the protectorate. The police force consisted of a commander and deputy commander, 10 German sergeants, 1 native sergeant and 660 Togolese policemen deployed throughout the territory.[12] The Entente forces occupied Lomé, then advanced on a powerful new radio station near Kamina, east of Atakpamé. The colony surrendered on 26 August 1914, after the German technicians who had built the radio installation destroyed the station during the night of 24/25 August. In the weeks before the destruction, Kamerun, German Southwest Africa, German East Africa and 47 ships on the high seas were sent reports of Allied actions, as well as warnings of trouble ahead

Reginald Norman Kilby died in Wimbledon in 1926 at the young age of 44, the circumstances of his death have not yet been researched

Medals are mounted as worn on original frayed ribbons and are in GVF condition

Code: 50642


1914/15 Trio To a Lieut North Fus , KIA

1914/15 trio LIEUT P H EDWARDS NORTH'D FUS ( LIEUT on pair )

Lieut Percy Howarth Edwards 5th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers was posted missing, later confirmed killed in action on the 24th of May 1915. his medals were sent to his brother c/o F H Edwards & Sons Bath Lane Newcastle Upon Tyne

Medals with original ribbons with mounting brooch on each medal and in NEF condition

Code: 50644


1914/15 Trio, Plaque And Scroll To RN, KIA Off Gallipoli


Arthur George Martin an 18 year old carpenter from Devonport Devon enlisted into the RN in 1907 , he served on various ships until killed in action aboard the battleship HMS Goliath off the Gallipoli beaches on the 13th of May 1915

After the landing of troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula, fire support from naval vessels became ever important. Old pre-dreadnought battleships were assigned this task. On 13 May 1915, whilst at anchor in company with Cornwallis in Morto Bay, the old battleship Goliath was attacked by the Turkish destroyer Mouavenet-Millieh, which in fog, evaded the allied destroyer screen and fired three torpedoes in quick succession. The first hit Goliath abreast the fore turret, the second abreast the foremost funnel and a third abreast the after turret. So swiftly did the battleship sink that many of those below were drowned before they could reach the upper deck. Of the 750 on board Goliath about 570, including Captain Shelford and Petty Officer Martin were drowned.

Medals with faded ribbons and in EF condition, obviously hung together with the Plaque and Scroll in a frame at some time

Code: 50648

425.00 GBP

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WW1 Pair With Badge To Lieut RND , Sev Wounded


Together with small original pinned bronze badge of the Hood battalion RND

Sub Lieut Ivor LLoyd-Evans Hood Battalion RND from South Shields was severely wounded on the 26th of October 1917 , received a bullet wound to the chest , he was invalided from the service in April 1918

Medals with original ribbons and in EF condition

Code: 50649


1914/15 Trio To The RN, KIA On Submarine

1914/15 trio 309485 F WILLIAMS STO1 RN

Surname spelt Willaims on star

Frederick Williams a Grocers Porter from Dulwich enlisted into the RN aged 18 in 1906, he served on various ships before joining the Submarine Service in November 1913. He was killed in action when H.M. Submarine C-31 was grounded and destroyed by land batteries off Zeebrugge on 4 January 1915. C-31 sailed from Dover to patrol off Zeebrugge. The submarine was due to arrive at Harwich on 7th January, which she failed to do. No further contact was made and a search conducted by the Destroyers Lercher and Firedrake and the Royal Navy Air Service failed to locate the submarine or any survivors

Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition

Code: 50655

350.00 GBP

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1914 Trio To The 2/Sco Rif, KIA Neuve Chapelle

1914 Star Trio 10476 L/CPL - PTE J BRYCE 2 / SCO RIF ( Sco Rif on pair )

Pte John Bryce 2nd Scottish Rifles ( Cameronians ) was killed in action at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle on the 10th of March 1915. This was a disastrous day for the battalion, The pre-bombardment failed to cut the wire facing the brigade and the Scottish Rifles were held up in front of it and shot to pieces

The book Morale a study of men and courage provides a very in depth study of the 2nd Scottish Rifles at Neuve Chappelle

Medals with original ribbons and in EF condition

Code: 50657

295.00 GBP

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