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: £2,200 - £2,600

A Great War C.M.G., D.S.O. group of seven awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel J. A. C. Foryth, Royal Field Artillery

The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, C.M.G. Companion’s neck badge, silver-gilt, gold and enamel, in Garrard, London case of issue; Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R. , silver-gilt and enamel, with top bar; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (Lieut., R.F.A.); China 1900, no clasp (Lieut., No. 91 Co., R.G.A.); 1914 Star (Capt., R.F.A.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col.) last six mounted as worn, some contact marks, very fine and better (7) £2200-2600


D.S.O. London Gazette 14 January 1916.

London Gazette 1 January 1916; 4 January 1917; 14 December 1917; 23 December 1918.

James Archibald Charteris Forsyth was born on 15 June 1871, the only son of Archibald Forsyth. He was educated at Haileybury College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He entered the army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the R.F.A. in September 1897 and was promoted to Lieutenant in September 1900. With the R.F.A. he served in the Boer War, being present in the advance on Kimberley; operations in the Orange Free State, February-May 1900 and operations in Transvaal east of Pretoria, July 1900. Served in China with the R.G.A.. Promoted to Captain in March 1904; Major in October 1914 and Lieutenant-Colonel in December 1917. Served in France and Flanders, 9 September 1914-11 November 1918. Was in command of 24 Brigade R.F.A. from 1 April 1916. Twice wounded. Three times mentioned in despatches; awarded the D.S.O. in 1916 and the C.M.G. in 1919. Latterly living at Culeaze, Wareham, Dorset; he died on 21 November 1922. With some copied research.