The Brian Ritchie Collection of H.E.I.C. and British India Medals

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Date of Auction: 23rd September 2005

Sold for £2,300

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

The Second Mahratta War medal to Sowar Durmajee Row, 4th Madras Light Cavalry

Army of India 1799-1826, 1 clasp, Assye (Durmajee Row 4th Light Cavy) long hyphen reverse, locally impressed naming, very fine £1200-1500


Ex C. J. Parrett collection.

The 4th Regiment of Madras Light Cavalry served in the Southern Army inder Major-General Arthur Wellesley during the 2nd Mahratta War 1803-05, and received the single battle honour ‘Assaye’. The cavalry did good service at Assye by their brilliant charges throughout the day, and lost their brigadier, Lieutenant-Colonel P. Maxwell, 19th Light Dragoons, toward the close of the battle in a final but unsuccessful charge. Command of Wellesley’s cavalry was assumed by Colonel T. Dallas, 4th Madras Light Cavalry.