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‘The attention of the reader is directed to the endurance of this officer. After a long day’s marching and fighting in the dark, without food and with small numbers, the man who will go on, unshaken and unflinching after he has received a severe and painful wound, has in respect of personal courage few equals and no superior in the world. It is perhaps as high a form of valour to endure as it is to fight. The co...
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‘I have been given the privilege of presenting this cross to you as a token of Her Majesty the Queen Empress’ appreciation of the devotion shown by you to her sick and wounded soldiers in the Hazara campaign of 1888. It has often fallen to my lot to present decorations to English soldiers but, in the very nature of things, they have been chiefly for taking life. The cross that I have now the honour of presenting...
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“To say that I am full of admiration for your gallantry, courage and initiative is an understatement. You are an outstanding credit to the Mercian Regiment, of which I have the great privilege to be Colonel-in-Chief. You are also an immense credit to this country of ours which is, without doubt, more fortunate than it realises in having such dedicated people as yourself serving in our armed forces.”
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The outstanding post-war C.B., “Operation Torch” C.B.E., Bailiff Grand Cross St. John, and White Sea operations 1918 D.S.C. group of twenty to Rear-Admiral Sir Royer Dick, Royal Navy: first seeing action off the Falklands as a Midshipman in H.M.S. Carnarvon, and afterwards at Jutland in the Barham, he won his D.S.C. for command of the gunboat Razlyff in the River Dvina and Tchamova operations in 1918, and served with equal distinction in the...
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A rare Zulu War C.M.G. group of four awarded to Major-General W. P. Collingwood, Royal Scots Fusiliers, late 37th Foot, who commanded the 2nd Brigade of Newdigate’s Division in South Africa in the early summer of 1879: by curious coincidence he was senior officer aboard the steamer Spartan when she was wrecked on the Dog Rocks off the coast of Africa on returning from the Crimea in July 1856, and aboard the steamship City of Paris when she was...
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A Great War C.B., C.M.G. group of nine awarded to Major-General S. MacDonald, Royal Army Medical Corps, who was also mentioned in despatches on five occasions
The Most Honourable Order of The Bath, C.B. (Military) Companion’s neck badge, silver-gilt and enamels; The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, C.M.G., Companion’s breast badge, silver-gilt and enamels; India General Service 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Punjab Frontier 189...
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The post-war C.I.E., O.B.E. and Great War M.C. group of nine awarded to Colonel G. F. J. Paterson, Indian Army
The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, C.I.E., Companion’s 3rd type neck badge, gold and enamel, with neck cravat; The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 1st type breast badge, silver-gilt, hallmarks for London 1918; Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed; 1914 Star, with clasp (Capt., 1/24/Sikh...
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The post-war K.B.E., Second World War C.B. group awarded to Air Marshal Sir Francis Fressanges, Royal Air Force, who served as C.-in-C. Far East Air Force, and British Military Adviser to S.E.A.T.O., 1954-57, at the time of the Malaya Emergency: he had earlier commanded No. 95 and No. 210 Squadrons during the Battle of the Atlantic, for which he won a “mention”, and served on attachment to the U.S. Navy, for which he was awarded the Legion of...
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‘In distant retrospect it seems strange how fully one became conditioned to an existence in which one could as Kipling put it, ‘jest at the dawn with Death.’ One accepted the brutal philosophy that ‘the only good Huns are dead Huns.’ Equally, one acquired a fatalistic attitude about one’s own chances of survival - disregarding, for instance, the whip-crack of a stray high-velocity bullet coming past in the open at night (if one’s ea...
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A rare Great War C.B.E., A.F.C. group of six awarded to Group Captain J. C. Halahan, Royal Air Force, late Royal Dublin Fusiliers and Royal Flying Corps, who flew operationally in No. 4 Squadron in 1915, prior to becoming a Squadron C.O. and Wing Commander
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, C.B.E. (Military) Commander’s 1st type neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel; Air Force Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued; Queen’s South Afric...
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A post-war C.B.E. group of seven awarded to Commander Sir Hugh Dawson, Bt., Royal Navy, who served in destroyers throughout the Great War, seeing action at Dogger Bank and off the Belgian coast - in later life he was involved in much work on behalf of naval associations and served on the councils of the Navy League, Sea Cadet Corps, and the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society
The Most Excellent Order of the British Emp...
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An M.V.O. 4th Class group of four awarded to Commander T. C. H. Williams, Royal Navy
The Royal Victorian Order, M.V.O., Member’s 4th Class breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel, reverse officially numbered, ‘933’; 1914-15 Star (Commr., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (Commr., R.N.) adhesive marks to reverses, very fine (4) £300-350
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An O.B.E. group of eight attributed to Captain Guy Wemys Alcock, Royal Navy
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 2nd type breast badge, silver-gilt; 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; Defence and War Medals; Coronation 1953, all unnamed, mounted as worn, good very fine (8) £150-200
A Great War Salonika operations M.B.E. group of five awarded to Captain M. K. King, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, who also won a brace of “mentions” and the Greek Military Cross
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) Member’s 1st type breast badge, silver-gilt, hallmarks for London 1919; 1914-15 Star (Lieut M. K. King, A. & S. Highrs), rank, initials and surname re-engraved; British War and Victory Medals, M...
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A Second World War glider operations and Transport Command M.B.E. group of four awarded to Warrant Officer E. W. Burrow, Royal Air Force, who, having won a “mention” for operations in 1940, was decorated for his services in No. 298 Squadron at the time of the D-Day, Arnhem and Rhine operations - although by trade a fitter, he was ‘invariably chosen to proceed on mass glider flights’
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E...
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A Great War D.S.O. group of five awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel W. C. Crosse, Royal Army Service Corps, who also won a “mention” for operations in Archangel in 1919
Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (Lieut. W. C. Crosse, A.S.C.); 1914 Star (Major W. C. Crosse, A.S.C.); British War and Victory...
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‘Goering had stepped up to make a radio broadcast on Sunday 31 January 1943 during a weekend of celebrations of Hitler’s accession to power 10 years earlier. Hitler had cried off with a sore throat hours before, so to Goering fell the task, at 11 a.m., of telling the Germans what towering achievements the Reich had made.
Flags flew, soldiers gathered to listen, as ordered, communally, and over the airwaves from the headquarters of Grossdeu...
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The presentation silver matchbox given to Wing Commander R. W. Reynolds, D.S.O., D.F.C., for his part in leading the famous Aarhus Gestapo H.Q. raid in October 1944, Danish hallmarks, the lid with crowned ‘CX’ cypher on red enamelled applique panel with engraved initials ‘R. W. R.’ below, the inside lid with further engraved inscription (in Danish), ‘In Gratitude from Denmark’s Freedom Movement’, 55mm. by 65mm. (including integral l...
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A fine Second World War night fighter ace’s D.S.O., D.F.C. group of five awarded to Squadron Leader R. G. “Tim” Woodman, Royal Air Force, who claimed at least seven confirmed victories in Mosquitos of No. 169 and No. 85 Squadrons in 1944-45: a close range, low-level pilot, he once opened fire on an Me. 110 at just 20 yards range, his Mosquito being severely damaged by the resultant flying debris, and on another occasion he pursued his victi...
A Great War M.C. and Bar group of seven awarded to Lieutenant W. Gresty, Manchester Regiment, afterwards Auxiliary Air Force
Military Cross, G.V.R., with Second Award Bar, the reverse privately engraved, ‘Lieut. W. Gresty, 7th Batt. the Manchester Regt., Havrincourt, La Signy Farm’; British War and Victory Medals (Lieut. W. Gresty); 1939-45 Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Air Efficiency Award, G.VI.R., 1st issue (Sqn. Ldr. W. Gresty,...
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An outstanding father and son M.C. family group:
‘To be at large for thirty-six days before escaping from the country, to have been so frequently seen, sometimes certainly to have aroused suspicion, and yet to have evaded recapture, might perhaps be attributed to Turkish lack of organisation. Our escape from armed villagers; our discovery of wells in the desert, of grain in an abandoned farmhouse, and of water (which just lasted our stay) in...
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A Great War M.C. group of five attributed to Captain W. H. Fisher, 6th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment
Military Cross, G.V.R., reverse inscribed, ‘Capt. W. H. Fisher, North Staffs Regt, Somme Battle. July 1916’; 1914 Star, naming erased; British War and Victory Medals (Capt.); France, Croix de Guerre 1914-1918, with (incorrect) bronze oak leaf emblem on ribbon; together with a mounted set of six miniature dress medals - as above but...
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A fine Great War M.C. group of six awarded to Lieutenant M. G. Anderson, 20th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, late Canadian Engineers, who was twice wounded in 1916, again at the time of winning his decoration on Hill 70 in August 1917 - by a gunshot to the face - and yet again in the fighting at Drocourt-Queant in September 1918, when he fell victim to a gas shell attack
Military Cross, G.V.R., the reverse privately engraved ‘Lieut. M. G. And...
A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.C. group of four awarded to Lieutenant John Boyd, Canadian Railway Construction Corps
Military Cross, G.V.R., unnamed as issued; 1914-15 Star (104 Sjt., Can. Rly. Cons. C.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lieut.) mounted as worn; together with a Canadian Memorial Cross, G.V.R. (Lieut. J. Boyd M.C.) nearly extremely fine (5) £1000-1200
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