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Egypt & Sudan Medal 1882-89: With dated reverse & clasp 'Tel-El-Kebir' (Sowar Meer Ahmad Ali Shah 2d. Bengal Cavy.)



The recipient was an Indian soldier holding the rank of Sowar (Trooper) while serving with the 2nd Bengal Cavalry of the Indian Army

On 8 August 1882, the 2nd Bengal Cavalry embarked at Bombay for destination Ismailia, Egypt, at which time the regiment comprised 431 x combatants, and sailed for Egypt aboard 8 x transport ships. In all there were 3 x Indian cavalry regiments deployed to Egypt (vis 2nd Bengal Cavalry, 6th Bengal Cavalry & 13th Bengal Lancers) with a strength of 1497 men and 1590 horses, and comprised the 2nd Brigade of the composite 'Cavalry Division' that served in the Egypt Campaign of 1882.

During its service in Egypt where the regiment rode and fought at the battles of Kassasin and at Tel-el-Kebir, the 2nd Bengal Cavalry, suffered 1 x Native Officer 'Died of Wounds' and 4 x Other-Ranks were 'Wounded-in-Action'. The number of losses amongst horses during the campaign was significantly higher with the loss of 86 x horses

2nd Bengal Cavalry was collectively awarded the below following Battle Honours for their services in Egypt;

- Egypt 1882
- Tel-El-Kebir

In addition, all combatants (not followers) of the regiment, were awarded the Egypt Medal 1882, and where eligible the clasp 'Tel-El-Kebir'

Condition: Usual 'Cavalry' contacts GF

Code: 20250

245.00 GBP


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India General Service Medal 1895-1902. Silver issue with clasp 'Punjab Frontier 1897-98' (Jemdr. Pooran Singh 12th Bl. Cavy:)



Important: Confirmed as the recipients only medal entitlement (Indian Army List January 1901 refers)

The recipient was an Indian soldier of the Sikh faith, who was a Viceroy's Commissioned Officer (VCO) holding the appointment of Jemadar while serving with the 12th Bengal Cavalry, a mounted regiment of the British Indian Army

Pooran (sic) Singh first enlisted in the Indian Army on 26 August 1882, at which time he joined the 12th Bengal Cavalry (unit was first raised as the 2nd Regiment of Sikh Irregular Cavalry in 1857), and with which regiment he remained throughout his subsequent 19 x years of service. He was created a Viceroy's Commissioned Officer on 1st May 1896, at which time he was bestowed the appointment of Jemadar, and in which rank he served - on detachment - during the Punjab Frontier campaign of 1897-1898. Interestingly, the Supplement to the Indian Army List of January 1901, shows that Jemadar Pooran Singh held a certificate for 'Military Surveying' - the only Indian officer of his regiment to be so qualified

Prior to the Great War the 12th Cavalry had been awarded the below following battle honours:

- Abyssinia
- Peiwar Kotal
- Charasia
- Kabul 1879
- Afghanistan 1878-80

A very scarce seen unit on the market for the IGS 1895 medal, as the regiment did not deploy as a unit during the 'Punjab Frontier' campaign of 1897-98 (the 1901 IA list 'War Services of Indian Officers' shows only 5 x VCO's of the regiment at the time held the IGS 1895, four of whom had the single clasp 'Punjab Frontier 1897-98, and a single VCO who held the medal with clasp 'Relief of Chitral 1895'

Condition: VF

Code: 20246

295.00 GBP


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India General Service Medal 1895-1902. Edward VII obverse. Silver issue with clasp 'Waziristan 1901-02' (2649 Sowar Bharat Singh 5th. Punjab Cav)



Note: The recipient was an Indian soldier of the Hinu faith serving as a Sowar (Trooper) with the 5th Punjab Cavalry Regiment of the Indian Army

Per the official despatch of Major-General C. C. Egerton dated Abbottabad, 15 March 1902, it is recorded that the 5th Punjab Cavalry were deployed from the very start of the operations during the Waziristan Campaign of 1901-02, while serving with No 4 Column;

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No. 4 Column left Wana on the night of the 24th November, and proceeded via the Insar Narai into Khaisara Valley. During this and the three following days this column, aided by a small mixed column detached from the Wana garrison under Captain A.E. McBarnet, 5th Punjab Cavalry, on the 25th and 27th, completely gutted the Khaisara villages. The column returned to Wana on the 28th.

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The regiment suffered 3 x casualties ( 2 x NCO's & 1 x Sowar) all of whom were 'Severely Wounded during the action at Inzar Narai on 24 November 1901

Initially raised in 1849 as the 5th Regiment of Punjab Cavalry, the regiment had a long and distinguished record as a constituent unit of the Punjab Frontier Force. The regiment was restyled as 25th Cavalry (Frontier Force) in 1903, and in 1921 amalgamated with the 22nd Cavalry to become the short-lived 22/25th Cavalry, and the following year styled 12th Cavalry (Frontier Force). In 1927 the regiment was restyled Sam Browne's Cavalry (12th Frontier Force)

Condition: About VF

Code: 20245

150.00 GBP


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Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902. Silver issue with 4 x clasps 'Cape Colony' 'Paardeberg' 'Driefontein' & 'Johannesburg' (3434 Pte. W. Tomlinson. North Staff Regt.)



Important: The medal and all 4 x clasps verified per the campaign medal roll of 2nd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment (ref WO 100/199) compiled and signed 'In-The-Field' at Wakkerstroom, Transvaal, South Africa, on 15 July 1901

Note: The recipient prior served in the Sudan during the 'Dongola Expedition' of 1896, with 1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, for which earlier services he had been awarded a Sudan Medal & Egyptian 'Khedives Sudan' medal, the latter without clasp (ref WO 100/81). For his services during the Great War he was also awarded the British War & Victory Medals (see respective medal rolls of the Rifle Brigade (Ref WO 329/1725)

William Tomlinson, son of William Tomlinson (an Insurance Inspector) & Mary Tomlinson (nee Larey) was a native of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, where he was born circa 1872. The 1881 National Census for England & Wales shows that William was one of five children in the Tomlinson family, including three elder sisters, vis; Annie (born circa 1864) , Matilda (born circa 1867) & Annie (born circa 1870) and younger brother John (born circa 1881). In 1871, the family were residing at, 8 Dale Street, Stoke-on-Trent. William enlisted in the British Army at Newcastle, Northumberland, England, on 12 August 1891, at which time he was 19 years and 1 month of age. Prior to joining the British Army, he had been employed as a 'Collier'. William was posted to his local infantry regiment, the North Staffordshire Regiment, and served with the North Staffs throughout his first period of military service, during which he served in the Dongola Expedition (Sudan) and the South African War

On 11 August 1903, William took his discharge from the British Army at Lichfield after completion of his first period of engagement - 12 Years. After his release from the British Army, William located to Hanley, Staffordshire, where he returned to employment work in the Coal Mining industry in which he worked as a 'Coal Miner / Hewer'. By August 1914, he was living at, 33 Austin Street, Hanley, Staffordshire.

Shortly after the outbreak of the Great War, on 23 September 1914, William Tomlinson volunteered his services and re-enlisted at Stoke-n-Trent for the British Army. He remained in the United Kingdom on 'Home Service' through to March 1918, during which time he served variously with 10th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, and later with training battalions of the Durham Light Infantry. William entered theatre of war 'France' on 27 March 1918, when he disembarked at Boulogne. Two days after disembarkation in France, at the Etaples Depot, William was posted to the Rifle Brigade and posted to 1st 5th Battalion London Regiment, at which time he was given the regimental number 45388. William remained in France with the British Expeditionary Force through to and past the Armistice that was signed on 11 November 1918. In total William served 266 days in France and returned to the United Kingdom on 18 December 1918, his papers with remark 'For release for work in Coal Mine'. Posted to the Army Reserve, William took his final discharge from the British Army on 31 March 1920.

William Tomlinson died of Bronchitis & Bronchial Asthma on 15 December 1939. At the time of his death he was residing at 36 Hampton Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England

The service papers of William Tomlinson are extant and accessible at The National Archives

Condition: About EF

Code: 20244

190.00 GBP


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Queens South Africa Medal 1899-1902: Silver issue with 4 x clasps, 'Cape Colony', 'Transvaal', 'South Africa 1901' & 'South Africa 1902' (2349 Tpr: H. Kock. Imp: Lt. Horse)



Important: The recipient was an young 'American Adventurer'. Henry Kock (Heinrich Koch) was a young American born adventurer (his father - next of kin - lived in Texas) who fought for the British during the South African War

Note: The medal and all 4 x clasps is verified as entitled, and as-issued per the respective campaign medal roll of 1st Battalion Imperial Light Horse (ref WO 100/250) wherein under remarks column it is recorded that the medal was issued 'To Man' on 3 February 1910

Henry Kock (Heinrich Koch), enlisted in the Imperial Light Horse at Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony, on 18 June 1901. At the time of his enlistment he cited his father 'Henry Koch' of Saline (sp), Texas, U.S.A., as his notified 'Next of Kin'. Henry (who signed his attestation papers as 'Heinrich') stated that he had been born in 'America', was 19 years of age and that he had previously been employed as a 'farmer'. Trooper Kock is recorded at taking his discharge at Pietermaritzburg, Natal Colony, on 25 May 1902

Impperial Light Horse: The regiment, raised in South Africa in September 1899, was one of the most famous - and effective - of the various colonial war raised regiments that fought for the British during the South African War. At its raising the regiment comprised 45% 'South African' born men, 45 % British born men and 10% those born in the Dominions and America. Four Victoria Crosses were awarded to members of the regiment (3 x awards to 1/ILH and 1 x award to 2/ILH) for their respective individual gallantry during the South African War, in addition the regiment was subsequently rewarded with the below following battle honours;

- South Africa 1899-1902
- Defence of Ladysmith
- Relief of Ladysmith
- Elandslaagte
- Relief of Mafeking

The medal is fitted with its original long length of silk riband as-issued

Sold together with a hard-copy set of attestation papers, and the respective medal roll extract page

A scarce and desirable medal to an American adventurer, in excellent condition

Condition: EF

Code: 20243

285.00 GBP


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India General Service Medal 1908-1935. GV first type silver issue. With clasp 'Waziristan 1921-24' (1004 Nk. Mohd. Din 1-12 F.F.R.)



Note: The recipient was a Pujabi Musalman holding the NCO rank of Naik (Corporal) while serving with the 1st Battalion 12th Frontier Force Regiment, an infantry regiment of the Indian Army

The 1st Battalion 12th Frontier Force Regiment had it's origins in 1846 when it was originally raised as the 1st Sikh Infantry (its recruits being largley drawn from amongst unemployed former members of the recently vanquished Sikh 'Khalsa'. An original constituent unit of the generic 'Punjab Frontier Force' - the 'Piffers' - the regiment was styled the 51st Sikhs (Frontier Force) in 1903, and became 1st Battalion (Prince of Wales' Own Sikhs) 12th Frontier Force Regiment in 1922

Condition: VF

Code: 20240

60.00 GBP


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Belgium: War Commemorative Medal 1940-45 (Medaille Commemorative de la Guerre 1940-45) with large gilt 'Crossed Sabres' emblem and clasp 'Dieppe'



The 'Crossed-Swords' emblem was awarded to Belgians who had experienced active service in the Belgium 1940 Campaign, and was later extended to all those who had served under fire at any time during the period 1940-1945

The battle clasp shows that the recipient later served during the daring - if ill-fated - Canadian led 'Dieppe Raid', that was carried out on 19 August 1942

Many 'Free Belgians' patriots in exile served in the the United Kingdom during the Second World War, either as members of the Belgian armed forces (mosly army units for example 'Brigade Piron', or in Commando / SAS units) or as airmen and sailors serving with or attached to the British Royal Air Force, or Royal Navy

By the close of the Second World War it is estimated that as many as 1900 Belgians had served in the Royal Air Force

In October 1940, Lieutenant Victor Billet, a Belgian Naval Officer, was officer commanding the dedicated Belgian naval force within the Royal Navy, viz Royal Navy Section Belge (RNSB). Men and ships of RNSB were present at the Dieppe Raid on 19 August 1942, where their founding officer, was lost, having been posted as Missing-in-Action. It is estimated that as many as 1200 Belgians served in RNSB during the Second World War

The silk medal riband fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin, or 'epingle', as-worn in the traditional Belgian style

Condition: About EF

Code: 19939

125.00 GBP


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British War Medal 1914-18. Bronze issue (1887 Labr. Ruaikunga. 27 Lab Cps.)



Note: The recipient was a native Lushai from the region of that name located in the North East Frontier of British India, who served as a Labourer in the 27th (Lushai) Indian Labour Corps

The 27th Lushai Labour Corps was raised in 1917, with Lt-Colonel A. Playfair as their Commandant. When the Indian Labour Corps were re-styled into 'Groups' the unit was re-named 27th (Lushai) Indian Labour Corps, and comprised 4 x 'Lushai' labour company's (viz 26th, 27th, 28th & 29th), regardless of company all Bronze War Medals awarded to 'Lushais' who served in the unit were impressed '27 Lab Cps'. Each company comprised just over 500-525 men, and in 1918 had between 2-4 British Officers attached to each company (Indian Army List July 1918 refers). It is estimated that around 2100 Lushais left Aijal (Aizawl now); of which around 425 were from South Lushai Hills. They reached Marseilles in June 1917 and worked on fortifications, charcoal making and other taxing tasks. The After more than a year on the frontline, the 27th (Lushai) Indian Labour Corps embarked for return to India in May 1918, and reached the Lushai Hills in June 1918. 71 x Lushai's died while serving with the unit, their names commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at various CWGC Cemetery's & memorials in France and Belgium. The names of the fallen are inscribed in the War Memorial located in Aizawl, Mizoram, India

Scarce seen Indian labour unit

Condition: About VF

Code: 20237

165.00 GBP


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The 1939-1945 Star



A Royal Mint strike

Sold together with original length of silk riband and contained in grease-proof paper envelope (A/F) as issued

Condition: EF

Code: 20235

20.00 GBP


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The Atlantic Star. No clasp



A Royal Mint strike

Sold together with original length of silk riband and contained in grease-proof paper envelope (A/F) as issued

Condition: EF

Code: 20234

25.00 GBP


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