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The World War Two 1940 Defence of France Military Cross group of Captain Wallis Arnot Heath, 51st Highland Division, Royal Engineers. Military Cross, Geo VI, dated 1940, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, bar 1st Army, War Medal 39-45, all unnamed as issued. Wallis Arnot Heath was born in Dundee and educated at Dundee High School. Before the war he worked at the card and postcard printers, Valentine & Sons. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in 51st Highland Divisional Engineers. Territorial Army on 28th May 1938. The 51st Division embarked in Southampton and landed in Le Havre in mid-January 1940 as part of the British Expeditionary Force. During the ‘Phoney War’ it was stationed near the Maginot Line and thereby avoided the encirclement of the main part of the BEF at Dunkirk. The 51st Division were attached to the French 10th Army and were heavily attacked on the 5th and 6th June in the Somme region. The award of the Military Cross was announced in the London Gazette dated 18th October 1940. ‘On the River Bresle on the 8th June 1940 Second Lieutenant Heath and four other ranks remained under enemy fire until the last of the allied troops had passed the barricades. In spite of heavy enemy fire they then went forward and blew up several road junctions, thereby holding up the enemy advance. Second Lieutenant Heath carried out his duties under extreme difficulties with great confidence and determination, at grave personal risk.’ He escaped from France via Le Havre when the bulk of the division was captured at St Valery on 12th June. He was 2nd In Command of the Royal Engineer Company which built the first Bailey Bridge to be used in combat at Medjez El Bab in Tunisia. He was captured in an ambush and taken Prisoner of War on 29th November 1942 in Tunisia. He was sent to Oflag 8F Prisoner of War Camp and later moved to Oflag 79 near Brunswick. While at Oflag 79 he was heavily involved in the successful production of escape maps. He was a printer in civilian life and put his former skills to good use with two other POWs, Pip Evans and Ken Whitworth. They set up a secret press that produced 3,000 colour silk escape maps. The press was made from a book binding machine, ground-down lavatory tiles and boiled margarine. The maps were ingeniously produced using a combination of items including Red Cross jelly, oak floorboards, pitch from between flagstones, margarine etc. After the war he returned to Valentine & Sons and became the Dundee Works Manager. In 1961 he became general manager of ICI’s Kynoch Press in Birmingham, where he remained until his retirement in 1975. He died aged 86 in April 2003. The medals are sold with a 1942 typed War Office letter to 237th Field Company, Royal Engineers with typed Military Cross citation. Oflag 8F POW card with photo, 1946 typed letter thanking him for his service and granting rank of Hon Capt, commission scroll dated 20th May 1938, 152 Inf Bde Int summary dated 10th May 1940. Military Cross box of issue, damaged transmission slip for campaign medals, New Scotsman obituary, internet article on escape maps etc. (4) Nearly extremely fine
Code: 51554Price: 1995.00 GBP
An Interesting and Scarce Military Cross Group to a very gallant Reverend T. Harper, Army Chaplains Department, whose actions saved many lives. Military Cross, Geo V, unnamed in box of issue. British War Medal and Victory Medal both named to Reverend T. Harper. With Cap Badge and Postcard photograph. MC, London Gazette 15th February 1919, with the citation being published on 30th July 1919. Reverend Thomas Harper, Royal Army Chaplains Department, attached 1/3rd (N. Middlesex), Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, Territorial Force. ‘On October 3rd 1918, during the attack on Ramicourt and Winncourt, he attached himself to the bearers of a field ambulance, pushed forward through the enemy barrage and proceeded to search for the wounded. He worked for many hours under very heavy shell and machine-gun fire, finding wounded, dressing them and guiding squads of bearers to them. He was undoubtedly the means of saving many lives and by his courage and devotion to duty set a splendid example to the stretcher bearers working with him.’ With copy London Gazette information. (3) Nearly extremely fine
Waterloo Medal 1815, fitted with steel clip and split ring suspender, renamed to Sergeant Major Allan, Royal Horse Artillery. Some light contact marks.
An Interesting Officers Indian Campaign Group of 3 to Lieutenant Colonel C.J. Corfield, 25th Foot and Supply and Transport CorpsAfghanistan Medal, clasp ‘Cabul 1880’(an unofficial clasp), named to Lieutenant C.J. Corfield, 1/25th Regiment. India General Service Medal 1854, two clasps, Hazara 1888 and Samana 1891 named in correct engraved style to ‘Lt C.J. Corfield, S.C’. Tibet Medal named to Major C.J. Corfield, Supply and Transport Corps. Born 1st November 1857, Lieutenant 25th Foot (1st/Kings Own Scottish Borderers), in Indian Army List 1882. 2nd Lieutenant 4th December 1878, Lieutenant 22nd December 1879. Deputy Assistant Commissary General, 1st Class, 11th June 1887, Captain 4th December 1889, Assistant Commissary General 4th Class 2nd July 1892. Major 4th December 1898. Supply and Transport Officer 2nd Class, 9th April 1901. Lieutenant Colonel 4th December 1904, Retired 4th December 1910. With copy papers, and research. Mentioned in Despatches in 1888 for the Hazara Expedition. Court-mounted. (3) Nearly extremely fine
A First World War Military Medal and Pair to Private D.P. Harris, 3rd Regiment, late 17th London Regiment. Military Medal, Geo V, named to 275227 Private D.P. Harris, 3rd London Regiment. British War Medal and Victory Medal both named to 753308 Private D.P. Harris, 17th London Regiment. With copy Medal Index Card, and London Gazette entry. MM, London Gazette 24th January 1919. (3) Good very fine
Photograph. An official Photograph of Prince Edward, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Later King Edward VIII, wearing Naval Uniform with arms folded on Vandyk London Mount, this signed and dated for 1922. Housed in leatherette frame with embossed Edward crest at the top, the reverse embossed Clark, 53 Conduit St, Bond St W1. Maximum measurements including frame 22.5cm x 14.2cm. Some damage to mount, glass absent
Code: 51541Price: 425.00 GBP
Crimea Medal, three clasps, Alma, Balaclava and Inkermann named in engraved style to Captain W.G. Margesson, 56th Foot. With copy medal roll. Born 1822 in Battel, Surrey, England, a resident of Chelsea during the 1861 Census. Generally very fine
Tibet Medal, in bronze, clasp Gyantse, named to Cooly Balbahadur Rai, Supply and Transport CorpsGood very fine
A Silver Pedestal Sugar Bowl of Victoria Cross Interest.With military inscription from Major J.E.I. Masterson, V.C. to Cecil J.B.M.A. O’Rourke, 4th April 1908.. With research regarding the award of the VC. ‘During the action at Wagon Hill on 6th January 1900, Lieutenant Masterson commanded with the greatest gallantry and dash, one of the thre companies of his regiment which charged a ridge held by the enemy and captured their position. The companies were then exposed to a most heavy and galling fire from the right and left front. Lieutenant Masterson undertook to give a message to the Imperial Light Horse, who were holding a ridge some hundred yards behind, to fire to the left front and endeavour to check the enemy’s fire. In taking this message he crossed an open space of a hundred yards which was swept by a most heavy cross fire, and although badly wounded in both thighs, managed to crawl in and deliver his message before falling exhausted into the Imperial Light Horse trench. His unselfish heroism was undoubtedly the means of saving several lives.
Code: 51552Price: 275.00 GBP
Private C. Waldon, Dorset Regiment. India General Service Medal 1895, two clasps Tirah 1897-98 and Punjab Frontier named to 3358 Private C. Waldon, 1st Battalion, Dorset Regiment and Imperial Service Medal, Geo V, named to Charles Walden. With copy Medal roll. (2) Good very fine
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