Archive for the Groups Category

A Burma Veteran Group

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, 1945 + Medals, Groups with tags , , , on August 6, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis group belongs to 865673 Lance Bombadier W.J. Kent. By his rank I assume he was in the Royal Artillery. His medals include the 1939-1945 Star, the Burma Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Regular Army Long Service Good Conduct Medal.

As with the other WW2 groups I have, I have simply collected a range of theatres with a post-War service medal so that I have a name to go with the rack. In this case a good Burma Campaign group to a career artilleryman. I can’t find him on the POW list so I have to make the big jump that he was part of Slim’s Burma army in 1944-1945.


A Group to an 8th Army Private

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, 1945 + Medals, Groups with tags , , , , on August 5, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is a pretty unassuming group to an Army Medical Corps Private 7358394 H Strow. He has the 1939-1945 Star, the North Africa Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Efficiency Medal (GVI) with Territorial Bar. The Efficiency Medal was awarded with 12 years of service, with war service counting for double. It appears that Strow must have stayed on in the Territorial Army after the conclusion of hostilities in 1945. The RAMC was the last Corps to demob so this guy would not have got out until some time in 1946.

Again, pretty boring but these WW2 groups are so often anonymous so when you get one you try to make sure it has a GSM, EM or LSGC on it so you have the owners name and number.


A U.S. Vietnam Veteran Group

Posted in 1945 + Medals, Groups with tags , , , , on August 5, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThis group is a great representative example of a Navy serviceman engaged in active service in the period late 1960’s-1975. It consists of a the Navy Good Conduct Medal with 2 service stars, the National Defense Service Medal , the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 1 campaign star, the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 campaign stars and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. The star on the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is probably either for the Cambodian Evacuation or the Vietnam Evacuation, both in April 1975.

Unfortunately none of these medals is named so the recipient remains unknown. I don’t really get into US medals but I wanted an example of a stock soldier/sailor rack as the Vietnam War is one that interests me.


An MBE Group to a Sudan Defence Force Officer

Posted in Groups, Rare Medals with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis group belonged to an officer in the British Army working in the Sudan and Eritrean theatre against the Italians. Interestingly enough his rank on the MBE recommendation is given as “Bimbashi” (from Turkish: Binbaşı, “chief of a thousand”) which is a major in the Turkish army, the term originated in the Ottoman army. The title was also used for a major in the Khedivial Egyptian army as Bimbashi (1805–1953). It was also used by the Serbian revolutionaries as Bimbaša (Serbian Cyrillic: Бимбаша) in 1804-1817. So I am guessing the equivalent was Major Andrew Cameron Robertson of the Sudan Defence Force.

The recommendation reads “This officer has rendered meritorious service during the last six months having been in entire charge of the M.T. Stores (American type) of all the Imperial forces in the field (Sudan command). With no other officer to assist him and with only a mixed Sudanese and Indian Staff he has earned for his work in this sphere the personal thanks of both Divisional commanders and his services have been of a high order and great value. He was responsible for the uncasing and preparation and equipping and testing and issue of all new and repaired American type vehicles, and the supply of tyres, parts and accessories for their maintenance by units and advanced repair workshops in the field – British and Indian armies, S.D.F. K.A.R. W.A.F. S.African, Free French and Belgian, Ethiopian Patriot forces included.”. It is signed by William Platt, Lieutenant General commanding troops in the Sudan and Eritrea, 14th August 1941.

The group consists of the Military MBE, the 1939-1945 Star, the North Africa Star, the Defence Medal and the 1939-1945 War medal with the device for Mentioned in Dispatches. The MBE was gazetted on the 30th of December 1941.

Robertson was granted as an emergency commission to 2/Lieut on 12th June 1940, having already been commissioned in the Khedive’s Army. This was gazetted on 5th January 1943. His service number was 254419.


A Group to a Canadian 1st Army Veteran

Posted in Groups with tags , , , on August 5, 2013 by The Dude

Canadian_Red_Ensign_1868-1921Unfortunately because of the Canadian Governments cheapness, none of the WW2 service medals are impressed. So, when they get separated from their history then all you can do is guess at their provenance, as in this case. This rack of 5 consists of the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Service Bar and finally the 1939-1945 War Medal. Since the F&G Star is there it’s apparent that the owner landed on the continent in 1944-1945. And we can see he volunteered for service in the war zone. But whether he was a cook or a combat infantryman, that’s all lost. Good on him anyway.


A Medal Group to a Pre-War Territorial

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Groups with tags , , , on May 16, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis group is made rare by the Territorial War Medal but still interesting. It’s marked to 362126 GNR H.F.Toyne R.A. Any soldier awarded the Territorial Medal was not entitled to one of the stars. Henry Toyne served in the Royal Garrison Artillery.

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A Small Group to a South African

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

Flag_of_South_Africa_1928-1994This is a Second World War service group to a South African, 156658 B.S. Tinderholm. Bernardus Stefanus Tinderholm must have served in the military but not outside of South Africa as he has no campaign stars but has the Africa War Medal and not the War Services Medal.

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