A Collection of Medals to the Black Watch

Date of Auction: 25th June 2014

Sold for £480

Estimate: £300 - £350

South Africa 1834-53 (Corpl John Hawkes. 73rd Regt.) good very fine


John Hawkes was born in the Parish of Longcot, near Farrington, Berkshire, and attested for the 73rd Foot at Reading on 11 December 1844, aged 17 years 10 months. He served eight months in South America, and 9 years 7 months in the Cape of Good Hope, serving throughout the second and third Kaffir wars. He was promoted to Corporal on 18 October 1854, and discharged ‘unfit for further service’ on 4 November 1856, in consequence of ‘ruptured and enlarged testicles’ from arduous service in the Kaffir wars.

Sold with copied discharge and pension papers.