A Collection of Medals for the Ashanti 1895-96 Expedition

Date of Auction: 25th June 2008

Sold for £340

Estimate: £350 - £400

Pair: Private F. A. Gidlow, West Yorkshire Regiment

Ashanti Star 1896, unnamed; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 1 clasp, Natal (2531 Pte., W. Yorkshire Regt.), surname spelt ‘Gedlow’, the first good very fine, the second with contact marks, edge bruising and polished, nearly very fine (2) £350-400


Frederick Arthur Gidlow was born in the parish of Holbeck, Leeds and enlisted in the West Yorkshire Regiment in September 1889, aged 17 years, direct from the 4th (Militia) Battalion. Posted to the East Indies with the 2nd Battalion in September 1891, and thence to Gibraltar, he was embarked for the Gold Coast in December 1895, where he served in the Ashanti Expedition and was advanced to Lance-Corporal in March 1896. Having then been placed on the Army Reserve, Gidlow was recalled by his old regiment on the outbreak of hostilities in South Africa, where he served briefly in Natal from October 1899 until returning to the U.K. in January 1900. He was discharged in July 1902; sold with research.