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 £1,000

Estimate: £600 - £700

The Nepaul War medal to Sergeant W. M. Hamilton, Bengal Sappers & Miners

Army of India 1799-1826, 1 clasp, Nepaul (Serj. W. M. Hamilton, Saprs.) short hyphen reverse, officially engraved naming, good very fine £600-700


Sold by Sotheby in July 1896. The only other rank recipient for this unit.

William M. Hamilton, a native of Lore, Co. Tyrone, having enlisted at Belfast was received at Parkhurst Barracks, Isle of Wight on 19 April 1804, aged 16 years, and embarked for India on 23 April 1804. He arrived back in the U.K. in 1827 on the William Money after 23 years service and was subsequently discharged due to length of service.

Refs: IOR L/MIL/5/55; L/MIL/9/38.