WORLD WAR ONE MEDALS FOR COLLECTORS
Here you will find WW1 sets of medals and singles, although there may be other groups elsewhere on our page as well, especially of the recipient had gallantry awards.
WORLD WAR ONE GROUPS.
A TRIO TO NZ RIFLE BRIGADE
23/606 RFLM C S......... NZEF
With rare genuine 1 NZRB colour patch and a ull set of cap and collar badges and epaulette titles.
Sadly it seems only 1 page of his file survives at Archives NZ. That page relates to his wounding in action and details some of his resultant injuries.
A TRIO TO A MAN KILLED WITH OTAGO INFANTRY ON 12 DECEMBER 1917
Trio all named 5/150 PTE R B SY......... NZEF
Originally from Lincolnshire he was working as a farmer at Paeroa when he enlisted in 1914. He gave his address as Stonehurst - which was the largest dwelling in Auckland at the time. He embarked with the Main Body and served at Gallipoli and later Western Europe - where he was killed on 12 / 12 /17. His original unit was the NZ ASC but he transferred to the Otago Infantry.
A TRIO TO AUCKLAND INFANTRY WOUNDED IN ACTION AT GALLIPOLI
This is the medal trio to 12/1713 Private Henry M......n.
Henry was born in 1881 and was working for the government in New Zealand when war broke out. Perhaps he saw volunteering as a way to get home to England, but he enlisted in December 1914 and was soon on his way to Egypt with the 3rd Rfts.
He was an old boy but a bit of a bad ass with a DEATH BEFORE DISHONOUR tattoo
He landed with the Auckland Infantry at Gallipoli on 8 May 1915, presumably for the Daisy Patch (Krithia) in which they distinguished themselves but suffered horrendous casualties.
He was evacuated from Gallipoli with dysentery but we also know he was wounded with a machine gun bullet to his leg and was later hospitalised in England. He served on the Western Front and was later attached to the NZASC and Field Bakery! His wound seemingly limiting his service.
He returned from Europe on 6 October 1918 and was discharged as no longer fit for service 3 November 1918. He received his trio in 1924. His address changed a lot, including Ponsonby, Dominion Road in Auckland and then the King George V Hospital in Rotorua.
His file notes that he was unwell due to an old machine gun bullet wound to his leg received at Gallipoli, but the file also notes that it is not otherwise commented on in the file. Given he was sent to England (Leicester) from Gallipoli and his photo appears in the 1915 Weekly News as having been wounded at Gallipoli it seems the record keeping was a bit lax.
Provenance : Dunbar Sloane Auctions 2017
A SCOTTISH TRIO WITH LATER POLICE SERVICE
1914-15 Star; British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19; Defence Medal 1939-45; Special Constabulary Long Service Medal (GVIR) Ind Imp.
2030 Sjt J.(surname) K.O. Sco.Bord on first, second and third medals, William J.(surname) on last medal. Fourth medal unnamed.
AN EARLY WAR PRISONER OF WAR GROUP POW AUGUST 1914
These are fresh to the market, purchased from an antique dealer in Scotland a couple of weeks ago and never offered for sale before.
The medals are IGS 1908-35 with clasp NWF 1908 named correctly to 9180 Pte D McD.......d 1st Bn Sea Highrs
The 1914 Star is named 2/ Sea Highrs and the WW1 pair named SEAFORTH.
Together with fragments of his IGS ribbon and an old school 1897 Jubilee Medal (un-named).
I added genuine old mint IGS ribbon. The remants of the original included. The trio genuine an old.
Donald Mc.........d entered France 23 August 1914. He was taken prisoner 26 August 1914. I presume he was released or escaped as the online Morayshire Roll of Honour states " Mc.......D, Donald. No. 9180, Pte., Seaforth Highlanders ; born at Blackmill, 3rd August, 1884 ; joined at Elgin, 17th April, 1915 ; served in India ; wounded and prisoner of war. Occupation, farm servant. "
He would have been taken prisoner at Le Cateau
Guaranteed genuine and a great Scottish medal group to an extremely early prisoner of war.
A TRIO AND DOG TAG TO A MEDIC RECOMMENDED FOR A MID KIA GALLIPOLI
2108 PTE S L L...................... RAMC
with original dog tag
Born 1890. Enlisted at Bury St Edmonds in Sept 1914 and was a lander at Gallipoli 25 April 1915 - very likely with the Lancashire Fusiliers (6 VCs before breakfast during the landings). He was present at Beach W, the actions on 24 June and 4 July near Kritha and Gully Ravine. He was also present at Suvla Bay Landings where he was killed in action 26 August 1915. The day before his death he was recommended for a mention in despatches and was described by his comrades as a "brave, fearless fellow". He is buried at Hill 10 Cemetery. His photo appears in De Ruvigny's Roll.
WW1 Medal pairs (1914-18 War Medal and Victory Medal)
70169 Pte H A H.........NZEF
From Paeroa. Served 2nd Batn Auckland Infantry in France and Belgium.
15176 PTE A H H ...........NZEF
From Dunedin. Served 2nd Otago Regt.
14434 Pte A J...........NZEF
From Parnell in Auckland served Auckland Infantry. Orginally from Wellington. File has interesting letters from the wife he abandoned pre war with two kids and who was left to fend for herself. She describes him as a hopeless drunk. Seemingly received a gun shot wound in the face / nose October or November 1917. Previous service Wellington Naval Vols. Medals court mounted
48405 PTE H W J......... NZEF
From Christchurch. Served 1st Canterbury Regt. Medals court mounted on old ribbon
22839 RFLM J M.............NZEF
From New Plymouth. Served 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade
69146 Pte E T S............ NZEF
from Dunedin. Served Otago Infantry
30419 PTE M H F............ NZEF
A Shepherd from Tologa Bay, Gisborne. Served 3rd Btn Otago Regt. During WW2 he was a Lieutenant in the Home Guard.
48490 Pte H J G....... NZEF
From Auckland. Served Wellington Infantry Regt. December 1917-January 1918 he was attached to 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company.2 yers previous Territorials service.
753 A-CPL A C GREENHILL HIGHL CYCLIST BN
A rare unit
58069 GNR W. H G .............NZEF together with un-named as issued WW2 NZ Home Service pair of medals.
Together with a small number of WW1 photos, WW1 postcards, WW1 discharge paper, WW2 NMR paybook and comprehensive WW2 photo album showing his service on Great Barrier Island as part of the National Military Reserve. WW1 service was on the Western Front and then as part of the Occupation of Germany. WW2 service entirely home based. From Frankton - Hamilton.
ex NZ Collector Services, Christchurch
30057 PTE A G M......... Gren Gds
7 PTE C T BR.....T A CYC CORPS
Died 5 November 1915 at Gallipoli whilst serving with the Army Cyclists Corps attached to 54th East Anglian Division. Missing Star
26535 L/CPL C B B.....N NZEF
A school teacher from Te Aroha living in Matamata. He served with the NZ Rifle Brigade and was killed at Havrincourt 8/9/18
MID N J F C............ RNVR
Midshipman, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. With copy service history
LIEUT H N HEATH, with no unit shown as is correct for UK issued medals.
The medal rolls show LIEUTENANT HEATH was just entitled to the pair of medals, for service in the Corps of Guides.
The Corps of Guides is perhaps one of the more elite of the British Regiments based in India during the period of British Rule. Officers were almost exclusively British. They served in India until November 1917 when they left to join 11 Indian Cavalry Brigade in Mesopotamia and actions at Sharqat and Khan Baghdadi. They spent the war in Egypt and Mesopotamia. A small group were sent to France in 1914, this recipient was not one as he is just entitled to the pair of medals.
The medal roll also notes a Captain H N HEATH which I presume is the same man later promoted. A nice pair and with good research potential.
Nobles , Australia, 2017
A good pair and plaque to a man killed in 1917. The pair are impressed 20634 PTE G S DUNCAN R S FUS and the plaque named GEORGE SMITH DUNCAN
Sold with a copy of his service file and war diary. His file shows he was wounded on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Somme, and killed or died 26 July1917. He was later reburied at Tyne Cot.
A 1914-18 WAR MEDAL AND MEMORIAL PLAQUE TO A GALLIPOLI KIA
War Medal named 12/304 CPL J F (surname) NZEF Plaque named JAMES FLYNN (surname). The plaque in a copper frame for display which can be easily removed and which is a recent addition.
"Corporal James Flynn B........, who was killed in action at the Dardanelles on May 17, was educated at the Terrace School and Technical College, Wellington. Before enlisting he was a sergeant in the 6th. Hauraki Regiment. Like other patriotic New Zealanders, Corporal Bradley closed his farm to enlist with the expeditionary forces. His younger brother, Frank, was previously reported wounded, but recovered, and is now back at the front." (Auckland Weekly News, 1 July 1915, p. 21)
A Merchant Navy WW1 pair to a casualty
Both medals named Thomas Russell . Thomas Russell was a Greaser on "Justicia" killed 19 July 1918. Merhant Navy Medals just have the name and no other details however he is the only casualty without middle names.
On 19th July 1918 Justicia, defensively armed, 32,234 grt, built 1917, was torpedoed and damaged by German submarine UB 64, 20 miles WxN¾N from Skerryvore and taken under tow. Her voyage had been from Liverpool to New York in ballast.
On 20th July 1918 Justicia was again torpedoed, by UB 124, whilst under tow, 11 miles NNW from Inistrahull, and sunk. 10 crewmen lost their lives.
The Justicia was owned by Oceanic Steam Navigation Co Ltd of London but was acting under the orders of The Shipping Controller
WORLD WAR ONE SINGLE MEDALS
1914 Star and slip on clasp to 354873 W J Fawcett OCS RN.
Correctly impressed . Clasp is later slip on type . Served China and got the medal with HMS Goliath. WW1 Service on Cyclops. I haven’t verified clasp entitlement . Also got LSGC in 1914.... Rare to RN and a very scarce medal, only awarded to naval personnel who served at Antwerp up to 23 Nov 14
16355 PTE J W G........ LINC R
killed 22 Sept 1916 aged 40
1756 PTE W G C.......... THE QUEENS R
A RARE STAR TO A MAN MID AT GALLIPOLI AND LATER KILLED IN FRANCE
Together with a 1909 6 MTN BATTERY SHOOTING MEDAL
Star named 2/190 LIEUT F DALY NZEF
MID “THIS OFFICER LEFT NZ WITH THE MAIN BODY AS A CORP.IN 1914. HE SERVED RIGHT THROUGH THE GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS COMMISSION. THE WORK OF LT DALY HAS BEEN EXCELLENT AND HIS COOLNESS AND COURAGE UNDER HEAVY FIRE HAS BEEN A SPLENDID EXAMPLE TO THE MEN UNDER HIM. HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT THE SOMME ON 25TH SEPT 1916.”
STOWERS - “THIS OFFICER WAS ON THE PENINSULAR THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE OF THE OPERATIONS AT ANZAC. HE WAS COMMISSIONED FROMTHE RANKS ON 26 JULY 15. AS NO.1 BATTERY SERGTMAJOR SECTION CDR AND BATTERY CDR HE HAS DONE MUCH GOOD WORK SHOWING MUCH COURAGE AND RESOURCE.
On 25 September 1916, Lieutenant Frederick Daly of the New Zealand Field Artillery was kia. He had been born in County Cork, Ireland in 1886, and was the only professional soldier of this group of men, having served in an artillery unit in India before coming to NZ. He volunteered for war service immediately war was declared, and promoted to Sergeant on the strength of his previous background.
He served in Gallipoli and was promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major for the 1st Brigade of the New Zealand Field Artillery unit in July 1915 before being commissioned a month later as Temporary Second Lieutenant. This rank was confirmed in October 1915. He moved to France in May 1916 and in August was promoted to full Lieutenant in August 1916. It is possible he was killed in an artillery duel between German artillery and his 4th Brigade guns, which were acting in support of New Zealand attacks on that day. His actions in Gallipoli were such that he was mentioned in Haig's despatches, published in the Supplement to the London Gazette on 1 June 1917. According to the “Personal Notes” section in The Press on 10 Oct 1916, he had served in Gallipoli with some distinction. “Lieutenant Daly was a real soldier, as in his letters to his mother, what would have been tragic episodes were always of a humorous character.” .
A 1914-15 STAR TO MAN KILLED AT CHUNUK BAIR, GALLIPOLI
8/1794 PTE A. McNIEL NZEF
Killed on 8 August 1915, Age 38
1914-18 WAR MEDAL
R-40206 PTE C A GRIEVE K R RIF C (A RARE MEDAL TO A FIJIAN)
Killed 4 December 1918 aged 19.
Colin Angus Grieve. Son of James and Annie Grieve, of Suva, Fiji Islands.
There were 2 young Grieve men from Fiji in WW1; Colin Angus Grieve born 1899, and Norman Bruce Grieve born 1894. They were brothers, sons of James and Annie Grieve nee Lowrie of Suva. Colin was in the 2nd Fiji reinforcements to the Kings Royal Rifles. He was gassed in France, and died of bronchial pneumonia in 1919, aged 19. He is buried at Mauberge(Sous le Bois) Cemetery, France. Norman was just called up into the Home Guard in Fiji and never served overseas.
The 1st Fiji Contingent
In August 1914 Great Britain declared war on Germany, and
sent out a call to every part of the British Empire to aid her in defeating the
Hun. The small colony of Fiji, far away in the South Pacific, rallied to the
call. Many of the young men living and working in the colony were from
Australia, New Zealand or Britain, and over 400 of them returned to their
homelands and enlisted there, some leaving on the first boat after the
announcement of the outbreak of war
The total European population of Fiji in 1914 was less than
4000, including women and children, and the part-European population was
approximately 2,500. The Fijian and Indian populations were about 90,000 and
The remainder of the population strongly wished not only to
contribute money and goods to the war effort, as the Secretary of State for the
colonies advised, but also to “raise and equip a force of picked men for active
service at the Front”; consequently a resolution to that effect was passed in
the Legislative Council. The Rifle Clubs of various towns united to form the
Fiji Rifle Association. This combined with the Fiji Volunteers, which had
existed since the late 1880s, forming the Fiji Defence Force. Most of the
European men in Fiji were eventually part of this force. Cadet platoons were
formed in Suva and Levuka, and some schools raised Cadet Corps. In 1916 a
platoon of Fijians was raised in Suva as part of the Fiji Defence Force.
Eventually the Secretary of State for the Colonies gave his
consent for the raising of a contingent, and applications were called for from
men between the ages of 18 and 38 and of pure European descent.
A force of 57 was formed, spent some time in training, and
left for Britain on January 1, 1915. Most of these enlisted in Britain with the
King’s Royal Rifles, an infantry regiment famous for its past exploits,
particularly in the American Wars. After preliminary training in Britain, the
Fiji platoon of the KRRC was sent into action in the battlefields of Flanders.
During May 1915, of the 43 strong Fiji platoon of the KRRC, 9 lost their lives
and 31 were wounded in the battles of the Somme region."Of the forty-three
men who have served at the Front as members of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps,
there are now ten left. Originally the Fiji men composed a whole platoon, now
owing to their limited numbers, they form the main part of a section……"
In November 1914, the Governor of Fiji was authorized by
the Army Council to choose candidates for commissions in the New Service
Battalions that were being raised in Britain. Gentlemen with previous military
experience were preferred. Selected candidates were given free passages to
Britain and were commissioned soon after arrival.
A 2nd Contingent was raised and sent to replace the
casualties of the 1st Contingent, in July 1915
13466 PTE C D....... R WAR R
killed Tyne Cot, 6 Oct 1917
23579 PTE J R .........R FUS
13/2903 DVR W G ROSS NZEF
With copy file. A Butcher from Onehunga. Served 9th MR and A Squadron Auckland MR before serving in the Entrenching Batn and DAC. WW2 home service NZTES.
24169 PTE W R HO.....R NZEF
Served Caterbury Infantry and NZ Machine Gun Btn. Received "trivial" gun shot wound to the head 4/10/17 at Passchendaele
61544 PTE E E COFFEY NZEF
Wellington Infantry. Wounded 1918
MERCANTILE MARINE WAR MEDAL
KILLED DURING THE MARQUETTE SINKING
3/564 PTE J S BIRD NZEF in near perfect order and retaining almost all original gilt finish.
James Samuel Bird of the New Zealand Medical Corps was drowned then the Hospital Ship "Marquette" was torpedoed on 23 October 1915. His body was seemingly not recovered.
Sold with his original wallet and notebook with some detail as well as an original portrait photo and another possibly showing Bird or a brother (as they look very similar). Notebook contains Birds details but also information on attack plans etc and a rifle and bayonet number so this could perhaps belong to his brother as NZMC would not normally be issued with a rifle - and it is also presumed Birds personal effects would have gone down with the Marquette.
An important medal in NZ History and extremely rare.
A VICTORY MEDAL TO A 1914 CASUALTY OFFICER MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES
A very interesting Victory Medal to 2 LIEUT T A KNOTT. The medal is missing its suspension ring and the fixing. This can be repaired.
Thomas Albert Knott was born in 1879. He enlisted in the Manchester Regt in 1901 and served as an instructor until he transferred to the 1st Royal Berkshire Regt in 1906.
They embarked for WW1 on 13 August and served at Mons. By this stage he was a C Q M S. In the advance on Mons he saved the Batns transport column and for this was promoted to 2nd Lt. At Gheluvelt on 8 November 1914 he was the only officer left standing.
On 13 November 1914 having brought in and repositioned machine guns under heavy fire he was hit whilst entering his observation position. He was seriously wounded in the thigh and died 2 weeks later. His NCO won the DCM and had Knott lived he would have also been decorated. He did received a Mention in Despatches posthumously.
A splendid medal to a fighting officer. This medal was purchased in England recently at an antique store in the Cotswalds.