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Coming Soon - for God, Queen and Colony

/ Phil Mussell

For God, Queen and Colony - by Terry Sole The muster rolls and histories of the Colonial Units in the Zulu War of 1879 - this is one book all you Zulu War enthusiasts won't want to be without! Watch this space for further details!    

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Lost at Bordeaux, France  on Friday December 10, 2010, following the  Operation " Frankton "       Commemoration Parade, - (canoe raid on Bordeaux harbour, December 1942.) group of medals Court Mounted as follows :-     1.   OBE   un-named.   2.  ...

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New roll at the NA

/ Phil Mussell

The medal roll for the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service Long Service Medal has recently been made available at The National Archives at Kew.   The roll consists of a large sea green book containing the names of all those men and women who qualified for the medal and any appropriate bar(s),...

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Christmas Opening Times

/ Phil Mussell

Yes it's almost upon us once again and, whilst we'd like to be open over Christmas we do feel it only fair to give our staff the odd day off. So we'll be closing at 1.00pm on Thursday December 23 and reopening again at 9.00am on January 4 2011. We'd like to wish all of our customers a very Merry...

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George Medal for Bomb disposal hero

/ Phil Mussell

WO Karl Ley has made safe more Improvised Explosive Devices IEDs in Afghanistan than anyone else - some 139 to date - losing seven of his comrades in the process. Today (December 17 2010) his courage and heroism was honoured with the award of the George Medal, presented by HRH Prince Charles. For...

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Christmas Post

/ Phil Mussell

We're doing our best to get everything out before Christmas but please do get your orders in ASAP - by Monday 20 at the latest to ensure delivery by Christmas Eve and even that's pushing it a bit!   And don't worry if you haven't had your orders already placed yet - the terrible weather...

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Gallantry On display

/ Alyson Thomas

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The true worth AS YOU can see from this month’s front cover, MEDAL NEWS was privileged to be amongst the first invited to view the exceptional new Lord Ashcroft Gallery and its Extraordinary Heroes exhibition with more than 240 Victoria Cross and George Cross groups. A full report on the...

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Thief Stopped

/ Phil Mussell

Former para, Simon Rogers, has been gaoled for three years after stealing campaign medals, including those awarded for service in Iraq and Afghanistan, from fellow Soldiers staioned in Colchester then selling them on eBay. See the BBC's Website for further details

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Honour those Mentioned - the Air Forces

/ Phil Mussell

The BRAND NEW book by Michael Maton - Honour those Mentioned the Air Forces being a complete list of all Mentions in Despatch awards to the Royal and Dominion Air Forces during World War II is being launched at Britannia this Sunday (November 21) and is available to pre-order now!   Those of...

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Britannia - November 21. IT'S THIS SUNDAY

/ Phil Mussell

Britannia is almost on us - it's THIS SUNDAY Entry is ABSOLUTELY FREE and all the major dealers and Auction House will be there The full list is as follows: ARL Collectables Baldwin's Bonhams Andrew Bostock Ray Brough Phil Burman John Cannon Mark Carter Chelsea Military Antiques DNW...

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I've just been lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the wonderful Ashcroft Gallery at the IWM and there is little I can say except "wow"! Over 200 Victoria and George Crosses on display along with associated ephemera (Jonson Beharry's battered helmet, Matt Croucher's shredded backpack). This is...

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The RN to the rescue

/ Phil Mussell

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Rights and Wrongs The annual service of Remembrance held on the Sunday nearest Armistice Day (November 11) and the march past the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, is a splendid opportunity for us collectors to view a stunning array of medals as worn by those who won them. Sadly there are no...

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In honour of a well decorated soldier

/ Phil Mussell

The new home of Joint Medical Command and Headquarters Surgeon General has been formally opened by HRH Princess Alexandra in Lichfield - and it's named after a man who won no fewer than five gallantry awards, including the VC, during World War I. Coltman House is named after named after Lance...

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Don't forget Britannia

/ Phil Mussell

November 21 - Victory Services Club, Seymour Street, London.   A full list of dealers attending published in NOVEMBER MEDAL NEWS and posted here shortly.   Dates for 2011 are Sunday March 20, Sunday November 20 - put them in your diary 

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Medals stolen

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen from a private house in Basildon recently - family medals to Fletcher WW1, B.E.M, I.S.M to 184212 ALBERT FLETCHER 1939-45 STAR, AFRICA STAR,  DEFENCE & WAR,  RNR LSGC and Bar to RNRC/JX 343570 R.A. FLETCHER.N RNR LSGC & QUEEN'S SILVER JUBILEE (ENGRAVED) to D111440V A.G.FLETCHER RN ...

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Nelson's Star to shine

/ Alyson Thomas

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Changing times THIS time last year I was sitting at my desk trying to word a tactful “comment” about the new OMRS Convention. We had always been supporters of the event, choosing to launch our MEDAL YEARBOOK there rather than anywhere else. We were thus disappointed that the 2009 version was very...

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Yate time again

/ Phil Mussell

Yes it's almost time for the penultimate "Yate" of the year (the last one is on November 28) and Phil will be there on Sunday October 3rd at the Leisure centre in Yate to once again represent the "Token Team"  The fair starts at 9.30am (for "early preview"; 10.30am for "normal" opening) - which...

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Operational Honours

/ Phil Mussell

Some 131 Men and women have been honoured for their service in Afghanistan with no fewer than five Conspicuous Gallantry Crosses and 18 Military Crosses awarded. There was also a George Medal awarded to Acting Warrant Officer Class 2 Karl John Fairfax LEY, The Royal Logistic Corps for neutralising...

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ATC Event Biggin Hill

/ Phil Mussell

A fundraising day is being held at the Air Training Corps, Raf Enclave., Main Road Biggin Hill on Saturday September 18. The event, which will include WWII Vehicles, living history displays, a flight simulator and militaria/collectables stalls, all against a backdrop of 1940s music, goes on from...

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Embassy Icon

/ Phil Mussell

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A piece of real history EVERY once in a while comes an event so dramatic that it is burned into the collective consciousness. We all have something that we will never forget, depending on our age: some international or national event captured on radio, television or the internet that we will...

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Oh Canada...

/ Phil Mussell

For those of you on that side of the "pond" unable to make it over to this side for the OMRS or Coinex there's always the next Jeffrey Hoare Numismatic and Militaria Sale taking Place on September 18 and 19 at the Ramada Inn 817 Exeter Road, London, Ontario. The sale is something of a...

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Rare Civilian Awards

/ Carol

Gavin John Miller and Dean Seaward are the latest civilian recipients of the Queen’s Gallantry Medal. Miller received the award for rescuing a fire fighting colleague from a burning building on November 1, 2003. While attending a fire at an hotel, a fireman fell through the roof of the storeroom...

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Important postal auction

/ Carol

City Coins of South Africa have advised us of an important postal auction they have coming up which was unfortunately too late to include in the Medal News August issue. Their Auction no 60 offers no less than 30 lots of decorations and more than 100 lots of single campaign medals. Don't miss this...

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More medals...

/ Phil Mussell

According to the MOD website many more Iraq and Afghanistan medals are about to be awarded.... The reason is a change to the qualifying criteria - formerly 30 days continuous service this has now been changed to 45 days aggregate service. These changes will be backdated to the start of each...

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Outstanding result

/ Phil Mussell

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Courage under fire THIS month’s “Letters to the Editor” sees a letter from Richard Leach who feels rather strongly about the inclusion of a Victoria Cross within the honours systems of Australia, Canada and New Zealand. He feels so strongly that they shouldn’t exist (he refers to them as “bogus”)...

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Medal Yearbook 2011 - coming soon

/ Phil Mussell

We'll be going to press with the MEDAL YEARBOOK 2011 in August - ready for publication on September 19 2010. If you have any corrections or amendments do please let us know - you can email me on phil@tokenpublishing.com

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Medal Match

/ Phil Mussell

We took the "Medal Match" feature out of MEDAL NEWS as very few entries were coming in for it  - since we did we have had lots of people ask when it's coming back....! We're not sure what to do now so it's over to you - do you want it back? Do you have some lonely singles you want to get rid of?...

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Chaplain's Medals sell well

/ Phil Mussell

The Medals of Canada's most decorated military Chaplain, Frederick Scott, have sold for CAN$28,000 at the Ontario Salerooms of Jeffrey Hoare Auctions Inc. The group of ten, which included the CMG, DSO and the Royal Canadian Humane Association Sanford medal, were purchased by the Canadian War...

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No Comment!

/ Phil Mussell

The Editor's "Comment" is one of those features that always seems to stimulate debate - many of you are kind enough to tell us how much you like it, others are kind enough to tell us why you don't - and we value both lots of input believe me. Invariably the subject of the Editor's "Comment" will...

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York this weekend

/ Phil Mussell

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I hope you haven't forgotten that this weekend sees the second of the year's Coin and Medal shows at the Knavesmire Stand of York Racecourse. As always there will be a plethora of dealers offering just about everything a collector could want. And yes the Token Team will be there too! The fair...

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Lost in the post...

/ Phil Mussell

"Lost" in the postal system between East Anglia & Western France -  1914-15 Trio to Sgt 315783 D. Mc PHERSON. Scottish Horse/Royal Highlanders. Any information or sightings to; Ron Withers on,ronjudy@free.fr  or Philip Burman on,01553 840350   Thanks everyone!

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What? No Medal News?

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget that the last issue of MEDAL NEWS - the June/July issue featuring "Gettysburg" on the front cover- was a JOINT ISSUE - there is no separate July offering. The next magazine will be the AUGUST issue available at the end of July 

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Elizabeth Cross for IRA Victim

/ Phil Mussell

The family of the last Soldier to be killed by the IRA during the Troubles in Northern Ireland have been awarded the Elizabeth Cross. Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick was killed by an IRA sniper at a checkpoint in Bessbrook, Co Armagh, on February 12, 1997 and in recognition of that sacrifice...

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Medal of Honor for living recipient?

/ Phil Mussell

According to the Washington Post the Pentagon has recommended that the Medal of Honor - the US Military's highest Award - be given to a living recipient for the first time since the Vietnam conflict. The Soldier, fighting in the notorious Korengal Valley in Afghanistan apparently ran through a...

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Stop thief - again

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen from a house in Exeter three generations of family medals - a WWII framed group comprising  the 39-45 star, Africa Star, Italy Star and War Medal. They were awarded to 14307011 Cpl R Harvey of the Royal Engineers and a named plaque features in the frame.  A framed WWI Trio named to 12642...

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VC Stolen

/ Phil Mussell

According to press reports the Victoria Cross of L/Sgt Thomas Neely VC MM of the King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.) was stolen, along with the MM and his campaign medals, from the Cheshire home of his Great-Nephew Phil Jones on Sunday (June 27). Apparently Mr Jones had only had the Cross for a...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen from a house in Blackler's Cross, Totnes on June 15 2 framed medal groups as follows: WWI Pair and IGS (Clasps North West Frontier and Waziristan) to Major J. R. C V. Leir WWI DSO Group to Major (Later Major General) E B Costin of 2/West Yorkshire Regt (The Prince of Wales’ Own). ...

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Stratford Show 27/06/10

/ Phil Mussell

Yes it's going to be a glorious weekend, yes England face the "Old enemy" Germany in the World Cup on Sunday afternoon but no that does not mean we're going to miss Mark Carter's Stratford Fair at the leisure centre.... It starts at 9.30am (for the preview - all that means is a slightly higher...

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Michael Fryer

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Michale Fryer of Waterloo Militaria. Michael has been a stalwart of the medal scene for many years and, despite recent ill health has still been "stalling out" regularly - at Mark Carter's Stratford Fair, OMRS North and our own Britannia. He...

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Canada secures VCs

/ Phil Mussell

A year after a controversial auction that saw the Canadian War Museum spending nearly CAN$300,000 to ensure an historic VC did not leave the country the institute has managed to acquire two more crosses - but for somewhat less. The Somme VC of Cpl. Leo Clarke and teh Italain Campaign VC of Lt John...

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Afghanistan Awards

/ Phil Mussell

Medals awarded for bravery on Afghanistan's front line have been award by Her Majesty the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Among those receiving awards was Rifleman Paul Jacobs who was blinded by a Taliban bomb. He received the George Medal for continuing to protect his colleagues despite...

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Gettysburg

/ Phil Mussell

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MEDALS, awards and decorations have been given out for various different reasons over the years. Most people associate them with heroism or participation in a particular war, action or campaign, but we medal collectors know there are many other reasons why a medal might be earned: for long service...

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The merry month of May

/ Phil Mussell

Since I started with Token back in 1996 I don't think there has been a single month where I haven't been attending one show or another somewhere in the country - or indeed the world - but May 2010 sees the Token Team staying put for once! That's right we aren't doing a single fair anywhere this...

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Capture of Taku Forts

/ Phil Mussell

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Good times As you are reading this editorial, both Spink and Bonhams will have just held what I am sure were very successful sales. These follow on from some excellent auctions at Warwick & Warwick and, as you can read in Market Scene this month, before that there were some superb results at both...

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Thomson Roddick and Medcalf

/ Phil Mussell

The advert for TRM  Military Auctions in the May issue of MEDAL NEWS erroneously gives their next sale dates as June 24 and 25 (it wasn't our fault - honest guvnor...). The sale actually takes place the week before on June 17 and 18. Don't say we didn't warn you - and don't miss out, they've got...

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Spink Success

/ Phil Mussell

The two VC groups that Spink had on display at the last Britannia have just sold for no less than £210,000 (hammer £252,000 including premium) EACH! The first - to Major John Knox of the Rifle Brigade was a very early award being for Valour in action during the Crimean War 1854/55. It was sold...

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Yate? Yep!

/ Phil Mussell

Are you coming to Yate this Sunday? As ever the Token team will be at Mark Carter's Medal Fair at the Leisure Centre Yate on Sunday (April 25th) - 9.30am start for "preview" 10.30am for the "normal opening" (but you wouldn't want that now would you - you might miss something). Yes we know that...

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Aldershot on Sunday

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget Mark Carter's Aldershot show this Sunday (April 18th) at the Prince's Hall, Prince's Way, Aldershot. We try to get to at least one a year and this weekend we're heading up the A303 and M3 to Hampshire to attend. As with all of Mark's fairs a good selection of medals and militaria is...

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"Youngest MC" since World War II

/ Phil Mussell

18 year old Private Alex Kennedy of the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment has been hailed as the youngest recipient of the Military Cross since World War II. The Full story can be found here . However no mention is made of young recipients of the Military Medal - we're sure that there must...

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The role of the RN in NI

/ Phil Mussell

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Medal Misconceptions The recent news that bomb disposal expert Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmidt, who was killed in Afghanistan in October 2009, is expected to be awarded a posthumous George Cross spawned a raft of inaccurate reports in some of the UK’s most respected newspapers and on radio and...

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Russian Honours

/ Phil Mussell

According to this story the Russians have once again honoured those who took part in the Arctic Convoys that kept Russia functioning despite the Nazi threat. Such honours have become a bone of contention in recent years with the medals awarded on the 40th anniversary being given the "official"...

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Some luck....

/ Phil Mussell

Captain Wayne Owers, who has diffused a record 93 bombs in Afghanistan and has been awarded the QGM says that he only has only survived through "sheer luck" for the full Story see the Telegraph website here

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Britannia - another success!

/ Phil Mussell

If you were one of teh hundreds who turned up for the Britanna Show on Sunday March 21st we'd like to extend our thanks for helping to make the show another great success. The dealers all seemed happy, the collectors all seemed happy and the Token Team - well we were happy to - if a little...

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Two George Crosses Awarded

/ Phil Mussell

We knew that there might be one coming but apparently two George Crosses are to be awarded for Gallantry in Afghanistan - both to bomb disposal experts. A Postumous award goes, as expected, to Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid who was killed in October 2009 whilst the other award is being made to Staff...

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Two more for Britannia

/ Phil Mussell

We've just added Andrew Litherland and "Scotmint" to the list of dealer's who are "stalling out" at Britanni athis Sunday - not sure where we'll put them but I'm sure they can go somewhere.   Don't forget - Victory Services Club, this Sunday (March 21st) 9.30am - 2.00pm - don't miss out! 

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Stratford Upon Avon

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the first Stratford show of the year - it's on tomorrow at the Leisure centre in Stratford (in the town centre) and is always a good event - as always we'll be there - hope you will too! 9.30 am for preview 10.30 am for the "standard" entry

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Canine Hero

/ Phil Mussell

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All that glisters . . . THE recent award of the PDSA’s Dickin Medal, the “Animal VC”, to the bomb search dog Treo serves as a timely reminder that our hobby isn’t always about the more obvious campaign and gallantry medals. The Dickin Medal itself is of course a gallantry award, given to animals...

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New Medal for holocaust survivors

/ Phil Mussell

According to news reports a new medal honouring "ordinary Britons" who helped save Jews from the Holocaust has been presented to two men (with 26 posthumous awards) by Gordon Brown. We'll try to find more about this story in the next few days - in the mean time the BBC report can be found here ...

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Dickin Medal Awarded

/ Phil Mussell

A "bomb sniffer" dog working in Afghanistan is to be honoured with the "animals" VC - the Dickin Medal. Princess Alexandra will award black Labrador Treo the Dickin Medal at the Imperial War Museum,making him the 63rd animal to have won the award since its institution in 1943 and thr 26th...

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Another record smashed

/ Phil Mussell

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Nothing new... MANY of you will have seen the recent news concerning the “soldier” Roger Day who appeared at an Armistice Day parade in Warwickshire sporting a chest-full of medals and proudly wearing an SAS beret and insignia. Those of us in the know instantly spotted that this character couldn’t...

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THOMSON, RODDICK & MEDCALF - OCTOBER 23, 2009

/ Phil Mussell

Market scene October - December 2009 The sheer number of sales in October, November and December 2009 means that we aren't able to accommodate full reports for each within the pages of MEDAL NEWS therefore we have highlights within the magazine with the full reports appearing here: ...

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Lockdales November15 2009

/ Phil Mussell

Market scene October - December 2009 The sheer number of sales in October, November and December 2009 means that we aren't able to accommodate full reports for each within the pages of MEDAL NEWS therefore we have highlights within the magazine with the full reports appearing...

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Spink November 19 2009

/ Phil Mussell

Market scene October - December 2009 The sheer number of sales in October, November and December 2009 means that we aren't able to accommodate full reports for each within the pages of MEDAL NEWS therefore we have highlights within the magazine with the full reports appearing...

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Morton and Eden November 30 2009

/ Phil Mussell

Market scene October - December 2009 The sheer number of sales in October, November and December 2009 means that we aren't able to accommodate full reports for each within the pages of MEDAL NEWS therefore we have highlights within the magazine with the full reports appearing...

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Bosleys December 2 2009

/ Phil Mussell

Market scene October - December 2009 The sheer number of sales in October, November and December 2009 means that we aren't able to accommodate full reports for each within the pages of MEDAL NEWS therefore we have highlights within the magazine with the full reports appearing...

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DNW December 2 2009

/ Phil Mussell

Market scene October - December 2009 The sheer number of sales in October, November and December 2009 means that we aren't able to accommodate full reports for each within the pages of MEDAL NEWS therefore we have highlights within the magazine with the full reports appearing...

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Bonhams December 16 2009

/ Phil Mussell

  Market scene October - December 2009 The sheer number of sales in October, November and December 2009 means that we aren't able to accommodate full reports for each within the pages of MEDAL NEWS therefore we have highlights within the magazine with the full reports appearing...

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Stamp of Honour

/ Phil Mussell

A stamp celebrating the first black man and one of teh first Canadians to win the Victoria Cross goes on sale on Monday February 1 2010 across Canada. The Stamp, featuring William Hall who won his V.C. Serving with the Royal Navy at Lucknow during the mutiny, will officially be launched at HMCS...

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Service Rendered Volume 2

/ Phil Mussell

The latest Volume in Alan Stuart Excellent Silver War Badge Series is available from Token Publishing now! These books are a must have for any World War I Collector listing as they do the complete roll for the War (Wound) badge both by badge number and by surname - was your medal recipient...

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Medal News Market Scene

/ Phil Mussell

  Market Scene October - December 2009 The sheer number of sales in October, November and December 2009 means that for this month only (February) we are not able to accommodate full reports for each within the pages of MEDAL NEWS. Your magazine will still carry the highlights of...

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Korea DSC donated

/ Phil Mussell

An exceptionally rare Distinguished Service Cross awarded to Australian Pilot Lt (later Commander) Guy Beange for flying Sea Fury Aircraft from HMAS Sydney during teh Korean War has been donated to the Australian War Memorial. For the full story see here

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It isn't only here....

/ Phil Mussell

Following the tale of "Walter Mitty" wannabe Roger Day and his array of medals at an Armistice day parade MEDAL NEWS can report that this isn't just a UK phenomenon. A Tampa Bay, Florida man, Angel Manuel Ocasio-Reyes, has recently pleaded not guilty to wearing medals to which he was not...

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VC hero back on duty

/ Phil Mussell

The New Zealand Government has expressed its anger over news pictures in the New Zealand Herald that identified NZVC winner Cpl. Willie Apiata on duty in Afghanistan. Cpl. Apiata was shown as one of two soldiers patrolling a street in Kabul after Taliban gunmen attacked the city earlier this week....

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French honour for Gloucestershire man

/ Phil Mussell

Alex Rowe of Stonehouse, Gloucestershire is to be awarded the French Legion of Honour for bravery in Afghanistan with the French Foreign Legion - not bad for a lad who was refused entry into the British army because of a sight problem. You can view the full story here

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"Walter Mitty" Admission

/ Phil Mussell

The "soldier" who caused outrage at an Armistice Day parade in Warwickshire has admitted to "unlawfully using military decoration". The full story can be found here

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