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May 2015 Postal Auction

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Lots 1 - 140 Lots 141-280 Lots 281-420 Lots 421-560 Lots 561-642
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Seringapatam Medal, in silver-gilt. Generally very fine





Defence of Gibraltar Medal 1779-83, General Elliotts Medal, silver, fitted with silver loop and ribbon. Generally very fine




Davidson’s Nile Medal 1798, bronze, unnamed as issued to Seaman and Marines. Suspension hole at 12 o’clock otherwise, Extremely fine





Matthew Boulton’s Medal for Trafalgar 1805, white metal in copper frame with loop for suspension, engraved on reverse ‘Di Soalenbury, Naiad’ About very fine





Egypt Medal 1801, in silver. Original Striking. Nearly extremely fine





Arctic Medal 1818-1855, named in engraved style to the reverse, H.M. Simpson. Suspender repaired and resoldered. This name is not on the official roll, and the medal has possibly been engraved with his name at a later time. About Fine





Waterloo Medal, original clip and ring suspender, named to (**JOHN JAMES, 1st REG. DRAGOON GUARDS**)  Two men of this name present at Waterloo, one of whom a nailer from Roscommon, was wounded on the inside of the right thigh and twice in the abdomen. Sold with copied discharge papers. Edge-bruising and lightly polished, Good fine





Waterloo Medal, with steel clip and contemporary replacement steel straight bar suspension, named to (*THOMAS HOWLAND, 13TH REG LIGHT DRAGOONS*). Thomas Howland was born in the parish of Eastling near Faversham in Kent, and enlisted for the 13th Light Dragoons on 2nd August 1803. He served in the Peninsular and at Waterloo, where the 13th Light Dragoons formed part of the 7th Brigade commanded by Colonel Sir F. Arentschildt, and was discharged on 18th March 1819. Allowed half-time during his absence, 19th March to 24th November he re-enlisted into the 1st Royal Regiment of Veterans at Chatham on 25th November 1819 and was finally discharged on 24th June 1821, in consequence of the disbandment of the regiment and being worn out, aged about 41 years. Thomas Howland became an Out-Pensioner of Chelsea Hospital and lived to claim the MGS for the battles of Albuhera, Vittoria and Toulouse (Sold by Seaby in October 1943). He was one of the last surviving other ranks from the 13th Light Dragoons when he died in March 1871, aged 86, being buried in Norton St Mary Church, Kent. Sold with copied discharge and pension papers together with the original lid to the card box of issue for his MGS, inscribed with his name and regiment, and three tunic buttons, these in excavated condition. Ex DNW. Edge-brusing otherwise Good very fine





Waterloo Medal, clip and ring, (**GEORGE JONES, 23RD REG. LIGHT DRAGOONS**). The name renamed in engraved style, but the regiment correctly impressed. With copy research, recruited from the Nottinghamshire district. Generally very fine





Waterloo Medal, clip and ring, renamed in engraved style to (**DAC GEN PM CHAMBERS. 18TH HUSSARS**) The Commissariat officers who served at Waterloo were not granted the Waterloo medal, nor were their names distinguished in the Army List with a ‘W’ to denote such service, although in after years those that had served in the Peninsula were granted the ‘P’ before their names and they subsequently received the M.G.S. medal in 1848. No officer of this name, however, has been traced for this period. Very fine





Frankfurt Medal for War Volunteers 1813-14, in silver, 34mm. Nearly extremely fine





 Military General Service Medal 1848, seven clasps, Egypt, Talavera, Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca, Vittoria, Nivelle, Nive named to (W. ANDERSON, SERJt 3rd FOOT Gds). William Sanderson was born in the Parish of Newbury, Cupar, Fife, and attested for the 3rd Foot Guards on 25th March 1799, being promoted to Corporal in March 1805 and to Sergeant in October 1809. He was transferred to the 7th Royal Veteran Battalion on 25th December 1813, and discharged from the 2nd Royal Garrison Company in March 1815. The Surgeon’s report, dated Hospital 3rd Guards, February 28 1815, states ‘We certify that Serjeant Anderson, late of the Third Regiment of Guards was wounded in the left ankle in Egypt, and had his skull fractured at Niza in Portugal whilst on duty, having at that period the charge of the sick of the 2nd Brigade of Guards, being ordered by the Commandant to apprehend some soldiers who were in the act of robbing their officers on the way to the Army, and it is our opinion that he is rendered incapable of any further military duty.’ Sold with copied discharge papers. The medal seen up to 1974 with four clasp ‘Egypt, Talavera, Basaco and Cuidad Rodrigo’, but was subsequently professionally restored before its last sale in DNW. Very fine





Military General Service Medal 1848, six clasps, Salamanca, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse named to (JOHN AKENHEAD. 61st FOOT).  John Akenhead entered the 61st Foot on 25 September 1807, as a Private from the Durham Militia. He was appointed Corporal in 1809 and embarked for Portugal in September 1811, remaining in the Peninsula and France until his discharge from the 61st Foot on 3 November 1814. He is known to have subsequently served in the 8th Royal Veteran Battalion and later resided at Gateshead, County Durham. Sold with copied muster details and other research. Edge-bruising otherwise Very fine




Military General Service Medal 1848, six clasps Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, St. Sebastian, Nivelle, Orthes to T. Kelly, Gunner, R. Arty. Published roll states first 4 clasps, PRO official roll has Toulouse shown which is struck out as a error with a single fine line running through Nivelle, Orthes. Suspect the medal is correct as a six clasp but priced to reflect some confusion. NEF





Military General Service Medal 1793-1814, two clasps: Vittoria, Pyrenees; (BENJN. RUSSELL, 82ND FOOT). Benjamin Russell was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, and worked as tailor before enlisting for 'unlimited service' into the British Army when aged 17 on 7th April 1809, joining as a Private the 82nd Regiment of Foot - the Prince of Wale's Volunteers. Russell served during the Peninsula War, being present at the battle of Vittoria on 21st June 1813, and during the operations in the Pyrenees from 25th July to 2nd August 1813, and was wounded in the leg during the operations in France in 1814. Russell was invalided from the army on 22nd October 1816. Edge bruise on the rim at 6 o'clock, about Good very fine





 Military General Service Medal 1848, two clasps, Vimiera and Corunna named to (JAMES RUDD, 2nd FOOT). Confirmed on roll as entitled to these clasps. Small edge-knock at 6 o’clock, Generally very fine





Naval General Service Medal 1848, clasp Algiers, named to (JOHN JENNINGS).  John Jennings was born in Northumberland. He enlisted into the Royal Marines at Canterbury on 21st July 1809, aged 18 years for a bounty of 16 guineas. As a Private in the Royal Marines he served aboard HMS Impregnable at the Battle of Algiers, 27th August 1816. With copied enlistment papers and research concerning the battle. Two men with this name in the published NGS roll, the other being on the Egypt roll. Contact marks, Generally very fine





Naval General Service Medal 1848, clasp Navarino, named to Josh Ray. With copy medal roll, first served on ‘Asia’ on 9th October 1826, and last served on ‘St. Vincent’ on 10th January 1855. Built in Bombay, HMS Asia was a 84-gun second rate ship of the line, launched on 19th January 1824, she was Codrington’s flagship at Navarino. Good very fine





Army of India Medal (short Hyphen), clasp Ava, Impressed to Lt. COL. Wm HANKINS, 9th N.I. Slight edge bruising otherwise nearly William Hankins was baptised on 17th April, 1777 in Dulwich, the son of William and Anne Hankins. He was a Cadet in 1798. He was made Lieutenant on 1st January, 1800; Captain on 20th August, 1807 and a Major on 10th October, 1819. Major Hankins married Susanna Chauvel on 23rd February, 1822. He became a Lieutenant Colonel on 1st May, 1824. William was invalided in India on 4th December, 1829 and retired to England on 31st December, 1831. In 1851, he was residing with his Wife next to the Rectory in Sunbury, Middlesex. Colonel Wm Hankins HEIC, Madras Presidency DIED in Sunbury on 12th March 1853. Shown in Gould’s Army of India Medal Roll as Lt Col William Hawkins.  Extremely fine





Army of India Medal, short-hyphen reverse, clasp Bhurtpoor, named to (M. FARRELL, 11TH Lt DRAGns).  Martin Farrell was born at Mullingars, Westmeath, and enlisted into the 11th Light Dragoons at Dublin on 16 March 1822, aged 18, a Blacksmith by trade. He served abroad at Meerut and Cawnpore, in the East Indies, for fifteen years 7 months, and was present at the siege and capture of Bhurtpoor. He served as a Farrier with the regiment but never advanced beyond the rank of Private. He suffered frequent attacks of fever in India which undermined his health and, when back in England, he was tried and convicted by District Court Martial for habitual drunkenness in August 1840 and imprisoned for 3 months. Farrell was finally discharged at Horse Guards on 27 October 1846. Sold with copied discharge papers. Good very fine





Army of India Medal, short-hyphen reverse, clasp Ava, named to (R. McDANIEL, 41st FOOT). Nearly extremely fine





Ghuznee Medal 1839, unnamed as issued. Generally very fine





Punniar Star 1843, named to (Private William Grimsdie, 50th Queens Own Regt.) William Grimsdick (note different spelling on medal) was born in Epping, Essex. A Shoemaker by occupation, he attested for the 50th Regiment on 4 February 1838. With the regiment he served over one year in New South Wales and over five in India, seeing service at the action at Punniar and in the 1st Sikh War at the battles of Moodkee, Ferozeshuhur, Aliwal and Sobraon. In the latter battle he was wounded. Grimsdick was discharged on 22 June 1847. With copied discharge papers. fitted with a replacement silver straight bar suspension, Good very fine





Sutlej Medal, no clasp reverse Sobraon, named to (JOHN BYRNE, 9TH LANCERS). With matching miniature with bar Sobraon (rather than reverse Sobraon). Both on Victorian medal bars with claws. Nearly extremely fine





Punjab Medal, two bars, 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, Goojerat and Mooltan, named to (A. McKINNON, 1ST BN 60TH R. RIFLES). Generally very fine




Punjab Medal, two clasps, Gujerat, Chilianwala named to William Randall, 61st Foot. Unresearched, Couple of small edge-bruises at 6 o’clock and 10 o’clock, Generally very fine





South Africa Medal 1853 named to (THOs ATWELL, 1st BN RIFLE Bde). Thomas Atwell was born in Bristol. A Baker by occupation. He attested for the Rifle Brigade at Bristol on 24th February 1848, aged 19 years. He served in the 1st Battalion, February 1848-March 1855, seeing service in South Africa during the 1st Kaffir War. Atwell was transferred to the 3rd Battalion in April 1855 and was discharged on 28th July 1856 as a consequence of ‘unfitness for service’. The above was his only medal. With copied discharge papers and roll extract. A couple of small edge-knocks, Very fine





Crimea Medal 1854-56, two bars Inkermann and Sebastopol. T. ABRAHAM, 95TH REGT. (Officially Impressed naming) Thomas Abraham was KILLED IN ACTION at INKERMANN 5.11.1854 with the Derbyshire Regiment. The 95th suffered 25 K.I.A. at Inkermann. Copy Roll, confirms only man this name - 2639 Thomas Abraham marked ‘Killed at Inkermann’. Original ribbon - very distressed !! Nearly 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





Crimea Medal, three clasps, Alma, Inkermann and Sebastopol, named in regimentally impressed to (Pte C. WILLETT. 2d BN RIFLE Bde). With copy medal roll. Good very fine




Crimea Medal, three clasps, Inkermann, Balaklava and Sebastopol, impressed DAVID HENDERSON 57th REGT. (correction from initial 'D' to 'David) probably by recipient. Very fine+




Crimea Medal, clasp Sebastopol named in upright engraved capitals to 1697 Alexander Mulvaney, 48th Regt. The 8 being worn. With copy research papers, born Sydney, New South Wales, and attested for 48th Regiment at Belleydown, County Down on 15th October 1839, aged 22 years. He eventually served 21 years 185 days of which 6 years and 3 months were abroad. He was additionally entitled to a Turkish Crimea Medal. Generally very fine





Turkish Crimea Medal (Sardinian)  WM. HART, 5th DN. GDS. Depot  Impressed. Contemporary ring & clip through original hole suspension, very nicely done.  "Forgotten Heroes" by R. Dutton says Private William Hart 'probably rode in the CHARGE of the HEAVY BRIGADE' (25th October 1854) The musters show he was effective from the 1.10.1854 to 24.11.1854, 2nd & 3rd Musters endorsed 'Scutari'. Medal Roll gives bars Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol. Original but front faded ribbon. Very fine





Turkish Crimea Medal, Sardinian, with contemporary Baltic style suspension, this loose, unnamed as issued, light contact wear 3 & 9 o/c. Nearly very fine




Turkish Crimea Medal, Sardinian issue, with depot style impressed naming to: NO 3014 SAMUEL MCFADDEN 30TH REGT (Corporal Samuel McFadden of the 30th (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is shown as wounded at the Battle of Alma on Kevin Asplin's online Crimea casualty list. Sold with copy of Medal Roll which confirms entitlement to the single clasp "Alma". Rank shown as "Drummer" on the Regimental nominal roll. No suspension & medal pierced for ring suspension as normal. Old test mark nick on rim




Baltic Medal 1854, unnamed as issued. Toned, Very fine





A rare 1854 India General Service Medal with FOUR bars, one of only 12 awarded to the British Army. Trumpeter Dennis Connell No 1 Battery, 1st Brigade, Eastern Division Royal Artillery. India General Service 1854-95, four clasps, Burma 1885-7, Hazara 1888, Burma 1887-89, Hazara 1891. 38582 TRUMPETER D. CONNELL, No. 1 By. 1st Bde. E. Dn. R.A. Copy Service papers Dennis Connell from Preston, Lancs. Papers confirming the FOUR bars & that he died of enteric fever in East Indies. (his only medal) Medal Rolls for all 4 bars (Hazara 1891 as 38582 Corporal Dennis Connel, Artillery “India”) Only 12 of this combination of 4 bar I.G.S.’s to British Units; all to R.A. Ex G.W. Harris & Roger Geech collections. Scarce to a Trumpeter & the only one to that rank of the 12 issued. Unofficial connections between 1st and 2nd bars only. 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 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, clasp Burma 1887-89 to CAPT. P.J. CUNNINGHAM, 1st. Bn. RIF. BRIG. (Rifle Brigade) Captain Patrick Joseph Cunningham, commissioned Second Lieutenant East Yorkshire Regt, May 1878, promoted Lieutenant July 1881 seconded for service with the Army Pay Dept., as Paymaster 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade Dec. 1885, promoted Captain May 1887, served with the Rifle Brigade in Burma, died 1888. Nearly extremely 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 Hazara named in running script to (1761 Sgt G. Buckland, 1st Dragoon Guards). One of only 12 officers and men of the 1st Dragoon Guards entitled to the clasp ‘Hazara 1888’. Recipient also entitled to the South Africa Medal 1877-79 with clasp ‘1879’. One of only two men of the regiment (Buckland and an officer) entitled to the two clasps. 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 North West Frontier, named to Sepoy Pertab Bisht, 5th Goorkha Regiment. Edge-bruising, suspension claw re-affixed, Good fine





Indian Mutiny Medal, clasp Defence of Lucknow, named to (G. McKAY, 32ND L.I.) An original defender of Lucknow who was Killed in Action at Chinhat, 30th June 1857. George McKay, confirmed on roll, as only man with this name in his unit. Good very fine





Indian Mutiny Medal, clasp Defence of Lucknow, named to (T. CROFT, 32nd L.I.) Original defender of Lucknow. The only man with his name on the roll, died on 11th September 1857. Edge-bruise to the reverse rim at 5 o’clock. Generally very fine





Indian Mutiny Medal, clasp Lucknow named to (ENSIGN HONBle C.E. EDWARDES. 3RD Bn RIFLE Bde) with matching contemporary miniature medal, on a Victorian period medal suspender. The Honourable Cuthbert Ellison Edwardes was born in 1893 and was the second son of the 3rd Baron Kensington. He is confirmed on the medal roll as receiving the single clasp, he died in 1911. Nearly extremely fine





Indian Mutiny Medal, two clasps, Lucknow and Defence of Lucknow named to (W. AITKEN, 78TH HIGHLANDERS). Part of the first relief column,. Two men with this name in this regiment, both entitled to the two clasps. Some contacting to the obverse, 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 Medal, clasp Lucknow named to (JOHN PICKETT, 2ND Bn RIFLE Bde)  With copy service documents and Medal Roll details. Generally very fine





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 named to (Wm PETIL 2nd/60TH RL RIFLES). Edge-bruise at 6 o’clock, and some light polishing, Very fine




China Medal 1857, two clasps, Taku Forts 1860 and Pekin 1860 named to (THOMAS McCORMICK, 1ST DRAGn Gds). Good very fine





China Medal 1857, clasp Taku Forts 1860 named to (JOHN SCULLY. 31st REGt). Some heavy surface and contact wear, about Fine




New Zealand Medal, un-dated reverse, impressed 563. T.NEIL. 57th REGT. Sold together with copy Medal Roll. Thomas Neil was born in Oakwell during 1842. A Labourer, he enlisted, at Ely, in the 57th Foot on 18th June, 1860. In 1861, Thomas was stationed at the 57th (West Middlesex) Depot, Cork. Private Neil served during the Second Maori War in New Zealand between 1861 to 1867. He was discharged on 22nd February, 1867. Nearly extremely fine





New Zealand Medal, reverse 1865 to 1866 named to (1581 ROBt MORGAN, 2nd Bn 18th RYl IRISH REGt). Robert Morgan was born in Portsea, Hampshire. A Labourer by occupation, he attested for the Army at Portsmouth on 19 December 1861, aged 18 years. Served with the 18th Regiment until June 1870 when he was transferred to the 65th Regiment. Served in New Zealand, April 1863-January 1867 and the East Indies, January 1871-January 1883. Discharged in February 1883. This was his sole medal entitlement. Two edge-knocks at 5 o’clock and 10 o’clock, otherwise, Generally very fine





Abyssinia Medal, embossed to reverse to (768 J. NEIL. 1ST BATTn 4th THE K.O.R. REGt). Very fine





Ashantee Medal 1873-74, clasp Coomassie named to 1958 Pte. A. Bruce, 42nd Highds.1873-4. Copy Medal Roll, Discharge Papers. Alexander Bruce, born Kilspendie, Errol, Perthshire, Scotland. SEVERELY WOUNDED in action AMOAFUL , W. AFRICA 31.1.1874. 'The bones were broken, (right arm) the wound being inflicted by a 'slug'. His only medal. Very fine




Ashantee Medal, clasp Coomassie named to (624 Pte S. PARTRIDGE, 2Bn RIFLE Bde 1873-4). Nearly extremely fine





The highly emotive 1879 Zulu Medal to John McCann, King’s Royal Rifles Killed in Action during the First Boer War 8th February 1881 at INGOGO RIVER (Schuin’s Hooghte), of 'I' Company only nine men survived unscathed, all others being K.I.A. or Wounded. South Africa (Zulu) Medal 1877-79 one bar 1879. 1965 PTE. J. McCANN, 3/6Oth FOOT.  Fresh from their victories over the Zulus, Regiments such as the King’s Royal Rifles (60th), King’s Dragoon Guards, Connaught Rifles, & Northampton Regiment were supremely confident of their abilities to defeat the Boer farmers. The British Force was later supplemented by two Regiments that had gained honours in the recent Afghanistan campaign - the 15th Hussars & Gordon Highlanders. As was to happen 18 years later in the Boer War 1899-1902, the Boers were underrated with their superior marksmanship & tactics, fighting against regular British Infantry in their red tunics, inflicting a series of defeats on these famous Regiments, at Ingogo River, Bronkhorst Spruit, Laing’s Nek & Majuba Hill. Here the 60th wore dark green uniforms & white foreign service helmets but these were still in sharp contrast to the light coloured South African veldt, a colour the Boers copied with their khaki coloured attire. This extract is taken from 'Rifleman and Hussar’ by Colonel Sir P. Marling, V.C., C.B. “About 2.30 p.m. Sir George Colley sent Captain McGregor, R.E., to Colonel Ashburnham with a message that he was to send a Company of the 60th Rifles out to the left, as he thought the Boers were going to rush the position. Colonel Ashburnham pointed out to the Staff Officer that ‘I’ Company were the only reserve he had & asked would not half a Company be sufficient. The Staff Officer replied “My orders are, Sir, from the General, that you are to send a Company & if you will let me have them, I will show you where to go. This company, ‘I’, was commanded by Lieutenant Garrett, the other subaltern being Lieutenant Beaumont. The Staff Officer, Captain McGregor, went out with them mounted. There is no doubt that he took them further than he should have. Captain McGregor, R.E., was killed. It was inevitable, considering the target he presented. ‘I’ Company & the Boers were now only about 50 yards apart. Lieut. Garrett was killed quite early & every man in the company except 9 was either killed or wounded. Nothing could have been more gallant than their behaviour, many of them being quite young soldiers”. Casualties of the 3/60th at Ingogo River on that day, amounted to 2 Officers & 50 other ranks Killed in Action, 1 Officer & 6 other ranks Died of Wounds, 1 Officer, 7 other ranks drowned with 2 Officers & 56 other ranks Wounded. To understand the severity of this action it is very unusual to see in British Actions that there were more losing their life (67) than Wounded (58). Copy casualty & medal roll.  Medals known surviving (4 medals & bar not issued) of the other 46 K.I.A.- 6 have been for sale, 1 in the Museum. McCann - one of the 6 - ex Glendinings Sept. 1972. Edge bruise (reverse), otherwise Good very fine










South Africa (Zulu) Medal 1879, no clasp, named to A. Parlett, Butcher, HMS ‘Shah’. Born Ensworth, Hampshire, 28th April 1850. Married Fanny Goble at Westbourne, Sussex. Died 1902 at Portsmouth. In 1881 census he was serving as a Butcher on HMS Duke of Wellington, with his family living in Westbourne. In 1891 census, he was serving as a Butcher on HMS Serapis, with his family living in Portsmouth, they had 8 children by this state, 6 daughters and 2 sons.  In 1901 census he was a Labourer at a restaurant in Portsmouth, where his family still lived, by this time he had 9 children and a grand-daughter. Scarce rank on Medal! Nearly extremely fine





South Africa (Zulu) Medal 1879, no clasp, named to C.J. Chambers, Yeoman of Stores, HMS ‘Euphrates’. With copy history sheet, and copy medal roll Charles George Chambers, born St. Helens, Jersey, 1852. Served until 1893, his South Africa Medal, sent to London 17th November 1881. London was the HQ of the East Africa Station in 1880s. Scarce rank on Medal. NEF





Afghanistan Medal 1878, two clasps, Ahmed Khel and Kandahar named to (1789 Pte J. COE. 2/60TH FOOT). GVF





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 named to (15,B.1139 Pte C. ERRINGTON, 59th FOOT). With copy medal roll. Two small edge-knocks to the reverse rim, otherwise Good very fine




Afghanistan Medal, no clasp, named to 1186 Private A. Storrie, 92nd Highlanders. 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, dated reverse, three clasps, Tel-El-Kebir, The Nile 1884-85 and Abu Klea named to (2529 Pte W. HARRISON, 7/Dn Gds). Confirmed on roll (not present). Usual contact marks to obverse and to naming at 3 and 9 o’clock, Fine










 Egypt Medal 1882, dated reverse, no clasp, named to H.W. Wilkins, Engineer, Royal Navy, HMS ‘Iris’. With copy service sheet, and medal roll. Born Seaford, Sussex, 7th September 1843. Nearly extremely fine




Egypt Medal 1882, clasp Tel-El-Kebir, engraved to 4848 Private W. Mackie, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. Complete with copy service papers, William Mackie was born in Burntisland, Fife, Scotland during 1861, the son of Janet Mackie. A Mason, attested to join the Scots Guards at Edinburgh on 28th June 1879. Private Mackie served in Egypt between 30th July and 14th November 1882. He was imprisoned by a Civil Power for an Assault between 22nd January and 21st February 1883. William was then tried by a District Courts Martial for passing a counterfeit coin and was imprisoned between 13th August and 8th November 1883. Private Mackie was imprisoned by a Civil power for an Assault between 15th December 1884 and 17th April 1885. William was transferred to the Army Reserve on 27th February 1886 and was discharged on 7th February 1892. William Mackie was also entitled to the Khedives Star. Contact wear, Very fine





Egypt Medal, 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, dated reverse, no clasp, named to J. Gallant, Ordinary Seaman, HMS ‘Eclipse’. With copy service history, born Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk on 14th October 1862. Under discharge is ‘Run Queensferry 6.4.85’. Very fine or better





Egypt Medal 1882, dated reverse, no clasp, named to G. Crawley, Chief Gunners Mate, HMS ‘Oronte’. Born, London 21st April 1849. Pensioned to shore on 14th July 1884. With copy service history and medal roll. Some edge-knocks. With a copy swivel suspender, Generally very fine





Khedives Star 1882, the reverse engraved on the circular rim around the centre to ‘J. King, O.S. HMS Euphrates’. With full copy papers. James King, born Stoke Damerel, 5th January 1855. Dischared to Shore 31st January 1901. Good very fine





East and West Africa Medal 1887, clasp Sierra Leone 1898-99, named to 1369 Private N. Gordon, 1st West Indies Regiment. Scratch to name on edge, Nearly very fine





East and West Africa Medal 1887, for Mwele 1895-6, no clasp, named to 3684 Sepoy Mehtab Khan, 22nd Punjab Infantry. Heavy edge-bruising, Nearly very fine




British North Borneo Company Medal 1888-1916, in bronze, a spink copy. Extremely fine





British South Africa Company Medal, Rhodesia 1896 reverse, named to (3389 PTe A. ADAMSON. 4/RIF.BDe). Private William Anderson (note different initial from medal) enlisted into the Rifle Brigade in September 1894. He was posted to South Africa in May 1896 having gained his Mounted Infantry certificate in June 1895. He was one of 16 all ranks commanded by Captain A.V. Jenner, DSO who were awarded the British South Africa Company Medal. This being confirmed in his papers (included), these also award of a QSA with five clasps. He was eventually discharged in September 1906. Good very fine





Lance Corporal Henry Whitman's I.G.S. Wounded in the bayonet charge of the Devon Regiment at Waggon Hill 6th January 1900. India General Service Medal 1895-1902, two bars Punjab Frontier 1897-98 & Tirah 1897-98. 4575 LCE. CORPL. H. WHITMAN, 1st Bn. DEVON REGT. Entitled Q.S.A. 3 bars Elandslaagte, Defence of Ladysmith & Belfast. WOUNDED LADYSMITH 6.1.1900. The Devons action of 6.1.1900 at ‘Waggon Hill’. From “Our Regiments in South Africa” page 113 by J. Stirling. “At 5pm after other Regiments had failed to clear the Boers off the hill, 3 Companies of the Devons were sent in who were ordered to turn the enemy off the ridge with the bayonet. The Devons dashed forward & gained a position under cover within 50 yards of the enemy. Here a fire fight ensued; but the Devons were not to be denied & eventually, cheering as they pushed from point to point, they drove the enemy not only off the plateau, but cleared every Boer out of the lower slopes & the dongas surrounding the position. The total loss of the Devons was nearly 28%”. 18 K.I.A., 2 Died of Wounds, 32 Wounded. Copy medal rolls. ORIGINAL & modern casualty roll. 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




Indian General Service Medal 1895, two clasps Punjab Frontier 1897 – 98 and Tirah 1897 – 98, engraved 952 Rifleman Ganj ….. Bhattu, 9th Bl Infy. Very Fine with edge knocks obscuring part of the naming. Suspender claw also repaired The 9th (Gurkha Rifles) Bengal Infantry was renamed the 9th Gurkha Rifles in 1903. Edge-knock to name, VF





India General Service Medal 1895, clasp Relief of Chitral, named to (No.2364 CORPl C.E. HARRIS. 1/EAST LANCs REGt). Good very fine




India Medal 1895, clasp Punjab Frontier 1897-98 to 3744 Lce Corpl W UPTON 1/RWKR. The previous owner recorded that this unit was involved in the 'Defence of Shabkadr Fort' on 7 August 1897. The recipient was also entitled to a QSA clasps Cape Colony, Wittebergen. Medal roll copies are available, but unfortunately there is no service record for him. Both medal rolls record his number as 3144, but the medal definitely reads 3744. As far as I can see there is no confusion, as there is no other man called W UPTON on the medal rolls. Good very fine or better





Queens Sudan Medal named to (4384 PTE W. WIGGETT. 2/R. BDE.) With copy medal roll. Contact wear to obverse and rim, Fine





A COLENSO Gunners 'Victoria Cross action' Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902 to Gunner John Kane Wounded & captured at the famous Royal Artillery action by the 14th & 66th Battery Royal Field Artillery at COLENSO 15th December 1899 where 7 V.C.'s were awarded. Queen's South Africa 1899-1902 six bars Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, South Africa 1901. 77489 Gnr. J. KANE, 78th Bty. R.F.A. John Kane born in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland. A Farm Labourer by occupation, attested for the Royal Artillery at Dublin 3.2.1890, aged 18 years. He served in India, 23.1.1893-27.11.1896, reserve 2.2.1897, recalled to the Colours served in South Africa 14.10.1899-18.5.1901 as Gunner in the 14th & 78th Battery R.F.A.,  Missing in Action, at COLENSO 15.12.1899 (Casualty Roll confirms 14th Bty. R.F.A.) WOUNDED COLENSO 15.12.1899 (on service papers), 6th Depot, 147th Bty R.F.A., Home 19.5.1901 & Discharged 1.4.1902. Copy service papers, medal & casualty roll (modern & original), article "The Gunners Battle at Colenso" as above picture says 'no medal traced' - it was on the 78th Bty. R.F.A. Roll a Bty. he also served in. Good very fine





Queens South Africa Medal, six clasps, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast renamed to (2913 PTE W. MAINS. R.W.F.). Generally very fine





Queen`s South Africa Medalfour bars, Defence of Ladysmith, Laing`s Nek, Belfast, South Africa 1901. (last bar loose) 2690 Pte.W.J. PARSONS, LIVERPOOL REGT. WOUNDED HELVETIA 29.12.1900. 1st Liverpool Regt. Copy Medal Roll, Discharge papers William James Parsons born Battersea, London. Confirms only medal with 1901 bar sent separately. Pte. W. Heaton of the Liverpools won the V.C. in the actions covered by these bars. Nearly extremely fine





Private Samuel Wylie, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Wounded COLENSO 15th December 1899, from Shankill, Belfast.Queens South Africa Medalfour 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 clasps, Defence of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Laing’s Nek and Belfast named to (4464 Pte J.E. HARVEY. 19/Hrs). John Edward Harvey, born 1877 in Bethnal Green, previous service in the 4th Volunteer, Essex Regiment, enlisted 19th Hussars, 22nd September 1896. Saw service during WW1, but believed only to be at home in UK. Private Harvey was a POW, having been captured at Helveta on December 1899 and was later released. Good very fine





Queen’s South Africa Medal, four bars, Defence of Ladysmith, Belfast, Cape Colony, Orange Free State. 5232 Pte. J. COLLINS, MANCHESTER REGT. bars mounted in that order. Copy medal roll confirms C.C.,O.F.S. issued late Discharge papers from Knutsford, Chester. 12 pages of Defaulters Book entries, missing a K.S.A. but not a L.S.G.C. ! Light contact marks, NVF





A fine Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 3 Clasps: Cape Colony, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, awarded to Major C.L. Robinson, 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, who served on operations in the Boer War in the Cape Colony and the Transvaal, being then killed in action at Ypres on 8th May 1915 as a Lieutenant Colonel with the 1st Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment. Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, three clasps: Cape Colony, Transvaal, South Africa 1901; (MAJOR C.L. ROBINSON. LANC: FUS:), Charles Lawson Robinson was the son of Robert Robinson, of Howlish Hall, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, and served in South Africa during the Boer War on operations in the Cape Colony and Transvaal during 1900 and 1901. It is likely that Robinson came out to South Africa and joined the 2nd Battalion as a replacement for the large number of casualties suffered by the Battalion at Spion Kop during the relief of Ladysmith on 23rd February 1900. The 2nd Battalion was decimated but nevertheless made it's name in this action. When General Buller moved into the Transvaal the Vth Division remained about the railway, and then operated in the south-east of that country, the Utrecht-Vryheid district, and frequently saw tough fighting. The Mounted Infantry of the Lancashire Fusiliers formed part of the garrison of Vryheid when that town was attacked on 10th-11th December 1900. After very severe fighting the enemy was driven off with a loss of 100 killed and wounded. The men of the battalion had about 10 casualties. At Fort Itala on 26th September 1901 the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers were represented in the little force which made one of the finest stands recorded in the campaign. One man of the battalion was killed and 5 wounded. In January 1901 the battalion entrained at Dundee for the Pretoria district. On arriving about Elandsfontein five companies were put into the column of Colonel Allenby, and three companies, under Major Tidswell, into the column of Colonel E C Knox; these columns being two of those then commencing the great sweep under General French to the Piet Retief district. In the beginning of May the battalion got together again at Middelburg and relieved the 2nd Berkshire Regiment on the railway line. Headquarters were at Wonderfontein. The battalion remained in the Eastern Transvaal till peace was declared. Robinson's Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902 with three clasps for Cape Colony, the Transvaal, and South Africa 1901 was issued at Aldershot on 15th July 1903, and sent to him at the Regimental Depot. Robinson had retired as an Honorary Colonel with the Special Reserve by the outbreak of the Great War, and was recalled for service as a Lieutenant Colonel, and saw service with the 1st Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment in France from 15th February 1915 being then killed in action at Ypres on 8th May 1915 when aged 45. Having no known grave he is commemorated by name on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial. mounted loose style as worn. Nearly extremely fine





Queens South Africa Medalthree bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal. 34251 TPR. E.N. SHAW, 53rd COY. I.Y. Entitled 1901 bar. Served 53rd (Royal East Kent) Company, 14th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. I.Y. Boer War Casualty Roll (Asplin) shows Pte. Edward Norman Shaw, KILLED IN ACTION Nr. HARRISMITH 27.7.1901, Papers say killed in action at Witkopie on 27 July 1901. Edward Norman Shaw was born in Melbourne, Australia. He attested in London on 22 .2.1901, aged 21 years, for service with the Imperial Yeomanry. He served with the 53rd (Royal East Kent) Company, 14th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa from 12.3.1901. Copy casualty & Imp. Yeo. Roll. Extremely fine





Queens South Africa Medal, three clasps Defence of Ladysmith, Laing's Nek and Belfast to 3878 Pte. T. Ainsley Liverpool Regt. With copied service papers came from Manchester and enlisted on the 2nd March 1892 aged 18 at Pontefract. Papers confirm award of the clasps as issued on the medal also with copy roll page confirming award of the three clasps. Served with the 1st Battalion The King's Liverpool Regiment. Scarce combination of clasps. 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, Paardeberg and Johannesburg, impressed to 2621 Corporal J. Patterson, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. Slight e/k’s, sold together with copy service papers and medal rolls. John Paterson was born during 1868 in Cramond, Edinburgh. A Baker, he attested to join the 2nd Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers at Edinburgh on 11th January 1888. John served in Egypt and Sudan between July 1888 and January 1890, participating in the action at Gemaizah, near Suakin on 20th December 1888. He then served in India between January 1890 and March 1898, having participated in the Relief of Chitral during 1895 and with the Tirah Field Force on the North West Frontier between 1897 and 1898. Transferring to the 1st Battalion, Corporal Patterson then saw active service during the Anglo-Boer War at Paardeberg and Johannesburg, having returned to the United Kingdom, he was discharged on 11th January 1901 having completed one year beyond the period of his engagement. John Patterson was awarded the Egypt Medal (undated) with Gemaizah bar, Indian General Service Medal with Relief of Chitral and Tirah 1897-98, Queens South Africa Medal, clasps Cape Colony, Paardeberg and Johannesburg, and Khedives Star. Slight edge-knocks, Nearly extremely fine





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




Queens South Africa Medalthree bars, Cape Colony, Transvaal, Wittebergen. 8221 PTE. J.A. Mc'LEAN, 1 HIGH: LT. INFT. 8221 Private J. A. McLean served in the Volunteer Company Highland Light Infantry & as 671 Cpl. 1st Scottish horse for the Transvaal bar issued on 28.11.1910 (claimed when in Army Reserve I expect). Entitled K.S.A. with 1/Scottish Horse bar 1901, doesn't seem to have got the bar 1902 from rolls but may have got bar South Africa 1901 to his Q.S.A. issued separately but roll is marked from 'No' to 'Yes' for K.S.A. Copy 3 x medal rolls. Jeweller's light marks (?) to one side of obverse otherwise Very fine





A scarce Boer War casualty to Corporal A. Seekings King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry for the early action at ENSLIN 25th November 1899. Queens South Africa Medal, two bars, Belmont, Orange Free State to 4424 CORL. A. SEEKINGS, 2 YORKS. LT. INFY. 4424 Corporal A. Seekings, 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Light Infantry was WOUNDED ENSLIN, 25 11 1899.(4424 A. Seekin, 2/Yorks. L.I.) To 1st Class Army Reserve, 1 6.1901 (due to wound ?) From “Our Regiments in South Africa” J. Stirling. 'At Enslin on the 25th the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry took a very prominent part & if they did not lose so heavily as the Naval Brigade, that is accounted for by their not crowding in the attack & making a better use of the ground'. At Enslin the Yorks L.I. had 10 K.I.A. & 38 wounded (including 3 Officers) the R.N. Bge. 16 K.I.A. & 81 wounded, Loyal North Lancs. Regt., 18 wounded, Northampton Regt., 1 K.I.A. 10 wounded, Rimingtons Guides 4 wounded 3 missing. Copy service record, casualty & medal roll. Contact marks, Nearly very fine




Private James Parsons, 1st Royal Irish Regiment Severely Wounded Bethlehem 7th July 1900 from Tipperary, Ireland. Queens South Africa Medaltwo bars Cape Colony, Wittebergen 795 Pte. J. Parsons, 1st Rl. Irish Regt. SEVERELY WOUNDED BETHLEHEM 7.7.1900. The Royal Irish Regiment lost 1 K.I.A. & 50 Wounded in this action The Despatch Lon. Gaz. 10.10.1900 "On this occasion the 1st Batt. Royal Irish Regiment distinguished itself capturing a gun of the 77th Bty. R.F.A. which had been lost at Stormberg (1899)". Copy Medal Roll, Discharge Papers from St. John's, Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland. His only medal. Very 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. Good very fine





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, two clasps, Orange Free State and Cape Colony named to 3043 Private E.H. Harley, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, comes with copy set of service papers. Very fine




Queens South Africa Medal, clasp Relief of Ladysmith, named to 4309 Private A. Farrell, 1st Connaught Rangers. Official correction to initial. On roll as killed in action at the Battle of Colenso on 15th December 1899. Good very fine





A scarce unit Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 1 Clasp: South Africa 1902, awarded to Private John Hurren, 2nd Regiment of the 10th New Zealand Contingent, who sailed for South Africa aboard the transport ship 'Norfolk' on 19th April 1902, arriving just before the cessation of hostilities. Queens South Africa Medal, one clasp, South Africa 1902; (9651 PTE J. HURREN. 2ND REGT 10TH N.Z. CONT:)  John Hurren was a storekeeper by profession, from Kumura, Westland, New Zealand, and when aged 21 years and 6 months, served during the Boer War in South Africa as a Private (No.9651) with the 2nd Regiment of the 10th New Zealand Contingent, and arrived very late on in the war, having travelled over to South Africa aboard the transport ship 'Norfolk' on 19th April 1902. Good very fine




Queens South Africa Medal, clasp Cape Colony named to 7065 Private N. Veitch, 2nd Royal Highlanders. 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





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




King’s South Africa Medal, two clasps, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 (Impressed 5762 Pte W Dinsdale, W.York.Regt.) Sold together with copies of Medal Rolls Private Dinsdale served with the 2nd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment during the Anglo Boer War, as well as being attached to the 4th Battalion. Dinsdale was later transferred to the 1st Battalion He was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with Cape Colony; Transvaal and Orange Free State clasps. Edge-knocks otherwise Very fine





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





Tibet Medal 1903-1904, clasp, Gyantse; (7306 PTE D. MALONEY 1ST: BN: RYL. FUSLRS). Awarded to Private (No.7306) D. Maloney, 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, who when present during the Tibet Expedition, would have been one of the storming party that scaled the cliffs to attack the fortress of Gyantse on 5th July 1904, when serving with 'C' Company, but was then badly wounded due to the effects of a gunpowder explosion at Gyantse on 8th July 1904, and died from his injuries on 19th July 1904. A very rare Tibet casualty. Good very fine




Tibet Medal 1903, Ed VII, bronze, engraved in running script ‘Dooly Nav Bahadur Limbu, S&T Corps.’ Medal issued to participants in Sir Francis Younghusband’s expedition to Tibet, and ultimately Lhasa, to try and persuade the Chines Ambam, to receive trade missions from British India. Very fine




India General Service Medal 1908, Ed VII, clasp North West Frontier 1908, named to 434 Private W. Greatrix, 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, comes with medal roll. Good very fine





Africa General Service Medal 1902, Ed.VII. one bar, Somaliland 1908-10. 2952 CONDR. A.W. DONNELLY, A.O.C. WasMENTION IN DESPATCHES 17.6.1910 by Hannyngton, O.C. troops, Somaliland “Conductor A Donnelly, Army Ordnance Department, has carried out all ordnance work in a particularly efficient manner”. Also by Gough MENTION IN DESPATCHES17.6.1910 Conductor A Donnelly, Army Ordnance Department, “in charge of the Ordce. Dept”. W.W.1. – Home Service only. Entitled Edw. VII L.S.G.C. Only 2 men of the A.O.C. entitled to the A.G.S. with this bar, Condr. Donnelly the senior Officer & S.Sgt. R.A. Smith.  Major Arthur Donnelly was born 7.7.1872, enlisted in Buffs 1888, trans. O.S.C. 1891, in ranks 14 years, W.O. 10 years, Lieut. 1913, Capt. 1917, Major 1919, retired 1927, died 1956. War Services – Campaign in Crete 1898-1899. Senior member of the A.O.C. as Protectorate Ordnance Officer, Som. 1908-10. Noted for accelerated promotion & twice M.I.D. W.W.1. served at the Ordnance Depot, Hilsea & again M.I.D. (no M.I.C. found) Copy 1910 Lon. Gaz., & from R.A.O.C. Gazette magazines, Portsmouth picture 1893 in group as L.Cpl. (R.A.O.C. Gazette 1932) & 13 Officers inc. Major Donnelly, Hilsea, 1927. Various articles on Somaliland 1908-10 of the A.O.C. involvement “On the track of the Mullah” 10 pages. Wrote the account of the expedition in the pre-war Gazette. R.A.O.C. Obituary. Very fine




1914 Star named to 2215 Private W. Crichton, 1/4th Seaforth Highlanders. Also served Military Foot Police, then as an officer with the Army Ordnance Department and Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Medals sent to Leigh Hall Road, Leigh-On-Sea.  GVF




1914 Star to Lieut. G. Gordon, 12/Lrs. (Lieutenant Geoffrey Gordon, 12th(Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers, Killed in Action, Flanders 30th April  1915 aged 34 years. He was the son of the Rev. Alexander Gordon M.A. of Rosemary St., Belfast. He is also commemorated in the Aberdeen University Roll of Honour which gives the following biography. "Son of Rev. A. Gordon, Unitarian minister, Belfast ; born Belfast, 15 October 1881 ; educated at Grafton House School, Manchester, entering Aberdeen University in 1899. In 1903 he graduated M.A. with Second-Class Honours in Mathematics, and passed into the Indian Civil Service in 1904. After a short time in Assam, he became Assistant Commissioner in the Punjab ; and for five years served as lieutenant and captain in the Punjab Light Horse, Indian Volunteers. At the outbreak of war Gordon was on furlough. He at once entered the Special Reserve of Officers, and received a commission in the 12th Royal Lancers. On 30 April 1915 he fell in action in France. His Indian record was one of courage and character, and gave promise of even greater distinction than he had already achieved. The Lieutenant-Governor of the Province, in a letter to the "Punjab Gazette", recalls the difficult and dangerous situations which he had had to face in the pursuance of his duty, and which he had always met with an intrepid coolness; and speaks of him as "a gallant officer and a fearless gentleman". He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.




1914 Star to 105652 W.Hornsbey, Sto.1Cl. Hood Bttn.R.N.D. (Stoker 1st. Class Walter Hornsby of Hood Battalion R.N.D. was killed in action at Gallipoli on 4th June 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial). His surname is spelled "Hornsbey" on the medal and this corresponds with the RND medal roll for the 1914 Star. Stoker Hornsby was from Hull.




1914 Star named to 10345 Private J. White, 2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, Killed in Action 2nd April 1917, remembered Henin Communal Cemetery. Fine




1914 Star named to 55173 Bombardier H.M. Jamieson, Royal Field Artillery. Served with 29th Brigade, entitled to clasp. VF




1914 Star named to 45091 Gunner H.T.W. Appleby, Royal Field Artillery. Served with Divisional Artillery Column. Entitled to bar and clasp. Nearly extremely fine




Original 5th Aug-22nd Nov bar. Nearly extremely fine




Original 5th Aug-22nd Nov bar sewn to a small piece of original ribbon. Good very fine




1914-15 Star named to 2nd Lieutenant G.F. Macnie, Connaught Rangers. George Francis Macnie, killed in action at Salonika on 4th September 1916. With copy excerpt from ‘The Ranger’, - In Memoriam, Irish Times 4th September 1931. NEF




1914-15 Star named to 3264 Private F. Parsons, 21st London Regiment. Discharged due to wounds. About Fine




1914-15 Star named to DA.2533 W.J. Thomson,  Deck Hand, Royal Naval Reserve. Killed in action onboard H.M. Drifter ‘Nina’, Royal Naval Reserve, aged 23 on 2nd August 1917, the son of William John and Mary Thomson of 9 Almanythie Road, Peterhead, he is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. A former Peterhead drifter, employed as a local patrol vessel. At about 10.30pm, the vessel then being off Prawle point, Devon, a fire broke out onboard. It could not be controlled and about five minutes later a depth charge on the stern exploded in the heat, killing four members of the crew and she was abandoned. She sank at 12.54am following a further two explosions which blew the stern off the drifter. With copy papers. Good very fine




1914-15 Star named to 11159 Private A.S. Allibone, Somerset Light Infantry. Generally very fine




1914-15 Star named to SS/5834 Staff Sergeant R.E. Williams, Royal Army Service Corps. Very fine




1914-15 Star named to 7076 Sapper R. Brown, Royal Engineers. With copy MIC which shows he renumbered 397076 and landed Egypt on 11th September 1915. The 39 ‘prefix’ indicates service with the Royal Anglesey Royal Engineers, On the 11th September 1915,  5 Siege Company Royal Anglesey RE landed Suvla Bay, Gallipoli. War Diary confirms.  The company was evacuated to Egypt where it served for a time, then as 5 Field Company Ryl Ang RE was attached to 74th Yeomanry Division and served in Palestine. In May 1918 it accompanied the division to France. Nearly extremely fine





An important American interest story, a Great War (‘Aegean’ D.S.C.) British War Medal (only) awarded to Captain Guy Duncan Smith, R.A.F. late R.N.A.S. awarded “£250 guineas for valuable services" after his ‘cloak and dagger’ service onboard the American owned (New York) steamer “Mazatten” which flew a German flag till the start of W.W.1., changed to Mexican flag, then captured by H.M.S. Kent when used in violation of American neutrality, against the German Cruiser “Leipsig” in 1914 which came to light when applying for a 1914-15 Star. British War medal (only) CAPT. G.D. SMITH, R.A.F.  Entitled Distinguished Service Cross London Gazette 20.7.1917. D.S.C. original citation Flt. Lieut. Guy Duncan Smith, R.N.A.S. “In recognition of his services in the East Indies and Egypt Seaplane Squadron during the period 1 April 1916 – 31 March 1917. During this time he took part in several valuable reconnaissance’s & bombing flights obtaining important information & doing considerable damage to enemy organisations”. Guy Duncan Smith born 21.10.1894 in England, to British parents when his father operated a motion picture theatre in Oakfield, California, U.S.A., educated in England. Next of kin address - father - 35th Avenue, Oakland, California, U.S.A. Prior to joining the R.N.A.S. he was a radio telegraph operator, he had a ‘cloak and dagger’ experience near Mexico in a letter he gave the story below as his claim for a 1914-15 Star (which was refused) but on his R.A.F. papers (Air 76) they awarded him “£250 guineas for valuable services”, an amazing amount of money to a Captain in 1919. It also lists a French Croix de Guerre (silver star) to him, but unfortunately this was Gazetted on 22.2.1918 as Flt. Sub-Lieut. GERALD D. Smith, R.N.A.S. but also credited to Guy by H.A. Haliday's data base from the card files held by the "Directorate of History & Heritage, Canadian Forces H.Q." 64 (Naval) Wing, R.A.F. Seaplane Base, Port Said, Egypt, 30 January 1919. Sir, "I have the honour to lay before you my claim to the 1914-15 medal under the Admiralty regulations which entitles the Merchant Service to it. In August 1914 I was employed aboard the German steamer “Mazatten” in the capacity of Assistant Purser and Wireless Operator. At the outbreak of War, the German flag was replaced by the Mexican and in my capacity as Assistant Purser, I became aware that the ship was loading coal for the German Cruiser “Leipsig”. I immediately sent word to the British Consul in San Francisco to that effect, upon his informing the U.S. Authorities, the ship was stopped & an investigation held & not until the German Consul General Von Bopp had sworn that the coal was for a bona fide merchant in Guaymas, Mexico & put up a bond for $20,000 to that effect, was the ship allowed to proceed. After we had got to sea, Capt. F. Jebsen of the Imperial German Navy came to me & said that the coal was for the “Leipzig” and that I had to get into communication with her & gave me the secret call signs. Upon my refusing he became very threatening, as also did the rest of the crew who were at all times very abusive to me. So they said I must show the German Wireless Operator how to work the set, which I pretended to do, but in reality put it out of commission by closing the coupling and altering the clips on the helix, thereby shortening the wave-length to such an extent that the set was useless for transmitting, but could not be detected without the use of a wave meter. Gustav Traub, the German Operator, spent three nights & two days trying to get the “Leipsig” but failed. Finally we met the “Leipsig” but only transferred a few stores & some reservists. We then proceeded to Guaymas, the arrangement being that we should leave the coal on lighters at the entrance of the harbour & the “Leipsig” would come alongside afterwards & take it. I slipped ashore in a dugout canoe & told Mr. Fearson the British Consul there, that the “Leipsig” was coming round in a few days time. He sent word to Esquimault B.C. & as a result of this 8 hours after the “Leipsig” had taken the coal & left, H.M.S. Newcastle came into Guaymas Harbour. We then proceeded to Topolobampo Harbour & while there Capt. Jebsen came to me with a long code message, which he said was Press News for the “Leipsig” & that I had to send it as Gustav Traub was unable to work the set. I refused at first, but afterwards said I would & then pretended to send it with the set on the wrong wave length. I told the Captain I had sent it & he tore it up & threw it overboard. The next day the same thing was repeated. The crew had made a number of threats to kill me & throw me overboard & one of them struck me & another spat at me. The messages referred to I found out later related to the dates of sailings of British & Allied merchant ships. Finally the Germans found out that I hadn't sent the messages & I have no doubt as the Austrian cook came & warned me, would have killed me had we not been captured by Mexicans the same night. As a result o Consul Von Bopp forfeited his bond of $20,000 & is now serving a sentence of seven years for un-neutral acts. I also served as Wireless Operator on the British steamer “Knight of the Thistle” in November & December 1914. All these facts Admiral Storey, who was then in charge of H.M.Canadian Dockyard, Esquimault, British Columbia is well acquainted with, as also is Sir Samuel Evans, President of the Prize Courts. Also I joined the R.N.A.S on July 2nd 1915 & was flying on the South Coast of England in 1915. The particular circumstances surrounding my case necessitate me making this rather lengthy statement of my services in 1914-15". signed Guy D. Smith, D.S.C. Capt. R.A.F. The light cruiser 'Leipzig' on 2.8.1914 left Mazatlan, Mexico & cruised for some weeks in the Gulf of Mexico, capturing & sinking ships in the area. Took part in the Battle of Coronel 1.11.1914 & the battle of the Falkland Islands 8.12.1914 & was sunk here by the light cruiser H.M.S. Glasgow & armoured cruiser H.M.S. Cornwall in a running fight where she fought to the last. His R.N.A.S. Service Papers & others say Entered by D.N.S. Canada, Stations served at Navigational School, Portsmouth, H.M.S. Fishguard October 1915, Eastbourne November-December 1915, Calshot January-April 1916, Dover Seaplane Station May-June 1916, Egypt Port Said, June 1916 “Raven II” July and August 1916, On 25.8.1916 attacked El Afulch, to attack line & reconnoitre Semunich. A second flight later for the same purpose. March-June 1917, “Northbrook” September 1916, “Anne” September 1916, October 1916, February–March 1917, 7.9.1916 flight to reconnoitre enemy’s communications & find a site for an aerodrome. 22.12.1916 after evacuation of El Arish by Turks. On 22.12.1916 a reconnaissance of enemy’s lines of communications was much needed & was carried out by 5 Seaplanes from “Ben-my-Chree” with reconnaissance of Ramleh & Jaffa; reported only 116 tents at Ramleh; railways and roads clear. This very valuable reconnaissance revealed the fact of the retirement of the enemy & was of great value to the organisation of Military Offensive for the near future. On 27.12.1916 “Ben-my-Chree” and “Raven II” made attack on Chikaldir Bridge in three phases. In 1st phase - four aircraft, Flt. Sub. Lt. (Guy Duncan) Smith and his Observer Capt. Wedgwood-Benn’s bomb exploded in water & did some damage. In 2nd phase two aircraft, one direct hit on bridge. In 3rd phase three aircraft, one Pilot hit bridge twice with 65lbs bombs. This successful attack was delivered after the military success at El f my evidence given later the “Mazattan” was captured by H.M.S. Kent & the German Arish & was designed to interrupt the enemy’s communications. Failed to return from flight, reported missing believed drowned 21.4.1917. Telegram 6.5.1917 from S.S.O. Colombo, Officer returned safe & well. Recovery confirmed. The Short Seaplane Smith had flown, a reconnaissance of Ari Atoll 21.4.1917 & after being blown off course was unable to return to the ship. “Empress” July 1917, & October-November 1917, Total loss of Seaplane No.1038 2.11.1917 believed to have been lost at El Haram. “Ben-my-Chree” December 1917, “City of Oxford” November-December 1917 & February-March 1918. 64 Wing Seaplane Depot 21st May-2nd September 1918. Returned to Britain & on 12.9.1919 sailed on “Megantic” for North America his destination given as Oakland, California, see Canadian Papers RG 9C14, Folder 15, File 2. Copy picture, Medal Roll (Flt. Lt. Guy D. Smith, D.S.C., R.N.A.S. W.W.1. pair to be issued by A.M. (Air Ministry)) various articles from ‘New York Times’ 1915-16 ‘Registry Refused to the Mazattan’ Ship, formerly German, which took coal to the Leipzig, now seeks protection in vain. Mexicans threaten her. American ship seized, the Edna formerly the Mazattan captured by the British previously owned by Capt. Fred Jebsen of this city (New York), a German subject & is alleged to have been used in violation of American neutrality. Indicted for this, but on trying to escape to Germany in disguise, was drowned in the sinking of a submarine. Smith mentioned in books - 'Royal Navy Shipboard Aircraft Developments 1912-31', a picture of him page 216, refs. to his flights (14 pages), picture of his Short 184 on Male Island when looking for the Raider 'Wolf' thought to have drowned & reported missing. 'Fights & Flights' pages 319-328, 341. 'Per Ardua' page 233. "A Flight of Fact" article in 'Nash's Magazine, Pall Mall Gazette, Metropolitan Magazine etc of his adventures on which R. Kipling based his 'Baxter' on Guy Smith. Two other G.D. Smiths in R.N.A.S./R.F.C./R.A.F. neither reached a Capt. in R.A.F. Papers for these state - One Air 76 marked "Ceased to belong to R.F.C. on return to Welsh Regt. 1.12.1917" as a 2.Lieut. (so medal not named to R.A.F.); the other a Prob. Flt. Sub-Lieut., R.N.A.S. 20.11.1917, permitted to retain rank of Lieut. after W.W.1. detailed in Lon. Gaz. 25.2.1919 (so medals named Lieut.) 1" thick paperwork of most refs. quoted above & from the T.N.A., Nearly extremely fine




British War Medal to 3975 Pte.T.Taylor, 12 Lond. R. (Rifleman Thomas Taylor of the 12th Battalion London Regiment (The Rangers) was killed in action in France on 1st July 1916, The First Day of The Battle of The Somme. He is commemorated on CWGC under his new Territorial Force serial number of 471315. His Medal Index Confirms change of serial number. He is buried at Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2., Hebuterne. The 12th London Regiment were part o f the 56th (London) Division who took part in the diversionary attack on Gommecourt Salient on 1st July 1916





British War Medal to Q.M. & LIEUT. J. DUNN. Copy M.I.C. (1914-15 trio) James Dunn, 11059 Q.M.S. (W.O.2) Lieut. & Qr. Mr. Commissioned R.A.M.C. 2.7.1917, Theatre ‘Africa’, 15.3.1915. Service Papers available at WO364, born St. Stephens,Newcastle on Tyne, Northumberland, England. Awarded Geo. V. M.S.M., Lon. Gaz. 12.3.1917 “….in recognition of valuable services rendered with the Armies in the field during the present war”. 11059 RQ.M.S. (Actg. S.M.) R.A.M.C. L.S.G.C. Army Order 412, 1914 & Mentioned in Despatches 24.12.1917. “Commended for for good service rendered during the (Nile) Expedition”. The Meritorious Service Medal Book 1916-1928 by I. McInnes page 37 states “Group ex collection, Queen’s Sudan (11059 Pte. R.A.M.C.) 2 x W.W.1.’s (erased) 1902 Coronation, Geo. V. L.S.G.C. (Sgt. R.A.M.C.) Geo. V., M.S.M. Order of St. John, L.S.G.C. & bar, Khedive’s Sudan bar Khartoum. 60 R.A.M.C. Officers & 139 O.R.’s were at Omdurman”. Extremely Fine




British War Medal named to 5032 Private W. Hynes, Connaught Rangers, died of wounds with 6th Battalion, Connaught Rangers in France on 30th March 1918, and is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension.  Born Farnworth, near Bolton. GVF




British War Medal named to Captain I.H. Greenwood. Isidore Herbert Greenwood, died 6th July 1918, 10th Battalion, attached 8th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. The only son of Solon and Fannie Greenwood of 24 Palace Court, London, he is buried at Dainville British Cemetery. Nearly extremely fine




British War Medal named to SS.109419 W. Jinks, Acting Leading Stoker, Royal Navy. Leading Stoker William Jones, HMS Queen Mary, died on 31st May 1916, during the Battle of Jutland. The son of William and Kathleen Jinks, of Wednesbury, Staffordshire, husband of Violet Rosa Olney (formerly Jinks) of 49 Trafalgar Street, Landport, Portsmouth, he is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Good very fine




British War Medal to CAPT. C. WEBB-JOHNSON. Cecil Webb-Johnson M.B. was a Doctor, address Cricklewood, East sheen, he served in India 1914 with RAMC Territorial Force as a Captain hence this being his sole WW1 medal entitlement, his medal was sent to him by the Commanding Officer of the East Surrey Regiment. He was also the Joint Honorary Secretary of the Section of Naval and Military Medicine and Surgery. He was an author, musical composer of Waltz tubes and wrote diet books for men and for women!: http://archive.spectator.co.uk/article/28th-july-1923/20/diet-for-men-by-cecil-webb-johnson-mills-and-boon- It was whilst in India he took an interest in diabetics and metabolism. He died 1930 in London aged 51. Very fine



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