An unusual and small medallion. The obverse contains the town coat of arms for the North East town of South Shields: a life boat in the centre, manned by the South Shields pilots with the motto adopted by the borough above "always ready". The reverse has been crudely engraved " V.A. 15th July 1915 ". Maker marked and hallmarked, including the link, the medal is in good condition and dark toned. Circa 26mm in diameter.
A small commemorative bronze medallion to the Italian WW2 battleship R.N. ( Regia Navale ) Vittorio Veneto, circa 27mm in diameter and still suspended from its original clip and velvet covered card (the box in which it would have been displayed is no longer present). The reverse is blank.
The Vittorio Veneto saw extensive service during the war and participated in the Battle of Cape Spartivento in November 1940 and the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941. She was damaged by torpedoes several times, including in the engagement off Cape Matapan and by the British submarine HMS Urge in December 1941, though she escaped undamaged during the British raid on Taranto in November 1940. She spent 1941 and early 1942 attempting to attack British convoys to Malta, but crippling fuel shortages in the Italian fleet curtailed activity thereafter. Vittorio Veneto was among the Italian ships that were surrendered to the Allies in September 1943 after Italy withdrew from the war, and she spent the following three years under British control in Egypt. After the war, she was allocated as a war prize to Britain and subsequently broken up for scrap.
With correct ribbon, full size cupronickel medal, swivel suspender with the date 23rd March 1956. Good condition.
Instituted: 16 March 1957, by the President of Pakistan. Awarded to commemorate the inauguration of the Republic of Pakistan on the 23 March 1956.
BWM in NEF condition, dark toned, replacement ribbon, correctly impressed to:
PS - 7929 Pte. F. Bell. R. Fus"
Comes with copy of CWGC details and WW1 MIC entry.
He was also entitled to a Victory Medal and Memorial Plaque.
The prefix "PS" was used for the Public School Battalions of the Royal Fusiliers ( 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st ) but he died serving with the 7th Battalion Royal Fusiliers.
Died on the February 1917, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mrs Christian Bell, of 24, Priory Road, Whitely Bay, Northumberland. I have checked Durham School and RGS Newcastle registers, he was not a pupil at either of these public schools. Any information welcome and worthy of further research.
WW1 Pair to Simon Young ( SS Nyanza ) comprising:
a) Mercantile Marine War Medal, 1914-18 correctly impressed "Simon Young". Medal in NEF condition but ribbon while original is grubby.
b) Memorial Plaque (Simon Young), has been glued at sometime, possibly into a frame and has a dark stain line across the front and some thick glue and paper bits stuck to the reverse. Would probably clean up with a bit of effort. Condition Fine.
The SS Nyanza (4,053 gross tons) was sunk by a submarine, without warning, 14 miles N by NE from the Maiden, bound from Cardiff to Archangel with a cargo of coal on 29 September 1918. She was armed for defensive purposes. 13 were lost including the Master. Simon, an Able Seaman, was 56 and resided at 30 Edgerton, Canton, Cardiff. The National Archives on-line (BT 351/1) gives his place of birth as Queenstown and his year of birth as 1862. His wife was called Eliza Ann.
Will be provided with a copy MIC (which confirms his entitlement also to a BWM) and a copy of the CWGC certificate. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
Single British War Medal to a senior NCO casualty. NEF condition, correctly impressed to: " 911 W.O. CL.2. J.H. LANE. E.SURR.R."
Copy of MIC and CWGC entry supplied. Entitled to 1915 Trio.
Suspension ring slightly bent out of shape, and medal in VF+condition, correctly impressed to 30301 Pte T.W. Chapman, Durh L.I.". Comes with copy of MIC and CWGC information.
Thomas William Chapman, a native of Crook, County Durham was a Territorial serving with the 1/7th Durham Light Infantry and was entitled to the BWM and VM. He died at home on the 9th October 1918.
Full size QSA with 5 clasps: CC, OFS, Trans, 01 & 02, correctly riveted and impressed as follows:
"4364 Pte F.D. Curl 10th Rl Hussars"
Slight contact marks and minor edge nibbles otherwise GVF+ condition. Comes with copy photograph of recipient in uniform and research.
He was also entitled to Delhi Durbar Medal 1911, the Mons Trio with clasp and the Memorial Plaque. Died of Wounds on the 30th October 1914 with the BEF, buried at Ypres in France & Flanders. Copies of: MIC, CWGC certificate, his entry in the Marquis De Ruvigny's roll of honour, the Flamstead ( Hertfordshire ) war memorial roll, the entry relating to him in Ducker's Delhi Medal roll as his entry in UK Casualties of the Boer War. His brother, Private Harry Curl (Service No. 2566) served in the same Regiment at the same time but seems to have survived the war and was in the 14th Hussars by 1918.
The research confirms he was wounded in South Africa on 7th May 1901 at Vaal River. He was born in St Albans. At the time of his death in 1914, he was 36, a sergeant and married. A 10th Hussar man through and through, and a superb photo of him as a pre WW1 NCO.
He landed in France 6/10/14 with the 10th Hussars, who were part of the 3rd cavalry division, 8th brigade. There is some controversy as to whether he died of wounds on the 30th or 31st of October 1914 during the first battle of Ypres, with both heavy fighting at Hooge and east of Zillebeke,
At approx.3.00pm on the 31st October 1014, orders were received for two squadrons of the 10th Hussars to advance dismounted, through the woods south east of Hooge with fixed bayonets during which a large number of Germans were killed or wounded. The attack proved a complete success along the whole sector.
Box lid only, in as found condition. Reverse gives his details in pencil. Confirmed on CWGC site and copy of certificate to be provided. Copy of his WW1 MIC also which confirms his entitlement to the BWM and VM pair. Note on reverse of box lid states died at Deville Wood. I hope we can reunite the box lid with the medals and / or his memorial plaque, neither of which I have ever had in my possession.
No 8402 Private Percy Ernest Rapson was a pre-war regular soldier serving with the 1st Battalion the South Staffordshire Regiment, which landed in France on the 14th October 1914. During the first battle of Ypres he was reported missing, and later as killed on the 30th October 1914. This is a unique casualty plaque to this name combination. He is commemorated on the Ypres ( Menin Gate ) memorial in Belgium. Plaque in good condition except for a series of localised and deliberate scratches to the reverse. Sold with copy of GWGC certificate and his MIC shows his disembarkation date as 4th October 1914, is annotated 'missing presumed Dead 30 October 1914' plus his entitlement to a Mons Star trio and clasp.
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