British and Canadian Medals


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Private J. Sharpe medal grouping of three comprising of a North West Canada medal named to "Pte J. Sharpe 95th Battalion Manitoba Grenadiers", an Army and Navy Veterans in Canada Foundation Centennial 1840 - 1940 medal and the GVR Jubilee medal, all are mounted on a medal bar, vg.+ $450.00 

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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.+ $8,500.00 NEW

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.

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Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Blundell Moss Blundell Companion of the Most Distinguish Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.) The upper arm is engraved on one side with the letters F.B.M.B. and on the other side with the date 3.6.18, the London Gazette confirms that Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Blundell Moss Blundell DSO, R.F.A. was awarded this order on June 03, 1918, in case of issue maker marked  "Garrard & Co. Ltd”, vg.+ $1200.00

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Lieutenant Colonel Robert Cholerton Hayes medal group comprising of: Officers of the Order of the British Empire (Military) is Sterling hallmarked to Sebastian Garrard for the year 1919-1920 His 1914/15 Star is named LT. CMMR. R. C. HAYES R.N. His British War and Victory Medals are both named to: "LIEUT COL. R. C. HAYES R.A.F.” He served with the Royal Navy, Royal Navy Air Service and Royal Air Force, was Captain of the NS 4 Airship, Navigation Officer on the H.M.S. Southampton at Dogger Bank and Heligoland Bight. An interesting group to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Air Force.  A most unusual group, to a very capable Navigating Officer, Pilot, Airship Captain and Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Air Force. All 4 medals are very good to fine. Comes with the original warrant for his Ofiicer of the British Empire and copies of the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force papers, Masters certificate, etc. vg.+ $1750.00 

Robert Cholerton Hayes was born in Sheffield in 1884. He joined the Royal Navy in 1900 as a Naval Cadet in Britannia. He was advanced to Midshipman in October 1901 and Acting Sub-Lieutenant in 1905, Lieutenant in 1909 and Lieutenant Commander in 1915, before entering the Royal Naval Air Service (Airships) in 1916. His ships included: Britannia, Russell, Sentinel, Foresight, Eclipse, Ariadne, serving as a Navigating Officer and finally on the Southampton. He also attended various courses, mainly in navigation, and pilotage. He served on H.M.S. Southampton from 4/09/1912 to 17/02/1916 and would have seen action at Heligoland Bight and Dogger bank. During this period he appears to have been a Navigational and executive Officer. In the remarks column of his papers, are remarks such as: "VG1 Navig excellent Pilot and executive Officer" "Zealous &accurate as (N) officer much judgement in handling ship and executive officer”. There are several remarks from Commodore Goodenough who recommended him for promotion, and February 1916: "Skill in navigation VG North Sea and all its coasts very good executive officer”. Commodore Goodenough commanded the Light Cruiser Squadron and operated from Southampton as his flagship and would have known Hayes well. In January 1916 Hayes Volunteers for duty as commanding Officers of rigid Airships. On 28/02/1916 he joins the establishment at Wormwood Scrubbs Air Station. President for Kingsnorth Airship Station 04/04/1916 Scapa Airship Station 21/06/1916 Kingsnorth Air Station 08/11/1916 Daedalus for Kingsnorth NS 4 23/07/1917 President for East Fortune Air Station Captain NS.4 28/09/1917 to 11/01/1918. 11/01/1918 President for Milford Haven for duty on staff. On 09/10/1916 He made an application to return to Sea Service, but this was refused, as "unable to spare for the duration”. His appointments the R.N.A.S. are as follows: Lieutenant-Commander Royal Navy 28/02/1916 Probation Flight Commander 28/02/1916 Flight Commander 03/05/1916 Squadron Commander 30/06/1917 Finally upon the formation of the Royal Air Force, Hayes became a Major Airships acting Lieutenat Colonel (Group Commander). Hayes was in charge of the whole of 14 group which included Airships, Seaplanes and land-based aircraft  included 255th squadron. His rank of Group commander would be the equivalent rank of Group Captain in today's Royal Air Force.

He was appointed a member of the Officer of the British Empire on 01/01/1919 for his wartime work in respect of the military applications of lighter than aircraft at both R.N.A.S. Kingsnorth and Pembroke. He relinquished his commission on 30/05/1919 and rejoined the Royal Navy on 02/06/1919 and retrained to be a navigating officer. He joined H.M.S. AMBROSE on 09/06/1919 and then H.M.S. TITANIA on 23/03/1920 until 17/02/1921.He was placed on the retired list on 27/02/1921 at his own request. He was tried by Court Martial on March 1920 for drinking intoxicating liquors to such excess as to produce illness by which he was unfitted for the discharge of his duty. Sentenced to be severely reprimanded. As ever, Hayes still received glowing comments about his abilities as a pilot and Executive Officer. Hayes was granted a Masters certificate (copy included) dated 30/06/1921. In 1922 he was granted permission to reside in the Malay States. Lieutenant Colonel Hayes died on 03/07/1927. He committed suicide and a verdict of suicide whilst of unsound mind was returned at the inquest in Sheffield of Robert Chollerton Hayes who died from poisoning. It was stated that the Lieutenant Commander was put on the retired list of the Navy in 1922.He was later appointed by the Colonial Office to the Malay States, but prior to that he had two attacks of sunstroke, and had suffered from recurrent Malaria. He returned from the Malay States after three years and was pronounced medically unfit. Since then he had had no occupation. According to his brother-in law the Reverand Edwin Scott, rector of St Pauls' Morley, Leeds, the Commander was separated from his wife, and had not communicated with her since their separation.

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Victoria Cross action Military Cross grouping awarded to 2nd Lieutenant (Temporary Lieutenant) William Hebert Davies, 14th Bn Durham Light Infantry during the Battle of Cambrai (Canal Masnieres). He won the Military Cross on December 03, 1917 where 2nd Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Arthur Moore Lascelles won the Victoria Cross. Comprising of a GRV Military Cross engraved to Lieut. W.H. Davies 14th Battn D.L.I. in its case of issue, his British War Medal (CAPT. W.H. DAVIES); and Victory Medal (CAPT. W.H. DAVIES.). Naming on both medals are officially impressed. The announcement of the award of the Military Cross appeared in the Edinburgh Gazette on July 08, 1918. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. After a heavy bombardment his company was attacked and forced back from the trench. Though he had been buried three times by shells, he led a counter attack with the greatest skill and determination, and recaptured the position. Comes with a CD copy of the book Durham Forces in the Field 14-18 and the 14th D.H.L. War Diary. A copy of the citation from the Edimburgh Gazette, and some snippets from the London Gazette, exc. $3500.00 

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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 P.O.R. 

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.

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Knight's Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, badge and star set, Military 1st type Britannia, in its case of issue which is maker mark "Garrard & Co. Ltd,exc. $1500.00 

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Commanders of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Military 1st type Britannia,  maker hallmark "Garrard", date hallmark (1919-1920), in its case of issue maker marked "Garrard & Co. Ltd", exc. $500.00 

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Officers of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Military 1st type Britannia, Sterling Silver hallmark Sebastian Garrard, date hallmark (1919-1920), in case of issue  maker mark "Garrard & Co. Ltd”, vg.+ $300.00 

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Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Military 1st type Britannia, Sterling Silver hallmark Sebastian Garrard, date hallmark (1918-1919), in case of issue maker mark "Garrard & Co. Ltd”, vg.+ $300.00 

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Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Military 1st type Britannia, Sterling Silver hallmark Sebastian Garrard, date hallmark (1919-1920), vg.+ $200.00

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Distinguish Service Cross GVR,  Sterling Silver hallmark Sebastian Garrard, date hallmark (1919-1920), in case of issue maker mark "Garrard & Co. Ltd”, vg.+ $1500.00

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Royal Red Cross 2nd Class GVR, in case of issue maker mark "Garrard & Co. Ltd”, vg.+ $300.00 

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Lieutenant Edward Albert Johnson R.A.F. War and Victory medals. He first served as a Private with the No.3 Canadian General Hospital C.A.M.C, as a Lieutenant with the 12th and 4th Battalion. He was wounded with the 4th Battalion on October 08, 1916 at Courcelette. He later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and served as a pilot with the 14th Squadron which was part of the Palestine Brigade. This squadron supported the British Army advance through Palestine and onwards up until the Turkish Armistice signes at the end of October 1918. Comes with his W.W.1 R.A.F. cloth pilot wings and copies of his LAC and RAF records, all are in vg.+ $400.00

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Orillia's Recognition of War Service 1914-1919 medal, unnamed, Orilliaa is a city 135 km North of Toronto Ontario, exc. $75.00 

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  • War medal miniature 800 silver, vg.+ $25.00 
  • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Military) box maker marked "Royal mint", empty, vg.+ $50.00

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