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Second World War Medals


  Seven. British Empire Medal (GVI), 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with bar 'NORTH AFRICA 1942-43', Italy Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45 BEM named to A/E.R.A. 4/CL. ARTHUR. J. HOWARD. P/MX 931025, remainder un-named as issued. With copy of recommendation for award from PRO A122/9040, which reads:

Mediterranean (Cont'd). Acting Engine Room Artificer 4th Class Arthur James Howard, P/MX.93012, 5th L.C.T. Flotilla Staff. For consistent devotion to duty under all conditions in the maintenance of Landing Craft Tanks. Has consistently shown energy, skill and cheerfulness in the arduous maintenance duties demanded of him and has materially affected the proportion of craft maintained operational in this area.

Award was gazetted in London Gazette of 1 January 1945. Medals are mounted for wear. This group was sold in Dix Noonan Webb sale of 4 December 2008 as lot #1306.

Good VF Condition $800


  Five. Order of the British Empire (2nd Type Civil), British War Medal, Defence Medal (cupro-nickel), War Medal 1939-45 (cupro-nickel), 1937 Coronation Medal. BWM named to MAJOR G.B. JOHNSON, remainder un-named as issued. Group includes miniatures (OBW, BWM and Coronation only), an original framed portrait photo (no glass), as well as a Canadian Governor General's Medal in Bronze (Earl of Minto GCMG 1898) for RMC academics, which is engraved on edge GENTLEMAN CADET GORDON B. JOHNSON. 3RD AGGREGATE MARKS IN FULL COURSE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE OF CANADA 1900. Johnson entered the Royal Military College at Kingston, Ontario in September 1897, and was assigned college number 439. He graduated with honours in June 1900, 3rd in his class. Johnson was a Canadian Trade Commissioner in Yokahama, Japan at the outset of the First World War in August 1914. He served as an officer in the Royal Engineers during the First World War, enlisting in August 1915 and being demobilized in March 1919. He continued in Canadian Government service as a trade commissioner after the war, and was serving in this capacity in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September 1920. Johnson received the OBE in the London Gazette of 2 June 1943 for service as the Canadian Government Trade Commissioner in Scotland, with special mention of his service in the care for the survivors of the torpedoed steamship 'Athenia', which had been sunk by the German Navy's submarine U-30 off the coast of Scotland while en route to Montreal on 3 September 1939, just hours after the war against Germany had broken out. With service records and copied research from RMC Review. Medals are mounted for wear. An impressive and scarce group to a Canadian Diplomat.

Good VF Condition $1200


  Five. 1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal (Canadian issue in silver), Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, War Medal 1939-45 (Canadian issue in silver) with MiD emblem. Medals are unnamed as issued and un-attributed. Swing mounted as worn on original ribbons.

Good VF Condition $200


Six. British War Medal 1914-20, 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal (Canadian Issue), Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas clasp, and War Medal 1939-45 (Canadian issue). BWM named to 639683 PTE. F.E.G. CAIGER 156-CAN. INF. Frank Edward Caiger was underage (16 years old) when he enlisted in the CEF in 1916, and he only served in England, earning the BWM. He later served in the 2nd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery during the Second World War (service # D-13641). Medals swing-mounted as worn. With hard copy research file documenting First and Second World war service. Medals swing-mounted on clean older ribbons as worn.

VF Condition $400


Five. British War Medal 1914-20, Defence Medal (Canadian issue), Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas clasp, War Medal 1939-45, and Memorial Cross (GVI). BWM named to 722137 PTE. H.R. ALLAN. 108-CAN. INF., Second World War medals un-named as issued, and Memorial Cross (GVI) named to M. 26927 Tpr. H.R. ALLAN. Allan was underaged when he joined the CEF during the First World War, and only served in England, receiving the British War Medal with rare naming to the 108th Battalion, which was broken up to provide reinforcements to other battalions at the front. Allan later re-enlisted at the outset of the Second World War, serving in the Calgary Regiment as a Trooper. He was killed on active service in England during training on 7 January 1942, dying of injuries sustained during the roll over of a bren gun carrier. He is buried in the CWGC's Brockwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, England. Details of his death, as well as some photos of him, can be found on VAC's Canadian Virtual War Memorial website. Medals are loose on original ribbons. A tragic group to a soldier of the Calgary Regiment with service in two conflicts.

Good VF Condition $800


One. Efficiency Medal (GVI) with CANADA suspension. Named to CPL. P.A. PAVELIN C.A.C. With electronic copy service record that shows Phillip Alexander Pavelin served with the Mississauga Horse (1933-36) and with the Governor General's Horse Guards (1941-1944), earning the Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp, and War Medal 1939-45 in addition to the Efficiency Medal. Medal is loose on newer ribbon.

Good VF Condition $300


One. Memorial Cross (GVI) Named to B.43613 PTE. A.J. PATTERSON. Alvin John Patterson was born in Tecumseh, Ontario on 7 March 1908. He was living in Hamilton when he enrolled in 6th LAA Regt RCA on 24 August 1942. His next of kin was indicated to be his mother, Mary Jane Patterson, who lived at 63 Hess Street North in Hamilton. He left Canada for England on 29 March 1943, arriving 5 April. He served with 3rd LAA Regt RCA from 27 April 1943, and was embarked for France as an artillery reinforcement on 17 July 1944, landing on the 18th. He joined 6 LAA Regt, RCA, and appears to have returned to the UK in October, returning to France as an infantry reinforcement in late December 1944, and joining the South Saskatchewan Regiment on 25 December. Patterson died in an accident, falling from the balcony of his hotel room at a leave centre in Brussels, Belgium on 11 May 1945, and fracturing his skull. A Court of Inquiry determined that his death was accidental. Patterson is buried in Evere Civilian Cemetery, Brussels, Belgium. A tragic Canadian Army casualty of the South Saskatchewan Regiment, who perished shortly after VE Day.

EF Condition $500


Eight.1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star with 'FRANCE AND GERMANY' bar, Africa Star with 'NORTH AFRICA 1942-43' bar, Italy Star, War Medal 1939-45 (cupro-nickel), Naval General Service Medal (GVI) with clasps 'PALESTINE 1945-48', 'MINESWEEPING 1945-51', Korea Medal, and UN Korea Medal. NGSM named to C/JX155224 D.W. JAGO YEO. SIGS. R.N., Korea same number, name, but A/YEO. SIGS. R.N. Medals are mounted in an old felt-covered frame, with recipient details typed on the reverse; this style of medal framing/storage is typical of medals and groups formerly in the collection of John Laidacker, an American collector from Bloomsburg, Penssylvania who was active c. 1960-2000. Medals are untouched and unresearched.

EF Condition $500

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One. Indian War Service Medal. Un-named as issued. Loose on original ribbon.

Good VF Condn $40

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One. Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (GVI) with "Canada" clasp. Named in impressed capital letters to A/SUB-CONDR. (W.O. CL. 1.) E.E. WRIGHT R.C.O.C.. Medal is loose mounted on clean older ribbon.

EF Condn $325

A selection of un-named Second World War medals

1939-45 War Medal in silver. Canadian Issue.

VF $45

1939-45 War Medal (British Issue). Cupro-nickel.

VF $30

Defence Medal. Canadian issue in silver.

VF $50

Canadian Volunteer Service Medal without clasp.

VF $50

Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with clasp.

VF $75

1939-45 Star. Unnamed as issued.

VF $35

Italy Star. Unnamed as issued.

VF $35

Atlantic Star. Unnamed as issued.

VF $75

Africa Star. Unnamed as issued.

VF $50

France and Germany Star. Unnamed as issued.

VF $45

Burma Star. Unnamed as issued.

VF $75


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