Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (17 & 18 May 2016)

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Date of Auction: 17th & 18th May 2016

Sold for £1,900

Estimate: £1,400 - £1,600

A Victorian C.B. group of six awarded to Colonel Sir Augustus Fitzgeorge, K.C.V.O., C.B., 11th Hussars, late Rifle Brigade

The Most Honourable Order of The Bath, C.B. (Civil) Companion’s breast badge, silver-gilt, hallmarked London 1895, fitted with gold swivel-ring suspension and gold ribbon buckles; The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Officer’s breast badge, silver and enamel; Canada General Service 1866-70, 1 clasp, Fenian Raid 1866 (Ens. A. C. F. Fitzgeorge, 1/R. Bde.) officially engraved naming; Jubilee 1887, clasp, 1897, silver; Coronation 1902, silver; Coronation 1911, the last three all unnamed as issued, the Jubilee medal with light pitting, otherwise good very fine (6) £1400-1600

Footnote

From the important but anonymous collection sold at Glendining in December 1969 (Lot 153).

Augustus Charles Frederick Fitzgeorge was born in London on 12 June 1847, the third son of H.R.H. the Duke of Cambridge and his morganatic marriage with Louisa Fairbrother. After an education at various private schools and at Sandhurst, he joined the 1st Battalion, The Rifle Brigade, in Canada in 1865. In the regimental roll for the Canada G.S. medal Fitzgeorge’s services are given thus:

‘May 1865 to 1867 at Quebec & was on works at Pt. Louis (?); then at Ottawa 1867-68 constantly on guard over jail which contained Fenian prisoners; also at Coburg, then with a detachment at Quebec 1868-69, and finished in Montreal 1869-1870. During his time in garrison at Quebec constantly all night on piquet and was officer of the Guard on St Patrick’s night in the Citadel when we were informed an attempt would be made to blow up magazine.’

He was subsequently A.D.C. to Lord Napier of Magdala in India, 1870-75, and A.D.C. to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales on his Indian tour of 1875-76. He transferred to the 11th Hussars in 1878, and was extra A.D.C. to Sir A. Alison at Aldershot, 1884-86. From 1886 to 1895, he was Private Secretary and Equerry to Field Marshal H.R.H. the Duke of Cambridge, K.G. (C.B. Civil), and thereafter remained his Private Secretary until H.R.H. died in 1904. Colonel Fitzgeorge was made K.C.V.O. in March 1904 on the occasion of the funeral of H.R.H. the Duke of Cambridge. He died in London on 30 October 1933. Sold with copied medal roll and statements of service.