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Egypt and Sudan Medals 1882-1891 from

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,500
ca. US$2,974 - US$3,717
Price realised:  £4,300
ca. US$6,394
Lot number 126, Views: 20

Egypt and Sudan Medals 1882-1891 from the Collection of Jack Webb Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, 3 clasps, Tel-El-Kebir, The Nile 1884-85, Abu Klea (Capt. W. H. Atherton, 5th Dn. Gds.) some pitting from star, therefore nearly very fine £2000-2500 Footnote 4 officers and 44 other ranks of the 5th Dragoon Guards served in the Heavy Cavalry Regiment on the Nile, of whom Major Atherton and 31 other ranks fought at Abu Klea. Major Atherton and 10 men were killed in action or died of wounds, mostly when the Heavy Camel Regiment section of the square was overwhelmed. Walter Hyde Atherton was commissioned Lieutenant in the 5th Dragoon Guards on 2 December 1874, and became Captain on 27 August 1879. He was attached to the 4th Dragoon Guards in Egypt 1882 and was present at the battle of Tel-El-Kebir on 13 September 1882. Promoted to Major on 16 April 1884, Atherton commanded the 5th Dragoon Guards detachment of 31 men at the battle of Abu Klea on 17 January 1885, during which action he was killed. Of the nine British officers killed in action at Abu Klea, seven of them belonged to cavalry regiments of the Heavy Camel Regiment, the other two serving with the Naval Brigade. Provenance: Purchased ex Seaby Bulletin, March 1965. Another medal named to this officer was offered by Sotheby in November 1984 with poor rivets and copy Abu Klea clasp (£540), and also by DNW in December 2002 but now with genuine clasp (£2200). Both medals appear to be genuine issues and it is possible that he received a double issue, one through the 4th D.G. and one through the 5th D.G.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Dix Noonan Webb
Title: Orders, Decorations and Medals (4 & 5 December 2008)
Date of the auction: 4 Dec 2008 - 5 Dec 2008
Address: Dix Noonan Webb
16 Bolton St, Mayfair
W1J 8BQ London
United Kingdom
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