The Collection of Medals to Yeomen of the Guard formed by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Denny

Date of Auction: 8th May 2019

Sold for £650

Estimate: £650 - £750

The Second Afghan War and M.S.M. group of five awarded to Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant D. C. Elkins, 9th Lancers, later a Yeoman of the Guard

Afghanistan 1878-80, no clasp (1355. Sergt. D. Elkins. 9th Lancers.); Army L.S. & G.C., V.R., small letter reverse (1355. Sergt. D. C. Elkins. 9th Lancers.) official correction to initials; Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., coinage head (Sq. Q.M. Sjt. D. C. Elkins. 9-Lrs.); Coronation 1911; Jubilee 1935, the first with contact marks, nearly very fine, otherwise very fine and better (5) £650-£750


Daniel Charles Elkins was born at Iver, Buckinghamshire, on 8 October 1852. He attested for the 9th Lancers at Aldershot on 8 April 1871, aged 18 years 6 months, a shoemaker by trade. He embarked with the regiment for India on 9 January 1875, was promoted to Sergeant in June 1878, and served in Afghanistan during the campaign of 1879, from 19-30 March, and from 5 April to 6 June (Medal). He was awarded the L.S. & G.C. medal in July 1889, promoted to Troop Sergeant-Major in April 1890, and was discharged as Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant on 31 August 1896. He was appointed to the King’s Body Guard on 22 August 1902. Elkins was unsuccessfully recommended for the M.S.M. with annuity in 1922. The medal, without annuity, was finally awarded in Army Order 142 of 1936. He was present at the inspection of the Guard by King Edward VIII on 26 June of that year. Elkins died at Hounslow, London, on 1 January 1944, aged 91.

Sold with copied photograph and discharge papers.