The Keith Holshausen Collection

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Date of Auction: 16th September 2010

Sold for £430

Estimate: £300 - £350

Pair: Sub-Inspector F. G. Shettle, British South Africa Police

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Rhodesia, Relief of Mafeking, Transvaal (853 Serjt. F. G. Shettle, B.S.A. Police); Coronation 1911, last clasp on the first unofficially riveted, generally very fine or better (2) £300-350


Frederick George Shettle was born in Brighton in June 1867 and served in the Gloucestershire Regiment for 12 years before emigrating to Rhodesia in March 1898, where he enlisted in the Mashonaland Division of the British South Africa Police. His subsequent services in the Boer War resulted in him being awarded the above described Medal & clasps, in addition to the King’s South Africa Medal, while in 1911 he accompanied the B.S.A.P. contingent to London for the Coronation and received his Medal from the hands of the King at Buckingham Palace. Adding the British War and Victory Medals to his accolades for subsequent services in Murray’s column in German East Africa from June 1916 until July 1917 - and a mention in despatches - he was awarded the L.S. & G.C. Medal in 1917. Shettle, who had been advanced to Sub-Inspector back in September 1915, was still in service at the time of his death in Salisbury in November 1926, shortly after having been presented to General Sir Robert Baden-Powell; sold with a file of research, including copied photographs, Medal & clasp verification, and obituary from the Outpost.