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S.S. Maine American Ladies’ Hospital Ship Fund Commemorative Medal 1899 - For the 'Transvaal War' (South African War). White Metal issue



Dimension: Approx 44mm

Important: Contained in original issue red leatherette plush hinged case with green velvet interior. This complete with original brass hinges and push button opener

The case bearing the name label of 'A. Webster & Compy, 60 Piccadilly, London' on reverse

The Maine was originally the Atlantic Transport Line steamer Swansea, renamed in 1899 and lent to the British Government as a hospital ship for use in the Boer War and later off China during the Boxer Rebellion. Fitted out as a hospital ship in London by Messrs. Fletcher & Son and Fearnall Ltd., the costs were met by the American Ladies Hospital Ship Fund, under the Chairmanship of Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of the future Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, K.G., O.M., C.H. (& Nobel Laureate) who struck the above medal in two metals, viz, silver & white metal in silver, to help with their fund raising

The medals were awarded to donors who made generous donations towards the refitting of the hospital ship

This 'White Metal' example in uncommonly desirable condition, and scarce found in the original case of issue

Condition: GVF

Code: 20289

100.00 GBP


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India General Service Medal 1908. GV first type, silver issue with clasp 'Afghanistan NWF 1919'



This example is un-named and un-marked as struck by the Calcutta Mint

Condition: About GVF

Code: 18957

95.00 GBP


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An important British India Journalist's Great War & Inter-War years medal group of 4: Sir Francis Low, Editor 'Times of India' late Captain Gordon Highlanders attached Hampshire Regiment



- British War Medal. Silver issue (Lieut. F. Low.)
- Interallied Victory Medal: (Lieut. F. Low.)
- Jubilee Medal 1935
- Coronation Medal 1937

Important: Francis Low, Editor 'Times of India' was created a Knight Bachelor (knighted) per the London Gazette issue of 1 January 1943 (New Year Honours List) and was 'Dubbed' at Viceroy's House, New Delhi, India, on 23rd February 1943

Note: The campaign and commemorative medals all verified on the recipients respective Medal Index Card & respective Great War, Jubilee & Coronation medals rolls as his full and only medal entitlement:

- British War & Interallied Victory Medals: Medal Roll (Ref WO 329/2251)
- Jubilee Medal 1935: Jubilee Medal Roll 1935 India Allocation
- Coronation Medal 1937: Coronation Medal Roll 1937 India Allocation

Francis Low (Journalist) son of Francis Low was a native of, Finzean, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where he was born on 19 November 1893. Educated at Robert Gordon's College, Schoolhill, Aberdeen, Francis entered the world of journalism when he joined the Aberdeen Free Press in 191., becoming the Chief Reporter for same in 1920.

During the Great War, Francis, enlisted in the 1st Highland Brigade R.F.A. (Territorial Force) and was commissioned into his local regiment the Gordon Highlanders, in which regiment he served with 4th (The City of Aberdeen) Battalion The Gordon Highlanders. In 1916 he embarked overseas when he was in command of a draft of troops bound for India. From India he was subsequently attached to 6th Battalion Hampshire Regiment with whom he served on active service in Mesopotamia 1917-1918, later being on the Staff of I Corps, and posted as a Special Service Officer working in Intelligence for General Headquarters in Baghdad in 1919. He left the British Army in 1919, and in 1922 took up an appointment with the 'Times of India' which newspaper he joined in Bombay, India, in 1922. On 20 November 1926, Francis married Margaret Helen Adams (who was also a native of Finzean, Aberdeenshire) at the St Andrews 'Kirk' Bombay, India. Francis was to remain in employment with the 'Times of India' in India for 26 years, during which time he became the 'Editor' - and the de-facto 'Head Totem' or 'Burra Sahib' between 1932-1948. Francis Low covered the entire Indian independence movement and struggle in the inter-war years, through to 'Freedom at Midnight' on 14/15 August 1947

Francis led the Indian delegation to the Sixth Imperial Press Conference in London 1946, He was Honorary Secretary for the Society for India, Pakistan and Ceylon; President of the London District, Boys’ Brigade; President of the Woking Division Conservative Association; Knighted 'Knights Bachelor' in 1943: His club memberships included 'Bombay Royal Yacht' & 'Willingdon Sports (Bombay) Clubs; He held offices at 3 Temple Chambers, Temple Avenvue EC4 (Fleet Street 8515); and his residence was High Gardens, Hook Heath, Woking, Surrey (Woking 211)

Apart from the many hundreds - or more - of 'Editorials' and newspaper articles that Sir Francis published in his long career as a Journalist, he also wrote a book 'Struggle for Asia' (Publisher Frederick Muller, London 1955).

Sir Francis Low is recorded as having died at Camberley, Surrey, England, on 18 September 1972

In keeping with the general characteristics of being a senior 'Newspaperman', Francis Low has left a legacy for posterity of not only his prolific record of printed articles and editorials but also in his personal archives that he had maintained of his military service. The National Army Museum hold at least 5 x different accessions in their collections including:

1). Papers of Lt Francis Low, 4th Bn Gordon Highlanders attached 1/16th Bn Hampshire Regiment, World War One, Mesopotamia, 1916-1921. Archives. Accession number 1996-06-158

2). Papers of Lt Francis Low, 4th Bn Gordon Highlanders attached 1/16th Bn Hampshire Regiment, World War One, Mesopotamia, 1916-1921.Archives. Accession number 1996-06-158

3). Album of 48 photographs relating to 4th Bn Gordon Highlanders when attached to 1/6th Bn Hampshire Regiment, Mesopotamia, 1917-1918; photographs compiled by Lieutenant Francis Low 4th Bn Gordon Highlanders attached 1/6th Bn Hampshire Regiment; themes include portraits, groups, local views and types, troops on a train, an observation balloon and Turkish prisoners of war.
Photographs. Accession number 1996-06-159

4). Album of 75 photographs relating to 4th Bn Gordon Highlanders when attached to 1/6th Bn Hampshire Regiment, Persia, 1919; photographs compiled by Lieutenant Francis Low 4th Bn Gordon Highlanders attached 1/6th Bn Hampshire Regiment; themes include local views and types, archaeological sites and the entry of Allenby into Baghdad. Photographs. Accession number 1996-06-160

5).Papers of Lt Francis Low, 4th Bn Gordon Highlanders 1916-1917, and 1/6th Bn Hampshire Regiment, Mesopotamia 1916-1919. Archives. Accession number 1991-02-324

There is a fine portrait of Sir Francis Low held at The National Portrait Gallery

The medals lacquered and professionally mounted in the swing-style and as-worn by the recipient suspended from their original silk ribands. The medal mounting bar retaining the long-hinged pin and clasp fittings

An important & desirable group of medals to the pre-eminent Journalist and 'Newspaperman', who was at the helm of British Inda's largest circulating English language newspaper during the entire period of Indian Political History that culminated in the Independence of India and the creation of the Pakistan in August 1947

A superb group of considerable historical interest

Condition: EF

Code: 20287

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A British Infantry Officer Great War 'Casualty' medal pair: Captain John Eugene De Mohun Dunster late 6th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry & Devonshire Regiment



The medal comprise:

- British War Medal. Silver issue (Lieut. J. E. De M. Dunster.)
- Interallied Victory Medal (Lieut. J. E. De M. Dunster.)

Important: Lieutenant J.E. de M. Dunster, 6th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry, is confirmed having been 'Wounded-in-Action' in France, circa May 1916, reference 'Western Times' issue of 4 May 1918

Note: Medals verified on the recipients respective Medal Index Card & respective Great War medals rolls as the recipients only medal entitlement:

- British War & Interallied Victory Medals: Per Medal Roll (Ref WO 329/2267)

The Imperial War Museum Collections contain a large archive of ephemera pertaining to Lieutenant Dunster including:

The Imperial War Museum holds the following Album & ephemera belonging to John Eugene de Mohun Dunster:

‘Album containing well-captioned photographs recording his training with the Public Schools Special Corps at Epsom in September 1914 and with the Inns of Court OTC at Berkhamsted, October - December 1914; commission into the 10th Battalion Devonshire Regiment (100th Brigade, 33rd Division) at Bath in February 1915; service with the 11th (Reserve) Battalion Devonshire Regiment (44th Training Reserve Battalion from September 1916, 10th Reserve Brigade) at Wareham, August 1915 - September 1917; service with the 6th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry (14th Division) in France, September 1917 - July 1918; and with 735th and 51st Labour Companies in France, July 1918 - October 1919. Also, a notebook detailing his movements 1914 - 1919, and official documents including his Officer's Record of Service, commission and a certificate of membership of the Ypres League of Officers.’

John Eugene de Mohun Dunster, son of John Dunster (London Divisional Traffic Superintendent of the Great Western Railway) & Mary Frances Dunster (nee Allday) was a native of, Notting Hill, London, England, where he was born on 16 May 1882. The 1911 National Census for England and Wales records John employed as a Railway Clerk, and living with his family, comprising parents and two younger sisters, Marjorie Dunster (aged 23) & Kathleen Dunster (aged 20) at the family residence located at 'The Laurels' 16 Golden Manor, Hanwell, Middlesex, England.

John Dunster was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the 10th Battalion Devonshire Regiment and is recorded as having first entered theatre of war 'France' on 10 September 1917 (Medal Index Card refers) where he served on the Western Front with 6th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry between September 1917 to July 1918, during which time he was promoted Lieutenant and with which unit he was reported 'Wounded in Action, circa May 1918. The highest rank that John attained during his military service was Captain and the last unit he served with before taking his discharge was 51st Company Labour Corps. John applied for his Great War medals on 24 November 1921

John Dunster is recorded as having died on 22 July 1965, at Reading, Berkshire, England

The medals are each 'sans' riband

A choice pair of Great War medals

Condition: EF

Code: 20286

125.00 GBP


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A rare to ship Second World War and Long Service medal group of 5: Petty Officer Stoker Mechanician, Clifton Bingham, H.M.S. Fetlar



The medal group comprises:

- The 1939-45 Star. No clasp
- The Atlantic Star. With clasp 'France and Germany'
- The Africa Star
- War Medal
- Naval LSGC. GVI (KX.83117 C. Bingham. P.O. Sto. Mech. H.M.S. Fetlar)

Important: Medal confirmed issued to recipient at H.M.S. Pembroke II on 22 October 1948 (ref ADM 171/153 & ADM 171/158)

An excessively rare medal named to H.M.S. Fetlar, and quite possibly a unique GVI issue. A digital search of the respective Royal Navy Long Service Medal Rolls & Application Books for 'Fetlar' gives only 2 x positive returns, both EIIR issue medals issued respectively 'Off' H.M.S. Osprey to 'Fetlar' in 1955 & 1957 respectively!

Clifton Bingham, was a native of South Shields, Co. Durham, England, where he was born sometime during the third quarter of 1913. Clifton is recorded as marrying twice. Firstly he wed Doris R. Brown at, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, sometime in the last quarter of 1934. He secondly married Gladys Beatrice Fellows, at, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England sometime during the third quarter of 1950. Clifton Bingham is recorded as having died at the Hotel Paris Liccione, Italy, on 26 September February 1963. At the time of his death his United Kingdom residence was, 153 Stubbington Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. Clifton was succeeded by his widow Gladys Beatrice Bingham, who inherited Clifton's estate

H.M.S. Fetlar was an Isles Class 'Mine Sweeper Trawler' built at Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd, Selby, United Kingdom. The vessel was ordered on 16 November 1940; Laid down 1 April 1941; Launched 10 July 1941; Commissioned 9 January 1942. Her 'Pennant' was T 202. Fetlar was scrapped in Belgium on 2 June 1960

The Isles-class trawlers were a class of naval trawler used by the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy during World War II

During the Second World War, H.M.S. Fetlar had a complement of 4 x Officers and 36 x Men and was mainly used on minesweeping and harbour defence duties. Most of the Isles Class 'MS Trawlers' were armed with one 12-pounder gun (76mm) and three or four 20 mm Oerlikon AA guns with 30 depth charges.

Postwar, H.M.S Fetlar was disarmed and kept in service as a Wreck Dispersal Vessel and general duties work as a Royal Navy Trawler with the Royal Navy Home Command

Medals all mounted as-worn in the Navy 'Swing-style'. The mounting bar retaining the original long hinged pina and clasp fittings

Condition: Mostly GVF

Code: 20285

190.00 GBP


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Gurkha Bugler & 'Teenager' Far East Prisoner of War medal group of 5: Bugler Parbir Thapa, 2nd Battalion 2nd Gurkha Rifles



The medal group comprises:

- The 1939-45 Star. No clasp
- The Pacific Star. No clasp
- War Medal (1939-1945)
- GSM 1918. GVI Type II 'Malaya' (21133325 Rfn. Karbir Thapa. G.R.)
- India: Independence Medal 1947 (21133325 Rfn. Parbir Thapa. G.R.)

Note: The post 1945 medals both with officially impressed naming, as issued to the recipient

Important: The recipients extant service papers confirm that Parbir Thapa - a 'Bugler' - was only 18 years of age when he was captured by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Malaya Campaign of 1941-42, and interred as a Far East Prisoner of War in enemy occupied Singapore

All the medals confirmed entitled and issued on below dates:

- Second World War issues: Issued June 1950
- GSM Malaya: Issued 15 April 1954
- India Independence Medal: Issued 30 January 1954

Parbir Thapa, was a native of Gulmi District, Baglung, Western Nepal, where he was born in 1924. Aged only 17 years he enlisted in the British Indian Army on 31 January 1941, and was posted to 2nd Battalion 2nd Gurkha Rifles

In August 1941, 2/2 GR embarked at Bombay bound for Malaya. At time of embarkation for overseas service, 2/2 GR had a strengh of 16 x British Officers, 22 x Gurkha Officers, 831 x Gurkha Other Ranks & 69 Followers. The battalion served with 28th Indian Infantry Brigade and the brigade disembarked ain Malaya in September 1941.

In recognition of their service during the Malaya Campaign 1941-1942, 2nd Battalion 2nd Gurkha Rifles was awarded 5 x Battle Honours viz;

- Malaya, 1941-42
- Singapore Island
- Johore
- Slim River
- Jitra

Official records reveal that extremely few Gurkhas of 2/2 GR, ever betrayed their loyalty to the British during the dark months & years of POW internment in Singapore. Although just a teenager, Parbir Thapa, refused all efforts by the Japanese and their fellow travellers, to join the puppet, and ineffective, Indian National Army. That Parbir Thapa and his comrades did not weaken, was in large part due to the continuing influence and sustained efforts of Subadar-Major Hari Singh Bohra O.B.I. - the senior VCO of 2/2 GR - who by leadership and example, refused to succumb to the Japanese inducements to 'Turn' the other ranks of 2/2 GR. Sadly, Subadar-Major Bohra, died because of the brutal torture he was subjected too for resisting his Japanese captors, his uncommon gallantry later recognized by the posthumous award of an Indian Order of Merit

2nd Battalion 2nd Gurkha Rifles - including Rifleman Parbir Thapa - transferred to the British Army with effect on 1 January 1948, at which time he was allocated his unique British Army number viz 21133325

At time of Parbir's discharge from the British Army on 6 May 1956, the following testimonal was given in his record of service:

Quote,

A Bugler of a high standard. hard working and conscientious, but does not possess sufficient powers of leadership to be a successful NCO. Was a PW in Malaya in the War. Has given good and loyal service. Goes on pension n completion of 15 years service

Unquote

The medals mounted in the swing-style and as-worn by the recipient suspended from silk ribands. The mounting bar retaining the original long hinged pin and clasp fittings

Sold together with a hard copy photostat set of the recipient's service papers

A most desirable and hard earned 'South East Asia' campaign medal group to a loyal Gurkha soldier

Condition: VF

Code: 20284

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A Second World War era Atlantic Convoys and Double Long Service medal group of 7: Constable Clifford George Butland, Police late Petty Officer of the Royal Navy



- The 1939-45 Star. No clasp
- The Atlantic Star. No clasp
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
- Navy LS&GC. GVI Type I (J.98254. C. G. Butland. P.O. H.M.S. Active.)
- Police Long Service Medal. EIIR 2nd type (Const. Clifford G. Butland)

Important: Petty Officer Clifford George Butland is confirmed as having bene awarded his Naval Long Service & Good Conduct Medal on 15 May 1938, at which time he was serving on H.M.S. Active on the Mediterranean Station, the medal being issued to him from H.M.S. St Angelo the Royal Navy Shore Base at Malta (ref ADM 171/144)

Clifford George Butland, son of Frederick James Butland (in 1911 was employed as a Horseman on a farm) and Adeline Louisa Butland (nee Richards) was a native of Devonport, Denon, England, where he was born on 14 March 1905. Clifford had five other sibling brothers viz, elder brothers Norman James Butland (an R.A.F. serviceman who died Iraq 1922), Godfrey John Butland (died 1906) and younger brothers, Philip Roy Butland and James Frederick Butland & Ernest Bruce Butland. Clifford joined the Royal Navy on 14 March 1923, for an initial engagement of 12 years - that was subsequently extended. Prior to joining the Royal Navy, Clifford was employed as a 'Farm Boy', and had likely joined the Royal Navy to avoid migration to New Zealand, to which country his parents migrated during the inter-war years (his father died in Lower Hutt, Wellington in 1931, and his mother died there in 1963. In 1929 Clifford married Margaret Valentine Kent in Devenport, England.

During the early war years of the Second World War, Petty officer Butland saw diverse active service. He was with H.M.S. Hunter (Destroyer) when the Second World War began on 3 September, ''Hunter was en route to Freetown, Sierra Leone to search for German commerce raiders, before being transferred to the North America and West Indies Station in late October. Hunter remained on that station until she was transferred to the British Isles in February 1940 and began a refit at Falmouth that lasted until 9 March. The ship rejoined the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla of the Home Fleet at Scapa Flow on 17 March. Clifford served on H.M.S. Norfolk (Heavy Cruiser) when it was under refit and repair and installation of 'Radar' in the Period June-August 1940. Petty Officer also took part in Atlantic Convoy escort duty while serving aboard H.M.S. Verbena (Corvette) on which ship he mustered between 6 December 1940 to 10 May 1941. H.M.S. Verbena had the distinction of being the first corvette to be commanded by an officer of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Lieutenant-Commander Denys Rayner, from November 1940 until September 1942. She was also the first Flower-class corvette to be installed with an extended forecastle to improve stability at sea. H.M.S. Verbena joined her first convoy, under the command of Rayner, on 5 January 1941 and duly escorted the merchantmen up to the 20?W, before returning (then the limit for ocean escorts). After escorting two more convoys, she was assigned to the Mid-Ocean Escort Force, Escort Group B12, based out of Londonderry. On 1 February 1941, after landing survivors from a sunken merchantman, she was taken to the Clyde for fitting with minesweeping gear. She then sailed on escort duties to Gibraltar before returning to duties in the Atlantic which included a stint escorting Convoy HX 126 which had come under attack from a total of eleven U-Boats (the convoy losing nine merchantmen in the process)

Petty Officer Butland remained in the Royal Navy through to March 1945 in which month he was 'Pensioned-Off'

Clifford George Butland is recorded as having died at Plymouth, England, sometime during the last quarter of 1991

The medals mounted as-worn by the recipient in the swing-style. The mounting bar 'sans' pin

A scarce double issue Long Service medal group, the recipient almost certainly having qualified for his Police LS&GC medal as a member of the Ministry of Defence Police, Naval Dockyards Police, or the Admiralty Police, which police forces recruited their members form amongst former personnel of the Armed Forces

Condition: GVF

Code: 20268

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A late Victoria era campaign medal pair for service in the Indian Empire of the British Raj and during the South African War: Private Thomas Rennie 1st Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers



The pair of medals comprise:

- IGS 1854. Silver issue with clasp 'Chin-Lushai 1889-90' (942 Pte. T. Rennie. 1st Bn K.O. Sco. Bord.)

- QSA Medal. Silver & 3 x clasps 'CC' 'Pa' & 'Jo' (942 Pte. T. Renny. K.O. Scot: Bord:)

Important: Private Thomas Rennie (sic) is verified as entitled to both medals and all 4 x clasps per the respective medal rolls of the 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers, as under:

- IGS 1854 Medal (ref WO 100/74). With remarks for service with 'Gangaw Column' in Chin-Lushai operations (Burma) between 15 November 1899 to 30 April 1890

- QSA Medal: (ref WO 100/182)

Note: Private Thomas Rennie (sic Renny on QSA medal roll and medal named exactly as issued form the medal roll) is verified as entitled to all 3 x clasps on the QSA Medal, per the respective medal roll of 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers (ref WO 100/182) that was compiled and signed in-the field, at Rooidraai, Cape Colony, on, 2 February 1902, at which time the roll is annotated opposite the entry for Private Renny with the remark 'Discharged'. A later supplementary page in the same medal roll (that was compiled and signed more than 2 x years later, on 3 May 1904) confirms the recipient's entitlement to a further single dated clasp 'South Africa 1901'. Whether the dated clasp was ever forwarded to the recipient, or received by him is not known

Thomas Rennie, son of Robert Rennie - who as next of kin is recorded as living at Wilsons Court, Canongate, Edinburgh, Scotland - was a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was born on 28 August 1865. On 24 April 1884, Thomas attested for the Kings Own Borderers at, Edinburgh, Scotland. At enlistment he was described as having been previously employed as a' Labourer', and that he was 18 years and 8 months of age. Thomas was posted to the Kings Own Borderers (later King's Own Scottish Borderers), with which regiment he subsequently completed a total of 17 years and 30 days service by the time that he took his final discharge from the British Army, on 24 June 1901. During his service 'With The Colours' Thomas Rennie fought in 2 x campaigns, for which he earned 2 x campaign medals, vis an India General Service Medal with clasp 'Chin Lushai 1889-90' (ref WO 100/74), for service in the 'Chin-Lushai' hills bordering Burma and India, and a Queens South Africa Medal (ref WO 100/182) for his services in the South African War. Thomas had served overseas as under;

- India: 02/10/1885 - 02/11/1889
- Burma: 03/11/1889 - 06/02/1891
- South Africa: 05/01/1900 - 22/04/1901

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

Sold together with hard-copy extract pages from the respective campaign medal rolls confirming all medald and clasp

Condition: GVF

Code: 20267

425.00 GBP


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A South African War and Great War military and police service group to a former 'Cheesemonger': Special Constable Frederick Hiscock, Metropolitan Police Special Constabulary late Royal Engineers



The group of 3 x medals comprise:

- QSA Medal. Silver & 4 x clasps 'CC', 'OFS', 'Joh' & 'Belf' (24130 Dr. F. Hiscock. R.E.)

- Kings South Africa. 2 x clasps 'S. A 1901', & 'S. A. 1902' (24130 Dr. F. Hiscock. R.E.)

- Special Constabulary Medal. GV Type I 'The Great War 1914-18' (Frederick Hiscock.)

Important: The recipients campaign medals & clasps all verified as entitled per the respective campaign medal rolls of the 1st Telegraph Division Royal Engineers as under;

- QSA Medal & clasps: Ref WO 100/159 that was compiled and signed 'In-the-Field' at Pretoria, South Africa, on 12 August 1901

- KSA Medal & clasps: Ref WO 100/315 that was compiled and signed at Aldershot, England, on 25 November 1902

Condition: GVF

Code: 20266

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A scarce 'West African' theatre Great War campaign medal trio for service in Kamerun (Cameroon): Sergeant Ernest Jones Hirst, attached Headquarters Nigeria Regiment (West African Expeditionary Force)



The group of 3 x medals comprise:

- 1914-15 Star: (T.Sjt E.J. Hirst. Attd. Nigeria R.)

- British War Medal. Silver issue (T.Sjt E.J. Hirst. Attd. Nigeria R.)

- Interallied Victory Medal (T.Sjt E.J. Hirst. Attd. Nigeria R.)

Important: The officially impressed medals all with official corrections, and as issued to the recipient

Note: All medals verified as entitled per the respective campaign medal rolls of the Nigeria Regiment as under:

- 1914-15 Star: (ref WO 329/2934) the roll compiled & signed at Kaduna, Nigeria, during ,October 1920, showing service in theatre 4C as attached to Headquarters Nigeria Regiment
- British War & Interallied Victory Medals: (ref WO 329/2335) the roll compiled & signed at Kaduna, Nigeria, 23 January 1922 showing service in theatre 19 September 1914 to 27 June 1915

Note: The recipients extant Medal Index Card accessible at The National Archives, has remarks showing the recipient was latterly a Civilian Armourer with the Ordnance Department of the West African Expeditionary Force. The medals were firstly applied for on, 6 September 1921, but, returned as undelivered on 28 September 1921. The medals were subsequently applied for again on the 24 March 1923. The reverse of the card shows records two forwarding addresses for the recipient as under:

7 Chapel Avenue
Hebden Bridge
York

And latterly,

53 Sandford Grove Road
Nether Edge
Sheffield

Ernest Jones Hirst, son of Thomas Hirst & Sarah Hirst (nee Eastwood) was a native of Halifax, Yorkshire, England, where he was born circa 1875. By the time of the 1891 National Census for England & Wales, Ernest was employed as a 'Stationary Engine Driver' and residing at, Surrey Road, Attercliffe cum Darnall, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, where he lived with his parents, two younger siblings (his sister Clarissa & brother James) and his maternal grandmother. The 1901 Census for England & Wales, records Ernest living in the same town, but at a different address (44 Frederick Street) and now described as an 'Engine Fitter' married and living with his wife Ellen Hirst and 7 months old son Alfred Hirst. The 1911 Census shows Ernest described as an 'Engine Fitter' employed at an 'Ordnance Factory'. Sometime before the Great War, Ernest Jones is recorded as having been employed and resident in Nigeria Colony, where he worked as an 'Engineer'. A passenger shipping manifest shows that he sailed from Liverpool, England for Lagos, Nigeria on 8 April 1914, when he was a passenger aboard the S.S. Karina, a vessel of the African Steamship Company. Ernest is known to have died at Sheffield, England, during the first quarter of 1929, at which time he was reported to be 54 years of age.

Each medal is fitted with a length of the original silk riband (now worn & soiled), each stitched and as worn by the recipient

A rare seen Great War 'Cameroon' theatre group of medals named to a British Non Commissioned Officer serving with the Nigeria Regiment in the West African Expeditionary Force

Condition: About VF

Code: 20265

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