ASHANTEE 1873-74, 1 CLASP, COOMASSIE ‘CAPT. H. F. S. BOLTON, 72ND FOOT. 1873-4’, AFGHANISTAN 1878-80, NO CLASP ‘CAPT. H. E. S. BOLTON, 1/18TH REGT.’ note incorrect second initial; JUBILEE 1897, SILVER; CORONATION 1902, SILVER; CORONATION 1911,
‘Major H. F. S. Bolton accompanied Sir Garnet Wolseley to the Gold Coast in September 1873 on special service, and served throughout the Ashanti war of 1873-74. Was sent to various places on the Gold Coast to enlist native contingents, and raised the Winnebah, Mumford, and Barracoe Companies of Russell's Regiment. Also commanded Regimental Transport and was attached to the 2nd Battalion 23rd Fusiliers during the second phase of the war (mentioned in despatches, promoted to an unattached Company, Medal with Clasp). Served in the Afghan war in 1880, including the operations in the Khyber Pass (Medal).’
Of Irish decent, Henry Francis Somerset Bolton was born in 1842 and had his first military service as a Private in the St Helena Regiment. This short lived Regiment was formed in 1842 …………. SEE PDF FOR FULL WRITE UP.
A photograph, circa 1900, of eleven Military Knights in uniform, in the Horseshoe Cloisters, Windsor Castle, is held in the Queens collection and can also be found online. Major Bolton is one of the eleven Officers in this picture.
Condition VF, light contact marks with original wearing bar. Ribbons are original but very distressed and last three medals detached. A quite superb and no doubt unique group to an Officer who rose through the ranks and saw a great deal of service.