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Campaign Groups and Pairs 292 Pair: Staff Nurse Miss Elizabeth A. Peters, Territorial Force Nursing Service


British War and Victory Medals (S.Nurse E. A. Peters); together with the recipient’s Territorial Force Nursing Service cape badge, silver, contact marks, nearly very fine (3)


£100-£140


Miss Elizabeth Agnes Peters was born at New Quay, Cardiganshire in 1881 and joined the Territorial Force Nursing Service for the duration of the war on 13 July 1916. She initially served at the 3rd London General Hospital, until posted for service overseas. She embarked for India on 3 April 1917 and arrived in Bombay 9 May 1917, proceeding to Mesopotamia on 16 May 1917. She mainly served at Amara in Mesopotamia and was recommended for recognition for her services with Armenian and Assyrian refugees and Turkish prisoners of war. One of her confidential reports speaks highly of her work at the refugee camp at Baqubah. She was invalided home in 1919, following a fall from a horse resulting in a fractured arm, wrist and cheek.


Sold with extensive copied research. 293


Pair: Lance Corporal F. E. Rae, Military Mounted Police British War and Victory Medals (P-3719 L. Cpl. F. E. Rae. M.M.P.) minor edge bruising, nearly very fine


Pair: Private H. S. Brierley, Military Foot Police British War and Victory Medals (P-2573 Pte. H. S. Brierley. M.F.P.) nearly very fine


Pair: Lance Corporal G. Leal, Military Foot Police British War and Victory Medals (P-4581 L. Cpl. G. Leal. M.F.P.) very fine


Pair: Corporal A. J. Giles, Military Foot Police British War and Victory Medals (P-1532 Cpl. A. J. Giles. M.F.P.) verdigris to VM, very fine (8)


294 Three: Lance Corporal W. E. Meekins, Military Foot Police, late Mercantile Marine


British War and Mercantile Marine War Medals (William Meekins); General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Iraq (1622 L. Cpl. W. E. Meekins. M.F.P.) with a prize medal for ‘Iraq Tug of War Championship 1921’, reverse engraved ‘W. E. Meekins’, nearly very fine (4)


£100-£140


William E. Meekins was born in London in 1890. He served as an Assistant Cook with the Mercantile Marine prior to transferring to the Military Foot Police.


295


Three: Corporal T. W. Arey, Military Foot Police British War and Victory Medals (P-3133 Cpl. T. W. Arey. M.F.P.); Defence Medal, mounted for display, generally very fine


Family group: Pair: Private A. Abbott, Royal Welsh Fusiliers


British War and Victory Medals (59944. Pte. A. Abbott. R. W. Fus.) generally very fine or better


Four: Attributed to Staff Sergeant C. Abbott 1939-45 Star; Burma Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, very fine (9)


A. Abbott believed to be the father of C. Abbott. 296


Pair: Lance Corporal A. E. Billett, Military Foot Police British War and Victory Medals (P-1926 L. Cpl. A. E. Billett. M.F.P.) generally very fine or better


Pair: Lance Corporal W. W. Ward, Military Foot Police British War and Victory Medals (P-2289 L. Cpl. W. W. Ward. M.F.P.) good fine


Pair: Lance Corporal H. J. Howell, Military Foot Police British War and Victory Medals (P-5382 L. Cpl. H. J. Howell. M.F.P.) nearly very fine or better (6)


297


Family Group: Four: Mr. E. R. Burdon, British Committee, French Red Cross


British War and Victory Medals (E. R. Burdon); France, Third Republic, Medaille de La Reconnaissance, bronze, unnamed, with gilt laurel spray pin clasp; Medaille de l’Union des Femmes de France, ‘Honneur au Devouement’ silvered medal for Red Cross service, unnamed, mounted as worn, very fine


Four: Mrs. H Burdon, British Committee, French Red Cross


British War and Victory Medals (H. Burdon); France, Third Republic, Medaille de La Reconnaissance, bronze, unnamed, with gilt laurel spray pin clasp; Medaille de l’Union des Femmes de France, ‘Honneur au Devouement’ silvered medal for Red Cross service, unnamed, with card box of issue for one of the French awards, edge bruise to BWM otherwise nearly extremely fine (8)


£300-£400


Edward Russell Burdon was born in Peking in 1870, the son of Bishop John Shaw Burdon, Chaplain of the British Legation and Bishop of Victoria, Hong Kong. The 1881 Census shows him as a pupil at a school in Mill Street Potton. In 1891 he was a Clerk living at Albert Rd in Altrincham. Educated at Sidney College, Cambridge, he subsequently became a University Lecturer in Forestry at Cambridge. In the 1911 Census, the family home was at Royston Hertfordshire, but also of Griante, Lake Como, Italy. He married Jane Eliza Helen Nathalie Shand, Lady Alford, the widow of Sir Edward Fleet Alford, in 1906. She was better known as ‘Helen’.


Jane Eliza Helen Nathalie Burdon, née Shand, was born in Mangalore, Madras in 1861, the daughter of the late Lieutenant Colonel John Shand, Madras Staff Corps. She married firstly Sir Edward Alford, and subsequently Edward Russell Burdon.


The medal roll shows Edward and Helen Burdon as consecutive entries with exactly the same details, they proceeded to France together in November 1916 and returned home in November 1918, serving as Masseur and Masseuse with the French Red Cross. As well as a residence in the U.K. they also retained a property at Lake Como in Italy.


Edward Burdon died in Bexhill-on-Sea on 5 January 1945, and his wife also died there in 1949. www.dnw.co.uk all lots are illustrated on our website and are subject to buyers’ premium at 24% (+VAT where applicable) £50-£70 £40-£50 £70-£90


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