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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 339

Three: Lieutenant-Colonel J. J. Money-Simons, Indian Army

Afghanistan 1878-80, 1 clasp, Kandahar (Capt. J. J. Money-Simons, 24th Regt. N.I.); Kabul to Kandahar Star (Captt. J. J. Money Simons, 24th Regt. N.I.), official Indian Army-style engraved naming; India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Hazara 1888 (Major J. J. Money Simons, 24th Bl. Infy.), mounted as worn, good very fine and toned (3)

John James Money-Simons was born in London on 26 September 1844, the third of seven children of John Simons and his wife, Francesca, née Money.

Having attended the Royal Military College Sandhurst, he purchased an Ensigncy in 81st (Loyal North Lincoln Volunteers) Regiment in January 1867 but immediately transferred to 41st (The Welsh) Regiment, then stationed in Bengal, with which he served for four years. In 1871, he was given the probationary rank of Lieutenant and attached to 24th (Punjab) Bengal Native Infantry as 1st Wing Subaltern; he transferred to the Bengal Staff Corps in 1873 but continued to serve with 24th (Punjab) Bengal Infantry for the remainder of his career. He served as Quarter-Master and Wing Officer between 1875 and 1880, officiating as Adjutant in 1876 and being promoted Captain in January 1879.

During the Second Afghan War 1878-80, he served with the Thull Chotiali Field Force and was present at the actions at Jugdulluck and Saidabad as well as on the march from Kabul to Kandahar and the battle for Kandahar; he was mentioned in despatches in May 1880 (Medal & clasp; Star).

In April 1881, at Sutlej in the Punjab, he married Alice, daughter of Francis Drummond. He served as Station Staff Officer at Jullunder between 1883 and 1885 and was appointed Wing Commander in the 24th in 1885. Promotion to Major came in January 1887 and he went home on furlough between 1887 and 1888.

On his return to India, he served with his regiment in the Hazara expedition of 1888 (Medal & clasp), officiating as Second-in-Command 1890-91. Promoted Lieutenant-Colonel in January 1893, he was attached to 22nd Punjab Infantry in 1894 and commanded 24th Punjab Infantry 1894-97, retiring and returning home in 1897.

After his retirement, Lieutenant-Colonel Money-Simons lived at Glen Alla Ray in Co. Londonderry. His marriage was without surviving issue and his wife died in 1924; he died in Switzerland in June 1930 and was buried in East Sheen cemetery.

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