New Zealand Medals Ltd - Military Antiques and Medals. Medal Mounting & Restoration

Medals for Collectors and Investment

Collecting medals is a popular pastime. We have a wide range of medals available so please send us details of any you are looking for. We have medals from the former collection of Aubrey Bairstow (which is a 30 year collection), the collection of the late Dr John Ross (which is a 70 year collection), as well as medals we have purchased as second hand dealers. All medals we sell will come with provenance and are genuine and as described.

We have a policy of generally NOT stating the name of the recipient when giving details of the medals in question. This is because we have noticed an annoying and dishonest trend over the years of descendants searching their ancestors name, finding the medals for sale, then insisting that the medals were "clearly" stolen 50 - 100  years earlier as "granddad would not have sold them". This policy of not naming recipients is becoming more common practice throughout the industry now.

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A spectacular quadruple decoration set for the Western Front

Great War ‘Western Front’ D.C.M., M.M. group of four awarded to temporary Corporal Signaller N. Walker, Royal Field Artillery, who was awarded the D.C.M. ‘for going to the rescue of three comrades buried while asleep in their dugout by a direct hit, and showing great coolness under heavy shellfire and gas at Gouzeacourt’; and the M.M. ‘for keeping the Battery in communication under heavy shell fire, and showing remarkable courage at Hargecourt, Bellecourt, and Beaurevoir during the advance whilst in charge of Signallers.’ Wounded on the Western Front on 18 February 1918, he was additionally twice Mentioned in Despatches

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (160820 Bmbr: N. Walker. R.F.A.); Military Medal, G.V.R. (160820 Bmbr: N. Walker. D.C.M. R.F.A.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (160820 Bmbr. N. Walker. R.A.) good very fine (4) 

D.C.M. London Gazette 3 September 1919:‘From 25th February to 16th September, 1918. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, especially during the Somme retirement on 21st March. This signaller N.C.O. has always been very reliable. His cheerfulness and disregard of personal safety when maintaining communication has set a very fine example to the other men.’

M.M. London Gazette 23 July 1919.

Newman Walker was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, on 15 January 1892 and attested for the Royal Field Artillery at Preston on 20 September 1916, being posted as Driver to No. 2 Depot, R.F.A., before transferring to No. 9 Reserve Battery the next day. Subsequently posted to No. 28 Reserve Battery, he was promoted Bombardier on 2 June 1917 and served during the Great War on the Western Front from 19 June 1917.

Appointed Bombardier Signaller in December 1917, Walker was wounded on 18 February 1918 whilst serving with No. 504 Battery, R.F.A., but remained on duty. He was subsequently awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal - in a letter written by the recipient to the War Office, a copy of which is held on his service file, stamped and dated ‘R.F.A. Records Office, 15 September 1919 Woolwich’, Walker describes how his D.C.M. was awarded ‘for going to the rescue of three comrades buried while asleep in their dugout by a direct hit, and showing great coolness under heavy shellfire and gas at Gouzeacourt’; and that his M.M. was awarded ‘for keeping the Battery in communication under heavy shell fire, and showing remarkable courage at Hargecourt, Bellecourt, and Beaurevoir during the advance whilst in charge of Signallers.’

For his services during the Great War Walker was additionally twice Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazettes 21 May 1918 and 7 July 1919), and was promoted Temporary Corporal on 20 June 1919. He was discharged on 11 September 1919.


Provenance: DNW, London
                     Private Collection, New Zealand

$4500


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A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.M. group of four awarded to Private J. Elston, Army Cyclist Corps

Military Medal, G.V.R. (4914 Pte.- L.Cpl.- J. Elston A.C.C.); 1914-15 Star (4914 Pte. J. Elston, A. Cyclist Corps.); British War and Victory Medals (4914 Pte. J. Elston. A. Cyc. Corps.) heavy edge bruising to MM, the medals worn throughout, fine (4) 

M.M. London Gazette 11 March 1919.

John Elston attested for the Army Cyclist Corps and served with them during the Great War in the Gallipoli theatre of War from 6 August 1915. He saw further service on the Western Front, before being evacuated to England suffering from influenza on 10 November 1916. For his services during the Great War he was awarded the Military Medal, before being transferred to Class ‘Z’ Reserve on 30 March 1919.

Sold with copied research

Provenance: DNW, London
                     Private Collection, NZ
                     Trade Me

$1250


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WWI PAIR RNAS / RAF with MID and Sec Of State Commendation for Valuable Services, 

British War Medal 1914 - 20 & Victory Medal with MID, impressed to 208702. SGT.W.SMITH. R.A.F.

Walter Smith (1894 - ?), born in Kingston on Thames, Surrey, was a mechanic in the Royal Air Force. Before he joined the RAF in 1917 he was a Leading Mechanic, trade: Armourer in the Royal Naval Air Service.

He was Mentioned in Dispatches London Gazette, 1 January 1919, p.104, for action in the Flanders unit. Later Commended and seemingly MID again 1 March 1919.

Provenance: Brian O'Connor Collection, Dunedin
                     Mowbrays Auctions
                     Private Collection, NZ
                     Trade Me


$250

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A Great War Minelaying operations D.S.O. group of six awarded to Rear-Admiral W. R. G. Petre, Royal Navy, Senior Officer of Minelayers in the Mediterranean after the evacuation of Gallipoli, later Senior Allied Captain of the Port, Constantinople, under the Allied occupation 1921-23  and of Royal lineage.

Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, with integral top ribbon bar; 1914-15 Star (Capt. W. R. G. Petre, R,N.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Capt. W. R. G. Petrie. R.N.); Coronation 1902, silver; Coronation 1911, mounted as worn, very fine and better 

Descended from Edward III via the Plantangenet line on his father’s side and James V on his mother’s side. His father Sir George Glynn Petre KCMG CB was a distinguished diplomat. His grandfather Lt Henry William Petre served at Waterloo with the 6 Dragoons and returned with Napoleon’s charger “Morengo”.
Petre gained five months' time on passing out of Britannia at age 13. His first naval service was aboard Orlando, on the Australia Station, appointed 17 October, 1889. On 18 December, he went to join Opal, but he returned to Orlando in May 1890 and remained in her through 9 May, 1893 . He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1896 .  He served in the Persian Gulf, 1897 (thanks of Indian Government) and served in boat expeditions to capture pirates in Persian Gulf for pearl trade. Served in command of H.M.S. Pigeon when she bombarded the dhows in the Persian Gulf and also landed from Pigeon under the Persian Admiral, in December 1897 to punish the murderers of Mr Graves.

In 1898 he was given command of a torpedo boat in Bombay. Was afterwards Commander of Leviathan which escorted South African troops home.

He was appointed as first officer in Halcyon of the Special Service Squadron on 30 June, 1904, and then as first officer in Dido in the Channel 28 February, 1905. On 5 March 1907 he was appointed as first officer in Natal of the Fifth Cruiser Squadron, but was sent to Haslar Hospital on 2 May with a compound fracture to his left leg which he sustained in an accident handling an anchor. To add insult to this, a Court of Enquiry found that he had taken inadequate precautions in the mooring exercise. Petre was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1907 but remained unfit until 28 January, 1908. He attended a three month War Course at Portsmouth and then a three week torpedo and gunnery course before being sent to spend a two year stint in Blenheim, where he was additional though his duties are not specified

Petre spent 1911 in Indefatigable and then 1912–1913 in the second class protected cruiser Andromache. Following a Signal and a War course early in 1914, Petre was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Leviathan at the outset of the war, serving in her until 22 November 1914 when he was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Apollo.

Petre was appointed in command of the minelayer Angora in May, 1915 and promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1915. He would command this ship for three years.
On 6 September, 1915, Petre came down with the flu. He was landed from Angora on the 9th and rejoined her on the 13th, but was not expected to be fit enough to return her to sea for another week. On 17 September, it was noted that "great credit due to him & all concerned for having successfully carried out a minelaying operation under adverse circumstances of wind & sea. On 24 November 1916, he was granted two weeks leave in England.

On 17 January, 1917, Petre grounded Angora. In late March, he would ground Moorsom while passing through a channel. But in April, he was again praised for successful operations in the face of difficult conditions. Petre was awarded a D.S.O. for minelaying operations between 1 January, 1916 and 1 August, 1917, gazetted 1 October, 1917, He slipped past German Naval Defences Kiel to Danzig where he, laid mines, and then returned past the German Navy without detection.

Petre was appointed in command of the light cruiser Cleopatra on 29 November, 1918. From 1920-23 he was the Senior Allied Port Captain at Constantinople.
He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on expiration of his foreign service leave upon his relief, on 21 March, 1923. He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on the Retired List on 8 July, 1926.

Though he offered his services in 1938, there is no indication that Petre served in World War II. He died of peritonitis and a perforated appendix in 1942.
 
D.S.O. London Gazette 1 October 1917: ‘For services in mine-laying operations for the period 1 January 1916 to 1 August 1917.
                               
M.I.D. London Gazette 16 February 1917: ‘For good services in charge of Eastern Mediterranean Squadron Minelayers.’
                               

M.I.D. M049567/17 ‘Carried out minelaying operations on 21 April 1917 under very difficult conditions: to be considered as mentioned in despatches’.

Provenance : DNW, London
                      Private Collection, NZ
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A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.M. group of five awarded to  Army Cyclist Corps

Military Medal, G.V.R. (1930 Pte G. A. Blair. A.C.C.); 1914-15 Star (1930 Pte. G. A. Blair. A. Cyclist Corps.); British War and Victory Medals (1930 Pte. G. A. Blair. A. Cyc. Corps.); Imperial Service Medal, E.II.R., 2nd issue (George Aymers Blair, M.M.) last in Royal Mint case of issue, together with a fine rolled gold (?) half hunter pocket watch, by Waltham, USA, the front ornately engraved with the initials of the recipient; the inside back plate inscribed, ‘Presented to Pte. Geo. Aymers Blair, by the People of Farnworth. In recognition of distinguished service rendered in the Great War. 1914-18’, last partially officially corrected, good very fine. Glass on watch replaced.

M.M. London Gazette 13 June 1919.

George Aymers Blair was a native of Farnworth, Bolton. He served during the Great War with the Army Cyclist Corps in the French theatre of war from 26 September 1915. After the war was employed as a Postman in Bolton.

Provenance: DNW, London
                     Private Collection, NZ

$1650

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------AN EXCESSIVELY RARE SET TO A NZER WHO DIED AS A PRISONER OF THE TURKS

13/949 TPR J H SAUNDERS NZEF

James, from Russell in the Bay of Islands served at Gallipoli and later Palestine. He, was taken Prisoner of War with his officer Lt Allsop on 3 August 1916 during the Sinai Campaign. They failed to return and a note was later found on 8 August by Lt Allsop that he had just left the area as a prisoner of the Turks.

As one of just a handful of NZ WW1 POW's this medal set is historic and of importance to NZ. He is commemorated in the Church at Russell. The medal trio has an MID emblem affixed however we can find no record of him being entitled to this oakleaf - which has been present for a very long time.

The treatment of POW's by the Turks was especially brutal and James died of sickness as a POW 26 February 1917 at Ankora, Turkey

Far rarer than a Gallipoli casualty or even a Middle East casualty and the only NZ Middle East POW set I have ever seen for sale. 

Provenance
Private Collection, Wanganui
Dunbar Sloane, Wellington
Private Collection, Tauranga
Dunbar Sloane, Wellington 2017
A G BAIRSTOW Collection, Auckland

$4000

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A WW2 NZ AIR CREW EUROPE STAR SET OF 4 MEDALS

An un-named set of 4 medals on an older mounting by Alan Polaschek in Christchurch. The stars having minor toning. Attributed in the sale catalogue to J Milne , Mid Upper Gunner RNZAF however with no other attribution.

Brian Connor Collection, Dunedin 
Mowbray Auctions, Wellington 2020

$SOLD


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A DUPLICATE NZ NAVY GROUPING TO AN IMPORTANT OFFICER

Please note. These medals were purchased from the recipient as a spare set of medals, issued to him in error. We are not naming the recipient. He has his set of medals which he wears. These are medals issued to him in error as he already had a Korea pair and whilst the Naval GSM was for service in Malaya which was not previously recognised he already had the same medals for earlier service and both cannot be worn.

Korea and UN Medal un-named as issued to Royal NZ Navy. Naval GSM 1915-62 with MALAYA clasp named in 1990s onwards style as LT RNZN. With his old original medal backing. The named GSM is not a replacement and not marked as such in any way.

The recipient served in the RNZN from 1949-57. He was sent to the UK for training in 1949 and was attached to No 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines. He took part in a patrol with 40 Commando in the Grik Area in January 1951 and as such qualified for the GSM Malaya ( the one he wears is named Midshipman). He was later on HMS Jamaica on 2 July 1950 when it took part in the only action against the North Korean Navy. He is one of the first 3 NZers to serve in the Korean war. In 1955 or thereabouts he was returned to the RNZN, after a period on HMS Belfast. He served on HMNZS Black Prince and HMNZS Pukaki. Retired 1957.

His complete set of medals comprises NZOSM, NGSM Malaya, Korea Medal, UN Korea Medal, NZGSM Korea 1954-57, NZDSM Regular. He did not qualify for the PJM or the South Korea Campaign Medal despite our seeking those for him from NZDF when we updated his medal set. In his wearing set of medals the Korea pair is also un-named as issued. 

The set could easily be "completed" with un-named medals if required. He qualified for the NGSM Malaya twice. NZDF were seemingly unaware he already had it for his attached RM service when they issued it to him for his RNZN service. It seems NZ sent un-named Korea Medals to him for his Korea service rather than the UK issuing them. Later when he returned to NZ he was given another pair. The UN Korea on its pin and with its original box of issue. Interestingly his miniature NGSM is the GVIR variety but he received the EIIR medal.

Provenance: 
purchased from the recipient. 2020

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A GOOD BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL SET TO A MAN WITH INTERWAR, WARTIME AND POST WAR SERVICE. BEM FOR GERMANY

BEM GVIR 45329 A/S/SGT LEONARD E MARLOW ACC
GSM 1918-62 PALESTINE DVR RASC
1939-45 Star
Africa Star
France and Germany Star
Defence Medal
War Medal with MID
Army LSGC Medal GVIR SGT ACC

With box of issue for BEM, 3 albums of photos and assorted loose images - largely relating to North Africa and Palestine.

Awarded the BEM in 1952 for services in Germany with BAOR 1947-51

"S/Sgt Marlow has shown himself to be an NCO of outstanding merit and technical efficiency. His untiring efforts to maintain a high standard have been an inspiring example to the young National Service men.

His ability to handle the large number of German civilians employed with tact and finesse has gained him their respect.

More often than not most of his leisure time has been devoted to the welfare of the troops, and he is a man of unbounded energy and enthusiasm. 

Under trying field conditions he has shown exceptional powers of leadership, and by his resourcefulness and ability to quickly improvise in a difficult situation has made a very definite contribution to an exercise or operation.

His cheerful disposition under all circumstances and willingness at all times to more than pull his weight has been consistently noticeable . His personal conduct and integrity are of the highest possible order."

The MID is not confirmed however a partial ribbon bar with the set also includes it.

Provenance:
Noble Numismatic Auctions, Sydney 

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THE HISTORIC NZ WAR MEDAL TO 15 YEAR OLD


The recipient was the eldest son of a settler couple who farmed Taranaki. When the wars broke out his mother and 7 siblings were sent to Nelson. He remained with his father at Omata Stockade. Both served at the nearby battle of Waireka with the Taranaki Volunteers. One day whilst out looking for food his father was murdered by Maori. He seems to have gone to Nelson and remained there for the rest of his life. He died in 1934 aged 89

The medal with attractive engraved buckle.

Provenance: Auction, Auckland

SOLD

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AN INTERESTING NZ 6TH CONTINGENT BOER WAR MEDAL TO A MAN WHO WAS LATER SQUADRON SERGEANT MAJOR 4TH AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE

The QSA with 3 state clasps (also entitled to 2 date clasps) and impressed 3223 PTE S A DALEY N: ZEALAND MR

Please note spelling DALEY. on medal

Stanley Archibald Dailey was born in Ireland in around 1872. He was living in Calliope Road, Devonport, Auckland when he enlisted in the 6th NZ Contingent. He served with 16th Coy.

At the outbreak of WW1 he was in Melbourne, Australian and enlisted as a Sergeant in the 4th Light Horse. He served at Gallipoli and later Palestine - with various periods of illness (varicose - which had plagued him in NZ as well. At the end of the war he seems to have gone AWOL / deserted - as a WOII. 

He died in Melbourne in 1942 and is buried at Cheltenham Memorial Cemetery,.

The AWM has two excellent glass plate negatives of him wearing his QSA ribbon.

Provenance:
Private Collection, Christchurch
NZAA Auction, Wellington

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A NAVY LSGC MEDAL WITH WW1 WAR MEDAL

A War medal and LSGC to Robert Henry Holland. War Medal 304046 R H HOLLAND SPO RN LSGC 304046 R H HOLLAND SPO HMS KENT

He was born in 1883 and enlisted in the Navy in 1903. Holland had quite a bit of service pre WW1 and was on HMS Hecla during Jutland. He served the duration of the war and received his LSGC Medal in 1919 named HMS Kent.

Quite a researchable medal pair and well priced . Also entitled to the Star and Victory Medals.

PROVENANCE: Auction, Wellington

$180


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POLICE DOUBLE AWARD GALLANTRY SET OF MEDALS FOR THE INDIAN FRONTIER

A very scarce double award set to a senior British officer serving with the Police and Colonial Office.

The first medal is the Indian Police (Distinguished Conduct) Medal. It is a decoration awarded for distinguished service in the Indian Police. In 1942 there was a variation to the ribbon for acts of gallantry. This medal has the gallantry ribbon but the DCM reverse (not the later Gallantry reverse).

The medal is attractively and correctly engraved in running script MR ANTHONY ST JOHN WOOD, INDIAN POLICE, FRONTIER CONSTABULARY.

Present also his his India General Service Medal 1936-39 with both clasps (top clasp not affixed as is often the case) impressed ASST SUPDT A ST JOHN WOOD , POLICE DEPT.
The 1939-45 Star and War Medal with MENTION IN DESPATCHES EMBLEM are both un-named as issued.

The medals are mounted as worn. There is a small verdigris patch to the reverse of the IPM needing a clean.

I have found that Anthony St John Wood was born 19 January 1915. He was appointed as Assistant Superintendent of Police of the Punjab at an incredibly young age on 24 November 1934 - aged 19.

He remained in their service during the Frontier conflicts and was later Colonial Administrator of the British Cameroons. He returned to England in 1949 aged 34, presumably as a result of Indian Independence.

In 1952 he and his wife left for Lagos , Nigeria where he was employed by the Colonial Office, returning in 1955 - stating they planned to remain in the UK indefinitely.This is a spectacular set of medals which has plenty of scope for research. The IPM is gazetted in the India Gazette, sometimes with a citation. I would suggest that with a post 1942 ribbon and confirmed India based WW2 service that it will likely be for a specific act of gallantry in the NWF during WW2.
This is what the campaign was like at the time. https://youtu.be/XMZq0vfLrWo

PROVENANCE: Auction, Wellington

SOLD

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THE HISTORIC MEDAL SET TO THE COLONEL COMMANDING THE 28TH PUNJABI REGIMENT , BREVET COLONEL WALTER PHILLIPS  CB.

A fascinating and historic untouched medal set to a Brevet Colonel commanding the 28th Punjab Regiment.

The medals are to Colonel Walter Ernest Phillips.He served in 81st and 82nd Foots before taking a further commission in the Indian Army. At the time it was common for Indian Regiments to have entirely or substantially British officers
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He was made 2nd Lt / Ensign in 1879, Lieut 1880, Captain 1890 , Major 1899, Lt Col 1907 and Brevet Colonel 1907

His service in India seems entirely with the 28th Punjabis, whom he ended up in command of.

He is shown as having died “out of India” as Brevet Colonel Indian Army 28 September 1911. Obituary refers. The medals turned up in NZ.

The medals are confirmed on the rolls. The medals are period mounted by Spink pre 1911 regulations in a fitted case concealing the miniatures in a hidden tray. The mounting pins appear to be unmarked gold (untested) as this was favoured by senior officers as given it didn’t tarnish it would not mark clothes.

The medals are: 
  • Companion of the Order of the Bath (appears silver gilt) 
  • Delhi Durbar 1903 Medal - un-named as issued. Roll confirms as Lt Col. 
  • Afghanistan Medal engraved 2ND LT W E PHILLIPS 28TH BEN NI (Bengal Native Infantry)
  • India GSM 1854-95 HAZARA 1891 engraved in correct running script CAPTAIN W E PHILLIPS 28TH BL INFY
  • India GSM 1895 Waziristan 1901-2 engraved in correct running script MAJOR W E PHILLIPS 28TH PUNJAB INFY 
  • India GSM 1908-35 engraved in correct running script BT COLONEL W E PHILLIPS 28TH PUNJABIS
The miniatures are un-named as issued and are of superior quality (probably $1500 worth) The mini CB appears to be gold

This set should be a fun research project. Service files will be available from the India Office in London when they reopen.

PROVENANCE: Auction, Wellington


SOLD


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NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1792-1840 GAIETA 24 JULY 1815

Correctly named John Smith. Roll confirms that he was an Able Seaman on HMS Malta. 
Ex Whalley Collection 1877. Sole man of this name for this rare clasp of which 89 were awarded.

SOLD

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NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1792-1840 BASQUE ROADS 1809

Correctly named John Matthews. Nice older toning. 551 clasps awarded. On roll as Landsman HMS Unicorn. Unique name on roll for this clasp.

SOLD

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A WW2 AUSTRALIA SERVICE MEDAL TO A RAAF MAN KILLED WHEN HIS BOMBER CRASHED IN VICTORIA ON 8 DECEMBER 1944

Single Australia Service Medal impressed 42451 J P WARREN. Killed 8 December 1944 in Beaufort A9-432 whilst serving with 100 Squadron RAAF / 2 Airfield Construction Squadron. Tragically, having survived the Pacific campaign, he was a father of 5 young children and was days away from his discharge. His full file and inquest is available online at naa.




SEVEN KILLED IN BOMBER CRASH
MELBOURNE, Monday.— Seven R.A.A.F. men, all Victorians,were killed when a bomber crashed four miles north-west of Bairnsdale aerodrome on Friday afternoon,They were: Flying-Officer RobertMurray Buchanan, of Woodglen; Flying-Officer Kenneth James Hovenden of Bendigo; Flight-Sergeant Walter James Ellen, of Myrtleford: Flight Sergeant Robert Thomas Thompson,of Coburg; Flight-Sergeant Colin Arthur Lee Haslam, of Cohuna; Corporal James Popple Warren, of Thorn-bury: and L.A.C. Edward Gilbert Willett, of Montmorency.

Provenance Private Collection.

$350
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AN INTERESTING RN LSGC TO A WW2 SENIOR NCO WHOSE MEDAL WAS ISSUED, REMOVED, THEN REISSUED

GVIR issue impressed JX131986 D G CAMERON PO HMS MAYINA (edge bruise on number)

Donald Gallie Cameron was born in 1911 and stated he was a Boy Labourer when he enlisted in the RN in 1929 and served on the St Vincent. During WW2 he served on the battleship HMS Howe, which served in the Arctic, Italy and in the naval bombardment at Okinawa in the Pacific campaign. His medal entitlement seems to be 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star , possibly Arctic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Pacific Star, War Medal, LSGC
 
The roll shows the medal was issued to him in 1946 but then as he had been promoted to a naval warrant rank he was deemed no longer entitled and the medal claimed back. The medal was later returned to him in 1951. Interestingly the "ship" Mayina is an inland jungle base in Ceylon.




HMS Howe at Auckland in 1945

Provenance Private Collection

$250
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ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE LSGC

EDVII issue impressed M249 D HENERTY SEAn 2 CL RNR
Awarded 1910 , with copy roll entry

Provenance Private Collection

$220
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A RARE NAVY LSGC MEDAL TO A MEMBER OF THE CREW OF HMS NEW ZEALAND AND HMS ZEALANDIA WHO WAS BADLY BURNED

GVR issue correctly named 184657 W T FOX PO 1CL HMS ZEALANDIA

Part of a larger group of medals at some stage including Boer War or China, WW1 trio and silver war badge. William Thomas Fox was born in 1880 and enlisted in the RN in 1899. At the outbreak of WW1 he was serving on HMS New Zealand (later Zealandia) . His file shows that he was invalided due to burns to his upper extremities, head and neck.

With service record.

Provenance. Private Collection, Auckland

$300
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A KOREA MEDAL TO THE ROYAL ARTILLERY

Correctly impressed 1431520 GNR J DOCHERTY RA

Provenance. Auction, Auction 2020

$250
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AN INTERESTING NZ WW1 TRIO TO A MOUNTED RIFLES OFFICER WHO SERVED AT GALLIPOLI AND ON THE WESTERN FRONT WHERE HE LOST A LEG



The medals correctly impressed 9/462 LIEUT W BELL NZEF

William Bell, a contractor from Morton was born in 1886. He enlisted in the Otago Mounted Rifles in August 1914 and was a Main Body embarkation for Gallipoli. He landed at Gallipoli and also later served in Egypt with the 2nd ANZAC Mounted Rgt. In 1917 and 1918 he served in France and Belgium, which would have been to his advantage as his family still lived in Scotland. While there he was married in Glasgow in March 1918.

He was badly wounded on or about 23-30 April 1918. His file states he sustained a severe gun shot wound to his left arm, a severe gun shot wound to the head and a fracture to his femur - from a gun shot wound. The leg was amputated in 1919. The recently published history of the Otago Mounted Rifles states that the men were defending Hill 44. On the morning of 29 April they were heavily shelled with gas and high explosives for 7 hours followed by an infantry attach and heavy machine gun and sniper fire. Lt Bell was probably machine-gunned.

He returned to New Zealand and died in 1960.

Provenance: Private New Zealand Collection

SOLD

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A COMPLETE WW1 TRIO AND MEMORIAL PLAQUE TO WELLINGTON INFANTRY

Trio impressed 10/3417 PTE W T TRYR NZEF. Plaque named William Thomas Tryr and in its folder of issued.

William Tryr was born in 1876 and was working as a farmer in Paeroa when he enlisted in August 1915. He served with the 2nd Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment in Western Europe and returned home in 1918 having been deemed to be no longer fit for service due to asthma and bronchitis.He died in New Zealand 24 December 1919. His death was deemed to be as a result of war service. He is buried in Christchurch.

Provenance , Private Collection NZ 

$850

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AN HISTORIC 1914 STAR AND BAR SET TO ANSON BATN RN DIVISION

1914 trio all correctly named together with ribbon bar also including the prototype citation.

The trio are all correctly named and the Star is in the correct early type and named ANSON BATN. The recipient was C 1/2453 D McAlpine AB RNVR. The clasp detached but with signs of old thread attaching it to the ribbon.

Duncan McAlpine was born in March 1895. He was a Shipwright Apprentice when he enlisted in the RNVR in September 1913. He first served on Achilles and was then in the Royal Naval Division (Anson Btn) from June to October 1914. Thereafter he served on Victory, Virginian, Excellent and President. He was demobilised in March 1919.

The roll for the 1914 Star to the RN Divisions confirms the issue of the clasp to him on 8 June 1921. Medals to Anson are the rarest to the RN Division, with just 438. 

Provenance: H Mitchell , NZ dealer 2020

$1100


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A GOOD YEOMANRY CASUALTY SET FOR OPERATIONS NEAR DELVILLE WOOD

WW1 pair named 3038 PTE H PIERCE SUSSEX YEO

Henry Pierce served in the Sussex Yeomanry as part of Cavalry Div, attached to the Sussex Regt which was undertaking operations near Delville Wood when he was killed on 30 August 1916.

All medals correct, and his full entitlement. Name on back of photo. A very good investment

$750

Provenance: Dealer in Florida USA 2020
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A SCARCE WW1 RFC / RAF CASUALTY SET OF MEDALS

The WW1 pair is named correctly to 38401 AM1 F HIRST RAF and the plaque FRANK HIRST

These were found by me in America recently. The set comes with the rare scroll named to him with ROYAL AIR FORCE in blue. In 30 years of collecting medals this is the first WW1 RAF scroll I have owned. Also included are two images of him, one in uniform wearing the ROYAL FLYING CORPS maternity jacket showing RFC insignia.

I have added a couple of badges which may or may not be genuine.

I have done some very basic research and have found that his mother received a pension following his death

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

HIRST, FRANK. Air Mechanic 1st Class. No 38401. H.Q. (France) Royal Air Force. Born Taylor Hill, Huddersfield, 21.5.1897. Son of Edith and the late Willie Hirst, 2 Mellor's Buildings, Stoney Lane, Taylor Hill. Educated Mount Pleasant Council School. Employed as a motor driver by Messrs Kaye and Stewart. Single. Enlisted 20.7.1916. Came home on leave from France and contracted pneumonia on the journey. Died in Royds Hall Military Hospital, 17.2.1919, aged 21 years. Buried LOCKWOOD CEMETERY. Grave location:- A, 462.
ROH:- Emmanuel Church, Lockwood; Taylor Hill Primitive Methodist Church.

$950

Provenance: Dealer in Florida USA 2020

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The WW2 and Korean War Medals to Gordon William Hinde Royal NZ Artillery

1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; New Zealand Service Medal 1939-45; Korea 1950-53, 1st issue (204546 Gnr. G. W. Hinde) medal named right to left; U.N. Korea 1950-54 (204546 Gnr. G. W. Hinde), nearly very fine (7) 

Gordon William Hinde was born in 1925 at Shorncliffe Camp, Kent, the son of William Hinde, a Gunner in the Royal Artillery. migrating to New Zealand in March 1950, he served with the Royal New Zealand Artillery. He served in the Korean War with the Royal NZ Artillery and is probably entitled to the appropriate unit citations. He returned to the UK after the Korean War and then sailed back to NZ in 1957. He is believed to have died in New Zealand in 2018.

We can find no entitlement to the NZ WW2 service medal. It may be that he enlisted in the NZ Forces whilst based in the UK. The medals are mounted as worn.

Sold with NZ service file for Korea showing his entitlement to the Korea Medals. No mention of WW2 NZ service. Also noted that the NZOSM, NZDSM and South Korea Campaign medals were claimed by him prior to his death.

$725

Provenance Private NZ Collection 2020
                    DNW, London 2020
                    DNW, London 2014
                    Spink, London ?
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Somme machine gunner's M.M. group of four awarded to Sergeant R. A. Lyons, 53rd Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, who was a Lewis gunner and was twice wounded in action - 19 July 1916 and 13 March 1917

Military Medal, G.V.R. (3345 Sjt. R. A. Lyons. 53/Aust: Inf.); 1914-15 Star (3345 Pte. R. A. Lyons. 2/Bn. A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medals (3345 Sjt R. A. Lyons. 2 Bn. A.I.F.) mounted for display, VM partially officially corrected or with edge bruise to AIF, generally very fine (4) Medals poorly mounted for display and will be remounted if wanted.

M.M. London Gazette 14 May 1919. The original recommendation states:

‘During the operations near Bellicourt from 30th September to 2nd October 1918, this N.C.O. rendered most gallant and valuable service as No. 1 Lewis gunner. During the early stages of the attack he repeatedly rushed forward with his gun to give covering fire to the rest of his Company. He several times went out under heavy machine gun fire to collect magazines from casualties and was thus enabled to keep his gun in action throughout the operation. While a bombing block was being built he went out and took up a position in the open from which he was able to give covering fire and keep the enemy away until the block was complete.’

Reginald Armand Lyons was born in Surrey Hills, Sydney in 1893. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Warwick Farm, New South Wales, 17 August 1915. Lyons embarked for Egypt with the 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion in November 1915, and having transferred to the 53rd Australian Infantry Battalion, served in the French theatre of war from 28 June 1916.

Lyons was wounded in action, 19 July 1916, and advanced to Lance Corporal in September 1916. He was wounded again, 13 March 1917, and was awarded the M.M. for his gallantry near Bellicourt on the Somme, 30 September - 2nd October 1918. The Battalion records give heavy hand to hand fighting for the period, with 3 German officers and 31 other ranks taken prisoner, and over 200 German dead counted in the area. Six 77mm field guns and 42 machine guns were also captured. Battalion casualties amounted to 3 officers and 18 other ranks killed in action and 4 officers and 34 other ranks wounded.

Lyons advanced to Sergeant in December 1918, and returned to Australia in April 1919. He was discharged, 18 July 1919.

Provenance:
UK Collection
DNW , London
NZ Collection

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A Second War 1943 ‘Tunisia’ M.C. group of seven awarded to Lieutenant R. C. E. Cox, Royal Artillery, for displaying ‘courage of a very high order’ whilst acting as a forward Observation Officer in support of an Infantry Brigade near Enfidaville on 29 April 1943

Military Cross, G.VI.R., reverse officially dated ‘1943’, in Royal Mint case of issue in outer card box, with Buckingham Palace forwarding letter; 1939-45 Star; Africa Star, 1 clasp, 8th Army; France and Germany Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Efficiency Medal, G.VI.R., 2nd issue, Territorial (Lt. R. C. E. Cox. R.A.) on H.A.C. ribbon and scarce as such, extremely fine (7) 

M.C. London Gazette 19 August 1943.
The Recommendation states: ‘Lieutenant Ronald Charles Edwin Cox, Royal Regiment of Artillery. On the 29 April 1943, near Enfidaville, Lieutenant Cox was acting as forward observation officer in support of the attack by an infantry brigade. Throughout the reorganisation and subsequent counter-attack he displayed courage of a very high order. To obtain observation he had to keep in the forefront of the most advanced infantry localities and throughout the day he was subjected to heavy enemy shelling and mortar fire. At times it was intense but in spite of this, and completely regardless of his own safety, he moved about to better his observation. As a result he was in a position to bring down observed fire on the enemy as they were forming up and advancing to counter-attack. By his action, Lieutenant Cox played a big part in the breaking up of this unsuccessful counter-attack.’

T.E.M. London Gazette 1 April 1949.
Sold with an original copy of the typed citation and a clipping from Herne Bay local newspaper regarding his M.C., suggesting this was his original home town.

Provenance:
UK Collection
DNW , London
NZ Collection

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A GOOD DOUBLE DECORATION WW2 SET

A Second World War ‘Tunisian campaign’ Immediate M.M. group of six awarded to Gunner Harry Moore, 52nd Field Battery, Royal Artillery; he was later mentioned for gallant and distinguished service in Italy

Military Medal, G.VI.R. (986021 Gnr. H. Moore. R.A.) minor official correction to number; 1939-45 Star; Africa Star, 1 clasp, North Africa 1942-53; Italy Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, with M.I.D. oak leaf, extremely fine (6) Medals poorly mounted for display and will be remounted at no charge if wanted.

M.M. London Gazette 22 July 1943: ‘For gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.’ The recommendation for an Immediate award states:

‘On 26/27 March, 1943, Gnr Moore was the operator of an 11 set of an F.O.O. party of 52nd Field Bty RA that went forward in support of a platoon of 4/6 Rajputana Rifles to capture Pt 680 (DELHI) in the hills WEST of MEDININE. This involved an all night approach march finishing with a very steep and difficult climb of 1200 feet, during which Gunner Moore was carrying a No. 11 set. Just before first light the party approached the summit, which it found held in force by the enemy. They were forced to withdraw half way down the feature, where they were pinned to the ground by very heavy Mortar and MG fire with the enemy in front and on both flanks, and in addition enemy patrols in the rear.

In spite of the difficult situation, however, Gnr Moore immediately established communication with the battery, which enabled repeated enemy attacks to be engaged and driven off. The enemy mortar and MG fire became so heavy that it was considered necessary to change the position of the OP three times. Gunner Moore only changed his position on definite orders to do so
, as by this time the wireless set was the only means of communication for the whole party, the infantry set having been knocked out, and Gnr Moore was afraid that, if the position was changed, communication might be lost. Gnr Moore, however, regained communication each time, enabling fire to be brought down on the enemy again and again.

Owing to Gnr Moore keeping communication the party was eventually able to withdraw under cover of darkness. Even then Gunner Moore kept his set open to the last possible moment.

His devotion to duty,his cool bearing, and his complete disregard of personal safety under these most difficult conditions, were a continual source of inspiration to all who saw him.’

M.I.D. London Gazette 11 January 1945: ‘For gallant and distinguished services in Italy.’
Harry Moore was a native of Rawtenstall, Lancashire. Sold with original War Office letter forwarding the M.M. and a Post Card photograph of the recipient in uniform.

$3500
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PARACHUTE REGIMENT MEDAL GROUP

A WW2 set with 2 clasp General Service Medal. Issue box and slip for WW2 medals shows the award of France and Germany set. Africa Star and Defence medal not stated but seem probably. Apparent WW2 Parachute Regt service. Certainly worth further research into whether he jumped on D Day.

The GSM comes with letter verifying Palestine clasp and the roll confirms SE Asia clasp with Army Air Corps and Parachute Regt (7 Para). I can’t id him on the Palestine roll. 

The GSM has been officially re-impressed / corrected. Medals to Paras of this period are named AAC. Not faked as SE Asia GSMs available un-named quite easily so a faker would use one of them rather than erasing another medal.


A good set with Para service. Supposed post war SAS service but not able to be verified. I have had this for quite a number of years. 

$1100


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------EGYPT MEDAL 1882 UNDATED TO CASUALTY

Correctly named to 18080 SAPR E C TODD 11TH CO RE
Medal is near mint. He died 25 August 1886. Worthy of further research to see how and where he died. 

SOLD



--RARE 1847 DATED MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL

Sadly the name has been erased from this rare medal, one of 110 awarded. HOWEVER as there was only 110 awarded and some parts of the name are visible it would be possible for a patient collector to identify the recipient of the medal

SOLD
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ABYSSINIA MEDAL 1869 TO AN EVENTUAL GENERAL

A rare 1869 Abyssinia Medal named as Asst Surgeon , Bombay Med Dept. On original ribbon and pin and in old case. A rare and important medal. From my private collection and purchased in the UK around 15-20 years ago.
Peter Stephenson Turnbull was born on 2nd March 1836, at Deneburn, Denholm, the fourteenth child of Thomas Turnbull (1784-1867), tenant of East Middle by his second wife, Mary Beattie (1801-1880). He studied at the University of Glasgow between the years 1855-1859, taking classes in Practical Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Botany, Surgery, Materi Medica Pharmacy and Dietetics, Dispensary, Medical Jurisprudence, Pathology, Natural History and Midwifery.
He graduated MD in 1859. He studied at Edinburgh Medical School at sometime in 1859 and 1860 before gaining registration of his Medical qualifications in 1860. He served with the Army in Abyssinia between 1867 and 1868 and assisted in the action of Arogee and assault and capture of Magdala for which he gained a medal.
In 1893 Peter Turnbull became Surgeon Major General of the Indian Medical Service in Bombay, a fellow of the University of Bombay and Surgeon General with the Government of Bombay. He died on 7th October 1921 in Edinburgh and is buried there in Grange Cemetery.
His archives and documents are held by Glasgow University.

SOLD

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The historic and unique set of medals to Wing Cdr Baigent DSO, DFC and bar AFC 
complete with his vitally named NZ Defence Service Medal and an impressive archive of paperwork. Logbooks are included however a WW2 one is missing. This is believed to have been misplaced when the medals were on loan to the RNZAF Museum from the 1950s through to around 2015. The archive included is impressive and includes is diary of raids, numerous photos in 2 albums as well as assorted unmounted images, certificates, telegrams etc. This is most certainly a serious collection, worthy of a book as Baigent was the youngest Wing Cdr in WW2 as well as being CO of 75 Squadron.

Offered on behalf of a private collector
SOLD
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A KEY GROUP TO ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS. MONS TRIO AND CLASP NAMED AS SGT MAJOR RFC. WING CDR BRUCE MBE
A well researched historic yet affordable group.

$5500

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NZ Fire Service LSGC and bar with UFBA medal to the same recipient. 
$675                                                                                                                                


                                                                                   
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A GOOD WW2 SET TO A POW WHO WAS MID OR KIA
IGS 1908-35 named 7646 L-NK GUL BADSHAR 2-10 BALUCH R







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Knights Bachelor neck badge in case. 

Very minor enamel damage but a lovely piece. Sadly no history with this order of knighthood. 
Purchased London 2017

SOLD


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A WW2 GROUP WITH MID TO A CAPTAIN , ROYAL ARTILLERY
Un-named medal set with MID Certificate and a bundle of documents and a group photo relating to Captain Ronald Harold Vaughan-Williams of J Troop, 359 Bty, 109 LAA Regt RA, which was particularly active as it moved through Normandy, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Provenance Britannia Medals, UK about 15 years ago for my private collection
$550


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NZ Defence Service Medal. named correctly.
Provenance : Trade Me 2018
$250

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Boer War and WW1 father and son set. Father died Grenadier Guards during the Boer War son served RN WW1
1248 Pte E Leader Grenadier Guards died during the Boer War , having earlier served with E Div Metropolitan Police. Died at Mooi River 26/8/00 QSA CC and Witt
L5611 Albert Leader was born in 1896. He served in the RN enlisting as a Boy Sailor in 1914 and taking his discharge in 1920. 
SOLD
Provenance: Private Collector , originally ex Trade Me.

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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A MODERN MULTI CAMPAIGN SET TO THE ROYAL ARTILLERY

Nato Former Yugoslavia, Nato Kosovo, Op Telic Iraq Medal correctly laser named GNR RA, UN Cyprus Medal and 2012 Jubilee Medal. The medals mounted as worn. The Jubilee Medal tacked on the older mounting. I suspect that the recipient has discharged from the services and joined a uniformed service which qualified for the Jubilee Medal such as the Police or Prison Service. A nice set representing a decent number of deployments.
Provenance: sold to a dealer in Southampton, UK by the recipient and purchased by us from them in Feb 2018
$800






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A NZ Volunteer Service Medal to the Auckland Regiment 
Correctly named by Bock to 3/1618 PVT R LUKE 3RD AUCK REG (COUNTESS OF RANFURLY'S) OWN (1911).

A bit of loss of beeswax filling to naming at 4 o'clock due to small edge knock or rubbing.

A great medal. The number isnt a WW1 number. Probably his full entitlement

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TUNNELLERS MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL GROUPING

1914-15 trio to RE. Meritorious Service Medal GVR named 136058 SAPR -A.SJT : W HOMER . 183/TLG : Coy R.E.

A rare medal to a Tunneller. Many of their bravery awards were not in the face of the enemy so the MSM was often awarded instead.
$2,750.00



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A good modern pair for Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. The regiments tour of Afghanistan the subject of a documentary series - the DVD of which is included.

$1200

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THE MEDALS TO PRINCESS MARGARETS DRIVER AND VALET

Royal Victorian Medal and 2002 Jubilee Medal with certificates and a folder of related documents. Both medals un-named as issued. He returned his medals following the death of Princes Margaret but later had them returned to him. There are a number of newspaper clippings with the medals and it seems he fell out with the Royals after the Princess's death. As with Paul Burrell it seems various accusations had been made about his retention of cards etc. After Princess Dianas death he too had been tasked with the burning of a lot of her effects and letters.

$2000