A K.C.B. and group of five to Deputy Surgeon-General J.H.Thornton, Bengal Medical Department,
Lot 105
A K.C.B. and group of five to Deputy Surgeon-General J.H.Thornton, Bengal Medical Department,
Sold for £8,400 (US$ 14,269) inc. premium
Lot Details
A K.C.B. and group of five to Deputy Surgeon-General J.H.Thornton, Bengal Medical Department,
The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, K.C.B., Knight Commander's set of insignia, comprising neck badge and breast star, in silver-gilt and enamel; Indian Mutiny 1857-58, two bars, Lucknow, Relief of Lucknow (Ast Surg. J.H.Thornton, B.A.,B.M. 1st Eurn Bengal Fusrs); Second China War 1857-60, two bars, Taku Forts 1860, Pekin 1860, officially impressed (Asst Surgn I.H.Thornton. 23rd Regt Punjab Pioneers); India General Service 1854-95, two bars, Hazara 1888, Bhootan (Ast Surgn J.H.Thornton 44th Regt, N.I.); Egypt 1882-89, dated reverse, one bar, Suakin 1885 (Bde Surgn J.H.Thornton. M.B. B.M.D.); Khedive's Star, dated 1882. Medals mounted as worn. Very fine. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • C.B. London Gazette 25.8.1885.
    K.C.B. London Gazette 24.6.1904.
    M.I.D. London Gazette 25.8.1885.

    Deputy Surgeon-General James Howard Thornton was born on 7th January 1834, he was the son of Major James Thornton of the 78th Foot. He was educated at King's College London B.A. 1854; M.B. 1855, Lond. M.R.C.S. 1855. Assistant Surgeon 9.1.1856, he gained commission as a prize at King's College on nomination of Hon. W.H.L.Melville. Surgeon 9th Jan 1868. Surgeon Major 1.July 1873. Brigade Surgeon 1st March 1882; Deputy Surgeon General 30th June 1886. He retired on 13th August 1891.

    Served at the Indian Mutiny 1857-59, action of Benares, relief of Arrah, capture of Jagdespur; action of Surajpur, defence of Alambagh, final seige and capture of Lucknow. China, 1860, action of Sinho, capture of Taku Forts, occupation of pekin, medal with two clasps. N.E.Frontier, Khasia and Jainthia Hills, 1862-63, capture of several stockades, wounded; Bhutan, 1865-66, taking of Duranga pass, capture and recapture of Dewangiri, medal and clasp. Egypt, 1882, medal and bronze star. Sudan, 1885; Suakin, as P.M.O. of Indian contingent, clasp and C.B.. N.W.Frontier, Hazara, 1888, as P.M.O. Desp. clasp. Author of Memories of Seven Campaigns, 1895. He died on the 6th January 1919 at Hove, aged 84.
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