Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (1 & 2 March 2017)

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Date of Auction: 1st & 2nd March 2017

Sold for £2,400

Estimate: £2,400 - £2,800

The Great War ‘Mesopotamian Operations’ C.M.G. and Serbian Order of the White Eagle group of nine awarded to Brigadier-General L. W. Y. Campbell, Indian Army, who served as a Newspaper Correspondent with the Tirah Frontier Force in 1897-98 before commanding the 9th Infantry Brigade during the Great War at the Battle of Loos and the Relief of Kut - wounded in the attack on Baghdad and three times Mentioned in Despatches in the Great War, he received a final ‘Mention’ in the Third Afghan War

The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, C.M.G., Companion’s neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel, obverse centre depressed, with neck riband; India General Service 1895-1902, 2 clasps, Tirah 1897-98, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, clasps remounted in this order on a slim carriage to facilitate mounting (Capt. L. Campbell. Press Correspondent.) officially re-engraved naming; 1914-15 Star (Lt. Col. L. W. Y. Campbell, I.A. 89/Punjabis.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Brig. Gen. L. W. Y. Campbell.); India General Service 1908-35, 1 clasp, Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Col. L. W. Y. Campbell, Staff); Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937; Serbia, Kingdom, Order of the White Eagle, Military Division, Third Class neck badge, 89mm including crown and crossed swords suspension x 50mm, silver-gilt and enamel, unmarked, with neck riband, the group mounted court style as worn, significant enamel damage to last, otherwise good very fine (9) £2400-2800


C.M.G. London Gazette 22 December 1916:
‘For services rendered in connection with Military Operations in the field in Mesopotamia.’

Serbian Order of the White Eagle, Third Class London Gazette 15 February 1917.

Leslie Warner Yule Campbell was born in Lee, Kent, on 24 August 1867, the son of Major-General A. H. E. Campbell, Indian Army, and was educated at Cheltenham College. Commissioned a Lieutenant in the King’s Own Borderers on 30 January 1886, and subsequently transferred to the Derbyshire Regiment. He was appointed a Lieutenant in the Madras Staff Corps on 22 February 1888, and was promoted Captain in the Indian Staff Corps on 30 January 1897. Whilst on leave he accompanied the Tirah Field Force as a Press Correspondent, October 1897 to April 1898, where he was wounded (a number of both British and Indian newspapers sent correspondents to report on the operations on the North West Frontier of India, and, with the exception of one civilian, the correspondents were all serving Officers on leave). Returning to active service, he was employed as Deputy Assistant Adjutant General for Musketry from 28 October 1902 until 31 May 1904, and receiving his Majority on 30 January 1904 served as Brigade Major from 1 June of that year until 1907. He served during the Great War as Commandant of the 89th Punjabis at the taking of Shaik Syed in 1914, and was present at the attack on the Suez Canal and at Gallipoli. He commanded the 9th Infantry Brigade in France at the Battle of Loos in 1915, and subsequently in Mesopotamia at the Relief of Kut. Wounded in the attack on Baghdad, 18 December 1916, he later saw action at Jebel Hamrin. For his service in the Great War he was three times Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazettes 1 January 1916; 19 October 1916; and 15 August 1917); was promoted Brevet Colonel; was awarded the Serbian Order of the White Eagle; and was created a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George for his service in Mesopotamia. He subsequently served on the Staff as a Brigade Commander during the Third Afghan War, and was again Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 3 August 1920). He retired in 1921, and was appointed Honorary Colonel of the 1/8th Punjab Regiment. He died at home in Farnham, Surrey, on 26 July 1946.

For the recipient’s miniature awards, see Lot 1098.