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A Normandy Military Group of 4 to Acting Corporal M.E. Morgan, Cameronians.
A Normandy Military Medal Group of 4 to Acting Corporal M.E. Morgan, Cameronians, attached Durham Light Infantry. Military Medal, Geo VI, named to 14244985 Acting Corporal M.E. Morgan, Cameronians. 1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star and War Medal 39-45, all unnamed as issued.

Matthew Lawrence Morgan’s award of the Military Medal was awarded in the London Gazette of 1st March 1945.

‘On the 9th August 1944 at Plessis De Grimault, Corporal Morgan was in command of a section of ‘B’ Company, which was the leading company in the attack. The enemy seeing that the attack was imminent, brought down heavy defensive artillery fire, and on the start line being reached, Corporal Morgan’s Platoon Commander, Platoon Sergeant and several other personnel were wounded and unable to carry on. As it was not possible to send out orders to the sections of this platoon they were therefore left to carry on, on their own initiative. For Corporal Morgan’s section there was no need for further orders, no encouragement was needed and during the whole of the ensuing battle which lasted for two hours, Corporal Morgan was to be seen to the forefront, leading and encouraging his men on. He and his men were invariably on top of the enemy positions before the enemy had time to recover from the barrage, bearing down on the enemy with fixed bayonets and firing from the hip, they over-ran and captured many enemy posts and took many prisoners. Corporal Morgan’s bravery and determination close with the enemy , and his fine personal example filled his men with eagerness and enthusiasm for the fight. Without thought for his own personal safety from enemy artillery, mortar and small arms fire, he showed superb coolness and courage in leading his men on and was the first to reach the final objective. His magnificent courage and outstanding leadership greatly contributed to the complete defeat of the enemy.’

With copy service papers, Morgan was from Durham. Citation for the MM, on headed notepaper. Photocopy of original recommendation, which states this was a downgraded DCM award, discharge certificate, copy death certificate, copy of information from the Durham Light Infantry confirming his MM award and the action for which it was for, and maps of the area where the award was son. Court-mounted. (4) Nearly extremely fine

Code: 51724Price: 2250.00 GBP

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An interesting Life Saving Group of 6 to Corporal E.C. Carroll, R.A.M.C., saved life in Liverpool Docks in 1913
Corporal E.C. Carroll, Royal Army Medical Corps, who having saved life in Liverpool Docks in 1913, was possibly awarded a French Croix de Guerre, and later served with the Dover Town Division of the Saint John Ambulance Brigade in Kent. 1914-15 Star; British War Medal and Victory Medal all named to 2090 Corporal E.C. Carroll, Royal Army Medical Corps. Service Medal of the Order of Saint John, silver, straight bar suspension; named to 21250 Private E.C. Carroll, Dover Town Division 1939. France. Croix de Guerre, reverse dated 1914-1918; Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society Marine Medal, small, bronze issue; named to Edward Carroll, for Saving Life in Liverpool Docks, August 12th 1913. Edward C. Carroll is believed to have been born circa 1887 in Liverpool, Lancashire, and at the time of the 1911 Census was aged 24, working as a Steward, living at 26 Eldon Place, and married. Carroll was awarded the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society Marine Medal on 12th August 1913, when he saved someones life from the Liverpool Docks. With the outbreak of the Great War Carroll saw service as a Corporal (No.2090) with the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving at Gallipoli from 27th July 1915, he subsequently saw service in France, and is believed to have been awarded the French Croix de Guerre, however no gazette date has been found, though this is fairly common to members of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Carroll later saw service with the Saint John Ambulance Brigade as a Private (No.21250) and at the time of the award of his Service Medal of the Order of Saint John in 1939 after 15 years service, he was then serving down in Kent with the Dover Town Division. Mounted loose style as worn, (6) Good very fine

Code: 51720Price: 850.00 GBP

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A Royal Marine Light Infantry Casualty Trio for Jutland, aboard HMS Black Prince
Private W. Bonner, Royal Marine Light Infantry, killed aboard HMS Black Prince at the Battle of Jutland. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal all named to PO.15171 Private W. Bonner, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Private William Bonner, HMS Black Prince, Royal Marine Light Infantry, died aged 25 on 31st May 1916. The son of George and Martha Bonner of 497 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield. Born at Handsworth, Birmingham. Remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. With service history sheet, and photocopy of the times, June 9th 1916, listing the crews of the HMS Indefatigable and HMS Black Prince who were lost when they were sunk during the Battle of Jutland. (3) Nearly extremely fine

Code: 51718Price: 495.00 GBP

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An Afghanistan Medal to Captain C.J. Whitaker, of the 65th Foot.
Afghanistan Medal 1878, no clasp, named to Captain C.J. Whitaker, 65th Foot. Whitaker was born in Valetta, Malta on December 22nd 1849. Ensign C.J. Whitaker joined the Regiment in 1869 and was the last to purchase promotion to Lieutenant as the system was abolished in 1871 and served in Agra, India as Lieutenant and Adjutant during 1873. During 1878 officers, including Captain Whitaker and 22 other ranks were posted to the Kurrum Field Force on signals and communications duties in Afghanistan. Captain Whitaker was appointed Superintendent Army Signalling to the Kurrum Vallery Field Force. There were only 28 medals to the Regiment. This was to be Colonel Whitakers only medal although he did go on to command the Battalion in 1894, retiring in 1897 a full Colonel. With research including a photocopy of a picture of Officers of the 65th at Agra in 1873 in which Whitaker is identified, and another of Whitaker in uniform. Nearly extremely fine

Code: 51717Price: 625.00 GBP

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An unusual Afghanistan Medal to a member of the Punjab Police Department
Afghanistan Medal 1878, no clasp, named to Mr. S. Smith, Punjab Police Department. With research. Sydney Smith appointed July 1870 as Assistant District Superintendent in the Punjab Police. Served in Afghanistan 1878-80 and had the medal with no bar. At this time he was a District Supt IV Grade at Derra Gaza Khan. Was at Mooltan in 1886 and by 1893 was Supt Grade III at Lahore. Assistant Inspector General Railway Police, Lahore May 1900, Deputy Inspector General of Police November 1901. Awarded medal for Delhi Durbar 1903. Retired August 1905. Nearly extremely fine

Code: 51716Price: 550.00 GBP

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A Scarce Prisoner of War Trio to the South Irish Horse
Private F. Turner, South Irish Horse. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal all named to 1376 Private F. Turner, South Irish Horse. Private Frederick Turner, died on 9th December 1918, whilst attached to 7th Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment, the son of Benjamin and Annie Turner of Dublin, CWGC confirms he was a prisoner of war during WW1, and is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery. With census details and copy Medal Index Card. (3) Good very fine

Code: 51725Price: 650.00 GBP

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An interesting British Empire Medal Group to a UK based Anti-Aircraft Gunner, wounded in action.
Staff Sergeant Albert H. Holmes, Royal Artillery. British Empire Medal, GRJ, named to 1748455 Staff Sergeant Albert H. Holmes, Royal Artillery. 1939-45 Star, Defence Medal and War Medal 39-45, all unnamed as issued. BEM London Gazette 10th April 1945. 'This Warrant Officer was called to the Colours on 13th December 1940. His personality, appearance and cheerful willingness for hard work was quickly recognised and he was appointed Lance-Bombardier within two months of his call-up. On courses that he has attended he has done outstandingly well and his instructional ability and knowledge have been well spoken of by high ranking officers with whom he has come into contact. In January 1943, manning 4.5" A.A. equipment, he was No.1 of the gun when an explosion occurred. The gun was badly damaged and put out of action. One man was killed and Holmes was wounded in the back. Refusing all aid, he assisted the Officers to deal with the situation and continued the action against the enemy. His cheerfulness and steadiness did much to maintain morale and it was not until the next morning when the action had ceased that he agreed to go into hospital to have his wound attended to. He has made himself capable of performing any of the duties required in an A.A. Troop both in the field and on the move. His organising ability, personality, loyalty and thorough devotion to duty have played a large part in attaining the high standard of efficiency now maintained in his Troop. In off duty hours he spends his time and energy in organising sport and recreation for his men from whom he commands great respect.' At the time of his award, Holmes had been promoted to Staff Sergeant. During the night of the incident and action, the 396th Battery fired in all 61 rounds’. With copy recommendation and Gazette entry. (4) Good very fine

Code: 51722Price: 650.00 GBP

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A New Zealand Medal to Private Gilligan, 65th Foot, mentioned in the history of the campaign.
New Zealand Medal, reverse undated, named to 3571 Private P. Gilligan, 65th Foot. A late claim medal. With copy medal roll, and mentioned in the history ‘The melee in the swamp had been a succession of desperate hand to hand encounters, and many instances of courage were exhibited on both side. Private Gilligan, 65th, shot one Waikato, and brained another with the butt end of his rifle. Many other daring acts were witnessed, but must remain unrecorded as the individuals could not be identified. But the bayonet played a conspicuous part in the exciting scene.’ Nearly extremely fine

Code: 51726Price: 695.00 GBP

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New Zealand Medal to Notley, 50th Queens Own Regiment
New Zealand Medal, reverse 1863 to 1866 named to 338 Wm Notley, 50th Queens Own Regiment. With copy discharge papers, never tried by court martial, but once appeared in the Regimental Defaulters book. Nearly extremely fine

Code: 51733Price: 575.00 GBP

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New Zealand Medal to McCann, 68th Light Infantry
New Zealand Medal, reverse dated 1864-66 named to 3565 George McCann, 68th Light Infantry. With copy discharge papers, some contacting to rim. Generally very fine

Code: 51732Price: 525.00 GBP

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