A Small Collection of Medals to War Correspondents

Date of Auction: 16th July 2020

Sold for £1,400

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,600

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (Mr. L. C. Duncombe-Jewell “Morning Post”) good very fine £1,200-£1,600


Provenance: Dix Noonan Webb, July 2001.

Louis Charles Richard Jewell was born at Liskeard, Cornwall, on 10 September 1866, and assumed the additional surname of Duncombe in accordance with his Grandmother’s will in 1895. Formerly a Lieutenant in the 3rd Volunteer Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, he represented The Times in Spain during the rumours of an impending Carlist rising in 1898-99, and served as a Special War Correspondent for the Morning Post newspaper in South Africa, the same paper that also employed Winston Churchill, with the 3rd Division South African Field Force.

Duncombe-Jewell was a noted historian, novelist and verse-writer, and made numerous contributions to the Pall Mall Gazette, Black and White Budget, and many other publications of the period. He was editor of Armorial Cornwall, founder and Hon. Sec. Celtic-Cornish Society, and leader of the Cornish Language Movement.