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Medals to the Royal Irish Rifles 7 months 2 weeks ago #76745

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CMG breast badge converted for neck wear, silver-gilt and enamels, minor chips to both centres;
QSA (2) Cape Colony, Orange Free State (Lt: Col: E. Allen, R. Ir. Rif:);
KSA (2) (Lt. Col. E. Allen, Rl. Irish Rif.);
1914-15 Star (Lt: Col: E. Allen. R. Ir: Rif:);
BWM and VM with MID oak leaves (Lt. Col. E. Allen.)

CMG LG 14 January 1916. MID LG 1 January 1916.

Edward Allen was born on 6 September 1859, at Stone Hall, Glandore, county Cork, second son of Christopher Allen, JP He was educated at Eastman’s Naval Academy, Southsea, Hampshire, with a view to entering the Navy, and afterwards at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He joined the 86th Regiment, afterwards the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, in August 1879.

He saw active service throughout the Boer war, 1899-1902; present at the battle of Stormberg, relief of Wepener, and took part in operations in the Orange River Colony, and Cape Colony. He was twice mentioned in despatches and made Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel (Queen’s medal and (2) King’s medal and 2 clasps). Lieutenant-Colonel Allen retired in September 1902.

Recalled in 1914, Lieutenant-Colonel Allen served with the Royal Irish Rifles in France from 26 February 1915.

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Medals to the Royal Irish Rifles 2 months 1 week ago #79832

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QSA (4) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (3059 Pte W. Nolan. Rl:Irish Rif:) post and suspension severely buckled, edge bruising, good fine

William Nolan was born at Lisburn, Antrim, Ireland in 1878. Attesting with the Militia on 30 October 1899 he was embodied on 10 May 1900 with the Royal Irish Rifles for service in South Africa, disembarking on 5 April 1901. Returning to Britain on 23 July 1902 he was disembodied again 24 July.

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