Among the many interesting lots to go
under the hammer at Spink on the 21st of November is 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.
This is undoubtedly one of the finest
campaign groups from the period, and will be sold alongside the
remarkable diaries of Lieutenant Colonel Poole and his brother Dr.
On the 15th of November 1901, Lieutenant Colonel F.G. was presented
with his D.S.O., the only one given for the Defence, by the Officer
Commanding Troops, Peking, at a parade of the Garrison. Fittingly,
the parade was held on the Carriage Park, the scene of some of his
most daring exploits.
These diaries provide a graphic
historical insight into the brothers' adventures in Africa and
China, including the Siege of Legations.
The Medals and diaries together are
tangible artefacts from a seminal moment in world history. They are
expected to fetch between £20,000 and £25,000.
here to download a PDF of Orders, Decorations, Campaign Medals
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