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 £2,500

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,000

The Third Mahratta War medal for the battle of Maheidpoor to Trooper John Handy, 22nd Light Dragoons

Army of India 1799-1826, 1 clasp, Maheidpoor (J. Handy, 22nd Lt. Dragns.) short hyphen reverse, officially impressed naming, minor handling marks, otherwise extremely fine £2500-3000

Footnote

Ex Sotheby March 1893, Littledale 1910 and Needes 1939.

75 clasps for Maheidpoor issued to European recipients, including 30 to the 22nd Light Dragoons and 37 to the 1st Foot, the only British regiments present at this action.

John Handy is recorded on the Regimental Muster Roll of the 22nd Light Dragoons for the period 25 November - 24 December 1817 as being with Captain William Blundell’s Troop at ‘the Camp on the right bank of the Maun River’. On 21 December of that year he was present with the 9,000-strong force under Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Hislop at the Battle of Maheidpoor where Holkar of Indore with 35,000 men was decisively beaten.

Ref: WO 12/1476.