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Victorian pair to Royal Navy Officer. Baltic & China Medal, 1 clasp, ‘Canton 1857’ to Fleet Engineer Owen Ash Davies, Royal Navy. (With original photo)
China Medal, 1857-60, 1 clasp, ‘Canton 1857’
Both Medals are unnamed as issued to the Royal Navy.
Medals are attributed to:
Fleet Engineer Owen Ash Davies, Royal Navy
Together with small ‘Carte de Visite’ photograph of Davies in uniform.
Owen Ash Davies was born 7 Feb 1829 at Plymouth, Devon.
He joined the Royal Navy as in Assistant Engineer 3rd Class 26 May 1854
& retired 25 May 1883 as a Chief Engineer & was appointed Fleet Engineer on the Retired List 17 Feb 1886.
During his long & distinguished career he saw service in the East Indies, West Africa, Pacific & West Indies as well as Home Service. He was awarded the Baltic Medal as Assistant Engineer 3rd Class in HMS Merlin. He was awarded his China Medal with clasp ‘Canton 1857’ as Assistant Engineer 2nd Class in HMS Assistance & HMS Highflyer. These 2 medals are his full medal entitlement.
Copies of both medal rolls attached, Service Record & family research, etc.
He died in Plymouth 7 May 1909 & was buried in Ford Park Cemetery.
Condition: V.F. (Once contained in a frame).
Code: 14365Price: 480.00 GBP
N.G.S. & L.S. group of 7, C.P.O. (Cook) George Treacher, R.N. Malta Convoys.
Group of 7:
Naval General Service Medal, GVI, 1 clasp, ‘Palestine 1936-1939’ - (M.36963 P.O. Cook R.N.)
1939-1945 War Medal
Royal Naval Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GV (M.36963 P.O. Cook, H.M.S. ‘Ganges’)
The WW2 medals are unnamed as issued.
The first and last are named to G. Treacher.
Sold with the recipient’s original “Service” papers and an original photograph of the recipient in tropical uniform.
George Treacher was born in Baughurst, Basingstoke, Hampshire on 5 November 1900 and on enlistment on 5 January 1922 his trade is given as “General Labourer”.
L.S. & G.C. awarded whilst serving on H.M.S. ‘Ganges’.
1936 – 1939 on H.M.S. “Imogen”.
1940 - 29 March 1942 on H.M.S. ‘Legion’ Malta Convoys and was sunk in an air raid on Malta.
Was on board H.M.S. ‘Isle of Sark’ in the Clyde when H.M.S. ‘Dasher’ blew up and ‘Sark’ took part in rescue operations.
He left the Royal Navy as a C.P.O. in May 1945.
Condition: Good V.F.
Q.S.A. & K.S.A pair, to Pte. William Thomas Woodcroft, South Wales Borderers.
Queen’s South Africa Medal, 1899-1902, 3 clasps, ‘Cape Colony’, ’Orange Free State’, ‘Johannesburg’
King’s South Africa Medal, 1901-1902, 2 clasps, ‘South Africa 1901’, ‘South Africa 1902’
Named to: 3243 Private W. T. Woodcroft, South Wales Borderers.
Copies of the medal rolls confirm the medals and clasps and there are copies of the recipient’s “Service” papers.
William Thomas Woodcroft was born in March 1872 T Dunstable, Luton, Beds. and was a “Baker” by trade when he attested on 29 April 1890, being discharged on termination of engagement on 21 August 1902.
Condition: Good V.F.
Code: 14336Price: 250.00 GBP
Group of 5, China 1900, HMS Isis, 1914-15 Star, BWM & VM, RFR Long Service, named to William Henry Grady, P.O.1. Royal Navy.
Group of 5:
China Medal, 1900, no clasp (432 awards to the ship all no clasp)
Named to: W.H. Grady, P.O.1 Cl. H.M.S. Isis
1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Named to: 113138 W. H. Grady, P.O.1, R.N.
Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, GeoV
Named to: 113138 Dev A. 1090 W.H. Grady, P.O., R.F.R
William Henry Grady was born at Devonport, Plymouth, Devon, 28 May 1865.
His enlistment as a Boy Sailor started on 3 Aug 1880.
He served in HMS Isis from 10 May 1898, throughout the China Campaign of 1900 & received the China Medal without clasp. He continued to serve as a regular Royal Naval Petty Officer until 1903 when he was Pensioned to Shore 15 June 1903.
He joined the Royal Fleet Reserve at Devonport on 17 August 1903.
He served in HMS Columbella from 8 December 1914 to 8 September 1917.
HMS “Columbella” was launched in 1902 by D&W Henderson Ltd, Glasgow, as SS “Columbia”: the 8497 tons flagship of the Anchor Lines.
SS “Columbia” was used on the company’s service from Glasgow to New York until she was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted for use as an Armed Merchant Cruiser in the Royal Navy.
She was renamed HMS “Columbella” and commissioned on November 30th, 1914, to serve with the 10th Cruiser Squadron on Northern Patrol, patrolling the area North of Faroes (A Patrol), South of Sydero (C Patrol) and West of Hebrides (D Patrol).
At the beginning of July 1917 HMS “Columbella” was detached for convoy service in the North Atlantic.
In June 1919 she was returned to Anchor Lines and renamed “Columbia”. She was the only member of the Anchor Line’s North Atlantic service fleet to survive the hostilities.
Sold with copy of Service Papers, Medal roll entries confirming entitlement to all the above. Census entries.
Code: 14322Price: 475.00 GBP
C.S.M. ‘Northern Ireland’ & Army L.S. EIIR, Sgt. C. Borthwick, R.A.
Campaign Service Medal, 1962-2003, 1 clasp, ‘Northern Ireland’ - (Bdr.)
Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, EIIR - (Sgt.)
Named to: 24004398 Sgt. C. Borthwick, Royal Artillery.
Condition: Good V.F. Mounted as worn.
Code: 14065Price: 130.00 GBP
WW2 & “Palestine1945-48” group of 5, Pte./B.Const. George Stewart, D.L.I. & Pal. Police, P.O.W.
Group of 5:
1939-45 War Medal
General Service Medal 1918-1962, George VI, 1 clasp, 'Palestine 1945-48'
Dunkirk Veterans Medal
International Prisoner of War medal
Only the G.S.M is named.
Named to: 1431 British Constable G. Stewart, Palestine Police.
Sold with the P.O.W. confirmation and the roll for the Palestine Police service.
4453401 Pte. George Stewart was captured in France serving as a Private in the 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry and was held at Lamsdorf Camp (Stalag 344, Poland) POW number 595 and joined the Palestine Police on 10 February 1947.
In January 1945, as the Soviet armies resumed their offensive and advanced into Germany, many of the prisoners were marched westward in groups of 200 to 300 in the so-called Long March or Death March. Many of them died from the bitter cold and exhaustion. The lucky ones got far enough to the west to be liberated by the American army. The unlucky ones got "liberated" by the Soviets, who instead of turning them over quickly to the western allies, held them as virtual hostages for several more months. Many of them were finally repatriated towards the end of 1945 though the port of Odessa on the Black Sea.
The Long March was during the final months of the Second World War in Europe. About 30,000 Allied PoWs were force-marched westward across Poland and Germany in appalling winter conditions, lasting about four months from January to April 1945. It has been called various names: "The Great March West", "The Long March", "The Long Walk", "The Long Trek", "The Black March", "The Bread March", but most survivors just called it "The March". It has also been called "The Lamsdorf Death March".
As the Soviet army was advancing on Poland, the Nazis made the decision to evacuate the PoW camps to prevent the liberation of the prisoners by the Russians. During this period, also hundreds of thousands of German civilians, most of them women and children, as well as civilians of other nationalities, were making their way westward in the snow and freezing weather and many died. January and February 1945 were among the coldest winter months of the twentieth century, with blizzards and temperatures as low as –25 °C (–13 °F), even until the middle of March temperatures were well below 0 °F (–18 °C). Most of the PoWs were ill-prepared for the evacuation, having suffered years of poor rations and wearing clothing ill-suited to the appalling winter conditions.
Condition: Good V.F.
Code: 13835Price: 295.00 GBP
I.G.S. & WW2 group of 6, Signalman H. A. Thomson, R. Signals.
Group of 6, India General Service Medal 1908-1935 George V, clasp “North West Frontier 1930-1931”, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star clasp ”8th Army”, Italy Star, Defence Medal, 1939-45 War Medal only the first medal is named to 6891 Signalman H. A. Thomson, Royal Signals.
Condition: Good V.F.
Code: 11971Price: 195.00 GBP
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