The Fine Collection of Dress Miniatures formed by the late Derek Robinson

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Date of Auction: 2nd April 2003

Sold for £390

Estimate: £150 - £200

The mounted group of thirteen miniature dress medals attributed to Major-General Sir Gerard M. Heath, K.C.M.G., C.B., D.S.O., Royal Engineers, Order of St. Michael & St. George, silver-gilt and enamel, ring suspension; Order of the Bath, Military Division, silver-gilt and enamel, ring suspension; Distinguished Service Order, V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, complete with top bar; India General Service 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Relief of Chitral 1895; Queen’s South Africa, 4 clasps, Def. of Ladysmith, Laing’s Nek, Belfast, Orange Free State; King’s South Africa, 2 clasps; 1914-15 Star; British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. Oakleaf; Jubilee 1897, silver; Russia, Order of St. Stanislaus, with swords, silver-gilt and enamel; France, Croix de Guerre 1914-1916, bronze palm on ribbon; U.S.A., Army Distinguished Service Medal, bronze and enamel, mounted Court style as worn, in Goldsmiths & Silversmiths, London case, generally good very fine (13) £150-200

Footnote

Sold with original card of Major-General Sir Gerard Heath.

Gerard Moore Heath was born in 1863, the son of Admiral Sir Leopold George Heath. Educated at Wimbledon and the Royal Military Academy Woolwich he joined the Royal Engineers as a Lieutenant in 1882. He served in the Bechuanaland Expedition 1884-85 with the Telegraph Battalion and was promoted Captain in 1890. He then served in the Chitral relief force. Promoted Major in 1899, he served in the Boer War, where he took part in the defence of Ladysmith, being in charge of the balloon section. For his services in the war he was twice mentioned in despatches, created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order and given the brevet of Lieutenant-Colonel. He was an Instructor at the School of Military Engineering 1902-06 and commanded the 1st (K.G.O.) Sappers & Miners 1907-10 and was Chief Staff Officer Burma Division 1911-12, being made brevet Colonel in 1907 and Colonel in 1911. During the period 1912-14 he was Brigadier-General in the General Staff of South Africa. With the outbreak of the Great War he was Chief Engineer of a corps in the 1st Army B.E.F. and latterly Engineer-in-Chief to the British Armies in France. He attained the rank of Major-General in 1917. For his services in the war he was seven times mentioned in despatches, was created a C.B. (1916) and K.C.M.G. (1919) and received awards from France, Russia and America. Retiring in 1919, he died in 1929.