Single Campaign Medals – Pre 1902

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Wittebergen, South Africa 1901, Private, Royal West Kent Regiment.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Wittebergen, South Africa 1901

2923 Pte T R Diett Rl W Kent Regt

With details extracted from his on line 1WW service record (no 1WW medals awarded served UK only).

Served with the 2nd Battalion in South Africa, first two clasps verified correct on the Medal roll TNA WO100/194 page 22, the South Africa 1901 clasp loose on ribbon but verified correct on the Medal roll TNA WO100/104 page 94, roll states ‘Invalided’.

Thomas Robert Diett was born in 1873 in Greenwich, Kent a 41 year 240 day old Pipe Fitter and Water Main Layer residing at 22 Hadrian Street Greenwich with his wife Elizabeth, he attested for his old Regiment at Woolwich 17th August 1914. Joining the Royal West Kent Regiment Depot at Maidstone, he stated he had previously served 10 years 218 days. Posted to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion 21st August 1914, he was discharged 14th November 1914 unfit for service. Enlisting again for the Labour Corps London Division 30th May 1919, he joined 700 Company 2nd July 1919 and was discharged unfit for service at Netley 10th October 1919. He died in Greenwich in 1932.

First time on the market, original ribbon.

Virtually as issued.

EF £150 Available

Military General Service medal 1793-1814 clasp Egypt, Captain Maltese Pioneers

Military General Service Medal 1793-1814 clasp Egypt

G B Mirabelli Capt Maltese Pioneers

With copy Medal roll entry & other research listed here.

Captain Giovani Battista Mirabelli appears on the MGS Medal roll as In Command of the 1st Brigade of Maltese Pioneers TNA WO 100/12 page 43. He was later appointed Temporary Lieutenant Royal Regiment of Malta from the Maltese Provincial Battalion 30th July 1805 (London Gazette 27th July 1805 page 971).

The Maltese Pioneers were raised by Sir Ralph Abercromby at the end of 1800. It was first placed under the command of Lieutenant Rivarola, then serving as Assistant Quartermaster General with the English Expeditionary Force under Lieutenant General Sir Ralph Abercromby, and proceeded at once to Egypt. The Corps consisted of 500 men, who had willingly enlisted the moment the wish of the Commander in Chief became known. These Pioneers were enlisted for 9 months or 1 year, and accompanied the Expeditionary Force to Karakratch in Marmarice Bay, where they were employed in cutting wood and loading transports with fuel for the Army in Egypt. As the Army advanced they were employed on the road whenever necessary, the Corps also took part in the battles of Abukir March 8th, Mandora on 13th and Alexandria or  Canope 21st, and it likewise formed part of the force engaged at Ramaneigh under General Hutchinson in the following month of April 1801. Their terms of service expired in December 1801 and permission was granted to return to their homes.

In addition to the 500 Pioneers a third Corps of Artificers was raised and accompanied the Army to Egypt, Lieutenant Anderson, 40th Regiment records in his journal “The Maltese appeared to be very well acquainted with mechanical trades, and formed the major part of our Corps of Artificers”.

A total of 41 Medals clasp Egypt were awarded to the Maltese Pioneers, the officers (3 officers a Captain, a Lieutenant and Assistant Surgeon) also received a Gold Medal presented by Sultan Selim II, bearing on one side in Arabic the date 1801 and on the other the Sultan’s Cypher.

Rare Commanding Officer’s MGS.

One edge knock to the reverse under ‘M’ of Maltese otherwise

GVF £3,750 SOLD

Abyssinia Medal 1868, Private, 26th Regiment

Abyssinia Medal 1868

A Hare 26th Regt

With copy service papers

Alfred Hare was born at Granton, Lincoln an 18 year old Nail Maker, he attested for the 82nd Regiment of Foot 28th June 1859 at Nottingham and transferred to the 26th Foot 31st October 1867. Appointed Lance Corporal 7th October 1876, promoted Corporal 31st May 1877, he reverted to Private at his own request 9th March 1878, serving 14 years in India and 3 months in Abyssinia. Discharged free at his own request having served 19 years 76 days on intended place of residence recorded as 7 Welby Street, Granton. His Conduct has been Very Good, in possession of three Good Conduct Badges and a Third Class Education Certificate. Entered six times in the Regimental Defaulter’s Book he was once tried by Court Martial, mainly for absence. In November 1904 he applied for an increase in his pension of 10d a day and was told to re-apply when 65 years of age.

Usual neat repair to suspender ‘2’ of 26th Foot weak, scratches reverse clear of the naming therefore

Good Fine £350 Available

India General Service Medal (1854) clasps Hazara 1891, Samana 1891, Private, 1st Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps.

India General Service Medal (1854) clasps Hazara 1891, Samana 1891

2766 Pte H Burr 1st Bn K R Rif C

With copy Medal roll entry confirming these two clasps, copy service papers.

Henry Burr was born in Stepney, London an 18 year old Labourer he attested for the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in London 24th June 1885 and joined the 1st Battalion from the Depot 2nd November 1885. Serving in India from 25th November 1890 to 27th March 1893 including the Hazara and Samana operations of 1891. Appointed Lance Corporal 4th August 1891 he was reverted for misconduct 2nd December 1891. Discharged to the Army Reserve 6th April 1893, he re-engaged for the Reserve 8th June 1897 and was re-called to Army service 10th March 1900 and re-joined the 1st Battalion, departing for South Africa 24th March 1900, he left South Africa for England in June 1902 and was discharged 23rd June 1902 stating his intended place of residence as 6 Thomas Street, Limehouse, East London.

Burr re-enlisted at Poplar Town Hall 8th October 1914 aged 44 years for the 7th Battalion London Regiment and transferred to the Royal Defence Corps 19th April 1916. Discharged 29th October 1918 having never served overseas. Home address recorded as 6 Phoebe Street, Poplar.

Choice condition.

EF £275 Available

New Zealand Medal reverse dated 1860-65, Drummer & Fifer later Private, 1st Battalion 65th Regiment of Foot

New Zealand Medal reverse dated 1860-65

3197 Wm Hookey 65th Regt

With details extracted from on line sources.

William Hookey was born in Carisbrook, Isle of Wight in 1840, the 1861 world wide Army index records he is a Drummer and Fifer with the 65th Regiment based at Wanganui, New Zealand, the 1871 index records he is a Private with the 65th Regiment based in Agra, India. Hookey was discharged to pension from the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley no longer fit for service 23rd June 1875 having served 18 years and 33 days, his pension of 10 pence a day commenced 31st August 1875. The 1881 census records he is a 43 year old Army Pensioner and General Labourer residing with his wife Fanny, born in Brading, Isle of Wight at 2 Evelyn Cottages, Green Ground, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. The 1911 census records he is 70 years old an Army Pensioner residing with his wife at ‘Maywood’, Lower Wilton Road, Shanklin, he died in 1920 on the Isle of Wight aged 80 years.

First time on the market slight edge bruise therefore

VF £475 Available