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NATO Non Article 5 Medal. First type ribbon

NATO Non Article 5 Medal. First type ribbon



Condition: EF

Code: 18332

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NATO Medal for the Former Yugoslavia. With clasp 'Sarajevo'

NATO Medal for the Former Yugoslavia. With clasp 'Sarajevo'



Reverse suspension knob with makers marks 'E' (Eekelers)

The clasp denotes a veterans service in Bosnia at the city of Sarajevo at some time during the bloody long drawn out Bosnian Civil War

An uncommon veterans clasp

Condition: EF

Code: 18338

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Military Order of the Dragon. Bronze 'Replica'. Complete with integral top 'Pagoda' bar

Military Order of the Dragon. Bronze 'Replica'. Complete with integral top 'Pagoda' bar



A fine die struck un-named and un-marked 'Replica'

The integral top 'Pagoda' bar, retaining its hinged pin with intricate drop-lock clasp fittings on reverse of the bar

The Military Order of the Dragon - a United States fraternal military award - was exclusively awarded (on membership / subscription) to veteran Officers of the United States and Allied Nations that served in China during the Boxer Rebellion 1900

A most attractive veterans award - and ideal for framed display purposes, or, reconstituting groups of medals now missing their 'Dragons'.....

Condition: About EF

Code: 20713

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France: Saint Helena Medal 1792-1815 (Medaille de Sainte-Helene 1792-1815)

France: Saint Helena Medal 1792-1815 (Medaille de Sainte-Helene 1792-1815)



The first official campaign medal to be awarded by the French Government

The St. Helena Medal was awarded retrospectively to veterans of the 'Grande Armee' who had fought, and or otherwise served during the various campaigns and wars of the Napoleonic era 1792-1815

The Saint Helena Medal was awarded to all French and foreign soldiers, from the land armies or naval fleets, who served the Republic or the Empire between the years 1792 and 1815 inclusive. The medal was awarded with no condition of minimum time of service in any one campaign; but it was, however, necessary to prove one's right to the medal with a record of service or leave record at the time of application.

A later decree of 16 April 1864, added the Saint Helena Medal to the list of awards that could be revoked following a condemnation to a fixed prison term of one year or more for a crime committed by the recipient

A choice early strike 'chocolate bronze' medal

Condition: EF

Code: 20686

85.00 GBP


Queens South Africa Medal 1899-1902. Silver issue with 2 x clasps 'Cape Colony' & 'Orange Free State' (2470 Pte. D. Canavan, S. Wales Bord:)

Queens South Africa Medal 1899-1902. Silver issue with 2 x clasps 'Cape Colony' & 'Orange Free State' (2470 Pte. D. Canavan, S. Wales Bord:)

Important: Medal and both clasps verified as entitled per the respective campaign medal roll of 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers, that was compiled and signed 'In-the-Field' at Klerksdorp, South Africa, on, 10 October 1901 (ref WO 100/181), wherein under the remarks column the recipient has the entry 'Invalided'

Outside of his service in the British Army, Dennis Canavan - a 'Fighting Irish' brawler - led a most colourful - if hard - life in, Glamorgan, Wales, where in Dowlais & Merthyr Tydfil, he was a frequent criminal defaulter, and serial offender, in his adopted Welsh home!

Denis Canavan, son of Denis Canavan & Mary Anne Canavan (nee Murphy) was a native of Cork, Ireland, where he was born on 11 May 1868. By the time of the 1881 National Census for Wales, the family had relocated to Wales, where they are recorded as living at, 50 High Street, Merthyr Tydfil. In the period circa 1879-1888 & then circa 1901-1910 (i.e., either side of his 'Military Service), Denis Canavan, appears numerous times in the local (online) Welsh newspapers, with criminal reports, including but not limited to; theft, pickpocketing, brawling, drunkenness, assault, neglect of wife & family etc - for which he received punishments ranging from being on several occasions whipped with a birch rod (at age 11), to periods of 'Hard Labour' in Swansea Prison. There was even a notice posted in the local newspaper highlighting his 'absenteeism' from his local SWB Militia Battalion. Reference HO140 (Home Office) Calendar of Prisoners, for the year 1910, records that on 15 February 1910, Denis Canavan, who had 'prior' of having 14 x summary convictions for drunkenness, neglecting family etc, was on remand for 'Unlawfully & maliciously wounding Thomas Murphy, on the 14th February 1910, at Merthyr Tydfil - for which crime Denis and his accomplice, Patrick Kelly, were found guilty and were subsequently given 4 x months 'Hard Labour'

Denis Canavan - described as 17 years & 9 Months of age and by trade a 'Labourer' - joined the 3rd (Militia) Battalion South Wales Borderers at Brecon, Wales, on 4 August 1886. He was posted to serve in 'F' Company 3/SWB (Brecon Militia), in which unit he was given the regimental number '2016'. At enlistment, Denis lied - unsurprisingly, in light of his criminal history - about his place of birth (he claimed to have been born in Dowlais, Wales). His Militia papers are marked to show that he served in the Militia 04/08/1886 - 18/10/1888, and that his Militia Service was only terminated when he 'Joined Regular Army' 19 October 1888 (his Militia service papers are held and accessible at The National Archives). On leaving the 'Brecon Militia' (3rd Militia Bn SWB), Denis was assigned a new regimental number vis 2470, which from studies of regimental numbers is known to have been in the sequential group of numbers issued in 1888

Presumably Denis had joined the Regular Army on a 'Short Service Contract' comprising 7 x years 'With the Colours' and 5 x years with the Army Reserve, and hence whatever, the demerits of military service may (?) have been for Denis, he did subsequently serve overseas during the South African War, from which war he was returned 'Invalided' (WO refers) back to the United Kingdom sometime before 1901 (the 1901 National Census for England & Wales record him residing at employed as a 'Stoker')

As a flavour of the rich - albeit 'Dark' & brutal - social history that this medal offers researchers we are below providing a couple of quoted reference sources:

Quote (Merthyr Telegraph, and General Advertiser for the Iron Districts of South Wales, issue of, 11 February 1881):

JUVENILE POCKET PICKING AT DOWLAIS. Denis Canavan, Thomas Evan Griffiths, and Lemuel Griffiths, three very ragged, dirty-looking urchins, who had been previously convicted more than once of a similar offence, were brought up charged with stealing a purse containing a sum of 5s 4d from the person of Elizabeth Lewis, the wife of a timekeeper, residing at Gellifaelog Terrace Dowlais on the previous (Friday) morning. - It appeared that Mrs. Lewis visited a butcher's shop for the purpose of buying some meat, and that when about to pay for her purchase she missed her purse and money. Information having been given to Inspector Rodman the prisoners were arrested on suspicion and charged with theft. After a feint attempt at a denial they admitted having committed the offence, the actual perpetrator having been Lemuel Griffiths, the younger of the three. The other two admitted sharing the money between them and throwing the purse away in the works in a spot where the Inspector afterwards found it. Half-a- Crown of the money was also found, was also found by the Inspector under the sofa cushion at the house of the father of the two Griffithses. - The Bench ordered all three to be whipped, Canavan 10, Thomas Evan Griffiths 8, and Lemuel Griffiths 4 strokes with a birch rod

Unquote.

Quote (Merthyr Express, issue of, 25 August 1888)

AN ABSENTEE: Denis Canavan was charged with being an absentee from the Brecon Militia, and was remanded for a week to learn instructions from his regiment.

Unquote.

Reference the National Register of England & Wales (1939), Denis Canavan, who was employed as a 'Rail Planer' was residing with members of his family at, 43 Lower Union Street, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire, Wales. Denis Canavan is recorded to have died in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, sometime during the first quarter of 1943

Condition: VF

Code: 20685

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Queens South Africa Medal 1899-1902. Silver issue with 3 x clasps 'Cape Colony' 'Natal' & 'Transvaal' (5018 Pte. S. Mason. Liverpool Regt.)

Queens South Africa Medal 1899-1902. Silver issue with 3 x clasps 'Cape Colony' 'Natal' & 'Transvaal' (5018 Pte. S. Mason. Liverpool Regt.)



Important: Medal & 2 x clasps 'Natal' & 'Transvaal' verified per the medal roll of the 1st Battalion Liverpool Regiment that was compiled and signed 'In the Field', at Waterval Boven, South Africa, on 30 July 1901 (ref WO 100/172). A supplementary page in the same medal roll - dated Rangoon 20 May 1903 - shows additional entitlement to a third clasp 'South Africa 1901', with the word 'Invalided' against his name in the remarks column . The medal clasp rivets on the upper clasps and clasp carriage are exactly as issued to the recipient

Stephen Mason, son of George Mason & Eliza Mason was a native of Liverpool, Lancashire, England, where he was born circa 1873. Per the 'Next of Kin' entry given in his service papers, Stephen's family is shown as comprising parents and two brothers, viz George & Thomas, who resided at 137 Limekiln Lane, Liverpool, England. Stephen was a serving member of the 4th Militia Battalion Liverpool Regiment - in which he held regimental number 2649 - at the time he enlisted into the Regular Army at Warrington, Lancashire, on 8 October 1895. At enlistment he cited his former employment as being a 'Labourer' (he had earlier claimed to have been a 'Carter' in 1893). Posted to 1st Battalion Liverpool Regiment, Stephen subsequently served overseas as under:

- Barbados (West Indies): 15/12/1896 - 06/11/1897
- South Africa: 07/11/1897 - 04/02/1902

On 31/03/1898 Private Stephen Mason had obtained a Mounted Infantry Certificate - which may indicate Mounted Infantry service & detachment during the South African War

Private Stephen Mason took his final discharge from the British Army on 7 October 1907, at which time he had completed the terms of his 12 years duration 'Short Service Contract' with the British Army that comprised 7 x years with 'The Colours' and 5 years on the 'Army Reserve'

'Natal' clasp scarce to regiment

The recipients service papers are extant, and are held and accessible at The National Archives

Condition: GVF

Code: 20684

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Tibet Medal 1903-04. Bronze issue. No clasp (207 Yak Driver Puchree S & T. Corps)

Tibet Medal 1903-04. Bronze issue. No clasp (207 Yak Driver Puchree S & T. Corps)



Note: The recipient was a Nepalese 'non-combatant' attested follower, engaged to perform the trade of 'Yak Driver' while contracted to the Supply and Transport Corps

Reference 'Frontier and Overseas Expeditions from India, Volume IV (Army Headquarters, India, 1907), it is recorded that the Yaks used as draught animals during the Younghusband Expedition were all sourced from Nepal. Of the 3,500 animals which left Nepal, only 400 reached Chumbi, and of those only 30 or 40 subsequently survived the attacks of pneumonia. Subsequent investigations after the campaign discovered that the 'Yaks' were mostly permeated with 'Anthrax' prior to entering Tibert, and subsequently lost their condition from the heat of the Tista Valley, and, suffered from lack of grazing at such high altitude due to the large numbers of the beasts that were deployed.......

The trade of 'Yak Driver' has long been considered a 'Holy Grail' amongst Tibet collectors, and those with an interest in bronze medal issues to on-combatants of the Indian Army, not least as the rank was unique for the issuance of the Tibet Medal - and is not seen on any other named British medal

A most desirable medal to a 'Yak Driver' - and rare seen

Condition: About GVF

Code: 20683

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1914-15 Star (Pte. J. Beckerley. S. A. Irish.)

1914-15 Star (Pte. J. Beckerley. S. A. Irish.)



Note: The recipient was John Beckerleg - a Cornishman - the medal named exactly as issued!

Important: No 383 Private John Beckerleg, 'A Company' 3rd South African Infantry, was 'Killed Accidentally' on 1 February 1916 - gunshot wound to brain - and his body lies buried in the Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. John Beckerleg

John 'Jack' Beckerleg (sic Beckerley) a son of Barzillai Beckerleg (a Master Mariner 'Lost at Sea' in 1895, together with all-hands of his ship) & Theodora Beckerleg (nee Strick), was a native of Alverton, Penzance, Cornwall, England. He was one 10 x children (6 x sons & 4 x daughters) borne by his parents. At the time of the Great War the family residence in England was located at, 6 Alberton Terrace, Penzance, Cornwall

Reference 'West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser' issue of 10 February 1916, included the below following death notice:

Quote,

News has been received by Mrs. B. Beckerleg, of Alverton, Penzance, that her son, familiarly known as Jack, has been accidentally killed in Egypt. Deceased, aged 24 years (sic), was unmarried, and prior to the war spent some time in South Africa. Many years ago the deceased's father (Captain B. Beckerleg), master of the Penzance schooner Lanisely, was drowned, the ship being lost in the Bristol Channel with all hands, and Jack's eldest brother (Willie) met with a fatal accident on one of the Hain steamers at Cardiff.

Unquote.

The South African Irish was formed at the outbreak of World War I in August 1914 when three officers (Major George Twomey, Captain J. Jeoffreys and Captain MacDonald) met at the Irish Club in Johannesburg to raise an Irish regiment from the city and its surrounding areas.

Lieutenant-Colonel Brennan was appointed as its first commanding officer. Major Twomey was appointed as its recruiting officer. The wife of General Louis Botha (a lady of Irish descent with the maiden name of Emmett) was appointed as the regiment's first honorary colonel.

On 25 December 1914 the Force landed at Walvis Bay and went into action immediately. The Regiment itself first came into contact with their German enemy on the following day, barely three months after it was raised. The German forces capitulated on 9 July 1915.

The SA Irish were formally disbanded on 31 December 1919 but on 29 January 1921, the regiment was presented with the King's Colour by Prince Arthur of Connaught, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa

A scarce seen 'South African Irish' medal for the German South West Africa Campaign (Namibia), and almost certainly unique to a roving 'Cornishman' who was later 'Killed' on active service in Egypt in 1916

Condition: EF

Code: 20682

100.00 GBP


India General Service Medal 1908-35. GV first type. Silver issue with 2 x clasps 'Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919' & 'Malabar 1921-22' (73558 Sdlr. Mohd. Khan, 30 Mule Cps.)

India General Service Medal 1908-35. GV first type. Silver issue with 2 x clasps 'Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919' & 'Malabar 1921-22' (73558 Sdlr. Mohd. Khan, 30 Mule Cps.)



Note: The upper clasps attached by contemporary silver rod

The recipient was an Indian soldier of the Muslim faith, who held the rank rank of 'Saddler' in 1919 while serving with the 30th Mule Corps of the British Indian Army

As a 'Saddler' the recipient would have been responsible for the leather saddlery, harness and carrying kit equipment used on the animals of the Mule Corps

Note: In the long history of the India General Service Medals (1854, 1895, 1908 & 1936 issues), only the clasp 'Malabar 1921-22' was ever issued in respect of campaign service in Southern India. The Malabar Campaign being fought in what is present day 'Karnataka'

Condition: About VF

Code: 20723

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India General Service Medal 1908-35. GV first type. Silver issue with clasp 'Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919' (2526 Nk. Sampat Singh, 16/Rajputs.)

India General Service Medal 1908-35. GV first type. Silver issue with clasp 'Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919' (2526 Nk. Sampat Singh, 16/Rajputs.)



Note: The recipient was a Hindu Rajput who served as a Naik (Corporal) with the 16th Rajputs, a single class infantry regiment of the British Indian Army, comprised entirely of Hindu Rajputs

In 1922 the 16th Rajputs were re-styled as 10th (Training) Battalion 7th Rajput Regiment. All battalions of the Rajput Regiment being descended from former Bengal Army infantry regiments that had remained loyal during the Indian Mutiny, and unique amongst the annals of the descendent units of the erstwhile Bengal Army that served in the later Indian Army.

The 16th Rajputs were referred to as the famous 'Bailey Guard Paltan' which had been formed at Cawnpore in 1857 from amongst the loyal Brahmins and Rajputs of the 13th, and the Sikhs of the 48th and 71st Bengal Native Infantry, who had served so faithfully at the Lucknow Residency (with every living loyal Indian veteran of the battle subsequently being decorated with the Indian Order of Merit). The badge of the 16th was a turreted gateway surmounted by the number 16, representing the Bailey Gate - the most exposed and deadly bastion - of the Lucknow Residency, during the siege of Lucknow

Condition: GVF

Code: 20681

70.00 GBP


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