MEDALS TO ROYAL NAVY, MERCHANT NAVY & ROYAL MARINES


Lost or stolen: South Atlantic Medal (rosette) & Merchant Navy Medal (1st type) to MARTYN P. COOMBES

China Medal (1900) Taku Forts / Relief of Pekin  
G.W. WALKER. LG.SEAN.H.M.S.BARFLEUR.
1914/15 Star                                                   160273, G.W. WALKER. C.P.O., R.N.
British War Medal                                                        160237 G.W. WALKER. C.P.O. R.N.
Victory Medal                                                               160237 G.W. WALJER. C.P.O. R.N.
RN Long Service Good Conduct Medal                     G.W. WALKER. P.O. 1 CL. H.M.S. LORD NELSON.

Two numbers transposed on Star. George Walter Walker was born 22 November 1875 and joined the navy in April 1891. Joined HMS Barfleur in June 1898 and served in the China Campaign; medal roll confirms both clasps, two-clasp medals to the Royal Navy are scarce. LSGC awarded in December 1908. In 1914 joined HMS Shannon (armoured cruiser) and stayed on her until August 1916. In February 1917 joined HMS Bacchante which patrolled off the West African coast until the end of the war.
Group of Five: £975



Charles James Allen
Queen's South Africa Medal
Cape Colony / Orange Free State / Transvaal / South Africa 1901 / South Africa 1902 
9017 PTE. C. ALLEN. NORTH'D FUS.
1914/15 Star                  MTE. C. ALLAN. R.N.

British War Medal           ENG. LT. C. ALLAN. R.N.
Victory Medal                  ENG. LT. C. ALLAN. R.N.
Portuguese Military Order of Aviz (Chevalier) 
Charles James Allen was born in Bishop Auckland, Durham in 1881 and worked as an engine fitter. On his army papers he is Allen, but on his navy papers he is Allan. In February 1901 he joined the Northumberland Fusiliers 
and went to South Africa in March 1901. Returned to UK in June 1902 and was discharged. In February 1904 he joined the Royal Navy as an Engine Room Artificer serving on cruisers. October 1913 he was posted to HMS Gloucester as Acting Artificer Engineer. Promoted Acting Mate (E) April 1915. He applied for transfer to the Royal Naval Air Service but was turned down "would willingly accept your services, but they cannot be spared from the Sea Service." 28 March 1915 the Gloucester captured the German raider supply ship ss Macedonia in the Central Atlantic. Letter dated June 1915: "I am commanded by My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to acquaint you that they have under consideration a submission from the Senior Naval Officer, Gibraltar, relative to the proceedings of HMS Gloucester in regard to the German Prize "Macedonia." The Captain of HMS Gloucester highly praizes the good work performed by ... Artificer Engineer Charles Allan, RN..."
When his son James was born in 1917, his surname was listed as Allan (see Royal Marine group below).
Promoted Engineer Lieutenant Commander (retired) in April 1925. Gazetted Chevalier of the Military Order of Aviz (Portugal) 4 February 1921 as Eng. Lieut. Charles J. Allen, R.N. Large photocopy of the original Portuguese award document included.
In 1924 he was living in Pensilva, Cornwall.
Group of Five: £475



Crichton Felix Laborde
1914/15 Star                  CLK. C.F. LABORDE. R.N.
British War Medal           PAYR.S.LT. C.F. LABORDE. R.N.
Victory Medal                  PAYR.S.LT. C.F. LABORDE. R.N.
Defence Medal
1939-45 war  Medal
Crichton Felix Laborde was born in Louth, Lincolnshire in 1894. Joined the Royal Navy as Assistant Clerk in July 1912.
Clerk (July 1913) HMS Inflexible. Wrote a letter to his father about the action at Falkland Islands 8 December 1914 (copy included):
"Before we got out, action stations were sounded, and every man – filthy from coaling ship, went to his station, and I to mine, which is below armour, before I had seen anything of the enemy.... Our two Battle Cruisers eventually opened fire and after a while “Leipzig” was set on fire, nothing very serious I think. The German Admiral in the Scharnhorst then made his famous signal (this was told us buy the survivors of “Gneisenau” afterwards) seeing that escape was impossible. “Light cruisers make good their escape, while armoured cruisers engage the enemy.” That was us of course, and the light cruisers turned out of the line, having small damage done to them by us. Then as far as I can gather “Invincible” and “Inflexible” only engaged the “Scharnhorst” & “Gneisenau”, whilst our three armoured cruisers & one light cruiser went after the 3 German light cruisers. Their story must come last. So we started our somewhat one sided battle, and were not a little surprised to see what a glorious & plucky fight the two Germans put up. They had smaller guns & consequently a shorter range. They were 3 or 4 knots slower and were less heavily armoured, indeed they might as well have been made of china when they were concerned with a 12-inch shell. .... After 2¼ hours, the Scharnhorst sank; being leading ship (& flagship) it was rational she should sink first. The Gneisanau was soon to follow, 2 hours after she ceased firing. She had no steam, all her casemate guns (6-inch) and all but one of her turrets (8-inch) were out of action. We then started to close her thinking she had struck her colours. The Gneisanau captain then sent of his officers to find out whether there was a single round of ammunition left. There was – just one 8-inch projectile. This they then fired at “Invincible” and we, not knowing that this was her last round and thinking she was not yet silenced, opened fire again & fired 15-16 rounds. She then had a heavy list to starboard & we saw that she was fast sinking. What a terrible & awful sight it is to see a ship sinking, to see the real thing, it is so different from looking at a picture..... However we picked up about 60, 10 of whom turned out to be officers, one a Commander. They were made quite at home, living in the ward room, & our officers turned out their cabins for them. Their officers did not appear to be under any restraint although they did not give their parole, which no German officer is allowed to do. They were treated like guests more than prisoners of war, although they told us in conversation that their orders were, after being taken prisoner, to return to Germany on the first possible opportunity. But they had little chance of escaping out of the ship of course."   
Assistant Paymaster (January 1916). Inflexible served at Jutland in May 1916. To HMS Lion December 1916. Paymaster Lieutenant October 1917. To HMS Princess Royal December 1918.
February 1919 served on HMS New Zealand, which took Admiral Jellicoe and his staff to India and New Zealand. August 1920 to HMS Julius. September 1920 to HMS Emperor of India. Placed on retired list March 1921. Married in Bombay, India November 1923 to Elizabeth Temple. Left the Navy and worked for Asiatic Petroleum Company. August 1939 posted to HMS Lanka (base at Colombo, Ceylon) "for Madras Naval Control Service." June 1941 "duty at Trincomalee." May 1945 Base Supply Officer, Trincomalee (HMS Highflyer). Paymaster Lieutenant Commander April 1941.
Assistant Captain May 1945. Released from service April 1946. His daughter, Elizabeth, married the son of Charles James Allan (above) in 1947.
Crichton died in Tunbridge Wells 27 January 1983.

Group of Five: £325



James Horwood Basil Allan


1939-45 Star
Africa Star
Burma Star
Italy Star

1939-45 war  Medal
Seven Royal Marines shooting medals.
Photocopied photos and documents relating to his service.
James Horwood Basil Allan was born in Plymouth 19 April 1917, son of Charles James Allan (note spelling of name on documents is an Allan similar to his father - see group). Joined the Royal Marines September 1936. Lance Corporal October 1938. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant February 1939. Passed Naval Gunnery Course. Lieutenant August 1940 (HMS Valiant). Acting Captain January 1942 (Royal Marines Detachment Alexandria. HMS Nile). HMS Pheobe 1943. HMS Lanka April 1945. HMS Illustrious 1946. Sniper's Course June 1946. Married Elizabeth Yvonne Laborde (daughter of Crichton Felix Laborde - above) 25 January 1947. Captain August 1948. 1951 Major. Retired List (medically unfit) July 1953.
Photocopies of 8 Captain's reports on his service at various ships and bases.
with a quantity of Royal Marines officer badges and buttons. Copy of Royal Marines service record.
Group of Five plus shooting medals: £250





China Medal  Taku Forts 1858    Unnamed      £200
As issued to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Royal Navy Long Service Good Conduct Medal (Ed.VII)  138513 JOHN ROWE, COMD. BTN, H.M. COAST GUARD£85  
Copy records. John Rowe was born in Somerset in 1871 and enlisted into the Royal Navy in September 1886. Served on Royal Adelaide, Ruby, Wildfire, Orlando, Mildura, Crescent, Stork and Rodney. Transferred to Coast Guard as a Boatman in 1905. Invalided in September 1916 with what looks like "mental disease". Entitled to British War Medal.
  


1914/15 Star                                              C.Z. 4445 W. DAWSON. A.B. R.N.V.R.
British War Medal                                       C.Z. 4445 W. DAWSON. A.B. R.N.V.R.
Victory Medal                                              C.Z. 4445 W. DAWSON. A.B. R.N.V.R.
Copy records. William Dawson was from Denny, Stirlingshire and enlisted in May 1915 and was posted to Drake Battalion as a Machine Gunner in France. Returned to UK and admitted to R.N. Hospital Haslar July 1916 with "GSW back and right arm".  Rejoined Battalion and reported missing in action 30 December 1917 (Battle of Cambrai) and in February 1918 confirmed as a Prisoner of War, being held at Limburg in Germany. Repatriated and arrived in Hull in December 1918. Demobilized 19 February 1919.
Trio: £150



Mercantile Marine War Medal   HAROLD P. HEWETSON.   £45
Copy medal card with photo. Harold Percy Hewetson was serving on the War Apricot when the war ended.


Mercantile Marine War Medal   GEORGE STEPHENSON     £45


Mercantile Marine War Medal   ARTHUR J. TURNER     £45
Only one card with this name. Arthur James Turner, born in Leyton in 1898.


British War Medal  J.84737 J.H. BECKETT. ORD. R.N.
Victory Medal        
J.84737 J.H. BECKETT. ORD. R.N.
Copy service record. James Henry Beckett was born in London 6 February 1900 and enlisted February 1918. Served on HMS Patrol, a scout cruiser in the Irish sea. Discharged April 1919.
Pair: £50 

British War Medal          ALBERT E. SHIPLEY         £35 
Copy medal card. Albert Edward Shipley was born 1879 in East Bolden. 1911 census shows him as a "Marine Engineer" living in South Shields with his wife and two children. Also awarded the Mercantile Marine War Medal. 1926 was serving as a 1st Engineer on SS Gri
pfast. Card shows that he continued to serve until November 1938. He died in South Shields in 1954.

British War Medal         K.52340 A. CUSHING. STO.2 R.N.        £30
Copy service record. Naming a bit rubbed. Alfred Cushing was born in Gateshead, Durham and was a coal miner born in June 1900. He joined the Royal Navy in July 1918 and served HMS Apollo (Onslow). Discharged 14 March 1919.



British War Medal          5259T.S. F. THOMAS. ENGN. R.N.R.          £38 
Copy service papers. Thomas Frederick was born in Swansea 28 March 1893, son of Thomas and Caroline Thomas. He enrolled in the Royal Naval Reserve 15 March 1916. Served on  "Sabrina (Numitor)", "Halcyon", back to Numitor, then Idaho (H.T. William Colbourne). Finally "Boadacia II (Irene)". Boadacia II was the base for armed patrol trawlers. He was discharged 17 October 1918 and issued a silver war badge. Entitled to a Victory Medal.


British War Medal       
9270S A. DAVIES. STO. R.N.R.             £38
Copy service papers.  Anthony Davies was born in Swansea 29 December 1892, son of Ivan and Mary Davies. Enrolled in the Royal Naval Reserve 13 May 1916. Served HMS Warspite until discharged 16 February 1919. Entitled to Victory Medal.

Victory Medal            K.8672 A.C. LIPSCOMB. L.STO. R.N.  £15
Alfred Charles Lipscomb was born in St. Georges, London in 1891 and joined the navy in 1910. Served on Venerable 1911 to 1916, Blanche 1916-17 and ended the war on Caesar. Discharged 1923 and served with the merchant navy for a period. He died in London in 1953.

Victory Medal             
209036 W.J. CONNARD. L.S. R.N.           £15
Copy papers. Walter Jones Connard, born 7 Sept. 1883 in Southport, Lancashire. Joined the navy 7 Marchy 1900 and served on HMS Agincourt, Amphitrite, Black Prince, Commonwealth (1914 to August 1917), Aquitania (Jan 1918 to Jan. 1919), Emperor of India. Discharged 21 July 1922 with rank of Petty Officer.