India General Service Medal (1854) clasp Chin Lushai 1889-90, Private, 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment.

India General Service Medal (1854) clasp Chin Lushai 1889-90

2380 Pte W Parton1st Bn Chesh R

With copy service papers and Medal roll entry.

William Parton was born in Birmingham, an 18 year 10 month old Silver Plater, he attested for the Cheshire Regiment at Chester 3rd September 1886 recording his next of kin as his father George Parton (also a Silver Plater), 8 Stanhope Street, Birmingham. He joined the 1st Battalion from the Depot 18th October 1887. Appointed Lance Corporal 7th October 1889, he reverted to Private at his own request 7th July 1891. He served in Burma and India 18th October 1887 to 13th May 1894. Tanking part in the Chin Lushai Expedition in 1889 and 1890 (Northern Burma Column), he transferred to the Army Reserve 18th May 1894 and was discharged from the Reserve 28th August 1898.

NEF £325 Available

China Medal 1857-60 clasp Taku Forts 1860, unnamed as issued to Royal Navy and Royal Marines

China Medal 1857-60 clasp Taku Forts 1860

Unnamed as issued to Royal Navy & Royal Marines

Nice example toned

GVF & better £200 SOLD


Queen’s South Africa with clasps Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek, Private Royal Lancaster Regiment who died of injuries on 11th May 1901.  

 Queen’s South Africa Medal 5 Clasps Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek.

3386 Pte J Ward R Lanc R

With copy QSA Medal Roll entry for the 2nd Battalion Kings Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment confirming all clasps TNA WO100/ page 128

Copy entry South African Field Force Casualty List, died of injuries at Dundee 11th May 1901.

The Soldier’s Effects List records John Ward was born in Warrington, Lancashire a Labourer he enlisted 16th October 1891. He records his brother Cornelius as his next of kin but also left equal shares of his estate to his mother Hannah, four brothers and three sisters.

The 2nd Battalion sailed for South Africa on 30th November 1899 as part of the 11th (Lancashire) Brigade. .The military advance in 1900 was slow, troops faced difficult terrain, extremes of weather and frequent military action with the Boers. The 2nd Battalion were present at Trichard’s Drift, Venter’s Spruit, the slaughter at Spion Kop, Vaal Krantz, Onderbrook Hill and the victory at Pieter’s Hill of 28th February – which opened the road to Ladysmith. The towns of Ladysmith and Kimberley were relieved first. Mafeking was eventually retaken in the May, after seven months of siege. It was now that the campaign changed. The British had to face guerrilla warfare for the next eighteen months. Lines of communication, bridges and railway lines were regularly attacked.

GVF £250 Available


Queens South Africa with Clasps Elandslaagte, Defence of Ladysmith, Cape Colony Private 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers, killed in Action on 6th April 1901.

Queen’s South Africa Medal 3 Clasps Elandslaagte, Defence of Ladysmith, Cape Colony

4907 Pte S J Fleming. 5/Lcrs

Provenance: Dix Noonan Webb 19th March 2008 Lot 347 (Hammer £680)

Copy QSA Medal roll entry confirming all three clasps TNA WO100/115 page 17 & 110, Medal issued to his next of kin 29th January 1903, copy entry in the South African Field Force Casualty List.

Killed in action Zeekoegat, near Aberdeen, Cape Colony 6th April 1901.

…………..The Boer commandos now split up, some moved north-west towards the Camdeboo Mountains (an off-shoot of the Koudeveld Mountains). On 26th March 1901 they were sighted near Jakhalsfontein while a section under Fouche were seen near Stockdale before crossing and breaking the railway line at Bethesda Road. The first group encamped in the Camdeboo Mountains at three places; Roodepoort, Komplaats and Zuurpoort. The many kloofs of these mountains situated between Graaff-Reinet and Aberdeen made direct British attacks impossible, as was proved by a number of futile assaults, but as the Boer commandos had to remain constantly on the move the British continued with their tactic of encirclement. Early in April Gen H H Settle endeavoured to deal with them by driving the Camdeboo Mountains from west to east with the columns of Grenfell and Scobell, while mounted men from Aberdeen and Graaff-Reinet watched the eastern exits. The plan miscarried and on 6th April Gideon Scheepers and an estimated 400 Boers overwhelmed and captured 75 men of the 5th Lancers and Imperial Yeomanry on patrol at Zeekoegat, near Aberdeen after a fierce fight. A few days later, in the same area, Malan also trapped a large patrol of Brabant’s Horse sent out from Aberdeen on a Mr Probart’s farm, Newlands. April was a particularly active month for the commandos in the Midlands with numerous cases of derailments on the Cape Colony railway lines, the commandos being especially troublesome in the neighbourhood of Graaff-Reinet and Cradock. As a result the night service of trains had to be suspended.

A rare casualty to this Regiment.

NEF £695 SOLD


Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol, Private 1st Royal Dragoons (Heavy Brigade), officially impressed naming.

Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol

H Williams 1st Rl Dragoons

Provenance: Spink 12th March 1996 Lot 703

With copy service papers and Medal roll entries confirming all three clasps, only H Williams on Medal roll.

With top ornate ribbon suspender (missing pin and catch) impressed “T B Bailey, Coventry Regd Oct 10 1856 No 3888”. Officially impressed naming.

Henry Williams was born in Mellis, Eye, Suffolk a Plumber and Glazier he attested for the 1st Royal Dragoons (The Royals) at Norwich, Norfolk 2nd April 1831 aged 19 years 11 months. Forfeiting Good Conduct Pay 28th September 1838, tried and imprisoned 19th June 1841 for 10 days, released 22nd June the remainder of the sentence remitted. Williams went absent 15th August 1841 and re-joined the following day, tried and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment from 16th August 1841, he was released to duty 7th February 1842. Forfeiting Good Conduct Pay 3rd August 1848, this was his last offence. Serving in Turkey and the Crimea 1 year and 5 months, his Regiment forming part of the Heavy Brigade which charged at Balaklava 25th October 1854. Discharged unfit for further service at Newbridge 26th October 1857 having developed Varicose Veins in the legs, the result of length of service. Intended place of residence given as Manchester.

In 1854, the Royals were the first British Regiment to deploy abroad as part of a joint Anglo-French army that journeyed to the Crimea in support of the Ottoman Empire in its war with the Russians. The Royals achieved military success in a display of what cavalry were capable of at the Battle of Balaclava where, in the engagement known as the ‘Charge of the Heavy Brigade’, a force of 800 British cavalry, with the Royals at their heart, routed a force of 3000 Russian light horseman in an engagement that lasted barely eight minutes. Unfortunately, this triumph has been somewhat overshadowed by the disaster at the same battle which was the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Russian forces mounted an attack on the British position at Balaklava. A large body of some 3,000 Russian cavalry threatened the road to the harbour of Balaklava itself. The British Heavy Brigade, about 800 strong, consisted of 10 squadrons of heavy cavalry, commanded by Major-General (later General) The Honourable (later Sir) James Yorke Scarlett (1799–1871). Seeing the Russian horsemen halted, and thus vulnerable to attack, Scarlett immediately charged uphill with three of his squadrons, being successively reinforced by the remaining seven squadrons of his Brigade.

Some minor edge knocks clear of the naming therefore

VF £1,950 SOLD


Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Belmont, Private, Grenadier Guards, wounded in action at Belmont 23rd November 1899 and evacuated to England the following month.

Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Belmont

3102 Pte A Royle Gren Gds

With copy casualty roll and Medal roll entry TNA WO100/163 page 211 confirms single clasp, served with 3rd Battalion in South Africa and wounded in action at Belmont 23rd November 1900. Evacuated to England 15th December 1899.

The 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards left Gibraltar for South Africa in the Goorkha 25th October 1899 and arrived at Cape Town 15th November, forming the 1st Guards Brigade with 1st and 2nd Battalions Coldstream Guards and 1st Battalion Scots Guards. Forming part of Lord Methuen’s Force the advance against Boer positions commenced on 21st November. The following day Lord Methuen reconnoitred a very strong position held by a Boer force of 2,000 to 2,500 men near Belmont. The advance commenced at 0300 on 23rd November, the 3rd Grenadier Guards lost direction and became committed to a frontal assault on a hill, the behaviour of the Battalion in the seizure of the hill gained the praise of everyone who saw them. The successful assault cost the 3rd Battalion 2 officers and 23 men killed and 7 officers and 97 men wounded, practically one half of the attacking force. By 0500 the position had been gained and consolidated and by 0600 the Boers had been driven from their last defensive ridges.

Toned with ghost dates reverse, original ribbon.

GVF and better £450 Available


Queen’s Sudan Medal 1896-98, Private, 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment

Queen’s Sudan Medal 1896-98

4109 Pte T A Earle 1/Linc R

With details extracted from his on line service records.

Thomas Albert Earle was born in Lambeth, London in 1877, an 18 year old Clerk and serving member of the 3rd (Militia) Battalion East Surrey Regiment, he attested for the Lincolnshire Regiment in London 4th March 1895. Posted to the 2nd Battalion from the Depot 22nd May 1895 and to the 1st Battalion 23rd February 1897. Serving in Egypt and the Sudan 23rd February 1897 to 17th October 1898, taking part in the battles of the Atbara and Khartoum (Queen’s Medal, Khedives Sudan Medal 2 clasps), India 18th October 1898 to 26th November 1911 and Aden 27th December 1911 to 31st October 1912. Appointed Lance Corporal 29th July 1898, promoted Corporal 1st March 1907, appointed Lance Sergeant 20th November 1909 and promoted Sergeant 26th November 1911. Discharged at Portsmouth at his own request having completed 18 years service, intended place of residence is recorded as c/o The Station Master Ajmere, Rajputana, India.

Volunteering for the Army at Colaba, Bombay 28th August 1915, he gave his occupation as Clerk. Joining the 2nd Battalion Dorset Regiment (Depot in India) he was posted as Sergeant to the Supply and Transport Corps the same day. Dismissed the service by order of Court Martial and imprisoned 29th June 1916 having been convicted of the theft of Government Stores. On release from prison Earle remained in India and died of heart failure at Poona 6th October 1948 aged 71 years, he now rests in the St Sepulchres Churchyard, Poona.

Dark toned, the Queen’s and Khedive’s Sudan Medal his only entitlement.

VF and better £325 Available


Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840 clasp Copenhagen 1801, 2nd Master, Royal Navy, HMS Veteran

Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840 clasp Copenhagen 1801

F Treadwell 2nd Master

Prvenance : Glendining June 1923 and December 1940, Spink “The Turl Collection of Naval General Service Medals” 22nd July 2010.

Frederick Treadwell served as acting Second Master aboard the 64 Gun Third Rate ship of the line HMS Veteran at the battle of Copenhagen 2nd April1801, the ship was launched at East Cowes, Isle of Wight in 1787 and during Nelson’s assault on Copenhagen was engaged on the Northern Flank.

Second Master was a Junior Warrant Officer and accommodated on board in the Midshipman’s berth, they were given priority for promotion to full Master (Senior Warrant Officer) when vacancies occurred. To qualify as a Master a man was examined by one of the Senior Captain’s and three of the best qualified Masters. Many Second Masters entered from the Merchant Navy, a Master was entitled to Mess in the Wardroom and had almost the same authority as a Lieutenant.

One very slight edge knock otherwise

NEF £5,000 Available


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 £375 Available