Military, Medals & Weapons Auction April 2021

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Lot 1

Estimate

£200.00 - £300.00

Description

Victorian Afghanistan 1878-79-80 medal (32,B/238, PTE. W. WEBB, 1/12th REGT.) records show Private William Webb of the 12th ( Suffolk) Regiment of Foot entitled to the Afghanistan Medal with no clasp


Lot 2

Estimate

£200.00 - £300.00

Description

Victorian Afghanistan 1878-79-80 medal ( 1779 PTE. A. STEWART. 78th. FOOT. ) , records show Private Allen Stewart entitled to the Afganistan medal with no clasp


Lot 3

Estimate

£140.00 - £200.00

Description

Queens South Africa Medal with two clasps, 'South Africa 1902' and 'Transvaal' ( 4267 PTE.T. JAMES. SUFFOLK REGT. ) records show Private Thomas James of Haughley near Stowmarket enlisted age 18 in the Suffolk Regiment and was entitled to the QSA with two clasps, copies of his Service Record and medal entitlement included


Lot 4

Estimate

£100.00 - £150.00

Description

Queens South Africa Medal with clasp 'Orange Free State' (3146 PTE. F. MIDDLETON. HIGHLAND. L.I. ) records show Private Middleton entitled to the QSA with Orange Free State clasp, he also seems to be entitled to the clasps 'Cape Colony' and 'South Africa 1902'


Lot 5

Estimate

£500.00 - £800.00

Description

Indian Mutiny Medal with clasps ' Defence of Lucknow ' and ' Lucknow' ( D. GREIG . 90TH LT. INFY. ) name contemporarily re stamped/engraved, clasps mounted back to front as worn, together with copy of Greigs Discharge Certificate from the 45th Regiment in June 1878 which states, ' ..his conduct has been very good and he is in possession of four good conduct badges and Crimean Medal and clasp for Sebastapol, Turkish medal, Indian Mutiny Medal and two clasps for Lucknow and Abbysinian medal, he is in possession of a third class certificate of education. His name has once been entered in the Regimental Defaulters Book and he has once been tried by Court Marshal.', the certificate also shows that David Greig was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, and enlisted in the 45th Regiment in the Bombay Presidency in Sept.1866 at the age of 33, he served a total of 22 years and 10 days with the colours during which time he served 19 years and 163 days abroad, records show 3970 D Greig of the 90th Foot entitled to the Crimean Medal and 1409 D. Greig of the 45th Regt. entitled to the Abbysinian Medal, there is a 'P Gregg' on the roll of the 90th for the Indian Mutiny Medal and this could explain the renaming of the medal,the 90th Perthshire Light Infantry formed part of Sir Henry Havelock's First Relief Force of Lucknow which relieved the besieged garrison but became defenders themselves when surrounded by the rebels.


Lot 6

Estimate

£1,000.00 - £1,500.00

Description

Early 20th century grouping to a highly respected figure in the Nursing profession Miss Ruth Eveline Darbyshire,medal group includes the C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) on Ladies bow mount held in fitted case by Garrard & Co London, unnamed as issued, Royal Red Cross 1st Class , bow mounted, unnamed as issued, Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem Badge of a Lady of Grace, bow mounted,1935 Silver Jubilee Medal, Territorial Force Nursing Service Tippet Medal, Nightingale Badge (Nightingale Training School, St Thomas� Hospital ) named to the reverse 'Ruth E. Darbyshire' and dated 1904, miniature medal bar consisting of the Royal Red Cross 1st Class, Kaisar i Hind Medal 1st Class in Gold, Order of the Hospital of St John, and 1935 Silver Jubilee Medal, mounted as worn, together with 1935 Jubilee medallion, leather nurses belt with silver plated buckles, and portrait photograph/postcard of Ruth Darbyshire, born in 1878 in England Miss Darbyshire moved to Australia with her family, she began training as a nurse in Adelaide and returning to England around the beginning of the Boer War continued at St Thomas' Hospital in London , during her long nursing career Miss Darbyshire was Matron of the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary Derby, Matron of St Mary's Hospital Paddington, Matron of the 2nd London General Hospital Territorial Army Nursing Service, member of The Army Nursing Board, and in 1917 was sent out to India to become Chief Lady Superintendent of Lady Minto's Indian Nursing Association, she was Matron of University College Hospital London, and Matron in Chief of the British Red Cross Society from 1940 to 1943 in London, she was also a founder member of the College of Nursing, she was awarded the Royal Red Cross 1st Class in 1916 by King George V and the Kaisar i Hind Medal in Gold for her First World War services,she was also appointed Lady of Grace of the Order of the Hospital of St John and in January 1942 was awarded the C.B.E. in the New Years Honours List for services to nursing, Miss Darbyshire retired in 1935 due to ill health and passed away on 7th March 1946 at Bromley, Kent, a wonderful grouping to a remarkable Lady


Lot 7

Estimate

£100.00 - £150.00

Description

Victorian and First World War family grouping of medals, India 1895 Medal with clasp 'Punjab Frontier 1897-98' ( 63327 SHOEING SMITH J.A. SIBLEY K BY R.H.A.) together with First World War pair of medals British War Medal 1914-1918 and Victory Medal (P.O.16328 PTE. F.R. SIBLEY R.M.L.I.), Shoeing Smith Sibley of K Battery Royal Horse Artillery is shown as entitled to the India 1895 Medal with clasp though his initials are recorded as 'T.H.' instead of 'J.A.', known as Albert to his family, his son Frederick Richard Sibley who was born 4th December 1893 at Shipton Gorge, Dorset, enlisted in the Royal Marine Light Infantry on 8th December 1912, he served on several ships including H.M.S. Europa, H.M.S. St Vincent and the Battleship H.M.S. Malaya at the time of the Battle of Jutland, Malaya was hit 8 times by enemy shells during the battle and suffered 65 killed, the medal roll shows him entitled to the 1914-15 Star, as well as the BWM and Victory medal though his service records shows that he was only issued with the latter two medals while serving on H.M.S. Vivid on 30th June 1922, his service record also reveals that he could swim, passed as a butcher in 1914, qualified as a gunner ( Sea Service) and received two good conduct badges, although enlisting in Portsmouth Division R.M.L.I. he transferred to Plymouth Division in June 1920 and issued the new regimental number PLY 20756, also included are Fredericks Princess Mary gift tin, his 'Private Prayer for Seamen and Marines Afloat' annotated to the inside cover 'F.R. Sibley, "Canterbury" Be True, Be Brave, Be Good, 13.12.12.', a R.M.L.I. brass shoulder title and tunic button, a sweetheart brooch which has been fashioned from a R.M.L.I button fretted around the crown and anchor and backed with velvet, and a copy of a photograph of Frederick Sibley in walking out dress, (qty) (Frederick Sibley was the Brother in Law of Private Hubert Tiller 7th Royal Fusiliers whose medals are also in this auction)


Lot 8

Estimate

£200.00 - £300.00

Description

Boer War/First World War casualty grouping to an Indian Army Officer, to include The Queens South Africa Medal with four clasps 'Cape Colony', 'Orange Free State', 'South Africa 1901', 'South Africa 1902', (LIEUT. H.S.L. WOLLEY. RL. FUS.) 1914-15 Star ( CAPT. H.S.L. WOLLEY. 1/56/RFLS. F.F.) 1914-1918 British War Medal and Victory Medal (CAPT. H.S.L. WOLLEY) Defence Medal, mounted as worn, together with a group of miniature medals to the same awards, a medal ribbon bar with pin fitting for the QSA Medal,1914-15 Star, BWM and Victory Medal, a locally made officers cap badge with Kings crown to the 56th Punjabi Rifles (Frontier Force) with two integral lugs to the reverse, officers rank stars and crowns, British Legion lapel badges, Not Forgotten Association lapel badge, a brass button stick by 'Hall & Sons stamped '5MF 1039', British Legion cap badge, Major Wolleys monocle, a cutting from the Gloucestershire Echo dated March 4th 1957 announcing the death of Major H.S.L. Wolley and giving details of his life and career, all held in a leather case stamped 'H.S.L.Wolley', (Major Wolley was educated at Charterhouse School and was commissioned into the Royal Fusiliers in 1901, he served with the 2nd Battalion of the Regiment and the 9th Mounted Infantry Company during the 2nd Boer War, in 1904 he transferred to the 2nd Punjab Regiment in the Indian Army, raised in 1849 this regiment was designated the 56th Punjabi Rifles Frontier Force in 1906, during the First World War the 1st Battalion 56th Rifles F.F. served in Egypt and Aden and then in Mesopotamia where it fought in the battles for the relief of Kut Al Amara, the capture of Baghdad, and operations at Istabulat, Daur and Tikrit, Wolley was badly wounded during the operations in Mesopotamia forcing his early retirement from the army in 1921, he was an active member of the British Legion becoming Vice Chairman of the Cheltenham branch, during WW2 as part of the Local Defence Volunteers he was a staff officer at the HQ of General Sir Reginald Stevens, Major Wolley was also an active member of the Not Forgotten Association, he passed away on March 3rd 1957 at Godalming in Surrey), (qty)


Lot 9

Estimate

£150.00 - £250.00

Description

Trio of medals, Queens South Africa Medal with two clasps, 'South Africa 1902' and 'Cape Colony' (6169 PTE. W. ARNOLD. NORTHAMPTON. REGT.) 1914-1918 British War Medal and Victory Medal (19797 PTE. W. ARNOLD. R. WAR. R. ) , mounted on medal bar as worn, records show Private William Arnold of the 3rd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment entitled to the the QSA Medal and Pte. Arnold of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment entitled to the BWM and Victory Medal, he also served with the Labour Corps with the regimental number 528421


Lot 10

Estimate

£100.00 - £150.00

Description

George V Military Medal, unnamed as issued to foreign reipients