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.
Royal Navy Reserve
Edward VII RNR LSGC: C2272 W Duncan Seaman RNR
BWM: 2272C W Duncan Seaman RNR
William Duncan, from Peterhead, born 1876.
Awarded RNR LSGC 22.07.13
Copy service papers, medal roll confirming BWM only campaign entitlement.
2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment
Queens South Africa Medal – Killed In Action
VC Action – Lake Chrissie
A very rare Queen’s South Africa medal, awarded to: 5901 Pte H Hawkesley West Yorkshire Regiment who was Killed in Action at Lake Chrissie, the Regiments only enlisted Victoria Cross action of the entire war.
Herbert Hawkesley (sometimes spelt Hawkesby (Medal Rolls) or Hawksby (1881 Census), but always the same service number 5901) was born in Sheriff Sutton, near York in 1879, the son of George Hawksby, a farm labourer. He enlisted into the West Yorkshire Regiment and was sent to South Africa probably late 1900 as he only qualified for the one State bar “Transvaal”.
Taken from H. W. Wilson’s After Pretoria: The Guerilla War: ‘On 5 February, General Smith-Dorrien, on the British left, reached Bothwell Farm, in the neighbourhood of Lake Chrissie, which is famous as being one of the very few sheets of fresh water in South Africa. Here he halted for the night and, with the studious attention to all reasonable precautions, which had won him so good a reputation in this protracted war, entrenched his camp strongly.
The night was intensely dark, and the obscurity was increased by a heavy mist which hung over these uplands, rendering it impossible for the sentries and outposts to see anyone at a few yards’ distance. It was fortunate that so much care was shown on the British side, as Louis Botha during the day had reinforced Lukas Meyer, who was conducting the Boer retreat in this quarter, and had determined upon a night attack with 2,000 men, to cover the withdrawal northwards of the great bulk of his force, now menaced with the danger of being driven into Natal or penned in upon the Swazi frontier.
At 3 a.m. on the 6th the assault was delivered. The Boers were able to crawl close in to the British outposts before they were seen and challenged. Their forlorn hope then rushed between two trenches held by the West Yorkshires, driving in front of them a troop of loose horses, so as to confuse the British troops and lead them to think they were being charged by mounted men. They did cause momentary confusion, but the men of G and H Companies of the West Yorkshires were good soldiers, tried by months of war, and they held fast, while the supports coming up caught the Boer stormers and fought them hand-to-hand, speedily hurling them back in wild disorder.
The enemy left on the ground Commandant Spruyt and some twenty burghers dead, close to or inside the British lines. Spruyt was a man of exceptional bravery. He had previously been taken prisoner, and had escaped, without any taint of treachery of unfairness, by leaping from a train in motion. While the main attack was going forward, the Boers had opened a heavy rifle fire upon the camp and had also feinted its eastern corner. The crackle of the fusillade, the hail of bullets and the stampeding of the horses caused a great confusion. Many men were killed or wounded as they lay asleep.
But order was swiftly restored; the tired troops as they awoke collected their wits, snatched up their rifles, and dashed forth to repel their assailants. They had no mark at which to fire except the fitful flashes of the Martinis and Mausers, yet there is evidence that many of the British bullets found billets in the enemy’s ranks.
Long before day broke, seeing that their onset had failed, the Boers withdrew, well knowing that the British were too ignorant of the ground to attempt pursuit until day came. They seem to have made off to the north, sending a detachment eastwards to make the British think that they were retiring in that direction.
At daybreak Smith-Dorrien despatched his mounted infantry to follow them up, but they had already got so far that touch could not be recovered. The British casualties in this affair were heavy, and the large proportion of killed in the figures points to desperate hand-to-hand fighting.
Twenty-four officers and men were killed and fifty-three wounded. The West Yorkshires were hardest hit. Their conduct in the face of surprise attack, with the odds heavily against them, was admirable. Among the Boer killed, besides Commandant Spruyt, were two Field Cornets, and Commandant Raademeyer was severely wounded.’
And among our wounded was Traynor, who had won himself a V.C. for the above cited deeds at the height of the action. As stated, however, his wife Jane, whom he had married in June 1897, was the recipient of a War Office telegram stating her husband had been killed, only to learn shortly afterwards that he was in fact alive – with a splinter and bullet wounds to his chest and a thigh.’
The Regimental Medal Roll dated 14th August 1901 confirms the award of the single bar “Transvaal”, but a second medal roll dated 12th September 1903 shows the entitlement for the South Africa 1901 bar. Both Rolls confirm that he was Killed in Action.
Medal has been court mounted and backed on card for display. One edge bruise above the word Regt, but this does not affect the naming.
Fantastic medal, to a small but fierce engagement.
Copy Medal Rolls, 1881 Census, Will of Soldiers effects
1/8th Lancashire Fusiliers
Pair & Plaque - Officer Casualty
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.
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.
WW2 Aircrew Europe Star
1st Northumberland Fusiliers - Casualty
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.
2nd East Lancs & 181st Tunnelling Company
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
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.
WW1 1915 Star Trio – Officer
KRRC / MGC / RAF
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
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
Copy MIC, MM award card, Medal Rolls & London Gazette
West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellingtons) & Machine Gun Corps
1914 Star – Distinguished Conduct Medal Winner
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
Original Clasp for IGS 1854
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)