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WW1 Memorial Plaque & Trio & Brothers Medal to Hall 19th London’s

A Great War memorial plaque, 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal correctly named to 2777 Arthur Thomas Hall of the 19th Battalion (St Pancras) the London regiment. This comes with various original photographs of Arthur. With Arthurs trio and plaque was found Horace’s British war medal, this is correctly named as above.
Arthur Hall was born in St Pancras London around 1892, his father, also Arthur was a mobile Taylor’s cutter who supported a wife and five children, two girls and three boys. In 1911 Arthur was employed as a Tobacco factory clerk and in 1914 as soon as war broke out, he must have answered Kitchener’s call and enlisted at Camden Town for the 19th battalion, which then formed part of the 5th London Brigade, 2nd London Division. and on mobilisation moved to the St Albans area. Arthur landed in France on 10th March 1915. In May the division took its place in the line and was designated 47th (1/2nd London) Division, with the brigades numbered consecutively: 5th London became 141st (1/5th London) Brigade. The 1/19th served in this brigade throughout the war. their first engagement was the Battle of Festubert 24th–27nd May; this was the continuation of the Battle of Aubers Ridge (9th May) and part of the larger French Second Battle of Artois. The resumption of the British offensive was intended to assist the French Tenth Army offensive against Vimy Ridge near Arras, by attracting German divisions to the British front, rather than reinforcing the defenders opposite the French. The British lost 16,648 casualties from 15th/16th to 25th May, 47th Division had 2,355 losses.
From 25th September to 1st October the 19th battalion were heavily engaged at the Battle of Loos. The 1/19th formed part of the second wave attacking the southern side of Loos village itself. Its CO, Lt-Col Collison-Morley, was killed at the head of the battalion soon after leaving the trenches, and the 1/19th encountered stiff opposition in Loos cemetery before pushing on to clear houses and cellars in the village. It ended the day at its final objective, the coal-mine winding gear known as 'Tower Bridge'. 1/19th suffered the heaviest casualties in 47th Division that day 14 officers and 372 other ranks.
In the aftermath of the Battle of Loos, from 13th–19th October 1915 the 19th were fighting at the Actions of the Hohenzollern Redoubt; the British attack on 13th October failed and resulted in 3,643 casualties, mostly in the first few minutes.
In 1916 Arthur’s brother Horace probably joined the battalion and it must have been a feeling of joy and dismay, for Arthur to see his younger brother in uniform, having already been in action. They must have laughed and joked together and talked of home, when they could and Arthur must have felt some kind of responsibility for young Horace.
On the 7th April 1916 now Serjeant Arthur Hall was killed in action at Vimy Ridge; the assault on the ridge didn’t really open until 9th of April, there were early smaller skirmishes and what was called crater fighting, which the 19th battalion were involved. Arthur is now remembered with honour at the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, it was used mostly by the 47th (London) Division and the Canadian Corps until August 1917, who fought at Vimy against the German forces, they seized the village of Souchez and the surrounding countryside, as they advanced through Northern France in 1914. German artillery units were able to control this sector of the front from two ridges which flanked the village – Vimy Ridge to the east, and Notre Dame de Lorette to the west. After 12 months of bitter fighting, the French forces captured the high ground at Lorette in the autumn of 1915. When the French handed this part of the line to the Commonwealth forces in March 1916, Vimy Ridge was still in German hands. Vimy Ridge was the key to the German defensive system in this sector. It protected an area of occupied France in which coal mines and factories were in full production for the German war effort and the fortified vantage points on the ridge dominated the surrounding battlefields. It is mostly known as a Canadian battle, where they suffered more than 10,000 casualties, 3,500 of whom were killed, but many British men also died there, of which Arthur Hall was one.
Private Horace Hall survived the war, unlike his brother, it is believed that Horace went on to become a Civil servant in later life. during the war he also served for a time with the 21st London’s in the same 47th division and went on to see action on the battlefields of the Somme, the 3rd battle of Ypres, the battle of Cambrai an the German Spring Offensive of 1918. Horace’s story needs more research.
The plaque comes in its original cardboard envelope and all of the medals are in excellent original condition and with original ribbons. The photos are all in very good condition except one which is worn, it looks like it was kept in a wallet by a loved one.
A super lot it another brave young man who was lost at a little known British engagement.

Code: 25137Price: 285.00 GBP


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Victorian Rifle Officers Whistle, Chain & Boss.

A stunning heavy gauge sterling silver, chain and lion head boss, worn by rifle officers during the 19th century, from the Napoleonic wars to the 1880’s. this one is in lovely condition, the boss has its original back plate and although it isn’t hallmarked, it tests as .925 sterling silver, even the chain. The back plate is silver-plated. The whistle unusually has a Tudor rose on the top, but obviously, this could be a Yorkshire or a Lancashire rose, so this may be connected to one of these county’s regiments.
A very fine piece, which will look fabulous in any collection.

Code: 25136Price: 145.00 GBP


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Victorian Infantry Officers Belt Buckle.

A stunning Victorian infantry officer’s belt buckle circa 1880. These were used as a general service buckle worn by most infantry officers during the period. They are not uncommon, but what is different about this one is the condition. it is made from a solid brass back plate with a separate sterling silver wreath featuring Queen Victoria’s cypher. This buckle looks hardly used and comes with its original brass belt loop, so it is ready to fix to a belt. It measures 2.5 x 2 inches, not including the belt loops.

Code: 25135Price: 115.00 GBP


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WW1 Memorial Plaque to Ernest Ward Suffolk’s Killed Gallipoli.

WW1 memorial plaque for 1271 Private Ernest Ward of the 1/5th battalion Suffolk Regiment.
I find it always sad to research and write a description for a casualty, especially a memorial plaque that has been separated for its medals. but this plaque was found in a local house clearance recently. The plaque comes in its original oak mount, which has had a badge applied probably at the time it was mounted. This time I have been lucky and all the work has been done for my by the Hadleigh Great War Centenary Project, a really interesting site and well worth a look by anyone interested in the great war.
Ernest was born in Hadleigh in 1896. The 1901 Census report him as living at home with his parents John and Hannah Maria and his siblings; John A (15), Henry W (13), Robert G (10), Frederick (8) and Kathleen (1) at 1Gallows Hill, Hadleigh. By 1911, older brothers John, Henry and Robert have all left home. John had married Alice Carter and moved to 5 Calais Street and Henry and Robert had both joined the Army. In 1911 Ernest was working as a fishmonger's assistant.
The 1/5th Battalion was raised in August 1914 , in Bury St Edmunds. It formed part of the Norfolk & Suffolk Brigade, East Anglian Division. On the 18th May 1915 the formation were renamed 153rd Brigade, and 54th (East Anglian) Division.
Once mobilised the 1st/5th Suffolk’s spent a number of months carrying out home service tasks. At that time territorial units were liable for home service only and were not required to deploy overseas. However, when it became apparent that more troops would be needed for overseas service, the men of the battalion were asked to volunteer. After giving this some serious thought, 72% of the men volunteered and the battalion was redesigned 1st/5th Suffolk Regiment. Those who opted to stay on home service duties only, became the 2nd/5th Suffolks.
The 1st/5th Suffolks completed their training and preparation and were re-equipped for service in the eastern theatre. They embarked along with the rest of 163rd Brigade and the 54th Eastern Division at the end of July from Liverpool bound for Gallipoli. They arrived and went ashore at Suvla Bay on 10th August 1915 and were quickly moved forward and by midday on the 12th were manning the forward trenches on the Anafarta Plain. At 4pm they were ordered forward as part of a 163rd Brigade operation to clear the Plain of snipers in preparation for a much larger Divisional operation that was planned for the following day. The battalion was on the left of the brigade line and 'A' Company made up of Hadleigh men were in the first wave. There was at least 75 Hadleigh men involved and this was a true baptism of fire. They were told it would be a straight forward advance to mop up the odd sniper, but in reality they faced a determined and ruthless enemy. The enemies intimate knowledge of the ground was key. They sniped the Suffolk’s who could not see the firing points and even if they could, they had no artillery support to combat the snipers. In addition, the Turks made best use of their own artillery which ultimately halted the brigades advance. The Suffolk’s fell back to a shallow river bed / ditch where they formed the new front line.
A few days later they were relieved and returned to the reserve trenches where they discovered that the attack had cost them dearly; 11 Officers and 178 Other Ranks were killed, wounded or missing. Although official records suggest that many of the Suffolks went missing on or after the 21st Aug, we now believe that they were actually lost during the advance on the 12th.
On that day, at least 16 men from Hadleigh were killed. Due to the nature of the fighting, their bodies were never recovered from the battlefield until the early 1920s. By then the remains were unrecognisable and could not be identified. The remains were most likely buried in Azmak Commonwealth War Grave Commission cemetery in an unmarked grave. This cemetery is in the area were the Suffolk’s bravely held the front line. Their names, of which Ernest is one, are commemorated on the impressive Helles Memorial which stands on the southern tip of the Gallipoli peninsular.
In 2002 a new housing estate was built in Hadleigh. A number of the houses on the estate were allocated as military quarters for service personnel serving in the area. During the planning phase for this development it was decided that since the estate would have a military connection, that the street names would be named after local military heroes. Ward Close was named after the Ward brothers.
The plaque is in very good condition as is the oak mount; the back is sealed and has never been opened.

Code: 25134Price: 95.00 GBP


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Silver Mounted Riding Crop & Whip – Hon F A Stewart-MacKenzie MID Killed Italy WW2.

A very poignant piece belonging to one of the counties brightest piers, who courageously lost his life during world war two.
Francis Alan Brodrick. This is a riding / hunting whip is of the highest quality made by Swaine & Aden London. It has a carved stag horn top and the main shaft is covered with platted leather. It still retains its original platted leather whip. There is a very heavy silver collar which has been engraved “Presented to; The Honorable Francis Alan Brodrick on his 21st Birthday by the Peper Harrow Cricket Club. Feb 27th 1931”.
The honourable Francis Alan Brodrick was born 1910. He was the second son of the Right Honourable St John Brodrick KP. PC. The 1st Earl of Midleton. His mother was his father’s second wife; Madeleine Cecilia Carlyle Brodrick, the elder daughter of Colonel the Honourable John Constantine Stanley. The family estate was in Peper Harrow, Surrey and it was acquired by the family in 1712. The housr was built in 1765 and the grounds landscaped by Capability Brown. The estate was broken up in 1942 when the Earl of Midleton died. The house is now a complex of private apartments.
Francis Broderick, with his elder brother were schooled at Furley’s and rose to be a senior prefect and the president of the boat club in his final year; he also became a Sergeant Major in the schools OTC.
Francis served on the Surrey cricket club committee from 1923 to 1925. On the 23rd January 1937 he married Margaret Lyell, the daughter of Major the Honourable Charles Lyell of Kinnordy, whos brother captain Lord Lyell won a VC in north Africa during the second world war.
In 1933, on the death of his great aunt, the Baroness Seaforth, he succeeded to the Seaforth estates and changed his name to Francis Alan Stewart-Mackenzie of Seaforth. He was employed as a London stock broker and worked for Hichens, Harrison, Woolston & Co, of which he made partner in 1933.
From 1929 Francis held a territorial commission in the Surrey yeomanry, in 1939, as a major, he was put in charge of 392 battery, 98 field regiment, Royal Artillery. He was sent to France with the original BEF and after narrowly escaping capture during the retreat from Dunkirk, he was mentioned in despatches for his actions. His regiment went on to North Africa in June 1942 and as second in command of his regiment, he saw much fighting especially at Alamein. After North Africa, he was posted to Italy, his unit fought through all the Sicilian actions and the invasion of Italy in late 1943.
Francis Stewart-mackenzie was killed at Rossano near Salerno, on the 11th September 1943. He was killed by a mine while entering a booby trapped house. He is now remembered with honour at the Salerno War Cemetery, his grave V.F.33 lies next to his brother who died a day later in the same action. They are both commemorated on the war memorial at the Church of St James the Great in Dingwall.
The whip comes with copies of commonwealth war graves details and certificate and a potted history.

Code: 25133Price: 140.00 GBP


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Wonderful Set of 36 Boer War Stereo Viewing Cards by Underwood

This is a fantastic full set of 36 stereo view cards all depicting scenes from the Boer war, they were produced by Underwood & Underwood Publishers and are copyrighted for 1900, each card has a detailed photographic scene most with regiments including, Suffolks, munsters, Marines, Irish, London Imperial famous people, local scenes and many many more. They come in super condition and are in their original box of issue, this has signs of age and is missing one section of cardboard.

Code: 25132Price: 125.00 GBP


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Excellent WW2 Group of Medals Etc - Red Cross Nurse

This is a great set of five medals issued to Vera Pond of the British Red Cross Society who served through WW2, she was awarded a devoted service certificate by the Red cross and order of St John which is included, in the framed group of medals there are: a three year service, a 1946 dated ‘for merit’ medal, a dated 1944 Red Cross first aid, a 1945 nursing and a 1946 infant and child welfare medal, also within the frame is small white metal royal life saving society ‘respiration service’ badge. There is nice group photograph of nurses and a single photo of Vera.
All items come in super condition.

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Edward VII Volunteer Force Long Service Medal & Miniature.

The Volunteer Long Service Medal was instituted in 1894 as an award for long service by other ranks and some officers of the United Kingdom's Volunteer Force. Award of the medal was discontinued when it was superseded by the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal in 1908. This one is in perfect condition, unnamed and comes with its original sterling silver miniature medal.

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Victorian Officers Tunic 1855 – 1868.

A Victorian Field Officers Tunic in service from 1855 to 1874. It is made of scarlet cloth with collar and cuffs with a facing colour of dark blue. At the time this would relate to either Royal Sussex regiment, 35th & 107th of foot. The Royal Berkshire regiment, 49th & 66th of foot. Or the Queens Own Royal West Kent, 50th & 97th of foot.
It has gold lace with the collar laced all round edged with white piping. The cuffs have two rows of lace which denotes a field officer. In 1868 the cuff decorated changed to the three pointed style, so this tunic would date before that. The officers rank was worn on the collar, this and the original buttons are missing; later buttons with a king’s crown have been added.
On the back there are three rows of lace edged with white piping, again denoting a field officer, which would have held the rank of Major, Lieutenant Colonel or Colonel.
Inside is lined in two-thirds silk and a third white wool cloth. Melton wool same as the scarlet material used at this period.
This scarce tunic is looking a bit tired, it has been displayed in a museum for the past 40 years and it a bit dirty and has had some moth damage. It has now been entirely treated against any further infestation, believe me, nothing comes into my house until it has been thoroughly treated against moth and other destructive bugs.
With a little TLC this could be a wonderful exhibit and quite a valuable piece of Victorian uniform. A steam clean, minor sewing work and original buttons and insignia, it will look fantastic.
It is quite a large size for the period, measuring a 38/40 inch chest, so it will fit a modern manikin.

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WW1 Victory Medal to 27 Punjabis.

A good WW1 victory medal correctly named and awarded to 2599 Sepoy Munshi of the 27th Punjabis.
During the First World War, the infantrymen served on the North West Frontier of India, Egypt, France and Mesopotamia. In Mesopotamia, they fought under Major General Keary in the 3rd division who saw acting in the relief of Kut al Amara. A terrible and bloody campaign, which has little recognition.
The medal is in good condition but has suffered a little wear, please see pictures.

Code: 25128Price: 12.00 GBP

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