Lot Archive


№ 212


27 September 1994

Hammer Price:

QUEEN'S SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902, 7 clasps, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittebergen, South Africa 1901 (78913 Sgt. W.J. Darling, Q.B., R.H.A.) tightened at claw and light contact marks, otherwise very fine and scarce

Ex. Jack Wadey Collection.

Sergeant Darling fought in the famous action at Sannah's Post in which’Q’ Battery won no fewer than 4 Victoria Crosses. Darling, then a Bombardier, was second in command of 'B' Gun and, when his sergeant was wounded, is likely to have taken over command of his gun. In 'The Times' of 14 January 1902, Darling is mentioned as having his medal presented by Lord Roberts at a parade of ‘Q’ Battery in London.