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Scarce Edwardian 4th Berkshire Regiment officers Levee Sword.
A superb Edward VII officers Levee sword inscribed to the 4th Berkshire regiment. probably made around circa 1905 it is the 1897 pattern sword with pierced and engraved guard with Edward VII cypher. The hilt is excellent, still retaining its nickel plate and the grip is perfect, ray skin bound with silver wire.
The blade is exceptional, it has been finely etched with scrolls and foliage and on one side is Edward’s cypher with the makers mark for Hobson & Son, Lexington Street, London. This sits below the royal arms, by appointment to the king. On the other side is the brass button proof mark, the officer’s monogram and ‘4th Royal Berkshire Regt’ below the kings crown. This blade is in perfect order, no rust pitting or staining, not even at the tip.
It has a plated steel scabbard, which is clean and free from dents. It has light pitting and some very minor loss to the plating in very small areas.
The 4th battalion Royal Berkshire regiment was a territorial battalion and served with the South Midland Brigade in South Midland Division during the first world war. they saw action in France and then Italy, here the Division had the distinction on 3 November of surrounding and capturing the commender of the Austrian III Corps (General von Ritter-Romer), three Divisional commanders and about 14 battalions.
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Code: 24807Price: 265.00 GBP

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Death Plaque & Trio to Phillips 3rd Grenadier Guards.

WW1 memorial plaque and 1914/15 star trio correctly named to; 22352 Private (later corporal) William Phillips of the 3rd battalion Grenadier Guards.
William Phillips was born in Chawton Hampshire around 1894 and he enlisted into the Grenadier Guards in Guilford Surrey in 1914. He first entered the theatre of war in France on 5th October 1915 landing in Le Havre. The 3rd battalion joined the 2nd Guard’s brigade, Guards Division and went on to partake in the actions at the battles of Loos, the Somme, the German retreat to the Hindenburg line, the third battle of Ypres, the battle of Cambrai and in 1918 the battle of the Somme and the Hindenburg line.

On 21 March 1918 the German Army launched a large-scale offensive against the Allied front on the Somme battlefield. The offensive is known as the Kaiserschlacht or the Kaiser's Battle and for the British, the 2nd battle of Picardy. The offensive on the Somme battle sector was codenamed Operation Michael. It was the first of several German large-scale attacks made against the Allied line on the northern part of the Western Front in the spring of 1918.
Here the German Supreme Command committed thousands of troops, tons of equipment and hundreds of guns as part of a plan to make a series of large-scale surprise offensives and diversions against almost every sector of the Allied lines. This caused very high casualties, almost every available British troop was sent to the front line. It was in this carnage I believe that William was badly wounded and later died of his wounds in the 20th General Hospital on the 20th May 1918, aged 24 years.
William Phillips is now remembered with honour at the Etaples Military Cemetery. He was the son of Frederick and Annie Phillips, of Hoe Bridge Cottage, Old Woking, Surrey.
The plaque and trio are all in very good condition, the medals come on original ribbons. the star is original but the naming is not conventional, so this may be a late issue or an officially renamed as there is an official correction to one of the numbers. This lot comes with an old photograph of William, which has spent most of its life in a frame, it is a little faded and foxed. You can imagine it sat on Fred and Annie’s sideboard for years in remembrance of the son they lost. also various copied paperwork, medal index card, Commonwealth war grave details and certificate, soldiers died in the great war, soldiers effects etc.

Code: 24806Price: 225.00 GBP

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WW1 1915 Star Trio to King Royal Navy – HMS Neptune Jutland

An interesting WW1 1914/15 star trio correctly named to; J27192 Percival Alfred King Ordinary Telegrapher (Leading Telegrapher on pair) Royal Navy.
Percy King was born on 6th December 1897 in Bournemouth Hampshire. He enlisted as a Boy II in the RN in the September of 1913. He spent time on a number of shore based training ships until 10th September 1914, when he was transferred to HMS Neptune; first as a Boy Telegrapher, Ordinary Telegrapher and then Telegrapher. His time on the Neptune ended on 17th September 1917.
HMS Neptune was a dreadnought battleship built for the Royal Navy in the first decade of the 20th century, the sole ship of her class. She was the first British battleship to be built with superfiring guns. Shortly after her completion in 1911, she carried out trials of an experimental fire-control director and then became the flagship of the Home Fleet. Neptune became a private ship in early 1914 and was assigned to the 1st Battle Squadron.
HMS Neptune formed part of the grand fleet in 1914. On the evening of 22nd November 1914, the Grand Fleet conducted a fruitless sweep in the southern half of the North Sea; Neptune stood with the main body in support of Vice-Admiral David Beatty's 1st Battlecruiser Squadron. The fleet was back in port in Scapa Flow by 27th November and the ship began a refit on 11th December. Neptune's refit had concluded by the evening of 23rd January 1915 as she joined the rest of the Grand Fleet when it sailed in support of Beatty's battlecruisers, but the fleet was too far away participate in the ensuing Battle of Dogger Bank the following day. On 7th–10th March, the Grand Fleet made a sweep in the northern North Sea, during which it conducted training maneuvers. Another such cruise took place on 16th–19th March; while returning home after the conclusion of the exercises, Neptune was unsuccessfully attacked by the German submarine SM U-29. While maneuvering for another attack, the submarine was spotted by Dreadnought which rammed and cut it in half. There were no survivors. On 11th April, the Grand Fleet, including Neptune, made a patrol in the central North Sea and returned to port on 14th April; another patrol in the area took place on 17th–19th April, followed by gunnery drills off the Shetland Islands on 20th–21st April. The fleet departed for a cruise in the North Sea on 26th February 1916; Jellicoe had intended to use the Harwich Force to sweep the Heligoland Bight, but bad weather prevented operations in the southern North Sea. As a result, the operation was confined to the northern end of the sea. Another sweep began on 6th March, but had to be abandoned the following day as the weather grew too severe for the escorting destroyers. On the night of 25th March, Neptune and the rest of the fleet sailed from Scapa Flow to support Beatty's battlecruisers and other light forces raiding the German Zeppelin base at Tondern. By the time the Grand Fleet approached the area on 26th March, the British and German forces had already disengaged and a strong gale threatened the light craft, so the fleet was ordered to return to base. On 21st April, the Grand Fleet conducted a demonstration off Horns Reef to distract the Germans while the Imperial Russian Navy relayed its defensive minefields in the Baltic Sea. During the night of 22nd/23rd April, Neptune was accidentally rammed by the neutral merchant ship SS Needvaal in thick fog, but the battleship was only lightly damaged. The fleet returned to Scapa Flow on 24 April and refueled before proceeding south in response to intelligence reports that the Germans were about to launch a raid on Lowestoft, but only arrived in the area after the Germans had withdrawn. On 2nd–4th May, the fleet made another demonstration off Horns Reef to keep German attention focused on the North Sea.
The Battle of Jutland. The German High Seas Fleet, composed of sixteen dreadnoughts, six pre-dreadnoughts and supporting ships, departed the Jade Bight early on the morning of 31 May in an attempt to lure out and destroy a portion of the Grand Fleet. The High Seas Fleet sailed in concert with Rear Admiral Franz von Hipper's five battlecruisers. The Royal Navy's radio room had intercepted and decrypted German radio traffic containing plans of the operation. In response the Admiralty ordered the Grand Fleet, totalling some 28 dreadnoughts and 9 battlecruisers, to sortie the night before to cut off and destroy the High Seas Fleet.
On 31 May, Neptune, under the command of Captain Vivian Bernard, was assigned to the 5th Division of the 1st BS and was the nineteenth ship from the head of the battle line after deployment. During the first stage of the general engagement, the ship fired two salvos from her main guns at a barely visible battleship at 18:40. Around the time that the High Seas Fleet was reversing course beginning at 18:55 to re-engage the Grand Fleet, Neptune fired one salvo at the crippled light cruiser SMS Wiesbaden with unknown effect. After the turn, the ships of the 1st BS were the closest ones to the Germans and, at approximately 19:10, she fired four salvos at the battlecruiser SMS Derfflinger, Shortly afterwards, the ship fired her main and secondary guns at enemy destroyers without result and then had to turn away to dodge three torpedoes. During the battle, she expended a total of 48 twelve-inch shells (21 high explosive and 27 common pointed, capped) and 48 shells from her four-inch guns.
After the Neptune, Percy King was transferred to HMS Cyclops, this ship served during the First World War as a repair ship with the Grand Fleet. After the Cyclops he was back on the Neptune for a few months before being transferred to HMS Maidstone on 13th March 1917. She was commissioned at Portsmouth on 15th October, 1912 and served with submarines at Harwich throughout the war. Percy served with the Maidstone until 5th April 1919 and left her for HMS Dolphin (a screw sloop launched in 1882 which served as a submarine depot ship in World War I) as Leading Telegrapher.
After the war, Percy sailed on various other ships, such as HMS Ambrose, Titania and again the Dolphin and also various shore bases. He passed his Petty Officers exam in 1916 and when he finally left the royal navy in 1927, he was recommended for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, but Percy declined.
An interesting trio which needs further research on this man’s later voyages possibly to China and Hong Kong.
The medals are in good condition and look as if they have been mounted and worn at some point as there are some contact marks to the rims. They come with a copy of Percy King’s service papers, which will shed more light of his later service history.

Code: 24805Price:

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WW1 Era Walking Cane Made From A Propeller.

A very interesting WW1 era walking cane, I have just purchase from an elderly gentleman, who said it was his grandfather’s cane that he made from an aircraft propeller, when he was an aircraft fitter during the first world war. it is made from hard wood that looks like mahogany, or some kind of teak, it has beautiful grain. At the top of the cane, it has been set with a very early RAF button, used from 1919 for just a year or so, before the winged eagle buttons were brought in. This is a rare button on its own. It measures just over 33 inches long and comes in excellent condition.

Code: 24804Price:

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WW1 Royal Marine Light Infantry Cap.

A WW1 issued RML service cap, no red band, so as worn in the field.
It has been worn and well used, it has wear especially to the sweatband rim at the front, apart from that the condition is very good considering. It has no holes or moth damage and it still retains its original badge.
The Royal Marines were part of the Royal Naval Division which landed in Belgium in 1914 to help defend Antwerp and later took part in the amphibious landing at Gallipoli in 1915. It also served on the Western Front. The division's first two commanders were Royal Marine Artillery Generals. Other Royal Marines acted as landing parties in the naval campaign against the Turkish fortifications in the Dardanelles before the Gallipoli landing. They were sent ashore to assess damage to Turkish fortifications after bombardment by British and French ships and, if necessary, to complete their destruction. The Royal Marines were the last to leave Gallipoli, replacing both British and French troops in a neatly planned and executed withdrawal from the beaches. The Royal Marines also took part in the Zeebrugge Raid in 1918. Five Royal Marines earned the Victoria Cross in the First World War, two at Zeebrugge, one at Gallipoli, one at Jutland and one on the Western Front.

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Very Rare WW1 Salonika Fire Photographs Taken by the Royal Flying Corps

There are very few examples of this folder/booklet out there, it appears to have been issued in a hard cover and like this one a soft card cover, there is a highly respected book dealer who has the hard cover copy for sale at £750….the folder/booklet covers the great fire at Thessaloniki in Greece and was photographed from the air by the Royal Flying Corps, the folder/booklet contains 24 individual photo’s that are loosely attached to light paper with captions below each scene, the fire itself raged through the town between 18th-19th August 1917 and below is a brief history for the fire.
The folder/booklet comes in very good condition with signs of age and use, there is the odd yellow patch on the paper with the photo’s but the pictures are great, clear, bright and have been well protected. The photo’s vary in size but the pages measure 8 inches x 6. A rare lot.
The Great Thessaloniki Fire of 1917 destroyed two thirds of the city of Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, leaving more than 70,000 homeless. The fire burned for 32 hours and destroyed 9,500 houses within an extent of 1 square kilometer.

Code: 24802Price:

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WW1 1914/15 Star to Maney ASC.

A good WW1 1914/15 star correctly named to M2-031868 Private James Maney of the Army Service Corps. James Maney first entred the theatre of war in France on the 6th January 1915 and served with the motor transport section. He may have died a short time after the war as his brother has applied for his medals and the brother’s address is given. There is a date written in blue on the mic of 9th November 1922, which may relate to the date he died. So many soldiers died just a few years after the war, due to wounds received and they just never recovered or with sickness which weakened there state, or with the effects of being gassed, this badly affected their lungs and he may have died through pneumonia or another such illness.
The star is in good condition but a little tired but it looks like it has never been polished. It comes on a piece of original ribbon.

Code: 24801Price:

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Japanese Order of the Rising Sun 7th Class.

A beautiful solid silver & enamel medal awarded since 1875 as an award of merit to the military and civilian services. As this is the 7th class order (8 classes in all) this would have been awarded to NCO’s and middle ranking civilians. It comes in lovely condition dating probably from the WW2 era.

Code: 24800Price: 32.00 GBP

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1937 Japanese China Incident Medal with Bar

Awarded for service in China, 7 July 1937 (the Second Sino-Japanese War) until the Japanese surrender in 1945. It comes with its original combatants bar, which reads "War Medal". It comes on its original ribbon and in very good condition.

Code: 24799Price: 25.00 GBP

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Japanese Red Cross Cape Medal.

WW2 era aluminium medal awarded to all serving Red Cross members. This one is in excellent condition and on its original ribbon.

Code: 24798Price: 14.00 GBP

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