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QSA 6 Bars To The Seaforth Highs, MID And Later Drowned

QSA 6 Bars To The Seaforth Highs, MID And Later Drowned

QSA 6 bars Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Transvaal, Wittebergen, SA01 6283 CORPL J ROSS 2 SEA HIGHRS

Cpl John Ross 2nd Seaforth Highlanders served with the 12th Mounted Infantry and was accidentally drowned at Pienaars River on the 11th of November 1901. He was previously Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette of the 10th of September 1901

Medal in toned NEF condition

Code: 50889

Reserved


Egypt Medal 3 bars To The Black Watch, Wounded

Egypt Medal 3 bars To The Black Watch, Wounded

Egypt Medal ( undated ) 3 bars El Teb Tamaai, The Nile 1884-85, KIrbekan 1069 PTE A WRIGHT 1 / R HIGHRS

Arthur Wright an 18 year old labourer from Barton Suffolk enlisted into the Black Watch at Bury St Edmonds in 1881. He signed his enlistment papers with an X. he served from 1881 until 1888. His papers confirm he was wounded at Tamaai on the 13th of March 1884

Battle of Tamaai 13th March 1884


On the night of 12 March the British formed an encampment, not far from Osman Digna's positions. From around 1 o'clock until dawn, Mahdist riflemen approached the camp and opened fire, but their shooting was imprecise, and they inflicted few casualties.

At dawn, the artillery was brought to bear against the Mahdist skirmishers and they were driven back. The infantry (which included the Black Watch) then formed into two infantry squares each of brigade-size and advanced. One square was commanded by Colonel Davis, with General Graham, and the other by Colonel Buller. A scouting party discovered that the main body of the Mahdist force was hidden in a nearby ravine, whereupon General Graham ordered the Black Watch to charge to clear those Mahdists out, leaving a wide gap where they had been stationed in the square. A sudden onslaught of Mahdists rushed into this gap.

The Black Watch found themselves under intense attack from the Sudanese. The square was flooded with a rush of tribesmen and a brutal hand-to-hand fight resulted. The Black Watch eventually won the contest, driving the Sudanese out, and reforming their square.

Finding themselves in danger of being cut off, the British units fell back in disarray but were quickly reformed in good order. The Mahdist advance was halted by volleys from the other (Buller's) square, which had survived the attack, and by dismounted cavalry units that had not been engaged until then. The concentrated flanking fire inflicted huge casualties among the Mahdists, who were forced to retreat.

The British units then reformed, and resumed their advance, driving the shaken Mahdists out of the ravine and inflicting more casualties on them as they fled. Osman Digna's camp was captured later that day, but Osman Dignan escaped

During this battle, the British suffered more losses than in any other battle of the Mahdist war, 214 soldiers being wounded or killed, ten of whom were officers (Churchill gives 208 men, 13 officers). The Mahdists also suffered heavily, losing 4,000 men,[ci or according to Harbottle, 2,000.



For their conspicuous bravery during the battle, Private Thomas Edwards of the Black Watch and Lieutenant Percival Marling of the King's Royal Rifle Corps were awarded the Victoria Cross

Medal toned with some minor contacting, generally in VF condition

Code: 50890

Reserved


QSA To ASC With Unusual Rank

QSA To ASC With Unusual Rank

QSA 3 bars Cape Colony ,SA01, SA02, 8804 ARTIFICER L BLUMENTHAL ASC

Medal in GVF condition

Code: 50891

145.00 GBP


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MM And Pair To The MGC

MM And Pair To The MGC

MM ( Geo V ) 122846 PTE J SCOULLAR 25 / MGC WW1 Pair 122846 PTE J R SCOULLAR MGC

Together with original transfer to reserve certificate which shows an original enlistment in the 4th ( Res ) Bn Gordon Highs in December 1915

John Russell Scoullar from Glasgow was awarded the MM in the London Gazette of the 29th of August 1918 , he was in receipt of a pension after the war for a gunshot wound to the jaw.

Medals in GVF condition

Code: 50892

435.00 GBP


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QSA To The Leicester Regt, Served In Vol Coy

QSA To The Leicester Regt, Served In Vol Coy

QSA no bar 6745 PTE J ROWE 1 LEIC REGT

Medal confirmed on roll as serving with the Volunteer Service Company attached 1st Battalion Leicester Regiment , roll confirms entitlement to bars Laings Nek and Belfast. As is common with medals to Volunteer Service Companies the bars were issued later and never attached to the medal

Medal in toned GVF condition

Code: 50893

Reserved


WW1 Pair To The Ryl Wilts Yeo , KIA

WW1 pair 1698 PTE W CLARK R WILTS YEO

203250 ( formely 1698 ) Walter Clark 6th ( R Wiltshire Yeo ) Bn Wiltshire Regt , was born in Shrewton, enlisted Chippenham and was residing in Wilton Wiltshire , He was killed in action on the 23rd of March 1918 . He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial

Medals in NEF condition

Code: 50895

195.00 GBP


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MM And Trio To The RFA , KIA

MM And Trio To The RFA , KIA

MM ( Geo V ) 650827 SJT R C MURCHISON C 315/A F A BDE RFA-TF 1914/15 trio 3037 SJT R MURCHISON RFA ( RA on pair )


Together with copy photo of recipient in uniform from Edinburgh Evening Dispatch

Robert Cockburn Murchison the son of D M and Agnes Murchison of Edinburgh was killed in action on the 11th of June 1917 whilst serving with C Battery 315 Bde Royal Field Artillery , he was awarded the Military Medal in the London gazette of the 9th of July 1917Medals with original ribbons and in EF condition

Code: 50896

Reserved


WW1 / WW2 Group To a Navy Officer, Served At Jutland, Killed During Blitz 1941

WW1 / WW2 Group To a Navy Officer, Served At Jutland, Killed During Blitz 1941

1914 / 15 trio MID ( S LIEUT on pair ) L G E ROBINSON RN, Defence Medal, War Medal

Fallen Officers, "The Times " list of casualties May 27th 1941

Commander Ludovick Gordon Edmund Robinson RN, killed in London by enemy action ,was the son of the late Canon Ludovick Stewart Robinson and Mrs Robinson of Great Shelford Cambridgeshire. He entered Osborne as a cadet in September 1912 and went to sea in July 1915as midshipman aboard HMS Lion Flagship of Admiral Beatty in the Grand Fleet, After promotion to sub;lieutenant in 1917 he was in the destroyer Violet until after the Armistice. He attended the course for junior officers at Cambridge University in 1919-29 and then had further destroyer service until 1923 when he joined the aircraft carrier Hermes. in 1924 he was selected to specialise as an air observer and for the next 10 years was thus employed in the carriers Argus, Furious, eagle, and Courageous and in the battle cruiser Hood. he also served for a time on the staff of the Tactical School at Portsmouth . He retired at his own request in August 1934 as a Lieut Commander

Commander Robinson was killed on the night of the 10th of May 1941 whilst serving at HMS President and is commemorated at Golders Green Cemetery


The Blitz – The Hardest Night
10/11 May 1941, 11:02pm – 05:57am
The most devastating raid on London took place on the night of 10/11 May 1941.

The moon was full and the Thames had a very low ebb tide. These two combined with a maximum effort by the Germans, before the moved east to attack the Soviet Union, to produce one of the most devastating raids on the capital.

It is impossible to provide comprehensive detail of the night’s many actions but a number of highlights might give a little idea:

571 sorties flown by German bombers – some crews flying two and even three missions.Burning buildings in Queen Victoria Street, EC4, after the last and heaviest major raid mounted on the night of 10-11 May 1941.

711 tons of high explosive bombs (167 were recorded as unexploded the next day) and 86,173 incendiaries dropped

London Fire Brigade recorded at least 2136 fires, 9 of ‘conflagration’ level, 8 ‘major’ outbreaks (rating over 30 pumps), 43 serious (up to 30 pumps), 280 medium (up to 10 pumps) and at least 1796 small.

Approx 1436 people killed and 1800 seriously injured.

The fires resulted in 700 acres of destruction – about double that of the Great Fire of London.

Final costs of damage in 1941 values – £20,000,000 – about double that of Great Fire.

Anti aircraft guns expended 4510 rounds – 2 bombers claimed destroyed

HMS Lion was heavily engaged at Jutland, she was hit a total of fourteen times and suffered 99 dead and 51 wounded during the battle. She fired 326 rounds from her main guns, but can only be credited with four hits on Lützow and one on Derfflinger. She also fired seven torpedoes, four at the German battleships, two at Derfflinger and one at the light cruiser Wiesbaden without success.
During the Battle HMS Lion suffered a serious propellant fire that could have destroyed the ship if not for the action of Royal Marine Major Francis Harvey, the turret commander, who posthumously received the Victoria Cross for ordering the magazine to be flooded. However, the fire destroyed Harvey's turret which had to be removed and rebuilt while the ship underwent repairs for several months.


Medal are generally in VF condition

Code: 50897

Reserved


1914 / 15 Trio And TFEM To The Norfolk Yeo

1914 / 15 Trio And TFEM To The Norfolk Yeo

1914 / 15 trio 1647 SJT V E VERGETTE NORF YEO ( A WO Cl 2 on pair ) TFEM ( Geo V ) 522 SJT C E VERGETTE NORF YEO

Together with box of issue for pair and 3 original dog tags, one metal named as Sergt 1/ 1 Norfolk Yeo, the other bakelite 2 as 320103 Norfolf R

Medals are in toned EF condition

Code: 50898

345.00 GBP


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1914 Star And Bar Trio And Plaque To The North Fus, Taken POW Aug 1914 , Died As POW In Latvia

1914 Star And Bar Trio And Plaque To The North Fus, Taken POW Aug 1914 , Died As POW In Latvia

1914 star and original bar trio 538 PTE J W WALKER 1 / NORTH'D FUS Memorial Plaque JOHN WILLIAM WALKER

Together with original transmission slip for 1914 bar to his mother in Pudsey , forwarding slips for the pair and registered envelope addressed to mother in Pudsey

John William Walker from Pudsey Leeds served with C Company 1st Bn Northumberland Fus. He was taken prisoner of war at St Ghislain on the 24th of August 1914 . He died as a POW on the 13th of April 1917 and is buried in Nikolai Cemetery Latvia, one of only 32 British WW1 war graves in Latvia , all in the same cemetery

Code: 50899

Reserved


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