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

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Date of Auction: 23rd September 2011

Sold for £5,500

Estimate: £4,000 - £5,000

A fine O.B.I., M.B.E. and Great War ‘East Africa’ I.D.S.M. group of ten awarded to Subadar-Major Payanda Khan Bahadur, 22nd (Derajat) Mountain Battery (Frontier Force), later Hong Kong & Singapore Mountain Battery and 10th (Abbottabad) Mountain Battery, Royal Artillery

Order of British India, 1st Class, 2nd type neck badge, gold and enamel, light test marks to reverse; The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) Member’s 1st type breast badge, the reverse hallmarked London 1934; Indian Distinguished Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (1000 Lce. Nk. Payanda Khan, 22/Derajat Mtn. Batty. (F.F.)) complete with top suspension brooch; British War and Victory Medals (1000 Nk. Payanda Khan, 22 M. Bty. F.F.); India General Service 1908-35, 3 clasps, Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919, North West Frontier 1930-31, Mohmand 1933 (1000 Gnr. Nk. Payanda Khan, 22/Mtn. Batty.); Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937, these last seven mounted as worn, together with War Medal and India Service Medal 1939-45, both unnamed as issued, earlier medals with contact marks and polished, otherwise nearly very fine or better (10) £4000-5000

Footnote

O.B.I. 1st Class 1 January 1943.

M.B.E. (Military) London Gazette 1 February 1937: Subadar Payanda Khan, I.D.S.M., 10th (Abbottabad) Mountain Battery, Royal Artillery.

I.D.S.M. awarded for operations in East Africa 1916-18.

Payanda Khan enlisted on 14 January 1913. He served in East Africa 1916-18, Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919, North West Frontier of India 1930-31, and North West Frontier of India (Mohmand) 1933. After service with the Hong Kong and Singapore Mountain Battery, Payanda Khan was commissioned into the 10th (Abbottabad) Mountain Battery. He was promoted to Jemadar on 1 January 1929, to Subadar on 1 September 1933, and ended his career as Subadar-Major. Sold with original portrait photograph.