Long Service Medals from the Collection formed by John Tamplin

Date of Auction: 26th March 2009

Sold for £160

Estimate: £100 - £140

Seven: Captain Arthur Harris, Indian Ordnance Department

British War and Victory Medals (S-Cond., I.O.D.); War and Indian Service Medals 1939-45, unnamed; Jubilee 1935, unnamed; Coronation 1937 (Capt., I.A.O.C.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (S-Sgt., I.O.D.) mounted court style for wear, minor edge bruising, contact marks, nearly very fine and better (7) £100-140


Arthur Harris was born in Chester on 10 October 1885 and attended the Royal Hibernian Military School. A Tailor by occupation, he attested for service in the Cheshire Regiment at Dublin on 10 September 1901, aged 15 years, 11 months. With the 2nd Battalion he was posted to India in September 1904. He transferred to the Indian Ordnance Department as a Sergeant in July 1912. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in July 1915, Sub Conductor in October 1920 and Conductor in October 1923. During the Great War he was based at Rangoon Arsenal, July 1912-March 1915 and Kirkee Arsenal, March 1915-December 1918. He then served with the Aden Field Force, January 1919-April 1920. He was awarded the Army L.S. & G.C. Medal by I.A.O. 297 of 1920. On 16 November 1932 Conductor Harris was promoted Lieutenant (Assistant Commissary) and on 16 November 1935 was further promoted to Captain (Deputy Commissary). Captain Harris retired on 10 October 1937 but returned to service during the Second World War possibly with the rank of Major. Sold with copied research.