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

Date of Auction: 23rd June 2021

Sold for £6,500

Estimate: £3,000 - £3,600

Pair: Private James Gusterson, 11th Hussars, a confirmed charger in the Light Brigade at Balaklava

Crimea 1854-56, 4 clasps, Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol (No. 1618. James. Gusterson. XIth P.A.O. [Hussa]rs.) regimentally impressed naming; Turkish Crimea 1855, Sardinian issue (1618 James Gusterson XI PAO Hussars) regimentally impressed naming, fitted with swivel-ring suspension, edge bruising and contact marks, therefore good fine (2) £3,000-£3,600


James Gusterson enlisted into the 11th Hussars in London on 8 December 1853, aged 20. For a time during 1855 he was the camp cook. He was in confinement from 18 January to 31 March 1856, and was discharged as unfit on 22 July 1873. He is confirmed as a ‘charger’ by all the main authorities and is additionally listed on the Balaklava Society members lists of 1875 and 1877 but not on the revised 1879 list. He died on 8 June 1880.