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This medal set is one of the more complete groups I have had. HUGE files at Archives NZ
Enlisted in Wellington MR 11/8/14. Wounded at Krithia Gallipoli 20/5/15 (gun shot lung and chest). The Turkish bullet remained in his lung until his death in 1973.

He was sent to the UK for recovery and later joined the Records section. He was promoted to Warrant Officer and then Commissioned.

He was awarded the MBE in 1919 "In recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the war". He also twice "brought to notice of the Secretary of State for valuable services rendered in connection with the war".

Post war he was transferred to the Reserve of Officers and received the NZ 12 Year Territorial Medal.

During WW2 he was the New Zealand Military Liason Officer serving in Australia. I presume in order to receive the Defence Medal he has either been in Northern Australia for a period or perhaps served in Fiji or Tonga prior to his posting to Australia as Lieutenant Colonel. For his WW2 service he was awarded the OBE

The medals comprise OBE (and named case), MBE 1st type and named case), WW1 trio all 11/259 2/Lt F W Mothes NZEF, Defence, War and NZ Medals and NZ 12 Year Medal (Captain NZTS). Also present is his named Gallipoli Medallion and numbered lapel pin with case and issue certificate.

There are various original photographs of him, his Warrant Officers Warrant from WW1 signed by General G S Richardson, and also his 2nd Lts Commission . There is an original WW2 paybook and various items of insignia. The medals are mounted as worn (OBE and MBE cannot be worn together if both Military class).

I presume the WW2 Australian RSL badge is his as he would have been a member during WW2 if based in Australia.

A lot of scope for research and a spectacular investment group of medals.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A Rhodesian SAS Medal set for the Bush Wars

A faultless investment quality medal group to the Rhodesian SAS. Rhodesia GSM and Zimbabwe Independence Medal. The first correctly named 728723 TPR M WATSON. Zimbabwe medal numbered 59973.

Naming is correct and free of any defect.

Roll confirms SAS service as does the C Squadron website - which also includes a photo of him wearing his SAS beret.

One of the best modern SAS medals one could hope for.


Provenance is excellent:
ex Kaplan Auctions, South Africa

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------An Australian SAS medal set for Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam

A nice Australian medal group to a man with SAS service.

GSM Malaya (un-named)
GSM 1962 214277 C McKAY
Vietnam Medal 214277 C McKAY
Vietnam Star 214277 C McKAY
2nd and 3rd medals impressed. Last medal correctly engraved for Australian issues. Un-named GSM added for completeness of display.

With research by Lt Col Neil Smith.

Born in the UK in 1936 he joined the Australian Army in 1953. He served in Malaya 8 Oct 1955 - 19 Oct 1957. I believe he was one of 27 Australians wounded in Malaya (a stomach wound I was told). This is not noted on the research with the medals.

Parachute trained 1958. Discharged 1959 but re-enlisted 1961. To Special Air Service 1962. Military Engineer School 1964. Borneo 1965. Singapore 1965.

Vietnam 1967. Discharged 1967. Re-enlisted 1968. To Saigon 1969-1971 (Saigon, Nui Dat, Vung Tau, Tan Son Nhut). Numerous incidents of bad conduct and drunken-ness in Vietnam including sleeping whilst on sentry duty. Incidents of AWOL and eventual discharge 1972.

Most of his overseas service was with Engineers (or more likely as an Engineer) and Construction Coy. With copy 1971 image. He seems to have been an able SAS Trooper who went off the rails and its not clear how much service he had with the SAS in Vietnam. Id suggest its likely he would have been on patrol with them.

His highest rank was Lance Cpl.

Provenance is ex private collector in Queensland 2007

Tibet Medal

Named to a Cooly in the Supply and Transport Corps

A double gallantry WW1 Military Cross and MID set with WW2 service and an ANZAC connection.

Military Cross in case of issue and additionally privately named and dated on the reverse.

W. H. O..............  ROYAL ENGINEERS

WW1 pair of medals as CAPT W H O........ The Victory Medal with Mention in Despatches emblem. The WW2 Defence Medal un-named as issued.

Military Cross citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an intense bombardment, when a portion of the trench was blown in and several men buried, though badly shaken himself, this officer organised a digging party, extricating the killed and wounded. That night he conducted a party to an old RE dump close to the enemy, and got some tools, which enabled him to consolidate the position.

MID citation:

Headquarters 1st ANZAC
143 Coy A T Coy RE  22 September 1917
Officer I/c forward water supply to Hercatel Road 20/3/17 to 2/4/17 was most indefatigable with regard to supervising particularly under shell fire night work 26th to 31st March, the success of the work resting entirely with him, also general supervision during operations 9/4/17 onwards maintenance and extensions to Neuvelle Vitasse . General efficiency and attention to duty at all times.



A Meritorious Service Medal group to the Army Service Corps

1914-15 Star; British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19; Army Meritorious Service Medal (GVR type 1 with swivelling suspender). SS-18222 Pte J.Richmond. A.S.C. on first medal, SS-18222 S.Sjt. J.Richmond. A.S.C. on second and third medals, S4-197621 Sjt: J.Richmond. R.A.S.C. on last medal.

MSM: Supplement to LG 17/1/1919, p1007, in recognition of valuable services rendered with the Armies in France and Flanders.

With copy of gazette pages


Merchant Navy Medals with possible Q Ship service and of Australian interest.

A 1914-15 trio with Mercantile Marine War Medal. The trio is named LIEUT W D CROUDACE RNR (SUB LT on Star). The Mercantile Marine Medal is named WILLIAM D CROUDACE.

William Deuchars Croudace was commissioned as Sub Lieutenant (Temporary) and Acting Lieutenant, Royal Naval Reserve on 26 August 1915. He was assigned Navigator on HMS Silene 19 March 1918 and was demobilised by July 1919.

HMS Silene was a convoy sloop of the Anchusa Class - designed to look like a merchant ship in order to entice U Boat attacks.

He settled in Australia and was well known as a Captain in Freemantle.

Sold with a period set of miniature medals, the paper bag of issue for the Mercantile Marine Medal and the 1914-18 War Medal, a Merchant Navy Lapel Pin, a Merchant Navy cap badge and a Merchant Navy blazer badge

WW1 pair to Gunner Royal Artillery and EIIR Imperial Service Medal

WW1 pair impressed 676270 GNR S G...... RA . ISM SYDNEY G.................. (+Box & Certificate)  Certificate is dated March 1955. A nice set.


The New Zealand Cross.

An early unofficial specimen of this rare NZ Wars award.

With originals selling for over $250,000 and a foolish investment given the Protected Objects Act, this is a museum quality early specimen from around 1880-1900.



A French WW1 Medal set with service certificate