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

Date of Auction: 19th March 2008

Sold for £190

Estimate: £180 - £220

Africa General Service 1902-56, 2 clasps, Somaliland 1902-04, Jidballi (2134 Pte. J. Sams, 4th K.R.R.) contact marks, nearly very fine £180-220


James Sams was born in Lambeth, London. A Carman by occupation and a member of the 3rd Battalion East Surrey Regiment, he attested for service in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps on 25 October 1899, aged 18 years, 9 months. He served in South Africa, March 1901-January 1903, for which he was awarded the Queen’s medal with clasps for Orange Free State, Transvaal and South Africa 1901 and 1902. Service in Somaliland followed, January 1903-July 1904, for which he was awarded the A.G.S. medal above. He was transferred to the Army Reserve in 1907. Recalled for service in the Great War, he was discharged on the termination of his period of engagement in January 1917. He was then employed as a Munitions Worker at H.M. Dockyard, Portsmouth. Sold with a quantity of copied service papers.