Orders, Decorations and Medals (19 & 20 March 2008)

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Date of Auction: 19th & 20th March 2008

Sold for £180

Estimate: £200 - £250

Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (Sjt. Dr. J. Adair, Scots Gds.) fine £200-250


Sergeant Drummer John Adair, Scots Guards, was admitted as a Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London on 24 January 1903. At the time of his enlistment he was in possession of the Egypt Medal with clasp, Tel-el-Kebir; the Khedive’s Star 1882; the Queen’s South Africa with clasps for Belmont, Modder River and Orange Free State; the King’s South Africa with two clasps; the Army Long Service Medal and Jubilee Medal 1897. During his time as a Warder he was awarded the Coronation Medal 1911, and was awarded the M.S.M. in 1926. As a Yeoman Warder he originally resided in the Cradle Tower but from 27 September 1917 he lived in the Middle Tower. After a Yeoman career spanning 28 years, 4 months, Adair died at Brookwood, Surrey, on 3 June 1931, aged 73 years.

Sold with copied photograph and research.