The Collection of Medals formed by The Late John Hillard

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Date of Auction: 31st March 2010

Sold for £580

Estimate: £400 - £500

Punjab 1848-49, 2 clasps, Goojerat, Mooltan, contained in an old silver glazed case, the edge of which is engraved, ‘Color Serjt. T. Wootton, 32nd Foot’, with decorated silver riband buckle, extremely fine £400-500


Thomas Wootton was born in Leicester and enlisted in the 32nd Foot at Nottingham in April 1838, aged 18 years. Having then gained rapid promotion to Sergeant by October 1840, he was reduced to Private for misdemeanours unknown in April 1843, but had regained his Sergeant’s stripes by August of the following year. His subsequent service in the Punjab 1848-49, when he was present at Goojerat and Mooltan, is verified by accompanying research, but he was not present on active service in the Indian Mutiny, having returned home in the early 1850s to take up an appointment in the Militia. He was finally discharged in May 1859, at which stage he was recommended for an appointment in the 5th (Militia) Battalion, Middlesex Regiment.