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A late Victorian era campaign medal pair: Lance Corporal William Thomas Masterson, 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers
- IGS 1895. 'PF' 'Tir 97-8' 'Samana 97' (4825 Pte. W. Masterson, 1st Bn. Ryl. Sco: Fus:)
- QSA Medal. 'Transvaal' 'South Africa 02' (4825 L. Corpl. W. Masterton. Rl. Scots Fus.)
Important: Both medals and all clasps verified as entitled per the respective campaign medal rolls of 1st & 2nd Battalions Royal Scots Fusiliers as under;
- IGS 1895 Medal and 3 x clasps: Ref WO 100/87
- QSA Medal and 2 clasps: Ref WO 100/180 (shown as Masterton)
William Masterson was a native of the parish of St Peter's, Woolwich, Kent, England, where he was born circa 1876. William enlisted in the British Army, at London, England, on 2 January 1895, at which time he claimed to be 18 years & 1 month of age, and described himself as a 'Barman'. At time of enlistment he expressed a desire to join the Royal Scots Fusiliers, which regiment he was posted to from 2 January 1895. William subsequently serv ed 5 years overseas in India and then South Africa, during which he saw action on the North West Frontier of India, and later in the closing stages of the South African War. During his service with the Royal Scots Fusiliers he served as under;
- Home: 02/01/1895-08/02/1897
- India: 09/02/1897-09/02/1902
- South Africa: 10/02/1902-13/12/1902
- Home: 14/02/1902-01/01/1907
William transferred to the Army Reserve on 20 December 1902, and took his discharge from the British Army on 1 July 1907, by which time he had completed his 12 years service contract, comprising 7 years with 'The Colours' & 5 years with the 'Army Reserve'
The medals mounted for display in the swing-style. The mounting bar retaining the original long hinged pin and clasp fittings on reverse
Condition: About GVF
Code: 18987Price: 460.00 GBP
A long serving 'Officer of Engineers' campaign and long service medal group of 6: Honorary Captain ( late QM Lieutenant Quartermaster, & Advanced Foreman of Works) Cosmo Charles Glennie Gordon, Royal Engineers, later District Warden, Air Raid Precautions
- QSA Medal. Silver. 'Cape Colony' (23121 S. Sjt: C. C. G. Gordon. R.E.)
- KSA Medal. 'South Africa 1901' & '1902' (23121 S. Serjt: C. C. G. Gordon. R.E.)
- British War Medal. Silver issue (Q.M. & Lieut. C. C. G. Gordon.)
- Defence Medal
- Military LS&GC Medal. EDVII (23121 F. Of W. Q.M.S. C.C.G.Gordon. R.E.)
- Army Temperance Association (Home). 1 Year Medal (C. Gordon. R.E. 1897)
The silver campaign medals all veirifed as entitled per below cited medal rolls;
- QSA medal & clasp: WO 100/161, roll compiled Maritzburg, South Africa, June 1901
- KSA medal & clasps: WO 100/313, compiled, Maritzburg, South Africa, 24 April 1903
- British War Medal: Ref 329/2175 (recipients only medal entitlement for the Great War)
Cosmo Charles Glennie Gordon, son of George Cosmo Gordon & Elizabeth Suzzanah Gordon (nee Glennie) was born in Alverstoke, Hampshire, in 1872. Cosmo was of Scottish descent, as evinced by his forenames and family name. Cosmo's paternal Grandfather (a professional soldier, Sergeant Cosmo Charles Gordon, was Killed-in-Action at the Battle of Inkerman, during the Crimean War while serving with the Scots Fusilier Guards) and his own mother were both from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Military service was very much in the blood of the 'Gordon's', as Cosmo's father, George Cosmo Gordon was a professional soldier, and both Cosmo and his younger brother, 'Stewart Frank Glennie Gordon', followed the family tradition of professional soldiering, with both brothers subsequently serving long and distinguished military careers with the Royal Engineers. In August 1914, Cosmo was stationed overseas in Gibraltar. Prior to the Great War Cosmo held the appointment of, Foreman of Works Quartermaster Sergeant, he was appointed Quartermaster on 14 January 1915, and granted the honorary rank of Captain on 14 January 1918. The '1939 Register' for England and Wales, record Cosmo as then residing at 63 Marshall Road, Gillinham, Kent, England, where he lived with his wife Dora Gordon. His profession at the time was described as 'Retired Army Officer', but with remarks that he was serving as a District Warden with the Air Raid Precautions, in which service, husband and wife participated in the Civil Defence forces of the United Kingdom during the Second World War
A 'Casualty' campaign & long service medal group of 5 to a 'Jock' who served pre-war in the infamous British 'Colonial Penal Colony' of Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands: Sergeant Stephen Mathieson, 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers
- QSA. Silver 'Transvaal' 'SA 1901' 'SA 1902' (6318 Pte. S. Mathieson. Rl. Scots Fus.)
- 1914 Star. With contemporary dated clasp (6318 Pte. S. Mathieson. 1/R. Sc. Fus.)
- British War Medal. Silver issue (6318 Pte. S. Mathieson. R. S. Fus.)
- Interallied Victory Medal (6318 Pte. S. Mathieson. R. S. Fus.)
- Military LS&GC Medal. GV first issue (6318 Pte A.Cpl - S. Mathieson. R. Sc. Fus.)
lmportant: The recipient is confirmed as being twice 'Wounded-in-Action' in France & Flanders during the Great War, as under;
- 03/03/1915: Gunshot & Shrapnel Wounds (GSW), to left side
- 20/05/1918: Gassed
Note: All medals verified as entitled per the respective sources cited below;
- QSA Medal and 3 x clasps: Ref WO 100/180
- 1914 Star & dated clasp: Ref WO 329/2442
- BWM & Victory medals: Ref WO 329/990
- LS&GC Medal: Ref AO of September 1920 (Service papers refer)
Stephen Mathieson is shown in both his Medal Index Card and the respective 1914 Star medal roll confirm as being entitled to and issued with the dated clasp and roses for the 1914 Star
Stephen Mathieson, son of Margaret Mathieson (his notified next of kin who resided at, 10 Reid Square, off Russel Street, Ayre), was a native of the parish of Newton, Ayr, Scotland, where he was born circa 1881. James, enlisted in the British Army, at Ayr, Scotland on 18 September 1899, at which time he claimed to be 18 years & 5 months of age, and described himself as a 'Farm Labourer'. Prior to enlistment he had been serving as a volunteer with 3rd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers, and after his enlistment he was sent to the regimental depot of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, where, after completing his training, he was posted to 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers, with which battalion he served in the South African War. Stephen was subsequently transferred to the 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers on 21 February 1903. While serving at the the British colonial penal colony of Port Blair, he re-engaged with the Royal Scots Fusiliers to complete 21 years service with 'The Colours' (the recipients service papers refer)
During his 'First period' of service with the Royal Scots Fusiliers, Stephen served as under;
- Home: 18/09/1899-30/07/1901
- South Africa: 31/01/1901-16/02/1903
- Home: 17/02/1903-03/02/1904
- India (Inc Burma): 04/02/1904-09/10/1910
- South Africa: 10/10/1910-30/03/1912
- Home: 31/03/1912-01/04/1912
While serving in the East Indies (India & Burma), Stephen is confirmed as having served with the detachment of 1/RSF, that was posted from the battalion - then stationed in Rangoon, Burma - to the remote Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean, where it provided security for the infamous British colonial prison colony located at Port Blair (in the years following the Indian Mutiny through to the Great War, a detachment of British infantry was rotated from the garrisons in British India, for service in Port Blair). The islands were referred to in India as the 'Kali Pani' or 'Black Waters' - a foreboding destination for any Indian unlucky to find himself incarcerated in the penal colony at Port Blair. At Port Blair, the detachment from 1/Royal Scots Fusiliers provided troops to guard the main prison, the imposing 'Cellular Jail', (purpose built and opened in 1906) where the convicts were mostly political subversiveís and early Indian freedom fighters
Inspite of extending his terms of engagement at Port Blair in 1910 to complete 21 years service, on return to the United Kingdom, Stephen took a 'Free' discharge from the British Army on 1 April 1912 - and was placed on the Army Reserve 'Section D', at which time his 'character' was described as having been 'Exemplary'
The recipients extant service papers (held at The National Archives in the 'Burnt Series') show his service between 1913-1918, as under;
- Home (Section D Reserve): 03/01/1913-04/08/1914
- Home (Mobilized): 05/08/1914
- Home: 06/08/1914. Posted 3/RSF
- Home: 30/08/2014. Posted 1/RSF
- British Expeditionary Force France: 30/08/1914-06/03/1915 (1/RSF)
- Home: 07/03/1915-17/03/2018
- British Expeditionary Force France: 18/03/1914-26/05/1918 (1/RSF)
Although his service record shows service with the B.E.F from 30 August 1914, he is recorded on his Medal Index Card & the respective 1914 Star Medal Roll as having first entering theatre of war 'France' on 8 September 1914! Whatever the real date, he is confirmed beyond any dount as serving under fire early after the start of the Great War - and being both entitled and awarded a dated clasp to his 1914 Star.
In March 1920, the recipient was residing at 37 Mill Street, Ayr, Scotland (service papers refer), and was in receipt of a service disability pension of 11 Shillings & 4 Pennies per week (he suffered 20% disability from the effects of being wounded (GSW & Gas attack))
A very large set of the recipientís service papers are extant and held in the 'Burnt Series' at The National Archives
The medals mounted in the swing style, suspended from contemporary silk ribands, and and as-worn by the recipient. The mounting bar retaining a long-hinged pin and clasp fittings
A fine Great War medal group to a 1915 casualty, who had the misfortune to later be a casualty of a 'Gas Attack' during his second period of active service on the Western Front in 1918
Condition: Silver medals toned about GVF
A South African War campaign medal pair: Trooper J. Callaghan, South African Constabulary
- QSA Medal. Silver. With clasp 'Transvaal (22 3rd. Cl Tpr: J. Callaghan. S.A.C.)
- KSA Medal. 'South Africa 1901' & 'South Africa 1902' (22 Tpr: J. Callaghan. S.A.C.)
Important: Both medals and all clasps verified per the respective medal rolls of the South African Constabulary, as under
- QSA Medal & clasp (ref WO 100/272) - serving with C (Eastern) Division S.A.C.
- KSA Medal & clasps (ref WO 100/366) - served 9 November 1900 - 31 May 1902
The remarks in the medal rolls show that the reciient was a 3rd Class Trooper serving with C (Eastern) Division of the South African Constabulary (ref QSA roll), and served with the S.A.C. between, 9 November 1900 to 31 May 1902
Condition: About GVF
Code: 18871Price: 225.00 GBP
The unique Lord Mountbatten Governor General's Medal with Africa General Service pair to a former Royal Navy 'Bandsman': Head Steward Antonio Vincent Coelho, Staff, Governor Generals Palace, New Delhi, India, late Bandsman, H.M.S.Hyacinth , Royal Navy
- AGS 1902. EDVII. 'Somaliland 1908-10' (M.866 A. V. Coelho, Bandsn. H.M.S. Hyacinth.)
- Mountbatten Governor General's Medal 1947-48. Silver (Head Steward Mr. A. V. Coelho)
Important: The AGS medal & clasp verified per the respective campaign medal roll of H.M.S. Hyancith (ref ADM 171/56)
Note: The recipient is additionally shown as having qualified for a NGS 1915 with 'Persian Gulf 1909-1914' (ref ADM 171/62) whole serving aboard H.M.S. Hyancith, however that medal was never received by the recipient, as the medal roll under remarks states 'Returned to Mint 28 September 1924' - where it was subsequently scrapped!
Lord Lous Mountbatten of Burma, was the last appointed 'Viceroy' of British India. Appointed Viceroy on 21 February 1947, he held the appointment of Viceroy through to 15 August 1947 - the day India was granted Independence. From 16 August 1947 to 21 June 1948, he held the appointment of 'Governor-General' to the Dominion of India
The details of the 'Lord Mountbatten Governor General's Medal' are;
Suspension: Silver claw with swivel ring suspension
Obverse: Coat of Arms of Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma
Reverse: Raised inscription on 8 x lines 'Presented by His Excellency Rear Admiral The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Governor General of India to', and below a tablet with the recipients name and details engraved on 2 x lines 'Head Steward Mr A. V. Coelho', and beneath a depcition of 'Lotus Flowers'. The inscpription and naming flanked on both sides by tropical trees and on top a representation of the GCSI breast star upon whch is the order's motto 'Heavens Light Our Guide'
The recipient's extant 'Service Sheet' (held and accessible at The National Archives), shows that Antonio Vincent Coelho was a native of Goa, India, where he was born in circa 1884. Antonio - by faith a Christian - joined the Royal Navy on 27 March 1909, at which time he was described as measuring 5 feet 6 inches of height, with black hair, dark eyes and dark complexion. His occupation prior to joining the Royal Navy was said to have been a 'Musician. In the Royal Navy he held the rate of 'Bandsman', and served as a crew member of H.M.S. Hyancith from 27 March 109, through to 31 March 1911, during which time his conduct was rated as 'Very Good'. Vincent did not serve in the Royal Navy after 1911, and the only medal that he received for his naval service was the Africa General Service Medal
This is the only recorded, extant, positively attributed Viceroy's / Governor General's Medal to a former member of the Royal Navy - and a medal type that elluded the legendary naval medal collectors Milford-Haven (Lord Louis Mountabttens father), & more recently the late Commander Kenneth Douglas-Morris
A unique 'India' pair with excellent Royal Navy 7 Rashpati Bhavan associations
Condition: Mostly about VF
An 'Old-Sweats' 1914 Prisoner-of-War campaign and long service medal group of 7: Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant John McDougall, Royal Scots Fusiliers, late Leinster Regiment
- 1914 Star ((8324 Sjt. J. McDougall. Leins: R.)
- British War Medal. Silver issue (8324 Sjt. J. McDougall. Leins. R.)
- Interallied Victory Medal (8324 Sjt. J. McDougall. Leins. R.)
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
- Military LS&GC Medal. GV type II (7177165 C. Sjt. J. McDougall. R.S. Fus.)
Sold together with original ephemera including;
- Regular Army Certificate of Service (Red Book)
- Soldiers Release Book
- Several copied photographs
- Testimonial letters
Important: Sergeant John McDougall s confirmed 'Prisoner-of-War' (captured France & Flanders) 19 October 1914 - 17 November 1918
Note: All medals confirmed as entitled & issued per respective campaign medal rolls of the Leinster Regiment and Certificate of Service as under;
- 1914 Star (ref WO 329/2535)
- British War & Interallied Victory Medals (ref WO 329/90)
- Defence & War Medals: Reference 'Certificate of Service'
- Military LS&GC Medal:
John McDougall was a native of Shettleston near Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, where he was born on 1 February 1887. John's early life appears to have been a particularly hard one, as the 1891 National Census for Scotland records him at the age of 4 years living in the home of his Grandfather, who was then a 57 year old un-employed 'Coal Miner', the household having three other young women resident who were the children of his Grandfather. By the time of the Scottish Census for 1901, John, was then resident at the Smyllum Orphanage, Lanarkshire - an institution run by Catholic Nuns, which sadly was exposed in later years as a place with a notorious reputation. John enlisted in the British Army at Glasgow, Scotland, on 7 June 1907, and was posted to the Leinster Regiment. John subsequently served in India from January 1908 to November 1911, during which time he was promoted to the rank of Corporal. In 1914, and by now a Sergeant, John first entered theatre of war 'France', when he landed with his battalion on 8 September 1914. During the 'Mons Campaign' of 1914 in France and Flanders, Sergeant McDougall, was captured by the enemy and became a Prisoner-of- War, on 18 October 1914 - remaining in captivity until 17 November 1918.
Upon the creation of the Irish Free State and the disbandment of the Southern Irish regiments of the British Army in 1922, John McDougall transferred to the Royal Scots Fusiliers, with which regiment he again served overseas in India from March 1923 to April 1930. He was discharged at Edinburgh, Scotland, holding the appointment of Colour Sergeant (C.Q.M.S.) on 6 June 1930. Retirement from the military however was destined not to be permanent, as after the outbreak of war in 1939, John re-enlisted into his old regiment at Stirling on 10 July 1940. He was finally discharged form the British Army, when he was released holding the appointment pf Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant at Annan, Scotland, on 18 June 1946
The medals mounted as-worn by the recipient in the swing-style, suspended from silk ribands. The reverse of the mounting bar retaining the long hinged pin and clasp fittings
Code: 18078Price: 695.00 GBP
An ex - 1914-15 Star (A. A. Lamb, Mily. Dairy Farm. Attd. S. & T. Corps.) - British War Medal. Silver issue (A. Lamb. Mily. Farms.) - Interallied Victory Medal (A. Lamb. Mily. Farms.) Important: Extremely rare unit impressed on the campaign medals - Mil
- 1914-15 Star (A. A. Lamb, Mily. Dairy Farm. Attd. S. & T. Corps.)
- British War Medal. Silver issue (A. Lamb. Mily. Farms.)
- Interallied Victory Medal (A. Lamb. Mily. Farms.)
Important: Extremely rare unit impressed on the campaign medals - Military Dairy Farms, of the British Indian Army
Note: Per 'India's War Effort', during the Great War, it is recorded that 4,986 x dairy cattle were sent overseas to Mesopotamia, and another 636 x dairy cattle were sent to other overseas areas of operations, where the Indian Army served. The provision of the dairy cattle was to provide safe, hygienic milk for the troops of the Indian Army - the dairy cattle being a vitally important supplies component, considering the large number of non-meat eating personnel in the Indian Army that relied on 'Milk' as their major source of protein
Alfred Archibald Lamb, the son of Harry and Clara Lamb, was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 30 May 1881. At the time of his birth, Alfred's father was a serving soldier holding the appointment of 'Wheeler' in the Royal Horse Artillery. Sadly, Alfred's father died, when he was just an infant, and his mother, now Clara Telford, re-married, and the family were recorded as residing in London in 1891, the Census for that year showing Alfred being referred to as 'Archie' and described as a scholar. The family comprised Alfred's mother and Stepfather, and his sibling younger brother who was named Dudley. Curiously - and perhaps of some significance considering Alfred's later service with Military Dairy Farms - the remaining resident of the household, described as employed as a 'Milk-Maid'. On leaving school Alfred worked briefly in London as a 'Clerk, before joining the Royal Marine Light Infantry on 29 August 1899. Alfred served just over 6 years with the Royal Marines, and his character and conduct at time of discharge on 28 February 1905, was described as having been 'Very Good'. A return to civilian life, is not what Alfred planned, as after less than three weeks as a 'Civilian' he subsequently joined the British Army, at Dublin, Ireland, on, 19 March 1905, and posted to his father's old regiment, the Royal Horse Artillery. Curiously, his service papers indicate that his reckonable service was made retrospective and backdated to 1 March 1905, to show continuity with his prior service in the Royal Marines. He subsequently served in South Africa and India, with the R.H.A.. On 26 July 1914, while still in India, Alfred took his final discharge from the British Army, to take up civil employment with the 'Government Military Dairy Farms' (by authority of the Quarter Master General in India ref No 1030-81 (Q.M.G.9) dated 1 January 1914). At discharge his rank was Bombardier, and in addition to his earlier certificates earned with the Royal Marines, had additionally been awarded a 'Chiropody Certificate' gained at Roberts Heights, South Africa. In total Alfred had served 9 years and 148 days years with the Royal Horse Artillery, as under;
- Home: 01/05/03 - 17/09/07
- South Africa: 18/09/07 - 20/11/09
- India: 21/11/09 - 26/07/1914
While stationed in South Africa, Alfred married Cecilia Emmery at Potchefstroom Transvaal, on 3 July 1909. The couple had three children, all sons, born in India in the years circa 1910-1912, and all of whom sadly died in infancy at, Mhow Cantonment, Bengal, India. The couple did not have any further children
Alfred's civil appointments with the various Government Farms departments in British India, as gleaned from the Indian Civil Lists included;
- 1916 (08): Government Dairy Farmer Manager (Voyage Síhampton-Aden (for Egypt))
- 1932 (04-06): SíIndendent Imperial Institute of Animal Husbandry & Dairying Bangalore
- 1935: Imperial Institute of Agricultural Research, Imperial Cattle Breeding Farm Karnal
- 1936: As above
Alfred Archibald Lamb is recorded as having died in retirement in England, on 20 April 1950. At the time of his death, Alfred had been residing at the family home, called 'Dodabeta' (the highest mountain in the Nilgris range, Madras Presidency) and left his estate to his widow, Cecilia Lamb.
An extremely rare to unit medal group
Condition: About EF
A medal group of 9 to a 'Dundonian' who served in both World Wars, including battles of, Gallipoli, Kasserine Pass & Salerno: Company Sergeant Major Christopher Leslie, Royal Engineers late Machine Gun Corps Cavalry & 'C' Squadron Fife & Forfar Yeomanry
- 1914-15 Star (1723 Pte. C. Leslie. Fife & Forfar Y)
- British War Medal. Silver issue (1723 Pte. C. Leslie. Fife & Forfar Y)
- Interallied Victory Medal (1723 Pte. C. Leslie. Fife & Forfar Y)
- The 1939-1945 Star
- The Africa Star. With clasp '1st Army'
- The Italy Star
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
- Efficiency Medal. GVI first type & 'Territorial' bar (2212238 W.O. Cl. 2. C. Leslie. R.E.)
Note: Interallied Victory Medal only officially corrected
Important: The Great War campaign medals verified as entitled per below medal rolls;
- 1914-15 Star: Ref WO 329/2833
- British War & Interallied Victory Medals: Ref WO 329/1770
The medals mounted in the swing-style, and in the order & as worn by the recipient. The reverse of the mounting bar retaining the original long hinged pin and clasp fittings
Christopher Leslie, a native of Dundee, Scotland, and in 1915 was serving with 'C' Squadron 1/1st Fife & Forfar Yeomanry, one of three Scottish yeomanry units to served under higher formation 'Highland Mounted Brigade'. Highland Mounted Brigade was 'dismounted' from August 1915, just weeks prior to embarking for active service at Gallipoli. Christopher first entered theatre of war 'Gallipoli' on 26 September 1915. in 1916, while in Egypt, Christopher was subsequently transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) in which he served holding the regimental number No 49668 for the rest of the duration of the Great War., including active service in Palestine, Egypt and Libya. Private Christopher Leslie, was being disembodied from the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) of the British Army on 24 May 1919
The Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry), comprised 26 x Squadrons, of which at least one No 26 Squadron served attached to the Imperial Camel Corps Brigade, in Egypt, Palestine & Libya. Per the unit synopsis provided by 'The Long Long Trail' website, a typical Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) squadron consisted; 8 officers and 203 other ranks, equipped with 299 horses, 18 limbers, 1 GS wagon and 1 water cart. These were formed up into six two-gun sections each of a Subaltern, 33 men and 46 horses. The Squadron was commanded by a Captain or Major
By the time of the outbreak of the Second World War, Christopher Leslie, was a serving NCO with the Royal Engineers (Territorial Army). His 'Sapper' unit later deployed with 1st Army to North Africa, and he fought at Kasserine Pass, and later took part in the landings at Salerno, Sicily during the Italy campaign. He ended the Second World War holding the rank of Company Sergeant Major. The Dundee Courier issue of, 29 April 1954, records that Christopher Leslie, died at his home, 16 Hepburn Place, Dundee, Scotland, and left behind a wife, a daughter and three son
The below article appeared in the Dundee Courier issue of, 1 June 1953;
Dundee Man May Miss The Coronation
One of the most disappointed men in Dundee last night was Mr Christopher Leslie, 16 Hepburn Street.
A last minute attack of the illness that caused him to be invalided out of the army prevented him from leaving for London to see the Coronation.
It was especially hard luck as he had won a free seat in a ballot held by the Ministry of Pension Welfare Service for disabled veterans.
Everything was ready for the journey including his eight medals gained in both wars.
During 1914-18 he served in The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, later transferring to the Machine Gun Corps Cavalry, and seeing service at Gallipoli, Upper Egypt, Palestine and in the Lybian Desert. For his conduct he received a Certificate of Honour.
At Last Coronation
In 1925 he joined the Royal Engineers Supplemantry Reserve, and then the Territorial Army.
At the last Coronation he was a sergeant, and took a party of Engineers to London for street lining and processions.
Then came the second world war and service overseas, this time as company sergeant-major. He survived many battles from Kasserine Pass in North Africa to Salerno, only to fall ill near the end of the Italian campaign. Since then he has been in and out of hospital.
Bur Mr. Leslie, a timekeeper with the Caledon Engineering and Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., is determined to see his second Coronation.
He has booked for today's Coronation special, and if he is at all well, he'll be there.
The medals mounted in the swing-style, and in the order & as worn by the recipient. The reverse of the mounting bar retains the original long hinged pin and clasp fittings
A good Scottish Territorial's 'World Wars' medal group confirming action at important battles in both World Wars, including the rare distinction of having fought at Gallipoli, Kasserine Pass and Salerno
Condition: Mostly GVF
A scarce confirmed 'Quelling of Singapore Mutiny 1915 & Kelantan Rebellion' campaign and long service medal group of 3: Quartermaster Sergeant, late Engineering Clerk & Draftsman, Stewart Frank Glennie Gordon, Royal Engineers
- British War Medal. Silver issue (11175 Cpl. S. F. G. Gordon. R.E.)
- Imperial Service Medal. EIIR, second type (Stewart Frank Glennie Gordon)
- Military LS&GC. GV issue, second type (11175 E.C. & D. Sjt. S. F. G. Gordon. R.E.)
Important: All medals confirmed as recipients complete medal entitlement, per below official sources;
- British War Medal: Ref WO 329/520
- Imperial Service Medal: LG 20 November 1959 (War Office Architectural Assistant)
- Military LS&GC Medal: Ref Army Form B 50, or 'Soldiers Small Book'
Stewart Frank Glennie Gordon, the son of George Cosmo Gordon & Elizabeth Suzzanah Gordon (nee Glennie) was born on 9 June 1888, in Brmpton, Kent, England. Stewart was of Scottish descent, as evinced by his forenames and family name. His paternal Grandfather (a professional soldier) and his own mother were both from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Military service was very much in the blood of the 'Gordon's', as Stewarts father, George Cosmo Gordon was a professional soldier, and both Stewart and his elder brother 'Cosmo Charles Glennie Gordon' followed the family traidtion of soldiering, with both brothers subsequently serving in the Royal Engineers. Stewart, attested for the Royal Engineers on 17 June 1902 and unusually experienced all his active campaign service in South East Asia during the Great War. Stewart was serving with 41st Coy Royal Engineer, when in Singapore Colony, he took part in the operations against the Mutineers in February to March 1915, and also served in the subsequent 'Expedition' to quell the Native Uprising in the Malay State of Kelantan, 2-17 May 1915 (entitled to a British War Medal only). Appointed an Engineering Clerk and Draftsman, he was advanced Quartermaster Sergeant on 8 January 1925. He was discharge in 1927, and subsequently served as an Architectural Assistant at the War Office, being awarded his Imperial Service Medal in 1959 (London Gazette 24 November 1959)
Sold together with a quantity of original documentation & ephemera apertaining to Stewart Goron's service, including the recipients original 'Soldiers Small Book'. The postage quoted reflects the additional cost involved to send the documentation.
A desirable documented group to a 'Professional Soldier' with very rare rank / appointment as seen on the Military LSGC, who is confirmed to have served in supressing the 'Singapore Mutiny, 1915' and later in the same year having served on active service in the 'Expedition' to Kelantan to supress the native rebellion in that Malay State
Condition: LSGC suspension fused, the group mostly GVF
An 'Askari's' Great War medal pair: Lace Corporal Lawe Sibu 1st Battalion 2nd King's African Rifles
- British War Medal. Silver issue (3576 L/Cpl Lawe Sibu 2 KAR)
- Interallied Victory Medal (3576 L/Cpl Lawe Sibu 2 KAR)
Note: Naming is regimentally impressed, and typical for medals issued to to 1/2 KAR
Important: Both medals verified as entitled and issued per the respective medal roll of the 1st battalion 2nd King's African Rifles (reference WO 329/2362) compiled and signed at Zomba, Nyasaland, on 1 March 1921, wherein under remarks it shows that the medals were subsequently recorded as being sent to the District Commissioner's Office, Dedza District, Nyasaland, on 3 May 1924, for distribution to the recipient
Note: The recipient, was an indiginous African soldier holding the rank of Lance Corporal while serving with 1st Battalion 2nd King's African Rifles Regiment
The 2nd King's African Rifles was re-raised at Nairobi, British East Africa, in 1916. The unit was centred and recruited in Nyasaland, and subsequently served variously in German East Africa 1916-1918
& maintained by Concept500