The mounted group of eleven miniature dress medals attributed to Colonel L. James, CBE, DSO, King Edward’s Horse, War Correspondent for Reuters and The Times,
Order of the British Empire, 1st type, Military Division, silver-gilt and enamel;
DSO GV gold and enamel, complete with top bar;
IGS 1895 (4) Relief of Chitral 1895, Punjab Frontier 1897-8, Malakand 1897, Tirah 1897-8;
QS (6) Cape Colony, Elandslaagte, Def. of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill;
IGS 1908 (1) North West Frontier 1908;
British War and Victory Medals; Italy,
Order of the Crown, Officer’s, silver-gilt and enamel, obverse centre missing;
Khedive’s Sudan 1896-1908, 1 clasp, Khartoum;
Japan, Russo-Japanese War Medal, mounted as worn.
Colonel Lionel James was born in 1871 and educated at Cranleigh. Employed as a journalist, he was Reuter’s special correspondent in the Chitral, Mohmand, Malakand and Tirah Expeditions and for the Sudan in 1898. On the staff of The Times from 1899 until he retired in 1913. Amongst his many assignments he was special correspondent in South Africa 1899-1901, Manchuria 1904, with the Spanish Army in Morocco in 1909, with the Turkish Army in Albania in 1910, with the Turks in Thrace in 1912 and with the Bulgarians in Thrace in 1913. With the onset of the Great War he commanded King Edward’s Horse in the BEF, France and Italy, 1915-18. He was awarded the DSO ( London Gazette 16.9.1918) and mentioned in despatches twice. He was awarded the CBE in 1924.
djb wrote: QSA (0) (Mr. F. Ireland, "Daily News"). Officially corrected in places.
Frank Ireland formerly Editor of the 'Coventry Standard', went to South Africa before the Boer War and became one of the 'Daily News' war corespondents at its outbreak. He joined the staff of the 'Diamond Fields Advertiser, in Kimberley and became its Editor in 1910.