Lot Archive


№ 271


12 May 1993

Hammer Price:

A fine Defence of Ladysniith D.C.M. group of three awarded to Sergeant C.H. Rossell, Imperial Light Horse

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL, E.VII.R. (Corpl., Imp. Lt. Horse); BRITISH SOUTHAFRICA COMPANY MEDAL 1890-97, reverse Rhodesia 1896 (Troopr., M.R.F.); QUEEN'SSOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Relief of Mafeking, Elandslaagte, Defence ofLadysmith, Transvaal (185 Sergt., Imp. Lt. Horse) very fine and rare (3)

D.C.M., London Gazette, 27th September, 1901: - Defence of Ladysmith.

The Imperial Light Horse were most distinguished at the battle of Elandslaagte, two officers of the regiment winning the Victoria Cross. Of the regiment's conduct at ladysmith Sir George White wrote in his despatch: 'No praise can be too great for the gallantry and determination which all ranks of this corps have invariably displayed in action.' By the end of the war the Imperial Light Horse had earned a reputation that would be the envy of any regiment and in the process gained four Victoria Crosses, a record unsurpassed by any other colonial unit.