East and West Africa 1887-1900,
Lot 30
East and West Africa 1887-1900,
Sold for £984 (US$ 1,653) inc. premium
Lot Details
East and West Africa 1887-1900,
two bars, Brass River 1895, Benin 1897 (J.R.McDonnell, Surgn R.N., H.M.S. Barrossa.). Very fine. (1)


  • Fleet Surgeon Joseph Reveille McDonnell was educated at Queen's College Galway, and Guy's. He graduated M.D. at the Royal University of Ireland in 1881, and M.Ch in the following year. He joined the Navy soon after and attained the rank of Fleet Surgeon on 21st August 1899. He served in the Punitive Expedition under Admiral Sir Frederick Bedford K.C.B., against King Koko of Nimby which captured his capital, Brass, on the Niger, in 1895 (Medal and Brass River clasp); under Admiral Rawson C.B., in 1895 against the Arab Chief Mbaruk, which captured his stronghold; and under Admiral Rawson again in the Benin campaign in 1897, ending in capture of Benin city (clasp for Benin). He died on 26th December 1934, at Datchet.
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