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S.S. Maine American Ladies’ Hospital Ship Fund Commemorative Medal 1899 - For the 'Transvaal War' (South African War). White Metal issue

Dimension: Approx 44mm

Important: Contained in original issue red leatherette plush hinged case with green velvet interior. This complete with original brass hinges and push button opener

The case bearing the name label of 'A. Webster & Compy, 60 Piccadilly, London' on reverse

The Maine was originally the Atlantic Transport Line steamer Swansea, renamed in 1899 and lent to the British Government as a hospital ship for use in the Boer War and later off China during the Boxer Rebellion. Fitted out as a hospital ship in London by Messrs. Fletcher & Son and Fearnall Ltd., the costs were met by the American Ladies Hospital Ship Fund, under the Chairmanship of Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of the future Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, K.G., O.M., C.H. (& Nobel Laureate) who struck the above medal in two metals, viz, silver & white metal in silver, to help with their fund raising

The medals were awarded to donors who made generous donations towards the refitting of the hospital ship

This 'White Metal' example in uncommonly desirable condition, and scarce found in the original case of issue

Condition: GVF

Code: 20289

100.00 GBP

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India General Service Medal 1908. GV first type, silver issue with clasp 'Afghanistan NWF 1919'

This example is un-named and un-marked as struck by the Calcutta Mint

Condition: About GVF

Code: 18957

95.00 GBP

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Afghanistan Medal 1878-1880: No clasp (Duffr. Shew Lall 17th Bengal Cavy.)

Important: The 17th Bengal Cavalry had the unique distinction of being the 'only' Cavalry Regiment of the Bengal Army to be comprised exclusively of soldiers of the Muslim faith (its insignia was a 'Star over a Crescent')

Note: The recipient was a Non-Commissioned-Officer (N.C.O.) holding the rank of Daffadar (Sergeant) in the 17th Bengal Cavalry

The 17th Bengal Cavalry had its origins in 1857 when it was raised from the Mathura Horse & Rohilkand Police. In 1858 the regiment was renamed 'Robart's Horse' - and was commanded by Colonel Robarts an extremely wealthy and eccentric character who had adopted an Afghan family and lived in the style of an Indian Nawab. His influence on the regiment was such that it only recruited Muslims - originally either Afghans or tribal Pathans

During the Second Afghan War the regiment was deployed on Line-of-Communication duties guarding the routes between Jamrud and Dakka, and later transferred to Kabul. For their services in the Second Afghan War the regiment was awarded the theatre battle honour 'Afghanistan 1878-80'

A very hard regiment to find medals to - and without doubt, one of the most fascinating of the Indian Cavalry regiments


Condition: GF

Code: 20254

195.00 GBP

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India General Service Medal 1854-95: Silver issue with clasp 'Chin-Lushai 1889-90' (2135 Pte. J. Douglas 1st Bn. K.O. Sco. Bord.)

Important: Medal and clasp verified as entitled and issued per the respective campaign medal roll of 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers (ref WO 100/74) that was compiled and signed at Devonport, England, on 16 March 1891. The medal roll shows that the medal and clasp were awarded for services with the 'Gangaw Column' in the field between 15 November 1889 to 30 April 1890 . This was the soldier's only medal entitlement

John Knox Douglas, was a native of, Haddington, Haddingtonshire, Scotland, where he was born circa 1865. On 17 November 1886, Thomas attested for the Kings Own Borderers at, Edinburgh, Scotland. At enlistment he was described as having been previously employed as a 'Groom', and that he was 20 years and 10 months of age. The day following his enlistment in the British Army, John was posted to the regimental depot of was posted to the Regimental Depot of the Kings Own Borderers (later King's Own Scottish Borderers) located at Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, with which regiment he subsequently completed a total of 6 years and 35 days service by the time that he took his final discharge from the British Army, on 21 December 1892, at which time he was described as being 'Medically Unfit for Military Service'. During his service 'With The Colours' John Douglas fought in 1 x campaign, for which he earned one campaign medal & clasp, viz an India General Service Medal with clasp 'Chin Lushai 1889-90' (ref WO 100/74), for service in the 'Chin-Lushai' hills bordering Burma and India. John had served overseas as under;

- India: 07/02/1889 - 02/11/1889 (269 x days)
- Burma: 03/11/1889 - 06/02/1891 (1 year & 96 days)

The recipients service papers are extant and are accessible at The National Archives

Sold together with hard-copy extract page from the respective medal roll

Condition: EF

Code: 20253

285.00 GBP

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India General Service Medal 1854. Silver issue. With clasp 'Hazara 1891' (2125 Lce Duffr Narayan Singh 11th Bl Lcrs)

Important: 2125 Daffadar Narain (ic) Singh 11th Bengal Lancers is confirmed 'Died of Wounds' when he was 'Dangerously Wounded' by a 'Bullet in Head' on 2 August 1897 at Chakdarra, North West Frontier Province during the Malakand Campaign 1897 (Reference Major-General Sir Bindon Blood's Despatch published in the London Gazette issue of 5 November 1897)

The recipient was an Indian soldier of the Sikh faith was serving as a Lance-Daffadar (Corporal) with the 11th Bengal Lancers, a cavalry regiment of the Indian Army

During the Malakand Campaign 26 July - 2 August 1897, 11th Bengal Lancers, suffered 11 battle-casualties, all by gunshot. On 2 August 1897, seven men of the regiment were wounded in action by gunshot wounds, of which two, including Daffadar Narayan Singh, subsequently 'Died of Wounds'. Daffadar Narayan Singh was the senior ranked casualty of the regiment during the North West Frontier campaigns of 1897

The 11th Bengal Lancers had their origins in 1857 when the regiment raised by Captain F. Wale was styled Wale's Horse, and quickly restyled in the same year as 1st Sikh Irregular Cavalry (Wale's Horse). In 1876 the regiment was restyled as 11th (Prince of Wales's Own) Bengal Lancers. In 1921 the regiment was amalgamated with the 12th Cavalry to form the 11th/12th Probyn's Horse, restyled in 1922 as 5th King Edward's Own Probyn's Horse. The history and traditions of 'Probyn's Horse' are perpetuated in 2020 by the descendent regiment, 5th Horse, an 'Armoured' regiment of the Pakistan Army

By 1897, the 11th Bengal Lancers were a much travelled and battle-hardened regiment of the Indian Army boasting diverse battle honours as below:

- Lucknow (1857 Indian Mutiny)
- Taku Forts (1859 Second Opium War in China)
- Peking 1860 (Second Opium War in China)
- Afghanistan 1878-80 (Second Afghan War)
- Ali Masjid (Second Afghan War)
- Chitral (North West Frontier of India)

A scarce campaign medal to a Sikh soldier who subsequently lost his life on the field of battle

Condition: About VF

Code: 20252


Egypt & Sudan Medal 1882-89: With dated reverse & clasp, Tel-El-Kebir (1465. Pte. G. Glass. 1/R. Hrs.)

Important: Medal and clasp verified as awarded to Private George Glass, 1st Battalion Royal Highlanders (Black Watch), per the respective campaign medal roll of the Royal Highlanders (ref WO 100/58), where the recipient is shown as having moved to the Army Reserve, by the time the medal roll is recorded has having was received by the War Office on 9 April 1883

Note: George Glass attested for the British Army at the 42nd Regimental District, Scotland, on 12 July 1875, and was posted to the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment (post 1881 restyled as 1st Battalion Royal Highland Regiment (Black Watch). At his time of enlisting in the British Army, George was contracted to serve a total of 12 years, comprising 7 years 'With the Colours' followed by 5 years on the 'Army Reserve'. George Glass is recorded as having taken his final discharge from the British Army on 2 September 1887 (Ref WO 121 Box 0252). During his service with the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot (The Black Watch), the regiment served in Malta, Cyrpus & Gibraltar between 1875-1878.

In 1881, as part of the Childers Reforms in 1881, the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot (The Black Watch) was amalgamated with the 73rd (Perthshire) Regiment of Foot to form two battalions of the newly named Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). The 42nd became the 1st Battalion, and the 73rd became the 2nd Battalion. The newly formed regiment was established as the county regiment for Fifeshire, Forfarshire and Perthshire

1st Battalion Black Watch were in the thick of the action at the Battle of Tel-El-Kebir, where the regiment suffered an estimated 48 x battle casualties (killed and wounded)

Condition: Minor contacts about VF

Code: 20251

245.00 GBP

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Egypt & Sudan Medal 1882-89: With dated reverse & clasp 'Tel-El-Kebir' (Sowar Meer Ahmad Ali Shah 2d. Bengal Cavy.)

The recipient was an Indian soldier holding the rank of Sowar (Trooper) while serving with the 2nd Bengal Cavalry of the Indian Army

On 8 August 1882, the 2nd Bengal Cavalry embarked at Bombay for destination Ismailia, Egypt, at which time the regiment comprised 431 x combatants, and sailed for Egypt aboard 8 x transport ships. In all there were 3 x Indian cavalry regiments deployed to Egypt (vis 2nd Bengal Cavalry, 6th Bengal Cavalry & 13th Bengal Lancers) with a strength of 1497 men and 1590 horses, and comprised the 2nd Brigade of the composite 'Cavalry Division' that served in the Egypt Campaign of 1882.

During its service in Egypt where the regiment rode and fought at the battles of Kassasin and at Tel-el-Kebir, the 2nd Bengal Cavalry, suffered 1 x Native Officer 'Died of Wounds' and 4 x Other-Ranks were 'Wounded-in-Action'. The number of losses amongst horses during the campaign was significantly higher with the loss of 86 x horses

2nd Bengal Cavalry was collectively awarded the below following Battle Honours for their services in Egypt;

- Egypt 1882
- Tel-El-Kebir

In addition, all combatants (not followers) of the regiment, were awarded the Egypt Medal 1882, and where eligible the clasp 'Tel-El-Kebir'

Condition: Usual 'Cavalry' contacts GF

Code: 20250

245.00 GBP

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India General Service Medal 1895-1902. Silver issue with clasp 'Punjab Frontier 1897-98' (Jemdr. Pooran Singh 12th Bl. Cavy:)

Important: Confirmed as the recipients only medal entitlement (Indian Army List January 1901 refers)

The recipient was an Indian soldier of the Sikh faith, who was a Viceroy's Commissioned Officer (VCO) holding the appointment of Jemadar while serving with the 12th Bengal Cavalry, a mounted regiment of the British Indian Army

Pooran (sic) Singh first enlisted in the Indian Army on 26 August 1882, at which time he joined the 12th Bengal Cavalry (unit was first raised as the 2nd Regiment of Sikh Irregular Cavalry in 1857), and with which regiment he remained throughout his subsequent 19 x years of service. He was created a Viceroy's Commissioned Officer on 1st May 1896, at which time he was bestowed the appointment of Jemadar, and in which rank he served - on detachment - during the Punjab Frontier campaign of 1897-1898. Interestingly, the Supplement to the Indian Army List of January 1901, shows that Jemadar Pooran Singh held a certificate for 'Military Surveying' - the only Indian officer of his regiment to be so qualified

Prior to the Great War the 12th Cavalry had been awarded the below following battle honours:

- Abyssinia
- Peiwar Kotal
- Charasia
- Kabul 1879
- Afghanistan 1878-80

A very scarce seen unit on the market for the IGS 1895 medal, as the regiment did not deploy as a unit during the 'Punjab Frontier' campaign of 1897-98 (the 1901 IA list 'War Services of Indian Officers' shows only 5 x VCO's of the regiment at the time held the IGS 1895, four of whom had the single clasp 'Punjab Frontier 1897-98, and a single VCO who held the medal with clasp 'Relief of Chitral 1895'

Condition: VF

Code: 20246

295.00 GBP

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India General Service Medal 1895-1902. Edward VII obverse. Silver issue with clasp 'Waziristan 1901-02' (2649 Sowar Bharat Singh 5th. Punjab Cav)

Note: The recipient was an Indian soldier of the Hinu faith serving as a Sowar (Trooper) with the 5th Punjab Cavalry Regiment of the Indian Army

Per the official despatch of Major-General C. C. Egerton dated Abbottabad, 15 March 1902, it is recorded that the 5th Punjab Cavalry were deployed from the very start of the operations during the Waziristan Campaign of 1901-02, while serving with No 4 Column;


No. 4 Column left Wana on the night of the 24th November, and proceeded via the Insar Narai into Khaisara Valley. During this and the three following days this column, aided by a small mixed column detached from the Wana garrison under Captain A.E. McBarnet, 5th Punjab Cavalry, on the 25th and 27th, completely gutted the Khaisara villages. The column returned to Wana on the 28th.


The regiment suffered 3 x casualties ( 2 x NCO's & 1 x Sowar) all of whom were 'Severely Wounded during the action at Inzar Narai on 24 November 1901

Initially raised in 1849 as the 5th Regiment of Punjab Cavalry, the regiment had a long and distinguished record as a constituent unit of the Punjab Frontier Force. The regiment was restyled as 25th Cavalry (Frontier Force) in 1903, and in 1921 amalgamated with the 22nd Cavalry to become the short-lived 22/25th Cavalry, and the following year styled 12th Cavalry (Frontier Force). In 1927 the regiment was restyled Sam Browne's Cavalry (12th Frontier Force)

Condition: About VF

Code: 20245

150.00 GBP

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Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902. Silver issue with 4 x clasps 'Cape Colony' 'Paardeberg' 'Driefontein' & 'Johannesburg' (3434 Pte. W. Tomlinson. North Staff Regt.)

Important: The medal and all 4 x clasps verified per the campaign medal roll of 2nd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment (ref WO 100/199) compiled and signed 'In-The-Field' at Wakkerstroom, Transvaal, South Africa, on 15 July 1901

Note: The recipient prior served in the Sudan during the 'Dongola Expedition' of 1896, with 1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, for which earlier services he had been awarded a Sudan Medal & Egyptian 'Khedives Sudan' medal, the latter without clasp (ref WO 100/81). For his services during the Great War he was also awarded the British War & Victory Medals (see respective medal rolls of the Rifle Brigade (Ref WO 329/1725)

William Tomlinson, son of William Tomlinson (an Insurance Inspector) & Mary Tomlinson (nee Larey) was a native of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, where he was born circa 1872. The 1881 National Census for England & Wales shows that William was one of five children in the Tomlinson family, including three elder sisters, vis; Annie (born circa 1864) , Matilda (born circa 1867) & Annie (born circa 1870) and younger brother John (born circa 1881). In 1871, the family were residing at, 8 Dale Street, Stoke-on-Trent. William enlisted in the British Army at Newcastle, Northumberland, England, on 12 August 1891, at which time he was 19 years and 1 month of age. Prior to joining the British Army, he had been employed as a 'Collier'. William was posted to his local infantry regiment, the North Staffordshire Regiment, and served with the North Staffs throughout his first period of military service, during which he served in the Dongola Expedition (Sudan) and the South African War

On 11 August 1903, William took his discharge from the British Army at Lichfield after completion of his first period of engagement - 12 Years. After his release from the British Army, William located to Hanley, Staffordshire, where he returned to employment work in the Coal Mining industry in which he worked as a 'Coal Miner / Hewer'. By August 1914, he was living at, 33 Austin Street, Hanley, Staffordshire.

Shortly after the outbreak of the Great War, on 23 September 1914, William Tomlinson volunteered his services and re-enlisted at Stoke-n-Trent for the British Army. He remained in the United Kingdom on 'Home Service' through to March 1918, during which time he served variously with 10th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, and later with training battalions of the Durham Light Infantry. William entered theatre of war 'France' on 27 March 1918, when he disembarked at Boulogne. Two days after disembarkation in France, at the Etaples Depot, William was posted to the Rifle Brigade and posted to 1st 5th Battalion London Regiment, at which time he was given the regimental number 45388. William remained in France with the British Expeditionary Force through to and past the Armistice that was signed on 11 November 1918. In total William served 266 days in France and returned to the United Kingdom on 18 December 1918, his papers with remark 'For release for work in Coal Mine'. Posted to the Army Reserve, William took his final discharge from the British Army on 31 March 1920.

William Tomlinson died of Bronchitis & Bronchial Asthma on 15 December 1939. At the time of his death he was residing at 36 Hampton Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England

The service papers of William Tomlinson are extant and accessible at The National Archives

Condition: About EF

Code: 20244

190.00 GBP

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