EGYPT AND SUDAN 1882-89, UNDATED REVERSE, 1 CLASP, EL-TEB-TAMAAI ‘LIEUT C G NURSE 2/R. IR. FUSRS.’; 1914-15 STAR, NAMING ERASED; BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS ‘LT. COL.’; KHEDIVE’S STAR 1884, UNNAMED
Lieutenant-Colonel Charles George Nurse was born 1862 and commissioned into the Royal Irish Fusiliers as a 2nd Lieutenant on 22 January 1881 and was advanced to Lieutenant in July the same year. Serving with the regiment in India, he was variously listed in the Army Lists as an Interpreter or Station Staff Officer, Kolapore. In December 1884 Lieutenant Nurse was seconded to the Indian Staff Corps. In March 1885 he was appointed to the Bombay Staff Corps and was promoted to Captain in the Indian Staff Corps in January 1892. and to Major in January 1901. Appointed Lieutenant-Colonel in the 113th Infantry in January 1907, he retired from the Indian Army on 23 January 1909. Nurse served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers in the Sudan Expedition of 1884, seeing action at the battles of El-Teb and Tamaai. With the Indian Army he served with the Zaila Field Force during 1890, combating the activities of the 'Mad Jullah' in Somaliland. Lieutenant-Colonel Nurse, Indian Army, returned to action with the onset of the Great War, being re-appointed from retirement on 12 May 1915. Attached to the 3rd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment he entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 12 May 1915.
Condition; contact marks from Star mainly around ‘FUS’ nearly very fine and better . 1914/15 Star has remnants of Nurse’s naming visible, however this is itself renamed. With much research, including an account published by him of one of his expeditions whilst with the Zaila Field Force.