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

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Date of Auction: 8th May 2019

Sold for £300

Estimate: £260 - £300

The Second Afghan War medal awarded to Squadron Sergeant-Major Obadiah Smith, 6th Dragoon Guards, later a Yeoman of the Guard

Afghanistan 1878-80, no clasp (874. Tp. Sgt. Mr. O. Smith. 6th D. Gds.) small edge bruise and nicks, nearly very fine £260-£300


Obadiah Smith was born in the Parish of Rasmaron, near Rye, Sussex, and attested for the 6th Dragoon Guards at Westminster on 1 December 1868, aged 18, a bricklayer by trade. He was appointed Troop Sergeant-Major on 1 January 1877, and served in Afghanistan with the Khyber Line Field Force from 24 October 1879 to 21 August 1880 (Medal). He afterwards served in India for nearly three years before returning home in May 1883. He was discharged in London on 31 March 1897 and appointed to the Yeomen of the Guard on 27 May 1900. He is additionally entitled to the L.S. & G.C. medal and the 1902 Coronation medal. He died on 8 April 1910.

Sold with copied discharge papers and photograph of the recipient as a Yeoman wearing medals.