Lot Archive


№ 243


12 May 1993

Hammer Price:

A C.I.E. group of five to the Political Agent and author Lieutenant-ColonelJ.W.R. Merewether, Indian Army and Political Department

THE MOST EMINENT ORDER OF THE INDIAN EMPIRE, C.I.E., neck badge in goldand enamels; AFRICA GENERAL SERVICE 1902-56, 1 clasp, Somaliland 1901 (Capt., Somaliland F.F.) high relief bust, officially engraved naming; 1914-15 STAR (Lt. Coll., Bo. Poll. Dept.); BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS (Lt. Col.) very fine and better (5)

John Walter Beresford Merewether was educated at Marlborough and Sandhurst, and entered the Leinster Regiment in 1886. He joined the Indian Army, as Wing Officer 43rd Gurkha Rifles, in 1892, and in the following year became 2nd-in-Command of the Kolhapur Infantry Corps. He served with the Somaliland Field Force during the operations in Somaliland 1901 against the Mullah Muhammed-bin-Abdullah (medal with clasp). He was present, as Political Officer at Dthala, during the operations in the Aden Hinterland, 1904. During the Great War Merewether was on Military duty and served with the Indian Army Corps in France from April-November, 1915. For his services during the War he was awarded the C.I.E. in June, 1916. His services were lent by the India Office to accompany Sir Frederick Smith's mission to the U.S.A. and Canada from December, 1917 to February, 1918. He was co-author with the Rt. Hon. Sir Frederick Smith, K.C.M.G. of 'The Indian Army Corps in France', published under the authority of H.M's Secretary of State for India.