Significant interest in a number of
important medal groups sold by Spink in today's auction has
resulted in some remarkable prices realised.
The star of this successful auction
was the unique and well documented China 'Defence of Legations'
D.S.O. Group to Lieutenant Colonel F.G. Poole, East Yorkshire
Regiment, who commanded the International Volunteers in Peking and
was wounded during the defence.
Our London auction room was filled to
capacity this morning when the D.S.O. Group sold for a massive
£102,000, approximately five times its estimate of
Above: Lot 7
The unique and extremely well documented 'Defence of Legations'
D.S.O., 'Great War' O.B.E. Group of Eleven to Lieutenant Colonel
F.G. Poole, East Yorkshire Regiment, later Middlesex Regiment, sold
alongside his diary and that of his brother, Dr. Wordsworth Poole,
which provide great historical insight into their adventures in
Africa and China.
Equally well competed for was the Important Second War 'L'
Detachment 1942 'Bouerat Raid' D.C.M. Group of Eight to 'Pay'
Riley, one of the founding members of the S.A.S. and an iconic name
amongst The Regiment. This group was eventually sold for £98,400, a
figure almost twice its pre-sale estimate.
Above: Lot 22
Important Second War 'L' Detachment 1942 'Bouerat Raid' D.C.M.
Group of Eight to Regimental Sergeant Major, Later Major, C.G.G.
'Pat' Riley, Special Air Service, Later Coldstream Guards. One of
the Founding Members of 'L' Detachment, having joined as one of
Jock Lewis' "Tobruk Four", with Bob Lilley, Jim Almonds and Jim
Blakeney. He was a renowned Pugilist and was probably the only
person have to have bested both Paddy Mayne and Reg Seekings in a
The sale also included a collection of 73 Shoulder Belt Plates
formed over the latter half of the 19th Century. Many of
the scarcer examples had not been noted at auction for a number of
years, and today this collection appeared on the market for the
first time in over a century.
Every plate in the collection was sold, the vast majority well
Above: Lots 202 (£1,680), 234
(£2,520) and 243 (£2,400)
Other notable results include:
A Fine Army Large Gold Medal to Major-General J. Skinner, 16th
Foot, who fought with the Regiment's Light Company during the
American Revolutionary Wars; he commanded the 16th Foot during the
expedition to, and capture of, Surinam, May 1804; and commanded the
Fourth Brigade during the Guadeloupe Expedition of February
Price realised: £57,600
The Historically Important Group of Honours and Awards bestowed
upon Bwana Doctari Surgeon-Major T.H. Parke, Army Medical
Department, a Doctor, Soldier, Explorer, and Naturalist who served
alongside H.M. Stanley in the Advance Column as Medical Officer on
the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, 1887-89, in which capacity he
cared for and saved the lives of both Stanley and Emin Pasha, while
in the process becoming the first Irishman to cross the African
Price realised: £55,200
Speaking of the successful day's highlights, Head of Medal
Department Mark Quayle said: "There were some very pleasing results
across the sale as a whole, with several truly historic lots being
strongly competed for by bidders from all corners of the
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