It’s been another successful year for the Military & Aviation History, Medals & Militaria Department. With auctions held in May and November, here are some of the highlights (all prices include Buyer’s Premium).
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WWII 'Burma' Immediate Military Medal group to Corporal N. Mwanawina, Rhodesia Regiment, for outstanding and conspicuous bravery on the Chindwin River Front, he led his section to the attack with great determination and personal courage, and himself killed four Japanese with his Sten gun as the enemy withdrew to the summit of the feature, his final tally was 8 Japanese during the Campaign.
Sold for £2480
Africa General Service 1902-1956, G.V.R, 2 clasps, Shimber Berris 1914-15, Somaliland 1920 (146 Pte Arraleh Awad. Som: Camel Corps), extremely fine and scarce. Only 457 Shimber Berris clasps were issued to the Somali Camel Corps.
Sold for £930
Dorsetshire Regiment. An emotive Great War casualty group to Private John Bray, Dorsetshire Regiment who died of wounds on 8 October 1917, his bullet struck pocket bible was recovered after his death and was included in the lot.
Sold for £496
Empress of India 1877, gold 'James Gibbs. Member of Council Bombay.', contemporarily engraved in serif capitals, 58mm diameter, 129g
Sold for £11,160
The outstanding Battle of Britain gallantry group awarded to Hurricane ‘Ace’, Air Commodore Peter Malam ‘Pete’ Brothers, CBE, DSO, DFC & Bar, credited with 16 aerial victories, 10 of them for the Battle of Britain. Brothers also participated in the ill-fated Dieppe Raid as well as over the beaches of Normandy during D-Day Landings and was known to unwind after a sortie by sliding his cockpit hood back and smoking a cigarette. In all, he flew an astonishing 875 operational hours.
Sold for £192,200
A Victorian Chaplains group to Reverend F.C Lang, Royal Navy, struck by a musket ball whilst trying to save the life of a wounded seaman on the shore of the River Niger, 1 August 1876
Sold for £1116
617 Squadron. A group of WWII medals attributed to Flight Sergeant Air Gunner J.P. Riches, 617 (Dambuster) Squadron who died along with his crew on 13 February 1944, the logbook signed by Guy Gibson.
Sold for £5952
The WWI DCM group to Private E.G. Forrest, Gloucestershire Yeomanry, who on 19 September 1918 at Nahr-El-Falik galloped at a column of vehicles with drawn sword and captured the entire column consisting of 36 wagons, 4 officers and 100 men.
Sold for £4464
An Indian Mutiny and Burma Archive to Major-General Walter Rowlandson who took part in the actions of Serowlie and Gurra and the re-occupation of Humeerpur during the Indian Mutiny and later commanded one of the columns in the attacks on the batteries on 16 November 1885 in Burma.
Sold for £3472
A WWII 'Operation Gambit' DSC group attributed to Sub Lieutenant R.F. Harbud, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who formed part of COPP1, a secret operation in Midget Submarine X20 on the morning of the D-Day landings, Normandy 6 June 1944.
Sold for £4216
Battle of Britain. Rudder pedal recovered from Spitfire X4036, shot down at Haldow Down 6 September 1940
Sold for £3472
Concorde. An exceptional Space Models static scale model of Concorde, in Belgian World Airlines 'Sabena' livery - reg. no. 00-SAB.
Sold for £7936
Scramble Bell. WWII Aerodrome Station Bell dated 1940
Sold for £7192
Airship R100. A large clockwork toy model by Tipp & Co Germany circa 1930.
Sold for £1488
Nose Art. An interesting piece of WWII aircraft fabric showing Donald Duck belonging to Pilot Officer Vivian Weston Parry DFC.
Sold for £2356
Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, DFC (1918-1944). A WWII Observer's and Gunner's Flying Log Book kept by Flight Lieutenant Brian E Sutton, 106 and 199 Squadron, the log book signed 8 times by his commanding officer Guy Gibson.
Sold for £12,400
First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY). The WWII FANY uniform belonging to June Yvonne Scott nee Ladell (1926-2020) selected for SOE in 1944.
Sold for £930
George III Flintlock Sea Service Pistol
Sold for £719
American Sword. Fine American Officers' 1796 Light Cavalry Sword, circa 1817.
Sold for £3720
The Queen's Own Royal Yeomanry. Victorian 1871 pattern warrant officers helmet.
Sold for £1984
Printed Books, Maps, Playing Cards & Games, English Literature, Private Press & Illustrated Books
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