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Mr. Alexander Davison's Medal for the Nile 1798, 48mm, bronze, pierced with ring suspension (has been “worn with pride”) Awarded to the survivors of the Battle of the Nile in 1798 by Alexander Davison of Birmingham, Nelson's Prize Agent. Good Fine +





Nelson’s Return Home Medal 1800, white metal bust, left reverse Britannia hailing Nelson’s ship 38mm (BHM 490 – Eimer 918 – Hardy 22 – MH490). Nearly very fine




Copper Medal from Mudies series of National Medals, Admiral Nelson bust to obverse. Reverse ‘Ne a Baruham En 1758 Mort En 1804.’ Dated 1816 near base. Good very fine





Bronze Medal by T. Webb. 41mm. Obverse, Adm Visc Nelson K.B.D. of Bronte young head. Reverse. Nile 1st Aug 1798, Copenhagen 28 Apr 1801, Trafalgar 21st Oct 1805. (BHM595 – Hardy 88). Good very fine





1805 Silvered Bronze Medal by Thomas Webb. Obverse – Head of Nelson left. ‘Vicecom Nelson OB PATRIAM PUGN ANDO MORT OCT XXI MDCCCV’ Reverse – Bellona advancing across the sea 54mm IPSE BELLI FULMEN. Scarce. Very fine









Brass Medalet. Obverse ‘H VICECOM NELSON’ with head and shoulders of Nelson. Reverse ‘Died in Defence of his country Oct 21st 1805’. Very fine




Nelson White Metal Medal. Obverse ‘Admiral Lord Nelson’ Reverse ‘The Nelson Column Trafalgar’ Squ. London. Tenerife, Copenhagen, Nile, Trafalgar. Taylor, Birmingham. W. Bailton Esq Arch 1843. Nearly extremely fine





Military General Service Medal 1848, three clasps Pyrenees, Orthes, Toulouse named to Lieutenant F. Wheatley, Royal Artillery. Good very fine





Military General Service Medal, clasp Salamanca. JOSEPH SANDS, 4th FOOT. (King's Own Royal Lancaster Regt.) 217 Salamanca bars to Regt. Copy medal roll & Discharge Papers. Born Tulalish, Bambridge, Down, Ireland. Enlisted 24.5.1804, served 14 years  'With the Regiment in action at the Battle of Salamanca and Palintia, at the latter he was wounded'. 'Wound, pistol shot in right foot'. (officers carried pistols) His only medal. Nearly very fine





Waterloo Medal 1815, fitted with large straight silver suspension bar; (DANIEL LIDDLE 1ST BATT, 71ST REG. FOOT). Daniel Liddle served at the Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815 as a Private in Captain A.J. McIntyre's Company of the 1st Battalion, 71st Regiment of Foot - the Highland Light Infantry. The 1st Battalion, 71st Foot were part of Lieutenant General Lord Hill's 2nd Corps, serving within the 2nd Division which was commanded by Lieutenant General Sir Henry Clinton, and as part of Major General F. Adam's 3rd British Brigade, and numbered 810 men at the battle, but suffered 202 casualties, with 1 officer killed and 14 other wounded, and 24 other ranks killed and 160 wounded and 3 missing. Some polishing, and contact wear and scuffing, hence Very fine





Naval General Service Medal 1848, clasp Eurotas 25th February 1814, named to William James. 1 of only 32 bars issued for this action. With copy of medal roll. The action involved in the capture of the Clorinde, The Eurotas a Frigate 21 killed, 39 wounded, and the Clorinde suffered 20 killed and 40 wounded, whilst being captured, towed to Portsmouth, and renamed the Aurora. Sold in Sothebys as Lot 47 on 25th June 1976. One small edge-knock to the reverse rim at 9 o’clock, otherwise Good very fine





Naval General Service Medal 1848, clasp Java, to 2nd Lieutenant John S. Field, Royal Marines. Served on HMS Hussar which received 42 clasps, 7 to officers and 35 to other ranks. Lieutenant Field was invalided from the service on 1st July 1812, reason unknown. With copy service papers. Fitted with ornate laurel leaf top clasp. Good very fine





Punjab Medal, two clasps, Mooltan, Goojerat SAML. WHITEHEAD, 10th FOOT. (Lincolnshire Regt.) KILLED IN ACTION GOOJERAT 21.2.1849. RARE casualty to the Regt. with 7 K.I.A. at Goojerat. Copy medal roll confirming K.I.A. Edge bruising,Good fine





Punjab Medal, two clasps, Chilianwala, Goojerat to J. BATES, 3rd LT. DRAGNS. Copy Rolls Sutlej Medal (16th Lancers) & Punjab Medal (3rd Light Dragoons), Discharge Papers, 1569 Private John Bates, from Oughton Henry, Durham. Served from 27.11.1828 firstly with 16th Lancers till 28.2.1846 as 561 Private John Bates, entitled Ghuznee 1839, Sutlej Medal for Aliwal bar Sobraon with them. Confirmed on roll for the 16th Lancers entitled Aliwal bar which covers their famous charge at ALIWAL. Sutlej roll marked “Volunteered to 3rd Light Dragoons” earning this Punjab Medal 2 bars. Not entitled L.S.G.C. (served 17 years) Regt. numbers 561 & 1569 confirmed on papers, discharged 14.9.1852. Minor edge knocks (see website pictures) otherwise Very fine





Punjab Medal, two clasps, Chilianwala and Goojerat, named to W. Walters, 9th Lancers. Also entitled to Indian Mutiny Medal with Delhi bar. Disabled due to wounds at Delhi and Discharged. Nearly extremely fine





Punjab Medal, two clasps, Mooltan and Goojerat, named to Corporal G. Gull, 1st Battalion, 60th Royal Rifles. GVF




South Africa Medal 1853, named to A. Blount, 1st Rifle Brigade. Toned, Very fine




South Africa Medal 1853, named to Corporal John Frame, 91st Regiment. Good very fine





PTE. GEORGE LOWNES The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment Killed in Action Sebastopol 29.8.1855.Crimea Medal 1854, bar Sebastopol (loose on ribbon as issued) G. LOWNES. 33rd REGT. officially impressed naming. 3657 Pte. George Lownes enlisted at Liverpool 6.9.1854. Served in the Crimea from 17.6.1855 and was killed in the trenches at Sebastopol 29.8.1855. Copies casualty & muster rolls, some minor nicks to edge, otherwise Very fine





Sergeant J.W. Tilley, 4th Royal Regiment. Crimea Medal, three clasps, Alma, Inkermann and Sebastopol engraved to Sergeant J.W. Tilley, 4th Royal Regiment. Turkish Crimea Medal, Sardinian issue, fitted with replacement straight bar suspension. Light contact marks otherwise, (2) Very fine





Turkish Crimea Medal, Sardinian Issue. Good very fine




Turkish Crimea Medal, Sardinian issue. Unnamed as issued. With a Crimea Medal suspender. Generally very fine




Turkish Crimea Medal, British issue. Unnamed as issued. With a ring suspender. Good very fine





India General Service Medal 1854, clasp: Pegu; (CAPTN. PETER B. YOUNG. 19TH: REGT. M.N.I.) Peter Brockhurst Young was born in London on 4th June 1809, and then christened as Saint Mary's Lewisham, on 26th July 1809. He later joined the Honourable East India Company Forces, being accepted as a Cadet at Addiscombe and then passed into the college in 1826, and was commissioned as an Ensign into the 19th Madras Native Infantry on 21st February 1828, being then promoted to Lieutenant within the 19th Madras Native Infantry on 16th February 1833. He married Elizabeth Lucy Sheppard at Velore in India on 15th April 1835, and was then appointed to the Staff as Adjutant of the 19th Madras Native Infantry on 25th November 1836. Young took part in the Burma campaign of 1852, in what became known as the Second Burma War and came about due to the unwillingness of the King of Ava to abide by the Treaty of Yendaboo which had been sent up on 24th February 1826 after the first Burma War. the treaty allowed the British trading facilities in the port of Rangoon and ceded several provinces to the Honourable East India Company. The loss of territory was a hard blow to the Burmese and it remained a critical issue in British-Burmese relations. In 1852 violations of the treaty included the molestation of shipping, attacks on British warships, and the alleged ill treatment of British subjects. Attempts to obtain satisfaction failed and war was declared on 2nd April 1852. A squadron under Commodore G. Lambert and an expeditionary force under Major General Henry Godwin were dispatched on 28th March 1852. Fighting was concentrated in the Irrawaddy delta around Rangoon. Martaban was captured on 5th April, Rangoon on 14th April, Bassein on 19th May, Pegu on 4th April, being was then recaptured on the 21st November; Prome on 10th October, and on 20th December the Pegu province was annexed. The situation was further complicated by unrest in the country, led by Myat-Toon, who had his stronghold near Donubyu. At the British capture of Donubyu, Ensign Garnet Wolseley, 80th Foot, especially distinguished himself. By the start of 1853, most of the resistance had ceased and the whole of the Burmese coast from Chittagong down to Rangoon and Pegu passed into the British hands. The war officially ended on 30th June 1853. Young was promoted to Captain within the 19th Madras Native Infantry in the London Gazette for 22nd June 1854, and then died in Madras on 22nd May 1858 when holding the rank of Brevet Major, and his may possibly have been as a result of the Indian Mutiny as a large number of the mutineers came from the Madras Regiment's. He had one daughter and two sons,  Charlotte Young born 1844 and died 1847, George Ernly Young, born 22nd November 1850, and Harry Francis Young, born on 24th November 1854. Young's wife died on 27th September 1866.  Very slight surface scuffing, Good very fine





India General Service Medal 1854, clasp Jowaki 1877-8 1454 to TRUMPR. J. COLLIER, 13/9th. R.A. Scarce rank of TRUMPETER (later Trumpet Major) much rarer than Drummer. Interestingly only 4 Jowaki I.G.S.'s named to TRUMPETER to the British Army. 38 Jowaki's issued to this R.A. unit. Copy Afghan Roll, Discharge Papers, born Woolwich, Kent, aged 14 joined R.A., 29.1.1867 as a Trumpeter, served 5th & 13th Brigade, H.Q. Ough Div., served 1867 - 1888 rising through the ranks to Serjeant Trumpeter & Trumpet Major, entitled Afghan bar Ali Musjid as Trumpet Major R.A. & L.S.G.C. awarded 1886. Intended place of residence Bridge Inn, Barlow St., Derby. One edge knock otherwise Nearly Very FineOne e/k otherwise Nearly very fine





India General Service Medal 1854, two clasps, Burma 1887-89, Burma 1885-7 to  4974 PTE. P. DIAMOND, 1st. Bn. RIF. BRIG. Copy Discharge Papers. 4974 Private Patrick Diamond from Maghera, Co. Londonderry 1858, enlisted in the Rifle Brigade July 1881, served with the 1st Batt. In Upper Burma, Oct. 1886 - Feb. 1889. Discharged Aug. 1893. Bars mounted in this order as is normal, top bar with extra pierced holes both sides made when trying to add 2nd bar to 1st without `ears' ! Good very fine





India General Service Medal 1854, two clasps, Burma 1885-7 and Burma 1887-89, named to 7888 Private J. Browne, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade. With copy medal roll, invalided to England. Suspender slack, otherwise Good very fine





India General Service Medal 1854, clasp North West Frontier, named to 828 J.Ames H.M's 1st. Bn. 6th Regt.(Royal Warwickshires). With copy service papers Born 5th February 1879 papers confirm award of the IGS 54 with clasp North West Frontier. Born London attested Norwich,Norfolk 19th December 1860 his trade was a groom and his residence was Norwich. Good very fine





India General Service Medal 1854, clasp Northwest Frontier to 1726 PTE. J. PRIOR, 3 Bn. RIF. BDE. (Impressed) 1726 Private John Prior served with the 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade as part of Brevet Colonel A.D. McDonell's Expedition against Sultan Muhammed Khan on the North West Frontier of India December 1863 - January 1864. Discharged March 1868. surname officially corrected. Nearly extremely fine





India General Service Medal 1854, clasp Burma 1887-89 named to Francis Vaughan Whittall, Colonel, 3rd Infantry, Hyderabad Contingent. Born Agra, March 1861, educated at Wellington College and Sandhurst. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, in the Leinster Regiment in July 1881, transferred to the Indian Army and posted to the Hyderabad Contingent, promoted Lieutenant August 1883, served with the 3rd Infantry Battalion in Burma 1887-88. Promoted Captain he then served as a Special Service officer with the 1st Hyderabad Contingent in China 1900, issued medal and mentioned in despatches in the London Gazette of 13th September 1901. Promoted Major, during 1903-04, he served in Aden in operations in the interior. He was advanced Lieutenant Colonel, June 1904, retired with the Brevet rank of Colonel 1912, rejoined 1914 and commanded the 10th Service Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, and the 2nd Home Service Garrison Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, during the Great War, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. He died in East Grinstead on 6th October 1939. Good very fine





India General Service Medal 1854, clasp: Chin-Lushai 1889-90; (503 PTE. A. HEMSLEY 1ST: BN: K.O. SCO. BORD), together with original named card box of issue. Alfred Hemsley served as a Private (No.503) with the 1st Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers on operations in Burma during the period from 13th November 1889 to 30th April 1890 with the Burma Column commanded by Brigadier General W.P. Symons against the Chin Tribe. His medal was claimed at Devonport on 16th March 1891. Extremely fine





India General Service Medal 1854, clasp Burma 1885-7, named in running script to Captain F.B. Anderson, M.S.C. Colonel Edward Brooke Anderson, Wing Officer, 24th Madras Native Infantry and Brigade Transport Officer during the Burma Campaign, retired 1902. Initial F is incorrectly engraved on the medal. Good very fine 





India General Service Medal 1854, two clasps, Hazara 1891 and Samana 1891 (this loose on ribbon), named to 4473 Private W. Dowle, 1st Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. With copy rolls, showing entitled to both clasps and issued separately. GVF





India General Service Medal 1854, two clasps, Burma 1885-7, Burma 1887-89 2263 PTE. D. SULLIVAN, 2d. Bn. R. SCO. FUS. Copy Discharge papers. Daniel Sullivan from St. Anns, Cork.Served 1st Boer War 1880 with 2/21st Regt. (Royal Scot's Fusiliers) from 15.3.1878 & embarked for South Africa 22.2.1879 covering the actions involved there were the Siege of Potchefstroom 12.12.1880-21.3.1881, Swart Kopjes 6.1.1881, Elandsfontein Ridge 16.1.1881, Sieges of Pretoria & Rustenberg, being the actions where they sustained casualties - entitled South Africa Zulu Medal bar 1879. To East Indies 5.1.1882. Discharged 21.7.1893 having been sentenced to penal servitude. Unofficial lugs between first and 2nd bars as issued loose. 78 medals issued with both bars. Very minor edge bruising otherwise Nearly extremely fine





India General Service Medal 1854, clasp Burma 1887-89 2180 QR. MR. SERGT. W. WOOD, 2d. Bn. CHES. R. (Cheshire Regiment) Copy Discharge Papers, from Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Entitled L.S.G.C. Good senior N.C.O. rank. Quarter Master Sergeant. `ood' of surname officially corrected. Good very fine





India General Service Medal 1854, clasp, Waziristan 1894-95 3817 PTE. B. RALTON, 2d. Bn. BORDER REGT. (55th Foot) edge nick otherwise Nearly very fine





India General Service Medal 1854, two clasps, Burma 1885-7 and Burma 1887-89 named to 6520 Private W. Micklefield, 1stBattalion, Rifle Brigade. Good very fine





India General Service Medal 1854, clasp Hazara 1891 named to 1659 Drummer J. McLaren, 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. With copy medal roll. Good very fine





Indian Mutiny Medalclasp Lucknow to EDWD. EVANS, 1st Bn. 23rd R.W. FUSRS, to 5512 Private Edward Evans, born Oswestry, served with the 23rd Foot at Lucknow in the Mutiny, died 25.1.1859. GVF





Indian Mutiny Medalclasp Central India to FACKER ODEEN 1st. REGIMENT N.I. Very fine





China Medal 1857, two clasps, Taku Forts 1860 and Pekin 1860, officially impressed to Private Thomas Martin, Royal Marines Light Infantry. With copied paperwork. Born Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1839. Enlisted at Calcutta, India in December 1859, formerly a clerk. Served as a Private in the 116th Woolwich Company from December 1859 until November 1861, when he purchased his discharge for £20. Nearly extremely fine





New Zealand Medal 1863-64, named to Private J. Richards, Royal Marines, HMS Curacoa. Serving on HMS Curacoa as part of the 34th Company, Portsmouth Division. Only 478, 1863-4 medals to RN & RM. 187 to Curacao. Born 14th July 1831 at Colyton, Devon. He was married and a Blacksmith prior to joining the R.M.L.I. previous ship HMS Edgar in 1860. Discharged 20/2/1867 at Portsmouth Barracks. With paperwork, REF ADM 38/7902. Good very fine





A very fine New Zealand War Medal 1845-1870, undated reverse, late issue impressed naming, awarded to Private Peter Gilligan, 65th the 2nd Yorkshire North Riding Regiment of Foot, who is confirmed as having been present at Auckland, New Zealand in 1861 during the Maori War, and fought in the operations against the Taranaki, and specifically the attack on Mahoetahi where he 'shot one Waikato, and brained another with the butt end of his rifle.' New Zealand War Medal 1845-1870, undated reverse, late issue impressed naming; (3571 PTE P. GILLIGAN. 65TH FOOT.) Awarded to Private (No.3571) Peter Gilligan, 65th the 2nd Yorkshire North Riding Regiment of Foot, who is confirmed as having been present at Aukland, New Zealand in 1861 during the Maori War, and fought in the operations against the Taranaki, and specifically the attack on Mahoetahi. The following account taken from The History of the Taranaki by B. Wells and published in 1878 gives the following information, specifically amongst a passage concerning Gilligan's deeds in action. 'Mahoetahi is a hill a little to the westward of the Waiongona river, through which the Devon Road now passes. It is of volcanic ormation, and is one of a series of small volcanic mounds in the neighborhood which are called collectively Ngapuketurua, and as we have already stated are the sites of the first settlements of the Ngatiawa tribe in the district. Kingi having appealed to Waikato for help, received a powerful reinforcement from that tribe. On the 5th of November, news reached town that the Waikatos had crossed the Waitara river in force, and that they would probably be in the neighborhood of Mahoetahi on the following morning. It was at once arranged by General Pratt that a force from New Plymouth, and another from the camp at Waitara under Major Nelson, should march so as to join early in the morning at that place. This arrangement was carried into effect, and on the forces arriving at the spot it was found that the main body of the Waikatos  occupied an intrenchment on the crest of the Mahoetahi hill, in which were some entrenched whares. The detachment of the 65th Regiment, which had formed the advanced guard from town, now formed a line of skiimishers under Lieutenants Bailie and Toker, at the base of the hill, and extended towards their right. This body was commanded by Captain Turner. The Rifle Volunteers continued this extension towards the left, under the direction of Major Herbert ; and the 40th Regiment, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Leslie, were massed in columns, forming the reserve, while the detachment of the 12th Regiment, under Major Hutchins, which had formed the rear guard during the march, now remained in charge of the baggage and spare ammunition. The detachment of Artillery- under Captain Strover and Lieutenant McNaughten, rendered, as usual, important service. The whole force was commanded by Major-General Pratt, C.B., who throughout the engagement occupied a foremost place, and was much exposed to the hot and rapid fire of his determined enemy. The Waikatos commenced the action by firing the first shots from an old entrenched position in the crest of the Mahoetahi hill. This was quickly returned by the skirmishers, and after a short fire the 65th and Volunteers rushed up the hill, and stormed that position. Li performing this service they were exposed to heavy flanking fires, but it was not until they had entered the entrenchments that they experienced any loss. Within that confined space a heavy fire from entrenched whares laid low the gallant son of the Rev. H. H. Brown, a volunteer, not 16 years of age, and private F. Rooney, Light Company, 65th Regiment, while further towards the left Mr. Henry Edgecombe, aged 20, also of the Volunteers, received his mortal wound. Here Captain Turner was struck in the face by a musket ball, and Colonel Sillery slightly wounded. A rush was now made on the whares, and the bayonet speedily silenced all further annoyance. This service was accomplished by some 65th men and Rifle Volunteers. Some shells thrown into the raupo swamp caused the Waikatos to quit their lairs, and now commenced the work of extermination, for a detachment of the 40th under Major Nelson, and a company of the 65th, under Lieutenant Talbot, from Waitara (the latter advancing in skirmishing order), came up from the north side of the hill, and the Light Company of the 65th, led on by Lieutenant Urquhart (then forming a flank guard), closing on their centre, together with a good show of Eifle Volunteers. The rebels, who were almost surrounded, then dashed into the swamp, and a hand-to-hand encounter followed, the bayonet and the butt end of the rifle, when the bullet had missed, speedily convincing the brave enemy that the avenger was at hand. They commenced their retreat, still fighting with desperate valour, and in one of these encounters private McGivem met his fate, though not before the enemy had felt the effects of his prowess. They gradually got in the Huirangi road, followed by a part of the 65th, under Lieutenants Urquhart and Talbot, their retreating steps marked by pools of blood, and a storm of shot and shells bursting over and among them. In their terror they threw away their arms and pouches, and any articles of clothing that impeded their flight, and the pursuers followed them to near the Waiongona river, when fatigue alone compelled them to desist, for the day had been intensely hot, without a breath of air. The melee in the swamp had been a succession of desperate hand to hand encounters, and many instances of courage were exhibited on both sides. Private Gilligan, 65th, shot one Waikato, and brained another with the butt end of his rifle. Many other daring acts were witnessed, but must remain unrecorded as the individuals could not be identified. But the bayonet played a conspicuous part in the exciting scene. When all but the dead and mortally woimded Waikatos had disappeared, a reconnoitring party, under Major-Greneral Pratt, composed of 12th, supported by 65th, proceeded to Ngataiparirua, and came in sight of a pa having a red flag flying, but it was speedily hauled down, and a white flag half-mast high succeeded it. The party then proceeded round by Puketakaure, and thence returned to Mahoetahi In the course of the afternoon, after having buried in one grave some 28 or 29 Waikatos, the main body returned to the town (having left a strong force to retain possession of the field of battle), laden with Maori spoils, in the shape of double-barelled guns, ornaments, shawls, &c., with many battered and bloody, proving that they had not been parted with willingly. On the force passing the town barrier, loud and continued cheers proved to them that their conduct was duly appreciated by their countrymen. The list of casualties proves who bore the brimt of the day: — 65th Regiment, 2 killed, 10 wounded, 1 officer, wounded; Volunteers, 2 killed, 4 wounded ; 40th Regiment, 1 wounded.' As can be seen Private Peter Gilligan, there is only one man of the 65th Foot present with this rank and surname on the day, distinguished himself when he 'shot one Waikato, and brained another with the butt end of his rifle. Many other daring acts were witnessed, but must remain unrecorded as the individuals could not be identified. But the bayonet played a conspicuous part in the exciting scene.' His medal does not appear to have been issued till much later, and the style of impression may indicate that he did not receive or claim his medal till circa 1900, however it is correct as issued. Good very fine





Canada General Service Medal, clasp Fenian Raid named to 1428 Private P. Delaney, 1st Rifle Brigade. 175 issued to the battalion up to 1899. Nearly extremely fine








South Africa General Service Medal 1877-9, clasp '1879' - correct style of engraved naming - 1709 Pte. C.THOMAS, 2-24th.Foot (subsequently South Wales Borderers): The recipient is confirmed on the medal roll as, 'Engaged against the Zulus in 1879' : Sold with verification, slight edge bruising not effecting naming. Generally good very fine





Afghanistan Medal, clasp: Ali Musjid; (1463 PTE J. COLES. 10TH RL HUSSARS). Together with recipients original Solder’s Service and Accounts Book contained in its original leather wallet; and Parchment Reserve Certificate, date 24th December 1883. James Coles was born in Farnham, Surrey, and worked as a shoemaker prior to enlisting into the British Army at Canterbury, Kent when aged 19 on 11th May 1875, joining as a Private (No.1463) the 10th Royal Hussars, he was then posted out to India from 30th December 1877, he disembarked there on 3rd February 1878, and saw service during the Second Afghanistan War from 21st November 1878 through to 11th June 1879, being present at the capture of the hill fortress of Ali Musjid on 21st November 1878 as part of the Peshawar Force. Cole was transferred to the Army Reserve at Gosport on 24th December 1883. Confirmed as his sole medal entitlement. Good very fine





Afghanistan Medal 1878, two clasps Kabul and Kandahar to 1277 PTE. A. HOPKINS, 9th LANCERS. Copy medal Roll ('D' Coy.) Discharge Papers Alfred Hopkins born St. Michaels, Bath, Somerset, a butcher by trade, enlisted 9.1.1871, scalp wound 16.4.1881 'fall in canteen'. Served 18 years as Pte. L/Cpl., paid L/Cpl., & Corporal. Tried & reduced to Private 24.1.1876 Served India twice & Afghanistan twice, married 9.1.1875 Sarah Newcombe who was with him in the 9th Lancers, confirms Afghan & bars + K to K Star entitlement. Light contact marks, otherwise Nearly very fine





Afghanistan Medal 1878, two clasps Charasia, Kabul to B/629 PTE. J. McARTHUR, 92nd HIGHRS. Copy medal Roll John McArthur, Volunteered to 90th Regt. (2/Scot. Rifles) Light contact marks, otherwise Nearly very fine





Afghanistan Medal 1878, clasp Peiwar Kotal to 965. SERGT. M. BIRMINGHAM, 2/8th REGT. (Liverpool Regiment) Good Sergeant's medal. Nearly extremely fine




Afghanistan Medal 1878, clasp Ahmed Khel. 3796 GUNR. J. CONNOR, 11/11th. Bde. R.A. (11th Bty., 11th Brigade received 91 medals with this bar) Good very fine





Afghanistan Medal 1878, clasp Ahmed Khel, named to 1035 Private J. Anderson, 59th Foot. (2nd Nottinghamshire Regiment). Good very fine





Cape of Good Hope General Service Medal 1880-97, one bar Bechuanaland, Bandmr. E. Andrews. Queens. R. Vol. BANDMASTER, Queenstown Rifle Volunteers. Copy Roll 67 issued to Regiment, including 2 Officers & Band Sgt./Band Master E. Andrews. The medal being issued between 1900-1905 perhaps explains his rise in rank in the Band & being used for naming his medal. UNIQUE rank on the medal roll for Bandmaster, one other listed as Band Sgt. & two Band Cpl’s. Nearly very fine




Egypt Medal 1882, undated reverse, two clasps Suakin 1885 and Tofrek named to D. Taylor, Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Private David Taylor, wounded in action at Tofrek on 22nd March 1885, gunshot through the left thigh, invalided from the service in January 1887. With paperwork. Served HMS Duke of Wellington, October 1877-September 1879, HMS Asia, October 1880-January 1881, HMS Duke of Wellington October 1881 to September 1883, HMS Thunderer, September 1884 to April 1885. Royal Marine Battalion October 1884 to April 1885. Imprisoned 3 times including onboard Duke of Wellington for 14 days in August 1879. At Tofrek 7 Marines were killed and 16 wounded including Taylor. Good very fine





Egypt Medal, undated, two clasp, Suakin 1885 and Tofrek (W. Spillsbury, Pte. R.M.) The Battle of Tofrek was fought on March 22nd 1885, an engagement which only narrowly avoided becoming a military disaster. Tofrek was fought between the advance guard of General Graham's Suakin Field Force under General John McNeil VC, against Muslim Mahdist forces under Osman Dinga in the eastern Sudan. McNeil was seeking to establish a staging post for stores when his mixed force of the 1st Berkshire Regiment, Royal Marines, Engineers and Sikhs was set upon by a large force of Mahdists who had assembled under the cover of surrounding thick thorn bushes, or ‘zeriba'. At first the British response was hampered by confusion, dust, and black smoke form their new Martini-Henry rifles, but gradually they rallied in squares, their firepower told, and the enemy, armed with spears and swords, drew off. Arab losses were at least 1,600 and the British lost some 140. Light contact wear, Very fine





Egypt Medal, clasp Tel El Kebir, named in running script to Sepoy Mungul Sing, 7th Regiment, Native Infantry. Scarce to Indian Unit. No contact marks, Good very fine





Egypt Medal 1882, undated, bar Suakin 1885. 1759 Pte. H. Jones, 1/Shrops: L.I., Copy Medal Roll & Discharge Papers. Henry Jones, born 1862 in Wellington, Shropshire. Joined 53rd Regt. (Shropshire Light Infantry) 9.12.1880 serving 12 years in Malta 1883-1885 & Suakin 1885. Confirms Medal, Suakin 1885 bar & Khedive's Star. Good very fine





Egypt Medal 1882, undated, bar Suakin 1885. 4 PTE. W. SPAIN, 2/E. SURR: R. Unusual surname, copy Medal Roll, discharge papers of 659 Thomas William Spain 2/E. Surr: R. the last of 8 pages his "discharge of Militia Man" names him as T. William Spain so he liked the name William not Thomas. From Camberwell, London. (this possibly him). Served Egypt & E. Indies 26.9.1884-4.3.1890. Good low Regt. number '4'. Light pitting, otherwise Nearly very fine





Egypt Medal, no clasp, named to 1308 Private E. Cole, 2nd Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Also entitled to Khedives Star. With copy of rolls. Good very fine or better





Egypt Medal, no clasp, named to 25285 Corporal Daniel McParland, 5th Battery, 5th Brigade, Royal Artillery. Scottish Division. With copy rolls. Additionally entitled to Khedives Star. Few contact marks, Very fine





Khedives Star 1884-6. Unnamed. Nearly very fine





The interesting North West Canada Medal 1885, 1 tailor’s copy Clasp: Saskatchewan, with typical local engrave naming, awarded to Lieutenant A.L. Howard, Commanding Gatling Gun Platoon. “Gat” Howard was an american army officer who commanded the two Gatling Gun’s used in support of the Canadian militia in the North-West Rebellion of 1885, having previously seen service with the United States Cavalry, and was on attachment from the Machine Gun Platoon, Connecticut National Guards.   North West Canada Medal 1885, clasp: Saskatchewan, the clasp appears to be a tailor’s copy as it has the ears for an additional bar to the top, this being only ever issue as a single clasp medal, and the medal appears named in typical engraved style, naming details worn in places; (LIEUT A.L. HOWARD COMDR. GATLING GUN PLATOON) Arthur L. Howard known as “Gat” was born in the United States in 1846, and went on to become an American and Canadian expert in the use of the early machine gun. He is best known for his use of a Gatling gun in support of the Canadian militia in the North-West Rebellion of 1885. Howard served for five years in the regular United States Cavalry. After leaving the regular army, he lived in New Haven, Connecticut, where he was employed by Winchester Arms. Howard then formed a cartridge-making firm of his own called A.L. Howard & Co., but his business premises were destroyed by fire in 1883. On July 18, 1884, Howard was placed in command of the Machine Gun Platoon, Connecticut National Guards, with the rank of Second Lieutenant. When the North-West Rebellion of Metis and Indians broke out in western Canada, in March 1885, the Canadian militia commander, Major General Frederick Middleton, suggested that two Gatling guns be procured from the United States. Dr. Richard J. Gatling, the gun’s inventor, began searching for a man who was an expert in the use of the Gatling, and selected Lieutenant Howard. Howard agreed to go to Canada with the two Gatlings. He was granted a month’s leave of absence from the Guard (later extended). The Connecticut Guard later made it plain that they had “no hand” in Howard’s planned expedition. Howard left his wife and four children and a comfortable middle class life to travel to the North-West Territories with the Gatlings. His fascination with the Gatling gun, and scientific determination to test it under arduous battle conditions seem to have motivated his undertaking a dangerous mission which completely lacked U.S. government sanction – although this did not deter him from wearing his blue American officer’s uniform in Canada, even on the battlefield. Howard’s unofficial status was made even plainer when Dr. Gatling said that the lieutenant was not working for the Gatling manufacturer. He was travelling to Canada, Dr. Gatling said, merely as "a friend of the gun.” Howard journeyed, partly by rail, partly overland, to Swift Current, North-West Territories. There he gave a demonstration of the weapon to some fascinated Canadian militiamen and Mounted Police, one of whom wrote: “These curious instruments of destruction we inspect with interest, and their trial is watched eagerly. A few rounds are fired at some duck on a distant pond – no execution is done apparently, but the rapidity of fire shows us how very deadly a weapon of this kind might be on proper occasions. We want now to see one tried on the Indians...” One of the Gatlings was used at the Battle of Cut Knife on 2nd May 1885. However eyewitness accounts make it clear that Howard was not present; rather, the gun was operated by Canadian gunners. Howard himself and one Gatling embarked on the South Saskatchewan River aboard the steamboat Northcote, by which he travelled to Fish Creek, arriving on May 5, 1885. There he formed part of a Canadian militia column, which then moved on Louis Riel’s capital at Batoche. On 9th May 1885, the first day of the Battle of Batoche, Howard fired some of the first shots from the militia side, aiming some rounds at the Roman Catholic rectory (the bullet holes may still be seen). He distinguished himself in action later that day, when his prompt and courageous actions prevented a group of the Métis from capturing one or more Canadian field guns. He was shifted that day from place to place so that the Gatling’s firepower could be used to beat off significant enemy attacks. On May 12, 1885, the final day of the battle, Howard and his Gatling were again in the thick of the fighting, being brought up to defeat the last resistance near the village of Batoche. After the militia victory, Howard stayed in Canada, and became a wealthy cartridge manufacturer. On the outbreak of the Second Boer War, he became a machine gun officer in the Canadian Mounted Rifles. He then organized a unit called the Canadian Scouts, with the rank of major. Arthur Howard was killed in action on February 17, 1901. Howard was given the nickname “Gat” by the Canadian popular press during the campaign of 1885. Good very fine





India General Service Medal 1895, two clasps, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98, second clasp loose on ribbon; (4451 PTE A. ENSOR 2D: BN RYL. SUSS: REGT:) Albert Ensor was born in Rugby, Warwickshire, and worked as a labourer as well as seeing service with the 3rd Militia Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, before attesting for service into the regular British Army when aged 18 at Chichester on 7th November 1893, joining as a Private (No.4451) the Royal Sussex Regiment, he was then posted from the Depot to the 1st Battalion on 1st March 1894, and was awarded his 1st Good Conduct Pay on 7th November 1895. Posted to India from 14th February 1896 on having transferred to the 2nd Battalion, he was then present during the operations on the Punjab Frontier which lasted from 10th June 1897 to 6th April 1898, and with the Tirah Field Force during the Tirah operations which lasted from 2nd October 1897 to 6th April 1898. Granted his 2nd Good Conduct Pay on 7th November 1899, he remained out in India having been posted back to the 1st Battalion on 4th November 1902, and was awarded his 1st Service Pay on 1st April 1904, but was then placed in the Guard Room and tried by District Court Martial on 8th August 1904 for 1) ‘using insubordinate language to his superior officer’ and 2) ‘disobeying a lawful command given by his superior officer’ being found guilty, he was returned to duty on 27th August 1904, having also forfeited his 1st G.C. Badge, though this was restored on 27th August 1905, he having by now opted to extend his service to complete 21 years with the Colours. Awarded his 3rd G.C. Pay on 27th August 1907, he was posted home on 11th January 1908, and then transferred to the Depot, before being discharged at his own request after 18 years service on 8th December 1911. Medal and clasp entitlement confirmed. Good very fine





India General Service Medal 1895, two bars Punjab Frontier 1897-98 and Samana 1897 to 4986 PTE. P. DEMPSEY, 2ND BN. RYL. IR. REGT. (Royal Irish Regiment) Copy Medal Roll, Discharge Papers, Patrick Dempsey born Barntown, Wexford, Ireland. Joined R.A. as a Gunner 1887 discharged Dec. 1888 as didn't get on well in the R.A. then enlisted in the Royal Irish Regt. 1893-98.Extremely fine





Khedives Sudan Medal 1896-1908, seven clasps: Firket, Hafir, Sudan 1897, The Atbara, Khartoum, Sudan 1899, Gedid, all clasps correctly rivetted as issued, and named in arabic script as issued to a Sudanese soldier with the 9th Sudanese Infantry. Awarded to a local Sudanese soldier, who was present during the Dongola Expedition, at the occupation of Firket on 7th June 1896, the battle of Hafir from the 19th to 26th September 1896, being south of Kerma and 6 Station between 15th July and 6 November 1897, hence entitlement to the Sudan 1897 clasp, and was then present during the reconquest of the Sudan, at the battle of Atbara on 8th April 1898, and the battle of Omdurman on 2nd September 1898, with the entry into Khartoum coming the very next day. This soldier later saw service during the operations on the Blue and White Niles south of Khartoum during 1899, and was in action at Gedid on 22nd November 1899. Good very fine





Khedives Sudan Medal 1896, clasp Khartoum, named in engraved style to 3328 Private C. Cleaver, 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Lightly toned, Extremely fine





Queens South Africa Medal, six bars Cape Colony, Talana, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal. 5881 PTE. S. POOLEY, RL. DUBLIN FUS: Copy Medal & Casualty Roll - Died Heidelberg 18.7.1900, 2/Dublin Fus. Nicely toned with 'ghost dates' Nearly extremely fine





Queens South Africa Medal, five clasps, Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Orange Free State named to 5240 CORL. W. WALKER, R. WELSH FUS. Copy Medal Rolls (O.F.S. issued late separately) entitled to the K.S.A. with two bars. Discharge Papers 5240 William Henry Walker from Handsworth, Birmingham. states WOUNDED - “Shell Wound in mouth, 24.2.1900 Relief of Ladysmith ” The Royal Welsh Fusiliers lost their Colonel - C.C.H. Thorold K.I.A. on this day in actions in the operations on the Upper Tugela. They also lost one other Officer & 6 O.R.'s K.I.A., 2 Officers & 29 O.R.'s Wounded. discharged 1903 as Sergeant. Very fine





Queens South Africa Medal, five bars, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing's Nek. 8723 PTE. C.F. DUGARD, K.R.R.C. SEVERELY WOUNDED VLAKFONTEIN FARM, ERMELO DISTRICT Pte. Dougard 2.2.1901 2/Btn. K.R.R.C. Mounted Infantry. Copy Medal & Casualty Rolls, Boer War History, Discharge/medical/pension papers (31 pages) Charles F. Dugard from Aston Birmingham. Gun shot wound left arm. Nearly extremely fine





An interesting Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 4 Clasps: Cape Colony, Rhodesia, Orange Free State, Transvaal, awarded to Lieutenant Sir A.H. Armstrong, 3rd Baronet Armstrong of Ferbane, King’s County, Ireland, who served with the 61st South Irish Horse Company, 17th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry during the Boer War, including operations in Rhodesia, and later became High Sheriff of King’s County in 1914. Queens South Africa Medal, four clasps: Cape Colony, Rhodesia, Orange Free State, Transvaal, engraved naming; (LT. SIR. A. ARMSTRONG. BT. 61.CO. 17/IMP.YEO.) Sir Andrew Harvey Armstrong, 3rd Baronet, was born on 23rd May 1866, the eldest son of the Reverend Sir E.F. Armstrong, 2nd Baronet of Gallen Priory, Ferbane, King’s County, Ireland, and his wife, Alice, daughter of W.W. Fisher, he succeeded his father to the title of 3rd Baronet, in 1899, and in that year, having been formerly a Captain with the 3rd Militia Battalion, Leinster Regiment, with the outbreak of the Boer War in South Africa, then saw service as a Lieutenant with the 61st South Irish Horse Company, 17th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry, being present on operations in the Cape Colony, the campaign in Rhodesia which last from 11th October 1899 to 17th May 1900, and also on operations in the Orange Free State, and the Transvaal, being a part of the original contingent of 165 men of the South Irish Horse. He was appointed an Honorary Lieutenant in the British Army on 17th July 1901. By 1914 he was the High Sheriff of King’s County, but with the outbreak of the Great War, he was appointed as a Captain with the 5th Service Battalion, Connaught Rangers on 19th September 1914, being then posted to the Depot of the Connaught Rangers on 8th January 1915. Sir Andrew Harvey Armstrong, 3rd Baronet died in Auckland, New Zealand on 3rd June 1922. Confirmed as his full entitlement. Nearly extremely fine




Private Samuel Wylie, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Wounded COLENSO 15th December 1899, from Shankill, Belfast.Queens South Africa Medal, four bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Belfast 5169 Pte. S. Wylie, Rl. Innis. Fus. WOUNDED COLENSO 15.12.1899. The 'Skins' lost 1 Officer, 17 men K.I.A. 10 Officers, 76 men wounded. Copy Medal roll, Discharge Papers, born Shankhill, Belfast, Antrim. Joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at Belfast 30.11.1895. Served South Africa, 5.11.1899-18.1.1903, discharged 29.12.1907. Discharge Papers state wounded 'near the Tugela River, 15.12.1899'. (this is the action at COLENSO 15.12.1899 as in the Official Casualty roll) Entitled K.S.A. Nearly extremely fine





Queen's South Africa Medal, four bars, Defence of Ladysmith, Laing's Nek, Belfast, South Africa 1901. 5574 Pte. W. Williams, Liverpool Regt. Attested Liv. Regt. 1897, L/Cpl. 15.10.1901. 5574 Private William Williams, 1st Battalion Liverpool Regiment,wounded in action near Witpoort (near Heilbron) 12.10.1900 (4 casualties to Regt.) The wounds resulted in the loss of use of his right arm and having been invalided home 14.4.1901 & discharged 21.12.1901.  He is listed as `J. Williams' in the published casualty roll. One rivet popped on S.A.01 bar. Copy Service papers, medal roll (for first 3 bars, can't find 1901 bar roll). VF





Queens South Africa Medal, four bars, Defence of Ladysmith, Belfast, Cape Colony and Orange Free State, named to 5232 Private J. Collins, Manchester Regiment, bars mounted in the above order. Copy medal roll (confirms C.C., O.F.S. issued late so mounted out of order) discharge papers from Knutsford, Chester. Entitled K.S.A. Light contact marks, Nearly very fine





Queens South Africa Medal, three clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, early issue engraved naming; (3787. PTE. A. WARNER, 2/LINC:RGT.) Alfred Herbert Warner was born in Sculcoates, Hull, Yorkshire, and having worked a labourer, then attested for Militia Service into the British Army when aged 17 years and 9 months at Lincoln on 22nd September 1895, joining as a Private (No.2787) the 3rd Militia Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. With the outbreak of the Boer War in South Africa, Warner was embodied for service on 23rd January 1900, and was posted out for service in South Africa with the 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, seeing service on operations in the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State, and the Transvaal, he returned home in 1902. Warner is confirmed as additionally entitled to the King’s South Africa Medal 1901-1902 with two clasps for South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902. Good very fine





Queens South Africa Medal, three bars, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal.6646 PTE. A. MCKAY, K.O. SCOT. BORD. (Mounted Infantry) Slightly Wounded Nr. LILLIEFONTEIN, 7.5.1901, the only casualty to the Regt. here. Copy medal roll. Few edge bruises otherwise Very fine




Queens South Africa Medal, three clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal named to 3559 Private S. Swindell, Royal Scots. Enlisted 29th March 1890 at Glencorse, born Church Greasley, Derbyshire. Trade, Labourer, aged 18 years 4 months, served in Malta, India and South Africa. Served 12 years 96 days. Married Maria Baylis, 9th April 1899 at Aston, Recalled to Army 8th October 1899. Invalided to England on 22nd January 1901. With copy service papers. Generally very fine





Queens South Africa Medalthree bars, Cape Colony, Transvaal, Wittebergen to 1077 PTE. J. STANLEY, MANCH. REGT.Nearly extremely fine





Queens South Africa Medal, two clasps, Cape Colony and Orange Free State named to 6286 Corporal E.L. Jones, Devon Regiment. Served in the 2nd Battalion, Died of Dysentery at Kroonstad, 16th September 1900. Both clasps confirmed on medal roll. Shown as Private on roll. Good very fine





Queens South Africa Medal, two clasps, Transvaal and South Africa 1902, impressed 6443 PTE W.HANCOCK. N.STAFF: REGT. Sold together with digital copy Service Papers; copy Census returns; copy QSA Medal Rolls; copy Medal Index Cards; copy Medal Rolls; copy of Register of Personal Effects entry. William Hancock was born, during 1883, in Burslem, Staffordshire. A Coal Miner Hewer, he enlisted in the North Staffordshire Regiment at Tunstall on 15th April, 1901. 6443 Private Hancock served during the Anglo Boer War in South Africa between 9th April, 1902 and 8th October, 1902. He received the Queen’s South Africa Medal with Transvaal and South Africa, 1902 Bars. William then served within the United Kingdom until the 14th April, 1904 when he was transferred to the Reserves. William Hancock married Clara Gibbs, in Wolstanton, Staffordshire, during 1905. They had five children. Having returned to his original occupation as a Coal Miner, William was re-called to the "Colours" with the outbreak of World War One. Hancock was mobilized at Lichfield and he landed in France on 9th September, 1914, serving with D Company, 1st Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. William Hancock was killed in action, near Armentieres, on 13th March, 1915 6443 Private William Hancock, D Company, 1st Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. He was also entitled to the 1914 Star with Date Bar; British War Medal; and Victory Medal. Nearly extremely fine





A Boer War Medal with an unusual to find picture of an other rank in the Boer War wearing his I.G.S. ribbon in Seaforth Highlanders uniform. Queens South Africa Medal, two bars, Cape Colony, Paardeberg to 1745 Pte. D. ROBERTSON, 2 SEA. HIGHRS. Donald Robertson was born in Moulin, Pitlochry, Perthshire. A Plumber by occupation & a member of the 3rd Btn. Scottish Rifles; attested in the Seaforth Highlanders at Hamilton 20.5.1885, aged 18 years. Serving in the East Indies, 1.1.1886 - 6.3.1893 (I.G.S. Medal bar Hazara 1891) & was discharged to the Army Reserve in 5.4.1893, re-engaging for the Reserve in 20.5.1897. Recalled to the Colours, served in South Africa 5.12.1899 until invalided home 15.9.1900, discharged 19.5.1902. Copy both medal rolls, service papers, born Moulin, Pitlochry, Perthshire. 'A military History of Perthshire 1899-1902'. Published 1908. gives '1745 Pte. Donald Robertson (Ballinluig) Enlisted 1885, served with Hazara Expedition 1891 (medal with clasp Hazara 1891) also in South African War (1899) -1900 (Queen's medal with clasps Cape Colony & Paardeberg). Discharged 1902'. Picture page 463 - copy photograph. GVF





Queen's South Africa Medal, two bars Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith. 2482 Pte. W. PICKERSGILL, W. YORKSHIRE REGT. Good very fine





Queens South Africa Medal, one bar, Transvaal. 5297 PTE. A.COOPER, ESSEX REGT. Copy Medal Roll 1st Essex Regt. also entitled S.A. 1901 & 1902 on his Q.S.A. (not a K.S.A.) Nearly very fine





A fine and scarce ship Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, no clasp, awarded to Able Seaman A.A. Rice, Royal Navy, who served during the Boer War aboard the gunboat H.M.S. Magpie from November 1899 through to November 1902, being one of only 89 men from this ship to receive the medal, he later saw service during the Great War at the battle of Jutland aboard the battleship H.M.S. Benbow. Queens South Africa Medal, no clasp; (A.A. RICE, A.B., H.M.S. MAGPIE) Arthur Albert Rice was born in Cheriton, Fitzpaine, Somerset on 25th January 1882, and having worked as a labourer, then joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class (Devonport No.194829) with H.M.S. Impregnable from 30th July 1897. Posted to the training ship Lion from 12th August 1897, he was advanced to Boy 1st Class on 21st April 1898, and after postings to Agincourt and Nile, then joined the gunboat H.M.S. Magpie from 2nd November 1899, and as such saw service aboard her on the coast of South Africa during the Boer War of 1899-1902. Only 75 men from this ship received the medal without clasp, and in all, 89 men from this ship received the Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902. Whilst aboard Magpie, Rice was rated as Ordinary Seaman on 25th January 1900, and then Able Seaman on 21st June 1900, and left South Africa with the ship, being posted back to Vivid from 8th November 1902. Rice later saw service aboard Daedalus (1903-1904), Donegal (1904-1905), Empress of India (1906-1907), Commonwealth (1907-1909), Bellerophon (1911-1913), and was serving with Vivid I at the outbreak of the Great War. He then joined the battleship H.M.S. Benbow from 7th October 1914, and served aboard her for the duration of the war, employed in gunnery. Awarded his Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 19th February 1915. Benbow served as the 4th Battle Squadron's flagship until June 1916. She was initially the flagship of Admiral Douglas Gamble, until he was replaced in February 1915 by Vice-Admiral Sir Doveton Sturdee. Her commander was Captain H. W. Parker. Prior to the Battle of Jutland, Benbow left Scapa Flow with the rest of the Grand Fleet under the command of Admiral John Jellicoe on 30 May 1916. She led the 4th Division, consisting of the battleships Bellerophon, Temeraire and Vanguard. The 4th Division formed the column of ships immediately to starboard of the fleet flagship, Iron Duke under Jellicoe as they steamed south eastwards to meet the German High Seas Fleet. At 1710 on 31 May, Benbow relayed a message to Jellicoe on Iron Duke that the High Seas Fleet was at sea with 26-30 battleships on a course of 347 in line ahead. This indicated that the German admiral was at sea with his full strength – 18 dreadnought-type battleships and ten pre-dreadnoughts and that the two sides were on a converging course. Benbow opened fire at 1830 with intermittent salvoes at the lead German battleships of the Konig class. Poor visibility led to her ceasing fire 10 minutes later, having fired just six two-gun salvoes from her forward turrets. By 1900, she had made a turn to starboard, leading the 4th division past the wreck of the battlecruiser Invincible which had been destroyed by a magazine explosion. The turn brought them towards the German fleet, and at 1909 she again opened fire with her 6-inch (150 mm) batteries on the German destroyers of the 3rd flotilla at 8,000 yards (7,300 m), believing them to be making a torpedo attack. They were actually attempting to rescue the crew of the German light cruiser Wiesbaden which had been disabled earlier by Invincible, and was now under fire from the Grand fleet. Benbow then shifted her fire to the 6th and 9th destroyer flotillas which had begun to launch torpedo attacks. At 1917hrs Benbow opened fire on the German battlecruiser Derfflinger with a two gun salvo from her forward turret. The shells passed over the ship and Benbow readjusted her aim down 1,600 yards and swung about to allow her after gun to fire. She then fired four 5 gun and one 4 gun salvoes, claiming a single hit on the German battlecruiser, which was later disproved. She again ceased fire at 1924 due to poor visibility caused by the smoke laid by the German destroyers during their torpedo attacks. The High Seas Fleet disengaged and fled to the south. At 2010 there was a brief skirmish between the German destroyers v46 and V69, and the British 2nd Light Cruiser squadron and Benbow, in which Benbow fired a single salvo of 6-inch (150 mm) shells and a single round from her B gun before the German ships escaped. This was the last contact with the enemy, and Benbow returned with the rest of the fleet to Scapa Flow. In total Benbow had fired 40 rounds of 13.5-inch (340 mm) shells, all of them being "Armour Piercing capped" (APC), and 60 rounds of 6-inch (150 mm) shells. She had managed to escape damage or casualties. Benbow spent the remainder of the war at anchor at the 4th Division's home port of Scapa Flow, or on manoeuvres and routine patrols in the North Sea, and Rice was still aboard her when she was deployed to the Mediterranean in 1919. He then transferred to the destroyer H.M.S. Donovan from 29th May 1919, and was eventually pensioned ashore on 21st January 1922. Good very fine





Queens South Africa Medal, clasp, Cape Colony; (89 TPR: J. NORRIS. ORPEN’S HORSE). Awarded to Trooper (No.89) J. Norris, Orpen’s Horse, South African Colonial Forces, who served during the Boer War on operations in the Cape Colony. GVF





Queens South Africa Medal, no bar. 29552 Pte. D. JOHNSTON, Rand Rifles with official correction to initial. Copy Medal Roll, Mine Division, Rand Rifles. Good very fine




Queens South Africa Medal, no clasp, renamed to Stoker J, Taylor, HMS Rambler. With copy history sheet, from Halifax in Yorkshire, served aboard HMS Rambler during the Boer War. Leaving the navy in 1907 after serving with HMS Duke of Wellington. Renamed, otherwise, Generally very fine





Queens South Africa Medal, clasp Belmont. 3444 GR. G.R. CUNNINGTON, R.M.A. HMS MONARCH. (Gunner) WOUNDED ENSLIN 25.11.1899 The Battle of ENSLIN (Graspan) where The Naval Brigade led the storming force, extended in a single line to take the kopje, where most of their Officers were either killed or wounded. The Marines left nearly half their strength upon the ground, the “BLUE MARINES” or MARINE ARTILLERY had 26 killed or wounded out of a strength of 57. Of these 4 were K.I.A. & 26 wounded, of those 2 K.I.A. & 13 were ROYAL MARINE ARTILLERY including Capt. G. Senior, R.M.A. EARLY BOER WAR CASUALTY. Listed in R.N. Casualty roll by Fevyer & Wilson. Some edge bruises otherwise Nearly extremely fine





Kings South Africa Medal, two bars, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902. 19236 DVR. F.R. SEARLE, A.S.C. Very fine





China Medal 1900, no clasp, named to Bugler H. Brown, Royal Marine Artillery. Served on HMS Goliath, 760 no clasp medals to ship. Nearly extremely fine





Queens Mediterranean Medal, named to 4631 Private H. Bulmer, West Yorkshire Regiment. With copy medal roll. GVF




 India General Service Medal 1908, Bronze issue, EVII bust, clasp, Abor 1911-12; (332 COOLY DHOJBIR. CHETRI NO:1 GURKHALI CARR CORPS). Awarded to Cooly (No.332) Dhojbir Chetri, No.1 Gurkhali Carrier Corps, Indian Army, who was present as a carrier in Burma during the Abor Expedition from 6th October 1911 to 20th April 1912. During this expedition he Carrier Corps comprised 5 Naga Corps and 1 and 2 Gurkhali Corps, in all some 4,400 men; the latter gradually replaced the Nagas after these had been some 6 months on service. All the Corps as well as other transport units, except the boat transport, were commanded by officers of the Supply and Transport Corps. Slight contact wear, hence Very fine





Naval General Service Medal 1915-62, Geo V, clasp Persian Gulf 1909-14 named to PLY.7838 Private R. McLaughlin, Royal Marine Light Infantry, HMS Fox. Nearly extremely fine





1914 Star, impressed PO.9532 PTE. J.CLARK, R.M. BRIGADE. Sold together with the original cardboard box of issue (A/F repaired with sellotape); a digital copy of the RM Service record; copy of the Times newspaper casualty roll; copy of the International Red Cross POW record entries; copy of RM Medal Roll and a copy of the Report of Proceedings of the Court of Enquiry into the affair at Moerbeke, Belgium when a large number of Portsmouth Battalion were taken as Prisoners of War. James Clark was born on 13th February, 1879, at Gorbals, Glasgow, the son of Mrs Jane Docherty. Clark, a labourer, enlisted in the Royal Marines Light Infantry at Greenock on 16th February, 1898. He saw service on-board H.M.S.Duke of Wellington and H.M.S. Andromeda. James was discharged and enrolled in the Royal Fleet Reserve on 30th April, 1903. PO 9532 Private James Clark, Portsmouth Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry, was recalled for War Service on 2nd August, 1914. He landed at Ostend on 26th August, 1914 before serving at Antwerp between 7th and 10th October, 1914. During the Antwerp operations, Private Clark was taken as a Prisoner of War, at Moerbeke, Belgium together with other members of Portsmouth Battalion. James was reported as being held at the Gefangenenlager, Doeberitz, Germany in the Times Newspaper of 21st December, 1914. He was repatriated to England on 28th February, 1919 where he was sent to the Royal Naval Hospital, Yarmouth. He was also entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal but they do not appear to have been issued. Extremely fine





1914 Star, impressed 7318 PTE S SHERLOCK, R.INNIS. FUS. Sold together with digital copy of Census returns; copy of Militia Service Papers; copy of Medal Issue Card; copy of Medal Rolls; copy of Belfast Evening Telegraph Obituary; Commonwealth War Graves Commission details with a photograph of grave. George Sherlock was born in the Shankhill, Co Antrim, during 1883, the son of George and Eleanor Sherlock. The 1901 Census, shows him as a brick maker, living with his widowed father George and sister Sarah at 7 Little Charlotte Street, Belfast. He could read and write. George attested to join the 3rd (Militia) Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment, at Newtownards, on 31st January, 1902. On enlistment he was a Labourer working at the Lagan Vale Brickworks, Stranmillis Road, Belfast. His Manager was H R Vaughan. After receiving pre drill and training, 4438 Private George Sherlock transferred to the regular army on 18th August, 1902. The Militia service papers show that he was transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles, but it appears that he joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers numbered 7319. By 1911, he was a Labourer, living with his father and sister at 46 Howard Street South. With the outbreak of war, he re-joined the Colours, probably at Belfast. 4719 Private George Sherlock, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers landed in France on 23rd August, 1914. Having been wounded in action, he was transferred to the Victor Hospital and died of wounds on 21st September, 1914. Private Sherlock was buried in the St.Brieuc (St.Mihel) Cemetery, Cote du Nord, Breton, France. He was also entitled to a date clasp; British War Medal and Victory Medal. Nearly extremely fine





1914 Star, impressed 10863 PTE J.CALDER, 1/6 GORD: HIGHRS. Sold together with digital copies of Newspaper Casualty lists; copy of Medal Index Card; copy of Medal Roll; copy of Register of Soldier’s Effects entry; and copy of the 1/4th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders War Diary for April, 1918. John Calder was born in Buckie, Banffshire, Scotland, during 1888, the son of Mrs. M Calder, of 4 St. Peter's Road, Buckie, Banffshire, A resident of Buckie, John enlisted in the 1/6th (Banff and Donside) Battalion, Gordon Highlanders at Kieth. He was a Stevedore employed by a Coal Merchant, Messrs McWilliam. 10863 Private John Calder, landed at Le Harve, France, with “D” Company, 1/6th (Banff and Donside) Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, on 10th November, 1914. John was reported as being Wounded in Action in the Daily Casualty List of the 16th October, 1915 (Published on 26th October, 1915). He was reported as being Wounded in Action for a second time, in the Daily Casualty List published in the “Times” on 1st September, 1916. Calder was renumbered 265616 during February, 1917. John was further reported as being Wounded in Action in the Daily Casualty List of 11th August, 1917 (published 14th October, 1917) and was Wounded in Action for a fourth time shown in the List of 18th October, 1917 (Published on 23rd October, 1917). He was later transferred to the 1/4th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders and Killed in Action on 12th April, 1918, aged 30. Lance Corporal Calder is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium and the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh. He was also entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Nearly extremely fine - blue tack stain to reverse of star





1914 Star, impressed to 8851 PTE P.SCOTT. 2/ESSEX R. Sold together with digital copy Census Returns; copy Medal Index Card; copy Medal Roll; copy of Casualty List in the Times Newspaper and Commonwealth War Graves Commission Burial details Percy Scott was born in Inworth, Maldon, Essex, during 1891, the son of Harry and Sophia Scott. He enlisted in the Essex Regiment at Maldon, Essex. 8851 Private Scott landed in France on 22nd August, 1914 with the 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. He was wounded in action which was reported in the Times Newspaper on 24th July, 1916. 6851 Corporal Percy Scott died of wounds on 26th August, 1917. He was buried in the Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France. Near Mint




1914 Star named to 2215 Private G.W. Crichton, 1st/4th Seaforth Highlanders. Later commissioned in Army Ordnance Department, later Royal Army Ordnance Corps, mentioned in despatches on 10th July 1919, from Leigh on Sea. With copy Medal Index Card. NEF




1914 Star, named to 8689 Private S. Musson, East Yorkshire Regiment. Sidney Musson, died of wounds on 3rd May 1915, and commemorated on the Arras Memorial. Very fine




1914 Star named to 6538 Private R.S. Purkiss, West Yorkshire Regiment. Robert Samuel Purkiss, died of wounds on 4th March 1917. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Very fine



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