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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 325

A classic Victorian cavalry group of four awarded to Private J. Wharton, 9th Lancers

Sutlej 1845-46, for Sobraon, no clasp (John Wharton, 9th Lancers); Punjab 1848-49, 2 clasps, Goojerat, Chilianwala (J. Wharton, 9th Lancers); Indian Mutiny 1857-59, 3 clasps, Lucknow, Relief of Lucknow, Delhi (John Wharton, 9th Lancers); Army L.S. & G.C., V.R., small letter reverse (1349 John Wharton, 9th Lancers), the Punjab Medal with severe edge bruising and contact wear, thus fair, the Sutlej Medal likewise worn and thus fine, the Mutiny Medal nearly very fine and the L.S. & G.C. good very fine (4)

John Wharton was born in Brigham, near Cockermouth, Cumbria and enlisted in the 9th Lancers at Maidstone, Kent in July 1843, aged 22 years. Embarked for India, he quickly saw action at the battle of Sobraon (Medal), followed by participation in the Punjab Campaign of 1848-49, including the battles of Goojerat and Chilianwala (Medal & 2 clasps). He was subsequently extensively engaged in the Indian Mutiny, from the actions at Delhi through to the final Lucknow operations (Medal & 3 clasps).

Wharton was discharged in October 1867, aged 46 years; sold with copied discharge papers which confirm his entitlement to the above Medals & clasps.

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