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New Zealand Medals Ltd

Military Antiques and Medals. Medal Mounting & Restoration


Medals for Collectors and Investment

Collecting medals is a popular pastime. We have a wide range of medals available so please send us details of any you are looking for. We have medals from the former collection of Aubrey Bairstow (which is a 30 year collection), the collection of the late Dr John Ross (which is a 70 year collection), as well as medals we have purchased as second hand dealers. All medals we sell will come with provenance and are genuine and as described.  Please note that where an item has sold at auction in the UK at say DNW the hammer price may have been for example 1000 pounds but after 30% buyers premium, 15% GST on import, customs clearance and courier fees the cost can have increased by 50% - and then the seller will normally want a profit on their investment.


We do not always update to the top of the pages so it does pay to scroll through our listings.

A WW1 PAIR TO AN AUSTRALIAN 38TH BN MAN KILLED IN ACTION 4/10/17

Both medals are correctly impressed 2584 A - SGT F L JENNINGS 38 BN AIF


Frank Leslie Jennings was born in Adelaide and was a 30 year old grocer when he enlisted in the AIF. He embarked in November 1916 and lost stripes due to his conduct. He was posted as missing in action on 4 October 1917, later deemed to have been killed in action. There are various accounts of his death at Broodseinde near Passchendaele however it seems that he was in a position struck by an artillery shell and was killed instantly. He is buried at Tyne Cot.


The battle of Broodseinde Ridge was the third operation launched by British general Herbert Plummer as part of the Ypres offensive of 1917. It was a large operation, involving twelve divisions, including those of both I and II ANZAC. The attack was planned on the same basis as its predecessors - the attacking troops' objectives were approximately 1,500 metres deep, the advance would be preceded by a massive artillery bombardment; and a creeping barrage would lead the troops on to their objectives and then protect them while they consolidated their positions.


The attack began before dawn on 4 October 1917. The Australian troops involved were shelled heavily on their start line and a seventh of their number became casualties even before the attack began. When it did, the attacking troops were confronted by a line of troops advancing towards them; the Germans had chosen the same morning to launch an attack of their own. The Australians forged on through the German assault waves and gained all their objectives along the ridge. It was not without cost, however. German pillboxes were characteristically difficult to subdue, and the Australian divisions suffered 6,500 casualties


Purchased at an antique centre in Brisbane 2022.


$625

A VERY NICE WESTERN FRONT MM TO A YOUNG CORPORAL IN THE ROYAL ENGINEERS

This framed set comprises a MM and WW1 pair all correctly named to 93761 CPL A FINDLAY RE (Spr A L/Cpl 41 Sig Coy RE on MM) 


Together with a newspaper clipping announcing the MM and a congratulatory commendation from the Major General (Sydney Lawford) of the 41st Division referring to his "conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty displayed... from the 22nd to the 24th March 1918. Whilst in charge of brigade linesmen you were untiring in your efforts, and by your fine example telegraph communication was kept up during many critical periods, and under most trying conditions." The commendation with envelope and extremely rare.


A good WW1 gallantry set with documentation and service file. Huge potential for further research and ready to display.


Provenance

purchased by us from a private collector on trade me around 15 years ago

sold by us to a private Auckland collector

purchased back around 4 years later

sold to another NZ collector around 6 years ago

purchased back by us 2022


$1600

A RARE DUNKIRK EVACUATION DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL 

A Second War ‘Dunkirk Evacuation’ D.S.M. group of five awarded to Seaman W. Bond, Royal Navy

Distinguished Service Medal, G.VI.R. (JX.167146 W. Bond. Smn. R.N.) officially re-impressed naming and on original presentation pin; 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, nearly extremely fine (5) 


Footnote

D.S.M. London Gazette 1 January 1941.

William Bond was awarded his Distinguished Service Medal whilst serving in the 530-ton Corvette H.M.S. Sheldrake, and was invested with his medal on 13 March 1941. A contemporary newspaper cutting from the Fleetwood Chronicle states: ‘Seaman William Bond was at Dunkirk, and it is understood that the award is for outstanding bravery during the evacuation. ‘


Sold with original newspaper cutting, which contains a photograph of the recipient. The clipping refers to the bravery of Seaman Bond at Dunkirk.


Family advised the collector to whom they sold the medals that the recipient rescued a number of French soldiers from drowning during the evacuation. Scope for a lot more research.


DSM is officially re-impressed. The naming is entirely correct yet the edge had some rounding indication a complete or partial naming correction. The DSM itself is mounted on the pin as presented. Early war awards such as this are on a swiveling suspender. Later war awards have a fixed non swiveling suspender. The fact that this medal swivels indicates it is correct.


Provenance

Family in UK sold to private collector

DNW London

Private collector NZ


$3000

A WW2 SUBMARINERS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL SET OF MEDALS

A Second War ‘Submariners’ D.S.M. group of six awarded to Chief Stoker Petty Officer R. G. Shorrocks, Royal Navy, later Royal Fleet Reserve, for his service aboard H.M.S. Taku in the Mediterranean and off Norway 1941-44, during which this submarine sunk numerous enemy ships


Distinguished Service Medal, G.VI.R. (Sto. P.O. R. G. Shorrocks, D/KX.82482) engraved naming; 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; War Medal 1939-45; Royal Fleet Reserve L.S. & G.C., G.VI.R., 2nd issue (KX.82482 R. G. Shorrocks. D.S.M. PO. B.26162. C.P.O.S.M. R.F.R.) mounted as worn, very fine (6)  with bullion Submariners Association badge and Submariners cap tally band.


D.S.M. London Gazette 2 May 1944:

‘For outstanding courage, skill and devotion to duty in successful patrols in H.M. Submarines.’

The original recommendation states: ‘He has displayed good qualities of leadership and efficiency. He is unsparing to himself and has ability and knowledge superior to his position, as Chief Stoker in H.M.S. Taku, which he is always ready to use for the good of the ship and the Navy. He has carried out patrols in Taku both in the Mediterranean and Norwegian waters during which period five merchant vessels were sunk, one possibly sunk and several large caiques sunk or damaged by gunfire. During these actions, Stoker Petty Officer Shorrocks always displayed courage and devotion to duty of the highest order.’


Ronald Goulden Shorrocks was born on 24 February 1913 and entered the Royal Navy as a Stoker Second Class on 29 November 1932. Promoted Stoker First Class on 29 October 1933, on 7 September 1935 he was posted to H.M.S. Dolphin; the Submarine training base. On 14 December 1938, he was posted to Submarine H.M.S. H43, as Leading Stoker. Back at H.M.S. Dolphin on 8 May 1939, his next service afloat was with H.M.S. Umpire, from March 1941. By now a Stoker Petty Officer, on 19 July 1941 H.M.S. Umpire was sunk when it collided with an armed escort trawler. Of a crew of 31, 22 were killed and since Shorrocks’ service record shows his next posting as 20 July 1941, there is no reason to believe he was not one of the 9 survivors. Between 22 October 1941 and 7 May 1944, Shorrocks served aboard H.M.S. Taku (N38), a T-Class submarine with a complement of 59.


Arriving in Gibraltar in March 1942, H.M.S Taku commenced her 14th War patrol (Shorrocks’ first with this submarine) on 2 April. During the next two years, in both the Mediterranean and off the coast of Norway, H.M.S Taku would have a fair amount of success in sinking enemy shipping. This would include the Italian tanker Delfin, the Greek sailing vessels Niki, Lora and a small vessel which was unidentified. She also attacked, but failed to hit the German merchant ship Menes and the Italian tanker Cerere. Reassigned to operate off the Scandinavian coast in 1944, H.M.S. Taku sank the German merchantmen Rheinhausen and Hans Bornhofen, and badly damaged the German freighter Harm Fritzen. In March 1944, she attacked a convoy, but missed her target, the ex-Norwegian Kriegsmarine transport Moshill. On 13 April 1944, during her 25 War patrol, a mine exploded close to H.M.S. Taku, resulting in her to abort her patrol and return to base. This would be the last patrol Shorrocks took part with in this submarine. However for his service aboard her, he would be awarded the D.S.M.


On 8 May 1944, Shorrocks joined H.M.S. Trident, serving with this submarine for four months. He served aboard H.M.S. Aurochs from 4 April 1945 and was appointed Chief Stoker Petty Officer two weeks later. Shorrocks was discharged to the reserve on 17 May 1945.


Sold with copy service records and other research. Submariners gallantry medal groups are exceedingly rare. HMS Taku is perhaps the most well known of all WW2 submarines and its patrols were of considerable length.


Provenance: 

Private Collection UK

DNW, London 2019

Private Collection NZ 2019-2022


$5950


AN INTERESTING MM AND BAR AWARDED IN THE SPACE OF A COUPLE OF MONTHS

MM and bar with 1914-18 War Medal. 42788 SJT J R CLARKE 15/SIG CO RE . (War medal as SJT RE) together with RE cap badge. John R "Jack" Clarke was born in 1893 and won the MM twice in a 2 month period. His MM was announced 25 March 1916 and his awards were published in the London Gazette 14 September and 16 November 1916.


After the war he settled in Sydenham, Kent and was working at George Coen and Sons when admitted to Brompton Sanitorium in 1932 with tuberculosis. He died there on 15 April 1932 aged just 38/9. All of his effects were left to Eileen Mary Milner-Browne. He was also entitled to the 1914-15 Star and the Victory Medal.


$2750

AN HISTORIC WW1 MEMORIAL PLAQUE TO A NZ BORN AUSTRALIAN WHO WON A DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL AT POZIERS, AND A FAMILY MEMBERS 1914-15 STAR.

A WW1 memorial plaque named IRVIN GOODWIN GRINLINTON (please note that his fist name should be Irwin and this is a spelling mistake. Together with a 1914-15 Star impressed 3533 PTE J E GRINLINTON 4 BN AIF


Irwin Goodwin GRINLINTON was born in 1885 in Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. His parents were William Nassau GRINLINTON and Matilda Jemima IRWIN (nee ARMSTRONG) who married in 1884 in NZ

He had two and a half years previous service with the Senior Cadets in Napier, NZ before he enlisted in Randwick, Sydney NSW on 22nd August, 1914 with the Australian Army and embarked with the 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion on 18th October 1914 on the ship HMAT Suffolk


Irwin was Killed in Action by an exploding shell on 6th November, 1917 in Belgium and first buried near where he fell & later re-interred in the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium - his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial. There are various accounts of his death by colleagues in a digitised file at the AWM. Some suggest he was blown to pieces however the man who buried him said he was killed by shell concussion and there was barely a mark on him.


He received a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for conspicuous gallantry & devotion to duty. "This NCO led his platoon with marked skill, determination and courage. He pushed rapidly around the village, dislodging the enemy from a strong point and capturing a machine gun and its crew. By his rapid action he succeeded in getting into a position where he cut off the enemy from retreating from the village he then captured most of the garrison of the village"


Irwins brother Vesey Gore GRINLINTON also served in WW1 as a Trooper in the NZ Army (Service No. 36267) with the 20th Reinforcements Mounted Rifles Brigade, Mounted Wireless section, 6th Troop AWMM - New Zealand Expeditionary Force. He survived the war and died on 6th July, 1950 in NZ and is buried in Pukekohe Public Cemetery 


3533 James Eustace Grinlinton , son of William from Paihiatua was wounded in action 16/8/1918. He returned to Wellington after the war.


The two may be cousins, half brothers or full siblings. This was a reunite we couldn't resist pairing.


Plaque Provenance 

Trade me


Star Provenance

Private Collection, Christchurch

Trade Me


$1750

THE IMPORTANT BATTLE OF BROODSEINDE MM SET TO A STRETCHER BEARER WHO DURING WW2 WAS A MEMBER OF THE PAPUA NEW GUINEA RIFLE VOLUNTEERS

A Great War 1917 ‘Ypres - Battle of Broodseinde’ M.M. group of eight awarded to stretcher bearer, Private A. C. Eldred, 1st Field Ambulance, Australian Army Medical Corps, Australian Imperial Force

Military Medal, G.V.R. (123 Pte. A. C. Eldred. 1/F.A. Aust. A.M.C.); 1914-15 Star (123 Pte. A. C. Eldred. 1/F. Amb. A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medals (123 T-Dvr. A. C. Eldred. 1 F. Amb. A.I.F.); 1939-45 Star; Pacific Star; War Medal 1939-45; Australia Service Medal, last two officially impressed ‘NG2041 A. C. Eldred’, mounted for display, generally good very fine (8) 


M.M. London Gazette 17 December 1917. The original recommendation states:

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations East of Ypres on October 4th 1917. This man showed the greatest courage and resource in helping in the evacuation of the wounded from the forward Regimental Aid Posts. He continuously crossed ground swept by shell fire and carried wounded men across swampy ground, showing at all times the greatest disregard of danger. He set a fine example throughout.’


Arthur Cyril Eldred was born in Granville, Sydney in 1892. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Sydney, 11 September 1914. Eldred was posted to the 1st Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance, and served in Gallipoli from 5 May 1915. He was evacuated to Mudros due to illness, 18 August 1915. Eldred transferred to the 1st Australian Field Ambulance, Australian Medical Corps in April 1916, but suffered further illness and influenza. He served with the unit on the Western Front from February 1917, and was awarded his M.M. for his gallantry during the Battle of Broodseinde, Ypres, 4 October 1917. His records also show he was gassed.

Eldred transferred to the 1st Motor Transport Company in January 1919, and was discharged in the same month the following year.


Between the wars he was a miner in Papua New Guinea. On 9 September 1939 he was charged in Sydney with a breach of the Goldbuyers Act and was extradited to Rabual, New Guinea to stand trial. The matter was widely reported at the time and related to 145 grams mined in New Guinea but without giving the local customs officer the required 2 days notice . He was given 500 pounds bail and requied to report to the Central Police Station daily. An order was also sought under the Fugitive Offenders Act. 


He enlisted in the PNGVR at Bulolo on 29 December 1941 and was allocated the number 2041. His service is confirmed in the official history of the PNGVR by Ian Downs and his entire WW2 file is online at naa - as obviously is his WW1 file.


At the time of his enlistment his wife was still based in Sydney in a sizeable waterfront home. 


He served the duration of WW2 in Australia and New Guinea but in June 1944 was found unfit for further service outside of Australia due to the hot humid.climate. He was discharged as a Sergeant in December 1946 and died in 1962.


His WW2 pair has the extremely desirable and scarce NG prefix for New Guinea enlistments. 


The AWM hold his original WW1 colour patch in their collection as well as at least one image of him.


Provenance:

DNW , London

Private Collection, NZ


$5000

A Great War ‘Western Front’ D.C.M., M.M. group of seven awarded to Battery Sergea​nt Major H. R. Fautley, Royal Field Artillery, who was wounded in action on 16 October 1916

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (9280 B.S. Mjr. H. R. Fautley. M.M. 17/By: 41/Bde: R.F.A.); Military Medal, G.V.R. (9280 B.Q.M. Sjt: H. R. Fautley. D.189/Bde: R.F.A.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Defence of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek (9280 Gnr: H. R. Fautley, 69:B, R.F.A.) rank officially corrected; King’s South Africa 1899-1902, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (9280 Gnr: H. Fautley. R.F.A.); British War and Victory Medals (9280 W.O. Cl.2. H. R. Fautley. R.A.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (9280 Bmbr: H. R. Fautley. R.H.A.) light contact marks to the Boer War pair, otherwise good very fine or better (7) 


D.C.M. London Gazette 15 November 1918:

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his Battery coming into action was heavily shelled he showed great resource in getting the detachment to a flank. Later when the S.O.S. message was received, he brought the men back to the guns and set a magnificent example of coolness and complete disregard for his own safety.’


M.M. London Gazette 6 June 1917.


Herbert Richard Fautley was born in Bermondsey, London, in 1877 and attested for the Royal Artillery at London on 19 April 1895, having previously served in the 4th (Militia) Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. He served in South Africa from 15 May 1897 to 3 April 1903, and, after a spell with the Royal Horse Artillery, with whom he was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, reverted back to the Royal Field Artillery, serving with them during the Great War on the Western Front from 3 May 1916 to 16 January 1919. Wounded in action on 16 October 1916, he was advanced Battery Sergeant Major on 12 September 1917, and for his services during the Great War was awarded both the Military Medal and the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He was discharged on 14 February 1919, after 23 years and 302 days’ service.

Sold with copied record of service and other research.


$5750


Footnote

Provenance: Buckland Dix & Wood, May 1992.

David Lloyd Collection

DNW, London 2021

Private Collection NZ.

A Great War D.S.M. group of seven awarded to Stoker Petty Officer G. E. Austin, Royal Navy, who was decorated for services in destroyer and torpedo boat flotillas during 1917

Distinguished Service Medal, G.V.R. (305759. G. E. Austin. Sto. P.O. H.M.S. Achates. 1917.); 1914-15 Star (305759, G. E. Austin, S.P.O., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (305759 G. E. Austin. S.P.O. R.N.); Defence Medal 1939-45; Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (305759. G. E. Austin. S.P.O. H.M.S. Colombo.); Special Constabulary Long Service Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue (George Austin), edge bruise to LS&GC, contact marks, polished, nearly very fine (7)


Footnote

D.S.M. London Gazette 5 March 1918:

‘For services in Destroyer and Torpedo Boat Flotillas during the period ending 31 December 1917’


The original Recommendation states: ‘ For exceptional gallantry under most dangerous circumstances on the occasion when H.M.S. Achates was rammed by H.M.S. Cornwall on 17 February 1917, the ram actually entering the foremost boiler and causing the stokehold to be flooded with water and oil fuel. He first shut off the boiler, saw the other men out and gallantly remained at his post until the water was up to his waist.' (ADM 116/1561/MS21 refers).


George Edward Austin was born on 20 September 1885 in Southampton, entering naval service on 25 January 1902 as a Stoker 2nd Class. On the outbreak of the Great War, he was serving as a Stoker Petty Officer, having been rated as such since October 1913, in H.M.S. Achates, in which ship he remained until 31 December 1918.


Achates served throughout the Great War, serving with the Grand Fleet in the early years of the war, and taking part in the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Later in the war she served as a convoy escort.


Austin’s service record carries the notation that he was ‘commended for services rendered on the occasion of [the] collision between Cornwall and Achates on 16/17 February 1917’. He was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 27 November 1919, and was shore pensioned on 24 January 1926.

$3500

Provenance:

DNW London

Private Collection, New Zealand

A Great War D.S.M. group of five awarded to Shipwright L. G. Penney, Royal Navy, who was decorated for services on the Mediterranean Station

Distinguished Service Medal, G.V.R. (345386. L. G. Penny [sic], Shipwt. 1st Cl. Mediterranean Station. 1917.) 1914-15 Star (345386, L. G. Penney, Shpt. 1. R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (345386 L. G. Penney. Shpt. 1. R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (335386 L. G. Penney. Ch. Shpt. 1. Cl. H.M.S. Wildfire.) the medals all abrasively acid cleaned, leading to heavy corrosion to the Star, the Star and VM gilded, and the silver medals lacquered, edge bruise to last, contact marks, therefore good fine


D.S.M. London Gazette 17 May 1918:

‘Services on the Mediterranean Station’


Leonard George Penney was born in Sheerness, Kent, on 23 August 1882 and was a dockyard apprentice before he entered naval service as a Shipwright on 29 July 1902. On the outbreak of the Great War, he was serving as a Shipwright 1st Class in H.M.S. Agamemnon, in which he remained until November 1917, and then, from February 1918, served in H.M.S. Wildfire. He was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 12 January 1920, and was shore pensioned on 28 July 1924.


Agamemnon was assigned to the Channel Fleet when the First World War began in 1914. The ship was transferred to the Mediterranean Sea with Lord Nelson in early 1915 to participate in the Dardanelles Campaign. She made a number of bombardments against Turkish fortifications and in support of British troops. Remaining in the Mediterranean after the conclusion of that campaign to prevent the German battlecruiser S.M.S. Goeben and light cruiser Breslau from breaking out into the Mediterranean. Agamemnon shot down the German Zeppelin LZ-55 (LZ-85) during a bombing mission over Salonica in 1916.

Note: The medal repeats the spelling (’Penny’ rather than ‘Penney’) as the entry appears in the London Gazette.


$2100.00


Provenance: Private NZ Collection via trade me 2021

                     Dix Noonan Webb , London 2020

A rare Sutlej Medal to a likely 9th Lancers casualty

Sutlej Medal 1845-46, for Sobraon 1846, no clasp and correctly impressed (John Scott 9th Lancers) edge nicks, scratches to both obverse and reverse fields, nearly very fine


The medal is sold with a rare original letter from the War Office, dated 6 October 1852, addressed to Mrs Scott, 72 George Street, Paisley:


‘...I am directed to transmit to you herewith a Medal which has been granted for your son John Scott’s services as a soldier of the 9th Regiment of Dragoons, to be kept in commemoration of his gallant conduct at the battles on the Sutlej...’


The Sutlej medal was originally issued in 1846 the same year as the Battle of the Sobraon. Although Scott is not on the published casualty roll, the letter would seem to imply that the recipient had died before he was able to claim his medal, Conditions were such that the voyage home from India and even conditions in India meant that many men died on service or on the journey but who may not be considered a battle casualty. This fine medal warrants more detailed research.


Provenance:

Warwick Cary Collection, Australia

Dix Noonan Webb, London

Private Collection NZ

A G Bairstow Collection, NZ



$1450

A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.M. group of four awarded to Private J. Elston, Army Cyclist Corps

Military Medal, G.V.R. (4914 Pte.- L.Cpl.- J. Elston A.C.C.); 1914-15 Star (4914 Pte. J. Elston, A. Cyclist Corps.); British War and Victory Medals (4914 Pte. J. Elston. A. Cyc. Corps.) heavy edge bruising to MM, the medals worn throughout, fine (4)


M.M. London Gazette 11 March 1919.


John Elston attested for the Army Cyclist Corps and served with them during the Great War in the Gallipoli theatre of War from 6 August 1915. He saw further service on the Western Front, before being evacuated to England suffering from influenza on 10 November 1916. For his services during the Great War he was awarded the Military Medal, before being transferred to Class ‘Z’ Reserve on 30 March 1919.


Sold with copied research


Provenance: DNW, London

                      Private Collection, NZ

                      Trade Me

$1900

AN EXCESSIVELY RARE SET TO A NZER WHO DIED AS A PRISONER OF THE TURKS

13/949 TPR J H SAUNDERS NZEF


James, from Russell in the Bay of Islands served at Gallipoli and later Palestine. He, was taken Prisoner of War with his officer Lt Allsop on 3 August 1916 during the Sinai Campaign. They failed to return and a note was later found on 8 August by Lt Allsop that he had just left the area as a prisoner of the Turks.


As one of just a handful of NZ WW1 POW's this medal set is historic and of importance to NZ. He is commemorated in the Church at Russell. The medal trio has an MID emblem affixed however we can find no record of him being entitled to this oakleaf - which has been present for a very long time.


The treatment of POW's by the Turks was especially brutal and James died of sickness as a POW 26 February 1917 at Ankora, Turkey


Far rarer than a Gallipoli casualty or even a Middle East casualty and the only NZ Middle East POW set I have ever seen for sale.


Provenance

Private Collection, Wanganui

Dunbar Sloane, Wellington

Private Collection, Tauranga

Dunbar Sloane, Wellington 2017

A G BAIRSTOW Collection, Auckland


$4000

A DUPLICATE NZ NAVY GROUPING TO AN IMPORTANT OFFICER

Please note. These medals were purchased from the recipient as a spare set of medals, issued to him in error. We are not naming the recipient. He has his set of medals which he wears. These are medals issued to him in error as he already had a Korea pair and whilst the Naval GSM was for service in Malaya which was not previously recognised he already had the same medals for earlier service and both cannot be worn.


Korea and UN Medal un-named as issued to Royal NZ Navy. Naval GSM 1915-62 with MALAYA clasp named in 1990s onwards style as LT RNZN. With his old original medal backing. The named GSM is not a replacement and not marked as such in any way.


The recipient served in the RNZN from 1949-57. He was sent to the UK for training in 1949 and was attached to No 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines. He took part in a patrol with 40 Commando in the Grik Area in January 1951 and as such qualified for the GSM Malaya ( the one he wears is named Midshipman). He was later on HMS Jamaica on 2 July 1950 when it took part in the only action against the North Korean Navy. He is one of the first 3 NZers to serve in the Korean war. In 1955 or thereabouts he was returned to the RNZN, after a period on HMS Belfast. He served on HMNZS Black Prince and HMNZS Pukaki. Retired 1957.


His complete set of medals comprises NZOSM, NGSM Malaya, Korea Medal, UN Korea Medal, NZGSM Korea 1954-57, NZDSM Regular. He did not qualify for the PJM or the South Korea Campaign Medal despite our seeking those for him from NZDF when we updated his medal set. In his wearing set of medals the Korea pair is also un-named as issued.


The set could easily be "completed" with un-named medals if required. He qualified for the NGSM Malaya twice. NZDF were seemingly unaware he already had it for his attached RM service when they issued it to him for his RNZN service. It seems NZ sent un-named Korea Medals to him for his Korea service rather than the UK issuing them. Later when he returned to NZ he was given another pair. The UN Korea on its pin and with its original box of issue. Interestingly his miniature NGSM is the GVIR variety but he received the EIIR medal.


Provenance:

purchased from the recipient. 2020

A GOOD BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL SET TO A MAN WITH INTERWAR, WARTIME AND POST WAR SERVICE. BEM FOR GERMANY

BEM GVIR 45329 A/S/SGT LEONARD E MARLOW ACC

GSM 1918-62 PALESTINE DVR RASC

1939-45 Star

Africa Star

France and Germany Star

Defence Medal

War Medal with MID

Army LSGC Medal GVIR SGT ACC


With box of issue for BEM, 3 albums of photos and assorted loose images - largely relating to North Africa and Palestine.

Awarded the BEM in 1952 for services in Germany with BAOR 1947-51


"S/Sgt Marlow has shown himself to be an NCO of outstanding merit and technical efficiency. His untiring efforts to maintain a high standard have been an inspiring example to the young National Service men.


His ability to handle the large number of German civilians employed with tact and finesse has gained him their respect.

More often than not most of his leisure time has been devoted to the welfare of the troops, and he is a man of unbounded energy and enthusiasm.


Under trying field conditions he has shown exceptional powers of leadership, and by his resourcefulness and ability to quickly improvise in a difficult situation has made a very definite contribution to an exercise or operation.


His cheerful disposition under all circumstances and willingness at all times to more than pull his weight has been consistently noticeable . His personal conduct and integrity are of the highest possible order."


The MID is not confirmed however a partial ribbon bar with the set also includes it.


Provenance:

Noble Numismatic Auctions, Sydney 


$1250

A NAVY LSGC MEDAL WITH WW1 WAR MEDAL

A War medal and LSGC to Robert Henry Holland. War Medal 304046 R H HOLLAND SPO RN LSGC 304046 R H HOLLAND SPO HMS KENT


He was born in 1883 and enlisted in the Navy in 1903. Holland had quite a bit of service pre WW1 and was on HMS Hecla during Jutland. He served the duration of the war and received his LSGC Medal in 1919 named HMS Kent.


Quite a researchable medal pair and well priced . Also entitled to the Star and Victory Medals.


PROVENANCE: Auction, Wellington


$180

A WW2 AUSTRALIA SERVICE MEDAL TO A RAAF MAN KILLED WHEN HIS BOMBER CRASHED IN VICTORIA ON 8 DECEMBER 1944

Single Australia Service Medal impressed 42451 J P WARREN. Killed 8 December 1944 in Beaufort A9-432 whilst serving with 100 Squadron RAAF / 2 Airfield Construction Squadron. Tragically, having survived the Pacific campaign, he was a father of 5 young children and was days away from his discharge. His full file and inquest is available online at naa.

SEVEN KILLED IN BOMBER CRASH

MELBOURNE, Monday.— Seven R.A.A.F. men, all Victorians,were killed when a bomber crashed four miles north-west of Bairnsdale aerodrome on Friday afternoon,They were: Flying-Officer RobertMurray Buchanan, of Woodglen; Flying-Officer Kenneth James Hovenden of Bendigo; Flight-Sergeant Walter James Ellen, of Myrtleford: Flight Sergeant Robert Thomas Thompson,of Coburg; Flight-Sergeant Colin Arthur Lee Haslam, of Cohuna; Corporal James Popple Warren, of Thorn-bury: and L.A.C. Edward Gilbert Willett, of Montmorency.


Provenance Private Collection.


$350

AN INTERESTING RN LSGC TO A WW2 SENIOR NCO WHOSE MEDAL WAS ISSUED, REMOVED, THEN REISSUED

GVIR issue impressed JX131986 D G CAMERON PO HMS MAYINA (edge bruise on number)


Donald Gallie Cameron was born in 1911 and stated he was a Boy Labourer when he enlisted in the RN in 1929 and served on the St Vincent. During WW2 he served on the battleship HMS Howe, which served in the Arctic, Italy and in the naval bombardment at Okinawa in the Pacific campaign. His medal entitlement seems to be 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star , possibly Arctic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Pacific Star, War Medal, LSGC


The roll shows the medal was issued to him in 1946 but then as he had been promoted to a naval warrant rank he was deemed no longer entitled and the medal claimed back. The medal was later returned to him in 1951. Interestingly the "ship" Mayina is an inland jungle base in Ceylon.

HMS Howe at Auckland in 1945


Provenance Private Collection


$250