The Langham Collection of Medals to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps

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Date of Auction: 17th September 1999

Sold for £650

Estimate: £600 - £800

A Boer War D.C.M. group of three awarded to Armourer Quartermaster Sergeant G. F. Woodhall, Army Ordnance Corps

Distinguished Conduct Medal, V.R. (672 1st C.-Armr.-Serjt. G. F. Woodhall, A.O.C.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Natal, Cape Colony, Relief of Ladysmith, S.A. 1902 (Ar. Sjt., A.O.C.) the second and third clasps are contemporary Tailor’s copies and, although not verified, are as worn by the recipient; Army L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (672 Ar. Q.M. Sjt., A.O.C.) contact marks and wear, particularly to the Q.S.A., otherwise nearly very fine (3) £600-800


D.C.M. London Gazette 27 September 1901: ‘In recognition of services during operations in South Africa. To bear the date 29th November 1900.’

M.I.D. London Gazette 30 March 1900 (General Buller), and 4 September 1901 (Lord Roberts). General Buller stated in his despatch: ‘The Ordnance Department has been short handed throughout and an unusual amount of hard work has fallen upon individuals and I submit the following in order of merit as especially deserving.’

George Francis Woodhall was born in Birmingham in 1866, and enlisted into the Corps of Armourers in April 1889, aged 23 years, a Gunsmith by trade. He served for a total of 21 years, including 1 year 2 months in South Africa, and 8 years 11 months in Egypt. He retired in March 1910 in the rank of Armourer Quartermaster Sergeant, having received his L.S. & G.C. medal in October 1907.