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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue (1911 No 2384 Hav Rabel Singh 57 R FF)

Important: Recipient was later Subadar-Major 'Wounded-in-Action' and decorated with M.B.E. & MID

The recipient was serving as a Havildar (Sergeant) with the 57th Wildes Rifles (Frontier Force) an infantry regiment of the Indian Army

Note: The medal is regimentally impressed in heavy gauge font, typical for medals awarded to members of 57th Wilde's Rifles (Frontier Force). As Rabel Singh's name is not included in the published Delhi Durbar medal roll of the 57th Rifles, the medal was presumably allocated to him while serving 'extra employed' at the Durbar ceremony

Important: The recipient ended his military career circa 1925 (last appears in IA List of October 1924) as 'Subadar-Major', of 4th Battalion 13th Frontier Force Rifles. He was twice 'Wounded-in-Action'. He was first wounded during the First Battle of Ypres (Belgium) where in 3 days fighting between, 29 October to 1 November 1914, the 57th Wilde's Rifles suffered losses (killed, missing & wounded) of 286 x 'All-ranks' (British & Indian). He was wounded a second time, circa 1921 during the Waziristan operations on the North West Frontier of India. Rabel was also decorated on for distinguished services, with Mention in Despatches for East Africa 1918 & the award of an M.B.E. in 1925, this latterly was specifically for services during the Waziristan Operations

The recipients 'War Services' entry in the Supplement to the Indian Army List, January 1924, are given below;


- N.-W.F. of India, 1908 - Operations in Zakka Khel and Mohmand Country

- The War of 1914-21 - (Operations in France & Belgium, 26 Sept. 1914 to 27 Feb. 1915. Operations in East Africa, 29 Sept. 1916 to 28 Sept. 1917. Despatches, Ind Gaz., 3 June 1918, and Lond Gaz., 6 March 1918. Wounded.

- Afghanistan, N.W.F., 1919

- Waziristan, 1919-21. Wounded


Rabel Singh first enrolled in the Indian Army on 15 August 1902. He received his first appointment as a Vicreoy's Commissioned Officer, when he was commissioned as Jemadar on 15 August 1914; appointed Subadar on 5 December 1915 and created Subadar-Major on 17 September 1920

The award of the Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) was published in the London Gazette issue of 13 March 1925. The award preamble is shown below;


The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for valuable services rendered in the field in connection with military operations in Waziristan, 21st April, 1923 to 31st March, 1924.....


Note: The recipients family name is variously recorded inter-alia as Singh & Sing in the respective Indian Army Lists, War Diary, London Gazettes & Regimental Histories circa 1914-1925

Condition: Small silver 'Bazaar Wallah' test mark on reverse rim o/w VF

Code: 20215

125.00 GBP

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Colonial Prison Service Long Service Medal. EIIR first issue (19 Ch. Warder Mohd. Lancy Bin Kaman. Fed. Malaya)

The medal with official corrections to naming, and typical for this particular medal issue

Note: The recipients 'service number' is 19 - indicating an original muster on the rolls of the Federated Malaya Prison Service

The recipient was of Malay ethnicity and was holding the rank of 'Chief Warder' in the Federation of Malaya Prisons Service

The medal was awarded for 18 years continuous or aggregated full-time and continuous service

Interestingly all members of the Federation of Malaya Prison Service who qualified for the medal, had served prior to - and presumably through - the war years (subject to screening by the retunring British colonial authority post liberation in September 1945). Unlike the experience of the Federation of Malaya Police, and Straits Settlements Police, the personnel of the Prisons Service in Malaya did not qualify for any of the Second World War campaign medals, or the post-war General Service Medal with clasp 'Malaya', unless they had qualified for such medal while performing other uniformed service

An especially rare colonial issue for Malaya (now Malaysia), as the Regualtions for the award of Colonial Prison Service Medal was published in the Federation of Malaya Government Gazette of 30 May 1957, however only l3 x months later the Federation of Malay became a fully independent country, from the 31 August 1957. Except for retrospective / late claims, The Malaysian Prison Service no longer qualified for the award of the Colonial Prison Services Medal after 31 August 1957


Condition: GVF

Code: 20451


Nigeria: Independence Medal 1960

Sold together with a companion contemporary miniature medal

Note: Unrestricted permission to wear this commonwelath indepdence medla in British military uniform was granted per authority of Army Council Instruction 69 of 1964

The award criteria for British Army personnel was serving in a seconded capacity with the Nigerian Forces on 1 October 1960

Ribbons soiled

Condition: GVF

Code: 19158

25.00 GBP

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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue. 'Female' issue mounted on original silk bow riband, as worn by female recipients

Un-named as issued

The original silk riband 'sans' mounting pin

Condition: GVF

Code: 18933

195.00 GBP

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British Empire: Overseas Nursing Association. Cape Badge. Silver. With dated integral brooch bar '1911'

Quote (Exeter and Plymouth Gazette issue of 14 August 1929 );

'The Overseas Nursing Association is advertising for girls "who can rough it and dispense with the paint and powder."


Width: Approx 33mm

Height: Approx 43mm (58mm incl integral brooch bar)

Weight: Approx 28g

Obverse: In centre a representation of a seated Britania with 'Union' shield and a 'Trident', surrounded by legend 'Overseas Nursing Association 1896'

The insignia retaining the original long hinged pin and clasp fittings on reverse of bar

Important: The number in raised relief charcters on the bar refers to the unique enrolled number of the respective nurse, who was engaged by the Overseas Nursing Association. Provision was further extended for long service clasps for periods of 10 years to be issued for wear with the insignia, at which time the ring suspension was customised and a blue riband worn on which the further service clasps were fitted

The origins of the association lie with A Colonial Nursing Association was formed by Lady Mabel Piggott, wife of the procureur and advocate-general of Mauritius (an Indian Ocean Colony), who made a proposal to the Colonial Office that an association should be formed in England to help British communities in the Empire and protectoriates provide themselves with trained nurses. At that time, in many, if not most, of the isoloated colonies, skilled nursing was either unknown, or virtually unobtainable, with British, settlers, officialvials and their families suffering severely as a consequence. British colonial doctors were similarly handicapped in their work, by the absence of trained nurses. Joseph Chamberlain, Secretary of State for the Colonies, took a personal interest in the proposal, and the following year the Colonial Nursing Association (renamed in 1919 the Overseas Nursing Association) came into being, and the first British nurse to be selected by the association sailed for Mauritius early in 1896

The association, a voluntary body, was head-quartered in London to select nurses as required and initially to meet all costs. A fund-raising committee was then formed to provide for salaries, uniforms and travel expenses. Subsequently the colonies were to take over these costs. Initially conceived as a source of nursing supply to British settlers, the provision and supply of British nurses was extended to indigenous populations in conjunction with their respective Medical Services, for example as recent as 1959, the association was providing nurses to Assam, India. By 1910 some 521 nurses had been sent overseas and in 1918 nurses also began going to the Dominions. By 1929 some 2,532 nurses had been recruited

The Bodleian Library, Oxford, England, holds the official records (including service records of the British nurses recruited) of the Overseas Nursing Association

The listing of overseas colonies and territories that the Overseas Nursing Association provided trained nurses too was extensive, and is a veritable roll-call of the Brtish Empire, and later British Commonwealth of Nations

Condition: Toned EF

Code: 18912

45.00 GBP

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