The Collection of Medals formed by The Late John Hillard

Date of Auction: 31st March 2010

Sold for £780

Estimate: £600 - £800

Sutlej 1845-46, for Moodkee 1845, 3 clasps, Ferozeshuhur, Aliwal, Sobraon (Serjt. John Ferris, 50th Regt.), with old silver riband buckle, signs of overall refurbishment, edge bruising and contact marks, thus fine £600-800


John Ferris enlisted in the 50th Regiment in London in April 1840 and was embarked for India in July 1841, where he first witnessed active service in the Gwalior campaign, when present at the Battle of Punniar in December 1843. Advanced to Sergeant in May 1844, he won entitlement to the above described Medal & clasps during the First Sikh War (India Office L/Mil/5/70 refers), but was killed by the collapse of his barracks at Loodianah on 20 May 1846.