Peninsula War Medals from the Collection of the late A.L.T. Mullen

Date of Auction: 29th June 2006

Sold for £1,500

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Military General Service 1793-1814, 4 clasps, Roleia, Vimiera, Talavera, Albuhera (Stephen Orill, 29th Foot) slight contact marks, very fine £800-1000


Stephen Orill (Orell on roll and paperwork) was born in the Parish of Bronsby, Nottinghamshire. A Labourer by occupation, he entered the 29th Foot on 26 March 1801. With them he served in the early battles of the Peninsular War. The regiment was so reduced in numbers after the battle of Albuhera that in October 1811 it was placed under orders to return home. Orill and the regiment returned to Spain in 1813 where they were used for garrison duties on the Isle de Leon and thence Gibraltar. He was discharged on 26 August 1816 as a result of ‘a severe opthalmia with which he was attacked in July 1813 at the Isle de Leon in Spain and which has occasioned nearly blindness’. Stephen Orill died on 28 December 1858. Clasps confirmed. Sold with copied discharge papers and notes.