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An 'Underage' Great War 'Casualty' campaign & Fire Brigade medal group of 3: Private Stanley William Hoddle, 9th Bn Essex Regiment, late Northamptonshire Regiment & Wollaston Fire Brigade

An 'Underage' Great War 'Casualty' campaign & Fire Brigade medal group of 3: Private Stanley William Hoddle, 9th Bn Essex Regiment, late Northamptonshire Regiment & Wollaston Fire Brigade

- British War Medal. Silver issue (49523 Pte. S. W. Hoddle. Essex R.)
- Interallied Victory Medal (49523 Pte. S. W. Hoddle. Essex R.)
- National Fire Brigades LSM.'10 Years'(14666 Stanley W. Hoddle)

Sold together with

- Essex Regiment. Bi-Metal cap badge. Complete with slider fitting to reverse, as issued

Casualty: Private Stanley William Hoddle, confirmed 'Wounded-in-Action' in France by 'Gunshot & Shrapnel Wound' (left knee) on 21 September 1918, during the '100 Days Offensive' while serving with 9th Battalion Essex Regiment

Note: The campaign medals verified as entitled per the respective medal roll of the Essex Regiment viz:

- British War & Interallied Victory Medals: Ref WO 329/1379

Important: Stanley William Hoddle, when only 15 years of age, enlisted in the British Army (Territorial Force) at Northampton, England, on 24 July 1915, and was posted to the Northamptonshire Regiment. An underage soldier, the reckless 15 year old was only detected and 'removed' from further under-age military service when a letter from the youth's mother, dated, 31 July 1916, brought the authorities to action his immediate removal from the British Army, as he was not yet 17 years of age. In her impassioned plea (copy of the letter is extant and accessible at The National Archives), the mother submitted an accompanying 'Birth Certificate' as proof and mentioned that she already had 4 x other sons serving in the Army - implying that she and her family had made enough sacrifices and that 'Stanley' should be removed from military service and returned home - he was!

Stanley William Hoddle, son of Charles Hoddle (a 'Shoe Finisher' by trade) and Eliza Hoddle (nee Kitchener), was a native of, Woolaston, Northamptonshire, England, where he was born on 7 January 1900. Stanley, was one of 9 x children in the Hoddle family, having 4 x brothers, all elder, (Harry Hoddle, Frank Hoddle, Felix Hoddle & Horace Hoddle) and 4 x sisters (Annie Hoddle, Mabel Hoddle, Ada Hoddle & Doris Hoddle). When the Great War broke out in August 1914, Stanley was living with his family at, 2 Eastfield Road, Wollaston, Northamptonshire, England. When Stanley 'first' enlisted as an underage soldier in the British Army on 24 July 1915, he was posted to the 4th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment (Territorial Force), where he was allocated the regimental number 4515. Stanley served 1 year and 26 days with 4/Northamptons, on 'Home Service', prior to being discharged for being underage (his mother having written to the authorities on 31 July 1916). In spite of his mother's well intentioned intervention in 1916, and after some time 'cooling his heels' working in the shoe trade in civvy street, Stanley, re-enlisted in the British Army, shortly after attaining 18 years of age. On, 30 January 1918, he enlisted for a second time - this time under terms 'Duration of War - in the British Army, at Northampton, England, being posted to 2/6 (Cyclist) Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Extant service records held at The National Archives record Stanley embarking for theatre of war 'France' when he embarked for, Calais, France, on 14 August 1918. In France, Stanley, who had been transferred to the 9th Battalion Essex Regiment, was 'Wounded in Action' by 'Gunshot and Shrapnel Wounds', or GSW, to the left knee. Subsequent postings took Stanley to the 15th Battalion Essex Regiment, with which latter battalion he had been serving 'In the Field' in June 1919. He was still serving with the Essex Regiment, when he took his final discharge from the British Army, later in 1919. Post-war, Stanley returned to Wollaston - and a career in 'Shoe Manufacturing', in which place he was also a long serving volunteer member of the Woolaston Fire Brigade - the local 'Northampton Mercury' newspaper making mention of him several times in various issues from the 1930's. Stanley married, Annie Winifred Johnson at Wellingborough, Northamptonshire in 1939 - she had been a 'War Widow' since 1918. The 1939 National Register for England & Wales, record Stanley, described as an 'Engineer, Shoe Factory' residing with his wife at, 51 Holyoake Road, Wollaston, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, Stanley William Hoddle is recorded as having died on 22 July 1971

Condition: EF

Code: 20871

125.00 GBP

A Great War 'Italy' theatre and later long service medal group of 3: Observer William Walter Hastie, Royal Observer Corps, late Royal Munster Fusiliers & 2nd Battalion Honourable Artillery Company (Infantry)

A Great War 'Italy' theatre and later long service medal group of 3: Observer William Walter Hastie, Royal Observer Corps, late Royal Munster Fusiliers & 2nd Battalion Honourable Artillery Company (Infantry)

- British War Medal. Silver (11481 Pte. W.W.Hastie. H.A.C. (Inf).)
- Interallied Victory Medal (11481 Pte. W.W.Hastie. H.A.C. (Inf).)
- Royal Observer Corps LS&GC Medal (Observer. W.W.Hastie.)

Important: Observer Hastie, resident of 45 Hugh Street, Lydney, Gloucestershire, is confirmed serving with the Royal Observer Corps in 1939 (the 1939 National Register for England & Wales refers)

Note: The Great War medals confirmed as the recipients entitlement per the respective Great War medal roll viz:

- British War & Interallied Victory Medals: Ref WO 329/1705 compiled & signed at, Cork, Ireland, 28 June 1920

William Walter Hastie, son of William Hastie (a Draper) & Ann Hastie (nee Walter) was a native of, Coleford, Gloucestershire, England, where he was born on 21 September 1899. Thomas was one of five children in the Hastie family, having four siblings comprising 3 x elder sisters (Kathleen Hastie, Mary Ethel Hastie & Annie Walter Hastie) and a younger brother (George Philip Hastie). At the time of the 1911 National Census for England and Wales, William was residing with his family, including his parents and 4 x siblings, residing at, 46 High Street, Lydney, Gloucestershire. Walter first enlisted in the British Army in 1917, and on attestation, 26 October 1917, was posted to the Honourable Artillery Company (Infantry). At time of joining the H.A.C., he was given the regimental number No. 11481, and was posted to 3/5 H.A.C. for his basic training. At time of his attestation, his address was recorded as 'Dumfries House, Lydney, Gloucestershire'. William subsequently served overseas in a theatre of war 'Italy' with the 2nd Battalion Honourable Artillery Company (Infantry), in which theatre of war he served from 26 August 1918, his unit being heavily engaged at the Battle of Vittorio Veneto. The war history of 2/HAC is summarised below:

The 2nd Battalion HAC was raised in August 1914; it was in France by October 1916 and in action on 25 February 1917 at Bucquoy. They fought at the Battle of Arras in May and the 3rd Battle of Ypres in October.35 In November 1917, the battalion moved to the Italian Front under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Richard O’Connor. In the Battle of Vittorio Veneto, in October 1918, they led a force of Italians, Americans and British that compelled the garrison of the strategic island of Papadopoli (in the main channel of the River Piave) to surrender. For this remarkable feat of arms, the HAC was awarded two Distinguished Service Orders, five Military Crosses, three Distinguished Conduct Medals and 29 Military Medals

On 10 May 1919, William Hastie was transferred to the Royal Munster Fusiliers, in which regiment he as allocated the regimental number G/40207 and with which regiment he was serving when he took his final discharge from the British Army on 24 April 1920, on which date he was demobilized

Post-war, William returned to Lydney, Gloucestershire, where he joined the family drapery business. By the time of the compilation of the National Register for England & Wales (1939), William is recorded as residing together with his family at, 45 High Street, Lydney, where he was employed as a 'Shopkeeper Outfitter', and serving with the local Lydney Gloucestershire section of the Observer Corps (for 3 years service with the Observer Corps during the Second World War, Walter would have been entitled to claim a Defence Medal. William Walter Hastie is recorded as having died on 21 April 1984, at Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire

The medals all retaining their original long lengths of silk riband. The Great War ribands stitched and worn as the recipient wished with ribands transposed on the respective medals

Condition: GVF

Code: 20870

375.00 GBP

A scarce 'Indian Army' medal group of 6: Major Harold Thomas Davison, Control Commission (British Element) British Army of the Rhine, late  3rd Battalion 1st Punjab Regiment, Indian Army & North Staffordshire Regiment

A scarce 'Indian Army' medal group of 6: Major Harold Thomas Davison, Control Commission (British Element) British Army of the Rhine, late 3rd Battalion 1st Punjab Regiment, Indian Army & North Staffordshire Regiment

- British War Medal. Silver issue (Lieut H.T. Davison)
- Interallied Victory Medal (Lieut H.T. Davison)
- IGS 1908. GV 2nd type & clasp 'North West Frontier 1930-31 (Capt H.T.Davison. 3-1 Punjab.R.)
- The 1939-1945 Star (Major H. T. Davison)
- War Medal (Major H. T. Davison)
- Iraq (Kingdom): Active Service Medal. 1st type. Named in Arabic

Note: All medals verified as entitled & awarded per below medal rolls and authorities:

- BWM & Interallied Victory Medals: Ref WO
- IGS 1908 with clasp: Ref Indian Army List, January 1939
- The 1939-45 Star & WM: Ref official named medal transmittal slip
- Iraq Active Service Medal: Ref WO 100/403 (for Kurdistan 1925)

Important: Only 10 x Iraq Active Service Medals awarded to Indian Army 'All-Ranks' for Operations in Iraq 1924-1925 while employed attached to the 'Iraq Army'. The Indian Army allocation comprised 4 x British Officers & 6 x Eurasian & Indian Assistant Surgeons & Sub Assistant Surgeons, the six latter being drawn from the Indian Medical Department

Wounded-in-Action: Twice 'Wounded-in-Action' in France, during 1917, while serving with the North Staffordshire Regiment

Death: Major Davison is confirmed having died at the 29th British General Hospital BAOR, Germany, on 27 May 1946

Note: Captain Davison is confirmed being Instructor at Iraq Military College January 1922 to April 1926, and later Director of the Small Arms School Iraq, April 1926 to 15 February 1928

Harold Thomas Davison, son of Walter Firth Davison (Axminster Woollen Spinner Manager) and Anne Davison (nee Rollinson), was a native of, Liversedge, Yorkshire, England, where he was born on 29 April 1894. Harold , was one of 5 x children in the Davison family, Harold's siblings comprising, 2 x brothers (William F. Davison & John A. Davison) and 2 x sisters (Mary Davison & Annie Kathleen Davison). Harold joined the British Army during the Great War, was commissioned and posted to the North Staffordshire, with which regiment he served overseas in France between March 1917 to April 1918. During his service on the 'Western Front' in 1917, Harold was twice 'Wounded-in-Action', while serving as a Lieutenant with the North Staffordshire Regiment, notices of his wounds being published in the Army and Navy Gazette issue of 7 July, and later in the Staffordshire Sentinel issue of 26 December 1917. Harold transferred to the Indian Army sometime after April 1918, being posted to the 2nd Battalion 76th Punjabis - a 1917 war raised battalion. In 1922, the 76th Punjabis were restyled as 3rd battalion 1st Punjab Regiment, with which unit Harold was still serving in 1939, at which time he held the rank of Major. As a Captain, Harold had served in, Iraq, attached to the Iraq Army between, January 1922 to April 1926, at which time he held the appointment of Instructor at the Iraq Military College. Harold continued to serve in Iraq on attachment from the Indian Army, between, April 1926 to 15 February 1928, during which time he held the appointment of Director at the Small Arms School, of the Iraq Army. During his service in Iraq, Captain Davison was one of only 4 x British Officers of the Indian Army to qualify and receive the Iraq Active Service Medal for specified operations in Kurdistan during 1925. Not long after his return to India in 1928, and regimental duty with 3/1 Punjab, Captain Davison married Gertrude Margaret Parton, at Bombay, on ,13 November 1928. Captain Davison served with 3/1 Punjab in the North West Frontier operations of 1930-31. By 1939, Harold Davison held the rank of Major, and with 3/1 Punjab experienced more active campaign service in Waziristan on the North West Frontier of British India during the Second World War - which specified operations resulted in the awards of The 1939-45 Star and War Medal. Post-war Major Davison was employed with the Control Commission (British Element) in Germany, and died there on 27 May 1946

Sold together with below following paperwork:

- Copy Medal Index Card
- Extract pages from Iraq Active Service Medal Roll
- Original named WW2 medal transmittal letter
- Copy birth certificate
- Extract pages from Supplement to the Indian Army List

The medals mounted for display in the swing-style. The medal mounting bar retaining its long hinged pin and clasp fittings

A rare Indian Army 'Iraq Active Service' medal entitlement

Condition: Mostly GVF & better

Code: 20869


A unique Scottish Expatriate & Freemason's, Burma 1942, 'Killed-in-Action' medal group of 4: Inspector, John Thomson Allison, Government of Burma Service late British India Steam Navigation Company

A unique Scottish Expatriate & Freemason's, Burma 1942, 'Killed-in-Action' medal group of 4: Inspector, John Thomson Allison, Government of Burma Service late British India Steam Navigation Company

- British War Medal. Silver issue (John T.Allison)
- Mercantile Marine War Service Medal (John T.Allison)
- Freemason Jewel Lodge Singu Burma 1929 (Bro.J.T.Allison.)
- Freemason Jewel Scots Lodge Rangoon. Silver, gilt & enamel

Sold together with 2 x associated prize and or Masonic medals:

- 'Mother Kilwinning' masonic medal. Gilt. Mother Lodge Kilwinning is the oldest Masonic Lodge in the world

- Silver prize medal. Dated 1921. Engraved. B.K.C. 1st Prize with silver hall​

Important: John Thomas Allison an Inspector in service of the Government of Burma, is confirmed 'Killed-in-Action' at Mandalay, Burma, on 26 April 1942. Killed at the river port on the Irrawaddy River, during a Japanese Air Raid

Great War Medals: The recipients 2 x Great War medals were sent to him on 12 May 1922 (Ref BT 351/1/2479)

Masonic Jewels: The 2 x Burmese 'Scottish Rites' Masonic Jewels are both extremely rare - the superbly topically designed gold and enamel 'Singu 1929' Founders Jewel is very possibly possibly unique as an extant example. The 2 x enamelled 'Jewels' are described below:

A). Masonic Jewel: Founders Medal 'Lodge Singu 1365 SC'

Obverse: An 'Oil' barrel with 'screw top' suspension. The barrel with enamelled top scroll 'Burma 1929' and below 'Lodge Singu 1365 SC on 3 x scrolls. In centre an enamelled Masons Suare & Compass, and an enamelled depiction of an Oilfield Derrick Tower

Reverse: With recipients name engraved diagonally 'Bro J. T. Allison' with makers marks 'S.J.R.' & 9ct gold 'London' hallmark for 1931

Metal: 9ct gold & enamel

Weight: 19g inc integral fittings

Riband: Tartan design silk with corded edges

Suspension: Fitted with fixed loop to which is attached the integral looped straight suspension bar engraved in enamel 'Founder' with riband and plain top bar with enamelled borders. Reverse complete with gold suspension pin as issued. The reverse of the top bar with 9ct gold hallmarks

Singu (Chauk) is a town and port, north-central (Burma). Situated in the Irrawaddy River basin, it is a petroleum port for the Singu-Chauk oil fields. Traditionally, people of the Mon group gathered asphalt in the area to weatherproof houses. In 1902 the British discovered the Chauk-Lonywa oil field. Later, crude oil from Chauk was sent by a 350-mile (563-kilometre) pipeline to Syriam for refining. Insurgent sabotage of the pipeline after World War II confined marketing of Chauk’s oil to northern Myanmar. Oil tankers began operation on the Irrawaddy River as an alternative means of transport to the damaged pipeline. The Chauk refinery was renovated in 1954, and the pipeline was repaired between Chauk, Tagaing, and Yenenma and between Pyay and Syriam. A pipeline connecting Man and Syriam was completed in 1979. Abundant natural-gas reserves are found in the Chauk oil fields. Paved roads extend from Chauk in several directions, and air connections are accessible through Meiktila town

B). Masonic Jewel: Founders Medal 'Scots Lodge Rangoon. Burma. No 1365 SC'

Obverse: An ornate open-work surround, with single leafs E & W , and below a Masons 'Square & Compass' emblem. In centre a blue and white enamelled shield with St Andrew's Cross or Saltire in centre, with single word 'Burma' on top. This with a blued enamelled band which has the gilt inscription legend 'The Scots Lodge Rangoon No 1392 S.C.

Reverse: Plain with makers marks 'D.M.G.' and silver hallmark for Birmingham 1939

Metal: Silver gilt and enamel. With silver hallmark

Dimension: Approximately 36mm (w) x 48mm (L) inc suspension ring

Weight: Approximately 32g inc integral fittings

Riband: Deep crimson silk moire riband, as issued

Suspension: Fitted with fixed loop to which is a loose ring for the riband. The riband complete with its fitted integral top bar. This with 'Thistle' flower on top and below an enamelled blue tablet with 'Founder' inscribed in gilt. Reverse of top bar complete with original gilt long hinged pin and clasp fittings as issued

Scottish Masonry in Burma: There were six 'Scottish Lodges' in Burma, in 1941, they were:

1) Peace & Harmony, No.834. Rangoon. Charter granted 1896
2) Hanthawaddy, No,1053. Insein. Charter granted 1908
3) Tawnpeng, No. 1326. Namtu. Charter granted 1924
4) Singu, No.1365. Chauk. Charter granted 1929
5) Ady, No.1377. Insein. Charter granted 1931
6) The Scots Lodge, No.1392. Rangoon. Charter granted 1938

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, of which John had been a member since 1936, published the following obituary to him in 1943;


JOHN THOMSON ALLISON was killed by enemy action while gallantly assisting as a volunteer in the evacuation of wounded men from Burma on 26th April 1942, at the age of 45. Mr. Allison received his technical education at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow, and served his apprenticeship, from 1913 to 1918 with Messrs. Barclay, Curle and Company, Ltd., Glasgow. During the following eight years he sailed in ships of the British India Steam Navigation Company, Ltd., rising to be second engineer, and in this period he obtained his Board of Trade First-Class Engineer's Certificate.

He then entered the service of the Government of Burma and was appointed inspector of boilers (senior grade) with responsibility to the chief inspector for the annual inspection of all boilers on land, in one division of Burma, and for the maintenance of all repairs. In addition, since January 1935, he had also held the position of inspector of factories.

Mr. Allison was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1936.


An exceptional reference to the death of Thomas Allison, and indeed the plight of Scottish Freemasons in Burma in 1941-1942, is accessible on the 'Facebook Pages' of The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland', see:


Contained in a 'Letter from Burma', dated Simla, 3 October 1942, from William Air, District Grand Master for the Scottish Lodges in Burma, is a 'Situation Report' to the The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland, pertaining to events following the Japanese invasion of Burma, and includes specific details about the death of Brother Allison. The letter is lengthy and extremely detailed, and we are below quoting only a few of the extract parts relevant to the backstory - and ultimate fate of John Allison. However we strongly recommend clients to read the entire document, as it is an important document pertaining to the history and fate of Scottish Freemasonry in Burma, 1941-1942:



From Air,
Simla India, 3rd October 1942

Dear Sir and Brother,

I have to submit for the information of the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland and Office-bearers and members of Grand Lodge my report on the situation arising from the occupation of Burma by the enemies of the Crown so far as it affects Scottish Freemasonry...........

The conduct of the affairs of the District Grand Lodge of Burma and the six Daughter Lodges therein continued formally until December 1941, when the entry of Japan into the war, steps had to be taken to meet any attack which might develop on any of the several of Burma's strategic frontiers. Such steps involved the diversion of the energies of many members to essential work in time that was formally devoted to Masonic activities, and further the many calls on the British of all classes militated against the coming forward of prospective candidates.

Consequent to the bombing of Rangoon on the 23rd and 24th of December, there was naturally a heavy exodus from the Rangoon area, and the lighting restrictions which had formally been in the nature of irksome trial maneuvers became a constant and readily accepted necessity. This together with the intensification of the incidence of duty periods of voluntary workers further militated against the holding of Masonic meetings at the stated periods. The Election and Installation of Office-bearers for 1942 was however carried out with the exception of Lodge Singu, No.1365, whose members were unable to meet during the exigencies of the military situation and the calls of the professions of the majority of its members. Due to the fact that the responsible officials of each of the Lodges are either still in Burma or else scattered over India and elsewhere, I find it difficult to confirm that now somewhat hazy recollections as to the incumbents of the three principal chairs of each Lodge and I prefer to make this the subject of a letter communication, after receipt of such confirmation.

The election and installation of District Grand Lodge Office-bearers, due respectively in February and March 1942, could not be carried out as the evacuations of Rangoon was ordered on the 20th of February, while the city fell into enemy hands on the 8th of March. Prior to the former date, the records of the District Grand Lodge were taken upcountry for safety's sake and kept in the custody of a Brother in the Oil Fields area, which, at the time was considered secure. The situation, however, deteriorated so quickly that there being obviously, no chance of getting such records out of the Country by the land route - and Air transport for such articles had long been out of the question - it was decided to bury the same in tin-lined trucks. The records of Daughter Lodges, however, had to be abandoned in various circumstances depending on the situation of the Brethren responsible for same. I, myself, got away from Rangoon all my personal regalia, records, ritual and book only to have the former completely destroyed when the wagon containing them was blown sky-high by an enemy bomb. The only Masonic possession left to me is my Certificate of Life Membership of my Mother Lodge.

After leaving Rangoon contacts with other Brethren became increasingly difficult and entirely fortuitous. All forms of transport were, naturally, at the disposal of the forces of the Crown, and, in the end, those who did get out of Burma, did so by various ways and means - some in conditions far from pleasant. Many tales of heroism in extremely trying and dangerous circumstances have been related and I am sure that there are that have not - nor never will - come to light. Death reaped a heavy harvest on the several route from Burma to India. Among those who perished was my staunch and well esteemed Deputy District Grand Master, Brother S. E. Walker, O.B.E., Honorary Senior Grand Deacon, who died shortly after reaching civilisation after a trek of several hundred miles undertaken in a spirit typical of Brother Walker, who insisted on seeing safely out of Burma all the staff of the Wireless Branch of the Burma and Telegraphs for whom he was responsible. He had not survived long enough to enjoy the honour which had been so deservedly conferred on him in the New Year. His loss will be a very great one to the world in general and Freemasonry in particular and much sympathy is felt for his widow and two children who so devoted anticipated his reunion with him in India.

The fell hand of death claimed another Brother of the District Grand Lodge, John T. Allison, former District Grand Director of Ceremonies, who was the Right Worshipful Master of the youngest Scottish Constitution Lodge of the District (No.1392) for the second and third years of its existence. The circumstances attending to his death are the most deplorable, in that he had volunteered to assist in the supervision of River Transport at Mandalay, when might well have been on his way to safety. He was, however, killed during one of the many fierce bombing attacks made on Mandalay by the Japanese. Other Brethren have prematurely passed to the Great Beyond as a result of this cataclysm which has only temporarily, we hope, excised Burma from the list of countries where Freemasonry holds its beneficial sway. Among those is Brother F. B. Ady, Honorary Junior Grand Warden, my predecessor as District Grand Master of Burma, who died in a Southern India Hospital in a tragic separation from the remaining members of his family. His Masonic career, up to the time when ill-health precluded his active participation in the Masonic affairs of the District, is well known to you and it is proposed, in due course to erect a headstone to his memory.......

In conclusion I would like to assure the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of Scotland that the Scottish Freemasons in Burma have not lost heart and that, with the eventual return of Burma to the British regime which is not doubted, Scottish Freemasonry will, without question, rebuild in the ashes of all that has been burned down, an even finer and more active establishment than that which has been so rudely terminated in its early days.

In the meantime, such of us that are able will continue to give our support to Scottish Freemasonry through Lodges in India under the Grand Lodge of All Scottish Freemasonry in India, ever remembering our duty to our duty to our Mother Grand Lodge to whom we send our unqualified expressions of continued allegiance and devotion.

(Sgnd.) William J. Air,
District Grand Master

P.S. I confirm having wired you to-day as follows:-
"Masonica, Edinburgh - Regret to report deaths ADY, P.D.G.M., Walker, D.D.G.M., Allison, P.D.G.D.C. Please advise Sinclair (Grand Secretary General A & A Rite). Wish Recommend CAMPBELL, S.D.G.M., for H.S.G.D. Report situation Burma District, posted. Send copies of Proceedings 41 - 42.

Burma Grand Hotel."


John Thomson Allison, son of John T. Allison and Eliza Allison was a native of Glasgow, Scotland, where he was born on 3 February 1897. He was educated at Willowbank Public School, Glasgow, 1904-1912, with technical education at Kent Road Public School, Engineering Classes 1912-1914, and The Royal Technical College, Glasgow, 1914-1916. His apprenticeships between 1913-1918, were with Messrs. Barclay, Curle and Company, Ltd., Glasgow (as an Apprentice Fitter). Between March 1918 - March 1926, he served with the British India Steam Navigation Company, or 'B.I.' as a Marine Engineer, progressing through the Engineer ranks from 5th Engineer in March 1918 to 2nd Engineer in April 1921. In 1926 he took up a highly responsible and important appointment as 'Inspector of Boilers' (Senior Grade) to the Government of Burma. In 1935 he was additionally appointed 'Inspector of Factories'. He was directly responsible to the Chief Inspector of Boilers for the annual inspection and granting of Certificates for all land boilers in one division of the province of Burma. Responsible for the registration and determination of all W. P. of all new and second hand boilers, also for ordering, supervising, and testing all repairs to boilers and steam pipes as laid down in the Indian Boilers Act of 1923 (Burma was governed as a province of British India until 1937) . He was also responsible to the Chief Inspector of Factories for all duties performed as an Inspector of Factories under the Indian Factories Act 1934

The importance of the Burma Oil Fields in 1941, cannot be underestimated - it was vitally important, and the gold of the invading 'Japanese'. British Burma exported its first barrel of crude oil in 1853.The London-based Burmah Oil Company (BOC) was established in 1871 and began production in the Yenangyaung field in 1887 and the Chauk (Singu) field in 1902. BOC enjoyed a monopoly in the sector until 1901, when the American Standard Oil Company launched operations in Burma.Oil supplies largely met the demand of British India. Prior to World War II and the Japanese invasion of Burma, oil production stood at 6.5 million barrels annually

With the start of the Pacific War, and the Japanese invasion into Burma, the destruction of the Burma Oilfields became a priority for the departing British. During the chaos that engulfed Burma in 1941-42, John Thomson Allison, a seasoned Marine and Mechanical Engineer, with long experience of the Burma Oilfields, volunteered to play a significant part in both helping in the evacuation of British personnel and expatriates from Burma, and moreover contributing to assisting in the destruction of the oilfields, and denying the Japanese the prize they most sought in Burma

A unique 'Colonial' service medal group to a long term Scottish expatriate, who was 'Killed-in-Action' in, Burma, 1942, including two extremely rare, Scottish Masonic 'Jewels'

Condition: GVF

Code: 20868

845.00 GBP

A Military Gaoler's & former 'Red-Cap's' medal group of 3: Sergeant Warder J. Wild, late Royal Military Police

A Military Gaoler's & former 'Red-Cap's' medal group of 3: Sergeant Warder J. Wild, late Royal Military Police

- Korea Medal 1950-53. 1st type (22773192 Pte. J. Wild. R.M.P.)
- United Nations: Service medal with clasp 'Korea'
- GSM 1918-62. EIIR 'Arabian Peninsula' (1301 Sgt. Wdr. J. Wild.)

Note: We have been advised that Military Provost Staff Corps did not recruit personnel from amongst Civilians, but from serving and retiring military personnel, who prior to the 1960's were allocated new MPSC regimental number on joining the force

During the Korean War, the Royal Military Police deployed two units viz, 27 Brigade Provost Section and 28 Brigade Provost Section

The General Service Medal with 'Arabian Peninsula' clasp is especially scarce, seen named to a Sergeant Warder

The basic award criteria for the clasp was '30 days' service in operations in resistance to border raids and against bands of dissidents in the Arabian Peninsula between 1 January 1957 to 30 June 1960 - the geographic scope including service seconded or attached to the Sultan of Muscat and Oman's Armed Forces in the Sultanate of Muscant and Oman; in Aden Colony; the Aden Protectorate; or the Persian Gulf States

The first military prisons were established in 1844. The term 'Glasshouse' originated from the Aldershot military prison, Aldershot, which had a glazed roof. Over time, the word 'Glasshouse' came to be applied to all military prisons. Glasshouses gained a reputation as places for harsh regimes and brutality, as depicted in Allan Campbell McLean's novel 'The Glass House' and the Sean Connery film The Hill (based on a particularly infamous facility in Libya). Currently, the British Army only maintains one remaining correction facility, the Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC) at Colchester. Whilst the MCTC is not a prison, it is inspected by the Justice Inspectorate and any serviceperson convicted of a crime that warrants a prison sentence, will be sent to the MCTC for processing, before being sent to a civilian prison

A scarce medal group

Condition: GVF

Code: 20867


A Gurkha Cook's Second World War 'Prisoner of War' medal group of 3: Cook Bhagsing Ale, 2nd Battalion 4th Gurkha Rifles

A Gurkha Cook's Second World War 'Prisoner of War' medal group of 3: Cook Bhagsing Ale, 2nd Battalion 4th Gurkha Rifles

- The 1939-45 Star (5329371 Cook Bhagsing Ale, 4 G.R.)
- The Africa Star (5329371 Cook Bhagsing Ale, 4 G.R.)
- War Medal (5329371 Cook Bhagsing Ale, 4 G.R.)

The medals are all officially impressed Indian issues, the recipients unique 'Indian Army' army number being in the batch allocated to 4th Gurkha Rifles after Independence (15 August 1947), and what was retrospectively impressed on Second World War campaign medals issued to WW2 veterans who continued to serve in the Indian Army post-independence

Important: Sold with extract pages from the Second World War 'Prisoner of War' register, showing that Cook Bhagsing Ale (holding POW Number 8216) was held captive at Stalag 4D/Z at Annaburg, Saxony Anhalt, Germany

The recipient was a Nepalese non-combatant follower, of Gurkha ethnicity, who performed the important 'Trade' of 'Cook' while serving with 2nd Battalion 4th Gurkha Rifles. of the British Indian Army

Note: 2/4 G.R. was the former battalion in which the novelist - and Chndit Column Commander - John Masters had served pre-war. It was from 2/4 G.R. that John Masters drew his store of anecdotes about pre-war regimental life and campaign service in the British Indian Army

Cook Bhagsing Ale was taken a Prisoner of War following the near annihilation of the 2nd Battalion, 4th (Prince of Wales's Own) Gurkha Rifles at the Battle of the Cauldron in the Western Desert prior to the fall of Tobruk in May/June 1942

A scarce seen Gurkha POW group to a Cook

Condition: About VF

Code: 20866

150.00 GBP

A Second World War Medal Group of 5: Sergeant J. C. Kennedy, South African Air Force

A Second World War Medal Group of 5: Sergeant J. C. Kennedy, South African Air Force

- The 1939-1945 Star (94880 J.C.Kennedy.)
- Africa Star & clasp 'N. A. 1942-43' (94880 J.C.Kennedy.)
- The Italy Star (94880 J.C.Kennedy.)
- War Medal (94880 J.C.Kennedy.)
- Union of South Africa: Africa Service Medal (94880 J.C.Kennedy.)

Sold together with:

- South African Air Force: Cap Badge

Condition: GVF

Code: 20865


A South African Officer's confirmed 'Italy Theatre' Mentioned-in-Despatches & John Chard medal group of 7: Lieutenant A. B. Rickards, South African Army Technical Service, Union of South Africa Defence Force

A South African Officer's confirmed 'Italy Theatre' Mentioned-in-Despatches & John Chard medal group of 7: Lieutenant A. B. Rickards, South African Army Technical Service, Union of South Africa Defence Force

- The 1939-45 Star (295998 A. B. Rickards)
- The Africa Star (295998 A. B. Rickards)
- The Italy Star (295998 A. B. Rickards)
- Defence Medal (295998 A. B. Rickards)
- War Medal. With MID 'Oakleaf' (295998 A. B. Rickards)
- South Africa: Africa Service Medal 1939-45 (295998 A. B. Rickards)
- South Africa: John Chard Medal. Officially numberted (19)

Note: The number '19' impressed on the rim of the John Chard Medal indicates a very early issue from the very first batch of awards to be gazetted / issued

Important: The award of the Mention-in-Despatches was published in the third issue of the Supplement to the London Gazette issue of 21 May 1945, the preamble to the award is quoted below:


The KING has been graciously pleased to approve that the following be Mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Mediterranean Theatre:


The John Chard Medal was instituted in South Africa in 1952, and its introduction made obsolete awards of the former 'Imperial' Efficiency Medal and Air Efficiency Award. The John Chard Medal was awarded for 12 years volunteer service. The obverse of the medal bears an iconic scene of 'Rorke's Drift', the place where, Lieutenant John Chard, V.C., Royal Engineers, held command during the famous battle of 'Rorkes Drift' that was fought during the Zulu War of 1879

When the Union of South Africa became a Republic in 1961, the EIIR royal monogram and crown was removed form the reverse design

The John Chard Medal was discontinued in 2003

A very fine grouping to a South African Officer who was decorated for his gallant and or distinguished service in Italy

The medals mounted as-worn in the swing-style, and as worn by the recipient. The mounting bar retaining the long hinged pin and clasp fittings as-worn

See Codes 20794 & 20795 & on the website for the recipients companion miniature medal group, and South African Army Technical Service pair of collar badges

Condition: GVF

Code: 20864


A Jock's Korean War campaign medal pair: Private J. Tierney, 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderer's

A Jock's Korean War campaign medal pair: Private J. Tierney, 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderer's

- Korea Medal 1950-1953 (22435567 Pte. J.Tierney. K.O.S.B.)
- United Nations: Service Medal with clasp 'Korea'

During the Korean War, 1/ K.O.S.B. were part of the United Nations forces that saw action at the First Battle of Maryang San in October 1951, where Private Bill Speakman was awarded the Victoria Cross for his outstanding acts of gallantry during the battle - his Victoria Cross being one of only 4 x Victoria Crosses awarded for acts of bravery during the Korean War (other VC awards were made to Officers of 1/Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (a posthumous award), and 2 x awards to the 1/Gloucestershire Regiment, one of which was posthumous)

1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers was one of four Scottish regiments to deploy in Korea during the Korean War. The different battalions / regiments were;

- 1/Royal Scots
- 1/King's Own Scottish Borderers
- 1/Black Watch
- 1/Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

The 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers carried the below following battle honours for their services during the Korean War;

- Kowang-San
- Korea 1951-52

Condition: VF

Code: 20863

245.00 GBP

A most unusual 'Two Services' campaign medal pair for 'Middle East' services: Lance Corporal N. C. Gibson, Royal Signals, late Ordinary Signalman Royal Navy

A most unusual 'Two Services' campaign medal pair for 'Middle East' services: Lance Corporal N. C. Gibson, Royal Signals, late Ordinary Signalman Royal Navy

- NGS 1915. EIIR Near East' (D/J.926434 N.C.Gibson. Ord. Sig. R.N.)
- GSM 1962. 'Dhofar' (24171788 L/Cpl. N.C.Gibson R.Signals.)

The recipient had originally served with the Royal Navy during 'Operation Musketeer' (the Suez Campaign against Egypt), during which service he held the 'Rate' of Ordinary Signalman. At some point post 'Suez 1956' the recipient enlisted in the British Army, being posted to the Royal Signals, and subsequently serving in the Sultanate of Oman during the 'Dhofar' campaign

Dhofar: The GSM with clasp 'Dhofar' was awarded for 30 days aggregated service in theatre in the Dhofar region of Southern Oman between 1 October 1969 to 30 September 1976. British forces, including SAS, contract personnel, instructors, specialists, Royal Engineers, Royal Artillery, Royal Signals & Royal Air Force never amounted to more than 500 personnel at any one time. By the time the Dhofar conflict drew to an end in 1976 the Sultan of Oman's Forces (including attached allied personnel) had suffered an estimated 187 killed & 557 wounded, of which the British casualties amounted to 24 killed and 55 wounded

Quote (source reference Royal Signals Museum).

Royal Signals soldiers were fully involved in the Oman/Dhofar conflict from 1970 to 76, which followed the British withdrawal from Aden in 1967. The insurgents from the Aden Protectorate (Modern Yemen) had seen an opportunity to destabilize and take over the oil rich areas of Oman and the Gulf States. Special Forces were heavily engaged in this war, as were Royal Signals soldiers of 255 Signal Sqn and earlier 222 Signal Sqn, who provided communications links between Green Archer radar locating units deployed around RAF Salalah from 1971 to 1972. Linemen provided vital communications around the RAF airports of Massirah, Salalah, until the British withdrawal from the Gulf in December 1971, RAF Sharjah and RAF Muharraq in Bahrain. Following the withdrawal of British Forces Gulf, Special Forces continued to support the Sultan of Oman’s Forces in Dhofar with this struggle coming to a climax in 1974-5


The medals mounted as-worn in the swing style. The medal mounting bar retaining the original hinged pin & clasp fittings

A rare combination of medals and clasps for service with two branches of the British Armed Forces

Condition: About GVF

Code: 20862


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