THE MILITARY SALE Historically Important World Medals and Militaria Go Under the Hammer in London 6th November 2013 sees Baldwin’s and Dreweatts hold the second of their bi-annual Military Sales, comprising 320 lots of Medals, Militaria and Military ephemera. The sale will be held at Dreweatts Lo
Musketry on the 6th of October 1878. He served in Burma between 1885-7 and was awarded the IGS Medal with clasp (this his only entitlement), and as mentioned in Alumni Catabrigensis, whilst on leave from the army he rode with only a single native guide from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean, passing through several areas previously unexplored by westerners. Retiring from army service, he volunteered for service in the Boer War, and was involved with several evangelistic societies there. He was married one Janet Edith Orr Ewing, daughter of Sir Archibald Orr Ewing, and died on the 9th of November, 1935, and was buried in a private chapel at Nosely Hall, Leicester.
An Important Boer War Officer Casualty Group of 4 awarded to Captain Gilbert Macdonald Stewart, 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, killed in action at Spion Kop, comprising: Queen’s Sudan Medal, 1896-98 (Lt G. M. Stewart. 2/ Lan: Fus:), Queen’s South Africa Medal, 1899-1902, second type reverse, single clasp, Relief of Ladysmith (Capt G. M. Stewart. Lanc: Fus:), Khedive’s Sudan Medal, 1896-1908, single clasp, Khartoum (Lieut. G. M. Stewart), Coronation Medal 1901, first and third medals engraved in typical upright capitals, second medal officially impressed, the latter unnamed as issued, medals mounted singly within frame for display. Group toned, extremely fine, and a highly-desirable officer’s casualty group for Spion Kop. (4)
Captain Gilbert McDonald Stewart was born in Windsor, Berkshire, on the 4th of February 1873, the fifth son of Robert Stewart of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, based in Sydenham, London. He educated at Dulwich College, South London, before attending the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant into the 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers in February 1893, and shot for the Army in 1895, when he was also promoted to Lieutenant. He served during the occupation of Crete and then in the Soudan Campaign in 1898, being present for the Battles of Omdurman and Khartoum. He was promoted to the rank of Captain on the 9th of October 1899 and served in South Africa during the Boer War.
After the losses and disappointments of ‘Black Week’ in December 1899 when British losses had continued to rise, the British and Colonial troops hoped to make a concerted effort to outmanoeuvre the Boer forces which had held Ladysmith, Mafeking and Kimberley besieged. Attempting to make a two-pronged encirclement of Boer forces on the Tugela River, thus clearing the way to Ladysmith, the forces under General Sir Redvers Buller VC proceeded to the easterly flank, and those under General Sir Charles Warren took the westerly flank towards the crossing point at Trikhardt‘s Drift. Met by Boer forces on the facing hill crest of Thabanyama, a bombardment and subsequent infantry attack by Warren’s forces was easily repulsed by the entrenched Boer troops, and Warren looked toward taking the great hill of Spion Kop to allow him to turn the Boer flank. He ordered the hill to be taken on the night of the 23rd, where a