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Efficiency Medal. GVI 1st type legend with 'Territorial' bar (6090436. Pte. H. C. Davey. Mx.)



The recipient was a Private soldier of the Territorial Army serving with a Territorial Army battalion of the Middlesex Regiment

Sold together with original card box of issue which is addressed to:

- Mr. H. C. Davey, 36 Dalwood St, Camberwell, London SE5

The medal retains its original long length silk riband as issued

The medal is virtually uncirculated - a choice example

Condition: EF

Code: 20386

Reserved


Army Meritorious Service Medal. Queen Victoria issue. Un-named



Note: The medal with a neatly skimmed rim, the original naming having been removed at some time in the past

Only an estimated 990 x Victorian issue Meritorious Service Medals of this type were awarded

Fitted with a good length of original silk riband

Condition: Toned GVF

Code: 20391

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Military Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Victorian issue 3rd type (818. Pte. M. Walsh, 77th. Foot)



Important: Award of the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was published per Army Order dated 1 April 1877

Note: This medal is confirmed as the recipients only medal earned during his more then 21 years service

Michael Walsh, an Irishman, was a native of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Ireland, where he was born in 1840. Michael attested for the British Army in Ireland, on 14 June 1860, at which time he was posted to the 77th Foot. He had previously served for two years and 168 days in the Antrim Militia.Michael's overseas service with the 77th Foot included almost 9 years in Briitsh India at various military cantonments spread across India. He was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 1 April 1877, and was discharged on 26 November 1878, after 19 years and 250 days’ service

Sold together with hard copy set of copied service papers for the recipient

Condition: About EF

Code: 20390

150.00 GBP


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Military Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. GV issue with 'Regular Army' bar (618941 Pte. S. Fletcher. Midd’x. R.)



Note: The rank with official corrections, and exactly as issued

The recipient was a soldier holding the rank of Private while serving with a Regular Army battalion of the Middlesex Regiment

Condition: Edge bruises about VF

Code: 20389

60.00 GBP


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Efficiency Medal. GVI 1st type legend with 'Territorial' bar, and silver Kings Crown 'Further Award Bar' (6197813 Pte. W. G. Belcher. Midd’x. R.)



The recipient was a soldier of the Territorial Army holding the rank of Private while serving with a TA battalion of the Middlesex Regiment

Note: The Further award bar on the EM has a 'Kings Crown'

Condition: GVF

Code: 20388

70.00 GBP


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Efficiency Medal. GVI 1st type legend with 'Territorial' bar (6204186 Sjt. G. A. K. J. F. Frolich. (Kensington) Midd’x. R.



Important: The recipient served with 1st Battalion of the 'The Kensington's', a Territorial Army regiment which in 1939 was styled 1st Battalion Princess Louise's Kensington Regiment, The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own)

During the Second World War the regiment changed its role from infantry to a heavy fire support unit armed with mortars, medium machine-guns and Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns. The 1st Kensingtons served with the British Expeditionary Force in France, and later deployed to North Africa to be part of British First Army to prepare for the Sicilian campaign, and later the Italian front, with the 78th Battleaxe Infantry Division

The 2nd Kensingtons served first in Iceland and were to see action from Normandy to Arnhem, with the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division

George Albert K.J.F. Frolich, son of William Frolich & Annie Mary Frolich (nee Newman), was a native of Chelsea, London, England, where he was born on 22 October 1914. George is recorded in the 1939 National Register (October 1939) at which time he was residing at, 298 Lille Road, Fulham, London, England. The entry for George also provides his TA battalion details, regimental number etc. During the Second World War. George served with the 1st Battalion of the Kensingtons. George married to Rosina F. Butler, in September 1935, and the couple had two children a daughter Joan and a son Terence. George is recorded as having died in Fulham, London, England sometime during the last quarter of 1977

Scarce seen EM's named to the 1st Kensington's

Condition: About EF

Code: 20387

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Military Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. Victorian issue. 3rd type with small letter reverse (326. Cr. Sergt. G. Orwin. R. Highrs.)



Important: Colour Sergeant George Orwin, 2nd Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) was serving on the Staff of the 4th (Perthshire) Volunteer Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) when on 1 April 1889, the Officer Commanding recommended him for the award of the LS&GC Medal, and confirmed as his only medal entitlement

Note: Colour-Sergeant Orwin was for many years a Drill-Instructor on the Permanent Staff of the 4th (Perthshire) Volunteer Battalion (The Black Watch) Royal Highlanders, during which tme he was located at the Drll Hall, Crieff, Perthshire

George Noble Orwin, son of Michael Orwin (a Confectioner) and Susana Orwin (nee Dodgson) was a native of, Ouseburne,, Newcastle, Northumberland, England, where he was born sometime in the third quarter of 1850. George attested for the British Army at Newcastle Barracks, on 22 October 1870. At the time of his enlistment he described himself as being 20 years of age, and previously employed as a, 'Rivetter'. On the same day that he attested for the British Army, George - no doubt heavily influenced by the recruiting Sergeant who was of the 73rd Regiment - was posted to the,73rd (Perthshire) Regiment of Foot (in 1881 the regiment was amalgamated with the 42nd Royal Highlanders and became restyled as 2nd Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)) in which regiment George was allocated the regimental number 1825. Promotions during his military service were; Corporal (09/10/1875); Sergeant (26/06/1878) & Colour-Sergeant (07/10/1882). Colour-Sergeant George Orwin took his final discharge from the British Army on 27 October 1896, having racked-up an impressive total of 26 years and 7 days 'With the Colours'. He had been well qualified to be a Drill Instructor, as he held a Second Class Certificate in Education, a Hythe Certificate and the Certificate from the Small Arms Factory, Birmingham. During his many years service with 'The Colours' George never participated in any campaigns, but saw considerable service in Ireland and overseas in Ceylon Colony and in British India..George Noble Orwin served overseas as under:

- Ceylon Colony: 15/12/1870 - 02/02/1874 (3 years & 50 days)
- British India: 03/02/1874 - 19/02/1881 (7 years & 17 days)

The recipients extant service papers and medical records indicate that George was a patron of the 'Bazaar Brothels', during his years of overseas service, as reflected by the several bouts of treatment he received at Colombo (Ceylon Colony) and later at Cawnpore, Delhi and Subatu (British India) for the inevitable venereal diseases that he contracted as a result of his energetic encounters. Perhaps wary, wiser or both, George turned to 'Freemasonry' as a less painful activity while in India, where while serving at Fysabad, Oudh, India, George became a Freemason, when on 9 February 1880, he was initiated into the brotherhood at the The Light in Adjoodhia Lodge

George married Margaret Fitzgerald (born Belfast circa 1854, and shown as NCO's Widow 73rd Regiment in 1881 National Census) at the Parish Church, Portsea, Hampshire, England on 6 October 1881. By the time of the National Census in 1891, the Orwin family comprised the parents and five children which included four sons (Thomas Orwin, born as Thomas Watson in Fyzabad, India, in 1877 - this was George's adopted son), George Orwin (born in England circa 1883), William Orwin (born in Ireland circa 1887) and Albert Orwin (born in Kilmadock, Doune, Perthshire, Scotland in 1890)), and a daughter (Sarah Orwin (born in England circa 1884)). The 1891 National Census for Scotland, records the parents and five children living at Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland, where they resided at the 'Drill Hall, Commissioner Street, Crieff' - at the time George Orwin is described as employed as 'Sergeant Instructor 4th V B R H. Another son, James Orwin, was born to the family at Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland, in 1892

After retiring from the British Army, George Noble Orwin relocated to Belfast, Ireland, where he is recorded as having died in 1897. The 1901 National Census records George's family, comprising his widow Margaret (described as Head of Family & a 'Laundress', and children William, Albert, Sarah and James Orwin, living at Lawyer Street, St Georges Ward, Belfast, Antrim - by 1911 the family were living at McAdam Street

A fine long service medal to a long serving NCO of the Black Watch, with strong local 42nd Regimental District associations with Crieff, Perthshire, and 4th (Perthshire) Volunteer Battalion (The Black Watch) Royal Highlanders

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

Condition: About VF

Code: 20212

165.00 GBP


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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue (1911 No 2384 Hav Rabel Singh 57 R FF)



Important: Recipient was later Subadar-Major 'Wounded-in-Action' and decorated with M.B.E. & MID

The recipient was serving as a Havildar (Sergeant) with the 57th Wildes Rifles (Frontier Force) an infantry regiment of the Indian Army

Note: The medal is regimentally impressed in heavy gauge font, typical for medals awarded to members of 57th Wilde's Rifles (Frontier Force). As Rabel Singh's name is not included in the published Delhi Durbar medal roll of the 57th Rifles, the medal was presumably allocated to him while serving 'extra employed' at the Durbar ceremony

Important: The recipient ended his military career circa 1925 (last appears in IA List of October 1924) as 'Subadar-Major', of 4th Battalion 13th Frontier Force Rifles. He was twice 'Wounded-in-Action'. He was first wounded during the First Battle of Ypres (Belgium) where in 3 days fighting between, 29 October to 1 November 1914, the 57th Wilde's Rifles suffered losses (killed, missing & wounded) of 286 x 'All-ranks' (British & Indian). He was wounded a second time, circa 1921 during the Waziristan operations on the North West Frontier of India. Rabel was also decorated on for distinguished services, with Mention in Despatches for East Africa 1918 & the award of an M.B.E. in 1925, this latterly was specifically for services during the Waziristan Operations

The recipients 'War Services' entry in the Supplement to the Indian Army List, January 1924, are given below;

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- N.-W.F. of India, 1908 - Operations in Zakka Khel and Mohmand Country

- The War of 1914-21 - (Operations in France & Belgium, 26 Sept. 1914 to 27 Feb. 1915. Operations in East Africa, 29 Sept. 1916 to 28 Sept. 1917. Despatches, Ind Gaz., 3 June 1918, and Lond Gaz., 6 March 1918. Wounded.

- Afghanistan, N.W.F., 1919

- Waziristan, 1919-21. Wounded

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Rabel Singh first enrolled in the Indian Army on 15 August 1902. He received his first appointment as a Vicreoy's Commissioned Officer, when he was commissioned as Jemadar on 15 August 1914; appointed Subadar on 5 December 1915 and created Subadar-Major on 17 September 1920

The award of the Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) was published in the London Gazette issue of 13 March 1925. The award preamble is shown below;

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The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for valuable services rendered in the field in connection with military operations in Waziristan, 21st April, 1923 to 31st March, 1924.....

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Note: The recipients family name is variously recorded inter-alia as Singh & Sing in the respective Indian Army Lists, War Diary, London Gazettes & Regimental Histories circa 1914-1925

Condition: Small silver 'Bazaar Wallah' test mark on reverse rim o/w VF

Code: 20215

150.00 GBP


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Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. EIIR issue. 1st type (Const. Basil A. T. Johnson)


Note: Recipient confirmed serving as Police Constable with the Somerset Constabulary - stationed at Clevedon

Basil A. T. Johnson, was a native of West Ham, London, England, where he was born on 13 February 1913. Basil entered the service of the Somerset Constabulary during the inter-war years. In 1937, Constable Johnson married Florence A. Green at, Wells, Somerset, England. By 1939 Basil, described as a Police Constable, is recorded in the National Register of England & Wales as living with his wife Florence and daughter Stella J. Johnson (later Cooling) who had been born on 8 June 1938. In 1939, the Johnson family were residing at 'Police House' located Pizey Avenue, Clevedon, Somerset, England. Basil A. T. Johnson is recorded as having died in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, sometime during the third quarter of 1966

Condition: GVF

Code: 20119

50.00 GBP


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Regimental Medal of the 1st City of London Engineers (1862-1908). Silver. With silver hallmarks on reverse


An oval uniface medal, 42mm x 34mm. Reverse plain except for English silver hallmarks for Birmingham 1906, and with makers marks for 'Fattorini & Sons Bradford'.

Suspended from original stitched silk riband, that is fitted with an integral top brooch bar. The reverse of the top bar complete with hinged pin and clasp fittings, and as issued

The 1st City of London Engineer Volunteer Corps, nicknamed 'Old Jewry' from the quarter of the City of London where it was initially based ('Old Jewry' , is a one-way street in the City of London, the historic and financial centre of London) was raised in 1862. Between 1863 to 1868 the unit was attached for administrative purposes to the 1st Middlesex EVC based at the South Kensington museums. The Headquarters of the 1st City of London Engineer Volunteer Corps was moved to the Barbican in 1868 and then to Islington in North London in 1877. The longest serving commanding officer of the unit was Colonel George S. Drew, C.B., V.D., who was in command between 1877-1898. During the South African War the unit sent 2 x drafts overseas on active service, the first draft leaving in 1900 comprised 1 x Officer & 25 x 'Other Ranks', and the second draft was sent in 1901. During their services in South Africa the 1st City of London Engineer Volunteers were attached to regular Royal Engineer units of the British Army

As a result of the Haldane Army Reforms of 1908, and the creation of the Territorial Force, the 1st City of London Engineer Volunteers, were converted to an artillery role, when they became the 1st London Heavy Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery

A scarce - and short lived - regimental medal of the Volunteer movement (1862-1908), and of particular City of London military history interest

Condition: About EF

Code: 20117

125.00 GBP


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