22 July 2016
At the DNW Auction today, the VC Group awarded to General George Channer realised £200,000.
27th June 2016
Morton & Eden sold the Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross to Private John Smith of 1st Madras (European) Fusiliers for £88,000
14th August 2015
David Lay Auctioneers of Penzance, Cornwall are selling the rather controversial VC group to Omdurman-charger, Private Thomas Byrne. The group includes a copy VC, but the remaining medals are all his original issues and include the Queen's Sudan Medal, Queen's Boer War Medal, LSGC Medal, Khedive's Sudan Medal and 1937 Coronation Medal. The reserve price is a reasonable £15,000.
Violette Szabo's George Cross group sold for £312,000 inc. commission at today's DNW auction. It was purchased by Lord Ashcroft and will be displayed at his gallery at the Imperial War Museum.
While we seldom refer to the selling of any gallantry award other than the Victoria Cross, we feel we must mention the auctioning at DNW of the outstanding George Cross group to the SOE agent, Violette Szabo. The sale is on 22 July and the estimate is £250,000 - £300,000
An important VC group is being auctioned by the Penzance Auction House (Tel.01736 361414) on 27th August. Generally regarded as the last British cavalry charge by the 21st Lancers at the Battle of Omdurman on 2nd September 1898, this VC group was awarded to Private Thomas Byrne for rescuing an officer despite being badly wounded. Winston Churchill, who took part in the charge, described it as "the bravest act I ever saw performed".
The outstanding VC group to Boer War recipient Frederick Bradley is being auctioned by DNW on 12th May. The estimate price is £180,000
Private James Towers VC group fetched £120,000 at today's DNW auction.
7th March 2015
DNW are selling a fine VC group to Private James Towers of 2/Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) at their 25th March Auction. Estimate £130,000-£160,000
C & T Auctioneers and Valuers of Rochester, Kent are selling a pocket watch presented to Corporal Harry Blanshard Wood VC, MM of the Scots Guards by the Anglo-American Oil Co. on the occasion of him being presented with the Victoria Cross in 1918. Included in this lot is his gold wedding band inscribed "H.B.W. V.C. 21.5.21" Estimated: £1,200-1,700
Sgt.Maj. Garvin's VC group went under the hammer for £190,000
DNW are offering on September 18th the exceptional Indian Mutiny VC group to Sgt.Maj. Steven Garvin of 60th Rifles for gallantry in the assault on Delhi 23 June 1857.
John Duncan Grant's VC group became the most expensive sold at auction, selling at Morton & Eden's sale for £340,000 (£408.000 inc.commission).
27th June 2014
Almost exactly 110 years after the unique Tibet Victoria Cross was awarded to Lieutenant (later Colonel) John Duncan Grant, it goes under the hammer with the rest of his group at the Morton and Eden auction on Tuesday 2nd July. He was awarded the VC for leading a storming party of Gurkha's up the precipitous rock-face to capture the fortress of Gyantse Jong on 6th July 1904. The estimate is £200,000 - 250,000.
E-bay have an interesting WW1 photo album on sale. The images were taken by James Crowe Finlay of the Cameronians and include several of John MacLaren VC prior to him being KIA at Arras.
The VC group below was withdrawn from auction.
On 19th June, DNW are selling the VC group awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Colclough Watson of the Royal Engineers. On the night of 16/17th September 1897 in the Mamund Valley, N.W.India, he led a party of volunteers to dislodge the enemy in a burning village despite being wounded. Estimate price £140,00-160,000
A letter written by Guy Gibson VC to his publishers shortly before his death listing some suggestions for a title of his book exceeded the top estimate an sold at the International Autograph Auctions for £5200!
On 12th December, DNW are auctioning on-line the Boer War VC medal group to Sgt.William Traynor of the West Yorkshire Regiment. He was awarded his Cross for outstanding gallantry in saving the life of a comrade and, although severely wounded, continued fighting until the Boers called off their attack. Estimate £120,000-140,000
The single VC awarded to Peter Gill (see below) sold for £70,000, below the estimate, at today's auction at Spink.
Spink have announced that they will offer at their auction on 22 November the first ever VC to be awarded to an NCO in the Indian Army. This was awarded to Sergeant Major (later Lieutenant) Peter Gill of the Loodiana Regiment for gallantry during the Indian Mutiny. On 4 June 1857, he saved the life of an officer and his family at Benares by driving off 27 mutinous Sepoys with only his sword. Pre-sales estimate, £80,000-100,000.
Spink's are holding a Charity Auction on 6th September for The Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust Appeal. Most of the items are WW2 RAF medal groups including an outstanding collection of awards, uniforms and ephemera belonging to Group Captain John "Cat's Eyes " Cunningham. Of VC interest are the Great War Pair (British War and Victory Medals) to Second Lieutenant Edward Baxter, Liverpool Regiment. Also, the original commission appointing Billy Bishop a Lieutenant in the Canadian Militia, the 9th Mississauga Horse. There is also a very nice signed framed print of the VC action of Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid.
Sidney Godley's VC group was sold at Spink's today for £230,000, while Arthur Kilby's group fetched £200,000
Spink's auction on 19th July includes two outstanding WW1 VC groups. The first is Private Sidney Godley's VC group for the defence of the Nimy Bridge at Mons on 23rd April 1914. The second is the posthumous group to Captain Arthur Kilby, killed during the first day of the Battle of Loos, 25th September 1915. (Both estimated £140,000 - £180,000)
Wallis & Wallis, the Lewes auction house, sold the 18ct gold presentation watch to Private R.E.Cruickshank VC for £2,600. (See advert on back page of March 2012 Journal)
The hammer came down on the Arthur Cross VC group at £185,000 one of the highest prices paid for a WW1 other ranks VC. The VC group to Joseph Watt VC realised £170,000
10th April 2012
Spink's auction on 19th April includes two VC groups.
A superb WW1 VC, MM group to Corporal Arthur Henry Cross of the Machine
Gun Corps which includes a plethora of associated ephemera. Cross's VC was
worn by David Niven in the film Carrington VC.
The replacement WW2 Victoria Cross posthumously awarded to Petty Officer Alfred Sephton, together with other related material, is to be auctioned by Cuttlestones of Wolverhampton on 4th November. The original was stolen from Coventry Cathedral in 1990.
A world record sale of a Victoria Cross group was achieved when Ted Kenna's VC was sold for A$1,002,000 (£678,662).
The first Australian WW2 Victoria Cross to come to auction will be sold by Noble Numismatics of Melbourne on 28th July.Ted Kenna's outstanding medal group is expected to make $1m.
Paul Fraser Collectables on:-
At Spinks today, the Teesdale group fetched £260,00, while the Grant group sold for £230,000 - both considerably over the estimate.
Spinks are to auction two Victoria groups on 21st
April; Major-General Sir Christopher Teesdale, VC, KCMG, CB,KH, the Hero
of Kars, and Colonel Charles Grant, who gained his VC in Burma in 1891.
At today's Spinks sale, the VC groups all exceeded
Further our news dated 27th August, we can now report that the Spinks auction dated 25th November has increased the number of VCs in its sale to four! This must be one of the largest number offered in any auction. In addition to the VC groups to Thomas Neely, Robert Montresor Rogers and George Alexander Renny, there is now added the outstanding Somme VC group to Donald Bell. We published his story in our October 2003 Journal.
Rosebery's Auction 7th December are selling nine original Ric Scollins VC action artworks that have illustrated Jim Bancroft's books Devotion To Duty and The Zulu War VCs.
Although not a VC associated item, we learn that Morton & Eden are selling an item of outstanding significance at their auction in London on 22nd October. The Star of the Order of the Bath presented to Vice-Admiral Horatio, Viscount Nelson following the Battle of Cape Vincent, 14th February 1797. The estimate is £300,000 - 500,000.
We learn that Spinks are to auction no less than three Victoria Cross group at their next sale on 25th November. The groups are of Corporal Thomas Neely, Lieutenant (later Major-General) Robert Montresor Rogers and Lieutenant (later Major-General) George Alexander Renny. More info nearer the date of auction.
Nowell Salmon's VC group sold for £190,000 at today's Spink's auction. Also, the officer Isandlwana casualty Zulu War medal to S/Lt.Thomas Griffith fetched £24,000.
The VC group of one of the most famous Indian Mutiny recipients goes under the hammer at Spinks on 22nd July. Commander (later Admiral of the Fleet) Nowell Salmon of the Naval Brigade from HMS Shannon, won his VC during the Relief of Lucknow on 16th November 1857. The estimate is £130,000 - £150,000
At the Spinks auction this morning, the Knox VC group fetched £210,000 (252,000), well over its estimate. Coincidentally, the excellent RAF VC group to Hugh Malcolm also went for £210,000.
In addition to the Knox VC group, Spinks are also offering the WW2 RAF VC group to Wing Commander Hugh Malcolm (estimate £180-£200,000). His story appeared in the VCS Journal March & October 2004.
The Crimean War VC group of Major John Knox is to be auctioned by Spinks on 22nd April. Knox was amongst the recipients at the first investiture at Hyde Park on 26th June 1857. The estimate is £120,000
The following item of VC interest will appear in the DNW auction to
be held on 31st March
Bill Reid's outstanding VC group fetched £290,000 at
today's auction at Spinks.
You wait nearly a year for a VC to appear in a London
auction room and then two turn up!
International Autograph Auctions have several items of VC interest in their sale on 17th October at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow. For details, contact 0115 845 1010
Holt's, the Norfolk based antique gun auctioneer, is offering the 12-bore sporting gun owned by Bill Reid VC in their 17th September auction (estimate £1200-1600). The famous RAF VC was a keen country sportsman. For details see www.holtandcompany.co.uk
The Canadian Government paid $288,000 for Robert Shankland's VC group.
19th May 2009
The VC album auctioned below fetched £1850, well over the estimate.
8th May 2009
Several items of VC interest, including (Item 401), an album of 224 VC signatures
30th April 2009
Victoria Cross of Robert Shankland, one of the trio of First World War heroes from Winnipeg's 'Valour Road', is to be auctioned next month in Toronto. 'Our principal worry is that it goes out of the country,' said Murray Burt, historian and secretary for the Winnipeg-based Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, adding that if any international collector purchases Shankland's VC 'we'll sure go after it.'
The growing controversy over the planned auction of an iconic Canadian war medal — the Victoria Cross of one of Winnipeg's "Valour Road" heroes from the First World War — has officials with Lt. Robert Shankland's former regiment plotting ways to prevent any sale to a foreign collector while debating whether Ottawa or Winnipeg should eventually lay claim to the illustrious decoration.
Shankland's VC, awarded to him in 1917 for "most conspicuous bravery" in leading his troops against the Germans near the Belgian town of Passchendaele, is the centrepiece of a nine-medal set being offered at Bonhams' May 25 auction of Canadian art and history.
The high-end estimate for the full set — which includes a Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to Shankland in 1916 for rescuing a Canadian unit of stretcher bearers from enemy fire — is $330,000.
In one of Canadian war history's most poignant twists of fate, Shankland lived before the war on west-end Winnipeg's Pine Street along with two other future Victoria Cross recipients — Cpl. Leo Clarke and Sgt.-Major Frederick Hall.
The street was later renamed Valour Road, which remains a focal point of Winnipeg remembrance activities.
26th November 2008
Morton & Eden have an item of VC interest in their auction on 12th December. Item 925 is an album of material prepared by the sister of Captain Hugh Talbot Burgoyne, the Crimean War VC, who perished when his ship, HMS Captain, capsized off Cape Finisterre in 1870
18th October 2008
On 12th November, Bonhams of Knightsbridge are auctioning an early 20th century brass mounted hand warmer gadget stick impressed " N G CHAVASSE, CAPT. RAMC" (lot no.110). Estimated £700-900
27th September 2008
On Sauturday, 27th, International Autograph Auctions sold a framed typewritten letter signed by Guy Gibson VC for an incredible £3,400 (the estimate was £1,500)
27th June 2008
The VC group
to Major Herbert James sold for £180,000.
22nd June 2008
DNW are auctioning an outstanding Gallipoli VC / Western Front MC group on Thursday 26th June. The group of seven to Major Herbert James of the Worcestershire Regiment are offered with a reserve of £160,000-£180,000.
15th June 2008
Outstanding ORIGINAL Period Miniature (Mess Kit - Evening Dress Size) Boer War Era British Officer's Decoration and Campaign Medal Group to a Well Known Veteran of the South African Boer and Great Wars.This group belonged to Walter Norris Congreve, and comes with an Original Autographed Image and Hand Written Transmittal Letter. The photograph, is signed "WIN Congreve." and Dated "1896." (Most likely when the image was taken...), and the Transmittal Note, by Sir Walter's youngest Son, Major Christopher Congreve, is on the back of a previous note between buyer and seller. This is dated May 12, 1976 to "John", apparently the initial buyer of the group. "John", was most likely John Devonport, who had an extensive collection of Original Congreve material, that was auctioned through Spinks in 2004.Exceptional Original English Uncounted Set of Medals to this Victoria Cross
(VC) Recipient: including the Victoria Cross
(VC), Queen's South Africa Medal (SAT Victoria) with Seven Campaign
Bars in the documented allotment for service by W.N. Congreve "REVLON
LADYSMITH / CAPE COLONY / PARDONER / DRIEFONTEIN / JOHANNESBURG /
DIAMOND HILL / BELFAST", and the King's South Africa Medal (KSA
Edward) with 2 Bars: "SOUTH AFRICA 1901 / SOUTH AFRICA 1902" as
appropriate. The VC is approx. 17.5mm across, with the lower
suspension bar at 19.5mm wide. Each of the Campaign Medals are approx.
17mm in diameter.
28th May 2008
The last Victoria Cross awarded to an Australian in World War I, sold for $468,000 at an auction tonight, will be given to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Lieutenant George Ingram's Victoria Cross went under the hammer at auction house Sotheby's in Melbourne tonight.
Sotheby's head of decorative arts Jennifer Gibson could not confirm the identity of the winning bidder but said the medal would be passed to the war memorial.
"We're very happy. We're very happy to have sold George Ingram's Victoria Cross, and obviously we are very happy it will be going to the Australian War Memorial,'' she said.
The Victoria Cross is the British Commonwealth's highest military bravery honour.
Lieutenant Ingram, born in the central Victorian city of Bendigo in 1889, won his VC on October 5, 1918, at Montbrehain, on the Western Front in France, in what was the last battle Australian troops fought in the war.
He was serving in B Company of the 24th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force and was part of an advance that encountered German strong points and machine gun nests.
His platoon was hampered by sniper and machine gun fire when Lt Ingram led his men against one strong point, won after a fierce battle with the capture of nine guns and the deaths of 42 enemy soldiers.
When his company commander was wounded, Ingram formed and led a charge against a quarry defended by 40 machine guns and more than 100 men.
Alone, he rushed one post, shooting six enemy soldiers and capturing their machine gun, then captured two more posts, inflicting many casualties and capturing 62 enemy troops.
He captured another 30 prisoners in another assault on a post after shooting the gunner, who had been firing through a cellar ventilator.
Lt Ingram survived and returned to Australia, where he died in 1961.
Last week, a Victoria Cross awarded posthumously to Major Peter Badcoe for bravery during the Vietnam War, was bought jointly at auction by Seven Network chief Kerry Stokes and the South Australian government for $488,000.
21st May 2008
VICTORIA Cross medal from the Vietnam War has sold for $488,000 at
auction in Sydney as part of a collection of 12 medals and
14th April 2008
We are grateful to member Peter Vanderfield for
informing us of a couple of Australian auctions.
26th March 2008
Spinks are auctioning the Umbeyla VC group to Captain Henry William Pitcher on Thursday, 24th April. Estimate:-£80,000-£100,000
13th December 2007
The VC group to Seaman George Samson sold for £210,000
28th November 2007
DNW are holding an auction of Naval Gallantry awards on 13th December. Amongst them will be the outstanding VC group to Seaman George Samson who was awarded his Cross for outstanding gallantry on 'V' Beach during the disembarkation of the "River Clyde" on 25th April 1915. The estimated price is £150,000-£180,000
1st November 2007
An original painting of Private Edward Dyer, the "Hill 60" VC by W.S.Bylityllis is being auctioned by Spink on 22nd November. This image and many others by the same artist appeared in Deeds That Thrilled The Empire.
28th September 2007
On 19th October at Royal Armouries, Leeds, auctioneers Smith & Wilde are offering the general's mameluke pattern sword presented by Prince Edward to General Sir Dighton Probyn VC in 1876. The estimated price of this exceptional sword is £9,000-£10,000. For further details, see www.smithandwilde.co.uk
25th September 2007
The VC group offered at Bonhams was withdrawn.
21st September 2007
On 25th September, Bonhams are auctioning the VC medal
group awarded to Colonel Sir Edward Thackeray of the Bengal Engineers. His
citation in The London Gazette of 29th April 1862:-
9th September 2007
William Jackson's VC group is on offer online by Burrill Lake for A$1,200,000. See www.tradingpost.com.au . William Jackson was the subject of an article that appeared in the March 2004 Journal.
1st July 2007
Smith and Wilde Ltd, a York-based auction house
specialising in militaria, is to hold an auction at the Royal Armouries,
Leeds on Friday, 19th October. Of particular VC interest will be the sale
of a Mameluke Sword and Pistol presented to General Sir Dighton
MacNaughton Probyn VC by the Prince of Wales during his visit to
India in 1875-76.
19th April 2007
The highly important Baltic Victoria Cross and miniature awarded to Commander John Bythesea sold at Spinks today for £135,000.
11th March 2007
Spink will be auctioning the VC and miniature to Admiral John Bythesea on 19th April.
29th November 2006
Bonhams & Goodman, the Sydney auction house, sold the Victoria Cross awarded to Lance Corporal Bernard Sydney Gordon for singled-handedly capturing a German machine gun post on 26/27 August 1918. At yesterday's sale, his Cross fetched the second-highest price paid for a medal in Australia with an anonymous Australian buyer paying A$478,000.
23rd November 2006
The WW1 VC to William Mariner, which was discovered in a drawer, was sold today by DNW for £120,000
29th October 2006
The Morton & Eden auction on 26th saw the hammer fall on £48,000 for the the Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross awarded to George Bell Chicken.
29th September 2006
Bonhams of Kensington are including four lots of ephemera that belonged to Teddy Veale VC in their 3rd October auction.
27th September 2006
The Victoria Cross awarded to Private William Mariner (the alias of William Wignall) of KRRC for his single-handed bombing attack on a German machine gun emplacement is to be auctioned by Spink on 23rd November. An article about this gallant act appeared in the October 2003 Journal.
23rd September 2006
The hammer fell at £180,000 at DNW for the Cosgrove VC group. Prices throughout the auction well exceeded the higher estimates.
21st September 2006
In addition to the Cosgrove VC group being auctioned at DNW tomorrow, there is also a collection of 68 items on offer relating to the Victoria Cross.
7th September 2006
On 25-26th October, Moreton and Eden are auctioning the Indian Mutiny Naval VC awarded to civilian volunteer, George Bell Chicken.
2nd September 2006
DNW will be auctioning the outstanding Gallipoli landings VC group awarded to Sergeant William Cosgrove of the Royal Munster Fusiliers. (For a full account, see March 2006 Journal). The auction, which includes some outstanding gallantry groups, will take place on 22nd September.
26th August 2006
The bronze memorial memorial plaque to Second Lieutenant Joseph Henry Collin VC of 4th Btn,King's Own Royal Regiment, was successfully bid for by the Regimental Museum at a recent auction in Carlisle. Thanks to public donations, the Museum fought off three other bidders to secure the plaque for £2500. It will now be displayed alongside Collin's VC.
24th July 2006
New World Record for VC
Captain A.J.Shout's VC group sold for AUS$ 1,200,000, inc commission!. It is understood that the successful bidder is to donate this exceptional VC to the Australian War Memorial.
5th July 2006
The sale of the VC group to Alfred Shout will take place at Bonhams & Goodman on Monday 24 July at 6.00pm during a series of auction sales of Australian & International Art, Collectors Cars and Antiques over 3 days at the Double Bay rooms in Sydney.
30th June 2006
The VC group to Private Alfred Wilkinson sold for £126,000 at the DNW auction
9th June 2006
The DNW auction to be held on 29 June includes a fine
VC group to Private Alfred Wilkinson of the Manchester Regiment awarded
for outstanding gallantry at Marou on 20 Oct.1918.
We have also learned that the VC to Alfred Shout is to be auctioned next month by Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney. This exceptional Gallipoli group could fetch a new world record.
28th May 2006
We have learned that the miniature VC group to Lt.Edmund Costello fetched £3200 at Gorringe's auction in April. This impressive group also included the CMG, CVO & DSO
15th May 2006
Following the controversy raised by the daughters of Charles Upham to sell his VC group, we learn that another famous VC is also about to be auctioned. This is the VC, MC group of ANZAC hero. Alfred Shout. The estimate is said to be $A800.000.
16th April 2006
The 1937 Coronation Medal awarded to Arthur Percy Sullivan VC is currently being auctioned on E-Bay (Item 662043367). An Australian recipient of the North Russia Expedition of 1919, Sullivan was tragically killed in an accident outside Wellington Barracks, London just before he was due to receive his Coronation Medal.
5th April 2006
The VC group awarded to Sgt.J.D.F.Shaul was sold for £140,000. The Commission document to Charles Lucas VC went for £1300 and the LSGC medal to the father of Valentine Bambrick fetched £950.
21st March 2006
DNW will be auctioning the Magersfontein VC group of
nine awarded to Sgt.J.D.F.Shaul of the Highland Light Infantry on
Wednesday 5th April.
14th December 2005
The letter written by John Chard VC fetched £1300 at the International Autograph Auction on 10 December. The Buckley item was not sold.
10th December 2005
The miniature medal V.C. group (11 medals) and original ribbons attributed to Sergeant E.A. "Smokey" Smith were sold Dix Noonan Webb auctioneers in London on 7th December, 2005 for £720.00.
4th December 2005
International Autographs Auctions have a couple of items of VC interest at their next sale on 10th December. A four page letter written from the Crimea by Cecil W.Buckley, the first man to receive the VC from the Queen. The other is a three page letter written by John Chard, the Rorke's Drift VC. Details can be obtained from email@example.com or phone 0115 844 0244
24th September 2005
Wallis & Wallis, the Military auctioneers at Lewes in East Sussex, are holding a Connoisseur Collector's Auction on 4th & 5th October. Amongst the outstanding items are a 9 carat gold presentation propelling pencil presented to Petty Officer Thomas Gould VC by the Parish of St James, Dover in 1942. Also, an illuminated original hand written parchment scroll signed by 65 survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade and described as "possibly one of the most interesting collection of autographs in existence.
23rd September 2005
The VC group described below went under the hammer today for £160,000, £10,000 more that the higher end of the estimate. A VC pair of miniature dress medals attributed to Lt.Col G.D.Dowell, Royal Marine Artillery, for gallantry in the Baltic in 1855, fetched a surprisingly high £2000.
5th September 2005
Coming up at the DNW auction on 23 September is an exceptional VC group to an outstanding Victorian soldier, General Sir Dighton Probyn. On 10 October 1857, he led a squadron of the Punjab Cavalry in a charge against a group of mutineers at Agra. He also performed several acts of gallantry during the early days of the Indian Mutiny. His group consists of VC, CB, 2 bar Indian Service, 3 bar Indian Mutiny and 2 bar China Medal. Estimate £120,000-£150,000
21st July 2005
At the Spinks auction, the exceptional VC group to Sergeant Alfred Richards of 1/Lancashire Fusiliers, one of the famous 'Six Before Breakfast' VCs at Gallipoli went under the hammer for £110,00 (£126,500)
27th June 2005
Hammer prices realised for the items
13th June 2005
DNW's auction on 23rd June has a couple
of items of VC interest.
25th May 2005
At the Morton & Eden auction today, the
WW1 VC group to Private Francis Miles of the Gloucestershire Regiment went
under the hammer for £72,000, just £2000 above the lowest estimate. In the
rather overheated market for VCs, this represents something of a bargain.
20th May 2005
Spinks will be auctioning one of the famous "Six VCs Before Breakfast" in their July sale. This is the group to Sergeant Alfred Richards of the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers and awarded for gallantry during the landings on W Beach, Cape Helles, Gallipoli.
28th April 2005
Paul Noble of Noble Numismatics of Sydney advises that the VC to Private James Towers, Scottish Rifles, was auctioned on 7th April for $200,000 (approx £90,000)
3rd March 2005
The VC group toTrumpet Major Robert Kells fetched £130,000 at the DNW auction.
24th February 2005
Morton & Eden 25-26th May auction will
be featuring the WW1 VC group to Private Francis George Miles, Gloucester
Regt. We included an article about his gallant exploit on 23 Oct 1918 and
his new Forest of Dean memorial in our last March Journal.
11th February 2005
The next DNW auction is to be held on Wednesday, 2nd
March and will feature the sale of yet another famous VC group. This is
the Indian Mutiny VC group of seven awarded to Trumpet-Major Robert Kells
of 9th Lancers
26th November 2004
The hammer fell on a bid for £78,000 from a private buyer.
23rd November 2004
Morton & Eden are auctioning the Victoria Cross awarded to John Pearson of the 8th Hussars for his gallantry during the charge at Gwalior in 1858.
17th September 2004
At today's auction, the Peiwar Kotal
Victoria Cross group awarded to Major John Cook fetched £82,000, which was
just above the lower end of suggested price. The exceptional Persian War
VC group, however, exceed all expectations of around £100,000 by reaching
DNW will be auctioning two Victoria Crosses at their
sale on 17th September. Major-General Arthur Moore, who charged a
500-strong Persian square at the Battle of Khoosh-ab on 8 Feb 1857. His
horse cleared the first line of bayonets but then fell dead. He attempted
to fight off the enemy with a broken sword and was saved by the arrival of
Spink Auction 22nd July 2004
The hammer fell at £115,000 for following VC group
GROUPS AND PAIRS WITH ORDERS AND
DECORATIONS FOR GALLANTRY OR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
RECORD PRICE PAID FOR VC GROUP
5th April. The Victoria Cross awarded to Corporal Filip Konowal, 47th British Columbia Regt is to be auctioned by Jeffrey Hoare Auctions of London, Ontario on 31 May. There are, however, moves to prevent this as the Cross "disappeared" from the Canadian War Museum. Also, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties wish to prevent the medal ending up in a private collection. Konowal performed his VC exploit during the battle for Hill 70 between 22/24 August 1917. In 1919, he was convicted of stabbing to death an assailant during a fight outside a bootlegging operation. The court accepted his defence that he suffered pressure on the brain as a result of wounds received during the war. He spent seven years in a mental institution. On release, he managed to rebuild his life and, on the personal intervention of the Canadian Prime Minister, Mackenzie King, served as the custodian of his office until his death.
3rd April. DNW Auction. Lot 1400 was Unsold. Lot 1401 sold £260
DNW, London 2nd April 2004
A RARE COLLECTION OF AUTOGRAPHS OF V.C.
WINNERS AND MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY: a fine quality leather bound
album, 18.5cm. by 14.5cm., 50pp., the opening 8pp. containing the
autographs of approximately 50 V.C. recipients (see below), several
"Royals" ([Queen] Alexandra, Albert [afterwards G.VI.R.], Arthur, Edward
[afterwards Edward V111 and Duke of Windsor], Elizabeth [afterwards
E.11.R.], [Princess] Loulse and [Queen] Mary), and other famous
personalities, including Field Marshal Plumer, etc.,
The following V.C. autographs have been
identified, the vast majority of them appertaining to winners from the
Note: Harry Hampton was the first of the above listed V.C. recipients to die, falling victim to a railway accident in November 1922, aged 51 years. It is highly probable, therefore, that the above described autograph album was completed at the special "Buckingham Palace Garden Party for V.C. Winners" held on 26 June 1920, a contention supported by the additional "Royal" autographs - that for 'Elizabeth' must have been added at a later date, possibly around the time of the Second World War.
VICTORIA CROSS AND CRIMEAN WAR EPHEMERA, Official Programme, illustrated card and ticket to the first Victoria Cross distribution, 26 June 1857; Permit to pass in carriage, on horse back or on foot, Cobham Camp 1853, bearing wax seal; Tickets (3) for the distribution of Crimea Medals by the Queen at Horse Guards, 18 May 1855, one bearing wax seal, two 'used' with torn corners, all stuck on card.
Spinks, London 30th April 2004
For sale: John Devonport Collection
1/ The Rifle Brigade sword (with two scabbards) belonging to Captain
(later General Sir) Walter Norris Congreve VC. Worn by Captain Congreve in
1899 when he won his VC at Colenso. Congreve
was destined to become one of the most brilliant corps commanders of the
Great War. In 1911 Congreve was given command of the 18th Infantry
Brigade. Also in that year his eldest son William (Billy) La Touche
Congreve was gazetted to the Rifle Brigade. Billy was given his father’s
sword on joining the regiment as the General now used a general officer’s
sword. Billy wore his father’s sword with pride until his untimely death
at the hands of a sniper in 1916. Billy was rewarded with a posthumously
VC. Only on three occasions did a father and son win the VC:
2/ An attractive photograph with the words, written in Walter Congreve’s
hand,: ‘School of Musketry, Hythe. 2nd Division. June 1889’. He also lists
all the soldiers on the photograph, including himself.
A 2nd King’s Own Staffordshire Militia embroidered coatee badge from
the Congreve collection. Walter Congreve’s father served in this militia
during the 1850’s and Walter himself served in the militia for six years
before joining the Rifle Brigade. The badge would have been worn by one of
them. Also a letter from the regiment discussing the badge
A small attractive painting (signed C.S.H. 1831) of Captain William
Walter Congreve (W.N. Congreve’s grandfather) in the uniform of the 3rd
Light Dragoon Guards. Also in the frame is a painted engraving by Harry
Martins (1849) of a 3rd Light Dragoon officer, and an early photograph of
William Walter Congreve.
Letter written in 1977 from Wing
Commander Johnny Johnson (top-scoring RAF fighter pilot) sending his
RAF wings that he wore during World War Two.
Letter dated 1977 from Captain Dick Annand VC including his six Durham
Light Infantry buttons. Annand was the first Army VC of the Second World
War. Also a signed photograph.
The official signed admission badge to the 1929 House of Lords Dinner belonging to Corporal William Coltman VC. Coltman was the highest decorated ordinary soldier in the history of the British Army.
Letter dated 1977 from Colonel D.J. Dean VC including a colonel shoulder strap from his military overcoat.
Letter dated 1977 from Admiral A.C.C. Miers VC. Known as the greatest of all submarine commanders. He commanded H.M.S. Torbay. It is interesting to note that Miers took Keyes on his mission to Rommel’s HQ. The lot includes the Captain straps worn by Miers and a photograph of him wearing them.
Letter written in 1979 and a signed photograph of Odette Hallowes GC.
The letter contains a cotton reel given to her by a woman prisoner at
Karlsruhe Prison. She says it seems so extraordinary to think of the
importance it had for her at the time.
Letter dated 1977 from Major F.A. Tilston VC including his regimental Rob Roy tie and a signed photograph of him wearing it.
Letter dated 1978 from General Sir Neil Ritchie with a presentation
key to the Eight (Army) Club in Edinburgh.
Letter from C.S.M. Peter Wright VC with his Coldstream Guards button.
Letter from Commander R.E.D. Ryder VC with a drawing he made of his
destroyer from the St Nazaire Raid, plus a signed photograph.
Letter dated 1977 from Brigadier Lorne Campbell VC including collar badge of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlands and a sign photograph.
Letter dated 1982 from the widow of Sergeant Ian McKay VC. Including the Para Lanyard he wore for two years at the Para Depot. He was wearing it until about six weeks before he sailed for the Falklands.
Letter from the family of Brigadier John Alexander Sinton VC with his puttee, Indian Medical Service button and his pip.
Letter dated 1977 from General G.R. Pearkes VC with his medal ribbons and signed photograph.
Letter dated 1986 from Subadar Ganja Lama VC including a signed photograph and his miniature Khukri tie pin.
The tunic worn by Lieutenant-Colonel H.M. Ervine-Andrews VC. The tunic
has his name tag inside and his full set of medal ribbons, lanyard,
insignia and buttons. With signed photographs and paperwork. Captain
Ervine-Andrews, East Lancs Regt. was the only person to win the VC at
Dunkirk. For over ten hours, under intense artillery, mortar and
machine-gun fire, and in the face of vastly superior enemy force, his
company held their position.
Letter dated 1977 from General H.R.B.Foote VC enclosing his General's beret that he wore when commanding 11th Armoured Division in Germany. Also his tank & General's buttons.
Letter dated 1977 from Colonel Pat Porteous who won the VC at Dieppe. Also his 1945 Airborne beret and cap badge.
The Royal Scots Greys full dress hat and cap badge worn by Lieutenant-Colonel Geoffrey Charles Tasker Keyes VC, son of Lord Keyes. He was the youngest Colonel in the British Army and he was killed leading the famous Rommel Raid. He was shot and died in Rommel’s H.Q. It was given by his brother-in-law Major J.R. Johnson on a visit to meet Geoffrey’s sister the Hon. Elizabeth Keyes. She has written a note confirming this. The hat has Keyes name and initials inside it. It comes with Elizabeth’s book about Geoffrey and the Rommel Raid. In the book it states: “When it came to getting his kit ready before joining the Scots Greys, he (Geoffrey) found that his uncle Dicky Bowlby’s full-dress uniform had scarcely been won. It was of better quality than contempory materials, and needed almost no alteration. Uncle Dicky had been killed in 1916; and his cap badge now became one of Geoffrey’s most treasured possessions.”
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