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A well documented & desirable medal group of 11 to a ‘Pied Noir’ Officer, including combat service during the Second World War, Indochina & latterly in Morocco & Algeria: Commandant (Major) Charles Gabriel Perez, Corps of Senegalese Tirailleurs

The group comprises;

- Legion of Honour. IV Republic (1946-52). 4th Cl 'Officer'. With silk rosette
- Cross of War 1939 (Croix De Guerre 1939). With 1 x 'Bronze Star' citation
- Cross of War TOE (Croix De Guerre TOE). With & 'Silver Star'
- Combatants Cross (Croix Du Combatant). Paris Mint marks
- Colonial Medal. Second issue & clasp 'Extreme Orient'
- War Commemorative Medal 39-45. 'France' 'Italie' 'Liberation' 'Allemagne'. Paris Mint
- Commemorative Medal for Italy Campaign 1944-1945. Paris Mint marks
- Indo-China Campaign Medal (Medaille de la Campagne D'Indochine). Paris Mint marks
- Medal for Operations in North Africa. 2 x clasps 'Maroc' 'Algerie'. Paris Mint marks
- Order of the Black Star of Benin. 4th Class 'Officer'. With silk rosette
- Order of the Star of Anjouan (Comores). 4th Class 'Officer'. With silk rosette

Sold together with below following original documents & ephemera;

- Officers Record of Services 'Etat Des Services' with record through to an including 1964
- Officers Record of Services 'Etat Des Services' with record through to an including 1968
- Colonial Troops Record of Service 'Troupes Coloniales Livret Individuel'
- Colonial Troops Medical History 'Troupes Coloniales Service De Sante Livret Sanitaire'
- Officers Service Record 'Livret Matricule d'Officer'

Note: The records including various pasted in folded attachments, including citations for both Croix De Guerre and Croix De Guerre TOE, and other recommendations

Important: All orders, decorations and medals (except the Medal for Operations in North Africa - which the recipient was qualified and entitled to for both Tunisia & Morocco, as shown in his 'Campaign Service' record) are listed and enumerated in his accompanying service records. The Orders and decorations awarded per below authorities;

- Legion of Honour. 4th Republic (1962). 4th Class 'Officer' (JO.265 10 November 1962)
- Cross of War 1939 (Croix De Guerre 39). 1 x 'Bronze Star' citation (OG No 85 7 June 1946)
- Cross of War TOE (Croix De Guerre TOE). 'Silver Star' (OG No 465 24 September 1947)
- Combatants Cross (Carte No 69.200 15 April 1955)
- Order of the Black Star of Benin. 4th Class 'Officier' (17 July 1953)
- Order of the Star of Anjouan (Comores). 4th Class 'Officier' (Decree 12 April 1958)

We have attempted the English language translations of the respective CDG / CDG TOE citations as shown below;

a). Award of the Croix De Guerre by Order of the Division dated 7 June 1946

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An Officer of the highest value, who since landing in Indochina has done considerable good work. Charged with personnel and casualty issues, he has carried out especially difficult enquiries in particular at HOC MON on 5 January 1946, in an area of operatons infested by rebels. On such occasions he displays good personal courage

This citation includes the award of the Croix de Guerre 1939-1945 with Bronze Star

b). Award of the Croix De Guerre T.O.E. by Order of the Division dated 24 September 1947

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A Battalion Intelligence officer of remarkable calm and energy. At his own request, and being desirous of serving with the troops, he resigned from being on the Staff of the French Troops in North Indochina to participate in the operations that followed the affair of KIEN AM. He subsequently conducted many audacious patrols with only limited escorts throughout numerous villages in a rebellious region. Most notable was the operation at Song DA-DO on May 18, 1947, where he used his shooting skills to neutralize well-appointed sniper positions, to the admiration of all

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A superb 'career' Officer's medal group, representing combat experience in all of France's 'major wars' and campaigns 1939-1962, and an exhaustive record of overseas colonial and combat service, including multiple tours and deployments to;

- China (Shanghai): 1935-1938
- Senegal
- Ivory Coast
- Morocco
- France (Second World War): 1939-1940 Campaign, Liberation 1944
- Italy: 1944
- Germany: 1945
- Indochina: 1945-1947
- Algeria: Numerous deployments. Firstly 1940-1941, and lastly 1958-1961

Charles Gabriel Perez, the son of Charles and Fiorilla Perez, was a native of Philippeville in the Department of Constantine, Algeria, where he was born on 30 June 1910. By ethnicity, Charles was a 'Pied Noir' born of the extensive European settler community that had located to Algeria during the period of French colonial rule. Like many of his race, Charles chose to make a career in the French Army, which he joined on 20 November 1928, at the age of 18 years. From the beginning of a long and distinguished career he chose to serve with the colonial troops of the generic ‘Armee du Afrique', and in particular the Corps of Senegalese Sharpshooters (Senegalese Tirailleurs)

The very detailed service records which accompany this group show the recipients complete service history, including every; promotion, postings, regiments, ranks, rewards and campaigns, in a career that spanned the period 1928-1968!

The medals are all individually mounted on two-pronged mounting pins, or 'epingles', in the French style

Condition: GVF and better

Code: 17681Price:


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Netherlands: Honorary Medal of the Order of Orange Nassau (Civil Division). 2nd Class (silver) Medal

The medal fitted with a good length of original silk riband

Condition: Toned GVF

Code: 17243Price: 15.00 GBP


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The King's Royal Hussars: Cap Badge

The reverse of the badge retaining the original fitted slider

Condition: GVF

Code: 14673Price: 10.00 GBP


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Royal Artillery: 'Kings Crown' OSD bronze cap badge - with revolving wheel

As worn in the World Wars

The badge reverse retaining the original fitted slider

Condition: GVF

Code: 14672Price: 20.00 GBP


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9th Lancers: 'Kings Crown' White Metal cap badge

From the era of the World Wars - and of the type worn by the 'Delhi Spearmen' during the Great War

The reverse of the badge retaining the original fitted slider

Condition: GVF

Code: 14674Price: 20.00 GBP


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Belgium: The Royal Order of the Lion. 5th Class (Knight). Breast badge with post 1951 bi-lingual legend

A silvered and enamel item of insignia

The silk moire riband fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin, and as-worn in the Belgian style

A colonial order issued in respect of services in Belgian Congo

Condition: Minor scuff and chips to blue enamel otherwise GVF

Code: 16186Price: 150.00 GBP


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Belgium: Order of the African Star. 1st Class Gold (Gilt) Medal. 1st type with 'French language' legend

Note: The French language legend indicate a first type medal issued prior to 1951

A gilt medal

The silk moire riband fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin, and as-worn in the Belgian style

A colonial award issued in respect of services in Belgian Congo

A very nice example with crisp gilding

Rare

Condition: GVF

Code: 16187Price: 175.00 GBP


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Spain: Cross of Naval Merit, I Class with White Distinction (Orden del Mérito Naval, Cruz de 1ª Clase con Distintivo Blanco)

A post 1975 / current issue

The grade of 'White Distinction' (con distintivo blanco) - has been awarded since the 1970's for actions, deeds or distinguished service during deployments, or for extraordinary service in the armed forces in connection with defense of the country

The medal riband fitted with a 'Gilt Pasador' pin-back buckle in the Spanish style, and as-worn

Condition: About EF

Code: 17270Price: 45.00 GBP


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France: A Second World World War & Indochina War 'Mounted-as-Worn' unattributed multi gallantry & campaign service medal group of 7:

The group comprises;

- Legion of Honour. 4th Republic (Post 1952). 5th Class 'Chevalier' breast badge
- Cross of War 1939-1940 'Vichy' reverse with 2 x 'Bronze Stars'
- Cross of War TOE & 'Silver Star' (medal is a CDG reverse date 1939-1945)
- France: War Commemorative Medal 1939-45. 2 x 'Allemagne' 'Liberation'
- Colonial Medal. Second issue & 'Extreme Orient'. Paris Mint 'Cornucopia' / 2 marks
- Indo-China Campaign Medal (Medaille de la Campagne D'Indochine) 1953
- Wound Medal (Medaille De Blesses Militaires)

The emblems on the medals denote;

- Silver Stars: 3 x Mention in Despatches at Division level

Important: The CDG with 'Vichy' reverse dates would indicate that the recipient was at some time a serviceman under the 'Vichy Wartime Government of General Petain'. He subsequently joined the forces of 'Liberated France', before the end of the Second World War (see his WW2 clasps including Germany service) and post Liberation would by regulations stopped wearing/using the former 'Vichy CDG' riband, instead wearing his 'Vichy' earned CDG from the official Second World War CDG riband that had been instituted in 1939! The substituted CDG with scarce reverse dates 1939-1945 in place of a CDG TOE is as-mounted, on a contemporary mounting panel, and as-worn by the recipient

The group mounted 'As-Worn' in the French style, on three overlapping rows. The backing cloth retaining the metal clips for attachment to the uniform

A splendid combination of medals

Condition: About EF

Code: 17463Price: 295.00 GBP


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A rare Purple Heart medal group of 3 to a Scottish resident of the Hawaii Islands, who was 'Killed in Action' at Saipan: Private First Class Pearson Skene, Jr., HQ Co, 1st Battalion 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division, United States Army, late

- Purple Heart (Charles P. Skene Jr)
- Asia Pacific Campaign Theater Medal
- Allied Victory Medal

Note: The Purple Heart' officially engraved on reverse and all medals being contemporary original issues on silk ribands, with correct brooch fittings exactly as issued by the War Department

Sold together with a most comprehensive archive of original letters, cards and photographs, far too much to list individually but including;

- Plush titled leatherett case of issue for Puple Heart addressed to NOK in Scotland
- Photograph of group of officers of The Hawaii Rifles, inc Lt. Skene (extreme left)
- Large illuminated Purple Heart bestowal document from President Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Copy of the 'Leo O Honomu' issue of August 1944, with front page obituary
- Army notebook
- A selection of ornate,Christmas Cards from the Islands to his family in Scotland
- Various correspondence ex US War Department to next of kin in Aberdeen, Scotland
- Lots of letters and photographs from friends and well wishers in the islands
- A superb series of letters written by Charles during his initial long journey to Hawaai 1928

And much more.........

The below obituary (including garbled sentence and wrong date of education) with photograph of the fallen, was published in The Aberdeen Press & Jornal newspaper issue of 24 August, 1944

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DIED IN FIGHT FOR SAIPAN

An Aberdeen sugar planter. Mr Charles P. Skene, second son of Mr & Mrs. C. P. Skene, 2 Queens Gardens, has been killed in action against the Japanese while serving with the American forces in the South Pacific.

He fell in the fighting which led to the capture by the Americans of Saipan - the Bomb Tokio island (sp)

When Japan opened hotilities against America, Mr Skene was serving as a lieutenant with the Hawaii Rifles, a local defence force, but he decided to join the American Army

For fifteen years he had been on the sugar plantations at Honomu, Hawaii, where he was a field superintendent.

When news of his death was received at Honomu a special memoral service was held

Mr Skene was a popular figure in Honomu. A former member of the 1st Aberdeen Troop of the Boy Scouts, he started a Boy Scout troop for the natives

He was also an enthusiastic sportsman, and was also a member of the team which won the basketaball League championship in 1941. It was a tream of many nationalities, no fewer than five of Mr Skene's tem mates were Japs

Thirty five (?) years ago Mr Skene was a pupil of Aberdeen Grammar School

The same newspaper subsequently published the below Purple Heart award announcement, in their issue of 9 December 1944

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AWARDED U.S. PURPLE HEART MEDAL

Mr & Mrs. C. P. Skene, 2 Queens Gardens, Aberdeen. have received a letter signed by Mr Henry L. Stimson, Secretary for War, U.S.A., announcing that their son, Pte. (First Class) Charles P. Skene, has been awarded the Purple Heart.

Pte. Skene lost his life when fighting with the American Army on the attack on Saipan

Mr. Stimson in his letter stated that he was writing on behalf of the President

Before joining the American Army, Pte. Skene was for fifteen years on sugar plantations at Honomu, Hawaii. He is a former pupil of the Aberdeen Grammar School

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Charles Pearson Skene, Jr, Private (Ist Class), United States Army, second son of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Skene, 2 Queen's Gardens, Aberdeen, Scotland was killed in action on Saipan Island, South Pacific,on 12th July 1944, aged thirty-five. He left Scotland for Hawaii at the end of 1928, and becamea field superintendent on sugar plantations at Honomu. He started a Boy Scout troop for the natives and in 1941 he was manager of the team which won the basket ball league championship, a team of several nationalities, no fewer than five being Japanese. When Japan opened hostilities, he was serving as a Lieutenant with the Hawaii Rifles, a local defence force, but he subsequently decided to join the United States Army. All reports from his officers and from the men who fought the enemy by hi sside contained praise of his exemplary conduct in action, for which he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge. In September 1944 his father received the following letter from Mr. Henry W.Stimson, then Secretary of War in the United States:-"At the request of the President, I writeto inform you that the Purple Heart has been awarded posthumously to your son, Private (1stClass) Charles P. Skene, Junior, Infantry, who sacrificed his life in defense ofhis country. Little thatwe can do or say will console you for the death of your loved one. We profoundly appreciate thegreatness of your loss, for in a very real sense the loss suffered by any of us in this battle for ourcountry is a loss shared by all of us." His body, originally interred in Saipan Island, was re-interredin Hilo Military Cemetery, Hawaii, in March 1949, with full military honours

In addition, to above, there is also multi-page copy of 'Individual Deceased Personal File' from Department of the Army, United States. This includes a most detailed and poignant set of correpondence pertaining to the recovery of the recipients body in-the-field, and subsequent reburials. PFC Skene was 'Killed-in-Action' due to being hit in the skull by shell-fire

A rare and most comprehensive Purple Heart group to a Scotsman, and long term resident of Hawaii - sold together with a large archive above referred to

Condition: EF

Code: 17639Price: 900.00 GBP

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