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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.

We have a policy of generally NOT stating the name of the recipient when giving details of the medals in question. This is because we have noticed an annoying and dishonest trend over the years of descendants searching their ancestors name, finding the medals for sale, then insisting that the medals were "clearly" stolen 50 - 100 years earlier as "granddad would not have sold them". This policy of not naming recipients is becoming more common practice throughout the industry now.


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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 spectacular quadruple decoration set for the Western Front

Great War ‘Western Front’ D.C.M., M.M. group of four awarded to temporary Corporal Signaller N. Walker, Royal Field Artillery, who was awarded the D.C.M. ‘for going to the rescue of three comrades buried while asleep in their dugout by a direct hit, and showing great coolness under heavy shellfire and gas at Gouzeacourt’; and the M.M. ‘for keeping the Battery in communication under heavy shell fire, and showing remarkable courage at Hargecourt, Bellecourt, and Beaurevoir during the advance whilst in charge of Signallers.’ Wounded on the Western Front on 18 February 1918, he was additionally twice Mentioned in Despatches


Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (160820 Bmbr: N. Walker. R.F.A.); Military Medal, G.V.R. (160820 Bmbr: N. Walker. D.C.M. R.F.A.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (160820 Bmbr. N. Walker. R.A.) good very fine (4)


D.C.M. London Gazette 3 September 1919:‘From 25th February to 16th September, 1918. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, especially during the Somme retirement on 21st March. This signaller N.C.O. has always been very reliable. His cheerfulness and disregard of personal safety when maintaining communication has set a very fine example to the other men.’

M.M. London Gazette 23 July 1919.


Newman Walker was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, on 15 January 1892 and attested for the Royal Field Artillery at Preston on 20 September 1916, being posted as Driver to No. 2 Depot, R.F.A., before transferring to No. 9 Reserve Battery the next day. Subsequently posted to No. 28 Reserve Battery, he was promoted Bombardier on 2 June 1917 and served during the Great War on the Western Front from 19 June 1917.


Appointed Bombardier Signaller in December 1917, Walker was wounded on 18 February 1918 whilst serving with No. 504 Battery, R.F.A., but remained on duty. He was subsequently awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal - in a letter written by the recipient to the War Office, a copy of which is held on his service file, stamped and dated ‘R.F.A. Records Office, 15 September 1919 Woolwich’, Walker describes how his D.C.M. was awarded ‘for going to the rescue of three comrades buried while asleep in their dugout by a direct hit, and showing great coolness under heavy shellfire and gas at Gouzeacourt’; and that his M.M. was awarded ‘for keeping the Battery in communication under heavy shell fire, and showing remarkable courage at Hargecourt, Bellecourt, and Beaurevoir during the advance whilst in charge of Signallers.’


For his services during the Great War Walker was additionally twice Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazettes 21 May 1918 and 7 July 1919), and was promoted Temporary Corporal on 20 June 1919. He was discharged on 11 September 1919.



Provenance: DNW, London

Private Collection, New Zealand


$4500

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


$1250

WWI PAIR RNAS / RAF with MID and Sec Of State Commendation for Valuable Services, 

British War Medal 1914 - 20 & Victory Medal with MID, impressed to 208702. SGT.W.SMITH. R.A.F.

Walter Smith (1894 - ?), born in Kingston on Thames, Surrey, was a mechanic in the Royal Air Force. Before he joined the RAF in 1917 he was a Leading Mechanic, trade: Armourer in the Royal Naval Air Service.


He was Mentioned in Dispatches London Gazette, 1 January 1919, p.104, for action in the Flanders unit. Later Commended and seemingly MID again 1 March 1919.


Provenance: Brian O'Connor Collection, Dunedin

Mowbrays Auctions

Private Collection, NZ

Trade Me

$250

A Great War Minelaying operations D.S.O. group of six awarded to Rear-Admiral W. R. G. Petre, Royal Navy, Senior Officer of Minelayers in the Mediterranean after the evacuation of Gallipoli, later Senior Allied Captain of the Port, Constantinople, under the Allied occupation 1921-23 and of Royal lineage.

Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, with integral top ribbon bar; 1914-15 Star (Capt. W. R. G. Petre, R,N.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Capt. W. R. G. Petrie. R.N.); Coronation 1902, silver; Coronation 1911, mounted as worn, very fine and better


Descended from Edward III via the Plantangenet line on his father’s side and James V on his mother’s side. His father Sir George Glynn Petre KCMG CB was a distinguished diplomat. His grandfather Lt Henry William Petre served at Waterloo with the 6 Dragoons and returned with Napoleon’s charger “Morengo”.

Petre gained five months' time on passing out of Britannia at age 13. His first naval service was aboard Orlando, on the Australia Station, appointed 17 October, 1889. On 18 December, he went to join Opal, but he returned to Orlando in May 1890 and remained in her through 9 May, 1893 . He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1896 . He served in the Persian Gulf, 1897 (thanks of Indian Government) and served in boat expeditions to capture pirates in Persian Gulf for pearl trade. Served in command of H.M.S. Pigeon when she bombarded the dhows in the Persian Gulf and also landed from Pigeon under the Persian Admiral, in December 1897 to punish the murderers of Mr Graves.


In 1898 he was given command of a torpedo boat in Bombay. Was afterwards Commander of Leviathan which escorted South African troops home.

He was appointed as first officer in Halcyon of the Special Service Squadron on 30 June, 1904, and then as first officer in Dido in the Channel 28 February, 1905. On 5 March 1907 he was appointed as first officer in Natal of the Fifth Cruiser Squadron, but was sent to Haslar Hospital on 2 May with a compound fracture to his left leg which he sustained in an accident handling an anchor. To add insult to this, a Court of Enquiry found that he had taken inadequate precautions in the mooring exercise. Petre was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1907 but remained unfit until 28 January, 1908. He attended a three month War Course at Portsmouth and then a three week torpedo and gunnery course before being sent to spend a two year stint in Blenheim, where he was additional though his duties are not specified

Petre spent 1911 in Indefatigable and then 1912–1913 in the second class protected cruiser Andromache. Following a Signal and a War course early in 1914, Petre was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Leviathan at the outset of the war, serving in her until 22 November 1914 when he was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Apollo.


Petre was appointed in command of the minelayer Angora in May, 1915 and promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1915. He would command this ship for three years.

On 6 September, 1915, Petre came down with the flu. He was landed from Angora on the 9th and rejoined her on the 13th, but was not expected to be fit enough to return her to sea for another week. On 17 September, it was noted that "great credit due to him & all concerned for having successfully carried out a minelaying operation under adverse circumstances of wind & sea. On 24 November 1916, he was granted two weeks leave in England.


On 17 January, 1917, Petre grounded Angora. In late March, he would ground Moorsom while passing through a channel. But in April, he was again praised for successful operations in the face of difficult conditions. Petre was awarded a D.S.O. for minelaying operations between 1 January, 1916 and 1 August, 1917, gazetted 1 October, 1917, He slipped past German Naval Defences Kiel to Danzig where he, laid mines, and then returned past the German Navy without detection.


Petre was appointed in command of the light cruiser Cleopatra on 29 November, 1918. From 1920-23 he was the Senior Allied Port Captain at Constantinople.

He was placed on the Retired List at his own request on expiration of his foreign service leave upon his relief, on 21 March, 1923. He was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on the Retired List on 8 July, 1926.


Though he offered his services in 1938, there is no indication that Petre served in World War II. He died of peritonitis and a perforated appendix in 1942.


D.S.O. London Gazette 1 October 1917: ‘For services in mine-laying operations for the period 1 January 1916 to 1 August 1917.


M.I.D. London Gazette 16 February 1917: ‘For good services in charge of Eastern Mediterranean Squadron Minelayers.’


M.I.D. M049567/17 ‘Carried out minelaying operations on 21 April 1917 under very difficult conditions: to be considered as mentioned in despatches’.


Provenance : DNW, London

Private Collection, NZ

SOLD

A Great War ‘Western Front’ M.M. group of five awarded to Army Cyclist Corps

Military Medal, G.V.R. (1930 Pte G. A. Blair. A.C.C.); 1914-15 Star (1930 Pte. G. A. Blair. A. Cyclist Corps.); British War and Victory Medals (1930 Pte. G. A. Blair. A. Cyc. Corps.); Imperial Service Medal, E.II.R., 2nd issue (George Aymers Blair, M.M.) last in Royal Mint case of issue, together with a fine rolled gold (?) half hunter pocket watch, by Waltham, USA, the front ornately engraved with the initials of the recipient; the inside back plate inscribed, ‘Presented to Pte. Geo. Aymers Blair, by the People of Farnworth. In recognition of distinguished service rendered in the Great War. 1914-18’, last partially officially corrected, good very fine. Glass on watch replaced.


M.M. London Gazette 13 June 1919.


George Aymers Blair was a native of Farnworth, Bolton. He served during the Great War with the Army Cyclist Corps in the French theatre of war from 26 September 1915. After the war was employed as a Postman in Bolton.


Provenance: DNW, London

Private Collection, NZ

$1650

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 WW2 NZ AIR CREW EUROPE STAR SET OF 4 MEDALS

An un-named set of 4 medals on an older mounting by Alan Polaschek in Christchurch. The stars having minor toning. Attributed in the sale catalogue to J Milne , Mid Upper Gunner RNZAF however with no other attribution.


Brian Connor Collection, Dunedin

Mowbray Auctions, Wellington 2020


$SOLD

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 

THE HISTORIC NZ WAR MEDAL TO 15 YEAR OLD

The recipient was the eldest son of a settler couple who farmed Taranaki. When the wars broke out his mother and 7 siblings were sent to Nelson. He remained with his father at Omata Stockade. Both served at the nearby battle of Waireka with the Taranaki Volunteers. One day whilst out looking for food his father was murdered by Maori. He seems to have gone to Nelson and remained there for the rest of his life. He died in 1934 aged 89


The medal with attractive engraved buckle.


Provenance: Auction, Auckland


SOLD

AN INTERESTING NZ 6TH CONTINGENT BOER WAR MEDAL TO A MAN WHO WAS LATER SQUADRON SERGEANT MAJOR 4TH AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE

The QSA with 3 state clasps (also entitled to 2 date clasps) and impressed 3223 PTE S A DALEY N: ZEALAND MR


Please note spelling DALEY. on medal

Stanley Archibald Dailey was born in Ireland in around 1872. He was living in Calliope Road, Devonport, Auckland when he enlisted in the 6th NZ Contingent. He served with 16th Coy.


At the outbreak of WW1 he was in Melbourne, Australian and enlisted as a Sergeant in the 4th Light Horse. He served at Gallipoli and later Palestine - with various periods of illness (varicose - which had plagued him in NZ as well. At the end of the war he seems to have gone AWOL / deserted - as a WOII.


He died in Melbourne in 1942 and is buried at Cheltenham Memorial Cemetery,.


The AWM has two excellent glass plate negatives of him wearing his QSA ribbon.


Provenance:

Private Collection, Christchurch

NZAA Auction, Wellington

SOLD

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

POLICE DOUBLE AWARD GALLANTRY SET OF MEDALS FOR THE INDIAN FRONTIER

A very scarce double award set to a senior British officer serving with the Police and Colonial Office.


The first medal is the Indian Police (Distinguished Conduct) Medal. It is a decoration awarded for distinguished service in the Indian Police. In 1942 there was a variation to the ribbon for acts of gallantry. This medal has the gallantry ribbon but the DCM reverse (not the later Gallantry reverse).


The medal is attractively and correctly engraved in running script MR ANTHONY ST JOHN WOOD, INDIAN POLICE, FRONTIER CONSTABULARY.


Present also his his India General Service Medal 1936-39 with both clasps (top clasp not affixed as is often the case) impressed ASST SUPDT A ST JOHN WOOD , POLICE DEPT.


The 1939-45 Star and War Medal with MENTION IN DESPATCHES EMBLEM are both un-named as issued.


The medals are mounted as worn. There is a small verdigris patch to the reverse of the IPM needing a clean.


I have found that Anthony St John Wood was born 19 January 1915. He was appointed as Assistant Superintendent of Police of the Punjab at an incredibly young age on 24 November 1934 - aged 19.


He remained in their service during the Frontier conflicts and was later Colonial Administrator of the British Cameroons. He returned to England in 1949 aged 34, presumably as a result of Indian Independence.


In 1952 he and his wife left for Lagos , Nigeria where he was employed by the Colonial Office, returning in 1955 - stating they planned to remain in the UK indefinitely.This is a spectacular set of medals which has plenty of scope for research. The IPM is gazetted in the India Gazette, sometimes with a citation. I would suggest that with a post 1942 ribbon and confirmed India based WW2 service that it will likely be for a specific act of gallantry in the NWF during WW2.

This is what the campaign was like at the time. https://youtu.be/XMZq0vfLrWo


PROVENANCE: Auction, Wellington


SOLD

THE HISTORIC MEDAL SET TO THE COLONEL COMMANDING THE 28TH PUNJABI REGIMENT , BREVET COLONEL WALTER PHILLIPS CB.

A fascinating and historic untouched medal set to a Brevet Colonel commanding the 28th Punjab Regiment.

The medals are to Colonel Walter Ernest Phillips.He served in 81st and 82nd Foots before taking a further commission in the Indian Army. At the time it was common for Indian Regiments to have entirely or substantially British officers.


He was made 2nd Lt / Ensign in 1879, Lieut 1880, Captain 1890 , Major 1899, Lt Col 1907 and Brevet Colonel 1907


His service in India seems entirely with the 28th Punjabis, whom he ended up in command of.


He is shown as having died “out of India” as Brevet Colonel Indian Army 28 September 1911. Obituary refers. The medals turned up in NZ.


The medals are confirmed on the rolls. The medals are period mounted by Spink pre 1911 regulations in a fitted case concealing the miniatures in a hidden tray. The mounting pins appear to be unmarked gold (untested) as this was favoured by senior officers as given it didn’t tarnish it would not mark clothes.


The medals are: 

  • Companion of the Order of the Bath (appears silver gilt)
  • Delhi Durbar 1903 Medal - un-named as issued. Roll confirms as Lt Col.
  • Afghanistan Medal engraved 2ND LT W E PHILLIPS 28TH BEN NI (Bengal Native Infantry)
  • India GSM 1854-95 HAZARA 1891 engraved in correct running script CAPTAIN W E PHILLIPS 28TH BL INFY
  • India GSM 1895 Waziristan 1901-2 engraved in correct running script MAJOR W E PHILLIPS 28TH PUNJAB INFY
  • India GSM 1908-35 engraved in correct running script BT COLONEL W E PHILLIPS 28TH PUNJABIS

The miniatures are un-named as issued and are of superior quality (probably $1500 worth) The mini CB appears to be gold


This set should be a fun research project. Service files will be available from the India Office in London when they reopen.


PROVENANCE: Auction, Wellington


SOLD

NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1792-1840 GAIETA 24 JULY 1815

Correctly named John Smith. Roll confirms that he was an Able Seaman on HMS Malta.

Ex Whalley Collection 1877. Sole man of this name for this rare clasp of which 89 were awarded.


SOLD

NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1792-1840 BASQUE ROADS 1809

Correctly named John Matthews. Nice older toning. 551 clasps awarded. On roll as Landsman HMS Unicorn. Unique name on roll for this clasp.


SOLD

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

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