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Auction archive: Lot number 796

The Langham Collection of Medals to the

Estimate
£3,500 - £4,500
ca. US$5,682 - US$7,305
Price realised:
£6,500
ca. US$10,553
Auction archive: Lot number 796

The Langham Collection of Medals to the

Estimate
£3,500 - £4,500
ca. US$5,682 - US$7,305
Price realised:
£6,500
ca. US$10,553
Beschreibung:

The Langham Collection of Medals to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps The impressive Great War ‘Hedjaz’ D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C. group of twelve awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel William A. Davenport, West Yorkshire Regiment, attached Egyptian Army, a prominent participant of the ‘Desert Revolt’ with Lawrence of Arabia, particularly in the South Hedjaz where he “carried out many important raids on the railway” Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R.; The Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) 2nd type; Military Cross, G.V.R.; 1914-15 Star (Capt., W. York. R.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaf (Major); Defence Medal, privately named (Lt. Col., 5th (Glos.) Bn. Home Guard); Egypt, Order of the Nile, 4th Class breast badge, silver, gilt and enamel, with ribbon rosette; France, Legion of Honour, 5th Class breast badge, silver, gilt and enamels, several points chipped; Khedive’s Sudan 1910-21, 2nd issue, 1 clasp, Mongalla 1915-16, unnamed as issued; Hedjaz, Order of El Nahda, 3rd Class neck badge, silver and enamels with gold centre, with original tricolour neck cord; Boy Scout’s Association, Medal of Merit, gilt metal (W. A. Davenport 16.3.49) the first ten mounted court style, generally good very fine or better (12) £3500-4500 Footnote See colour plate. D.S.O. London Gazette 4 September 1918: ‘For Military operations in Egypt and Hedjaz.’ O.B.E. London Gazette 15 December 1944: ‘In recognition of meritorious service in the Home Guard.’ M.C. London Gazette 8 August 1917: ‘For distinguished services in the Field.’ M.I.D. London Gazette 8 August 1916 (Wingate - Sudan 1914-16), 25 October 1916 (Darfur), 17 September 1917 (Wingate); 7 October 1918 (Wingate - Hedjaz), and 12 January 1920 (Arabia). William Arthur Davenport was born on 22 October 1881, son of the Rev. E. Davenport of Wellington College. He was educated at Marlborough where he distinguished himself in the Shooting VIII. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the West Yorkshire Regiment in 1903 and promoted to Lieutenant in 1908 and, in February 1912, was seconded to the Egyptian Army in which he was to serve, apart from the first fourteen months of the war, for the next twelve years. Davenport first saw active service in Gallipoli in 1915 whilst serving with the combined 1/7th and 1/8th Cammeronians (Scottish Rifles) battalion. Following the evacuation, he returned to the Egyptian Army and served in the Equatorial Battalion which fought in the Imatong and Lafite Mountains in the Sudan (Mentioned in despatches, Order of the Nile). Late in 1916, Davenport was selected for service with a detachment of Egyptian troops in the Hedjaz, where he operated in Emir Abdullah’s territory. Davenport’s important contribution to the Hedjaz operations should not be underestimated and, indeed, was fully recognized by Lawrence, himself, in Seven Pillars of Wisdom: ‘In Port Sudan we saw two British officers of the Egyptian Army waiting to embark for Rabegh. They were to command the Egyptian troops in Hedjaz, and to do their best to help Aziz el Masri organise the Arab Regular Force which was going to end the war from Rabegh. This was my first meeting with Joyce and Davenport, the two Englishmen to whom the Arab cause owed the greater part of its foreign debt of gratitude. Joyce worked for long beside me. Of Davenport’s successes in the south we heard by constant report.’ Davenport fought in the desert for nearly three years and enjoyed great success with his raids on the Turkish-operated Hedjaz railway. In July 1917, whilst Lawrence was engaged in the capture of Aqaba, Lieut.-Colonel S. F. Newcombe and Major Davenport raided Qal’at Zumrud, 140 miles north of Medina, destroying three miles of line by means of explosives. It was one of the most successful raids of the whole campaign, and was carried out by detachments of Egyptians, French Algerians, and Indian cavalrymen. General Wingate, in his despatch published in the London Gazette of 15 December 1919, records some of Davenport’s lat

Auction archive: Lot number 796
Auction:
Datum:
17 Sep 1999
Auction house:
Dix Noonan Webb
16 Bolton St, Mayfair
London, W1J 8BQ
United Kingdom
auctions@dnw.co.uk
+44 (0)20 7016 1700
+44 (0)20 7016 1799
Beschreibung:

The Langham Collection of Medals to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps The impressive Great War ‘Hedjaz’ D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C. group of twelve awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel William A. Davenport, West Yorkshire Regiment, attached Egyptian Army, a prominent participant of the ‘Desert Revolt’ with Lawrence of Arabia, particularly in the South Hedjaz where he “carried out many important raids on the railway” Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R.; The Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) 2nd type; Military Cross, G.V.R.; 1914-15 Star (Capt., W. York. R.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaf (Major); Defence Medal, privately named (Lt. Col., 5th (Glos.) Bn. Home Guard); Egypt, Order of the Nile, 4th Class breast badge, silver, gilt and enamel, with ribbon rosette; France, Legion of Honour, 5th Class breast badge, silver, gilt and enamels, several points chipped; Khedive’s Sudan 1910-21, 2nd issue, 1 clasp, Mongalla 1915-16, unnamed as issued; Hedjaz, Order of El Nahda, 3rd Class neck badge, silver and enamels with gold centre, with original tricolour neck cord; Boy Scout’s Association, Medal of Merit, gilt metal (W. A. Davenport 16.3.49) the first ten mounted court style, generally good very fine or better (12) £3500-4500 Footnote See colour plate. D.S.O. London Gazette 4 September 1918: ‘For Military operations in Egypt and Hedjaz.’ O.B.E. London Gazette 15 December 1944: ‘In recognition of meritorious service in the Home Guard.’ M.C. London Gazette 8 August 1917: ‘For distinguished services in the Field.’ M.I.D. London Gazette 8 August 1916 (Wingate - Sudan 1914-16), 25 October 1916 (Darfur), 17 September 1917 (Wingate); 7 October 1918 (Wingate - Hedjaz), and 12 January 1920 (Arabia). William Arthur Davenport was born on 22 October 1881, son of the Rev. E. Davenport of Wellington College. He was educated at Marlborough where he distinguished himself in the Shooting VIII. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the West Yorkshire Regiment in 1903 and promoted to Lieutenant in 1908 and, in February 1912, was seconded to the Egyptian Army in which he was to serve, apart from the first fourteen months of the war, for the next twelve years. Davenport first saw active service in Gallipoli in 1915 whilst serving with the combined 1/7th and 1/8th Cammeronians (Scottish Rifles) battalion. Following the evacuation, he returned to the Egyptian Army and served in the Equatorial Battalion which fought in the Imatong and Lafite Mountains in the Sudan (Mentioned in despatches, Order of the Nile). Late in 1916, Davenport was selected for service with a detachment of Egyptian troops in the Hedjaz, where he operated in Emir Abdullah’s territory. Davenport’s important contribution to the Hedjaz operations should not be underestimated and, indeed, was fully recognized by Lawrence, himself, in Seven Pillars of Wisdom: ‘In Port Sudan we saw two British officers of the Egyptian Army waiting to embark for Rabegh. They were to command the Egyptian troops in Hedjaz, and to do their best to help Aziz el Masri organise the Arab Regular Force which was going to end the war from Rabegh. This was my first meeting with Joyce and Davenport, the two Englishmen to whom the Arab cause owed the greater part of its foreign debt of gratitude. Joyce worked for long beside me. Of Davenport’s successes in the south we heard by constant report.’ Davenport fought in the desert for nearly three years and enjoyed great success with his raids on the Turkish-operated Hedjaz railway. In July 1917, whilst Lawrence was engaged in the capture of Aqaba, Lieut.-Colonel S. F. Newcombe and Major Davenport raided Qal’at Zumrud, 140 miles north of Medina, destroying three miles of line by means of explosives. It was one of the most successful raids of the whole campaign, and was carried out by detachments of Egyptians, French Algerians, and Indian cavalrymen. General Wingate, in his despatch published in the London Gazette of 15 December 1919, records some of Davenport’s lat

Auction archive: Lot number 796
Auction:
Datum:
17 Sep 1999
Auction house:
Dix Noonan Webb
16 Bolton St, Mayfair
London, W1J 8BQ
United Kingdom
auctions@dnw.co.uk
+44 (0)20 7016 1700
+44 (0)20 7016 1799
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