A Collection of Queen’s South Africa Medals to the Royal Navy

Date of Auction: 3rd December 2020

Sold for £480

Estimate: £500 - £700

Six: Chief Engine Room Artificer T. B. Baird, H.M.S. Redbreast, Royal Navy

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (127191 T. B. Baird. Ch. E.R.A., H.M.S. Redbreast) small impressed naming; Africa General Service 1902-56, 1 clasp, Somaliland 1902-04 (T. B. Baird. C.E.R.A. 1Cl., H.M.S. Redbreast) large impressed naming; 1914-15 Star (127191 T. B. Baird. C.E.R.A.1, R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (127191 T. B. Baird. C.E.R.A.1, R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., V.R., narrow suspension, impressed naming (T. B. Baird, E.R.A. 2nd Cl., H.M.S. Vivid); together with a Silver War Badge (RN2548) good very fine and better (7) £500-£700


Provenance: Ron Tuppen Collection, Dix Noonan Webb, March 2013.

Approximately 83 no clasp Queen’s South Africa Medals awarded to H.M.S. Redbreast.

Approximately 81 Africa General Service Medals with clasp Somaliland 1902-04 awarded to H.M.S. Redbreast.

Thomas Birrel Baird was born in Burghead, Elgin, Scotland on 30 June 1862 and joined the Royal Navy as an Acting Engine Room Artificer 4th Class on 3 April 1884. Advanced to Chief Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class in January 1896, when serving in H.M.S. Bonaventure, he saw active service in H.M.S. Redbreast during the Boer War, and was promoted Chief Engine Room Artificer 1st Class in January 1902. Awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 8 September 1894, he was shore pensioned in March 1906.

Following the outbreak of the Great War Baird was recalled to the service on 2 August 1914, but was invalided with arterio sclerosis on 8 December 1915, receiving a Silver War Badge.

Sold with copied service record and medal roll extracts.