A Collection of Medals for Campaigns in Africa

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Date of Auction: 6th December 2017

Sold for £1,100

Estimate: £300 - £360

Three: Able Seaman S. R. Allison, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, later Sergeant, 5th Norfolk Regiment

British War Medal 1914-20 (B.Z.6685 S. R. Allison. Ord. R.N.V.R.); Africa General Service 1902-56, 1 clasp, Somaliland 1920 (B.Z. 6685 S. R. Allison, A.B. R.N.V.R. H.M.S. Ark Royal.); Efficiency Medal, Territorial, G.V.R. (5766352 Sjt. S. R. Allison. 5-Norf. R.) very fine and scarce (3) £300-360


Provenance: Douglas-Morris Collection, Dix Noonan Webb, February 1997.

One of only two medals to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve for Somaliland 1920.

Stanley Robert Allison was born in 1900 in East Dereham, Norfolk. He enlisted into the R.N.V.R., for the period of hostilities, on 22 September 1917, giving his occupation as grocer’s assistant. He joined the aircraft carrier Ark Royal on 5 November 1918 and, for the following 12 months, was engaged in ferrying aircraft across the Black Sea for the R.A.F., who were supporting the fight against the Bolsheviks in Russia. Together with H.M. Ships Odin and Clio, his ship participated in the Somaliland campaign in January and February 1920. By March 1920 he was back in the U.K. and was demobilised on 8 May 1920. He enlisted into the 5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment on 27 August 1921, and eventually qualified for the Territorial Efficiency Medal as a Sergeant. Allison returned to his home town of East Dereham and died there in 1976, aged 76.