Orders, Decorations and Medals Including five Special Collections (28 March 2002)

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Date of Auction: 28th March 2002

Sold for £380

Estimate: £300 - £350

Cabul 1842 (Corpl. William Crundall, 9th Regiment) fitted with original steel clip and bar suspension, edge bruise, otherwise nearly extremely fine £300-350


William Crundall was born at Wandsworth in 1818 and was employed as a farmer’s assistant until he enlisted into the 9th Regiment at London on 19 September 1835. He joined the regiment in India in December 1836 where he served at various stations including Agra and Meerut, where he was promoted to Corporal on 11 March 1841. The 9th Regiment formed part of General Pollock’s ‘Army of Retribution’, assembled at Peshawa, and Crundall was with that army during the forcing of the Khyber Pass. During the march to Cabul he was involved in the fierce engagements at Mamoo Khail and Jugdulluck. On 12 September 1842, he was among the three companies of the 9th who joined with part of the 31st Regiment to take the left flank of the Afghan position on the heights of Tezeen. In this action Crundall was severely wounded by a musket ball in the left breast which left him with a crippled arm. An invaliding board recommended his discharge and he consequently embarked for England in February 1844 and was released on pension at Chatham from 9 July 1844.