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A good 1940 pattern battledress blouse converted to open collar wear for officer use. Good large size 13. Broad arrow marked and dated ‘1945’. Three Captain’s rank pips to each epaulette. A good matched set of Royal Artillery shoulder titles. Printed Highland Division patches to both sleeves with artillery dark blue and red Arm of Service strips below. To the upper right breast is a row of medal ribbons, which include the OBE., 1939-45 Star, North Africa Star with 8th Army numbered bar, Italy Star, also a palm leaf for Mention in Despatches. One moth nip to the collar, the remainder of the blouse totally moth free.
A very nice condition jaunty shaped RAF officers visor cap, the size possibly 55 or 56. No moth damage, no staining, complete with its all leather wide sweatband, velvet lined to the forehead area, very nicely multi lozenge stitched to the upper inner crown with the faint remains of gold blocked ‘Hobson & Sons London Limited’ retailers label. Complete with its gilded albatross bullion wire crown and wreath below with red velvet centre to the crown with its correct chinstrap and cloth covered side buttons.
A nice little grouping to a British soldier Norman Thomas Whiting, who was brought up in Northampton, he joined the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment in 1931 and was part of Eastern Command Band, and was a long term soldier. He became a qualified parachutist on the 8th January 1942, served in South East Asia with the Indian Airborne Division and rejoined the Eastern Command Band in March 1944. He was discharged at the end of WWII with the annotation ‘REGARDED TO HAVE COMPLETED 22 YEARS SERVICE.’ Amazingly he was only 4 foot, six inches in height, pasted into the book is the authorisation for Norman Whiting to wear the 1939-45 Star and the Burma Star. Most of these details are in his Burma Campaign linen service pay book. Also accompanying is his European style pay book with a stiff cover. Accompanying his two British service books is a Japanese small book, which has been annotated in ink to the exterior ‘Japanese pay book’ with the word ‘MEIKTILA’, the importance of this indicates that this soldier served at the Battle for Meiktila in the Burma Campaign in 1944’. Lastly an Army Certificate of Education 3rd class presented to Whiting 2nd Battalion The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment dated ‘August 1931’. A nice interesting grouping.
Two 11.5 x 10cm images of Japanese officers surrendering their swords, one shows them bowing towards the British officers with Indian troops lined up, the second showing the officers presenting their swords onto the table draped with the Union Jack, historically interesting images.
An interesting album containing 152 images, all of varying sizes between huge format and typical British small format prints. We have not been able to identify the officer, however he is an officer of the Royal Signals, has become parachute trained and served in India with the Indian Parachute Division. The album opens with group photographs in 1943 of Royal Signals Company training, followed by groups of officers all seated, a lovely studio photograph of the particular officer wearing his Royal Signals battledress blouse with parachute insignia, would appear to be a maroon beret with Royal Signals badge, a large format parachute training shot with some of the men carrying their slouch hats, press photographs of the trainees entering an aircraft all of the men are wearing 41 pattern flying boots, their following a huge series of photographs all taken in the Far East of groups of colleagues wearing lightweight tropical clothing, slouch hats and berets, the location is unknown but probably India, a nice photograph of the officer wearing his tropical khaki drill tunic with both Airborne Pegasus insignia showing, men sitting on Jeeps riding motorcycles, at camp and in the field, mountain scenes, American supplied Dodge weapons carrier, vehicles, mountain roads with British vehicles, images then appear to be in Burma with pagodas in view, groups of the officers at leisure within their barracks, Indian soldiers lined up in groups for group photograph probably trainee paratroopers, images of what appear to be occupation duties in Japan, some loose photographs at the end of the album, one large format which is a lovely mixture of British officers with Indian troops wearing their turbans and one very nice English taken image of the officer probably back in Great Britain wearing his No.1. dress, visor cap with Royal Signals badge probably taken on his return. There is an annotation of the reverse side ‘WITH LOVE TO YOU BOTH FROM ALBERT SEPTEMBER 1944’ probably prior to his embarkation to the Far East. A nice interesting album with possible benefits of further research to identify this officer.
A fabulous condition Bren Mark 2 dated ‘1943’. The marking ‘Inglis identifies the gun as a Canadian made example. Out of all the British weapons of WWII the Bren is one of the most excellent examples of high quality engineering. Complete with its undamaged butt stock and wood grip, also the carrying handle is undamaged. All blueing complete overall. The weapon cocks and dry fires, its with it bipod and is complete with the up to date European de-activation certificate we are not able to export this item outside the UK
A very good example of the Mark II Sten gun. Good stock and hand grip, with its correct magazine. The bolt still moves. Complete with its carrying strap in webbing. This weapon with its up to date European de-activation certificate.
A nice condition 1942 dated silk escape map of the Andaman Islands in excellent condition, printed on both sides, with an accompanying group of 34 good black and white images of RAF nature. Many are groups of RAF pilot’s standing together wearing battledress, Spitfires in the air and on the ground, pilots standing around with full flying kit, damaged Spitfires on landing, Mosquito single shot, captured Japanese Zero fighter, Spitfires on the deck of an aircraft carrier, good cockpits shots, Spitfires preparing for landing with the pilot in the cockpit, engineer under the wing, accompanied by over 20 air to ground shots all taken in South East Asia. Some of the images are annotated on the reverse side and there is an empty envelope with the name ‘FLYING OFFICER BONNY FOR FLYING OFFICER HINE’. An interesting group.
Two very nicely embroidered pieces of insignia from the British Forces in the South East Asia in WWII. A British Forces Commonwealth very nice locally embroidered sleeve patch with crown over scroll, the crown embroidered in heavy bullion wire, the lettering embroidered in cotton, all on a heavy blue wool base, as removed from tunic. Accompanying is ‘B.C.O.F.’ base shoulder insignia, again locally embroidered all in cotton, very fine detail with stitches remaining where removed from a tunic.
A matched pair of locally embroidered shoulder patches ‘S.E.A.C’ (South East Asia Command).
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