Meritorious Service Medal Groups from the Collection of Ian McInnes

Date of Auction: 25th March 2014

Sold for £1,900

Estimate: £550 - £650

Eight: Warrant Officer Class 2 S. C. Lindsey, King’s Royal Rifle Corps

1914 Star, with copy clasp (11142 Pte., 1/K.R. Rif. C.); British War and Victory Medals (11142 Pte., K.R. Rif. C.); Defence and War Medals, unnamed; Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.VI.R., 3rd issue ‘Fid. Def.’ (6837734 W.O. Cl. 2, K.R.R.C.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 3rd issue, Regular Army (6837734 W.O. Cl. II, K.R.R.C.); Panama, Medal of Solidarity 1917-18, unnamed, Great War medals worn through polishing, others very fine and better (lot) £550-650


Samuel Charles Lindsey was born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. A Clerk by occupation, he enlisted into the K.R.R.C. at London on 9 July 1913, aged 18 years, 3 months. With them he served with the B.E.F. in France, 12 August 1914-6 October 1918 and 22 October 1918-26 May 1919. He later served on the Rhine, March 1922-January 1925. For his wartime services he was awarded the 1914 Star trio of medals. Additionally he was awarded the Panama Medal of Solidarity 1917-18. This was one of only 67 medals awarded by Panama to British recipients. Awarded the L.S. & G.C. in 19312. Lindsey attained the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2 in 1931 and served as R.S.M. of the Queen’s Westminster Rifles during 1932-35. He took his discharge on 9 February 1936 on the termination of his period of engagement and prior to the Second World War served with the ‘B’ Specials in Northern Ireland. Recalled in September 1939, he served in the U.K. until 1945. Awarded the M.S.M. without annuity by the terms of Army Order No. 98 of 1953. He died in 1984. His services are listed on p.299 and his medals illustrated on plate 9 of The Annuity Meritorious Service Medal 1847-1953, by Ian McInnes.

With Warrant Document of appointment to Warrant Officer Class 2. February 1931; Soldiers; Small Book; Regular Army Certificate of Service; Military History Sheet; Army Reserve Document; Certificate of Identity to men of the Army Reserve; Soldier’s Release Book; Certificate of Transfer to the Army Reserve; Statement of Accounts; named certificate of award for the Panama Medal of Solidarity (mounted on card); named slip to accompany the M.S.M.; Driver’s Licence - bearing photograph; National Association of Operative Plasterers Member’s Card 1935; Queen’s Westminster and Civil Service Rifles Sergeants’ Mess card; Royal Army Veterinary School Examination Results paper, November 1924; Artillery College Woolwich Examination Results paper; Rifle and Light Automatic Gun Qualifying Certificate, December 1931; envelopes and letters addressed to S. C. Lindsey; cards, numerous photographs and sundry other papers. Also with copied research.

Together with six identity disks; 47th (2nd London) Division Territorial Army Medal, 32mm., bronze, reverse inscribed, ‘London District Rifle meeting 1931’; Princess Mary Christmas Tin (empty); British Legion lapel badge; Loyal Service lapel badge, with named forwarding slip; wound stripe; National Association of Operative Plasterers Badge, gilt and enamel; German Cross of Honour 1914-18, without swords; knife; and lacquer box.