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IGS Bar Sikkim 1888 To The Derby Regiment

IGS one bar Sikkim 1888 331 CORPORAL W MCHUGH 2ND BN DERBY R

William McHugh a 19 year old labourer from Chesterfield enlisted into the Derby Regiment at Derby in August 1882, he was discharged in 1894 after 12 years service

Full service papers available on line

This is his only medal entitlement

Medal is generally in NEF condition

Code: 50674


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


GSM Bar Malaya To a Lieut RAMC, Served Gurkhas

GSM one bar Malaya LT A B YOUNG RAMC

Together with miniature medal, ribbon bar and War Dept driving permit valid from March 1953 to March 1954 and issued to Capt A B Young 1/10th PMO Gurkha Rifles

Princess Mary’s Own 1/10th Gurkha Regiment.enhanced its name in the Malayan Emergency from the very beginning in 1948 to the end in 1960, leading the field in tactical innovation and operational successes

Medal in original named box of issue and in toned EF condition

Code: 50681


MBE Group of 8 To The RN

MBE ( Mil ) 1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Burma Star, War Medal, NGS one bar S E Asia 1945/46 A/CD GNR R W PAIGE RN

Together with miniature medal group ( no bar on NGS )

MBE announced in the London Gazette of the 1st of January 1967 as Lt Commander RN ( Retired )

Medals mounted as originally worn Navy style with black cloth backing and generally in GVF condition

Code: 50683

475.00 GBP

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QSA 4 Bars To The SJAB

QSA four bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State, SA01, SA02 802 ORDLY J T BROWN ST JOHN AMB BDE

J T Brown served with the 21 General Hospital St John's Ambulance Brigade . He also had previously
served with Cape Colony Cyclist Corps,Private,35340 and with CCF Company Cape Medical Staff Corps,Private,124

Bars in 2 blocks of 2 and loose on ribbon as issued

Medal with original ribbon and in toned NEF condition

Code: 50684

210.00 GBP

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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


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