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A 'Regimental Sergeant Major's' 1914 Star campaign medal group of 3: Regimental Sergeant Major William McLean, 1st Garrison Battalion Gordon Highlanders late 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
- 1914 Star (8909 L/Cpl. W. McLean. 2/A. & S. Highrs )
- British War Medal. Silver issue (12631 A.W.O.1. W. McLean. A. & S. H.)
- Interallied Victory Medal (12631 A.W.O.1. W. McLean. A. & S. H.)
Important: The recipient William McLean is confirmed on the medal roll for the British War & Interallied Victory Medals as subsequently holding the appointment of Acting Warrant Officer 1 (Acting Regimental Sergeant Major) serving with of 1st (Garrison Battalion) Gordon Highlanders
Note: All medals verified as entitled & issued per the respective campaign medal rolls as under;
- 1914 Star. With dated clasp (ref WO 329/2479)
- British War & Interallied Victory Medals (ref WO 329/1656)
William McLean was a very early entrant to theatre of war 'France', and is confirmed as landing in France, on 10 August 1914 - just 6 days after the British 'Declaration of War'. Interestingly, William was in advance party of his battalion to be landed in France, as 2/Argylls are recorded as landing as a unit at Boulogne, France, on 14 August, 1914. served in France with 2nd Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders - the direct descendent unit of the famous 'Thin Red Line' (93rd Highlanders). He is confirmed as having received the dated clasp and rosette for the 1914 Star, which were sent to him on 19 March 1924. William was subsequently promoted and transferred to the 1st (Garrison Battalion) Gordon Highlanders, where he held regimental number . 1st (Garrison Battalion) Gordon Highlanders, was raised at Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland, in 1916, specifically for overseas service the 1st (Garrison Battalion) Gordon Highlanders subsequently embarking for India in January 1917.
Regimental Sergeant Major Mclean is shown on his Medal Index Card as being a future resident of;
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Scarce seen Warrant Officer rank on the Great War 'Pair'
Sold together with hard-copy of the recipients Medal Index Card
A 'Padre's' Aden Field Force campaign medal group of 3: Senior Chaplain, The Reverend Canon, George Frederic Harvey, M.A., Indian Ecclesiastical Establishment (Bombay Diocese)
- 1914- 15 Star (The Revd . G.F. Harvey, Chaplain.)
- British War Medal. Silver issue (Rev. G.F. Harvey.)
- Interallied Victory Medal (Rev. G.F. Harvey.)
Note: Recipient was the Anglican Padre, to Aden Field Force
Important: All medals confirmed as entitled and issued per the recipients respective Medal Index Card (accessible via The National Archives), wherein he is shown as ranking as 'Captain' and having first entered theatre of war on 15 July 1915, while serving with the 'Aden Field Force' . His medals were issued to him by the Government of India.
George Frederic Harvey, son of James Henry Harvey (an Army Officer who had died prior to circa 1909) was born on 29 June 1877- a passenger manifest entry from 1926 indicates that he was born in an 'Other Part of the British Empire'. George was a graduate of Oxford University. He married Gertrude Vanessa Freestone (daughter of 'Tower Bridge' Engineer, Thomas Freeston), on 3 April 1909, at St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, London). Whether the marriage was successful is not known, as George, only 3 weeks later, joined the Indian Ecclesiastical Establishment. Appointed a Probationary Chaplain, on 24 April 1909, from that date he ministered to British & Christian troops, including volunteer units, stationed in the territory under the scope of the Bombay Diocese. George served an estimated 24 years with the Indian Ecclesiastical Establishment. The Indian Army Lists record the promotions and some of the stations of Reverend Harvey as under;
- Probationary Chaplain: 24 April 1909
- Junior Chaplain: 23 April 1912
- Senior Chaplain: 23 April 1922
1909 (Oct): Assistant Chaplain, St. Mary's, Poona
1911 (Jan): Assistant Chaplain, St. Mary's, Poona and Ghorpuri
1912 (Oct): Colaba
1913 (Oct): Deolali
1914 (Oct): Steamer Point, Aden Colony (and later Aden Field Force) 1914-1916
1919 (Oct): Belgaum (1917-1924)
1926 (Oct): Senior Presidency Chaplain, Bombay
The Indian Army List, October 1933 issue, has the note 'Leave P.R.' indicating that at the time of compilation, George was on leave 'Pending Retirement'. He does not appear on the 'Active List' after this issue. Basis his years service George ranked as a 'Colonel' at time of his retirement.
On retirement, George re-located to the United Kingdom, taking up residence in Welwyn Garden City, where he was living in September 1939. His entry in the 1939 List, has him shown as married, however, his wife's name and details are not similarly recorded. In retirement, George resided at, 6 The Links, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England. George is known to have died at his residence in England on 31 January 1944. He left his estate to Ms Kate Bevis, a lady recorded as being 'Housekeeper' at the same Welwyn Garden City address.
A scarce campaign medal group to a Padre of the 'Indian Services'
A Pipe-Majors group of 7: Pipe-Major D. 'Swank' McLeod, 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders
- British War Medal. Silver issue (3-7366 Pte. D. Macleod. Seaforth)
- Interallied Victory Medal (3-7366 Pte. D. Macleod. Seaforth)
- IGS Medal 1908. GV 'North West Frontier 1930-31' (2810142 Sjt. D. Mac Leod.Seaforth)
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
- Military LSGC. GVI 'Regular Army' (2810142. W.O.Cl.2. D. Macleod. Seaforth)
- Efficiency Medal, GVI first 'Territorial' (2810142 W.O.Cl.2. D. McLeod, Seaforth)
The group court mounted for display.
Pipe-Major Donald 'Swank' Macleod served during the Great War with the 2nd and 7th Battalions Seaforth Highlanders, the former''s Pipers (of which Macleod is listed in the Regimental records) were, ''largely employed as runners, orderlies, etc., and suffered very heavy casualties. On several occasions during the open fighting they were employed in the attack as pipers. Of 23 pipers who went to France with the battalion 6 were killed and 10 wounded in the first year of the war. The opinion of the officers is that only the difficulty of reinforcements limits the employment of pipers in action.''
Provenance: Matt Taylor Collection, Christies (London) 1983
Research: The medals accompanied with some copied research including photograph of recipient in uniform, as part of the 'Highland Brigade Gathering Cawnpore, 1931 - Pipe Majors'
Condition: Great Wars medal polished GF, others GVF
Code: 10967Price: 1975.00 GBP
A regimentally unique full entitlement campaign medal pair combination for Iraq and India service: Private A. G. Walker, 1st Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)
- GSM 1918. GV first type with clasp 'Iraq' (30406 Pte. A. Walker. R. Highrs.)
- IGS Medal 1908. GV 'Waziristan 1921-24' (2745852 Pte. A. G. Walker. Black Watch)
The IGS medal is a 'Royal Mint' issue
Important: The recipient did not serve overseas during the Great War. The respective campaign medal rolls confirm the two medals listed above, and here offered, as the recipients full and only medal entitlment. The GSM 1918 and clasp per medal roll (ref WO 100/G5/415) signed at Dera Ismail Khan, North West Frontier Province, India, and the IGS 1908 and clasp per medal roll (ref WO 100/I25/491) signed at Quetta, India, on 20 December 1925. The medal rolls show that Private Walker had been attached to 32nd Divisional Signal Company (which became "B" Divisional Signals), and was returned to his unit, 1/Black Watch on 1 May 1922. Private Walker took his discharge on 28 January 1923
Note: A study of both the GSM and IGS medal rolls confirm that a total of only 3 x 'Other Ranks' of the regiment qualified for both of the above medals and clasps while serving on attachment. However only Private Walker has the distinction of having earned the 'pair only' as a full medal entitlement - the other 2 x recipients each additionally earned Great War British War & Interallied Victory Medals, and one of those recipients - Private Cunningham - is recorded as having been issued 'Replacement' GSM & IGS medals
A unique full medal entitlement campaign medal pair to the Black Watch
Sold together with some copied medal roll entries and medal index cards
Code: 15484Price: 1175.00 GBP
A multiple North West Frontier & Second World War campaign medal group of 7 to a casualty of the 'Italy Campaign 1944': 2979350 Private D. Dick, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
- IGS 1908. GV type II ''North West Frontier 1935' (2979350 Pte. D. Dick. A. & S.H.)
- IGS 1936. GVI & clasp 'North West Frontier 1936-37' (2979350 Pte. D. Dick. A. & S.H.)
- The 1939-1945 Star
- The Africa Star
- The Italy Star
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
Important: Private Dick is confirmed as having been 'Wounded-in-Action' in Italy on 12 January 1944, while serving with 8th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (ref WO 417/71)
Note: Both IGS medals and clasp entitlements are verified on the respective campaign medal roll of 2nd Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, as under;
- IGS 1908: Ref WO 100/497. Roll signed Rawalpindi, Punjab, India,11 December 1936
- IGS 1936: Ref WO 100/498. Roll signed Trimulgherry, Madras, India, 3 December 1938
Private Dick was transferred to the Army Reserve sometime after 3 December 1938 and was recalled to 'The Colours' on the outbreak of the Second World War, in September 1939, at which time he was posted to 8th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
8th Argylls served 154th (Highland) Infantry Brigade in the 51st (Highland) Infantry Division in France in 1940 as part of the British Expeditionary Force. The 154th Brigade, with 8th Argylls, was evacuated from Le Havre in June 1940. After a period of rest and recuperation, 8/Argylls now assigned to 36th Brigade, formed part of the 78th 'Battleaxe' Division, serving during the Tunisia Campaign. 8/Argylls won fame during the assault on Djebel Ahmera where in the attack on Longstop Hill, in spite of heavy casualties from mortar and machine gun fire the battalion scaled and took the heights. During the battle Major John Thompson McKellar Anderson was awarded a Victoria Cross for inspiring his men and eliminating strong points. 8/Argylls subsequently served through the Sicily and Italy campaigns
Sold together with hard copy extract page from the respective 'Casualty List' entry
Code: 18354Price: 375.00 GBP
A 'Bearer's' double North West Frontier of India campaign medal pair: Bearer Rakhmat Shah, 5th Battalion (Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides) 12th Frontier Force Regiment
- IGS 1908. GV 'Mohmand 1933' 'N.W.F. 1935' (Br. Rakhmat Shah, 5/12 F.F.R.)
- IGS 1936. 'N.W.F. 1936-37' 'N.W.F. 1937-39' (Bearer Rakhmat Shah, 5/12 F.F.R.)
The recipient, a Punjabi Muslim, was an attested 'Follower' who performed the trade of 'Bearer' (an officers servant, or mess steward) while serving attached to the 5th Battalion (Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides) 12th Frontier Force Regiment 'Guides'
Code: 17929Price: 150.00 GBP
A decorated Viceroy's Commissioned Officer's campaign & royal commemorative medal pair: Subadar Misri Khan, Saradar Bahadur, O.B.I., 5th Battalion (Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides) 12th Frontier Force Regiment
- IGS Medal 1936. 'North West Frontier 1936-37' (1309 Jemadar Misri Khan 5/12 F.F.R. )
- Jubilee Medal 1935
Note: Jubilee Medal confirmed as entitled per the respective Medal Roll held at the National Archives, wherein he is shown as holding allocated serial number 1832, listed under the 'India Allocation', holding the rank of Jemadar with 5/12 F.F.R.
Important: The recipient was also decorated during the Second World War (the Regimental History refers)
- Order of British India, First class with title 'Saradar Bahadur'
Misri Khan first enlisted in the Guides Infantry on 2 March 1915, and served on the North West Frontier of India (Mohmand Campaign of 1915), and later overseas in Mesopotamia (4 March 1917 - December 1917); Egypt Expeditionary Force (Palestine) 8 January to 11 November 1918. During the inter-war years Misri served in no less than 4 x frontier campaigns viz; N.W.F. 1930-31; N.W.F. 'Mohmand' 1933; N.W.F. (Loe Agra & Mohmand) 1935, and N.W.F. (Waziristan) 1936-1937. Commissioned as V.C.O. (Jemadar) on 1 March 1934. During the Second World War he served overseas in Iran & Iraq as a Subadar with 26th Garrison Battalion 12th Frontier Force Regiment, where the battalion was deployed between December 1942 - August 1945
Note: The most famous - and distinguished - unit of the British Indian Army was the Corps of Guides (1st Battalion Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides (Frontier Force) (Lumsden's) Infantry - that was restyled as 5th Battalion (Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides) 12th Frontier Force Regiment, in 1922
'Guides' - both British and Indian - under their new guise as 5/12 F.F.R. continued to perpetuate numerous deeds of supreme gallantry during the inter-war era, not least in the frontier campaigns of 1933 & 1935, as manifested by the heroism of former Etonian, Captain Godfrey Meynell - who earlier received a rare Military Cross for 'Mohmand' - and was later awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross - a unique award of the British Empire's highest reward for gallantry to be issued during the reign of King Edward VIII, the uncrowned King;
Quote (London Gazette 24 December 1935),
His Majesty The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Victoria Cross to the undermentioned officer : — The late Captain Godfrey Meynell, M.C., 5th Battalion (Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides), 12th Frontier Force Regiment, Indian Army. For most conspicuous gallantry and extreme devotion to duty. On the 29th September, 1935, while operating against Mohmand tribesmen in the attack on Point 4080, Captain Meynell was Adjutant of the Battalion. In the final phase of the attack, the Battalion Commander was unable to get information from his most forward troops. Captain Meynell went forward to ascertain the situation and found the forward troops on the objective, but involved in a struggle against an enemy vastly superior in numbers. Seeing the situation he at once took over command of the men in this area. The enemy, by this time, was closing in on the position from three sides. Captain Meynell had at his disposal two Lewis guns and about thirty men. Although this party was maintaining heavy and accurate fire on the advancing enemy, the overwhelming numbers of the latter succeeded in reaching the position. Both the Lewis guns were damaged beyond repair and a fierce hand to hand struggle commenced. During the struggle Captain Meynell was mortally wounded and all his men were either killed or wounded. Throughout the action Captain Meynell endeavoured by all means to communicate the situation to Headquarters, but determined to hold on at all costs and encouraged his men to fight with him to the last. By so doing he inflicted on the enemy very heavy casualties which prevented them from exploiting their success. The fine example Captain Meynell set to his men, coupled with his determination to hold the position to the last, maintain the traditions of the Army and reflect the highest credit on the fallen officer and his comrades.
Remark: Misri Khan is confirmed as having served during the Loe Agra / Mohmand campaigns of 1933, and was likely present during the action in which Captain Meynell was decorated with a poshumous award of the Victoria Cross. Misri Khan was commissioned as a Viceroys Commissioned Officer less then 6 months after the death of Captain Meynell......
Sold together with a letter confirming the award of the Jubilee Medal, this issued by the Central Chancery of Knighthood in 1986, and with extract of services and related entries form the Regimental History
Code: 17928Price: 130.00 GBP
A confirmed Para 'Twice Wounded-in-Action', battle casualty multiple campaign medal group of 8: 6211185 Corporal J. Shaw, 1st Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, late 2nd Parachute Battalion, Army Air Corps & Middlesex Regiment
- The 1939-1945 Star
- The Africa Star
- The Italy Star
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
- GSM 1918. GVI type II & clasp 'Palestine 1945-48' (6211185 Pte. J. Shaw. A. & S.H.)
- Korea Medal (6211185 Cpl. J. Shaw. A. & S.H.)
- United Nations: Service Medal with clasp 'Korea'. English language issue
Important: Private Shaw is confirmed as having been twice 'Wounded-in-Action' during the Second World War, reference respective casualty lists as under;
- 8 March 1943, Tunisia (2 Para Bn A.A.C). Casualty List No 1093 (WO 417/58)
- 31 January 1944, Italy (2/7th Middlesex Regt). Casualty List No 1379 (WO 417/72)
Note: Private Shaw's entitlement to the award of the GSM 'Palestine 1945-48' is verified on the respective campaign medal roll of 1st Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, as under;
- GSM 1918 & clasp: (WO 100/532). Medal roll signed, El-Tahag, Palestine, 18 June 1946
When Private Shaw first enlisted in the British Army sometime prior to 1942, he was posted to a battalion of the Middlesex Regiment, his unique Army Number, being in the block that was allocated to the Middlesex Regiment. As an 'Other Rank' Private Shaw would have retained the exact same Army Number throughout his entire military service. Private Shaw was a volunteer for the Para's on the raising of the Army Air Corps in 1941, when he transferred to the Army Air Corps and was posted to 2nd Parachute Battalion
Private Shaw was 'Wounded-in-Action' at the battle of 'Tamera', fought in Tunisia in March 1943. During the battle 1st Para Brigade was completely surrounded and attacked by an enemy force of at least a division size. Between 8-18 March, 2nd Para Bn alone suffered an estimated 150 x battle casualties (killed, wounded and missing). The battle honour 'Tamera' was subsequently awarded to the Parachute Regiment
Sometime after March 1943, Private Shaw was 'Returned to Unit' (almost certainly due to the nature of the wounds he had received in Tunisia) and posted back to his parent regiment, serving with 2/7th Bn Middlesex Regiment in Italy. It was while with 2/7 Middlesex that Private Shaw was 'Wounded-in-Action' for a second time
Private Shaw, appears to have transferred to 1st Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, sometime shortly after the disbandment of 2/7 Middlesex - a war raised battalion. 1st Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders - the direct descendent unit of the famous 'Thin Red Line' (93rd Highlanders). During the Korean War, the Argylls had the distinction of being amongst the first 2 x British infantry regiments to serve in theatre. Major Kenneth Muir of the regiment was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross - one of only four VC's awarded for the Korean war - for his gallantry in action at 'Hill 282' in 1950. The Argylls added the battle honours 'Pakchon' & 'Korea 1950–51' for their services with 27th British Commonwealth Brigade in Korea, 1950-1951
A most desirable 'hard fighting' multi-campaign medal group to a twice wounded soldier, and very early 'Para Casualty' who served with some of the most distinguished regiments of the British Army, including the Die-Hards, Para's and the direct descendent unit of the 'Thin Red Line'
Sold together with 2 x hard copy extract pages from the respective War Office 'Casualty Lists'
A 'Wokingham Mayor's' Second World War campaign medal group of 4: Corporal Robert Benjamin Naish, Royal Corps of Signals, later Mayor of Wokingham, Berkshire, England
- The 1939-1945 Star (2383835 Cpl Naish R.B.)
- The Burma Star (2383835 Cpl Naish R.B.)
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
Note: The 2 x campaign stars are named in the distinctive 'Boots' style of contemporary engraving
Imp: Robert 'Bob' Benjamin Naish is confirmed as having been a long serving Councillor in his community, and ultimately was Mayor, of Wokingham, Berkshire, in 1977
The source "Wokingham men who returned from the Second World War" includes the details of Corporal Robert B. Naish (2383835) Royal Signals, of 70 Evendons Lane. He returned on January 29th 1946.
Reference 'Wokingham, Former Mayors of 1947-1979' (Jim Bell, 2009), there is a detailed biography of Mayor Naish, together with a copy of the portrait here attached courtesy of Gemma Cummings of Wokingham Town Council, showing Major Naish in his Mayoral Robes and wearing his impressive 'Chain of Office'
An interesting item of local Wokingham / Berkshire history interest
Code: 18066Price: 75.00 GBP
A 'Skins' Korean War campaign medal pair: Trooper J.W. Gatson, 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards
- Korea Medal 1950-53. 1st obverse issue (22306357 Tpr. J. W. Gatson, 5 D.G.)
- United Nations: Service Medal with clasp 'Korea'
Note: The United Nations Korea medal is a contemporary strike, on correct corded silk ribbon. This latter retaining the mounting bar with hinged pin and clasp (latch A/F) fitting as issued
The 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards - armed with 'Centurion' battle tanks, served in Korea 1951-1952, where while attached to 1st Commonwealth Division, 'The Skin's' fought at the battle of 'The Hook' in November 1952. The Chinese launched a massive attack on 'The Hook', a tactically important position held by the British, on 18 November 1952, commencing the second battle for 'The Hook'. The Black Watch, having stoutly defended their positions, were forced back by the overwhelming Chinese attack. Subsequently, the British launched a counter-attack that supported the Black Watch as they began the methodical effort to dislodge the Chinese from 'The Hook'; B Squadron of the regiment, which was armed with the powerful Centurion main battle tank, was part of this attack. Fighting raged on into the early hours of 19 November but, as dawn broke, the Chinese retreated, unable to consolidate their position on 'The Hook'. The regiment left Korea the following month, arriving in the Suez Canal Zone just prior to its handover to the Egyptians.
The 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards were awarded the below battle honours for their services during the Korean War;
- The Hook 1952
- Korea 1951-52
British Korea medal riband with some soiling
Code: 17888Price: 285.00 GBP
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