Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (13 January 2021)

Date of Auction: 13th January 2021

Sold for £2,800

Estimate: £2,800 - £3,200

A Second War ‘Abyssinian theatre’ D.C.M. group of seven awarded to Company Sergeant Major, later Captain, W. H. Twyman, The Loyal Regiment, attached 2nd Battalion, The Gold Coast Regiment

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.VI.R. (3850823 W.O. Cl. 2 W. H. Twyman. Loyal R.); General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Palestine (3850823 Sjt. W. H. Twyman. Loyals); 1939-45 Star; Burma Star; Africa Star; War Medal 1939-45, these four all privately named ‘P/234316 Capt. W. H. Twyman’; Army L.S. & G.C., G.VI.R., 1st issue, Regular Army (3850823 W.O. Cl. 2. W. H. Twyman. (D.C.M.) Loyal R.) edge bruising and contact marks, otherwise very fine (7) £2,800-£3,200


Provenance: Dix Noonan Webb, July 2011.

D.C.M. London Gazette 21 October 1941 (Abyssinia).

The original recommendation states: ‘This British Warrant Officer was Company Sergeant-Major of “C” Company during the engagement at Bulo Erillo on 13 February 1941. In the early stages, the Company Commander, Second-in-Command, and one of the Platoon Commanders were killed. Pending the arrival of a Platoon Commander to take over, C.S.M. Twyman continued to direct and control the advance of the Company with scarcely any pause.
During the advance he personally subdued with grenades an enemy machine-gun post which was holding up the advance of the neighbouring Company. He also effectively controlled the fire of the mortar detachment allotted to his Company. Throughout the engagement C.S.M. Twyman’s coolness and resource were an inspiration to the men about him and to the young Officer who assumed command of the Company after the deaths of the Company Commander and Second-in-Command.’

William Henry Twyman attested for the Loyal Regiment and served with them in pre-War Palestine and during the Second War, attached to the 2nd Battalion, Gold Coast Regiment. Awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal during the Second World War, he was commissioned as War Substantive Lieutenant on 19 April 1942 and became Temporary Captain on 15 March 1943.

Sold with copied research.