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Bravery unrewarded

/ Karen Needs

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Highlighting an issue RECENTLY a reader got in touch asking why we hadn’t reported anything about Spink’s E-Auction back in January in our Auction Highlights section. Conscious of the fact that the company was holding another such sale in April (as well as their live auction on April 27) the...

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Macleans War

/ Phil Mussell

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Connecting Up FOLLOWING my announcement in February that my official “new theme” was medals to recipients from Exeter (specifically “my side” of Exeter, north of the river), I was rather chuffed to find that a number of you had actually read this “Comment” and, not only that, but you had...

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Lost in Portugal

/ Karen Needs

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Inevitable issues AS ALWAYS happens when a new medal is instituted controversy is not far behind. In this case the furore surrounds the Platinum Jubilee Medal (PJM), awarded to members of the Armed Forces, Prison Service, Police and other Emergency Services with five or more years’ service...

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Royal celebration

/ Karen Needs

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New Year, new theme BACK in November, I was alerted to a Special Constabulary Medal on offer at Noble’s auction in Australia. There was nothing unusual about it, it was a standard George V Special Constabulary Medal like any other you’d see at a medal fair or on a dealer’s list, but I bid on it...

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Grand Prix winner

/ Phil Mussell

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ON THE MOVE IT HAS, to put it lightly, been a very odd two years. When we put the December 2019/January 2020 magazine to bed in late November 2019, Coronavirus hadn’t been heard of (well certainly not outside China) and we were innocently looking forward to Christmas and the start of a new...

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A record error - a correction

/ Phil Mussell

The most recent MEDAL NEWS features the splendid 1891 Thobal VC group which we state is a "British Auction Record" but, of course, it isn't! It's a record for an army VC but not a record overall.  Apologies must go to Morton & Eden who actually hold the record having sold the "Q ship" VC DSO**...

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Britannia cancelled

/ Phil Mussell

Very sadly we have just heard that because of the extension to the Coronavirus restrictions announced on Monday the Britannia Medal Fair, due to be held on Sunday, July 11 has been cancelled.  Let's hope that by November things are a little different and that show can go ahead. We'll keep you...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen in a burglary at Haverhill, Suffolk earlier this year Family group stolen in a burglary earlier this year. 1) Basil Oliver Bradley, RA: 1939-1945 star, Africa Star, Burma Star, Defence & War, Territorial Efficiency, Police long service and the Dunkirk medal. 2) 1343 (later...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen during a burglary in Hertfordshire recently:   Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers’ Renter Warden’s Badge Inscribed on reverse ‘ ‘Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers’ and ‘Renter Warden’ on a shield Waterloo medal issued to John Hamilton of the First Regiment...

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