Thursday, May 14, 2015

WWII Special Forces Medals at Charterhouse

A group of Second World War gallantry medals, including a Military Cross, awarded to Major James Stewart Fraser MacBeth who served with the SBS included in the Charterhouse June auction of Collectors’ Items in Sherborne.

“This is the first time the medals have appeared on the open market and they are a really exciting discovery.” Commented Richard Bromell. “The medal market is very strong at present and we have recently had some staggering successes which include the Dambusters group of medals sold in our last collector’s auction for £148,000.”

The medals come to auction from a close family friend who took advantage of the specialist valuation days Charterhouse regularly hold in Sherborne. Included in the lot, estimated at £4,000-6,000, are a several photographs of MacBeth with other SBS soldiers, a photograph of his father taken during WWI, Capt. I L F MacBeth, his British War Medal, numerous photographs, ephemera and WWII medals awarded to his wife (Miss Pamela Faith whom he married in 1950), and other items relating to the Faith family.

Major MacBeth served with the Special Boat Service and was awarded the Military Cross for his gallant actions during Operation Dodecanese in the Greek Islands. In particular, for during a raiding forces attack upon Simli on 14th July 1944 when he was in command of a force of 40 all ranks with orders to seize and hold Panorimiti where considerable opposition was encountered from a determined enemy in prepared positions, but by skilful siting of light machine guns and snipers in the town, much of the enemy’s fire was neutralised.

James MacBeth died, aged just 43 years old, in the Adelphi Hotel, London, in 1963, and the medals, photographs and ephemera will be sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne on Friday 19th June.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this auction of medals, coins, stamps, clocks, model cars, trains and collectors’ items in June and for their specialist auction of classic cars and classic motorcycles also in June, being held at The Carole Nash Bristol Classic Car Show.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, contact Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne DT9 3BS 01935 812277 or send Richard an email of your items to sell on

The Special Forces medals awarded to Maj J S F MacBeth, who served with the Special Boat Service during WWII £4,000-6,000

Numerous photographs of Maj MacBeth and other SBS soldiers, being sold with the medals
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