Medals from the Collection of Peter Duckers

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Date of Auction: 17th July 2019

Sold for £1,100

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,400

A 1921 Mesopotamia ‘Central Kurdistan’ C.I.E. group of six awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel B. M. Carroll, Indian Army, who was twice Mentioned in Despatches, for services in Kurdistan, 1919, and Mesopotamia, 1920

The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, C.I.E. Companion’s 3rd type neck badge, gold and enamel, with neck riband; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1902, unofficial retaining rod between state and date clasp (Lieut. G. M. Carroll); British War and Victory Medals (Lt-Col. B. M. Carrol.); General Service 1908-62, 2 clasps, Kurdistan, Iraq, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Bt. Lt. Col. B. M. Carroll.); India General Service 1908-35, 1 clasp, Waziristan 1919-21 (Bt. Lt. Col. B. W. Carroll, 23 Pjbis.); together with a second set of British War and Victory Medals (Maj. B. M. Carroll.) rank officially corrected on the duplicate set; good very fine and better (8) £1,000-£1,400

Footnote

C.I.E. London Gazette 9 September 1921:
‘For services during the operations in Mesopotamia.’


Brian Maurice Carroll was born in 1881 at Bombay and educated at Mill Hill School, Middlesex. Commissioned into the 6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, he was attached to the 5th Battalion and served in South Africa during the Boer War, July 1901 to May 1902. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant into the regular battalions of the Essex Regiment in January 1903 and transferred to the Indian Army in April 1904 as a Company Officer in the 87th Punjabis. An excellent tennis player and cricketer, he played first class cricket, representing Europeans (India) in the period 1903-1906.

Promoted Captain in 1911, Major in 1916, and Acting Lieutenant-Colonel December 1918, during the Great War Carroll served in the arduous Mahsud Campaign the North West Frontier, 1917, and in Mesopotamia, 1917-18. Carroll received the British War and Victory medals twice in error, one pair named to Major Carroll, the other to Lt-Col Carrol. After the War he served in the Iraq Rebellion 1919-20 and rendered distinguished service in the operations in Kurdistan 1919-20, being promoted to Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel in November 1919 ‘for distinguished service in South and Central Kurdistan’ (London Gazette 10 February 1920), was Mentioned in Despatches for ‘valuable services rendered during the military operations in Central Kurdistan’ (London Gazette 12 December 1920), and was appointed C.I.E. the following year.

Carroll was attached as Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel to command the 28th Punjabis in September 1921 for service in Waziristan at Haidari Kach and briefly commanded the 2/21st Punjabis in 1921-22. He was Mentioned in Despatches a second time for services in Mesopotamia (London Gazette 9 September 1921). In August 1923, while serving as Lieutenant-Colonel, Second in Command of the 2nd Punjabis, he died of Pneumonia in Multan at 42 years of age.

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