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: £500 - £600

Five: Lieutenant Frederick Lord Wolverton, North Somerset Imperial Yeomanry
Jubilee 1897, silver; Delhi Durbar 1903, silver; Coronation 1911; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 2 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State (Lieut. F. Lord Wolverton, N. Som. Impl. Yeo.); League of Mercy, breast badge, silver-gilt and enamels, mounted as worn, generally good very fine (5) £500-600


The Honourable Frederick Glyn was born on 24 September 1864, second son of Vice-Admiral Harry Carr Glyn, C.B., C.S.I., R.N. He was educated at Eton and at Oxford as a non-collegiate student, and entered the old private banking house of Glyn, Mills, Currie & Co., which had been founded by his great-grandfather in 1753, and ultimately became the senior of the partners. In 1888, he succeeded his brother as fourth baron, and with the acquisition of a fortune of £50,000 a year he became a notable big-game hunter, an enthusiastic race-horse owner, and a pillar of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

Lord Wolverton was one of the most famous personalities in Court and sporting circles, and a close personal friend of both King Edward and King George. He was a Lord-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria 1892-93 and Vice-Chamberlain of the Household to King Edward 1902-05. He served as a Lieutenant in the North Somerset Yeomanry during the Boer War (Medal with two clasps). He was Hon. Colonel of the 10th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, an Hon. Secretary to the League of Mercy, and a member of the Jockey Club, of which he became a Steward in 1913. He died at his London residence on 3 October 1932 and was buried in the family vault at his country seat at Iwerne Minster in Dorset, of which county he was a Deputy-Lieutenant.

The group is sold with a rare copy of his book, Five Months’ Sport in Somali Land, published London 1894, Chapman & Hall Ld., 108pp, Map and 23 plates, in original cloth covers.