World War II D-Day Royal Navy medals, diaries, maps and charts for auction in York

D-Day medal group at Wombells
D-Day medal group at Wombells

DOCUMENTS and maps which give a deeply personal insignt into the D-Day landings will go under the hammer at auction this weekend.

Wombell’s antiques and fine art auctioneers of Upper Poppleton will sell the medals, diaries and charts of a former naval seaman who took part in one of the pivotal moments of World War II.

Auctioneer Matt Harris said: “The gentleman in question was a Mr G.N Ennis originally from Sheffield, but lately of Green Hammerton, a railwayman when he left the navy.

“He was a radio / wireless operator in the navy and the collection - together with his medal group - is the ephemera he kept.

“There are pocket diaries for most of the war, a short memoir, various photographs and snapshots, examination papers, qualification and release papers, the call up paper from june 1942 for the RN / RM Plymouth cricket team, a pair of bathing shorts embroidered with various station names, and a German bayonet.” Mr Harris said the documentation dealt with his service at home and hinted at involvment in the Sicily / Italy campaign and North Africa.

“The D-Day material includes a series of types “Top Secret” call signs etc, the map of Sword beach as shown in part, the order of assault for Sword beach, etc together with a collection of original official photo prints of the beaches just after the landings and a White Ensign flag which looks about the right size and design the have been a beach party ensign possibly used at D-Day.”

The catalogue estimate will be £400 to £500, and the group will go auction on March 24.

There are also other World War II interest groups of medals in the sale.

Highlights from the last sale included a Georgian walnut chest at £5,000; a Dutch 17th century medal at £3,800; and a 19th century portrait of HMS Serapis for £2,200.