SUTLEJ, REVERSE MOODKEE 2 CLASPS, FEROZESHUHUR, SOBRAON,’LIEUT. W.F.A. COLEMAN, 80TH REGT’ BEARS A THIRD JEWELLERS CLASP TO REPRESENT THE 'MOODKEE' REVERSE, UNDOUBTEDLY ADDED BY COLMAN.
From Service papers under; ‘Instances where this Officer has specially distinguished himself by gallant or skilful conduct and whether noticed in General Orders’ :
'Wrecked on board the transport ‘briton’ on one of the Andaman Islands, vide G.O. of H.H. Sir H Gough Commander in Chief East Indies dated Rurmaul 1st Feburary 1845- at the battle of Sobraon ran the standard bearer through the body in single combat, recommended for promotion by Lieut Col Bunbury’
Colonel Colman served with the 80th throughout the Sutlej campaign of 1845-6 and was present in the battles of Moodkee, Ferozeshuhur, and Sobraon. At Sobraon the 8th Foot captured two Sikh Standards, one of which Colman helped capture, is along with the ‘black’standard captured at Ferozeshuhur, still hung in Regimental Cathederal at Litchfield.
Condition VF, minor EK’s but an excellent medal, rare to find a medal directly related to the taking of an enemys Standard!