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GVIR 1st type Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal & 1939-45 War Medal with M.I.D Oakleaves.
William Roland James was mentioned in despatches in the London Gazette 15-12-1942 for services in the Middle East from November 1941 to April 1942. He was commissioned in to the Royal Artillery 2-5-1942 & was wounded in North Africa 7-5-1943 as a captain & was reported as dangerously ill 13-5-1943 due to the effects of the wounds he received 6 days prior. He was awarded the DCM in the London Gazette 18-2-1943 for services in the Middle East between May 1942 & October 1942 prior to his commission & the gazette states he was a resident of Ashton-Under-Lyne.
The recommendation for the award of the DCM is very lengthy & states.
853841.W/B.S.M (Now Lieutenant) William Roland James.2nd Regiment. R.H.A
This W.O. has got six and a half years regular service in L/N Battery, 2nd Regiment.R.H.A .At the outbreak of war he was promoted from L/BDR to L/SGT and went to France in this regiment. He fought then in Belgium & in France.He was recommended for an immediate award for his gallant action as troop BSM in a sharp engagement at MONT DES CATS when his conduct won him the high opinions of all ranks as follows
A brigade of the 44th Division rallied during the night at the MONT DES CATS. L/N Battery was the only Artillery present, it was impossible to get a covered position as the roads were blocked by abandoned vehicles.The guns got into action and succeeded in silencing the fire of some 8 inch mortars.A German Battery then started to fire at our guns.They were engaged by the remaining two guns until these two were finally knocked out by direct hits.B.S.M James showed the greatest courage & ability throughout this action, finally going on a gun himself after the whole detachment had been wounded.
He remained B.S.M to L Troop L/N Battery during the operations in Greece where his ability,coolness under fire & high example to all caused his name again to be forwarded by the formation Commander for an immediate award of the D.C.M & once again his conduct was unrecognized.
On return from Greece this W.O. became Battery Sergeant Major & served with his his battery on the Libyan Frontier. On 14th September 1941 the enemy carried out a reconnaissance in force with 200 tanks.L Troop advanced, the better to be able to reach the enemy with their fire.Their subsequent withdrawal at the last minute in the face of heavy attack was due largely to the coolness and ability of B.S.M James. For this he was again put forward for an award but failed to get one.
Throughout the operations from November 18th 1941 to March 1942. The actions of the Battery have been marked by the Distinguished conduct of this W.O at all times. He carried out the duties of troop gun position officer for long periods after casualties had been received. He carried the duties of TP.O.P.Officer in support of Armour with conspicuous success. He earned the very high opinion of the Tank BN Commanders, whom he supported and his conduct was noted by the Brigade Commander & also the Divisional Commander, on several occasions during this period. During this campaign he surpassed all others in his splendid enthusiasm, his fighting spirit & tactical ability & without question was deserving of an award before any in the regiment. Again he was given 1st priority for an immediate award & failed to have one granted. He was then put up for a periodical on the recommendation of higher authority.His case was cited at length.This list has now been published and his name is once more absent.He has since been made a Lieutenant on an immediate emergency commission.I wish to press very strongly indeed for this W.O. to receive recognition.I request that very special consideration may please be given to the award of the D.C.M. I wish this award to take first priority in this regiment. The recommendation is then signed by the Brigadier commanding 17 Area Corps.
The recipient relinquished his commission on account of disability 23-1-1946 but returned to a regular commission the following year & left the army as a RASC captain in 1949.
The DCM is VF with some contact marks & wear with a minor ek & some surface wear. The WW2 campaign medals are GVF or better & the group is mounted as worn & comes complete with copy London Gazette details along with a copy of the recommendation for the D.C.M
GVR 1st type Military Medal (MM) & 1914-15 trio To- T-182.DVR.T.M.CRYSTAL.4/COY.50/D.T.ASC.TF
Thomas Mostyn Crystal enlisted in to the Army Service Corps 8-9-1914 & first lanced in France 16-4-1915.He was awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette 27-10-1916.He was wounded by gun shot to the left leg 29-4-1915 & was treated by the 14th field ambulance at the 8th casualty clearing station. He was discharged with a silver war badge due to sickness 13-2-1919. The 1939 register states that he was born in 1884 & in 1939 was living at
23 Long cross row, Seaton Burn. Whilst earning a living as a colliery surface worker & serving in the Special Constabulary.
NEF with MIC details along with London Gazette & medal roll details.
WW1 Military Medal (MM) & pair
To- 92860.CPL.A.E.ELLIS.R.G.A / R.A
Albert E Ellis was awarded the Military Medal for services in France in the London Gazette 20-8-1919.
This stated that it was for services with the 180th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery & also stated that the recipient was a resident of Manchester.
NEF & Complete with both MIC & London Gazette details.
GVR 1st type immediate WW1 M.S.M
Francis.J.Dollins from Leeds first landed in Egypt
10-8-1915 with the rank of Engineer Clerk CPL. He was mentioned in despatches in the London gazette by Sir Douglas Haigh for services in France 4-1-1917 & this was followed by the award of the Meritorious Service Medal (M.S.M) also for services in France and this was published in the London gazette 17-6-1918.The Establishment for Engineer Services (E.E.S) was formed to deal with building, construction & maintenance of buildings & plant machinery under the care of the Royal Engineers.
NEF & complete with MIC details along with London gazette & other basic research details
GVIR 1st type Military Medal (MM), 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal & 1939-45 War Medal
The recipient enlisted 20-4-1935 & served with the 1st battalion of the South Wales Borderers. He was captured by the Germans at Tobruk 21-6-1942 & handed over to the Italians.He was first sent to Tarhuna & then on to Tripoli where he embarked for Italy along with 200 other sick & wounded prisoners of war. He escaped prior to the ships departure & swam ashore. He landed at Korbra & was handed over to a French officer & held at Tobruk.For these actions he was awarded the Military Medal (MM) in the London Gazette 4-5-1943. Upon his return to the UK he transfered to the 1st battalion of the Hereford Regiment & went on to serve in North West Europe. He was twice wounded in North West Europe 19-10-1944 & 1-4-1945 whilst serving with the Hereford Regiment.He is thought to be Arthur Glyndwr Davies who was born in 1911 & died in Pontypridd Glamorganshire in 1985.
GVF/NEF & complete with London Gazette details & WW2 casualty roll details that confirm both his time as a P.O.W & both of his wounds, research from the regimental museum.Along with a copy newspaper cutting from the Daily Mirror with a photograph that depicts the recipient having been to Buckingham Palace to be presented with his MM.
Small official correction to the letters LES of wales to the rim of the MM
GVR Immediate WW1 M.S.M
James.M.Hanna was a resident of Glasgow & first landed in France 13-12-1914.He was mentioned in despatches for services in France in the London gazette 25-5-1918 & this was followed by the award of the immediate M.S.M for his services with the 256th Motor Transport Company of the R.A.S.C
NEF with MIC & London gazette details.
GV 1st type Military Medal (MM), 1914-15 trio & GV T.F.E.M
John.W.Callaghan first landed in France 19-4-1915 and was awarded the MM in the London gazette 27-10-16. he later went on to serve under the later six figure T.F number 760096 & this is the number on his T.F.E.M awarded in 1921.
The 3rd Northumberland battery was part of the 50th division & was based at the drill hall in Dunn street, Newcastle.
GVF or better & complete with MIC details & London gazette details (later ribbon on the T.F.E.M as worn post 1922)
GVR 1st type WW1 Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), 1914 Mons star & bar trio with M.I.D Oakleaves, GVR 1st type army LS&GC & GVIR 2nd type Meritorious Service Medal (M.S.M) To- 31423.SJT/BQM.SJT/WO.CL.2.P.C.OSBORNE.RFA
Percy.C.Osborne first landed in France 14-10-1914 serving with the 44th brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. He was mentioned in despatches by Lieutenant General W.R.Marshall for services in Mesopotamia in the London gazette 23-8-1918 as part of a despatch dated 15-4-1918. He went on to be awarded the DCM also for services in Mesopotamia in the London Gazette 16-1-1919 with the following citation
For conspicuous gallantry & devotion to duty at Terket on 5th November 1917.Although shaken by the first shell bursting under his horse, he on three occasions maneuvered the wagon line out of the shelled area, and having got them clear returned and organised the removal of the wounded.
He was serving with the 19th battery of the R.F.A when he was awarded the DCM & the London gazette states he was a resident of Malden
NEF/GVF & complete with MIC details along with London gazette details & other basic details.
GVR 1st type Military Medal (MM) & 1914-15 trio with 1911 Delhi Durbar
Albert King enlisted 28-9-1906 & was present at the 1911 Delhi Durbar with the 4th battalion. He Landed on Gallipoli 25-4-1915 on the first day of the Gallipoli landings. His award of the Military Medal (MM) was published in the London gazette 11-11-1916 & he was Dangerously wounded serving with the 11th battalion in France during May of 1918. He was discharged with a silver war badge due to wounds 19-2-1919.
GVF & complete with the recipients original honourable discharge scroll.Along with copy MIC details, medal roll details & London gazette details
(The discharge scroll is folded in to quarters)
GV Royal Victorian Medal
Unnamed as issued
NEF & dark toned with the original full length ribbon
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