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The York Stamp and Coin show

/ Phil Mussell

Now why would you - a MEDAL NEWS reader want to come to a stamp and Coin show? Well you'd be surprised at just how many medals are on offer at the bi-annual event, many Coin dealers have them on their tables and there are always one or two specialist medal dealers too - but there isn't the...

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Christmas deliveries

/ Phil Mussell

By the end of play today (Tuesday 22 December) all orders received will have been posted out, the only exceptions being those items not in stock which all customers should have been informed about. We have been exceptionally busy this year but all Alyson has done sterling work in getting...

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Christmas opening hours

/ Phil Mussell

We can't quite believe it but Christmas is upon us already and, nice employers that we are, we're giving our staff a bit of a break over the festive period. We'll be closing on Wednesday 23 December at 1.00pm and will be back full of turkey (or in the case of the vegetarians in the company some...

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Birmingham Motorcycle Museum

/ Phil Mussell

Are you coming to the Motorcycle Museum near the NEC this Sunday (December 13)? This regular show is held every second Sunday of the month and is always a popular venue amongst dealers and collectors alike - so popular that once a quarter the organisers have to move to the bigger room - the...

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Bomber VC sets new auction record

/ Phil Mussell

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Keeping everyone happy AGAIN I’m afraid I have to split this Editorial in two—I was all ready to talk about our Britannia medal fair and our ideas for the future when suddenly not one but two Victoria Crosses sell for incredible money. The first to Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid, a Lancaster Bomber...

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World Record for an MM group

/ Phil Mussell

The DNW sale of Wednesady December 2 saw an amazing £70,000 paid for the Falklands MM group awarded to Captain (then Corporal) Ian Bailey for the full strory see  news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/surrey/8390468.stm

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Stop thief MC group missing

/ Phil Mussell

In the early hours of Thursday 19 th November a family collection of 14 medals including an MC group was stolen from a house in Leicester. The medals missing are as follows: Lt Col Edward Cecil Barton:   Military Cross (engraved with recipients deatils and "Ypres 1917") 1914/15...

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Tony Fitzsimmons 1925-2009

/ Phil Mussell

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It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Tony Fitzsimmons on November 24 2009. Tony was a regular "helper" of Steve Sewell's across nearly 30 years and anyone who has seen Steve at any medal fair, be it Bromley, Bristol or Britannia, will have known his father in law Tony. A true...

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Britannia Success

/ Phil Mussell

Thank you all - dealers and collectors alike - who made Britannia on Sunday such a success, the weather was against us, the underground was against us but we still managed to get over 500 people through the door! The room was buzzing and on more than one occasion I heard the comments "it's just...

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The Ultimate VC

/ Phil Mussell

According to the Daily Telegraph Lord Aschroft has paid a staggering £1.5million for the magnificent "VC and Bar" to Captain Noel Chavasse - one of only three double Victoria Crosses ever awarded. According to the 'paper's website Lord Ashcroft bought the medals from St Peter's College Oxford to...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

STOLEN during October 2009  from a private house in E Devon 14/15 Trio to S/N M Hankinson TFNS/QAIMNS plus silver Nursing Badge St Pancras Hospital engraved M Hankinson 1 October 1906 in brown box of issue together with BWM and Victory to 9583 Cpl A R Hankinson KRRC. Please contact DC C Campbell...

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Record price for a VC

/ Phil Mussell

A new world record auction price for a Victoria Cross to a British recipient ( Flight Lieutenant W. 'Bill' Reid). was set at Spink on November 19 2009.  The medal group sold for a staggering £348,000 (£290,000 plus 20% premiumn) to an anonymous bidder in the room. According to the Daily Mail...

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Britannia - November 22. IT'S THIS SUNDAY

/ Phil Mussell

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Are you coming to Britannia this Sunday? It's now officially (and by some margin) the UK's biggest MEDAL FAIR with over 30 dealers stalling out. They are: Bonhams Philip Burman Andrew Bostock John Cannon Mark Carter Chelsea Military Antiques Chester Militaria Peter Cotrel...

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Stop Thief - 3 generations of medals stolen.

/ Phil Mussell

Again local to us down here in Devon a burglar has left another veteran distrught. We'll post more details about recipients etc.as soon as we know them, we are in touch with the local police, but in the mean time the bare bones of the story can be seen here ...

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A cross to bear.

/ Phil Mussell

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FORGIVE me if I split this “Comment” in two but there are a couple of things that need my attention this month and they can’t really be amalgamated into one editorial. The first concerns the latest “medal” to be issued—the Elizabeth Cross. Now, whilst I wholeheartedly support the institution of...

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Stop Thief - Elizabeth Cross missing

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen in the postal system (the envelope was delivered, contents removed) an Elizabeth Cross engraved Captain G. Shaw Ulster Defence Regiment. His widow was returning it as the Captain had been promoted to Major shortly before his death and the rank was incorrect. Any information to the Medal...

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Gone missing

/ Phil Mussell

Would readers please keep an eye out for two RAF log books of  Air Vice Marshal Leonard William George GILL, DSO. They have gone missing, in the London area in the past two months and could surface attached to a group at some point in the future - if anyone sees them please do get in touch with us...

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Britannia - the latest

/ Phil Mussell

It's only a month now until the next MEDAL NEWS Britannia fair and we are finalising the list of dealers attending - would you believe there are going to be 32! That's individual dealers not tables - the table count is far higher! That means Britannia is officially the biggest medal fair in the...

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Postal Strike

/ Phil Mussell

Whatever your thoughts on the looming industrial action by postal workers are the fact is that a strike will inconvenience most of us - those of us trying to run a mail order business most of all. In order to minimise the impact of the strikes we are looking at alternative means of getting books...

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From Balaklava to Windsor

/ Phil Mussell

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A bold move, but . . . Don’t miss the next Britannia Medal Fair on November 22 — why not bring a friend with the free entry ticket enclosed? THIS “Comment” is being written at the absolute last minute. The magazine is all ready, it’s on the presses, but I couldn’t give the go-ahead to print until...

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Stratford upon Avon - October 18

/ Phil Mussell

Stratford's a lovely town, if you haven't been before you really should get along there - and what better excuse than combining your trip with a visit to the Stratford Medal Fair held at the leisure centre in the very heart of the town? As with all of Mark Carter's fairs it starts at 9.30am for...

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The right direction

/ Phil Mussell

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THERE was a time when the medal fair was, apart from a visit to a specialist shop or an auction, the only way a collector could add to their collection. It was also an ideal way to dispose of unwanted items and boost your cash reserves (although invariably the ready cash you’d just pocketed would...

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First Elizabeth Cross Awarded

/ Phil Mussell

Karen Upton, widow of Warrant Officer Sean Upton of the Royal Artillery, killed whilst on patrol in Helmand Province in July, received the first of the new "Elizabeth Crosses" at his Funeral at Catterick.   For full details see the BBC's website at ...

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The Last Tommy - Harry Patch RIP

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sdaness that we learn of the death, at 111, of Harry Patch, former private in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, last survivor of the terrible trench warfare of World War I.   Harry took part in the third Battle of Ypres in 1917 (better known as Paschendale) and was...

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"Elizabeth Cross" announced

/ Phil Mussell

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A new "medal" akin to the Canadian and New Zealand Memorial Crosses has been announced. The "Elizabeth Cross", looking very much like the Memorial Crosses is the first medal for 60 years to bear the name of the reigning Monarch and will be given to the families and next of kin of all those killed...

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Pte J Barry

/ Phil Mussell

If anyone has any information on the medals of 19932 Pte J Barry of the South Lancashire Regiment please contact the Medal News office on 01404 46972  

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Congratulations Joe!

/ Carol

It was a long way to go for dinner (8 hour round trip) but we wouldn't have missed it. Yesterday, June 16, John Mussell, Phil Mussell and Carol Hartman joined coin and medal dealer Giuseppe Miceli in Northampton to celebrate his 40 years of being in business. Friends, family and business associates...

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Honour the Officers - it's here!

/ Phil Mussell

The latest in the invaluable "Honour the..." Series by Michael Maton has arrived. HONOUR THE OFFICERS gives a complete listing for all honours and awards given to WORLD WAR I officers from Britain and the Empire. The huge volume lists all recipients alphabetically and details which awards were...

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Stop Thief II

/ Phil Mussell

Family medals stolen from a house in Worthing, West Sussex, Police Incident number:WWSL/09/01/00123 Inspector W. Hughes-Halls, B.S.A.P. Member Order of British Empire Colonial Police Long Service Medal King George V Silver Jubilee Medal Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Meritorious Service...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Lost in transit - RMA 1468-S Cpl. J. Brown, Great War pair with a defence medal & certificate and Great War pair to RMA 12746 BMR. J. A. Turner. Posted from St Pauls Cray Parade, near Orpington on the 30th March 2009 @10.04am vi special delivery but they apparently never left the building and now...

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Gurkha defeat for Brown

/ Phil Mussell

Many of you will be following the debate about allowing Gurkha servicemen the right of British settlement. We at MEDAL NEWS are heartened to hear that Prime Minister Gordon Brown's motion to allow only limited numbers to stay in the UK was defeated today (April 29) as seen here We at MEDAL NEWS...

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Dickin Medal sells for £24,250

/ Phil Mussell

April 24 at Spink saw the sale of the Dickin Medal awarded to Rip sell for an amzing £24,250 Rip was a stray dog found homeless and starving after a heavy raid in 1940 by A.R.P. Warden Mr. E. King, who worked at post B132 in Poplar, London, during the World War II. He was soon adopted as the...

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Yate - again?

/ Phil Mussell

I can't quite believe it but our "local" show is almost upon us once again! Next Sunday (26/4) sees the second of Mark Carter's Bristol shows at the Yate Leisure centre near Chipping Sodbury As ever the preview will commence at 9.30am with the main fair opening at 10.30am. All this actually...

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Aldershot here we come

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the Aldershot Medal Fair this sunday (19/4) at the Princes Hall, Princes Way Aldershot from 9.30am (preview - 10.30am for everyone else!) It's our first Aldershot of the year so we're looking forward to it - hope to see you there!

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

STOLEN on 20th February 2009, from his home in Penerely Road, Rainham, Essex. The medals of Pte Ernest "Ron" Jones, Parachute Regiment. 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence medal, War medal, General Service Medal Bars "Palestine" and Malaya. He served with the 21st Independant...

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VC Register - a correction

/ Phil Mussell

Apologies to those trying to ring the Number for "This England" with regards to the Addendum to the VC Register. A typo gremlin some how got into the office and we printed the number incorrectly. It should have been 01242 537 900. Sorry about that....

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Britannia Success

/ Phil Mussell

A BIG thank you to all who attended (both dealers and customers alike) the event was a great success with hundreds of people through the door! All the comments have been overwhelmingly positive and we're already looking forward to the next show on Sunday November 22 - although we hope to see some...

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So far Britannia looks pretty full - it's going to be a GOOD day! Dealers who'll be having a table include: Andrew Bostock Phil Burman John Cannon Chelsea Military Antiques Peter Cotrel David Desborough Chris Dixon DNW Tom Donovan Bill Friar Great War Medals Gordon's Medals Meurig Jones/Find a...

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Britannia - the latest

/ Phil Mussell

Plans are well underway for the next Britannia show on March 29th - many of the country's best known medal dealers will be in attendance and with the event being promoted in a number of Family History and Antique magazines as well as MEDAL NEWS we're expecting a good turn out! Look out in the...

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Who do you think you are...?

/ Phil Mussell

Come and find out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday February 27-March 1 at Olympia. This huge family history show has proved immensely popular in the past two years and this time around we're hoping it will be even better! MEDAL NEWS will be in attendance (stand 1003) and we look forward to welcoming...

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Meet the Author

/ Phil Mussell

Why not come along to the Britannia Show at the Victory Services Club on Sunday March 29th and meet some of the men behind Token Publishing's best selling books - we've got Jeff Elson, author of the popular "Staffordshire Regiment" books. David Biggins, author of "The Battle of Elandslaagte,...

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Medal Tracker success

/ Phil Mussell

So far February has brought three reunites from February's MEDAL NEWS - including the wonderful group of General Holland Pryor featured in "News and Views" on page 8 - the current owner and the family are now in touch with eachother, more in the March issue of the Magazine!

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Britannia update

/ Phil Mussell

So far we've had a number of dealers promising their support for the MEDAL NEWS Britannia show on March 29 - as well as promises from dozens of readers that they'll come! Those dealers who have already confirmed they can attend include Andrew Bostock Phil Burman John Cannon Cheslea Military...

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VC Guns on the move

/ Phil Mussell

Two iconic examples of Britain?s rich military heritage, the historic artillery pieces that have provided the metal for over 800 Victoria Crosses since 1914, are on the move. The VC Guns, two 2.5 ton bronze Chinese-built cannons dating from the mid-19th Century, are set to be moved as part of a...

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Bromley this Sunday!

/ Phil Mussell

For those of you in the South East why not come along to the Civic Hall, Bromley this Sunday from 9.30am for the first Medal Fair there this year? We'll be there with our new book - "Inside Mafeking" as well as all the old favourites...!

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Police Medal Review

/ Phil Mussell

Following the recent campaign by Warwickshire Police Officer Ken Fowler, which has won wide spread support across all parties, the Home Office announced on 21/01/09 that a review will be conducted into the award criteria of the Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. As recently as 12/01/09...

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Australian VC Awarded

/ Phil Mussell

The first Australian VC (as opposed to a VC awarded to an Australian) has been awarded to Trooper Mark Donaldson of the Special Air Service. Details are as follows ON THE AWARDING OF THE VICTORIA CROSS TO TROOPER MARK GREGOR...

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Rule Britannia!

/ Phil Mussell

It was with great sadness that we attended the last Britannia show at the Victory Services Club in November - Fred and Jeannie had done so much to help the hobby over the years that to see them retire was a great shame. Such a shame that we felt we had to do something - so we have!! As of 2009...

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All the Ys...York and Yate

/ Phil Mussell

As well as the York Medal and Coin Fair on this Friday and Saturday (January 16 and 17) at York Racecourse Medal News (well Phil anyway) will be at the Yate (Bristol) Medal Fair on Sunday January 18 . It's the nearest show to us and is one we always try and attend - even if it comes straight...

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