The Langham Collection of Medals to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps

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Date of Auction: 17th September 1999

Sold for £1,150

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Six: Armourer Quarter Master Sergeant A. W. Strong, Army Ordnance Corps

East and Central Africa 1897-99, no clasp (731 Armr. Serjt., A.O.C.); Ashanti 1900, no clasp (Armr.-Serjt., A.O.C.) high relief bust; 1914-15 Star (A-1357 Armr. Q.M. Sjt., A.O.C.); British War and Victory Medals (A-1357 W.O.Cl.1, A.O.C.); Army L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (731 Ar. Q.M.Sjt., A.O.C.) light contact marks to the first two, otherwise nearly extremely fine and a rare combination (6) £800-1000

Footnote

Ex Upfill-Brown Collection 1991.

Alfred William Strong Strong was born in Dublin, and attested for the Corps of Armourers in January 1891, after serving an apprenticeship in London as a Gunsmith. He served for several years in India before he was posted for service with the Uganda Rifles, taking part in operations in Uganda and Somaliland in 1898-99 (Medal). He was briefly posted for duty with the 2nd Dragoon Guards in July 1900 before being posted for duty with the Ashanti Field Force two months later, for a period of four months during the operations of the Ashanti Expedition in West Africa (Medal). He next spent a year in Hong Kong followed by another five years in India, before returning home in December 1907. In 1909 he received his L.S. & G.C. medal, and in January 1912 he was discharged having completed 21 years service. On the outbreak of war in 1914, he rejoined on the 14th September and served in France from March 1915 to January 1916, with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force for two months, and in France again from February 1916 to March 1919. He was finally discharged on 4 April 1919. Sold with full service details and copy service papers.