The Langham Collection of Medals to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps

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Date of Auction: 17th September 1999

Sold for £230

Estimate: £100 - £150

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 1 clasp, Defence of Ladysmith (Storeholder J. Keefe, A.O.D.) clasp loose on ribbon as issued, nearly extremely fine and rare £100-150


Storeholder J. Keefe was one of two civilians from the Woolwich Arsenal who were present during the siege of Ladysmith, attached to the 4th Company, Army Ordnance Department. He volunteered to be armed during the siege and was mentioned in despatches by Lieut.-General Sir George White, Commanding Ladysmith Garrison. He was originally issued with the medal only, and the clasp at a later date.