General News

A Couple of vary rare medals awarded to RFA personel during WW1 are up for auction next month. Many many VMTs to my correspondent for passing me the information.

 February 2014 Postal Auction

 Bidding Closes at Midnight on 3rd March 2014

The full catalogue can be seen HERE The lots in question are 681 and 682.

 Bids can be accepted by:

 emailing %20wellingtonauctions@hotmail.co.uk?subject=Bids

including your postal address, lot number and maximum bid
Telephoning – 0208 418 9790 or 07976 266293
or by Posting your bid to: Wellington Auctions, 36 Church Hill, Loughton, Essex. IG10 1LA

 Please note all successful bids are subject to 12.5% Buyers Premium

The Superb and Very Rare Great War June 1918 Albert Medal for Gallantry in Saving Life at Sea, 2nd Class in Bronze Group awarded to Donkeyman John Allan, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, who was serving aboard the fleet oiler R.F.A. Mixol which was refuelling a Battlecruiser at sea on 19th June 1918 when an Able Seaman fell overboard between the two ships and was in imminent danger of being crushed when Allan in and supported the man till rescue. Albert Medal for Gallantry in Saving Life at Sea, 2nd Class in Bronze, reverse engraved; (PRESENTED BY HIS MAJESTY TO JOHN ALLAN, DONKEYMAN, R.F.A. “MIXOL” IN RECOGNITION OF HIS GALLANTRY IN RESCUING A MAN WHO WAS IN DANGER OF BEING CRUSHED BETWEEN TWO SHIPS ON THE 19TH: JUNE 1918.), this contained in its original fitted presentation case; British War Medal and Victory Medal; (J. ALLAN. DKYN M.F.A.)

A Superb, rare Great War Torpedoed Oil Tanker Master’s Distinguished Service Cross, Lloyd’s Medal’s for Meritorious Service Medal in Silver, and pre-war Lloyd’s Medal for Saving Life at Sea in Silver and South Holland Lifesaving Society Silver Medal group awarded to Captain F.H. Gething, Mercantile Marine and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, who was twice decorated for saving his ship when the R.F.A. Elmleaf was torpedoed off Cape Wrath on 24th December 1917, having also been decorated in 1908Distinguished Service Cross, GRI cypher, hallmarks for London, date letter ‘b’ for 1917, reverse engraved; (F.H. GETHING. 24TH. DEC. 1917.), together with original Garrard & Co fitted presentation case; British War Medal and Mercantile Marine War Medal; (FREDERICK H. GETHING.); Lloyd’s Medal for Saving Life at Sea, small silver type; (F.H. GETHING. “DRAGUE”. 8 NOV. 1908.), together with original Lloyd’s crested fitted presentation case; Lloyd’s Medal’s for Meritorious Service, 3rd type 1913 issue; (CAPTAIN FREDERICK HANBURY GETHING, S.S. “ELMLEAF”, 24TH: DECEMBER 1917.)