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3 December 2020

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Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria

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Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (3 December 2020)

Gross Total: £721,780 (£895,007 including buyers' premium)
Number of lots: 848
Sell-through rate: 95.3%
Exchange rate of the GB pound: US $1.34 and €1.11

Principal Lots
Lot no.
50. The Falklands War DCM group of nine to Platoon Sgt John Meredith, 2/Para, £150,000 (£186,000)
1-15. Medals from the Collection of Warwick Cary (Part 3), £106,360 (£131,886)
150-249. Medals from the Collection of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum (Part I), £69,310 (£85,944)
10. The Singapore Harbour 1943 group of five to Lt Hubert Carse, RANVR, £38,000 (£47,120)
1. The Boer War DSO and Bar, DCM group of five to Col. Richard Holman, New South Wales MI, £26,000 (£32,240)
467. The Army Small Gold Medal for Talavera to Lt-Col Henry Seymour, 23rd Light Dragoons, £16,000 (£19,840)
122-149. A Collection of Medals to the Norfolk Regiment, £13,075 (£16,213)
40. The AFC, DFM group of ten to Wing-Cdr Harold Smith, RAF, £13,000 (£16,120)
16. The George Cross (exchange EGM) awarded to William Jamieson, 1936, £12,000 (£14,880)
250-280. A Collection of Queen’s South Africa Medals to the Royal Navy, £11,880 (£14,731)
2. The MC and DCM pair to Temporary Capt Gilbert Cory, 2/3 Btn, A.I.F., £10,000 (£12,400)
3. The Crimea Medal to Sgt John Jones, 11th Hussars, killed in the Charge of the Light Brigade, £8,000 (£9,920)

Saleroom Notices
The following were amendments to the printed catalogue descriptions:
101. Another single B.E.M. to this recipient is known
William Thurburn Barry was born on 10 May 1874 in Cape Town. Educated at Dover College, hewas commissioned into the 3rd (Militia) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment in March 1892, transferred to the East Surrey Regiment in June 1894 and was advanced to Lieutenant in December 1896. Appointed to the Indian Staff Corps 24 July 1897 and the 2nd (Queen’s Own) Rajput Light Infantry in December 1898, he served in the Boer War with the Indian Staff Corps on Special Service from 20 January to 6 February 1900, and was present in operations in Cape Colony, actions south of the Orange River 1899-1900 including the action at Kheis 29 May, operations in the Orange River Colony May to November 1900 including actions at Lindley 1 June, Rhenoster River 11 June and Lindley 26 June. He also served in operations in the Transvaal west of Pretoria July to November 1900, including the action at Ventes Kroon 7 and 9 August and operations in Transvaal November 1900 to May 1902. Promoted to Captain in June 1903 and Major in June 1912, he was appointed a Magistrate in the Lahore Cantonment in January 1904. He was transferred to the Supernumerary List in January 1914. In January 1918 he was ranked as a Second Class Magistrate. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in June 1920, he retired on 3 June 1924. Living at 13 Half Moon Street, Piccadilly he died 26 August 1938. He is Mentioned in the book ‘Twice Captured!’ by James Francis Harry St Clair-Erskine, 5th Earl of Rosslyn. The recipient’s Medal Index Card verification confirms the War Medal as his only Great War Campaign medal entitlement. Under 100 Indian Army British Officers received the Queen’s South Africa Medal and only 13 (excluding medical personnel) the King’s South Africa Medal.
James Hay Campbell was born in 2 May 1834, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland appointed Lieutenant & Adjutant on 26 November 1858. He was promoted to Captain in August 1865, to Lieutenant-Colonel in February 1875, and retired on half-pay in 1878. He served with the 71st Highlanders in the Central India campaign of 1858, and was present at the action of Kotakeserai and subsequent operations terminating in the capture of Gwalior (Medal & clasp). He served throughout the campaign of 1863 on the North West Frontier of India, first as Adjutant of the 71st Light Infantry, and afterwards on the formation of Brigades, as Brigade Major of the 1st Brigade until the termination of hostilities (Mentioned in Despatches; Brevet of Major; Medal & clasp). Died Barrie, Ontario, Canada on 2 May 1884. Buried Campbell Mausoleum, St. Quivox Churchyard, South Ayrshire, Scotland. The recipient’s Indian Mutiny Medal sold in these rooms in February 2016.
540. According to the Medal Roll, the recipient is entitled to the clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Johannesburg and South Africa 1901, not the two clasps that appear on his medal
543. The photograph in the catalogue is not of the recipient

Withdrawn Lots
The following lots were withdrawn before the auction:
42 and 329

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