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SUPERB ‘DEVILS OWN’ 88TH FOOT LIGHT COMPANY OFFICERS MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL. INCLUDING BOTH BADAJOZ AND RODRIGO CLASPS. FRIEND AND TENT MATE OF LIEUTENANT MACKIE. LATER SERVED DURING THE 1812 WAR AT THE BATTLE OF PLATTSBURG WHERE HIS COMPANY WAS HEAVILY ENGAGED AND THE ONLY COMPANY OF THE 88TH PRESENT AT THIS OR ANY BATTLE DURING THE AMERICAN WAR.

MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE 1793, 4 CLASPS FUENTES D’ONOR, CIUDAD RODRIGO, BADAJOZ, SALAMANCA ‘GEORGE HILL, SUBN. 88TH FOOT.’

Commissioned Ensign in September 1809, George Hill served in the Peninsular from January 1810 until April 1813, having been promoted Lieutenant in October 1811. Present at the major actions at Cadiz, Sab, Fuentes, El Bod, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz and Salamanca. He would later write about his friendship with and being the tent mate of Lieut Mackie of the 88th, who led the Forlorn hope at Rodrigo. Hill was in Captain Nickle’s Light Company during the American War and probably also during the Peninsular. The 88th was involved in Sir George Prevost's Lake Champlain campaign (August-September 1814) and at the battle of Plattsburgh on 11th September, Captain Nickle’s light company of the 88th, including Lieutenant Hill, two other officers and 63 men were the only Company of the battalion involved in the battle, distinguishing themselves at the forcing of the passage of the Sarniac and Savannah under heavy enemy fire. The rest of the battalion was left on the lines of communication.

In all, 28 88th officers received the MGS medal and not counting surgeons just 9 survived to claim the clasp for Ciudad Rodrigo, 7 Badajoz and 7 Salamanca. Of these, and including Hill, 3 Officers received medals who were at Plattsburg.

Condition VF, little bruise or better, very nicely toned, original ribbon, a superb medal to a superb regiment. Captain Hill was also recipient of the 88th Foot Order Of Merit (1818), First Class. Sold with silver 88th Connaught Rangers center piece from the rare 1829 pattern 88th Officers shako plate.

Code J1630        Price £7685 (£7285 without badge)