Lot Archive


№ 199


27 September 1994

Hammer Price:

SOUTH AFRICA 1877-79, 1 clasp, 1879 (2373 Pte. M. Russell, 3/60th Foot) nearly extremely fine

Ex. Jack Wadey Collection.

Private M. Russell was killed in action at the Ingogo River on 8 February 1881, during the First Boer War. The following extract is taken from 'Rifleman and Hussar', Colonel Sir Percival Marling, V.C., C.B.: 'About 2.30 p.m. Sir George Colley sent Captain McGregor, R.E., to Colonel Ashburnham with a message that he was to send a company of the 60th Rifles out to the left, as he thought the Boers were going to rush the position. Colonel Ashburnham pointed out to the Staff Officer that 'I' Company were the only reserve he had, and asked would not half a company be sufficient. The Staff Officer replied, 'My orders are, sir, from the General, that you are to send a company, and if you will let me have them I will show you where to go. This company, 'I', was commanded by Lieutenant Garrett, the other subaltern being Lieutenant Beaumont. The Staff Officer, Captain McGregor, went out with them, mounted. There is no doubt that he took them farther than he should have done. Captain McGregor, R.E., was himself killed. It was inevitable, considering the mark he presented. 'I' Company and the Boers were now only about 50 yards apart. Garrett was killed quite early, and every man in the company except 9 was either killed or wounded. Nothing could have been more gallant than their behaviour, many of them being quite young soldiers.'

Casualties in the 3/60th at Ingogo River amounted to 4 officers and 61 other ranks killed or died of wounds, a few of whom were drowned. A further 2 officers and 53 other ranks were wounded. The medal to Lieut. J.R. Garrett was in the Upfill-Brown Collection sold in these rooms on 4 December 1991.