Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (7 & 8 July 2010)

Date of Auction: 7th & 8th July 2010

Sold for £1,700

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,200

Candahar Ghuznee Cabul 1842 (Lieut. Hy. Fletcher Marston, 41st Regt.) fitted with replacement silver bar suspension, light contact marks, otherwise very fine £1000-1200


Henry Fletcher Marston was appointed Ensign in the 41st Regiment on 8 March 1839, becoming Lieutenant in August 1841. He exchanged into the 11th Regiment in June 1844, and transferred into the 51st regiment in July 1845, becoming a Captain in that regiment in June 1852. He exchanged into the 97th Regiment in September 1856 and, finally, into the 9th Regiment in October 1857, where he remained until retiring on 25 September 1860.

Captain Marston served with the 41st Regiment in the campaign of 1842 in Afghanistan and was present in the engagements with the enemy on the 28th April in the Pisheen Valley; in that of 29th May near Candahar, 30th August at Goaine, 5th September before Ghuznee, occupation and destruction of that fortress and of Cabool, expedition into Kohistan, storm, capture and destruction of Istaliff, and in the various minor affairs in and between the Bolan and Khyber Passes (Medal). He served with the 51st throughout the Burmese War of 1852-53; was on board the E.I.C. steam frigate Ferooz during the naval action and destruction of the enemy’s stockades on the Rangoon River; and served during the three succeeding days’ operations in the vicinity, and at the storm and capture of Rangoon (Medal and Clasp). Captain Marston died at Sheffield on 13 April 1869.