Orders, Decorations and Medals (27 September 1994)

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Date of Auction: 27th September 1994

Sold for £320

Estimate: £300 - £400

The Crimea medal awarded to Captain Walter George Nugent which was personally presented to him by Queen Victoria on Horse Guards Parade, 18 May 1855.

CRIMEA 1854-55, 3 clasps, Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol (Capt. Nugent, 33rd Foot) officially impressed naming but note lack of initials, very fine


The lot is sold with a letter from the late General Sir Robert Bray, G.B.E., K.C.B., D.S.O. (Colonel of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment) which confirms that whilst the regimental museum hold a privately engraved medal to Captain Nugent, the officially impressed medal sold here is the medal presented to Nugent by the Queen. At the distribution of war medals by Her Majesty at Horse Guards, in May 1855, the 33rd were represented by some of the officers and men who had come home wounded, or on sick leave. These were Brevet-Lieutenant Colonel Gough - who afterwards returned and was killed in the final assault on the Great Redan - Captain Nugent, Lieutenants Wallis, Siree, Greenwood, Owens, Kenride, Colour-Sergeant William Mason, Sergeant William Keane, Privates James Gaffney, Jeremiah Crowley and William Burton.

Walter George Nugent was the son of Sir Percy Nugent, Baronet, of Donore, County Westmeath. He served as a Magistrate for Westmeath and in 1869 became High Sheriff. On the death of his father he succeeded to the title as Sir Walter Nugent, 2nd Baronet. He had married, in 1860, Maria, only daughter of the Rt. Hon. Richard Moore O'Ferrall, and died in 1893, aged 65 years.