On the 25th of July 2013 in London, Spink's
record-breaking medals department will be selling a wide range of
British and Foreign Orders, Decorations and Medals.
These include the unique K.C.H. and Five Clasp Naval General
Service Medal Group awarded to Rear Admiral of the Blue Sir Thomas
Ussher, the man who conveyed Napoleon to start his exile on
Above: Lot 62
Sir Thomas Ussher was an extraordinary individual. Known for
always leading from the front, even when injured and on crutches,
he was seriously wounded on a number of occasions, including the
"equivalent to the loss of a limb", and was taken prisoner of
He was a daring officer who reconnoitred the entire French fleet
in Brest Harbour under the cover of darkness in only a rowing boat,
gathering invaluable intelligence.
Whilst in command of HMSRedwing, he obliterated seven Spanish
vessels with a broadside delivered at pistol shot range off Cape
Trafalgar. His combination of action makes his medals unique and
his story extraordinary.
Mark Quayle, Head of the Spink Medal Department, said "this is
an outstanding group of medals and is arguably the finest of its
type to be offered for sale to date". The estimate is
Also included in July's medal auction is the Unique Korea, Suez,
Aden and Oman Operations D.F.C. and Bar, A.F.C. and Bar, Air Medal
(U.S.A.) Group of Ten awarded to Mustang and Meteor Jet Fighter
Pilot, Squadron Leader C.I. 'Joe' Blyth, Royal Air Force.
Above: Lot 15
Blyth served during the Second World War with 161 (Special
Duties) Squadron, dropping agents and supplies into occupied Europe
before being shot down and evading capture.
Attached to 77 (Australian) Squadron in Korea, he flew in over
100 operational sorties and took part in successful air-to-air
combats against MiG fighters. He also commanded 7 Squadron (Venoms)
against rebel forces in Oman and against the Egyptian air force in
the Canal Zone, the squadron destroying at least 43 MiGs on their
airfields in the first two days of operation.
These operations from 1951 to 1957 make 'Joe' Blyth arguably the
most decorated post-War R.A.F. Officer. The estimate for his
remarkable group of medals is between £35,000 and £40,000.
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