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1615 SERGEANT-MAJOR WILLIAM MURPHY, 1ST. DRAGOON GUARDS :

Second China War Medal 1857-60, bar, 'Pekin 1860', officially impressed naming (T.S.Major Wm.A.MURPHY, 1st. Dragn. Gds.); Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, Victoria, scroll suspender, small letter reverse, officially impressed naming (1615 Sergt. Mjr. W.A. MURPHY, 1st.Dragoon Guards) : (WILLIAM ALFRED MURPHY - Born October 1833 at Canterbury, Kent and enlisted in the 1st.(King's) Dragoon Guards, on 18 October 1852 : Promoted Corporal on 1 July 1855; Sergeant from 6 August 1857; Appointed Troop Sergeant-Major from 15 July 1860 and Regimental Sergeant-Major 17 February 1869 : Transferred to East Lothian Yeomanry Cavalry as Sergeant-Major from 16 April 1877 : Retired 5 June 1877 having completed in excess of twenty-four years service : He served with the Regiment in China and was present on 21 September 1860 at Chang-Kia-Wan and rode in the famous cavalry charge described by the future Field-Marshal Viscount Garnet Wolseley, then a Lieutenant-Colonel serving with the Expedition, who witnessed the event : "Our cavalry which had been slowly moving forwards, went straight at them, Fane's Horse and the King's Dragoon Guards in the first line, Probyn's Regiment in support behind. The Tartar cavalry had halted behind a deep wide ditch upon seeing our troops advancing towards them, from which position they delivered a volley as our cavalry reached it. The horses of the irregulars are always ridden in short standing martingales, which effectively prevent their jumping well; so, when our line reached the ditch, but very few of the irregulars got over it at first, many of their horses, unable to pull up, tumbling in, one over the other. The King's Dragoon Guards, however, got well in among the Tartars, riding over ponies and men, and knocking both down together like so many ninepins. The irregulars were soon after them and in the short pursuit which then ensued, the wild Pathans of Fane's Horse showed well fighting side by side with the powerful British Dragoons. The result was most satisfactory. Riderless Tartar horses were seen galloping about in all directions, and the ground passed over in the charge was well strewn with the enemy. At no time subsequently during the day would they allow our cavalry sufficiently near for a second charge." The recipient was the only soldier from the 1st.Dragoon Guards not to receive the clasp for 'Taku Forts 1860', and it is possible that he did not receive it because he was the one soldier who was slightly wounded at Sinho on 12 August and consequently missed the battle : Some 326 medals were awarded to the Regiment for China and the recipient is the only man to receive the medal with the single clasp ''Pekin 1860', and his medal is therefore unique to the Regiment.) : Sold with verification, copy Service Papers, copy photograph of the recipient and related research. Mounted on wearing brooch for display purposes, some contact wear but generally VF : (To be sold as a family lot with the medals awarded to this recipient's son - REGINALD LESLIE MURPHY, 1st.Dragoon Guards.)