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1588 PRIVATE SOLOMON HOWES 3RD.BN., KING'S ROYAL RIFLE CORPS, KILLED IN ACTION, 5 AUGUST 1882 AT THE BATTLE OF KAFR EL-DAWWAR :

Egypt Campaign Medal 1882-89, dated reverse, no bar, correct style of engraved naming (1588 Pte. J.HOWES, 3/K.R.Rif.C.); Khedive's Bronze Star, dated '1882', unnamed as issued : (SOLOMON HOWES - Served in Egypt with the Mounted Infantry of 3rd.Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps, as part of the left-hand column commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Thackwell which was advancing along the banks of the Mahmoudiyah Canal towards the Egyptian positions at Kafr El-Dawwar : On 5 August 1882 a small party under the command of Captain Parr, with Lieutenants Pigott and Howard-Vyse, accompanied by six men, including the recipient and Private Frederick Corbett, rode ahead of the main column to reconnoitre and chanced upon a large body of the enemy who immediately opened fire : Lieutenant Howard-Vyse was hit and mortally wounded and the recipient was shot dead : Private Corbett immediately went to the assistance of his wounded Officer and attempted to staunch the bleeding from his wounds, all the while being under constant enemy fire, but Howard-Vyse had been shot through the femoral artery and he bled to death within ten minutes : The party was ordered to retire, and did so carrying Howard-Vyse's body with them : Both Howard-Vyse and the recipient were buried the following day using coffins made from wood taken from a barrack hut : Private Frederick Corbett was subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in attempting to save the life of Lieutenant Howard-Vyse : The Egypt Medal Roll shows the recipient's initial as 'J' and his medal would therefore have been prepared using this information, there is however a notation adjacent to his entry, "Woolwich copy shows initial S", this is confirmed on the Roll for the Khedive's Star : Both Rolls record the recipient as "Dead" and there is no other man with the surname HOWES shown as serving with the Regiment during the Egypt Campaign of 1882.) : Sold with verification and related research : Last sold by Spink and Son in July 2019 : A rare pair to a Victoria Cross action casualty NEF - £1095