A Collection of Medals to the 13th Regiment and Somerset Light Infantry

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Date of Auction: 2nd April 2004

Sold for £210

Estimate: £180 - £220

India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Burma 1885-7 (1013 Pte. T. Jenkins, 2d Bn. Som. L.I.) edge nicks, otherwise nearly extremely fine £180-220


Thomas Jenkins enlisted in the Somerset Light Infantry during the course of 1884 and, following his recruit training at Taunton depot, proceeded to India where he joined the 2nd Battalion in January 1885. In March of the following year, Jenkins and his comrades were ordered to join the Toungoo Field Force in Upper Burma, but, as confirmed by the relevant muster roll, he was not among those to return from these operations, being listed as ‘Deceased’ - the Battalion lost 3 officers and 14 men killed or died of wounds, together with another 150 of all ranks from disease, Jenkins very probably being among the latter.