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An excellent item of Victoria Cross interestArt Deco Silver Bowl, the front engraved “Presented to Lt. J (sic). G. Coury, VC., on the occasion of his Marriage by the Officer Patients in the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich, 7th Jany. 1918”
By ‘G.M. Co.’, 150mm. high, 190 mm. dia, 710g., hallmarks for Birmingham 1912, in very good condition.
V.C. London Gazette 26 October 1916.
‘On 8 August 1916 near Arrow Head Copse, France, 2Second Lieutenant Coury was in command of two platoons ordered to dig a communication trench, By his fine example and utter contempt of danger he kept up the spirits of his men and completed his task under intense fire. Later when his battalion had suffered severe casualties and the Commanding Officer had been wounded he went out in broad daylight in full view of the enemy, found his Commanding Officer and brought him back to the new advance trench over ground swept by machine gun fire’
Born in Liverpool served as 2nd Lt. in the South Lancashire Regiment(Prince of Wales Volunteers)
His VC was awarded for his actions on the 8th August 1916 near Arrow Head Copse at Guillemont on the Somme.
Coury continued to serve and transferred to the RFC in November 1916 finishing the war as Captain.
He re-enlisted in the 2nd WW and played a part in the Normandy Ladings whilst serving with the RASC.
He died in February 1956 aged 59.
With extensive research with regards to his award of the Victoria Cross.
MIC address given as 4 Park Terrace Waterloo Park Waterloo Liverpool.
Copy pages from the London Gazette re award of his Victoria Cross.
Copy photo of his grave census details also 2 pages of information of the Royal Herbert Hospital which was constructed in 1865 for veterans of the Crimea War its principal designer was Florence Nightingale.
The hospital was involved in the care of the wounded from both WW1 and WW2.
Code: 51070Price: 1750.00 GBP
A First World War Officers Trio with Mentioned in Despatches to Lieutenant S.R. Fewings, Royal Fusiliers, who was later mortally wounded whilst acting as a Fire Watcher at Smithfield Market on 11th May 1941.1914-15 Star (2. LIEUT S.R. FEWINGS, R.FUS)/
British War Medal and Victory Medal with Mention in Despatches emblem (LIEUT S.R. FEWINGS) Defence Medal, unnamed as issued.
Samuel Richard Fewings, died aged 52 on 11th May 1941, A Firewatcher, son of Hetty Fewings, of Northleigh, Eastwick Drive, Bookham, Surrey, and of the late Samuel Fewings, husband of Oliver Marguerite Fewings, of 60 Red Post Hill, Herne Hill, Injured at Smithfield Market, died at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital on the same day. The night of 10th/11th May was the last major raid of the Blitz, a big final effort, before Hitler shifted the majority of his airforces to the Eastern Front to support the shortly to be launched Invasion of Russia. With copy research, including copies of letters from his family asking why he has not been released (circa 1919) to Winston Churchill. Copy findings of a medical board regarding injuries sustained when a shell exploded nearby. Also with silver plate lighter ‘Kingston Polly Double Sculls 1913’. Mentioned in Despatches certificate ‘Machine Gun Corps T/Lt S.R. Fewings’ dated 7th February 1919. Commission document for 2nd Lieutenant, dated 2nd December 1914, and various other pieces of correspondence including Registered envelope. Court-mounted. (4) Nearly extremely fine
Code: 51044Price: 875.00 GBP
A Great War ‘Western Front’ D.C.M. group of four awarded to Serjeant W. H. Barrett, 2nd Battalion London Regiment - later severely wounded in action
Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (2290 Sjt., 2/Lond. R.-T.F.); 1914-15 Star (2290 L. Cpl., 2’ Lond. R.); British War and Victory Medals (2292 Sjt., 2-Lond. R.) note different service numbers.
D.C.M. London Gazette 3 June 1916; citation 21 June 1916 ‘For consistent gallantry and good work as Company Grenade N.C.O. He is a fine instructor and leader.’
A letter written by the recipient’s son, Mr George W. Barrett in 2004 provides some details of his father’s military service.
‘.... he told me that he had been in France for almost two years, mostly in the trenches. Apparently he had done well as a soldier and had also been very lucky not to have been injured or killed ... He had been promoted to the position of Brigade Bombing Sergeant from his battalion in the Royal Fusiliers (Second City of London Regiment).
It happened in the early part of the summer of 1916. ... he was moving from one position to another in the course of his duties, but found it difficult to proceed along the front line trenches as quickly as he would have wished. Rather foolishly, he got out of a trench and made much better progress walking along the top in no-man’s land. It being quite dark at the time he thought he would be relatively safe. In fact he was.
In the quiet of the night he heard a strange noise coming from the German lines. He said it sounded like a small train puffing away. He crept forward to where he could vaguely see what was happening and discovered that the Germans had indeed built a simple railway track and a small train was being used to bring up ammunition and supplies right up to a part of their forward position.
... he went straight to his Brigade H.Q. to report what he had seen. ... At first light Dad was asked to try and find the exact position - which he did - and trailed behind him a field telephone line. On this, he was able to act as the spotter for a Royal Artillery Battery, which promptly disposed of the line and the train as well.
It was not until August 1918 that he was finally wounded and spent a night in a shell hole with a large piece of shrapnel where the calf of his left leg should have been. The leg was amputated below the knee in a field service dressing station. However, gangrene had set in and it was amputated above the knee in a base hospital. On his return to England a third amputation was carried out at Roehampton Hospital where he was lie for three months before anyone was allowed to see him, and even then he was still very, very ill...’
With an original letter to his mother from his Staff Captain, dated 18 September 1918:
‘I am writing to tell you that your son Sgt. Wilson Barrett was wounded yesterday but not badly. A shell exploded and a piece hit him in the leg below the knee. Fortunately a medical aid post was quite near and a doctor attended to him and he was sent off to hospital straight away where I hope he will make a very speedy recovery. .... We are all very sorry to lose him. To me as Staff Captain he was invaluable. ....’
In addition to the above letters, the medals are sold with several other original papers, together with copied gazette extract, m.i.c. and copied photographs of the recipient. With C.D. bearing additional images
Medals mounted for wear some contact wear condition Very Fine.
Code: 51065Price: 1625.00 GBP
MSM pair for Murmansk Russia HMS GloryBWM(M15318 H.L.Shaftoe Shpt 2 R.N)/Royal Navy Meritorious Service Medal GV(M15318 H.L.Shaftoe Shipwt 3Cl."Glory" Murmansk.
MSM LG 12th December 1919 page 15431 Honours for Service in Russia 1918/1919 Shipwt 3rd Cl Henry Lingford Shaftoe O.N.-M15318(Po).
With copy LG page.
With copy service papers born June 1894 Sunderland and Census for 1911.
Scarce Naval MSM for Russia.
Code: 51043Price: 495.00 GBP
A Great War Mesopotamia operations O.B.E. pair awarded to Quarter-Master & Major D. C. Baxter, Royal Army Medical Corps
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 1st type breast badge, hallmarks for London 1917; General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Iraq, M.I.D. oak leaf (Q.M. & Capt. D. C. Baxter), good very fine
O.B.E. London Gazette 3 June 1919.
David Charles Baxter, a Yorkshireman who was born in May 1879, enlisted in the Medical Staff Corps in July 1897, shortly before the formation of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Having then witnessed active service out in South Africa in 1900, he was advanced to Sergeant-Major on the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914, and was commissioned as a Quarter-Master & Hon. Lieutenant in May 1915, in which latter month he was embarked for France. But his subsequent award of the O.B.E. was in respect of his services as C.O. of 33rd Advanced Depot, Medical Stores, Basra, Mesopotamia; so, too, his mention in despatches (London Gazette 10 July 1919 refers). Actively employed in the Iraq operations of 1919-20, he was advanced to Quarter-Master & Major in May 1930 and placed on the Retired List in May 1934, although he returned to uniform in the 1939-45 War; sold with copied obituary, with tribute from Major-General J. J. Magner and portrait photograph
Scarce Iraq MID group.
Code: 51067Price: 425.00 GBP
2nd WW group with logbook to Sergeant W. Alley, 619 Squadron, Royal Air Force1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star and War Medal 39-45, all unnamed as issued, with Flying Log Book for Navigators, Air Bombers, Air Gunners and Flight Engineers to W. Alley.
Alley started flying combat operations in December 1944, and his missions included St. Vith and Houfallize during the Battle of the Bulge, and later Bohlen, Harburgh and Dortmund, completing 19 operations before mid-April, when he was transferred onto other duties, such as transporting POW’s home from Europe. The group also has a Flight Engineers Log from his mission to Dortumund on 12th March 1945.
Code: 51046Price: 325.00 GBP
1st WW group of four to Corporal Acting Wheeler Sergeant A. Cleife, Royal Field Artillery. British War Medal and Victory Medal (639 A.SJT A. CLEIFE. R.A.) Territorial Force War Medal (639 CPL A. CLEIFE. R.A.) Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, Geo V (850686 CPL- A.WHLR SJT A. CLEIFE. R.A.) With copy medal index card, 1901 census details, served with No.3 Battery, 1st Wessex Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (Territorial Force) and C Battery, 215th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, served in India and Mesopotamia. Loose-mounted.
Condition Nearly extremely fine
Code: 51047Price: 295.00 GBP
Gulf pair to Fusilier S.P. O’Brien, Royal Regiment of FusiliersGulf Medal, bar 16 Jan to 28 Feb 1991 (24836119 FUS S P OBRIEN RRF/Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal, and Kuwaiti Liberation Medal. Gulf War Medal with box of issue
Shaun O’Brien Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, came from Bedlington Northumberland, 8th Platoon Company.
Code: 51045Price: 250.00 GBP
Group of eight to Lieutenant W.H.E. Garrod, Royal Marines1914-15 Star (DEAL 629-S- SPR. W.H.E. GARROD. R.M.). British War Medal and Victory Medal (LIEUT W.H.E. GARROD) Defence Medal, India Service Medal 39-45, Jubilee Medal 1935, Coronation Medal 1937 and Coronation Medal 1953. Served 1914-19 in Royal Engineers Field Company and Military Works Directorate, Gallipoli, Egypt and France. Then later served with the Indian Service of Engineers, Bombay, India. Assistant Executive Engineer on Roads, Buildings and Famine Work in the Bombay Presidency 1920-23, Executive Engineer in charge of the construction of the Lloyd Dam, Bhatger, near Poona, Bombay Presidency 1923-27. Executive Engineer in charge of Irrigation Manamageny and Remodelling Division 1927-30. Executive Engineer in charge of Roads Maintenance and Improvement Division. Later a member of the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, awarded the C.I.E. in 1946.
Condition Nearly extremely fine
Code: 51055Price: 475.00 GBP
A Great War A.R.R.C. pair awarded to Sister Mary Theresa Wilman, Territorial Force Nursing ServiceRoyal Red Cross, 2nd Class (A.R.R.C.), G.V.R., silver and enamel, unnamed, on bow ribbon; British War Medal 1914-20 (Sister M. T. Wilman)
A.R.R.C. London Gazette 16 February 1920. ‘Miss Mary Theresa Wilman, Sister, T.F.N.S., 3rd S. Gen. Hpl., Oxford.’
With copied extracts from the London Gazette and The British Journal of Nursing.
Also entitled to Territorial Force War Medal
Code: 51068Price: 345.00 GBP
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