A Collection of Medals to the Black Watch

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Date of Auction: 25th June 2014

Sold for £5,200

Estimate: £3,000 - £3,500

Three: Private James Gosnell, 42nd Royal Highlanders, who was severely wounded at Toulouse and by a lance at Waterloo

Military General Service 1793-1814, 5 clasps, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse (Jas. Gosnell, 42nd Foot.); Waterloo 1815 (James Gosnell, 42nd or R.H. Reg. Infantry) fitted with replacement silver bar suspension; 42nd Foot Medal 1819, silver (Js. Gosnell) edge bruising and contact marks, otherwise nearly very fine or better (3) £3000-3500

Footnote

James Gosnell was born in the Parish of Dures, County Cork, and enlisted into the 42nd Foot, a volunteer from the South Cork Militia, at Limerick on 14 May 1811, aged 25 years, a Shoemaker by trade. He served with the 42nd Foot in the Peninsula and at Waterloo, and was discharged on 24 August 1821, on reduction of the regiment. His discharge papers state that he ‘was severely wounded in the side at Toulouse - also received a [wound] from a lance in the right leg at Waterloo and has been frequently in hospital at Clonmel with pulmonic complaints.’ These papers bear the stamp ‘Royal Kilmainham Hospital 12 Sep 21’.

Gosnell re-enlisted at Naas, County Kildare, into the First Royal Regiment of Veterans on 25 December 1821, now giving his place of birth as the Parish of Abbeswedy, Cork, and served in that regiment until its disbandment on on 8 April 1826.

Sold with copied discharge papers and pension records.