Single Campaign Medals – Pre 1902


New Zealand Medal reverse dated 1845 to 1846, Gunner’s Mate, HMS North Star

New Zealand Medal reverse dated 1845 to 1846

T Tuzise Gunr’s Mate HMS North Star

41 Medals issued to the crew of HMS North Star, the medal generally rare to the Royal Navy and verified correct TNA ADM171/16 page 58.

At the end of the First Anglo-Chinese War North Star was sent to Calcutta then Sydney, Australia when at Sydney, the Flagstaff War began in New Zealand. On 23rd March 1845 North Star arrived in New Zealand with the officers and men of the 58th Regiment and operated in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand during the Flagstaff War between 11th March 1845 and 11th January 1846. On 28th March 1845 cannon fire from North Star was directed at the pā (fortified village) of Pomare II on the coast in the Bay of Islands. Because of the almost constant intertribal warfare the art of defensive fortifications had reached a very high level among the Māori. The colonial forces were able to occupy Pōmare’s pā without a fight, although up until that time Pōmare had been considered neutral and was not a supporter of the rebellion led by Hone Heke.

 HMS North Star destroying Pomare’s Pā, 1845. Painting by John Williams

On 3rd May 1845 a small Naval Brigade from both North Star and HMS Hazzard supported the 58th Regiment and other colonial forces at the Battle of Ohaeawai.  The colonial forces were repulsed by Māori warriors with serious losses. From 27th December 1845 to 11th January 1846 officers, seamen and Royal Marines from North Star assisted the army at the siege of Ruapekapeka Pā. Officers present at the battle were Commander Hay and Lieutenant Egerton, Mr Murray, a Midshipman, was killed during the battle. Following the end of the Flagstaff War North Star returned to England. On 19th December 1846 she arrived in Portsmouth sailing via the Cape of Good Hope.

GVF £1,950 Reserved


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


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 £400 SOLD