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

Date of Auction: 3rd December 2020

Sold for £460

Estimate: £240 - £280

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (Sub. Lt. H. S. Bland, H.M.S. Beagle.) large impressed naming, nearly extremely fine £240-£280


Approximately 110 no clasp Queen’s South Africa Medals awarded to H.M.S. Beagle.

Horatio Skene Bland was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on 7 April 1880, the son of Captain Horation Bland, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, and was educated at H.M.S. Britannia. He was appointed Midshipman on 15 November 1896, and was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant on 15 May 1900. He served in H.M.S. Beagle during the Boer War, and was drowned in the act of landing at Seal Island, Mossel Bay, Cape Colony, on 29 September 1901. He is buried in Mosssel Bay Cemetery, South Africa.

Sold with copied service record, medal roll extract, and other research.