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A Mesopotamia and South Persia Great War era campaign medal group of 3: Sepoy Nur Mohamed 1st Battalion 127th Queen Mary's Own Baluch Light Infantry

A Mesopotamia and South Persia Great War era campaign medal group of 3: Sepoy Nur Mohamed 1st Battalion 127th Queen Mary's Own Baluch Light Infantry


- British War Medal 1914-20 (5407 Sep. Noor Mohd, 127 Bal. Infy.)
- Interallied Victory Medal 1914-19 (5407 Sep. Noor Mohd, 127 Bal. Infy.)
- GSM 1918. GV clasp 'S. Persia' (5407 Sepoy Nur Mohd. 1-127-Baluchis)

Note: The Great War medal pair only with officially re-impressed naming - and all medals exactly as issued

Important: The GSM Medal and clasp verified per the respective medal roll of 1/127 Baluchis (Ref WO 100/G43/453) that was compiled and signed at Chaman Cantonment, India, on 17 September 1923. The medal roll with remarks showing that Sepoy Nur Mohamed had already been 'Transferred to Reserve' by the time the medal roll was compiled

Reference WO 100/G43/453) the medal roll of 1/127 Baluchis for the GSM with clasp 'S. Persia' show that a total of 1169 x medals and clasp were claimed in 1923, and subsequently forwarded to the regiment. By 1928, just over more than half (over 51%) of the medals and clasps were remaining with the regiment as unclaimed, and undelivered to the recipients. In 1928, the regiment claimed that 602 medals (the receivers count was actually 598 x medals) were returned to the War Office for taking into stock (and subsequent scrapping) at the Royal Mint.

For Indian Army infantry regiments, like the Baluch Regiment, that typically recruited heavily from amongst Pathans from the tribal territories of the North West Frontier, and from nomadic tribes scattered across the Baluchistan Agency, the distribution of Great War era medals earned by men who had taken their discharges in the early inter-war years, was generally difficult. The resulting high numbers of medals remaining undelivered, were returned to the War Office, and thence back to the Royal Mint for scrapping!

The medals all fitted with contemporary silk medal ribands

Condition: GVF

Code: 20704

Reserved


A well travelled 'Springbbok' Officer's World Wars campaign and long service group of 5: Major Clifford Owen Howes, South African Artillery late Royal Regiment of Artillery (British Army) & 6th South African Infantry

A well travelled 'Springbbok' Officer's World Wars campaign and long service group of 5: Major Clifford Owen Howes, South African Artillery late Royal Regiment of Artillery (British Army) & 6th South African Infantry



- British War Medal 1914-20 (2. Lieut. C. O. Howes.)
- South Africa: Interallied Victory. Bilingual (L/Sjt. C. O. Howes. 6th S.A.I.)
- Union of South Africa: War Medal 1939-45 (114410 C. O. Howes)
- Union of South Africa: Africa Service Medal (114410 C. O. Howes)
-Efficiency Decoration. GVI 'Union of South Africa bar (Capt. C. O. Howes S.A.A.)

Note: The integral 'Union of South Africa' top bar adapted to facilitate court mounting

Naming: A rare- and correct - instance of the BWM issued by the 'Imperial Government' for recipients commissioned service with Royal Artillery in India, showing final service rank of 2/Lt, and the Interallied Victory Medal issued by South African Government showing highest rank held in a Theatre of War being Lance Sergeant. Uncommon thus and usually only seen to South African's who had similar diverse 'mixed' services

Important: All medals confirmed as issued per the accompanying service papers. The Efficiency Decoration was published in the Union of South Africa Government Gazette issue of 24 April 1941. The ED was one of only 31 x ED's awarded in South Africa in 1941 - and one of a total of 877 x ED's awarded (all GVI & EIIR issues) with top bar 'Union of South Africa'

Clifford Owen Howes, a South African of British descent, was born in Umzimkulu, South Africa, on 3 November 1897, and attested for service at Potchefstroom on 18 December 1915, aged 18, as a Private in the 6th South African Infantry. He was discharged from the 6th S.A.I. after serving in the East African campaign 1916-17 on 13 September 1917, in consequence of being appointed Temporary 3rd Lieutenant, Draft Conducting Officer of reinforcements for the 1st S.A. Infantry Brigade. He then attested as a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery, being appointed as 2nd Lieutenant, 64th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery, on 4 November 1918. He then proceeded to Agra and Delhi on 17 May 1919, being demobilised and repatriated to South Africa on 22 May 1920. In 1921 he joined the 2nd Natal Carbineers as a trooper in Ladysmith, being promoted to 2nd Lieutenant the following year and had reached the rank of Temporary Captain in 1926. The following year he joined the Ixopo District Rifle Association and in 1930 he was appointed Officer Commanding this unit. In 1941 he was appointed Temporary Major in the Native Military Corps Artillery Training Wing, Eshowe, as Officer Commanding, and continued to hold various posts in the N.M.C. until released from service on 21 October 1946

Sold together with a quantity of hard-copy research including service papers

The medals mounted for display in the court-style. The medals stitched down by thread on a flock backed board

Condition: GVF

Code: 20703

300.00 GBP


A rare 'Burma Volunteer's ' World Wars medal group of 8: Major David McCreadie, Upper Burma Battalion, late Rangoon Battalion (Highland Company), Burma Auxiliary Force, & formerly 2nd Queen Victoria's Own Madras Sappers & Miners, Indian Army

A rare 'Burma Volunteer's ' World Wars medal group of 8: Major David McCreadie, Upper Burma Battalion, late Rangoon Battalion (Highland Company), Burma Auxiliary Force, & formerly 2nd Queen Victoria's Own Madras Sappers & Miners, Indian Army



- British War Medal 1914-20. Silver issue (2-Lieut. D. Mc. Creadie)
- IGS 1908. GV 'Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919' (Lieut. D. Mc. Creadie, 2 Q.V.O. S & M.)
- The 1939-45 Star
- The Burma Star
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
- Coronation Medal 1937 (Capt. D. McCreadie, Rangoon Batt. B.A.F.)
- ED. GVI Type I 'Burma' (Capt. David McCreadie, Rangoon Battn. Burma A.F.)

Note: The IGS 1908 medal with contemporary engraved corrections to the rank & name only. The integral 'Burma' top bar adapted to facilitate court mounting

Medals and clasps confirmed as under:

- British War Medal: Indian Army Lists
- IGS 1908 Medal & clasp: Indian Army List Supplements
- Coronation Medal 1937: Burma Contingent allocation
- Efficiency Decoration: Burma Gazette 26 August 1939

Important: (Reference 'The Efficiency Decoration Instituted 1930' (John Tamplin, 1987) this is one of only an estimated 16 x gazetted awards of the GVI issue Efficiency Decoration with integral top bar 'Burma'

Provenance: The John Tamplin Collection (2009)

David McCreadie, son of Thomas McCreadie & 'Maggie' D. McCreadie (nee Boyd), was a native of, Bonhill, Dunbarton, Scotland where he was born circa 1893. Sometime after 1911, and before the Great War, David McCreadie, had relocated to Rangoon, Burma, where he was employed as an 'Assistant' with Rowe & Co., General Importers, Rangoon. He was employed with them until circa 1940-41, when he was employed as an Assistant with Stuart, Smith & Allen, Chartered and Registered Agents, Rangoon. David had the ability to speak both Burmese and Hindustani. He was appointed to the I.A.R.O. on 24 June 1918 as a 2nd Lieutenant, and was advanced to Lieutenant on 24 June 1919. He served in the Great War (served at Bangalore Cantonment) and in the Third Afghan War with the 2nd Battalion Queen Victoria’s Own Sappers & Miners. Continuing his service after the war, McCreadie joined the Auxiliary Forces (India). He was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the Rangoon Battalion A.F.(I) on 10 August 1928. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 10 August 1931 and Captain on 25 September 1935. The Rangoon Battalion subsequently became part of the Burma Auxiliary Force. At the time of the Coronation in 1937, Captain McCreadie formed part of the Burma Coronation Contingent (which comprised 30 x All Ranks & Races) and travelled to the United Kingdom to take part in the official Coronation parade, for which service he was awarded the 1937 Coronation Medal (30 x medals awarded to the Burma Contingent). David was posted to the Upper Burma Battalion, B.A.F. from 1938. McCreadie was promoted to Major on 18 January 1939. He was awarded the Efficiency Decoration (Burma) in 1939, this notified in the Burma Gazette of 26 August 1939. David was on leave in the United Kingdom in 1940, where in Scotland, he was for a period, the Platoon Commander of the Vale of Leven Company, Home Guard, prior to his departure for Rangoon, and destination 'Mandalay' later that year (The Lennox Herald, refers). David had returned to Burma before the outbreak of the Pacific War (on 8 December 1941). as shipping records show that on 21 August 1940 he embarked at the port of Glasgow aboard the S.S. 'Yoma' bound for destination Rangoon, Burma. After the start of the Pacific War, Major McCreadie was mobilized for service with the Burma Auxiliary Force and was one of many to join the exodus of British, Burmese & Indian personnel that made the long desperate fighting retreat to the safety of British India, in which latter place the remnants of the Burma Auxiliary Force were, re-grouped, re-equipped & reassigned to play their part in the 'War Against Japan'. Major McCreadie continued to live and work in Burma, until sometime shortly after Burmese independence, as immigration shipping passenger manifests from 1949, record him described as a 'Company Director; who had sailed from Rangoon, Burma, aboard the Bibby Line vessel 'Herefordshire' bound for the British port of Southampton, where the vessel docked on 27 May 1949

David McCreadie (32) married Kathleen Mary Wright (28) at, Insein, Burma, on 26 September 1925. The couple were subsequently blessed with the birth of a daughter Ehtel K. McCreadie, who was born at, Insein, Burma, in 1926

The medals are sold with a quantity of various hard-copy research

The medals mounted for display in the court-style. The medals stitched down by thread on a flock backed board

A very rare Efficiency Decoration medal group to a Scottish expatriate who lived and served in Burma over a period of about 35 years

Important: The image of Captain McCreadie is not included in the sale, and is here shown for illustrative purposes only

Condition: GVF

Code: 20702

1175.00 GBP


A 'Multi-Theatre' Pre-War & Second World War Medal Group of 8: Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic J. L. Butler, Royal Navy, late H.M.S. Scorpion

A 'Multi-Theatre' Pre-War & Second World War Medal Group of 8: Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic J. L. Butler, Royal Navy, late H.M.S. Scorpion

- NGS 1915-62. 'Palestine 1936-39' (KX. 81894 J. L. Butler. A/L. Sto. R.N.)
- The 1939-45 Star
- The Atlantic Star
- The Africa Star
- The Burma Star
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
- Naval LS&GC (KX.81894 J. L. Butler. P.O. Sto. Mech. H.M.S. Scorpion)

Important: Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic John Lewis Butler was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 14 August 1947 (ref ADM 171/153)

John Lewis Butler, son of John Butler (Chauffeur) & Catherine Butler (nee Lewis) was a native of, Beaumaris, Isle of Anglesey, Wales, where he was born on, 21 January 1913. During the inter-war years John first went to sea in the Merchant Navy, shown variously as a 'Deck Boy' or 'Ships Boy' when he was just 15 years of age, at which time he was a crew member on the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company vessel R.M.S. Avon (scrapped in 1930) making Trans-Atlantic voyages to the United States. Prior to joining the Royal Navy in the late 1930's he had been a member of the Royal Naval Reserve holding the serial number AX16614 (his RNR papers are extant and are held at The National Archives, ref BT 377/7/17453 ). John Lewis Butler is recorded as having died in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, sometime during the second quarter of 1980

With acknowledgement to the Wikipedia internet resource, we are quoting below details about H.M.S. Scorpion

HMS Scorpion was a Weapon-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy in service from 1947 and scrapped in 1971. Originally named Centaur, the ship was renamed Tomahawk and finally Scorpion (in September 1943) before her launch

On commissioning Scorpion was allocated to the 6th Destroyer Flotilla (later squadron) which was made up of the Weapon-class destroyers. In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1954 Scorpion was the only Weapon-class ship fitted with the Limbo depth charge mortar, as a trial to modernise the whole class, replacing the older Squid mortar
Following Home Service commissions she then undertook a commission in the Mediterranean during 1955 and 1956. After this she was placed in reserve

In 1957 all of the Weapon-class Destroyers started conversions to Radar pickets, which involved the removal of their torpedo tubes. Scorpion underwent her conversion at Devonport Dockyard. She was fitted with an extra mast to carry a large AKE-1 Antennae. She was the last Weapon-class vessel to re-commission in 1959 and was part of the 7th Destroyer Squadron until being placed in reserve in April 1963

Following decommissioning Scorpion was used for underwater explosive trials at Rosyth. She was finally scrapped at Bo'ness in 1971

Condition: About EF

Code: 20701

SOLD


A Naval Medics 'Two Oceans' Second World War & Long Service Medal group of 5: Leading Sick Berth Attendant W. Bath, Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve

A Naval Medics 'Two Oceans' Second World War & Long Service Medal group of 5: Leading Sick Berth Attendant W. Bath, Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve



- The 1939-45 Star
- The Atlantic Star
- The Burma Star
- War Medal 1939
- Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve LS&GC. GVI issue (5507 W. Bath. L.S.B.A., R.N.A.S.B.R.)

Note: The recipient W. Bath was holding the 'Rate' of Leading Sick Bay Attendant while serving with the Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve

Important: The award of the Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve Long Service & Good Conduct Medal was issued to the recipient at H.M.S. Boscawen on 8 October 1943 (ref ADM 171/72)

It is estimated that only 715 x RNASBR LSGC's were awarded during the Second World War

The Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve was disbanded in 1949

Condition: About EF

Code: 20700

195.00 GBP


A Global 'Four Seas' Second World War & Long Service Medal group of 6: Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic Arthur Albert  Payne, Royal Navy, late H.M.S. Excellent

A Global 'Four Seas' Second World War & Long Service Medal group of 6: Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic Arthur Albert Payne, Royal Navy, late H.M.S. Excellent



- The 1939-45 Star
- The Atlantic Star
- The Africa Star
- The Burma Star, With clasp 'Pacific'
- War Medal 1939-45
- Naval LSGC. GVI 2nd type (KX.85121 A. A. Payne. P.O.S.M. H.M.S. Excellent)

Note: During the Second World War the recipient was deployed on active service in the; Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean & the Pacific Ocean

Important: The Naval Long Service & Good Conduct Medal confirmed awarded on 13 March 1950 while he was serving at the Royal Navy Shore Base H.M.S. Excellent (ref ADM 171/153)

Rate: At the time of qualifying for his Naval LSGC Medal, Arthur Albert Payne - who had joined the Royal Navy circa 1932 - was holding the rate of Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic which rate was in use between 1947-1955

H.M.S. Excellent: In 1950, H.M.S. Excellent, also known as Portsmouth Gunnery School, was located on Whale Island, near Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, and was the British Royal Navy's main gunnery training establishment for most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Condition: About EF

Code: 20699

185.00 GBP


A 'Convoy Escort' Medal Group of 6. Including rare example of a British medal named to a French Warship deployed in the famous PQ17 Arctic /Convoy: Chief Coastguard Ernest Charles Bowsher, Her Majesty's Coast Guard, late Royal Navy & H.M.S. La Mouline

A 'Convoy Escort' Medal Group of 6. Including rare example of a British medal named to a French Warship deployed in the famous PQ17 Arctic /Convoy: Chief Coastguard Ernest Charles Bowsher, Her Majesty's Coast Guard, late Royal Navy & H.M.S. La Mouline



- The 1939-45 Star
- The Atlantic Star
- The Italy Star
- Defence Medal
- War Medal
- Naval LSGC. GVI 1st type (JX.127470 E. C. Bowsher P.O. H.M.S. La Malouine)

Important: The Naval Long Service & Good Conduct Medal confirmed awarded on 15 May 1944 (ref ADM 171/141)

Note: H.M.S. La Malouine - a seized French Navy (Marine Nationale) warship - is confirmed as having deployed in Atlantic (including Russia bound PQ 17) & Mediterranean Convoy's

Ernest Charles Bowsher was born in Marlborough, Wiltshire, on 15 May 1911 and enlisted in the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 15 July 1926. Advanced to Petty Officer, he was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal whilst serving at H.M.S. Nile the Royal Navy shore base, Alexandria, Egypt, from where H.M.S. La Maloine was opertating from in May 1944

H.M.S. La Malouine was a Flower-class corvette of the Royal Navy, serving during the Second World War. Originally ordered by the French Navy (Marine Nationale) under the same name, following the fall of France, the ship was seized by the United Kingdom and commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1940. The corvette remained in service until being broken up in 1947

Origin

La Malouine was one of four Flower-class corvettes ordered by the Marine Nationale. Only two of these were delivered to the Marine Nationale. One of these ships was La Malouine, the other La Bastiaise. On completion by Smiths Dock Co. Ltd La Malouine sailed for Portsmouth for fitting out. It was here that she was commissioned into the Marine Nationale in June 1940. However, France surrendered to Germany on 22 June 1940. As a consequence of this event La Malouine was seized by the Royal Navy on 3 July 1940 and subsequently commissioned into the Royal Navy, by Lt. Cdr. R.W Keymer RN, on 29 July 1940. Throughout the remainder of the war La Malouine flew both the Tricolore and the White Ensign.

Of the other three ships ordered by France, La Bastiaise was destroyed by a sea mine whilst on sea trials at Hartlepool. La Dieppoise and La Pampolaise were never delivered to the Marine Nationale and were commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS Fleur de Lys and HMS Nasturtium

1940 to mid 1942:

La Malouine took part in her first convoy, out of Freetown, Sierra Leone, in September 1940. At the end of September 1940 she formed part of the escort for convoy HX72, sailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Eight merchant ships were lost during this convoy. La Malouine alone picking up 146 survivors from the SS Canonesa, Dalcairn, Empire Airman and the Frederick S. Fales. All these ships were sunk by the German submarine U-100. By the end of 1940 she had taken part in nine convoys.

1941 found La Malouine as a member of the 2nd Escort Group operating out of the port of Londonderry, Northern Ireland. On 7 January 1941, in company with another corvette, HMS Anemone, she assisted in the sinking of the Italian navy submarine Nani. On 5 May, during an air raid on Belfast, Northern Ireland, La Malouine was damaged by a near miss and lost two of her crew killed. This required several weeks of repair. By July she was back on active service joining convoy SL81 out of Freetown. This convoy lost six ships, including Kumasian to U-74 on 5 August 1941. La Malouine picked up 59 of the Kumasian survivors. During 1941 La Malouine escorted 10 convoys.

Between January and May 1942 La Malouine was involved in 4 convoys. In February 1942 she was at Gibraltar in company with the corvettes, Bluebell, Stonecrop, Myosotis and Carnation.

With Convoy PQ17:

In June 1942 La Malouine was assigned to the close escort group for Convoy PQ 17. Other corvettes of her class involved were HMS Dianella, HMS Lotus and HMS Poppy. The convoy left Hvalfjord on 27 June 1942 bound for Murmansk. By the time the remains of the convoy had arrived in Soviet Russia, in mid July, 25 out of 36 merchant ships had been sunk. La Malouine, along with her sister ships, survived the voyage

After PQ17 to 1945:

Following her return from Russia, in September 1942, La Malouine found herself back in the Mediterranean undertaking 4 more convoys before the end of the year.

1943 began with La Malouine escorting convoy KMS.6G during which, on 6 January, east of Algiers, the merchant vessel Benalbanach was lost along with approximately 400 lives. The period from January to June 1943 was spent escorting convoys from Freetown to Liverpool. Whilst escorting convoy OS.45, on 2 April, La Malouine picked up some of the 53 survivors from the torpedoed merchant vessel Katha, 515 kilometers (320 mi) west of Oporto. From June 1943 La Malouine returned to the Mediterranean where she escorted a further 11 convoys in addition to the six already undertaken in the first half of the year.

During 1944 La Malouine undertook escort duty on 14 convoys, covering both trans-Atlantic and Mediterranean routes. On 16 April whilst en route to Port Said La Malouine assisted in the rescue of 72 crew from the liberty ship Meyer London which had been attacked and sunk with an aerial torpedo.

Records indicate that La Malouine undertook two convoys in 1945 the last of which was from Liverpool to Gibraltar in May of that year

Scandal: See the Daily Mirror issue of 12 September 1958, which carried the scandalous news story of the 'Bigamy and Fraud' case against Bowsher's wife 'Edna Bowsher'. In 1950 Ernest had retired from the Royal Navy & took up an appointment as Chief Coastguard, at Collieston, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Ernest had married Edna locally in 1950, and together the couple had 3 x children. Notwithstanding her marriage and family with Ernest, Edna (while still married to Ernest) married Royal Marines Sergeant Donald Farley, in 1957. The 'Double Marriage' lasted a number of months, until Edna's, fraud, was revealed. The national tabloid press of the period published a number of articles on the case.....

A rare named to ship long service medal, to a seized French warship, which post 1940, flew the twin flags 'Tricolore' & 'Union Jack' during its busy war service with the Royal Navy, including the famous PQ17 Convoy - the most infamous of all Russian Convoys

Condition: GVF

Code: 20698

SOLD


A 'Four Seas' campaign & long service medal group of 6 including deployment in the 'War Against Japan' and service aboard Aircraft Carrier H.M.S. Unicorn: Petty Officer Cook Arthur Frederick Wallace Rodgers, Royal Navy

A 'Four Seas' campaign & long service medal group of 6 including deployment in the 'War Against Japan' and service aboard Aircraft Carrier H.M.S. Unicorn: Petty Officer Cook Arthur Frederick Wallace Rodgers, Royal Navy



- The 1939-45 Star
- The Atlantic Star
- The Africa Star. With clasp 'North Africa 1942-43'
- The Pacific Star. With clasp 'Burma'
- War Medal 1939-45
- Navy LSGC (MX.52941 A. F. W. Rodgers. P.O.Ck.(S) H.M.S. Unicorn.)

Note: The ships name only with official corrections - and fairly typical for issues of this particular medal made in the immediate post-war era

Important: The Naval Long Service & Good Conduct Medal was issued to Petty Officer Cook Arthur Frederick Wallace Rodgers on 21 January 1947 (ref ADM 171/145)

Arthur Frederick Wallace Rodgers, was a native of, Newport, Gwent, Wales, where he was born on. 2 October 1913. Arthur joined the Royal Navy circa 1929, and is recorded as having died at, Newport, Gwent, Wales, sometime during the last quarter of 1981

H.M.S Unicorn: Was an aircraft repair ship & light aircraft carrier built for the Royal Navy in the late 1930s. She was completed during World War II and provided air cover over the amphibious landing at Salerno, Italy, in September 1943. The ship was transferred to the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean at the end of the year. Unicorn supported the aircraft carriers of the fleet on their operations until the British Pacific Fleet (BPF) was formed in November 1944. She was transferred to Australia in early 1945 to support the BPF's operations during Operation Iceberg, the Allied invasion of Okinawa in May. To shorten the time required to replenish the BPF's carriers, the ship was based in the Admiralty Islands and in the Philippine Islands until the Japanese surrender in August. Unicorn was decommissioned and placed in reserve when she returned to the UK in January 1946

Condition: GVF

Code: 20697

225.00 GBP


A rare '8th Army' Gurkha Rifles campaign medal group of 3: 97323 Rifleman Manbahadur Khandka, 1st Battalion 9th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army

A rare '8th Army' Gurkha Rifles campaign medal group of 3: 97323 Rifleman Manbahadur Khandka, 1st Battalion 9th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army



- The 1939-45 Star (97323 Rfn. Manbahadur Khandka, 9 G.R.)
- Africa Star clasp '8th Army' (97323 Rfn. Manbahadur Khandka, 9 G.R.)
- War Medal (97323 Rfn. Manbahadur Khandka, 9 G.R.)

Note: The medals - all Calcutta Mint - issues are officially impressed, per the naming conventions adopted in India post-independence. The medal clasp '8th Army' is an official 'Royal Mint' issue (clasps were supplied loose to India from the United Kingdom)

Important: The recipients regimental number indicates a soldier recruited into the Indian Army sometime after December 1939. The absence of any subsequent Italy Star indicates a Gurkha soldier who was most likely either wounded or otherwise invalided from the service prior to 1/9 GR proceeding to Italy in 1943

The recipient was a Nepalese soldier of Gurkha ethnicity, and the Hindu faith, who had enlisted in the Indian Army sometime after December 1939, and who served as a Rifleman with 1st Battalion 9th Gurkha Rifles

Only one battalion of the 9th Gurkha Rifles served in theatre 'Africa' (inc Egypt, Western Desert, Libya & Tunisia) during the Second World War, vis 1st Battalion 9th Gurkha Rifles

For their services in Egypt and North Africa 1940-1943, 1st Battalion 9th Gurkha Rifles (serving under higher formation 4th Indian Division), received the below following 'Battle Honours':

- Djebel-el-Maida
- Djebel Garci
- Ragoubet Scuissi
- North Africa 1940-43

Reference '9th Gurkha Rifles A Regimental History (1817-1947)' (Choudhuri, 1984), 1/9 G.R. served overseas in: Egypt, North Africa, Italy & Greece a total of 4 years, 4 months and 11 days, before returning to India in 1946. During their overseas service with 4th Indian Division, 6 x Officers & 250 Gurkha ranks had been 'Killed' in battle, 11 Officers and 930 Gurkha ranks had been 'Wounded', and 1 Officer and 11 Gurkha ranks remained 'Missing'.
An estimated 64 x decorations for gallantry had been won by men of the regiment including:

- 1 x Victoria Cross
- 5 x Distinguished Service Order
- 1 x Order of British India
- 12 x Military Cross
- 9 x Indian Order of Merit
- 22 x Indian Distinguished Service Medal
- 14 x Military Medal

In addition 33 x Mentions in Despatches had been awarded to 1/9 G.R.

The medals are court-mounted in the Indian Army style mounted on buckram, and as-worn by the recipient. The medal mounting bar retaining the original long hinged pin and clasp fittings for wear

A rare seen officially named Gurkha Rifles group including an original '8th Army' clasp

Condition: VF

Code: 20696

SOLD


A Scarce Officially Named Sikh 'Coke's Rifles' Campaign Medal Group of 3 for the Malaya Campaign 1941-42: Sepoy Bakhshish Singh, 1st Battalion (Coke's) 13th Frontier Force Rifles, Indian Army

A Scarce Officially Named Sikh 'Coke's Rifles' Campaign Medal Group of 3 for the Malaya Campaign 1941-42: Sepoy Bakhshish Singh, 1st Battalion (Coke's) 13th Frontier Force Rifles, Indian Army



- The 1939-45 Star (19797 Sep. Bakhshish Singh, F. F. Rif.)
- The Pacific Star (19797 Sep. Bakhshish Singh, F. F. Rif.)
- War Medal (19797 Sep. Bakhshish Singh, F. F. Rif.)

Note: The medals - all Calcutta Mint - issues are officially impressed, per the naming conventions adopted in India post-independence

Important: The recipients regimental number indicates a soldier recruited into the Indian Army sometime after December 1939, and a subsequent casualty of the Malaya Campaign 1941-42, where he would have become a Far East Prisoner of War. While many thousands of captured Indian Army personnel subsequently joined the puppet Indian National Army, Sepoy Bakhshish Singh was not one of them, and remained 'loyal to his salt' (WW2 British campaign medals were not issued post-war to Indians who had served in the puppet INA)

Only one battalion of the 13th Frontier Force Rifles served in the Malaya Campaign 1941-42, vis 1st Battalion (Coke's) 13th Frontier Force Rifles

The recipient was an Indian soldier of the Sikh faith who had enlisted in the Indian Army sometime after September 1939, and who served as a Sepoy (Private) with 1st Battalion (Coke's) 13th Frontier Force Rifles

The medals are professionally swing-mounted, with the medal mounting bar retaining the original long hinged pin and clasp fittings for wear

Scarce

Condition: About EF

Code: 20695

185.00 GBP


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