GALLANTRY MEDALS, ORDERS & DECORATIONS
Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Mitchell
Royal Army Medical Corps
British War Medal LT.COL. P. MITCHELL.
Victory Medal MiD LT.COL. P. MITCHELL.
Territorial Force War Medal LT.COL. P. MITCHELL. R.A.M.C. Scarce to rank
Territorial Decoration (GV)
Copy research. Peter Mitchell was born 1864 in Inveravon and was educated at Aberdeen University (MB 1894, MD 1898). After several years in South Africa he went into practice with his brother, Dr. Alexander Mitchell, in Old Aberdeen. He joined the 5th Volunteer Battalion Gordon Highlanders in 1898, as Surgeon-Lieutenant.
1905 transferred to the Aberdeen Company, R.A.M.C. (Volunteers), then in 1907 to the Territorial Force. Major 1910. Lieutenant-Colonel 1912. Mobilized in 1914 he commanded the 1st Scottish General Hospital at Aberdeen from 1914 to 1916. He then given command of 43 General Hospital in Salonika. He remained there to the end of the war. MiD Territorial Decoration Gazetted 31 December 1918. Awarded OBE (Military) 1 January 1919 "for valuable services rendered in connection with military operations in Salonika." Demobilized 1918. He returned to practice in Aberdeen and died there 27 September 1929.
He left a widow, three daughters and a son. His daughters had all graduated from Aberdeen University with MB. His son was studying at St. Andrews. The local newspapers reported in his funeral: "WOMEN WEEP FOR A GOOD PHYSICIAN. The funeral of Dr. Peter Mitchell, Aberdeen, took place yesterday ..... there were striking tributes of public sympathy at the passing of one of the best-known and most popular physicians in the city. Right along King Street, from University Road to Regent Walk, an immense crowd of women and children lined the side path and there were visible manifestations of grief of the loss of their beloved doctor. ...... Along the whole route groups of women stood watching the passing cortege and many were in tears. Inside the churchyard over a thousand men, women and children had gathered... the crowd afterwards filed past the grave, wihch was covered with floral tributes.. Strenuous and devoted during the years of war, he was equally strenuous and devoted during the years of peace... Untiring and self-forgetful, he carried into house after house strength and cheerfulness and hope; so that, as more than one has said to me, 'It did me good simply to see him come in.'"
Group of Five: SOLD
Lieutenant Ingoldsby Philip Massy
81st Pioneers and G.C.H.Q.
British War Medal LIEUT. I.P. MASSY.
Victory Medal LIEUT. I.P. MASSY.
India General Service Medal Afghanistan NWF 1919 CAPT. I.P. MASSY, 1/81/PNRS.
Copy research. Ingoldsby Philip Massy was born 22 October 1896 in Rathkeale, Ireland.
MIC confirms that he entered a theatre of war 27 April 1917 with King George's Own Pioneers. He married Dita Temple in November 1920. In 1936 he was declared bankrupt after his farming venture failed. In The Courier newspaper 21 Feb. 1936 it states "he joined the Royal Military College as a gentleman cadet in April 1915 and was gazetted to the Indian Army in the following October. He served in German East Africa, Persia, Afghanistan and the North Western Frontier until December 1919, when he came home on sick leave. Although he returned to India, he retired from the Army in 1922, receiving a gratuity of £2,500 with which he took up farming at Heathfield, Essex."
1939 census shown as a "Foreign Office Official" living in Felixstowe, Suffolk with a new wife. Awarded the M.B.E. (Civil) London Gazette 10 June 1961 - "Ingoldsby Philip Massy, Esq. Higher Executive Officer, Government Communications Headquarters."
He died in Samford, Suffolk in 1963.
Group of Four: £450
Rifleman Mose Gurung
1/6th Gurkha Rifles
65510 RFMN MOSE GURUNG G R
1939-45 Star Un-named
Burma Star Un-named
1939-45 Star Un-named
India Service Medal Un-named
Indian Independence Medal 21144568 CPL. MOSING GURUNG. G.R.
Copy recommendation. 65510 Rifleman Mose Gurung, 1/6th Gurkha Rifles.
"For outstanding gallantry and determination in the heavy fighting in the Kyukmyaung Bridgehead on the Irrawaddy. On the night 27/28th January Rfn Mose Gurung's Battalion was holding an isolated locality in thick jungle, which was subjected to continuous and determined attacks by the Japanese. Rfn Mose Gurung was a member of a forward section post which was subjected to particularly heavy enemy fire. Rfn Mose Gurung was soon wounded but continued to fight on. Gradually the whole of his section were killed or so badly wounded that they were incapable of fighting any longer, but this rifleman taking over the bren gun and throwing grenades managed to beat off all enemy assaults. Casualties were then evacuated, but Rfn Mose Gurung refused to leave his post and having collected all available ammunition from the casualties fought and repelled yet another attack before reinforcements could reach him. The conspicuous determination and courage shown by this Rfn were magnificent and were decisive in preventing the enemy from penetrating into a vital position." Military Medal gazetted 24 May 1945.
Group of Six: £1,750
Major William Leaves Ash
Indian Army and Royal Army Service Corps
1939-45 Star Unnamed
Burma Star Unnamed
1939-45 War 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 RESERVED
|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.
Service Medal (GVI) ERNEST JACKMAN
London Gazette 2 December 1952: Labourer, HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. In the 1939 census he is shown as: Ernest Jackman, born 27 April 1889, married, Heavy shipyard worker. Lived at 33 Raglan Street, Portsmouth.
Imperial Service Medal (GVI) EDWARD MORGAN £20
Service Medal (QEII) SYDNEY CHARLES
In case of issue. London Gazette 24 July 1964. Assistant Supervisor (Post Office), Taunton.
He was born in Taunton in 1904.
(QEII) ALBERT EDWARD
In case of issue and with a lapel badge of the Post Office Engineering Union.
London Gazette 7 May 1974: "Deceased. Lately Inspector, Gloucester Telephone Area."
Said to have come from Cirencester.
Imperial Service Medal (QEII) HENRY JAMES PIDGEN £35
In case of issue. London Gazette 28 September 1971 "PIDGEN, HENRY JAMES, Skilled Labourer (Traveller Driver). Devonport."
He died 1982 in Plymouth.