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

Date of Auction: 19th March 2008

Sold for £750

Estimate: £400 - £500

Indian Mutiny 1857-59, 1 clasp, Delhi (J. Farthing, 1st Bn. 60th Rifles) contact marks, nearly very fine £400-500


James Farthing, a Labourer by occupation, attested for service with the 74th Regiment at Bristol on 21 December 1843. Transferred to the 1st Battalion 60th Rifles in July 1844, he saw active service in the suppression of the Indian Mutiny, being severely wounded on 9 September 1857 and again on 14 September 1857. He was transferred to the 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade in March 1860 and was discharged as medically unfit on 29 June 1864. Not the best of soldiers, his discharge papers record that his name appeared 40 times in the Defaulters Book and that he had been tried seven times by Court Martial - usually for ‘Habitual Drunkenness’. Sold with copied discharge papers and other research.