medal code j1947

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A VERY SCARCE SOUTH AFRICA 1877-9 TO AN NCO KILLED IN ACTION AT INTOMBE RIVER 12TH

SOUTH AFRICA 1877-9, CLASP 1878-9 ‘1627 LCE SERGT G SANSOM 80TH FOOT’.

1627 Lance Sergeant George Sansom 80th Foot was one of 61 men of the 80th Foot killed during the disastrous attack on the British camp at Intombe River (drift) on 12th March 1879. He was the second most senior NCO of the 80th Killed in Action and the senior NCO of 'C' Company NCO killed. Only the Color Sgt Fredericks of 'E' company was of higher NCO rank.

Lance Sergeant Sansom’s body was one of 41 80th soldiers who’s body was found and buried. A further 20 bodies were never recovered. His name is engraved on the Zulu shield memorial to those killed at intombe, St Michael’s Chapel, Litchfield Catherdral.

George Sansom, aged 22 from Market Drayton, Shropshire, enlisted on 13th Jan 1871, joining the 80th Foot in Belfast 7 days later. He served with the 80th in Perak and served with ‘C’ company during the Zulu War. Medal rolls for Perak has name crossed out and one note ‘deceased’ and other ‘killed at Intombi’ May well be it wasn’t issued or claimed as Perak clasp not authorised until Sept 1879.

A really superb and very scarce medal. There have been no more than a couple on the market in the last 10 odd years.

Condition GVF, couple of small EK one at the rim under the '80th' otherwise EF. With its original long ribbon. Medal has never been on the market before and is being sold on behalf of the family.

Code J1957         Price £