Going...Going...Gong | Important medals come up for sale

An important collection of medals awarded to soldiers in the Gloucestershire Regiment will come under the hammer in our first sale of 2021. Known affectionately as the Glosters, this was a line infantry regiment of the British Army from 1881 until 1994. It traced its origins to Colonel Gibson's Regiment of Foot, which was raised in 1694 and later became the 28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot. The regiment was formed by the merger of the 28th Regiment with the 61st (South Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot. It inherited the unique distinction in the British Army of wearing a badge on the back of its headdress as well as the front, a tradition that originated with the 28th Regiment after it fought in two ranks back to back at the Battle of Alexandria in 1801. At its formation the regiment comprised two regular, two militia and two volunteer battalions, and saw its first action during the Second Boer War. The collection of 40 lots of medals will be sold by Chorley's on 19th January 2021, 30 of the lots relating to the Gloucestershire regiment. The local collector, throughout his collecting years, researched each and every medal and its recipient, giving each medal a story.

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