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.

China Medal 1900 

William Edward Jenner was born in 1880 and enlisted 31 July 1895 as Boy 2nd Class. Served on HMS Repulse Feb. 1897 to Jan. 1899. Joined HMS Goliath in March 1900 and served during the China War, leaving her in Feb. 1903. Petty Officer Oct. 1909 while serving on Indomitable. His LSGC was awarded in 1913. Joined HMS Vanguard in January 1914. HMS Vanguard served at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916. On the night of 9 July 1917 while in Scapa Flow the Vanguard's magazines exploded and she sank almost instantly, killing 843 of the 845 men on board. However, a party of 92 men had recently left the ship and listed among these is "Jenner, W.E., Petty Officer." He transferred to HMS Alecto to the end of the war. He was discharged 31 March 1920.

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. 

British War Medal                       EDWARD W. LE BUTT.
Mercantile Marine War Medal   EDWARD W. LE BUTT.

Edward Wortley Le Butt was born in Tottenham in 1900 is listed serving on RMS Carpathia in 1917, aged 16 years. In September 1918 he joined the R.A.F. as a clerk and was stationed at RAF Halton. Discharged in December 1931 (no medal entitlement). In April 1935 he is Gazetted as an Air Ministry Air Service Clerk (Special Class). In 1939 he was living in Tring, Hertfordshire still working for the Civil Service. He died in 1976.
Pair: 85

Queen's Korea Medal C/MX.851312 A.J. BIRCH. LDG.CK. R.N.
U.N. Korea Medal       Unnamed
Royal Navy Long Service Good Conduct Medal MX.851312 A.J. BIRCH. C.P.O.CK.(S).H.M.S. SEA EAGLE.
Medals mounted as worn. Two photographs of recipient, one meeting Prince Phillip at Chatham. Chief Petty Officer Cook.
Group of Three: 325

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

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.

General Service Medal Northern Ireland   MEM(M)1 H D PAGE D224405J RN  85
Marine Engineering Mechanic (Mechanical).