Medals

  • Private J. Sharpe medal grouping comprising of a North West Canada medal named Pte J. Sharpe 95th Battalion Manitoba Grenadiers, Army nad Navy Veterans in Canada Foundation Centennial 1840m -1940 medal and the GVR Jubilee medal, all are mounted on a medal bar, vg.+ $450.00 NEW 
  • Officer of the British Empire group of four to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Cholerton Hayes, Royal Navy, Royal Navy Air Service and Royal Air Force, Captain of the NS 4 Airship, Navigation Officer on the H.M.S. Southampton at Dogger Bank and Heligoland Bight. An interesting group to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Air Force.  His O.B.E. (Military) is Sterling hallmarked to Sebastian Harry Garrard for the year 1919-1920 His 1914/15 Star is named LT. CMMR. R. C. HAYES R.N. His British War and Victory Medals are both named to: LIEUT COL. R. C. HAYES R.A.F. A most unusual group, to a very capable Navigating Officer, Pilot, Airship Captain and Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Air Force. All 4 medals are good very to fine. Comes with the original warrant for his Ofiicer of the British Empire and copied Royal Navy and Royal Air Force papers, Masters certificate, vg.+ $1750.00 NEW

Robert Cholerton Hayes was born in Sheffield in 1884. He joined the Royal Navy in 1900 as a Naval Cadet in Britannia. He was advanced to Midshipman in October 1901 and Acting Sub-Lieutenant in 1905, Lieutenant in 1909 and Lieutenant Commander in 1915, before entering the Royal Naval Air Service (Airships) in 1916. His ships included: Britannia, Russell, Sentinel, Foresight, Eclipse, Ariadne, serving as a Navigating Officer and finally on the Southampton. He also attended various courses, mainly in navigation, and pilotage. He served on H.M.S. Southampton from 4/09/1912 to 17/02/1916 and would have seen action at Heligoland Bight and Dogger bank. During this period he appears to have been a Navigational and executive Officer. In the remarks column of his papers, are remarks such as: "VG1 Navig excellent Pilot and executive Officer" "Zealous &accurate as (N) officer much judgement in handling ship and executive officer”. There are several remarks from Commodore Goodenough who recommended him for promotion, and February 1916: "Skill in navigation VG North Sea and all its coasts very good executive officer”. Commodore Goodenough commanded the Light Cruiser Squadron and operated from Southampton as his flagship and would have known Hayes well. In January 1916 Hayes Volunteers for duty as commanding Officers of rigid Airships. On 28/02/1916 he joins the establishment at Wormwood Scrubbs Air Station. President for Kingsnorth Airship Station 04/04/1916 Scapa Airship Station 21/06/1916 Kingsnorth Air Station 08/11/1916 Daedalus for Kingsnorth NS 4 23/07/1917 President for East Fortune Air Station Captain NS.4 28/09/1917 to 11/01/1918. 11/01/1918 President for Milford Haven for duty on staff. On 09/10/1916 He made an application to return to Sea Service, but this was refused, as "unable to spare for the duration”. His appointments the R.N.A.S. are as follows: Lieutenant-Commander Royal Navy 28/02/1916 Probation Flight Commander 28/02/1916 Flight Commander 03/05/1916 Squadron Commander 30/06/1917 Finally upon the formation of the Royal Air Force, Hayes became a Major Airships acting Lieutenat Colonel (Group Commander). Hayes was in charge of the whole of 14 group which included Airships, Seaplanes and land-based aircraft  included 255th squadron. His rank of Group commander would be the equivalent rank of Group Captain in today's Royal Air Force.

He was appointed a member of the Officer of the British Empire on 01/01/1919 for his wartime work in respect of the military applications of lighter than aircraft at both R.N.A.S. Kingsnorth and Pembroke. He relinquished his commission on 30/05/1919 and rejoined the Royal Navy on 02/06/1919 and retrained to be a navigating officer. He joined H.M.S. AMBROSE on 09/06/1919 and then H.M.S. TITANIA on 23/03/1920 until 17/02/1921.He was placed on the retired list on 27/02/1921 at his own request. He was tried by Court Martial on March 1920 for drinking intoxicating liquors to such excess as to produce illness by which he was unfitted for the discharge of his duty. Sentenced to be severely reprimanded. As ever, Hayes still received glowing comments about his abilities as a pilot and Executive Officer. Hayes was granted a Masters certificate (copy included) dated 30/06/1921. In 1922 he was granted permission to reside in the Malay States. Lieutenant Colonel Hayes died on 03/07/1927. He committed suicide and a verdict of suicide whilst of unsound mind was returned at the inquest in Sheffield of Robert Chollerton Hayes who died from poisoning. It was stated that the Lieutenant Commander was put on the retired list of the Navy in 1922.He was later appointed by the Colonial Office to the Malay States, but prior to that he had two attacks of sunstroke, and had suffered from recurrent Malaria. He returned from the Malay States after three years and was pronounced medically unfit. Since then he had had no occupation. According to his brother-in law the Reverand Edwin Scott, rector of St Pauls' Morley, Leeds, the Commander was separated from his Wife, and had not communicated with her since their separation.

  • Victoria Cross museum copy, exc. $30.00
  • Compagnion of the Most Distinguish Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.) the upper arm is engraved on one side with the letters F.B.M.B. and on the other side with the date 3.6.18, the London gaette confirms that Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Blundell Moss Blundell DSO, R.F.A. was awarded this order on June 03, 1918, in its original box maker marked  "Garrard & Co. Ltd”, vg.+ $1400.00 
  • Knight's Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, badge and star set, Military 1st type Britannia, in its original issue case which is maker mark "Garrard & Co. Ltd", vg.+ $2250.00 
  • Commanders of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Military 1st type Britannia, Sterling Silver hallmark, maker hallmark "Garrard", date hallmark (1919-1920), in its original box maker marked "Garrard & Co. Ltd", vg.+ $500.00 
  • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Military 1st type Britannia, Sterling Silver hallmark, maker hallmark "Garrard", date hallmark (1919-1920), in its original box maker marked "Garrard & Co. Ltd", vg.+ $300.00 
  • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Military 1st type Britannia, Sterling Silver hallmark, maker hallmark "Garrard", date hallmark (1918-1919), in its original box maker marked "Garrard & Co. Ltd", vg.+ $300.00  
  • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Military 1st type Britannia, Sterling Silver hallmark, maker hallmark "Garrard", date hallmark (1919-1920), in its original box maker marked "Garrard & Co. Ltd", vg.+ $300.00 
  • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Military) box maker marked "Royal mint", empty, vg.+ $100.00  
  • Distinguish Service Order George V, in its original issue case which is maker mark "Garrard & Co. Ltd", vg.+ $1250.00 
  • Distinguish Service Cross George V,  Sterling Silver hallmark, maker hallmark "Garrard", date hallmark (1919-1920), in its original box maker marked "Garrard & Co. Ltd", vg.+ $1500.00 
  • Military Cross and Bar George V 1914-1920, in its original issue case which is maker mark "Royal Mint", vg.+ $1250.00 
  • Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officer decoration George V, issued to Captain (Quarter Master) J.B. D'Amour 64th Regiment, in its original issue case, vg.+ $500.00 
  • Military medal and bar, George V, issued to 920128 Cpl H. Cairns 24th Battalion C.E.F., comes with his LAC file, vg.+ $1250.00  
  • British Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal, GVR, named to "T-15149 Staff Sergeant G. Bolt R.A.S.C.", vg.+ $125.00  
  • Major Clarence Egerton Brown War and Victory named medals, he was a Surgeon with the 10th Stationary Hospital C.E.F., vg.+ $250.00 INFO
  • Lieutenant William Wallace Armstrong War and Victory named medals, he sailed to England with the 93rd Battalion C.E.F., and served in France with the 2nd Battalion, wounded at Amiens on 09/08/18  vg.+ $250.00 INFO
  • Lieutenant Edward Albert Johnson R.A.F. War and Victory medals, he was a Canadian who served first with the C.E.F. and later transfer to the R.F.C. and served as a pilot with the 14th Squadron which was part of the Palestine Brigade, comes with his W.W.1 R.A.F. cloth pilot wings and copies of his LAC and RAF records, all are in vg.+ $600.00  
  • Orillia's Recognition of War Service 1914-1919 medal, exc. $100.00 
  • War medal miniature 800 silver, vg.+ $25.00 
  • Mentioned in Dispatches oak leaf, W.W.1 original, exc. $25.00 

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