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 £2,100

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,500

The Third Mahratta War medal for the capture of Nagpore to Private John Morris, 1st Foot, late 33rd Foot

Army of India 1799-1826, 1 clasp, Nagpore (J. Morris, 1st Foot) short hyphen reverse, officially impressed naming, nearly extremely fine £2000-2500


Ex Sotheby May 1884 and Hamilton-Smith 1927.

Approximately 95 Nagpore clasps issued to the 1st Foot, the only British regiment present.

John Morris was born at Blackburn, Lancaster, and was a weaver before enlisting into the 33rd Foot on 24 October 1793. He ‘served in India with the 33rd Foot from the 25th December 1795 to the 24th December 1804, and from 25th April 1808 to the 20th January 1812, when he was transferred to the 1st Foot. He served as a private throughout his career and was finally discharged at Horse Guards on 26 October 1819, and admitted to pension on 15 December 1819, in consequence of being ‘worn out and length of service.’

Ref: WO 97/233.