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Medals to the King's Royal Rifle Corps 6 years 1 month ago #44083

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Medals to the King's Royal Rifle Corps 4 years 8 months ago #53534

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A group of six awarded to Regimental Sergeant-Major H. W. ‘Apples’ Applin, King’s Royal Rifle Corps

RVM GV
SAGS (0) (460 Pte. H. Applin, 3/60th Foot);
Egypt (3) Tel-el-Kebir, Suakin 1884, El-Teb-Tamaai (460 Pte. H. Applin, 3/K.R. Rif. C.);
LS&GC VR 3rd issue (460 Col. Sgt. H. W. Applin, K.R. Rif.);
MSM GV (C. Sjt. H. W. Applin, K.R.R.C.);
Khedive’s Star 1882, the reverse depot impressed ‘460 3 K.R.R.’ and privately engraved, ‘H. W. A.’,
together with a ‘V.R.C.’ cap badge

Henry Warren Applin was born in India on 7 October 1861, the son of a soldier serving in the 25th Foot. Young Henry entered the Duke of York’s School, Chelsea, in November 1873, from whence he joined the 60th Royal Rifles at Winchester as a boy recruit in October 1875.
Posted to the 3rd Battalion, he was appointed a Rifleman on attaining the age of 17 and was embarked for South Africa in February 1879. Owing to his age, he was employed at the regiment’s depot in Natal and, in October 1879, he was appointed a Bandsman. He subsequently received the Medal without clasp, one of 38 such awards to the 3/60th Rifles.
Applin was next actively employed in the First Anglo-Boer War 1880-81 and was present in the actions at Ingogo River, Laing’s Nek and Majuba Hill; he was among those sent atop the hill to bury the dead.

Having been embarked for Malta in early 1882, Applin and his fellow riflemen were soon ordered to Egypt where, in July, the Battalion moved up to Ramleh from Alexandria. He and his comrades were subsequently present at Tel-el-Kebir on 13 September 1882 (Medal & clasp; Khedive’s Star). Applin, who was appointed Band Lance-Corporal in February 1884, next saw action in the Suakin operations, when he was present in the actions at El-Teb and Tamaai and added 2 clasps to his Medal.

During a subsequent tour of duty in Gibraltar, he was promoted to Band Corporal in August 1885, Sergeant Bugler in January 1888 and Colour-Sergeant in June 1891 and, having returned home, was awarded his L.S. & G.C. Medal in April 1894.

In October 1896, he transferred to the Oxfordshire Light Infantry as an instructor and thus began a remarkable association - extending some 33 years - with Eton College. First as Sergeant Instructor in the 4th (Eton College) Volunteer Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry 1896-1902, secondly as Colour-Sergeant Instructor in the 2nd (Buckinghamshire) Eton College Rifle Volunteers 1902-08 and finally as R.S.M. in the Eton College Officers’ Training Corps 1908-1929.

Of this chapter in his life, his obituary notice in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps Chronicle of 1943 stated:
‘It was during these happy years ‘that ‘Apples’, as he was called, made such a host of friends. The boys adored him. Among many thousands who he trained at Eton were the Duke of Gloucestershire, Prince Arthur of Connaught, King Leopold of Belgium and the King of Siam ... His long row of medals was a rarity in those days, but ‘Apples’ will be chiefly remembered for his unfailing good humour and his red and cheerful face which always made him look so much younger than he was.’

He was awarded the RVM in silver, which distinction he received from the King at Windsor Castle on 3 May 1918, and the MSM in AO 142 of 1935.



Applin died at Littlehampton, Sussex, in June 1943; sold with an extensive file of copied research.
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Medals to the King's Royal Rifle Corps 1 year 4 months ago #71571

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QSA (4) Defence of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek (768 Pte. S. Sutcliffe, K.R.R.C.);
KSA (2) (768 Pte. S. Sutcliffe, K.R.R.C.);
AGS 1902 (2) Somaliland 1902-04, Jidballi (768 Pte. S. Sutcliffe, K.R.R.C.);
BWM and VM (S. Sutcliffe. Asst. Ck. M.F.A.);
Imperial Service Medal, GVI 1st issue (Sam Sutcliffe) last in case of issue;

Together with two National Rifle Association Rifle Clubs bronze medals, both unnamed.

Sam Sutcliffe was bon in Stainland, near Halifax, Yorkshire, in July 1878. He attested for the King’s Royal Rifle Corps on 12 February 1898, and was posted to the 4th Battalion. Transferring to the 2nd Battalion in October 1899, he served with them in South Africa during the Boer War, and saw further service in Somaliland 1902-04, including the action at Jidballi, 10 January 1904. Transferring to the Reserve in 1906, he re-engaged for a further four years in 1910, and was finally discharged on 11 February 1914, after 16 years’ service.

Following the outbreak of the Great War Sutcliffe served with the Mercantile Fleet Auxiliary as an Assistant Cook in the hired yacht HMS Eileen, as part of the Royal Navy Yacht Patrol, from 16 June 1916 until the cessation of hostilities. In civilian life he was a postman in Winchester, and was awarded the Imperial Service Medal upon his retirement. He died in 1955.

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Medals to the King's Royal Rifle Corps 1 month 2 weeks ago #80049

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RVM VR;
QSA (6) Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Laing's Nek, Belfast (8425 Pte. G. Wise, 4th K.R.R.C.), clasp back-straps adapted for mounting

RVM presented by Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle on 30 November 1900 (The Geneological Magazine Vol. IV, p417, refers).

Wise and Prince Christian-Victor the only members of the 4th Battalion to be in receipt of the Queen's Medal & these 6 clasps.

George Wise was born on Warfield, Windsor on 24 December 1871 and served as Personal Soldier-Servant to Prince Christian-Victor from 1892. The Prince was the son of Princess Helena, third daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and was the favourite grandchild of Queen Victoria. He holds the honour of being the only member of the Royal Family to have played First Class Cricket. Entering the King's Royal Rifles Corps in 1888, he served with the 4th Battalion in South Africa, with Wise in close order. The pair went out on the Braemar Castle on 6 October 1899. His master tragically died of enteric fever at Pretoria on 29 October 1900, aged just 33. When the Medal roll was drawn up in July 1901, Wise was entered on a supplementary roll noting:

'This private soldier servant to Prince Christian-Victor was brought out in 1900 and is now at Cumberland Lodge Windsor.'

Wise was clearly well-respected by the Schleswig-Holstein's, for he was taken into the household of Princess Marie Louise. She latterly penned a letter of recommendation for him:

'George Wise was personal servant to the late Prince Christian Victor for 8 years...his devotion to my brother was decorated personally by HM the late Queen Victoria...After my brothers death, he became my Steward and Sec: in charge of all my household a/cs and my entire household. He was with me from 1900 to 1916...I can not recommend him too highly, & is absolutely fitted for any position of trust.'

Wise served during the Great War with the Army Service Corps Expeditionary Force Canteens in Spring 1917, being Sergeant-Major of an Officers' Club at Dieppe. He served just 77 days before being discharged with a Pair.

Wise died at Hadley Gardens, Chiswick on 27 February 1963. His diary was used in part for the book Christian Victor - The Story of a Young Soldier.

Sold for a hammer price of £1,500. Totals (inc VAT on the commission for the UK only): £1,860. R36,800. Au$3,290. Can$3,020. US$2,430
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Medals to the King's Royal Rifle Corps 2 days 10 hours ago #80766

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QSA (5) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (2960 Pte. S. Simpson. 4th K.R.R.C.);
AGS 1902 (2) Somaliland 1902-04, Jidballi (2960 Pte. S. Simpson. 4th K.R.R.) suspension re-affixed on the last with small test cuts either side of claw
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Medals to the King's Royal Rifle Corps 2 days 7 hours ago #80777

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David - thank you very much for posting these medals.

Samuel Simpson was a SMETHWICKIAN!!! Born in Smethwick (2nd November 1878) and raised in Smethwick (living at 66 Cross Street, Smethwick when he attested in Birmingham on 21st April 1900). Married Agnes Wright c1909. 1911 living at 71 Suffrage Street, Smethwick with mother-in-law. Emigrated to Canada c1912. Enlisted in Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force May 1915. Became Lance-Corporal. Canadian 1921 Census living in York, Ontario. Died 27th October 1943 in York, Ontario,

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