A Collection of Medals to the Royal Lancaster Regiment

Date of Auction: 25th June 2014

Sold for £240

Estimate: £180 - £220

Pair: Quartermaster Serjeant T. Lilley, Royal Lancaster Regiment

Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (Q.M. Sjt., R. Lanc. R.); Army L.S. & G.C., V.R., 3rd issue, small reverse letters (552 Cr. Sgt., R. Lan. R.) last with official correction to naming, minor edge bruising, good very fine and better (2) £180-220


Thomas Lilley was born in Bethnal Green, London. A Labourer by occupation, he attested for service in the infantry at Westminster on 31 July 1874, aged 18 years. He was posted to the 1st Battalion 4th Regiment and served in Gibraltar, September 1874-January 1879; West Indies, January 1879-June 1892, and the East Indies, March 1884-December 1892. He attained the rank of Sergeant-Major (Q.M.S.) with the 3rd Militia Battalion in February 1895. Awarded the Army L.S. & G.C. in January 1893. He took his discharge in 1895 but re-enlisted at Kilburn in 1914. Served as Warrant Officer Class 2 (Acting Depot Sergeant-Major). Discharged in April 1918 and postwar lived at Lancaster. Awarded the M.S.M. per A.O. 231 of 1925. He died on 12 March 1930.

The medals are recorded in the O.M.R.S. Journal, Winter 1991, Thomas Lilley, The King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) 1874-1930, by Norman Rowlinson. Also recorded in The Annuity Meritorious Service Medal 1847-1953, by Ian McInnes.

With copied service papers; copied photographs and other research.