Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
(x) The 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment
The Regiment embarked at Cork and reached Cape Town on 18 August 1835. Initially acting as peacekeepers between the Boers and native tribes in Natal, the Regiment bore much of the responsibility to stem the tide of enemy incursions as they invaded the settlements following their victory against Hare in June 1846. With Lieutenant-Colonel Montague Johnstone in Command, there was a fruitless attempt to surround Kreli, but the wily chief surrendered before any serious fighting and the troops returned home through country badly burned up through drought; similar pressure led to the surrender of Sandili. Thereafter the Regiment were continually employed in patrolling, until its return to Gravesend, England, in April 1848.
South Africa 1834-53 (Lieut.& Adjt. B. Midgley, 27th. Regt.), scratches to obverse by Queen's head, otherwise very fine
Benjamin Midgley was appointed an Ensign in the 27th Regiment in December 1837 and gained advancement to Lieutenant in April 1841. He was present in operations in South Africa during the Second War (Medal) and was promoted to Captain in August 1852, shortly before taking up appointment as Adjutant of the King's Own 3rd Regiment of Staffordshire Militia.
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