A Collection of Medals to the Hampshire Regiment

Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £720

Estimate: £250 - £300

A Great War ‘Egypt operations’ O.B.E. group of four awarded to Major E. W. Duffield, Intelligence Corps, late 8th Battalion Hampshire Regiment (Isle of Wight Rifles)

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 1st type breast badge, silver-gilt, hallmarks for London 1918; 1914-15 Star (2 Lieut., Hamps. R.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Major) mounted court style for wear; together with a mounted set of four miniature dress medals, nearly extremely fine (8) £250-300


O.B.E. London Gazette 3 June 1919. ‘For valuable services rendered in connection with Military Operations in Egypt.’ ‘Captain (Temp. Major), 8th Btn. Hamps. Regt. (Isle of Wight Rifles).’

M.I.D. London Gazette 6 July 1917; 11 June 1918; 5 June 1919.

Edgar Willoughby Duffield attested for the Territorial Force on 25 February 1915, serving with the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps. He was discharged to a commission in the Hampshire Regiment on 14 May 1915. As a 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th Battalion he entered the Balkan theatre of war on 20 September 1915. Transferred to Egypt in January 1916; served as Acting Garrison Adjutant, Ismailia, October-December 1916. Joined GHQ E.E.F. for duty with G.S.”I” in March 1917 and was appointed a 3rd Class Agent in the Intelligence Corps on 26 April 1917 and advanced to 2nd Class Agent in February 1918 and 1st Class Agent in November 1918. For his services with the Intelligence Corps in Egypt he was three times mentioned in despatches and awarded the O.B.E. He was released from service in February 1919.

With copied service papers and gazette extracts.