A Collection of Medals to the 60th Rifles and King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Date of Auction: 19th March 2008

Sold for £680

Estimate: £450 - £550

Three: Sergeant-Major J. Obey, King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Afghanistan 1878-80, no clasp (1129 Cr. Sgt., 2/60th Foot); Army L.S.& G.C., V.R., 3rd issue (1129 Cr. Sergt., K.R. Rif. C.); Army Meritorious Service Medal, V.R. (Sergt. Major, 2/K.R.R.C.) slight contact marks, very fine (3) £450-550


James Obey was born in Twickenham, Middlesex. A Groom by occupation, he attested for service with the 60th Rifles on 20 July 1864, aged 18 years. He was promoted to Corporal in September 1867, Sergeant in June 1870 and Colour Sergeant in July 1874. With the 2nd Battalion he served in India and in the Afghan War. He was advanced to Sergeant-Major in November 1886. He qualified for the Long Service medal in July 1885 and received a gratuity of £5. Sergeant-Major Obey was awarded the M.S.M. with an annuity of £15 in July 1887. He died on 6 March 1912. Sold with copied attestation papers.