The Collection of Medals formed by The Late John Hillard

Date of Auction: 31st March 2010

Sold for £1,200

Estimate: £600 - £800

Military General Service 1793-1814, 7 clasps, Talavera, Albuhera, Badajoz, Salamanca, Pyrenees, Nive, Orthes (Thos. Legg, 48th Foot), with a silver riband buckle for wearing, signs of fire damage and refurbished overall, contact marks, edge bruising and somewhat polished, thus good fine £600-800


Thomas Legg is confirmed on the published roll as having been awarded the above described Medal & clasps.

The 48th (Northamptonshire) Regiment sustained particularly heavy casualties at Talavera and Albuhera - a total of around 750 men killed or wounded - thereby necessitating the temporary amalgamation of the 1st and 2nd Battalions. Of the regiment’s part in the former battle, when the Northamptonshires plugged a gaping hole in our line after the second French onslaught, Wellington wrote, ‘The battle was certainly saved by the advance, position and steady conduct of the 48th Regiment.’