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

Date of Auction: 8th May 2019

Sold for £1,100

Estimate: £900 - £1,100

The Soudan campaign ‘Abu Klea’ group of five awarded to Staff Sergeant-Major Edward Davey, Army Service Corps, late 8th Hussars and afterwards a Yeoman of the Guard

Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, dated reverse, 3 clasps, Suakin 1884, The Nile 1884-85, Abu Klea (3073. Sergt. E. Davey. C & T. C.); Coronation 1902, bronze; Coronation 1911; Army L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (St.-Sergt:-Maj: E. Davey. A.S.C.); Khedive's Star 1882, the first with edge bruising and pitting from star, otherwise nearly very fine or better (5) £900-£1,100


Edward Davey was born in the Parish of Tiverton, Devon, and attested for the 8th Hussars at Bristol on 1 April 1868, aged 19, a confectioner by trade. He served as a Private in the 8th Hussars until 1 July 1872, when he transferred to the Army Service Corps. He was promoted to 2nd Corporal in January 1878; 1st Corporal, April 1879; Sergeant, June 1880. He served in Egypt from 2 August 1882, and later at Suakin in 1884 and with the Nile Expedition in 1884-85, when he was one of six men present at Abu Klea with the ‘Unattached Detachment’ of the Commissariat and Transport Department (Medal with 3 clasps, Bronze Star). He was discharged in the rank of Staff Sergeant-Major on 2 April 1893, and was appointed to H.M. Body Guard on 26 January 1899. He volunteered for Home Service during the Great War with the Army Service Corps, in his old rank, from 30 January 1915. He was then described as being a Master Baker, aged 65. He was transferred to Army Reserve on demobilisation on 18 February 1919. He appears to be one of only two Yeoman Warders and four Yeomen of the Guard entitled to the Abu Klea clasp.

Sold with copied discharge papers and other research including a negative of his portrait from the Body Guard records.