MEDALS TO ROYAL NAVY, MERCHANT NAVY & ROYAL MARINES


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

British War Medal    LIEUT. J.A. DITCHBURN. R.N.R.
Victory Medal         LIEUT. J.A. DITCHBURN. R.N.R.

Medals mounted as worn. Copy research. Joseph Alfred Ditchburn was born 2nd July 1867 in London and at some point went to sea. He was on
the s.s. Bear Creek (an oil tanker) sailing from Liverpool when she got into trouble in December 1892. She was taken under tow and the crew
taken off, but sank on 26th December. He passed the 2nd Mate Certificate at London in Janaury 1893, First Mate November 1893 and Master in May 1895. Sailed on the s.s. Mokta 1893 and then s.s. Snowflake 1894-95. In 1896 he joined the Loyalty Masonic Lodge, based in Guernsey. In 1910 the Dundee Courier reported a court case in which "Joseph Alfred Ditchburn, Superintendent of the Shipping Federation for the Clyde" gave evidence. He was appointed a Temp. Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve in January 1917 and posted to Navigation School. Posted to "Iolaire" in May 1918 and in August 1918 to Victory for minesweeping course, then posted to the Barkol (a refeulling ship). Demobilised January 1919. He died in Hastings, Sussex in 1954.
Pair: 95  RESERVED



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   
ALBERT E. THURGOOD.
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: 80




Royal Naval Reserve Long Service Medal (EdVII)  82275 G. RICE. SEAN.1CL. R.N.R.   65  RESERVED
Copy roll. Medal awarded 6 September 1910 and sent to Belfast.

Royal Naval Reserve Long Service Medal (EdVII)  L1350 D. BURKE. SEAN.2CL. R.N.R. 65 RESERVED
Copy roll. Medal awarded 22 January 1912 and sent to Galway.

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 

1914/15 Star         J.35615. H. CURTIS, BOY.,1.,R.N.    35 
Copy records. Harold Curtis was born June 1898 in London. Joined the Navy February 1915. Served HMS Fox June to October 1915. HMS Poppy Dec. 1915 to Feb. 1916. At Wallington to Oct. 1917 then Hecla and Poppy to end of the war. Discharged June 1928.

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).