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New Zealand Medals Ltd

Military Antiques and Medals. Medal Mounting & Restoration


WORLD WAR ONE MEDALS FOR COLLECTORS

Here you will find WW1 sets of medals and singles, although there may be other groups elsewhere on our page as well, especially of the recipient had gallantry awards.

WORLD WAR ONE GROUPS.

1914-15 TRIOS

13/949 TPR J H SAUNDERS NZEF

DIED AS A PRISONER OF THE TURKS

James, from Russell in the Bay of Islands, 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

Private Collection, Auckland


$3750

12740 PTE A CHAMP ESSEX R

$300


78971 PTE J J FORREST RAMC

$250


2677 PTE T DUFF 13- LOND R

$300


2nd LT R W NORRIS (12703 Pte Glouc R on Star)

Settled in NZ and served in the 2nd NZEF during WW2 as a Major. Was the Commander of the Tongan Defence Force 1941-42. Entitled to un-named WW2 medals.

$650

SCOTTISH TRIO WITH LATER POLICE SERVICE

1914-15 Star; British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19; Defence Medal 1939-45; Special Constabulary Long Service Medal (GVIR) Ind Imp.

2030 Sjt K.O. Sco.Bord on first, second and third medals, William J.(surname) on last medal. Fourth medal unnamed.


$350

AN EARLY WAR PRISONER OF WAR GROUP POW AUGUST 1914

These are fresh to the market, purchased from an antique dealer in Scotland in late 2017 and never offered for sale before.


The medals are IGS 1908-35 with clasp NWF 1908 named correctly to 9180 Pte D McDonald 1st Bn Sea Highrs


The 1914 Star is named 2/ Sea Highrs and the WW1 pair named SEAFORTH.


Together with fragments of his IGS ribbon and an old school 1897 Jubilee Medal (un-named).


I added genuine old mint IGS ribbon. The remants of the original included. The trio genuine an old.


Donald McDonald entered France 23 August 1914. He was taken prisoner 26 August 1914.


I presume he was released or escaped as the online Morayshire Roll of Honour states


" McDonald, Donald. No. 9180, Pte., Seaforth Highlanders ; born at Blackmill, 3rd August, 1884 ; joined at Elgin, 17th April, 1915 ; served in India ; wounded and prisoner of war. Occupation, farm servant. "


He would have been taken prisoner at Le Cateau


Guaranteed genuine and a great Scottish medal group to an extremely early prisoner of war.


SOLD

A TRIO AND DOG TAG TO A MEDIC RECOMMENDED FOR A MENTION IN DESPATCHED AND KIA GALLIPOLI

2108 PTE S L LAMBERT RAMC

with original dog tag


Born 1890. Enlisted at Bury St Edmonds in Sept 1914 and was a lander at Gallipoli 25 April 1915 - very likely with the Lancashire Fusiliers (6 VCs before breakfast during the landings). He was present at Beach W, the actions on 24 June and 4 July near Kritha and Gully Ravine. He was also present at Suvla Bay Landings where he was killed in action 26 August 1915.


The day before his death he was recommended for a mention in despatches and was described by his comrades as a "brave, fearless fellow". He is buried at Hill 10 Cemetery. His photo appears in De Ruvigny's Roll.


$1500

WW1 Medal pairs (1914-18 War Medal and Victory Medal)

CAPT J SCOTT

unresearched

$250


514392 PTE G F BENNETT 14-LOND R

$175


4920 PTE F KNOWLES 11 - LOND R

$175


CPL A G BENNETT 7th SAH

SOUTH AFRICAN HORSE

With a WW1 Pretoria Citizens service medal. Bi lingual Victory Medal per South African issues

$250


26364 PTE R A TUCKER R LANC R


T307836 PTE F J WILLIAMS ASC

$120


21423 PTE C G BELL HAMPS R

$150


M2 020886 PTE W C MUIR ASC

$120


26384 PTE R A TUCKER R LANCS R

$160


2440 2 CPL H W CRIPPS RE

$120


2531 DVR G FAIR RA

$120


T 38846 DVR A W CORRIE ASC

$120


137631 DVR E J GILBERT RFA

$120


TZ5901 G HERBERT SIG RNVR

With British Fire Brigades Assoc Medal to George Herbert dated 1950 and WW2 ARP badge in hallmarked silver but missing button hole clip to back

$250

753 A-CPL A C GREENHILL HIGHL CYCLIST BN

A rare unit

$375


30057 PTE A G MUSK Gren Gds

Grenadier Guards

$150


7 PTE C T BRYANT A CYC CORPS

Died 5 November 1915 at Gallipoli whilst serving with the Army Cyclists Corps attached to 54th East Anglian Division. Missing Star

$250


MID N J F COCHRANE. RNVR

Midshipman, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. With copy service history

$200


LIEUT H N HEATH, with no unit shown as is correct for UK issued medals.

The medal rolls show LIEUTENANT HEATH was just entitled to the pair of medals, for service in the Corps of Guides.

The Corps of Guides is perhaps one of the more elite of the British Regiments based in India during the period of British Rule. Officers were almost exclusively British. They served in India until November 1917 when they left to join 11 Indian Cavalry Brigade in Mesopotamia and actions at Sharqat and Khan Baghdadi. They spent the war in Egypt and Mesopotamia. A small group were sent to France in 1914, this recipient was not one as he is just entitled to the pair of medals.

The medal roll also notes a Captain H N HEATH which I presume is the same man later promoted. A nice pair and with good research potential.

Provenace:

Nobles , Australia, 2017

SOLD


A good pair and plaque to a man killed in 1917. The pair are impressed 20634 PTE G S DUNCAN R S FUS and the plaque named GEORGE SMITH DUNCAN

Sold with a copy of his service file and war diary. His file shows he was wounded on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Somme, and killed or died 26 July1917. He was later reburied at Tyne Cot.


SOLD

A WW1 PAIR WITH RFR LSGC MEDAL

The pair named PLY15877 CPL D C ADAMS RMLI and the Royal Fleet Reserve LSGC Medal named as CPL RFR (unusual rank to RFR)


Provenance . Ex Trade Me


$250

A Merchant Navy WW1 pair to a casualty

Both medals named Thomas Russell . Thomas Russell was a Greaser on "Justicia" killed 19 July 1918. Merhant Navy Medals just have the name and no other details however he is the only casualty without middle names.


On 19th July 1918 Justicia, defensively armed, 32,234 grt, built 1917, was torpedoed and damaged by German submarine UB 64, 20 miles WxN¾N from Skerryvore and taken under tow. Her voyage had been from Liverpool to New York in ballast.


On 20th July 1918 Justicia was again torpedoed, by UB 124, whilst under tow, 11 miles NNW from Inistrahull, and sunk. 10 crewmen lost their lives.


The Justicia was owned by Oceanic Steam Navigation Co Ltd of London but was acting under the orders of The Shipping Controller


$450

WORLD WAR ONE SINGLE MEDALS

1914 STAR

1914 Star and slip on clasp to 354873 W J Fawcett OCS RN.

Correctly impressed . Clasp is later slip on type . Served China and got the medal with HMS Goliath. WW1 Service on Cyclops. I haven’t verified clasp entitlement . Also got LSGC in 1914.... Rare to RN and a very scarce medal, only awarded to naval personnel who served at Antwerp up to 23 Nov 14


On trade me

1914-15 STAR

16355 PTE J W G........ LINC R

killed 22 Sept 1916 aged 40

$125


1756 PTE W G C.......... THE QUEENS R

$85


A 1914-15 STAR TO MAN KILLED AT CHUNUK BAIR, GALLIPOLI

8/1794 PTE A. McNIEL NZEF

Killed on 8 August 1915, Age 38

$400

1914-18 WAR MEDAL

R-40206 PTE C A GRIEVE K R RIF C (A RARE MEDAL TO A FIJIAN)

Killed 4 December 1918 aged 19.

Colin Angus Grieve. Son of James and Annie Grieve, of Suva, Fiji Islands.

There were 2 young Grieve men from Fiji in WW1; Colin Angus Grieve born 1899, and Norman Bruce Grieve born 1894. They were brothers, sons of James and Annie Grieve nee Lowrie of Suva. Colin was in the 2nd Fiji reinforcements to the Kings Royal Rifles. He was gassed in France, and died of bronchial pneumonia in 1919, aged 19. He is buried at Mauberge(Sous le Bois) Cemetery, France. Norman was just called up into the Home Guard in Fiji and never served overseas.


The 1st Fiji Contingent


In August 1914 Great Britain declared war on Germany, and sent out a call to every part of the British Empire to aid her in defeating the Hun. The small colony of Fiji, far away in the South Pacific, rallied to the call. Many of the young men living and working in the colony were from Australia, New Zealand or Britain, and over 400 of them returned to their homelands and enlisted there, some leaving on the first boat after the announcement of the outbreak of war


The total European population of Fiji in 1914 was less than 4000, including women and children, and the part-European population was approximately 2,500. The Fijian and Indian populations were about 90,000 and 45,000 respectively.


The remainder of the population strongly wished not only to contribute money and goods to the war effort, as the Secretary of State for the colonies advised, but also to “raise and equip a force of picked men for active service at the Front”; consequently a resolution to that effect was passed in the Legislative Council. The Rifle Clubs of various towns united to form the Fiji Rifle Association. This combined with the Fiji Volunteers, which had existed since the late 1880s, forming the Fiji Defence Force. Most of the European men in Fiji were eventually part of this force. Cadet platoons were formed in Suva and Levuka, and some schools raised Cadet Corps. In 1916 a platoon of Fijians was raised in Suva as part of the Fiji Defence Force.


Eventually the Secretary of State for the Colonies gave his consent for the raising of a contingent, and applications were called for from men between the ages of 18 and 38 and of pure European descent.


A force of 57 was formed, spent some time in training, and left for Britain on January 1, 1915. Most of these enlisted in Britain with the King’s Royal Rifles, an infantry regiment famous for its past exploits, particularly in the American Wars. After preliminary training in Britain, the Fiji platoon of the KRRC was sent into action in the battlefields of Flanders. During May 1915, of the 43 strong Fiji platoon of the KRRC, 9 lost their lives and 31 were wounded in the battles of the Somme region."Of the forty-three men who have served at the Front as members of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, there are now ten left. Originally the Fiji men composed a whole platoon, now owing to their limited numbers, they form the main part of a section……"


In November 1914, the Governor of Fiji was authorized by the Army Council to choose candidates for commissions in the New Service Battalions that were being raised in Britain. Gentlemen with previous military experience were preferred. Selected candidates were given free passages to Britain and were commissioned soon after arrival.


A 2nd Contingent was raised and sent to replace the casualties of the 1st Contingent, in July 1915


$450

13466 PTE C D....... R WAR R

killed Tyne Cot, 6 Oct 1917

$125


23579 PTE J R .........R FUS

Royal Fusliers

$65

MERCANTILE MARINE WAR MEDAL

NAMED

$125

VICTORY MEDAL

96016 SPR H SEGAL RE

$65


KILLED DURING THE MARQUETTE SINKING

3/564 PTE J S BIRD NZEF in near perfect order and retaining almost all original gilt finish.


James Samuel Bird of the New Zealand Medical Corps was drowned then the Hospital Ship "Marquette" was torpedoed on 23 October 1915. His body was seemingly not recovered.


Sold with his original wallet and notebook with some detail as well as an original portrait photo and another possibly showing Bird or a brother (as they look very similar). Notebook contains Birds details but also information on attack plans etc and a rifle and bayonet number so this could perhaps belong to his brother as NZMC would not normally be issued with a rifle - and it is also presumed Birds personal effects would have gone down with the Marquette.


An important medal in NZ History and extremely rare.


Provenance Cordys Auctions.

$800

A VICTORY MEDAL TO A 1914 CASUALTY OFFICER MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES


A very interesting Victory Medal to 2 LIEUT T A KNOTT. The medal is missing its suspension ring and the fixing. This can be repaired.


Thomas Albert Knott was born in 1879. He enlisted in the Manchester Regt in 1901 and served as an instructor until he transferred to the 1st Royal Berkshire Regt in 1906.


They embarked for WW1 on 13 August and served at Mons. By this stage he was a C Q M S. In the advance on Mons he saved the Batns transport column and for this was promoted to 2nd Lt. At Gheluvelt on 8 November 1914 he was the only officer left standing.


On 13 November 1914 having brought in and repositioned machine guns under heavy fire he was hit whilst entering his observation position. He was seriously wounded in the thigh and died 2 weeks later. His NCO won the DCM and had Knott lived he would have also been decorated. He did received a Mention in Despatches posthumously.


A splendid medal to a fighting officer. This medal was purchased in England recently at an antique store in the Cotswalds.


$200

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