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1914 Princess Mary's Christmas Fund Box

Sold together with original 'New Year Card 1915' insert

The box bright in undamaged condition, with all hinges intact

Note: Postage may be higher than estimated for overseas destinations

Condition: About EF

Code: 18888Price: 60.00 GBP

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Miniature Medals: A pair of Great War campaign medals

- British War Medal. Silver. With straight swivel suspension
- Interallied Victory Medal

Condition: GVF

Code: 18890Price: 12.00 GBP

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Royal Army Medical Corps: Pair 'Facing' of Officers 'Kings's Crown' gilt and white metal collar badges

Circa 1902-1952, as worn on R.A.M.C. Officers dress uniform / mess kit through both World Wars

With makers marks 'J.R. Gaunt, London' on reverse of one badge

Both badges retaining their original loop fittings on reverse

Condition: GVF

Code: 18891Price: 20.00 GBP

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Royal Engineers. George V. Bronze Cap Badge

A good NCO's type 'Bronze' cap badge from the era of the Great War

The badge retaining the original brass slider fitting to reverse

Code: 18892Price: 15.00 GBP

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Temperance Interest: Lot of Ephemera & Badges: Royal Engineers Brompton BarracksTemperance Society 'Pledge', in named envelope of issue

The pledge is named to 'Boy' C.C.G. Gordon of the Royal Engineers and dated 20 November 1889.

At the time of taking the pledge 'Cosmo Charles Glennie Gordon' had just turned 17 - he ended up a retired QM Lieutenant and Hony Captain.

The 'Pledge' is in excellent condition - and scarce found

2). Silver, or white metal cross. Central design has crossed flags, including one with a Union Flag in quadrant (Naval Ensign?). Central inscription 'LIFE ABSTAINER'

The arms of the cross bear letters G H Q S - I do not know what this is, but the cross certainly bears a similarity to early CETS temperance crosses.

Perhaps something related to 'Gibraltar'?

3). British and Foreign Sailors Society. Pewter cross

Condition: About EF

Code: 18993Price:

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A rare attributed 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

- Purple Heart attributed to Charles P. Skene Jr
- Asia Pacific Campaign Theater Medal
- Allied Victory Medal

Note: All medals being contemporary original issues on silk ribands, with correct brooch fittings exactly as issued by the War Department

Sold together with;

- Digital photo of group of officers of The Hawaii Rifles, inc Lt. Skene (extreme left)
- Copy set of records from United States War Department pertaining to recipients death

This last mentioned is a 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 recipient’s body in-the-field, and subsequent reburials. PFC Skene was 'Killed-in-Action' due to being hit in the skull by shell-fire

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 hostilities 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 became a 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 his side 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 write to 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 the greatness of your loss, for in a very real sense the loss suffered by any of us in this battle for our country is a loss shared by all of us." His body, originally interred in Saipan Island, was re-interred in Hilo Military Cemetery, Hawaii, in March 1949, with full military honours

A rare Purple Heart group to a Scotsman, and long-term resident of Hawaii

Condition: EF

Code: 17639Price: 1000.00 GBP

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Belgium: Order of Leopold (Ordre de Léopold / Leopoldsorde). Military Division with 'Swords'. 5th Class (Knight). Uni-lingual (pre-1952) French language legend. With silk rosette on riband

Note: This particular silvered, gilt and enamel item of insignia is of exceptional quality - an early piece from the era of the Great war if not earlier

The Order of Leopold is the premier national order in the Belgian order of precedence. It was established in 1832

This type of insignia was widely awarded to British officers during both
World Wars

Condition: About EF

Code: 18169Price: 100.00 GBP

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Belgium: Order of Leopold (Ordre de Léopold / Leopoldsorde). Civil Division. 4th Class (Officer). Uni-lingual (pre-1952) French language legend. With silk rosette on riband

A silvered, gilt and enamel item of insignia, with intricate hinged supension

Note: An exceptionally fine crafted item of quality insignia

The Order of Leopold is the premier national order in the Belgian order of precedence, and was established in 1832

This type of insignia was widely awarded to British officials, diplomats and officers of the uniformed services during the World Wars

With small chip to reverse lower arm of cross

Condition: GVF

Code: 18171Price: 100.00 GBP

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Belgium: Order of Leopold (Ordre de Léopold / Orde van Leopold). Military Division. 5th Class 'Officer' with uni-lingual 'French' language obverse

The quality of the insignia is exquisite and of the highest quality of craftsmanship

It is of the 'French' language obverse type as awarded during both 'World Wars'. This most likely being dated to the era of the Great War

In the Belgian 'Order of Precedence' the Order of Leopold I is the 1st ranked national order in the Belgian order of precedence

Condition: Toned EF

Code: 18319Price: 115.00 GBP

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A Cavalry Officer Casualty positively attributed 'Double Gallantry' pair of decorations, with 'Brevet' on parchment: Lieutenant Geatan Marie Albert Leon Charles Francois Thimus, Cavalry Officer, Belgian Army

The pair of medals are;

- Belgium: Order of Leopold. 5th Class 'Cheavlier'. French legend & silver 'A' Palm
- Belgium: Cross of War 1914-1918. With Albert 'A' reverse & Bronze 'A' Palm emblem

Note: Sold together with large official award certificate, this named and dated 1918, and including the 'Citation'

Important: Both awards confirmed as awarded per Royal Decree of 23 July 1918, in respect of deeds of gallantry performed on 29 March 1918, the citation in French shown below;


Brilliant officier, tres decide et trois courageux. L'est elance a la tete de ses hommes dans un poste occupe par l'ennemi ou il fut recu a coupes de grenade. A grace a son attitude energique, rerpris ce poste au mepris des plus grand dangers, poste dans cequel il fit de nombreux prisonniers. Na pas hesite ensuite a partir a l'attaque des deaux postes suivants portement defendus, parles Allemands et ce malgre des difficultes inouies que presentait le terrain. il fit egalement de nombreux prisonniers dans ces dernieres positions.


In summary - the awards were awarded to Geatan Thimus, Lieutenant of Cavalry, for gallantry on 29 March 1918. Described as a brilliant, decisive and courageous officer, he personally led his men on an attack against enemy positions during which he was 'Wounded' in the head by an exploding grenade. In spite of considerable obstacles and great danger he persevered in pressing the attack, his actions resulting in the capture of 2 enemy posts, and many enemy prisoners

The Brevet parchment certificate folded and with only minor wear, comprising a single tiny edge tear and minor edge nicks, otherwise very good, and would be ideal for display purposes

Condition: Medals EF

Code: 18551Price: 190.00 GBP

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