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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;


- 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


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;


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.....


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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Delhi Durbar Medal 1903. Silver issue

Medal is un-named as issued, and fitted with a long length of silk ribbon

Only an estimated 2567 x 1903 Delhi Durbar Medals in silver are estimated to have been issued = one of the most scarce of all royal commemorative medals ever to be issued

The Persian script reverse design of medal is by far the most ornate - and attractive - of any British royal commemorative medal

A scarce and desirable royal commemorative medal

Condition: VF

Code: 20217


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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Coronation Medal 1911. With St. John Ambulance Brigade reverse (Pte. W. Ayres.)

It is estimated that 2755 x Coronation Medals with the 'St John Ambulance Brigade' reverse legend were issued to 'All Ranks' of the St John Ambulance Brigade

Condition: GVF

Code: 20073

75.00 GBP

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Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. GVI 1st type (JX.126933 W. P. Bertram. A.B. H.M.S. Malaya.)

Important: Able Seaman Walter Philip Bertram, was awarded his Naval Long Service Good Conduct Medal on 8 March 1943 (ref ADM 171/152)

Walter Philip Bertram, son of Philip Walter Bertram (a Naval Joiner) & Maud Eliza Bertram (nee Chiverton) was a native of Cowes, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England, where he was born on 4 May 1910. The 1911 National Census for England and Wales shows Walter residing with his older sister Iy Bertram and his two parents at the family home located at, No 4 Vine Terrace, East Cowes, Isle of Wight. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16 years, on 4 May 1926. Prior to joining the Royal Navy he had been working as a 'Labourer'. His first rating in the Royal Navy was 'Boy'. Walter is recorded as having died on, 3 October 1974. At the time of his death he had been resident at 92 Station Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, England

H.M.S. Malaya was a Queen Elizabeth class Battleship. The hull was laid down at the Armstrong Whitworth Yard at, High Walker, Tyneside, in 1913. The ship was launched on 18 March 1915, and completed 1 February 1916. H.M.S. Malaya was the first ship in the Royal Navy to bear that name, and the cost of building the ship, an estimated GBP 2,945,709., was generously met by the Federated Malay States

The Battle Honours gained by H.M.S. Malaya, in both World Wars were;

- Jutland 1916
- Atlantic 1940-41
- Calabria 1940
- Mediterranean 1940-41
- Malta Convoys 1941-42
- English Channel 1944.

Condition: About GVF

Code: 20070

150.00 GBP

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Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. GVI issue (Sergt. Jack W. T. Wright)

Important: Sergeant 'Jack' (John) William Thomas Wright, is confirmed as having served with the West Suffolk Constabulary. In 1939 Constable Wright resided at 26 High Street, Cosford, West Suffolk

Retirement: Sergeant 'Jack William Thomas Wright, was serving at Ixford, West Suffolk, when he retired in January 1955. He had been thrice 'Commended' during his 30 years service (Bury Free Press issue of 7 January 1955, refers)

Note: In 1967, the West Suffolk Constabulary merged with the East Suffolk Constabulary and the Ipswich Borough Police to form the Suffolk Constabulary

There are many references / articles - including some very interesting ones (see Bury Free Press issue of 7 March 1953 of for an especially scandalous case - too sordid & long to repeat here) pertaining to Jack Wright's police services contained in the local West Suffolk newspapers circa 1930-1955

Jack William Thomas Wright, son of John William Wright & Alice Wright (nee Wilder) was a native of Ipswich, Suffolk, England, where he was born on 31 December 1899. By 1911, 'Jack' was one of eight children in the 'Wright Family', he had four older sisters vis; Alice, Florence, Elsie, Ellen, and three younger brothers vis; Benjamin, Edward & Robert. Jack's dad had been a professional soldier who had served many years in the Suffolk Regiment (Long Service & Good Conduct Medal awarded 1919). Prior to joining the West Suffolk Constabulary circa 1925, 'Jack' Wright is recorded as having served in the British Army, including postings to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment (sic) and 3x years service with the Royal Army Service Corps - note Jack did not serve overseas in the Great War and he was not awarded any campaign medals for his Army service in the 1920's. Jack Wright married Elsie E. Lyon in 1926. The 1939 National Register for England & Wales records 'Jack', described as a 'Police Constable', 39 years of age, then residing at 26 High Street, Cosford, West Suffolk, where he lived with his wife Elsie and two daughter, Barbara E. Wright, and son, Robert G. L. Wright. 'Jack' Wright was promoted Sergeant of Police in January 1944, at which time he was stationed at Woolpit, West Suffolk, immediately prior to his promotion,Jack had been a Police Constable at Lavenham, West Suffolk, where he had been stationed for nine years, and before that he had prior served at Nayland and Dalham sections of the West Suffolk Constabulary. Sergeant 'Jack' Wright is known to have retired from the West Suffolk Constabulary Police Force on 7 January 1955. During his 30 years of police service he had been 'Commended' on no less than 3 x occasions. He is recorded as having died in Ipswich, England, on 6 November 1969. At the time of his death, Jack had been residing at, 39 Princethorpe Road, Ipswich, England

A very fine 'West Suffolk Constabulary' police medal of considerable local interest

Condition: EF

Code: 20066

75.00 GBP

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Nigeria: Independence Medal 1960

Sold together with a companion contemporary miniature medal

Note: Unrestricted permission to wear this commonwelath indepdence medla in British military uniform was granted per authority of Army Council Instruction 69 of 1964

The award criteria for British Army personnel was serving in a seconded capacity with the Nigerian Forces on 1 October 1960

Ribbons soiled

Condition: GVF

Code: 19158

25.00 GBP

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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue. 'Female' issue mounted on original silk bow riband, as worn by female recipients

Un-named as issued

The original silk riband 'sans' mounting pin

Condition: GVF

Code: 18933

195.00 GBP

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