Campaign Groups – Pre 1914


India General Service Medal 1895 clasps Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98, 1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Warrant Officer Class II (Company Sergeant Major) John Hall, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment from Southwell, Nottingham born in 1870. Attesting for the Derbyshire Regiment in May 1887 he served with the 2nd Battalion in India, the Battalion taking part in the assault on the Dargai Heights 20th October 1897 and was later the Battalion’s Band Sergeant. Discharged in May 1908, he re-enlisted on the outbreak of War and served with the 11th Battalion Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment in France from 27th August 1915 and later Italy. Discharged to the Reserve in February 1919 he was employed by the Customs and Excise service in London, he died in Poplar, London in January 1931 after a long illness aged 61 years.

India General Service Medal (1895) clasps Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98

1924 Lce Corpl J Hall 2nd Bn Derby Regt

1914/15 Star

7250 C S MJR J Hall Notts & Derby R

British War and Victory Medals

7250 WO CL 2 J Hall Notts & Derby R

With copy obituary from The Regimental Annual, research listed here from on line sources.

The IGS (1895) mounted as originally worn.

John Hall was born in Southwell, Nottinghamshire in 1870, he attested for the Derbyshire Regiment 26th May 1887 and served with the 2nd Battalion in India taking part in the Frontier operations of 1897-98, the Battalion taking part in the famous storming of the Dargai Heights 20th October 1897. Later serving as the Battalion’s Band Sergeant, he retired from the Army with that rank 25th May 1908 (no Long Service & Good Conduct Medal awarded). The 1911 census records he is a 41 year old Army Pensioner and Railway Constable residing with his wife Mary and daughter at 8 Gillies Street, Kentish Town, St Pancras, London. Re-enlisting into his old Regiment on the outbreak of war he served as Company Sergeant Major with the 11th Battalion in France from 27th August 1915. In November 1917 the 11th Battalion transferred to Italy and returned to France in September 1918 ending the War near Landrecies, France. Discharged to Class Z Army Reserve 27th February 1919, his obituary records he was invalided from the service through effects of the Great War. Employed by the Customs and Excise Department in London until December 1930, he had to leave his employment due to ill health and died in Poplar, London 4th January 1931.

GVF to EF £350 SOLD


Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free Stare, South Africa 1902, 1914 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private (Lance Corporal) William Harold Hookey, Royal Army Medical Corps born in Shanklin, Isle of Wight in 1882. Serving with 11 General Hospital in South Africa he was discharged to the Reserve prior to the outbreak of the First World War and returned to Shanklin where he was a Gas Stoker for the Shanklin Gas Company. Mobilized on the outbreak of hostilities he served in France from 24th August 1914 with No 12 General Hospital. Demobilized in 1919 he returned to the Isle of Wight and died there in 1968 aged 86 years.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1902

15310 Pte W Hookey RAMC

1914 Star British War & Victory Medals

15310 Pte W H Hookey RAMC

With copy Medal Index Card and QSA Medal roll entries by email, research extracted from on line sources. Original ribbons.

William Harold Hookey was born in Shanklin, Isle of Wight in 1882, the 1901 census records he is a Private soldier serving at the RAMC Depot at Aldershot and later served in South Africa with No 11 General Hospital, Medal roll states “To England”. Discharged to the Reserve, the 1911 census records he is a 29 year old Gas Stoker at the Shanklin Gas Works residing with his wife Frances, son and daughter at 1 Grove Ground Cottages, Hyde Road, Shanklin. Mobilized on the outbreak of hostilities he served in France with No 12 General Hospital from 24th August 1914. Returning to the Isle of Wight on demobilization he died there in 1968 aged 86 years.

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China Medal 1857-60 clasps Canton 1857, Taku Forts 1858, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria to Master at Arms Charles Bond, Royal Navy late Royal Marines and Royal Wiltshire Militia from Longbridge, Wiltshire born in 1837. Attesting for the Royal Marines in October 1856 he served with 86th Company, Portsmouth Division and aboard HMS Magicienne during the second China war. Discharged in November 1862 he entered the Royal Navy as Ship’s Corporal 1st Class the same month. Advanced to Master at Arms in January 1872 he was awarded the LSGC Medal in 1875. Discharged shore to pension 1st January 1877.

China Medal 1857-60 clasps Canton 1857, Taku Forts 1858

Unnamed as issued to Royal Navy and Royal Marines

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria early engraved naming type

Cs Bond Mr at Arms HMS Favorite

With copy service papers.

Charles Bond was born in Longbridge, Wiltshire 18th May 1837, he first served in the Royal Wiltshire Militia for 317 days before attesting for the Royal Marine Light Infantry 16th October 1856 serving with 86th Company, Portsmouth Division Royal Marine Light Infantry and aboard HMS Magicienne during the Second China war. Serving 4 years 31 days as a Private and 1 year 83 days as Corporal he was discharged 19th November 1862 at his own request for the purpose of joining the Royal Navy, his conduct being described as “Very Good” and in possession of one Good Conduct Badge. The award of the China Medal and these two clasps also recorded on his service record.

Entering the Royal Navy as Ship’s Corporal 1st Class at Victory 20th November 1862, he subsequently joined HMS Duke of Wellington 26th June 1863, HMS Bulldog 21st March 1864, HMS Bellerophon 23rd January 1866, Excellent 11th December 1866, HMS Princess Charlotte 1st September 1869 where he was advanced to Master at Arms 10th May 1871, HMS Ocean 27th June 1871, HMS Favorite 17th December 1871, awarded the LSGC Medal aboard this ship in 1875 and finally HMS Lord Warden 21st December 1876, discharged shore to pension 1st January 1877.

LSGC early engraved naming type.

GVF & better £495 SOLD


Ashantee Medal 1873-74 no clasp, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria to Blacksmith John McMillan, Royal Navy a Blacksmith from Campbeltown, Argyllshire born in 1836. Entering the Royal Navy in May 1858 as Blacksmith’s Mate aboard HMS Impregnable, he was rated Blacksmith in December the same year. Serving aboard HMS Himalaya during the Ashantee operations 1873-74, he was awarded the LSGC Medal in 1875. Discharged shore to pension 15th June 1878.

Ashantee Medal 1873-74 no clasp

J McMillan Blksth HMS Himalaya 73-74

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria early engraved naming type

Jn McMillan Blacksmith HMS Northumberland

With copy service papers and Ashantee Medal roll entry.

John McMillan was born in Campbeltown, Argylleshire 23rd August 1836 a Blacksmith he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable as Blacksmith’s Mate 30th May 1858, rated Blacksmith aboard this ship 31st December 1858 he subsequently joined HMS Aboukir 1st June 1859, HMS Indus 1st July 1861, HMS Orlando 28th June 1863, HMS Indus 4th January 1866, HMS Lord Clyde 28th June 1866, HMS Northumberland 13th August 1868, Cambridge 10th March 1871, HMS Himalaya 12th November 1872 taking part in the operations on the Gold Coast (Ashantee Medal) from 6th July to 4th August 1873, 9th December 1873 to 28th January 1874 and 18th February to 23rd February 1874. Joining HMS Northumberland 12th March 1875 he was awarded the LSGC Medal aboard this ship in 1875. Joining HMS Black Prince 29th July 1875, HMS Simoon 14th April 1878 and finally HMS Indus 26th April 1878 he was discharged shore to pension 15th June 1878.

LSGC early engraved naming type, the pair re-united in August 2012.

GVF & better £575 SOLD


Egypt Medal no clasp dated 1882 reverse, Khedives Star 1882, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria to Leading Stoker John Ross, Royal Navy a Boilermaker from Leith, Edinburgh born in 1842. Entering the Royal Navy aboard HMS Cornwallis in August 1863, he served aboard HMS Minotaur during the Egyptian operations of 1882. Discharged to pension 9th September 1883.

Egypt Medal no clasp dated 1882 reverse

J Ross Lg Stoker HMS Minotaur

Khedives Star dated 1882

unnamed as issued

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria

J Ross Leadg Stoker HMS Sylvia

With copy service papers.

John Ross was born in Leith, Edinburgh 26th May 1842, a Boilermaker he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Cornwallis as Stoker 2nd Class 26th August 1863 and subsequently joined HMS Dauntless as Stoker 1st April 1864, HMS Indus 20th February 1867, HMS Daphne 19th June 1867, Reserve Fleet at Sheerness 25th May 1870, HMS Northumberland 19th July 1870 and advanced to Leading Stoker aboard this ship 1st August 1873, HMS Indus 1st October 1873, HMS Sylvia 23rd November 1873, HMS Modeste 2nd September 1876, HMS Sylvia 30th November 1876, HMS Tamar 9th May 1877, HMS Indus 25th July 1877, HMS Valorus 26th February 1878, HMS Indus 13th January 1882, HMS Minotaur 29th April 1882, and HMS Duke of Wellington 5th September 1883 from where he was discharged shore to pension.

Nice condition with virtually no pitting

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India General Service Medal (1895) clasps Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98, Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Transvaal, South Africa 1902 to Private Richard Whittle, Dorset Regiment a former Labourer born in Nettlecome, Dorset in 1875. Attesting in November 1893, he had previously served in the Dorset Regiment Militia. Serving in India with the 1st Battalion from January 1896 to March 1902 and in South Africa from March to September 1902. The Dorsets assaulted Dargai Heights on 20th October 1897 in support of 2nd Gurkhas who were shot down as soon as they approached open ground. The Dorsets made two unsuccessful attempts to advance under a withering fire from Afridi Tribesmen, Private Vickery of the Dorsets awarded the Victoria Cross for rescuing a wounded man lying in the open and carrying him to a place of safety, the Gordon Highlanders eventually carrying the heights. Discharged to the Army Reserve in November 1902 he was discharged from this in November 1909. Residing in Portland he was employed as a General Labourer in the Government Dockyard and died in Weymouth in 1938 aged 63 years.

India General Service Medal (1895) clasps Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98

4250 Pte R Whittle 1st Dorset Regt

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Transvaal, South Africa 1902

4250 Pte R Whittle Dorset Regt

With details extracted from his on line service record and other on line records.

Richard Whittle was born in Nettlecombe, near Bridport, Dorset 19th January 1875, a 19 year 10 month old (sic) Labourer and serving member of the 3rd Militia Battalion Dorset Regt he attested for the Regular Army Dorset Regiment at Dorchester 24th November 1893. Joining the 1st Battalion from the Depot 16th March 1894, he transferred to the 1st Battalion 10th January 1896 and embarked for service in India 16th January the same year. Qualifying as a Mounted Infantryman at Bangalore 2nd June 1896, appointed Lance Corporal 9th November 1898 he was reverted to Private 11th September 1899. Transferring to the 2nd Battalion he served in South Africa from 18th March 1902 until 15th September 1902. Discharged to the Army Reserve 27th November 1902, he re-engaged for the Reserve 24th November 1905 and was discharged 23rd November 1909. He married at Askenwell, Dorset 12th September 1909 Ethel Minnie Miller, the 1911 census records he is a 36 year old General Labourer at the Government Dockyard residing with his wife, 2 sons and 1 daughter at 1 Merton Terrace, Fortunswell, Portland, Dorset, he died in Weymouth on 22nd March 1938 aged 63 years and was buried at Portland 26th March 1938.

The Dorsetshire Regiment were one of the British units in a force of 35,000 troops sent into the Tirah region on the North-West Frontier. The aim of the force was to establish control over the Afridis and Orakzais, tribesmen who had attacked British and Indian troops in the Khyber Pass and Samana Range. The route chosen by the commander, Lieutenant-General Sir William Lockhart, was to pass below the Dargai Heights. If these heights were held by tribesmen they would constitute a threat to the Moveable Column of men and animals.

There were two separate battles to gain control of these Heights. The first took place on the 18th October 1897 and the other on the 20th Oct. The first scaling of the Heights was relatively easy and accomplished by the 3rd Gurkhas and King’s Own Scottish Borderers. But the decision was made, reluctantly, to abandon the mountain as the men were not provisioned to stay there for several days. As soon as the Heights were abandoned, the tribesmen swarmed over the position in great numbers.

So on the 20th it all had to be done again but much harder. The 2nd Gurkhas were to lead the assault with the 1st Battalion the Dorsets in support. The regiment was commanded by Colonel J M Piercy, their Commanding Officer since 1894. The 2nd battalion Sherwood Foresters were in reserve. Both these regiments had been posted in Southern India so were not used to the rigours of mountain warfare. The worst aspect of the climb was an open space that had to be crossed. This was a killing ground for the sharp-shooting tribesmen 200 yards above them. At 10am the Dorsets gave covering fire as the Gurkhas dashed across, sustaining 71 casualties in 10 minutes.

Now it was the Dorset’s turn. They were not natural hill men like the Gurkhas or the Afridi tribesmen. They had seen little action up until that day. The first four companies, A-D had been giving covering fire and seen how ineffective it was against well hidden tribesmen. Captain Arnold’s E Company was first to go. Arnold was hit at once and most of the leading section went down. A few got across, some reaching the half way rocks. Among them was Private Vickery, a Somerset man, aged 24. Seeing a wounded man lying in the open with bullets hitting the ground around him, he ran back, picked him up and carried him back towards the ledge where the remainder of the regiment were taking cover. He saved the man’s life and was unscathed himself.

F and G companies fared little better so that only a few of the Dorsets reached the cover of the low cliff the other side of the space. Every man who attempted that dreadful dash faced almost certain death, making them all potential VC winners. A-D companies who had been giving covering fire were running short of ammunition so the Sherwood Foresters were sent to relieve them. One company of the Sherwood Foresters was to go across the space alongside H Company of the Dorsets but this proved too difficult due to the crowded conditions below the ledge and wounded men being treated. They all went over in small groups which created easy targets for the tribesmen. The CO of the Dorsets, Lt Colonel Piercy refused to allow A-D companies to attempt the crossing so there was a pause in the action. At around 1400 the Gordon Highlanders were ordered forward. They were spurred on by the desire to show the English how it should be done and swept up the Heights to take the position.

Toned, original ribbons

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Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasp Sebastopol, China War Medal 1857-60 clasps Canton 1857, Taku Forts 1860, Turkish Crimea Medal British issue, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Victoria Royal Navy to William Jerman Tozer, Gunner’s Mate, Royal Navy born in Paignton, Devon 25th November 1833. Entering the Royal Navy as Boy 2nd Class aboard HMS San Joseph 18th February 1848, he served aboard 28 gun 6th Rate HMS Diamond during the bombardment of Sebastopol and the Composite Gunboat HMS Banterer during the Second China War including the attacks on Forts at the mouth of the Pei-Ho between 26th June and 9th July 1859 in which Banterer was severely damaged by cannon fire from the Forts. Discharged to pension in August 1870 from the Plymouth Depot Ship HMS Royal Adelaide. Returning to Peignton following his discharge he died there in 1916 aged 83 years.

Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasp Sebastopol

W Tozer HMS Diamond

China War Medal 1857-60 clasps Canton 1857, Taku Forts 1860

W J Tozer HMS Banterer

Turkish Crimea Medal British issue

W J Tozer HMS Diamond

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Royal Navy Victoria Wide Suspender

W J Tozer Gunrs Mate HMS Royal Adelaide 20 yrs

With copy service record and other research. The first three medals privately engraved in contemporary style.

William Jerman Tozer was born in Paignton, Devon 25th November 1833 and entered the Royal Navy 18th February 1848 as Boy 2nd Class aboard HMS San Joseph. He subsequently joined HMS Impregnable 1st January 1849, HMS Archer 15th April 1850, rated Ordinary Seaman 25th February 1852 he joined HMS Diamond 16th November 1853 where he was rated Able Seaman 5th January 1855 taking part in the bombardment of Sebastopol aboard this ship. Advanced to Leading Seaman 2nd September 1856 he joined the Composite Gun Boat HMS Banterer 16th March 1857 taking part in the Third China War aboard this ship which was severely damaged during the bombardment of Forts at the mouth of the Pei-Ho by return canon fire requiring her to be beached to effect repairs. Rated Quartermaster (Petty Officer) 16th March 1857 he next joined HMS Urgent 31st July 1861, Cambridge 23rd November 1862, HMS Steady as Gunner’s Mate 25th July 1864, Cambridge 6th July 1867 and finally HMS Royal Adelaide 17th December 1869 from where he was discharged to pension 26th August 1870. LSGC Medal awarded 3rd September 1870. Returning to Paignton the 1891 census records he is a Naval Pensioner and local Tax Collector residing at 92 Barns Hill, Paignton with his wife Laura, one son, one daughter and a domestic servant. He died in Paignton in 1916 aged 83 years.

Both the Crimea Medal and clasp and the China War Medal and two clasps are recorded on his service certificate.

Please note the first three medals have been privately and neatly engraved in the local engravers style, please call for further details. Pictures of naming can be sent.

GVF & better £1,450 Available