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Tragic WW1 Northumberland Fusiliers Casualty Family Group  - Two Brothers both KIA in 1916 in F&F, Elliot Family from Blyth

Tragic WW1 Northumberland Fusiliers Casualty Family Group - Two Brothers both KIA in 1916 in F&F, Elliot Family from Blyth

Medals in NEF condition on original ribbons, as follows:

1914-15 Trio correctly impressed:

10108 Pte A.J. Elliot, North'd Fus (Cpl on BWM/VM)
With original forwarding slip for BWM

AND

BWM/VM Pair correctly impressed:

7-3658 Pte A.S. Elliot North'd Fus ('Elliott' on VM).
With original forwarding slip for BWM & VM to Walter Elliot, 29 Stanley St, Blyth, Northumberland.

With copies of Soldiers Died entries, CWGC certificates, WW1 MIC entries and the details of the memorial which lists both of the brothers in St Cuthbert's Church, Blyth, and 1901 census records for the Elliot family, which shows they were two of the six children of Walter and Margaret. Walter was a railway signalman and from Scotland (throughout the paperwork, nobody appears to be able to follow the correct spelling of the surname, which is Elliot, not Elliott, but an easy mistake).

The eldest son, Andrew James Elliot was killed in action serving with the 14th ( Service ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, which served as the Pioneer Battalion for the 21st Division. He was KIA on the Somme on the 14th July 1916, but has no known grave.

His brother, Adam Sherlaw Elliot, his junior by one year, was killed in action serving with the 1st/ 7th (Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers on 14th November 1916, although for some time afterwards the St George's Gazette reported him as missing, and again he has no known grave.

Both brothers are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. This poignant family group comes with research.

Coll.

Code: 56052

265.00 GBP


QSA Queens South Africa Medal 1899 - 1902 Frederick D. Curl 10th Royal Hussars - Died of Wounds in WW1 at Ypres on 30th October 1914

QSA Queens South Africa Medal 1899 - 1902 Frederick D. Curl 10th Royal Hussars - Died of Wounds in WW1 at Ypres on 30th October 1914

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.

Code: 62326

295.00 GBP


WW1 1914-15 Trio Casualty Group to Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) Telegraphist - Harry Ernest Edwards

WW1 1914-15 Trio Casualty Group to Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) Telegraphist - Harry Ernest Edwards

A Great War Royal Naval Casualty Trio HM Yacht Conqueror II Killed on 26th September 1916, 1914-15 star “WTS 213 H E EDWARDS W.T.O R.N.R”, British War and Victory medals “213WTS H E EDWARDS WTO RNR”. Medals remain in good condition with original full length ribbons, medals correctly impressed.

HM Yacht Conqueror II was torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine U-52 north-west of Fair Isle. 17 people were lost when the ship was sunk. Conqueror II was assisting HM Trawler Sarah Alice, who was also torpedoed by the same U-Boat, when she was hit and sunk. They were both investigating an unidentified Merchant Steamer, which turned out to be the 2,788 ton St Gothard.

Wireless Telegraph Operator Harry Ernest Edwards, RNR is commemorated on the Chatham memorial and was the son of Mr W. Edwards of 25 Barcombe Ave, Streatham Hill, London. He was aged 25 at the time of his death. See the following url 's for more information:

https://wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?60354

http://menonthegates.org.uk/men_front/bo-all-years-sea-war-scapa-flow-shetland-h-m-yacht-conqueror-ii-27-september-1916/

With copy CWGC certificate and his service papers (2 pages) from the PRO. Shows his other service including serving on board HMS City of Belfast.

D76

Code: 61795

155.00 GBP


Boer War - QSA to 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers - Died Capetown November 1899 - Whitmore

Boer War - QSA to 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers - Died Capetown November 1899 - Whitmore

Queens South Africa Medal with single clasp Cape Colony, correctly impressed:

"2053 Pte J. Whitmore, North'd Fus"

Private Whitmore is recorded as dying from disease at Woodstock, Cape Town on the 28th November 1899 ("In Memorium" by S. Watt and also on the site www.Angloboerwar.com ). Served with 1st Battalion. Commemorated in St George's Gazette of 30th June 1908. Copy of this page included. I have struggled to find his medal record for the QSA, but this roll can be a minefield, and does not mean it is not there somewhere! Medal in NEF condition, dark toned and with original ribbon. Scarce single clasp QSA casualty.
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Code: 56034

265.00 GBP


WW1 Memorial Death Plaque - Harold Arter 1st/5th Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

WW1 Memorial Death Plaque - Harold Arter 1st/5th Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Full size original plaque or Dead Man's Penny, named to Harold Arter. Wide H in "He" variety with the "W" for Woolwich Arsenal on the reverse. In very good condition.

There is only one 'H. Arter' on the CWGC site as a casualty (all the others have more than one initial or forename). The CWGC site states that this is T/242995 Sergeant H Arter 1st/5th Battalion East Kent Regiment who died on the 24th February 1917 and is remembered in the Amara War Cemetery in Iraq.

The MIC card confirms the single forename of the above as 'Harold' KIA 24th February 1917 as a Sergeant but notes his unit as the 1st/4th East Kent Regiment, although the service number 242995 is confirmed. Entered the Asiatic Theatre (5c) on the 5th August 1915.

The civic memorial at Sturry, Canterbury, Kent and the online research now completed for the soldiers listed upon it confirms that Harold Arter was the son of Alfred Arter and Agnew Arter (nee Grant) of Sandpit Cottage, Grove, Sturry, Canterbury, Kent. the War memorial plaque in the parish church of St Mary's Stodmarsh notes him as being in the 4th Battalion East Kent Regiment (but also note his early change in numbers from 1613 to 6224, which suggests a change in Battalion). His brother, Archibald Robert Arter, a pre-war regular, was KIA with the 4th Battalion KRRC on the 25th May 1915. The census records that Harold was aged 7 in 1901 and there is a potential reference to him in 1911 local paper as being employed as a waiter in a local hotel.

The War diary for the 1st/5th confirms the Battalion was heavily engaged in an assault on the 24th February 1917 and lost 12 Other Ranks Killed, and Lt Howell and 34 Other Ranks wounded. Presumably Harold was killed during this assault, which resulted in the Ottoman defenders abandoning Kut that night, resulting in its immediate occupation by Indian and British troops.

Copy of online research, MIC and CWGC certificates for Harold and his brother Archibald to be provided.

The final photo shows the men of the 5th Buffs in 1917 marching in Mesopotamia (now Iraq). It is part of the IWM collection (acknowledged with thanks) and the colourisation project (also acknowledged with thanks). This image is not for sale with this lot but can be found on the internet.

H3.1

Code: 63313

120.00 GBP


Boer War 4 Clasp QSA to Welsh Battalion Imperial Yeomanry - Collings

Boer War 4 Clasp QSA to Welsh Battalion Imperial Yeomanry - Collings

A scarce Boer War Queens South Africa medal correctly impressed to:

"27719 Tpr F. Collings Imp Yeo".

Collings was a trooper in the first contingent, 31st Montgomeryshire company 9th Battalion which also contained 29th (Denbighshire) Company, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 36th (West Kent) Company and the 49th (Montgomeryshire) Company. This battalion was later enlarged by the 2nd contingent in 1901.

He was sent home on 5th September 1901 having served 139 days in the field, earning the clasps for Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal and South Africa 01. His medal and clasp entitlement is confirmed for the 31st company (copy provided but service dates truncated from printed copy) .

The medal is in GVF condition but with two nicks to the rim, one on either side at 3 and 9 o'clock respectively. It comes with its original ribbon which is a bit tatty (and a replacement strip has been mounted behind) and all clasps are fixed correctly. He would also have been entitled to the tribute medal issued to this unit - see my item 58017 (sadly now sold).

G193.10

Code: 63292

285.00 GBP


WW1 2nd Battalion Machine Gun Corps (MGC) Bronze Medal Medallion

WW1 2nd Battalion Machine Gun Corps (MGC) Bronze Medal Medallion

A quite large bronze medallion at circa 4cm in diameter with its original suspension ring. Obverse the badge of the MGC with motifs of the nations of the UK below, a rose, shamrocks and thistles, which suggests this relates to the British unit as opposed to its Canadian or Australian counterparts. Blank reverse and rim. In very good condition and scarce. Circa 1916 - 1922.

Comm StWi (66)

Code: 63181

115.00 GBP


WW2 Medal Group Trio to Sapper J Taylor, Royal Engineers (RE) Wounded Dunkirk 1940

WW2 Medal Group Trio to Sapper J Taylor, Royal Engineers (RE) Wounded Dunkirk 1940

A good group of three medals, the 1939/45 star, Defence and 1939/45 War medal all awarded to 1871210 Sapper J Taylor of the 7th Field Coy (the shiny 7th) Royal Engineers. It comes with the original named and addressed box of issue (Huddersfield, Yorkshire address), medal issue slip and a photograph of Taylor in uniform. The medal issue slip confirms Taylors service number and forces war records can confirm that Taylor was wounded in action in France in June 1940.

Taylor embarked for France on the HMT Royal Sovereign and on their arrival in France they were kept very busy and continually on the move; on 27th of May they were ordered with 59th & 7th Field Coys of 4th Division to act as Infantry Regiments, and hold a defensive position on the River Lys which the Germans were approaching, having broken through an Infantry unit. 225th had to defend Comines and on their right 59th Coy had to defend Warneton and the 7th Coy held the bridge over the river approaching Warneton. These positions were held until the Engineers were relieved by the Infantry of the 12th Brigade later in the day.
By 28th May rumours were spreading of a total withdraw and they would shortly be going home, The 7th and 59th Field Companies arrived at Nieuport near the coast and were kept very busy preparing other bridges for demolition to hold up the German advance.
They were then ordered with the 225th and 59th Field Companies to La Panne on the coast, 8 miles from Dunkirk.
The BEF were slowly withdrawing to an area on the coast between Calais and Nieuport and plans had been made to evacuate troops in ships from Dunkirk. The 7th were ordered to Dunkirk to help in the evacuation.
As the military situation deteriorated thousands of soldiers were on the beaches exposed to dive bombing and shelling. A decision was made to evacuate troops from the beaches but the larger boats could not get close enough to pick up the troops because of the danger of running aground. To overcome this all types of vehicles were driven on to the beaches at La Panne and placed nose to tail in the sea. All Royal Engineers Units were given the job of making improvised piers by bridging across the top of the vehicles using materials used in bridge building, in this way men could walk out to sea and board the ships and boats at the end of the piers.
There was still not enough small boats to carry troops out to the larger ships some way off shore. Part of the Engineers equipment were small folding boats used in bridging and these were put into use to ferry troops. These boats folded flat and to be made operational each side was pulled into a vertical position and secured by a stanchion which was telescopic and secured at one end to the base of the boat and to the side at the other end thus giving rigidity and stability, it was rowed by 4 men from a standing position and great care was needed to control them. Many of the sappers crewed these boats and others by infantrymen. They were never meant to be used except in river conditions and unfortunately many soldiers were drowned due to the boats capsizing.
The official records would have it that Sapper Taylor was wounded on 18th June 1940, but this was probably when he was processed on arrival at a casualty station in England.

The medals are now in plastic wallets and in very good condition, unnamed as issued and come with what little research on him and the activities of man and the 7th Field Coy in the defence and evacuation of Dunkirk. The engineers played an important part in the evacuation and I’m sure Sapper Taylor was well in the thick of it.

G186

Code: 63037

110.00 GBP


WW1 Pair to East African Mechanical Transport Corps,  Army Service Corps - Philip J. Coldham

WW1 Pair to East African Mechanical Transport Corps, Army Service Corps - Philip J. Coldham

A British War Medal and Victory Medal Pair with original ribbons and both correctly impressed to:

2299 Dvr P.J. Coldham E. Afr. M.T.C.

In GVF condition, a few light contact marks to BWM from the VM and the BWM dark toned. BWM ribbon a bit grubby and cut shorter than the VM ribbon. To be supplied with a copy of his medal index card which confirms his medal entitlement and these details. You can also view this here:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D1870196

The corps only came into being from 1916 when the campaign in East Africa was re-invigorated with the sending of South African troops.

During WW1 in the East African campaign, the British used the earliest cars and trucks to good advantage whenever possible. Ford light cars, capable of carrying 300 pounds of cargo, had an immense advantage over porters as they required only a driver and were capable of much greater effort. The cars did require petrol, were subject to breakdown on the very difficult tracks, and the drivers were as vulnerable to disease and fatigue as the porters. Furthermore, in the rainy season the vehicles were incapable of negotiating the flooded swamps or the surrounding mud and in the dry season the collapse of the roads into fine dust caused considerable difficulties. However, the sheer efficiency of mechanical versus human transport soon made the motor vehicle an essential part of the British supply system; it has been estimated that one lorry was the equivalent of 30 porters. The limits on their use were the speed at which usable tracks could be cut, the provision of sufficient vehicles and drivers, and keeping the system working under the baleful influence of the climate and pestilence. In the final analysis, the motor vehicle was a significant factor in keeping the British advance going, particularly when the supply of porters withered in late 1917. By contrast, apart from the two railways, the Germans began the war in East Africa with only three motor vehicles. By September 1916, all of these mechanical means had been lost and they were almost completely reliant on porters.

As with the other areas of administration, there is considerable evidence that the British did not make best use of the available resources. From the onset of the advance in early 1916, out of six MT companies provided to the East African Expeditionary Force, one was allocated to a naval kite balloon section, four were attached to the artillery and only one was actually under the control of the Director of Supply and Transport. The problem of ever-expanding lines of communications also impacted heavily on the EA MTC, as divisional or column, it was not until Hoskins assumed command that a thorough reorganisation of the MT was undertaken. Recognising the inflexibility of the system, all vehicles were gradually placed under central control and allocated according to the size of the column to be supported. By August 1917, there was a single MT unit that supplied all aspects of the East African force and it was to be the mainstay of the organisation for the remainder of the war.

Source for the above: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/5195/1/2001AndersonPhD.pdf accessed 4th March 2020

The following gives a sense of the hardships endured by the members of this corps:

https://gweaa.com/home/medical-project/medical-archive/ includes a report by a Dr Pike (The Pike Report) into conditions in British and German East Africa. The extract below is from his report in relation to the drivers of the East African MTC:

"No body of white troops has suffered more, from the hardships of the campaign, than the Motor Transport drivers. These men have nearly always had to be overworked owing to the pressing needs of the force they served, the sickness amongst themselves, and the shortage of reinforcements. They are often on the road by daybreak, and are fortunate if their labours terminate at sunset. They have to drive over roads which are never good, and are often dangerous. They are exposed to the heat by day, and have often to sleep on the road in their cars, a frequent cause of chills. They may not be able to use their nets, and so get malaria at the same time. In certain areas they are constantly bitten by tsetse flies. They get their food where and when they can, and too often drink any water which may be available although warned not to do so.
These things being so, the absolute necessity of doing everything possible to improve the conditions under which these men have to work, and to preserve their health should have been apparent at an early date.
We saw them and travelled with them in the third year of the campaign, and we can only say that we found an absence of any proper system for dealing with the problem.
No attempts had as a general rule been made to provide tents or bandas for messes in these men’s camps, they had no facilities for ablution beyond their individual basins, towels, and soap. Nowhere did we find arrangements whereby they could wash their dirty clothes in a cleanly and agreeable fashion. Their sanitation was as a rule neglected, the latrines uncomfortable, and the receptacles uncovered. When on their return journeys they carried sick, they could usually manage to get hot food or hot drink at the wayside halts. At other times they had to go without, unless they had time to cook or to make tea themselves.
We do not wish to underrate the difficulties of the situation, but we are of opinion that many of these difficulties might have been obviated, and if the matter had been taken in had from the first a great deal would have been done to safeguard this important branch of the service, provided always that there was adequate supervision and that discipline was enforced."

There follows a letter sent by Dr Pike to the Deputy-Adjutant and Quartermaster-General in November 1917, after his inspection, pointing out what was considered essential to lessen the high sick rate of this class. See:

https://gweaa.com/home/medical-project/the-pike-report-on-german-east-africa/#Section7

D73.1

Sold to WS

Code: 61104

SOLD


WW1 British War Medal ( BWM ) to Royal Fusiliers Public Schools Battalions Casualty - Frank Bell

WW1 British War Medal ( BWM ) to Royal Fusiliers Public Schools Battalions Casualty - Frank Bell

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.

Reserved for WS

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.

Comm FB

Sold to WS

Code: 62330

SOLD