Lot Archive


№ 171


19 April 1995

Hammer Price:

China 1900, 1 clasp, Defence of Legations (Pvte. A. Scadding, R.M.L.I.) toned, nearly extremely fine and a very rare casualty

Albert Scadding was born in Devon in 1878 and enlisted into the Royal Marines at Newton Abbot in June 1897. He was a member of the Legation Guard at Pekin and became the first Englishman to lose his life in the defence when, on 22 June,1900, he was killed in action whilst on watch on a stable roof. During the entire siege the Royal Marine casualties amounted to 1 officer and 2 men killed, and 2 officers and 21 men wounded of whom 2 subsequently died.