A Small Collection of Medals to the Dorsetshire Regiment

Date of Auction: 25th March 2014

Sold for £120

Estimate: £80 - £100

Army L.S. & G.C., V.R., 3rd issue, small letter reverse (86 Pte. T. Thornton, 39th Foot) slight contact marks, very fine


Thomas Thornton was born in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. He attested for the 39th Regiment at Walsall, Staffordshire on 23 October 1857, aged 20 years. Thornton deserted, 17 March-19 May 1858 and was tried and imprisoned, 20 May-29 July 1858. Re-engaged to complete 21 years service at Enniskillen on 23 July 1867. Served abroad in Bermuda, November 1859-March 1864 and East Indies, January 1873-March 1879. Discharged at Netley on 22 December 1879 being unfit for further service - varicose veins. With copied service papers.