ORDER OF THE BATH (MILITARY) IN SILVER GILT, SOUTH AFRICA 1877-79, CLASP, 1879 ‘LIEUT A. G. CREAGH RL ARTY.’; EGYPT AND SUDAN 1882-89, 3 CLASPS, TEL-EL-KEBIR, THE NILE 1884-85, SUAKIN 1885 ‘LIEUT A. G. CREAGH A.D.C.’, DELHI DURBAR IN SILVER, 1935 SILVER JUBILLE, SILVER 1937 CORONATION, ORDER OF THE MEDJEDIE 5th CLASS, KHEDIVE’S STAR 1882
Maj.-Gen. Arthur Gethin Creagh was born on 12 February 1855 and was the nephew of Field Marshal Viscount Garnet Wolseley. Educated at Private School, then RMA Woolwich he was Commission Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery on 12th February 1874. He served with 20th Brigade in 1875 and had transferred to 6th Brigade in India in 1878. In January 1879 he was appointed ADC to his uncle, the then General Sir Garnet Wolseley, High Commissioner of Cyprus, an appointment that would make him as a soldier and would see him serve in five different campaigns over the next 6 years. Wolseley was seen as the most modern thinking General of his time. Highly successful in the campaigns he lead, it was his forward thinking and attention to details that reformed the entire way in which the Army operated.
As for Lieutenant Creagh himself, his appointment was clearly down to nepotism. Wolseley’s initial thoughts on Creagh seemed to be mixed, and although he clearly liked the young man, in a letter to his sister he called him a ‘Stupid’ and asked his sister to ‘wake him up’ for apparently loosing all his money on his way to join Wolseley from his battery. He also thought he enjoyed his self too much with raffish crowd he mixed with in India. However these initial misgivings clearly proved wrong as he would take ‘Arthur’ with him to Zululand, Egypt and the Sudan as a member of his small personal Staff. Wolseley set high standards and would not have suffered a fool or anyone without the required skills serving on his staff……………..
His Army List entry;
‘Major General Creagh served in the latter part of the Zulu war of 1879 as Aide de Camp to Sir Garnet Wolseley, and took part in the pursuit of King Cetywayo. Served in the operations against Sekukuni in 1879, and was present at the capture of the stronghold (mentioned in despatches, Medal with Clasp). Served in the Egyptian war of 1882 as Aide de Camp to Sir Garnet Wolseley, and was present at the engagements of El Magfar, Tel-el-Mahuta, Kassasin (gth September), and in the battle of Tel-el-Kebir (twice mentioned in despatches, Brevet of Major, Medal with Clasp, 5th Class of the Medjidie, and Khedive's Star). Served with the Nile Expedition in 1884-85, and in the Eastern Soudan in 1885 as Aide de Camp to Lord Wolseley (mentioned in despatches. Brevet 01 Lt.Colonel, two Clasps).’
Condition GVF, surprisingly little contact wear. Medals remounted. A very fine group indeed to an Officer who saw a good deal of service on the Staff on one of the most important Military figures in the Victorian era. His name will be found in numerous publications connected with Wolseley’s Campaigns 1879-85 and there is much research potential. Sold with some extracts, Army lists and other research.