A Collection of Medals to the 10th and 11th Hussars

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Date of Auction: 5th April 2006

Sold for £650

Estimate: £400 - £450

Three: Troop Sergeant-Major M. Palmer, 10th Hussars

Afghanistan 1878-80, 1 clasp, Ali Musjid (1110 Sgt. M. Palmer, 10th Rl. Hussars); Army L.S. & G.C., V.R., small letter reverse (1110 Tp. Sgt. Maj. M. Palmer, 10/Hussars); Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (Tp. S. Mjr. M. Palmer, 10-Hrs.) the first two with contact marks, nearly very fine, the last good very fine (3) £400-450


Matthew Palmer was born in the Parish of Hillington, near Lynn, Norfolk, and enlisted at Westminster on 6 August 1870, aged 18. He served as a Sergeant in Afghanistan in 1878-79, including the assault and taking of Ali Musjid. Promoted to Troop Sergeant-Major in April 1880, he reverted to Sergeant once more in December 1883. He served in the Soudan from 19 February 1884, and was slightly wounded by a spear in the back of his right shoulder at the battle of El-Teb on the 29 February, returning home on 22 April (Entitled to Egypt medal with clasp for El-Teb). He served in South Africa for one year from November 1884, but otherwise completed his service in the United Kingdom. He was promoted back up to Troop Sergeant-Major in October 1887 and finally discharged on 8 August 1891. His Meritorious Service Medal was announced in Army Order 345 of 1925. Sold with copy discharge papers.