Lot Archive


№ 318


27 September 1994

Hammer Price:

Three: Private F. Marsden, Warwickshire Yeomanry, killed in action in the Sennussi Expedition

1914-15 STAR TRIO (2168 Pte., Warwick Yeo.) nearly extremely fine (3)

This lot was sold as part of a special collection, Medals from the Collection of the late Mike Minton.

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Private Frank Marsden was killed in action in Egypt on 11 December 1915. He is buried at Chatby War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria.

The Sennussi Expedition.

The Force left Alexandria on 26 November 1915, and arrived at Dabaa (the Railhead) next day; proceeding thence by the coast route to Matruh (85 miles) which they reached on 8 December. Great difficulties were experienced with the water supply as the wells were very low at the end of the dry season.

On 11 December, orders were given to disperse a hostile gathering at Um Rakhum about seven miles west of Matruh, but owing to the bad going the Infantry were unable to cooperate. The Mounted Troops pushed forward and came on the enemy about 600 strong at the Wadi Senaab, charged them and drove them into the Wadi, but lost 16 killed, and eight wounded, including Sergt. Ravenhall, Pte. Doughty and Pte. Marsden of the Warwick Yeomanry. In the action the armoured cars of the Royal Navy gave valuable assistance.