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.
1/21 PTE A STEVENS NZEF
Samoan Advance Force. Arthur Stevens served with the Wellington Infantry as part of the Samoan Advance Force - who took the first German held land in WW1.
Arthur Stevens was born in 1885. He was working as a Labourer living in a boarding house in Dixon Street, Wellington when he enlisted in the Samoan Expeditionary Force on 9 August 1914/ He embarked almost immediately for Samoa and the NZ forces who served in Samoa had the first victory in WW1.
He returned to NZ and discharged just over a month after his enlistment. In January 1916 he re-enlisted in the NZ Forces but seems to have remained in New Zealand as he was medically unfit. He enlisted again in January, April and May 1917 but his service appears to have been at the QM Stores in Trentham Camp.
In December 1941 he enlisted in the NZ Temporary Staff , shaving a couple of years from his age, and served at Fort Dorset with the 10th Heavy Regiment. For this service he was awarded the 1939-45 War and NZ Service Medals. These are not with the trio.
He died in 1958.
6/1375 Pte H Peacock NZEF
Henry Peacock was born at Lithgow NSW in 1894 and was killed at Gallipoli on 10 May 1915 aged 21, whilst serving with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment. His stated occupation was blacksmith.
His file shows that he suffered an abdominal wound which resulted in his death. He is buried at Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Cape Helles.
Extremely rare double issue. The trio is named T Sgt J F Cadigan Nig R and he also has a NZEF pair named 37176 SPR J F CADIGAN NZEF. He served in the Nigeria Regiment before making his way to NZ in 1916. He died in Queensland, Australia
John Francis Cadigan was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1879. He was working as a Construction Foreman for the Nigerian Government. He enlisted in the Nigerian Regiment and served with them in East Africa before taking his discharge in March 1916 travelling to London. In January 1917 he enlisted in the NZ Forces, in London and served in Western Europe as a Sapper with the NZ Engineers. He suffered somewhat from the effects of working in Africa and stated that he had Myalgia, which did effect his service with the NZ Engineers. He discharged from the NZ Force in April 1918, in London, and returned to the employment of the Nigerian Government.
He was a regular traveler on ships too and from New Zealand and died in Brisbane in 1954 .
This set is almost certainly an unique grouping with double WW1 issues to a NZer in the Nigerian and NZ Forces.
12740 PTE A CHAMP ESSEX R
78971 PTE J J FORREST RAMC
2677 PTE T DUFF 13- LOND R
2nd LT R W NORRIS (12703 Pte Glouc R on Star)
Settled in NZ and served in the 2nd NZEF during WW2 as a Major. Was the Commander of the Tongan Defence Force 1941-42. Entitled to un-named WW2 medals.
1914-15 Star and War medal 8/1118 PTE W G EDWARDS NZEF
William George Edwards was born in 1894. He enlisted in the NZEF in September 1914 and stated he was a Labourer from Gore with previous service. He served with the Otago Infantry Regiment and would have been a first day lander at Gallipoli. He was wounded at Gallipoli with a gun shot wound to the head on or about 9 May 1915. He recovered and served with his regiment in France.
He died in 1969.
1914-15 Star and Victory Medal 24/424 C Q M S E B Frost NZEF
Born in Victoria. Wounded 1917.
Edgar Bland Frost was born in Victoria in 1887. He enlisted in the NZ Rifle Brigade in May 1915 and stated that he was a salesman with John Court Limited in Auckland with previous cadet service. He served in Egypt and Western Europe and was wounded in the foot in March 1917. He was subsequently promoted to Company Quartermaster Sergeant following a period of instruction with the 3rd Bn Queens West Surrey Regiment.
He died in Victoria , Australia on 1 July 1963.
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 K.O. Sco.Bord on first, second and third medals, William J.(surname) on last medal. Fourth medal unnamed.
A TRIO AND DOG TAG TO A MEDIC RECOMMENDED FOR A MENTION IN DESPATCHED AND KIA GALLIPOLI
2108 PTE S L LAMBERT 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)
53383 RFLMN A McG McGavin NZEF together with Memorial plaque in card folder.
Alexander McGregor McGavin died aged 30 on 9 January 1918 as a result of being gassed. He was born in 1887 and was working as a clerk in Dunedin when he enlisted in March 1917. He served with D Coy, 1st Bn, 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade and was severely gassed on or about 21 November 1917. This ultimately caused his death from cerebro spinal meningitis on 9 January 1918.
25101 PTE R ABBOTT NZEF together with original issue envelope and remains of card boxes. The medals in mint state. A scarce set to a New Zealand Machine Gunner.
Ralph Abbott was a Jeweller. When he enlisted he stated he was born in 1885. Alrthough from Dunedin he was working in Auckland and was posted to the Machine Gun Section, A Coy, Auckland Infantry.
He died in 1943 and is buried at Purewa Cemetery, Auckland.
10/4200 PTE J L SPROULL NZEF. From Ohaupo near Hamilton. Served in NZ Trench Mortars.
John Lewis Sproull was born in 1877. He was a rural fireman and enlisted in December 1915. He served on the Western Front with the Wellington Infantry and then the New Zealand Trench Mortar Brigade. He suffered from Trench Fever and probably shell shock and died at Hawera in 1955.
12/2997 C DIXON NZEF. Served in Auckland Infantry,
CAPT J SCOTT
514392 PTE G F BENNETT 14-LOND R
4920 PTE F KNOWLES 11 - LOND R
CPL A G BENNETT 7th SAH
SOUTH AFRICAN HORSE
With a WW1 Pretoria Citizens service medal. Bi lingual Victory Medal per South African issues
T307836 PTE F J WILLIAMS ASC
21423 PTE C G BELL HAMPS R
M2 020886 PTE W C MUIR ASC
26384 PTE R A TUCKER R LANCS R
2440 2 CPL H W CRIPPS RE
2531 DVR G FAIR RA
T 38846 DVR A W CORRIE ASC
137631 DVR E J GILBERT RFA
TZ5901 G HERBERT SIG RNVR
With British Fire Brigades Assoc Medal to George Herbert dated 1950 and WW2 ARP badge in hallmarked silver but missing button hole clip to back
753 A-CPL A C GREENHILL HIGHL CYCLIST BN
A rare unit
30057 PTE A G MUSK Gren Gds
7 PTE C T BRYANT A CYC CORPS
Died 5 November 1915 at Gallipoli whilst serving with the Army Cyclists Corps attached to 54th East Anglian Division. Missing Star
MID N J F COCHRANE. RNVR
Midshipman, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. With copy service history
A WW1 PAIR WITH RFR LSGC MEDAL
The pair named PLY15877 CPL D C ADAMS RMLI and the Royal Fleet Reserve LSGC Medal named as CPL RFR (unusual rank to RFR)
Provenance . Ex Trade Me
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
10/452 Pte F Parli NZEF
Felix Parli served in the Taranaki Regt (17th Coy) / Wellington Infantry at Gallipoli - almost certainly under Malone. Felix Parli was born in 1890 and was a letter carrier with the Post Office at Wanganui when he enlisted in August 1914. He stated he had 2 years prior service with the Inglewood Volunteers. He served at Gallipoli almost certainly under Malone and was admitted to hospital in late August 1915 - presumably wounded or injured. Felix was gassed on the Western Front in June 1917, having been serving with the Lewis Gun Section for a year. He died in 1928
16355 PTE J W G........ LINC R
killed 22 Sept 1916 aged 40
1756 PTE W G C.......... THE QUEENS R
1914-18 WAR MEDAL
26/1173 RFLM H J McLAUGHLIN NZEF
KIlled in Action France 27 May 1916
Henry was born in 1886. When he enlisted in November 1915 he stated that he was a labourer with the Lands Department at Matata in the Bay of Plenty. He landed in France with the 4th Bn NZ Rifle Brigade in May and was tragically killed in action on 27 May 1916
47672 PTE W R HORTON NZEF
William Horton was born in 1884 and was working as a Gardiner when he enlisted in February 1917. He served in Western Europe with the 1st Batn Canterbury Regt
22/320 SISTER S NICHOLAS NZEF
Born 1888. Qualified at Horawhenua 1914. Enlisted 1916. Embarked on Maheno and served at Walton on Thames and St Omer. Married Robert Barrow 1919 and died 1961.
71439 PTE J J BIRMINGHAM NZEF
John Birmingham was a railway worker from Ne Plymouth but enlisted in the 2nd Batn Canterbury Regiment with whom he served in Western Europe
15422 RFLM J RUTHERFORD NZEF
James was born in 1881 and stated that he was a Farmer from Litchfield in the Waikato when he enlisted in April 1916. He served with the 3rd NZRB and was wounded on 27 October 1916 (gun shot wound to the scalp).
13466 PTE C D....... R WAR R
killed Tyne Cot, 6 Oct 1917
23579 PTE J R .........R FUS
MERCANTILE MARINE WAR MEDAL
56951 PTE O PICKERING NZEF
Oliver Pickering was a self employed Blacksmith born in 1885. He enlisted in April 1917 and served with the Otago Infantry. He died of wounds (multiple gun shot wounds) 26 July 1918.
25/586 RFLM T P BOGUE NZEF
Thomas Bogue was a bank clerk from Dunedin. He was born in 1892 and enlisted in October 1915, seeing service in the 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade. HE was wounded twice including a gsw to the face in October 1917
12282 RFLM J SHIELDS NZEF
James Shields was born in Australia in 1889. He gave his occupation as miner when he enlisted in the NZRB in December 1915. He was wounded three times, the final time being fatal.
"69292 Rifleman Ryan stated.... on the night of 26 October I accompanied my platoon in an attack on the railway in front of Le Quesnoy. On reaching the railway line we were heavily bombed by the enemy. One of the bombs exploded near Rflm Shields and wounded him in the head. I plainly heard him say "oh god - I am hit". A little later two men of the company arrived with a stretcher to take him away but he could not be found" KIA October 1918
4/2050 SPR H W BEAUMONT NZEF
Harold Beaumont was a Government fitter, living in Wanganui when he enlisted in December 1915. He served as an Engineer in Western Europe.
8/806 L/CPL W O WILLS NZEF.
William Wills was Born in NSW in 1894. He was working as a machinist in the government railways at Dunedin when he enlisted in the Otago Infantry in August 1914. He served with them at Gallipoli where he was wounded on 13 July 1915 but was able to rejoin his unit before the evacuation. He returned to service with the Canterbury Infantry and was wounded again in August 1916. This second wound resulted in his discharge and return to New Zealand. William Wills died in 1961.
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.