Medals and Coins, Arms and Armour - 22 Jun 2021


The Order of the Nile group of four medals to Major Edward George Kekewich Sinclair May

£300 - £500 £650

The Order of the Nile group of four medals to Major Edward George Kekewich Sinclair May, City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders): 1914-15 Star (LIEUT. E.G.K.S. MAY. C. OF. LOND. YEO.), about extremely fine, later ribbon; British War Medal 1914-20 (MAJOR E.G.K.S. MAY), uneven toning, otherwise good extremely fine, later ribbon; Victory Medal with replacement Mention in Despatches emblem (MAJOR E.G.K.S. MAY), light corrosion to rim and lower obverse, otherwise good very fine, later ribbon and MID emblem; Egypt: Order of the Nile, 4th Class badge, reverse marked 'LATTES', wear to centre and slight looseness to central star, otherwise very fine; together with a corresponding set of mounted dress miniatures, medals good very fine, ribbons heavily deteriorated.

Born 12 February 1893, son of Major (later Major General) Edward Sinclair May. Educated at Eton and was an Officer Cadet in the O.T.C. Joined the City of London Yeomanry in 1912. Went to Egypt as a 2nd Lieutenant, 5 May 1915. Wounded in the right thigh by a shrapnel shell at Gallipoli, 4 September. Served subsequently at Salonika. Twice Mentioned in Despatches. Became an accountant following the war and moved to Hong Kong where he died of the affects of his wounds, 5 April 1921. The doctor who attended him in his final illness stated that blood poisoning originated in his wound, having been aggravated by a more recent injury.

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