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An Exceptionally Complete and Unusual Group to 2nd Lieutenant F.J. Langley, Grenadier Guards, a French Croix De Guerre winner, who had previously served with the Royal Navy, being entitled to a Messina Earthquake Medal. British War Medal and Victory Medal both named to 2nd Lieutenant F.J. Langley. Memorial Plaque named to Francis Jasper Langley. France. Croix De Guerre 1914-18, and Messina Earthquake Medal, in original box of issue. Francis Jasper Langley was born on 26th November 1889 at Heytesbury, Wilts, the 2nd son of the late Rev. John and Mrs Langley of North Wraxall Rectory, Chipenham, Wilts. He entered the Royal Navy 15th July 1907 and joined HMS Lancaster. On the 4th January 1910 his Father applied for him to be released as being unfit for service on account of his short sightedness which was eventually approved and he appears to be joining his brother in Canada. On 26th June 1911 he applied to re-enter the Navy and joined HMS Hermes. He reached the Rank of Assistant Paymaster. He had served in the Navy since 1907 with 2 breaks of one year. It appears as if the 2nd break was when he went farming in South Africa. His service in the Navy includes the award of the Messina Earthquake Medal in 1908 which is in this group in it's original case of issue . He had qualified as a first Class Marksman in Malta in January 1908, and was involved in the Blockading of the East Coast of Africa and the bombardment of Dar-es-Salaam in 1916. Much of his service was in HMS Hyacinth and there is a metal box acknowledging his service from the Gun Room of that ship in this extensive group. He then applied to join the 28th Battalion of the London Reg. ( The Artists Rifles) on 23rd Nov. 1916. However he was eventually sent as a Second Lieutenant to Special Reserve of Officers with a preference for the Grenadier Guards, and he was commissioned with that rank into 2nd Battn on 29th May 1917. On 30th March 1918 at Arras he received a gunshot wound to the Face and he returned to Reading War Hospital were he was found to be suffering from Colitis. He was eventually returned to the front where he was Killed in Action on 27th August 1918. He was originally buried in the Grenadier Guards Cemetery, St. Leger, but was eventually reburied in the Nory Abbey British Cemetery, North of Bapaume. This is a remarkable group filled with a great deal of original documentation. There are service records and photographs of Francis Langley both as an Officer in the Navy wearing his Messina Earthquake medal, and as a Grenadier Guards Officer. There are later photo's of the North Wraxall Rectory and the Church and the memorial to the dead which is hanging in the Church. The most poignant records are original letters from a number of different sources regarding his death. In a letter from his Company Commander Captain J.C. Cornforth MC and two Bars he describes Jaspers death and is effusive in his praise for him as an Officer. He was shot dead through the head " not 40 yards from the German lines. There is also a letter from his Batman Gdsm A.Mills MM which expresses great sorrow at Langleys death and ends with the words " I grieve and sympathise with you in your loss and I feel proud to have known such a Gentleman". There is a letter from Col. Rasch in which he says how fearless and Gallant he was and that he had recommended him for the " Croix de Guerre avec Palme" following an action in March 1918, that would probably have been converted to an MC had he survived. The subsequent award of this medal is present in the group. There are other letters the most poignant of which is the actual telegram that informed his parents of his death. Included is a wrist watch that is contemporary to 1918 that one presumes belonged th the dead Officer. There is also details of his Brother John Basil Robert Langley RAF, who was killed as a result of an Aeroplane accident on the 15th May 1918. This is a complete record of a Grenadier Guards Officer Casualty who led a full and extremely interesting life until his untimely death aged 28 years. (5) Nearly extremely fine         
Waterloo Medal 1815
(Corporal M’Gavern, 6th or Inniskilling Drag.), John McGavern was born in 1792 at Aghalane, County Fermanagh, and enlisted into the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons on 12th January 1810. He served in Captain William Frederick Browne’s troop at Waterloo (who was wounded). The Union Brigade was composed of three regiments of heavy cavalry, one English (The Royal Dragoons), one Scottish (The Scots Greys) and one Irish (the Inniskillings), hence their brigade title. The charge of the Union Brigade broke the French at Waterloo. Two Eagles and 2,000 prisoners were taken, but at a heavy cost. At the close of day they had lost 1 officer and 72 men killed, 5 officers, including their Colonel, Lt. Colonel and 2 Captains and 111 rank and file wounded. There was also a Sergeant Francis McGavern who served in Captain Edward Hollecsh’s Troop, who was also a native of County Fernamagh. Fitted with steel clip and ring suspension, Good very fine
, CLASP 1879 ‘463 PTE W.J. DONOLLEY 58TH FOOT’ WOUNDED IN ACTION AT THE BATTLE OF ULUNDI. Pte Donolley was slightly wounded at the battle of Ulundi. The 58th , along with the 1/13th formed right side of the square, through which the 17th Lancers charged to complete the victory. The 58th suffered 15 casualties, the second highest of any Regiment at the battle, first being there companion Regiment on the right side, the 1/13th, however the 58th  only had four Companies present at the battle, whereas the 1/13th had eight. Condition; Suspender re-affixed and expertly removed broach marks barely noticeable (see pics); indeed this is the best example of this I’ve had. Couple of minor EK’s, otherwise VGF,   
A fine Zeebrugge Raid Distinguished Service Medal Group of 4 to Able Seaman J. Reynolds, Royal Navy.
Distinguished Service Medal, Geo V, named to J.1639 J. Reynolds, Naval Brigade, Zeebrugge-Ostend, 22-3 April 1918. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, named to J.1639 J. Reynolds, Able Seaman, Royal Navy. Distinguished Service Medal, London Gazette 23rd July 1918, listed as Seaman Storming Party ‘A’ Company. Participated in ballot for Victoria Cross granted for operations against Zeebrugge and Ostend 22-23 April 1918. The Zeebrugge Raid which took place on 23rd April 1918, was an attempt by the British Royal Navy to block the Belgian port of Bruges-Zeebrugge, by sinking older British ships in the canal entrance, to prevent German vessels from leaving port, which was used by German Navy as a base for U-boats and light shipping, which were a threat to Allied shipping, especially in the English Channel. The group comes with some research detailing the raid and the aftermath, a scarce Gallantry Group to one of the iconic Naval events of the First World War. Court-mounted. (4) Good very fine     
An excellent 1945 Distinguished Flying Cross group to Flying Officer T.K. Graves, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, a veteran of numerous raids, including several to Berlin, once had to abandon his aircraft and ditch in the Humber on his return from a mission due to bad weather.
Distinguished Flying Cross, Geo VI, dated 1945, 1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, bar France and Germany, Defence Medal and War Medal 39-45, all unnamed as issued. Air Efficiency Award, Geo VI, named to Flying Officer T.K. Graves, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Thomas Kenneth Graves, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in the London Gazette of 23rd March 1945. ‘Flying Officer Graves has completed a number of operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.’. With award slip to ‘Flight Lieutenant Thomas K. Graves, D.F.C.’ With copy squadron flying records, which include all his mission details, flying in Lancaster’s amongst the targets he ‘visited’ were Schweinfurt, Kassel, Gelsenkirchen, Stuttgart, Cologne and Berlin (on several occasions). On one mission to Berlin on the night of 26th November 1943, Graves and the rest of his crew were ordered to ‘bale out’, abandoning the aircraft which then ditched in the Humber, the whole crew surviving. With fibre ID tags to T.K. Graves, Church of England. With fathers 1914-15 Star (3726 DVR A.L. GRAVES. R.F.A.) British War Medal and Victory Medal (3726 CPL A.L. GRAVES. R.A.) DFC Group loose-mounted for wear, (9) Good very fine
Lieutenant-Colonel G.S. Guyon, West Yorkshire Regiment, the Commanding Officer of the 16th (1st Bradford Pals) Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment at Serre on 1st July 1916
. 1914-15 Star named to Major G.S. Guyon, Royal Fusiliers. British War Medal and Victory Medal both named to Lieutenant Colonel G.S. Guyon. Memorial Plaque to George Sutherland Guyon. George Sutherland Guyon was born at Hastings on January 29, 1875. Educated at Brighton College 1886-1891. Commission 2nd Lieut. In the Royal Fusiliers (from Militia) May 15, 1897. Promoted Lieut. August 10, 1898.  Went to South Africa as Lieut. 2nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers on the Arundel Castle February 12, 1900. Took part in operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900; operations in the Transvaal east of Pretoria from July to November 29, 1900. Operation in Cape Colony, north of Orange River, including the action at Ruidam. Left South Africa as a Captain on May 24, 1901 and arrived at Southampton on June 12, 1901. Awarded the QSA Medal with 3 bars and KSA medal with 2 bars. (Sadly these medals are not with the group). Promoted Major Royal Fusiliers on June 18, 1912. Officer Commanding the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers in the Great War where he led the Battalion in the landings at ‘X’ Beach at Helles Gallipoli on April 25, 1915. Guyon suffered a Gun Shot Wound to the head in the landing. He continued to serve with the Battalion through some of the bloodiest fighting at Gallipoli through May-June-July and August 1915. Evacuated in January 1916 and eventually embarked for France where it was readied for participation in the ‘Big Push’ on the Somme. ‘On the eve of the Great Battle of July 1, 1916 Guyon was placed in command of the 16th (Service) Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment (1st Bradford Pals) in their positions in front of Serre.’ The failed attack on Serre has been called the Death of the Pals, and the graveyard of northern Pals Battalions. The disaster came in massive proportions: ‘Two years in the making. Ten minutes in the destroying. That was our history.’ Lieut. Col. Guyon was killed in the opening minutes of the battle on July 1, 1916. ‘…At five minutes to zero Major Guyon, Ransom and myself left our headquarters for the front line. We had only been in SAP A about 2 minutes when Major Guyon was struck through the helmet by a bullet. Ransom and I were alongside at the time and bandaged him up, though unconscious and apparently dying, the wound being in the temple…’ (Lieut. C. F. Laxton ADC to Lt. Col. Guyon) ‘…the German machine-gun fire was terrible. Our colonel was hit after only a few steps along the trench. I helped to prop him up against the trench side. Then, we climbed on to the top of the trench…’ (Pte. W.H.T. Carter 1st Bradford Pals)  Guyon’s only son was born in October 1916 to wife Winfred Mary, never to know his father. Interesting to note that Guyon’s family placed an in memoriam note in the London Times every July 1st until 1921. His name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial for the missing. (4) Good very fine

The Exceptional Military George Medal for rescuing a wounded comrade from a minefield at Maasbrae, Holland, Group of five to Gunner Harry Barnes, 107th Medium Regiment (South Nottinghamshire Hussars) Royal Artillery
. George Medal, Geo V, named to 1149476 Gunner Harry Barnes, Royal Artillery. 1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal and War Medal 39-45, all unnamed as issued. George Medal, London Gazette 23rd March 1945. ‘On the 25th November 1944, the regimental reconnaissance party was ordered to reconnoitre and survey gun positions some miles west of Venlo, an area known to be mined. One member of the survey party accidentally walked some distance into a minefield where his foot was blown off by an anti-personnel mine. Gunner Barnes immediately went to his assistance. Although he well knew the risk he was taking, Gunner Barnes entered the minefield, and as he reached the injured man he trod on another mine, his leg being blown off at the knee. In spite of this he dragged himself to safety, urging and encouraging the other man to follow him. Throughout he remained clear headed, doing what he could to assist his comrade, whose life in all probability he saved.’ With his fathers 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal all named to 1989 Private W. Barnes, Lancashire Fusiliers. With copy Medal Index Card, London Gazettes and a photocopy of the citation for the George Medal. The George Medal in its original card box. (8) Nearly extremely fine

Lieutenant C.L.C. Rowe, Australian Imperial Force. Military Cross, Geo V, the reverse engraved Lieutenant C.L.C. Rowe, Messines, July 1917. British War Medal and Victory Medal both named to Lieutenant C.L.C. Rowe, Australian Imperial Force. Clifford Lionel Clarence, born Beechworth, Victoria. With copy of papers, served with No.4 Company, 25th Australian Army Service Corps, 3rd Division Train, awarded the Military Cross in the London Gazette of 1st January 1918. Loose-mounted. (3) Good very fine



A Crimean War 'Heavy Brigade Charger's' DCM Group to Hospital Sergeant William Sutcliffe, 6th Dragoons. Distinguished Conduct Medal, VR, (Ho... Serjt. Wm. Sutcliffe....) Crimea Medal, three clasps, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol, officially impressed naming (Serjt W. Sutcliffe, 6th Dragoons). Turkish Crimea Medal, Sardinian issue, fitted with claw and swivel suspension. Hospital Sergeant William Sutcliffe, a shoemaker from Sligo, attested for the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons on 11th June 1836, appointed Hospital Sergeant 13th August 1854, served with the Heavy Brigade in the Crimea, recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal, with £20 annuity, 7th February 1855. Sergeant Sutcliffe was discharged 18th June 1860 after serving 24 years with the colours. The muster rolls show he was effective from the 1st October to 31st December. Sergeant William Sutcliffe of the 6th was promoted to Hospital Sergeant at Varna in August 1854. Ex Payne Collection 1911. Contact wear, Nearly very fine to Very fine


Hugo Brothers Groups, one killed by the IRA in the Kilmichael Ambush of 28th November 1920, the single greatest British loss of life during the Battle for Irish Independence. Military Cross, Geo V, unnamed in box of issue. Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), Britannia, hallmarked, unnamed as issued. 1914 Star with 5th Aug-22nd Nov bar, named to 2nd Lieutenant F. Hugo. British War Medal and Victory Medal both named to Major F. Hugo. Military Cross,  London Gazette 15th October 1918 ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an air raid a direct hit exploded a large dump of ammonal, setting fire to some trucks near a quantity of ammunition. He at once went to the scene, and thanks to his clever organisation and fine example to those working under him, the fire was extinguished and a serious disaster averted.’ Major Frederick Hugo, joined the Royal Irish Constabulary as a Cadet on 16th November 1920, was an Ex Major with the Royal Engineers and Indian Army, he was killed by the IRA in an ambush at Macroom, Ireland on 28th November 1920, together with 17 other soldiers, and three IRA men. The ambush in the award winning film ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’ is based on the events of the Ambush at Kilmichael. There is much information available regarding this event on the internet, it being a deliberate escalation of the IRA Guerrilla Warfare after the events of Bloody Sunday which took place exactly a week before. Also included is an Irish (?) Medal that we cannot identify, please view the images on the website for this. Also his Brother’s British War Medal and Victory Medal both named to Lieutenant C. Hugo. Charles Hugo was an officer in the R.T.E., copy Medal index card refers. (8) Nearly extremely fine



Lieutenant D.R. Curry, Royal Navy, awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Bar. Distinguished Service Cross, GVIR issue reverse dated 1941 (additionally engraved: LIEUT. D. R. CURRY. R. N., 1-1-41 & 15-9-42) with Second Award Bar, reverse dated 1942, 1939-45 Star (LIEUT. D. R. CURRY. D.S.C.),  Air Crew Europe Star, bar Atlantic (LIEUT. D. R. CURRY. D.S.C.), Africa Star, North Africa 1942-43 (LIEUT. D. R. CURRY. D.S.C.), Defence Medal, War Medal 39-45 (both unnamed as issued). D.S.C. LG: 1/1/1941. Lieutenant Douglas Richard Curry, Royal Navy. ‘For outstanding zeal, patience and cheerfulness, and for never failing to set an example of whole hearted devotion to duty, without which the high traditions of the Royal Navy could not have been upheld.’ Seedie's Fleet Air Arm list states: 'During the latter half of 1940 and until March 1941, 812 Squadron was attached to RAF Coastal Command for minelaying and bombing operations in coastal areas of Holland, Belgium and France.' Bar to D.S.C. LG: 15/9/1942. Lieutenant Douglas Richard Curry D.S.C., Royal Navy. "For bravery and devotion to duty in air operations in the Western Desert." Seedie's Fleet Air Arm list states: '821 Squadron, for air attacks on Libya and Mersa Matruh. Lot includes an original photograph of the recipient in uniform, a newspaper clipping and a letter from his wife relating to the sale of his medals dated 5/5/1968. Mounted as worn. Contact marks and edge bruises, Good very fine