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Scarce Mons Star Trio to Cpl/Sjt Barrett 10th Hussars / Tank Corps

A superb WW1 trio comprising of the 1914 star with the August to November Mons bar. The WW1 British war and victory medal; all correctly named to 2228 Serjeant (Corporal on star) William. G. Barrett. Of the 10th Prince of Wales Own Hussars.
This trio comes with various research including a copy of his mic and the 10th Hussars war diary on Cd Rom in pdf format. William Barrett served with the 10th Hussars until the introduction of the Tank Corps when Barrett was transferred to the new unit, but a brief history of 10th Hussars and Serjeant Barrett’s service can be found below.
William Barrette boarded HMS Bosnia from Southampton on the 6th October 1914, bound for Ostend. His shop docked during the night of the 8th and the 10th Hussars gradually came ashore and by 9am on the 9th October, they were ready to be assigned billets.
On the 13th October they were on the march to Ypres with the 6th Cavalry Brigade, on rout it was reported that one Bavarian cavalry division was spotted at Warneton. 20,00 all arms at Tournai, 20,00 at Hazebrouck and heavy fighting reported at Lille and the Germans were bombing that town.
On the 19th the regiment was ordered to advance east at Ledegham, ‘A’ squadron to the advance guard and ‘B’ the baggage guard. They drove the enemy to the outskirts of the village. The enemy received strong reinforcements and the cavalry was forced to retire. The next day the regiment took up a defensive line with the 7th brigade and the French cavalry running south from Westoozebeke, but once again they were forced to retire. Either on the advance of the 19th or the defensive action of the 20th, William Barrett was wounded. I do not know to what extent, but he must have made a full recovery as he returned to his regiment.
With the establishment of trench warfare, the Regiment couldn’t be used in a traditional cavalry role for parts of the war. The 10th Hussars were in and out of the front line trenches and suffered a constant stream of casualties. The 10th Hussars took part in the Battle of Frezenburg Ridge at the Second Battle of Ypres and suffered heavy casualties on the last day of the battle, 13th May 1915; these casualties amounted to 138 officers and men and included their Lieutenant-Colonel.
In the September 1915 they took an active part in the battle Loos 26th to the 28th of September and although most of the historic accounts say that the 10th didn’t really take part in any engagements during 1916 the regimental diary says different. They didn’t take part as a regiment, but the men and horses were used in all different rolls, many were subbed out to the machine Gun Corps, the horses used to carry Lewis guns. At this time, the regiment was constantly receiving reinforcements, and subsequently these reinforcements needed training. It was probably around here, Corporal Barratt was promoted to Serjeant. He would have been of great use for training the new arrivals, ready for the battle of Arras, which was the next major engagement for the 10th.
Orders were received on the 9th April 1917, “to saddle up at once” and move to the Arras area, here to take part in the attack on Monchy le Preux.
The 10th set off on the 9th of April up near the front line ready to advance on orange Hill and found the infantry had not yet arrived. Here they halted for a few hours, dismounting and watering the horses in the river Scarp.
At 2.30 am on the morning of the 10th, the moved back along the main Arras road about 1 Km west of Arras and tethered the horses in a nearby field. At 10.30am they again got orders to advance to the first objective, orange hill, this they did, but again were halted, the infantry had not advanced to attack Monchy-Le-Preux. At 3pm, Lieutenant Lord W Scott took a patrol through heavy machine gun fire, to try and find out the situation and located the infantry coming up behind with the remainder of the brigade. The 10th were ordered to push on around the side of Orange hill but came under a crossfire of machine guns. The squadron wheeled about trying to find another route to their objective but met, the diary says; “with high explosives being wield”, this was probably a barrage of grenades. The squadron met with very heavy casualties, men and horses and were only saved by a very heavy snow storm coming on at that moment. At 8pm the whole brigade moved back just north of Feuchy Chapel.
The next day, the brigade was given the task to advance, seize and hold the high ground villages and woods, east side facing the river Scarp. The 10th Hussars along with the Essex Yeomanry charged, meeting heavy machine gun fire coming from the north of the Scarp canal. Still both regiments continued forward despite heavy casualties. Reaching the outskirts of the villages, they again hit heavy machine gun fire, but undeterred the 10th followed the Essex Yeomanry to the centre of Monchy-Le-Preux. They then turned due north until reaching the outskirts of the village. On emerging from the village, they were face with another enemy machinegun emplacement, it was now quite apparent that the infantry were not holding the villages and were pin down in a nearby Chateau. Soon after the remainder of the two regiments arrived in the village, they were met with German artillery, but behind them came our machine guns, Hotchkiss’s and automatic rifles.
189 men of the 10th fell that day, who knows how many horses, remarkably Serjeant Barrett wasn’t one of them.
Their numbers were diminished, so the rest of 1917 was spent in and out of trenches, receiving new recruits and training. 1918 saw the brigade in action again at the Battle of St Quentin 21st to 23rd March, but between 22nd and 25th March 1918 the Division provided the 3rd Dismounted Division, organised into three dismounted brigades. It also provided a mounted detachment under “Harman’s Detachment” and then “Reynolds’s Force” between 23rd and 29th March.
Here I am going to stop with the accounts of the 10th Hussars, it seems logical that at this point Serjeant Barrett would have transferred to the Tank Corps. It, in my opinion, couldn’t have been any earlier, or his medal pair would have been named to the later regiment. And, as now the regiment is totally dismounted, here seems likely.
The 10th went on to the German Spring Offensive, and during 1918, the 10th Hussars also took part in the Hundred Days Offensive and suffered 70 casualties during the attack on the village of Honnechy on 9th October 1918. (Oops couldn’t help myself)
Weather Barrett saw any action with the Tank Corps, I do not know, as there was still plenty of fighting to come, he probably did. He survived, he was one of the blessed; he lived to receive his trio and probably, hopefully wore them with pride.
All of the online regimental histories tell a very different story to the one in the original war diary. It leads me to think, that no one has actually read through this edifying document. Yes this regiment was dismounted and fought as infantry on occasions in the early and latter part of the war, but the bulk of their action, they saw on and with their horses. These actions were fierce and bloody and should not be in any way taken away from them.
The medals are in excellent original condition. a few minor contact marks from the star on the BWM, but nothing that could be considered as damage.
They now come nicely mounted on card for display or framing with an engraved brass plaque with the medals detail.

Code: 22904Price: 295.00 GBP


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Rare Post WW2 London Scottish BD Uniform.

A complete 1949 pattern battle dress, trousers and glengarry uniform for a corporal of the London Scottish. It still retains all of its original insignia for the London division and the glengarry has its original cap badge. Inside the jacket is dated for 1955 and this uniform comes in superb condition; the only damage is the inside pocket is ripped.
The BD measures; 40 inch chest.
Trousers; 34 inch waist, 29 inch leg.
Cap; 6&7/8th Approximately.

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Scarce Ed VII 1827 Pattern Indian Infantry Officers Sword. By Rodda

An Edward VII Infantry officer’s sword by R. B. Rodda of Calcutta, a famous and well established arms merchant and retailer, serving European and the British war department in India.
It has a typical half basket hilt with a ray skin grip bound with silver wire. A good long straight blade which has been embellished with good quality etching of scrolls and foliage, the infantry horn and King Edward VII cypher. It has a steel scabbard with two sword hanger rings.
It is in very good condition, the hand guard is clean and still retains nearly all of its original plate and the grip is very good and free from any damage.
The blade is good, some very light pitting particularly to near the tip end, this is not bad and will probably polish off, if desired. The etching is still very clear, but it better quality etching than you usually find on this type of sword. The scabbard is bright nickel plated, some of the plate is worn or pitted and rust is showing in places, but again this can be cleaned down and made much better.
All in all a good example of an Edward VII sword, swords with this king’s cypher are scarce, officers usually had swords from the Victorian period or the later 1897 pattern sword.

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Scarce WW1 Pair to 1st County of London Yeomanry.

An interesting and scarce WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to 4057 Private Harry Janaway of the 1st County of London Yeomanry (The Middlesex Hussars).
Harry Janaway was born around 1891 in Oxford, he was one of five children to William, a painter by trade and Elizabeth, who was born in Cornwall. Something dramatic happened to the family when Harry was about ten, at that time he was living with his mother in the workhouse, this may have prompted the family move to London.
Harry enlisted into the 1st Country of London Yeomanry in April 1915 and probably went straight on to fight as infantry in Gallipoli with the 2nd mounted division as dismounted infantry; after the evacuation move to Egypt where the regiment was remounted. In January 1916 the Division broken up and the brigade moved to Suez Canal Defences and renamed 8th Mounted Brigade. It stayed here nearly all year when in the November it was ordered to Salonika here they served as GHQ Troops with the British Salonika Army. This was quite a dangerous job, spotting for artillery and scouting on and behind the enemy line.
In June 1917 they returned to to Egypt, here the brigade came under orders of Yeomanry Mounted Division, a new division, a Territorial Force cavalry division formed at Khan Yunis in Palestine in June 1917 from three yeomanry mounted brigades. A new Machine Gun Squadron was formed in Egypt on 14th June, before the brigade moved forward and joined the new division on 21st July 1917 at el Fuqari. From 31st October it took part in the Third Battle of Gaza, including the Battle of Beersheba and the Capture of the Sheria Position. It took part in the Battle of Mughar Ridge on 13th and 14th November and the Battle of Nebi Samwil for 17th to 24th November and from 27th to 29th November, it withstood the Turkish counter-attacks during the Capture of Jerusalem.

During mid 1918, “E” Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps was formed by the amalgamation of the 1/1st City of London Yeomanry and the 1/3rd County of London Yeomanry, in Egypt on 7 April 1918. In early June they moved to Western Front and were reformed. They became the 103rd Bn MGC on 19 August 1918.
At some point during the latter part of the war, Harry was wounded, he was transferred back to England and put on light duties with the Army pay Corps. He was finally discharged on the 11th February 1919 with wounds, he is also entitled to a Silver War Badge, this is unfortunately missing.
Both medals are in very good condition, but the both look as if they were mounted and worn; not too much, there is just some light contact marks on the rims. Both are suspended on original ribbons and come with various copy paperwork, medal index card etc.
A scarce pair of medal which, if could talk, would tell a very interesting story about a man’s service in the Balkans and North African campaigns.

Code: 22901Price: 120.00 GBP


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1880’s Sherwood Foresters Officers Dress Jacket & Waistcoat.

A post Crimea office dress jacket and waist coat of the highest quality. Made for an officer of the Derbyshire Regiment, it is made of scarlet wool with white collar and cuffs festooned with a massive amount of silver bullion wirework and sterling silver adornments, such as the row of silver balls edging closure line. It still has attached its sterling silver and enamel collar dogs and medal ribbons for the Crimea, Indian Mutiny, Turkish Crimea and the Kaisar-i-Hind medals. Inside the jacket is lined with quilted silk, terminating at the bottom with a red leather band, to prevent wear.
The jacket is missing its shoulder cords, this would have been just a double row bullion wire cord, so very easy to replace. This type of jacket would not of had any kind of heavy shoulder boards, just the light weight cords. But although the cords are missing the silver buttons are still there.
The jacket comes with its original waistcoat, again made of scarlet wool with the pockets highlighted with silver bullion; this is lined with silk waistcoat ticking, common of the time.
On the whole, the condition of this uniform is just superb for its age. It has some wear and some of the silk lining to the main jacket, it has perished where it meets the leather band and around the arm holes inside; there are a few very small moth holes here and there, these are quite hard to spot and the jacket is clean and free from any infestation now. Also some of the silver bullion wire has come away from the cloth. But this is really it, as far as damage is concerned and the damage here is all very easily fixed.
A wonderful historical piece for display. It would look great with any Victorian military collection or just in stood in the corner of the study.
The jacket measures a 36 inch chest.

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Interesting Hallmarked Silver Ashtray – 45th Commando Chopper Squad 1956

A simple hallmarked silver ashtray with a wealth of history attached, it is clearly hallmarked on the back for Birmingham 1953 with a makers mark for Adie Bros, on the inside of the tray it has been engraved with ’45 CDO’ this being either side of a commando dagger, under this in brackets (Chopper) and under again Port Said 1956. The 45th Commando known as the Baker troop were the first unit to conduct a helicopter assault in history, I have found an interesting report of a serving soldier who was present at this assault and will include a print with the ashtray.
The piece comes in very good condition, there are a couple of surface scuffs and it measures just over 3 inches square.

Code: 22899Price:


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Superb Vintage Blank Firing Winchester Repeating Rifle.

Superb quality vintage blank firing replica Winchester lever action repeating rifle by Reck. It is made from good heavy gauge metal with a hard wood stock and butt. It takes .22 blanks, not sure how many it will hold, but quite a lot, I put about in 15 and there was still room for a lot more. It fires and ejects the spent shells and reloads the next. A really beautiful quality reenactors replica which comes with its western leather saddle bag.
It measures 37 inches long.
Proof of age required on purchase.
Ship to UK only.

Code: 22898Price:


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19th Century Belgian Pin Fire Pocket Revolver for Restoration.

A lovely little Victorian Belgian Pin Fire Revolver, mostly complete in need of total restoration. It is all here apart from one small screw. (please see pictures) it is pitted in places, it doesn’t cock or fire, it feels like the hand or bolt spring may be broken. The cylinder has still got a lot of its original nickel plating remaining and the bullet ejector is still present. This revolver is an obsolete calibre, so no worry about certificates etc. Restore or leave it as it is or it would make a good parts piece, but parts for these little guns are pretty easy to source. Please take a good look at the pictures for overall condition. it measures 7.5 inches long.
Proof of age required on purchase.
Ship to UK only.

Code: 22897Price: 75.00 GBP


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Late WW2 Era American Ike Uniform – Sergeant Engineers

A super quality American ‘Ike’ uniform consisting of jacket, trousers and shirt dating from the end of the second world war.
The jacket is marked 44R so I assume a chest measurement of 44 inches, it has a metal U.S badge to one lapel and the metal badge for the engineers on the other, both sleeves have the Sergeants stripes and on one side the cloth patch for the 7th army. Comes in excellent condition, all the buttons are present, no holes or repairs.
The trousers have a lable which is marked, Wool Serge, waist 38 x 33 (leg length) inside is written the owners name Bruce Reed with the number 3 over. They come in very good condition, missing one button on the fly, no holes or repairs.
The shirt has a small lable on the neck which has 15 over 34, so I assume a 34 inch chest, it also has the Sergeants stripes and the 7th army patch, comes in very good condition, all buttons are present and there are no holes or repairs.

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WW1/2 Copper Ashtray HMS Hawke Wardroom

This simple copper ashtray is engraved with HMS Hawke – Wardroom – with the Naval crest on the third section, as there have been 7 HMS Hawkes it is difficult to accurately date the piece but I think it either belonged to the WW1 ship sank by a U-boat in 1914 or the WW2 ship which was broken up in 1945.
The wardroom is the mess cabin or compartment for commissioned naval officers above the rank of midshipman.
Comes in good but used condition and measures just over 4 inches in diameter.

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