British and Canadian Medals


Commodore William Marshall medal grouping comprising of the Order of Companion of the the Bath (CB) in case of issue, Distinguished Service Order GVR with bar for second award in case of issue, 1914-1915 Star (Commdr. R.N.R.), British War medal (Capt. R.N.R.), Victory medal (name erased), R.N.R. Officers’ Decoration GVR, Shipwreck-Humane Society medal and a Zeal medal. The British War medal is damaged and the replacement Victory medal has been taken into account when pricing this extremely scarce Naval group. Only 52 Admiralty awards of Bars to the Distinguished Service Order for the period 1914 to May 1920 and especially rare to a R.N.R. recipient. Vg.+ $6,500.00 

Commodore William Marshall C.B. 1925, D.S.O. 1916, D.S.O. Bar 1918, late R.N.R., born 1875, Apprentice on H.M.S. Conway Liverpool. White Star Line S.S. Copley voyaging all over the world. 1891-94 3rd mate, 1894-94 2nd mate and 1st mate, 1895-98 passed for extra Master, 1898 4th officer White Star Line S.S. Cevic 1899. Served on S.S. Britannic (transport 62) as 3rd officer during South Africa war. Sub-Lieutenant R.N.R. 1900, underwent course of gunnery and torpedo at H.M.S. Excellent and Vernon. 1902-03 afterwards served 12 months as Lieutenant on H.M.S. Collingwood. Was appointed to command in White Star Line in 1911 and has commanded several of their steamers. On the outbreak of W.W.1 was in command of S.S. Afric outward bound to Australia taken over as transport on arrival and came home with 1st contingent of Australian troops. On voyage home the German raider Emdem was defeated by H.M.S. Sydney one of the escort. Landed troops in Alexandria. Commander R.N.R. October 1914 in command of one of the HMS armed patrol vessel H.M. Armed Yatch Zoraide. January 1915 Captain R.N.R. July 1917  D.S.O. London Gazette 14 July 1916 "Admiralty 14 July 1916 The Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty have received with much satisfaction from the officers in charge of the Auxiliary Patrol areas at home and abroad reports on the services performed by the officers and men serving under their orders during the period 1january 1915 to 31 January 1916. These reports show that the officers and men serving on Armed Yachts, Trawlers and Drifters of the Ausiliary Patrol during the period in questions have carried out their duties under extremely arduous and hazardous conditions of weather and exposure to enemy attack and mines with marked zeal, gallantry and success.” Seven awards of the D.S.O. in the Gazette list.Bar to the D.S.O. London Gazette January 1, 1918 (Acting Captain) "For services in the prosecution of the war.”  

After the hostilities ceased, he had command of the White Star Line S.S. Teutonic, Megantic, Cedric, Vedic, Arabic, Cretic and Celtic. He was master of the Olympic from 1925 until October 1928 , when he was appointed to the Majestic. He was promoted  R.N.R. Aide de camp to the King George V in 1926 and to Commodore R.N.R in 1927. He died in Southampton on May 28, 1930 and was buried at sea. He would have received a Knighthood from the King in the naval list of honors.

With the group are the original bestowal parchments for the C.B. dated June 3, 1925 and the D.S.O. dated July 14, 1916. Copies of the entries from the V.C. and D.S.O. book and extract from Who’s Who 1929.



R.S.M. J. M. Windmill medal grouping comprising of: GVR Military Cross, GVR Distinguished Conduct medal named to (16-896 R.S.MJR. J.W. WINDMILL 16/ W.WAR.R.), 1914-1915 STAR named to (898 C.Sgt. J.W. WINDMILL R.WAR.R.), War medal named to (896 W.O. CL.1. J.W. WINDMILL R.WAR.R.) Victory Medal named to (896 W.O. CL.1. J.W. WINDMILL R.WAR.R.) with Mention in Dispatches oak leaf spray, comes with its original framed Mention in Dispatches document, all are in fine condition $6500.00

Windmill played six seasons with Aston Villa FC including the 1905 season when the team won the FA Cup 

Private 16/896 Joseph William Windmill enlisted in the 16th (Service) Battalion (3rd Birmingham) of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1914. After training, the battalion joinded 95th Brigade, 32 Division on 26 June 1915 and finally left for France on 21 November 1915. It was then transfered to the 15th Brigade, 5th Division on 26 December before moving into positions between St Laurent Blangy and Vimy Ridge in March 1916. They then moved south in July to take part in the Battle of the Somme. Although not involved in the opening phase of the offensive, Windmill’s battalion would see action during subsidiary battles at High Wood, Guillemont, Flers-Courcelette, Morval and Le Transloy. They would then take part in the Battle of Arras in April and May 1917 during which Windmill, who by that stage had risen through the rank to Company Sergeant Major (CSM), was mentioned in Dispatches (MID). The 16th Warwicks saw further action during the Third Battle of Ypres, before being ssent to the italian front with the 5th Division in January 19818. They were then recalled to France after the German Spring Offensive and were soon in action during the battle of the Lys. It was during this period, on 17 April 1918, that Windmill would earn the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM).

His citation was published in the London gazette on 17 April 1918 and reads: For conspicious gallantry and devotion to duty. He invariably displayed great courage and ability in operations when conditions were exceptionally bad, and set spendid exemple of courage and determintion.

The 16th Warwicks were subsequently involved continuous action during the remainder of 1918 and took part in the Battle of the Hindenburg Line and Final Advance in Picardy. At that time of the armistice they were in the area of Le Quesnoy France. On 1 January 1919, the London Gazette announced taht Windmill has been awarded the Military Cross as part of the King’s Birthday Honours. Windmill subsequently returned to Britain and was finally demobilized and transferred to Class Z Army Reserve on 18 March 1919. After returning to teaching, Windmill was appointed headmaster of Brook Street School, Wordsley in 1922. He died in Kingswinford, West Midlands on 29 October 1927 aged just 46.



Orillia's Recognition of War Service 1914-1919 medal, unnamed, Orillia is a city 135 km North of Toronto Ontario, exc. $50.00 


  • City of Montreal Home Coming medal, vg. $25.00 
  • War medal miniature 800 silver, vg.+ $25.00 
  • Companion of the Most Distinguish Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.) box, Garrard & Co. Ltd.", empty, missing its inside medal insert, vg.+ $100.00
  • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Military) box, maker marked Garrard & Co. Ltd.", empty, vg.+ $50.00