A Collection of Awards for the Boer War formed by Doug Jenkins

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Date of Auction: 27th September 2017

Sold for £1,500

Estimate: £1,400 - £1,800

A Boer War D.C.M. group of six awarded to Battery Sergeant Major G. J. Lindfield, Royal Artillery, who was wounded at the battle of Talana Hill, 20 October 1899

Distinguished Conduct Medal, V.R. (59729 [sic] B.Qr:-Mr:-Serjt: G. J. Lindfield. R.F.A.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Talana, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (59727 B: Qr: Mr: Sjt: G. J. Lindfield. 69th Bty: R.F.A.); 1914-15 Star (59727 B.S. Mjr. G. Lindfield R.F.A.); British War and Victory Medals (59727 W.O. Cl.2 G. Lindfield. R.A.); Army L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (59727 C.S.Maj: G. J. Linfield. R.G.A.) mounted court-style as originally worn, generally very fine or better (6) £1400-1800

Footnote

D.C.M. London Gazette 27 September 1901.

George Jasper Lindfield was born in Chelsea, London, and attested for the Royal Artillery in 1887. Advanced Sergeant in 1896, he served with the 69th Battery Royal Field Artillery from April 1897-July 1901, during which time the battery was ‘along with the 13th and 67th, at Talana Hill, 20th October 1899 and at Lombard´s Kop... when along with the 21st, they were sent to support General French. On that occasion their services were most valuable... The battery moved north with General Buller to Volkrust, and was present at the turning of Laing´s Nek... the 69th were said to have distinguished themselves at Amersfoort. In 1901 the battery was employed in the south-east of the Transvaal, and a section was present with Major Gough when his force was cut up and the two guns were captured, 17th September 1901. Two guns were at Fort Itala, Zululand, when that place was attacked on 26th September. On that occasion the section lost 1 officer and 4 men wounded. Five non-commissioned officers and men gained mention for conspicuous gallantry: of these, Driver Bradley gained the V.C.’ (British Regiments in South Africa 1899-1902, J. Stirling, refers).

Lindfield was wounded at the Battle of Talana Hill, Dundee on 20 October 1899, but recovered and was promoted Battery Sergeant Major on 29 June 1901. He served during the Great War in the Egyptian Theatre of War from 5 November 1914, and was discharged on 1 December 1916.