An Extensive Collection of Medals for Long and Meritorious Service

Date of Auction: 25th June 2008

Sold for £190

Estimate: £160 - £200

Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (69 S. Sjt. W. McNeillie, S.A. Spec. Serv. Coy.) nearly extremely fine £160-200


M.S.M. London Gazette 3 June 1919. ‘... in recognition of valuable services in connection with Military Operations with the Forces in East Africa’.

The recommendation from Headquarters Zomba, Nyasaland of 11 December 1918 by Major S.S. Cape, D.S.O., Commanding S.A. Special Service Company and Brigadier General G. M. P. Hawthorn, D.S.O., Commanding N.R.F.F. states, ‘For daring work throughout the campaign as a scout.’

William McNeillie was born in Scotland on 11 July 1876. A farmer and a member of the Rand Rifles Active Citizen Force, he attested for service in the Nyasaland Imperial Service Contingent on 29 July 1915. Being single, his next of kin is given as his mother at Castle Hill, Troqueer, Dumfries, Scotland. He was discharged from the 1st South African Rifles at Capetown on 3 April 1920 after 4 years and 250 days of service. He was also issued with the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals. Sold with copied service papers.