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/ Phil Mussell

New from Token in the New Year - Honour those mentioned in the Great War! Yes every single gazetted "Mention in Despatches" for Officers and men of British and Dominion forces in World War I is listed for the very first time all together! Covering three volumes this incredible work has taken...

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War and disease

/ Alyson Thomas

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Better safe… A number of readers have contacted us recently regarding the issue of storage of their collections, and more importantly, the security matters relating to that storage. In an ideal world we collectors may well wish to have our medals on display, neatly framed on the walls of our home...

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Lt Col. Ashley Tinson

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Lt Colonel Ashley Tinson. Ashley was a good friend of ours and authored two of our most popular books - "Medals Will be Worn" and Wearing your medals in Civilian clothes" as well as a number of other works. The announcement of his death came...

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Brother in Arms

/ Phil Mussell

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This month? All about the man "They went with songs to the battle, they were young. Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted, They fell with their faces to the foe. "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall...

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Lost in transit?

/ Phil Mussell

Missing in the post between the UK and Canada ,      C asualty (WW1) Queens South Africa Medal (no clasp) named to J Clarke, LG.STO.2.CL. HMS Partridge.   John Clarke was born at Field Dalling, Norfolk. Clarke was discharged Dead 22nd September 1914 when HMS Cressey was sunk by a...

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Stop Thief - a success story

/ Phil Mussell

Good News at last! The following appeared on-line in May 2009   "Sadly the number of medals going missing seems to be increasing - keep your eyes and ears open for these if you would - any info to the MEDAL NEWS Office please Stolen May 16: D.S.M. awarded to p/jx385418 P.R.W. Houghton...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Officers investigating a burglary in Plymouth are appealing for information after a number of unique items including military service medals were stolen. Four medals were taken from a property in Taunton Avenue, Whitleigh, sometime between 11pm on Tuesday 23 September and 6am on Wednesday 24...

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A Woking Weekend

/ Phil Mussell

Mark Carter's new show at Woking takes place this Sunday at the Woking Leisure Centre (GU22 9BA for those with Sat Navs, follow the brown Leisure Centre Signs if you haven't got such new fangled technology...)  and despite some jetlag after the summer holidays we'll be there this time (we missed...

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Unique Bravery

/ Alyson Thomas

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The Medal behind the Man ONE topic seems to be dominating the medal world at the moment, both on line and at the recent OMSA convention in Santa Ana, California (more on that next month) and that is the subject of biographical research versus numismatic research. I know this is something I have...

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The power and the glory

/ Alyson Thomas

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Golden Summer’s Day ON June 17 MEDAL NEWS was privileged enough to be invited along to what must go down as one of the most impressive medal exhibitions/displays of modern times. Now, of course, any large display of medals is impressive to a collector: we love looking at collections, love learning...

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Stop Thief...

/ Phil Mussell

Between Monday 7 th July 2014 and Wednesday 9 th July 2014, an unknown offender has stolen items of military memorabilia which belong  to the widow of Air Vice Marshall PEIRSE RAF.  The items stolen include flying log books dating back to about 1947 until about 1985, an Air...

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New Medal Record!

/ Phil Mussell

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The only Victoria Cross awarded for the Tibet Campaign has sold for a record £408,000 (including 20% premium) at Morton & Eden in London. It will shortly go on display at the Ashcroft Trust Gallery at the Imperial War Museum. The VC was awarded to Lieutenant (later Colonel) John Duncan Grant...

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Ivor Bush

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of one of the hobby's stalwarts. Ivor was a regular face at many a show over the years (he loved Britannia) but failing health has meant that he hasn't been around much recently and today we learned that he passed away on June 11. Our...

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Stop Thief!

/ Carol

Stolen June 17 from Louis Bannon's shop in the Royal Arcade, Cardiff, an Edward Medal (Mines) to Evan Owens. This bronze medal had been gilded therefore has a gold appearance. Any information to Louis Bannon 07968 855288 or 02920221528.

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen in a burglary at Rolvenden Layne, Kent, in mid-June - two frames of family medals, comprising:   A full-size group of three awarded to Colonel Robert Atkins, Indian Army , in a glazed frame:   Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-59, no clasp Afghanistan Medal 1878-80,...

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Anyone know where the medal is http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-27702691   Could it have been exchanged for the GC? Let us know if you know! phil@tokenpublishing.com  01404 46972

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Stop Thief!

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen: Medals to N029166G Lt Col Alexander Nicholas Jenzen.  40 Cdo RM   The Medals taken are as follows –   GSM Northern Ireland (Lt AN Jenzen RM OSM Sierra Leone (Capt AN Jenzen RM) Iraq (Capt AN Jenzen  RM) Afghanistan (Maj AN Jenzen RM) Queens ...

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Asst Surgeon T B Davis MGS

/ Phil Mussell

Back in 2009 we issued a STOP THIEF alert regarding a medal that was stolen in a burglary in Bridport - an MGS to Asst Surgeon T B Davis. It later transpired that this medal, and we believe the accompanying Crimea Medal, had in fact been pawned by the owner and was not part of the robbery. We...

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Canine Courage

/ Alyson Thomas

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D-Day 70 years on In lieu of a “Comment” this month the MEDAL NEWS team would like to pay tribute to all those who took part in operations on D-Day, June 6, 1944 and all those who were awarded the France and Germany Star. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude — our world would be a very...

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Record Breaker!

/ Phil Mussell

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A.H Baldwin and Son Ltd had a cracking sale on May 8 with an Elizabeth II 1953 Gold Proof Sovereign fetching no less than £384,000. However even that wasn't the highlight of the day as the 1937 Edward VIII Gold Proof Sovereign, the only one that a private collector can own, fetched a staggering...

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Posthumous Dickin Medal Awarded

/ Phil Mussell

The PDSA's Dickin Medal - the award popularly known as the "Animal VC" is to be awarded posthumously to Sasha a four year old Labrador, trained to detect explosives, who was killed, along with her handler l/Cpl Kenneth Rowe in a Taliban attack in 2008. Sasha was attached to the 2nd Battalion the...

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As per page 8 of this month's MEDAL NEWS here is the list of Staffordshire Regimental Medals that were stolen some 40 years ago....   John Raynor, 38 th , 1 MGS with Corunna, Salamanca;                Wm Clarke, 38 th , 1 MGS with Busaco, Badajoz, St Sebastian; J Clarke, 38 th...

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Valour in Tibet

/ Alyson Thomas

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Memories and medals I WATCHED The Great Escape again recently—it really is a fantastic film; along with A Bridge Too Far, The Battle of Britain, The Longest Day, The Wooden Horse, Bridge Over the River Kwai, Escape from Colditz and myriad others, it was a film I would watch with my sons on long...

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Gurkha Officer in Shanghai

/ Alyson Thomas

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An age-old problem THIS month’s “Letters to the Editor” page contains a number of opinions regarding Robert Chalke’s experience with the Surrey Regimental Museum (see MEDAL NEWS March 2014)—in general the consensus of opinion amongst those writing, and of those to whom we have spoken, seems to be...

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Britannia Time

/ Phil Mussell

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Sunday March 16 sees the first Britannia Medal Fair  of 2014 at the Carisbrooke Hall, Victory Services Club, Seymour Street, London from 9.30 until 2.00pm The Dealers attending are as follows: Baldwins Bonhams Bostock Medals Gary Brown Philip Burman John Cannon Mark Carter Mark...

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Britannia Mules?

/ Phil Mussell

An interesting article from our friend Jeff Starck over at Coin World on Britannia errors We'll look into this and let you know more when we find out! *update* apparently these do exist - Jeff was in contact with Llantrisant and they confirmed the existence of the mules. The official...

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For Valour

/ Alyson Thomas

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Helping to stop global warming AS we get closer to the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I so the chattering classes seem to be in full flow, dissecting the conflict, and its causes in, it seems, an attempt to prove just how futile the whole things was. Well no kidding! I think we’re...

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Britannia- March 16

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the next Britannia show - it's to be held on Sunday March 16 at the usual venue - the Carisbrooke Hall, Victory Services Club, Marble Arch, London from 9.30am-2.00pm. See MEDAL NEWS March for further details!  

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100th Victoria Cross to an Australian

/ Phil Mussell

It has been announced today (Thursday February 13) that the 100th Victoria Cross to an Australian has been posthumously awarded to Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird, who died in Afghanistan in June 2013. 32-year-old Baird won his VC for displaying conspicuous valour, "leading to the ultimate...

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Commemorating World War I

/ Alyson Thomas

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Don’t let the facts get in the way OH, for goodness sake, it’s started already . . . barely a month and a half since I mentioned in this “Comment” that I hoped that the coming year wouldn’t see certain factions putting modern day values on the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the...

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