A Collection of Medals formed by the Reverend Canon Nigel Nicholson, OStJ, DL

Date of Auction: 16th April 2020

Sold for £2,000

Estimate: £2,400 - £2,800

A 1897 ‘Diamond Jubilee’ C.B. group of four awarded to Major-General S. J. Nicholson, Royal Artillery

The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B. (Military) Companion’s breast badge; silver-gilt (hallmarks for London 1890) and enamel, with integral riband buckle; Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, undated reverse, 1 clasp, Suakin 1885 (Lt. Col: S. J. Nicholson, R.A.); Jubilee 1897, silver, unnamed as issued; Khedive’s Star 1884-6, unnamed as issued, minor pitting to Egypt Medal from Star, otherwise very fine and better (4) £2,400-£2,800


C.B. London Gazette 22 June 1897.

Stuart James Nicholson was born on 20 November 1836, the son of W H. Nicholson, Esq., J.P., of St. Margaret’s, Kent, and was educated at Charterhouse and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He was commissioned Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery on 31 July 1855, and was promoted Captain on 3 October 1863; Major on 5 July 1872; and received the Brevet of Lieutenant-Colonel on 1 July 1881. Confirmed in that rank on 11 January 1882, he served in the Sudan campaign in 1885, and took part in the reconnaissance, advance on, and action at Hasheen; the advance on 22 March 1885 in support of the Tofrek zareba; and the advance on Tamai and the burning of Hasheen village. For his services in the Sudan he was Mentioned in Despatches and promoted Colonel.

Advanced Major-General on 27 March 1895, Nicholson was created a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the Diamond Jubilee Honours’ List in 1897, and was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal as Officer Commanding the Royal Artillery, Southern District. He retired from the Army on 20 November 1898, and died on 10 April 1917.