Lot 351: Home Service Helmet of Col. Hugh F. Coleridge

Cordier Auctions & Appraisals

December 4, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Harrisburg, PA, US
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Description: DESCRIPTION: Home service helmet of British Colonel Hugh Fortescue Coleridge, 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Black cloth with gilt fittings and two velvet-backed chin chains. Badge of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment to front. Inside of helmet bears hatter's details "Hawkes & Co Piccadilly, London." With original hat tin with name plate. PROVENANCE: Colonel Hugh Fortescue Coleridge was born in 1858 in Cadbury, Thorverton and passed as a cadet at the Royal Military College in 1879. His service included Gibralter and the East Indies before serving in the Second Boer War from 1899-1902. There, he took part in the advance on Kimberley with the 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancs, including actions at Modder River where he led his men across the river (as mentioned in Conan-Doyle's 'The Great Boer War') shouting "Now, boys, who's up for otter hunting?" as he jumped first into the water. This battle is mentioned in Maurice's 'History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902': "…They were so closely pressed by the enemy's musketry that, in order to cover the retreat, two officers, Major H. F. Coleridge, North Lancashire, and Captain T. Irvine, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, each with ten or eleven men of different battalions, threw themselves into farmhouses, which they stubbornly defended until, many hours later, after their detachments had suffered severe loss, they were ordered to evacuate their posts." He retired in 1910 with the rank of Colonel after receiving multiple awards for gallantry and distinguished service. He later served in World War I in 1914-1918 and passed away in 1926. MEASUREMENTS: Hat 10-1/2" long x 7" wide x 11-1/4" tall. Tin 11" long x 8-1/3" wide x 12" tall. CONDITION: Slight wear to leather on backing. Corrosion to metal on one of the chin chains. Considerable loss of paint to tin. ESTIMATE: $800 - $1,200
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