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Date of Auction: 24th June 2009

Sold for £460

Estimate: £350 - £400

Six: Major Henry Francis Hallifax, Nagpur Volunteer Rifles

1914-15 Star (Lieut., I.D.F.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt.); Coronation 1911, silver (Major H. F. Hallifax, Nagpur Volunteer Rifles); Indian Volunteer Forces Officers’ Decoration, G.V.R., reverse engraved, ‘Major H. F. Hallifax, Nagpur Voltr. Rfls.’, with top bar; Volunteer Force Long Service (India & the Colonies), G.V.R. (Major, Nagpur Vol. Rifles) engraved naming, mounted court style for wear, good very fine (6) £350-400


Henry Francis Hallifax was born in 1872, the 6th son of Benjamin Hallifax, a Tea-Planter of Darjeeling and Tiverton. He was educated at Blundell’s School and Balliol College, Oxford. He entered the Indian Civil Service in 1893. In the Central Provinces, he became a Settlement Officer in 1896, a District Magistrate in 1900, a Sessions Judge in 1902, and was an Additional Judicial Commissioner, 1913-29, after which he retired.

He served in the Volunteers and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Nagpur Volunteer Rifles on 2 July 1901 and attained the rank of Major in January 1908. In 1911 he was awarded the Volunteer Force Long Service Medal, published in I.A.O. 419 of August 1911 and in 1915 he was awarded the Indian Volunteer Forces Officers’ Decoration, published in the Gazette of India of 20 February 1915. Hallifax served in the Indian Defence Force during the Great War, serving as a Lieutenant/Captain with the 2/8th Gurkha Rifles, 20th Deccan Horse and 2nd Reserve Cavalry. For his services he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals. He died in London on 24 July 1934. With copied research.