medal code 1721

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A RARE NAVAL OFFICERS MAORI WAR OF 1863-4 AND ZULU WAR CAMPAIGN PAIR. AGED 17, TOOK PART IN THE DISASTROUS ACTION AT GATE PA IN 1864, COMMANDED THE DARING ‘TORPEDO’ EXPEDITION AGAINST THE PERUVIAN IRONCLAD HUASCAR IN 1877 AND DURING THE ZULU WAR WAS TWICE MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES FOR HIS SERVICES IN THE NAVAL BRIGADE, IN PARTICULAR FOR HIS ACTIONS AT THE BATTLE OF GINGINHLOVO IN APRIL 1879

NEW ZEALAND 1845-66, REVERSE DATED 1863-1864 ‘C. LINDSAY, MIDN., H.M.S. ESK’; SOUTH AFRICA 1877-9, CLASP, 1879 ‘LIEUT. C. LINDSAY, R.N., H.M.S. SHAH’

Obituary from ‘The Times’ August 21, 1890.
‘The death was yesterday announced of Commander Charles Lindsay, at the age of 43 years, which took place suddenly at Broughty Ferry, N.B., on Sunday last. The deceased officer, who entered the" service at naval cadet in 1861, became sub - lieutenant in 1867, lieutenant in 1871, commander In 1883. he was midshipman of the Esk in the New Zealand war of 1863-4 ; senior lieutenant of the Shah when the engaged the Peruvian rebel turret ship Huascar in May. 1877, and was in command of two night torpedo expeditions against her of the towns of Ylo and Iquique. He was likewise senior lieutenant of the Shah's contingent which landed in March. 1879, during the Zulu war, and accompanied the Ekowe relief column ; was present at the battle of Gingihlovo, and afterwards joined General Crealock's column which advanced to Fort Durnford. He was twice mentioned in despatches.’

Charles Lindsay was appointed a Midshipman in H.M.S. Esk in the early 1860s and first witnessed active service in the Waikato War of 1863-64. As one of 115 crew members to receive the New Zealand Medal with those dates, he served in the Naval Brigade seeing action at the storming of Gate Pa on 29 April 1864, which ended in a humiliating defeat for the British. Here Esk's contingent suffered losses of four killed and a dozen wounded, including Captain J. C. F. Hamilton, R.N………

Condition VF, some contact wear, sold with copied service record and other research on CD.

Two very desirable medals in their own right but also a rare combination of awards to a naval officer.

Code J1721        Price £