A Collection of Medals for the Ashanti 1895-96 Expedition

Date of Auction: 25th June 2008

Sold for £980

Estimate: £600 - £700

Three: Private A. Burton, West Yorkshire Regiment

Ashanti Star 1896, the reverse regimentally engraved, ‘2695 Pte. A. Burton, 2 W. Yorks. R.’; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek (2695 Pte., W. York. Regt.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (2695 Pte., W. York. Regt.), minor contact marks, generally good very fine and scarce (3) £600-700


Albert Burton was born near Harrogate and enlisted in the West Yorkshire Regiment in May 1890, aged 21 years. Posted to the East Indies with the 2nd Battalion in September of the following year, and thence to Gibraltar, he was embarked for the Gold Coast in December 1895, where he was actively employed in the Ashanti Expedition before his return to the U.K. in February 1896. Having then been placed on the Army Reserve, Burton was recalled by his old regiment on the outbreak of hostilities in South Africa, where he served from October 1899 until July 1902, and was present in the relief of Ladysmith operations. He was discharged at York in August 1902; sold with research.