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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.
1939-45 Star, Burma Star, Defence Medal, 1939-45 War Medal, GVIR 2nd type GSM 1918-1962 with Malaya clasp & Pakistan independence medal
The recipient was granted an emergency commission as a war substansive lieutenant in the Indian army 1-10-1942 & a Regular army short service commission as Captain in the Royal Engineers in 1952.He left the army in 1956 with the honorary rank of Major.
NEF & Swing mounted as worn. All medals unnamed as issued except the GSM Malaya which is correctly impressed to the recipient. Complete with basic London Gazette & army list details.
1914-15 Trio & WW2 Defence Medal
To- 2479 /.PTE.G.J.BARCLAY.R.WAR.R. (star)
& 240503.CPL.G.J.BARCLAY.R.WAR.R (pair)
George J Barclay first landed in France 22-3-1915 serving with the 1/6th battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was mentioned in Despatches for services in Italy in the London Gazette 5-6-1919.
NEF & Mounted as worn.
Complete with MIC & medal roll details. Along with London Gazette details
1914-15 Trio & Memorial plaque
Francis Richardson Cook was born in Blackheath & was educated at Rugby School from 1911 to 1914 when he left school at the age of 17 to take up a commission in the 7th battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment. He landed in France 14-7-1915 & was wounded at Ypres 28-8-1915. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as an observer in February 1917 & went on to serve on the North West Frontier of India & took part in two expeditions against the Waziris at Tonk. He arrived in Egypt in October 1917 & went on to serve as a pilot & instructor. He was serving at 58 training squadron & instructing Lieutenant F.H. Robertson in Avro 504 when he was killed in a collision with another aircraft at Suez.
He is buried in Suez war cemetery & is recorded by the CWGC as the late 20-year-old son of John William & Eda Cook of St. Aubyn, Hardy Road, Blackheath, London.
The group is housed is a period glazed frame by Spink with an East Yorkshire Regiment officers bronze service dress cap badge affixed to the top of the frame.
EF & Complete with extensive research details including copy photographs of the recipient along with biographical & military service details.
GSM 1962 with Borneo clasp & EIIR 2nd type RAF LS&GC
NEF & Court mounted as worn. Complete with the recipients red & green fiber dog tags
GVIR 1st TYPE R.N.R long service
Albert Thomas Taylor was born in Folkestone 22-8-03 & joined the Royal Naval Reserve 30-12-1922.
During WW2 he served onboard the TSS Manx Maid, HMS St.Day & finished his service onboard the M class destroyer HMS Musketeer.
NEF with copy service papers
QSA 1899-1902 With clasps for Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 & South Africa 1902
John William Henderson from Newcastle served with the 4th Volunteer company of the 2nd battalion Northumberland Fusiliers he enlisted 15-2-1901 & served in South Africa from 15-3-1901 to 21-6-1902 when he returned to the UK & took his discharge the following day.
NEF with copy service papers & medal roll details that confirm all five clasps
1914 Mons Star To-
John Trevor Jones was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire 21-11-93 & joined the Mersey Division of the R.N.V.R 7-6-1912.He joined the Nelson Battalion of the RND 22-8-1914 & served on land in Belgium in 1914. He was medically discharged in January 1915 due to Otitis Media (infection of the inner ear)
He returned home to Cleveland Street Birkenhead & returned to his pre war occupation as a Caulker
NEF & Complete with copy RND & RNVR papers.
Named in the unique style for 1914 stars
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