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- December 11th 2013
- February 19th 2014
- April 16th 2014
- June 18th 2014
- August 20th 2014
- October 15th 2014
- December 10th 2014
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Rare WW2 DSO group to Captain Neville Fearn
Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry
The WW2 North West Europe Distinguished Service Order and MID group
attributed to Capt Neville Fearn Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry will
be offered in Warwick & Warwick's auction on Wednesday 11th
December 2013 estimated £5000.
Neville Fearn was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Armoured
Corps on 24th December 1942.
The Sherwood Rangers were some of the first ashore during D-Day
landing on Gold Beach, where they were equipped with swimming DD
Sherman Tanks, the infamous Duplex Drive tanks fitted with canvas
flotation screens and propeller driven. A number of these tanks
were launched too early from their landing craft and were sunk by
heavy seas. Neville Fearn was in command of an A Squadron DD Sherman
at the tip of the Allied invasion force.
The Regimental History by T.M. Lindsay records: "On the 24th
January 1945 a dawn attack was put in on Heinsberg. "A"
Squadron supported the 4th KOSB. Half a mile of dead flat country
had to be covered, all of it pinpointed by enemy self-propelled
guns. The infantry made no progress in the dark, and it was quite
light by the time the tanks had to go across. In spite of the advance
being covered by a smoke screen "A" Squadron lost 3 tanks."
The award of the Distinguished Service Order was announced in the
London Gazette dated 22nd January 1946:
"Capt Fearn landed with the leading wave of assault tanks
on D Day 6 Jun 45 (sic 44), commanding a troop in A Sqn. On 11 Jun,
after the Regt had captured the high ground at Pt 103 North of ST
PIERRE, the enemy counter attacked with tanks and a Coy if Infantry,
Capt Fearn, without Infantry support, by clever use of ground and
changing his positions so that he could attack the enemy from the
flank he engaged the enemy with such speed and determination that
the counter attack was broken up and heavy casualties were inflicted
on the enemy tanks and Infantry. On the same night Capt Fearn and
his troop, fighting throughout the night were instrumental in breaking
up another counter attack against ST PIERRE. During all this difficult
and sometimes critical fighting Capt Fearn showed the greatest coolness
and skill in handling his troop and complete disregard for his own
personal safety. On 26 Dec 44 Capt Fearn commanded the Squadron
during the absence of his Squadron Leader. During the heavy and
continuous fighting between 15th and 27th Jan 45 when the Regiment
was supporting 52(L) Div Capt Fearn led A Squadron with the greatest
coolness, dash and determination and it was entirely due to his
leadership that A Squadron was successful in capturing BREBEREN,
LAFFELDE, BOCHET and SELSTEN against strong enemy opposition.
This operation finally terminated in the capture of HEINSBERG which
would never have been held by our infantry who went into the town
by night, if, on the following day, Capt Fearn had not managed to
reach the town with his Squadron, having to cross flat and open
country which was covered by enemy SP and Anti tank gun fire. The
tactical handling of his Squadron, use of smoke and his own personal
leadership on this occasion was of the highest order and resulted
in the appearance of A Squadron tanks in HEINSBERG in spite of heavy
casualties at a critical moment which turned the tide of battle
in our favour. Capt Fearn continued to serve with A Squadron until
he was wounded in the head on 28 March 45 at ISSLEBERG. His refusal
to leave the battle until he fell unconscious through loss of blood
was a typical example of his endurance and courage which he has
shown throughout the numerous battles in which A Squadron has been
involved since they landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6th."
On 28th March 1945, Captain Neville Fearn's tank, south of the
Autobahn, hit a mine and Capt Fearn was wounded and SSM Hutchinson
MM, who had been standing behind the tank was killed.
He was also Mentioned in Despatches announced in the London Gazette
dated 8th November 1945.
The full medal details are WW2 Distinguished Service Order (suspender
dated 1946), 1939-1945, Africa (8th Army bar), France and Germany
Stars, Defence Medal and BWM with MID oakleaf attributed to Capt
Neville Fearn Sherwood Rangers. Sold with DSO with DS&S case
of issue, campaign medals box of issue and transmittal slip addressed
to Capt N Fearn, 24 Westlands Grove, York, DSO bestowal document
dated 24/1/46, MID certificate for London Gazette dated 8th November
1945 in envelope of transmission, envelope and letter of transmission
for MID oakleaf to same address. One of only four DSOs awarded to
the regiment for WW2.
Rare Falklands War casualty pair to Cfn
Alexander Shaw REME
The rare Falklands War casualty pair to Craftsman Alexander Shaw
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers will be offered in Warwick
& Warwick's auction on Wednesday 11th December 2013 estimated
Alexander Shaw was born in Blythwood, Glasgow on 16th May 1957.
He initially served in the Royal Marines and was awarded the GSM
with Northern Ireland clasp. He was discharged from the Royal Marines
and after a spell in civvy street, re-enlisted in the REME. Having
completed P Company he was posted to 3 PARA as an armourer.
Alexander Shaw was killed in action with 3 PARA on Mount Longdon
on 13th June 1982, just a day before the Argentine forces surrendered.
He was of only 3 REME soldiers to die in the war, the other 2 being
killed with the Welsh Guards when the Sir Galahad was bombed.
Michael Hall, a fellow armourer with 3 PARA recorded the following
about the period leading up to Alexander Shaw's death in an Argentine
"My name is Michael Hall. I was attached to 3rd Bn Parachute
Regiment during the Falklands conflict of 1982. My rank was Craftsman
and I was a REME armourer. I spent most of the conflict with 3 Para's
quartermasters department and was usually to the rear of the rifle
companies, humping rations around etc. Towards the end of the conflict
me and my friend, fellow armourer, Alec Shaw were flown by helicopter
from Teal Inlet to Estancia house. As we arrived there the main
body of 3 Para moved out, I cannot remember if it was that night
or the next but 3 Para attacked Mount Longdon which I guess was
ten or twenty miles away. It was a night attack with no artillery
support. From Estancia house we could see the sky lit up all that
distance away as the battle raged. A continuous stream of helicopters
arrived and we loaded them up with ammunition and primed grenades
which they ferried back to the battle. In the HQ, which was a big
shed, you could here the clerk, who was in radio contact with our
troops on Longdon, repeating the names of soldiers who were being
killed or wounded as the battle went on. By morning it was over.
I had missed my chance of fulfilling my childish desire to be in
a battle and perhaps be a hero. Around lunchtime the QM Tech asked
me if I had mortar spares. I told him that I did and he informed
me that a mortar bipod had broken on Longdon and that a helicopter
would be picking me up in thirty minutes to take me there and fix
it. I was elated! Me going up to 'the front'! I asked Alex if he
wanted to come with me and he said yes. Alex had received his first
ever fathers day card that morning from his son. We jumped on the
helicopter with some signals people and took of. Our flight to Longdon
was low to the ground and fast. We stopped about a mile or so short
of Longdon at 3 Para's Rebro station which was in a small rocky
outcrop. I think a couple of spotting rounds landed close to the
helicopter and the loadmaster was extremely nervous and wanted to
get away as quickly as possible. Me Alec and a Colour Sergeant,
who I think may have been from the anti-tank platoon, dragged our
stores off which included Sigs, batteries, cigarettes for the boys,
and weapon spares, and took cover in the rocks, I was loving it!
Alec was older then me and in hindsight I think that he had a clearer
understanding of the danger that we were in. A couple of BV's picked
us up and took us to Mount Longdon. Suddenly there was hassle, apparently
Argentine Chinooks had been seen taking off from Stanley, a counter
attack on Longdon was suspected. We were hurriedly given 66mm anti
tank weapons and lined up facing the flat ground. We were briefed
to wait until the Chinooks were about fifty feet off the ground
and then let rip. They never came and we were stood down about half
an hour later. Ross invited Alec and I up the mount a bit to a crevice
in the rocks where the REME lads were making a brew. I went into
the crevice with Ross, L/Cpl Geoff Hamilton and L/Cpl Simon Melton
was there as well. Alec went into another crevice beside ours about
twenty feet away to have a cup of tea with Cfn Steve Lint. I was
standing up whilst Geoff made the tea, he looked up at me and advised
me to get down as there was a lot of shells coming in, I loved it!!
Then about three shells came in at once (I watched one land about
fifty feet away, but wasn't hit), I shit myself. I forced myself
into this tiny crack in the rocks and froze. Then people started
screaming, I recall somebody shouting out time and time again "I've
been hit, I've been hit". My illusions about war were instantly
dashed, it was no adventure, I was terrified. Geoff Hamilton verbally
dragged us out of our cracks saying something like "come on,
somebody's been hit". We went into the next crevice and there
was Alec just sitting there unconscious, he had blood spattered
on his face and Steve Lint was applying a shell dressing to his
leg. I saw the wound which was in his thigh, and thought it did
not look that bad. We called for a stretcher and then ran down the
hill with Alex on the stretcher. I was totally shitting myself with
fear. I was just waiting for the next salvo to come in. We carried
Alec down (fast) and left him with the medics. I was told that I
was now with the stretcher-bearers. That night, very close by, 2
Para attacked Wireless Ridge, it was very, very loud. Nobody was
injured that night from 3 Para even though it sounded like a lot
of shells were coming in, but on reflection, they were probably
getting lobbed at 2 Para. I spent the night extremely frightened
and praying to God (who I never pray to) asking him to not let me
die. Morning came and I was starting to get used to shells, the
longer the whine, the further away they were going to land. I met
a cook who said that it was a shame about Alec. I thought his wound
hadn't looked that serious so assumed that he had been choppered
out to the hospital ship Uganda. Therefore, I said that at least
Alec was lucky because he would be on a hospital ship out of harms
way. Then he told me that Alec had died the previous night. We packed
our kit and started walking towards Stanley, a cease-fire was declared
on the way and everybody put their maroon berets on."
The full medal details are 1962 GSM Northern Ireland clasp to PO32264W
A. Shaw Mne RM and 1982 South Atlantic Medal with rosette to 24599828
Cfn A Shaw REME surname on South Atlantic has been officially re-named.
Sold with a colour photo in uniform and photocopy of death certificate
issued by the Fleet/REME MRO.
Rare Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society
The Warwick and Warwick October 16 2013 auction included a rare
Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society Marine Medal in gold, with
second award gold bar, 10th July 1899, to Capt Hy Hayes S.S. "Cotopaxi",
For The Rescue of Crew & Passengers of Said Vessel Lost in "Magellan
Straits" 1889, good very fine with gold mounting buckle. The
estimate was £4,500 and the realisation was £,715.
It was offered with a quantity of copied research including Mercantile
Marine Service Reporter cutting, ...our hearty appreciation of your
skilful and seamanlike conduct during the recent disasters through
which you passed when in command of the Royal Mail Steamship "Cotopaxi".
On her last voyage at 11.15 pm, on 9th April 1889, whilst in the
Straits of Magellan, the "Cotopaxi" was so seriously damaged
by another steamer that she was only saved from foundering by your
prompt action in beaching her, and that on a spot which proved the
only safe place within a considerable distance. After many hours
of unremitting toil, in which you were ably assisted by your Officers
and Engineers, the "Cotopaxi's" damage was temporarily
repaired, and she was refloated, a performance that reflected the
greatest credit. Instead of exposing the damaged hull to the bad
weather outside, you prudently chose the smooth water passage through
Smyth's Channel, and there, on the 15th April, the "Cotopaxi"
struck upon a submerged and unknown rock and in less than 10 minutes
she disappeared. At the moment of danger the splendid discipline,
seamanship and courage shown in the transfer of 202 souls to the
boats in 5 to 8 minutes, are engraved on their hearts.
The bar was issued while Capt. Hayes was serving on SS "Oropesa",
for gallantly rescuing a lady who was in imminent danger of drowning
whilst bathing at Seascale, Cumberland, on 10th July 1899. Only
67 gold medals awarded and only 7 with bars.
The outstanding collection of a gentleman
of predominantly Guards medals
A gentleman's collection of medals from the Peninsula War to modern
day Afghanistan was offered as 410 lots in Warwick & Warwick's
auction on Wednesday 21st August 2013, with total estimates of over
£160,000. Bidding was competitive throughout and realisations
are given in brackets.
The collection started with a NGSM Java clasp and 17 MGSMs from
Royal Horse Guards to the 83rd Foot and included 8 wounded men.
Lots 21-23 were Waterloo Medals of which 2 were casualties. (£2,242,
£5,290, £1,552) Lots 24-26 were Army of India Medals
which included a Midshipman (£2,645) and a Lieutenant (£3,795).
Lots 27-36 cover the Scinde, Sutlej, Punjab, South Africa and
Pegu campaigns. Lots 37-67 formed a strong Crimean War section,
and included 12 casualties, 11 of which were Guards.
The 1877-79 South Africa campaign was well represented by lots
82-90, as was the 1882-85 Egypt and Suakin campaigns with lots 97-118.
The 1898 Sudan Campaign and Boer War formed a strong section:
- Lot 141 was a Boer War DCM, QSA 5 clasps, KSA both clasp and
1911 Coronation Medal to Lt & Qr Mr J. Rolinson, Gren Gds.
The DCM was announced in London Gazette dated 27th September 1901
(possibly for the bayonet charge at Belmont) and he was Mentioned
in Despatches in London Gazette dated 6th June 1901. Only 17 DCMs
were awarded to Grenadier Guards for Boer War actions. (£2,760).
- World War I was represented by 125 lots with real strength in
gallantry. Lot 205 (£1,092) was a Partaing Mill VC action MC group
to Capt Dalrymple, Scots Guards, for 27th November 1917. Lot 206
(£2,300) was a DCM, MM Boer War, WW1 group to WO2 Spalding, RE.
Lot 208 (£2,875) was another VC action award with the Battle of
Loos DCM and trio to Pte E Anderson, 3rd Coldstream Guards, "For
great bravery and resource on the 8th October 1915, near Loos.
The enemy, having made an attack with great determination along
the trenches occupied by his battalion, were successful in taking
the trench on the left of that occupied by Private Anderson and
five other men, and came pouring into it. The situation was most
critical. Realising what had happened, he, accompanied by the
other men, sprang forward and faced the enemy, driving them with
bombs foot by foot down the trench, and recapturing the whole
of it. This they did with the greatest gallantry in face of a
determined opposition, clearing out of the trench at least ten
times their number, and thus saving a critical situation."
- The sale contained a further 3 DCMs, to 3rd Grenadier Guards,
4th Grenadier Guards and 1st Indian Mule Cart Corps. There were
23 WW1 Military Medals mostly in groups with 6 to Grenadier Guards,
8 to Coldstream Guards, 7 to Scots Guards and 1 to Irish Guards.
- Lot 343 (£4,370) was a 1940 Dunkirk Operations Distinguished
Conduct Medal group to 2655736 L.Cpl P. Meredith, C. Gds. Percy
Meredith's DCM was in London Gazette dated 11th July 1940.
- Lots 344-350 were WW2 Military Medal groups to RA, Dorsets,
Ulster Rifles, East Yorks, Seaforths and lot 347 (£3,450) a WW2
Arakan campaign Military Medal group to 4536214 L/Cpl A. O'Thick,
Y.&.L.R. Arthur O'Thick's MM was in London Gazette dated 17th
January 1946, whilst he was serving with 9th Bn. The copied citation
read "Throughout the campaign in ARAKAN, culminating in the
action at RU-YWA in Febraury 1945, L/Cpl O'Thick was an outstanding
and aggressive soldier. He excelled in patrol work, and on three
separate occasions he "got his man" in clashes with the enemy.
On one occasion his quick and cool skill and disregard for his
own safety saved the life of his patrol commander, when he shot
a Japanese at close range. Throughout the campaign this junior
NCO's service was outstanding, and he was largely responsible
for the fact that his section's morale and aggressive spirit were
maintained at a high level to the end."
- The last 50 lots were post WW2 and included lot 360 (£891),
a rare NGSM double issue 1915 NGSM (KGVI) Bomb & Mine Clearance
1945-53 and 1915 NGSM (QEII) Cyprus clasp, to 930146 B.S. Shaw,
A.B., R.N. Only 145 Bomb & Mine Clearance clasps were awarded.
Rare WW2 SOE MBE and MC group to Major MacDonald
This rare medal group, estimated at £7,000, in the Warwick and
Warwick August 21 2013 auction, realised an impressive £14,375.
The WW2 Special Operations Executive POW escapee's Most Excellent
Order of the British Empire Member (MBE), Op Cherokee Military Cross
Medal group to Major Alistair MacDonald, Intelligence Corps is pictured
Alastair MacDonald was born in London 27th August 1907, educated
at Marlborough and Caius College, Cambridge where he read History
and Modern Languages.
He started the war as a civil servant, working for the Director
of Statistics in the Ministry of Food. He was commissioned on 12th
July 1940 into the Intelligence Corps. After a spell interrogating
for SIS, his clandestine activities quickened when he was posted
to Gibraltar in 1942 as part of a team standing by to carry out
sabotage in Spain, should Franco join the war on Hitler's side.
As this became less likely he was withdrawn and spent 2 years with
the Political Warfare Executive (PWE), which specialised in black
propaganda. The work included printing false ration cards that were
dropped over occupied Europe, broadcasting information designed
to disrupt German morale. Then in July 1944 he was seconded to the
SOE for the France operation .
The MBE was an SOE award announced in the London Gazette dated
21st June 1945. The typed copy of the citation reads:
"Volunteer for a mission behind enemy lines, Major MacDonald
parachuted into France on the 21st July (1944) to co-ordinate the
activities of missions in the Massif Central. He acted as British
adviser to General de Gaulle's Military Delegate in the Southern
zone. His tact and understanding were valuable in reconciling divergent
opinions, and preventing the spread of political quarrels which
threatened the effective operation of patriot groups. Major MacDonald
travelled throughout the Massif Central in uniform and in civilian
clothes, covering both the large towns and the forces in the maquis.
His position as a British Officer standing outside local politics,
enabled him to render considerable assistance to the French Military
Delegate, who placed great confidence in his judgement. Major MacDonald
kept Headquarters fully informed on the local situation and on enemy
troop dispositions. The wide range of his activities made his reports
on enemy and patriot morale of immediate value. His despatches constituted
one of the principal sources of the bulletins of Radio Nations Unies
aimed at undermining German morale. When the area was cleared of
the enemy, he was of considerable assistance in the maintenance
of order and the re-establishment of local administration. The work
of Major MacDonald and the officers under him, facilitated the liberation
of a large area of France, and contributed to the present French
feeling of admiration and warm affection for the British people.
I recommend that this Officer be appointed a Member of the British
The MC was announced in the London Gazette dated 4th October 1945.
The medal group was offered together with a detailed Imperial War
Museum eyewitness article by MacDonald about his SOE mission with
Number 1 Special Force, dropped near Biella in northern Italy, to
work with local partisans.
"There was (sic) 4 of us dropped for the SOE Cherokee mission
- Pat Amoore, Jim Bell, our young radio operator Tony Birch and
myself. Our first job after being dropped was to reconnoiter the
area. There were 2 groups of partisans operating in the area with
a total of 3000 men. Their arms were, for the most part, limited
to what they had captured. The next job was to arrange an arms drop
and find a suitable drop zone." They cleared a large number
of trees to accommodate what was the biggest supply drop in Italy.
His team successfully undertook the job of blowing up the railway
bridge at Ivera which carried steel supplies back to Germany.
In January while visiting Magnano, the largest village in Serra
he recalls, "There I found a radio operator called Armando, who
wasn't working for me, but I knew him quite well, and a courier.
I stopped to have a chat with them and while I was there, an Italian
crashed the door and shouted 'Tedeschi, Tedeschi!' So all 3 of us
ran out into the street, and we could hear firing already, as there
were some partisans in the village. There was no doubt we had to
get out - so we ran across the snow. We hadn't got very far when
the courier ran like hell and got away very nimbly. They started
firing on us and hit Armando in the back. I could see he'd had it,
really. Then they were all around us. One of them, quite a young
kid, was just about to put a bullet through Armando's head and finish
him off completely, so I tried to stop him. An officer came along
and said to leave him. They took us back into the village and lined
us up against a wall with some of the partisans, we thought they
might shoot us. Then they took me to the Waffen SS HQ and then Sicherheitsdienst
HQ where an Oberleutnant got on the phone and I could hear him saying
that he had a British Major with him, then he asked if he should
execute me. Eventually he put the phone down and told me I would
be treated as a prisoner of war. Thank God for that. Then they took
me to Verona. Then the real interrogation began. Naturally I denied
any knowledge of German. I was in a rather awkward position because
I had rather a lot of paper on me when captured. I had a great piece
of luck, because, while I was still with the Waffen SS, they put
me in a room with a guard outside - and with a stove. I managed
to put together the most vital documents and opened the stove and
dropped them in. I had been wearing mittens when captured and I
managed to stuff some of the papers into the mittens. When I was
searched they didn't find the papers in the mittens but took the
rest away. My first job in the interrogations was to stall for some
days at least, until I knew that these would have been translated
and they would have the information anyway. From there I went to
a POW transit camp in Mantua. The camp was well guarded but I noticed
that there was a section of the wire adjoining the latrine where
it might be possible to climb over unobserved, if the 2 sentries
stationed there could be diverted. With other prisoners creating
a diversion, I put on a civilian overcoat and started climbing the
wire, everything was taken care of except the machine guns. I just
had to hope they weren't pointing my way."
He had a number of narrow escapes but made his way the 100 odd
miles to Switzerland.
After the war, he was seconded to the Allied Military Government
and made Military Governor of Biella and Aosta and awarded the town's
highest honour in 1981. He relinquished his commission 9/2/46. From
1946 to 1950 he was in Vienna working for UNRRA and the International
Refugee Organisation and he then returned to Germany for a further
spell with Intelligence. He worked for the BBC from 1955-60. He
appeared in the BBC TV series on SOE in 1984. He died in 1994. In
1980 the Italian President awarded the Gold Medal for Military Valour
(Medaglia d'oro al Valor Militaire) to the town of Biella.
The full lot description was as follows: Most Excellent Order of
the British Empire Member (Military) (MBE), Military Cross (1945),
1939-1945 Africa, Italy, France and Germany Stars, Defence Medal
and BWM, attributed to Major Alistair MacDonald, Intelligence Corps.
Offered with large framed medal award document no. 6519 to the town,
dated 1980, a large collection of original and copied material,
including original Citta Di Biella cased 99mm bronze town plaque
by Lorioli, reverse engraved "A Alastair MacDonald 24 Aprile 1983",
wartime passport with multiple visas and stamps including Portugal,
1949 Allied Force Permit, 1950 Austrian Zulassungsschein, MC and
MBE cases of issue, folder of envelopes mostly addressed to him
(75+, some with letters) from 1930-50, including letters of congratulation
of award of MC, many with FPO and censor marks, copied MBE Buckingham
Palace letter of transmission, obituary, MBE citation, also a large
folder of Italian original and copied documents and photos, a number
referring to Op. Cherokee.
WW1 Distinguished Conduct medal and Military
Medal group to WO2 W S Dalby
The WW1 Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal group to
Warrant Officer Class 2 William S Dalby, Leicestershire Regiment,
realised £2,760, when offered in our June 19 2013 auction.
The 7th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment was formed in September
1914 and with the 6th, 8th and 9th Battalions formed the 110th (Leicestershire)
Brigade, 37th Division in April 1915. William Dalby sailed with
the Brigade and landed in France on 29th July 1915.
The award of the DCM was announced in the London Gazette dated
22nd January 1916 while he was attached to 93rd Trench Mortar Battery:
"For conspicuous gallantry near Bienvillers on 27th November
1915. When a trench mortar was being fired, one of the bombs, owing
to a defective charge, fell near the gun position. Shouting to the
men near to run clear, regardless of all danger he reloaded the
50lb bomb, in which the fuse was still burning, and fired it clear
of our trenches."
The award of the MM was announced in the London Gazette dated 11th
February 1919. He was discharged on 27th February 1919. He was awarded
The Cadet Forces Medal for his long service with the Uppingham Public
School CCF in Rutland.
The full medal details are WW1 Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military
Medal, 1914-15 Star trio, WW2 Defence Medal and KGVI Cadet Forces
Medal with 2 bars to C.S.M. W.S. Dalby 7/Leic R. Sold with 37th
Division GOC's distinguished conduct card dated 29/11/15.
WW2 Pathfinder's DFC group to Flying Officer
J.E. Foley R.A.F.
The WW2 Distinguished Flying Cross group to Flying Officer James
Eli Foley R.A.F. was offered in our 17th April 2013 auction. It
was estimated at £2,400 and realised £3,680.
James Eli Foley attested on 25th March 1941 No 1237424 in the Royal
Air Force. At the time he was a wages clerk living in Conisborough
near Doncaster. His log book starts 25th April 1942 flying in PBY5s
in Pensacola, USA. He returned to the UK and was posted to 31 A.F.U.
at RAF Bobbington and continued his training flying in Ansons. He
completed the Advanced Navigation Course on 29th September 1942.
He continued his training with 30 OTU and 1662 Conversion Unit before
being posted to 460 Sqn at RAF Breighton. He flew on his Op with
460 Sqn flying Lancasters to Stettin on 19th April 1943 where the
plane was damaged by flak and completed 4 Ops with 460 Sqn.
Foley was then posted to 156 Sqn on Lancasters at RAF Warboys.
His first Op was to Munster on 11th June 1943, also missions to
Peenemunde 17th August 1943, Berlin 23rd August 1943 many fighters
noted. His 22nd and last Op with 156 Sqn was to Hannover on 28th
In 1944 he spent time with 23 OTU, 21 OTU and 69 Sqn before joining
1655 MTU in August 1944. His first Pathfinder Op with 139 Pathfinder
Sqn flying the twin engined Mosquito with Flt Lt Henderson as his
pilot was to Mannheim on 27th August 1944. After 5 Ops with 139
Sqn, he and Henderson were posted to 608 Pathfinder Sqn. 23/9/44
and flew 50 Ops, 22 of which were to Berlin. During a raid to Duisburg
on 8th December 1944 his Mosquito was hit by flak and lost 1 engine
and was forced to land in Brussels.
The DFC was awarded as a Warrant Officer Navigator flying Mosquitos
with 608 Pathfinder Sqn and announced in the London Gazette dated
19th January 1945. He was commissioned on 22nd December 1944.
The full medal details are Distinguished Flying Cross (1945), 1939-1945,
Air Crew Europe (France and Germany bar) Stars and BWM. Sold with
Flying Log Book, Sight Log Book, Airman's Pay Book, Officer's Release
Book, DFC box of issue, photocopied photo in uniform and 3 copied
A remarkable record of a navigator who flew 57 Pathfinder Ops and
25 non-Pathfinder Ops.
1942 King’s Lynn Air Raid George Medal
The 1942 King's Lynn Air Raid George Medal group to Sergeant Francis
Faulkner, Royal Artillery, was offered in Warwick & Warwick's auction
on Wednesday 12th December 2012. Estimated £3,000, it made £4,255.
On the night of 12th June 1942 a lone German bomber crept in from
the North Sea and dropped its bomb load on the town of King’s
Lynn. A 17 year old on duty reported “I heard the drone of
an aircraft which I knew wasn’t British. Suddenly through
the break in the clouds there it was. I saw the Dornier’s
bomb doors open and out came the bombs. I grabbed a passing lady
cyclist off her bike and we landed up in the shelter of the railway
footbridge. The next thing was the sound of bombs exploding; it
was in a direct line – Wood Street, St John’s Terrace,
the Cattle Market and the Eagle Hotel. I will never forget the sight
of bodies in sacks being brought from the cellar to the waiting
ambulances for transportation to the temporary mortuary set up in
Another witness, former soldier Bert Dopson reported, “As
I ran to Norfolk Street from the Cattle Market, I could see clouds
of black dust and night sky at the other end of Paradise Lane where
I should have been able to see the hotel sign. Instead there was
a huge crater, headless and limbless bodies were scattered around
among the debris, moans and groans were coming from the chip shop
that had been flattened, they were sights no one should be allowed
One of the bombs that hit the Eagle Hotel which was packed with
customers caused most of the casualties. Sergeant Francis Faulkner
was awarded the George Medal which was announced in the London Gazette
dated 3rd December 1942.
The award was for “Sgt Faulkner displayed outstanding meritorious
service and conspicuous devotion to duty during rescue work at King’s
Lynn during and after an air raid in June 1942. He worked his way
among dangerous debris and through his initiative and disregard
for personal safety, a number of persons were rescued after one
and a half hours. Subsequently, indifferent to the danger to which
he exposed himself and working in a confined space in air heavily
polluted by escaping gas, he displayed great courage and tenacity
in his efforts to effect further rescues from a cellar.”
In total 26 civilians, 14 RAF and 2 Army personnel were killed
in the raid, the worst death toll in King’s Lynn history.
The full medal details are WW2 King’s Lynn Air Raid George
Medal, 1939-1945, Africa (1st Army bar), Italy Stars, Defence Medal,
BWM and 1923 GSM Palestine 1945-48 clasp to 3443379 Sjt F. Faulkner
R.A. (3443379 Sgt Francis Faulkner R.A. on George Medal. With a
copy of the Palestine roll in which he was serving with 2 Field
Regt RA. 2 Field Regt were equipped with 25 pounders and served
with 1st Infantry Division throughout WW2 going to France 24/9/39,
evacuated from Dunkirk in May 1940, to North Africa March 1943,
Anzio January 1944 and Palestine February 1945.
1982 Falklands War bombing of the Sir Galahad
Military Medal group to WO1 B T Neck 1st Bn Welsh Guards
The Falklands War bombing of the Sir Galahad Military Medal, Northern
Ireland MID group to WO1 Brian Thomas Neck 1st Battalion Welsh Guards
was offered on behalf of the recipient in Warwick & Warwick’s
auction on Wednesday 15th August 2012 estimated £40,000-£60,000.
It realised £46,000.
Brian Thomas Neck was born on 2nd October 1947. He enlisted in
the Welsh Guards in Cardiff on 25th April 1966 and completed tours
in Northern Ireland from 21st May 1971 to 26th July 1971, 14th November
1973 to 7th March 1974 and 20th October 1979 to 28th February 1980.
CSgt Neck was Mentioned in Dispatches for his efforts during the
last tour when the battalion was based at Bessbrook Mill in South
Armagh and it was announced in the London Gazette dated 21st October
The award of the Military Medal was announced in the London Gazette
dated 8th October 1982 “On 8th June 1982, The Royal Fleet
Auxiliary Landing Ship SIR GALAHAD, had begun landing operations
at Fitzroy Settlement on the Island of East Falkland. Embarked,
preparing to land, was 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. With only minimal
warning, the ship was attacked and severely damaged by bombs from
several aircraft. Intense fire and smoke spread rapidly from the
devastated deck areas. In the fire, confusion, and exploding ammunition
many casualties were incurred. Disregarding the conditions and ignoring
the order to abandon ship, Warrant Officer Neck immediately began
to organise the evacuation of soldiers from among the wreckage,
many times, disregarding his own safety, he rushed back through
the smoke filled areas, flames and continuing explosions to assist
the hurt and injured. His courageous example, encouragement and
assistance to his colleagues undoubtedly saved many lives.”
WO2 Neck’s Company Commander, Major Bremner’s recollection
of the bombing and after was:
“I looked up through the open hatch of the tank deck just
in time to see a cylindrical object fly through the air. There was
a loud metallic clang. I had no idea what it was, but something
made me shout ‘Take cover!’ My CSM took up the cry.
A split second later there was a deafening explosion towards the
stern of the ship, and immediately a second. A blinding, intensely
hot flash roared through the tank deck. I was incredibly lucky;
the CSM and I were beside a great pile of bergens which were just
about to be lifted off when the bomb fell. We dived over to one
side whilst the CQMS went to the other. He was a burns victim; the
CSM and I got away with it. The lights went out and breathing became
difficult. Miraculously, after what seemed like only a few seconds,
they came back on. The thick, black, acrid smoke that now filled
the tank deck dulled their effect but there was enough light to
see with and I became aware of the full and sudden horror of what
had happened. The sound was the first thing: the sound of horribly
mutilated and frightened, disorientated men – a noise from
a different world. Then the sights – unbelievable. The first
thing I saw was a man running through a wall of flame from the far
stern of the ship. He was on fire from head to foot, in excruciating
pain and was begging his fellow Guardsmen to shoot him and put him
out of his misery. Somehow he was smothered and the fire extinguished;
morphine was torn off a dog-tag string and applied to give blessed,
if only temporary relief. Then I saw a group of men standing stock-still.
All with dark, burnt, curling hair, heads swollen like footballs,
piercing but far-away eyes, bright red scorched faces, and all holding
their hands in the air as if in surrender. All had been burned in
the initial flash.
Then the 81mm mortar bombs, 66mm rounds, small arms ammunition
and grenades in the tank deck started to cook off. Evacuation was
now the priority. There was no panic. The CSM, Neck, bawled instructions
and instinctively they were obeyed. He was doing everything as he
did in barracks, making everything appear normal; he organized everything
in a typical Footguards way. We found a way up and out of the tank
deck; a queue was formed and men filed out. One man got half-way
up a companionway when the CSM called him back, against the flow
of traffic: ‘Did you fill in your ADAT Form?’ Yes Sir,
he cried. Good. Now you see the bloody point of it. Go on, get a
move on, you’re holding everyone up.’ It was a brilliant
move that relieved the tension.
It is almost unfair to single out CSM Neck and Corporal Loveridge.
They were all astonishing: how loyal they were, how good they were,
how professional they were, how brave they were.
With a 3 page hand written personal account of the action by the
recipient. “As CSM of No 3 Company 1st Bn Welsh Guards, we
had arrived at Fitzroy Creek in the early hours of 8th June. It
was a beautiful day and it was hoped we would be getting off very
soon, but due to a number of reasons, ie the large tank deck door
was not working, we were still on board at 1700 which means we were
at that location all day and only about 20 miles from Port Stanley.
At about 1600 it was decided to get people off. This was being done
at the time of the attack. We had decided to get everyone off in
small boats. To enable us to do this, all the bergens and heavy
equipment would be loaded into large nets and taken up to the deck.
I was with a number of people loading the nets. I had just given
the signal to the crane operator on deck to take the load up through
the open hatch of the tank deck, when for no reason, I could see
he climbed off the crane. Next thing, there was a large deafening
explosion towards the stern of the ship and almost immediately,
a blinding intensely hot flash roared through the tank deck. Myself
and two others including my Company Commander, dived behind a pile
of bergens which was about to be sent through the open hatch. A
number of other people who were on the other side of the bergens
were caught in the blast while myself and others were fine.
The tank deck was now filling up with smoke, the lights had gone
out and soldiers were screaming and trying to get out. The only
way out was along the length of the tank deck to two small doors.
The tank deck itself was full of vehicles and equipment due to be
taken off, so it was difficult to get people out, as you only had
a small space to work because of all the equipment. After the initial
attack, I started to get people who were not injured to go down
the tank deck to the doors and up on to the deck, those who had
injuries and were in shock to follow me. A number of people had
lost limbs and were badly burned, there was no time to treat them,
just to get them out onto the deck. The fire was now setting off
the ammo and there were loud explosions at the area of the ship
where the bomb came in. Having made my way to the doors leading
up to the deck, I could see no movement. I put torches on the open
doors, waited a number of minutes and made my way to the deck. When
a number of helicopters had taken those seriously injured off, while
those who could walk climbed down the scramble nets on the side
of the ship into small boats. It was about 200 metres to the shore,
where soldiers who had witnessed the attack helped to get the injured
up from the shore to treatment. Myself going down the nets slipped
and dislocated my shoulder (old rugby injury), it was put in on
The horrors of that day, the sound and smell will live with me
forever. We lost 39 Welsh Guards and 79 wounded. Sir Galahad was
towed about 12 miles and they sank her. We attended a service on
Sir Tristam her sister ship that was also injured that day. We stayed
at San Carlos until the battle was won. We had to be regrouped before
we could proceed to Port Stanley to meet up with the battalion for
a number of weeks before we came home on 29th July.
Of all the images of the Falklands War, the one that always brings
it home is the explosion and the fireball through the open hatch
at Sir Galahad, and to think I was directly below it.”
The full medal details are Military Medal, 1962 GSM Northern Ireland
clasp with MID oakleaf, 1982 South Atlantic Medal with rosette and
QEII Regular Army bar LSGC to 23929678 WO1 B T Neck WG. Sold with
Regular Army Certificate of Service (Red book), original MID Certificate,
colour photo in ceremonial uniform wearing medals, black and white
photo in uniform, Buckingham Palace telegram congratulating him
on MID, letter of congratulations for MID from Col Gaussen, WO1
rank badge, newspaper on the bombing of the Sir Galahad, 2007 25th
Anniversary SAMA Publication and Service booklet for Consecration
of the Welsh National Monument, photocopies from a book detailing
Major Bremner’s account of the bombing in which WO2 Neck is
Sold on behalf of the recipient, never before on the market.
SAS group to WO2 P Thompson the youngest
The Special Air Service group to WO2 Peter Thompson B Squadron
S.A.S. was offered on behalf of the recipient in Warwick & Warwick’s
auction on Wednesday 15th August 2012 estimated £10,000. It
failed to sell and enquiries are invited.
Peter Thompson served as a boy soldier with the Royal Artillery
and is thought to be the youngest ever SAS soldier completing the
arduous SAS selection course aged just 18 years and 1 month. He
joined B Sqn in Malaya on 9th August 1955. With a copy of a newspaper
article about Chieftain the Bear who has recently been adopted as
the emblem of B Sqn SAS. Thompson found the bear cub on operations
in 1958 in Malaya and adopted the bear who lived with him and 9
Troop until it died of pneumonia over a year later.
The full medal details are 1923 GSM (QEII) Malaya clasp, 1962 GSM
5 clasps Borneo, Malay Peninsula, South Arabia, Northern Ireland,
Dhofar, QEII Regular Army bar LSGC and Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal
to 22785949 WO2 P Thompson RA (Tpr S.A.S. on 1923 GSM, Cpl SAS on
1962 GSM). The LSGC is named as RA because it was awarded in the
early 1970s when the official line was the SAS were not in Northern
Ireland and they had to serve under the guise of their original
regiments. Sold with 20 copied photos from service in Malaya and
Borneo, some annotated on the rear. Superb multi campaign group
to the youngest SAS soldier.
Sold on behalf of the recipient, never before on the market.
Exceptional WWI CMG, DSO, MC, Order of St
Stanislas group to Colonel E.G. Hamilton Connaught Rangers
The World War I group to Colonel Ernest Graham Hamilton, Connaught
Rangers, was offered in Warwick & Warwick’s auction on
Wednesday 15th August 2012. It failed to sell and enquiries are
Ernest Graham Hamilton was born on 20th January 1883. He was commissioned
in the Connaught Rangers on 22nd October 1902 and served in India
1902-06 being promoted Lieutenant on 26th October 1905. He served
on attachment with the West Africa Frontier Force 1906-07 and then
in India again from 1908.
He was promoted to Captain on 28th January 1911. He arrived in
France with the 2nd Battalion on 13th August 1914 and took part
in the retreat from Mons and the Battles of the Aisne, the Marne
and Ypres. He distinguished himself in 1914 being Mentioned in Dispatches
on 14th January 1915 and the award of the Military Cross was announced
in the London Gazette dated 16th February 1915.
He was appointed Staff Capt of the Sirhind Brigade on 10th February
1915 with whom he saw fighting at Neuve Chapelle and Festubert.
He was appointed Brigade Major on 27th September 1915 and Mentioned
in Dispatches for the second time on 30th November 1915. He was
promoted Temporary Major on 10th May 1916.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in the London Gazette
dated 24th June 1916:
“For conspicuous gallantry during an enemy counter-attack.
He rallied men of different regiments at a critical time and under
heavy rifle fire. His efforts were successful in stopping the enemy.”
He was promoted Acting Lieutenant Colonel on 22nd August 1916 and
Mentioned in Dispatches for the third time on 24th August 1916.
He was appointed GSO 2nd Grade 8th Infantry Brigade I.E.F. “D”
on the 18th November 1916. He was Mentioned in Dispatches for the
fourth time on 10th April 1917. He was awarded The Order of St Stanislas
announced in the London Gazette dated 15th May 1917.
He was appointed GSO 2nd Grade E.E.F. on 5th June 1918 and was
Mentioned in Dispatches for the fifth time on 5th March 1919.
After the war he served as GSO 2nd Grade Upper Silesia Force 7th
September 1921, promoted Lieutenant Colonel on 14th July 1924, appointed
Instructor Senior Officers School 1924-26, promoted Colonel 2nd
October 1929 and appointed 148th Brigade Commander. He retired in
1933 after 31 years distinguished service.
In World War 2 he was recalled in June 1940 to the General Staff
Aldershot Command. Manager Administration Royal Ordnance Factory
Chorley 1942-44, commanded 12th East Lancashire Bn Home Guard and
finally No 24 Sector N.W. District, he died on 10th April 1950 while
living in Basingbourne.
The full medal details are WWI The Most Distinguished Order of
St Michael and St George C.M.G. Companion’s Neck Badge, Distinguished
Service Order, Military Cross, 1914 Star trio and date clasp with
MID oakleaf, WWII Defence Medal BWM and Russian Order of St Stanislas
third class with swords to Colonel E.G. Hamilton Conn Rang (Capt
on star, Lt Col on BWM & Victory, remainder un-named as issued)
swing mounted as worn (less CMG) in Spink case, CMG in Garrard case
Sold with original photo in uniform post WWI with ribbons, commission
warrant dated 17/10/1902, DSO and CMG bestowal documents and statutes,
5 MID certificates, Home Guard certificate of service, officers
blue service record book, pre-printed letter on disbandment of Connaught
Rangers, copy of photo seated with Lord and Lady Allenby and 6 others
all named, copies of various London Gazette entries, MIC, Supplement
to Irish Life dated 28/7/16, farewell card from ROF Chorley, Who
was Who 1950/1. An outstanding group to a very gallant officer with
excellent supporting documentation.
Sold on behalf of the family, never before on the market.
WWII HMS Hood casualty group to RM Musician
The HMS Hood casualty group to Royal Marine Musician Stedman Bishop
Groves was offered in Warwick & Warwick’s auction on Wednesday
18th April 2012. Estimated at £350, it realised £1,121.
Stedman Bishop Groves was born on 4th October 1919 in Chatham,
the son of Stedman and Florence Groves. The family later lived in
Newbold-on-Avon in Warwickshire. He must have enlisted as a boy,
as the lot comes with a photo album with the date of 1937 recorded.
At the time he appears to have being serving on HMS Hood with the
First Battle Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean and Atlantic.
The photo album with hand painted picture of Hood on outside cover
contains 105 photos of HMS Hood, the band, other ships, crew, ports,
foreign ships including German pocket battleship Deutschland in
Gibraltar and German funeral parade of casualties of Spanish Civil
HMS Hood in company with the new battleship HMS Prince of Wales
engaged the German battleship Bismark and heavy cruiser Prince Eugen
in the Battle of the Denmark Strait. RMB/X 505 Musician Stedman
Bishop Groves was killed in action at his action station oat the
15” Transmitting Station on 24th May 1941 when H.M.S. Hood
was sunk by the German battleship Bismark with only 3 members of
the crew surviving when a ship’s magazine exploded when struck
by a 15 inch shell from the Bismark. With no known grave he is commemorated
on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
The full medal details are father’s WWI 1914-15 star trio,
KGV Admiral’s uniform Royal Navy LSGC and KGVI FID DEF Special
Constabulary Long Service Medal to CH16762 S.G. Groves Cr Sgt R.M.
and son’s WWII 1939-1945, Atlantic, Africa stars and BWM un-named
as issued, swing mounted as worn by recipient’s mother. With
silver football medal engraved R.M. Capital Ships F.T. 1938 Stedman
Groves. Also with 2 photo albums belonging to his father containing
119 photos/postcards of ships, RMs ashore, Shanghai and area, few
family, tourist etc. Also with 9ct gold photo locket with Royal
Engineers cap badge on front (seems an odd choice for a naval family)
containing photos of the son in uniform and his sister who died
aged 6. Sold on behalf of the family, never before on the market.