Single Campaign Medals – Pre 1902

Queen’s Mediterranean Medal, Private, Yorkshire Light Infantry

Queen’s Mediterranean Medal

7348 Pte J W Hall Yorks LI

Private Hall served with the 3rd (Militia) Battalion Yorkshire Light Infantry. Two slight ek’s therefore

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South Africa Medal 1877 to 1879 no clasp, Chief Engineer (Commander), Royal Navy, HMS Shah. An Engine Fitter from Bury, Lancashire he entered the Royal Navy in November 1857 and retired at his own request in September 1883.

South Africa Medal 1877-1879 no clasp

T Sagar Chf Engr HMS Shah

With copy service record and Medal roll entry.

Thomas Sagar was born in Bury, Lancashire 30th August 1830, the 1851 census records he is an Engine Fitter residing with his family in Elton, Bury, Lancashire. Entering the Royal Navy from ‘Private Trade’ as Acting Assistant Engineer 1st Class aboard HMS Wye 8th November 1855  he was subsequently appointed to Fisgard 1st March 1857, HMS Wellesley 28th July 1857, HMS Minotaur 1st May 1858, HMS Cumberland 1st October 1859 where he was confirmed in the rank of Assistant Engineer 1st Class 28th January 1861 (the rank becoming Engineer 16th April 1861 or Lieutenant). Appointed HMS Adventure 28th April 1862, HMS Princess Royal 17th February 1864, promoted to Chief Engineer (Commander) 4th September 1865 he joined HMS Tamar the same day. Appointed to HMS Asia 20th January 1866, HMS Mutine 2nd March 1867, HMS Agincourt 31st March 1869, HMS Donegal 9th May 1870, HMS Rinaldo 16th November 1869, HMS Asia 11th July 1874, HMS Shah 15th January 1878, Pembroke 20th September 1882 and finally HMS Duncan 1st September 1883.

Retiring from the Royal Navy at his own request 12th September 1883 with the rank of Fleet Engineer (Captain) he was awarded a pension of £400 a year. The 1891 census records he is a 60 year old Fleet Engineer, Royal Navy retired residing with his wife Martha and three daughters at 50 Queens Road, Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire he died in 1902.

Superb condition, almost as issued and his sole Medal entitlement.

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South Africa Medal (Zulu) clasp 1879, Private, 3rd Battalion 60th Foot, present at the battle of Gingindlovu 2nd April 1879, the Battalion took the brunt of the first Zulu attack. Later serving in the First Boer War of 1881 and the battle of Tel El Kebir, Egypt in 1882.

South Africa Medal (Zulu) clasp 1879

944 Pte C J Parker 3/60th Foot

With details extracted from his on line service record, correct engraved style naming for this Regiment.

Charles John Parker was born in Barnes, London an 18 year old Footman he attested for the 60th Foot at Bow Street, London Police Court 5th August 1878. Posted to the 3rd Battalion he was imprisoned between 11th February 1878 and 7th April 1878 for ‘Making away with necessities’, imprisoned for a second time from 4th December 1879 to 25th March 1880 for breaking out of Barracks. Serving in South Africa from 19th February 1879 the 3rd Battalion 60th Foot were present at the battle of Gingindlovu 2nd April 1879 and took the full force of the first Zulu attack. Recently arrived in South Africa, the Battalion was young and inexperienced and the officers found it difficult to maintain the men in line.

Taking part in the First Boer War of 1881 the Battalion took part in the battles of Ingogo 7th February 1881 and Majuba Hill 27th February 1881, both defeats for the British. Arriving in Malta 23rd February 1882, their stay was short lived and they arrived in Egypt 18th July 1882 taking part in the battle of Tel El Kebir 13th September 1882. Parker arrived home 26th June 1883 and was discharged to the Army Reserve 8th July 1883, he was discharged from the Army Reserve 6th August 1888. He was still alive in 1939 residing in Barnes, London aged 81 years.

His service record confirms the South Africa Medal clasp 1879, also awarded the Egypt Medal (1882) clasp Tel El Kebir and the Khedives Star 1882.

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Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, Private, Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) Mounted Infantry.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902.

7365 Pte T Walker Rl Highrs MI

With details extracted from his on line service record. Original ribbon.

Thomas Walker was born in Yetholm, Kelso, Roxburghshire in 1878, a 21 year 5 month old Railway Clerk he attested for the Black Watch at Glasgow 4th September 1899 and joined the Depot at Perth 8th September 1899. Appointed Lance Corporal 7th November 1899 and promoted Corporal 23rd June 1900, he qualified for a Second Class School Certificate and passed the Mounted Infantry training course at Bulford between 2nd March 1901 and 15th April 1901. Reverting to Private at his own request 5th February 1901. Posted to Sitwell’s Mounted Infantry Company in South Africa 13th April 1901, he served with the Mounted Infantry until 31st July 1902. Leaving South Africa for India with the 2nd Battalion 22nd October 1902, he returned to the UK 25th October 1907 and was discharged to the Army Reserve 28th October 1907.

All clasps confirmed on the Medal roll and his service papers, the date clasps with unofficial rivets as these issued later on the supplementary roll. A scarce QSA to the Black Watch Mounted Infantry Company.

First time on the market.

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Queens South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Private, 1st Battalion Connaught Rangers.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal.

3407 Pte J Moore 1st Connaught Rang

With copy Medal roll entry confirming all clasps, discharged Army Reserve.

With copy Medal roll entries and headers confirming all three clasps.

Ghost dates reverse

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Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol, Private, 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade

Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol

Prit John Coleborne 2nd Bn Rifle Bde

Contemporary engraved naming in very neat upright capital letters.

With copy Medal roll entries and headers confirming all three clasps.

The 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade had arrived in England from Canada in 1852 and embarked at Portsmouth for the Crimea 24th February 1854. Joining the Light Division they were to lead the assault over the River Alma on 20th September 1854 to the Russian defensive positions. Heavily engaged at the battle of Inkermann 5th November 1854, they were to take part in the assault on The Quarries in front of the Redan, Sebastopol 7th June 1855, the first attack on the Redan 18th June 1855, the final attack on the Redan 8th September 1855 and the second, third, fourth, fifth and final bombardment of Sebastopol and minor actions 22nd March 1855 to 5th September 1855.

John Coleborne served in Captain Edward Newdigate’s Company, Newdigate was slightly wounded at Inkermann 5th November 1854.Awarded the Brevet of Major 2nd November 1855, the Knight of the Legion of Honour (France) and the 5th Class Order of the Medjidie (Turkey) for his services in the Crimea.

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Afghanistan Medal 1878-80 clasp Charasia, Private 92nd Highlanders, severely wounded at Charasia, through and through bullet wound right thigh.

Afghanistan Medal 1878-80 clasp Charasia

B/1853 Pte W Sherran 92nd Highrs

With a detailed research report (16 pages), his service details extracted from his Pension File TNA PIN71/5247), the rest from Census records and various sources.

William Shirran was born at Shandcross, near Tuttiff 1st September 1855, the 1871 census records he is 15 years old a Farm Servant employed on the South Loop Farm, Fyvie, a 67 acre farm. Attesting for the 92nd Highlanders 7th June 1878 at Aberdeen and embarked for India in December the same year arriving in India 15th January 1879 and arrived in Afghanistan to join his Regiment in April. Severely wounded 6th October 1879, bullet, shot through the right thigh just above the knee, the bullet passing straight through. On 9th October he arrived in Kabul and from there eventually evacuated to the UK, arriving at Netley Army Hospital 24th May 1880. A patient there for 84 days, his medical report on discharge records ‘Gun shot wound right femur and ankylosis of the knee joint received in action, the disability is permanent and will almost wholly render him incapable of earning a livelihood as he has no trade, and cannot follow his former occupation as Farm Servant’.

Battle of Charasia

At 1130 6th October 1789 Brigadier General Baker launched his 72nd Highlanders onto the centre and right sections of the Western Afghan forces. Fierce resistance from the Afghans held up the Highlanders. The Gurkhas and two companies of the 5th Punjabis were sent in to reinforce the uphill attack. This helped to swing the balance towards the British attack and by 1400 they had managed to clear the first ridge. The timing was crucial as the Afghans had begun to send reinforcements. Had they arrived in time, the outcome of the battle may have been very different. Meanwhile on the eastern flank General White had advanced his force forward to try and dislodge the Afghans sitting south of the gorge.

Artillery was used in an attempt to dislodge the Afghans, but it became clear that the cover was just too good. The only way to dislodge the Afghans was by launching an infantry attack at them. White personally led two companies of the 92nd Highlanders up the steep, rocky hillside. Fortunately, the rocks provided cover for both sides. The 92nd were able to use this cover to get up amongst the Afghan positions. Unnerved by the presence of the British troops, the Afghans soon abondoned this position and retreated to the north of the ravine. Despite still being massively outnumbered on this flank, White could see that the western flank could do with some help. He therefore split the 92nd sending two companies to aid Baker in his attack on the west. Back on the western flank, Baker had quickly sent his troops on to assault the Afghan positions some 600 metres in front of them on a second ridgeline. They advanced in a series of short rushes reinforced by a company of 23rd Pioneers. The fighting was intense and hung in the balance until two companies of the 92nd arrived on the flank of the Afghans. This completely unnerved the Afghans and they retreated north and eastwards, with Baker’s men hot in pursuit. By 1545 Baker had taken the entire western flank and central positions of the Afghans. He was ready to launch a flank attack on the remaining Afghans. Just as White was also pressing home an attack back at the gorge. He had sent forward his cavalry to take possession of the mouth of the gorge. Apart from capturing six Afghan guns, the combined threats of White and Baker saw the Afghans disperse and disappear back into the mountains. By 1700 hours the British had taken possession of the entire position. 

Discharged 17th August 1880, his intended place of residence recorded as Ewebrae in the Parish of Turriff, Aberdeenshire. The 1901 census records he is a Stone Breaker, residing with his wife Annie at 122 High Street, New Pitsligo. The 1911 census records he is an Army Pensioner and General Labourer, residing in 42 High Street, Pitsligo, he died on 1st January 1925, his wife died on 27th August the same year.

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