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

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Date of Auction: 28th & 29th March 2012

Sold for £780

Estimate: £650 - £750

A C.M.G., O. St. J. group of four awarded to Colonel H. Charlesworth, Royal Army Medical Corps

The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, C.M.G., Companion’s breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel, with swivel ring and bar suspension, silver-gilt buckle on ribbon; The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Officer’s silver breast badge; Coronation 1902, silver; Afghanistan 1878-80, no clasp (Surg., A,M.D.) good very fine (4) £650-750


Henry Charlesworth was born in Staffordshire on 6 July 1851. He was educated at Ockbrook College, Derby. He entered the Army Medical Department in 1875 as a Surgeon and as such served in the Afghan War of 1878-80. He was advanced to Surgeon Major in March 1887 and accompanied the British Missions to Morocco as Medical Officer in 1885 and again in 1890-91. Charlesworth was promoted to Surgeon Lieutenant-Colonel in March 1895 and Brigade Surgeon Lieutenant-Colonel in June 1898. Lieutenant-Colonel Charlesworth was placed on Retired Pay on 4 October 1902 and served as a recruiting medical officer in London, 1902 and Nottingham, 1909. Serving once again during the Great War, he was mentioned and thanked and received the brevet of Colonel. He died on 15 July 1926.

For the recipient’s miniature dress medals, see lot 799.