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
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
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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