GALLANTRY MEDALS, ORDERS & DECORATIONS
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Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Kempthorne KcKay
Royal Artillery

 
 
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.)   
General Service Medal Canal Zone  2LT I K MCKAY RA
With matching miniatures, badges, certificate and framed photographs. Ian Kempthorne KcKay, the son of George Simpson McKay, was born in Cheltenham in 1929 and joined the Royal Artillery in September 1947. He was commissioned in July 1949 and in 1959 was serving with 29 Field Regiment. Various staff jobs followed until 1970 when he joined 26 Field Regiment as 2IC. Attended a course on Service Attaches and Joint Intelligence and served as military attache, as detailed below.
OBE London Gazette 30 December 1978
Recommendation: Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Kempthorne McKay, Royal Artillery. Period: March 1977 to May 1978. Place: Syria and Lebanon.“Lt-Col. McKay has the challenging and exacting appointment of Defence Attache in both Damascus and Beirut. His tour has covered a period of considerable political and military tension with a civil war in Lebanon, a Syrian invasion to restore order and more recently an Israeli invasion of South Lebanon.... Despite physical hazards and bureaucratic obstruction, Lt-Col. Mckay has maintained a constant stream of accurate and astute reports which have been highly valued both by his Ambassadors and by the Defence Intelligence Staffs. Indeed he has frequently produced unique information, much envied by our American and other allies. With complete disregard for his own safety, Lt-Col. McKay has travelled widely and has established rewarding contacts in the forefront of the operational areas. He has displayed energy, resourcefulness, loyalty and courage of the highest degree.”
Ian McKay died in Cheltenham in April 2019.
Lot includes a badge and certificate presented to him by the French Army.
Pair: £550

His father's medals listed with World War One medals.



Battery Sergeant Major Albert Rimmer
Royal Field Artillery

Distinguished Conduct Medal   58583 B.S.MJR. A. RIMMER. D.149/BDE: R.F.A.
1914 Star                               58583 SJT. A. RIMMER. R.F.A.
British War Medal                        58583 W.O.CL.2. A. RIMMER. R.A.
Victory Medal  MiD                  58583 W.O.CL.2. A. RIMMER. R.A.
Belgian Croix de Guerre
Albert Rimmer was born 1890 and lived in St. Helens, Lancashire when he enlisted 4 September 1909. He gave his trade as "glass cutter." Went to France with 37 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery 23 August 1914. Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 18 May 1917. Awarded the D.C.M. (London Gazette 1 January 1918): "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Two wagons fell into a stream on the main route to batteries. Twice parties of twelve men failed to salve them owing to intense shell fire. BSM Rimmer, with three men, volunteered to get the wagons out in daylight, and succeeded in doing so, although they had to unload the ammunition, take the wagons to pieces, reassemble them, and reload them. They were heavily shelled the whole time, and were repeatedly driven from their task by shell fire."
Belgian Croix de Guerre awarded London Gazette 4 September 1919.

Discharged 3 September 1921 but re-enlisted into the Royal Army Service Corps 6 May 1926 (No. 1003830).
Group of Five: £1,350 RESERVED


Sergeant Richard Callow
Somerset Light Infantry
and
Coldstream Guards
British Empire Medal (Military)          2648652 SGT. RICHARD CALLOW, C.G.
British War Medal                                 5783 PTE. R. CALLOW. SOM.L.I.
Victory Medal                                   5783 PTE. R. CALLOW. SOM.L.I.

Defence Medal                                 Unnamed
1939-45 War Medal
                          Unnamed
1935 Jubilee Medal                           2648652 SGT. R. CALLOW. C.GDS.
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal  2648652 SJT. R. CALLOW. C.GDS.
Meritorious Service Medal (GVI)          2648652 SGT. R. CALLOW. B.E.M. COLDM. GDS.
Richard Callow served with the 1/4th Bn Somerset Light Infantry, discharged 11 May 1919.
Re-enlisted into the Coldstream Guards 27 October 1919. Served in East China Janaury 1927 to March 1928. Confirmed on 1935 Jubilee Medal roll as Sjt. 2nd Coldstream Guards. Discharged to Reserve 26 November 1938. Mobilized
13 September 1939 and served as Officer's Mess Steward to the Brigade Mess at Pirbright. Discharged 27 September 1946 but remained as a civilian mess steward until 1952. B.E.M. (Military) awarded London Gazette 1 January 1947.
He died in 20 December 1958 while working as sub-postmaster in Castle Hedingham, Essex.
Group of Eight: £850


Bombadier John Whalley
Royal Field Artillery
Military Medal  L-8824 BMBR. J. WHALLEY. A.150/BDE: R.F.A.    £325 
John Whalley went to France 28 November 1915 and was awarded the Military Medal London Gazette 28 September 1917. The Gazette shows that he was from Blackburn.

British Empire Medal 10547615 SGT. FREDERICK W. CALDERHEAD, R.A.O.C.
Defence Medal
1939-45 War Medal

Frederick William Calderhead was born in August 1903 and enlisted in July 1941. Served as a store man and served in the UK until discharged in November 1945. He died in Eastbourne in March 1976. B.E.M. London Gazette 9 January 1946.
Group of Three: £285 

British Empire Medal 4262385 SGT. JAMES V. RICHARD, R.A.O.C.
1939-45 Star
Defence Medal
1939-45 War Medal

James Valentine Richard was born Decemner 1900 and enlisted 25 May 1922 into the 6th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (Territorial Army) and served until December 1925. Re-enlisted in September 1939. Posted to No.5 Ordnance Company and went to France. Evacuated from Dunkirk he spent the rest of the war in the UK. Discharged August 1946. He died 8 August 1950 when he fell from a fourth-floor window in Blythe Road, Hammersmith.
B.E.M. London Gazette 9 January 1946.
Group of Four: £285 



Chief Officer Gerard Lee Tuppen
Rangoon Municipal Fire Brigade


Indian Police Medal for Distinguished Conduct (GV) Gerard Lee Tuppen, A.M.I.Mech.E. Chief Officer Rangoon Municipal Fire Brigade   £525
Copy research. Gerard Lee Tuppen was born 21 June 1883 in Willesborough, Kent and educated at St. John's Choir School, St. Leonard's on Sea 1892-95 and St. Alban's Grammar School 1895-99. Goldsmith's Technical Institute, New Cross 1900-1902. Engineering Apprentice 1899 to 1903. Employed by Merryweather and Sons Ltd, London, who sent him around the world to work on fire fighting equipment.
July to November 1904 in charge of electrical light installation for Rio de Janeiro Police Fire Float.
April to November 1905 in charge of installing machinery for Steam Pumping Float in Venice.
November 1905 to November 1906 in charge of erecting and testing a petrol Fire Float in Huelva, Spain.
June to August 1910 constructed and transported a Motor Fire Engine to Riga, Latvia for demonstration and testing.
August to April 1911 constructed and transported motors and machinery to Montevideo, Uruguay and provided instruction in use.
April to July 1911 conducted trials and instructions on 3 Motor Fire Engines in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
July to November 1912 construction and transported special Motor Fire Engines to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and provided instruction.
1918 a Founder Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers
July 1920 sailed to Rangoon, Burma and appointed Chief Officer and Engineer, Rangoon Municipal Fire Service.
In 1935 he filed a patent for a Refuse Destructor: "Gerard Lee Tuppen, Burma, India".
January 1938 arrived in the UK with his wife and daughter. Intended residence is London.
Fire Protection and A.R.P. Book 1940 lists "four Engineering Inspectors" including G. Lee Tuppen.
He died in Tunbridge Wells 8 February 1954.



Order of British India (2nd class)    £950
Full-size, gold and enamels. It looks to have had a suspender added and the ribbon shortened to enable it to be worn on the chest.


Order of the League of Mercy    £70
Reverse: LEAGUE OF MERCY 1898

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.)    £140
2nd Type. Military Division. In an O.B.E. Royal Mint case of issue. (not hallmarked)






1935 King George V Jubilee Medal    £30