Orders, Decorations and Medals (28 & 29 March 2012)

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Date of Auction: 28th & 29th March 2012

Sold for £75

Estimate: £60 - £80

Bengal Presidency Rifle Association Prize Medal, silver, by Pinches, London, obverse, a lioness above a cartouche with embossed title, ‘N.I.R.A. 1863-86’, reverse, ‘Bengal Presidency Rifle Association’ and central cartouche engraved, ‘Q.O.R.A., 1909’ with laurel wreath around, the edge further inscribed, ‘Championship won by Sgt. Major E. K. Laman, 1st 24th Regt.’, 55mm. diam., good very fine £60-80


Ernest Kirkland Laman, who was born in December 1875, served in the ranks of the South Wales Scottish Borderers for 21 years, latterly as a Warrant Officer, prior to being commissioned as a Lieutenant & Quarter-Master in the 2nd Battalion in January 1914.

Subsequently witnessing active service in the operations against the German treaty port of Tsing-Tao in October of the same year, and afterwards in Gallipoli, and in France and Flanders, he was awarded the M.C. (London Gazette 1 January 1918 refers), and the M.B.E. (London Gazette 12 December 1919 refers). A glimpse of his wartime activities is to be found in a number of items he presented to his old regiment in 1949, among them a German Verey Light pistol and lanyard from Tsing-Tao, a ‘Turkish cricket ball grenade’ from Gallipoli, and a German carbine captured by the 2nd Battalion at Arras in 1917.

Laman was finally placed on the Retired List as a Major & Quarter-Master in October 1930 and died in April 1961; sold with extensive research, including a copied portrait photograph.