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WW1 3 Montgomery Family Medals. Nursing Sister, Canadian & ASC Pte.
A family split of three medals. The first is a 1914/15 star correctly named to; Sister M. Montgomery. Q.A.I.M.N..S.R.
The second; British War medal Correctly named to; 625204 Pte. A. Montgomery. Can. Labr. Bn.
The third; Victory medal is correctly named to; T-421289 Pte. H. Montgomery. A.S.C.
1. Nursing Sister Marjory Montgomery, was born in Ireland around 1865. Her home address being; 120 ?????? She first started nursing in 1901 at a hospital in Belfast. She first started nursing for the military in 1910 in the Military Families Hospital in Malta. She was called up into the QAIMNSR in the May of 1915 and was posted to the Hospital Ship Dongola in the June bound for Gallipoli.
After the evacuation, I assume, she found her way back to the Military Hospital in Malta as a Nursing Sister. She Returned to England in January 1916 with Pleurisy. After her recovery, she was desperate to get back to her Hospital. But the WD stated that they would not pay for her passage. So under her own admission she found her way back to Malta under no military banner of safety. Also losing her rank of Nursing Sister, so she was employed as just a Nurse. Ill health forced her home again in the January of 1917. She was recognised by someone in the military nursing board as too good to let go, so from here she went on to serve in various military Hospitals in the UK. In 1919 she was promoted to acting matron of the Military Families Hospital in Sidworth and finally retired from military service in the July 1922.
It says in her papers, that she would have gone a lot further if it wasn’t for her frank attitude and lack of tact.
I bet she was a character, she obviously didn’t take any nonsense from anybody. There is much more information about her in the 70 plus pages of her service papers.
Her medal comes in perfect condition.
2. Alexander Montgomery was born in Ireland around 1876, the younger brother of Marjory, he also resided at 120??????
He emigrated to Canada around 1910 and lived in Alberta.
When war broke out, he joined up on the 18th March 1916 into the 151 Overseas (Central Alberta) battalion CEF. Later being transferred to the Canadian Labour battalion, probably because of his age. This man’s service history needs research. His service records and details of his travels to Canada can be found on Ancestry.co.uk on a pay per view.
His medal is in good condition but it looks like it has been mounted and worn at some point. it has slight wear to the high points. This comes with a very small round picture of him which was probably taken from a little frame or a locket.
3. Victory medal to Henry Montgomery of the Army Service Corps. I believe this was another brother of Marjory. I haven’t done any research on this man apart from his medal index card, which is included. This doesn’t say much, it just confirms his medal entitlement etc. the medal is in very good condition with only slight wear to the gilt finish.
There we have a wonderful trio of medals to the Montgomery children. A great lot for the budding researcher, loads of family history to discover and quite a good name for research.
This lot also includes copies of Marjory’s service papers on CD rom, Alexander’s attestation papers and henry’s mic.
Code: 22530Price: 150.00 GBP
WW1 Death Plaque & Pair to West. Royal Warwick Reg.
WW1 Memorial plaque and British war and victory medal pair all awarded and correctly named to 2994 Private Herbert West of the 2nd 8th battalion the Royal Warwickshire regiment.
Herbert west came from and enlisted in Birmingham sometime at the latter part of 1914. His battalion formed part of the 182nd Brigade, 61st (2nd South Midland) Division. The units of this second line, the 2nd South Midland Division, remained at home for some time; along with other second line Divisions they suffered greatly from lack of equipment and training was inevitably affected.
They were moved to Chelmsford in the April 1915 and soon afterward were issued a full title and became 61st (2nd South Midland Division). The units were inspected by Lord Kitchener on 6 August 1915 and by the King when they finally moved to Salisbury Plain before being sent to the western front in the May of 1916.
When on French soil they were subjected to the hard training and drills they lacked back in England, which included time on the rifle and bombing ranges and it wasn’t until June 1916 that they were moved to the front line trenches at Neuve Chapelle on the Somme.
The 2nd 8th battalion got their first assignment on the 26th to take a party of the battalion and raid the German trenches opposite their line.
This was to be aided by artillery shelling on the enemy’s position just before the raid at 11.40pm. The weather was bad and it was raining heavily which made visibility poor for their first engagement.
Unfortunately the details of the raid are not recorded, needless to say it was not a successful venture, the casualties were heavy with the loss of one officer and two OR’s killed one of which was private Herbert West, plus 35 OR’s missing or wounded with two officers missing.
2994 Private Herbert West was killed in action on the 26th June 1916, on the very first action his battalion was to see. He is now remembered with honour at the Loos Memorial, France.
The medals and plaque are in excellent original condition and come with a copy of his medal index card and commonwealth war graves certificate, a copy of the battalion’s war diary from their arrival in France until Herbert’s death at the end of June. Also included in a wonderful original WW1 Warwick’s bi-metal cap badge, this is not Herbert’s original, but one I have added, should the buyer want to mount and frame the group, it’s just a nice finishing touch to honour this man.
Code: 22529Price: 220.00 GBP
Vintage Whitby Bowie Knife & Sheath.
A fabulous quality large bowie knife, just marked Whitby on the blade. it has a very heavy gauge steel blade terminating at a heavy gauge white metal cross guard. The hilt has thick hard wood grips held in place by three brass rivets. It comes in its original leather sheath embossed with an image of a stag etc.
The condition is excellent; the blade was probably blued at one time as there is still remains showing. A lovely substantial piece, measuring 16.5 inches in sheath.
Proof of age required on purchase.
Ship to UK only.
Code: 22528Price: 125.00 GBP
WW2 Vickers .303 Machine Gun Belt & Rounds
A WW2 July 1945 dated Vickers machine gun belt with 85 original 1945 dated rounds, the round all coming from the same batch.
The condition is great, obviously only been used once.
Code: 22527Price: 75.00 GBP
Spanish Eibar Smith & Wesson .38 Revolver. Deactivated.
Now quire desirable these revolvers were made in the Eibar valley in the Basque region of Spain. During the first world war, many gun manufacturers in Eibar started to produce guns for the French and Italians, and as Smith & Wesson’s patent protection did not extend to Spain in that period, these makers had long been producing local versions of these American revolvers. Also these were used during the Spanish civil war and into WW2 and well after as well. Now I believe they are referred to as the Spanish specials.
This one is made by Orbea. A company started by two brothers around 1890, again in the Eibar Valley. They produced firearms up until the civil war; after which they became a predominant maker of Bicycles. They won fame in the tour de France and post WW2 produced a moped on License from France known as the Velosolex, but still making the Bicycles they had become famous for. Today the company is still in business making some of the world’s top racing bikes, a great website can be found on line all about the history of this company.
This gun comes in excellent condition with noticeable wear to the grips and slight holster wear to the cylinder. It cocks and dry fires and the action is nice and tight. It is deactivated and comes with a valid certificate certified by Charwood Ordnance Ltd.
On Consignment Ref. BL2
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Death Plaque to Tosh Fife and Forfar / Wilts Yeomanry.
A very interesting WW1 memorial plaque named to Charles Herbert Tosh (unique name). He was born in Dundee Scotland in 1897, the son of Mr and Mrs Andrew Tosh, of 3, Pitkerro Rd, Dundee.
321423 Lance Corporal Charles Herbert Tosh enlisted in Kirkcaldy into the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, his medal index card states he served in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry and Corps of Hussars; details from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has his regiment as the Fife and Forfar yeomanry at time of death.
The F&F Yeo we trained to be a home defence unit, only one battalion went overseas, this was the 1/st battalion. They were dismounted and eventually became the 14th (F&FY) Battalion of the Black Watch. As part of the 74th Yeomanry Division they served in Egypt and Palestine in 1917 and 1918 before moving to France in 1918. Charles was probably transferred to the Wilts and then the Corps of Hussars before entering France. He must have been a veteran of the fighting on and around the Somme, Albert, Amiens.area in 1917
Charles Herbert Tosh was killed in action on the 19th may 1917 and he is now remembered with honour at Villers Hill British Cemetery, Villers-Guislain.
Villers-Guislain was occupied by the German forces up until late April 1917, so he may have been mortally wounded in the taking of the town and died later in the local field hospital. Whatever regiment this young man was serving in was without doubt a cavalry/ yeomanry regiment; be it the Royal Wiltshire’s or the Fife and Forfar. This man deserves total research. This is a rare find to a yeomanry regiment and I’m sure will prove an exciting and worthwhile project. The plaque is in excellent original condition with a nice even honey coloured tone.
Code: 22525Price: 95.00 GBP
Interesting WW1 Memorial Collection Captain Wathes Royal Warks Reg
This is an interesting memorial collection taken from the family scrapbook of the Wathes family, the collection includes a full length photo of Captain Thomas Sidney Wathes of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment who was killed in action on the 19th July 1916 and who would have seen action on the Somme, a newspaper cutting about his death confirmation having been listed as missing, a small silk posy of flowers and a handpainted watercolour signed by 'Heiff' and dated 6/17, this watercolour is quite interesting as it is believed that it was painted in memorial to the Captain and that it is he who is featured in the foreground seated on a horse, across the top of the painting in very small writing it has 'British bombing squadron 9, going over Manon Court Wood, Sorel le Grand' 'big shell bursting', 'parachute landing' each with an arrow pointing to a an area of the painting.
There is a lovely family history for Thomas and the Wathes who came from the Birmingham area available online which includes extensive information on the battles he would have been involved in and his brothers report that he was 'shot in the head' his body never being recovered, this we have copied and will include with this group.
Something very personal to yet another unsung hero.
Vintage Indonesian Kris Dagger.
A very attractive Kris dagger, a vintage piece more than likely an old tourist piece originating from Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Singapore or the Philippines. It is a good quality example with a white metal covered scabbard which has a beautiful large boat shaped throat. The dagger itself has a double edged straight blade and a carved grip, terminating in a bejewelled mount.
It is in very good condition, the metal covering just has the odd small shallow knock. It measures; 18.25 inches long.
Code: 22523Price: 42.00 GBP
Rare WW2 Women's Timber Corps Cloth Shoulder Title & Land Army Badge
Below is a brief history for the women's timber corps, there could not have been many of these ladies serving in this service, they appear not to have had an individual cap badge and were issued with the women's land army badge so to individualise them from the land army they must have worn the cloth badges. This one comes in super condition, it has been sewn onto a khaki colour backing probably from a lightweight summer shirt, it measures 2.5 inches long not including the backing. To go with it is the women's land army badge, this is maker marked to the back for Marples & Beasley of Birmingham, this comes in good condition having a small area of damage to the red enamel on one side of the crown.
The Women's Timber Corps (WTC) was a British civilian organisation created during the Second World War to work in forestryreplacing men who had left to join the armed forces. Women who joined the WTC were commonly known as Lumber Jills
Formed in 1942, the origins of the WTC go back to the First World War when the Women's Timber Service had been formed to help with the war effort. In 1940 to solve a labour shortage and an increased demand for timber the Forestry Commissionstarted recruiting women both as forestry workers but also to work in sawmills. In 1942 responsibility passed from the Forestry Commission to the Home Timber Production Department of the Ministry of Supply and the women became part of the new corps.
Scarce WW1 German 28cm Howitzer Shell Case – Essex Reg Decorated
This piece has two things really going for it, firstly the shell case, this is a huge 28cm case from a Haubitz L/12 Howitzer siege gun, these were static guns used on fixed fortifications or mounted on trains etc, the gun was designed by Kruppe pre the first war, the base is very well marked for the Patronen fabrik Karlsruhe in Germany and clearly dated for 1916, it also has the word 'karth' on the base, this simply stands for cartridge casing. The other great thing about this shell case is the decoration to one side, someone has taken a lot of time to engrave the badge for the Essex regiment to the centre, this is surrounded by the flags of the allies and below are the battles in which the regiment fought, Somme, Ypres and Kemmel.
A substantial piece standing just under 20 inches high and is 5 inches across at the base. It is also heavy so will be costly to ship, UK only please, the shipping will be £12.95.
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