Medals from the Collection of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £1,200

Estimate: £400 - £500

Pair: Paymaster Lieutenant-Colonel Stephen Murphy, 52nd Light Infantry, later 10th Hussars

Indian Mutiny 1857-59, no clasp (Lieut. Stephen Murphy. 52 Light Infantry.) a slightly later issue, officially impressed in large serif capitals; Afghanistan 1878-80, 1 clasp, Ali Musjid (Capt: S. Murphy. 10th Hussars.) extremely fine (2) £400-£500


Stephen Murphy was born in Ireland on 15 September 1819, and enlisted into the 52nd Light Infantry as a boy on 12 August 1833, aged 13 years 11 months, No. 883. He was commissioned Ensign in the 52nd Light Infantry on 2 November 1855, becoming Lieutenant in May 1856, and Captain in June 1861. He served with the Punjaub Movable Column during the Indian Mutiny of 1857-58 (Medal). He transferred as Paymaster to the 35th (Royal Sussex) Regiment on 7 August 1867, was promoted to Paymaster Captain in May 1872, and transferred to the 10th Hussars in April or May, 1877. He served with the 10th Hussars throughout the campaign in Afghanistan in 1878-79, and was present at the assault of Ali Musjid and the action of Futtehabad (Medal with clasp). He retired on 1 June 1883, with Hon. rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.