The Langham Collection of Medals to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps

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Date of Auction: 17th September 1999

Sold for £270

Estimate: £240 - £280

Three: Sergeant H. Harper, Army Ordnance Corps

East and West Africa 1887-1900, 1 clasp, Benin 1897 (Corpl., Army Ord. Corps); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 1 clasp, Cape Colony (2442 S/Serjt., A.O.C.); King’s South Africa, 2 clasps (2442 Serjt., A.O.C.) good very fine, the first very rare to the army (3) £240-280


Corporal Henry Harper was specially recommended for service at Benin and was promoted to Sergeant in June 1897. However, his early promise was short lived, and it is apparent from his service record that he had a liking for drink. Having been promoted to Sub-Conductor in September 1901, he was first tried by Court Martial for drunkeness in February 1902, and thereafter on no less than three more occasions before being discharged in September 1903. Sold with copy service papers.