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IGS 1854 – clasp “Chin-Lushai 1889-90” – Lt. 4th Madras.


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India General Service, 1854, clasp  “Chin-Lushai 1889-90”

to – Lieut. G. V. Holmes, 4th Madras Inf. (Pioneers).

Named in correct running script – offically issued but appears to be on skimmed disc, so may be a replacement?

Regt. history shows Holmes employed in Lushai – from Trichinopoly, 3rd Jan. 1889 and Lushai country, Chittagong Hills, 28th January to 20th April 1889.

Lt. Holmes also recorded as sent out with “a picked party of 20 rifles” with a punitive expedition to Howatsa’s village, which was shelled and occupied (15-22nd March).

Also recorded as serving in the Chin Hills with two companies from Fort White and involved in punitive columns in 1890-91 and in the Kanshaw [Kanhow] Column in Feb. 1891.

This appears to be his only medal.

Gilbert Valentine Holmes – born 1868 and commissioned into Essex Regt. in 1887 before transfer to Indian Army in April 1888. Captain 1898, Major 1905.

Later served in command of the Malwa Bhil Corps and with 43rd Erinpura Regt. from 1912.

Retired in rank of Lieut. Colonel in 1922.

He seems to have lived latterly in Bath but in 1950, he spoke at the Scottish Burma Reunion in Edinburgh  – then 82 years old and having served there 60 years earlier!

Only the lightest contact marking; almost NEF.