GALLANTRY MEDALS, ORDERS & DECORATIONS
Major William Leaves Ash
Indian Army and Royal Army Service Corps
1939-45 Star Unnamed
Burma Star Unnamed
Defence Medal UnnamedIndia Service Medal Unnamed
General Service Medal (QEII) Cyprus MAJOR W.L. ASH. M.B.E. R.A.S.C.
Army Long Service Good Conduct Medal India CAPT. W.L. ASH. IACC
Indian Independence Medal Unnamed
Mounted as worn (some ribbons are worn). Copy research and original ID card for the "Army in India". Inside the ID card was a note which states: "Green Howards. Home 15.4.29 to 12.11.29. Egypt 13.11.29 to 13.1.30. China 19.1.30 to 25.3.31. India 26.3.31 to 31.3.46 (Burma). Egypt, Khartoum, Cyprus."
His MBE was Gazetted as 4386431 W.O.I William Leaves Ash, Royal Warwickshire Regiment (attached Indian Army Corps of Clerks) 13 September 1945. However his ID card and Photograph shows him as being a Captain badged with 2nd Gurkha Rifles. The recommendation states; "WOI (Sub Conductor), HQ 64 Ind.Inf.Bde: During the the period 16 Aug - 15 Nov 44 and previously since he joined the Bde as Head Clerk, Condr. Ash's untiring work has been outstanding. It has been a difficult period of repatriation, moves and sickness, but he has always run an efficient organization, sometimes by his own practically unaided efforts."
He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Indian Army 1 April 1946 (IACC). HQ Southern Command (Poona) 1947.
In the Gazette 11 March 1949 it states: War. Subs. Capt. W.L.Ash, MBE relinquishes commission on appointment to the Territorial Army. Hon-Major 25 August 1950. Territorial Army Reserve of Officers 1950-1952. Short Service Commission Gazetted 26 July 1955: "Royal Army Service Corps. Lt. W.L. Ash, MBE to be Captain." Hon-Major 20 June 1961. Unusual career path!
Group of Eight: £575
|Order of British India (2nd
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.
Deck Hand Sydney Beck
Royal Naval Reserve
Service Medal 2496. S.PECK, DK.HD.
R.N.R. "AISNE" ATLANTIC.20 JUNE 1918
1914/15 Star S.D. 2496 S. PECK. D.H., R.N.R.
British War Medal 2496 S.D. S. PECK. D.H. R.N.R.
Victory Medal 2496 S.D. S. PECK. D.H. R.N.R.
Copy service papers and medal rolls. Sydney Beck was a fisherman and a member of the Special Fishery Reserve and enrolled in the Royal Naval Reserve 11 August 1915, serving as a Seaman Gunner on the armed trawler Aisne. On the night 20 June 1918, 6 trawlers were returning with their catch when a German U-boat surfaced. Not wanting to waste torpedos on fishing boats, they intended to sink them by gun fire. The Skipper of the Aisne was awarded a DSC for the action; the recommendation states: "For services in an engagement with an enemy submarine on 20th June 1918. When employed in the Iceland fishing section, 6 armed trawlers returning to British port with their cargos of fish, encountered, fought and drove off a large German Submarine cruiser. Only fishermen under the command of an officer of the RNVR took part in it. It was a fight and a victory typical of men who were engaged in it." Beck's DSM was gazetted 5 October 1918 "for services in action with enemy submarine." His recommendation states "Displayed very great coolness & continued serving his gun after being wounded." Beck was also wounded in the left thigh during the action, service sheet states: "Wounded in service in armed trawler Aisne during action with enemy submarine on 21st June 1918.". He went to the Hospital Ship 'China'. Sydney died of pneumonia in the RN Hospital Chatham 12 November 1918. He is buried at St. Margarets Cemetery, Rochester, Kent. His widow lived at 10 Hoopers Road, Rochester Kent. Group of Four: SOLD
Service Medal (QEII) HENRY JAMES
In case of issue. London Gazette 28 September 1971 "PIDGEN, HENRY JAMES, Skilled Labourer (Traveller Driver). Devonport."
He died 1982 in Plymouth.