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1793-1814 Military General Service Medal (6 Clasp)

Stock code: MD112260319
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
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
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
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
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.