EOD Medal sets including GM up for auction x 2

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  1. Saw these on another site.

    It's times like this I wish I was loaded to allow those to keep what they bloody well earn't.

    Lot 1609

    “WO2 Oldham had the most difficult and varied E.O.D. tasks of any contemporary operator.”

    An exceptional ‘Northern Ireland’ bomb disposal G.M. group of three awarded to Warrant Officer Class II Wilfred David Oldham, 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, who at the height of the troubles in 1973 dealt with an incredible variety of incidents achieving the greatest success ratio of any member of the corps, being tasked to 95 incidents, including 61 bombs of which he defused 38, including one particular terrorist outrage in which a 200 lb car bomb was placed outside a Christian Brother’s Orphanage containing 28 sleeping children and on which Oldham had to work throughout the night to make safe – on another occasion he successfully defused a bomb that was just eighteen inches away from a secondary device which had ‘obviously been placed as a booby-trap designed to kill him’

    George Medal, E.II.R., 2nd issue (23503123 W/O 2 David Oldham, R.A.O.C.); General Service 1962, 2 clasps, Borneo, Northern Ireland (23503123 Sgt. W. D. Oldham, RAOC); Regular Army L.S. & G.C., E.II.R. (23503123 W.O.Cl.2., GM, RAOC) mounted court style as worn, nearly extremely fine (3) £12000-15000

    G.M. London Gazette 17 June 1974. In common with all Northern Ireland awards of the period no citation for Oldham’s G.M. was ever published in the London Gazette, however, unusually he was given an official copy of his citation which is sold with the lot and from which the following is taken:

    See Auction house Link Below for full citation:
    Dix Noonan Webb: Medals: Auctions: Rostrum Auctions: Medals 16 Sep 10: Lot 1609

    The lot is sold with the following archive of original documentation:

    i) Recommendation for George Medal on M.O.D. embossed paper.

    ii) Copy of the original detailed ‘E.O.D. Incident Report’ (4 pages) in relation to the car-bomb left outside the orphanage at Kircubbin on 8 September 1973.

    iii) An impressive array of original congratulatory letters and telegrams from various senior military officers (21 pieces).

    iv) Buckingham Palace investiture invitation and program.

    v) Photograph of recipient in uniform with his wife and son, taken after the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

    vi) Letter from Major D.V. Henderson, GM, dated 29 November 1979 in which he details his proposed entry for WO2 Oldham in his forthcoming book, Dragons Can be Defeated.


    Also . . .

    Lot 1610


    Sold by order of the recipient

    The fine and impressive ‘UK Mainland Operations’ G.M. group of seven awarded to Warrant Officer Class II Mark Anthony Doyle, Tidworth Troop, 721 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron, Royal Logistic Corps, who having previously served operationally in numerous countries was at the time of his award one of a small specialised team responsible for E.O.D. assistance in the South West of England when he was called upon to deal with a serious incident involving the highly sensitive military explosive HMX at the Royal Ordnance Explosive Factory, Bridgwater, Somerset on 4 July 2002 – this difficult operation during which his life was in constant danger took over 30 hours to perform

    George Medal, E.II.R., 2nd issue (24817596 S/Sgt M. A. Doyle RLC); General Service 1962, 1 clasp, Northern Ireland (24817596 L Cpl M A Brine, RAPC); NATO Medal, clasp, Former Yugoslavia; Operational Service Medal, clasp, Afghanistan (24817596 S Sgt M A Doyle GM RLC); NATO Medal, clasp, ISAF; Jubilee 2002; Regular Army L.S. & G.C, E.II.R. (24817596 S Sgt M A Doyle, RLC) mounted court style as worn, extremely fine (7) £6000-8000

    Dix Noonan Webb: Medals: Auctions: Rostrum Auctions: Medals 16 Sep 10: Lot 1610

    Note: The recipient changed his surname from Brine to Doyle in 1993 for family reasons.

    G.M. London Gazette 26 April 2003.

    The recommendation states: ‘Staff Sergeant Doyle is an Ammunition Technician serving with Tidworth Troop, 11 E.O.D. Regiment R.L.C. He is a member of a small team responsible for the provision of Explosive Ordnance Disposal assistance to the civil police and other agencies in the South West of England.

    On 4 July 2002, Staff Sergeant Doyle was tasked by the Joint Service E.O.D. Operations Centre to the scene of an explosion at the Royal Ordnance Explosive Factory at Bridgwater. On arrival Staff Sergeant Doyle ascertained that an explosion had occurred in an area of the plant concerned with the neutralisation of the highly sensitive military explosive HMX. The explosion had resulted in significant injury to a Royal Ordnance employee. The area immediately around the decontamination facility was covered with concentrated caustic soda, the facility was badly damaged and a number of pipes, which were over four metres long, were lodged in areas of the plant that were difficult to access. To further complicate matters, the exact cause of the explosion could not be determined. It is likely that a highly sensitive type of explosive, prone to spontaneous decomposition had been produced inadvertently during the manufacturing process. The explosive within the pipes was becoming progressively more sensitive as it dried out.

    Staff Sergeant Doyle’s priority was to reduce the hazard to personnel and prevent a further explosion within the site. He was not able to destroy the pipes in situ due to their close proximity to other hazardous items, these included a bulk ammonia store and a very large concentrated acid plant. He made innovative use of remote handling equipment, but due to the position of most of the pipes, he still had to move forward and expose himself to a considerable hazard. Had one of the other pipes exploded whilst he had been in its proximity, he would at best sustained very serious injury, or, more likely, have been killed. This hazard was only partially mitigated by the presence of a paramedic trauma unit on site during the operation.

    In a difficult operation that lasted over 30 hours Staff Sergeant Doyle used water to reduce the hazard posed by the explosive contained within the pipes, before moving them by hand to a location where they could finally be rendered safe through the remote controlled initiation of incendiary devices. During the course of this final action, the contents of a further two pipes exploded. It is a testament to the professionalism and bravery of Staff Sergeant Doyle that no further injuries or damage to the plant occurred in this incident.

    It is considered that Staff Sergeant Doyle’s actions on this operational task, which presented a considerable risk to his life, justifies official recognition in the form of an award.’

    The following is extracted from the testimonial included on Doyle’s Certificate of Service at the time of his leaving the army in June 2010:

    ‘Warrant Officer Class II Doyle joined the British Army in 1987 as a Private Soldier and over the next twenty three Years he attained the distinguished rank of Warrant Officer. He has demonstrated over his notable military career that he is a soldier of tremendous quality and fortitude in numerous operational theatres. This was formally acknowledged by the Queen in his award of a George Medal in 2003 for his outstanding professionalism, bravery and leadership skills whilst conducting bomb disposal operations on the UK mainland…’

    The lot is sold with the following original documentation:

    i) Copy of original recommendation for the G.M.

    ii) Copy of the official report into the Bridgwater explosion.

    iii) Congratulatory letter from The Princess Royal, Buckingham Palace, dated 30.4.03

    iv) Congratulatory letter from Brigadier C. R. Elderton, OBE, Commander Defence Logistic Support Training Group, dated 1.5.03

    v) Congratulatory letter from Brigadier R. Rook, OBE, ADC, Headquarters Director, The Royal Logistic Corps, dated 28.4.03

    vi) Congratulatory letter from Brigadier J. R. Wallace, OBE, Commander 104 Logistic Support Brigade, dated 30.4.03

    vii) Congratulatory letter from Colonel S. P. Smith, MBE, Principal Ammunition Technical Officer, Headquarters Land Command, dated 30.4.03

    viii) Buckingham Palace investiture program, dated 16.10.2003

    ix) VHS video of recipient’s investiture at Buckingham Palace.

    x) Three newspaper articles, each including a photograph of recipient.

    xi) Original Certificate of Service, confirming all medals.

  2. A great shame that those medals are up for sale and the original recipients (or NOK) cannot afford to keep them.

    That is a significant slice of the Ammunition Technical trades history up for grabs.
  3. My Mother-in-Law gave the old boy's medals, including his MM photos and original documentation for Anzio, WW2 and Kenya medals to my son who is a CCF Major. Nothing like keeping it in the family and it going to someone with a military interest.
  4. Mr Doyle only got out this year! Seems a bit quick to be getting rid of them.
  5. Seems an awfully low price. Surely he can't be that desperate for 8K?
  6. The balloon business can't be going well.
  7. Did he ever serve with AMF?
  8. **** me, that's got me thinking. Whilst I echo the musings of others in reference to the fact that it's a shame people can't keep what they've earned, I also hold the view of 'why not?' At the end of the day they are bits of tin (yes I know they hold more sentimental value) and they aren't gonna keep you warm. Not much use having them sat on the mantle piece if you can't afford to pay the mortgage. If the Corps is interested in maintaining it's history then let the Corps buy them. I'm surprised that J. Beharry V.C. is still in posession of his particular bit of tin. I would have got me a replica and banged the original into Sothebys or Ebay firkin ages ago.

    Mine are going in a box up the attic
  9. LCpl Beharry VC donated his to the Imperial War Museum I believe.
  10. Are you allowed to sell them while you are still serving? I think until you leave they are treated as issued kit, or so i have always been told. Read somewhere last rememberance day was the first time he ever wore his actual VC.
  11. Might be wrong on that one Danny. I think he escorted one of the last three WW1 veterans to the Cenotaph a couple of years ago and he was bejewelled on that occasion.
  12. Just a thought but perhaps now may be the time if you are going to sell them. With the amount of Gallantry awards being given out in Afghan..............
  13. As a Cpl IIRC
  14. I think I remember him, had his own business doing crappy party supplies.
  15. I am surprised nobody has mentioned the ‘Elephant in the room’ with regard to the Non article 5 medal yet ^_~