Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria, to include the Brian Ritchie Collection (Part III) (23 September 2005)

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Date of Auction: 23rd September 2005

Sold for £3,200

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,500

The Third Mahratta War medal for the Defence of Corygaum to Private Fukeerjee Maharick, 1st Bombay Native Infantry

Army of India 1799-1826, 2 clasps, Kirkee and Poona, Corygaum (Private Fukeerjee Maharick, 2nd Bn. 1st Rt. N.I.) long hyphen reverse, locally impressed naming, good very fine £2000-2500

Footnote

Whilst marching with a detachment from Sirur to strengthen the garrison of Poona, Captain F. F. Staunton, 2-1st Bombay N.I., encountered the Peishwa’s army; seizing the village of Corygaum he held it against all attacks, and although heavy losses were sustained he succeeded in withdrawing his force by night in safety to Sirur.

For their gallantry the 2-1st Bombay N.I. were constituted Grenadiers, and Captain Staunton was made A.D.C. to the Governor-General, and presented by the H.E.I.C. with a sword of honour and 500 guineas. A monument was erected at the site in 1821 to commemorate the action, inscribed with the names of all who lost their lives in it.