A Collection of Medals to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Date of Auction: 23rd June 2021

Sold for £220

Estimate: £240 - £280

Pair: Private W. Yates, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

India General Service 1854-95, 2 clasps, Burma 1885-7, Hazara 1891, top lugs removed from first clasp, the second clasp loose on riband as a consequence (817. Pte. W. Yates 1/R. Welsh Fus:) engraved in upright serif capitals in the style associated with the Perak clasp; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 2 clasps, Cape Colony, Transvaal (817 Pte. W. Yates, R. Welsh Fus:) a few small scratches, otherwise good very fine (2) £240-£280


William Yates was born at Whitechapel, London and attested for service with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 20 October 1884, declaring prior service with the 4th (Militia) Battalion the East Surrey Regiment. He served in India and Burma from 1885, until he was discharged to the Army Reserve on 26 January 1892, and embarked for the U.K. at Karachi in H.M.T. Serapis. He was recalled from the Reserve on 1 February 1900, and embarked for South Africa 10 February 1900, seeing further service during the Boer War until he was again discharged on 12 April 1902.

Hazara 1891 and Burma 1885-7 clasps confirmed on rolls. Supplementary Q.S.A. roll confirms additional entitlement to the clasps, Orange Free State and South Africa 1901.