A Fine Collection of Medals to the South Wales Borderers

Date of Auction: 17th September 2020

Sold for £850

Estimate: £400 - £500

Three: Colour Sergeant A. Fallon, South Wales Borderers, who was a member of the 1/24th Colour Party that made a special visit to Osborne House, 28 July 1880, to display to Queen Victoria the Queen’s Colour which had been saved from the Isandhlwana battlefield

South Africa 1877-79, 1 clasp, 1879 (1789 Cr. Sgt. A. Fallon. 1/24th Foot) a named up Specimen with copy claw,suspension and clasp; Army L.S. & G.C., V.R., 3rd issue, small letter reverse (1789. Cr. Sgt. A. Fallon. S. W. Bord:); Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.V.R., 1st issue (C.Sjt: A. Fallon. 1/V.B. S.W. Bodrs.) light contact marks, generally very fine or better (3) £400-£500

Footnote

Andrew Fallon was born in Roscommon, Ireland in 1845. He attested for the 108th Foot in March 1863, and advanced to Colour Sergeant in January 1869. Fallon transferred to the 1st Battalion, 24th Foot in February 1879, and served with them in South Africa (awarded L.S. & G.C. in May 1882).

Fallon was a member of the 1/24th Colour Party that made a special visit to Osborne House, 28 July 1880, to display to Queen Victoria the Queen’s Colour which had been saved from the Isandhlwana battlefield. He transferred to the 1st Brecon Rifle Volunteers in March 1884, and was discharged in April 1893, having almost completed 30 years’ service. Fallon was awarded the M.S.M. with annuity of £10 in September 1912.

Fallon’s original South Africa medal with clasp ‘1879’ was sold by J. B. Hayward & Son in their special Zulu War catalogue in June 1972. Sold with copied research, including photographic image of the recipient as part of the 1/24th Colour Party.