Medals to Trumpeters from the Collection of Roderick Cassidy

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Date of Auction: 1st December 2004

Sold for £250

Estimate: £160 - £180

Army L.S. & G.C., V.R., large letter reverse (Tr. M. Wm. Andrews, 11th Hussars, 1852) original steel clip and later ring suspension, possible official correction to rank, edge bruising, otherwise very fine £160-180


William Andrews, who was born at the Cape of Good Hope, enlisted in the 10th Hussars at Meerut in February 1823, aged 14 years. He subsequently served in the East Indies for over 15 years and was present at the Bhurtpoor operations, winning entitlement to the Army of India Medal with appropriate clasp. Having been appointed a Trumpeter after seven years as a Private, he was eventually discharged as a Trumpet-Major in September 1851, the Board finding that ‘his conduct had been exemplary and that the Silver Medal for Long Service & Good Conduct had been apllied for’. Andrews, who gave his intended place of residence as Lichfield, Staffordshire, died at Derby in April 1872.