AN EGYPT PAIR OF MEDALS TO A MAN WHO EMMIGRATED TO AUSTRALIA, THEN SETTLED IN NZ
An interesting Egypt pair with with dated reverse.
The Egypt Medal has the clasp TEL EL KEBIR and is impressed 1786 2 CPL S R WEATHERLEY C & T Corps
The star is dated 1882 and is un-named.
Sidney Robert Weatherley was born in Chiselhurst, Kent in 1861, the son of Cornelius and Mary. He lived there until he enlisted at and by 1881 was based at Stoke Damerel in Devon. He served in Egypt with the Commissariat and Transport Corps and was in action at Tel El Kebir. By accounts he remained in Egypt for a number of years and was also present at Gordons Relief of Khartoum in 1884/5.
He emigrated to Australia and settled in Queensland where he had a son in 1892. His two older brothers also moved to Australia with him and they died in Queensland (William at Rockhampton in 1913 and Charles at Townsville in 1924). By 1911 he had moved to New Zealand and settled in Masterton, before later moving to Auckland where he lived in Mt Roskill.
He died in 1936 aged 74 .
A nice pair to a man with researchable service.
The naming is of a later impressed style. I presume his medals were not claimed and he wanted them in later life whilst living in New Zealand. As a result the Egypt medal is in very nice condition given it is frequently found very damaged due to the star. Light scratch to obverse visible in certain light. The medal roll confirms the issue of the medals to him in April 1932.
Provenance: Auction, Wellington 2022
ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE LSGC
EDVII issue impressed M249 D HENERTY SEAn 2 CL RNR
Awarded 1910 , with copy roll entry
Provenance Private Collection
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
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
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
Provenance: Dealer in Florida USA 2020
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.
Provenance: Dealer in Florida USA 2020
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.
Provenance Private NZ Collection 2020
DNW, London 2020
DNW, London 2014
Spink, London ?
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.
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
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
NZ Defence Service Medal. named correctly.
Provenance : Trade Me 2018
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
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.
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.