Archived Lot

Date of Auction: 20th August 2020

Sold for £1,400

Estimate: £240 - £280

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill (1073 Pte. J. March, C.I.V.); together with an Ilford tribute shield medal, gold (9ct, 6.91g., hallmarks for Birmingham 1900), the obverse engraved ‘Presented to J. March by the residents of Ilford, Jany. 1901’, the reverse engraved ‘For Services in connection with South African War 1900-1’, edge bruising to QSA, generally good very fine (2) £240-£280


James March was born around 1879. An engineer, he enlisted into the 1st Volunteer Battalion, Essex Regiment on 21 July 1898 and served with their City Imperial Volunteers detachment in South Africa during the Boer War in the Infantry Battalion. In January 1901, after his return from South Africa, he was presented with a gold tribute medal from the residents of Ilford, Essex.

Note: Tribute medal unrecorded by Hibbard.