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Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902,. Silver issue with clasp 'Natal (7327 Pte. G. H. McIlroy, R. Welsh Fus:)



Important: The recipient confirmed as a Great War casualty 'Home Service', who died on 8 December 1918 (he did not qualify for any Great War medals), and was buried in his native Holyhead, where he is commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Note: Medal and clasp verified as the recipient's only medal entitlement per the campaign medal roll of Volunteer or 'L' Company 1st Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers (ref WO 100/195). Shown as invalided at Kimberley at the time the medal roll was compiled and signed at Wreham, Wales, on 5 July 1901

Rarity: Only an estimated 38 x RWF 'Volunteers' of the 1st Volunteer Service Company Royal Welsh Fusiliers are shown on the referenced medal roll as being entitled to the single clasp 'Natal' QSA medal

A very scarce regimental medal with single clasp 'Natal'

George Henry McIlroy, son of Jamess McIlroy and Sarah Anne McIlroy (nee Green) was a native of Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales, where he was born circa 1876. George declared his age as 23 years & 4 months of age when he volunteered for One Year Short Service Contract 'With the Colours' at Wrexham, Wales, on 23 January 1900. At time of attestation he declared his trade as being a 'Timekeeper' with the London and North Western Railway. George embarked for South Africa with 1st Volunteer Service Company of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 11th February 1900. He was invalided at Kimberley, and returned to United Kingdom on 1 August 1900, having spent 172 days in 'The Field' on active service.

George Henry McIlroy is recorded as having volunteered and served on 'Home Service' in the United Kingdom during the Great War. Firstly as No G/83962 Staff Sergeant with 29th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, later transferred to the Labour Corps in which unit he held the regimental number 153193

The body of Staff Sergeant McIlroy was transported to his home town of Holyhead, where his body is commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at Holyhead (Maeshyfryd) Burial Board Cemetery. The cemetery holds the remains of 64 service personnel commemorated by the CWGC

Several sets of the recipient's service papers are extant and held at the National Archives

A most uncommon occurrence of a single clasp QSA for 'Natal' colony awarded to a later casualty of the Great War, and of considerable Holyhead interest

Condition: GVF

Code: 20436

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India General Service Medal 1895-1902, Silver issue with 4 x clasps 'Punjab Frontier 1897-98', 'Samana 1897', 'Tirah 1897-98' & 'Waziristan 1901-2' (1307 Sepoy Chaba Singh, 36 Sikhs)



The recipient was an Indian soldier of the Sikh faith who served as a Sepoy (Private) with the 36th Sikhs, an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army

The medal is officially impressed in the proper naming style for this regiment (Ref 'British Battles & Medals' (7th Edition, 2006))

Important: 36th Sikhs, now 4/Sikh of the Indian Army, is revered as 'SARAGARHI' Battalion, having earned a unique battle honour 'Samana' for their outstanding collective gallantry between 12-14 September 1897, on the 'Samana Ridge', in the Afridi foothills of the North West Frontier. In the early weeks of September 1897, the regiment was scattered and variously deployed at Fort Lockhart (from where the relief force was deployed), Fort Gulistan and at the tiny 'Heliographic' outpost at Saragarhi. Afridi 'lashkars' numbering more than 10,000 armed hostiles mounted sustained attacks against Fort Gulistan, and the heliographic post at Saragarhi. On 12 September 1897, the post at Saragarhi was besieged and ultimately annihilated - but not before the 21 gallant Sikh defenders at 'Saragarhi' had fought to their last round and last man, inflicting a death toll of several hundreds amongst their more prolific enemy. Emboldened by their victory at Saragarhi the Afridis then pressed their attacks on Fort Gulistan on 13-14 September 1897, but the 2 x company's of Sikhs holding the fort, managed to defend their position and keep their attackers at bay until being relieved by the relief force that arrived on 14 September. 'Saragarhi' has since become an un-paralleled episode of collective gallantry on the North West Frontier, where the widows of every soldier present was subsequently admitted to receive pensions for the Indian Order of Merit.

The descendent unit of 36 Sikhs, is 4th Battalion Sikh Regiment, and 12 September is celebrated every year as a Regimental Battle Honours Day in the Sikh Regiment, and the day commemorated and celebrated by Sikhs throughout the Indian Armed Forces

Note: Only raised in 1887, the medal recipient Sepoy Chaba Singh would have served either in the defence of Fort Gulistan, or in the relief force that fought it's way from Fort Lockhart to Gulistan & Saragarhi on 14 September 1897. We can also assume that he knew most, if not all, of his fellow Sikh comrades-in-arms that were killed at Saragarhi

A most desirable campaign medal to the 36 Sikhs, for participation in the fighting on the Samana ridge during the most famous of all Sikh fights on the North West Frontier of British India

Condition: About VF

Code: 20437

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Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry Cavalry Carbine Prize Medal



The medal suspended form a long length of pale blue silk riband on which is fitted a two pronged buckle riband. The buckle retainin its original hinged pin and clasp fittings on the reverse

During the South African War 1899-1902, the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry Cavalry provided numerous volunteers for overseas service

The men from the Duke of Lancaster's Yeomanry who went to South Africa mostly served with The 32nd (Lancashire) Company, 2nd Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry, and the 23rd (Duke of Lancaster's Own) Company of the 8th Battalion, Imperial Yeaomanry, both battalions being raised in 1900

A most handsome and rare Victorian yeomanry medal, to a unit that contributed several squadrons of volunteers to the Imperial Yeomanry during the South African War (Boer War)

For their services in the South African War the regiment was awarded the battle honour 'South Africa 1900-1902'

A most handsome and substantial regimental medal from the Victorian era

Condition: GVF

Code: 20427

125.00 GBP


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India General Service Medal 1854-95. Bronze issue & clasp 'Chin-Lushai 1889-90' (Cook Kyaw Win Burma Sappers & Miners)



The recipient was a native Burmese non-combatant performing the trade of 'Cook' while serving as an attested 'Follower' with the single company strength Burma Sappers & Miners

Important: The Burma Sappers and Miners were raised in 1887, they were initially referred to as the Burma Company Sappers & Miners, and were included as a separate formation under the listings for the Queens Own Madras Sappers & Miners that were published in the Indian Army Lists prior to 1903. The unit had the distinction of being the very first regular military unit raised in Burma to recruit and eventually comprise only Burmese indigenous soldiers, under command of British Officers. The other-ranks were drawn from several classes and ethnicities including, Burmans, and the Karen, Kachin and Shan hill tribes. Reference the monumental 'The Military Engineer in India' Volume I (E.W.C. Sandes, 1933), the author writes:

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One result of the war was the raising of a Burma Company of Sappers and Miners. This was authorized in July, 1887, and the unit was affiliated to the Madras Sappers and Miners. The Royal Engineer officers for the new unit were to be lent in rotation from the three Corps of Sappers and Miners, each officer being relieved after two years in Burma if he so desired. The Indian officers were to come solely from the Madras Corps. Great difficulties were encountered at once in getting recruits, only 15 of whom had enlisted by the end of 1887 when the company at Mandalay was commanded by Captain E.W Cotter, R.E. The first idea had been to form a unit of one half of which should be Burmans, one-quarter Kachins and Karens, and one -quarter Shans; but the Kachins and Shans would not come forward, and when the company reached its full strength for the first time in October, 1890, about four-fifths of the men were Burmans and the remainder Karens. In 1893 the Burma Company became an integral part of the Corps of Madras Sappers and Miners, rendering good service for a number of years until it was finally disbanded in 1929. Many officers have pleasant recollections of the jovial and intelligent Burma Sapper in his slouch hat and smart uniform in modern Mandalay.

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For a single company size unit, it was extensively deployed on active service campaigns in Burma between 1889-1894, earning several clasp issues of the Indian General Service Medal 1854. Various issues of the London Gazette, and the Calcutta published 'The Englishman's Overland Mail' (and subsequent issues of The Englishman) in the period circa 1887-1895, contains several reports of the engagements - and casualties sustained - by the Burma Sappers & Miners in that period

In 1903 the unit was restyled as 15 (Burma) Company, 2nd Queen's Own Madras Sappers and Miners, becoming 4th Burma Sappers and Miners in 1922 (in which year the unit was decoupled from any further association with the Queens Own Madras Sapper & Miners. The unit was again finally styled Burma Sappers and Miners in 1923. The unit was disbanded in 1929

A rare campaign medal in bronze to find on the market named to a Burmese follower serving with the Burma Sappers & Miners

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Condition: GVF

Code: 20406

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Queen’ South Africa Medal 1899-1902. Silver issue with clasp 'Natal' (1384 Pte. W. J. James. Middlesex Regt.)



Important: Private William John James, 2nd Battalion Middlesex Regiment, died of 'Enteric Fever' at Ladysmith, Natal Colony, South Africa, on 26 May 1900

Note: Medal and clasp verified as the recipient's only medal entitlement per the campaign medal roll of 2nd Battalion Middlesex Regiment (ref WO 100/195)

Rarity: Only 1 x Officer and 21 x Other Ranks of the Middlesex Regiment were awarded the medal with single clasp ‘Natal’

A very scarce regimental medal with single clasp 'Natal'

William John James son of Thomas James and Martha James (nee Wilks) was a native of, Turkdean, North Leach, Gloucestershire, England, where he was born circa 1866. William declared his age as 18 years & 8 months when he attested for full-time military service with the British Army, at Hounslow, Middlesex, on 29 June 1885. Prior to enlistment in the Regular Army, William cited prior military service in the 3rd (Militia) Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. On enlistment, William was posted to the Regimental Depot of the Middlesex Regiment and after completion of his basic training was on 5 August 1885 posted to 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment, then on 'Home Service' in England. On 7 September 1886, William transferred to the 2nd Battalion Middlesex Regiment, and subsequently served with that battalion overseas in British India where he remained at various cantonments for 5 years 256 days between 7 September 1886 to 20 May 1892. William was a 'Reservist' on the Army Reserve when he was recalled to 'The Colours' for overseas service with 2/Middlesex in the South African War, in which campaign he served throughout in Natal Colony between 23 February 1900 until the time of his death due to 'Enteric Fever' on 26 May 1900.

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Condition: EF

Code: 20404

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India General Service Medal 1908-35. EdVII silver issue with clasp 'North West Frontier 1908' (3132 Sowar Kapur Singh (3) 21st. Cavy.)



The recipient was an Indian soldier of the Sikh faith serving as a Sowar (Trooper) with the 21st Cavalry (Frontier Force), a cavalry regiment of the Indian Army

Note: The numeral 3 in brackets (3) after the recipient's name indicates that he was the third man of the exact same name to serve in the regiment at the same time - each of which were of course allocated unique regimental numbers on attestation, but would have bene referred to within the regiment as Kapur Singh 'the first, the second, the third etc.'....

The regiment had its origins in 1849 when it was raised by Henry Daly as the 1st Regiment of Punjab Cavalry, and subsequently a constituent regiment of what became the Punjab Frontier Force

The regiment participated in several 'Frontier' campaigns during the latter half of the 19th century, and its foreign service in that period was recognised by the award of two theatre battle honours:

- Abyssinia
- Afghanistan 1878-80

In 1922 the 21st Cavalry merged with the 23rd Regiment of Cavalry, Punjab Frontier Force to become 11th Prince Albert Victor's Own Cavalry (Frontier Force)

Condition: VF

Code: 20399

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General Service Medal 1918. GV first issue & clasp 'N.W. Persia' (2525 Sowar Nek Mohd. C of Guides (Cav))



Important: Medal and clasp entitlement confirmed as issued per the respective campaign medal roll of the Corps of Guides Cavalry held at The National Archives (ref WO 100/G22/432) that was compiled and signed at Mardan Cantonment, North West Frontier Province, India on 18 March 1924

The recipient was an Indian cavalryman holding the rank of Sowar (Trooper) while serving with the Corps of Guides Cavalry - the most famous regiment of the British Indian Army

Note: An estimated 562 x GSM's were issued to 'All-Ranks', including followers, of the Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides (Cavalry), of which 307 x medals had the single clasp 'N.W. Persia'; 53 x medals had the single clasp 'Kurdistan' and 193 x medals had both clasps (N.W. Persia & Kurdistan). However, and consistent with other issuances of this medal to Indian Army regiments, many of the medals were never distributed, or delivered, to the actual recipients. In the case of the 'Guides', a total of 148 medals - of which 74 medals had the single clasp 'N.W. Persia' - remained undistributed by 1930, in which year they were returned to the Army Department, New Delhi, in 1930, for scrapping to bullion, for re-use by the treasury

A desirable medal to the most distinguished regiment of the British Indian Army

Condition: GVF

Code: 20396

175.00 GBP


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General Service Medal 1918-62. GV first issue with 4 x clasps 'S. Persia', 'Kurdistan', 'Iraq', 'N. W. Persia' (Specimen. 68 - Gen. No - 3791.)



The medal clasp carriage with official rivets, as issued

A superb example of an official Royal Mint struck and issued 'Specimen' campaign medal for the War Office

Rare

​Condition: GVF

Code: 20395

325.00 GBP


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Belgium: War Commemorative Medal 1940-1945. With large 'Crossed Sabres' emblem, a ''Bronze Lion' citation & clasp 'Bat D'Angleterre'



Note: All Belgian nationals who served in the British Armed Forces, or with 'Free Belgian' armed forces in exile in the United Kingdom during the Second World War, were all eligible, post-war, for the award of the Belgium War Commemorative Medal 1940-1945 (La Medaille Commemorative de la Guerre 1940-1945)

Note: The large 'Crossed Swords' emblem denote active service during the 'May 1940' campaign, while the battle & campaign clasps denotes the recipient as having been a Belgian aviator who served in England during the 'Battle of Britain', and who flew as aircrew with either a Belgian or British Squadron of the Royal Air Force

The Belgian 'Bronze Lion' citation emblem denotes that the recipient had been awarded a 'Citation' at Squadron level

Apart from Poland / Czechoslovakia and the nations of the British Empire the largest number of foreign pilots from North Europe that served with the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain - their pilots being credited with having shot down 24 x German enemy aircraft during the battle.

It is estimated that 124 x Belgian air-crew personnel, all of whom were either Pilots or cadet pilots, had reached the United Kingdom by August 1940. Not all of them, served during the actual 'Battle of Britain', and records variously claim that between 28-30 Belgians flew operationally. Of those no less than 18 were killed in action during the Battle of Britain, or at some time later in the war

During the Battle of Britain, the Belgian pilots are credited with having shot down 24 x enemy aircraft.

The Belgian aircrew were spread amongst several R.A.F. Squadrons during the Battle of Britain, and it was only in November 1941, that two separate all 'Belgian' Squadrons were formed, viz 349 and 350 (Belgium) Squadrons. 349 Squadron served initially in West Africa, but 350 Squadron (Spitfires) remained in Britain, and the Squadron deployed providing fighter cover for the ill-fated Dieppe Raid (1942). 350 Squadron subsequently served continuously on fighter sweeps in the North West Europe theatre 1942-1945, including over the skies of Belgium, Netherlands & Germany

By the close of the Second World War, it is estimated that 1200 Belgian nationals had served in the Royal Air Force.

A rare and desirable 'Battle of Britain' related medal to allied aircrew amongst 'The Few', who subsequently served over the sky of Normandy during the D-Day Landings / Normandy Campaign of 1944

The medal riband fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin, or 'epingle', as worn in the traditional Belgian style

Condition: GVF

Code: 20394

145.00 GBP


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Saudi Arabia (Kingdom): Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait 1991



Sold together with companion loose riband bar with 'Crossed Swords & Palm'. The riband bar mounted on a slot brooch fitting

The medal riband is fitted with an unmarked mounting bar that retains the original long-hinged pin and clasp, as issued

Note: The medal was accepted and worn on a 'restricted basis' only, by all British military personnel who served in the Gulf War, i.e., the medal is not worn in official British military uniform by serving personnel it can however be worn by any veteran in civilian dress

Condition: EF

Code: 20393

20.00 GBP


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