Archive for the 1919-1938 Medals Category

A Desert Veteran with a Pre-War Stint in Palestine and a Grave in Holland

Posted in 1919-1938 Medals, 1939-1945 Service Medals, Groups with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis WW2 and prior group of 6 belonged to 6342630 Private L.Sage Royal West Kent Regiment. It consists of the 1939-1945 Star, the Africa Star, the France & Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 Victory Medal and the GSM (GVI) with the 1936-1939 Palestine Bar. According to the googles the RWK 2nd Battalion was deployed to Palestine in 1938 to 1939 to counter Arab unrest.

Off to the British Archives and I find an L.Sage from 2nd Battalion RWK who has an entitlement to that Palestine Bar. That’s my man! 2nd Battalion spent a fair bit of time acting as part of the Malta Garrison. Then one by one each company of 2nd Battalion (B Company) was involved in the fracas of the Dodecanese Campaign in 1943 and all were captured or killed on the island of Leros. Since Private Sage has the F&G Star he must have escaped as he is not on the POW lists. Then more magical googling and finally I find him, Leslie Cyril Sage. Transferred to the Dorsetshire Regiment, 1st Battalion, at this time based in Malta.

At this point 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment was returned to England and became part of the 50th (Northumbrian) Division. Leslie would have landed on D-Day on Sword Beach and been involved in the capture of Le Hamel and Arromanches. The battalion was in constant action until the 17th of July when it was pulled out to rest. It was returned to the line for the 30th July battle for Villers-Bocage. During the rest of August Leslie would have been part of the breakout and the drive through Belgium and into Holland.

On the 17th September 1944 the 1st Battalion, still under command of the Guards Armoured Brigade, started the attack towards Eindhoven, which was the attack designed to relieve the British and Polish paratroops at Arnhem, who had dropped as part of operation “Market Garden”. The 1st Battalion, as part of 231 Infantry Brigade, was charged with defending the “Corridor” formed by the armoured advance. In October the 1st Battalion moved up to Nijmegen and moved onto “The Island”, the bridgehead over the river Waal but behind the river Lek.

On the day of Leslie’s death, 4th October 1944, the 1st Battalion attacked north of Bemmel, and expanded the bridgehead up to the Wettering Canal. This was the last battle of this battalion as it was withdrawn from the line and returned to the UK as a training cadre.

Poor unlucky bastard.


A Group to a Veteran of First Ypres

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, 1919-1938 Medals, Groups with tags , , , , on August 14, 2013 by The Dude


This group is impressed to 1656 Private F.H.Jackson of the Honourable Artillery Company. The group consists of the 1914 Star with the 5th August-22nd November 1914 Bar, the British War Medal, the WW1 Victory Medal and the Faithful Service in the Special Constabulary Medal (GV), this one engraved to Sergeant Frederick H. Jackson. The Bar on the 1914 star is the slip on type congruent with the Star but cannot be considered official as the official bars were only made one way. But I believe it to be original to the medal.

Frederick Harold Jackson, from Buckinghamshire, enlisted voluntarily in the Territorial Army in August 1914 and by September 18th 1914 he was in France. The H.A.C. is a very prestigious unit of the British Territorial Army and is the second oldest military unit in the world still extant after the Swiss Vatican Guard. It is the oldest regiment in the British Army.

Jackson received a gunshot wound to his right shoulder and cheek on the 22nd August 1915. He was assessed at 50% disablement and blind in his right eye and released from service on the 18th February 1916.


GV British Empire Medal Miniature

Posted in 1919-1938 Medals with tags , , on May 19, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThe British Empire Medal (BEM) was established in 1922 to replace the Medal of the Order of the British Empire. The British Empire Medal is a British medal awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown.

Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters “BEM” and it is divided into civil and military medals in a similar way to the Order of the British Empire itself. While recipients are not technically counted as members of the Order, these medals are nevertheless affiliated with it. The BEM was awarded to subjects of the United Kingdom until 1992, after which time it lay in abeyance in the United Kingdom, although was still awarded in some Commonwealth realms. It was brought out of abeyance in June 2012, for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

This is a miniature example of this medal.

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Medal for 25 Years in the Bavarian Fire Service 1922-1928

Posted in 1919-1938 Medals with tags , , on May 12, 2013 by The Dude

800px-Flag_of_Bavaria_(striped)I have two of these, one with a ribbon and one without. I find the fact that I have even one of these pretty funny since I collect neither fire service medals nor the medals issued by the German States. This is what happens when you apply a vacuum cleaner to the internet. This medal was issued between 1922 and 1928.

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Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkerhr des Memellandes 22. März 1939

Posted in 1919-1938 Medals, Fakes & Replicas with tags , , , on May 11, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThe Return of Memel Commemorative Medal (Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkerhr des Memellandes 22. März 1939) was a decoration of Nazi Germany awarded in the interwar period, and the last of the series of Occupation Medals. This one is mounted using the Austrian Court mounting style. I now believe this one is also a reproduction, called the mask fake.

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China Incident Campaign Medal

Posted in 1919-1938 Medals with tags , on May 8, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_Japan.svgThis medal was awarded from 1937-1945 to those Japanese forces who were part of the so-called China Incident, the campaign against China.

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Medal for the Liberation of Upper Hungary

Posted in 1919-1938 Medals with tags , on April 30, 2013 by The Dude


This is a medal commemorating the gains that Hungary made at the expense of Czechoslovakia in the 1st Vienna Award of 1938.

On 2 November 1938, the First Vienna Award transferred to Hungary parts of Southern Slovakia and Carpathian Ruthenia, an area amounting to 11,927 km² and a population of 869,299 (86.5% of which were Hungarians according to a 1941 census). Between 5 November and 10 November, Hungarian armed forces peacefully occupied the newly transferred territories.

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