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VERY RARE, ZULU WARS RORKE’S DRIFT CONNECTIONS British 1879 South Africa Medal With 1877-8 Clasp To Private W. Ashton 1/ 24th Regiment of Foot / 2nd Warwickshire Regiment South Wales Borderers With Record Details Of The Soldier. Sn 17402:7 - 17402:7
The Battle of Rorke's Drift, also known as the Defence of Rorke's Drift, was an engagement in the Anglo-Zulu War. The successful British defence of the mission station of Rorke's Drift, under the command of Lieutenants John Chard of the Royal Engineers and Gonville Bromhead, of 24th Regiment of Foot began when a large contingent of Zulu warriors broke off from their main force during the final hour of the British defeat at the day-long Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879, diverting 6 miles (9.7 km) to attack Rorke's Drift later that day and continuing into the following day. Just over 150 British and colonial troops defended the station against attacks by 3,000 to 4,000 Zulu warriors. The massive but piecemeal attacks by the Zulu on Rorke's Drift came very close to defeating the much smaller garrison, but were consistently repelled. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to the defenders, along with a number of other decorations and honours. This is a very rare and desirable Zulu wars British 1879 South Africa medal to a soldier of the 24th Regiment of Foot. The 1877-8 clasp was awarded for fighting in operations against the Galekas & Gaikas, Chief Pokwane & the Griquas. In 1877 the Galekas & Gaikas attacked the Fingoe tribe, a small friendly tribe under british protection. Lieutenant General Sir Arthur Cunynghame went to punish them with a small force composed of about 50 mounted infantrymen of the 1/24 Foot, the 88th Foot (Connaught Rangers) & a Naval Brigade of 300 from HMS Active. These 2 expeditions ended by 18th June 1878. The medal has the Wyon Young head Queen Victoria obverse. The reverse shows an African Lion below South Africa with a Zulu shield & 4 Assegais in the exergue. The man’s name and Regiment are impressed to the edge and the medal is suspended on its original ribbon of gold with 2 broad & 2 narrow blue stripes. A single page printout of the Soldier’s record details accompanies the medal which is worthy of further research. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17402:7
£1,400.00

RARE, 1857 KILLED IN ACTION CAWNPORE British 1857-58 Indian Mutiny Medal With Relief Of Lucknow Clasp To Corporal Thomas Quirk 64th Regiment (2nd Staffordshire Regt) With Record Details Of The Soldier. Sn 17402:6 - 17402:6
A rare Indian Mutiny medal with Lucknow clasp to a British soldier killed in action 28th November 1857 at Cawnpore. This medal was sanctioned to all troops who had been involved in quelling the mutiny of Sepoys against the Honourable East India Company (HEIC) & British rule. It led to the transfer of administration of India from the HEIC solely to the Crown. 600 men of the 64th were present in India during the period of the mutiny (10/5/1857 to 30/12/1858) & were present at the relief of Lucknow & the final operations that led to the capture of the city. The medal has the Wyon Young head Queen Victoria obverse. The reverse shows Britannia & a Lion with India & dates 1857-1858. The man’s name and Regiment are impressed to the edge and the medal is suspended on its original ribbon of white with 2 scarlet stripes. A single page printout of the fallen Soldier’s record details accompanies the medal which is worthy of further research. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17402:6
£625.00

British India 1854 General Service Medal With Hazara 1888 Clasp To Private C. Sadler 1st Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Sn 17402:4 - 17402:4
A nice India general service medal with Hazara 1888 clasp. The clasp was awarded for action against the black mountain tribes of Hassanzais, Akazais and other tribes, by the hazara field force commanded by Major general J.W McQueen. It was caused by the murder of 2 British officers & 5 Sepoys who were surveying the territory. The medal is in very good condition with the Wyon Young head portait of Queen Victoria on the obverse & reverse showing Victory crowning a warrior. The man’s name & Regiment are correctly engraved in small running script on the rim. The medal has the correct ribbon of 3 crimson & 2 dark blue stripes. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17402:4
£250.00

British India 1854 General Service Medal With North West Frontier Clasp To J. Moore 1st Battalion 19th Regiment Of Foot (Yorkshire Regiment Or Green Howards). Sn 17402:3 - 17402:3
A very nice India general service medal with North West Frontier clasp. The North West Frontier campaign was spread over nearly 19 years from 3/12/1849 to 22/10/1868. So service in any of these expeditions qualified for the clasp. However only 720 clasps were issued to the 19th Foot for the expedition under Major General A.T. Wilde against the Bazotee black mountain tribes between 3rd to 23rd October 1868. The medal is in very good condition with the Wyon Young head portait of Queen Victoria on the obverse & reverse showing Victory crowning a warrior. The edge carries the man’s name & Regiment in block capitals. The medal has the correct ribbon of 3 crimson & 2 dark blue stripes. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17402:3
£350.00

British India 1854 General Service Medal With Pegu Clasp To Edward Roach AB Winchester (Royal Navy). Sn 17402:2 A very nice - 17402:2
India general service medal to a British Naval seaman from HMS Winchester. Only 518 medals were awarded to the ship with this clasp. The medal is in very good condition with the Wyon Young head portait of Queen Victoria on the obverse & reverse showing Victory crowning a warrior. The clasp reads ‘Pegu’. The edge carries ‘EWDd Roach AB Winchester’ in impressed letters. The medal has the correct ribbon of 3 crimson & 2 dark blue stripes. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17402:2
£325.00

RARE, British China War Medal 1842 (First Opium War) To Alfred Stevens HMS Blonde. Sn 17402:1 - 17402:1
This is a scarce, China War Medal to Alfred Stevens HMS Blonde. HMS Blonde was a fifth rate ship ( what we would now term Frigate) of 28-38 guns built in 1819. It was involved in operations on the Canton river during 1841 which ended with the capture of Nanking. The medal has the Wyon Young head portait of Queen Victoria on the obverse & a stand of arms with China 1842 on the reverse. The rim carries ‘Alfred Stevens HMS Blonde in impressed bold Roman capitals. It is in very good condition with a short length ribbon and original straight bar. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17402:1
£1,195.00

Cased, WW1 27th January1917 Godet & Soin, Imperial German Army Field Marshal Hindenburg Birthday Presentation / Gift Plaque To Kaiser Wilhelm II Mounted With Silver Royal Device & 2 Period Picture Postcards Of The Kaiser & Hindenberg In Uniform. Sn 16950 - 16950
Wilhelm II (1859-1941), the German kaiser (emperor) and king of Prussia from 1888 to 1918, was one of the most recognizable public figures of World War I (1914-18). He gained a reputation as a swaggering militarist through his speeches and ill-advised newspaper interviews. He was born on 27th January 1859 at Potsdam, Germany. Paul von Hindenburg was a famous German general and statesman who commanded the Imperial German Army during World War I and later became President of Germany from 1925 until his death, during the Weimar Republic. This is an original WW1 dated birthday presentation or gift plaque from Field Marshal Hindenburg to Kaiser Wilhelm II. The rectangular brass plaque has Oak Leaf decoration around the edges and tutonic cross in 3 corners . The top of the plaque is mounted with a silver Wilhelm II wreath & crown device above German text ‘Wilhelm II’ & ‘Paul Von Hindenburg with engraved signature of Hindenburg below date ’27.1.1917 (The kaiser’s birthday) between German gothic script (illustrated). The rear is signed by the manufacturer ‘J.Godget & Soin’ (Berlin manufacurers of Medals and decorations). The plaque measures 6 ¼” x 8 ¾”. The plaque is accompanied by 2 period picture postcards of the Kaiser & Hindenberg in Uniform. The Hindenberg postcard has original period handwriting and 1915 post office ink stamp. All are contained in its original leather bound, felt lined case with clasp fastener. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16950
£895.00

Framed For Display, WW1 French Croix De Guerre & Médaille Militaire 5 Medal Group To French Soldier Fernand Emile **arang, 39th Infantry Regiment Who Served Throughout The Great War. M 131 - M 131
The Médaille militaire (Military Medal) is a military decoration of the French Republic first established in 1852 by Emperor Napoleon III for award to Privates and Non-Commissioned Officers who distinguished themselves by acts of bravery in action against an enemy force. The Croix de Guerre (Cross of War) is a military decoration of France. It was first created in 1915 and consists of a square-cross medal on two crossed swords, hanging from a ribbon with various degree pins. The decoration was awarded during World War I, again in World War II, and in other conflicts. The Croix de Guerre may either be awarded as an individual or unit award to those soldiers who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with the enemy. The medal is awarded to those who have been "mentioned in despatches", meaning a heroic deed or deeds were performed meriting a citation from an individual's headquarters unit. This is an original WW1 French Croix de Guerre & Médaille Militaire medal group to a named soldier who served throughout the Great War. The Croix de Guerre & Médaille Militaire are accompanied by 3 other French WW1 campaign / commemorative medals (The Commemorative medal of the War of 1914 - 1918. The Victory Medal and Croix du Combattant ). The medals are all mounted on a decorative printed setting headed in French ‘Medals Of The Great War’ and has a panel with the soldiers details handwritten in old French text (we are uncertain what the first letter /letters of the Surname are). The text also includes in French ‘did the whole campaign’. The medals are in excellent condition with original ribbons. The Croix de Guerre ribbon has a bronze star. The medals are nicely mounted in a glazed wood frame with brass mounts. The frame measures 21 ½” x 18” x 1 ½”. The rear of the frame has a metal ring for wall hanging. The price for these framed French WW1 medals worthy of further research includes UK delivery. M 131
£375.00

Egypt Medal, 1882 – 89 And Khedives Star. M 129 - M 129
This is a pair of medals, the Egypt Medal, 1882 – 89 and Khedives Star to 19. Pte Pl Clifford of the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment. 625 of the men of the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment were at Tel-el Kebir. They had 2 officers and men killed and 19 wounded. The medal is in EF condition (most Egypt medals suffered with contact marks from the Khedive’s Star) and is engraved in sloping capitals to 19 PTE.P. CLIFFORD 2 /R.IR.R. and has the dated reverse 1882 for the early battles whereas later medals were undated. The Khedive’s Star is the undated version and is in E.F. condition. This is a nice pair to a good regiment. The roll confirms the clasp entitlement. M 129
£390.00

German WW1 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class With Screw` On Back Fitting. M 128 - M 128
This is a very nice WW1 Iron Cross 1st Class with a screw back fitting. The medal retains much of its original finish with only minor wear to the highlights. There are no makers marks to the medal which is not unusual on these pieces. The back of the medal is stamped 900. WW1 iron crosses area getting harder to find and the price includes U.K delivery. M 128
£325.00
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