Medals & Coins, Arms & Armour - 14 Dec 2021


Two medals to Captain (later Lieutenant General) Alexander Boyd

£700 - £1,000 £1,900

Two medals to Captain (later Lieutenant General) Alexander Boyd, 2nd Bengal (European) Fusiliers: Punjab Medal, 2 clasps: Chilianwala, Goojerat (CAPT. A. BOYD, 2ND EUR. REGT), good very fine or better; Indian Mutiny Medal, clasp: Delhi (CAPT ALEXR BOYD. 2ND EURN BENGAL FUSRS), impressed, about extremely fine, each with a buckle type ribbon brooch. [2]

Alexander Boyd was born at Meerut 13th December 1817, the son of General Mossom Boyd (1781-1865) and brother of Brooke Boyd. He was commissioned Ensign 21st January 1835, and Lieutenant 27th December 1841, and served under Sir Charles Napier against the hill tribes in the Sind 1844-45. Promoted Captain 15th August 1847, he served throughout the 2nd Anglo-Sikh War of 1848-49, including the affair at Ramnuggur, the passage of the Chenab, and the battles of Chilianwala and Goojerat, where he was wounded. He then took part in the pursuit and surrender of the Sikh army, and the pursuit of the Afghans to the Khyber Pass. Having commanded four companies of his regiment in Burma against rebels under Moung Goung Gee in 1854-55, he commanded the whole Regiment at the battle of Budlekeserai, for which he was mentioned in the despatches of Maj. Gen. Sir Henry Barnard K.C.B.; and throughout the operations before Delhi in 1857, including the storming and capture of the city, for which he was mentioned in the despatch of Brigadier Jones C.B. and breveted Major, 19th January 1858. His subsequent promotions culminated in a his becoming Lieutenant General, 16th January 1880. He died in Fareham, Hampshire, 24th January 1880.

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