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Sold on 16 July 2020

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A Collection of Queen’s South Africa Medals to the Royal Navy


№ 621


16 July 2020

Hammer Price:

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (193643 J. E. Wallis, A.B., H.M.S. Redbreast) small impressed naming, contact marks, nearly very fine £100-£140

Provenance: Captain K. J. Douglas-Morris Collection, Dix Noonan Webb, October 1996.

Just 83 Queen’s South Africa Medals were awarded to the ship’s company of H.M.S. Redbreast, all of them without clasp.

James Edward Wallis was born in Madron, Cornwall, on 1 July 1881, and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 13 May 1897. Advanced Able Seaman on 17 September 1899, he served in H.M.S. Redbreast from 19 March 1900 to 22 August 1903, and was promoted Leading Seaman on 6 December 1901. Advanced Petty Officer 1st Class on 1 April 1904, he was promoted to Acting Boatswain on 18 August 1914.