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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 224

(x) The 60th (The King's Royal Rifle) Regiment

The Regiment arrived off East London on 27 September 1851, but so heavy was the surf that the heavily seasick troops were unable to disembark until 3 October. Initially involved in cattle raiding and crop destruction, in March 1852 the Regiment was part of Michel's Brigade under Sir Harry Smith which struck out at Iron Mountain in the Waterkloof. The 60th led the frontal attack which carried the mountain with the loss of one killed and one wounded. Further action would occur at the Wolf's Den, followed by a sharp skirmish at the foot of the Amatolas. Thereafter returning to patrolling and crop destruction, the 60th would eventually be split into various detachments and placed on roadbuilding and infrastructure duties.

South Africa 1834-53 (Capt. Geo. W. Bligh, 2nd. Bn. 60th. Rifles), loose suspension claw, onetime harshly - acid? - cleaned, polished, contact marks, otherwise good fine

George Waldegrave Bligh was born in 1824 and was appointed an Ensign in the 60th Rifles in March 1841. Advanced to Lieutenant in July 1844 and to Captain in the summer of 1849, he was subsequently actively employed in South Africa, including the operation beyond the Kei from December 1851 (Medal). Bligh retired in April 1858 and died at Farnham, Surrey in 1894.

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