MEDALS FROM THE HAL GIBLIN COLLECTION
Built up over a period of more than twenty years, the collection represents all aspects of the Great War. In most cases, the medals (many with photographs and personal details of the recipients) are the only tangible memorials to those who fought and died in the various theatres of war of that great conflict.
From the very early days at Mons and Le Cateau, on to the Marne and the Aisne; the 'race to the sea', that culminated in an entrenchment of the opposing armies that was to last more than four years through the three great battles of Ypres, the carnage of the Somme, the Kaiser's last throw on 21st March, 1918, before the advance to the final victory; the first use of chemical weapons by both sides - gas attack and liquid flame; aerial warfare from the earliest pioneering days through to the relative sophistication of Scout Aeroplanes and Bomber Squadrons; the twilight of a former elite - the cavalry; the introduction of mechanised warfare - tanks and armoured cars. All of these mementous events are represented by the medals of the men who were there.
The tragedy of Gallipoli - the landings, from the famous S.S. River Clyde, Lancashire and Y Beaches and on to Suvla Bay and the evacuation; Mesopotamia, Palestine and the desert campaign; The Balkans and Russia; Africa - from the crocodile infested rivers in the East to the dense jungles of the West; the greatest pitched sea battle since Trafalgar at Jutland; Submarine warfare and the invaluable contribution of the Merchant Navy.
The service and sacrifice of a special, but tragic, generation all encapsulated in this collection of their Medals and Awards.