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Netherlands Miniature Medal: 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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Royal Army Service Corps. EIIR crown gilding metal cap badge

With makers marks 'J.R. Gaunt' London on reverse slider

Condition: VF

Code: 17771Price:

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United Nations Special Service Medal (UNSSM 1995-)

The United Nations Special Service Medal (UNSSM) is presented to personnel with 90 days of service with a United Nations mission not covered by a specific United Nations Medal

United Nations records the below following missions as eligible for personnel to qualify for the Special Service Medal;

-United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- (UNOCHA) Peshawar 1989 to 1990
- UN Mine Awareness & Clearance Training Program in Pakistan & Afghanistan
- UN Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM), 180 non-consecutive days 1991-
- UNHCR) detachments in support of the Sarajevo Airlift or 100 landings in Sarajevo
- Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) 17 February 1994 to present
- UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) 2002 to present
- UN service in West Africa as part of Operation Solitude since 22 March 2003
- UN Advance Mission to Sudan (UNAMIS) from July 2004 to 23 March 2005
- United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, 2 October 2004 to present
- UN De-Mining Programme (MADP) in Mozambique 1995 to 2005
- United Nations Demining Programme in Angola 1997-2000
- UN Demining Programme in Laos (UXOL) from 1997 to 2003
- UN Monitoring, Verification & Inspection (UNMOVIC) in Iraq from 2002 to 2003
- UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) 2004-
- United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) 2005-
- UN Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) in East Timor from 2005 to 2006
- UN Mine Action Coordination Centre in Southern Lebanon (UNMACC-SL) 2007- 08

Medal riband fitted with intricate hinged pin mounting bar and contained in card box of issue

The medal is a strike by MMI Group Ltd of Ireland, official contractor & principal medal supplier to the United Nations

Condition: EF

Code: 17772Price:

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Australia: INTERFET Medal 1999-2000. For service in East Timor with the International Force East Timor

Medal is un-named as issued to foreign personnel from allied countries contingents and support services who served in East Timor as part of the Australian led International Force East Timor in the period 1999-2000.

The medal mounted on issue mounting brooch with intricate pin and clasp fittings

Contained in original gilt tooled titled case of issue, with accompanying miniature medal and ribands

Australia provided the largest contingent of troops, hardware and equipment for the INTERFET operation?5,500 personnel at its peak?followed by New Zealand. An estimated 22 nations contributed to INTERFET which grew to over 11,500 strong.Other countries to contribute include (in alphabetical order), Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Most, but not all, of the participating countries agreed to accept the award of the International Force East Timor Medal by the Australian Government - this medla being the first Australian campaign medal to be offered to allied nations

The main - but not exclusive - British contribution to INTERFET was 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles which unit was deployed to theatre for service with INTERFET

Condition: EF

Code: 17873Price:

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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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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


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:

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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



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




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


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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