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

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Date of Auction: 23rd September 2011

Sold for £14,000

Estimate: £12,000 - £15,000

An exceptional Light Brigade medal to Private Wilson Firth, 11th Hussars, who was severely wounded in the charge at Balaklava and died later at Scutari

Crimea 1854-56, 2 clasps, Alma, Balaklava (Wilson Firth. 11th Hussars) officially impressed naming, with original ribbon in its original named card box of issue together with tatty registered envelope addressed to ‘Henry Flather (Father of the late Wilson Firth 11th Hussars)’, the medal dark toned, nearly extremely fine £12000-15000


Wilson Firth was born at Lancaster and was a clerk prior to enlisting into the 11th Hussars on 26 November 1853. He was severely wounded in the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava on 25 October 1854 (London Gazette 16 December 1854). Wilson Firth was sent to hospital at Scutari where he died of febris on 3 March 1855.

The medal rolls also show entitlement to the clasp for ‘Sebastopol’ which would have been despatched separately at a later date.