OBE Lieutenant-Colonel's Boer War medals sell for £5,400 at UK auction

A set of nine Boer War medals awarded to a Lieutenant-Colonel emerged as the star lot in Dreweatt's Medals & Militaria auction on Tuesday (October 26).

Awarded to Frederick George Lawrence of the South Wales Borderers, 24th Regiment, the set comprised not only a Victorian Distinguished Service Order but also an OBE.

Also included in the lot were various medals related to his actions in South Africa, and a series of black & white and sepia photographs of the Boer War (pictured below).

Lieutenant-Colonel Lawrence's set of nine Boer War medals auctioned
with a fascinating set of memorabilia from the War, including photographs

The medals appeared in Dreweatt's sale with an estimate of £3,000-4,000. As we predicted, this was rather low and, in the end, the collection brought £5,400 with buyer's premium (hammering at £4,500).

Also starring in Dreweatt's sale was a Great War Military Cross group of seven awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel M H Pike of the South African Mounted Rifles.

Alongside his Military Cross, the third-level military decoration for "exemplary gallantry", Pike was also an OBE recipient.

The Great War Military Cross group of seven awarded to
Lieutenant-Colonel Pike

His Most Excellent Order of the British Empire breast badge (Military, 1st type) was included in the sale, along with a London Gazette report of the day he received it (June 4, 1917).

Lieutenant-Colonel Pike's medals auctioned with an £800-1,000, eventually selling for £2,280 with buyer's premium.

Dreweatt's sale was held in Paul Fraser Collectibles' home city of Bristol, UK.


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