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Medals to the Royal Engineers 2 weeks 1 day ago #69273

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Lot 155
To be Sold on: 21st May 2020

Estimate: £600 - £800

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Pair: Captain F. H. C. Burne, Royal Engineers

India General Service 1895-1902, 2 clasps, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Malakand 1897 (Lieut. F. H. C. Burne, R.E.); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1901 (Capt: F. H. C. Burn, R.E.) some light edge bruising and contact marks, otherwise very fine and scarce (2) £600-£800
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Pair: Captain F. H. C. Burne, Royal Engineers

IGS 1895 (2) Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Malakand 1897 (Lieut. F. H. C. Burne, R.E.);
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1901 (Capt: F. H. C. Burn, R.E.)

Francis Henry Cavendish Burne was born in Calcutta on 23 November 1870, the son of Colonel Sir Owen Burne, K.C.S.I., C.I.E. He was gazetted to the Royal Engineers as a 2nd Lieutenant on 27 July 1889, and advanced to Lieutenant on 27 July 1892. He was attached No. 5 Company, Madras Sappers and Miners during the operations on the North West Frontier of India 1897-98, and was present with the Malakand Field Force at the relief of Chakdara, the action at Landakai, and in the operations in Bajaur and Mohmand country. He was afterwards attached to the Buner Field Force and was present at the capture of the Tanga Pass Medal with 2 clasps). Burne next witnessed active service in South Africa, where he arrived in March 1901, and was advanced to Captain on 1 April following. He was subsequently employed on operations in the Orange River Colony and Cape Colony, and returned to the U.K. on sick leave at the end of the year (Queen’s medal with 3 clasps). He was placed on the Retired List in June 1908, and died on 30 December 1945.

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QSA (4) Cape Colony, Laing’s Nek, Belfast, South Africa 1901 (Lieut: E. E. Ricketts. R.E. Vol:)

Edward Ernest Rickets was commissioned Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, from Captain, 1st Gloucester R.E. Volunteers, on 10 March 1900. ‘Captain Ricketts, who volunteered and has been accepted for service in South Africa, has had considerable volunteering experience. He joined the First Gloucestershire Royal Engineers in 1889, passed the examination in military engineering and infantry drill in 1890, was promoted to Captain in 1891, passed the examination for field officers in 1899, and has been granted the temporary rank of Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers.’ (Some Gloucestershire Officers and Volunteers at the Front, refers). Rickettes was mentioned in despatches by General Buller (London Gazette 8 February 1901) and by Lord Roberts (London Gazette 10 September 1901).

Sold with various related objects and photographs, including a combination penknife and fork, bone grips, inscribed ‘E. E. Rickets, 1st G.R.E.V.; a small pocket compass; and a contemporary publication, The War in South Africa - Some Gloucestershire Officers and Volunteers at the Front. A Local Souvenir 1899-1900, with short biographies and pictures of some 27 officers and volunteers, including Ricketts. There are several photographs of him in South Africa and others in later life, together with a news cutting announcing his mention in despatches, and a quantity of related family photographs.

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