Lot Archive


№ 686


19 April 1995

Hammer Price:

A scarce Boer War D.S.O. and Great War group of eight awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel T. E. Harrison, Hertfordshire Yeomanry
Distinguished Service Order, V.R., silver-gilt and enamels; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Transvaal, Wittebergen (Colonel, 7 Co. 4/Imp. Yeo); King’s South Africa, 2 clasps (Lt.Col., D.S.O., I.Y.) backstraps removed from the clasps on these last two to facilitate mounting; 1914-15 Star (Lt.Col., D.S.O., Herts. Yeo.); British War and Victory Medals (Lt.Col.); Coronation 1911; Territorial Decoration, G.V.R., slight chips to one reverse arm and reverse wreath on D.S.O., otherwise good very fine (8)

Thomas Elliott Harrison was born 14 June, 1862, at Whitburn, Sunderland, and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He served as Lieutenant in the 1st Royal Dragoons from August 1885 until he resigned his commission in November 1891. In June 1892 he was commissioned into the Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry, and in1898 and 1899 he was Master of the East Galway Hounds. From1900 to 1902 he served in the South African Campaign, in command of the 4th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. He was mentioned in despatches London Gazette 10 September, 1901, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order London Gazette 27 September, 1901. The insignia were presented by the King on 29 October, 1901. He resigned his commission with the Honorary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Army, 22 September, 1901.
At the outbreak of the Great War, Harrison was recalled from the Retired List, Leicestershire Yeomanry, to be Lieutenant-Colonel, Hertfordshire Yeomanry. He commanded the 1st/1st Hertfordshire Yeomanry in Egypt until 12 January, 1915; transferred to the Territorial Force Reserve 19 January, 1915, and served in a Staff Appointment, as Area Commandant, in France from 15 May, 1917, until 7 June, 1919. He retired in October 1921 and died on 3 March, 1939.