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1st Pattern Silver War Badge ( SWB ) No 2889 - issued to a female Red Cross VAD in October 1916

The best striking I have ever seen and with a frosted silver finish. Original pin and stamped "2889 ".

Approximately 1,150,000 badges were issued, which had to be claimed and then approved. Between September 1916 and March 1918, they were issued with just a number and were better quality than most stampings. Around 335,000 of these were issued. This must certainly be one of the early stampings as it is of a far superior quality than any one I have handled before and has a frosted silver finish to it.

The SWB register entry for badge 2889 seems to support this. A copy of the entry will be supplied with the badge. It is also of great interest as this early issue to a female Red Cross VAD seems to counter the assertion that such personnel only became entitled to the issue of a SWB after 1919.

The entry confirms the award to a female Cook with the V.A.D. ( Glos / 84) named Erin Moes, who did not serve overseas and was discharged as sick and her badge was issued on the 25th October 1916. The additional notes seem to have been corrupted when the file was uploaded onto CD but seem to suggest she served as a military hospital cook until June 1915 before resigning on account of ill health.

An important SWB on many counts, an early issue of superb quality, to a female, and to a Voluntary Aid Detachment member in 1916 and not at the end of the series in 1919. The original roll entry may include the certificate referred to and also more clarity on the note added to the original file.

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Reserved on layaway for Luke

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WW1 - Silver Wound Badge - George Turner, 4th Battalion The Essex Regiment

Pte George Turner, initially enlisted the Herts Regiment prior the the outbreak of WW1 in March 1914, but was awarded his medal entitlement with the 4th ( Territorial Force ) Battalion the Essex Regiment. He was entitled to the BWM and Victory Medal (location unknown) and this Silver Wound Badge for honourable discharge, issued in March 1919 (aged 21 which means he signed up at 16). The CD version of the SWB register confirms that his badge was issued on 14th August 1919, that he served overseas and that he was discharged as surplus to military requirements having suffered impairment since entry into the service ( KR 392 (xvia)). Pin a contemporary replacement otherwise the silver is dark toned.

With PRO copy of SWB roll and MIC card.


Code: 58371Price: 40.00 GBP

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Miniature Distinguished Conduct Medal ( DCM ) - Victorian issue

An early silver DCM miniature dress medal, Victorian pattern with ornate swivel suspender with correct ribbon and single medal mounting clasp. Does not sit quite straight on suspension, some dark toning to medal otherwise in very good condition. Circa 17mm in diameter. This is not a modern recently made item.


Code: 58335Price: 45.00 GBP

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WW2 British Forces King 's Badge for Loyal Service

Introduced in 1941, circa 26mm in diameter struck in white metal. The King's Badge was awarded to British Forces personnel who had been invalided out of the services during WW2 and were entitled to a war disablement pension. They were both unnamed and unnumbered. In good bright and clean condition.


Code: 58299Price: 10.00 GBP

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A fascinating WW2 group of medals, cloth and paperwork to R. Bachelor ATS

As mounted, presumably for display in a frame, now removed. A superb collection to this long serving female member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service ( ATS ) of her mementos of service throughout WW2. It includes a formation sign combination of Northern Home Counties 1st Pattern of a green apple on a blue diamond with a ATS Signals Section White over Blue with the numeral 2 in black still attached to original uniform backing, an ATS lanyard, a printed Anti-Aircraft battery formation sign, a 5 year war service strip with an extra strip added to make it 6 years, a Defence and War Medal unnamed as issued, a fibre ID disk dog tag named to ATS W12134 R.C. (Roman Catholic) VOL (volunteered) Bachelor, R., two pieces of original paperwork, one a permission to be absent from camp stamped GHQ Home Forces Signals, No 7 London District Group, and the other a permit for entering to Central Ordnance Depot and finally, a photo of a woman soldier in her lorry cab, presumably Bachelor herself. Worthy of further research, a totally original untouched group.

More photos on request.


Code: 58199Price: 155.00 GBP

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Medals and Paperwork to Guardsman John Dolphin who was KIA with No 4 Coy, the 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards at Anzio

Medals and box of effects to 2617911 Guardsman John Dolphin was died on 25th January 1944, aged 23 and is buried in the Anzio War Cemetery, Italy. Son of Tom and E.A. Dolphin of Glasshouses, Yorkshire.

The box includes his four war WW2 medals, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star and War Medal, all un-named as issued with the correct ribbons and a number of letters from him to his father as well as an Airgraph from the Chaplain of the battalion to his father confirming that John was killed on the 25th January 1944 when his company was attacking a building on the Anzio Beachhead and some correspondence from the GWGC confirming his grave as Rowe C, grave 1 in the Anzio British Military Cemetery. There is a photo of a soldier but it seems unrelated but as it all came together, it stays together. The letters have some amusing anecdotes about his time in Africa and Italy.


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North East Coast Exhibition 1929 Newcastle-upon-Tyne Medallion

Gilt bronze and enamel medallion, blank to reverse with integral suspension ring. Circa 30mm in diameter. Enamel intact but gilt in places worn back to the bronze.

The North East Coast Exhibition was a world's fair held in Newcastle, and ran from May to October 1929. Held at the start of the Great Depression the event was held to encourage local heavy industry.

It was opened on 14 May by the then Prince of Wales ( later Edward VII I) in what is now Newcastle's Exhibition Park. When it closed on 26 October over 4 million people had attended (with an average of 30 000 visitors per day).

Several buildings were constructed in an Art Deco style to the designs of the official architects W and TR Milburn of Sunderland who had substantial experience in the fields of theatre and cinema design. Henry Kelly Limited of Newcastle were the builder and construction costs were £114,000. The main buildings were the Palace of Engineering, the Palace of Industry, the Palace of Arts, the Festival Hall, Garden Club, a stadium of 20,000 capacity and the Women's and Artisans' sections. There was also an Empire Marketing Board Pavilion which was government sponsored and, unlike the other buildings, designed by government appointed architects.

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Code: 57551Price: 18.00 GBP

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WW2 RAF Bomber Command Aircrew Europe Star / Air Efficiency Award Miniature Group

Mounted as worn, with clasp France & Germany to Air Crew Europe Star ribbon, all in good condition and they have some age to them. The Air Efficiency Award Medal is a heavy quality unmarked silver miniature medal. Correct ribbons. Nice miniature group unnamed and unattributed. Please note these are not full sized medals.


Code: 57531Price: 75.00 GBP

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Natal ( Carbineers ) Cavalry Volunteers Unmarked Silver Shooting Medallion, 1896 - Present at Defence of Ladysmith

An attractively engraved medal ( circa 3.6cm across ) to the Natal Carbineers, maker marked T&F, with original pin fitting and c clasp fittings and engraved on both sides as follows:

Obverse engraved: " Natal Cavalry Vols, Field Firing Comp, 1896, won by E Troop, 119 points "
Reverse engraved: " Presented to Tr. A. Miles by Lt F.E. Foxon, O.C. Richmond Troop "

Alexander Miles, Trooper, Natal Carbineers (No. 4 – Richmond Squadron) entitled to Queens South Africa Medal with clasp Defence of Ladysmith

Born in Surrey in 1856, the son of Thomas and his Ann Miles. Emigrated to South Africa and became a resident of Richmond, a small farming hamlet just outside of Pietermaritzburg. Attested for service with the Natal Carbineers in 1888, Trooper A. Miles, regimental no 67, on the outbreak of the second Anglo Boer conflict, mustered as part of No. 4 Squadron of the Natal Carbineers on 29th Sept 1899, under the command of Major G.F. Macfarlane, the then Mayor of Pietermaritzburg. The regiment immediately proceeded to Ladysmith on the northern Natal battle front. The regiment, including Miles, were to become besieged in that small bustling township.

All told the Siege was to last three months and, with the troops reduced to eating horse meat and enteric and other conditions rife, it was small wonder that life was unpleasant. To add insult to injury there was also the Long Tom guns of the Boer forces which peppered the town and its inhabitants with shells fired randomly. This caused more of a nuisance that injury to life and limb but it was a sober reminder that freedom of movement was severely restricted and liberation still distant.

Possibly as a result of deprivations experienced in the siege Trooper Miles was, at the age of 45, discharged from Carbineers, being taken off strength on 7 March 1901 on account of ill health.

He returned to his civilian pursuits and, having married Rose Ann Hall in Richmond some time before, fathered no fewer than six children: Ada Elizabeth Harding; William Alexander Miles, Florence Ann Lowe, Percy Jex Miles, Agnes Ethel Vear and Frank Norman Miles.

He passed away at the age of seventy-six years and seven months at “Hillglen” his property in the Avoca area near Verulam north of Durban, on 6th May 1932. He was a retired Pensioner with the South African Railways and Harbours at the time. He had moved to the North Coast area in 1907 where he had purchased several properties.

Source:https://www.angloboerwar.com/forum/5-medals-and-awards/5402-a-miles-natal-carbineers-siege-of-ladysmith?limitstart=0 (with thanks to the researcher, Rory)

War service record of Lt- Col F.E.Foxon, Natal Carbineers:

FOXON Frank Ernest Augustus Cock, Lieutenant Colonel .Attested 26/11/1880, E Sqn.Magistrate, Ixopo.
1879 served with Natal Native Pioneers.Awarded 1879 medal and clasp.
Promoted Corporal 2/4/1885, Sergeant 28/4/1886, Lieutenant 6/4/1889, Captain 1/12/1897.
Served Boer War 29/9/1899 -19/10/1900, 18/9/1901-16/10/1901.Awarded QSA and Clasps.
He was in action at Rietfontein (24.10.1899) and Lombard's Kop (30.10.1899), and when besieged at Ladysmith (November 1899 - 28.2.1900)(28.2.1900) wounded at Dejagersdrifton patrol duty on 30 July 1900 and took part in the Langsberg action.
Promoted Major 10/3/1902
Awarded the V.D. Decoration in 1905
During the Bambatha Rebellion of 1906 he commanded a squadron of Natal Carbineers.
Promoted Lt Colonel 28/12/1906.
He was granted permission to retain his rank and wear the uniform of his regiment on his retirement.

Source: http://www.genealogy.com/forum/regional/countries/topics/southafrica/6180/

The Natal Carbineers are said to be the oldest volunteer regiment in the former British Empire and the senior regiment of the South African Army. The unit has fought in every conflict “logistically possible” since its establishment as the Pietermaritzburg Irregular Horse at a meeting of volunteers in the Pietermaritzburg court house on January 15, 1855.


Code: 57471Price: 125.00 GBP

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WW1 Silver Wound Badge ( SWB ) Stamped B278071 to Pte Frederick Thomas Giles, Army Pay Corps

Dark toned with original clasp but with a rusty pin, otherwise in good condition. Stamped B278071. With copy of SWB roll which confirms the award to 20399 Pte Frederick Thomas Giles, Army Pay Corps. Other information provided shows he enlisted on 27th December 1917 and was discharged with sickness on 12 October 1918, but did not serve overseas.


Code: 57407Price: 20.00 GBP

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