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 £1,400

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

The First Burma War medal to Captain James Stewart, 47th Foot

Army of India 1799-1826, 1 clasp, Ava (Lieut. J. Stewart, 47th Foot) short hyphen reverse, officially impressed naming, nearly extremely fine £800-1000


Ex Tombs 1918.

James Stewart, son of Major-General Francis Stewart, late Ceylon Regiment, was first commissioned as a Cornet into the 6th Dragoon Guards on 17 March 1814. He transferred to a vacant Lieutenancy in the 1st Garrison Battalion in April 1816, and by 1818 was on the half pay of the 92nd Regiment. In May 1819, on the intervention of his father, he obtained an appointment as a full pay officer in the 47th Regiment, with whom he subsequently served in India during the First Burma War. Stewart was on leave in Europe for two years from July 1825 to July 1827. He was promoted to Captain, by purchase, and transferred to Half Pay on the Unattached List on 25 May 1827.

Refs: WO 12/5899-5900; WO 31/395/439/475; published British Army Lists.