Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (11 & 12 December 2013)

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1522 Three: Warrant Officer Class 2 T. W. Hamblett, Royal Army Pay Corps, late South Staffordshire Regiment General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Palestine 1945-48 (14473938 Pte., S. Stafford); General Service 1962, 2 clasps, Radfan, South Arabia (14473938 W.O. Cl. 2, RAPC.); Army L.S. & G.C., E.II.R., 2nd issue, Regular Army (14473938 S. Sgt., RAPC.) good very fine (3) £180-220 £290
1523 Three: Warrant Officer 2nd Class P. R. Joyce, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, late 13/18 Hussars General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Malaya, G.VI.R. (7961801 Tpr., 13/18 H.) correction to service number; General Service 1962, 1 clasp, South Arabia (7961801 W.O. Cl. 2, RAOC.); Army L.S. & G.C., E.II.R., 2nd issue, Regular Army (S/7961801 S. Sgt., RASC) mounted as worn, good very fine and better (3) £120-160 £140
1524 Pair: Private J. Francis, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Korea 1950-53, 1st issue (14458311 Pte., A.& S.H.); U.N. Korea 1950-54, unnamed, mounted for display, extremely fine (2) £180-220 £230
1525 Pair: Private A. Watson, Royal Army Service Corps Korea 1950-53, 2nd issue (S/22399062 Pte., R.A.S.C.); U.N. Korea 1950-54, unnamed, good very fine (2) £100-140 £90
1526 Pair: Craftsman W. Cutts, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Korea 1950-53, 1st issue (22202789 Cfn., R.E.M.E.); U.N. Korea 1950-54, unnamed; with a Japan Occupation Forces Medal 1946-52 (unofficial) unnamed; together with corresponding miniature dress medals, very fine and better (6) £140-180 £120
1527 A Korea pair of medals awarded to Rifleman V. Dean, Royal Ulster Rifles, wounded in action at the Battle of Imjin River, 23 April 1951 Korea 1950-53, 1st issue 3772090 Rfn. V. Dean, R.U.R.); U.N. Korea 1950-54, unnamed, good very fine (2) £500-600 £750
1528 A Korea pair of medals awarded to Private D. A. Gillespie, 1st Battalion The Black Watch, killed in action at ‘The Hook’, 4 November 1952 Korea 1950-53, 1st issue (22251380 Pte. D. A. Gillespie, B.W.); U.N. Korea 1950-54, unnamed, this last in named card box of issue, extremely fine (2) £700-900 £980
1529 Pair: Radio Electrician’s Mate 1st Class P. D. Molloy, Fleet Air Arm Korea 1950-53 (L/FX. 892628 P. D. Molloy, R.E.M. 1 (Air), R.N.); U.N. Korea 1950-54, minor official correction, good very fine (2) £160-180 £140
1530 Pair: Major C. A. Priestley, Royal Army Service Corps General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp. Canal Zone (Capt., RASC); General Service 1962, 1 clasp, Borneo (Major, RASC.) nearly extremely fine (2) £300-360 £270
1531 Three: Private D. J. M. Llewellyn, Welch and Gloucestershire Regiments Africa General Service 1902-56, 1 clasp, Kenya (22294460 Pte. D. Llewellyn, Glosters.) official correction to initial and part of surname; Korea 1950-53, 1st issue (22294460 Pte. D. J. H. Llewellyn, Welch.) official correction to regiment; U.N. Korea 1950-54, unnamed, note varying initials, good very fine (3) £240-280 £220
1532 Three: Petty Officer M. A. Ellson, Royal Navy U.N. Medal, UNPROFOR ribbon; N.A.T.O. Medal 1994, 1 clasp, Former Yugoslavia, these unnamed; Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., E.II.R., 2nd issue (D225919D POWEA(WDO) HMS Collingwood) mounted as worn; with another N.A.T.O. Medal 1994, 1 clasp, Former Yugoslavia, unnamed, this last in box of issue, nearly extremely fine (4) £70-90 £85
1533 Five: Private J. G. J. Harkness, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders General Service 1962, 1 clasp, Northern Ireland (24906119 Pte., A and SH); U.N. Medal, UNPROFOR ribbon; N.A.T.O. Medal 1994, 1 clasp, Former Yugoslavia; N.A.T.O. Medal 1994, 1 clasp, Kosovo; Jubilee 2002, these unnamed, mounted for display, extremely fine (5) £120-160 £130
1534 Four: Lance Bombardier J. Madine, Royal Artillery General Service 1962, 1 clasp, Northern Ireland (24841242 Gnr., RA); U.N. Medal, UNFICYP ribbon; Jubilee 2002, these unnamed; Army L.S. & G.C., E.II.R., 2nd issue, Regular Army (24841242 LBdr, RA) mounted court style, nearly extremely fine (4) £120-160 £130
1535 Four: Private K. J. Watson, Parachute Regiment General Service 1962, 1 clasp, Northern Ireland (25101442 Pte., Para); N.A.T.O. Medal 1994, no clasp, for Macedonia, unnamed; Operational Service Medal 2000, 1 clasp, Afghanistan (25101442 Pte, Para); Iraq 2003, no clasp (25101442 Pte, Para) mounted court style as worn, nearly extremely fine (4) £600-700 £620
1536 Pair: Warrant Officer 2nd Class B. Pritchard, Queen’s Dragoon Guards General Service 1962, 2 clasps, Northern Ireland, Lebanon (24178860 L/Cpl. QDG); Army L.S. & G.C., E.II.R., 2nd issue, Regular Army (24178860 SSgt, QDG) mounted court style as worn, good very fine (2) £700-800 £1,000
1537 Pair: Private R. S. Pill, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Operational Service Medal 2000, 1 clasp, Afghanistan (Pte RRF 2523410); Jubilee 2012, unnamed, both in boxes of issue, first with edge bruising, otherwise nearly extremely fine (2) £240-280 £250
1538 A rare and well documented French Resistance group of three awarded to Miss Ruth Salwey, ‘the daughter of a Commander R.N.’ who was interned at the time of the German invasion of France - a story retold in her published work, Twenty-Seven Steps of Humiliation: and her subsequent part in rescuing Allied soldiers and airmen, and Jewish families, is described at length in an accompanying statement of services - gallant work that led to her arrest and incarceration in the notorious Fresnes Prison British Red Cross Society Medal 1914-18; France, War Commemorative Medal 1939-45, clasp, Liberation; France, Croix de Combattant Volontaire de la Resistance 1939-45, together with British Red Cross Society ‘For Service’ Badge, gilt and enamel, the reverse officially numbered ‘25210’, good very fine (4) £700-900 £700
1539 An interesting Second World War K.B.E., C.B. group of thirteen awarded to Major-General Lord Rennell of Rodd, Royal Artillery, who served with distinction as a Chief of Civil Affairs in the Mediterranean theatre of war 1941-44: as a young Intelligence Officer in Egypt and Palestine in the Great War, he met and befriended Lawrence of Arabia, and was subsequently approached by the Governor of the Bank of England to offer Lawrence the appointment of Secretary to the Bank in 1934 - the latter declined the offer but invited his old friend to come and visit him at his newly acquired cottage, “Clouds Hill” in Dorset The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, K.B.E. (Military) Knight Commander’s 2nd type set of insignia, comprising neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel, the reverse of the arms privately engraved, ‘Major-General Lord Rennell of Rodd, 23.III.44’, and breast star, silver, gilt and enamel centre, the reverse privately engraved as before, in its Garrard, London case of issue; The Most Honourable Order of The Bath, C.B. (Military) Companion’s neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel, in its Garrard, London case of issue; 1914-15 Star (2 Lieut., R.F.A,); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Capt.); 1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Coronation 1953; Italy, Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus, Knight’s breast badge, gold and enamel, mounted as worn where applicable, together with Royal Geographical Society, President’s Badge of Office, silver-gilt and enamel, the reverse officially inscribed, ‘Lord Rennell of Rodd, President 1945-48’, in its Spink, London case of issue; French Association for the Advancement of the Sciences Medal, reverse officially engraved, ‘Lord Rennell’ and the edge, ‘Angers, 1959’, 68mm., silvered-bronze; French Geographical Society Commemorative Medal 1821-1971, silver, 44mm., in its fitted case of issue, and a quantity of the recipient’s General Officer uniform rank insignia and buttons, generally good very fine (Lot) £2500-3000 £6,000
1540 The mounted group of twelve miniature dress medals worn by Major-General Lord Rennell of Rodd, K.B.E., C.B., Royal Artillery, who served with distinction as a Chief of Civil Affairs in the Mediterranean theatre of war 1941-44: as a young Intelligence Officer in Egypt and Palestine in the Great War, he met and befriended Lawrence of Arabia, and was subsequently approached by the Governor of the Bank of England to offer Lawrence the appointment of Secretary to the Bank in 1934 - the latter declined the offer but invited his old friend to come and visit him at his newly acquired cottage, “Clouds Hill” in Dorset The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, silver-gilt and enamel; The Most Honourable Order of The Bath, silver-gilt and enamel; 1914-15 Star; British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf; 1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Coronation 1953; Italy, Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus, silver-gilt enamel, mounted as worn, generally very fine or better (12) £180-220 £620
1541 The important C.M.G., C.B.E. group of fifteen awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel F. G. Peake Pasha, founder of the Arab Legion, late Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and Egyptian Camel Corps, who was most prominent in the ranks of Lawrence of Arabia’s legendary railway raiders - he co-designed the much favoured ‘tulip’ charge that reaped such havoc along the Turkish lines of communication: a fierce character with piercing blue eyes - the code word ‘Thundercloud’ flashed by way of warning from one police post to the next during his tours of the Trans-Jordan as C.O. of the Arab Legion - he had little time for the so-called ‘revisionists’ who criticised his contemporaries long after their demise, nor in fact for David Lean’s much acclaimed film of 1962, though ‘the photography was superb’ The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, C.M.G., Companion’s neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel; The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, C.B.E. (Military) Commander’s 1st type neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel; The Most Venerable Order of St. John, Commander’s (C. St. J.) neck badge, silver and enamel; The Most Venerable Order of St. John, Officer’s (O. St. J.) breast badge, silver; British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Capt. F. G. Peake); General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Palestine (Lt. Col. F. G. Peake, C.M.G., C.B.E.); Defence Medal 1939-45; Khedive’s Sudan 1910-22, 2 clasps, Darfur 1916, Fasher, unnamed as issued; Egypt, Order of the Nile, 4th Class breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel; Syria, Order of Merit, breast badge, by Bertrand, silver-gilt and enamel; Hedjaz, Maan Medal, silver; Hedjaz, Order of Al Nahda, 1st Class set of insignia, type 1, comprising neck badge and breast star, gilt, gold and enamel; Hedjaz, Order of Al Istiklal, 2nd Class breast star, silver, with gilt and enamel centre, minor official correction to naming on the seventh, the last lacking reverse centre-piece and severely chipped, otherwise generally very fine or better (15) £20000-25000 £22,000
1542 ‘Dawnay was Allenby’s greatest gift to us - greater than thousands of baggage camels ... He married war and rebellion in himself.’ T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom, refers. ‘He’s a very perfect person, and when you have met him all will run easily ... He’s Eton and Magdalen, Oxford, and the Guards: and is everything that is absolutely right: and the best of it is that he looks like it, and will look like it in your drawing’. Lawrence commends Major-General A. G. C. Dawnay to the artist, William Rothenstein, who was commissioned to paint his portrait for Seven Pillars of Wisdom. The important Great War C.B.E., D.S.O. group of eleven awarded to Major-General A. G. C. Dawnay, Coldstream Guards, who acted as a Liaison Officer between Allenby and Lawrence of Arabia and participated in successful desert operations alongside the latter: a regular soldier to his finger tips, and Lawrence’s senior, he brought with him many vital skills, so much so that the desert legend happily credited him for weaving cohesion into his hitherto chaotic planning, and they remained firm friends and correspondents up until his untimely death in 1935 - Dawnay being affectionately addressed as ‘My Lord’ The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, C.B.E. (Military) Commander’s 1st type neck badge, silver-gilt and enamels, in its Garrard & Co. case of issue; Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamels; 1914 Star, with clasp (Lt. & Adj., C. Gds.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col.); Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937; France, Legion of Honour, Chevalier’s breast badge, silver and enamel, with gold and enamel centre; Egypt, Order of the Nile, Officer’s breast badge, silver, gilt and enamel; Hedjaz, Order of El Nahda, locally manufactured 2nd class neck badge, silver, gilt and enamels, in its embroidered case of issue; Italian Al Valore Militare, silver, unnamed, mounted court-style as worn where applicable, enamel work damaged on the French piece, otherwise generally good very fine (11) £18000-22000 £19,000
1543 ‘It was my great good fortune to be appointed General Staff Officer to the Arab Forces in the early part of 1918. From then throughout the final phase of the Arab revolt on till Damascus, I worked, travelled, and fought alongside Lawrence. Night after night we lay wrapped in our blankets under the cold stars of the desert. At these times one learns much of a man. Lawrence took the limelight from those of us professional soldiers who were fortunate enough to serve with him, but never once have I heard even a whisper of jealousy. We sensed that we were serving with a man immeasurably our superior ... In my considered opinion, Lawrence was the greatest genius whom England has produced in the last two centuries, and I do not believe that there is anyone who had known him who will not agree with me. If ever a genius, a scholar, an artist and an imp of Shaitan were rolled into one personality, it was Lawrence.’ Colonel W. F. Stirling, D.S.O., M.C., from his autobiography, Safety Last. The important Boer War and Great War Palestine operations D.S.O. and Bar, M.C. group of fourteen awarded to Colonel W. F. Stirling, Chief of Staff to Lawrence of Arabia and Advisor to Emir Feisal in Damascus in 1918, late Royal Dublin Fusiliers - he was second-in-command of the 1st Battalion in Gallipoli until buried by a shell - and Royal Flying Corps: a remarkable man, who later proof read Seven Pillars of Wisdom and became The Times correspondent in Syria, he survived an assassination attempt at Damascus in 1949 - even though the surgeons were unable to remove four of the six bullets that hit him Distinguished Service Order, E.VII.R., silver-gilt and enamel, with Second Award Bar; Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Laing’s Nek, Belfast (Lieut. W. F. Stirling, R. Dub. Fus.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (Lieut. W. F. Stirling, R. Dub. Fus.); 1914-15 Star (Capt. W. F. Stirling, R. Dub. Fus.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaf (Major W. F. Stirling); Egypt, Order of the Nile, 4th Class breast badge, silver and enamel; Italy, Order of the Crown, 5th Class breast badge, gold and enamel; Syria, Order of Merit, breast badge, gilt metal and enamel; Hedjaz, Order of El Nahda, a rare 1st type 2nd Class set, comprising neck badge and breast badge, in silver, gold and enamels, complete with original plaited neck cord; Albania, Order of Scanderbeg, a scarce 1st type Grand Cross set of insignia by Cravanzola, Roma, comprising sash badge, silver-gilt and enamels, and breast star, silver, gilt and enamels, complete with full dress sash, minor official correction to surname on the Boer War awards, reverse centre lacking on the Italian piece, enamel work chipped in places but otherwise generally very fine or better (12) £18000-22000 £32,000
1544 ‘In Port Sudan we saw two British officers of the Egyptian Army embark for Rabegh. They were to command the Egyptian troops in Hedjaz, and to do their best to help Aziz el Masri organise the Arab Regular Force which was going to end the war from Rabegh. This was my first meeting with Joyce and Davenport, two Englishmen to whom the Arab cause owed the greater part of its foreign debt of gratitude ... Of Davenport’s successes in the south we heard by constant report.’ T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, refers. The important Great War D.S.O., M.C., Second World War O.B.E., group of twelve awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel W. A. “Wady” Davenport Bey, West Yorkshire Regiment, attached Egyptian Army, who, having served with distinction in command of a composite battalion of Cameronians in Gallipoli, and participated in the Mongalla Expedition in 1916, was twice decorated for his gallantry and leadership in ‘many important raids on the railway’ in southern Hedjaz Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel; The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 2nd type breast badge, silver-gilt; Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued; 1914-15 Star (Capt. W. A. Davenport, W. York. R.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Major W. A. Davenport); Defence Medal 1939-45, privately inscribed, ‘Lt. Col. W. A. Davenport, 5th (Glos.) Bn., Home Guard’; Egypt, Order of the Nile, 4th Class breast badge, silver, silver-gilt and enamel; France, Legion of Honour, 5th Class breast badge, silver, silver-gilt and enamel; Khedive’s Sudan 1910-21, 2nd issue, 1 clasp, Mongalla 1915-16, unnamed as issued; Hedjaz, Order of El Nahda, 3rd Class neck badge, silver and enamel, with gold centre, and original tricolour neck cord; Boy Scout Movement, Medal of Merit, gilt metal (W. A. Davenport, 16.3.1949), several points of the French piece chipped, otherwise good very fine (12) £12000-15000 £13,000
1545 A Great War O.B.E. group of seven awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel J. G. Rae, Indian Army, who was also mentioned in despatches for his services in the Bikanir Camel Corps in Palestine in 1917-18 The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 1st type breast badge, hallmarks for London 1919; British War and Victory Medals. M.I.D. oak leaf (Maj. J. G. Rae); India General Service 1908-35, 1 clasp, Waziristan 1921-24 (Maj. J. G. Rae, 4-6 Raj. Rif.); Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Delhi Durbar 1911, very fine and better (7) £400-500 £650
1546 An emotive Great War Hedjaz railway operations M.C. group of four awarded to 2nd Lieutenant W. T. Davies, Royal West Surrey Regiment, attached Imperial Camel Corps, late Shropshire Yeomanry, who was decorated for his gallant leadership in the famous raid on Mudowwara Station on 8 August 1918, which place he had earlier reconnoitred with four other officers, the whole attired in Arab dress: undoubtedly known to Lawrence of Arabia, who rode alongside the Camel Corps on many occasions, it seems improbable that the great man was not shown the “Mudowwara Trumpet”, which instrument Davies retained as a souvenir of the raid - and which was sounded at the annual reunions of the Imperial Camel Corps right up until the 1960s Military Cross, G.V.R., in its case of issue; British War and Victory Medals (2 Lieut. W. T. Davies), these in their card boxes of issue; Territorial Force War Medal 1914-19 (1374 Sjt. W. T. Davies, Shrops. Yeo.), generally extremely fine (4) £6000-8000 £5,200
1547 The well-documented and remarkable Second World War M.B.E., Great War M.C. and Bar, D.F.C. group of nine awarded to Wing Commander J. H. Norton, Royal Canadian Air Force, late Essex Yeomanry, Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force, whose published account of his experiences in the Palestine campaign 1917-18 include frequent mention of personal encounters with Lawrence of Arabia - among them the occasion he flew the great man to a desert rendezvous and his direct part in one of his classic “railway wrecking” operations The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) Member’s 2nd type breast badge; Military Cross, G.V.R., with Second Award Bar, the reverse privately engraved, ‘Capt. John Hamilton Norton, France 1917, Bar Palestine 1918’; Distinguished Flying Cross, G.V.R., the reverse privately engraved, ‘Flight Lieut. John Hamilton Norton, Palestine 1918’; British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oakleaf (Capt. J. H. Norton, R.A.F.); Territorial Force War Medal 1914-19 (1105 Pte. J. H. Norton, Essex Yeo.); Defence Medal 1939-45, silver; Canadian Voluntary Service Medal 1939-45, with overseas clasp; War Medal 1939-45, M.I.D. oak leaf, silver, generally good very fine (9) £15000-20000 £12,000
1548 A rare Great War Palestine operations M.C. group of six awarded to Wing Commander S. G. Kingsley, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, late Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force, who flew operationally in ‘X’ Flight, No. 14 Squadron, in support of Lawrence of Arabia’s forces 1916-17, in which period he was shot down and wounded - so, too, grounded on a patrol by engine trouble, when his Observer managed to keep the enemy at bay with accurate machine-gun fire Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued; British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lieut. S. G. Kingsley, R.A.F.); Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Air Efficiency Award, G.VI.R., 1st issue (Act. Wg. Cdr. S. G. Kingsley, RA.F.V.R.), together with his Royal Life Saving Society’s bronze swimming medal (S. G. Kingsley, July 1911), generally very fine or better (7) £3000-3500 £3,300
1549 A rare Great War Hedjaz operations M.S.M. group of five awarded to Air Mechanic 1st Class J. F. Wilder, who was also mentioned in despatches for his services as a member of ‘C’ Flight, No. 14 Squadron, which unit famously acted in direct support of Lawrence of Arabia’s early operations 1914-15 Star (8268 A.M. 2 J. F. Wilder, R.F.C.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (8268 A.M. 1 J. F. Wilder, R.A.F.); Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R. (8268 A.M. 1 J. F. Wilder, No. 14 Sqn. R.F.C.); Imperial Service Medal, G.V.R., robed bust (John Frazer Wilder), good very fine or better (5) £600-800 £1,000
1550 A Great War Red Sea operations group of six awarded to Captain A. G. Warren, Royal Navy, aboard whose command the likes of Lawrence of Arabia and clandestine types from the Arab Bureau took passage - work that won him a rare ‘naval example’ of the Order of El Nahda Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (Lieut. A. G. Warren, H.M.S. Blanche); 1914-15 Star (Commr. A. G. Warren, R.N.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Capt. A. G. Warren, R.N.; Egypt, Order of the Nile, 3rd Class neck badge, silver, silver-gilt and enamel; Hedjaz, Order of El Nahda, 3rd Class neck badge, silver, silver-gilt and enamel, generally very fine or better (6) £1800-2200 £2,800
1551 The group of six miniature dress medals worn by Captain A. G. Warren, Royal Navy, aboard whose command the likes of Lawrence of Arabia and clandestine types from the Arab Bureau took passage - work that won him a rare ‘naval example’ of the Order of El Nahda Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp; 1914-15 Star; British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf ; Egypt, Order of the Nile, silver, silver-gilt and enamel; Hedjaz, Order of El Nahda, silver and enamel, generally very fine or better (6) £180-220 £380
1552 A rare example of the prestigious Lawrence Memorial Medal to a lady missionary and explorer, Miss Mildred Cable, who, among other achievements over three decades in China, crossed the Gobi Desert on no less than five occasions The Royal Central Asian Society’s Lawrence Memorial Medal, silver, obverse, head of Lawrence of Arabia wearing Arabic head dress, reverse, skull and horns of the desert Ibex superimposed on a rayed sun, ‘Lawrence Memorial Medal; Cornua Levat Super Terras’, officially inscribed to ‘Mildred Cable’, 50mm., in its Royal Mint fitted case of issue, extremely fine £400-500 £1,150
1553 Turkey (Ottoman Empire), Hedjaz Railway Medal 1900, silver, with double-pin riband bar for wearing, very fine £80-100 £260
1554 Lawrence, T. E., Autographed letter signed ‘TE Shaw’, to Martin Allerdale Grainger, a British subject who had settled in British Columbia, Canada, dated at Cattewater, Plymouth, 10 July 1929, the full text stating: ‘Dear Sir, Very kind of you, but prefer England to anything I’ve ever seen elsewhere. I hope the rubbish in the papers did not take you in: they love so to make a mystery about nothing. The R.A.F. is the pleasantest thing I’ve ever found to do: which is why I do it, only regretting that my age leaves me not much longer to do it. And I have no grudge against the British Government, which offered me many other jobs less to my liking. Yours sincerely, TE Shaw’; to which by way of footnote, he adds: ‘I’ve been in the R.A.F. for nearly eight years now - which looks like happiness, I hope. All the same many thanks for your kind offer, which wouldn’t suit me as well, I’m afraid’, with recipient’s added comment, ‘From “Lawrence of Arabia”, alias “Shaw” ’, minor glue stains to reverse, otherwise in good condition £600-800 £1,000
1555 Lawrence, T. E., autographed letter signed ‘TE Shaw’, to John Steinman, a Press Officer at the Air Ministry, dated at 14 Barton Street, S.W. 1, 19 September 1929, in which he thanks him for photographs taken at the Schneider Trophy contest at Calshot - ‘The C.O. in that Ramsay-Mac effort is superb. I wouldn’t have missed it for - pence, I suppose I’d better say, in view of my leave-expenses so near!’; and rejoicing in the fact that his leave is over - ‘I write from Plymouth, but in the happy anticipation of being in London tomorrow: for my leave is through, and I am very happy. Mr. Robertson is probably happy too. You are doing double work: and somebody here will be doing, job tomorrow, I hope. Alleluia’, minor time-staining owing to have been framed; together with a letter to Steinman from A. W. Lawrence, thanking him for sight of the previous letter, which he had photographed and catalogued £600-800 £950
1556 Hedjaz, first issue stamps on cover, dated 1916, being a 1/2 piaster green and 1 piaster blue, with black ink circular ‘Djedda’ stamp, and ‘Port Said’ circular stamp to reverse of the envelope, this dated ‘6.XI.16’, apparently never sealed and in excellent condition £80-100 £45
1557 A rare official Grant of Squadron Badge for ‘No. 144 Bomber Squadron’, which unit flew in support of Lawrence’s Arab Northern Army Hand-illuminated badge and motto, as painted by an artist of the College of Arms, dated March 1938, and signed by the Chester Herald and Inspector of Royal Air Force Badges, J. Heaton-Armstrong, and H.M. King George VI, mounted on card, in excellent condition £180-220 £420
1558 An extremely rare Arab keffiyeh and agal worn by Gunner H. W. Bailey, a member of the Hedjaz Armoured Car Company in 1917-18, together with related documentation comprising a piece of light brown cotton material, approximately 102cm. square and fringed, folded and roughly stitched into a triangle, together with a double circlet of rope in blue and brown cotton, part covered with metallic thread; together with one or two original photographs, one of them depicting Bailey wearing this headdress; five letters by Montagu Robert Lawrence (T. E. L’s elder brother) to Lawrence F. W. Bailey (the son of Herbert Wilson Bailey, in Canada), dated in the period 2 February to 25 June 1971, in one of which he recalls that he was with his mother on a riverboat in China when they received the news of T. E. L’s death; a small autograph album; a watercolour sketch based on Eric Kennington’s portrait of Auda Abu Tayi (the Sheikh of Howeitat), as per the 1926 edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and one or two other items of the Great War period (Lot) £1800-2200 £1,600
1559 The Great War D.S.C. group of four awarded to Skipper J. Turrell, whose command the drifter Golden Rule was severely damaged in the enemy raid into the Dover Straits in February 1915 - ten of his crew were killed and himself severely wounded Distinguished Service Cross, G.V.R., the reverse privately inscribed, ‘Presented by H.M. the King to Skipper J. Turrell, Channel Raid, 14-2-18’, hallmarks for London 1917; 1914-15 Star (1126 W.S.A. J. Turrell, Skr., R.N.R.); British War and Victory Medals (W.S.A. 1126 J. Turrell, Skr., R.N.R.), very fine or better (4) £3000-3500 Unsold
1560 The Great War C.G.M. group of four awarded to 2nd Hand G. B. Rivett, Royal Naval Reserve, whose drifter the Cosmos was one of three such vessels sunk in quick succession in the S.E. sector, and from which just four men survived - one of them a wounded Engineman to whom he gave his life belt and kept alive in the water for two hours Conspicuous Gallantry Medal, G.V.R. (D.A. 5787 G. B. Rivett, 2nd Hd. R.N.R., “Cosmos”, Dover Patrol, 14-15 Feb. 1918), note slightly different number; 1914-15 Star (D.A. 5727 G. B. Rivett, D.H., R.N.R.); British War and Victory Medals (5727 D.A. G. B. Rivett, 2 Hd., R.N.R.), the third with officially re-impressed naming, very fine or better (4) £6000-8000 £6,000
1561 The Great War pair awarded to Lieutenant D. Livingstone, Royal Naval Reserve, who was killed in action aboard his command the drifter Cosmos British War and Victory Medals (Lieut. D. Livingstone, R.N.R.), good very fine (2) £400-500 Unsold
1562 The Great War D.S.M. awarded to Deck Hand A. G. Holt, Royal Naval Reserve, who was decorated for his gallantry aboard the drifter Vera Creina, which ship took two hits from 4-inch shells Distinguished Service Medal, G.V.R. (D.A. 1005 A. G. Holt, R.N.R., Dk. Hd., R.N.R., “Vera Creina”, Dover Patrol, 14-15 Feb. 1918), contact marks, nearly very fine £1600-1800 Unsold
1563 The Great War D.S.M. awarded to Deck Hand F. Plane, Royal Naval Reserve, who was decorated for his gallant deeds aboard the drifter Clover Bank - the sole survivor of his crew, he remained at his gun until the ship was rapidly sinking, and was later picked up Distinguished Service Medal, G.V.R. (D.A. 5728 F. Plane, Dk. Hd., R.N.R., “Clover Bank”, Dover Patrol, 14-15 Feb. 1918), good very fine £1800-2200 Unsold
1564 The Great War campaign group awarded to Skipper J. J. Colby, Royal Naval Reserve, who was killed aboard his command the the drifter Clover Bank 1914-15 Star (S.A. 259 J. Colby, 2 Hd., R.N.R.); British War and Victory Medals (S.A. 259 J. Colby, Skr., R.N.R.), very fine and better (3) £600-800 Unsold
1565 The outstanding Great War pilot’s Mesopotamia operations D.S.O., R.M.A. howitzer 1915 operations M.C. and Iraq 1919-21 operations D.F.C. group of nine awarded to Group Captain F. L. Robinson, Royal Air Force, late Royal Marine Artillery, onetime attached Royal Flying Corps Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel; Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued; Distinguished Flying Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued; 1914 Star, with clasp (2nd Lieut. F. L. Robinson, R.M. Brigade); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Major F. L. Robinson, R.A.F.); General Service 1918-62, 3 clasps, Kurdistan, Iraq, N.W. Persia (F./L. F. L. Robinson, R.A.F.); Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937, one or two edge bruises, generally very fine and better (9) £12000-15000 Unsold
1566 A Great War D.S.O. group of four awarded to Major R. T. Meadows, Royal Army Medical Corps - awarded for his services ‘on the occasion of the mining of a Hospital Ship’ Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, complete with brooch bar; British War and Victory Medals (Capt.); Coronation 1902, Mayor and Provost’s issue, silver, unnamed, mounted for wear, good very fine and better (4) £2000-2500 Unsold
1567 A Great War D.S.O. group of seven awarded to Colonel A. N. R. McNeill, Royal Army Medical Corps Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, with top bar; 1914 Star (Capt., R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col.); India General Service 1936-39,1 clasp, North West Frontier 1936-37 (Col., D.S.O., R.A.M.C.); War Medal 1939-45; Coronation 1937, these unnamed, mounted court style for wear, good very fine (7) £1200-1500 £1,150
1568 ‘The escape of M.L. 128 under Lieutenant-Commander R. Saunders deserves more than a passing reference, for it was certainly one of the most thrilling during two actions filled with thrills. As this launch was approaching Ostend piers she suddenly emerged from the smoke-screen to find herself almost on the beach, not more than two or three hundred yards away. By the houses on the front Lieutenant-Commander Saunders knew he was to the westward of the piers, and turned to make for them at full speed, but it was too late to escape attention from the shore, for up went a succession of star shells and a hail of bullets from machine-guns clattered on to the deck. One man standing just behind the C.O. was killed instantly, but the rest of those on board seemed to bear charmed lives. The glass of the telegraphs on which Lieutenant-Commander Saunders' hands were resting was shattered by a bullet, but he was untouched; the coxswain also escaped without a scratch.  Lieutenant F. F.Brayfield was slightly wounded in the leg, but he had a truly marvellous escape, a bullet actually passing in and out of the crown of his shrapnel helmet without touching his head. The detonator box in the chart-house also had a bullet clean through it, but without hitting a detonator. Escapes from death, literally by fractions of inches, these. No one else was hit before the boat managed to get into the smoke again, but the bullet-riddled hull tells the story of escape very vividly. I believe this boat holds the record of "scars" from machine-gun bullets during the actions, sixty-six being counted upon her return to harbour.’ The Motor Launch Patrol, by Gordon S. Maxwell, refers. The outstanding Ostend raid D.S.O. group of six awarded to Lieutenant-Commander R. Saunders, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, late Royal Naval Division: the above cited deeds aside, he had been given special promotion for his earlier part in the Zeebrugge raid and, remarkably, won a mention in despatches for bomb and mine disposal work in 1940 - aged 64 years Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel; 1914 Star (L4/3290 R. Saunders, A.B., R.N.V.R., Benbow Bttn. R.N.D.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Commr. R. Saunders, R.N.V.R.); Defence and War Medals 1939-45, M.I.D. oak leaf, mounted as worn, very fine or better (6) £4000-5000 £6,000
1569 A good Great War D.S.O. group of eight awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel F. A. Ferguson, Royal Engineers, onetime attached Egyptian Army, who won a “mention” for his command of a New Zealand Field Company in Gallipoli and rose to senior command in France in 1918, where he was wounded Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel; 1914-15 Star (Capt. F. A. Ferguson, R.E.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col. F. A. Ferguson); Defence Medal 1939-45; Egypt, Order of the Nile, 4th Class breast badge, by Lattes, silver, silver-gilt and enamel; France, Croix de Guerre 1914-1917, with bronze palm; Belgium, Croix de Guerre 1914-18, mounted as worn, the first with slightly chipped enamel on obverse left arm and surround wreath, otherwise generally very fine or better (8) £1800-2200 £2,100
1570 A rare ‘Murmansk 1919’ D.S.O. group of five awarded to Major W. G. F. Sheffield, Middlesex Regiment, Special Reserve and Machine Gun Corps, Officer Commanding 253rd Company M.G.C., wounded in action in 1914 and thrice rewarded for his services in North Russia, 1919 Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, complete with brooch bar; 1914 Star, with clasp (Capt., Midd’x. R.) gilded; British War and Victory Medals, small M.I.D. oak leaf (Major) ‘Victory’ gilded; Defence Medal, unnamed, nearly extremely fine (8) £2500-3000 Unsold
1571 A Great War C.B.E. group of four awarded to Engineer Captain A. V. Blake, Royal Navy The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, C.B.E. (Military) Commander’s 2nd type neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel; Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, dated reverse, 1 clasp, Alexandria 11th July (A. V. Blake, Asst. Engr. R.N., H.M.S. “Inflexible”); Khedive’s Star, 1882, unnamed; Ottoman Empire, Order of the Medjidie, 2nd Class set of insignia, neck badge, silver, gold and enamel; breast star, silver, gold and enamel - centre loose on this, good very fine (5) £1000-1200 £1,250
1572 A fine M.V.O., Great War boat action D.S.C. group of eleven awarded to Rear-Admiral E. R. Corson, Royal Navy, who was decorated for his gallantry in H.M.S. Fox’s steam cutter at Dar-es-Salaam in November 1914, on which occasion Commander Ritchie won the first Naval V.C. of the War - ‘bullets were raining over and into the boat and through and against the thin iron plates rigged on either side of the boiler and around the coxswain’ The Royal Victorian Order (M.V.O.) Member’s Fourth Class breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel, the reverse officially numbered ‘1134’; Distinguished Service Cross, G.V.R., hallmarks for London 1914; Naval General Service 1915-62, 1 clasp, Persian Gulf 1909-1914 (Lieut. E. R. Corson, R.N., H.M.S. Fox); 1914-15 Star (Lieut. E. R. Corson, D.S.C., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (Lt. Commr. E. R. Corson, R.N.); Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937; Greece, Order of the Redeemer, Commander’s neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel, in its Huguenin Freres & Co. case of issue, otherwise mounted court-style as worn, together with the recipient’s career menu holder, silver, with engraved appointments from Britannia in 1901 to H.M.S. Resource in 1932, in its Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co. case, occasional enamel damage, otherwise good very fine (11) £3500-4000 £8,000
1573 A Great War ‘Mesopotamia’ M.C. group of five awarded to Major H. D. Cloete, Indian Army, late Middlesex Regiment, murdered by an outraged husband, 29 February 1920 Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (2/Lieut., Middx. Rgt.); 1914-15 Star (Capt., 92 Punjabis); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Capt.) some contact marks, very fine and better (5) £1600-2000 £1,900
1574 A Great War ‘Palestine’ M.C. group of five awarded to Captain E. Hammick, Indian Army, who died of wounds on 8 October 1918 Military Cross, G.V.R., reverse inscribed, ‘20th Sept. 1918 Capt. Eustace Hammick, 17th Regt. I.A. Palestine’; 1914-15 Star (Capt., 1/17/Infy.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt.); Belgium, Order of the Crown, 5th Class breast badge, silver and enamel, extremely fine (5) £1400-1800 £1,950
1575 A Great War ‘Palestine’ M.C. group of four awarded to Lieutenant R. P. Young, Royal Sussex Regiment, killed in action near Jerusalem, 17 December 1917 Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed; 1914-15 Star (2 Lieut., R. Suss. R.); British War and Victory Medals (Lieut.) mounted court style for display, extremely fine (4) £1200-1500 £1,100
1576 ‘I have been sitting in about a foot of mud in a trench full of dead bodies which swell. But I am used to it and it makes no difference to me ... My battery alone must have fired many more shells than were used in the South Africa War by the whole army ... We were the only Division who took both lines of the German trenches and in the process my Brigade wiped out the Prussian Guard by shell fire. In some of our Infantry Battalions there is hardly an officer left. Over half our gunners in my battery were casualties. I got wounded in the shoulder but not badly ... looking at the German positions one wonders how they could have been taken at all, they were so strong.’ Captain J. C. A. Simson, R.F.A., describes the Somme offensive, July 1916 A fine Great War M.C. group of six awarded to Captain J. C. A. Simson, Royal Engineers, late Royal Field Artillery, who was twice wounded - the latter confirmed by an accompanying archive of some 80 letters home Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued; 1914-15 Star (2 Lieut. J. C. A. Simson, R.F.A.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt. J. C. A. Simson); Defence and War Medals 1939-45, mounted as worn, together with a Royal Engineers cap badge, very fine and better (7) £1200-1500 £2,000
1577 A fine Great War ace’s M.C. group of three awarded to Captain J. H. T. Letts, Royal Air Force, late Lincolnshire Regiment and Royal Flying Corps, who, having taken over as a Flight Commander from Captain W. Leefe-Robinson, V.C., in No. 48 Squadron, claimed 13 victories in Bristol Fighters inside six months: famed for his aggression in combat, he twice returned to base with dead Observers, was himself shot down and wounded by Leutnant Maashoff of Jasta 11, and was killed rolling his aircraft immediately after take-off in October 1918 Military Cross, G.V.R., the reverse privately engraved, ‘Captain John Herbert Towne Letts, Lincolnshire Regiment & Royal Flying Corps, Won May 24 1917, Buckingham Palace Nov. 28 1917’; British War and Victory Medals (Capt. J. H. T. Letts, R.A.F.), very fine and better (3) £4000-6000 £4,100
1578 A Great War ‘Salonika’ M.C. group of three awarded to Second Lieutenant T. Featherstone, 11th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, killed in action, Second Battle of Doiran, 25 April 1917 Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed; British War and Victory Medals, small M.I.D. oak leaf (2 Lieut.) extremely fine (3) £800-1000 £2,300
1579 A rare 1920 ‘Army of the Black Sea’ M.C. group of four awarded to Major E. U. Grimshaw, Royal Engineers Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed; 1914-15 Star (Capt. E. U. Grimshaw. R.E.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Major E. U. Grimshaw), mounted as worn, good very fine (4) £1200-1500 £1,000
1580 A Second World War M.C. group of five attributed to Major R. W. Cook, Northamptonshire Regiment, who died on active service in Italy in May 1944 Military Cross, G.VI.R., the reverse officially dated ‘1943’, in Royal Mint case of issue; 1939-45 Star; Africa Star, clasp, 8th Army; Italy Star; War Medal 1939-45, together with the recipient’s original Army Council condolence slip in the name of ‘Major R. W. Cook, M.C.’, and the addressed lid of his campaign medal forwarding box, extremely fine (5) £600-800 £750
1581 Jack Tirrell was first decorated for his coolness under fire in the Blitzkrieg in May 1940, when B.Q.M.S. of ‘L’ Troop, 2nd R.H.A. In the desperate action at Mont des Cats, he and his battery engaged the enemy over open sights until virtually overrun, whereupon they hastily destroyed their guns and made for Dunkirk. As it transpired, Tirrell was to be present in several more actions of the ‘open sight’ variety, for in 1941, and having been commissioned in the Field, he was embarked for the Middle East. Subsequently going into action with 1st R.H.A. and the Desert Rats in North Africa, he won a brace of M.Cs in less than six months - firstly for turning the tide of battle at El Tamar - today commemorated by an R.H.A. Troop of that name - and secondly for multiple acts of bravery in the battle of El Alamein. Here then a long list of remarkable feats enacted under murderous fire - including further gunnery over open sights, crossing and re-crossing minefields, saving life and guns within 200 or 300 yards of 80 advancing enemy tanks, and observation duties of a particularly forward kind - much to the detriment of Rommel’s anti-tank gunners. At Tobruk, the Australians were so impressed by the courage of Tirrell and his comrades in 1st R.H.A. that they re-titled them the “Royal Horse Australians” - on the basis that such a gallant band of warriors could not have been recruited from mere “Poms”. But Tirrell was not yet done, for he was present with 3rd R.H.A. in the Allied drive though the Low Countries following the Normandy landings, active employment that led to him being recommended for an immediate D.S.O. for his part in the assault on Susteren in January 1945, when his personal bravery was cited to be of a calibre that ‘will never be forgotten by those who witnessed it’: that it was reduced to another M.C. at Corps level would have amazed the Germans, for prisoners taken on that occasion recounted how the accuracy of the opening barrage had virtually wiped out an entire battalion. Jack Tirrell may have been a quiet and reticent man, but under fire he was an inspirational leader who changed the tide of battle on numerous occasions - and it is just such men who win wars. He ended his career after lending valuable service to the Arab Legion in the early 1950s, in which capacity he added the title of Bey to his accolades - not that he chose to use it. The magnificent Second World War M.C. and 2 Bars, D.C.M. group of eight awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel T. J. “Jack” Tirrell, Royal Horse Artillery, one of the most decorated men to emerge from the ranks of the British Army in the last war - one of just 17 such men to win three M.Cs, the addition of his earlier D.C.M. constitutes a unique combination of gallantry awards and reflects an operational record second to none Military Cross, G.VI.R., with Second and Third Award Bars, the reverse officially dated ‘1943’, and the reverses of the Bars ‘1943’ and ‘1945’ respectively; Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.VI.R. (4743421 W.O. Cl. II T. J. Tirrell, R.A.); 1939-45 Star; Africa Star, clasp, 8th Army; Italy Star; France and Germany Star; Defence and War Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf, contact marks, very fine or better (8) £40000-50000 £48,000
1582 The exceptional Iraq ‘Battle of Danny Boy’ M.C. group of six awarded to Corporal M. R. Byles, 1st Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, who was awarded a Military Cross for gallantry on 14 May 2004 when he dismounted his Warrior armoured vehicle and led a full frontal assault with bayonets fixed to clear an enemy trench system – A comrade of Johnson Beharry who was decorated with his Victoria Cross at the same time as the recipient, the story of this extraordinarily action packed tour is fully recounted in Beharry’s autobiography, Barefoot Soldier as well as the book, Dusty Warriors, by Richard Holmes, in both of which books Byles is extensively mentioned Military Cross, E.II.R., reverse inscribed ‘24836752 Cpl M. R. Byles, PWRR, 2005’; General Service 1962, 1 clasp, Northern Ireland (24836752 Pte., R. Hamps.); N.A.T.O. Medal, clasp, Former Yugoslavia; Iraq 2003-11, no clasp (24836752 PWRR); Jubilee 2002; Accumulated Campaign Service Medal (24836752 Pte., PWRR); together with a transcript copy of the original recommendation, Central Chancery investiture letter, a DVD of the Buckingham Palace presentation ceremony and boxes of issue for Iraq, NATO and Jubilee medals, good very fine and better (6) £20000-25000 £20,000
1583 A Great War D.F.C. group of three awarded to Major H. A. Coysh, Royal Air Force, late Royal Flying Corps, who served as an Observer in No. 15 Squadron in 1918 Distinguished Flying Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued, in its John Pinches, London case of issue; British War and Victory Medals (Major H. A. Coysh), these last two official late claims from 1940, very fine and better (3) £1800-2200 £1,650
1584 A Second World War ‘special duties’ D.F.C. group of five awarded to Squadron Leader W. W. Gunton, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, who was decorated for his gallantry in No. 161 Squadron, which unit was charged with dropping agents and supplies into Occupied Europe Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R., the reverse officially dated ‘1945’; 1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, together with the recipient’s original Buckingham Palace D.F.C. forwarding letter in the name of ‘Squadron Leader William W. Gunton, D.F.C.’, generally extremely fine (5) £1200-1500 £1,600
1585 ‘Sir Samuel Hoare, British Air Minister, and Lady Maud, returned to London last week from a 12,000 mile round trip flight inaugurating the London-Cairo-Delhi air service. For this feat she was appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire (D.B.E.). She is the first woman ever to fly so many miles. There had been snow, rain, fog, sandstorms, but not a spare part was needed.’ The Times, 28 February 1927, refers. The rare Dame of the British Empire set of insignia bestowed on Lady Maude Hoare on the occasion of the first civil flight from London to India in 1927 - a journey of 12,000 miles: the wife of a prominent politician, who was elevated to G.B.E. for like services, she was the only female passenger, her wish being to prove ‘any ordinary woman could easily do a long distance flight’ The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, D.B.E. (Civil) Dame Commander’s 1st type set of insignia, comprising Lady’s breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel, on 2nd type bow, and breast star, silver, with gilt and enamel centre, in its Garrard & Co. case of issue, very fine or better (2) £1000-1200 £1,250
1586 A Great War Mesopotamia operations O.B.E. pair awarded to Quarter-Master & Major D. C. Baxter, Royal Army Medical Corps The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 1st type breast badge, hallmarks for London 1917; General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Iraq, M.I.D. oak leaf (Q.M. & Capt. D. C. Baxter), good very fine (2) £200-250 £260
1587 A post-war Colonial Service O.B.E., Second World War campaign group of five awarded to Captain A. R. Elliott, 4th Gurkha Rifles, attached 2nd (Gurkha) Battalion, Indian Parachute Regiment, late Royal Engineers, who was mentioned in despatches for gallant deeds in Burma - most probably his unit’s parachute deployment to Elephant Point as part of “Operation Dracula” in May 1945 The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Civil) Officer’s 2nd type breast badge, in its Royal Mint case of issue; 1939-45 Star; Burma Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, M.I.D. oak leaf, these last four mounted as worn, together with Royal Life Saving Society bronze medal, the reverse engraved, ‘A. R. Elliott, July 1930’, in its fitted case, a quantity of badges and buttons, including original embroidered Parachute “Wings” and India Airborne shoulder flash, and Colonial Service uniform collar boards, generally very fine or better (Lot) £600-800 £600
1588 An M.B.E. pair awarded to Matron Gladys Hope-Lucas The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Civil) Member’s 2nd type lady’s shoulder badge, silver, unnamed, mounted ‘bow and tails’, in Royal Mint case of issue; Guy’s Hospital Sisters’ Medal, by Waterlow & Sons, obverse: hospital facade, ‘Guy’s Hospital Founded A.D. 1724’ ‘Sister’ and inscribed, ‘Hope Lucas August 10th 1925’, 82mm., silver base metal, in fitted case of issue, extremely fine (2) £240-280 £220
1589 A rare pre-war Palestine operations M.B.E. group of five awarded to Captain H. J. C. Thomas, Lincolnshire Regiment The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) Member’s 2nd type breast badge, in its Royal Mint case of issue; General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Palestine (2nd Lieut. H. J. C. Thomans, Linc. R.), in its named card box of issue; 1939-45 Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, M.I.D. oak leaf, in their original addressed card forwarding box, extremely fine (5) £600-800 £1,200
1590 A Great War A.R.R.C. pair awarded to Nursing Sister G. B. McCullouch, Canadian Army Nursing Service Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (A.R.R.C.), G.V.R., silver and enamel, unnamed; 1914-15 Star (N. Sister G. B. McCullough, Can. A.M.C.); together with erased British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf, good very fine and better (4) £200-250 £290
1591 A Great War A.R.R.C. pair awarded to Sister Mary Theresa Wilman, Territorial Force Nursing Service Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (A.R.R.C.), G.V.R., silver and enamel, unnamed, on bow ribbon; British War Medal 1914-20 (Sister M. T. Wilman) nearly extremely fine (2) £200-250 £200
1592 The exceptional O.B.I. pair awarded to Subadar Oomraj/Umraz, 27th Regiment Native Infantry Order of British India, 2nd Class neck badge, gold and enamel; India General Service 1854-95, 6 clasps, Hazara 1891, Samana 1891, Burma 1887-89, Burma 1885-7, Jowaki 1877-8, Looshai (Sepoy Oomraj, 27th Regt. N.I.) clasps mounted in that order, claw refitted; together with a loose clasp, ‘Ali Musjid’, medal with contact marks and some edge bruising, nearly very fine; decoration nearly extremely fine (3) £1200-1500 £1,750
1593 A Crimean War D.C.M. group of four awarded to Corporal Frederick Minister, Scots Fusilier Guards Distinguished Conduct Medal, V.R., naming neatly erased; Crimea 1854-56, 4 clasps, Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol (Fredk. Minister Scots Fusr. Gds.) contemporary engraved naming; Army L.S. & G.C., V.R., small letter reverse (2474 Corpl. Fk. Minister, Scots Fusr. Gds.) officially impressed naming; Turkish Crimea 1855, Sardinian issue (2474 Fredk. Minister S F G) contemporary engraved naming, contact marks, otherwise nearly very fine or better (4) £1200-1500 £1,300
1594 A September 1914 ‘Battle of the Aisne’ D.C.M. group of four awarded to Acting Corporal James Webber, 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, who was also mentioned in despatches and killed in action in October 1914 Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (8944 Pte. J. Webber. H.L.I.); 1914 Star, with clasp (8944 Pte. J. Webber, 2/High: L.I.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaf (8944 Pte. J. Webber. High. L.I.) extremely fine (4) £2000-2500 £5,800
1595 A Great War ‘1914’ D.C.M. group of three awarded to Acting Serjeant J. Buchanan, 2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry, killed in action, Flanders, 7 November 1914 Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (9117 A. Sjt., 2/H.L.I.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (9117 Cpl., High. L.I.) minor edge bruise, nearly extremely fine (3) £1800-2000 Unsold
1596 A Great War ‘Western Front’ D.C.M. group of four awarded to Serjeant W. H. Barrett, 2nd Battalion London Regiment - later severely wounded in action Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (2290 Sjt., 2/Lond. R.-T.F.); 1914-15 Star (2290 L. Cpl., 2’ Lond. R.); British War and Victory Medals (2292 Sjt., 2-Lond. R.) note different service numbers, mounted for wear, contact marks, nearly very fine (4) £1000-1200 £1,150
1597 A Great War D.C.M. awarded to Serjeant J. Clarke, 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, who died of wounds on 18 June 1915 Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (6931 Sjt. J. Clarke, 1/Nth.’ld. Fus.) edge bruising, very fine £600-700 £550
1598 ‘Eustace was No. 1 of the gun. Nothing ruffled him. Just how many tanks he accounted for is impossible to say. But when one of them passed him at a few yards’ range he swung his gun through almost a complete circle, engaged it and knocked it out. With his gun spattered with bullet holes, with an A.P. round lodged in the carriage and assisted only by a gunner from a disabled Bofors, he fought his gun until the remaining enemy had withdrawn. Then he reverted to a field role in answer to calls from the O.P. and laid and fired the gun himself.’ The Royal Artillery Commemoration Book 1939-45, refers. The outstanding Second World War North Africa operations D.C.M. awarded to Sergeant J. Eustace, Royal Artillery, who displayed magnificent courage at the defence of Tebourba in late November 1942 - ‘the knocked out tanks were in a ring around the battery, one of them only three yards from the muzzle of the gun that destroyed it’ Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.VI.R. (814011 Sjt. J. Eustace, R.A.); 1939-45 Star; Africa Star, clasp, North Africa 1942-43; Italy Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Korea 1950-53, 1st issue (22542787 Sgt. J. Eustace, D.C.M., R.A.); U.N. Korea 1950-54, contact marks, very fine or better (8) £4000-5000 £4,600
1599 A scarce K.P.M. and Indian Police Medal for Distinguished Conduct group of six awarded to Inspector General C. J. Minister, Bengal Police British War and Victory Medals (Lieut. C. J. Minister); King’s Police Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue, for Distinguished Service (C. J. Minister, I.P. Addl. I.G. of Police, Bengal); Indian Police Medal, G.VI.R., for Distinguished Conduct (C. J. Minister, I.P., Bengal); Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937, mounted as worn in order listed, good very fine (6) £900-1100 Unsold
1600 A ‘N.W. Frontier 1908’ I.D.S.M. awarded to Subadar-Major Bahadur Khan, 33rd Punjabis, killed in action France, 25 September 1915, and awarded a posthumous I.O.M. 2nd Class Indian Distinguished Service Medal, E.VII.R. (Subdr. Major Bahada[r] Khan, 33d Pjbs.) erasure between the two names, lacking brooch bar, very fine £600-700 £600
1601 An extremely rare Great War relief of Kut operations D.S.M. group of four awarded to Able Seaman H. Blanchard, Royal Navy, one of 15 men who volunteered to man the river steamer Julnar on a suicidal mission to get supplies through to Kut in April 1916, an extraordinary episode that resulted in the award of two posthumous V.Cs, a D.S.O., three C.G.Ms and ten D.S.Ms - and the cold-blooded murder of Lieutenant-Commander C. H. Cowley, R.N.V.R., the “Pirate of Basra” Distinguished Service Medal, G.V.R. (J. 13427 H. Blanchard, A.B., “Julnar”, 24 April 1916); 1914-15 Star (J. 13427 H. Blanchard, A.B., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (J. 13427 H. Blanchard, A.B., R.N.), contact marks, nearly very fine or better (4) £3500-4000 £3,700