Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (25 & 26 June 2014)

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Date of Auction: 25th & 26th June 2014

Sold for £720

Estimate: £450 - £550

Five: Corporal E. W. Dibbell, 1st Life Guards, taken prisoner at Sannah’s Post, 31 March 1900

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Belfast (2033 Tr., 1/L. Gds.); 1914 Star, with clasp (2035 Sad. S. Cpl., 1/Life Gds.); British War and Victory Medals (2035 Cpl., 1-L. Gds.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (2033 Sd. S. Cpl., 1/l. Gds.) note varying service numbers, both correct, very fine and better (5)


Ernest Walter Dibbell was born in Harrow, Middlesex in March 1877. Serving with the 1st Life Guards during the Boer War, he was taken prisoner at Sannah’s Post, 31 March 1900 but was later released when Pretoria was taken. As a Saddle Staff Corporal, 1st Life Guards, he entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 15 August 1914. The unit, part of the 7th Cavalry Brigade, served in the retreat from Mons and the advance to the Aisne, capturing the village of Mont-des-Cats, 12 October 1914. Dibbell was discharged on 26 January 1920.

Only 20 ‘Belfast’ clasps to the regiment. Two officers and 17 other ranks of the regiment were taken prisoner at Sannah’s Post. With copied m.i.c. and notes.