A Fine Collection of Medals to the South Wales Borderers

Date of Auction: 17th September 2020

Sold for £1,400

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,400

Pair: Sergeant Instructor of Musketry M. Gormley, South Wales Borderers

South Africa 1877-79, 1 clasp, 1877-8-9 (1477. Sergt. Inr. My. M. Gormley. 2-24th Foot.); Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (Sjt: I. Of M. M. Gormley. 2/S.W. Bdrs.) light contact marks, very fine (2) £1,000-£1,400


Michael Gormely was born in Carrigallen, Ireland in 1849. He attested as a Boy in the 24th Foot at Cork in October 1863. Gormley advanced to Drummer in December 1868, and to Sergeant in August 1874. He was appointed Sergeant Instructor of Musketry in April 1878, and served with the 2nd Battalion in South Africa. Gormely was appointed Acting Quartermaster Sergeant in January 1879 (awarded L.S. & G.C. in July 1882 - held by Regimental Museum) and was discharged, 28 January 1890, having served 26 years and 115 days with the Colours. He was awarded the M.S.M. with annuity of £10 in April 1912, and died in May 1916.

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