Campaign Medals of Sir Harry Paget Flashman
Brigadier-General V.C. K.C.B., K.C.I.E.
1822 - 1915
Collected by Michael Hargreave Mawson U.C; D.B.P; Vice-Chairman Flashman Society and Orders and Medals Research Society.
This ribbon bar group believed to have been worn by
Sir Harry Flashman toward the end of his career recently came to light,
discovered by an auctioneer at Christerby's folded up inside a silver cigarette
case which bore the inscription "To my dearest Hector, ever faithful and waiting - E.
The Ribbon, partly burnt, was wrapped around the remains of a cheap Turkish blend cheroot.
The quick thinking auctioneer alerted Mr Hargreave Mawson who was able to identify the
item as belong to Sir Harry. There would seem to be few other military men of the Victorian
era who would have anything like this grouping.
The details of the group researched by Michael Hargreave Mawson:
Victoria Cross Indian Mutiny
Knight Comander of the Bath for services during the Indian Mutiny 1858
Knight Commander Indian Empire
Queen's Medal for Afghanistan 1841-42 (ribbon very faded)
Jellalabad, Afghanistan. Awarded to the defenders of Jellalabad 1842
Sutlej, India 1846
Indian Mutiny 1858
Second China War 1860
South Africa, Zulu War 1879
Queen's Sudan 1896
Third China War 1900
Queen Victoria's Jubilee
Edward VII Coronation
Edward VII Delhi Durbar
George V Coronation
Order of the Elephant (Denmark)
Turkish Crimea Medal 1856
Congressional Medal of Honor (USA, post-1904 ribbon)
Civil War Campaign Medal (USA, second ribbon)
Southern Cross of Honor (awarded by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to Confederate veterans)
San Serafino Order of Purity and Truth (4th class)
Possibly Iron Cross (Germany, 1870 variety) or Commerative medal of the Congress of Berlin 1883.
Legion of Honour (France)
Franco-Prussian War Medal (France)
Franco-Prussian War Medal (Germany)
Indian War Medal (USA, first ribbon)
Khedive's Star (Egypt)
Khedive's Sudan Medal 1896 (Egypt)
General Gordon's Khartoum Star
There is speculation about the accuracy of the identification of these ribbons.
Further volumes of the Flashman papers will of course aid the research into this ribbon group.
The age and condition of the ribbons make identification difficult, along with the extraordinarily
wide variety and length of Flashman's military service.
While there is speculation on the old generals part in the Great War, it was recently pointed out that a ribbon thought to be remaining from a medal
from the Great War, it could in fact have been a ribbon awarded to benifactors of the 'Mission for Reclamation of Reduced Females', New York!
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