The Collection of Medals formed by The Late John Hillard

Date of Auction: 31st March 2010

Sold for £1,800

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Crimea 1854-56, 3 clasps, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol (H. Williams, 1st Rl. Dragoons), officially impressed naming, with Bailey, Coventry laurel riband brooch, contact marks and edge bruising, otherwise nearly very fine £800-1000


Henry Williams was born in Suffolk and enlisted in the 1st Royal Dragoons in April 1831, aged 19 years. Subsequently actively employed in the Crimea, he was present in the famous charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaklava, when the 1st Royal Dragoons had two men killed and 11 wounded - eight men from the Regiment were subsequently awarded Distinguished Conduct Medals. Williams was discharged on his return to the U.K. in October 1856, in consequence of being found unfit for further military service; sold with copied service record and roll verification for the above described Medal & clasps.