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

Date of Auction: 8th December 2016

Sold for £750

Estimate: £500 - £600

Six: Captain the Lord Rotherham, 6th Dragoons

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (Lieut: S. L. Holland. 6/Drgns.); 1914-15 Star (Capt. Hon. S. L. Holland. 6/Dns.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Capt. Hon. S. L. Holland.); Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937, nearly extremely fine (6) £500-600


Stuart Lund Holland, 2nd Baron Rotherham was born on 25 October 1876, the son of the 1st Lord Rotherham and his wife Mary, and was educated at Harrow and Exeter College, Oxford. On going down from Oxford he joined the rush of recruits for the Boer War and was commissioned into the 6th Royal Inniskilling Dragoons as a Second Lieutenant on 23 May 1900. He served with the regiment in South Africa from 10 January 1901, and on 10 February, whilst in charge of a small detachment at Karroo Point, ‘2/Lieut Holland and 40 men took part in a big engagement outside Jansenville in which 40 Boers were killed or wounded’ (Regimental War Diary refers). Promoted Lieutenant on 10 July 1901, he served in South Africa for the rest of the war, and was promoted Captain on 17 November 1906. Appointed Captain and Adjutant of the North Devon Yeomanry Cavalry on 18 October 1908, he transferred to the Reserve of Officers on 7 June 1911, his father having been raised to the peerage as Baron Rotherham on 21 July 1910. On the outbreak of the Great War the Reserve of Officers was mobilized and Holland became a Captain in the 2nd Reserve Regiment of Cavalry on 12 August 1914. Transferred back to his old Regiment, the 6th Dragoons, he served with them in France, before being appointed Assistant Provost Marshal on 1 November 1917, and was Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 5 July 1919). From 1920 until 1922 he served as an Assistant Administrator at the Ministry of Munitions, serving on the Disposal Board, whose job it was to sell the vast number of weapons and ammunition which was no longer needed, before taking up a role as an Inspector at the Ministry of Pension in 1922.

Lord Rotherham married Miss Miriam Wright, daughter of Henry Wright Esq., on 25 October 1909. He succeeded his father as 2nd Baron Rotherham on the latter’s death on 26 December 1927. Lord Rotherham died, heirless, on 24 January 1950, and the title is now extinct.