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 £3,600

Estimate: £3,000 - £3,500

The Second Mahratta War medal to Corporal John Anderson, 8th Light Dragoons

Army of India 1799-1826, 2 clasps, Laswarree, Capture of Deig (John Anderson, 8th Lt. Dragns.) short hyphen reverse, officially impressed naming, nearly extremely fine £3000-3500


Ex Harris 1897, Gaskell 1911, Coutts 1921, and Hamilton-Smith 1927.

A total of 21 medals issued with these two clasps: 18 to the 8th Light Dragoons, 2 to the 19th Light Dragoons and 1 to an HEIC recipient.

John Anderson was born in the Parish of St Catherine’s, Dublin, in 1781, and enlisted into the 8th King’s Royal Irish Regiment of Light Dragoons on 13 June 1798. Anderson had slready served a little over four years but with which unit is not recorded. He served a total of 17 years and 56 days with tthe 8th Light Dragoons, including 8 years as a Sergeant. He was discharged in the rank of Corporal at Meerut on 7 August 1815, in consequence of paralysis of the left side ‘and not likely to recover in this country, is considered unfit for further service abroad.’ He was then aged 35 and is noted as being a silk weaver by profession.

Ref: WO 97/13.