Q.S.A. A correspondent’s medal ‘Daily Mail’ S.J. Pryor 1865-1924 Editor and managing editor at different times of the Daily Mail where Northcliffe appointed him the first editor in 1896, Daily Express, St. Jame’s Gazette, Evening Gazette, Evening Standard and Tribune, day editor of the Times from 1909 where he acted as Lord Northcliffe’s ‘watchdog’ Accompanied the Bulgarian Army as Times correspondent during the Balkan War 1912-1913 , director of the Times Publishing Company 1909-1918 and the first Press Secretary to the Sovereign & Royal Family, Buckingham Palace 1918-1920
Punjab clasp Chilianwala, 3rd Light Dragoons, killed in action at Chilianwala, Farrier of Unett’s ‘Greys’ squadron whose charge on the left flank was a pivotal moment in the battle. The recipient is commemorated within in a fine painting of The ‘Grey’s charge, being accompanied into the battle by his dog ‘Albert’ who remained by the side of his master’s body for two days until the corpse was buried
D.F.C., D.F.M. Group of Six to a triple tour Pathfinder. R.A.F.V.R., Who Flew in 84 Operational Sorties over Europe, of which 78 with 35 (Pathfinder) Sqdn, with some 70 over heavily defended German targets, most at the height of Bomber Command losses 1943 and early 1944. With only a 3 month leave served 2 years on constant ops. A member of the ‘Goldfish’ club when rescued having ditched at sea having been hit by flak en-route to bombing Krefeld
D.C.M. (VR) Q.S.A. Relief of Mafeking, Elandslaate, Defence of Ladysmith. Sq. Sergeant Major 5th Drag. Gds & Regimental Sergeant Major. Imperial L.H. Exceptional posthumous award for Hartbeestfontein 22/3/1901, where the recipient was killed in action , a rearguard action later described by the Boer leader Smuts as ‘the most brilliant one I had seen fought by either side during the entire campaign. Both General de la Rey and myself were determined to capture the pom-pom, as well as the ILH” . Additionally commended for Cyferfontein where the ILH came under close range, withering fire from a far numerically superior Boer force, and with mounting casualties with his charger shot in several places and his uniform and saddlery shot though in many places galloped up and down the whole line of ILH, hat in hand, waving the men away, shouting the order: “Retire! Retire!”
Victorian D.S.O. with bar for the Great War 6th Iniskilling Dragoons and commanding 6th Dragoons in the Great War and later 6th Cavalry Brigade, both fine action awards. Having in the action at Lake Chrissie, October 1900 found himself riding alongside Commandant Smuts though by then shot through the thigh and unfortunately unarmed. Bar commanding his cavalry brigade in the line at the desperate rearguard action at St. Quentin 22-23 March, 1918
D.C.M. (VR), 1. Yorks. & Lancs. group Superb Pieters Hill 27/02/1900, group. Commended by Colonel Kitchener under whose observation and under heavy fire took the battalion maxim gun up the hill whilst under heavy fire and coming up to the rear of one of the Boer trenches poured a heavy fire into it clearing it of the enemy
Distinguished Service Medal and MID (White Sea) group AM2 RNAS, with superb original documents and photos, both award for anti submarine patrols, who survived being lost at sea for six days in May 1917 kept afloat by a seaplane float. Later commissioned 2.Lieut. and WW2 as Squadron Leader.
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 at Talavera 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.