A Collection of Medals to Members of the Nobility and The Royal Household

Date of Auction: 8th December 2016

Sold for £1,700

Estimate: £300 - £340

Pair: Captain Sir Nicholas Bacon, Bt., 4th Dragoon Guards, Premier Baronet of England

Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, dated reverse, 1 clasp, Tel-El-Kebir (Capt: N. H. Bacon. 4th. Dn. Gds.) unit officially corrected; Khedive’s Star 1882, unnamed as issued, pitting from Star, otherwise very fine (2) £300-340


Sir Nicholas Henry Bacon, 12th Baronet of Redgrave and 13th Baronet of Mildenhall, was born at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, on 22 October 1857, the second son of Sir Henry Bacon, Bt., Premier Baronet of England, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thomas Beckett, Bt., and was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Commissioned Sub-Lieutenant, 4th Dragoon Guards, on 3 May 1876, he was promoted Lieutenant on 3 May 1877, and Captain on 1 August 1882, and served in the Egyptian campaign in from 9 August until 22 October 1882, where he was present at the battles of Kassasin, 9 September 1882, and Tel-el-Kebir, 13 September 1882. He relinquished his commission on 10 September 1884.

Sir Nicholas married Miss Constance Leslie-Melville, daughter of Alexander Leslie-Melville Esq., scion of the Earls of Leven, and his wife the Hon. Albina Brodrick, daughter of Viscount Midleton of Midleton, on 22 June 1893, and they had one son and four daughters. Appointed High Sheriff of Norfolk in 1895, he was also appointed a Deputy Lieutenant and an Alderman of Norfolk county council, and served during the Great War on various district committee. He succeeded his brother as 12th Baronet of Redgrave and 13th Baronet of Mildenhall, and the Premier Baronet of England, on 13 April 1945 on the latter’s death. Sir Nicholas died less than two years later at his home, Raveningham Hall, Norwich, on 1 January 1947, and was succeeded to the Baronetcy by his only son, Sir Edmund Bacon, Bt., K.G. The baronetcy is extant, and is currently held by the recipient’s grandson.