AFGHANISTAN 1878-80, 1 CLASP, PEIWAR KOTAL ‘LIEUT.L.S.MELLOR, 2/8TH FOOT’; QUEEN’S SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902, 1 CLASP, DEFENCE OF LADYSMITH ‘LT. COL.L.S.MELLOR, L’POOL REGT.’,
Colonel Llewellyn Salusbury Mellor was born in 1853 and educated at Haileybury College. He entered the Liverpool Regiment in 1873 and, as a Lieutenant, fought in the second Afghan War including the action of 28 November 1878 and the battle and capture of Peiwar Kotal. On taking up command of the 1st Battalion in February 1899 he was promoted Lieutenant Colonel and was advanced to Colonel in May 1902.
Colonel Mellor’s 1903 Army list entry;
‘Colonel Mellor served throughout the Afghan war of 1878-80 with the 2nd Battalion of the 8th Foot, and was present in the operations in the Koorum Valley and at the capture of the Peiwar Kotal (Medal with Clasp). Served in South African -war in 1899-1900, and took part in operations in Natal in 1899, including actions at Rietfontein and Lombard's Kop, and in the defence of Ladysmith (mentioned in despatches, DSO. Medal with Clasp)’
Note, the Army list sais he was Awarded the DSO, something you may well have expected for his service at the defence of Ladysmith. However I can find nothing that confirms this Award?
Colonel Mellor did not serve in the Boer War beyond the siege of Ladysmith. During the First World War he commanded the following battalions but bid not go overseas and was not entitled to any WW1 medals:
King’s Liverpool - 15th Reserve Battalion - 23/11/1914 to 31/08/1916
Manchester - 2nd Garrison Battalion - 18/09/1916 to 08/02/1917
Cameron Highlanders - 1st Garrison Battalion - 08/02/1917 to 01/08/1917 Remained CO
455 Peiwar Kotal clasps to the 8th Foot,(including 19 Officers) and 560 no clasp medals (including 19 Officers).
Condition, VF, a few contact marks or better. Ex DNW 2005. A very good pair of medals.