The Brett Collection of Medals to The Buffs

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Date of Auction: 17th September 1999

Sold for £1,050

Estimate: £400 - £500

Three: Captain Henry G. C. Burningham, The Buffs
Crimea 1854-56,
1 clasp, Sebastopol (Capt., The Buffs) contemporary engraved naming; Order of the Medjidie, 5th class breast badge, silver, gold and enamel; Turkish Crimea 1855, Sardinian reverse, officer’s pattern by ‘J.B.’, together with three companion miniature medals, the Crimea inscribed on the edge (Capt., The Buffs. 30th Novr. 1855), a set of three continental sized miniature medals mounted on a triple ribbon brooch, three ribbon brooches, two small grenade badges and four regimental buttons, all medals and miniatures fitted with silver ribbon buckles and the whole contained in an attractive contemporary display case, very fine and better (18) £400-500


See illustration on back cover.

On the night of 31st August (1855) Captain Ross, while on patrol with Lieutenant Burningham, Sergeant McCabe and a small party of men, encountered a Russian picquet which opened fire. Ross was hit seven times and taken prisoner, subsequently dying of his wounds. Sergeant McCabe, mortally wounded, was carried back under a heavy fire to the trenches by Private Lynch who, for his gallant action, was promoted Corporal and awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with an annuity of £5. The rest of the patrol was unhurt, but Burningham was wounded later in the night by a piece of shell.

Henry George Charles Burningham later transferred to the 58th Regiment, becoming Major in May 1862.