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WW1 Tank Essex Southend Red Cross Collecting Box.

A large wooden scratch built WW1 tank, retaining green painted finish and Red Cross. The top with coin slot. Base panel absent see photographs. The tank was acquired with a Red Cross Armband and badges etc, indicating Essex 34 Red Cross, which was based in Southend. All was contained in an old hat box with a 1922 piece of paper to the base. The tank with minor age wear. Length 24cm Height 8.5cm Width 14cm.

Essex 34 Red Cross took over the 'The Glen' in Southchurch Avenue Southend-on-Sea. This house was converted to a 50 bed hospital in 1914.

Code: 51811Price: 260.00 GBP


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WW1 French Infantry Helmet.

A good example retaining some of the original blue painted finish. To the front Infantry badge. The interior with original lining. Chinstrap absent. Small amount of age wear.

Code: 51804Price: 160.00 GBP


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WW1 1916 dated 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Side Bag.

A good example, with clear issue stamp. Not with heavy blanco finish. Slight service wear

Code: 51808Price: 90.00 GBP


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WW1 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt. 1918 dated.

A good clean example with clear Issue stamps to the inside. Complete with brass furniture. GC one rivet to brass edge belt absent.

Code: 51810Price: 85.00 GBP


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WW1 1908 Pattern Brace Straps and Buckles

A good matching material and colour pair. Approx length 140cm Complete with brass attachment buckles.

Code: 51809Price: 60.00 GBP


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WW1 , 1908 Pattern British Webbing Buckles.

A good matching pair of brass buckles that fit to the brace straps etc.

Code: 51806Price: 20.00 GBP


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British Army Pre WW1 Issue Compass.

A rare example of the Officer's pattern compass, this example by Short & Mason Ltd and dated 1912. .. Complete with original polished brown leather case, this dated 1913. A good rare 1914 BEF combination.

Code: 51790Price: 100.00 GBP


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WW1 Stye British Army Officer's Whistle & Original Leather Strap.

The whistle by Hudson, retains original leather strap as fitted. Some wear to the plating. Remains a good display item.

Code: 51794Price: 35.00 GBP


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WW1 Coldstream Guards "Dog Tag" of 5th Baron Colonel Digby DSO., MC & Bar., TD

The dog tag is stamped "E.K. DIGBY C.E. COLDSTREAM GDS" GC.

The 5th Baron Colonel Edward Kenlm Digby DSO., MC.landed in France with the Regiment as a 2Lt on the 22nd January 1915. He was awarded the DSO in 1919 and the MC & Bar and later TD. He was Hon Col of the West Somerset Yeomanry and the Dorrest RGA.

Code: 51801Price:


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WW1 Period British Army Folding Wire Cutters.

This pair with makers details and date 191?. Possibly 1917. Some age pitting, now a good dark colour.

Code: 51793Price: 55.00 GBP


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WW1 4th Bn Norfolk Regiment Photographic Postcards.

An interesting group of five postcards, which seem to have been taken at the Norfolk & Suffolk Brigade Camp Holkham 1914. Some wear, one with a small rip.

The camp took place in July 1914, with over 2,000 of the Brigade attending.

Code: 51796Price: 40.00 GBP


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WW1 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt.

A good example with light green blanco finish. Issue stamps to the inside.

Code: 51791Price: 65.00 GBP


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WW1 Royal Naval Division / Tank Corps Binoculars.

A fine pair of binoculars by Negretti & Zambra of London contained in original polished brown leather case. (Now tight fit). The binoculars with engraved name "G Jeffery RND", this repeated to the polished case. The base of the case with pencil written name "C E Jeffery 22 Coy H Batt Tank Corps". Overall clean condition.

Believed carried by brothers, Sub Lieutenant Geoffrey Jeffery was commissioned into the RNVR on the 31st May 1915 and after qualifying as a Machine Gun Officer was posted to Drake Battalion in the Middle East He appears to have been discharged June 1917 on transfer to the army. Captain Charles Ernest Jeffery MC originally served in the ranks of the Liverpool Regiment and was granted a commission into the Tank Corps 28th October 1916. He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry at Fontaine Village 23rd November 1917. when he led a composite section of 22 Coy H Battalion, he in the leading tank.

Code: 51784Price: 220.00 GBP


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WW1 Berkshire and the War. Part 4.

Published Circa 1915, a pictorial record on men of the county serving with the Colours. Good clean condition.

Code: 51785Price:


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WW1 Northumberland Fusiliers Historical “Time Capsule of Equipment” of Private William Lawson

Recently discovered in a house in the Newcastle upon Tyne area, this remarkable time capsule of the equipment and ephemera records the Great War of William Lawson who volunteered into the Northumberland Fusiliers, serving with the Tyneside Irish and later Tyneside Scottish Battalions and after being wounded on two occasions on the Western Front died at the time of discharge in January 1919.
The items remain as discovered in the Victorian tin trunk the 1908 webbing disassembled, I believe by Pte Lawson to clean it on arriving home on leave.

Comprising:
B Pattern Brodie Steel Helmet, this complete with lining and leather chinstrap. Some moth to cushion. The helmet remains in untouched condition and appears to retain traces of mud to the outer shell.

1908 Webbing Equipment, this remains in good order with wear conducive to trench warfare, the webbing is a good matching colour.
Waist belt various ink marks
Pair of ammunition pouches each dated 1916. Some press studs have been pulled through
Entrenching tool head carrier containing entrenching tool this dated 1914 and still with traces of Flanders mud on it.
Large pack dated 1915, with pencil details of L/Cpl W Lawson. The pack fitted with helmet retaining straps.
Single brace strap remains attached to one of the pouches.

Mess Tin & Cover.
This with service wear, the tin with WD arrow issue stamp. The canvas cover is of the 1903 pattern, with leather belt loops to the reverse… Accompanied by a 1917 dated US army knife. … and a Spoon. These were found in the tin wrapped in newspaper dated January 6th 1919.

1907 Pattern Bayonet & 1914 Pattern Helve Carrier
The bayonet is the regulation pattern and bears the date stamp July 1916. Complete with scabbard. Retaining 1908 webbing frog and tang. The tang with heavy wear.
1914 leather pattern equipment helve carrier, remains untouched as originally fitted and worn. Leather worn but remains supple. Also original helve shaft.

Personal Kit Roll.
Khaki cloth material retaining original toothbrush and case. .. cut throat razor. … 2 x shaving brushes. … three penknives. All as used by Pte Lawson

Small canvas bag.
This printed to the outside “A Hills Campaigner Cake”. Containing a 1914 dated medical Ampaule and a small tin with medical contents.

Lee Metford Bayonet
1894 Dated complete with scabbard. This is stamped to the 7th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. This is the Battalion in Pte Lawson served with prior to embarkation to France

Bayonet Trench Mirror.
This with heavy service wear, retaining khaki painted finish

Cavalry Pattern Mess Tin
This of regulation pattern with leather strap and tin plate.

Quantity of original paperwork.
An interesting selection of items.
These include diary which describes training embarking to France and being wounded at High Wood September 15th 1916. Original draft order to France for the 7th Reserve Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, travel pass, postcards to and from home, etc.

Badges etc
Including “Tyneside Scottish” embroidered shoulder title and Glengarry badge … General Service buttons and other badges.

Medals.
British War Medal, “7-3729 PTE W LAWSON NORTH’D FUS”… Bronze Memorial Plaque “WILLIAM LAWSON”. This has been attractively mounted into a wooden model of the Cenotaph (with woodworm). … Memorial Scroll, Buckingham Palace forwarding letter and cord tube.

The time capsule also includes other smaller items.

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7-3729 Private William Lawson volunteered and joined the 7th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers on the 21st August 1915. After training and now with the rank of Lance Corporal, he found himself in command to the draft for overseas service and landed in France on the 14th May 1916, joining the Bn on the 22nd. The Battalion was preparing for the Somme offensive. Lawson diary describes on the 15th September an attack on High Wood. He was hit in the thigh right leg and was sent back to Blighty to recover. The diary ends at this point. Returning to France he saw further service with the 26th (3rd Tyneside Irish ) Battalion and it believed after being wounded a second time service with the 23rd (4th Tyneside Scottish). It was the latter Battalion he was serving when he was granted leave from the 25th December 1918 until the 10th January 1919. A newspaper cutting included indicates that while on home leave he received notice for his final discharge and was ordered to report to Chelsea Barracks London. His leave was extended to the 25th January. Whilst in London he contracted pneumonia and died and his funeral was held on the 14th February 1919.

Code: 51770Price: 3600.00 GBP


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WW1 Northumberland Fusiliers Historical “Time Capsule of Equipment” of Private William Lawson

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Code: 51771Price: On Request


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WW1 Uniform, Cap, Etc of Brigadier General Thomas Arthur Hastings Bigge CB, CMG
Who had been commissioned into the Royal Engineers before embarking to France in 1915 and serving on the Staff of the 14th (Light) Division and later 6th Division.

Comprising:
Service Dress cap
This a classic Great War example, with small rounded black leather peak with two rows of gold bullion oak leaves. To the front bullion cap badge and the thin chinstrap supported by Generals mounted buttons. The interior with tailors details of Cater & Sons and a paper label “Gen Brigge”. The cap remains in good clean condition small moth nips to the crown. Displays well, some storage wear.

Service dress Tunic.
Originally purchased whilst a Colonel in the Royal Engineers and converted on his promotion to Brigadier general. The collars with General’s gorget patches and gilt crossed sword and button to the shoulder strap. The left breast with medal ribbons and single blue overseas service chevron to the right cuff. The tunic retains Royal Engineers regimental buttons. An old ink label attached states “my last tunic 1916-1919” and signed with the Generals initials. Very good clean condition.

Sam Brown Belt.
Polished brown leather with single brace strap, sword frog and ammunition pouch. This also bears an ink label “My Sam Browne Belt” again signed.

Pair of Spurs with leather straps
old label “My Spurs” again signed.

Allow ID Dog Tag.
This stamped “Lt. Col T.A.H. Bigge CE RE”.
The overall condition is good clean condition, small amount of storage wear.

Brigadier General Thomas Arthur Hastings Bigge CB, CMG was originally commissioned into the Royal Engineers. At the outbreak of the Great War he was serving as a Lieutenant Colonel and landed in France on the 24th July 1915. Promoted Colonel, then Honorary Brigadier General he served at the HQ of the 14th Division and later 6th Division. Posted back to the UK in January 1916. He was created a CB 3rd June 1916, CMG 3rd June 1919 and awarded the Belgium Order of the Crown 7th June 1919, He was also MID January 1916. He retired with the rank of Brigadier General.

Code: 51774Price:


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WW1 Uniform, Cap, Etc of Brigadier General Thomas Arthur Hastings Bigge CB, CMG

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Code: 51778Price: On Request


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WW1 “Cor Blimey” Trench Cap of Brigadier General Thomas Arthur Hastings Bigge CB, CMG

A rare attributed example, khaki cloth of the “Cor Blimey” pattern with fold down neck flap. Tailored with scarlet band mounted with a bronze OSD Generals Cap Badge. The interior with full cotton lining and old paper label “Gen Brigge” The cap has a hand written small label which states “My trench cap Generals badge afterwards added” signed by the General with his initials. Good clean condition, some period staining to the peak and some storage wear

Brigadier General Thomas Arthur Hastings Bigge CB, CMG was originally commissioned into the Royal Engineers. At the outbreak of the Great War he was serving as a Lieutenant Colonel and landed in France on the 24th July 1915. Promoted Colonel, then Honorary Brigadier General he served at the HQ of the 14th Division and later 6th Division. Posted back to the UK in January 1916. He was created a CB 3rd June 1916, CMG 3rd June 1919 and awarded the Belgium Order of the Crown 7th June 1919, He was also MID January 1916. He retired with the rank of Brigadier General.

Code: 51772Price:


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WW1 British Interpreter serving with the French Army Badges.

A rare pair of badges. Comprising an arm badge of a cotton “Union Jack” flag attached with a British Army Egyptian Head Interpreter badge GC. … Also a french army blue material armband stencilled “I speak English”. Slight wear.

Code: 51748Price: 425.00 GBP

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