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

Date of Auction: 10th November 2021

Sold for £550

Estimate: £700 - £900

Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, undated reverse, 3 clasps, El-Teb_Tamaai, The Nile 1884-85, Abu Klea (2204. Pte. W. Hennessey. 19th. Hussars.); Khedive’s Star 1884, the reverse Regimentally impressed ‘No. 2586 Pte. J. Giles 19th. Hrs.’, pitting and contact marks to first, otherwise good fine; the second Star only lacking suspension bar, otherwise good very fine (2) £700-£900


P. Hennessey attested for the 19th Hussars, and served with them in Egypt and the Sudan. The whole of the 19th Hussars served on the Nile Expedition, of whom 7 officers and 128 other ranks fought at Abu Klea.

Sold with copied medal roll extract which confirms that a 2204 Corporal P. Hennessey received an undated Egypt and Sudan Medal with the three clasps above, viz. El-Teb_Tamaai, The Nile 1884-85, and Abu Klea; and a 1428 Private W. Hennessey received an undated Egypt and Sudan Medal with 2 clasps, El-Teb_Tamaai, and Suakin 1885. The medal appears entirely as issued, and the discrepancies with regard to the naming details are presumably due to an over-worked clerk at the Mint mis-reading the medal roll (the two Hennesseys are listed consecutively).

James Giles was born in Dartington, Staffordshire, in 1863 and attested for the 19th Hussars at Nottingham on 16 November 1882. He served with the 19th Hussars in Egypt and the Sudan from 20 September 1883 to 5 June 1886, and was also entitled to the Egypt and Sudan Medal with clasps El-Teb, The Nile 1884-85, and Abu Klea. He transferred to the Army Reserve on 17 March 1888, and was discharged on 15 November 1894, after 12 years’ service. Sold with copied record of service.