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Super WW1 Territorial Group to 5th Suffolks / RE. Born Southwold.

A beautiful WW1 and later territorial group court mounted and all awarded to Serjeant Edward George Porter of the 5th Battalion Suffolk Regiment and Royal Engineers. For all details of the naming on the medals, please see bottom of page.
Edward G Porter was born in Southwold Suffolk in 1878. His father was the town Police officer and they lived in the Police House in the high street. As a young boy Edward was employed as a Telegraph messenger boy, this was a lifelong service with the post office.
In 1900 Edward enlisted into the local company of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Suffolk Regiment, now in civilian life he has progressed to a Sorting Clerk in the town’s main post office
With the reformation of the volunteer battalions into territorial regiments during 1908, Edward was transferred to the 5th Battalion Suffolk regiment and numbered 107, now at the rank of Lance Serjeant. In 1912 he was promoted to full Serjeant and two years later awarded his territorial Efficiency medal, just a few months before war broke out. Included is an original photograph of Edward with his chums in the 5th Suffolk’s, Edward is the Serjeant in the centre.
When the war broke out in August 1914, Edward was still with the 5th Suffolk’s and obviously called upon to serve. Due to his experience with the post office he was transferred to the Royal engineers signal dept and sent to Chatham in Kent for signal training as a private. He passed out of Chatham in January 1915 with the qualification of Telegraphic Office – Skilled in the Field. He was found a place with the 35th Co, and was immediately promoted to corporal, as most signallers were, and in the May of the same year promoted to Serjeant, then transferred to the 36th Co RE. These men were constantly in the front line, preparing and taking communications from one part or another, usually under shellfire. In fact Edwar received two injuries relating to his work, in the December 1917 while descending into a mine dugout, he slid injuring his back; and in 1918 then serving with the 42nd divisional signal coy, “it was at night, when himself and a lineman were out repairing a line, when he had to climb a bank to tap into a cable, when he slipped and cut his hand on a broken bottle, which was sticking out of the ground”. The accident was probably a bit more serious than the report suggests, as a few days later he is listed in a hospital back in the UK.
Serjeant Edward George Porter survived the war and he was discharged in to the reserve in the February 1919. After the war he lived in Newmarket with his wife, who he married in October 1900 and his three children. With his prior experience and his war service, the Post Office welcomed him back as a sorting clerk and later Telegraphist. He remained with the PO until he retired; they recognised his lifelong service with the 1937 Coronation medal and the Imperial service medal.
The 1914/15 star trio is correctly named to; 65411 Sjt. E. G. Porter R.E. The Imperial service medal; Edward George Porter. The George VI Coronation medal; unnamed as issued. The Territorial Efficiency medal; 107 Sjt. E. G. Porter 5/Suff: Regt.
All six medals are in excellent original condition and were obviously unworn or mounted until recent years. They now come court mounted and with; A large solid silver medallion entitled ‘Ryan Memorial Trophy’ engraved ‘Serg E. G. Porter. Winner of H Company Challenge Cup. 1912’. An original photograph as mentioned above. Original award certificates for the Coronation medal and the imperial service medal. also his original WW1 ID, discharge and medal documents. His original signallers badge, R. E. and Suffolk’s badges. Plus various copied paperwork, such as service papers, medal index card and London Gazette.
A fabulous lot to a loyal and dedicated Southwold man.

Code: 25635Price: 285.00 GBP


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Victorian Officers 1895 Pattern Levee Dress Sword.

A Victorian officers dress Levee or Levy sword, these were straight bladed light weight versions of a particular pattern of sword, worn with the number one dress or for ceremonial duties; a little rarer than other officers sword of the period, as only officers of the regular army got to use them. This one is an 1895 pattern infantry officers sword; it has a half basket hilt with Queen Victoria’s cypher, ray skin grip with twisted silver wire. It has a typical thin blade and it is a little usual to see etching to the upper part of the blade on both sides, blades are usually found completely plain. It comes with its original metal scabbard.
The condition is very good, just a few small faults; a small piece of the Ray skin is missing from the grip and the whole piece needs a light clean, it will come up beautiful. The blade is good and clean with just some light pitting to the tip. The scabbard is in good order, no rust but the patination is blotchy and needs cleaning back; or leave it just as it is for those who like to see things original and untouched.
A cracking little sword in good order overall.
Ref. 22074
Ship to UK mainland only
Shipping will be via courier priced at £14.95 due to size and weight

Code: 25634Price: 145.00 GBP


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WW2 Group 4 to Pilot Officer Parker RAF.

An interesting little lot found in a house clearance in Norwich Norfolk. it comprises of a group of 4 medals, the 1939-45 star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence medal and the 1939/45 war medal in named box of issue addressed to; E. A. parker ESQ. 12 Baldwin Crescent, Camberwell, London. S. E. 5. Also in the box with the medal issue slip confirming the medals and at the top the service number 173067. With the medal box came just a handful of original photographs including a portrait photo of a young pilot officer wearing his uniform and bombers insignia. This relates to Pilot Officer Edward Albert Parker who served with the 431 squadron. This was a Royal Canadian air force squadron who flew out of Burn in north Yorkshire. The squadron began operations on 2nd March 1943, as part of No.6 (RCAF) Group, and remained part of Bomber Command's main force for the rest of the war. They flew Vickers Wellington’s and Handley page Halifax’s.
The medals are in excellent original condition and look as if they have never been out of the box. Also with these things was a war time driving award silver class medal, named to E. A. Parker, this is a little worn. The photographs are interesting and show various different aircraft and a crashed staff car.
A nice lot to one of the RAF’s air crew who flew over France and Germany during the war.

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Pair Cavalry Officers Dress Wellington Boots.

A beautiful vintage pair of cavalry officers dress Wellington boots. All leather with a penitent leather bottom half and they come with their original cavalry spurs still attached. They have leather soles but they have been resoled in modern times with a harder wearing rubber.
The condition is superb and they look hardly worn, the bottom has the number 12, which I assume is the size, but I’m not sure, so they measure, 12 inches from heal to toe and at the widest part of the foot, they measure 4.25 inches wide.

Code: 25632Price: 45.00 GBP


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Superb Set WW1 Grenadier Guards Brass Insignia.

A wonderful original set of WW1 era Grenadier guards brass insignia, including; cap badge, 7 large uniform buttons and 6 small. A pair of collar dogs, a pair of shoulder titles and an expert shot qualification sleeve badge with backing plate. All of these items are in very good original condition, which have been issued and used.

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WW1 Tank Corps Cap Badge & Button.

WW1 era all brass tank Corps cap badge, it is in beautiful condition with light patination. The slider on the back is marked J. R. Gaunt London. This comes with a rare original brass uniform button marked Armfield & Co Ltd. Birmingham. This is the same condition.

Code: 25630Price: 45.00 GBP


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Boxed Collection – Squadrons of the RAF Coin Collection

Issued by the Westminster mint and made from copper with 24ct gold plate this set of six cased coins were struck in 2013 to celebrate the squadrons of the RAF, from what I have seen there are 24 in the set broken down into sets of six contained in a purpose made wood effect case designed to take the coins and a wallet with the certificates of authenticity, within this case there are the following squadrons: 101, No1, 617, 39, the aerobatic team of the Red Arrows and RAF memorial flight, there are 5 certificates 39 squadron being omitted but No1 being duplicated, possibly an error from the factory. All are in super condition and the box measures 10.5 inches x 9.

Code: 25629Price: 65.00 GBP


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WW2 Era Cast Brass Bi-Plane

This is a good quality solid cast brass bi-plane, made in the style of the ones used during WW2, I cant identify it to a definite model, probably a swordfish or similar. It has been cast and shows some rough areas on the under side of the wing edges but does have a revolving propeller, comes in good order and measures 7 inches long on the wings. This is heavy and shipping will be £6.95

Code: 25628Price: 35.00 GBP


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WW1 Era Relic Condition Head from a Rifle Grenade

This is a good but relic condition head from a rifle grenade usually seen with a long rod that fired from a purpose made rifle, this one is probably a smooth bodied grenade as apposed to the heavily rifled body grenades. It comes in fair condition for a relic, rusty on the head with brass fittings, it measures 5.75 inches long.

Code: 25627Price: 22.00 GBP


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Interesting Death Scroll for WW1 Casualty –Golden Roll of Honour

Although it is a death scroll to commemorate a fallen man (more on him later) it is the scroll itself that is interesting, very briefly in the early 1930’s a former Captain came up with the idea of sending these scrolls to the families of the fallen, he accessed death information from the imperial war graves commission, created the scrolls and sent them out unsolicited to the families, requesting payment and offering further services, at a cost of course!, my research shows only a couple of these in museums and that is where I found the information which is printed off and will go with the scroll. Was this a scam? probably, maybe with good intentions but to modern day eyes very ‘iffy’.
The scroll is dedicated to Private Alfred David Sutton 22791 7th battalion Northamptonshire regiment who died on the 7th August 1917 and who is remembered with honour at the Lijssenthoek military cemetery Belgium, Alfred was most likely a member of the ‘Mobbs own’ another interesting aspect for the 7th batt, Edgar Mobbs, a famous rugby player whose character encouraged other men to volunteer and who became a Lieutenant Colonel and was killed just a week before Albert at the attack of Shrewsbury forest, again information printed and sent with the scroll.
The scroll itself is in fair condition, looks like it has been rolled all its life but shows signs of age with some edge faults. It measures just under 20 inches by just under 13.
Bit of a museum piece this one and I was tempted to keep it but it would just remain rolled up in a drawer, it needs someone to frame it up and keep the information for subsequent generations.

Code: 25626Price: 22.00 GBP

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