A Collection of Queen’s South Africa Medals for the Relief of Ladysmith

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Date of Auction: 21st May 2020

Sold for £200

Estimate: £140 - £180

Pair: Bombardier T. Edwards, 28th Battery, Royal Field Artillery

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal (20089 Bomb: T. Edwards, 28: B, R.F.A.) impressed naming; King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (20089 Gnr: T. Edwards. R.F.A.) impressed naming; together with the recipient’s Great War Silver War Badge, the reverse officially numbered ‘128133’, reverse of last lacking pin, minor edge bruise and light contact marks, very fine (3) £140-£180


Thomas Edwards was born in Marylebone, London, in 1876 and attested there for the Royal Field Artillery on 17 May 1897. He served with the 28th Battery in South Africa during the Boer War and was discharged at his own request on 13 November 1902. Following the outbreak of the Great War he enlisted as a Private in the Army Ordnance Corps on 26 June 1917, but was discharged on 3 October of that year as ‘no longer physically fit for war service’. The Silver War Badge was his only entitlement for the Great War.