South Africa (Zulu) Medal no clasp, Able Seaman, HMS Shah

South Africa (Zulu) Medal no clasp

W Price AB HMS Shah

With copy service records (ADM 139 and ADM 188 series).

William Charles Price was born in Newingham, Surrey 9th August 1843 and entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Doris 28th November 1859 as Boy 2nd Class, rated Ordinary Seaman aboard this ship 9th December 1862. An habitual offender, he subsequently joined HMS Cornwallis 28th December 1862, HMS Dauntless 1st April 1864 (sentenced to 14 days in Berwick prison), rated Able Seaman 1st November 1865 (sentenced to 28 days in Hull prison), HMS Endymion 21st August 1866 (sentenced to 14 days in the Naval Prison, Malta), HMS Monarch 22nd March 1869 (sentenced to 21 days in Lewes Prison), advanced to Leading Seaman 15th August 1871, he was discharged time expired 1st November 1871.

Re-enlisting 1st January 1873, he joined HMS Bellerophon as Able Seaman and subsequently joined HMS Triumph. Advanced to Leading Seaman 27th December 1873, he joined HMS Royal Adelaide 5th November 1874 and reverted to Able Seaman 10th November 1874, HMS  Triumph 11th March 1875, HMS Royal Adelaide 1st August 1875, advanced to Leading Seaman 2nd September 1875 he joined HMS Euphrates 15th September 1875 and reverted to Able Seaman 1st October 1875. Advanced to Leading Seaman 6th April 1876, he joined Duke of Wellington 22nd April 1876 and HMS Shah 14th August 1876 and reverted to Able Seaman 1st October 1877. Joining HMS Royal Adelaide 1st November 1879, HMS Hercules 12th March 1881, HMS Warrior 1st May 1881 and reverted to Able Seaman 17th August 1881. Advanced to Leading Seaman 24th June 1882, he joined HMS Shannon 1st June 1883 and was discharged shore to pension 22nd September 1883. His reversions from Leading Seaman to Able Seaman appear to be at his own request as his character is assessed as “Very Good” during the period 1873 to 1883.

This his only Medal entitlement.

GVF & better £750 SOLD

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Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol, unnamed example

Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol


Nice condition Medal, old pin reverse of Sebastopol clasp for wearing, one side of Sebastopol clasp soldered to Inkermann clasp instead of rivet.


GVF & better £345 Available

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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 £295 Available

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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

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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

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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

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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

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