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WW1 Pair , Defence Medal And SWB To Sheffield Pals Bn Y&L Regt, Wounded Somme

WW1 pair 12-75 PTE W G COLEMAN YORK & LANC R , Defence Medal

Together with silver wound badge numbered 118358 , forwarding slip for Defence Medal and letter with Defence Medal ribbon and cap badge

William Godfrey Coleman a 21 year old Tailors Cutter from Manchester enlisted into the 12th ( Sheffield Pals ) Bn of the Yorks and Lancs Regiment at Sheffield on the 10th of September 1914, making him one of the first men to enlist into the battalion.

Prior to enlisting Coleman had been employed for 4 years as a tailors cutter by his brother at Colemans Tailors 3 Central Chambers High St Sheffield and due to his skills he was the battalion regimental tailor

Coleman was very severely wounded ( gunshot wound to the hand and face )most probably on the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme , 1st July 1916, a telegram was sent on the 4th of July 1916 from 13 Stationary Hospital Bolougne stating that he was improving .He was discharged as unfit for military service on the 23rd of December 1916 after having his right arm amputated and was awarded a pension of £2 and ten shillings a week , he also received the SWB as numbered above

12th Yorks and Lancs , 1st Day Battle of the Somme

At 7.20am the first wave of the battalion moved 100yds into No Man's Land and lay flat on the ground as the brigade mortar battery and divisional artillery placed a final hurricane bombardment over the German front line. A few minutes later - with the British front line coming under an intense counter-barrage - the second wave took up position 30yds behind the first.

At 7.30am the bombardment lifted from the German front line. All four waves rose, took a moment to align themselves, then advanced steadily towards the German lines into a devastating hail of machine gun bullets and shellfire. An ineffective smoke screen exposed the battalion to machine gun fire from the left as well as from ahead. The third and fourth waves, caught on the opposite side of the valley, were reduced to half strength before even reaching No Man's Land. On the left of the battalion front, long stretches of barbed wire had been left uncut. Men brought to a halt in front of the impenetrable entanglements were reduced to firing vainly through the wire to the German lines beyond. Only on the right of the attack were a few men somehow able to force their way into the German trenches. Some found themselves alone and managed to return to the British lines. Others were never heard of again.

Within minutes it was as if the battalion had been wiped off the face of the earth. Cpl. Signaller Outram recalled that as far as the eye could see, the last two men left standing on the battlefield were himself and another signaller, A. Brammer. They signalled to each other. Outram turned his head for a moment, and when he looked back Brammer had gone.

The Aftermath

The remnants of the battalion were taken out of the line in the evening of 3rd July, having lost 513 officers and men killed, wounded or missing; a further 75 were slightly wounded.

Throughout the long months of the Battle of the Somme, Serre remained uncaptured, falling into British hands only after the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in February 1917.

Although the battalion was gradually returned to strength, the "Pals" character was unrecoverable.

After the war, Sheffield placed a memorial in the village of Serre to the men of the City Battalion who had fallen in the attack of 1st July 1916. In 1936, the Sheffield Memorial Park was opened on the site of the British lines below Serre. Sheffield had served the memory of its boys well.

North Wales Weekly News 28th July 1966

Me William Godfrey Coleman 1 Llwyn Estyn Deganwy has died aged 73 . A native of Manchester, he came to Deganwy 4 years ago . During WW1 he was severely wounded in the Battle of the Somme and was discharged, he leaves a wife and son

The obituary goes on further to list attendees at the funeral etc

Pair mounted as originally worn and in VF condition , Defence Medal loose

Code: 50783


Gulf War Group To The Scots Guards

Gulf War Medal with bar 16 Jan to 28 Feb 1991 24670895 GDSM J SPENCE SG CSM one bar Northern Ireland 24670895 GDSM J SPENCE S G Kuwaiti Gulf War Medal , Saudi Arabia Gulf War Medal

I believe only elements of the Scots Guards served in the Gulf War ? therefore a scarce group

Medals unmounted and in GVF condition , Kuwaiti and Saudi medals in boxes of issue

Code: 50784

425.00 GBP

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WW1 Group Of 5 To The HLI

1914/15 trio 1898 SJT - WOCL2 W GLENDINNING HIGH LI TEM ( Geo V ) 280313 WO CL II W GLENDINNING 7-HLI Eff Medal ( Geo V ) bar Territorial 3305309 WO CL II W GLENDINNING 7-HLI

Medals mounted as originally worn and in VF condition

Code: 50785


QSA To The Royal Irish Rifles , KIA

QSA 2 bars Cape Colony , Orange Free State 4144 PTE J KENNEDY R IR RIF

Pte Kennedy was killed in action at Reddersburg on the 4th of April 1900

Royal Irish Rifles losses at Reddersberg, South Africa.
Wednesday, 4 April, 1900 action near Reddersberg
On 3 April 1900, Captain McWhinnie and a column were on duty proclaiming the Queen's Peace and accepting the surrender of Boer farmers in the area of Reddersberg. When unexpectedly threatened by a large Boer Commando, Captain McWhinnie and his three rifle companies and one mounted company of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Rifles (and one attached mounted company of the 5th Fusiliers), adopted a defensive position on a nearby feature which was too large for his small force to defend.

The Boer Commander, De Wet, conscious of the superiority of his force, invited McWhinnie to surrender, and, on receiving a curt rebuff, began the battle. The Rifles had a very uncomfortable night with little food and water. At dawn on 4 April, the Boers closed in and overran part of the position. So close were the Boers to the Riflemen that when Bugler Longhurst attempted to dash five yards from an exposed position to a safer one he fell dead into his chosen spot with nine Boer bullets in his body. Later when the infiltrating Boers split what was left of the defensive position, Captain McWhinnie surrendered to the overwhelming enemy force consisting of 4,500 Boers and four artillery guns. The Rifles' losses totalled nine killed, 26 wounded and 388 taken prisoner, with the Fusiliers' casualties numbering some 14.

Medal in NEF condition

Code: 50786


MM And Pair To The Labour Corps

MM ( Geo V ) 67265 CPL A BOON 113 / COY LAB C WW1 pair 36461 CPL A BOON THE QUEEN'S R

Medals mounted as originally worn and in dark toned GVF condition

Code: 50787


WW1 British War Medal in Bronze

WW1 British War Medal in Bronze 172 COOLY ISMAIL KHAN 2 LAHORE LABOUR CPS

Medal in GVF condition

Code: 50788


WW2 POW Group To A Bugler In The 9th London R

1939/45 Star, War Medal EFF Medal ( Geo V ) bar Territorial 6607306 BGLR A V NEIGHBOUR 9 -LOND R

L/Cpl A V Neighbour 9th ( Queen Victoria's Rifles ) Bn London Regiment was taken POW during the Defence of Calais in 1940, He was held in Stalag 4A and was released in 1945

Defence of Calais 23-26 May 1940

Fearing for their lines of communication and that evacuation of the BEF might become necessary, the British decided to establish Boulogne, Calais and Dunkirk as ‘base ports’. 20 Guards Brigade was ordered to Boulogne and 30 Inf Bde to Calais.
2KRRC, 1RB and 1QVR received the order to move during the evening of 21 May. 3rd Tank Regiment (3RTR), equipped with cruiser and light tanks, and 229 Anti-Tank Battery RA were ordered to accompany the Brigade. No field artillery or engineer support was included.
3RTR’s tanks were already on board a ship in expectation of going to Cherbourg. 1QVR was ordered to move on light scales without transport. 2KRRC and 1RB needed to travel from East Anglia to Southampton and load their vehicles before departure. The troops were not told where they were going until after embarkation.

Wednesday 22 May 1940
3RTR and 1QVR were the first units to arrive during the afternoon of 22 May; 1QVR moved forward into the countryside to block the main approach roads to the town. 3RTR began the lengthy task of unloading their tanks and moving them to a harbour area near Coquelles.
An order was received from the War Office:
“Defence of Calais to utmost is of vital importance to our Country and BEF and as showing our continued cooperation with France. The eyes of the whole Empire are upon the defence of Calais and we are confident you and your gallant regiments will perform an exploit worthy of any in the annals of British history.”
Rt. Hon. Sir Anthony Eden, Secretary of State for War, 25 May 1940.

Thursday 23 May 1940 to Sunday 26 May
2KRRC and 1RB, together with Brigadier Nicholson, arrived during the afternoon of 23 May in pouring rain and shelling of the port began. Meanwhile, 3RTR and the Searchlight Regiment were obliged to withdraw from the positions south of Calais after battling with troops from 1PzDiv.
Realising that Calais was likely to be surrounded, Nicholson decided to concentrate his few forces on defence of the town, with 2KRRC manning the Outer Perimeter in the south and west, and 1 RB in the east. 1QVR was ordered to provide elements to both battalions as it withdrew from its outposts in the countryside.
Fighting continues for the next four days and the British troops were also bombed by Stuka dive-bombers of the Luftwaffe. By 1000 on Sunday, German troops had crossed three canal bridges and had entered the north of the town. Fierce street-fighting followed, as small groups of Riflemen tried valiantly from doorways and windows to stem the relentless tide of the German advance.

By 3 p.m. Sunday 26 May the Citadel was surrounded and the Germans were in occupation of the Gare Maritime. The end was in sight. Exhausted and with little ammunition remaining, 2KRRC/1QVR conducted their last stand in the north-east part of the old town (Courgain), 1RB/1QVR forced into the sand dunes north of the Gare Maritime, made their last stand with their backs against the sea. By 4.30 p.m. the Citadel had fallen and soon afterwards all organised resistance ended as the Germans overran the last of the British positions. The heroic defence of Calais was at an end.
During the action 300 British troops died (200 of which were Green Jackets) and 700 were wounded. Those who survived were sent to Prisoner-of-War camps, where many spent the next 5 years

Medals unmounted and in GVF condition

Code: 50789


IGS Bar Burma To a Major 25th Bombay Inf , MID

IGS bar Burma 1885-87 MAJOR R L PRICE 25TH BO INFY

Robert Lock Price was educated at Kingstown School Dublin and entered the Military Academy Woolwich as a cadet in 1861. He was commissioned Lieutenant 1863, and was advanced Major and Second in Command of the 25th Bombay Infantry in 1883.He was M.I.D. in the London Gazette of the 2nd of November 1887 for services in Burma and died of cholera in Calcutta whilst still serving on the 21st of September 1888 aged 45

Medal in GVF condition

Code: 50790

335.00 GBP

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QSA Bar Modder River To The A&SH

QSA one bar Modder River 2851 PTE J MCQUEEN A & S HIGHRS

A scarce single bar medal , confirmed on roll

Medal in GVF condition

Code: 50791

260.00 GBP

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IGS 3 Bars To Mountain Bty RA

IGS 3 bars Burma 1885-87 , Burma 1887-89 , Hazara 1891 55080 GUNR R JERMY NO 1 BY 1ST BDE E DN RA

Robert Jermy a 20 year old gardener from Heigham in Norfolk enlisted into the Royal Artillery at Great Yarmouth in 1886. He was discharged in May 1898 , his intended place of residence being Myrtle Cottage , Bolton Rd Southsea. He enlisted into the Hants and Isle of Wight Artillery Militia in March 1899 and was discharged in August 1900 as a lunatic.

Medal and 3 bars confirmed on roll , a scarce 3 bar IGS 1854 to a british soldier

Medal in VF condition

Code: 50792

395.00 GBP

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