Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (23 June 2021)

Date of Auction: 23rd June 2021

Sold for £190

Estimate: £140 - £180

Pair: Private J. M. Thomas, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Orange Free State, last clasp unofficially affixed (5604 Pte. J. Thomas R. Welsh Fus:); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (5604 Pte. J. O [sic]. Thomas Rl: Welsh Fus.) edge bruising and contact marks, suspension slack on KSA, otherwise nearly very fine (2) £140-£180

Footnote

John Morgan Thomas was born in Merthyr Tydfil, and was by trade a collier when he enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Aberdare in March 1898 at the age of 18. He served in South Africa from 1899 to 1903 and was discharged medically unfit for further service on 28 October 1904.

Medals and clasps confirmed on medal rolls, the Orange Free State clasp on a separate later roll.