Second World War night fighter’s – and Battle of Britain veteran’s – D.S.O., D.F.C. and Bar group to Flight Lieutenant , RAFVR In one of the most successful partnerships of the war, as Observer/Navigatorto Wing Commander J. G. ‘Johnny’ Topham, D.S.O., D.F.C., scored 13 confirmed victories, in Beaufighters of No. 219 Squadron and Mosquitos of No. 125 Squadron
Small Army Gold Medal for Talavera, Lieut Colonel, 1st Bn. 48th Foot. ‘The Heroes of Talavera’. Mortally wounded at the head of his regiment when required by Wellington to advance through the broken centre of the British line to repulse the advancing French. Whilst grievously wounded gained fame by coolly removing his bicorn and passing it to his major stating “You will have the honour of leading the 48th to the charge”.
Small Field Officer’s Gold Medal for Talavera Major, 1st Battalion, 88th Regiment of Foot. Commanded the 88th at Talavera. Commanded the left wing of the ‘Devil’s Own’ during the attempt to retake the city of Buenos Aires in 1807, with his companies fought through the streets until surrounded and following a stand of some three hours ‘not until nearly annihilated and until they had expended the last ball cartridge that could be found even in the pouches of their dead or dying companions’
D.S.O. (GV), and Second Bar award, M.C., (GV), 1914-15 Star (2. Lieut. 2/Lond. R.), B.W.M., Victory Medal (Lt. Col.) Lieut. Col. 2/London Regt. Served with the battalion from it’s arrival in France as a junior 2. Lieutenant rising to permanent command the battalion in 1917 and continued to serve with the battalion until some three weeks from the war’s end less some five months following serious wounds
Small Army Gold Medal for Corunna, With gold ribbon buckle and original case of issue. Lieut. Col. 43rd. Foot. Later killed in action at the head of his regiment at the especially fine Light Division action at the Bridge of Coa. Prisoner of War at the fall of Guadaloupe in 1794 escaping from captivity in 1795.
August 1914 D.S.M. (GV) MID group of five awarded to Stoker Petty Officer, for gallantry at the Battle of Heliogoland on 28 August 1914, when he ‘behaved with conspicuous coolness and resource’ when a shell exploded in the boiler room of H.M.S. Laertes, the most serious of four shell strikes that day
immediate and superb D.F.M. and Logbook group awarded in June 1940, though wounded, displayed great courage in an epic return journey from the Ruhr in a badly shot up Whitley which had to be ditched in the sea. once more involved in a post-sortie ditching that September, and even though the most strenuous efforts were made by air sea rescue services over three days in stormy conditions, he was among those lost on the third day.