Lot Archive


№ 98


6 July 2004

Hammer Price:

Ashantee 1873-74, 1 clasp, Coomassie (Capt. W. E. Despard, R.M.L.I., H.M.S. Barracouta, 73-74) minor edge bruising, good very fine £500-600

Major William Edward Despard entered the R.M.L.I. as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1885, was promoted Lieutenant in 1859 and Captain in 1867. He served throughout the Ashantee War from 9 June 1873 and was attached to the 42nd Highlanders as Transport Officer. He was present at the battles of Amoaful and Ordahsu and the capture of Coomassie, for which he received the brevet of Major. Despard was promoted Major in 1874.