Auction Report

5 July 2011

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Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria

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Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (5 July 2011)

Gross Total £617,710 (£741,252 including buyers' premium)
Number of lots 776
Exchange rate of the GB pound US $1.60 and €1.11

Principal Lots
Lot no.

705 The Liverpool Blitz George Cross group of three to Cpl James Scully, Royal Pioneer Corps, £72,000 (£86,400)
420-431 Orders and Medals, the property of Lord Acton, £29,600 (£35,520)
322-387 Badges from the J.R. Gaunt & Son Ltd Pattern Book archive, sold by order of the National Army Museum, £28,340 (£34,008)
743 The Iraq MC group of six to Cpl Jokini Sivoinauca, 3 Rifles, £28,000 (£33,600)
488-508 Medals to Great War Casualties from the Collection of the late Ian Livesley, £22,250 (£26,700)
532-576 A Small Collection of Medals to the RFC, RNAS, RAF and FAA, £15,675 (£18,810)
717 The CBE, MC and DFC group of eight to Capt Howard Mercer, RAF, £15,000 (£18,000)
509-531 A Small Collection of Medals to the Merchant Navy, £14,890 (£17,868)
8 Naval GS medal, 2 clasps, Basque Roads 1809, The Potomac 17 Aug 1814, to Lt John Paynter, RN, £14,000 (£16,800)
735 The Boer War DTD and DSO group of six to Major Jan Wolmarans, Staats Artillerie, £11,500 (£13,800)
547 The MC group of four to Squadron-Ldr Herbert Jones, RAF, £9,000 (£10,800)
706 The KCB group of five to Brigadier-General Sir James Tennant, Bengal Artillery, £8,800 (£10,560)
462-487 A Small Collection of Medals relating to the Disaster at Lindley, 31 May 1900, £8,015 (£9,618)

Saleroom Notices
The following were amendments to the catalogue descriptions
Lot no.
31 There is no copy portrait sold with the medal
58 The recipient was promoted to Sergeant on 9 January 1858. Sold with research
90 The regimental number and initial is 2940 Pte. S. Rowe
169 A later (post-1992) issue medal is known to be extant named to this recipient
352 35th P.W.O. The Scinde Horse collar badge is hallmarked Birmingham 'W' possibly for 1946 not 1921; the 14th Punjab Regiment officer's side hat badge is hallmarked Birmingham 1927 not 1902; the Kachin Rifles item is hallmarked London 1922 not 1873
379 There is only one Limerick Night Constable female section waist belt clasp, total 4 pieces
547 Squadron-Leader Jones assumed the additional surname of Penderel in 1928. Between the Wars he took part in numerous air races including the King’s Cup races of 1924, 1925 and 1926, his skill being such that he was given a scratch handicap. Between January and March 1931 he commanded No 216 Squadron’s formation of three Vickers Victoria troop carriers on their 6,000 mile return flight from their base at Heliopolis, Cairo, to Cape Town, where he was welcomed by the Governor-General the Earl of Clarendon. For this flight he received the Air Force Cross from King George V in June 1931. Between 1932 and 1933 Penderel undertook a number of expeditions to explore Gulf Kebir and the desert interiors of Libya. One of his expeditions with Count Laszlo Almasy loosely formed the basis for The English Patient. He gave a lecture on his expeditions to the Royal Geographical Society in January 1934 and was admitted as a fellow of the society, as FRGS. He was promoted to Group Captain in 1938 and in September 1939 became the first commander of No 201 Group RAF. He was killed on 14 May 1943 whilst on a secret trial flight piloting Hurricane HV895 from RAF Middle Wallop over the Sudbourne battle training area when he crashed at Orford Ness.
665 The entries in this log book do not have squadron counterstamps and it may therefore be a personal record book kept simultaneously by the recipient

The following lots were withdrawn before the auction:
508 and 636

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