Single Campaign Medals PRE 1902

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp Bandsman, HMS Gibraltar and one of the first members of the Royal Marines Band created in 1903 (service number RMB.26).

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp

G A Main Bandsn HMS Gibraltar

With original parchment certificate of discharge, copy RN and RMB service records and other research including a poor copy photo “The First Personnel of the RN School of Music” all identified including Main from an article in The Globe and Laurel January / February 1978.

George Andrew McKay Main was born in Elgin 30th May 1883 a Training Ship Mars scholar he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable as Band Boy 21st September 1898, joining HMS Black Prince 20th January 1900 and HMS Gibraltar 11th May 1901, he was rated Bandsman aboard this ship 30th May 1901. Joining Duke of Wellington 26th March 1903, HMS Agincourt 23rd May 1903 and HMS Impregnable 1st July 1903. On 22nd July 1903, Chief Bandmaster H E Liddard, Royal Navy with a Band of 34 Royal Navy Bandsmen and Band Boys from HMS Impregnable and other Training Ships marched into Eastney Barracks, Portsmouth to become the first Band of the Royal Naval School of Music and founder members of the Royal Marines Band. Bandsman Main was a member of this Band (service number RMB.26).

Rated Musician 22nd July 1903, Royal Marines Band, he subsequently joined Victory 4th November 1903, HMS Hercules 1st March 1904, Firequeen 19th January 1905, Victory 1st January 1906, RN School of Music 12th February 1913 where he was discharged 29th May 1913 on completion of his limited service engagement. One break in Very Good Conduct on 23rd April 1904, at the time of discharge in possession of three Good Conduct Badges, home address on discharge recorded as 5 Trevor Road, Southsea. The 1939 Register records he is a Musician (Clarinet and Saxophone) residing at 206 Carlton Avenue East, Wembley, he died in Willesden, Middlesex in 1951 aged 68 years.

This his only Medal entitlement and a rare RMB founding member’s medal.

GVF & better £350 Reserved

St Jean D’Acre Medal 1840 in Silver, unnamed as issued

St Jean D’Acre Medal in Silver

Unnamed as issued

Awarded by the Sultan of Turkey to British, Austrian and Turkish Forces under Sir Charles Napier, taking part in the liberation of this city in the Syrian coast after eight years of Egyptian occupation. The Silver Medal was awarded to Junior Officers. Nice example fitted with silver straight bar suspender.


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 Available

Military General Service Medal 1793-1814 clasp Corunna, Private, 1st Foot Guards (Grenadier) severely wounded at Corunna 16th January 1809, loss of right leg.

Military General Service Medal 1793-1814 clasp Corunna

J Short 1st Foot Guards

With copy service record.

James Short was born in West Grinstead, Sussex in 1779, an 18 year old Labourer, he attested for the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards (Grenadier) 22nd September 1796. Described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, grey eyes, ruddy complexion. Severely wounded at the battle of Corunna 16th January 1809 resulting in the loss of his right leg. Discharged in consequence and admitted as a Chelsea Out Pensioner 14th September 1809 aged 30 years with a pension of a shilling a day, recorded in The Royal Hospital Chelsea Admissions Register Out Pensions Foot Guards reference TNA WO120/22 and Royal Hospital Chelsea Hospital  Admissions Register Out Pensions reference TNA W)116/13. The 1851 census records he is a 73 year old Chelsea Pensioner residing with his wife Elizabeth at 24 Lee Green, Eltham, SE London.

The battle of Corunna took place on 16th January 1809, when a French Corps under Marshal of the Empire Nicolas de Dieu Soult attacked a British Army under Lt General Sir John Moore. It was the result of a French campaign led by Napoleon, which had defeated the Spanish Armies and caused the British Army to withdraw to the coast following an unsuccessful attempt by Moore to attack Soult’s Corps and divert the French Army. Doggedly pursued by Soult, the British made their retreat across Northern Spain, during which both Armies suffered extremely from the harsh winter conditions. The British Army suffered a loss of order and discipline during the retreat on several occasions. When the British Army eventually reached to port of Corunna on the Northern coast of Galicia, Spain a few days ahead of the French, they found their transport ships had not arrived.

The Fleet arrived after a couple of days and the British had commenced embarkation when the French started to attack, forcing the British to battle.In the resulting action the British were able to defend and counter attack, allowing the Army to embark, leaving the cities of Corunna and Ferroll as well as Northern Spain to be occupied by the French. During the battle Sir John Moore was mortally wounded by a cannon ball, remaining composed throughout, he died shortly after being informed the French attacks had been repulsed and embarkation complete.

NEF £1,350 Available

Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840 clasp Syria, Second Master (Warrant Officer) Royal Navy. 

Naval General Service Medal 1793 – 1840 clasp Syria

R L Bernard 2nd Master

With copies of his entries in the Ship’s Muster Books for HMS Implacable and research extracted from on line records.

Richard Lewman Burnard (sometimes Bernard) was born in Plymouth, Devon in 1811, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Burnard, in 1861 his father was Clerk to the Guardians of the Poor in Plymouth.

First identified as serving aboard HMS Raleigh in 1831 as Master’s Assistant, this extracted from a allotment register, the money being paid to his mother, Elizabeth residing at Catherine Street, Plymouth TNA ADM27/25. Next identified as serving aboard HMS Wasp at Malta as Master’s Assistant having joined this ship on 5th March 1831 TNA ADM37/7831. He joined HMS Implacable as Second Master and Pilot 1st February 1839 it is noted he had passed for Master 28th January 1839, serving aboard this ship during the operations on the coast of Syria from 10th September 1840 until the surrender of Acre on 4th November 1840 and blockade of the Egyptian Ports during September to December 1840 TNA ADM37/9244.

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The bombardment od St Jean D’Acre by the Royal Navy November 1840

The 1841 census records Burnard is 30 years old, records his occupation as Navy and is residing at the Plymouth Workhouse, St Andrew’s, Plymouth TNA HO107/270/19.

Promoted Master, Royal Navy 23rd November 1841, he was appointed to HMS Blossom as Master and Pilot 5th February 1842 and to HMS Ferret as Master 20th April 1843, he still appears as Master in the Navy List of 1844. Burnard married Margaret Uglow (nee Wilson) a widow on 20th December 1847 at St George The Martyr Church, Southwark, Surrey, Margaret’s father William was the Harbour Master there. His first son was born in Stoke Damerel, Devonport in 1851 and his daughter born in Plymouth in 1861. The 1851 census records he is a 40 year old Mathematical Teacher residing at Portland Buildings, Stoke Damerel, Devonport with his wife, two daughters and one son, his mother in law and a servant are also recorded at the residence.

The 1861 census records Burnard is aged 50 years a Naval Instructor residing at 9 Erle Hall, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth with his wife, daughter and son. He died on 1st October 1869 at his home in Woolton, Liverpool aged 59 years, he was buried in St Peter’s Churchyard on 5th October 1869.

One slight edge knock to NGS otherwise.

GVF & better £795 SOLD

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp Able Seaman, HMS Magicienne survived the sinking of HMS Hogue 22nd September 1914, served aboard HMS Conquest when damaged by German Naval Gunfire in the Lowestoft Raid 25th April 1916 and when damaged by a Mine in July 1918.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp

A Larrett AB HMS Magicienne

With copy service record.

Alfred Larrett was born in Sendring, Essex 13th November 1877 a Labourer he entered the Royal Navy aboard HMS Impregnable as Boy 2nd Class 25th April 1894. Rated Ordinary Seaman aboard HMS Galatea 18th November 1895, he joined HMS Magicienne 1st December 1898. Rated Able Seaman aboard this ship 12th February 1899, he took part on the South Africa operations of 1900, joining HMS Barrosa 22nd December 1900. Advanced to Leading Seaman at Pembroke I 13th May 1901, Petty Officer of the 2nd Class aboard HMS Venerable 1st January 1903 and to the 1st Class aboard the same ship 1st February 1905. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 22nd November 1910 aboard HMS Maginificent. Joining HMS Actaeon 12th August 1913, HMS Hogue 2nd August 1914, he survived the sinking of this ship 22nd September 1914, Pembroke I 23rd September 1914, HMS Wallaroo 28th November 1914, Pembroke I 15th December 1914, HMS Conquest 15th June 1915 where he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer 1st November 1917.

During the Lowestoft Raid, the German Naval bombardment of Lowestoft and Yarmouth  on 25th April 1916, German Battle Cruisers opened fire on Conquest and she suffered a 12-inch (305-mm) shell hit which destroyed her aerials and killed 25 and wounded 13 of her crew, but was able to maintain 20 knots. Conquest was damaged by a mine in July 1918 and was decommissioned on 13 July 1918 for repairs which lasted through the end of World War I and until April 1919. Joining Pembroke I 14th July 1918 he was discharged shore to pension 3rd March 1919.

On the morning of 22 September 1914, Hogue and her sisters, Aboukir and Cressy,  were on patrol without any escorting destroyers as they had been forced to seek shelter from bad weather. The three sisters were in line abreast about 2,000 yards (1,800 m) apart, at a speed of 10 knots. They were not expecting submarine attack, but they had lookouts posted and had one gun manned on each side to attack any submarines sighted. The weather had moderated earlier that morning and Tyrwhitt was en route to reinforce the Cruisers with eight Destroyers. U-9 had been ordered to attack British transports at Ostend, but had been forced to dive and take shelter from the storm. On surfacing, she spotted the British ships and moved to attack. She fired one torpedo at 06:20 at Aboukir that struck her on the starboard side; the ship’s Captain thought he had struck a mine and ordered the other two ships to close to transfer his wounded men. Aboukir quickly began listing and capsized at about 06:55. As Hogue approached her sinking sister, Captain Wilmot Nicholson realised that it had been a submarine attack and signalled Cressy to look for a periscope although his ship continued to close on Aboukir as her crew threw overboard anything that would float to aid the survivors in the water.

Having stopped and lowered all her boats, Hogue was struck by two torpedoes around 06:55. The sudden weight loss of the two torpedoes caused U-9 to broach the surface and Hogues gunners opened fire without effect before the submarine could submerge again. The cruiser capsized about ten minutes after being torpedoed as all of her watertight doors had been open and sank at 07:15.

Cressy attempted to ram the submarine, but did not hit anything and resumed her rescue efforts until she too was torpedoed at 07:20. She too took on a heavy list and then capsized before sinking at 07:55. Several Dutch ships began rescuing survivors at 08:30 and were joined by British fishing trawlers before Tyrwhitt and his ships arrived at 10:45. The combined total from all three ships was 837 men rescued and 62 officers and 1,397 ratings lost Hogue lost a total of 48 men.


Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp Stoker, HMS Magicienne

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp

J McGrory Sto HMS Magicienne

With copy service record.

James McGrory was born in Loughhead, County Donegal 13th November 1876 an Agricultural Labourer he entered the Royal Navy at Vivid II as Stoker 2nd Class 16th December 1895. Rated Stoker aboard HMS Melampus 1st July 1896, he joined HMS Magicienne 18th November 1897 serving aboard this ship until 19th June 1901 when he joined Vivid I. Rated Stoker 1st Calss aboard HMS Vulcan 1st July 1906, he was advanced to Leading Stoker aboard HMS Theseus 12th July 1907. Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 3rd April 1911 whilst serving at Vivid II, he was dis rated to Stoker 1st Class and deprived the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal by Punishment Warrant 24th August 1912. Joining HMS New Zealand 19th November 1912 he served aboard this ship throughout the First World War including the battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. Discharged on demobilization 9th March 1919.


Candahar, Chuznee, Cabul 1842 Medal, Colour Sergeant, 40th Regiment of Foot (2nd Somersetshire)

Candahar, Chuznee, Cabul 1842 Medal

Col Serjt John Filgate HM 40th Regt

With details extracted from the Regimental Musters and casualty list from enlistment to death in India.

Steel clip and straight bar suspension.

About 1,400 of these Medals were awarded to Europeans, the 40th Regiment of Foot received 669 and the 41st Foot 494, the only two British Line Regiments to receive the Medal.

John Filgate was born in the parish of Ardee, County Louth about 1815 and enlisted as a Private with HM 40th Regiment of Foot 3rd August 1834, Regimental number 798 joining the Regiment at Chatham 2nd September 1834. On 20th May 1835 the Regiment embarked for service in India and arrived at Colaba, India 10th October 1835. Arriving at Camp Dessa, Goojerat in January 1836, the Regiment was stationed there until December 1838. Embarking aboard HMS Wellesley in January 1839, in March the Regiment arrived at Kurrachee, Scinde Province and was stationed there until September 1840. Promoted to Corporal 4th September 1840, in October 1840 the Regiment moved to Sehwar and in December to Sukhar. January 1841 found them in Mungal Kashera, February at Kuggnell and March at Sir-i-Aub. April 1841 in Quetta, October 1841 to March 1842 at Candahar. Promoted Sergeant 30th October 1841 and to Colour Sergeant 4th February 1842.

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The storming of the Afghan position at Huft Kotal, battle of Cabul 30th August 1842

The Regiment is shown as serving at the follwing locations April 1842 at Candahar, May at Kelat-il-Gilzie, June and July Candahat, August Chuppur Khauna and September at Cabool (Cabul). October at Dhakaha, November Khotos, December Ferozepore. January 1843 Camp Niol, February to August 1843 at Meerut. Colour Sergeant Filgate was admitted to the Regimental Hospital at Meerut in May 1843 and died there on 30th August 1843. His credits amounted to £26 10shillings and 91/4d half left to his sister Margaret Killy and half to his brother Richard Filgate, both being recorded as next of kin.

Minor nicks to edge, a rare Medal.

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Afghanistan 1878-80 Medal clasp Kandahar, Jemadur (later Risaldar Major), 3rd Bengal Cavalry, presented to HM Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Monday 19th June 1898 and received the Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Queen’s hand on 5th July 1898.

Afghanistan 1878-80 Medal clasp Kandahar

Jem Mangul Singh 3rd Bengal Cavy

Correct running script engraved naming.

With copies from The London Gazette dated 14th March 1898 pages 1571 and to 1637-8 and a copy photo of Risaldar Major Mangul Singh depicted here, wearing the Afghanistan Medal and Kabul to Kandahar Star taken in 1898.

London Gazette 14th March 1898 page 1571

Saturday 9th June

“Her Majesty after luncheon, received in the corridor (of Windsor Castle) the officers of the Native Cavalry Guard of Honour, the following Native Officers had the honour of being presented to Her Majesty by the Equerry in Waiting Major General Sir John McNeill, VC, KCB, KCMG…….Risaldar Major Mangul Singh, 3rd Bengal Cavalry.”

London Gazette 14th March 1898 pages 1637-8

Monday 5th July

“The Queen, on the East Lawn of Windsor Castle, inspected the officers of Her Majesty’s Imperial Service Troops and Indian Cavalry Corps detailed to serve as Guard of Honour during the celebration of The Queen’s Jubilee. Her Majesty accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Battenburg, aided by Con The Honourable Sir Henry Byng, KCVO, CB and Lieutenant F Ponsonby, Equerries in Waiting, on horseback, drove to the lawn at fine o’clock. The following Ladies and Gentlemen had also assembled on the Lawn……………………The Queen was received with a Royal Salute, the Band of the Royal Horse Guards being on parade and playing the National Anthem, after which Her Majesty drove along and inspected the line and returned to the saluting point.

The officers then dismounted and marched past the Queen, when Her Majesty conferred upon them the Jubilee Commemoration Medal, including officers of the Native Cavalry Corps, with the British Officers in Charge…. the list of names including Risaldar  Major Mangul Singh 3rd Bengal Cavalry.

Contact wear over “Mangul” therefore

VF and better £350 Available

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 £475 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 £5,500 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 £475 Available

Military General Service Medal 1793-1814 with 7 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 with 7 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 £1,950 SOLD

Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-58 clasp Central India, Lieutenant, 50th Madras Native Infantry later Lieutenant General.

Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-58 clasp Central India

Lt A J Howes 50th Madras N I

Provenance : Dix Noonan Webb Auction 1st March 2017 Lot 414. This his sole Medal entitlement.

Albert Joseph Howes, born 2nd February 1837 in Lewisham, Kent the son of William Henry Howes and his wife Ann. Educated privately and for two years in Dresden, Saxony during 1853 and 1854, recommended for a commission in the Madras Infantry 10th December 1856. Ensign 4th January 1857, Lieutenant 30th March 1858, Captain 7th November 1867, Major 5th October 1874, Lieutenant Colonel 1st April 1875, Brevet Colonel  1st July 1882, Major General  1st April 1892, Lieutenant General 1st April 1894 and placed on Unemployed List.

From: War Services of Officers Army List

“Albert Joseph Howes served with the Kurnool Moveable Column in 1857, this became the Saugor Field Division, (once it had been reinforced and moved into Bengal) and was present at the storming of the Fort of Ruteea 13th November 1858”.

Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 20th June 1859 page 2404 by Lt Colonel W Reece, Saugor Field Division.

In pursuit of 1,000 rebels of which 300 were Sepoys.

“I accordingly marched at eleven o’clock, on the 20th January 1859 from camp, and arrived at the vicinity of Puttergurh at about half past two. Here I detached a column under the command of Captain Keeting and Lieutenant Howes, 50th Madras Native Infantry , four Native Officers 11 Havildars, 82 rank and file to proceed to Luckinger and Papro, and to be as near Neykhera as possible by dawn of day”.

The 1911 census records Albert Joseph Howes aged 74 years, Lieutenant General Indian Army Unemployed List residing on his own at Silverdale, Wilton Road, Bexhill on Sea, on the day of the census his two sisters are visiting. He died at Bexhill on Sea 23rd July 1914.

The Bexhill on Sea Observer dated Saturday 1st August 1914 records –

“Bexhill lost a highly respected and distinguished resident by the death last week of Lieutenant General Albert Joseph Howes of “Silverdale”, Wilton Road. The son of the late Mr William Henry Howes of Upper Norwood, Lieutenant General Howes joined Her Majesty’s Indian Army in 1857 and served throughout the Mutiny. He was with the Kurnool Movable Column and Saugor Field Division at the storming of Fort Patna, on which occasion he commanded a detachment of the 50th Royal Madras Native Infantry. In connection therewith he was mentioned in despatches (sic), and the storming of the Fort at Ruteea 13th November 1858, received the Medal with clasp. Saugor was relieved by Sir Hugh Rose, who advanced from Bombay, in February 1858, after it had been invested by the rebels for upwards of seven months.

Ensign Howes, as he then was, was promoted Lieutenant in 1858, Captain in 1867, Major in 1874, Lieutenant Colonel in 1875, Colonel in 1881, Major General in 1892, and Lieutenant General in 1894 and was placed on the Supernumerary List in 1894. He attended the late King’s Levee of officers who took part in the Indian Mutiny on 29th June 1907. Lieutenant General Howes came to Bexhill from Croydon 16 years ago. Without identifying himself in an official capacity with any public body, he took the greatest interest in the welfare of the town, and was a most generous subscriber to local charities and institutions. He was a very familiar figure at the Kursaal and Colonade, of both of which he was a consistent supporter, and he was never appealed to in vain for help in the matter of prizes and so forth in connection with the various sporting and other events organised by the Entertainments Association. Lieutenant General Howes, who was unmarried was 77 years of age. He had been ill since March. The funeral took place at the Borough cemetery on Monday. A choral service was held at St Barnabas Church, where the deceased was a worshipper etc etc”.

GVF & better £695 Available

Egypt and Sudan Medal reverse dated 1882 no clasp to Gunner Henry Edward Newton, Royal Marine Artillery, killed in action at Kassassin 28th August 1882.

Egypt and Sudan Medal reverse dated 1882 no clasp

H E Newton Gunr RMA

With census and Newspaper casualty reporting articles.

Medal roll entry TNA ADM171/41 page 10 records “Medal sent to father 21st March 1883”.

Service record available TNA ADM157/606 folios 13 to 16.

Henry Edward Newton was born in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire in 1858, the 1881 census records he is a Private, Royal Marines at the RM Recruit Depot, South Barracks, Walmer, Kent having enlisted the previous year. In 1882 he was serving with 12 Company Royal Marine Artillery (Portsmouth Division) and embarked for service in Egypt. Killed in action during the action at Kassassin 28th August 1882.

“On 28th August the Egyptians made a serious attack on Kassassin astride the canal, but were driven back, the cavalry inflicting severe punishment. General Graham now had about 1,875 troops, including 427 Royal Marine Artillery (RMA), with two guns, fronting north west and west. At 1100 a large force of the enemy was reported moving round the right flank behind the ridge and two heavy guns opened fire on our left front. At 1500 the Mounted Infantry reported the enemy were retiring and the troops were ordered back to camp. At 1630 the enemy advanced again in great force, their skirmishers supported by Artillery overlapped on the left. The Royal Marine Artillery were posted on the south bank of the canal facing north to north west, in the centre were the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI), about 800 yards in the rear of the RMA with 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment on the right. The Mounted Infantry and Dragoon Guards were covering the gap between the RMA and DCLI and prevented all efforts to break through. The steady fire of the RMA stopped attempts to cross the canal.

At 1630 the Cavalry and RMLI Battalion at Mahsameh were sent for, and the Cavalry fell on the left flank of the skirmishers and rolled up their line. At 1700 enemy reinforcements arrived by train. Near the right of our position a captured Krupp Gun had been mounted on a railway truck and was worked by a detachment of RMA under Captain Tucker, it was admirably served and did great execution, as our other guns had ceased firing from want of ammunition, it became the target but no one was hit, man or gun, it expended 93 rounds”.

A total of 6 Royal Marine Artillery Gunners were killed in action at Kassasin with a further 22 wounded.

A very Rare RMA casualty for the 1882 Egypt Expedition, possibly the first Kassassin action RM casualty ever to appear on the market.

One slight edge knock otherwise

EF £1,150 Reserved



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