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Young’s upcoming sale on Saturday 29th July 10.00am, is rather grandly titled, ‘The Country House and Attic Sale’, a reflection of the varied properties we regularly get called to visit.

A large property in almost terminal decline, with creeper growing through broken windows (thoughts of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations), and occupied until recently by a centenarian, contained a hoard of items, some sadly beyond rescue. Others were however, in great condition, due to the absence of light and central heating, such as a fine Victorian rosewood chest by a top London maker,  "Holland & Sons’’, est. £400-600. From the same property, discovered hidden away below stairs, Young’s Auctions offer a superb, imposing, Victorian figured walnut linen cupboard on a plinth base, est. £300-500.

Country houses are not all about furniture. The 18th and 19th centuries saw a growing market for, among other things, porcelain from China, continental Europe and of course Great Britain. Two very different vases are offered from the Chinese Kangxi period (1662-1722). Both are of globe and shaft form, one decorated in underglaze iron red with 3 mythical lions, though restored est. £1500-2000 and the other blue and white, decorated with flowers and four-claw dragons chasing the flaming pearl, est. £800-1200.

If you have ever tried to move a large marble bust then you will know it is not for the faint hearted! William Behnes (1795-1864), who later became "Sculptor in Ordinary" to Queen Victoria in 1837, carved the Carrara white marble bust of the young woman, probably Suzette Shuttleworth, that features prominently in our 29th July sale. Suzette, daughter of the Count de Sury of Soleure (modern day Solothurn in Switzerland), married the famous Botanist Robert James Shuttleworth (1810-1874) in 1834. Young’s Auctions understand that the bust was commissioned around this time, then passing by descent to the current vendor. Estimate £2000-3000.

The country pursuits of hunting, shooting and fishing are featured with collections of rods, reels and tackle (including Hardy of Alnwick), percussion and flintlock guns and a collection of sporting books. Grouse in Scotland awaiting their fate on the Glorious 12th and ‘Ard Patrick’, winner of The Derby 1902 are only two of the 70 plus paintings in the sale.




Magazines about lifestyle, the home, antiques or collectables may inform you that Minimalism is ‘out’ and ‘Cluttercore’ or ‘Clustercore’ (the collected items you surround yourself with at home) is in! Good news for auction houses…… possibly.

Social media encourages users to have a profile that demonstrates they are interesting and worthy of interaction or ‘following’ and the items you surround yourself within the home, reflected in your ‘posts’, help to inform them of the sort of person you are. If someone want items to help raise their social profile then where better to go than Young’s Auctions of Farnham, where you will find desirable and unusual pieces alongside the rare and valuable!   

Our late Spring/early summer auction features over 400 Lots including a bronze vintage car mascot of a ‘British Bobby’ giving directions, mounted on a circular plinth, by Antoine Bofill, pre-1914, est. £200 – 400.

Danish furniture is highly desirable, a substantial extending teak dining table by Mogens Kold which can seat 12 fully extended is estimated at £700 – 1000; to complement we have 10 dining chairs, in 3 separate Lots by another famed Danish designer Erik Buch, estimates from £200.

What better way is there to show off such a dining table than with a display of fine Copenhagen porcelain. Four dinner services comprising ‘Blue Fluted Full Lace’, ‘Blue Fluted Half Lace’ and ‘Blue Fluted Plain’ are offered with estimates from £300 - 2500.

Also featured are over 60 Lots of silver including a pair of silver 3 light candelabra, by William Bush & Son Ltd., Sheffield, 1965, 1806grs, est. £1000 – 1500.

The local village of Puttenham was home to The Forge Pottery, run by H. J. C. Sturton from the 1950’s. The individual pieces, stamped with an anvil mark are rare and we are delighted to be selling a small collection in this sale.



In a first for Young’s Auctions we are holding two separate sales starting on the same day, Saturday 25th February!

The ‘Spring Sale – Silver, Jewellery, Ceramics (European & Oriental), Paintings & Furniture’, features a significant single owner collection of 61 silver Vesta cases including a ‘Man in the Moon’. Another highlight is a splendid Garrard’s cow creamer, depicted wearing a floral garland and headdress, the hinged cover mounted with a bee finial, and the looped tail forming a floral whisk finial; together with a Queen Elizabeth II silver gilt napkin ring commemorating the Golden Jubilee are guided at £300 – 500.

A very fine early 20th century Japanese Kyoto bronze folding table screen containing gold, silver and platinum, decorated with traditional symbols including peonies, cranes in flight, engraved with bamboo and Mt. Fuji beyond, forms one of the highlights in a selection of antiques from the far east that includes a large tapestry and Samurai swords. The bronze screen, originally one of a pair, is accompanied by a letter stating it was bought early in 1930 when visiting Kyoto. The purchaser was told it took 1 craftsman 7 years to make, together with another screen, which was bought by Prince George, Duke of Kent and given as a present to Queen Mary. Sold with the purchaser's explanatory letter and history of the Nogawa Co.

Another single owner collection of 130 highly collectable Royal Crown Derby paperweights, grouped together in 33 lots, brings a splash of colour and character to the ceramics section, which includes porcelain, Meissen, Worcester, rare Lladro, and a large collection of Coalport figures.

Two early 18th century portraits and an oil painting by John Moore of Ipswich, 1820 – 1902, Cottage in a landscape with figures est. £300 – 500 are two lots from a fine selection of over 100 lots of paintings and prints.

Mid-Century furniture is currently the most fashionable area of the furniture market and we are pleased to offer a suite of blonde Ercol to include a coffee table, sideboard, dining table, chairs and armchairs, with estimates starting from £70.


‘The Bookbinding Sale - Tools, Materials & Equipment, Related and Antiquarian Books’, with over 100 lots this is a timed auction. The sale comprises the contents from 3 studio workshops including highly collected brass hand tools, book presses, blocking presses, plan chests, fine leather and book cloth, marble papers, leather paring tools and much more besides.



If you like an auction with variety and prices to suit, then Young’s of Farnham’s pre-Christmas sale could be for you. All auctions are online, but people may not realise that we have 2 viewing days before the auction and that we are delighted to welcome bidders to the saleroom on auction day.

Toys from yesteryear continue to be a big collecting field for grown-up children. Tri-ang is no exception and we feature a Willy’s Jeep child’s pedal car complete with its rear mounted Jerry can and spare wheel in US markings, est. £150 – 250, as well as a Routemaster (No. 93 Wimbledon) pull-along bus, with bell and decals est. £ 100 - 150 . Two Lots of Spot-On Tri-ang models are rare in good condition, E.R.F. 68G Flat bed truck No. 109/2P is one such, est. £150 – 250. Railway enthusiasts are well catered for with a variety of continental/British locomotives and rolling stock.

An outpouring of passion may not be what is generally associated with a visit to an auction, but the beautifully crafted Royal Copenhagen figure of the ‘Wave and Rock’ sculpture, offered with an estimate of £150 – 250, clearly displays this emotion.

Young’s festive offering of wines and spirits is not to be missed. Two bottles of 19th century vintage Cognac feature est. £500 – 800 each, not to mention aged whiskies, Champagne and wines from around the world. Glass has for centuries played an indispensible part in our enjoyment of fine wines. From Georgian times through to today, glass manufacturers have employed skilled glass blowers, engravers and gilders to create the finest wine glasses, decanters, and other glass for the table. Young’s sale offers the chance to buy glass from the 18th century to the present day, such as specimen jars, dwarf ales, rummers, air twists, even a rare wyrthen amethyst coloured decanter (see image).

There is no doubt that silver on a dining table (if you still have one!) looks stunning, and that buying at auction is still relatively affordable especially when compared to retail prices. Young’s are pleased to offer a selection of exceptional pieces of silver to include a large Edwardian tray, 3.9kg, est. £1500 – 2000, a presentation quart tankard, 1.25kg, est. £500 – 800, a hammered bowl with cabochons and a pierced floral rim made in Birmingham dated 1910, est. £120 – 180, a fine example of the renowned work of the Arts & Crafts silversmith Albert Edward Jones.

Jewellery, such as the stunning platinum, diamond and sapphire brooch set 27 sapphires and 43 diamonds (see image) est. £1500 -2000 might be considered as the perfect gift for Christmas. With over 100 Lots of jewellery it is fortunate that there is enough to go round.

From all the staff at Young’s at Farnham we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS!



When, only two weeks ago, Young’s Auctions took delivery of two Coronation chairs from the family of a peer, one present in Westminster Abbey for the Coronation of King George VI, the other for our late Queen Elizabeth II; life was very different, they now seem to hold an added poignancy. The chairs will be offered for sale in our forthcoming sale on 1st October, estimated at £100-200 each.
Young’s Auctions are proud to offer for sale a number of lots recalling those days when ‘The Few’, saved our nation from invasion and Bomber Command’s heroic pilots took the fight to the heart of Nazi Germany. 'Running Airman', a sculpture in bronze, by Faith Winter FRBS (1927-2017), estimate £300-500, and ‘Scrambling Pilot’ by James Butler, MBE RA (1931 – 2022), both depict a Battle of Britain pilot dashing for his aircraft. ‘Scrambling Pilot’ is the prototype resin maquette, estimate £500-800, the forerunner to a limited edition of 10 bronze statues by the world-renowned sculptor, commissioned by the late Air Vice Marshall ‘’Freddie’’ Hurrell, Director of Appeals for the RAF Benevolent Fund from 1988 to 1995.
Other items from AVM ‘’Freddie’’ Hurrell’s involvement with fund raising activities include associated material from the production of ‘’So Few’’, a limited-edition folio to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and a few years later a similarly fitting tribute to the WW2 bomber pilots, "So Many". These include over 100 autographs of RAF pilots featured in the limited edition folios, a bronze relief of a pilot's head by James Butler the prototype for the one used on the front cover of "So Many", two signed copies of the menu from the Honours Banquet held on 3rd December 1990 as part of the Battle of Britain 50th anniversary celebrations to honour the pilots, one copy signed by 24 pilots, the other signed by 23 pilots.
Highlights of the many paintings in the sale include a gift from the artist Frederick Elwell (1870-1958) to his friend, renowned sculptor Sir William Reid Dick K.C.V.O., R.A. (1879–1961), of an oil painting of a sculpture and memorial under construction, signed 'Fred Elwell to Reid Dick', estimate £600-800, and a Lake District watercolour by the celebrated landscape artist William Heaton Cooper R.A. (1903-1995), estimate £800-1000.
Two original film posters from ‘Alien’ and other related material are anticipated to do well. Jewellery, so attractive and desirable, features prominently with a single vendor collection as do coins, oriental ceramics and traditional antiques. Please contact our valuers for more information. Viewing days are Thursday and Friday before the sale on Saturday 1st October at 11.00am.



A discovery in the attic reveals a royal connection and evidence of the relationship between Queen Victoria and her famous gillie John Brown as portrayed by Dame Judi Dench and Sir Billy Connelly in the film ‘Her Majesty, Mrs Brown’. Following John Brown's death in 1883 the depth of Queen Victoria’s feelings and respect for John Brown were marked by the commissioning of a Brown memorial brooch (designed by Her Majesty), with the late gillie's head to one side and the Royal monogram on the other. The brooch was presented by Her Majesty to her Highland servants and cottagers, to be worn by them on the anniversary of his death, together with a mourning scarf.
The example for sale with Young’s of Farnham was presented by Queen Victoria to John Michie, her wood forester at Balmoral Castle in September 1883 and given by John Michie MVO to his grandson, also John Michie, on 2 January 1920, and thence by descent. A Balmoral Castle card with these details and signed “John Michie”, Late Commissioner at Balmoral is included in this lot. John Michie’s close association of employment with the royal family lasted for 39 years until his retirement in 1919, estimate £3000 - £5000. Two further lots with a royal connection from the same source also feature.
In a week where temperatures have gone through the roof, we anticipate high levels of interest in Young’s of Farnham silver and jewellery sale (over 300 lots) on Saturday 30th July, with public viewing on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th from 11.00am.
To contact one of our specialists for further information or consigning items to auction, please call 01252 716082.


NEWS MAY 2022 

Perhaps the best moments of an auction are the surprises when the hammer goes down and the result is better than you could have expected or hoped for; Young’s sale on Saturday 30th April had at least two of those to savour.
A 19th century Chinese famille verte vase achieved £4,160 (inc. buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £600 – 800; prices remain strong for Chinese pieces in spite of the pandemic and recent travel restrictions. The vendor was delighted and had good cause to be, for along with a number of other fine Lots they achieved the highlights of the sale with two Irish paintings one of which created a house record!
Colin Middleton, MBE RHA (Irish 1910-1983), had painted the oil on canvas 'March'(a landscape with rocky peaks in the distance), in 1950. As one of his early works, in excellent condition and still in its’ original frame the desirability factor greatly increased. Irish paintings from artists of his calibre are much in demand and the estimate of £11000 – 14000 both reflected this and drew in bidders. Advertised online and in art publications a high level of interest resulted in a telephone bidding battle lasting some minutes that culminated in the record price of £29,900 (inc. buyer’s premium). The significance of this as a house record is satisfying but more importantly the vendor was selling to help raise funds for him and his wife’s care, it was an emotional moment knowing what an extra £10,000 on top of expectations could do for them. As a business in Farnham that offers a particular service to the community it is a pleasure to meet people and hope you can make a difference.
Looking ahead, uncertainty in the global economy is often reflected in the price of gold and silver, seen by many as a safe investment when stocks and shares are not performing well. At Young’s of Farnham clients who together have just sold over 230 Lots of gold, silver and jewellery realised substantial gains in our last sale and we are hoping to satisfy demand with another silver and jewellery sale in July – consignments for this sale are most welcome. Please contact Christopher Young 01252 716082 or by email attaching images with your enquiry.



Farnham enjoys a rich cultural heritage, very much alive today in the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Farnham Maltings and Farnham Pottery. Last year Young’s Auctions held a single owner sale for the estate of the late Margaret Bide who was connected with the UCA for over thirty years, as student, lecturer and finally department head. This year our Spring Sale on 30th April reflects this local heritage with items including a rare Farnham Pottery Owl umbrella/stick stand, guide £200-300 and a very much smaller Owl jug, £100-150.
Charles Bone painter, muralist and ceramist, born in Farnham is a well-known watercolourist whose paintings reside in many international collections. Young’s Auctions are pleased to offer two paintings, a view of Shackleford Village, guide £30-50 and the impressive view of Farnham Maltings, £100-200.
Highlights of our forthcoming sale include a rare Christopher Dresser design, silver plated teapot and sugar bowl Pat. No.2273, by James Dixon & Sons, guide £3000-5000; fine paintings by Robert Lenkiewicz (British 1941-2002) Nude study £2000-3000, Colin Middleton, MBE RHA (Irish 1910-1983) Landscape £7000-10000, Letitia Marion Hamilton (Irish 1878-1964) seascape £10000-12000.
Viewing by appointment: Thursday 28th and Friday 29th April, 11.00am – 7.00pm only. Auction day Saturday 30th April, 10.00am start.



COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY DISCOVERED AT YOUNG’S! Well to be precise one George VI florin dated 1943 (see image); but it is indicative of a serious business that even in the recent past deprived the economy of millions of pounds, the crime of counterfeiting was punishable by death until 1832. The coin forms part of a consignment of over 7000 coins from a deceased estate containing Gold Sovereigns, Georgian and Victorian silver coins, coins in their original sealed bank bags and rare 19th century banknotes (see image). Young’s is also fortunate to have a number of stamp collections for sale.
The current focus on Russia and the Ukraine will no doubt cause people and hopefully politicians, to reflect on the impact of war. The memorabilia of war is a collecting field not without controversy; is it right to sell Nazi related items…..or even preserve them? The engraved brass table lighter (see image) links the Hitler Youth with the 12th Panzer Division from where it derived a large proportion of its enlisted soldiers. How do youngsters of today comprehend what they experienced? If they are used as educational tools, as a tactile and tangible connection with a past that is fading from living memory, even lighters can be relevant.
Coins and militaria form the backbone of our forthcoming sale but there is much more besides. Our catalogue will be online from Monday 21st February.



Christmas is around the corner and like it or not we are, or soon will be, looking frantically for presents in the shops or online. Why not cut out the stress, and consider buying with Young’s Auctions of Farnham at our ‘Festive Spirit Sale’, on Saturday 27th November, starting at 11.00am. We have over 70 lots of first class wines and spirits on offer including many old bottlings of single malt whiskies such as The Macallan 10 Years old 100 proof, expected to sell for over £800. For Christmas dinner a glass of Chateau Lestage, Barsac-St.Emilion 1970 would be a wonderful accompaniment to roast beef or Turkey, with pudding a Grand Cru Sauternes, Chateau Doisy-Vedrines, 1972, luscious and sweet with honeyed tones. A fine glass of Cognac while watching the Queen’s Christmas address may warm the senses and all will seem right with the world. The range of Cognac available is superb; a bottle labelled ‘Henri Duport & Co, Grande Champagne Vintage 1865, matured in cask and later bottled possibly in the 1930’s, is guided £1500 - £2000. In a slightly different price bracket two old 1960’s bottlings of Booth’s House of Lords gin and Courvoisier 3 star Cognac are offered at £50 – 80. If towards the end of the day you only have room for cheese and biscuits a glass of port may be just the job with individual bottles such as Dow’s 1960, Warre’s 1985 or choose one from a case of Croft 1978.

Memories of childhood can be unlocked once more with Toys such as Action Man, Tonka cranes, Scalextric, Hornby train sets, Dinky and Corgi, all these and more feature in the sale as do Football annuals such as ‘Shoot’ from the 1960’s,70’s. ‘Crossfire – The fastest rapid-fire action game ever!’ has caught the eye of many visiting the auction rooms to bring in items for sale and could be playing a part in one families festivities this year.

With over 200 lots of jewellery and silver we hope to inject a bit of sparkle into Christmas so please watch out for the catalogue in the week leading up to the auction.


Echoes of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ reverberate through the Autumn Fine Sale at Young’s Auctions of Farnham on Saturday 18th September following viewing on Thursday and Friday.

In 1964 BOAC Boeing 707 flight from London to Beirut via Zurich carried some very special passengers, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Jimmie Nicol…..well Ringo Starr was ill and Jimmie stood in for this tour. The pilot, First Officer John Goodwin flew them via refuelling in Zurich all the way to Beirut, he recalls ‘ they spent their time together in the lounge at the front of the plane, smoking, resting and talking. I went out to sit with them for a little while and chatted….they were very nice lads, very unassuming and relaxed, especially John’. The group he got on so well with signed a BOAC postcard for John and it is this which is being offered at £2000 – 3000, with a rock solid provenance.

Fashion and music, hugely influential in 1960’s and 70’s saw London acting as a magnet drawing in talent from across the world. A certain Gloria Gross, fashion designer, illustrator, graphic artist and ambitious to further her fashion career, arrived in London from South Africa in 1965 just in time to embrace the excitement of it all. Her design work in the UK, Europe and Japan built her reputation. The early 1970’s saw the glamorous and talented Gloria mixing with international stars such as Sean Connery (for whom she designed clothing), Sammy Davis Jnr, Marcello Mastroianni, Marcel Marceau and Tiny Tim. Her most influential and memorable design work in this period was for legendary singer Tom Jones, Gloria also acted as his Dresser and her work is demonstrated in photographs, one of which is signed by famous society photographer Lewis Morley and is offered at £200 – 400. Other Lots in the sale include polaroid photographs taken by Gloria of Sean Connery, and Sammy Davis Jnr ‘at home’ in her flat.

Pokemon catapults us back to the 21st century with a discovery made in a Newsagents that closed many years ago. A box of 72 unopened Pokemon Trading Game Card Base Set 2 Booster Packs was recently found languishing in a dusty corner, with each pack carrying an estimate of £100 -150 will be sold both in sets of four and individually.



‘’Strong results’’……was a welcome comment made about Young’s of Farnham’s last sale of Coins, Medals & Militaria. The sale included a rare 19th century Naval bayonet-sword that after stiff competition sold for £600’ a fine 19th Century gilt metal medal, with jewelled crown of The Ancient and Most Benevolent Order of Friendly Brothers of St Patrick, that despite some loss, sold for £800 against an estimate of £100 – 200.

Youngs’ Autumn Fine Sale is building to be rather special and features five Leica cameras including the Leica lllb with Elmar 50mm f/3.5 lens, which was the first Leica camera having the combined viewfinder/rangefinder eyepiece, it was the lens that started 35mm photography. These cameras were supplied to the Luftwaffe, during World War ll and "Luftwaffen-Eigentum" was stamped on the back vulcanite covering to highlight the ownership of these rare military cameras (estimate £1000 – 2000).

An enticing collection of 1960’s memorabilia includes personal photographs and polaroids of stars such as Sean Connery, Sammy Davis Jnr., works signed by artists including The Beatles, Sammy Davis Jnr, Tiny Tim, as well as dressing room photographs of Tom Jones, including one signed by the photographer Lewis Morley.



Greeting cards arriving through the letter box at Christmas and important occasions are anticipated when they are from Granny and Grandpa, Aunt Ethel or Uncle Stan…….but ‘Monty’( his official title was Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KGGCBDSOPCDL) one of this country’s most well known soldiers, well that’s more unusual. It is also a rare item and more personal owing to the fact that the majority of items are signed ‘Montgomery of Alamein F. M.’ In addition the Navy is also represented by Lord Louis Mountbatten, with another Christmas card signed ‘Mountbatten of Burma’. These cards and other items signed by Barbara Cartland, Marina Duchess of Kent and Queen Mary are on offer in Young’s Auction on Saturday 10th July.

A pond……to a numismatist (coin collector or enthusiast) is very different to the watery environment inhabited by frogs and newts. A South African 22ct gold coin known as a ‘pond’ (the fore runner of the world famous Krugerrand) was first minted in 1892 under the orders of the President of South Africa, Paul Kruger. The design (based on the most influential coin in the world at the time – the British Sovereign) was outsourced to a German designer Otto Schultz, who believed the Voortrekker caravan that was to feature on the coin’s reverse had two shafts that would connect it to horses pulling the caravan. This was a big mistake as the caravan had one shaft and was pulled by oxen! The design was altered and the offending coins withdrawn, but not before the news got out and keen eyed collectors acquired some that were in circulation. The coin on offer in Young’s sale is regarded as nearly extra fine (n.e.f), estimated at £300 – 400.

Youngs’s forthcoming sale on 10th July also features militaria including medals, swords, bayonets, RAF Wing Commander’s uniform, Dunhill lighter with RFC wings badge, Bofors 40mm reflector gun sights to name but a few items. Following retirement the contents of a lighting restorer’s workshop are offered, including chandeliers, oil lamps, and a huge variety of parts no longer manufactured or difficult to source. The Attic section of our sale includes ceramics, books, furniture and something for everyone. 


Coins, medals and militaria feature in Farnham at Young’s next sale on Saturday 10th July, starting at 11.00am. Gordon Patrick, coin specialist with over 50 years of auction experience, is delighted to have identified a small exceedingly rare (and possibly unique) George III Ionian Islands Lepton, dated 1819 apparently unrecorded, with an estimate of £300 – 500.

Thomas Telford (1757-1834) one of Britain’s greatest civil engineers, responsible for a huge road building programme and feats of engineering such as the Menai Straits Bridge. In recognition of his achievements he was elected as the first president of the British Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Following a bequest made by Thomas Telford and introduced in 1835 the Telford Medal (featuring the Menai Bridge on the reverse), in Gold, Silver or Bronze, is a prize awarded by (ICE) for a paper or series of papers regarded as most seminal or influential. The bust of Telford was designed by William Wyon and our medal is also signed "J. S. and A. B. Wyon" a collaboration of Joseph Shepherd Wyon and his brother, Alfred Benjamin Wyon. The Silver medal offered by Young’s was awarded to John Gamble and has an edge inscription ‘’Telford Premium 1887. John George Gamble, M.A., M. Inst. C. E’’, grading is ‘nearly extremely fine’ (n.e.f), guided at £200 – 300.

Always very poignant are groups of First World War medals offered together with a bronze death plaque which commemorates a life lost/given in the service of their country. Lieutenant Montague Pern, Royal Army Medical Corps, was killed in action while tending a wounded man under fire. The group of medals includes the 1914 ‘Mons Star’, War and Victory medals, guided £100 – 150.

Montague Pern’s nephew, Colonel A. S. Pern O.B.E., T.D., R.A.M.C, keeping the family connection served with distinction in the Royal Army