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Belgium: Commemorative Medal of the Reign of Leopold II (Medaille Commemorative du regne de Leopold II / Herinneringsmedaille aan de Regeerperiode van Leopold II 1865-1905)

Gilt metal

Condition: GVF

Code: 16708


France: Medal for Civilian Prisoners, Deported Persons & Hostages 1914-1918 (Medaille Des Prisonniers Civils, Deportes et Otages 1914-1918)

With official Paris Mint 'Cornucopia' logo and 'Bronze' marks on reverse

Instituted in 1936, this retrospective award is estimated to have been awarded to approximately 11,000 civilians prisoners, hostages and deportees of the Great War

Condition: Toned about EF

Code: 17304

35.00 GBP

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'To Guard My People: The History of the Indian Police' (Sir Percival Griffiths, K.B.E., C.I.E., Benn, Bombay, 1971) 430pp


With pull-out map, photographs, appendices, index and dust-jacket

The definitive history of the Indian Police during the British Raj

Of considerable interest to medal collectors are the nominal rolls that include the names and details of all those Indian Police Officers, both 'Gazetted' and those from the Provincial Police Forces, who earned second award bars to their King's Police Medals, and or Indian Police Medals, and a most useful 'Roll of Honour' of all those 'Gazetted' Police Officers who were killed in the 'Line of Duty'

Condition: Very Good

Code: 19453


Russia - Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.): Order of the Red Star (1374200)

The insignia of two-piece construction

Complete with original screw post and disc / plate fittings

The insignia with Moscow Mint (Moneti Dvor) marks on reverse and officially numbered 1374200

The number denotes a contemporary Second World War issue of the decoration awarded some time during the first half of 1945 (the numbers awarded in the first half of 1945 were in the range 1160000-1400000)

Instituted 6 April 1930. The Order of the Red Star was given to Red Army, Air Force & Navy personnel for exceptional service in the cause of the defence of the Soviet Union in both war and peace. Prior to the creation of specific long service awards in 1958, the Order of the Red Star could also be awarded for 15 years of meritorious and long service prior to the creation of specific long service medals in 1958

Condition: GVF

Code: 20349


United Nations Medal: UNFICYP (United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus 1964-)

The United Nations record that the below following member states have contributed military observers& peacekeepers to UNFICYP and have qualified for the medal;

- Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, India, Ireland, the Kingdom of Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the following countries provide civilian policemen: Australia, Austria, Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden

Medal riband fitted with intricate hinged pin mounting bar

Important: This is an early 1960's-1970's era quality strike of the medal, with fine matt gilt finish

Condition: EF

Code: 17878

25.00 GBP

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United Nations Medal: UNAVEM I, II, III, IV (United Nations Angola Verification Mission(s) 1989-1999)

The United Nations record that the below following member states have contributed military observers to the four separate UNAVEM missions and have qualified for the medal;

- Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Congo, Egypt, Fiji, France, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, India, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Mali, Namibia, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Senegal, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Uruguay, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Medal riband fitted with mounting bar that retains it's hinged pin and clasp as issued

Condition: GVF

Code: 18787


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

125.00 GBP

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United States: Mexican Service Medal (1911-1917). United States Marine Corps reverse

An early un-numbered & unmarked issue, with fixed ring and loose ring suspension

The medal fitted with a Wrap Brooch'. The reverse of the mounting brooch retaining the original hinged pin and intricate drop lock clasp fittings as issued

Reference 'The Call of Duty: Military Awards and Decorations of the United States of America' (Strandberg & Bender, 1994), it is estimated that 2500 USMC personnel received the medal

Condition: GVF

Code: 19599

45.00 GBP

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United States: Vietnam Civilian Service Medal (1959-1973)

Medal riband fitted with a crimp brooch mounting bar that retains the original hinged pin and clasp fittings, as issued

The reverse of the crimp brooch with Federal Contractors marks for 'G27'

The Vietnam Civilian Service Award is a discontinued award of the United States Foreign Service. It was presented to employees of the U.S. State Department, USAID and USIA assigned to diplomatic and consular facilities in Vietnam, members of the CIA, and other specified civilian service in the airspace or territorial waters of Vietnam, greater than a year

A most interesting issue, not least as the retrospective qualifying dates, goes ack to 1959, long before the US military were formally involved with American troop deployments in Vietnam.

Condition: About EF

Code: 20294

25.00 GBP

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A rare South African 'War Against Japan' medal group of 4 to a 'Springbok': Able Seaman Russell Kenderdine Beardmore, South African Naval Force attached Royal Navy, late H.M.S Nigella

- The 1939-1945 Star (586471 R.K. Beardmore)
- The Pacific Star (586471 R.K. Beardmore)
- War Medal (586471 R.K. Beardmore)
- Africa Service Medal. Silver (586471 R.K. Beardmore)

Note: All medals are officially impressed named medals as struck and issued by the Pretoria Mint

Very Scarce: Only an estimated 472 x Pacific Stars were awarded to South African personnel, from all branches and services (Ref South Africa and the War Against Japan 1941-1945 (Cdr W. E. Bisset, South African Naval Museum, Simons Town, published Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, Vol 25, Nr 2, 1995

Important: All medals are confirmed and enumerated on accompanying hard-copy service papers and original ephemera

Sold together with:

- Original O.H.M.S. registered letter addressed to Dr R.K. Beardmore, 55 Alexandra Rd, Pietermaritzburg, Natal

- Original 4 x marked manila paper envelopes of issues form the Pretoria Mint

- Original named and dated discharge certificate

- Photocopied hard set of service papers confirming all medals earned

Russell Kenderdine Beardmore, son of Ernest Beardmore K.C., B.A., L.L.B. Attorney General Orange Free State, was a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was born on 26.8.1925. He attested for service in the South African Naval Force 24.1.1944. with rating of 'Ordinary Seaman', at Durban Detachment, and was promoted to Able Seaman on 24 July 1944. Russell was seconded for service with the British Royal Navy with which latter service he served from 10 October 1944. On transfer to the Royal Navy, the first vessel he was posted to was H.M.S. Nigella (Flower Class Corvette) serving in the East Indies as part of the Escort Force. During the time Russell was on the musters of H.M.S. Nigella, the ship provided escort service in the Indian Ocean to from Ceylon (Colombo & Trincomalee Ports), took part in Anti-Submarine operations and deployed on air-sea rescue service on the equator line and in Southern Indian Ocean covering the air-routes from Ceylon / India to Western Australia, including a voyage to the Cocos / Keeling Islands. The Nigella served in South East Asia through to the end of 1945. In 1947, H.M.S. Nigella was decommissioned from the Royal Navy and sold. After being converted into a freighter, and renamed the 'Nigelock' it plied the South China Seas, where she led a perilous life carrying cargoes. She was thrice attacked by Nationalist gun boats or junks and once had to be rescued from attack by a British Navy ship. On March 10th, 1955, on a voyage from Shanghai to Foochow with general cargo, she stranded and sank off Foochow.

Russell Beardmore's postings shown on his service records include:

- Durban Fort Detachment: 24 January 1944 to 25 January 1944
- Cape Town Detachment: 26 January 1944 to 31 March 1944
- Durban Detachment: 1 April 1944 to 9 October 1944
- Seconded to Royal Navy: With effect from 10 October 1944
- H.M.S. Assegai: 10 October 1944 to 17 October 1944
- H.M.S. Nigella (Escort Force): 18 October 1944 to 30 September 1945
- H.M.S. Mayina (Ceylon Shire Base): 1 October 1945 to 4 October 1945
- H.M.S. Rangani (for H.M.S. Assegai): 5 October 1945 to 9 November 1945
- Discharged / Demobilized from service 16 February 1946

A rare named 'War Against Japan' medal group to a South African who is confirmed as being awarded 'The Pacific Star'

Condition: Mostly about EF

Code: 20479

395.00 GBP

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