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WW1 Official Japanese Issue Inter-Allied Victory Medal 1914-1920, scarce

Created 24th January 1919 by representatives of the allied nations for award to the combatants of the Great War, each county producing its own version. The Japanese version was in bronze and 36mm in diameter with a laterally-pierced barrel-shaped suspension.

The obverse with the full-length figure of Take-Mikazuchi-No-Kami, a spear held across his body; the reverse with a terrestrial globe centrally within a beaded border imposed on a five-petalled cherry blossom, the petals each with a standard bearing the Japanese characters for Japan, France, Great Britain, Italy and the United States of America, the characters for ‘and the other allied nations’ below, circumscribed in Japanese characters ‘The Great War for Protection of Civilisation, Taisho 3rd year, Taisho 9th year’ (1914-1920).

The Japanese substituted the Victory figure for the legendary warrior Take-Mikazuchi-No-Kami as the former would have had little significance for the Japanese. The medal bears the date ‘1920’ since Japanese action in Siberia, following the Russian Revolution, continued after the end of the war in Europe in 1918.

On original ribbon with hook and eye fitments, the ribbon with the typical pale bands found on the Japanese version, this medal has always been scarce and is in NEF condition. The chocolate colour is correct for this medal and in great condition.

Code: 61960Price: 185.00 GBP


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Highland Light Infantry (HLI) Medal Shield Bangalore, India, 1926

An attractive shield medal in what appears to be silver with a silver gilt mount of the 74th Regiment (2nd Bn HLI) and Elephant to centre. Maker marked C Krishnaih Chetty & Sons, Bangalore to bottom front of shield. Reverse engraved "to LSD, The Stiffs, The Highland Light Infantry Bangalore 1926". An attractive item in very good condition and worthy of further research. Circa 6.6cm tall excluding the top loop. Thanks to Sunil for confirming the maker's details.

Comm GM

Code: 61899Price: 55.00 GBP


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WW1 Allied Victory Medal - Rogers, Royal Air Force (RAF)

Correctly impressed on rim " 41084. CPL. A.W. ROGERS. R.A.F."

Some wear to gilt finish, top quality replacement ribbon. GVF. Unresearched other than a check of the 1918 RAF Muster Roll which confirms his year of enlistment as 1916.

Coll.

Code: 61865Price: 25.00 GBP


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WW1 medals to Charles William Duntrin, British War Medal / Mercantile Marine Pair

WW1 Mercantile Marine Pair correctly named in impressed capitals to Charles W. Duntrin with original envelopes and ribbons for Merchant Marine issued medals specifying exactly the order and medal ribbon edge colour should be worn. Medals in NEF condition except from some wear to the uniformity of colour of the GV head on the Mercantile Marine medal. With full length original silk ribbons.

Listed in the WW1 Mercantile Marine Medal card index (BT 351/1/39405) . His details are given as follows:

Place of Birth: Deal
Year of Birth: 1879
Medals sent to: Tilbury, Essex and 142 Ludlow Road, Itchen (Southampton)
Certificate of Discharge No: 765462
R.S. 820165

Copy of the MIC to be supplied.

Coll

Code: 61864Price: 80.00 GBP


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A fascinating WW2 group to a Lady - her medals, cloth badges and paperwork to R. Bachelor ATS

As mounted, presumably for display in a frame, now removed. A superb collection to this long serving female member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service ( ATS ) of her mementos of service throughout WW2. All mounted on an original khaki cloth panel it includes a formation sign combination of Northern Home Counties 1st Pattern of a green apple on a blue diamond with a ATS Signals Section White over Blue with the numeral 2 in black still attached to original uniform backing, a curled up ATS lanyard, a printed Anti-Aircraft battery formation sign, a 5 year war service strip with an extra strip added to make it 6 years, a Defence Medal and War Medal both unnamed as issued, a fibre ID disk dog tag named to ATS W12134 R.C. (Roman Catholic) VOL (volunteered) Bachelor, R., two pieces of original paperwork, one a permission to be absent from camp stamped GHQ Home Forces Signals, No 7 London District Group, and the other a permit for entering to Central Ordnance Depot with her signature and finally, a photo of Bachelor posing in her lorry cab. Worthy of further research, a totally original untouched group.

C2.5

Code: 61863Price: 165.00 GBP


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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: 61862Price: 345.00 GBP


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Harry Washington - 17th Lancers 1914 Medal Trio / Commissioned Essex Regiment

Harry Washington - 17th Lancers 1914 Medal Trio, including stunning copy portrait photo
Full size original medal group with original full length ribbons, correctly impressed as follows:

1914 Star 2033 Cpl H. Washington. 17/ Lrs
BWM & VM both impressed Lieut. H.T. Washington.

Medals in good condition (NEF), without bashes, dents scratches or polishing. The VM has a small 2mm stain to the reverse. Some wear to ribbons, especially some fraying to the Victory Medal ribbon).

Harry Thomas Washington is confirmed on the MIC ( copy supplied) as entitled to the 1914 trio and as commissioned into the 2nd Battalion the Essex Regiment.

Entered France 8th November 1914, first names confirmed as Harry Thomas and his number (as per 1914 star) as 2033.

He was a pre war regular cavalryman with the rank of Lance Corporal in the A4 copy of his portrait photo which is signed "Sincerely yours Harry". The copy of the photo is supplied with the permission of Phil Seaton from the British Military Badge Forum ( www.britishbadgeforum.com ) where there is a thread with considerable debate about the size of the collar mottos on this photograph, which show him wearing the pre 1914 cavalry serge frock with shoulder chains and cap lines, which were not re-introduced post WW1. The white regimental facing collar tabs are also an interesting feature. The original card, according to Phil, it has the following inscription on the reverse "Uncle Harry Washington 17-21 Lancers" (sic).

London Gazettes confirm:

His promotion from 2 Lieut to Lieut in the Essex Regiment on 26th August 1918 (LG 7th October p11801), His retirement from the Essex Regiment on 22nd April 1920, and receiving a gratuity (LG 21st April 1920, p4673), and finally that he had reached the age limit for liability to be recalled from the Regular Army Reserve of Officers on the 3rd January 1939 (LG 7 Feb 1939, p865), Copies of the relevant extracts will be supplied.

There is also a service record for a Valentine Washington, who served only briefly in the KRRC in 1915, but was discharged as unsuitable for further soldiering in very quick order. However he does list as his next of kin his brother, Harry Washington (Expeditionary Force) (copy of this also to be supplied).

An interesting group.

Code: 61861Price: 295.00 GBP


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Anglo-Boer / Anglo-Boere Oorlog Medal 1899 - 1902, to a Boer Burger, first pattern of issue

This is the first pattern of this medal (as issued between 1921 and 1937) with correct ribbon, which is correctly impressed to:

Burger S.J.H. De Lange of the Pretoria Commando.

There is only one man listed on the roll with this rank and name. His full name is given as Salvidoor Jacobus H. De Lange. He would have worn the medal with the Transvaal face to the front (the side with the single shaft on the wagon). Copy of relevant page to be supplied from the roll.

The Medal is in poor condition in numismatic terms, with edge bruises and it also appears to have had a replacement suspender fitted at some point. However, a scarce medal to the irregular Dutch farmers who gave the British Empire a good run for its money!

Coll.

Code: 61820Price: 245.00 GBP


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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.

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Code: 61795Price: 175.00 GBP


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Unique WW1 1914 Memorial Plaque to Percy Ernest Rapson - 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment - BEF Casualty - Died 30th October 1914

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.

Code: 61794Price: 130.00 GBP

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