Orders, Decorations and Medals (21 September 2007)

Date of Auction: 21st September 2007

Sold for £2,200

Estimate: £600 - £800

An impressive Great War M.M. group of nine awarded to Squadron Sergeant-Major A. Sharp, Military Mounted Police, late Royal Field Artillery and a veteran of the defence of Ladysmith

Military Medal
, G.V.R. (609 T.S.S. Mjr. A. Sharp, M.M.P.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Elandslaagte, Defence of Ladysmith, Laing’s Nek, Belfast (7514 Cpl. A. Sharp, 21st Bty., R.F.A.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (7514 Corpl. A. Sharp. R.F.A.); 1914-15 Star (609 Sjt. A. Sharpe, M.M.P.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (609 Sjt. A. Sharpe, M.M.P.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (609 Cpl. A. Sharp, M.M.P.); Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (609 Sjt. A. Sharp, M.M.P.); Belgium Croix de Guerre 1914-18, contact marks and edge bruising, particularly to the Boer War awards, otherwise generally nearly very fine and better (9) £600-800

Footnote

M.M. London Gazette 20 August 1919.

M.S.M. London Gazette 18 October 1916.

Mention in despatches London Gazette 31 October 1915.

Arthur Sharp, who was born in Clapham, London in 1875, enlisted in the Royal Artillery in December 1894. Having served in Bombay from October 1896 until September 1899, he was embarked for South Africa, where he was present at the defence of Ladysmith as a member of 21st Battery, R.F.A. Advanced to Corporal in April 1900, he returned to the U.K. in October 1902 and is thought to have been discharged around 1906, at the end of his original period of engagement. As evidenced by the above listed accolades, however, he went on to serve with distinction in the Great War as a member of the Military Mounted Police, and was discharged for a final time in the rank of Squadron Sergeant-Major in October 1919.

Sold with the recipient’s original Account Book (or Pocket Ledger), with contemporary tie-round leather covers, and his Great War Discharge Certificate - which confirm all of his Honours & Awards, including his Belgian Croix de Guerre.