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1793-1814 Military General Service Medal (6 Clasp)

Stock code: MD112260319
£4,400
Military General Service 1793-1814, 6 clasps, Albuhera, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Toulouse (Thos. Munn, 57th Foot) suspension claw tightened and neat repair to carriage on one side between first two clasps, otherwise nearly very fine.

During the early part of the war in the Peninsula, the regiment, which contained a number of turbulent characters in its ranks, received the nickname of the ‘Steelbacks’, from the amount of flogging administered to these men and the way they bore the punishment; but after Albuhera, Colonel Inglis’ words to his ‘fighting villains’ caused this soubriquet to be replaced by the honourable one of ‘Die Hards.’ At this bloodiest of battles the 57th had 2 officers and 87 men killed and 21 officers and 318 men wounded.
The regiment sustained a further 28 casualties at Vittoria, 75 in the Pyrennes, 64 at Nivelle and 127 at Nive.

Sold with extensive photocopied paperwork confirming entitlement.

1793-1840 Naval General Service Medal (1 Clasp)

Stock code: MD000003
£5,750
Naval General Service 1793-1840, 1 clasp, Algiers (J. L. Clayton, Midshipman) original ribbon, minor marks, otherwise, good very fine.

John Lloyd Clayton was born in August 1796, the third son of Sir William Clayton, Bt., of Harleyford, Buckinghamshire.

Entering the Royal Navy as a First Class Volunteer aboard H.M.S. Poictiers in April 1810, he served on the Home and American Stations until removing to the Tonnant in early 1814, in which period he was appointed Midshipman.

Other brief appointments having followed, including service in the yacht Royal Sovereign under Captain Sir J. P. Beresford on the occasion that Louis XVIII was conveyed to Calais, Clayton joined the Ajax on the Mediterranean Station in February 1815.

Removing thence to the Queen Charlotte, flagship of Lord Exmouth, he was present at the battle of Algiers on 27 August 1816, and ‘received, on the quarter-deck, the thanks of his chief for his gallantry in sinking a burning vessel which had been rapidly approaching the flagship’.

Shortly thereafter returning to appointments in royal yachts, Clayton served under Captain Sir Edward Owen in the Royal Sovereign, in which vessel he escorted the Queen Dowager, the Dukes and Duchesses of Kent, Cumberland, Cambridge and Hesse Homburg, and the Grand Duke Michael of Russia, and afterwards in the Royal George under Captain Hon. Charles Paget, and was promoted to Lieutenant in November 1818.

This appears to have been his final seagoing appointment, and in later life he presided as a Magistrate in Middlesex and for the liberties of Westminster. Clayton, who married Louisa Sophia in April 1832, died at his residence in Portman Square, London in October 1855, and was buried in Highgate Cemetery.

Sold with a fine pair of portrait miniatures of Lieutenant Clayton and his wife, Louisa Sophia, 10cm. by 12cm., in larger matching wooden frames with gilt corner decoration; together with his Royal Naval Officer’s sword, 1827 pattern, the 76cm. pipe-backed blade lightly etched with crowned fouled anchor, etc., regulation half-basket guard, lion’s head pommel, fish-skin covered grip bound with copper wire, complete with black leather scabbard with three mounts, blade rust damaged and mounts worn overall.

1843 Scinde Medal "Naval"

Stock code: MD11243888
£5,250
Hyderabad 1843 (R: White Act: Gr. E:I:C:Sr. Meteor) officially impressed naming, fitted with original German silver bar suspension, good very fine and rare.
Ex Whalley 1877, Payne 1910, and Ritchie 2005.

Only 50 medals with the Hyderabad reverse issued to European recipients aboard the Meteor (16), Comet (17) and Nimrod (17). However, twenty-one of these medals were not claimed by the recipients and were subsequently returned to the India Office. According to a note on the medal roll, White’s medal, together with examples for the Meteor and Nimrod, was “Given to Mr Stewart Mackenzie [a well-known collector of medals] in exchange for a new medal by permission of Lord G. Hamilton 24.4.77”. The remaining eighteen returned medals were in all probability melted down, leaving as few as 32 medals issued.

Richard White, a Londoner, is recorded in the List of European Seamen in the Indian Navy Establishment up to 31 December 1842 as being 34 years of age and belonging to the H.C.V. Meteor. He arrived from England in the Lady East in 1840, and received the Hon. Company’s Bounty on 18 February of that year. He signed on for five years service, but died at Sakhen on 20 September 1843.

Ref: IOL L/MAR/C/745; Medals awarded to the Indian Navy for the Sind Campaign 1843 (Bullock).

1877-79 South Africa Medal, 1st Boer War Casualty

Stock code: MD112260281
£4,350
A South Africa Medal 1877-79 awarded to Private J. Maynard, 94th Foot, who was killed in action at Bronkhorst Spruit, 20 December 1880

South Africa 1877-79, 1 clasp, 1879 (1827 Pte. J. Maynard, 94th Foot) good very fine.

1827 Private Joseph Maynard, 94th Foot, was killed in action at Bronkhorst Spruit, 20 December 1880, during the First Boer War, 1880-81. Sold with a copied account of the action and an extract from the published roll.

1882-89 Egypt Medal "Abu Klea Casualty"

Stock code: MD000023
£5,500
Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, undated reverse, 2 clasps, The Nile 1884-85, Abu Klea (F. G. Nye, A.B.) extremely fine, a rare casualty.

Ex Douglas-Morris Collection.

The action at Abu Klea on 17 January 1888 lasted but a little over ten minutes, a period of total confusion. The small Naval Brigade, totalling just 40 men under Lord Charles Beresford, with its Gardner machine gun, was posted inside the square, at one corner behind the Heavies (4th & 5th Dragoon Guards, Scots Greys and Royal Dragoons) when the action commenced. Beresford quite naturally wanted to get his Gardner gun out into the open, beyond the square as obviously it could not be brought into action from the inside. On orders from Colonel Burnaby, numbers 3 and 4 companies of the Heavies were to open up and let the machine gun through. This manoeuvre, which may sound simple, in fact involved the movement of some 200 men and took place at the moment when the initial shock-wave of dervishes hit these two companies of dismounted cavalrymen. The Gardner, as was its wont, jammed almost immediately and all its crew, except Beresford, were killed. Able Seaman Frederick Nye was himself killed, although it is not known if he was a member of the gun’s crew. The Naval Brigade had in total eight killed and seven wounded at Abu Klea.

Born in Islington, Middlesex, on 1 February 1860, Frederick Nye first entered as a Boy 2nd Class aboard H.M.S. Fisgard on 10 August 1875. He subsequently served aboard H.M. Ships Impregnable (1875-77) where he was advanced to Boy 1st Class during August 1876, Ruby (1877-80) where he was made an Ordinary Seaman in February 1878, and advanced to Able Seaman whilst in Naval Barracks during January 1881, Alexandra (1883-84) and finally borne on the books of Monarch for the Nile Flotilla. He was killed at the battle of Abu Klea on 17 January 1885.

With copied service paper and Naval Medal roll for Abu Klea.

1857-58 Indian Mutiny Medal Pair "Victoria Cross Recipient"

Stock code: MD000024
£35,000
The campaign pair to Lieutenant Duncan Charles Home, V.C., Bengal Engineers, Hero of the Kashmir Gate at the assault of Delhi, who was killed in an explosion shortly afterwards.

Punjab 1848-49, 2 clasps, Mooltan, Goojerat (2nd Lieut. D. C. Home, Engrs. 3rd Cy. Sappers); Indian Mutiny 1857-59, 1 clasp, Delhi (Lt. D. C. Home, Bengal Engrs.) the first with some edge bruises and surface marks, very fine, the second nearly extremely fine (2)

Ex Roger Perkins, Brian Ritchie Collections.

Acquired by Perkins directly from the family in 1982. The catalogue of his sale in 1990 states that the “Cross, unfortunately, was lost in the 1920s. The children took it out of the house while ‘playing soldiers’ and it was lost in a field. Intensive searches then and later failed to locate it. After so many years it seems unlikely that it will ever be recovered.”

Duncan Charles Home, the third son of Major-General Richard Home, Colonel of the 43rd Bengal Native Infantry, and Frances Sophia, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Fraser, 7th Light Cavalry, was born at Jubbulpore, Central Provinces, on 10 June 1828. He was educated at Elizabeth College, Guernsey, from January 1841 to 1843, and afterwards for one and half years by Messrs. Stoton and Mayor at Wimbledon. He attended Addiscombe from 1845 to 11 December 1846, on which day he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Bengal Engineers, but undergoing the usual course of instruction at Chatham did not sail for India until 20 June 1848. He arrived at Calcutta in the Barham in the middle of October, and within a few days was despatched to the Upper Provinces to do duty with the headquarters of the Corps of Sappers and Pioneers then employed in operations before Mooltan. He was present at the siege and capture of that place and was afterwards present with the corps at the battle of Gujerat. He was subsequently posted to the 3rd Company of Sappers at Lahore. In October 1849 he was appointed to the Public Works Department, and became Assistant Executive officer, third division, Ganges Canal, until April 1852, when he was placed at the disposal of the Superintending Engineer, Punjab Circle, for employment in the Civil Engineers Department, being appointed Assistant to the Executive Engineer of the Bari Doab Canals at Malikpur. A year later he was appointed Executive Engineer of the first division of the Bari Doab Canal, and on 15 February 1854 was promoted Lieutenant. He was serving in this capacity at Madhopur when the Mutiny broke out in May 1857.

The insurrection did not at first affect him in his duties, but he was soon ordered to raise three companies of Punjab Sappers (or Pioneers) for service at Delhi from the Mazbi Sikh workmen employed on the Grand Trunk Road. He received the order one morning and the companies marched away the following evening under Lieutenant H. W. Gulliver, Bengal Engineers. At the beginning of July, Home raised two more companies of Punjab Sappers, and was later himself summoned to augment the small number of Engineer officers on the Ridge.

Home arrived at Delhi in August and on the 22nd was appointed a Field Engineer in orders. As part of the plan for the final assault on 14 September, Home and Lieutenant Philip Salkeld, also of the Bengal Engineers, were assigned to lead the Explosion Party which was to blow in the Kashmir Gate in advance of Colonel Campbell’s No. 3 Column. At day break just as the British siege guns had ceased firing, Brigadier Nicholson gave the order to advance, leading Nos. 1 and 2 Columns himself from the Kudsia Bagh, while No. 3 Column issued from the vicinity of Ludlow Castle. Two hundred skirmishers of the 60th Rifles ran out to cover the storming columns, and instantly the walls of Delhi blazed with rebel musketry.

At the front of No. 3 Column, Home and Salkeld led forward their detachment which, carrying ladders and powder bags, comprised three British N.C.O’s, fourteen I

1854-95 India General Service Medal Pair "Victoria Cross Recipient"

Stock code: MD000035
£35,000
The campaign pair to Colonel R. K. Ridgeway, V.C., C.B., 44th Gurkha Regiment of Bengal Infantry, awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry at Konoma in the Naga Hills when he was severely wounded.

India General Service 1854-94, 2 clasps, Naga 1879-80, N.E. Frontier 1891 (Capt. R. K. Ridgeway, 44th Bengal N.I.), India General Service 1895-1902, 3 clasps, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Samana 1897, Tirah 1897-98 (Lt. Coll. R. K. Ridgeway, V.C. I.S.C.) official correction to ‘V.C.’, good very fine (2).

This pair is from the collection of Colonel R. B. Jay, who died on 23 June 1964, and who was the author of Men whose Fathers were Men, published under the pseudonym “Centurion”. His collection was for many years held at Norwich Castle until disposed of by auction some 20 years ago. The whereabouts of the Victoria Cross itself is not known.

Richard Kirby Ridgeway, the second son of R. Ridgeway, Esq., F.R.C.S., and Annette, daughter of R. Adams, Esq., of Cavanagh, County Cavan, was gazetted from Sandhurst to H.M’s 96th Regiment as Ensign on 8 January 1868. He became Lieutenant on 14 February 1870 and was transferred to the Bengal Staff Corps in 1872. Appointed to the 44th (Sylhet) Regiment of Native Infantry, he served as Adjutant from 1874 to 1880, and in February 1875 took part in the punitive expedition to Ninu after the attack by Naga tribesmen on Lieutenant Holcombe’s survey party (mentioned in despatches).

On 14 October 1879 the Nagas again carried out an unprovoked attack this time on the Local Commisioner, Mr Damant, who was killed together with Jemadar Prem Singh and ten Sepoys of the 43rd Gurkhas. An expedition was mounted to restore order in Naga territory; the force comprising a small party of the 34th N.I., a detachment of 300 Gurkhas of the 43rd N.I. and the whole of the 44th N.I., under Colonel Nuttall, with two 7-pounder mountain guns. The Field Force was commanded by Brigadier-General J. L.Nation, and, having taken to the field, a detachment of the 43rd attacked and secured the village of Sephima on 15 November. On 21 November the Field Force prepared to attack the fortified Naga village of Konoma on the following day.
‘This village, which bore the finest fighting reputation throughout the Naga hills, was situated on a sort of rocky island in a valley, and was strongly fortified in terraces, with stone walls and towers. The attack was made by 500 rifles, three-fourths being 44th, with their two 7-pounder guns, and one fourth 43rd, together with 26 Frontier Police. The stoutness of the defence created surprise. True, it was probable that several thousand men were behind the walls and stockades of Konoma, and that half of them were equipped with firearms, including many Sniders and Enfields, but such preparations, and such stubborn resistance, were a new feature in Naga warfare. The village was first shelled by the two guns, but without effect on the fortifications, so Colonel Nuttall decided to storm the place. The outlying fortifications were soon taken, but then the attackers found themselves faced by the inner lines, a stone-faced scarp, surmounted by a loopholed stockade, the whole about twelve feet high. The guns were brought up to within seventy yards, and the gateway was more or less shattered. Two assaults on the stockade were made; these were led with the greatest gallantry by Lieutenant R. K. Ridgeway, Adjutant of the 44th, who was severely wounded as he reached the gateway, where he heroically remained until the men were able to force an entrance.’

The 44th’s assault, which cost the lives of Major C. H. Cock, D.A.A.G., Lieutenant H. H. Forbes, 44th, Subadar-Major Narbir Sahi, 44th, and seventeen men, came to a standstill at nightfall. The artillery detachment had used all its ammunition during the day-long fight and although the force prepared for another major assault on the following day, the Nagas evacuated Konoma during the night, retreating to entrench

1900 China "Conspicuous Gallantry" Medal Group

Stock code: MD123285362
£19,500
A rare C.G.M. group of three awarded to Able Seaman William Parsonage, H.M.S. Aurora, for rescuing a wounded officer under fire, being wounded himself in so doing.

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal, V.R., 2nd issue, scroll suspension (William Parsonage, Able Seaman, R.N. China 1900) officially engraved naming; China 1900, 1 clasp, Relief of Pekin (W. Parsonage, A.B., H.M.S. Aurora); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (185123 William Parsonage, P.O. 1 Cl., H.M.S. Queen) the first with old repair to suspension claw, edge bruising and contact marks, otherwise nearly very fine, the last very fine (3).
258 medals issued with Relief of Pekin clasp to this ship. Medal presented by the King on 8 March 1902.

Only 8 Conspicuous Gallantry Medals were awarded for services in China 1900.

C.G.M. London Gazette 14 May 1901: "In connection with recent operations in China." His service record notes "Awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal for services with the Naval Brigade in China 1900 & on reaching the rating of P.O. 1 Cl. an annuity of £10 per annum to accompany the award."

Parsons was mentioned in the report of the Naval Commander-in-Chief on the China Station, on the affairs at Tientsin between 10th and 26th June 1900, in the following terms: "I desire to bring specially to Their Lordships’ favourable notice the conduct of the following officers and men:- William Parsonage, A.B., of H.M.S. ‘Aurora’, on the same occasion assisted to carry Lieutenant G. B. Powell, wounded, to the rear, over open ground swept by rifle fire, and was wounded in so doing." (Signed) E. H. Seymour, Vice Admiral.

In the same report Vice Admiral Seymour describes the action of 19 June at Langfang when Parsonage was wounded whilst rescuing Lieutenant Powell: "Two Chinese field guns were placed near the railway embankment opposite the British Concession and opened fire. Commander Beatty, with three companies of seamen, crossed the river and manoeuvred to within 200 or 300 yards in the hope of capturing them in a rush; some Russians moved out at the same time to co-operate. While our men were waiting for the Russians to come up, a large force of Chinese appeared to the right behind a mud wall and poured in a heavy fire, wounding Commander Beatty, Lieutenants Powell ("Aurora") and Stirling ("Barfleur"), Mr. Donaldson, midshipman ("Barfleur") (the latter died on 3rd July of his wounds), and 11 men. The force then retired."

William Parsonage was born at Plymouth, Devon, on 25 February 1879, and joined the Royal Navy on 8 August 1895 as a Boy 2nd Class aboard H.M.S. Impregnable, his occupation being given as "Hawker". He joined H.M.S. Aurora as an Ordinary Seaman on 16 February 1899, being advanced to Able Seaman the following December, and was paid off from the ship on 28 July 1900. He was advanced to Leading Seaman in January 1902, to Petty Officer 2nd Class in April 1903 and was discharged to the Royal Fleet Reserve in June 1905. However, in order to obtain 1st Class Petty Officer status, and thereby claim the annuity to go with his C.G.M. award, he rejoined the Navy in September 1905 and became P.O. 1st Class in July 1909. He received his L.S. & G.C. award in May 1912 and saw service with the Grand Fleet during the Great War, thereby gaining entitlement to a 1914-15 Star trio. He joined the Royal Fleet Reserve at Devonport in May 1919 and was finally discharged on 16 June 1922. Sold with copied record of service and other research.

1914-18 WWI Albert Medal Group

Stock code: MD000015
£42,500
A Superb C.M.G., 'Gallipoli' D.S.O., and Rare 'Archangel Command' Albert Medal Group of Eight to Captain G.P. Bevan, Royal Navy, Who Extricated a Trapped and Wounded Seaman From a Burning Munitions Ship in the Port of Archangel, 8.11.1916, Despite Small Arms Ammunition Exploding All Around Him.

a) The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and George, Companion's (C.M.G.) neck Badge, silver-gilt and enamel
b) Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, with integral top riband bar
c) Albert Medal, Second Class, For Gallantry in Saving Life at Sea, bronze and enamel, the reverse officially engraved, 'Presented By His Majesty To Capt. George Parker Bevan C.M.G., D.S.O. For Gallantry In Saving Life From the Burning S.S. "Earl of Forfar" After the Explosion at Bakaritsa On the 8th November 1916.'
d) 1914-15 Star (Commr. G.P. Bevan. R.N.)
e) British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. Oakleaves (Commre. 2 CI. G.P. Bevan. R.N.)
f) France, Republic, Legion of Honour, Officer's breast Badge, 52mm including wreath suspension x 40mm, gold and enamel, poincon mark to reverse, with rosette on riband
g) Russia, Imperial, Order of St. Anne, Third Class neck Badge, by Eduard, St. Petersburg, 44mm, gold (56 zolotniki) and enamel, maker's mark on reverse, 1908-17 kokoshnik mark and gold mark to suspension ring, extremely fine, with Great War Bronze Memorial Plaque, 'George Parker Bevan' and bullion cap badge, all housed in a glazed and hinged mahogany display case, with a large framed and glazed portrait photograph of recipient in uniform (8)


C.M.G. London Gazette 3.6.1918 Captain George Parker Bevan, R.N., D.S.O. (Commodore 2nd Class)
'In recognition of valuable services rendered during the War.'

D.S.O. London Gazette 14.3.1916 Bevan, George Parker, Commander, R.N.
'Has done continuous patrol work with great zeal and energy, and carried out valuable feints at landings in the Gulf of Xeros on 6 and 7 Aug. during the landing at Suvla.'

A.M. London Gazette 9.7.1918 Captain George Parker Bevan, C.M.G., D.S.O., R.N.
'For gallantry in saving life at sea. On the 8th November, 1916, a series of explosions and fires occurred at Bakaritsa, Port of Archangel, on merchant ships and on the wharves. The S.S. Baron Driesen had blown up at 1pm and part of the S.S. Earl of Forfar forty minutes later, and fresh explosions were expected every instant. It was thought that all their crews had either escaped or been killed or rescued, but after dark cries of distress were heard from the Earl of Forfar. The ship was a mass of flame at the time, and burning embers from the fire which was raging on shore were continually showered over her. She had a cargo of explosives on board and was abreast of the main conflagration. The flames were blown towards her by the wind, and the remaining portion of the ship was expected to be blown up at any moment. Captain Bevan, however, on hearing the cries proceeded on board, accompanied by Lieutenant-Commander MacMahon, and, hearing moans from under the smouldering debris of the forecastle, cleared away the wreckage and extricated the mate, who had an arm and a leg and his collarbone broken, and passed him into a tug.
Captain Bevan displayed the utmost gallantry and disregard of his personal safety.'

France, Legion of Honour, Officer London Gazette 7.6.1918 Capt. George P. Bevan, C.M.G., D.S.O., R.N. (Cdr., 2nd Cl.)

Russia, Order of St. Anne, Second Class, London Gazette 27.2.1917 Captain George P. Bevan, D.S.O., R.N.

Captain George Parker Bevan, C.M.G., D.S.O., A.M. (1878-1920), born Staines, second son of sixteen children, including four pairs of twins; joined Royal Navy as Naval Cadet, 1894; was a gunnery specialist and passed for the rank of Lieutenant with "Firsts" in every subject after only one years service as Sub-Lieutenant; Lieutenant 1899; served at Sheerness Gunnery School,