QUEEN'S SOUTH AFRICA, 7 CLASPS BELFAST, DIAMOND HILL, JOHANNESBURG, RELIEF OF LADYSMITH, ORANGE FREE STATE, TUGELA HEIGHTS AND CAPE COLONY, ‘3599 TMPR H. LEIGH. 14/HRS’ KING'S SOUTH AFRICA, CLASPS SA 1901, SA 1902 ‘3599 SERJT: D. LEIGH: 14TH HUSSARS’.1914-15 STAR/ BWM/LSGC ‘3599. / SQ. Q.M. SJT. H.J.D. LEIGH / 14TH. HRS. PLAQUE ‘HENRY JAMES DECCAN LEIGH’, ’ GEORGE V CORONATION ‘183 SGT. MAJOR R. LEIGH. CHERTSEY NATL RESERVE’ – MISSING VICTORY MEDAL
Henry James Deccan Leigh born Sercunderbad, India, joined the 14th Hussars on 18th April 1896, aged 13. During the Boer War, Major Brown using his own horse, carried Leigh out of the action to safety under heavy fire after both Leigh and Brown had gone back to save another man . Brown was awarded the Victoria Cross for the action. Leigh is mentioned by name in the VC citation and was later MID’s for his actions.
The Coronation medal is not Henry’s but presumable his Fathers; barrack Warden R Leigh and group can be purchased without this for £65 less if wished.
Condition VF, EF’s to QSA and KSA, Death Plaque cleaned. No apparent reason for non issue of Victory medal and it must be assumed this has been lost. Ex Bonhams 2007.