The Jack Webb Collection of Medals and Militaria
Date of Auction: 20th August 2020
Sold for £1,300
Estimate: £600 - £800
FootnoteWhilst this is unlike any of the ten or so known examples of the so-called ‘Red Hot Shot’ medals in design, it is very similar in terms of manufacture and engraving. Authorities in St Albans were unable to provide any information regarding Mrs D’Oyly but did suggest a possible connection with the Rev. D’Oyly, who was a vicar in St Albans at that time. Cannon’s History of the 56th Foot confirms that the 56th returned to England in 1784 and having marched from Portsmouth to Chatham, they then moved to Glasgow, via St Albans, where they camped for a short while.
An example of a ‘Red Hot Shot’ medal can be found in our online archive.