We are pleased to have, for sale, this very fine and very rare group of medals, at
This superb set of 4 medals is to Albert Hilton, a Licensed Victualler from Manchester. He signed up to Broughton Troop, Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry Cavalry on the 3rd day of May 1895.
He was finally discharged from service during the Great War in 1916 and he was, in fact, awarded the Silver War Badge,
aged 49 years having achieved the rank of Quartermaster Sergeant Major.
The medal group is of particular interest and comprises as follows:
Queen’s South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal and South Africa 1901 Clasps named to: 1760 PTE. A. HILTON. 23RD. COY 8th IMP. YEO.
King’s South Africa Medal with 1901 and 1902 clasps named to: 2760 SGT. A. HILTON. 23RD I. Y. (this naming is in italics, more of which later.)
Coronation Medal 1911 privately engraved to: NO. 523 SQDN SGT MAJOR A HILTON D. L. O. Y.
Imperial Yeomanry Long Service and Good Conduct Medal named to: 523 SJT. A. HILTON. D. OF. L. OWN. I. Y.
He served for 21 years and 157 days and rose to the rank of RQMS – Regimental Quartermaster.
Medal rolls for the 23rd Company, Imperial Yeomanry confirm his Queen’s South Africa Medal.
His award of the QSA, the Coronation Medal and the Imperial Yeomanry Long Service Medal are all entered on his service papers. The KSA is believed to be self-awarded and privately engraved.
He may well have been confused about his entitlement following his Anglo Boer War Service therefore sourced his own.
Having been the Licencee of the Church Hotel, Flixton, Manchester when he signed up to the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Imperial Yeomanry, his named place of residence on leaving the Yeomanry was the Northumberland Hotel, Chester Road, Manchester.
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