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Four: Lieutenant G. M. H. Mactavish, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who died on active service on 16 November 1947 British War Medal 1914-20 (Payr. S. Lt. G. M. H. MacTavish. R.N.V.R.) attempted erasure of ‘S’ in rank; 1939-45 Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, with named Admiralty enclosure, in card box of issue addressed to ‘Mrs L. Mactavish, 3 Winton Street, Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland’, the BWM very fine, the Second War awards nearly extremely fine


Three: W. A. Mactavish, Mercantile Marine 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; War Medal 1939-45, in card box of issue addressed to ‘Mr. W. A. Mactavish, 3 Winton Street, Ardrossan, Ayrshire’, nearly extremely fine


Four: Sergeant Observer C. G. H. Mactavish, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, with named Buckingham Palace and Air Council enclosures, in card box of issue addressed to ‘Mrs G. Mactavish, 3 Winton Street, Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland’, nearly extremely fine (11)


£400-£500


Gordon Mitchell Humphrey Mactavish served during the Great War in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a Paymaster Sub- Lieutenant, and subsequently during the Second World War at H.M.S. Vernon. He died on active service on 16 November 1947, and is buried under a C.W.G.C. headstone in Ardrossan Cemetery, Scotland.


William Alexander Mactavish, the son of Lieutenant Gordon Mactavish and his wife Helena Mactavish, was born on 10 July 1926 and served during the Second World War in the Mercantile Marine.


William Alexander Mactavish, the son of Lieutenant Gordon Mactavish and his wife Helena Mactavish, was born in 1921 and served during the Second World War at a Sergeant Observer in 90 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was killed in action on 4 February 1943, when his Stirling BF415, having taken off from R.A.F. Ridgewell, was shot down at 23:00 by a night fighter whilst on a raid on Hamburg, on what was his 26th operational sortie, with the loss of the entire crew. He is buried in Montfoort General Cemetery, Utrecht, Netherlands.


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Pair: Able Seaman R. Knowles, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who was killed in action on 13 April 1917 when S.S. Zara was torpedoed and sank in the North Sea


British War and Victory Medals (M.Z. 868 R. Knowles. A.B. R.N.V.R.); Memorial Plaque (Robert Knowles) the plaque with drill hole at 12 o’clock, otherwise nearly extremely fine (3)


£70-£90


Robert Knowles was born on 16 September 1896 and was a clerk in civilian life. He entered the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on 19 June 1916 and was killed in action on 13 April 1917 when the S.S. Zara, en route from London to Trondheim with general cargo, was torpedoed by the German Submarine U-30 and sank in the North Sea 90 miles off Helliso Island with the loss of 27 lives. He is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.


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Pair: Private H. G. Halliday, 10th Hussars, who was killed in action on the Western Front on 11 April 1917


British War and Victory Medals (28768 Pte. H. G. Halliday. 10-Hrs.) in flattened named card box of issue, in outer OHMS transmission envelope addressed to ‘Mr. H. Holiday [sic], Lewin Water, Welwyn, Herts.’, extremely fine (2)


£80-£120


Henry George Halliday (variously spelt as Holliday or Holiday) was born in Bracknell, Berkshire, and attested for the 10th (Prince of Wales’s Own Royal Hussars at Tidworth. He served with them during the Great War on the Western Front, and was killed in action on 11 April 1917. He is buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France.


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Three: Private E. Grant, 20th Hussars, later Corps of Military Police British War and Victory Medals (9867 Pte. E. Grant. 20-Hrs.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 3rd issue, Regular Army (536768 Pte. E. Grant. C. Of M.P.) edge bruising, nearly very fine


Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (7681170 Pte. C. F. Doyle. C.M.P.) nearly very fine (4) Grant is entitled to a 1914 Star.


272 £60-£80


Pair: Private C. C. Adams, Hertfordshire Yeomanry


British War and Victory Medals (10540 Pte. C. C. Adams. Herts. Yeo.); together with the recipient’s Royal Horticultural Society Long Service Medal, bronze, with ‘50 Years’ Bar, the reverse engraved ‘C. C. Adams’, in original John Pinches case, with accompanying R.H.S. lapel badge, good very fine (3)


£100-£140


Charles Christopher Adams was born in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire in 1894. In the 1911 Census he is noted as a seventeen year old nursery hand, at Flamstead End, Cheshunt. After service overseas in the Great War with 1/1 Hertfordshire Yeomanry, he returned to his gardening career, and he is still a resident of Cheshunt in the 1939 Register, where he is recorded as a ‘Nurseryman - Roses’.


The Royal Horticultural Society Long Service Medal was instituted in 1958. It is bestowed upon any man or woman of British Nationality, resident in the United Kingdom, who has completed 40 years’ continuous satisfactory employment as a gardener or in some other horticultural capacity with one employer or family, or in one place, with Bars being awarded for fifty or sixty years service.


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