Orders, Decorations and Medals (20 October 1993)

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Date of Auction: 20th October 1993

Sold for £2,200

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,000

ARMY OF INDIA 1799-1826, 1 clasp, Battle of Deig (T. Hughes, 76th Foot) short hyphen reverse, officially impressed naming, fitted with engraved silver ribbon brooch, edge bruises, some light scratching and wear to both sides, otherwise nearly very fine and very rare, especially as a single clasp

Footnote

Approximately 50 clasps issued for the Battle of Deig to European recipients. Only 5 of these were issued as single clasps.

Thomas Hughes was born on 2 November 1784 in the Parish of St. Mary's near Dublin. By trade he was a labourer and he was illiterate. On his 16th birthday he enlisted into His Majesty's 88th Regiment and served with this Regiment in India from 17 July 1801. He was subsequently transferred to H.M. 76th Regiment and he first appears in the musters of that Regiment in October 1804. Pte. Hughes fought gallantly with the 76th at the Battle of Deig on 13 November 1804, but he did not take part at the subsequent Capture of Deig in December, as he was then stationed at Agra. However, the musters infer that he did participate at the Siege of Bhurtpoor in January and February 1805, at which the outnumbered British besieging force was severely defeated with very heavy casualties (over 3200 killed and wounded). Hughes was transferred on 25 June 1805 to H.M. 75th Regiment at Futtypore, and on 25 April 1806 he was transferred again (in a volunteer draft) to the 24th Light Dragoons at Cawnpore for 'unlimited service'. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in June 1814 and to Sergeant in September 1816. Sgt. Hughes was discharged from his Regiment on 10 May 1818 in consequence of 'being transferred to the Honourable East India Company's service', having served for 17 years 190 days in the British Army, the latter 16 years 298 days of that time in India. His army service was described as 'good'. Sold with copy discharge papers.