A 'Malta Garrison Death' Egypt & Sudan Campaign medal pair: Private W. Loads, 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders
The pair comprises:
a). Egypt & Sudan Medal 1882-1886. Reverse undated. With clasp 'The Nile 1884-85' (1423. Pte. W. Loads, 1/Gord: Highrs:)
b). Egypt: Khedives Egypt Star. Obverse dated 1884-86
Died in Malta 1887: Private W. Loads, is confirmed having died in Malta sometime during 1887 shown on the roll with remark 'Dead' under column 'Cause of becoming non-effective' (reference WO 100/66 the respective campaign medal roll for the Khedives Egypt Bronze Star 1884-85 (sic), which supplementary pages are headed:
1st Bn Gordon Highlanders:
Return of officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the above entitled to the Egypt Bronze Star 1884-5, who have become non-effective since the rendering of the medal roll for the Nile 1884-85.
Malta, 20th July 1887
After their service in Egypt and Sudan 1884-85, the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders served in Malta, between 12 September 1885 through to 14 November 1888, on which latter date the battalion embarked for Ceylon Colony
Medals & clasp verification: The recipient is verified as entitled to both medals and the clasp, per the respective campaign medal roll for the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders reference WO 100/66. The medal roll originally compiled at Malta, and sent to the War Office on 4 December 1885, on which date the recipient is recorded alive and serving with 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders (in Malta). The supplementary pages in the same roll, pertaining to 'Non-Effectives' entitled to the 'Egypt Bronze Star 1884-5', signed later at Malta on 20 July 1887, record Private W. Loads, as 'Dead'
A search of enlistments into the Gordon Highlanders, shows that Private W. Loads, enlisted in the British Army someday in April 1884 (No 1420 had enlisted on 14 April 1884, and No 1424 had enlisted on 22 April 1884)
Sold together with some hard-copied photocopied extract pages from the respective campaign medal rolls of the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders