WW1 BWM – Bronze
1st Battalion Maltese Labour Corps

Awarded to 4923 S Pace
Served Salonika
With copy MIC & Medal Roll
Suspension a little slack, court mounted for display
Price: £175


1/1st North Somerset Yeomanry
1914 Star

Awarded to 729 Pte Charles Eustace Baker

Charles Baker Lived in Weston-Super-Mare, and Enlisted in Bath

Pte Baker was killed on the 11th April 1917 during the Arras Offensive. It was on this day that the 1/1st N.S.Y. participated in the attempted capture of Monchy Le Preux by the 6th Cavalry Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division.
The Cavalry, in an attempt to seek a breakthrough, attacked Monchy in a fierce snowstorm, but whilst galloping through the village were met with heavy fire. The Cavalry then re-inforced the Infantry units dug into the ruined buildings and shell holes using their Hotchkiss MG’s.
It was thought the Germans were planning an out-flanking attack to the south of the village, which was very lightly held by survivors of the mornings attack, so a Squadron of the 1/1st NSY and 4 MG’s were sent as reinforcements. At some point during this attack Pte Baker would have been killed.
Lieutenant Alan Thomas, an infantry officer who visited Monchy on the evening of 12 April as part of the 37th Division described the scene:
“Heaped on top of one another and blocking up the roadway for as far as one could see lay the mutilated bodies of our men and their horses. These bodies torn and gaping had stiffened into fantastic attitudes. All the hollows of the road were filled with blood. This was the cavalry.”
Buried at Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt

Copy MIC, CWGC, SDGW, Medal Roll
Scarce Yeomanry Casualty.
Price: £195

3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade
1914 Star

Awarded to 9565 Rfm Frederick Charles Blackman

Frederick Blackman was born in Bognor, Sussex in 1903, aged 18 years and 6 months, a labourer / blacksmith by trade.
He was posted to Egypt between 12th December 1903 and 23rd November 1905

He landed in France 16th September 1914. He appears to have been wounded in the right shoulder (flesh wound) on the 15th October 1914. This was probably at the Battle of Armientieres. Although it is noted as a “Flesh Wound” it was serious for Rfm Blackman to be evacuated back to Bury St Edmunds Hospital, finally being discharged on the 15th January 1915. He was never to go back on active service, being discharged due to termination of engagement on the 5th January 1916 after 13 years of service.

Copy MIC, Medal Roll, Service Papers
Price: £95

6th Dragoon Guards
1914 Star

Awarded to D/8342 Harry Albert Hornbrook

Harry Hornbrook was born in Kilburn, London in 1893, and was serving as a prewar Territorial in the 6th Middlesex Regiment prior to enlisting into the 3rd Dragoon Guards in September 1913 (He must have got fed up with walking everywhere).
The Army being the Army, he was actually posted to the 6th Dragoons on the 17th January 1914.
He landed in France 16th September 1914.

Over the years he has a few entries in the Defaulters Book, going AWOL and not complying with an order.
In August 1917 he was hospitalised with a fractured lower jaw, occurring whilst on duty (not to blame) – possibly got kicked in the face by a horse? A few other spells in hospital with Scabies.
In March 1918 he was ordered to pay the value of a part worn rifle, for losing by neglect his own whilst in the field.
He was eventually discharged from service 31st March 1919 with Asthma & Bronchitis.

Copy MIC, SWB List, Service Papers
Price: £135

Royal Naval Reserve
1915 Star

Awarded to 179977 Petty Officer 1st Class George Andrews

Geroge Andrews was born in Kinson, Dorset in 1879. He enlisted into the Royal Navy in 1897 aged 18. Served on various Battleships / Cruisers –
HMS Inflexible – 1896
HMS Imperieuse – 1896 – 98
HMS Duke of Wellington – 1899 & 1901-02
He joined the Royal Naval Reserve in 1909
Buried La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie

He died 3rd December 1916 whilst serving onboard HM Trawler “Remarko” which was acting as a minesweeper. After setting out on a patrol of 6 trawlers from Great Yarmouth, to sweep around Lowestoft, the Remarko hit a mine which had been laid by U-Boat UC4 (Captained by Hans Howdalt). It sank with a loss of 12 men (1 survivor)
Remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Copy CWGC, Service Papers
Price: £55

11th Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Victory Medal

Awarded to R/17374 Rfm Robert William Wood

Robert Wood was born in Alnmouth, Northumberland in 1894, and lived in Alnwick – the son of William and Eleanor Wood 8 Wagon Way Road, Alnwick.
Rfm Wood Died of Woods on the 5th September 1916
Buried La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie
Note SDGW says he died with the 10th Battalion, but CWGC and the medal Roll states 11th Battalion

Copy MIC, CWGC, SDGW, Medal Roll
Price: £35

2/4th West Riding Regiment

Awarded to 200909 Pte Henry Thomas George

Henry George was enlisted into the 2/4th West Riding Regiment on 29th October1914 and was discharged from the service on the 8th January 1918 due to wounds, aged 23.

Copy MIC, Medal roll, SWB List
Price: £25

9th East Lancashire Regiment / Military Foot Police
1915 Star

Awarded to 6875 Pte Charles Henry Gartside
Also served as P8949 MFP

Charles Gartside was born in Shaw, near Oldham in 1889. He enlisted into the East Lancs Regiment on 5th September 1914 and was posted to France 4th September 1915. At some point he transferred to the Military Foot Police. He was discharged from the service on the 25th January 1918 with a “Derangement of the left Knee” and given a 40% disability pension.

Copy MIC, Medal roll, SWB List, Pension Card, 1901 Census
Price: £39

Army Service Corps
Victory Medal

Awarded to T4/141062 Pte Albert James William Day

A very sad tale:
Albert Day was born in Luton in 1861. The 1881 Census shows him living in Luton and his Trade as a Straw Hat Maker and enlisted into the ASC in Pontypool in September 1915 aged 54.
He was posted to France on the 21st October 1915, and served at the 1st Field Supply Company. Pte Day had was returning from leave on the 23rd June 1916 to Wardrecques Train Station about 5.20pm, when he was seen to jump off the train whilst it was still moving (though slowly), as it had passed the platform. He was seen to fall, striking the back of his head. Getting back up he walked to the Sergeant’s Mess, where he was an Orderly – about 600 yards. He was found to have two small cuts on the back of the head, but continued to carry out his duties till 9.30pm. He appeared to be quite well, with only a slight headache.
The next morning he failed to appear for duties, his room was checked and the bed appeared to have been unslept in.
His body was later recovered from the Canal between Arques and Wardrecques, on the 27th. Cause of death was given as Drowning, with the injury to head possibly causing a mental disturbance which rendered him irresponsible.
Buried Aire Communal Cemetery

Entitled to 1915 Star Trio
Copy MIC, CWGC, Service Papers, 1881 Census, Photo of Headstone
Price: £25

6th Kings Own Scottish Borderers
British War & Victory Medals

Awarded to 17260 Pte John Thomas Davidson

John Davidson was born in Haswell, Durham in 1892. A Coal Miner by trade. He was living at Trimdon Colliery at the time of his enlistment.

Pte Davidson was Killed in Action 9th April 1917, aged 26, the First Day of the Battle of Arras, and the First Battle of the Scarpe. The 9th Division (which the 6th KOSB were part) made the longest advance in a single day from a static line – three and a half miles.
Remembered on the Arras Memorial
Entitled to 1915 Star Trio

Copy MIC, CWGC, SDGW, Medal Roll, 1911 Census
Price: £95

11th Northumberland Fusiliers
1915 Star

Awarded to 16219 Pte Andrew Burton
Andrew Burton was born in Widdrington and Enlisted in Bedlington, Northumberland. He was living in Ashington at the time of his Enlistment.

Pte Burton was presumed Dead on the 7th July 1916, aged 28.
Comes with a poor quality newspaper cutting with a photograph which was posted by his mother asking for any information regarding her son, missing since 7th July. The Battalion was heavily involved with the attack at Contalmaison and Bailiff Wood on this day, with 31 killed, 187 wounded and 34 missing.
Buried at Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La-Boisselle

Copy MIC, CWGC, SDGW, Medal Roll, War Diary, Photos of Headstone
Price: £55

Nothumberland Fusiliers / Royal Engineers / Labour Corps
Victory Medal

Awarded to 57383 Pte Charles William Beard

Charles Beard lived in Lindfield, Sussex. He enlisted into the Nothumberland Fusiliers in December 1915, aged 32, giving his trade as a Brick Layer. However on mobilization on the 9th July 1916 he was sent straight to the Royal Engineers Depot, with the rank of Sapper, as a “Skilled” Bricklayer. On 25th September 1917 he was then transferred to the Labour Corps.

Copy MIC, Medal Roll, Service Papers
Price: £22

Kings Royal Rifle Corps / ASC
BWM & Victory Medal Pair

Awarded to M/403140 Pte Albert Beard

Albert Beard was born in London, and lived in Copenhagen Street, Islington. He enlisted into the KRRC in January 1917, aged 27, giving his trade as a Storekeeper. He was then posted to the BEF 03rd April 1917.

He was compulsory transferred into the MT section of the ASC 30th July 1918, where he became a Heavy Lorry driver.
He was finally discharged 29th April 1920

With original box and envelope of issue.
Copy MIC, Medal Roll, Service Papers
Price: £45

1/5th Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Commemorative Death Plaque & Victory Medal

Awarded to 4287 Pte Enoch Bough (Victory spelled Baugh, Plaque spelled Enock) – Various spelling derivatives throughout paperwork.

Enoch Bough was born in Bloxwich, Staffordshire, but lived and enlisted in Moorthorpe, Yorkshire. He was a Coal Miner by trade so presumably moved to Yorkshire to work in the mines in that region.

Pte Baugh Died of Wounds 08th July 1916, aged 28, sustained from one of the Actions on the Somme.
Buried at Puchevillers British Cemetery, also Commemorated on the South Elmsall War Memorial.

Copy MIC, CWGC, SDGW, Medal Roll, Photos of Headstone
Price: £135

Royal Naval Air Service / Royal Air Force

Awarded to 2nd Lieutenant Frederick Charles Salmon

Frederick Salmon was born in January 1897 in Blackheath, London. He enlisted into the RNAS on the 19th May 1915. He was Commissioned as a Flying Officer in December 1917.
He was posted to 97 Squadron RAF and he flew several missions over Germany flying the large Handley Page 0/400 heavy bombers, as Gunner and Pilot, before the wars end.

Tragically he was killed in a flying accident on the 1st May 1919 at Ford Aerodrome, Sussex whilst flying a DH10- cause of death given as “Injuries received from a fall when flying in an aeroplane – misadventure.” The aeroplane appeared to suffer and engine failure. Lt Gerald Harwood was also killed.
Buried Beckenham Cemetery

Copy Lots of research including Squadron Log Books, Accident reports, Service papers etc
Scarce to a confirmed Heavy Bomber Pilot.

Price: £135

1st/7th Middlesex Regiment
Victory Medal

Awarded to 6395 Pte Robert John Smith

Robert Smith lived in Ridenhall, Norfolk and enlisted in Norwich.

Pte Smith Died of Wounds on the 21th August 1916. The 1/7th were involved in the Attack on Gommecourt from the 1st July, then in the Foncquevillers sector of the Somme at this time of his death.
Buried Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz

Copy MIC, CWGC, SDGW, Medal Roll, Photo of headstone
Price: £35

1st Middlesex Regiment
Victory Medal

Awarded to G8976 Pte Edward John Smith

Edward Smith was born and lived in Holloway, London, and enlisted at St Pancreas

Pte Smith was Killed in Action on the 26th August 1916. It was at this time that the Battalion was occupying trenches at Delville Wood, under constant shelling from the Germans.
Buried Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval

Copy MIC, CWGC, SDGW, Medal Roll, Photo of headstone
Price: £35

Royal Engineers
Officer – From a Military Family
1915 Star Trio – Lieut on Star, Captain on Pair

Awarded to James Vallence Nimmo

Born in London 30th July 1875. Educated Mill High School, London. Degree in Engineering from Glasgow University. He then had several apprenticeship jobs in various Engineering companies.
1897-1901: Assistant Engineer on the Assam Bengal Railway
1902-1903: Assistant Engineer S Pearson & Son, Seaham Harbour Project
1903-1904: Assistant Works Manager Thomas Broadbent & Sons, Huddersfield
1904: S Pearson & Son, New York Tunnel
1904-1909: Various Canadian Railway projects

Gazetted Temp Lieutenant Royal Engineers 29th September 1914
Includes a copy of a group photograph of the Officers of the Railway Companies of the Royal Engineers Stationed at Longmoor, on which he is named.

Lived Applegarth, Orchard Grove, Chalford St Peters, Buckinghamshire
Wilfred Cowan Nimmo – Lt Col RAMC, MID
Harry Nimmo – 2nd Lt East African Brigade
Frank Hutton Nimmo – Surgeon Commander RN, RVO 4th Class
Quantity of research
Mounted as worn
Price: £165

1st Northumberland Fusiliers
Victory Medal

Awarded to 4097 Pte Mark McKinley

Mark McKinley was born in Ashington, Northumberland, and enlisted in Newcastle. Although CWGC and SDGW state he was with the 1st Battalion, the Medal Roll and Soldier’s Effects show that he was with the 11th Battalion when he died (he also served in the 8th). His MIC states that his first theatre of war was 2b Balkans 10th July 1915 ties in nicely with the 8th’s landing at Gallipoli.

Pte McKinley Died of Wounds on the 11th July 1916, sustained from one of the Actions on the Somme.
Buried Carnoy Military Cemetery
Entitled to 1915 Star Trio

Copy MIC, CWGC, SDGW, Medal Roll, Soldiers Effects, Photo of headstone
Price: £35

East Lancashire Regiment / Labour Corps
Died due to TB
Victory Medal

Awarded to 33131 Pte William Henry Jones
Also served as 476206 Labour Corps

William Jones was born in Peterchurch, Herefordshire in 1897, and enlisted on the 19th October 1914. It appears from his pension records that he spent the time from his enlistment to 14th October 1917 in the 68th Welsh Division, Army Service Corps, in the UK – including 67 days in Cambridge Military Hospital with Syphilis!!.

He was eventually posted to France, but then seems to have been passed around between Regiments for a while – 18th West Yorkshire Regiment, 2/8th Lancashire Fusiliers, then more time in hospital until eventually ending up at the 13th (Garrison) Battalion East Lancashire Regiment. He was finally discharged due to sickness on the 27th December 1918, as physically unfit, with “Tuberculosis of the Lung” and sadly passing away on the 16th May 1919, aged only 22.

Note although his MIC states Labour Corps, I can’t find any evidence of him serving in this unit, only the Army Service Corps.
Buried Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs.
Copy MIC, Medal Roll, Pension Records, SWB list.
Price: £25

7th Somerset Light Infantry

Awarded to 19165 Pte Arthur Hyatt
Arthur Hyatt was born in 1888 and lived in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, and enlisted in Taunton.
He was posted to France on the 16th December 1915
Pte Hyatt was Killed in Action 16th September1916, aged 28.
Buried Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs.
Copy MIC, CWGC, SDGW, Medal Roll, 1911 Census, Photo of Headstone
Price: £45

2nd West Yorkshire Regiment

Military Medal – from Brompton, Northallerton


Awarded to 41033 L/Cpl John Thomas Atkinson 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment

Entitled to BWM & Victory Pair.

Military Medal – LG 02nd November 1917, making this a 3rd Ypres (Passchendaele) award (probably Langemarck). The LG states he was from Northallerton.

Pte Atkinson was announced as wounded in the War Office Weekly Casualty List of 14th May 1918, from Brompton.

Comes with copies of MIC, Medal Roll, LG entries, Newspaper announcements for awards, & wound.

Court mounted for display.

Price: £375

2nd West Yorkshire Regiment

Military Medal – from Ingrow, Keighley

MID’d, Wounded & Announced Killed in Action

Awarded to 8164 Pte Sam Holmes 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment

To France 5th November 1914, thus entitled to 1914 Star Trio – no clasp.

Mentioned in Despatches – LG 1st Jan 1916

Military Medal – LG 11th November 1916, making this very likely a Somme award

The MM was presented to Pte Holmes by the GOC 8th Division on the 10th April 1917 (from War Diary)

Pte Holmes was announced as wounded in the War Office Weekly Casualty List of 25th September 1917, and also announced as killed by the same means on 14th May 1918, however no mention can be found of him in the SDGW or CWGC, and he is mentioned as re-enlisting as 83167 18th May 1919, so one can only assume this is a mistake (and was probably only wounded again), but you can imagine the impact the announcement must have had on his family!!!

Comes with copies of MIC, Medal Roll, LG entries, Newspaper announcements for awards, wound, & death!

Court mounted for display. A couple of edge knocks, but naming is fine.

Price: £445

Manchester Regiment

Territorial Efficiency Medal

George VI

Awarded to 3529941 Pte H Hinson Manchester Regiment

Price: £75

4th Yorks & Lancs Regiment (Hallamshire)

Territorial Force Efficiency Medal

Edward VII

EVII TFEM awarded to 45 Pte M Sharman

(67 awarded to the 4th Battalion)

Price: £120

East Kent Regiment


8862 Pte Harold Henry Vincent Harford

Lived Regents Park, London, a Book-keeper by trade.

Attested in Canterbury 29.12.15, aged 28 into the Buffs.

A letter in his service papers states that he was wounded in the Somme Battles in September 1916, whilst serving with the 8th Battalion.

He was posted Home on the 16.09.16, so this probably ties in with him being wounded.

A further entry in his papers gives the nature of the disability – Gun Shot Wound Right Arm and Shoulder Front)

He was eventually discharged on the 20.04.17.

At some point it appears that Harford emigrated to France, as there is numerous correspondence from the Canadian Imperial Service Gratuities, asking for copies of his service papers (which appears o have gone missing!)

Copy MIC, SWB Roll, Service Papers

Price: £25

7th Shropshire Light Infantry

1915 Star & Victory Medal

14617 Pte Ernest Newbrook

Born 1895 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. To France 28.09.15

Copy MIC, Medal Roll, 1911 Census

Price: £50

2nd West Riding Regiment

1914 Star, Victory Medal & SWB

9704 Pte Thomas Healey West Riding Regiment

(Note: Surname spelled Healy on Victory Medal – according to MIC this is the correct spelling, his papers mixing Healey / Healy)

SWB Number 520320

Living in Oldham, he attested into the Duke of Wellington Regiment in May 1909, where he served in Dublin. When the War started Pte Healy was mobilised and landed in France 14.08.14 with the 2nd Battalion.

On the 20.05.15 he suffers gas poisoning (Second Battle of Ypres), where the Germans used poison gas heavily, especially on the French Colonial Units.

On the 17.07.16 he was again wounded (Battle of the Somme), this time with a serious GSW to the head. He was eventually evacuated back to Hospital in Birmingham to recuperate. He was eventually discharged from the Army in May 1918, his address given as Percy Street, Tynemouth.

Copy MIC, Service Papers, SWB Roll, Medal Rolls, Pension

Price: £165

1st West Yorkshire Regiment

Commemorative Death Plaque – Unique Name

3/9574 Pte Edward Crampton

Born and Enlisted in York

Killed in Action 05th September 1915

Buried La Brique Military Cemetery No.1

Price: £85


12th Manchester Regiment

Military Medal

34822 Pte James Henry Campbell

Pte Campbell was born in Manchester in 1889, and the 1911 Census shows him living in Neden Street, Clayton.

He is reported as being wounded in the War Office daily casualty list November 21st November 1918 (Number 5728). This edition is a very hefty tome and is listed in 14 parts and contains the names of thousands of Officers and Enlisted men who were killed or wounded.

London Gazette date 14th May 1919, and this states he is from “Bradford” – an area next to Clayton, Manchester (close to the modern day Etihad Stadium)

Also entitled to the BWM & Victory Pair.

Copy MIC, Medal Roll, 1911 Census, & LG

Price: £425

1st Dorset Yeomanry


27955 Pte George Poxon

Discharged 21st April 1919, aged 42, no longer physically fit for service

At some point transferred to/from the ASC Remounts

Missing its pin

Price: £48

7th Kings Own Scottish Borderers

1915 Star Trio

13958 Pte William Royds

From Rochdale

Copy Service Papers, MIC (To France 09th July 1917)

Price: £95

Special Constabulary Long Service

Cyril Falkingham

From Selby, Yorkshire

Price: £12



107873 AM3 Jospeh William Beard

Originally enlisted into the 13th London Regiment, then Transferred into the Royal Engineers in the Field, then again into the Royal Flying Corps on the 22nd December 1917.

Trade Fitter (Ground), Civilian Occupation: Builder and Decorator.

From Bermonsdey, London

Copy RAF Service Papers

Price: £20

Liverpool Regiment


73704 Pte Frank W George

Also served as 48785 Labour Corps

Copy MIC

Price: £45

12th Durham Light Infantry


19582 Pte Joseph George

Discharged due to wounds whilst serving with RWF

Entitled to 1915 Star Trio (To France 25.08.15)

Copy MIC, SWB Roll

Price: £25


1st Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

1915 Star Trio – Casualty

18266 Pte Joseph Allan
Died 11th February 1917. Born Glasgow.

Buried Bray Military Cemetery

Includes Copy of CWGC, SDGW, MIC

Comes with original ribbons, all on wrong medals – I’ve left them how they’ve come.

Price: £170



1st Battalion Welsh Regiment

1915 Star Trio

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10701 Pte Joseph Sidney George

To France 18.01.15

Attached 857 Pack Company, 84th Brigade, Salonika

Born Bristol, 1895

Copy MIC, Medal Roll, 1911 Census

Price: £95

Natal Light Horse

1915 Star Trio

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215 Pte Alex George (Bi-lingual Victory Medal)

Originally born Tynemouth, Northumberland 02.09.1889.

He joined the merchant navy, eventually ending up in Durban, South Africa, where he married a Norwegian Julie Alvilda Foyn. He enlisted into the Natal Light Horse 01.09.1914, being one of their original 600 under Colonel John Royston and thus would have seen all their campaigns. Discharged in 29.01.1915, he then joined the SASC as a Mechanical Transport Driver (Service Number MT-720).

Unfortunately he then seemed plagued with bouts of malaria, Dysentery, even Smallpox, spending time in and out of hospital in the Tanga and Voi areas of Central Africa, eventually being discharged 06.10.1917 as Permanently unfit for Service.

Copy Service papers for both Units, Census details and some research Price: £125

1/5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment

BWM – Casualty


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4773 Pte James Mason Killed in Action 03.09.16, aged 21 From Tattershall Bridge, Lincoln Enlisted 01.04.16 in Lincoln

Copy service papers, cwgc, MIC, 1911 Census.

Price: £45

15th/ 17th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment

Leeds Pals

BWM – Casualty 

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62090 Pte Henry George Greaves Died 12.04.18, aged 19 Son of Henry Greaves 307 Avenue Rd, Extension, Leicester

Price: £45

1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment

BWM – Casualty

MM Winner (Very early Award)

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9940 Cpl George Dobson

Born: 1896, Clerkenwell, London To France, 02.11.14 London Gazette: 03.06.16 (This is the first Gazette for MM awards and includes many early awards) Killed in Action: 17.06.17 whilst attached to 16th Trench Mortar Battery.

Buried Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe.

Price: £95

1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment

BWM – Casualty

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59194 Pte Reginald Blades

Born 1899, Louth, Lincolnshire Enlisted 18.08.17 in Lincoln, giving previous branch of service as Dental Corps, RFA, as having been a Dental Mechanics Apprentice as a civilian. Shown as wounded 08.04.18 with ICT Left Hand (Interconnective Tissue), whilst in France, which was serious enough that he had to return to England. He then returned to France and was Killed in Action on the 24.09.18

Entitled to Pair only

Price: £45

Father & Son

Father Northumberland Fusiliers BWM


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57424 Pte Sam Butler Address on MIC 16 Tennyson Terrace, Peel Street, Morley, Leeds Entitled to Pair

Son Royal Air Force WW2 War and Defence Pair and Service Book

1108216 LAC Harry Butler

He was born on the 28.07.1920 Served as a Gunner in the RAFVR from 20.08.1940 to 24.04.46 and was based at North Witham.

The 39 Register shows Harry still living at home with his parents at 16 Tennyson Terrace.

Price: £75

2nd attached 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment

 BWM – Officer Casualty

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2nd Lt George Henry Gibson

Born 21.03.1895, Knottingley, and lived 25 Close Street, Hemsworth, Wakefield His occupation was School Teacher.

Enlisted as 36581 Lancashire Fusiliers and immediately appointed Acting Corporal. He was commissioned into the West Yorkshire Regiment on 28.02.1917 He was killed in action on 27.08.1917. Commemorated on the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Memorial, Wakefield.

Copy service papers, CWGC, ODGW, MIC

Price: £120

2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment

BWM – Casualty

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49353 Pte Fred Joel Cowdell

Born: Sheffield, 1899 Lived: 69 Bridge Street, Morley, Leeds

Enlisted: 13.03.17 To France February 1918 Wounded Right Leg 23.03.18 Killed in Action 08.09.18

Copy of war diary for this date.

Newspaper write-up.

Price: £45

Machine Gun Corps

Victory Medal


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Awarded to 9994 Pte William Hutchinson Also served as 23506 West Yorkshire Regiment

Price: £22

1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment Victory Medal

MM Winner


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Awarded to 6159 Sjt William Higgins

London Gazette 27.10.16, so early MM award Also entitled to the 1914 Star, date of entry to France 08.09.14.

Price: £45


1/5th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Military Medal, BWM & Victory Medals




Awarded to 13711 Pte George Ashcroft.

George Ashcroft was born and enlisted in Wigan, Lancashire, embarking for France 25.09.15 (and is thus entitled to the 1915 Star which is not with the group).

Pte Ashcroft was killed on the 30.11.17 when the 1/5th Battalion was serving in the 55th (West Lancashire) Divison in the ill fated Battle of Cambrai. The 30th November is the First day of the German Counter Attack which so took the British by surprise that the Division never really recovered from their almost complete route in the eyes of the British Command. The 1/5th War Diary for the 30th November records: “Heavy German bombardment along whole of front followed by strong flank attack. Front line Company’s surrounded, nothing definite known as to what exactly happened. Enemy seen approaching Gloster Road from direction of Sherwood Lane in great numbers at about 8am. Battn HQ made stand at Gloster Road until 8.30 am. Seeing themselves outflanked on both sides by the enemy they were forced to withdraw to Fourteen Willows where they dug in.” Casualties: 3 Officers Wd’d, 2 Officers Wd’d & Missing, 16 Officers Missing, 2 OR’s Killed, 27 OR’s Wounded, 384 OR’s Missing”

Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval.

London Gazette for MM – 14th January 1918 – According to Williamson’s book, this is for October 1917, the Battle of Ypres

Copy MIC, MM CWGC, SDGW, London Gazette, War Diary Mounted for display

Price: £695

1st/7th Battalion West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellingtons)

1915 Star


2258 Pte Fred Armstrong West Riding Regiment Also Served as 183080 Labour Corps

To France 15.05.15 Copy Medal Roll & MIC

Price: £35


11th Hussars

1915 Star Trio

Regimental Oddity!

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26171 Pte William Charles Curds 11th Hussars (Acting Cpl on Pair)

Comes with a copy of his full service record which tells an interesting tail…. Curds was born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales about 1887. He enlisted in the same city in 1914, giving his trade as an electrician. He was then posted to the 12th Reserve Cavalry Regiment until 23.02.15. It was at this point that his path took a slightly different turn than the norm. He was posted to the Egyptian theatre and stayed there for the next four years until being posted back to England on 28.02.19! During this time, his one journey home on leave from June to July 1916 nearly landed him a spell in prison and a court martial as he failed to report his whereabouts. He even earned a visit from the local CID. The reports that then go on between the Police, the Army and the Records Office does however help explain why he spent all this time in Egypt, and not in France with the rest of his Regiment. Pte Curds was the Groom to Capt Mayne who was Aide de Camp to the Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. There is also a poignant letter from his worried wife asking is her husband is wounded as she had received a letter from him in hospital in Alexandria, but it didn’t say why. His medical records indicate a bought of Malaria. In late August 1918, close to the end of the war, Curds transfers to the Remount Service of the ASC in Kantara (Egypt), shortly afterwards being promoted to Acting Corporal (Paid).

Interesting group, one for the Regimental Collector. Copy MIC , Service Records A few edge knocks & impact marks as usually associated with Cavalry medals.

Price: £175

Machine Gun Corps

IGSM 1908 with Clasp “Afghanistan North West Frontier 1919”

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124729 Acting Sjt George William Brooks MGC (Impressed naming with Official Correction to Rank)

Also served as 9292 Royal Sussex Regiment and entitled to 1915 Star Trio Entered 5g Asiatic Theatre – Hafiz on the Indian Frontier Copy

MIC & Medal Roll Scarce to have Indian Service from 1915 onwards.

Price: £110

Machine Gun Corps

IGSM 1908 with Clasp “Afghanistan North West Frontier 1919”

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113342 Pte Percival Austin Brown MGC (Impressed naming)

Also served as 200950 Dorset Regiment and entitled to BWM & Victory Pair Lived 24 East Street, Blandford, Dorset

Copy MIC, Medal Roll & 1911 Census

Price: £110

Manchester Regiment – Officer



WW1 1915 Star Trio & WW2 War Medal (2 Lieut on Star / Captain on Pair) Ernest Wallwork

Appointed 2nd Lt 8th Battalion Manchester Regiment – February 1913 Captain Manchester Regiment – Dec 1915 Adjt Lanc Fusiliers Vol Bn – Nov 1918 Major (Ex Manchester Reg), Appointed Lt South Lanc Reg – May 1940 Relinquishes Commission Sept 1941

MIC confirms Egypt Sept 1st, so probably part of the advance party for the 42nd Division at Alexandra, and then hence forward to Gallipoli / Egypt / Western Front

Address on MIC given as Macclesfield Arms Hotel, Macclesfield, Cheshire Interesting group of medals.

Price: £265

1/8th Lancashire Fusiliers

Pair & Plaque – Officer Casualty

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Lieutenant James Harper Simpson – 1/8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

James Simpson was born in 1884, in Lancaster, the son of a Scottish Catholic Minster.

The 1911 Census shows the family living in Huddersfield with Simpson working as an Insurance Inspector.

In 1917, the Battalion was involved in the Third Battle of Ypres, or Passchendaele. The Battalion War Diary for September 6th 1917, describes “D” Company 1/8th in support of 1/6th Lancashire Fusiliers for their attack on Beck House and Iberian (strongly held German Pillboxes), and were responsible for the wiring and carrying parties during this attack. 2 Officers were killed in the attack and Simpson wounded. He was to die of his wounds on the 12th October 1917, and is buried in Outtersteene Communal Cemetery.

He is also commemorated on the Ledsham (Cheshire) Royal Sun Alliance Memorial, which is now located at the National Arboretum, Staffordshire.

Plaque comes with it’s waxed card envelope. Also included is a copy portrait photograph, CWGC, SDGW, War Diary, Medal Roll, MIC, 1911 Census, and copy photo of gravestone.

Medals and plaque in excellent condition.

Price: £445


West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellingtons)

1915 Star – Military Medal Winner


Pte James Jennings 11270 8th & 10th West Riding Regiment

To Balkans 07.07.15 London Gazette – 17.12.17 From Keighley

Copy MIC, MM award card, Medal Rolls & London Gazette

Price: £95


West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellingtons)


Pte Joseph Rhodes 31056 West Riding Regiment

Also entitled to IGSM 1908 with Clasp “Afghanistan North West Frontier 1919”

Copy MIC (interestingly MIC gives rank as Signaller on IGSM)

Price: £30