While there are quite a few groups that include awards for the Second World War, there are many fewer groups that acknowledge active service. The group to Major Thomas May, DFA, of Kimberley fame is a good case in point.
I saw this group that sold recently on eBay in Australia for £650 which I thought was a very good price.
The medals consist of
QSA (5) Tr RoL OFS TH CC (13542 Bomb F Gillard 28 B RFA)
KSA (2) (13542 Cpl F Gillard RFA)
1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals (30541 Pnr F Gillard RE on the Star & 30541 Spr F Gillard on the War & Victory)
1939/45 Star Defence & Victory 1939-1945 Medals
Imperial Service Medal (Frank Gillard)
Dunkirk Veterans medal
It is a good group and I always chuckle a little as to the WW1 and 2 medals mounted in reverse yet his QSA/KSA and IMP are not..... I have seen this a number of times in mounted and framed medals..... One family showed me a WW2 set and on closer inspection I found that the original face had been removed all the medals including the cypher on the stars and was told that "Granddad hated royalty, he thought them a waste of money", all I could do was shake my head..... The only one not touched was the CVSM......
Military Historical Society
QSA (5) OFS RoL Tr LN SA02
QGA (1) Gambia
British War Medal
Victory Medal, M.I.D. Oak Leaves
Russia, Imperial, Order of St. Stanislas, Military Division, Badge, silver-gilt and enamel,
G.C.B. London Gazette 11.5.1937 Air Chief Marshal Sir John Miles Steel, K.C.B., K.B.E., C.M.G., Royal Air Force.
K.C.B. London Gazette 1.1.1935 Air Marshal Sir John Miles Steel, K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G., Royal Air Force.
C.B. London Gazette 3.6.1922 Air Commodore John Miles Steel, C.M.G., C.B.E., Royal Air Force.
K.B.E. London Gazette 3.7.1926 Air Vice-Marshal John Miles Steel, C.B., C.M.G., C.B.E., Royal Air Force.
C.B.E. London Gazette 1.1.1919 Col. (A./Br.-Gen.) John Miles Steel, Royal Air Force
'In recognition of valuable services rendered in connection with the War.'
C.M.G. London Gazette 3.6.1919 Col. (A./Brig.-Genl.) John Miles Steel, C.B.E., Royal Air Force
'In recognition of distinguished services rendered during the War.'
Air Chief Marshal Sir John Miles Steel, G.C.B., K.B.E., C.M.G., (1877-1965), the son of Colonel J.P. Steel, Royal Engineers; educated at H.M.S. Britannia; Naval Cadet, 1892; Commissioned Sub-Lieutenant, 1897; served during the Second Boer War with the Naval Brigade, and took part in the Relief of Ladysmith and subsequent operations (wounded at Elandslaagte); served in the Gambia River Expedition (Mentioned in Despatches); promoted Commander, 1912; served during the Great War in the Grand Fleet, and present at the Battle of Jutland, 31.5-1.6.1916 as Second in Command, H.M.S. Conqueror (Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 15.9.1916 and awarded the Russian Order of St. Stanislas); promoted Captain, 1916; appointed Royal Naval Air Service; served as Director of Air Division, Admiralty, 1918; transferred to the Royal Air Force, as Air Commodore, 1919; served as Member of the Air Council and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff, Air Ministry, 1923-26; promoted Air Vice Marshal, 1925; served as Air Officer Commanding Wessex Bombing Area, 1926-31; Air Officer Commanding Royal Air Force in India, 1931-35; promoted Air Marshal, 1932; appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Air Defence of Great Britain, 1935; promoted Air Chief Marshal, 1936; retired, 1937; served during the Second World War as Air Officer Commanding Reserve Command, 1939-40, and as Controller-General of Economy, Air Ministry, 1941-45.
QSA (5) CC OFS Tr 01 02 (3617 Pte. M. Harrison, N. Zealand M.R.)
BWM & VM (10/3590 Sjt, M. Harrison, N.Z.E.F.)
War Medal 1939-45
NZ Service Medal 1939-45
Michael Joseph Harrison, a shepherd from Christchurch, attested for the 6th N.Z. Contingent and was embarked in the S.S. Cornwall in January 1901. A member of No. 19 Company, he served variously in Cape Colony, Orange Free State and the Transvaal and was discharged in May 1902. Re-enlisting in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in October 1915, he was drafted to the 9th (Wellington) Rifles and embarked for Egypt in January 1916. Later in the same year, he was embarked for France, where he served in the 2nd Battalion, Wellington Regiment until the war’s end. He was finally discharged as a Sergeant in February 1920. Also credited with military service in New Zealand during the 1939-45 War, he died in January 1958 and his ashes were scattered at Waikumete Cemetery.
The DNW write up suggests entitlement to the medals for the Second World War. Is it possible to verify these awards?
QSA (3) CC, OFS, Tr (126 Drmr: J. Maskell, Cldstm: Gds:);
KSA (2) (Dmr: J. Maskell. Coldstream Guards.);
BWM and VM (49335 S.M.1 J. Maskell. RAF);
War Medal 1939-45;
Coronation 1911, silver (126 Sergt. Dr. J. Maskell, 3rd. Bn. Coldstream Guards);
Army LS&GC GV, 1st issue (126 Cpl. J. Maskell. C. Gds.);
Meritorious Service Medal, G.VI.R. ,3rd issue, ‘Fid: Def:’ (126 Sjt. J. Maskell. C. Gds.)
John Maskell was ‘a very young barefooted boy who followed a battalion of Coldstream Guardsmen on manoeuvres near Swindon in 1893. Picked up, and found to be an orphan and a fine-spirited boy, the officers of the battalion placed him in the Gordon Boy’s Home. There he did well and became cornet player in the band, whence the officers of the Coldstream Guards took him into their own band as a drummer. He is a universal favourite and a good boy.’ He attested for the Coldstream Guards at London on Waterloo Day 1895, and was posted as Drummer to the 1st Battalion. He served with the Regiment in South Africa from 9 August 1900 until 4 November 1902, and was promoted Sergeant Drummer on 10 February 1908, having served as Drum-Major of the 3rd Battalion in Cairo. He transferred to the Army Reserve on 24 January 1912, and was awarded his Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal by Army Order 333 of 1913. Re-called to the Colours on the outbreak of the Great War, and posted to 5th Battalion, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 5 September 1916, and was advanced Regimental Sergeant Major. He was awarded his Meritorious Service Medal by Army Order 98 in 1953, and died in Fulham, London, on 15 March 1956.