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

1939-45 Star
Africa Star  North Africa 1942-43
Italy Star
France and Germany Star
Defence Medal
1939-45 War Medal

Edward John Beeby was from Birmingham and joined the Royal Marines, serving with the Landing Craft Support Squadron. This consisted of adapted Landing Craft that provided close-support for seaborne landings. He served on Landing Craft Flak, which was mounted with anti-aircraft guns manned by Royal Marine gunners. The squadron sailed from England in May 1943 and arrived at Dijelli on the North Africa coast, then on to Malta (he purchased postcards from all of these stops). Included are his three hand-written accounts: the landing at Sicily 10th July, a raid near Messina and finally landing at Salerno, Italy 13th September 1943. The squadron then sailed back to the UK to prepare for the D-Day Landings and part of the squadron supported the Walcheren Landing on 1st November 1944. After this the squadron was stood down and the men posted to other units. Edward appears to have ended his war in Norway, two of his photos being taken by a Norwegian photographer. Also included are 2 newspaper cuttings about his experiences, with his picture included: "FIRST TO LAND IN SICILY. BORDESLEY GREEN MAN'S EXPERIENCES. TRIBUTE TO GUNNERS." A hand-written order states LCF42, which wuld be Landing Craft Flak 42, which is confirmed to have been at D-Day and the Walcheren Landing. It is not known if Edward was still serving with the craft at this time.
Includes several badges, Combined Service cloth badges, 2 medal ribbon bars and some souvenirs. Several Italian coins, a packet of Italian cigarettes, match book and Italian razor blade (the razor blade and match book are even mentioned in the newspaper cutting).
A nice lot to a man who served on a small specialist unit at the sharp end of seaborne assaults.
Group of Six: SOLD 

Ernest Benjamin Jarvis

British Empire Medal (Military)                       CH.EL. ERNEST B. JARVIS, C/MX 844955
British War Medal                                               J.53191 E.B. JARVIS. A.B. R.N.
Victory Medal                                                      J.53191 E.B. JARVIS. A.B. R.N.
1939-45 Star
Atlantic Star                                     

1939-45 War Medal (MiD)                                  
RN Long Service Good Conduct Medal (bar) 
With original copy of citation for B.E.M.
Ernest Benjamin Jarvis joined the Royal Navy in May 1916, serving on HMS Benbow from June 1917 to the end of the war. He served on until October 1939 when he went on pension. He was recalled in November (change of service number) and posted to HMS Vanquisher in January 1940. This destroyer took part in the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk. He was mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 1 January 1943). He was released from service in September 1945 but then rejoins in November 1948 serving on HMS Abercrombie. RN LSGC awarded in January 1933 and the bar in October 1951. Awardedf the B.E.M. London Gazette 1 January 1956. Discharged from the Royal Navy in November 1957 after almost 40 years of service. He died 18 February 1964.
The citation for his B.E.M. includes: Chief Electrician Jarvis, who was a pensioner in 1939 and served throughout the war, has many years of highly meritorious service behind him. Since joining the Chatham Division of the Reserve Fleet in June 1949, he has been largely responsible, as regulating Chief Electrician, for the organisation and working of a large electrical department .... His efficiency and devotion to the Service, comnined with outstanding personal qualities of good temper and loyalty, have been a fine example to the Ship's Company, by whom he is greatly respected."
Group of Seven: 495 Note: being sold on behalf of a customer. Payment by cash, cheque or paypal.

George William Muir
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.

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

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.