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D.F.C. and Memorial Cross group 7, P.O. Harvey B. Minnis, R.C.A.F., Shot down on 27 April 1943, his 27th mission. with a mass of copied information.

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Group of 7:

Distinguished Flying Cross, (Reverse dated, 1943)
1939-1945 Star
Air Crew Europe Star
Canadian Voluntary Service Medal with ‘Overseas’ clasp
Defence Medal (silver issue)
Canadian Memorial Cross, Reverse Engraved: P.O. H.B. MINNIS, J-16658
War Medal (silver issue)

Medals awarded to: P.O. Harvey B. Minnis, R.C.A.F. 115 Squadron.

Pilot Officer Harvey B. Minnis, RCAF, 115 Squadron.
Killed in Action 27 April 1943.
Son of Artie Rutherford Minnis and Dorcas Lyola Minnis, of Victoria, British Columbia.
Now buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, close to the Dutch border.
(This is the same cemetery where Twenty-seven of the 53 Allied aircrew who died on the ‘Dams Raid’ on 16/17 May 1943 are buried.)

DFC London Gazette: 20 July 1945
Award to date 25 April 1943
Citation reads:

Distinguished Flying Cross
Pilot Officer Harvey Minnis, (Can/J.16658) Royal Canadian Air Force, No.115 Squadron
Pilot Officer Minnis has attacked many of the enemy’s most heavily defended targets including Hamburg, Duisburg, Berlin and Essen. He has always completed his missions with courage and determination. This officer has set an example of the highest order by his skill and courage, which have been a source of inspiration to all.


Complete with:
His RCAF bullion cap badge.
3 x RCAF brass jacket buttons.
DFC dated 1943
1939-45 Star
Air Crew Europe Star
Canadian Voluntary Service Medal with ‘Overseas’ clasp
Defence Medal (silver issue)
War Medal (silver issue)
Canadian Memorial Cross, Reverse Engraved:
P.O. H.B. MINNIS, J-16658

Plus:
33 x A3 copied pages of from:
115 Squadron’s Operations Record Book. (Oct 1942 – End of Apr 1943)
39 x A4 copied pages, Record of Service Airmen

Condition: Near E.F.

NB: Payment for this item by cheque or bank transfer.

Code: 14353Price: 2950.00 GBP


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A Submariner’s WW1 D.S.M.,Trio & Long Service group of 5, to Ernest Holcombe, R.N. DSM ‘For Service in Submarines’.

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Group of 5:

Distinguished Service Medal, Geo. V - (Submarine Service 1917)
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Royal Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, Geo V, “fixed suspender” (H.M.S. “Birmingham”)

Named to: PO.223294 Leading Stoker E. Holcombe.

Sold with the recipient’s original parchment ‘Service Certificate’.
These show Ernest Holcombe was born was born in Slinden, Sussex on 6 March 1885, on joining the R.N. on 27 December 1902 as a Boy2 class his trade is given as a “Carter / Land Worker”.

He entered the Submarine Service on 11 July 1909 serving in this branch until 17 October 1918. They make particular note of his being ‘Paid Prize Bounty for the Destruction of Enemy Shipping in the Heligoland Bight Action 28 August 1914’.

British submarine patrols in the Heligoland Bight region in August 1914 had noticed that German torpedo boats patrolled this area supported by light cruisers in two shifts of a day and night group. Roger Keyes Commodore (S), commander of British submarines, formulated a plan to raid these patrols using the Harwich Force of light cruisers and destroyers under Reginald Tyrwhitt Commodore (T).

The plan was for the Harwich force to drive the German patrol away from the German coast at dawn with British submarine split into two groups, one to intercept any German reinforcements and the other to act as a decoy to keep the German torpedo boats offshore. Further offshore would be some heavier units to support the Harwich Force against any German reinforcements and ideally the Grand Fleet would be in distant support.

Keyes approached the Admiralty for approval of the plan on August 23 1914 but the War Staff were too busy to consider the plan. Keyes, rather than giving up, went direct to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill.

Churchill was impressed by the idea and called a meeting the following day with Tyrwhitt (who had to be recalled form sea), Price Louis of Battenburg (the 1st Sea Lord), Vice Admiral Sturdee (Chief off the Admiralty War Staff) and Vice Admiral Sir Fredrick Hamilton (2nd Sea Lord).

Sturdee decided that is was not necessary to send the Grand Fleet in support and so the plan was changed to reduce the support to Cruisers Force C of five old armoured cruisers and Cruiser Force K with the Battlecruisers Invincible and New Zealand. He also changed the direction of the attack.

Eight British submarines were involved with an inner line of E4, E5 and E9 north and south of Heligoland to attack any reinforcing or retreating German ships. An outer line of E6, E7 and E8 was formed 40 miles further out and were intended to try and lure the German destroyers further out to sea. Finally D2 and D8 were stationed off Ems to attack any reinforcements coming from that direction.

The sweep was to take place on the 28 August with Keyes and Tyrwhitt putting to sea on the 26 and 27 August respectively. Unfortunately it was not until the 26 August that the Admiralty informed Admiral John Jellicoe (C-in-C Grand Fleet) that a major operation was planned in the North Sea, and even when they did inform him the information they sent was limited and vague.

Jellicoe was concerned by the lack of support for an operation so close to German bases and so requested that he bring the Grand Fleet out in support. Sturdee told Jellicoe that this was not necessary but if he wanted he could send additional battlecruisers. Jellicoe took this opportunity and he informed the Admiralty that he would be sending Beatty with the First Battlecruiser Squadron and Commodore Goodenough with the First Light Cruiser Squadron to reinforce the covering force. Keyes and Tyrwhitt had already sailed and the Admiralty failed to inform them of the additional British units involved in the operation.

This lack of communication from the Admiralty nearly led to disaster when before dawn the Harwich force encountered the First Light Cruiser Squadron. Fortunately it was established the cruisers were friendly. Tyrwhitt was then informed of the reinforcements but it was too late to inform the British submarine of the new units.

Facing the British raid the German Navy had two patrol lines. The outer line, 25 miles west of Heligoland, consisted of nine modern destroyers of the I torpedo Boat Flotilla. Twelve miles nearer Heligoland were vessels of the III Minesweeping Division. Supporting these lines were the light cruisers SMS Hela, Ariadne, Frauenlob and Stettin. SMS Mainz was waiting off the Ems to the south but the other seven light cruisers allocated to the patrols were all in either Brunsbuttel or Wilhelmshaven. Unfortunately for the German light forces any heavier ships that might be used to reinforce the patrols were limited in the times they could leave the Jade by tides.

Demobilised on 28 February 1919 into the Royal Fleet Reserve. He re-enlisted into the R.N. on 15 February1921 and was pensioned on 24 February 1927 but served through until 1938. He was not fit for further mobilisation in 1939.

Also sold with copied information covering submarines and ships.

Condition: Good Fine. with contact marks

Code: 14274Price: 2250.00 GBP


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M.S.M. Geo. VI group of 8, W.O.1 J. Marsh, N’Land Fusiliers, S. Staffs and R.A.

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Group 8, General Service Medal George VI, 2 clasps “Palestine, Palestine 1945-48” (4267247 Cpl. Northumberland Fusiliers), 1939-45 Star, Africa Star clasp “8th Army”, Italy Star, Defence Medal, 1939-45 War Medal, Meritorious Service Medal George VI “Fid. Def.” Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal George VI Crowned Head, with bar “Regular Army” the last two medals named to 4267247 W.O. Class 1 J. Marsh, Royal Artillery.

After serving in Palestine with the Northumberland Fusiliers the recipient transferred to the South Staffordshire Regiment on 22 April 1940. Then later to the Royal Artillery where he qualified for the “Palestine 1945-48” clasp” serving with the 305th Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery (T.A.).

Ian MacInnes’s Book states “awarded the M.S.M. without gratuity in December 1953.

Condition: V.F. to Good V.F.

Code: 12392Price: 575.00 GBP

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