The Collection of Medals Formed by Bill and Angela Strong (18 May 2011)

Date of Auction: 18th May 2011

Sold for £1,500

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,400

Military General Service 1793-1814, 2 clasps, Vittoria, St. Sebastian (W. Capel, Coldstm. Gds.) rather crude cut and test mark before name, suspension slack and edge bruising, otherwise nearly very fine £1200-1400


Ex Sir Torquil Matheson Collection.

Only 34 clasps for St Sebastian to the Coldstream Guards, claimants being restricted to proven stormers only.

William Capel was born at Rugby, Warwickshire, and attested for the Coldstream Guards at Leicester on 2 April 1812, aged 22 years, a frame work knitter by trade. He served twenty-one years 11 months and was discharged on 31 January 1831, his service papers noting that he ‘served in Portugal, Spain and France nearly two years, was present at the storming of San Sebastian, where he was severely wounded in the left arm, and also at the sortie from Bayonne, where he was taken prisoner, joined the army at Paris after the battle of Waterloo and remained in France about ten months.’ He died in March 1868, aged 79. Sold with copied discharge papers and other research.