The Collection of Medals to Artillery Units formed by Lt-Col. A.M. Macfarlane

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Date of Auction: 4th July 2001

Sold for £330

Estimate: £200 - £250

India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Pegu (2nd Lieutt. E. M. Playfair, 2nd Battn. Arty.) small edge nick, otherwise nearly extremely fine £200-250


Elliot Minto Playfair was born in Calcutta on 6 September 1828, and attended Addiscombe in 1844-45. He entered the Army in 1846 and served in the second Burmese war in 1853 with A Company 2nd Battalion, Madras Artillery, commanding the bullocks (Medal). During the Indian Mutiny he raised and commanded a horse field battery of the Nagpore Irregular Force, and was often engaged with the rebels in inconsiderable actions (Medal without clasp, known to survive). Playfair saw no further active service but rose to become a Colonel Commandant, Royal Artillery, in March 1894, and was promoted to General in the same year. General Playfair died at St Andrews, Scotland, on 29 May 1899.