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DCM, MM and Bar Group to Corporal S. C. Ford, 280 (London Brigade) Royal Field Artillery (T.F.)

DCM, MM and Bar Group to Corporal S. C. Ford, 280 (London Brigade) Royal Field Artillery (T.F.)

DCM, MM and Bar Group to Corporal S. C. Ford, 280 (London Brigade) Royal Field Artillery (T.F.)

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D.C.M. London Gazette 6 February 1918:

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the battery was heavily shelled and the position had to be evacuated he returned with twenty others and carried away a wounded man, while two ammunition dumps close by were exploding. He set a splendid example of courage in leaving a place of safety to rescue the wounded man.’  (DNW)

(Grey Funnel Collection)

Great War Tank Crew Mask

DCM, MM and Bar Group to Corporal S. C. Ford, 280 (London Brigade) Royal Field Artillery (T.F.)

DCM, MM and Bar Group to Corporal S. C. Ford, 280 (London Brigade) Royal Field Artillery (T.F.)

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An original Great War tank crew mask with chain maille visor.

(Grey Funnel Collection)

Lt. R H Munroe 5th (Queens Own) Cameron Highlanders

Lt. Archibald Brown, 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Lt. Archibald Brown, 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

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With the original citation cutting from the London Gazette. M.C London Gazette 15th February 1919.

'For conspicious gallantry and devotion to duty while in charge of a platoon during the operations from September 28th to October 3rd, 1918. Repeatedly during the attack he pushed forward in front of his men and sniped a number of the enemy. On reaching the Roulers-Menin railways he reorganised his platoon under heavy machine gun fire, thereafter sending forward a patrol which dealt successfully with a pill-box and captured six of the enemy.His conduct throughout was a fine example to his men'.  

Lt. Archibald Brown, 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Lt. Archibald Brown, 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Lt. Archibald Brown, 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

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M.C London Gazette 16th September 1918.

'For conspicious gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer, in command of a fighting patrol, was ordered to clear the enemy out of a strong point in an advanced trench. On reaching the trench the patrol came under very heavy machine-gun fire; he at once dashed forward with his men and succeeded in putting three guns out of action, killing the teams, and bringing back a prisoner. Though wounded, he continued to do duty during the remainder of the operations' 

Major N Ryder M.C.

Lt. Archibald Brown, 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Sapper H. Hill, Royal Engineers

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Military Cross, G.V.R.; 1914-15 Star (2503 L.Cpl N.Ryder. L.N.Lan:R.); British War and Victory Medal (Major N.Ryder.). 

Supplement to the London Gazette, 18/7/17:

2nd.Lt. (temp. Lt. Norman Ryder, N.Lan.R., attd. M.G.Corps)

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in bringing his section into action under adverse conditions and heavy shelling. Although severely wounded he concealed the fact from his men, and remained for many hours at his post, until the situation was well in hand.’ 

Sapper H. Hill, Royal Engineers

1917 ‘Battle of Passchendaele’ M.M. to Private A. Stillie, Canadian Infantry

Sapper H. Hill, Royal Engineers

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A Great War M.M. group of four awarded to Sapper H. Hill, Royal Engineers. 

Military Medal, G.V.R. (42059 Spr. H. Hill. 61/F. Coy. R.E.); 1914-15 Star(42059 Spr: H. Hill. R.E.); British War and Victory Medals ((42059 Spr. H. Hill. R.E.) 

M.M. London Gazette 11 November 1916.
Sapper Herbert Hill served in France from 20 May

M.M. to Sergeant W.C. England

1917 ‘Battle of Passchendaele’ M.M. to Private A. Stillie, Canadian Infantry

1917 ‘Battle of Passchendaele’ M.M. to Private A. Stillie, Canadian Infantry

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   Military Medal, G.V.R. (830 Sjt:W.C.England.   17/R.Fus:); 1914-15 Star (E-830 Pte W.C.England. R.Fus:); British War and   Victory Medal (E-830 Sjt.W.C.England. R.Fus.).


M.M.   London Gazette 7th March 1917.

1917 ‘Battle of Passchendaele’ M.M. to Private A. Stillie, Canadian Infantry

1917 ‘Battle of Passchendaele’ M.M. to Private A. Stillie, Canadian Infantry

1917 ‘Battle of Passchendaele’ M.M. to Private A. Stillie, Canadian Infantry

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Recommendation, dated 6 November 1917, states: ‘On Passchendaele Ridge, during the operation on the night of 2/3 November 1917, this soldier formed one of the party which captured and held Graf House for more than an hour, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy when they counter attacked in large numbers several times. He set a fine example of coolness, tenacity, and devotion to duty.’ 

‘First day of the Battle of Cambrai' M.M. awarded to Private H. Starr

‘First day of the Battle of Cambrai' M.M. awarded to Private H. Starr

‘First day of the Battle of Cambrai' M.M. awarded to Private H. Starr

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M.M. to Private H. Starr,2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers, late Essex Regiment, for his gallantry at Marcoing on 20 November 1917. 


 Recommendation states: Near Marcoing on 20 November 1917 for conspicuous courage and gallantry in the advance. Machine gun and rifle fire was opened from two or three ammunition pits in front of the Company. Private Starr and another man at once on their own initiative rushed forward with a Lewis Gun in spite of heavy fire and opened fire from the flank of their positions at very close range. This greatly assisted the rushing of these positions. Private Starr was twice wounded slightly but remained at duty till the end of the day.’   He was subsequently killed in action on 15 May 1918. 

Company Sergeant-Major Thomas Whitehouse

‘First day of the Battle of Cambrai' M.M. awarded to Private H. Starr

‘First day of the Battle of Cambrai' M.M. awarded to Private H. Starr

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A Great War ‘Givenchy 1915’ D.C.M. awarded to Company Sergeant-Major Thomas Whitehouse, 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers, who was also awarded the Russian 2nd Class Medal of St George in gold.

 

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R. (6834 Sjt: T. Whitehouse. 1/S.W. Bord:)  

D.C.M. London Gazette 3 June 1915:

‘For gallantry at Givenchy on the night of 26th-27th February 1915, in voluntarily joining a party which went forward and destroyed a saphead.’

L.Cpl. M. C. Nicholson, Hampshire Regiment

‘First day of the Battle of Cambrai' M.M. awarded to Private H. Starr

L.Cpl. M. C. Nicholson, Hampshire Regiment

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1914 Star, with clasp (8781 L.Cpl. M. C. Nicholson. 1/Hamps: R.); British War and Victory Medals (8781 Cpl. M. C. Nicholson. Hamps. R.) 

Sgt. S. Nicholson, Manchester Regiment

Cpl. J Mewis, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

L.Cpl. M. C. Nicholson, Hampshire Regiment

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1914 Star with Mons bar (6265 L.Sjt S.Nicholson. 1/Manch:R.); British War and   Victory Medal (6265 Sjt. S.Nicholson. Manch.R.).

Cpl. J Mewis, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Cpl. J Mewis, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Cpl. J Mewis, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

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Cpl. J. Mewis

1914 Star with Mons bar, BWM, VM & cap badge

Hampshire Regiment

Cpl. J Mewis, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Cpl. J Mewis, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

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Pte. J Tocock

1914-15 Star, BWM & VM.

with silver war badge (337228)

Gallipoli

1915 ‘Gallipoli’ D.C.M. to Corporal J. Blacklock, Lancashire Fusiliers

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D.C.M. London Gazette 2 February 1916:

‘For conspicuous gallantry on the 7th August 1915 on the Gallipoli Peninsula, when he exposed himself freely in full view of the enemy, and under very heavy fire, for the purpose of encouraging his men.’

M.I.D. London Gazette 28 January 1916.

(Grey Funnel Collection)

Gunner Fred Bird, Royal Field Artillery

Trio & Memorial Plaque to Drummer Frederick Smith

Casualty Trio to Private Christopher Monahan

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1914-15 Star (11309 Gnr: F. Bird. R.F.A.); British War and Victory Medals (11309 Gnr. F. Bird. R.A.)

Killed in action at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, 1 October 1915 

Casualty Trio to Private Christopher Monahan

Trio & Memorial Plaque to Drummer Frederick Smith

Casualty Trio to Private Christopher Monahan

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Casualty Trio awarded to Private Christopher Monahan, of ‘B’ Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, killed in action on 15 August 1915, where over the next 2 days the 5th and 6th Battalions gallantly held the ‘Pimple’ feature on the Kiretch Tepe Ridge in the face of withering Turkish fire and artillery. 

Trio & Memorial Plaque to Drummer Frederick Smith

Trio & Memorial Plaque to Drummer Frederick Smith

Trio & Memorial Plaque to Drummer Frederick Smith

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Gallipoli Trio & Memorial Plaque awarded to Drummer Frederick Smith, 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, killed in action during the First Battle of Krithia on 28 April, 1915 

BATTLE OF THE SOMME

1916 ‘Somme’ M.M. group to Sergeant J. Crook, Lancashire Fusiliers

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Military Medal, G.V.R. (7457 Sjt: J. C. Crook. 1/Lanc: Fus:); 1914-15 Star (7457 Pte. J. Crook, Lan: Fus:); British War and Victory Medals (7457 Sjt. J. Crook. Lan. Fus.)


M.M. London Gazette 9 December 1916.

J. Crook attested for the Lancashire Fusiliers and served during the Great War with the 11th Battalion on the Western Front from 25 September 1915, and was awarded the Military Medal for service with the 25th Division during the Battle of the Somme, July to October 1916.

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Pte. R.W. Viggers, Manchester Reg

Pte. R.W. Viggers, Manchester Reg

Pte. R.W. Viggers, Manchester Reg

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BWM & VM

Killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme. Manchester Pals.

Gnr. Bert Sutton, RFA

Pte. R.W. Viggers, Manchester Reg

Pte. R.W. Viggers, Manchester Reg

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Memorial Plaque

Killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme

Pte. W Rumble, 13th London Reg

Pte. R.W. Viggers, Manchester Reg

Pte. L. Bennett, Yorkshire Light Infantry

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1914-15 Star, BWM & VM, Cap badge

Wounded on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme

Pte. L. Bennett, Yorkshire Light Infantry

Pte. P. H. Hurst, 16th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles)

Pte. L. Bennett, Yorkshire Light Infantry

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1914-15 Star (14224 Pte. L. Bennett. Yorks: L.I.); British War and Victory Medals (14224 Pte. L. Bennett. Yorks. L.I.)


Killed in action on the first day of the battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916. Of the 25 Officers and 659 other ranks who started the attack only the Medical Officer and 110 other ranks survived the day unscathed. 



Pte. P. H. Hurst, 16th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles)

Pte. P. H. Hurst, 16th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles)

Pte. P. H. Hurst, 16th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles)

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Private P. H. Hurst, 16th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles), killed in action on the first day of the Somme, 1 July 1916
 

British War and Victory Medals (4278 Pte. P. H. Hurst 16-Lond. R.); Memorial Plaque (Percy Haslewood Hurst) mounted, framed and glazed