Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (10 November 2021)

Date of Auction: 10th November 2021

Sold for £600

Estimate: £400 - £500

Pair: Sergeant R. Minns, 52nd (Oxfordshire) Light Infantry

Indian Mutiny 1857-59, 1 clasp, Delhi (Serjt. R. Minns, 52nd L.I.); Army L.S. & G.C., V.R., 3rd issue, small letter reverse (2317 Serjt. R. Minns 52nd Foot), with ornate hand tooled silver riband buckle, suspension claw to LS&GC tightened with small abrasions to rim and a few small knocks, overall nearly very fine (2) £400-£500


Robert Minns was born at Wymondham, Norfolk, and enlisted into the 52nd Foot as a Private on 30 December 1847, at the age of 17. He was promoted Corporal on 12 April 1853, Sergeant, 28 June 1856 and Colour Sergeant on 14 February 1867. He was recorded as serving with the 52nd Foot at Limerick in 1851. He was discharged as a Colour Sergeant having claimed his discharge on the termination of his second period of engagement, having served in total for 21 years and one day, having served overseas in the East Indies for 11 years and five months. His discharge papers note that he was a recipient of the Indian Mutiny Medal with clasp for Delhi and that he was entitled to the medal for long service and good conduct. His intended place of residence would be at Taunton, to serve with the 1st Somerset Militia.