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A SUPERB SUTLEJ CAMPAIGN MEDAL TO THE 50TH FOOT’S SERGEANT-MAJOR WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT SOBRAON HAVING JUST RUN A SIKH ENSIGN THROUGH WITH HIS SWORD AND TAKEN THE COLOUR

SUTLEJ 1845-46, 3 CLASPS, FEROZESHUHUR, ALIWAL, SOBRAON ‘COLOR SERJT. JOHN CANTWELL 50TH REGT.’

John Cantwell joining the 50th on 26th January 1831,serving in Australia between 1834 and 1841. Promoted to Colour Sergeant in May 1842. In 1843 the regiment took part in the Gwalior Campaign, receiving the Punniar Star, Cantwell, however missed this campaign, having returned to UK to join the Regimental depot in March 1842 and therefore did not receive the medal. He did not arrive back with HQ in India until 28th April 1844. Cantwell served through the all the battles of the Sikh War of 1845-6, being promoted Regimental Sergeant Major on 2nd January 1846. Cantwell was Killed in action a month later at the battle of Sobraon on 10th February.

‘Sergeant Major Cantwell has just run a Sikh Ensign through with his sword and seized the Colour when he himself is cut down by a vicious blow from a tulwar (the Hindustani for sword); his body stripped and gashed will be found in a ditch at the end of the fighting’.

Condition VF, just slight edge bruising, a superb medal. Ex Glendining 1912 and Ex Brian Richie collection DNW Sept 2005. Now sold with copy Regimental musters Regimental history etc etc. on CD.

Code J1624         Price £4995