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Superb WW1 Collection of Items to O’Shea DCM Royal Munster Fusiliers.

Superb WW1 Collection of Items to O’Shea DCM Royal Munster Fusiliers.

A vast collection of personal items all belonging to 9487 Company Serjeant Major John O’Shea of the 1st battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers and later the East Yorkshire Regiment and Coventry Home Guard. Who was awarded the mentioned in dispatches and the DFC plus the 1914/15 star trio during the First World War.
Included here is his original R M F brass bedplate, trench art matchbox holder, with both the Musters and West Yorkshires badges. White metal topped Royal Munster Fusiliers swagger stick. Two crucifixes, one with beaded chain. Horn hafted pen knife, pocket watch or whistle chain, Warrant officer sleeve badge, Brass East Yorkshire regiment named desk plate. Various post WW1 and WW2 army booklets, 1930’s era Military Wrist Watch. Post WW1 wedding photo 6 East Yorkshire Regiment photographs. His 1918 Warrant promotion certificate. WW2 defence medal in named and addressed box of issue, Lieut J. J. 90 Morris Avenue, Wyken, Coventry, plus various other badges etc.
1st Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers were in Rangoon, Burma when war broke out in August 1914. They returned to Britain, landing at Avonmouth on the 10th of January 1915. They joined 86th Brigade, 29th Division at Coventry and on the 16th of March 1915 they sailed from Avonmouth for Gallipoli, via Alexandria and Mudros. They landed at Cape Helles on the 25th of April 1915 suffering heavy casualties and on the 30th of April they merged with the 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers forming a unit nick named the 'Dubsters'. They resumed their own identity on the 19th of May 1915. They were evacuated from Gallipoli in the first week of January, returning to Egypt. On the 13th of March 1916 they sailed from Port Said for Marseilles and travelled by train to the Somme. On the 25th of April 1916 they transferred to the Lines of Communication and on the 28th joined 48th Brigade, 16th (Irish) Division, absorbing the disbanded 9th Munsters. They were in action on the Somme during the Battle of Guillemont in which the Division captured the village and the Battle of Ginchy. On the 22nd of November 1916 they transferred to 47th Brigade, still with 16th (Irish) Division absorbing over 400 troops from the disbanding 8th Munsters. In 1917 they fought at the Battle of Messines and the Battle of Langemark, during the Third Battles of Ypres. At this point John O’Shea was a Serjeant with the 1st battalion Munsters and during the Battle of Langemark he was awarded the DCM. “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in bombing and capturing and enemy post. He set a fine example of courage and coolness combined with sound judgment, and later he pushed forward and obtained valuable information enabling a trench to be captured and further facilitating the success of the advance.”
In 1918 they were in action on the Somme, suffering very heavy casualties. On the 19th of April they transferred to 172nd Brigade, 57th (2nd North Midland) Division absorbing the 2nd Munsters. They were in action during the Second Battles of Arras, the Battles of the Hindenburg Line, including assisting in the capture of Cambrai in October, The occupation of Lille and the Final Advance in Artois. At the Armistice the 57th Division was at rest in the eastern suburbs of Lille. They moved to Arras on the 21st of November to assist with the clear up and the Division was demobilised between March and July 1919.
After the war, John stayed in the army and was transferred to the 2nd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, he remained in the army till at least 1928, when he was married Edith and they had one daughter Molly and taking employment as a raw material stacker.
During the 2nd world war he was called upon once again and served with the Coventry Home Guard as a Lieutenant.
Loads more research is needed on this lot, a very long serving soldier who in the amidst of war proved himself to be gallant and unyielding in his courageousness against the enemy.
Also with this lot comes a little copied research. Medal index card, Citation for the DCM, London Gazette entry card, Census info etc.
Please also see a separate Nursing lot to his daughter Molly O’Shea, who was one of the first nurses working for the NHS after the war.

Code: 27451

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More Photographs of the O'Shea Collection

More Photographs of the O'Shea Collection

More photographs of the vast collection of personal items all belonging to 9487 Company Serjeant Major John O’Shea of the 1st battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers and later the East Yorkshire Regiment and Coventry Home Guard.

Code: 27450

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Victorian Naval Officers Sword

Victorian Naval Officers Sword

A lovely example of the Victorian Naval Officers sword. It has a gilt brass hilt, lion head pommel, its main rippling down the hilt’s back piece. It has half basket guard with the anchor below Queen Victoria’s crown and a folding part which locks the scabbard. The hilt also still retains its original bullion wire sword knot. The hilt is in wonderful original condition and it still retains nearly all of its original gilt finish.
It has a good long steel blade which is beautifully etched with foliate scrolls, anchor and the Queens cypher. The makers details are obscured by some light pitting but the proof button is very visible and clean and this is marked for Galt, Gieve & Co Portsmouth. The blade is in very good order, however there are small areas of pitting; one 4 inches down the blade and another 5 inches from the tip. The tip is perfect and untouched. Please see pictures for damage.
Lastly we have a leather a brass scabbard, there is slight wear to the decoration on the scabbard’s Mouth piece, middle band and chape; but the leather is in excellent order.
A lovely Victorian sword, in good order original and untouched, measuring 36.5 inches long.
Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £12.95

Code: 27449

370.00 GBP


Stunning George V Court Sword By Wilkinson.

Stunning George V Court Sword By Wilkinson.

A really beautiful sword with solid brass hilt retaining its original sword knot, crown pommel and shell type guard. It has a wonderful blued and etched long straight blade; this is etched with foliate scrolls and the king George V cypher, plus the Wilkinson Sword makers mark at the ricasso. It comes with its original leather and brass scabbard with a ornate frog button. The whole sword is in excellent condition, no damage to report. A beautiful quality sword, which measures 38, inches long.
Shipping to Uk mainland only via courier priced at £12.95

Code: 27448

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17th Century Wheelock Gun Tool.

17th Century Wheelock Gun Tool.

A very rare piece of kit used around the civil war era on Wheelock guns. This was the field tool used to nap flints, gun repairs and a pricker to unblock the touchhole. It is made of hand-forged steel and comes in excellent condition with some wrigglework decoration.
It measures 5 inches long with a 3 inch pricker.

Code: 27446

175.00 GBP


WW1 French Artillery Tunic – German Captured.

WW1 French Artillery Tunic – German Captured.

A very interesting and scarce WW1 French Artillery tunic. It is made of dark blue wool with red piping, brass artillery buttons and flaming bomb collar tabs. Inside it is lined with linin and covered with regiment and issue stamps, including a German Capture stamp, please see pictures.
After doing a bit of research on this, I’ve found that the Germans would sell enemy clothing to raise money for war funds.
The condition of this tunic is beautiful, obviously used and it has some wear, but overall it is excellent, no moth rips or repairs.
A very unusual piece of WW1 uniform measuring a 40 inch chest.

Code: 27445

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Victorian MkIV Martini Henry Sword Bayonet

Victorian MkIV Martini Henry Sword Bayonet

A British Victorian P1887 MkIV Martini-Henry sword bayonet, this is one of the converted 1st model patt 1886 E-M trials bayonets, approx 24,000 converted by Enfield in 1891, it carries the ‘C91 mark on the ricasso for converted 1891. It has a steel birds head pommel with locking catch which runs into the chequered leather grips. A steel cross guard with muzzle ring and thick straight quillon.
The long steel blade has a single fuller on both sides with a host of marks at the ricasso, it is also stamped on the cross guard with the number 2390, please see pictures.
This iconic bayonet is in lovely original condition, slight staining to the pommel, no cracking or chipping to the grips, slight pitting to the cross guard, the blade is good and clean with np pitting just very slight staining. The spear point tip is original and hasn’t been reformed, which is quite usual for a used blade of this age, they were often damaged in the field.
A very good example of this type of bayonet, an elegant piece. It measures 23.75 inches long.
Shipping to UK mainland only.

Code: 27444

130.00 GBP


WW2 Group 4 to RAF Casualty DFM Winner.

WW2 Group 4 to RAF Casualty DFM Winner.

A small but poignant group of four medals, the 1939/45 star, the Burma star, the defence and war medal in named and addressed box of issue named to; E. C. Morton 17 Dale Terrace, Brown Road, Fulwell, Durham. Awarded to 47899 Flight Lieutenant Henry Morton DFM 228 Squadron, who went missing presumed killed on sea patrol 1944. The medals comes with his death scroll named to A / Flt Lieut Henry Morton DFM. RAF.
A lot more research is needed on this man, but I have had a little look for him and found that he was serving with the 228 squadron flying the Short Sunderland flying boat No JM709. He took off from Pembroke Dock at 5.37 on 6th January 1944, to carry out an ani-submarine patrol in the bay of Biscay. There were no communications from the aircraft after it took off and it never returned to base. There was no sign of the aircraft, it had just disappeared. It was assumed that the aircraft and crew were lost at sea. He was reported missing on 23rd March 1944, and presumed dead on the 19th April 1944.
Flight Lieutenant Morton was an experienced pilot winning the Distinguished Flying Medal in 1942, appearing in the London Gazette on the 20th November 1942, however, his DFM is missing as wasn’t with his WW2 boxed medals.
Flight Lieutenant Henry Morton is now remembered with honour at the Runnymede memorial. He was the sone of Henry and Hanna Morton and Husband of Eliza Cecilia Morton of Fulwell Co Durham.
All three medals are in perfect order and look as if they have never been out of the box. The Death Scroll is a little foxed and faded but comes in its original frame, I have cleaned it up best as I am able, the back it open and it could do with a thorough clean.

Code: 27443

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Scarce Post WW2 Battle Dress Blouse RASC Airborne.

Scarce Post WW2 Battle Dress Blouse RASC Airborne.

A scarce post WW2 Battle Dress Blouse complete with insignia including Royal Army Service Corps shoulder titles and the unique blue Pegasus badges only used for the RASC airborne units. These units were attached to the 6th Airborne and comprises of the 63rd, 398th and 716th Companies. After the second world war they saw service in Palestine (1945-48), Malaya (1948-60), and Korea (1950-53), Suez (1956). During the 1960’s they were amalgamated into the Royal Transport Regiment.
This uniform comes in excellent original condition and iot comes with a WW2 ribbon bar.
A scarce addition to any airborne collection.

Code: 27442

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Post WW2 Collection District Nurse & Midwife Molly O’Shea

Post WW2 Collection District Nurse & Midwife Molly O’Shea

Here is an interesting and large collection all relating to one lady Molly O’Shea district nurse and midwife, this also links in to the listing this week for the DCM winner who was her father. The collection includes two Queens institute of district nursing badges one in brass the other gilt metal with enamel engraved to her on the back for 21 years service, two Fattorini General Nursing Council badges one in original box dated 1949 and ’50, a really super and comprehensive photograph album which details her medical service from 1949 onwards, there are many pics of her in uniform and with friends, from what I can see she moved around the country in different nursing districts and served as a midwife, there is one page with various pics of soldiers, two I think are of her dad (the DCM winner) his East Yorks Reg in 1934 and some African Gold coast where he may have served, there are also pics of Coventry where the family ultimately lived, there is a page with a family named as the ‘Crudgingtons’ who lived at 88 Morris avenue, there is a medal box for the father showing him living at 90 Morris ave, so that ties them all together.
Molly was born in 1928 and her birth record in a scrap book bears this out, there is an assortment of other items with the group including a Bakelite name plate, a small autograph book, various badges and religious items. A nice historic group of items to a lady who would have been at the forefront of the birth of the NHS, all items in very good condition.

Code: 27441

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