Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (10 November 2021)

Date of Auction: 10th November 2021

Sold for £300

Estimate: £240 - £280

Four: Acting Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant W. K. Thomson, 13th Hussars, who died in Mesopotamia on 25 July 1916

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, unofficial rivets/solder between state and date clasps (4703 Pte. W. K. Thompson [sic]. 13th Hussars); 1914-15 Star 4703 Sjt. W. K. Thomson. 13/Hrs.); British War and Victory Medals (4703 A. Sq. Q.M. Sjt. W. K. Thomson. 13-Hrs.); Memorial Plaque (William Kerr Thomson); together with two 13th Hussars silver sporting medals, both unnamed; and a 13th Hussars Prize Medal, silver, engraved ‘The Best Man at Arms S.Q.M.S. Thomson 1911’, edge bruising to QSA, this nearly very fine, the rest better (8) £240-£280


William Kerr Thompson, a native of Belfast, attested for the 13th Hussars, and served with them in South Africa during the Boer War. Advanced Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant, he saw further service with them during the Great War on the Western Front from 15 December 1914, and subsequently in Mesopotamia, and died of heat stroke on 25 July 1916. He is buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.

Sold with original Cavalry Record Officer notification of death; and copied medal roll extracts and other research.

Note: The recipient’s Medal Index Card states that the 1914-15 Star was originally issued with the surname spelt ‘Thompson’, and was re-issued with the correct spelling in February 1921.