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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 236

Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, undated reverse, 1 clasp, Tamaai (1219 Pte. G. Candy. 10th Rl Hussars.), contact wear, heavy pitting, nearly very fine and rare

Bonhams April 2010.

One of 14 men from the 10th Royal Hussars to receive the Tamaai Bar.

George Candy was born at Houghton, near Stockbridge, Hampshire in April 1850, the son of Joseph and Charlotte Candy of St. Andrew's Farm, Houghton. Enlisting with the 10th Royal Hussars, having previously worked as a groom, Candy was posted to India with the Regiment in January 1873. He was still there in November 1878 on the outbreak of the Second Anglo-Afghan War.

The Regiment was divided between Browne's Peshwar Valley Field Force and Roberts' Kurram Valley Field Force (medal). 46 of them were drowned during a night crossing of the Kabul River on 31 March 1879 and the next month seven men were killed at Fateabad. When the Treaty of Gandamak was signed, bringing what proved to be a temporary end to the war, the Regiment returned to India, they were not to return when hostilities began anew.

Posted to Sudan not long afterwards Candy joined the Regiment at Suakin on 19 February 1884 however he was not present for the Battle of El-Teb at the end of the month. He was however present for the Battle of Tamaai on 13 March when the British again defeated Osman Digna's Mahdists. On this occasion the cavalry brigade was less heavily engaged, advancing with General Buller's square towards General Davis' broken square. The two formations made good use of their position to pour on heavy and accurate fire to drive back the Dervishes and allowed Davis' men to reform.

Returning to Britain along with the rest of the Regiment on 30 March 1884 Candy was discharged at Sandhurst on 5 March 1889 and listed his intended place of residence as School Road, Sussex. He was listed upon the 1901 census as living at 8 Garrick Street, St. Martin, London; sold together with copied research including service records, census data, pension records and medal rolls.

Further entitled to the Afghanistan 1878-80 medal and Khedive's Star 1884.

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