The Allan and Janet Woodliffe Collection of Medals relating to the Reconquest and Pacification of The Sudan 1896-1956

Date of Auction: 18th May 2011

Sold for £500

Estimate: £500 - £600

Pair: Colonel Benjamin William Marlow, C.S.I., C.I.E., Gloucester Regiment and Madras Staff Corps, who served on the staff of Brigadier Egerton at Suakin, later becoming Military Accountant General of the Indian Army

India General Service 1854-94, 1 clasp, Burma 1885-7 (Lieut. B. W. Marlow 12th Madras Infy.); Khedive’s Sudan 1896-1908, no clasp (Capt. B. W. Marlow. Staff, Suakin Field Force) good very fine (2) £500-600


Benjamin William Marlow was born on 1 December 1863, the son of Inspector General B. W. Marlow, C.B., M.D., of Alverstoke, Hampshire. He was educated at Clifton College and R.M.C., Sandhurst, and was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the South Tipperary Militia (Clonmel) in February 1882. Commissioned into the Gloucester Regiment in November 1884, he was seconded for service with the Indian Staff Corps and attached to the 12th Madras Infantry for the Burma 1886 campaign. He transferred to the Military Accounts Department in August 1891, and was appointed Assistant Military Accountant 1st class in September 1894. He was promoted Captain, I.S.C. in November 1895, and served as Field Paymaster to the Suakin Field Force in 1896, being awarded the Khedive’s Sudan medal and not entitled to the Queen’s medal.

He was Officiating Military Accountant at Rawalpindi in 1897, becoming Major in November 1902, and appointed Military Accountant 1st class, Calcutta, in December the same year. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in December 1904, and to Colonel in December 1908, serving with the Military Finance Branch, Finance Department, Government of India. He was appointed Military Accountant General in April 1908. He was present at the 1911 Delhi Durbar, received the medal and was created C.I.E. in the Durbar honours list. During the Great War he was based at Army H.Q. Simla, being created C.S.I. in 1917, and mentioned in despatches, London Gazette 26 November 1918, for ‘services of particular value’. He was not entitled to any campaign medals for his Great War service. Marlow retired in April 1920 and died on 20 April 1943, at Alverstoke, Hampshire.

With a folder containing copied research.