ABYSSINIA 1867 ‘1246 W WADLEY, H.M. 45TH REGT’, SOUTH AFRICA 1877-9. CLASP 1879 ‘1791 CR. SERGT. W WADLEY, 1-24TH FOOT’, ARMY LS & GC, VR, SMALL LETTER ON REVERSE ‘1791 SERGT. W WADLEY, SOUTH WALES BORD’
William Wadley was born in Sudbury, Suffolk, and enlisted into the 45th Foot at Whitehall on 16 June 1864. He served with the 45th Foot in the Abyssinian campaign of 1867, and was promoted to Corporal in December 1868. He became Sergeant in January 1873 and transferred to the 1st Battalion, 24th Foot, on 22 February 1879. He proceeded to South Africa, where he was promoted to Colour Sergeant in June 1879. He reverted to the rank of Sergeant at his own request in June 1880, received his LS & GC medal in November 1882, and was finally discharged at Kilkenny in June 1885 with a pension of 20 pence per day for life.
Condition, polished, Abyssinia GF, SA 1879/LSGC, NVF with a little contact wear effecting naming around 3 and 9 o’clock, or better. With copy service papers. A good 24th Foot senior NCO’s group and an unusual combination.