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Medals to the Royal Horse Guards 6 months 2 weeks ago #71267

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Hello Mike,
Oh dear, so the answer to my question would be no, never mind, get searching, plenty of provincial dealers and salerooms to look at, you may have to dig quite deep though, at some point in the future.
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Medals to the Royal Horse Guards 2 months 3 weeks ago #73640

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QSA (5) Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Wittebergen (542 Tpr: J. Smith. R. H. Gds:);
1914 Star (542 Tpr. J. Smith. R. H. Gds:);
BWM and VM (542 Tpr. J. Smith. R. H. Gds.);
Army LS&GC GV (542 Tpr. J. Smith. R. H. Gds.).

James Smith landed in France with the Royal Horse Guards on 15 August 1914 and was discharged with a Silver War Badge.
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Medals to the Royal Horse Guards 2 months 3 weeks ago #73687

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The group to J Smith sold yesterday for a hammer price of £750. Totals (inc VAT on the commission for the UK only): £930. R18,500. Au$1,600. Can$1,600. US$1,200
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Medals to the Royal Horse Guards 1 week 2 days ago #75040

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Order of St John of Jerusalem, Officer’s breast badge, silver and enamel;
QSA (4) Cape Colony, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittebergen (Captain A. J. C. Earl of Arran, R.H.G.);
Coronation 1911;
Turkey, Order of the Medjidie, 4th class breast badge, silver, gold, and enamels,

Provenance: Earl of Arran Collection, Spink, 2003; Dix Noonan Webb, December 2008.

Arthur Jocelyn Charles Gore, son of the 5th Earl of Arran and the Hon. Edith, daughter of Viscount Jocelyn, was born in 1868. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Horse Guards, in 1889, becoming Lieutenant in 1892 and Captain in 1895.

He was known as Viscount Sudley until 1901, when he succeeded to the Earldom upon the death of his father.

He served for a while attached to the Egyptian Cavalry (Order of Medjidie, invalided), and served in South Africa during the Boer War with the Royal Horse Guards (Bt. Major, Queen’s medal 4 clasps). He was subsequently Brigadier Commanding all Officers’ Training Corps in Ireland 1909-12. He was invalided in 1914 and took no active part in the war.

During the Second World War he raised and commanded the St Mawes Home Guard. The Earl of Arran was invested a Knight Companion of the Order of St Patrick on 13 December 1909, the fourth member of his family to be so honoured.

After partition in 1921, the Earl’s house was one of many to be burnt down and he removed with his family to live in England. At the time of his death, on 19 December 1958, he was one of the last two surviving non-royal Knights of St Patrick.
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Medals to the Royal Horse Guards 6 days 8 hours ago #75073

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The Royal Victorian Order, CVO, Commander’s neck badge, silver-gilt and enamels, the reverse officially numbered ‘C724’;
IGS 1895 (1) Punjab Frontier 1897-98 (Captn. G. J. Fitzgerald Ryl. Horse Gds:);
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Transvaal, Wittebergen (Capt. G. J. Fitz-Gerald, R.H. Gds:);
Coronation 1902, silver;
Coronation 1911;
Union of South Africa Medal 1910, unnamed as issued

Provenance: Major Flatow Collection, Spink, November 1998.

CVO LG 6 July 1918: ‘Commanded Royal Horse Guards on the Occasion of Their Majesty’s Silver Wedding.’

MVO., 4th Class LG 28 November 1910: ‘Assistant Military Secretary, South Africa. On the occasion of the visit of Field Marshal His Royal Highness The Duke of Connaught to represent His Majesty at the opening of the first Parliament of the Union of South Africa.’

Gerald James Fitzgerald was born on 26 March 1869, educated at Wellington, and entered the Royal Horse Guards in 1889, being promoted to Lieutenant on 24 September 1890, and to Lieutenant and Adjutant on 9 September 1891. He was promoted to Captain on 6 February 1895, and served on the North West Frontier of India between 1897-98 as Extra Orderly Officer to Major-General Sir Bindon Blood, G.O.C. of the Malakand Field Force. He commanded the Royal Horse Guards Squadron in South Africa in 1900, on the Orange River and in the Transvaal, including the action at Elands River. Promoted to Major on 16 June 1906, he was appointed Assistant Military Secretary to Lord Methuen, G.O.C.-in-Chief, South Africa, from 4 April 1908, a post he held until 1911, thus qualifying for the Union Medal. In addition, he was appointed an MVO. on the occasion of the Duke of Connaught opening the first Parliament of the Union of South Africa in 1910. Soon promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, he commanded not only the Royal Horse Guards, from 1915-19, but also the Household Cavalry Composite Regiment at Home from November 1914 until May 1919 prior to his retirement.

He died on 15 June 1944.

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DSO GV, silver-gilt and enamel, with integral top ribbon bar;
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Belfast (Capt. W. F. Ricardo, R.H. Gds:);
1914 Star (Major W. F. Ricardo. Leic: Yeo.);
BWM and VM with small MID oak leaves (Major W. F. Ricardo);
Coronation 1902, silver, mounted court-style.

Together with an unusual late Victorian ‘Welcome Home’ silver cigarette case, modelled as an envelope, of rounded oblong form addressed on the cover with enamelled facsimile handwriting to ‘Captain W. F. Ricardo, Royal Horse Guards, The Friary, Old Windsor, Berks’, stamped and postmarked ‘London W 1PM NO 28 00’, with a receiving postmark to the reverse ‘Old Windsor 2 PM 29 NO 00’, inscribed inside the cover ‘Welcome Home. Nov. 27. 1900. from “Steph” & Mary.’, by W. F. Wright, London 1900, 100g, slight wear on enamel, the postage stamp with some discernible detail but colour now lost, otherwise in good condition.

DSO LG 4 June 1917.

MID LG 1 January 1916, and 15 May 1917.

Wilfred Francis Ricardo was born in London on 23 March 1868, son of Francis Ricardo. Educated at Eton, he joined the Royal Horse Guards as 2nd Lieutenant on 16 May 1888, being promoted to Lieutenant in September 1889, and Captain in January 1895. He served in South Africa 1899-1900, where he had his horse shot and was taken prisoner at Rensburg on 7 January 1900, and, by family tradition, was held in the same prison from which Churchill had escaped in December of the previous year. Ricardo was released at Pretoria on 6 June 1900, and subsequently took part in operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to November 1900, including actions at Reit Vlei, Belfast (26-27 August) and Lydenburg (5 to 8 September); operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900, including actions at Colesburg (7 January).

Ricardo was promoted to Major in October 1903, and transferred to the Leicestershire Yeomanry on 27 March 1908. He served with the Leicestershire Yeomanry in France and Flanders from 2 November 1914, and was wounded in 1915. He rejoined the Royal Horse Guards on 30 May 1918, and was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel on 6 April 1919.

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