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  1. Here is a rare medal that is sadly missing its companion BWM officially named to: 64847 Pte. Daniel James, NZEF, who served in E Co. 1st Bn. Cantebury Regt. and was one of only 414 New Zealand PoWs in WWI. Daniel James. was born on 1 October 1883 in Cardigan, South Wales to his father Daniel James and his mother Sarah James. They were C of E and apparently later lived with a friend Mr. J. Lovatt at 5 Tutanic Road, Grey Lynn, S. Wales but by 14 November 1918 they were no longer there. Daniel, the son, went to New Zealand where he was a coal miner for Thorpe Enginerring in Mangapai. He lived at the People's Palace in Auckland. He was 5'3.5" tall and weighed 140 lbs. He had brown hair and blue eyes with a fair complexion. He had a scar on his left arm and thumb and had suffered from typhoid when he was six years old. James enlisted and was paid five shillings when he was 33 years old on 6 September 1917. Company E embarked on the Managanui 96 on 21 November 1917. During the voyage he was transferred to Co. D. He disembarked in Liverpool on 8 January 1918. After a couple of months training, he embarked for France from Sling on 19/20 March 1918 and disembarked on the 24 of March at Etaples. James joined the Bn. on the 28th of March and was in the 1st Co. as of 12 April 1918. He was reported injured and with influenza on the 22 of April. On the 30th of September he was listed as missing, and later a PoW captured on that date. He arrived in Ripon, N. Yorkshire on the 9th of December 1918 and was admitted to No. 2 New Zealand General Hospital on 12 December 1918 with influenza. He was demobed on 15 April 1919 and officially discharged at his request in England on the 18th of April 1919 after serving a total of one year, 222 days. During his time in the forces, he had on one infraction against him when he lost his rations on 26 April 1918. He may have stayed on to see his parents. But later immigrated to Australia and stayed at 14 Oak Street, Garden Village, Gorseinon (sic), South Wales, near Newcastle N.S.W. By the 25th of July 1924 James had his BWM and Victory medals. Daniel James' file is: https://archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=18052740&digital=yes The link for all the NZ WWI PoWs where James is listed is: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sooty/ww1germanyprisonersofwar.html For more information on the regiment, please go to: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/infantry-units/canterbury-infantry-regiment
  2. A couple of new badges. The heart shaped day badge dates from WWI, while the Canadian Berks Ellis (Sterling and enamel) badge is WWII.
  3. Great additions! Great research and write ups! Thank you for sharing!
  4. A quite rare German made PoW badge for Doeberitz with original case. The badge is made of silver and has blue and white enamel. The badge was designed by Mr. Cecil A. Tooke, O.B.E. who was a PoW at Doebertiz. He drew this coat-of-arms for his fellow prisoners showing three cartridges, representing three prisoners who had been shot; a skilly bowl, lampooning he deplorable "soup"; a sailor tied a post, showing the favorite German punishment, and a crossed pick and shovel. The motto, "Always Merry and Bright" is beneath the arms. The Germans thought the arms and motto were a heart-felt tribute to the amenities of the camp and wanted to use them for propaganda, and the Camp Comandant, Colonel Alberti congratulated Tooke and asked him to repeat the design for mass circulation. Berlin jewelers used in on all kinds of trinkets; e.g., the badge, Eventually the German War Office realized it was a sarcastic badge from an article in an English newspaper and after severe reprimands, the badge and trinkets were withdrawn. Post war, Tooke went on to design the coat of arms for the Auxiliary Fire Service. Please note that the badge is impressed with the silver content of 935, which is oddly higher than the usual 925.
  5. A WWI photographic postcard of British PoWs beging trucked away by their German guards.
  6. An seemingly common pair, but in reality, one that is quiet scarce to rare. A WWI pair named to G-11496 Pte. F. Hughes. The Queen's R. He was a PoW and after the war received the watch fob that was given to those who returned. It's scarce alone, to say the least, to find the fob, but to find it with the pair is rare. Frank Hughes is confirmed on page 41, line 22 of the Queen's PoW registry. He was from Camberwell, London. See the link for the Pdf below the photographs. In 1919, a reception was held in for 270 repatriated other rank PoWs from the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment in Guildford. A small commemorative medal, which could be worn on a watch-chain was given to each man. The Surrey Advertiser printed a list of the men of which most came from places within the regimental recruitment district or from within Surrey. There was a total of about 2,100 other ranks of the Queen's Regiment who were PoWs. Queens-Royal-West-Surrey-Regiment-Prisoners-of-War-1918.pdf
  7. 1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy GV Third Type with a quantity of original documentation and copy photo to Private Edward White, Royal Marine Light Infantry a former Labourer born in Warblington, Emsworth, Hampshire in 1876. Attesting for the Royal Marines at Eastney in June 1894 he joined Portsmouth Division in February 1895. Serving ashore and afloat when War broke out he was serving at the Navigation School at Dryad as base security staff. Returning to Portsmouth Division in October 1915 he joined HMS Queen in October 1915 and the Submarine B11 in January 1916. Returning to Portsmouth Division in November 1916 he joined Defensively Armed Merchant Ships as a Gunner and was aboard the SS Corso when she was sunk by the German Submarine U-64 commanded by the U-Boat Ace Robert Morhat on 19th February 1917 in the Mediterranean 100 miles SW off Malta. Taken prisoner of war along with the Master and Chief Engineer he remained in captivity until December 1918. Demobilized in March 1919 he attested for HM Coastguard and served for 5 years. White slipped through the LSGC Medal net and was only awarded the LSGC Medal in 1935 when he applied for it. 1914/15 Star PO.7504 E White Pte RMLI British War & Victory Medals PO.7504 Cpl E White RMLI Long Service & Good Conduct Medal GV Royal Navy third type PO.7504 E White Pte RM The original documentation consists of: a copy photo (original given to the museum in 1986), two original parchment service certificates; one a continuation, and another original letter from the Admiralty dated 12 September 1935, which states, “Dear Mr White, I have to inform you that you have been awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal as from 1st January 1918. Consequent upon this award your pension has been increased to £62 7s a year for life, as indicated in the accompanying documents. The arrears due, calculated to the end of the current quarter and including £1 Good Conduct Gratuity amount to £51 7s 11d. Payment will be issued on you returning, in the enclosed envelope. The accompanying Life Certificate, duly completed, together with your old identity certificate. The medal will be issued to you in due course. Your certificates are returned herewith.” Addressed to Mr. E. White, No 5 Cottage, Lyneham near Chippenham, Wiltshire. Another original letter is thanking Mr. and Mrs. White for donating photographs to the RM Museum dated 27 June 1986, Protection and Identity Certificate dated 26 February 1919, two letters from the Admiralty to his wife Mrs. Marry Ann White, 253 Fawcett Road, Southsea one dated 1st March 1917 which states, “Madam, I regret to inform you that Edward White, Lance Corporal, RMLI, Divisional Number PO.7504, was serving in the SS Corso when that vessel was sunk by an enemy submarine on the 19th February and is reported to have been taken on board the submarine as prisoner of war. Any further information concerning him received will be communicated to you”. A second letter to his wife from the Admiralty dated 3rd December 1918 states, “Madam, with reference to previous correspondence from this Department respecting Edward White Lance Corporal RMLI official number PO.7504 late prisoner of war in Germany, I have to inform you that he has been released from captivity. He arrived in England on or about the 29th instant and has now proceeded on two months leave”. Most interesting are: White’s original German PoW identity certificate Brandenburg (Havel) Camp; HM Coastguard certificate of service listing his Stations; a receipt for legal costs when he submitted a malicious injury claim dated 14th June 1921 whilst serving at Sligo, Ireland; an application letter dated 29th April 1919 to join HM Coastguard; Trade Certificate, four German PoW postcards, and one letter whilst PoW, one letter posted from Venice, Italy and censored by SNO Venice whilst serving aboard HM Submarine B11. Edward White was born in Warblington, Emswoth, Hampshire. As an 18 year 2 month old Labourer, he attested for the Royal Marines at Eastney on12 June 1894 and joined the Recruit Depot at Walmer the very same day. On the outbreak of war White was serving at the Navigation School at Dryad, he subsequently joined HMS Queen on 23 October 1915, HM Submarine B11 on 1 January 1916, Portsmouth Division on 5 November 1916, President III for Defensively Armed Merchant Ships (as Gunner) on12th January 1917. On 19 February 1917 White was aboard the SS Corso transporting a general cargo from Bombay to Hull when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-64 commanded by the U-Boat Ace Robert Moraht. Moraht was awarded personally the PLM by the Kaiser and in total sank 45 ships, damaged three, took one as a prize and sunk one warship. White was taken prisoner aboard the U-Boat along with the ship’s Master, Chief Engineer and a second Gunner, and was held at PoW camps in Germany until released in December 1919. White was demobilized 26 March 1919, and later joined HM Coastguard on 8 May 1919 and served five years. In 1935 he applied for his Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, which should have been awarded in 1918, but slipped through the net. He was in possession of Five Good Conduct Badges in 1917. For more information on the wreck site, see: http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?141830 For more information on the U-64, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM_U-64_(Germany) and also, http://uboat.net/wwi/men/commanders/213.html
  8. Wow, Rob! That is wonderful! Thank you for posting this great find! :-D.
  9. Finally, I have found one of these rare medals. Finally, I have found a rare original General Service Medal 1918 with clasp 'IRAQ' to a PoW captured at Hillah on 24 July 1920. Officially named to: 59425 Pte. O. MCCue. Manch R. Sadly his BWM and Victory are missing. Please contact if you know their whereabouts. Owen McCUE was born in 1899 at 20 Rose Street, Hutchestown, Glasgow, Scotland. He served in the Great War as Private 57425 of the 2nd Battalion The Manchester Regiment, serving in France and earning the British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal. He married Ann Graham Harris in Glasgow on 12.11.1918. He was discharged, but re-enlisted at Bonn, Germany on 23.2.1919 as Private 3512935 and re-joined the 2nd Bn. the Manchester Regiment. He went to Mesoptamia on 13.2.1920. His son, Joseph was born three days later. The 2nd Bn. were attacked near Hillah, Mesopotamia (Iraq) on 24.7.1920 and several Companies were decimated with multiple fatalities and about 76 men taken prisoner by the Arab attackers. Owen McCue was one of these POW's. During the action Captain George Stuart Henderson DSO, MC of the 2nd Bn. was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. The POW's were released later in the year and McCue was discharged on 31.2.1922 at Preston residing at 39 Tobago Street, Glasgow. Civilian life clearly did not suit him as on 11.7.1923 he enlisted in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers. This medal was awarded to him in 1925 when his marital address was given as 137 Drygatt, Agnes Terrace, Glasgow. He has no WW2 service noted. Much of his personal facts have been taken from his entry in the Manchester Regiment Enlistment Books. For an account of the battle, see: http://www.kaiserscross.com/304501/315743.html or: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_revolt_against_the_British Photos forthcoming. captured at hillah3513167 Edward harvey 3513113 e.fenton 17 dale st,miles platting3512230 charles,william mutters3512939 t.waddington,126 south st,openshaw3512492 albert giles3513394 a.jackson,161 tamworth st,brooks bar,manchester3513701 elijah millett,46 philip st,waterhead3513624 t.rogers,88 salisbury st,liverpool3513505 b.thomson3514116 james arnfield,lane head,lees,oldham3513841 g.ashton,26 higher duke st,miles platting3513049 h.baguley,jullulpore,india3513688 samuel,s banks,jullulpore,india3513716 joseph baron3513849 l beard3512810 henry blair3513069 j.blair 147 clifton st,brooks bar,manchester3514015 a.j brady,74 platt lane,scholes,wigan3513415 albert.jack brandreth,21 buckley rd,gorton3513466 george bromley,133 whiteacre rd,hurst3513074 george brown,12 boundary lane,notting hill,london3513619 ronald,r burgess,111 radnor st,hulme3513633 r.e buxton,15 herbert st,bradford,manchester3513798 w.cann,94 chatsworth st,edge hill,liverpoolt.charles[unknown]3513160 william clark 4 st.marys gate,preston3514074 m.collins,correct name Daniel Collins,wasnt capturedh.collinham[unknown]3512868 walter crooks,15 factory square,great yarmouth3512500 john,william currie,jullulpore,india3513625 j.e davies,499 grey mare lane,gorton3513258 t.davies or 3513253 t.davies3513956 a.c deakin,jullulpore3513952 r.devine,jullulpore3512415 joseph flynn,34 phoenix st,hulme3513693 william gallagher,65 miry lane,wigan3512969 h.gallimore,10 crook lane,wharton,winsford3513432 w.j grundy,106 towson st,everton3513847 william hallworth3513173 william harper,35 mona st,hulme3514064 charles,w hurley,91 king edward st,macclesfield3513839 c.j jennings,"shamrocks"hewell rd,barton green,birmingham3513300 e.johnson3512801 w.johnson,178 husband st,miles platting3513795 a.kershaw,113 garforth st,chadderton or 3512577 albert kershaw3513283 m.kinane3513796 f.lawrence,lanes farm,huxley,chester3513857 bob leigh,128 high st,pendleton3512935 owen mccue,39 tobago st,glasgow3513717 w.macdonald,68 artizan dwellings,salford3513263 r.mansfield3513642 john,t maudsley,ashleydene,whalley old rd,blackburn3513204 joseph morley,47 lees st,gorton3513932 j murphy3512909 thomas,h mylchreest,20 dalkeith st,liverpool3513828 w.oliver,51 stanley grove,longsight3513191 d.w owen,11 higham square,tyldesley3513392 charles.arthur phillips,33 larksville st,cherry orchard,shrewsbury3513155 p.pinder,6 bold st,st.helens3513206 james povey,71 ogden lane,openshaw3513720 edward rudd,19 sovereign rd,wigan3512747 william rushton,15 newport st,burnley3514379 e.russell3513790 w.smith 15 whittle st,kirkdale,liverpoolg.w schofield[unknown]3513131 t.spence,6 dyehouses,royton3513150 bob sutton,high st,bottesford,nottingham3513683 charles thomas,8 amhurst st,cardiff3512815 james tucker,32 pownall st,hulme3513564 a.walker,bank house,kirby in furness or 3513115 a.e walker,76 mytton st,hulme3513116 a.walmsley,11 ridgefield st,failsworth3512681 joseph,p welsh,11 george st,hulme3514032 e.wheatcroft,34 garibaldi st.ardwick3514339 francis[frank] white,32 forbes st,edge hill,liverpool[died on 6th oct 1920]3513870 john winspear3514069 f.yates,9 walker st,thornby on tees,yorkshire
  10. 1914/15 Star, named to: R.M.A. 7837 F.BAILEY GR. R.V.A. and unfortunately separated from its BWM and Victory.Gnr. Frank Bailey was born in 1880 in Leicester.He joined the Royal Marine Artillery in 1898 and qualified as a Master Gunner. He served for 12 years until 1910 when he was transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve. He was remobilised in August 1914, and served on the SS Carmania from 13 August 1914 until 31 Dec 1916. It is noted in the wounds and hurts column that he was aboard the Carmania during the action with the German Armed Cruiser the RMS Cap Trafalgar, which had taken on the appearance of the Carmania. This was a famous action between two former luxury Liners in which the Carmania sunk the Cap Trafalgar, suffering much damage and many casualties. This incident was the subject of a book: "The Ship that Hunted Itself" by Colin Simpson (Penguin 1977). Bailey then served on H.M.S. Revenge from 24 August 1916 until the 31 December 1916. He was then demobilised for Defensibly Equipped Merchant Ships (DEMS), and served on the SS Cheltonian. On 8 June 1917, while en route from Genoa to Oran in ballast, Cheltonian was captured in the Mediterranean by a German U-Boat U72 and was sunk by gunfire. At the time, the steamer of 4,426 tonnes was 54 miles W by S from Planier Lighthouse. The Master and Gunner Bailey were taken PoW, and the rest of the crew survived also. Papers include a letter from the Accountant General to The Adjutant General Royal Marines stating that Bailey was a prisoner of War and interned at Brandenburg, Germany, and that his Wife had been informed. For more information on the wreck see: http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?149503 and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shipwrecks_in_June_1917 For information on U72 see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM_U-72
  11. 1939/45 Star, War Medal Unnamed as issued General Service Medal GVI clasp Malaya 22276128 Sgt R G Loadman RA Confirmed as PoW on Royal Artillery attestation leger entries and also confirming change in number upon re-enlistment. A copy newspaper article from The Sunderland Echo and Shipping Gazette dated 20 August 1940, reports him as POW with picture The copy War Office casualty list entries verify his PoW status. Ralph Gowland Loadman was born in Sunderland in 1918, he attested for the Royal Artillery in 1935 and serving as a Gunner and Driver with 68th Field Regiment (No 853755) was taken Prisoner of War in May/June 1940, no specific date is recorded on the War Office casualty return; although he was initially reported missing on 24.6.1040. He was held at Kanua Kz Sprottau/Sagan POW camp (POW number 18541) he was repatriated in 1945 and discharged. Re-enlisting 29th April 1949 (No 22276128) he served in Malaya as a Sergeant. He died in Wokingham, Berkshire in 1998.
  12. You don't often see mounted pairs like this with a tailor tag. What a well mounted group, but then it's a Godet! ;-)
  13. A nice trio with the Hamburg Hanseatic Cross.
  14. A nice trio with a Hamburg Hanseatic cross - court mounted and with tailor's tag is the latest acquisition.
  15. An older pre WWI Godet. An exceptionally nice officer's WWI bar by J H Werner.