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

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Date of Auction: 19th & 20th March 2008

Sold for £2,600

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,500

A Boer War ‘Defence of Ladysmith’ D.C.M. group of five awarded to Major J. T. Mitchell, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, a survivor from the Warren Hastings

Distinguished Conduct Medal, E.VII.R. (5518 L. Corpl., 1st K.R.R.C.); India General Service 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Relief of Chitral 1895 (5518 Pte., 1st Bn. K.R. Rifle Corps); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 6 clasps, Cape Colony, Talana, Defence of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Laing’s Nek, Belfast (5518 Cpl., K.R.R.C.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps (5518 Sjt., K.R.R.C.); Army L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (5518 Sjt., K.R.R.C.), mounted as worn, in case, contact marks, nearly very fine and better (5) £2000-2500

Footnote

D.C.M. London Gazette 27 September 1901.

James Thompson Mitchell was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A Sailor by occupation, he enlisted into the K.R.R.C. at Dublin on 29 November 1889, aged 14 years. Posted as a Boy in 1889 and as a Bandsman in 1895, he served in India, November 1890-January 1897, and was present in the relief of Chitral operations. He was a survivor from the troopship Warren Hastings when she ran aground and was wrecked off the Island of Reunion, on 14 January 1897. He then served in South Africa, March 1899-September 1902 and was mentioned in despatches and awarded the D.C.M. for his services during the defence of Ladysmith. He was then discharged, having given notice, on 20 May 1911. Latterly a Cadet-Major with the 1st Cadet Battalion K.R.R., he died in December 1943. Sold with copied service papers and other research.