Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (27 & 28 September 2016)

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Date of Auction: 27th & 28th September 2016

Sold for £1,900

Estimate: £1,800 - £2,200

The Peninsula War medal awarded to Lieutenant T. F. Smith, 24th Foot

Military General Service
1793-1814, 4 clasps, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Orthes (T. F. Smith, Lieut. 24th Foot) very fine £1800-2200


Thomas Francis Smith was born circa 1792 and served as Ensign in the Royal Westminster and Middlesex Militia from 1808 to 1812. He was gazetted Ensign in the 24th Foot on 4 June 1812, became Lieutenant in June 1818, and Adjutant in the month following. He served in the Peninsula with the 24th Foot from November 1812 (with the 3rd Provisional Battalion from December 1812) and was present at the battles of Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, and Orthes. After service in the Peninsula he accompanied the regiment to the East Indies where he served until its return to England in October 1823, when he was placed on half-pay on reduction of the regiment. He subsequently lived in Canterbury, Kent, where he died on 28 February 1851, aged 58 years. Sold with copied research.