EGYPT AND SUDAN 1882-9, DATED REVERSE, 3 CLASPS, TEL-EL-KEBIR, SUAKIN 1884, EL-TEB_TAMAAI ‘4220. CORPL. C. DUFFIN. 3/K.R.**‘, BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-20 ‘R-5733 W.O. CL.1. C. DUFFIN. K.R.’, ARMY L.S. & G.C., V.R.‘4220. MIL:S:MAJ: C. DUFFIN. K.R.**’, KHEDIVE'S STAR 1882, unnamed as issued.
Charles Duffin , aged 18, from Hythe, Kent, enlisted into the 76th Regiment on 24th March 1879. On 1st Dec 1879, he transferred to the 3rd battalion, 60th King’s Royal Rifle Corps. He was promoted Corporal in June 1882, Lance Sergeant June 1885, Sergeant June 1886, Colour Sergeant in August 1886, Sergeant Major (Militia) Oct 1896 and Sergeant Major (WO) on 1st April 1900.
Duffin served in Natal from 3rd Nov 1880 until 22nd Feb 1882, therefore taking part in the 1st Boer War, the 3/60th being noted in particular for the battle of Ingogo River. He further served in Malta Feb 1882 until July 1882, Egypt July 1882 until May 1884 ; including the Egypt and Sudan Campaigns. He further served in Cyrus and Gibraltar Feb 1885 until Dec 1891, the rest of his service being at home. Duffin is noted as being severely wounded in action at the battle of Tamaai (gunshot wound to left thigh). Here he was one of 214 British casualties that day and one of just 5 to the Rifle Corps. For the British, this was the costliest in casualties of all the battles of the Sudan campaigns 1884-9.
Sergeant Major Duffin, now aged 50, was discharged at Woolwich on 24th March 1911. His conduct unsurprisingly, was noted as ‘exemplary’, his service 32 years and confirms all awards/clasps. At the outbreak of WW1, Duffin reenlisted with the Rifles for a year on 10th October 1914, though in the event he was not discharged until 18th June 1918, by which time he was Regimental Sergeant Major. Reason given; ‘age and defective memory’. His entire service was at home during the Great War and was entitled to the BWM only (MIC confirms).
Condition GF/VF a little polished and usual pitting on Egypt. Last part of naming of Regt on 1st two from largely lost from contact with Star, rest of naming on these two and BWM fine; areas effected noted as ‘**’. Sold with copy service papers.
A good group to a long serving Sergeant Major of the Rifle Corps who would have seen a great deal of action. Additionally a very scarce casualty to the Rifles for the battle of Tamaai.