Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (5 April 2006)

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Date of Auction: 5th April 2006

Sold for £500

Estimate: £320 - £380

Five: Quartermaster & Lieutenant R. J. Holloway, Northumberland Fusiliers, late Durham Light Infantry

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1902 (5162 Serjt. Maj., Durham L.I..); 1914-15 Star (Q.M. & Lieut., North’d. Fus.); British War and Victory Medals (Q.M. & Lieut.); Coronation 1911 (Qr. Mr. & Hon. Lieut. R. J. Holloway, 5th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers); Army L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (5162Serjt-Maj., Durham L.I.) good very fine and better (6) £320-380


Robert James Holloway was born on 15 December 1865. He enlisted into the Seaforth Highlanders in 1884 and after 10 years service, transferred as Colour Serjeant to the Durham Light Infantry. Appointed a Serjeant-Major in the 4th Battalion Durham Light Infantry in April 1900, he served with them in the Boer War. He was discharged on a pension in 1910. The same year, he was appointed Lieutenant and Quartermaster of the 5th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. With the onset of war, he went with his battalion to France in April 1915, being slightly wounded that same month. He died at Endsleigh Palace Hospital, London, on 14 August 1916, being fatally injured when his horse stumbled in a shell hole and threw him heavily. He was buried in St. John’s Westgate and Elswick Cemetery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. With copied research.