A St Asaph, Flintshire, World Wars family medal group of 8. To a father casualty & son veteran of Battle of Denmark Strait & Survivor of sinking of H.M.S. Prince of Wales: Arrowsmith family, father (Cheshire Yeomanry/Cheshire Regiment) & son (Royal Navy)
The family group of 8 x medals comprises:
A). Father: Private James Cliffe Arrowsmith, Cheshire Regiment, late Cheshire Yeomanry
- British War Medal. Silver issue (5515 Pte. J.C. Arrowsmith. Ches. R.)
- Interallied Victory Medal (5515 Pte. J.C. Arrowsmith. Ches. R.)
Important: Private J.C. Arrowsmith, 9th Battalion Cheshire Regiment is confirmed having 'Died of Wounds' in France on 4 August 1917
Note: The 2 x medals confirmed as the recipient's full medal entitlement, per the respective medal roll of Cheshire Regiment (ref WO 329/1014) and the recipients extant Medal Index Card held at The National Archives
Biographical Research: There exists an unusually large - and well written - amount of biographical information on Private James Cliffe Arrowsmith available on the internet. Thanks to the Flintshire War Memorials 1914-1918 website, researchers and medal collectors can readily access the recipients service history at:
The Great War medals in uncommonly excellent condition, being virtually uncirculated / pristine
B). Son: Able Seaman James Cliffe Arrowsmith, Royal Navy, late H.M.S. Prince of Wales
- The 1939-1945 Star
- The Atlantic Star
- The Africa Star
- The Pacific Star
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
Important: Able Seaman J.C Arrowsmith H.M.S. Prince of Wales is confirmed witnessing the destruction of H.M.S. Hood - The Mighty Hood - during the Battle of the Denmark Strait (Atlantic Star), during which battle his ship registered damaging 'Hits' on the enemy battleship 'Bismark' , and who later served on a Malta Convoy (Africa Star) and was extremely fortunate to survive the sinking of H.M.S. Prince of Wales (Pacific Star), and avoid subsequent enemy capture - following the destruction of 'Force Z' - off the coast of Malaya, on 10 December 1941.
The Liverpool Echo issue of 9 January 1942, contains a captioned photograph of Able Seaman J.C. Arrowsmith in his Royal Navy 'Blues', with below article:
Saw Sea Giants Sunk
A naval man who has taken part in the battle for the Atlantic and seen destroyed the world's four biggest battleships - Hood, Bismark, Repulse & Prince of Wales - is among the survivors of the latter ship. He is Able Seaman James Cliffe Arrowsmith, of, Teriyn, St Asaph. He was born at Neston, Cheshire, and previous to joining the Navy was on the staff of Barclay's Bank at Pwllheli. His father, Mr James Arrowsmith, was killed in the last war whilst serving with the Cheshire Regiment.
HMS Prince of Wales was a King George V-class battleship of the Royal Navy, built at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, England. She had an extensive battle history, first seeing action in August 1940 while still being outfitted in her drydock when she was attacked and damaged by German aircraft. In her brief but storied career, she was involved in several key actions of the Second World War, including the May 1941 Battle of the Denmark Strait against the German battleship Bismarck, escorting one of the Malta convoys in the Mediterranean, and then attempting to intercept Japanese troop convoys off the coast of Malaya when she was lost on 10 December 1941. In her final battle, which was three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, she was sunk alongside the battlecruiser HMS Repulse by Japanese bombers when they became the first capital ships to be sunk solely by air power on the open sea, a harbinger of the diminishing role this class of ships was subsequently to play in naval warfare. The wreck of Prince of Wales lies upside down in 223 feet (68 m) of water, near Kuantan, in the South China Sea.
The Second World War medals each with an original silk riband (with the Africa Star & Defence Medal on mismatching of ribands), that has sometime been stitched for wear and, as-worn or displayed, by the recipient or his family