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

Date of Auction: 18th May 2011

Sold for £4,700

Estimate: £3,500 - £4,000

The Peninsula War medal awarded to Lieutenant-General F. M. Milman, Coldstream Guards, severely wounded at Talavera and a prisoner in France until 1814

Military General Service 1793-1814, 4 clasps, Roleia, Vimiera, Corunna, Talavera (F. M. Milman, Capt. Coldst. Gds. & A.D.C.) nearly extremely fine and the first three clasps unique to the regiment £3500-4000


Ex Leyland Robinson Collection.

Francis Miles Milman was born on 22 August 1783, second son of Sir Francis Milman, 1st Baronet, of Levaton, in Woodland, Devonshire, Physician to George III. Milman entered the army as an Ensign in the Coldstream Guards in December 1800, and, as Aide de Camp to Major-General C. Crawford in 1808, was present at the battles of Roleia and Vimiera. He was on General Crawford’s staff on the retreat of Sir John Moore, and was engaged in the battle on the heights of Lugo, and at Corunna.

Subsequently joining his regiment at Lisbon, he was at the passage of the Douro and at the capture of Oporto, and was severely wounded at Talavera, being only saved from being burnt on the field of battle by a private soldier of the Coldstreams. He was a prisoner at the hospital of Talavera and was detained in France until 1814. Milman became a Colonel in July 1830, a Major-General in November 1841, and a Lieutenant-General in 1851. He was appointed Colonel of the 82nd Foot in November 1850. Lieutenant-General Milman died at his residence in Berkeley Square, London, on 9 December 1856, aged 73. With photocopied photograph of the recipient.