The collection of medals to the 41st and 69th Regiments of Foot (The Welch Regiment) formed by the late colonel Dudley Thornton, CBE

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Date of Auction: 7th July 2010

Sold for £430

Estimate: £450 - £550

Candahar Ghuznee Cabul 1842 (Drumr. John Coppin, 41st Regt.) fitted with German silver clip and bar suspension, edge bruising and pitting overall, good fine £450-550


John Coppin was born in the Parish of Cheapside, London, and attested for the 41st Regiment at Arnee, East Indies, on 24 February 1835, aged 16 years 8 months. He was promoted to Drummer in January 1838, to Corporal in November 1850, and to Sergeant and Drum Major on 5 May 1854. He was discharged at Birr on 14 August 1858, suffering from a chronic cough and shortness of breathing, aggravated ‘by the performance of his duty in giving instruction in the Bugle and the Flute; these ailments undoubtedly owe their origin, in part at least, to his duties as Drum Major.’ Sold with copy discharge papers.