The R.V.M. group of eight to Second Lieutenant H.Durant, 9th Lancers and former Olympian,
Lot 49*
The R.V.M. group of eight to Second Lieutenant H.Durant, 9th Lancers and former Olympian,
Sold for £7,285 (US$ 11,317) inc. premium

Lot Details
The R.V.M. group of eight to Second Lieutenant H.Durant, 9th Lancers and former Olympian,
Royal Victorian Medal, G.V.R., engraved (S.S.M. H.Durant. 9th (Q.R) Lancers); Queen's South Africa 1899-1902, seven bars, Belmont, Modder River, Relief of Kimberley, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittebergen (4099 Pte. A.Durant. 9/Lcrs.); King's South Africa, two bars, S.A.01, S.A.02 (4099 Corpl:H.Durant. 9th Lancers.); 1914 Star (4099 SQ:S.Mjr H.Durant. 9/Lrs.); British War and Victory Medal with MID Oakleaf (2.Lieut H.Durant.); France, Medaille Militaire; Sweden, Olympics Medal, 1912, in silver, engraved (S.S.M. H.Durant. 9 (Q.R.) Lancers); Memrorial Plaque (Hugh Durant), with Memorial Scroll. Official correction to the Victory Medal, otherwise very fine to extremely fine. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • R.V.M. London Gazette 9.1912.
    M.I.D. London Gazette 20.10.1914.
    Medaille Militaire London Gazette 1915.

    Second Lieutenant Hugh Durant was born at Brixton and enlisted on 7th January 1897, he was an Engineer before he joined up, he was an accomplished pistol shot and won successive competitions in South Africa and at Bisley. He represented his country at the Olympics in 1912, competing in the Modern Pentathlon, Men's Free Pistol 50m, Men's Free Pistol 50m Team, Men's Duelling Pistol 30m Team and won bronze medals in the last two events. He was wounded at the charge at Moncel against the German Lancers in 1914. He was commissioned into the 9th Lancers on 16th December 1914, and returned to the Regiment after recuperating from his injuries in April 1915, having served 17 years and 343 days. He was killed on 20th January 1916 when a 2 inch mortar shell fired from Guildford trench by a detachment of the 62nd Trench Mortar Battery under Durant's command prematurely exploded immediately after firing. He is buried in the Vermelles British Cemetry.

    The lot includes a large archive of medals and paperwork including: Olympic Games Bronze Medal for 50 metres Pistol and another for Duel Shooting, each medal is housed in it's original case of issue and engraved (S.S.M.H.Durant 9th (Q.R.) Lancers); Competitor's Medal in white metal engraved (S.S.M. H.Durant 9th (QR) Lancers); Whitehead Challenge Medal with bars 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914 engraved on reverse (S.S.M. H.Durant 9th (Q.R.) Lancers); Whitehead Challenge silver Medal for 1912 and 1913; another similar undated; N.R.A. Silver medal for Revolver for 1912 and another for 1914; N.R.A. Bronze medal for Revolver for 1909; The ARA Revolver gold medal for 1911, engraved on reverse Army Champion S.S.M. Durant 9th Lancers; Hollins Cup 2nd Prize 1909; T.R.A. The 50 Yds Revolver Cup Medal for 1910; N.R.A. Revolver medalet for 1913 and 1914; lapel badges (4); Regimental Handicap 1910 3rd Prize medal; and a Queen's Westminster School of Arms Medal 1895; minor buttons, lapel badges and insignia etc.

    Certificate for the Royal Victorian Medal, dated 3.10.1912; Certificate for the Olympic Medal 1912; Certificate for the Medaille Militaire; Gymnasia Certificate dated 15.4.1899; Paybook; assorted minor certificates; slips for WW1 medals and envelopes and boxes; assorted newspaper cuttings etc.
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