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

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Date of Auction: 17th & 18th May 2016

Sold for £2,000

Estimate: £2,200 - £2,600

A Great War C.M.G., D.S.O. group of seven awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel W. E. Scafe, Devonshire Regiment

The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, C.M.G., Companion’s neck badge, silver-gilt, gold and enamel, with neck cravat; Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, with top bar; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 2 clasps, Defence of Ladysmith, Belfast (Lieut., Devon Rgt.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps (Lt., Devon Rgt.); 1914-15 Star (Capt., Devon R.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col.) contact marks, nearly very fine and better (7) £ 2200-2600


D.S.O. London Gazette 3 June 1916.

M.I.D. (7)
London Gazette 1 January 1916; 15 June 1916; 15 May 1917; 11 December 1917; 20 May 1918; 20 December 1918; 5 July 1919.

W. E. Scafe was born on 7 November 1878, the son of General C. H. Scafe, R.M. He was educated at St. Paul’s School, London and the Royal Naval School, Eltham. Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd battalion Devonshire Regiment (Militia) in 1897 and in the regular forces in 1899. Lieutenant W. E. Scafe, Devonshire Regiment, served in the Boer War. Being present in operations in Natal during 1899, including the action at Lombard’s Kop. At the defence of Ladysmith, being slightly wounded, 27 December 1899. Served in operations in Natal, March-June 1900; then in operations in Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July-November 1900, including the actions at Belfast and Lydenberg. Operations in Transvaal, November 1900-December 1901.

Promoted to Captain in January 1907 and Major in September 1915. During August 1914 he was Assistant Embarkation Officer, Queenstown. Served as Brigade Major in France, September 1914-August 1915. Throughout the rest of the war he was variously Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster in France and Italy. Was seven times mentioned in despatches, awarded the D.S.O. in 1916 and the C.M.G. in 1919. Granted the brevet of Lieutenant-Colonel in June 1917. Served with Southern Command until 1924; placed on Half Pay in 1931. With some copied research and a copied photograph of the recipient.