1st/4th Battalion West Riding Regiment
(Duke of Wellingtons)

Military Medal & BWM

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MM – 6596 Pte Joseph Bowers 4 West Riding Reg – TF

BWM – 203255 Cpl Joseph Bowers West Riding Reg

(Also entitled to the Victory Medal)

London Gazette date 26.03.17, which according to Williamson’s book makes the award for February 1917. This is confirmed by various entries in the way diary.

The 4th Battalion’s war diary gives their location at Riviere and Sub-Sector (Ypres) during this month. The only action noted during this period was a large trench raid in an attempt to capture Germans and gather intelligence on the 17th February.

Pte Bowers MM award is actually mentioned as being presented in a special parade by the GOC XI Corps, along with the MC to 2 Officers and the MM to 9 Other Ranks, on the 27th April. Interestingly the names of one of the Officers and 3 OR’s being presented, are mentioned for taking part in this particular raid (as is a DCM to Sgt Moscrop, also mentioned in the War Diary, not present probably due to him being seriously wounded in the raid. This DCM LG date is also 26.03.17). There is a high probability that all the Gallantry awards presented that day are for this raid (out of 5 Officers and 71 OR’s who took part).

The War Diary include an appendix of no less than 8 separate reports written by Officers and SNCO’s who took part in the raid and makes interesting reading – including the rather over zealous shooting of German Prisoners!

Copy MIC, MM Award, LG, Medal Roll, War Diary entries

Price: £465


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 Brown 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

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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


Rifle Brigade

1915 Star Trio


S/2972 Pte Arthur Caley Rifle Brigade To France 21.07.15 Served 11th, 9th, & 13th Battalions

Copy MIC & Medal Roll.

Long lengths of original silk ribbon.

Price: £85


1st Northumberland Fusiliers - Casualty

Victory Medal


8103 Cpl Arthur Loach 1st Northumberland Fusiliers Killed in action 16th June 1915, remembered Ypres (Menin Gate)

MIC states to France 2nd November 1914 (thus entitled to 1914 Star Trio)

Born & Lived Radford, Nottinghamshire, enlisted Nottingham

Includes copy MIC, CDGW, SDGW, Medal Roll, Soldiers effects, & 1911 census.

Price: £35

2nd East Lancs & 181st Tunnelling Company

1914 Star


10362 Pte John Carney 2nd East Lancashire Regiment

To France 6th November 1914. Twice wounded: Manchester Courier, 22nd February 1915. Manchester Evening News 24th June 1916.

Copy MIC x 2, Medal Roll & Newspaper articles

Slightly polished condition

Price: £125

British & UN Korea War Pair & GSM “Malaya” – Duke of Wellington Regiment


22676139 Pte Billy Brearley DWR (Note Billy was his christened name, NOT William)

Born 30th May 1931 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and died November 2000 (Huddersfield).

Malaya bars Very rare to the Dukes, only about 30. Those that were awarded the bar were seconded to the Northumberland Fusiliers as instructors in Heavy Weapons, medics, or those with general combat experience.

Mounted as worn, with purpose made wallet.

Never before on the market.

Price: £650

WW1 1915 Star Trio – Officer


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R519 Sjt J F Thorpe Kings Royal Rifle Corps (on Star) 2nd Lieut J F Thorpe (on pair)

Born and lived in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

To France 21.05.15, with the 9th battalion KRRC. Commissioned into the KRRC 2nd Oct 1917, then transferred to the Machine Gun Corps.
Just prior to the end of the War he then transferred to the RAF School of Aviation.

Includes copy of MIC, Army service records and RAF service record Interesting group

Price: £195


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) & Machine Gun Corps

1914 Star – Distinguished Conduct Medal Winner

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Pte Tedlah Siddle 10237 West Riding Regiment

London Gazette 03.06.15 From Liversidge, Nr Dewsbury, West Yorkshire Entitled to Clasp & Roses for Star – to France 08.09.14

Copy MIC, Medal Roll, Extensive Service Papers, London Gazette

Price (Reduced): £250

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