Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria, to include the Brian Ritchie Collection (Part II) (2 March 2005)

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Date of Auction: 2nd March 2005

Sold for £2,200

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,000

The Third Mahratta War medal for the battle of Kirkee and capture of Poona to Private Joshua Foxwell, 103rd Bombay European Regiment

Army of India 1799-1826, 1 clasp, Kirkee and Poona (Joshua Foxwell, Eur. Regt.) short hyphen reverse, officially impressed naming, nearly extremely fine £2500-3000


Approximately 88 clasps to European recipients, including 45 to the 103rd Bombay European Regiment (later 2nd Battalion The Royal Dublin Fusiliers).

Joshua Foxwell, enlisted in Middlesex in 1816 and arrived in India aboard the Calabar on 16 May that year to join the Bombay European Regiment. Shortly before the outbreak of the Third Mahratta (Pindarry) War, the Bombay Europeans made a forced march to strengthen the handful of imperiled Company troops with Mounstuart Elphinstone at Poona. On 5 November 1817 the combined force numbering only 3,000 defeated the 26,000-strong army of the Peshwa at Kirkee and, having been reinforced by troops under Brigadier-General Lionel Smith, went on to take part in the capture of Poona. Although originally contracted for five years service, Foxwell re-enlisted on the completion of his original term. The date of his last enlistment is given as 27 September 1828. He was pensioned on 18 December 1837.

Ref: IOL L/MIL/12/109.