Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (23 September 2011)

Date of Auction: 23rd September 2011

Sold for £5,000

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,500

The Peninsula War medal awarded to Thomas Doore, 43rd Foot, one of the small detachment present at the siege of St Sebastian where he was severely wounded in the left leg

Military General Service 1793-1814, 6 clasps, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, St. Sebastian (T. Doore, 43rd Foot) nearly extremely fine £2000-2500


Ex Elson Collection 1963.

Only 2 officers and 19 men of the 43rd received the clasp for St Sebastian, where they served in a detachment of volunteers.

Thomas Doore applied late for a pension and was examined at Chelsea Hospital on Tuesday 23 January 1855, then aged 76. He was born at Plymouth, Devon, in about 1779, and had been a brick-maker by trade. He was discharged in the year 1815, after 7 years 3 months service, and had been severely wounded in the left leg at St Sebastian. He received a pension of sixpence per day. Sold with research including copied entry from ‘Examination of Invalid Soldiers’ carried out on 23 January 1855.