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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
SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL
1879, 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
Distinguished Flying Cross, Geo VI, dated 1945,
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
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
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
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