Lot Archive


№ 216


27 September 1994

Estimate: £500–£600

A scarce African D.C.M. group of four awarded to Sergeant Nyambe, King's African Rifles, for gallantry in Portuguese East Africa

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL, King's African Rifles reverse, G.V.R. (1247 Sjt., 1/2 K.A.R.); 1914-15 STAR (Pte., 2/K.A.R.); BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS (Sjt., 2/K.A.R.) light pitting to the first, otherwise very fine (4)

D.C. M. promulgated E.A. Force Gro. No. 99, 24 February 1919.

‘On 3 1/8/18 at Lioma, this N.C.O. came to the help of his British sergeant. At a very critical moment when a sudden attack from the left flank caused all the porters to bolt, dropping their guns and leaving them. He assisted his sergeant to mount the guns, and together with him held off the enemy until the line was reformed and brought up to the guns. He had done most excellent work with the machine guns during the whole period of the campaign.

M.I.D., London Gazette, 28 January, 1919, Van Deventer's Despatch, East Africa.

British Gallantry Awards, Abbot & Tamp/in, stares that approximately 195 awards were made between 1906 and 1925, mostly for the Great War period.