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A Birchall Valour Group from the Hundred Days Offensive

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, 1939-1945 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles, Groups, Rare Medals, Valour Medals with tags , , , , , on December 9, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomHere’s a great group coming from my never-ending search for medals impressed to my surname. In this case its a WW1 Military Medal group combined with a WW2 service medal group, named to J.E.Birchall 91004, The Kings (Liverpool) Regt.

It came with a little certificate from his commanding General commending his “…skilful use of his Lewis Gun section during operations against Evillers and Mory Copse on the 23rd and 24th of August 1918”.

The village of Evillers was completely destroyed during this offensive.

 

 

A Group to a New Zealand Pacific Casualty

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Groups with tags , , , , , on June 3, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThis is a wonderful New Zealand 3rd Division group to a courageous young man, sadly KIA endeavouring to save others under terrible conditions. 2nd Lieutenant Colin David Griffiths was a 24 year old ex-shop assistant from Timaru, New Zealand who was killed in action at Vella Lavella in the Solomon Islands on the 2nd of October 1943.

He lost his life during a third attempt at rescuing a cut-off patrol from the Japanese. Swimming a line ashore to the party, consisting of a number of wounded, sharks had to be held off by tommy-gun fire. Griffiths was killed in the water, along with almost everyone else in the rescue party, by heavy Japanese small arms fire. To be clear here, this was Griffiths third attempt and the second that day to reach the beach.

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Colin David Griffiths

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Colin’s grave marker at Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia

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A Desert Veteran with a Pre-War Stint in Palestine and a Grave in Holland

Posted in 1919-1938 Medals, 1939-1945 Service Medals, Groups with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis WW2 and prior group of 6 belonged to 6342630 Private L.Sage Royal West Kent Regiment. It consists of the 1939-1945 Star, the Africa Star, the France & Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 Victory Medal and the GSM (GVI) with the 1936-1939 Palestine Bar. According to the googles the RWK 2nd Battalion was deployed to Palestine in 1938 to 1939 to counter Arab unrest.

Off to the British Archives and I find an L.Sage from 2nd Battalion RWK who has an entitlement to that Palestine Bar. That’s my man! 2nd Battalion spent a fair bit of time acting as part of the Malta Garrison. Then one by one each company of 2nd Battalion (B Company) was involved in the fracas of the Dodecanese Campaign in 1943 and all were captured or killed on the island of Leros. Since Private Sage has the F&G Star he must have escaped as he is not on the POW lists. Then more magical googling and finally I find him, Leslie Cyril Sage. Transferred to the Dorsetshire Regiment, 1st Battalion, at this time based in Malta.

At this point 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment was returned to England and became part of the 50th (Northumbrian) Division. Leslie would have landed on D-Day on Sword Beach and been involved in the capture of Le Hamel and Arromanches. The battalion was in constant action until the 17th of July when it was pulled out to rest. It was returned to the line for the 30th July battle for Villers-Bocage. During the rest of August Leslie would have been part of the breakout and the drive through Belgium and into Holland.

On the 17th September 1944 the 1st Battalion, still under command of the Guards Armoured Brigade, started the attack towards Eindhoven, which was the attack designed to relieve the British and Polish paratroops at Arnhem, who had dropped as part of operation “Market Garden”. The 1st Battalion, as part of 231 Infantry Brigade, was charged with defending the “Corridor” formed by the armoured advance. In October the 1st Battalion moved up to Nijmegen and moved onto “The Island”, the bridgehead over the river Waal but behind the river Lek.

On the day of Leslie’s death, 4th October 1944, the 1st Battalion attacked north of Bemmel, and expanded the bridgehead up to the Wettering Canal. This was the last battle of this battalion as it was withdrawn from the line and returned to the UK as a training cadre.

Poor unlucky bastard.

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An Aussie Group to a Signaller

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Groups with tags , , , on August 14, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_AustraliaThis small Australian group is impressed to NX150610 W.A.White. William Albert White was 36 when he enlisted on the 5th of January 1943. He served as a Signalman with 2nd Australian Line Maintenance Section. These units maintained the communications networks within Australia as well as in the disputed regions under Australian control such as New Guinea. The group consists of the Pacific Star, the 1939-1945 Victory Medal and the Australian War Service Medal. William was discharged on the 22nd of November 1945.

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BARRINE, QLD. 1943-10-30. DETACHMENT OF THE 2/2ND AUSTRALIAN LINE SECTION AND THE 2/1ST AUSTRALIAN MAINTENANCE SECTION, "A" AUSTRALIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS HAVE A SPELL WHILE RECONDITIONING FIELD CABLE ON DRUMS. THEY ARE:- TX1224 LANCE CORPORAL (L CPL) A. G. BOATWRIGHT (1); QX7920 SIGNALMAN (SIG) T.W. HORBURN (2); VX30070 L CPL C. LONG, (3); VX9973 SERGEANT C.T. DORGAN (4); QX13323 SIG F.H. NUGENT (5); NX30664 CORPORAL (CPL) W.N. MITCHELL (6); VX13834 SIG J.W. COBBY (7); VX10511 SIG L. FARMER (8); NX29851 SIG J.H. WILLIAMS (9); QX4499 SIG R.H. BAMBRICK (10); NX91000 SIG H.R. COX (11); NX30047 SIG M.R. CHICK, (12); QX8087 SIG A.J. HOEY (13); NX17194 CPL N.F. PIPER (14); NX58913 SIG A. CARROLL (15); NX55488 SIG A.W. BUCHANON (16); SX10821 SIG J. COX (17).

Barrine, Queensland. 1943-10-30. A detachment of the 2/2nd Australian Line Section and 2/1st Australian Maintenance Section, “A” Australian Corps of Signals have a spell while reconditioning field cable on drums. They are: TX1224 LANCE CORPORAL (L CPL) A. G. BOATWRIGHT (1); QX7920 SIGNALMAN (SIG) T.W. HORBURN (2); VX30070 L CPL C. LONG, (3); VX9973 SERGEANT C.T. DORGAN (4); QX13323 SIG F.H. NUGENT (5); NX30664 CORPORAL (CPL) W.N. MITCHELL (6); VX13834 SIG J.W. COBBY (7); VX10511 SIG L. FARMER (8); NX29851 SIG J.H. WILLIAMS (9); QX4499 SIG R.H. BAMBRICK (10); NX91000 SIG H.R. COX (11); NX30047 SIG M.R. CHICK, (12); QX8087 SIG A.J. HOEY (13); NX17194 CPL N.F. PIPER (14); NX58913 SIG A. CARROLL (15); NX55488 SIG A.W. BUCHANON (16); SX10821 SIG J. COX (17).

A 2nd New Zealand Division Veteran Group

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, 1945 + Medals, Groups with tags , , , , , , on August 14, 2013 by The Dude

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This group is an unnamed rack belonging to a veteran of the 2nd New Zealand Division in Italy who later served in the Occupation Force in Japan between 1946 and 1949. It consists of the 1939-1945 Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 Victory Medal, the New Zealand 1939-1945 War Medal, the New Zealand 1946-1949 Occupation Service Medal and the LSGC Medal for the Legion of Frontiersmen. These medals belonged to James Stuart Farquharson, Private, 624746, NZ 2nd Division. James somehow managed to get to Italy in time for the surrender, then got sent to the Pacific in time for the surrender there. Lucky bugger!

The Legion of Frontiersmen Medal is an unofficial non-sanctioned medal so really it should not be included with the others in this rack and I can only assume that the veteran placed it here so he would have a little more tin swinging on Anzac Day parades.

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A Group to a Veteran of First Ypres

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, 1919-1938 Medals, Groups with tags , , , , on August 14, 2013 by The Dude

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This group is impressed to 1656 Private F.H.Jackson of the Honourable Artillery Company. The group consists of the 1914 Star with the 5th August-22nd November 1914 Bar, the British War Medal, the WW1 Victory Medal and the Faithful Service in the Special Constabulary Medal (GV), this one engraved to Sergeant Frederick H. Jackson. The Bar on the 1914 star is the slip on type congruent with the Star but cannot be considered official as the official bars were only made one way. But I believe it to be original to the medal.

Frederick Harold Jackson, from Buckinghamshire, enlisted voluntarily in the Territorial Army in August 1914 and by September 18th 1914 he was in France. The H.A.C. is a very prestigious unit of the British Territorial Army and is the second oldest military unit in the world still extant after the Swiss Vatican Guard. It is the oldest regiment in the British Army.

Jackson received a gunshot wound to his right shoulder and cheek on the 22nd August 1915. He was assessed at 50% disablement and blind in his right eye and released from service on the 18th February 1916.

 

A Great War Trio to a Canadian

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Groups with tags , , , , on August 12, 2013 by The Dude

Canadian_Red_Ensign_1868-1921This trio, impressed to 77847 Private W. Blackie 7/Cand.Inf., consists of the 1914-1915 Star, the 1914-1918 War Medal and the Victory Medal for WW1.

The 7th Canadian Infantry Battalion fought continuously from 1915 until it was returned to Canada in 1917. It’s battle honours include Ypres, Vimy Ridge and Hill 70. Private William Blackie received a 1914-1915 Star indicating that he was in the initial draft that landed in France in February 1915. He enlisted on the 23rd of November 1914 and attested in Victoria , British Columbia into the 30th Battalion.

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