QSA to 27477. TROOPER E. E. WALTON: COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S BODYGUARD.
Very dark toned, original ribbon and buckle.
BIRMINGHAM WELCOME HOME MEDAL.
Gilding still intact and not rubbed away at all. Original ribbon and fastening pin.
Came as a pair after being in the collection of a deceased medal collector for many years.
Edward Walton (no double E) on the medal roll for the Bodyguard. Have found a man of the name and right date of birth from Tardebigge, on the border of Warwickshire and Worcestershire right on the outskirts of Birmingham. This gent was born 'on the water' as the son of a Waterman on the canal barges which would have plied their trade on the canals of Birmingham and further afield.
Tardebigge is famous for it's series of staircase locks to move barges up a steep hill.
I have more research to do yet, but maybe the free-spirited nature of his upbringing would fit well with travels to South Africa?
Ah, yes. The Birmingham Tribute Medal - a can of worms I have been putting off opening!
I have spent hours trying to find a reference to this medal in the newspapers, but so far have found nothing.
All very odd, since it is a medal that appears frequently.
Have you found anything out about it and its presentation? The boxes suggest that they were sent to recipients by post.