Single Campaign Medals – Pre 1902

Queen’s South Africa Medal 7 clasps Belmont, Modder River, Paardeburg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast, Gunner, Royal Marine Artillery, HMS Monarch.

Queen’s South Africa Medal 7 clasps Belmont, Modder River, Paardeburg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast

6209 Gunr H Johnson RMA HMS Monarch

With copy service record, all clasps verified correct.

Harry Johnson was born in St Johns, Derby 6th March 1876, a Waiter he attested for the Royal Marine Artillery in London 21st December 1894 and joined the Recruit Depot at Walmer the same day as a Private. Posted to “F” Division Royal Marines at Portsmouth, he became Gunner 2nd Class Royal Marine Artillery (RMA) 8th September 1896 and Gunner “N” Company RMA 21st November 1896. Joining HMS Monarch 26th January 1897 he served ashore in South Africa 21st October 1899 to 12th October 1900 receiving a 7 battle bar Queen’s South Africa Medal. Posted to “N” Company RMA 11th November 1900 he was discharged on payment of £25 11th September 1909, he had married in Lewisham, London in 1907.

Joining Portsmouth Royal Fleet Reserve 19th May 1906, he was mobilized 2nd August 1914 and joined HMS Bacchante 4th August 1914. Joining Cyclops II 1st October 1915, he joined President II for service aboard Defensively Armed Merchant Ships 24th August 1917. He died of sickness whilst serving aboard SS Norman Monarch in Egypt aged 40 years. The son of George and Alice Johnson of Derby, the husband of Helena Mary Johnson of 51 Cornwall Road, Bayswater, London he now rests in the Port Said War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

A couple of minor edge knocks, correct style engraved naming and a RARE medal to the Royal Navy / Royal Marines.

GVF £2,250 SOLD

India General Service Medal (1854) clasps Burma 1885-7, Burma 1887-89, Assistant Superintendent, Ye-U Civil Police, Burma

India General Service Medal (1854) clasps Burma 1885-7, Burma 1887-89

Asst Suptdt E G Mumford Ye-U Civil Police

With research listed here and copy will.

Mounted as originally worn with old frayed ribbon as “discovered”.

Edward George Mumford was born in Lucknow, India 7th August 1862, the son of Edward Andrew Munford, Inspector Oudh Police and his wife Mary Anne, baptised by Rev Milward R Burge, Chaplain of Lucknow 17th June 1863. Edward followed his father into the Indian Police, he married Alice Eugene Ellen Hutton, daughter of William Hutton at Christ Church, Lucknow 22nd September 1885, he gave his occupation as Police. Edward married for the second time after becoming a widower on 30th June 1891 to Mary Alexandra Salome Ellen Ransom, daughter of Henry Ransom, District Superintendent of Police in Rangoon. Edward gave his age as 28 years and occupation as Deputy Superintendent Burma Police.

Edward George Mumford died in Ealing, London 17th November 1902 aged 40 years. He had almost certainly returned to England in poor health and may have succumbed to Malaria. His will records –

“This is the last will and testament of me, Edward George Mumford late of Tounghoo in the province of Lower Burma a District Superintendent in the Burma Police (at present residing temporarily in Rangoon prior to leaving for Katha in Upper Burma where I am to be stationed). I devise and bequeath all the real and personal estate to which I shall be entitled to my wife Mary Alexander Salome Ellen Mumford (nee Ransom) absolutely. I appoint my said wife guardian not only of my infant children by her but my child by my former wife”. Dated Rangoon 27th June 1890.

The 1911 census records his widow Mary is residing with her brother Harry Alexander Vincent Ransom a self employed Tutor at 41 Princes Square, Paddington, London, Mary is employed as a Secretary and Housekeeper, two of her surviving children live with her, she died in Battle, Sussex in 1949 having never re-married.

Second clasp loose on ribbon where lugs from first clasp removed.

Dark toned, first time on the market and rare.

EF £650 Available

Afghanistan 1878-80 Medal clasps Charasia, Kabul, Private 67th Regiment of Foot (Hampshire)

Afghanistan 1878-80 Medal clasps Charasia, Kabul

1989 Pte J Keefe 67th Foot

With details of service extracted from his on line service record.

John Keefe was born in Bermondsey, London a 19 year old Labourer he attested for the 67th Foot at Westminster 6th January 1871. In custody of the civil power 22nd May 1872, he was imprisoned by the civil power from 24th May 1872 to 23rd July 1872, the actual offence not recorded. Imprisoned by his Commanding Officer 25th October 1872 to 2nd December 1872, again the offence not recorded. Serving in Burma from 1st November 1872 to 2nd March 1876 and in India and Afghanistan from 4th March 1876 to 7th February 1888 (Afghanistan Medal clasps Charasia and Kabul, India General Service Medal clasp Burma 1885-7). Keefe married in India, Miss Bridget Toner on 12th January 1883, she is recorded as deceased on his service record. Returning to England in February 1888, he was discharged 5th September 1889 having served 18 years.

VF £325 Available

Military General Service Medal 1793-1814 clasps Talavera, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Vittoria, Pyrenese, Orthes, Toulouse, Private, Drummer and Musician, 83rd Regiment of Foot, wounded at Talavera 27th July 1808, in which the Regiment suffered 335 casualties.

Military General Service Medal 1793-1814 clasps Talavera, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Vittoria, Pyrenese, Orthes, Toulouse

Mark Myers 83rd Foot

With details of service extracted from the Regimental Muster books, Chelsea Pension Registers, all seven clasps confirmed on the Medal roll. Mark Myers (Miers) was born in Lancaster in 1783, a serving soldier of the 3rd Lancashire Militia he volunteered to serve as a Private with the 2nd Battalion 83rd Regiment (Royal Irish Fusiliers) 29th September 1807 and received a bounty payment of £15.13s. Between December and March 1808 the Battalion was based in Kinsale, Ireland moving to Dublin until September 1808. Promoted to Corporal 30th March 1808, he was reduced to Private 24th July 1808. In September the Battalion arrived at Fermoy, Myers being appointed Drummer 24th October 1808. Embarking on 11th January 1809 for Portugal, the 2nd Battalion 83rd Regiment was to see much action, in December 1810 Myers was in hospital in Lisbon and in January and February 1811 in hospital at Campo Maior. Advancing into Spain in September 1811, Myers was appointed Musician in December 1811 and in August and September 1812 was in the General Hospital at Salamanca sick, he was again in hospital sick at Madrid 18th to 20th October 1812. Advancing into France in March 1814 the Battalion embarked for Ireland 7th June 1814, being stationed first at Kilkenny and from September 1814 in Dublin. Myers was discharged 27th October 1814.

At Talavera 27th July 1808, north east of Lisbon across the Spanish frontier, a force of 20,000 British and allied troops faced the main French Army, British losses were around 4,000 killed and wounded and the French 7,000, the British were compelled to retire the following day. The 2nd Battalion 83rd Foot suffered 4 officers killed and 11 wounded with 38 other ranks killed and 282 wounded. In the siege and assault on Badajoz in March and April 1812, the 2nd Battalion 83rd Foot suffered 3 officers killed and 7 wounded with 31 other ranks killed and 76 wounded. Losses were again to be high in the battle of Vittoria 21st June 1813 when the 83rd suffered 3 officers killed and 4 wounded with 32 other ranks killed and 74 wounded, at Orthes 27th February 1814, the first battle fought on French soil they suffered 6 officers wounded with 11 other ranks killed and 47 wounded.

Mark Myers was awarded a Chelsea Hospital out pension on 15th September 1857 of 6 pence a day, he was at the time residing in Preston, Lancashire. The Chelsea Hospital Pension Register TNA WO120/63 page 87 records he was wounded at Talavera. The 1871 census records he is an 87 year old Chelsea Pensioner residing with his son, also Mark Myers, at 185 Packham Road, Habergham Eaves, Burnley, Lancashire, he died on 23rd August 1873 aged 89 years.

Two edge bruises all naming fine, polishing therefore

GF to VF £2,250 Available

Khedives Sudan Medal 1896 o 1908 no clasp Able Seaman, HMS Melita

Khedives Sudan Medal 1896 to 1908 no clasp named

W L Pearne AB HMS Melita 1896

With copy service records & Medal Roll

William John Pearne, born 19th December 1870 in Fowey, Cornwall. Enlisted Boy 2nd Class 25th February 1887 and joined Impregnable. Rated Boy 1st Class whilst aboard HMS Lion in February 1888, rated Ordinary Seaman 19th December 1888 whilst serving on Iron Duke and  Able Seaman 27th February 1890 aboard HMS Curlew. An habitual offender with several periods in cells he was found guilty by Court Martial in 1894 for throwing gunnery stores overboard and sentenced to 6 moths imprisonment with hard labour, released to duty 25th October 1894. Discharged termination of engagement 19th December 1900 he joined the Royal Fleet Reserve at Devonport 1st March 1902 but was discharged for misconduct 18th December 1903. Pearne served in the Merchant Navy in the First World War, receiving a British War Medal and Mercantile Marine War Medal, he died in Plymouth in 1933.

HMS Melita was named after the Island of Malta. Launched in 1888 and the only Royal Navy ship built in Malta, a total of 139 Khedive’s Sudan Medals to the ship for services south of Sarras 30th March to 23rd September 1896.

HMS Melita Engraved naming in the correct style, note error on second initial.

GVF £425 Available