The very first post in this thread contained a picture of Lt Well, JMR. That was 10 years ago.
The group is coming up at auction next month.
Picture courtesy of Noonan's
Coronation 1902, silver, unnamed as issued;
QSA (4) Cape Colony, Wepener, Wittebergen, Belfast (Lieutenant C. Wells. Johannesburg M.R.);
KSA (2) (Lieut. C. Wells. J’burg M.R.);
AGS 1902 (1) N. Nigeria 1903 (Lieut. C. L. Wells. 2nd N.N. Regt.)
DNW April 2001 £2,000
DNW December 2012 £4,400
Charles Lionell Wells was present at Wepener as a Trooper in the Cape Mounted Rifles and was subsequently appointed to a commission in the Johannesburg Mounted Rifles. He was dangerously wounded near Driefontein on 1 May 1901 and was Mentioned in Despatches ‘For dash and judgement in attack on position at Waterval on 10 September, 1901’ (London Gazette 3 December 1901).
Wells received a commission in the Regular Army as Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, on 28 August 1902, becoming Lieutenant on 6 April 1903. He was attached to the North Nigeria Regiment and took part in the Kano-Sokoto campaign, January-July 1903, and was Mentioned in Despatches for his part in the action at Kotorokoshi which resulted in the award of the Victoria Cross to Lieutenant Wallace Wright, The Queen’s Regiment. The London Gazette of 31 July 1903 states: ‘Lieutenant W. D. Wright, with Lieutenant C. L. Wells and 45 men of the Mounted Infantry left on the 24th, reaching Korokoshi on the 25th. He there came into contact with and was charged by the advance party of the enemy coming down the road from Kaura but routed them with the loss of 40 killed and numerous prisoners. Continuing his advance towards Rawia he was riding up to a Chief who apparently wished to surrender, when he was suddenly charged from an ambuscade by about 30 horsemen, who broke through his men but were repulsed with a loss of 5 killed. Lieut. Wright was informed by his scouts at 8 a.m. that the enemy were advancing in force. He immediately formed square round his horses held by his carriers and prisoners. The enemy in great numbers charged the square repeatedly for two hours. At 10 a.m. the enemy drew off leaving 65 horsemen dead within 30 yards of the square, 11 of them being recognised as principal chiefs of Kano... Lieutenant Wright makes special mention of the assistance he received from Lieutenant C. L. Wells, 3rd Hampshire Regiment, who between enemy charges, was employed in cutting down thorn bushes to form a zariba outside the square.’