Long Service Medals from the Collection formed by John Tamplin

Date of Auction: 4th December 2008

Sold for £2,800

Estimate: £1,600 - £2,000

An extremely rare Victoria issue Army M.S.M. dated ‘1848’ on obverse awarded to Serjeant-Major Henry Whearing, 17th Foot

Army Meritorious Service Medal,
V.R., dated ‘1848’ below bust (Serjeant Major Henry Whearing, 17th Foot) edge bruising, some contact marks, very fine £1600-2000


Fewer than 10 M.S.M’s. with ‘1848’ below the Queen’s bust are believed to have been awarded to the Army.

Henry Whearing was born in the Parish of St. Michael’s, Woodplumton, Preston, Lancashire. A Weaver by trade, he attested for the 17th Regiment at Preston on 5 September 1825, aged 18 years. With the regiment he served 5 years, 3 months in New South Wales and 11 years, 3 months in India. He attained the rank of Serjeant-Major in February 1846 and was awarded the M.S.M. with an annuity of £10 in 1848. He was discharged on 13 March 1849 as ‘being unfit for further service’. Sold with copied discharge papers and other research.