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Groups and Single Decorations for Gallantry 65


A Second War D.S.M. group of seven awarded to Leading Signalman J. W. Smith, Royal Navy, for services aboard H. M. Submarine Truant, who was previously mentioned in despatches for bravery and enterprise during ten Mediterranean War Patrols


Distinguished Service Medal, G.VI.R. (JX.132615 J. W. Smith. L. Sig.) impressed naming; 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; Burma Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, with M.I.D. oak leaf, mounted as worn, good very fine (7) £1,000-£1,400


D.S.M. London Gazette 2 June 1943: For distinguished services aboard H.M. Submarine Truant. Medal presented by The King on 12 October 1943.


M.I.D. London Gazette 17 March 1942: ‘For bravery and enterprise while serving in H.M.S. Truant during successful Submarine patrols.’ Seedie’s Submarine List states: ‘Ten Mediterranean War Patrols. Sank two ships, damaged two and carried out a landing operation. Sank the Italian Torpedo Boat Alcione off Suda Bay on 11 December 1941,’


John William Smith was born at Peterborough, Northants, on 22 September 1912, and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 31 October 1928. He joined Emperor of India as a Signal Boy on 14 March 1930, and subsequently to Courageous, 12 August 1930, advancing to Ordinary Signalman and then to Signalman; Victory I, 3 May 1932; Champion, 2 June 1933; Victory I, 1 May 1934; Dolphin, 26 May 1934; H.M. Submarine Proteus, 16 October 1934 to 22 September 1936; Dolphin, 19 April 1937; H.M. Submarine Seawolf, 17 January 1939; H.M. Submarine Truant, 15 February 1940 to April 1943, advancing to Leading Signalman in September 1940; H.M. Submarine Sturgeon, 16 July 1943. He was wounded in action and awarded a Hurt Certificate, 1 August 1942, with ‘multiple small scars (shrapnel) on right arm and trunk.’ Awarded the L.S. & G.C. medal on 19 September 1945, he was discharged to pension on 27 August 1953.


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A Great War M.M. group of four awarded to Private A. Skeoch, Ayrshire Yeomanry and 12th (Ayr and Lanark Yeomanry) Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers


Military Medal, G.V.R. (295233 Pte. A. Skeoch. 12/R. Sc: Fus:); 1914-15 Star (1907 Pte. A. Skeoch. Ayr. Yeo.); British War and Victory Medals (1907 Pte. A. Skeoch. Ayr. Yeo.) good very fine (4)


£600-£800 M.M. London Gazette 23 July 1919.


Alexander Skeoch attested for the Ayrshire Yeomanry and served with them during the Great War in the Gallipoli theatre of war from 11 October 1915. Dismounted, the Ayrshire Yeomanry were re-designated the 12th (Ayr and Lanark Yeomanry) Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers, and Skeoch saw further service with them on the Western Front, and was awarded the Military Medal. He was demobilised on 18 February 1919.


Sold together with the recipient’s riband bar, cap badge and shoulder titles; and copied research. www.dnw.co.uk all lots are illustrated on our website and are subject to buyers’ premium at 24% (+VAT where applicable)


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