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 Available

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 Available


China 1900 Medal no clasp, Stoker, HMS Pique

China 1900 Medal no clasp

J Crotty Sto HMS Pique

With copy service record.

John Crotty was born in Kilmahon, County Cork, Ireland 29th June 1877, a Labourer, he entered the Royal Navy as Stoker 2nd Class at Vivid II 2nd October 1896. He subsequently joined HMS Devastation 4th February 1897, rated Stoker 6th August 1897, HMS Nile 31st January 1898, Vivid 2nd March 1899, HMS Pique 15th February 1900, Vivid 5th August 1903, HMS Defiance 24th October 1905, Vivid II 3rd January 1906, HMS Isis 9th January 1906, advanced to Leading Stoker 22nd August 1907, HMS Gibraltar 20th June 1908, HMS Pomethius 1st October 1908, reduced to Stoker 1st Class 8th April 1909, advanced to Leading Stoker 8th December 1909, HMS Gibraltar 9th December 1910, Vivid II 11th March 1911, HMS Caesar 3rd June 1911, Vivid II 22nd July 1911, HMS Gibraltar 8th August 1911, HMS Cambrian 16th September 1911. Crotty was granted a free discharge after 16 years service, the reason he requested to be discharged is not recorded. This his only Medal entitlement, a break in “Very Good Conduct” in October 1908 excluded him from receiving the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Not recalled for the First World War.

A total of 289 China 1900 Medals awarded to the ships company of the 2nd Class Cruiser HMS Pique, all received no clasp Medals.

Dark toned.

GVF & better £245 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 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 £1,295 SOLD


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.

VF and better £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 £425 Available


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 £550 SOLD