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  1. WW1 Victory medal to 9/2143A, L/Cpl A.V. Andersen N.Z.E.F, . Arthur Valentine Andersen AKA Anderson, served with the 15th (NZ Company) Imperial Camel Corps from July 1916 (under Capt Tolmer (5 officers 125 men) until Sept 1917 when he was found unfit and returned to New Zealand (discharged January 1918).
    He enlisted along with his brother George from the New Zealand Mounted Rifles

    He took part in the battle of Magdhaba in the Sinai

    On returning home he went back to his work as a farmer in WW2 he tried to enlist twice once in 1940 and 1942 both times found to be unfit, he died in 1957 from his war time injuries aged 61








  2. Single British war medal, 

    Australian issue named "O.W.S. McCall Y.M.C.A."

    Doctorate Divinity 1924 and Doctorate of Literature 1942 International Lecturer on International affairs and theology
    Born 12 September 1885 Flemington, Victoria, Educated University of Melbourne, ordained in 1912, Minister of the Methodist Church of Australia, Methodist conference 1912-21, 

    He married Florence May in 1914.


    In 1914, just after his marriage he traveled to England with his wife for what purpose its not known and leaving to return to Australia in 1915 on the SS Medina.
    In 1918 he volunteers with the YMCA to deploy with the Australian forces, serving with them in Egypt, England and France from 1918-19

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    In 1921 he moved to the USA taking up residency with his family 

    He was; 
    Minister of the 1st Congregational church Berkeley California, 1921-39
    Minister of the 1st Congregational church, Chicago and Professor of Homiletics the Presbyterian theological seminary of Chicago 1939-43
    Minister St Andrews-Wesley, Vancouver, British Colombia and in Devon Connecticut 1943-until his Death in 1959






    He was a prolific Radio broadcaster 1921-1959 and Lecturer at the Pacific School of Religion Berkeley as well as writing a number of books 

    Cardinals of Faith (1924) 
    Stringing of the Bow (1928)
    Christs shining way (1931)
    Uses of Literature I the pulpit (1932)
    Gods of Men (1934)
    The hand of god (1939)
    In such a night as this (1946



    He died in 1959 He is buried in Woodmont, Connecticut, USA

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  3. Single BWM entitled to a pair, Labour Corps, No indication from his MIC as to a specific unit, his SWB spells his name as "Mnatzakanin" he served from the 13 May 1918 to the 29 August 1919. His medals were initially returned and reissued in 1930.

    The BWM was found in a flea market in Nice which is consistent with his history.

    In France, his name was "Georges Constantin Mnatzakanian- he was Armenian- born 12 January 1893 at Tiflis, Georgia. There is a sole mention of him in "Journal Officiel de la Republique: Lois et Decrets" for August 1931- there he is listed as a tailor (of clothing-tailleur d'habits") and in the department of Alpes-Maritimes (hence Nice is no surprise).

    With all research there are imponderables, the biggest is that all of the "Russians" conscripted for service in France were non-naturalised "Russians" domiciled in UK, yet we have no note of him being in the UK? 

    Secondly in February 1918 the Italians suggested that Russians serving in Russian units in France and Salonika be formed under British command and in April 1918 over 500 Russian soldiers joined the British army to form the "Russian Labour Corps", serving in Salonika...it proved to be a failure..I have found one MIC to the "Russian Labour Corps" with a regimental number similar to George.

    I believe he was possibly one of the former Russian soldiers who joined the British army in Salonika but happy for any other thoughts


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  4. Single 1915 Star 57425 Sjt G Thorn, Theatre of War Africa (4c) commissioned July 1918


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    His brother Frederick William was killed 30/9/18 in 10th RWK .George married 1926 Winifred Hilda Bickerton. They both died same year 1974. 

    Harrow County School for Boys, Deputy Headmaster

    "Last term saw the retirement of Mr. George Thorn, the Deputy Headmaster, after completing nearly forty years of devoted service to the school. The mere mention of such a span of time can convey little, or much, according to one's viewpoint. Translated into human terms, how-ever, it implies that some four or five thousand boys have passed through the school during that period, all of whom have felt the impress of his personality and have been influenced by his work and example, and in the recollections of all of them some kindly thought or remembrance of Mr. Thorn finds an honoured corner.
    After taking his degree in Science at Bristol University, Mr. Thorn decided to make teaching his career, and his first appointment was to the staff of Marling School, Stroud, Gloucester-shire, to teach Science, Mathematics and Geography. But soon came the outbreak of World War I, and he left to serve in H. M. forces for five years, mostly abroad. In 1919 he came as Science and Music Master to Harrow County School - at the same time that Mr. Randall Williams (as he then was) became Headmaster, and the happy and fruitful partnership of words and music, R.W and G.T. was set in train.
    This collaboration has given much that has become an integral part of school life; perhaps its first outcome was the School Service Book, which has been reprinted many times and is in use in many other schools. Many the Gaytonian, past or present, whose well-used, and sometimes battered copy brings to mind some hymn-tune or carol, music by G.T. The best known composition by R.W. and G.T. to all those who have passed through the School, is of course the School Song, "Virtus non Stemma", that felicitious blend of words and music; I often wonder which came first, the music or the words. What a fine robust tune it is: it invites everyone to throw off his diffidence, forget his lack of voice, and let himself go in the pure enjoyment of singing. Yet it is but one example among the many of the School Songs and tunes for Carols and Hymns which G.T. has given to the School; I am sure that, had he wished, Mr. Thorn could have provided many a tuneful and delightful score for the stage, and now that he has more time for his muse he will be composing some music for our pleasure.
    Mr. Thorn's contribution to the music of the School is perhaps the most abiding thing he leaves with us. What of the man himself? Much was perceived in his manner of playing or conducting - his enthusiasm, his coaxing or exhortation of his orchestra or choir, the subtle-ties of punctuation of rhythm he produced - all these are part of the personality we came to know. He has always known what he wanted to do - he was a church organist at the age of 17 - and how to get things done by transmitting his enthusiasm and sense of purpose. We shall always think of the School Organ as George Thorn's, for he provided for so many years the driving force and inspiration behind the multitude of activities conjured up to bring to fruition his grand design, now the centrepiece in our New Hall.
    A man of character, around whom in a school such as ours many legends gather; some are concerned with his days as ruler of the Chemistry Laboratory (now Room B.5.), whence many stories - true and apocryphal emanated concerning fearsome experiments, cleaning up, and the museum which had its home there. The more recent generations have their stories deriving more from his somewhat awesome position of Deputy Headmaster, but few - from his colleagues downwards - failed to feel something of his capacity for friendship and fellowship, and all are linked in the music he has given to the school.
    I am sure that I voice the feeling of all Gaytonians, past and present, in wishing Mr. Thorn many happy years of retirement; many opportunities for music and song. We hope that he may visit us often to share them with him.
    W. G. E. Duke

    from Gaytonian 1959"


    If anyone can help with his military service I would be very grateful, cheers, Paul 






  5. Great War British war medal and Victory named CONST. D. MARSH E. AFR. POLICE entitled to 1915 trio and the Kings Police medal (KPM).

    David Marsh, 1st Class European Constable, East African Police awarded the Kings Police Medal in 1919
    According to the Kenya red book (1922) he was an Inspector in Mombasa and left the police in 1922. He appears to have served in the Sunderland Borough Police (Hebburn or Yarrow) There is no note of him in the History by Foran
    Can anyone point me in the right direction for archives or records, as ever thanks. Paul







  6. Nice tunic, un-named but a trawl through Canadian archives throws only one possibility 

    Technical Sergeant 
    George Washington FERRELL DFM, Air Medal

    FERRELL, Sergeant George (R117536) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 2 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. American in the RCAF. Born 14 October 1914 in Trenton, New Jersey. 

    Home in Belleville, New Jersey. Electrician. Enlisted in Montreal 12 July 1941 and posted to No.1 Manning Depot. To No.4 WS, 27 September 1941. Promoted LAC, 29 October 1941. To Trenton, 8 June 1942; to No.6 BGS, 18 July 1942; graduated and promoted Sergeant, 28 August 1942. To “Y” Depot, 29 August 1942. To RAF overseas, 26 October 1942. Promoted Flight Sergeant, 29 February 1943. Discharged from RCAF, 28 July 1943. Cited with a Sergeant K. Breckon (RAF, awarded DFM). RCAF photo PL-22188 (ex UK-5990 dated 4 November 1943) taken when he was a Technical Sergeant with American forces, after investiture at Buckingham Palace. RCAF photo PL-22190 (ex UK-5992 dated 4 November 1943) shows Flight Sergeant D.C. Moore (George Medal, Durham, Ontario) chatting after investiture with other recipients, notably (on his left) Technical Sergeant G.W. Ferrell (DFM, Belleville, New Jersey). 

    Sergeants Breckon and Ferrell were pilot and mid-upper gunner, respectively, of an aircraft which attacked Dortmund on night in May 1943. On the return flight the aircraft was subjected to repeated attacks by an enemy fighter. Although his turret was rendered unserviceable early in the combat, Sergeant Ferrell operated it manually, at the same time giving his captain a commentary on the attacker's movements. In spite of his difficulties Sergeant Ferrell eventually delivered a well directed burst of fire and shot the attacker down. Soon after crossing the enemy coast one of the bomber's engines caught fire and became unserviceable while a little later another engine ceased to function. 
    Despite this, Sergeant Breckon flew on and, although a third engine became unserviceable as the English coast was reached, he succeeded in gaining an airfield where he executed a masterly landing without the aid of flaps. These members of aircraft crew displayed great skill, courage and determination in circumstances fraught with great danger. NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/4974 has recommendation for a CGM (Flying) drafted 29 May 1943 by the Commanding Officer of No.103 Squadron. This award was supported up to the level of Air Officer Commanding, No.1 Group, so it was presumably downgraded at Bomber Command Headquarters.

    He had flown only one sortie (five hours ten minutes). During the attack on Dortmund on the night of 23/24th May 1943, Sergeant Ferrell, a Canadian, was mid-upper gunner of a Lancaster aircraft. After leaving the target, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy night fighter which carried out nine separate attacks in all. On the third attack both the mid-upper and rear turrets were rendered unserviceable almost simultaneously. Undaunted by the extremely hazardous position in which he was thus placed, he showed exceptional courage and determination in continuing coolly to warn his captain of each impending attack and giving him evasive directions at the same time endeavouring to ward off the attacks by manipulating his turret manually, rotating it by hand to whatever side the attack was coming from, and opening fire as best he could under these extremely difficult circumstances. On the sixth attack after his turret became unserviceable he got the fighter into his sights and opened fire, whereupon the fighter went into a steep dive and was seen to crash on the ground. 

    Sergeant Ferrell not only showed exceptional skill as a gunner, but displayed outstanding gallantry and coolness in the face of danger and by his fearless determination and presence of mind extricated his crew from a perilous situation. 

    He has set a high example for all to follow, and I have no hesitation in strongly recommending him for the immediate award of the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal. Public Record Office Air 50/292 has the following Combat Report for the night of 23/24 May 1943, Lancaster C2/103, W4325: Returning from a raid on Dortmund on the night of 23/24 May 1943, while flying at 18,000 feet, position 5205N 0640E, visibility good, about 8 to 10 miles with moon practically full on port quarter up, the time 0218 hours, the rear gunner of Lancaster C.2 {Sergeant Lefort] sighted a Ju.88 on green quarter down, 350 yards range. 

    The rear gunner gave instructions to the pilot to make a diving turn starboard, which was carried out, and as this evasive action was being taken, the rear gunner and mid-upper gunner [Ferrell] opened fire but observed no hits. The fighter was unable to get a burst in on this attack, so broke off on the red quarter down, whereupon the pilot from instructions from the rear gunner resumed course and the Ju.88 positioned himself on the port quarter up about 400 yards away. When the fighter committed himself to the attack once more, the rear gunner again gave orders for a diving turn to port, which the pilot carried out immediately and the rear gunner and mid-upper opened fire, observing hits, and once again the fighter was forced to break off the attack without opening fire, whereupon the pilot resumed course after receiving instructions to do so from the rear gunner, and the Ju.88 positioned himself on the green quarter up about 450 yards. When the fighter committed himself to the attack once more, the mid-upper gave instructions to the pilot to make a diving turn to starboard, which was carried out; the Ju.88 opened fire from 200 yards for about two seconds and put both rear turret and mid-upper turret unserviceable, but was unable to follow up attack and broke away down to port, whereupon the pilot resumed course after receiving orders from the mid-upper to do so and the Ju.88 positioned himself more on the red quarter down about 350 yards away. 
    The mid-upper, fearing that the intercom might be put unserviceable, gave the skipper orders to corkscrew continually while continuing on course, which was carried out. The Ju.88 attacked once more and his cannon shells hit the starboard main plane and rudder. The fighter broke off the attack at 150 yards, diving down on starboard quarter and back up, position on the green quarter up about 300 yards away, and attacked once again from that position. In the meantime the mid-upper, finding his turret unserviceable, put it in hand rotation, and rotating the turret by hand to the side from which the attack was coming, while the rear gunner with one hand and elevator and depressed the gun, and with the other opened fire, but found it difficult to make a correct allowance. The Ju.88 altogether made six attacks from alternate sides and the mid-upper continued to rotate his turret from side to side, opening fire as best he could each time. On the sixth attack after the turrets were unserviceable, the fighter ran through the mid-upper’s cone of fire and was seen to heel over on his side, dive straight down and was seen to crash on the deck and burst into flames by the rear gunner, wireless operator and engineer. There were no searchlights cooperating with fighter and there was no flak.

    Pre-war Ferrell served in the Merchant marine, he died in 1969


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