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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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WW1 Silver Wound Badge ( SWB ) Number 384201 to Captain Frank Waller, The 12th London Regiment

Dark toned and with original pin and clasp. Good condition. Stamped 384201. Scarce to an officer, good rank, worthy of further research. Came in small red card box and with some research. A quick check of the London Gazette for 25th September 1914 shows him being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 12th ( County of London ) Battalion, The London Regiment ( The Rangers ) on 27th August 1914.


Code: 57260Price:

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Unidentifed Imperial Russian Commemorative Medal - Odessa

An attractive designed gilt medal related to the Imperial Russian era and the Black Sea port of Odessa. WIth original bullion edged ribbon. 33mm., gilt, obverse: a sailing vessel adjacent to a city wall with tower, reverse embossed, ‘Du Pont-Euxine aL’or d’Odessa. Instal. par la Gr. Prle. de Russie le 12e J. du xe M. 5817’.

Any information welcom

Code: 57259Price: 185.00 GBP

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WW1 British War Medal to Mercantile Marine - James E. Clough

BWM correctly impressed to " James E. Clough " , naming format as found to members of the Merchant Navy for six months plus service at sea during WW1

Only one person with this name listed in the records ( BT 351/1/25822 ), a James Ernest Clough. James's place of birth is given as Seaton Delaval in the year 1887. Medal has a short length of original ribbon stapled to it, and is in GVF condition.

Code: 57115Price: 30.00 GBP

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WW1 British War Medal to Mercantile Marine - Henry Stacey

BWM correctly impressed to " Henry Stacey " , naming format as found to members of the Merchant Navy for six months plus service at sea during WW1. Only one person with this name listed in the records ( BT 351/1/133369 ). Henry's place of birth is given as Maryport in the year 1872. Medal has a short length of original ribbon stapled to it, and is in GVF condition. Some light staining to reverse which will clean off.

Code: 57114Price: 30.00 GBP

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WW1 British War Medal to Mercantile Marine - Thomas Watson

BWM correctly impressed to " Thomas Watson " , naming format as found to members of the Merchant Navy for six months plus service at sea during WW1 . 12 possible candidates listed in BT351. Good chance therefore of matching this medal up with one of the 12 Mercantile Marine medals similarly named.

Medal has a short length of original ribbon stapled to it, and is in near GVF condition, there is a small nick to base of neck of King George V's head.

Code: 57113Price: 28.00 GBP

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1926 General Strike Devonshire Special Constabulary Medal ( G.V.R. ), Certificate and Enamel Lapel Badge

An interesting trio of items attributed to Raymond J Hammond. The threat of revolution in 1926 led to the Home Secretary, Joynson- Hicks mobilizing a steel-helmeted Civil Constabulary Reserve of which Hammond was one. The three items are:

Special Constabulary Medal in Bronze correctly impressed " Raymond J, Hammond " with original ribbon and single pin clasp fitted to the reverse for wear. The medal is in GVF condition.

Original Printed Certificate from Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and the Home Secretary W. Joynson-Hicks, Downing Street, May 1926 awarded to Raymond J Hammond of the Devonshire Special Constabulary relating to his service in the " the crisis" which was the 1926 General Strike (slight tear to centre far right edge and appears to have been removed from a frame).

An enamel and brass lapel badge " Devon Special Constable" with its horseshoe lapel fitting. Enamel in good condition.

All items came together.


Code: 56988Price:

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Normandy 1944 - WW2 Medal Group to Trooper L.J. Mancey, 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry ( RECCE Reconnaissance regiment attached to the 51st Highland Division )

Five campaign medals to 7899102 Trooper L.J. Mancey of the 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry with box of issue ( issued by Cavalry & RAC records and sent to 134 Vartry Road, Tottenham, London , N.15), his matching dog tags, medal bar and some original paperwork confirming three of these medals and dates of service all stamped O.C. B Coy, 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry. New to market and contained in a box with a label to the outside inscribed "My Husbands War Medals 1939 - 1945 L. J. Mancey". The medals have at one time been held together with cello tape, the 8th Army clasp is original, and there is also included in the box a rose and MID bronze leaf. I have not been able to attribute the latter, but it came with the medals in this box. Unfortunately the medal entitlement slip is of little help as it appears that another hand has added additional spurious ticks! There is absolutely no Battle of Britain clasp included, but this has been ticked. Medals in GVF condition and will improve with residue of cellotape removed. Like many WW2 groups, it poses more questions than it provides answers. An interesting research project for a Yeomanry / Reconnaissance Corps collector.

The 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry was a unit of the Territorial Army formed in August 1939. The regiment did not serve in the BEF during the Fall of France, and after Dunkirk it began training and being re-equipped before it arrived in Egypt as part of 8th Armoured Division (which never fought as a whole Division) in 1942, after a short period in Iraq serving with the 9th Army as an Armoured Unit, It served with distinction at the Battle of Alam el Halfa and the Second Battle of El Alamein, as part of 4th Armoured Brigade within 7th Armoured Division (the 2nd DY was the 1st Regiment to enter Tunis at the same time as 11th Hussars).

In 1943 the 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry returned to the United Kingdom to join the 51st (Highland) Infantry Division, as the divisional reconnaissance regiment until the end of the war. They were equipped with Daimler Armoured Cars. It then served with this Division during the Normandy campaign and then through the rest of the battles in Northern Europe, taking part in Operation Market Garden in 1944 and in the Ardennes after the German offensive in December 1944 which became known as the 'Battle of the Bulge'. The Regiment then fought in area of the Rhine for the early part of 1945 and crossed the Rhine in March during Operation Plunder and remained with 51st Division until the end of the war, in the Bremerhaven area of Germany, in May 1945.


Code: 56982Price:

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WW1 Allied Victory Medal - Belgium Issue

Original and unnamed as issued with original (slightly sun faded) ribbon. Medal VF+


Code: 56685Price: 14.00 GBP

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