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MINT, WW2 BRITISH NAVY BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC HERO DSM 4 Medal Group To Able Seaman D/SSX 17613 A.B. Backhouse DSM HMS WALKER Involved In Action Resulting In U-Boat Sinking Received Direct From His Family With Documents. Sn 13452. - 13452
This is a stunning DSM group to Able Seaman Backhouse received directly from his family together with his 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star & War Medal. A.B. Backhouse was serving on board HMS Walker which was escorting a convoy from Halifax to Liverpool in March 1941. The convoy consisting of 41 Ships plus 4 Destroyers & 2 Corvettes came under attack from U-Boats 37, 99, 100 & 110. U99 was commanded by Otto Kretshmer & U100 by Joachim Shepke two top U-Boat aces. U100 was depth charged and rammed when she surfaced & most of the crew were killed. U99 went to her aid & was also depth charged. The U-Boat was damaged and surfaced. All of the crew were taken prisoner and the U-Boat sank. A.B. Backhouse had earlier repeatedly dived into the sea which was covered in burning oil to rescue survivors from an oil tanker which had been blown up during a torpedo attack.. He was finally taken back on board HMS Walker suffering from burns and lung damage but was on board HMS Walker when it sank U99. This action was considered a turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic. For his brave & selfless action A.B. Backhouse was awarded the DSM which was announced in the London Gazette Tuesday 6th May 1941. The group comes with a copy of an exert from the page of the London Gazette, an Admiralty certificate of identity for the award of a £20 gratuity & several photocopies of contemporary images of HMS Walker together with a Royal Mail 1st day cover from the 40th Anniversary of the sinking of the U99 which contains further information of the action and is signed by Lt G.F. Osborne, the Engineer Officer on HMS Walker. It is also signed by Heinz Franke another U-Boat ace from the battle of the Atlantic who went on to survive the War. There is also a copy of a contemporary photo and a printed potted biography of the U-Boat Commander. 3 of the medals are in their original packets of issue, the DSM is contained in a family wedding cake box with lid. All of the medals are in mint condition. The DSM has A.B. Backhouse’s details & HMS Walker officially impressed around the rim. A superb group to a British hero from a famous action. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13452

Framed Boer War & WW1 British Military Medal 6 Medal Group Private G. Jackson MM 1st South Staffordshire Regiment / 2nd Middlesex Regiment Wounded In Action Battle Of Spion Kop 1900 With Regiment Cap Badges & Account Of His Sevice & Actions. M 111 - M 111
Private 5562 Jackson served with the 2nd Battalion Middlesex Regiment 1899-1902. He saw service in Major actions of the Boer Wars and was wounded in action at the battle of Spion Kop 24th January 1900 whist fighting at the summit. His Regiment lost 42 killed in action and suffered 102 casualties at Spion Kop in just one days’ action. He recovered from his injuries and at the outbreak of WW1 relisted as Private 9043 in the 1st Battalion The South Staffordshire Regiment. Pte Jackson saw much action in many of the major engagements and theatres of the Great War and was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery during the attack of Munich Trench, Beaumont Hamel 11th & 12th January 1917 (London Gazette 12th March 1917). This is the Soldier’s original framed Military Medal group with ribbons and bars together with South Staffordshire & Middlesex Regiment Bi-metal cap badges. There are also card inserts with hand written text detailing the Soldier’s service in both the Boer War & WW1 together with circumstances surrounding the award of his MM and an extract from the 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment War Diary regarding action at the Munich trench (fully illustrated in image 3). All are beautifully mounted on a purple felt background in a glazed dark wood frame (24”x 21”x 1 ¼”). The rear of the frame is mounted with cord for wall hanging. The price for this MM group to a heroic British Soldier who was wounded in action and awarded for bravery in 2 of Britain’s Major conflicts includes UK delivery. M 111

Display Cased, Court Mounted, Group Of 3 X British Medals to X4022596 Cpl M.C. Whitelaw R.A.F. Sn 13891 - 13891
This is a group Of 3 X Medals to X4022596 Cpl M.C. Whitelaw R.A.F. The group consists of a General Service Medal with Arabian Peninsular Bar, impressed to "4022596 Cpl M.C. Whitelaw R.A.F." and complete with ribbon. The second, a General Service Medal with Borneo Bar impressed to "X4022596 Cpl M.C. Whitelaw R.A.F" and complete with ribbon. The last one, A Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Impressed with "X4022596 Cpl M.C. Whitelaw R.A.F." and complete with a ribbon. The medals cover ‘hot spots’ in the post WW2 conflicts in which the British Armed Forces were engaged. The group are Court mounted on card and presented in a glass fronted cardboard display box with removable lid. This is an attractive group of medals worthy of further research. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13891

A WW2 Medal Pair to Trooper J.H. Vent, Royal Tanks. Sn 13860 - 13860
This is a pair of WW2 medals and ribbons with bars to Trooper J.H. Vent of the Royal Tanks. The pair consists of a British WW2 War Medal and Ribbon and Elizabeth II Territorial Efficiency Medal and Ribbon which has two long service bars. The Territorial Efficiency is named to a scarce unit. It is mounted for wear with metal clasp and pin. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13860

WW1 Wilmslow District Memorial Shield With Copper Centre Boss To British Army Private 2270 Francis Shaw 8th Battalion Manchester Regiment Killed In Action 18th December 1914 With Copy Of War Grave Commission Entry & Note Re History Of The Regiment. - 13738
This is an original memorial shield to a British Soldier who fell during WW1. A week away from Christmas Day and 331 British Army Officers and men lost their lives on 18th December 1914. Add in men from other nationalities and men serving with the Royal Navy, Mercantile Marine and Royal Air Force and that figure increases to 372. This shield in memory of Private 2270 Francis Shaw 8th Battalion Manchester Regiment Killed In Action 18th December 1914 has a wooden shield shaped base which measures 9” x 9 ½” x ½” has a large centre mounted copper boss which is 6 ½” diameter. The boss with laurel wreath bears heraldic arms below ‘Wilmslow District 1914-1919’ (Cheshire) and states ‘ In Grateful Memory Pte Francis Shaw 1/3 Manr (Manchester) Regt Who Died For His King & Country In The Great War’. The rear of the shield has a hanging ring for wall mounting. The shield is accompanied by an A4 size paper copy of the War Graves Commission entry in memory of the Soldier which states ‘Remembered With Honour Alexandria (Chatby) Military & War Cemetery’. Also included is a small printed note outlining the history of the Manchester Regiment and its involvement in WW1 (the documents are illustrated in the images). The price for this memorial shield to a named WW1 Soldier worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 13738

India General Service Medal With Jowaki 1877-8 Clasp To Nicholas Roads 4th Battalion Rifle Brigade, Mounted on Card in a Glass Fronted Display Box. Sn 13626 - 13626
A very nice condition India General Service Medal with Jowaki 1877-8 clasp impressed to Nicholas Roads 4th Battalion Rifle Brigade. The India General Service Medal (1854 IGSM) was a campaign medal approved in 1854, for issue to officers and men of the British and Indian armies. The 1854 IGSM was approved on 1 March 1854. It was awarded for various minor military campaigns in India, during 1852 to 1895. Each battle or action covered by the medal was represented by a clasp on the ribbon, 24 were sanctioned, the maximum awarded to one man is thought to be seven. The medal was never issued without a clasp. The medal is silver, 1.4 inches in diameter, and was struck at the Royal Mint. It was later issued in bronze for camp followers and native civilians. The obverse bears a left facing effigy of Queen Victoria wearing a diadem and veil. Surrounding the head is the inscription 'VICTORIA REGINA'. The reverse depicts Victory crowning a seated nude warrior. The medal is suspended by a silver scrolled bar. The medal hangs from a ribbon 1 1/4 inches wide. It is divided into five stripes, three red and two dark blue, 1/4 inch wide. It is crisply impressed with "1750 Pte Nicholas Roads 4 Bn Rifle Bde". It has the 'Jowaki 1877-8' clasp and correct ribbon. It is nicely mounted on a piece of card and in a glass fronted display box. This is a very nice example. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13626

Original 1882 Egyptian Khedive’s Star To Sergeant E. Jones 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. M 110 - M 110
This medal was conferred by Khedive Tenfik of Egypt to those who qualified for the Egypt Medal and was invariably worn alongside it. This 5 pointed star with circular centre depicts the Sphinx & Pyramids surrounded by a band inscribed ‘Egypt 1882’ also the Khedive of Egypt and the year in the Moslem calendar. The reverse shows the Khedive’s monogram surmounted by crown. The star is suspended by a ring from an ornamental claspin the centre of which is a star and crescent. This medal has been privately engraved with the name of the recipient "1878 Sergt E. Jones 1 Batt. Sea. Highds". The star is complete with its ribbon. Price for this medal which is worthy of further research includes UK delivery. M 110

British Air Efficiency Award Medal and Ribbon To Squadron Leader E.F. Tanner Of The A.A.F. & Paper. Sn 13244 - 13244
This is a very nice Air Efficiency (Long & Meritous Service) award to an officer in the Auxiliary Air Force, complete with paperwork showing his progression from pilot officer in 1939 to his retirement in in 1954 as a Squadron Leader (Wing Commander for Retirement Purposes). The Air Efficiency Award, post-nominal letters AE for officers, was instituted in 1942. It could be awarded after ten years of meritorious service to part-time officers, airmen and airwomen in the Auxiliary and Volunteer Air Forces of the United Kingdom and the Territorial Air Forces and Air Force Reserves of the Dominions, the Indian Empire, Burma, the Colonies and Protectorates. The award is a GVI medal impressed to "Sqn. Ldr. E.F. Tanner A.A.F." The medal was struck in silver and is oval, 38 millimetres (1.5 inches) high and 32 millimetres (1.26 inches) wide, with a raised rim on each side. It is suspended from a silver bar in the form of an eagle in flight, looking towards its left, affixed to the medal by means of a single-toe claw and a pin through the upper edge of the medal. The obverse has his coinage type effigy and is circumscribed "GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:" reading around from the bottom. The initials "HP" below the truncation of the King's neck are those of the designer of the obverse of the medal, Thomas Humphrey Paget, an English medal and coin designer. The reverse is smooth and is inscribed "AIR EFFICIENCY AWARD" in three lines.It comes complete with its correct ribbon. A nice Long Service award to a man who went through WW2 and beyond. The price includes UK postage. Sn 13244

SOLD SOLD (WG) Framed Group Of Medals To A New Zealand Airman. Sn MISC 853 - MISC 853
This is a framed group of medals to a New Zealand Air Force man. The frame contains his bullion cap badge together with a photograph of him in his Air Force uniform. Below are his medals consisting of the Pacific Star, New Zealand War Service medal and the British War medals. The medal entitlement would suggest a man living in New Zealand who entered the war operationally in the Pacific area late in the war. The rear of the frame carries the name and address of the farmer in South Perth. Also in pencil is a note saying ‘FROM THE HOUSE OF A McNEILE OF GATACRE LIVERPOOL.’ This ties in with an RAF inoculation certificate for a Richard Thomas McNeile of Gatacre, born 1931, dated 24th July 1951, and presumably a younger brother of the medal holder who also joined the RAF post war. There is a passport photograph with the document but not the man in the frame. An intriguing family group worthy of further research. Price includes UK delivery. Sn. MISC 853

Original, WW2 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class By Nazi Manufacturer Code ‘55’ (J.E Hammer & Sohne Geringswalde) With Original Issue Packet, Certificate Of Issue Dated 1945 To Unteroffizier Otto Elgert 13 (I.G) Gren. Rgt 1145 & Medal Ribbon. Sn 12974:8 - 12974:8
This is an original WW2 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class with original paperwork & ribbon To a Grenadier of The Nazi German Army. The medal retains its original finish. It has the correct ‘swastika’ and ‘1939’ to the front and the rear ‘1813’. It has its original hanging ring with manufacturer number ‘55’ (too small to photograph) which is J.E Hammer & Sohne Geringswalde (see page 190 of ‘Parade Medal Bars Of The Third Reich’ by Yanacek). The medal comes with its original packet of issue, medal ribbon and original certificate of issue dated 1945 with Commanding Officer’s signature. Price for this excellent piece includes UK delivery. Sn 12974:8
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