Orders, Decorations and Medals (21 September 2007)

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Date of Auction: 21st September 2007

Sold for £1,000

Estimate: £460 - £500

Four: Serjeant T. Nowell, Royal Marines, wounded at El-Teb

Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, undated reverse, 1 clasp, El-Teb (Pte., R.M.); 1914 Star (Ply. 2508 Col. Sergt., R.M., Nelson Bttn. R.N.D.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., V.R., narrow suspension (Sergt., No. 2508 Plymo. R.M.L.I.), impressed naming; Khedive’s Star, 1884, unnamed, first and last two mounted for wear, 1914 Star extremely fine, others with edge bruising and pitting, fine and better (4) £460-500


Thomas Nowell was born in Beverley, East Yorkshire on 20 October 1862. A Sawyer by trade, he entered the Royal Marines on 20 June 1882. He served on the Euryalus, 31 January-1 March 1884, during which time he was present at the battle of El-Teb, 29 February 1884, where he sustained a flesh wound. He attained the rank of Colour Sergeant in March 1898 and was discharged due to length of service in August 1903. He enrolled into the R.F.R. in August 1904. Recalled for service in the Great War, he served in the Nelson Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Nowell was invalided in May 1915. Sold with copied service paper.