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

Transport Medal S. Africa 1899-1902
G.W. MUIR. IN COMMAND.   1250 

George William Muir was born in Liverpool in 1854. Passed as Second Mate 1872
. Passed as First Mate 1874. Served on the Sabrina from 1874 to 1882. Passed as Master 1882. Served on various vessels: Alsatian, Flaminian, Bavarian, Venetian, Oporto, Andalusian, Bulgarian, Favonian, Persian, Bostonian, Lancastrian, Cestrian, Winifreda, Tagus, and in July 1899 took command of the Winifredian which was transporting troops to South Africa. Then commanded the Devonian, Hanoverian, Mayflower and in January 1906 took command of the Mercedes de Larrinaga.
30 January 1908 the American schooner "Edward J. Berwind" sank and the crew was picked up by the steamship "Mercedes de Larrinaga" which was commanded by Muir. The Shipping Gazette 23 June 1909 reported: "The Board of Trade have received, through the Foreign Office, gold watches and chains for Captain George William Muir..... of the British steamship Mercedes de Larrinaga, of Liverpool, which have been awarded to them by the President of the United States in recognition of their services in rescuing the shipwrecked crew of the American schooner Edward J. Berwind, which was abandoned in the North Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 30 1908." October 1910 to the Assiout, then Douro, Arabian, Mardinian and in November the Tung Shan. He left her in Janaury 1917 "record notes: Damaged by ice and grounding." He died 22 February 1931.


Royal Navy Long Service Good Conduct Medal (Ed.VII)  138513 JOHN ROWE, COMD. BTN, H.M. COAST GUARD85  
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.  

Royal Navy Long Service Good Conduct Medal   A.H. WILLIAMS. P.O.1 CL. , H.M.S. EGERIA.  195  RESERVED
Arthur Henry Williams was born 1867 and enlisted in September 1883 as Boy 2nd Class. Served on various ships including St. Vincent, Temeraire, Active, Conquest, Egeria. LSGC awarded in 1901. Discharged in October 1905 and joined the Royal Fleet Reserve the same month. Recalled January 1915 and served on Pactolus, Stephen Furness, Thalia, and Gleaner. Demobilized February 1919. 

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

George Harold Smaldon

1914/15 Star                                              219489, G.H. SMALDON, P.O., R.N.
British War Medal                                       219489 G.H. SMALDON. L.TEL. R.N.
Victory Medal                                              219489 G.H. SMALDON. L.TEL. R.N.
Defence Medal                                           
1939-45 War Medal                                  
RN Long Service Good Conduct Medal  
Copy records. George Harold Smaldon was born in Devon in 1885 and enlisted in February 1902. Served on various ships and in August 1014 was on HMS Ocean (Dardanelles). March 1915 to HMS Ark Royal. To Defiance in February 1918. Pensioned in October 1925. Became a postman in Devon and in May 1940 rejoined the Navy, being posted to Drake I (Devonport). He spent the war there and was released from service in January 1945. The rank on the Star and pair is odd as it is not reflected on the roll or service record and yet appears to be as impressed.
Group of Six: 160

Harry Ayers
British War Medal      R.596 H. AYERS. A.B. R.N.V.R.
Victory Medal            
R.596 H. AYERS. A.B. R.N.V.R.
Copy research. Harry Ayers was born in Crudwell, Wiltshire in July 1887 and enlisted 2 April 1917, being posted to the Royal Naval Division. Posted to Anson Battalion in France and wounded 27 July 1917 (slight wounds, back, buttock and thigh). Admitted to Berrington War Hospital, Shrewsbury, 13 August 1917. Returned to France 19 November 1917. Wounded, head, back and legs 25 March 1918 and admitted to No. 7 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples. Transferred to 1st Western General Hospital, Liverpool in April. Discharged 9 December 1918 with Silver War Badge. Home is listed in Ampney Crucis, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
Pair: 65

British War Medal      17377 PTE. P.A.E. MASON. R.M.L.I.
Victory Medal            
17377 PTE. P.A.E. MASON. R.M.L.I.
Copy research. Percival Albert Edward Mason was born in 1896 in Eastcombe, Stroud, Gloucestershire and enlisted into the Royal Marine Light Infantry in September 1914. Served on HMS Revenge Feb. 1916 to Dec. 1918. Discharged November 1919.
Pair: Sold

Albert Edward Thurgood
British War Medal                       ALBERT E. THURGOOD.
Mercantile Marine War Medal   
Copy medal card and research. Albert Edward Thurgood was born in 7 March 1883 in West Ham.
He was a Chief Cook and continued serving after the war. In 1939 he is shown living in Barking and his occupation is listed as "R/N/A/R/ Chief Cook" and what looks like "H.M.S. Jervis Bay". He must have left the ship as he has another card dated Janaury 1941. The Jervis Bay was sunk in November 1940 with a different Chief Cook on board. Thurgood does not appear on the roll of WW2 medals for the Merchant Navy.
Pair: 75

Mercantile Marine War Medal   HAROLD P. HEWETSON.   48
Copy medal card with photo. Harold Percy Hewetson was serving on the War Apricot when the war ended.

Victory Medal  S.LT. A. KIRBY. R.N.R.    35 
Copy research. There is no Sub-Lieutenant A. Kirby with the RNR but there is a Sub-Lt. Alfred Kirkby. Passed Certificate of Competency as a First Mate and was commissioned in the Royal Naval Reserve 1917. Posted to oiler RFA Viscol. 1 August 1919 he was appointed Master of the Viscol and left her in April 1920. With copy of a photo showing Alfred in uniform with his family.

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             P.O.2088S -L.CPL. J. ASTLEY. R.M.L.I.   25 
Copy records. Joseph Astley enlisted December 1915, aged 29. Served in France from September 1917 with 2nd Royal Marine Battalion. Discharged January 1922. Entitled to British War Medal.

Victory Medal             
209036 W.J. CONNARD. L.S. R.N.           20
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.