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Punjab Medal 1848. With clasp 'Mooltan' (Private Ramsam Scinde. Camel. B. C.)

Medal officially impressed in the correct style for regiments of the H.E.I.C.'s Bombay Army

The recipeint was a Sepoy (Private) serving with the Scinde Camel Baggage Corps

The Scinde Camel Bagge Corps were a short lived unit of the Bombay Army, raised in 1845, by Sir Charles Napier, as an organized military corps to handle all aspects of military logistics in the Scinde and those neighbouring territories under the jurisdiction of the Bombay Presidency. The unit was deployed during the British-Sikh War of 1848, whereat the British annexed the Sikh territory of the Punjab. During the second British-Sikh War, detachments of the SCBC served with the Bombay Army at the battles of Mooltan and Goojerat. The unit was stood-down in 1852, with former members of the unit being absorbed into the line regiments of the Bombay Army

Condition: Toning about GVF

Code: 18720Price:


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India General Service 1854. Glazed and gilded. With clasp 'Pegu'

A magnificent un-marked H.E.I.C. presentation piece

The silver medal exquisitely gilded, with the planchet contained within obverse and reverse sealed glazed lunettes

A choice item of Honourable East India Company history

Condition: EF

Code: 18713Price: 395.00 GBP


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India General Service Medal 1854/ Silver issue with clasp 'Chin Hills 1892-93' (2425 Sepoy Labh Singh Mandalay 1st. Mily Police)

The recipient was a soldier of the Sikh faith, serving as a Sepoy (Private) in the Mandalay Military Police Battalion of the Burma Military Police

The Burma Military Police Battalions raised in the period 1886-1889, were all deployed for the pacification of 'Upper Burma'. The units were spread across numerous garrisons, and were widely drawn on in the period 1887-1894 for patrolling, and deployment in numerous punitive expeditions.

Mandalay Battalion of the Burma Military Police was raised in April 1887, with it's ranks recruited exclusively from North India. As of 31 December 1889, the uit was just one of 21 x Burma Military Police battalions that were located in 'Upper Burma', at which time the Mandalay Battalion comprised 1531 x Indian Officers and Other Ranks. The Mandalay Battalion was one of 5 x BMP battalions in the 'Northern Division', and frequently provided drafts for service in the composite BMP battalions raised for service in the several of the punitive expeditions to the Chin and Kachin Hills

Scarce and desirable

Condition: About GVF

Code: 18712Price:


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India General Service 1854-95, 2 clasps, Bhootan, North West Frontier (Sepoy Suntea Thappa, 66th or Goorkha Regt.)

Note: Upper clasp attached by rivets. With small 'Bazaar Wallah' silver test mark on rim

Recipient was a Sepoy (Rifleman) serving with the 66th or Goorkha Regiment of the Indian Army

In 1881 this Gurkha regiment was retitled 1st Gurkha (Rifle) Regiment

Condition: VF

Code: 16141Price: 345.00 GBP


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India General Service 1854-95, 3 clasps, Burma 1885-7, Burma 1887-89, N.E. Frontier 1891 (833 Sepoy Banbir Thapa (2d.) 44th. Bl. Infy.)

Note: Reference 'British Battles & Medals' (Seventh edition, 2006) the regiment, a 'Gurkha' class regiment, is confirmed as being present in all the campaigns commemorated on this particular multi-clasp medal

The lower clasp with adpated lugs to mount the subsequent clasps - and atypical thus for medals originally issued with flush clasps, which needed to be removed and or adpated to mount subsequent later issue clasps

The recipient was a Gurkha soldier serving as a Sepoy (Private) in the 44th Regiment, Gurkha (Light) Infantry of the Indian Army

The regiment was restyled becoming restyled as 8th Gurkha Rifles in 1903 - and a unit with a long and distinguished history of campaign service on the North East Frontier of India, Burma and in Tibet

Condition: About GVF

Code: 18711Price: 350.00 GBP


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Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-1859. With 2 xclasps 'Central India' & 'Lucknow' (Syed Elans 27th Regiment N.I.)

Provenance: Dix Noonan Webb, 27 June 2002

Important: The 27th Native Infantry was the only infantry regiment of the Madras Army to qualify and receive Indian Mutiny medals with two two clasps

Reference 'Madras Infantry, 1748-1943' (Lt-Col. E. G. Phythian Adams, 1943) the following information is provided on the services of the regiment during the Indian Mutiny;

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The Madras Brigade consisting of the 17th and 27th M.I. joined Gen. Windham's force at Cawnpore on November 15th, 1857; the 17th M.I. was detached to garrison Futtehpore to maintain communications between Allahbad and Cawnpore, while the 27th M.I. after seeing considerable fighting at Cawnpore was sent to reinforce Outram at Lucknow. Here it took part in the defence of the Alambagh, where Outram's small force pf 4,400 held out for twelve weeks against repeated and most determined attacks by the enemy estimated at 120,000 with 100 guns. Later it formed part of the Oudh Field Force, and in all was on active service for two years. It was granted the battle honour 'Lucknow' and all ranks received the Mutiny medal with clasp for Lucknow and Central India

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In 1903 the regiment was restyled as 87th Punjabis, and in 1922 became 5th Battalion 2nd Punjab Regiment. The remnants of 5/2 Punjab was captured at the surrender of Singapore Colony on 15 February 1942. On liberation and repatriation in 1945, the battalion was disbanded

A scarce 2 clasp medal to find on the market to a native infantry regiment of the Madras Army

Condition: About VF

Code: 18637Price:


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China Medal 1857-1860. With clasp 'Taku Forts 1857

Un-named as issued to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel

6 x different medal clasps were issued for the 'Second Opium War, comprising 5 x battle clasps of which 'Taku Forts 1857' was the earliest, and a generic 'China 1842' clasp awarded to personnel who had previously served in the first 'Opium War'

Condition: GVF

Code: 18719Price: 245.00 GBP


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Afghanistan Medal 1878-80. With 2 x clasps 'Ali Musjid' 'Kabul' (Subr. Roop Singh Lama, 4th Goorkha Regt.)

Important: Recipient was a Native Officer, holding the appointment rank of 'Subadar' while serving with the 4th Goorkha Regiment

The 4th Goorkha Regiment was restyled the 4th Gurkha (Rifle) Regiment in 1891; 4th Gurkha Rifles in 1901 and as 4th Prince of Wales's Own Gurkha Rifles in 1924. The regiment continues to serve in the Indian Army today as the 4th Gorkha Rifles

Condition: GVF

Code: 14895Price: 475.00 GBP


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India General Service Medal 1895-1902. Victoria obverse. Silver issue, with clasp 'Relief of Chitral 1895' (3498 Havdr Gusaun 4th Sikh Infy)

Important: Havildar Gusaun 4th Sikh Infantry (Punjab Frontier Force) is confirmed as being awarded 3rd Class Indian Order of Merit, per GO 1228 of 1895

Reference: 'Deeds of Valour Performed by Indian Officers and Soldiers During The Period From 1860-1925 (P.P. Hypher, Simla, 1927)', for the below following;

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No. 3498, Havildar Gusaun, 4th Sikh Infantry

For conspicuous gallantry in action at Malakand on the 3rd April 1895, in having led his men to the front always under the hottest fire, and being the first to rush six successive breastworks and positions to the enemy

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The storming of the Malakand Pass on 3rd April 1895, was no easy matter, the 4th Sikhs being in the thick of the fighting against an enemy force of Pathan tribesmen that was estimated to number 12,000, holding defensive 'Sangar' positions on the mountain slopes and crests. Amongst the enemy were more than 3,000 tribesmen armed with rifles and firearms. 2 x IOM's were awarded to the 4th Sikh Infantry for their gallantry at the Malakand Pass (whereat the regiment suffered 11 x casualties, including 2 x British Officers 'Wounded-in-Action'). During the 'Storming' of the Malakand Pass - the first major action of the Chitral Relief Force under Lt-General Sir R.C. Low - it was the 2nd Infantry Brigade comprising the 4th Sikhs together with the Guides Infantry, 2nd Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers, and 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, which units shared the principal accolades for having cleared the enemy (who incurred an estimated loss of 300) from the Malakand Pass. On the day, 4th Sikhs and Guides Infantry led the attack being sent up the highest peaks with orders to make a turning movement on reaching the crest, while the direct frontal attack on the enemy's main position was made by the King's Own Scottish Borderers, and the Gordon Highlanders.......

Note: Prior to 1912, Indian officers and other ranks of the Indian Army were not entitled to receive the Victoria Cross. By contrast the Indian Order of Merit - the oldest gallantry decoration in the British Empire - was the only award that an Indian non-commissioned soldier could earn, and was held in the highest esteem as a mark of courage throughout the Indian Army

Gusaun, by ethnicity a Pathan, first enlisted in the Indian Army, and service with the 4th Sikh Infantry, on 15 December 1876. Created a Vicreoy’s Commissioned Officer on 6 October 1896, with rank of Jemadar. He took his discharge from the Indian Army sometime after January 1900 (he does not appear again under the active lists of the Indian Army List after the January 1900 edition) and appears to have died sometime prior to 1910, as his name no longer appears in the published list of IOM pensioners included in the Indian Army List after 1911

Reference 'Indian Army List' (January, 1900), the below following entry is given for Jemadar Gasaun;

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- N-W Frontier of India, Mahsud-Waziri, 1881
- N-W Frontier of India, Hazara, 1891 - medal with clasp
- N-W Frontier of India, Isazai, 1891
- Chitral, 1895 - Relief of Chitral - medal with clasp, 3rd Class Order of Merit

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A superb example of Indian gallantry 'Leading by Example', while clearing enemy sangars at the point of the bayonet

Condition: GF

Code: 18774Price:


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India General Service 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Punjab Frontier 1897-98 (3824 Sepoy Shah Dal Q O Corps of Guides Infy.)

Recipient was an Indian soldier holding the rank of Sepoy (Private) serving with the Queens Own Corps of Guides Infantry, a regiment of the Indian Army

The Corps of Guides (comprising both Cavalry and Infantry regiments) was arguably the most distinguished and battle corps of the British Indian Army. With the regimental centre located at 'Mardan' Cantonment in the North West Frontier Province, the 'Guides' were an integral component of the 'Punjab Frontier Force' and prior to the Great War deployed in numerous campaigns and wars on the North West Frontier of India, as well as fighting further afield in the Punjab during the Second Sikh War; at Delhi during the Indian Mutiny, and several campaigns during the Afghanistan War of 1878-1880. Prior to 1914, the Guides Infantry earned the below following battle honours;

- Mooltan
- Goojerat
- Delhi 1857
- Ali Masjid
- Kabul 1879
- Afghanistan 1878-80
- Chitral
- Malakand
- Punjab Frontier

A choice condition medal to 'the' most distinguished regiment of the British Indian Army

Condition: About EF

Code: 18708Price: 195.00 GBP

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