Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (6 July 2004)

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Date of Auction: 6th July 2004

Sold for £920

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,200

Military General Service 1793-1814, 6 clasps, Roleia, Vimiera, Corunna, Salamanca, Vittoria, Nivelle (George Pruer, Serjeant, 5th Foot) good very fine £1000-1200


George Pruer was born in the parish of Coneyweston, near Thalford, Suffolk and enlisted in the 5th Foot in August 1799, aged 24 years. As verified by his service papers, he received a gunshot wound in the head at Vittoria in June 1813, and the musket ball was still lodged there at the time of his discharge at Windsor in March 1815. Pruer became an out-pensioner at Chelsea Hospital in the following month and an in-pensioner in July 1845. He died in November 1851; although his name is not included on the published rolls, his medal (and clasps) are entirely as issued.