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4th August 1914 - 11th November 1918

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Code: 24158Price: On Request

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Rare WW1-2 Group to 2nd Lieut Vaughan SSZ Airship Pilot.

A superb and rare group comprising of the WW1 British war and victory medal and the 1939/45 star, France & Germany star, defence medal and 1939/45 war medal. The WW1 pair correctly named to 2nd Lieut S. Vaughan RAF.
Stanley Vaughan was born in Peckham, London on 6th November 1899. His father was a Taylor with his own shop. He was educated at the Westminster City School. The school had good army cadet training and in 1914 Stanley enrolled into the Queens Westminster Cadet Corps. His cadet school report said he was a very keen cadet, a good shot and signaller and earned an efficiency badge in his first year. In this report it also recommends him to make an efficient officer.
After he left school he worked at his father shop and part time as a cadet. In January 1916 he enlisted into the RFC as an officer cadet, he must have shown great promise as he was given a commision in the September 1917 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps as a Free Balloon Pilot with the Naval wing at Roehampton. He later went on to fly RN air ships from Upton and pilot observation balloons. The pilots who flew the airships from Upton in Dorset, went out over the English Channel and played a vital role deterring the German U-Boats from attacking British ships. He flew the single engine sea scout zero SSZ airship. They were over 140 feet long, it carried a crew of three, the Pilot, in the nose was the wireless operator who also fired a machine gun and a mechanic sat near the engine. Patrols were exhausting taking 20 hours or more in freezing conditions. Patrols continued quite a while after the armistice because the U-Boats didnít get the news the war had ended. Stanley flew operations from Upton and Polegate from July 18 to February 20. He was discharged in the march 1920 as no longer required for service.
I donít know exactly what he was doing between the wars, he may have gone back to work for his father in the tailoring business for a while or he may have continued his passion for flying. In 1939 he is listed on the 1939 register as a flying Instructor and he applied for a new flying licence on 16th January 1939, he is also listed as a mechanical engineer. So some clues are there. Ina 1941 RAF muster roll I have found Stanley as a FE (Flight Engineer), a valuable member of the flight crew with a host of ground and in flight duties maintain and monitoring the aircrafts engines and systems.
I do not know how long he served during the 2nd world war, this needs more research.
This group comes with copies of his WW1 service papers, 1939 census and Flying licence index card. The medal are in excellent original condition and although they are mounted as worn, they look hardly used.

Code: 24157Price: 420.00 GBP

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French 1874 Gras Bayonet WW1 Trench Knife.

A WW1 trench knife made from a French 1874 pattern Gras bayonet. This was done during the Great War and by the look of it, it saw a lot of action. There was a shortage of close combat fighting knives for the ordinary Tommy during the First World War, so they made all sorts of unique weapons to take on trench raids, when this type of weapon was called for. They made clubs, coshes, and all kinds of trench knives from what they could lay their hands on; this one was probably made from a broken bayonet, or from one picked up in the field. The trifoil blade has been significantly shortened to just under 8.5 inches long and it would have proved quite a formidable close combat weapon. It comes from a collection of trench knives recently purchased, so there are a lot more similar to come.
It is in very good original condition and the hilt, still retains various proof marks etc. The whole thing measures 13.5 inches long.

Code: 24156Price: 45.00 GBP

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Small North African Dagger with Decorated Grip.

A very pretty but mean looking short dagger, which originates from North Africa. It has a good steel blade, but this has slight rusting in places, but could easily be cleaned off. The grip is an elaborate design of bands of agate some inlayed with silver wire. On the whole it is in order but the blade need just a little attention. A very attractive piece.
It measures 9 inches long.

Code: 24155Price: 14.00 GBP

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18th Century Flintlock Pistol Replica.

A good quality replica Flint lock pistol replica by denix. It shows nice detail and has metal barrel, trigger and guard, lock and butt plate. It also fully cocks and dry firers. A good interesting wall hanger in very good condition. it measures 13.75 inches long.

Code: 24154Price: 35.00 GBP

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HMS Victory Display Model.

A good quality kit built model of HMS Victory. It was made in the 1980ís from a model kit and painstakingly put together. It has nice detail and comes in very good condition, how you see it here. A great piece for the study of office and it looks great display piece.
It measures 20 inches long x 17 inches high.

Code: 24153Price: 25.00 GBP

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WW1 Pair to A. Cox 1st/9th Cyclist Battalion Hampshire Reg -Served Russia

Private 39718 Arthur Cox served with the 1st/9th cyclist battalion Hampshire regiment, he was entitled to a British War and Victory medal, reading up on the 1st/9th they had a really interesting history, originating in 1911 by the outbreak of war they were in Southampton, in November 1915 they joined three other cyclist battalions and were converted to dismounted infantry and were intended for service in East Africa instead they were sent to India staying until October 1918 when they were sent to Siberia as part of a little known British intervention in the post revolutionary Russian civil war, they arrived in Vladivostok in Nov í18 in the height of winter and stayed a full year before returning via Canada. There is more to their story and I include a print out with the medals for the battalion also a copy of a picture of the battalion marching in Vladivostok Russian.
He would have seen some amazing sights and experienced a totally different kind of war freezing cold and a lot of traveling. The medals come in good but used condition, some surface marks but with good patination. An interesting pair well worth further research of this little known and very underrated campaign.

Code: 24152Price:

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WW1 Era Imperial German Officers Riding Crop

This great riding crop is made from a bamboo shaft with leather fittings, to the top of the cane is a brass cap which has been set with a WW1 era Imperial German officers button, it comes in excellent condition, the bamboo is still flexible and the leather is supple and intact, it measures 32 inches long.

Code: 24151Price:

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WW1 Era Royal Marine Light Infantry Cap Badge.

A good brass badge used until 1923 when the corps was merged back into the main regiment. this badge comes in excellent condition but heavily toned.
Ref. C1

Code: 24150Price:

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Scarce Geo V Royal Military College Sandhurst Cap Badge.

A good quality brass badge used from around 1912 to 1936. This one comes in very good original condition with a very nice even tone.
Ref. C2

Code: 24149Price: 14.00 GBP

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