A Small Group of Rare and Important Military General Service Medals

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £19,000

Estimate: £14,000 - £18,000

The rare M.G.S. medal for ‘Chrystler’s Farm’ awarded to Captain J. M. Shand, 89th Foot, one of only three officers of the regiment who lived to claim the clasp for this action

Military General Service 1793-1814, 1 clasp, Chrystler’s Farm (I. M. Shand, Capt. 89th Foot) correction to first initial, some very minor edge bruises, otherwise good very fine £14,000-£18,000


Only three M.G.S. medals with ‘Chrystler’s Farm’ clasp issued to officers of the 89th Foot, out of a total of only 17 officers to receive this clasp from British or Canadian regiments.

John Muller Shand was originally commissioned as temporary Lieutenant in the 13th Foot on 15 October 1799, then as Ensign in the 15th Foot on 9 February 1801, but was placed on half-pay on 24 June 1802. He was appointed Ensign in the 89th Foot, from h.p. 15th Foot, on 22 October 1802, and was promoted to Lieutenant on 28 August 1804. He was appointed Adjutant in March 1806 and promoted to Captain on 15 January 1812. He was placed on half-pay on 25 January 1817, upon disbandment of the 2nd Battalion. Captain Shand served in the American War with the 2/89th and was present in the action at Chrystler’s Farm, for which he received the War Medal with one Clasp. Captain Shand died on 30 September 1851, at Horton, Hampshire.