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Brian Goodison-Blanks is the Head of the Maritime and Sporting Department at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. He is based at Honiton in Devon.
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Review Entries for Day Friday, August 09, 2019

There is always a history behind the items brought in for auction and in some cases there is a fascinating story of the person to whom they belong.

donald craig's wwii medal group and ephemera relating to his service and capture during operation title

Donald Craig's WWII Medal Group and ephemera relating to his service and capture during Operation Title 

Donald Craig was born in Wadebridge, Cornwall in 1913 and emigrated to Canada with his family around 1920. In 1933 he returned to England and joined the Royal Engineers seeing action in the Atlantic and Palestine. As a qualified diver in 1941 he transferred to the Special Service Brigade (Special Boat Service) and in 1942 was part of Operation Title using manned torpedo 'chariots' to attack the German battleship Tirpitz in Asenfjord,Norway. After the chariots were lost during a storm on the 31st October, the raid against Tirpitz was called off. The fishing boat Arthur which was used to tow the chariots was then scuttled at Breidvik and nine of the team members reached Sweden. One member was captured by the Germans and later shot as a spy. Operation Title was the inspiration behind the film 'Above Us the Waves' and the later Operation Source X-craft midget submarine attacks on the Tirpitz. After the war Donald Craig was commissioned to the RNVR MFU Training taking command of HMS Varbel (MA19/252).
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Review Entries for Day Monday, August 05, 2019

Francis Davies (1885-1952) was a sailor who had a remarkable career participating in many expeditions to the Antarctic regions during what can only be described as ‘The Heroic Age of Polar Exploration. Francis Davies began his apprenticeship in the Royal Navy in 1900 at the Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport and no doubt took with him his silver cigarette case engraved with his initials ‘FD’(MA19/9)

 francis davies silver cigarette case and vesta case taken on the terra nova and discovery ii expeditions

Francis Davies silver cigarette case and vesta case taken on the Terra Nova and Discovery II Expeditions 

Francis Davies travelled to China and Japan during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1906, joined Captain Scott aboard RYS Terra Nova during The British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913 and saw service with the Grand Fleet and Operations in the White Sea, Archangel and Baltic 1914-1918.  During 1927-1934 he was part of the Discovery II Expeditions aboard RRS Discovery II and RRS William Scoresby undertaking scientific research of the whaling industry in the Antarctic and the Circumnavigation of the Antarctic during the winter of 1933. The RRS Discovery II and RRS William Scorseby also undertook planktonic and hydrographical surveys off the coast of Argentina, Chile, Peru and South Africa for the Colonial Office on behalf of the Falkland Islands. Francis Davies also served during World War II in many theatres including the evacuation of Norway in 1940 and in the post –war period took passage as ship’s mate on a trawler to Cape Town in 1947. Throughout that time Francis Davies carried his silver cigarette case made in Birmingham in 1900. A small piece of the Francis Davies Polar Archive it is possibly the most travelled Antarctic cigarette case there is.
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