Oulton Heath WW1 Gunner Ace Hero’s items go to auction – 13th September

Seven lots, attributed to WW1 Gunner Ace Lieutenant Anthony Joseph Hill Thornton, are to go on sale on September 13th, at Marlow’s Specialist Auction House in Stafford, from 10am.

Lieutenant Anthony Joseph Hill Thornton was born in 1898, and his records show that he joined 22 Squadron as an Observer in November 1917 which at that time was operating the Bristol Fighter aircraft.

His records show he was admitted to Hospital on the 12th May 1918 and returned to Blighty. After various Home Establishment postings he was demobbed on the 5th February 1919. In 1939 he was settled in the village of Oulton Heath near Stone in Staffordshire, his trade being a watch maker.

You can find out more, or bid online at www.marlowsauctions.co.uk

 

Lot: 186
WW1 ‘Gunner Ace’ Attributed Royal Flying Corps Officer Observer Maternity Tunic

khaki plastron front with concealed composite buttons. Lower hidden pockets with plain flaps. The left breast with embroidered Observer half wing. Collar badges never fitted. Shoulder rank stars absent. Full cotton lining. Collar with blank name tag. Together with a pair of khaki cord, wide leg breeches. Inner calf reinforcement patches. Lace calf fastening … Slash hip pockets. Internal tailor’s label with faint ink name ‘Lt Thornton’. Minor moth nips 2 items.

Estimate: (£1,800 – £2,200)

Attributed to WW1 Gunner Ace with Five Kills Lieutenant Anthony Joseph Hill Thornton who was born in 1898, his records show that he joined 22 Squadron as an Observer in November 1917 which at that time was operating the Bristol Fighter aircraft. On the 2nd April 1918 whilst on patrol with his pilot Captain John Everard Gurdon DFC* (28 Kills) , his aircraft was engaged by a number Fokker D1 enemy aircraft after a dog fight the pair would claim two aircraft. On the 7th May whilst on patrol with another Bristol Fighter of 22 Squadron they took part in what would become known as the ‘two versus twenty’ fight. The pair were attacked by twenty enemy fighters, by the end of the dog fight the pair would claim three of the eight victories’. By the end of his partnership with Gurdon he would be involved in the destruction of 6 enemy aircraft and credited with five kills, making him a Gunner Ace. His records show he was admitted to Hospital on the 12th May 1918 and returned to Blighty. After various Home Establishment postings he was demobbed on the 5th February 1919. In 1939 he was settled in the village of Oulton Heath near Stone in Staffordshire, his trade being a watch maker. At the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the local Stone No. 17 Staffordshire Home Guard (See Battlederess in the Auction). Sold with a copy photo of him in later life at his trade as a watch maker.

Lot: 187
WW1 ‘Gunner Ace’ Attributed Royal Flying Corps Officer Observer’s Maternity Tunic

khaki plastron front with concealed composite buttons. Lower hidden pockets with plain flaps. The left breast with embroidery Observer half wing. Collar badges never fitted. Bronzed Lieutenant shoulder rank. Full cotton lining. Together with a brown leather Sam Browne belt with brass fittings and buckle. Belt dated ‘1917’. 2 items.

Estimate: (£1,840 – £2,200)

Sold with a copy photo of him in later life at his trade as a watch maker.

Lot: 188
WW1 ‘Gunner Ace’ Attributed Royal Flying Corps Officer’s Field Service Cap

khaki crown, body and curtain. Two front KC bronzed RFC buttons. Badge absent. Internal quilted lining. Worn example with staining.

Estimate: (£100 – £150)

Sold with a copy photo of him in later life at his trade as a watch maker.

Lot: 189
WW1 ‘Gunner Ace’ Attributed 1st Pattern Royal Air Force Officer’s Service Dress Tunic

khaki, single breasted, open collar tunic. Pleated chest and lower bag pockets, all with buttoned flaps. Cuff rank braid surmounted by gilt eagle and crown (eagle and crown absent from right cuff). Right cuff with single blue Overseas chevron. KC gilt rope edge, 1st pattern RAF buttons. Observer wing removed from left chest. Full cotton lining with tailor’s label.

Estimate: (£600 – £800)

Sold with a copy photo of him in later life at his trade as a watch maker.

Lot: 190
WW1 ‘Gunner Ace’ Attributed 1st Pattern Royal Air Force Officer’s Service Dress Cap

khaki crown and body. Small, black patent peak. Black mohair band with gilt KC 1st pattern RAF Officer cap badge and small gilt bars to either side. Black patent leather chinstrap secured by plain buttons. Leather sweatband. Quilted crown lining with ‘Tress & Co London’. Maker’s stamp.

Estimate: (£500 – £700)

Sold with a copy photo of him in later life at his trade as a watch maker.

Lot: 191
WW1 ‘Gunner Ace’ Attributed WW2 Stone Staffordshire Home Guard Battle Dress Jacket Ex WW1 RFC/RAF Observer

1937 pattern, khaki, woollen, single breasted, closed collar tunic. Pleated chest pockets with buttoned flaps. Lower extended belt. Both arms with printed ‘Home Guard’ titles over ‘NS17’. Embroidery Lieutenant rank stars.

The left breast with 1st pattern embroidery Observer wing over WW1 War and Victory medal ribbons. Internal issue label. Minor repairs. Moth nips to rear. Together with a khaki Other Ranks field service cap. KC bronzed General List buttons. Badge absent. Some wear.

Estimate: (£340 – £500)

Sold with a copy photo of him in later life at his trade as a watch maker.

Lot: 192
WW1 ‘Gunner Ace’ Attributed RFC/RAF Observer’s Map Board and Maps

wooden rectangular board with attached linen back paper maps covering ‘Dunkerque’ down to ‘Amiens’ and ‘Ostend’ down to ‘St Quentin’. Maps folded with pencil name ‘A J Thornton 2nd Lt ‘A’ Flight’. Some wear. Together with a post WW2 green canvas mountaineer’s smock. Pull up hook with tightening cord. Central chest pocket with zip fastening. Lower bag pockets with buttoned flaps. Storm proof cuffs. Some wear. 2 items.

Estimate: (£80 – £120)

Sold with a copy photo of him in later life at his trade as a watch maker.