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

Date of Auction: 19th March 2008

Sold for £1,000

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Punjab 1848-49, 2 clasps, Mooltan, Goojerat (Lieut. Col. J. Bradshaw, 1st Bn. 60th R. Rifles) good very fine £800-1000


Joseph Bradshaw was commissioned an Ensign by purchase in the 37th Foot on 12 May 1825. Then serving with the 60th Rifles, he attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel by purchase on 27 August 1841. In the 2nd Sikh War, Lieutenant-Colonel Bradshaw commanded the 1st Battalion 60th Rifles during the second seige operations at Mooltan. He was present at the battle of Goojerat and was with the force in pursuit of the Sikh Army until its surrender at Rawalpindi. He then commanded a Brigade west of the Indus in pursuit of the Afghan Army beyond the Khyber Pass. He was then in command of the Field Force during operations against the Hill Tribes in the Eusofzye Country on 11 and 14 December 1849, when the enemy was heavily defeated. Bradshaw then commanded the advance guard, to and from Kohat, in the expedition against the Afridi Tribes in February 1850. Awarded the C.B. on 9 June 1849 for services in the Sikh War, he died at Kussowlie on 18 October 1851. Sold with copied research.