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China Medal 1842 DAVID BLAIR HMS ENDYMION
Medal with original suspension and in NEF condition
IGS one bar Punjab Frontier 1897=98 2299 SERGT PIPER A FERGUSON 2 A & S HIGHRS
Archibald Ferguson was born at Pipe Cottage, Kingarth on the Isle of Bute on the 14th May 1871. He was from a large family of seven brothers and sisters. He joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in the 1880’s, he served as a Piper with the 2nd Battalion in India where he took part on operations in the North West Frontier with the Tochi field force in 1897-98. He was appointed Sergeant Piper ( Pipe Major ) of the Battalion from 1893-1903. He was also a qualified marksman. He re-engaged to complete 21 years with the colours in 1896. While on leave in 1898 he helped to train the “ Kilberry Pipers.” Transferred to the 4th ( Militia ) Battalion and embarked to England,on the 28th February 1903 on H.T. Syria.
While in India he had trained the Pipers of the 27th Punjabi Infantry ,the 24th Baluchistan and the the native Pipers of the Raja of Kapurthala Imperial Service Infantry. He was a competitive Piper and Dancer placing 1st in Pibroch at the Regimental games in 1901 and 1902.
He composed the pipe tune “ Lieut C MacLean ,yr of Pennycross’ Welcome to the 93rd “
In 1903 He was posted to the depot of the 4th Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Paisley.
At sometime in March 1907 he was reported missing . Sadly Pipe Major Fergusons body was found in the Fife and Forth Canal in 1907 Wednesday 27th of March 1907.
His funeral was at Maryhill Barracks and a large number of permanent staff from the 4th Battalion was present along with a contingent from the depot at Stirling. He was later taken by boat to the Isle of Bute where he was buried with full military honours at his home In Kingarth ChurchyarD
Medal confirmed as his only entitlement
Mounted on the original ribbon as worn and generally in toned VF condition
QSA 3 bars Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg .Driefontein 2344 PTE W SPECK GLOUC REGT
Walter Speck an 18 year old labourer from Gloucester joined the Gloucester Regiment at Bristol in 1888, he having previously served in the 1st Gloucester Royal Engineer Volunteers, He served in South Africa from January 1900 and was taken POW at Dewetsdorp on the 25th of November 1900 He left South Africa in June 1901 and was discharged from the army in August 1901 after 12 years service
In November 3 companies of the battalion were part of a garrison at Dewetsdorp, which came under siege on the 17th. The garrison were short of water, which had to be carried in each night by volunteers. "November 23 was the hottest day of the siege. The men's tongues began to swell from thirst, and their situation was pitiable, as the enemy's fire was coming from every direction. Major Massey decided that it was impossible to continue the struggle and at half-past 5 the white flag was hoisted. De Wet congratulated Major Massey on the plucky defence made by the garrison and Steyn said that the losses of Boers in killed were greater than those of the British in wounded. The Boers had lost their best men at Dewetsdorp and would never again attempt to take a fortified post." (The Times). In his history of the war Conan Doyle wrote: "The thirst in the sultry trenches was terrible, but the garrison still, with black lips and parched tongues, held on to their lines." Baker is confirmed among the prisoners. The prisoners, except officers, were released 5th December.
Also entitled to the SA1901 Bar
Medal dark toned with one slight edge bump otherwise in VF condition
IGS one bar Sikkim 1888 331 CORPORAL W MCHUGH 2ND BN DERBY R
William McHugh a 19 year old labourer from Chesterfield enlisted into the Derby Regiment at Derby in August 1882, he was discharged in 1894 after 12 years service
Full service papers available on line
This is his only medal entitlement
Medal is generally in NEF condition
QSA four bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State, SA01, SA02 802 ORDLY J T BROWN ST JOHN AMB BDE
J T Brown served with the 21 General Hospital St John's Ambulance Brigade . He also had previously
served with Cape Colony Cyclist Corps,Private,35340 and with CCF Company Cape Medical Staff Corps,Private,124
Bars in 2 blocks of 2 and loose on ribbon as issued
Medal with original ribbon and in toned NEF condition
Kimberley Star with "a" hallmark , unnamed as issued
Medal on original ribbon with integral top brooch bar
QSA one bar Defence of Ladysmith 282241 STO W G WATERS HMS POWERFUL
William George Waters a 19 year old Carter from Edinburgh enlisted into the Royal Navy in 1985. he served at the Defence of Ladysmith with the Naval Brigade ( medal confirmed on roll ) he died on the 13th of march 1915 at Hasler Naval hospital of brain disease
Medal correctly engraved navy style , with 2 small edge bumps , generally in VF condition
Anglo Boer War Medal BURGER M P GERTENBACH
Marcus Petrus Gertenbach served under Kommandant J Jordaan in the Winburg Commando. He fought at Belmont, Rooilaagte, Modder River, and Magersfontein. He was taken prisoner after the Battle of Paardeberg and sent as a POW to Green Point Camp in Cape Town and then to Simonstown
Medal is generally in VF condition
Queen's Mediterranean Medal 4493 PTE H MURPHY RL W KENT REGT
Medal generally in GVF condition
New Zealand Medal ( undated ) 1291 G&D WM EDWARDS RYL ARTY
Medal is in GVF condition
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