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. Defence of Mafeking group Beachuanaland Rifles, commended for gallantry at Mafeking (wounded) for the defence against the Boer attack on the Baralongs, mentioned and wounded in the action at Wolmaransstadt in 1901 and lastly mentioned for a third time early 1902 for marked gallantry at Kleinfontein, 24/10/1901, in collecting men and carrying messages under heavy fire
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
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