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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 207

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South Africa 1834-53 (H. B. Ramsbottom, Acting A.D.C.), minor edge bruise, very fine and toned

Henry Batson Ramsbottom was born in July 1821 and obtained an Ensigncy in the 4th (King's Own) Regiment in October 1840. Having then purchased a Lieutenancy in June 1844, he witnessed active service as an Acting A.D.C. in South Africa during the Third War (Medal). He later transferred to the 99th Foot and died in camp, before Sebastopol, on 4 January 1855. In the following month, the Reading Mercury reported:

'Lieutenant Ramsbottom, reported to have been recently suffocated in his tent by charcoal fumes, was well known in Windsor and much respected. He was son of James Ramsbottom, Esq., nephew of the late John Ramsbottom, Esq., late banker and representative of Windsor in Parliament, and nephew of Mrs. Riley, of Forest Hill.'

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