India General Service and Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Pair, awarded to Sergeant Major Walter Cox, Nayar Brigade, Sultan’s Bodyguard, late 1st and 2nd Battalion’s Somerset Light Infantry and 1st and 2nd Battalion’s Royal Scots, a Chelsea out-pensioner comprising, India General Service Medal 1854-95, one clasp, Burma 1885-7, (1694 Sergt. W. Cox 2nd. Bn. Som L.I.), Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, QVR, (Sergt. Major W. Cox Nayar Brigade) both named in engraved running script, edge bump reverse IGSM at 2 o’clock otherwise lightly toned very fine.
William Cox was born on the 11th October 1856 in Bruton Somerset he attested for the Somerset Light Infantry at Bath on the 19th May 1879 giving his trade as Shoemaker aged 22 years 1 month. He served with the 2nd Battalion Somerset Light Infantry in India, Walter Cox arrived as part of a draft from England in January 1880 serving at Kamptee from January 1880 to October 1883 with one period in April 1882 at Seetabuldee, he was promoted to Corporal on the 20th December 1881. In October 1883 he moved to Rangoon, Burma until January 1884 when he moved to Port Blair, the Andaman Islands, he was posted back to Rangoon in October 1884 and remained there until June 1886, on the 11th May 1886 he was promoted to Sergeant. In July 1886 he joined the Burma Field Force and served with them for three months before posting to Poonamallee, India Wellington, India and then Mandalay, Burma. Sergeant Cox was then posted in May 1887 to Belgaum where he remained until March 1889.
On the 5th December 1889, he was transferred to the unattached list as Serjeant Major and Drill Instructor Nayar Brigade. The NayarBrigade was one of the native levies raised by the Raja of Travancore and is shown in the published Army Lists between 1850 and 1892. It latterly consisted of the Raja’s Bodyguard and was made up of Artillery and two infantry battalions.
Transferred to the Royal Scots 30th September 1893 remaining on the un-attached list. Awarded Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, AO 1899. Remanded to the 1st Battalion Royal Scots 19th April 1901, Transferred 2nd Battalion Royal Scots 23rd June 1901, discharged at his own request 9th July 1901 after serving 22 years 52 days with the Colours.
His Service papers confirm the India General Service Medal and clasp and his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. He was a Chelsea Hospital out-pensioner with the rank of Colour Serjeant Royal Scots with a pension of 31d. Per day for life.
Walter Cox died in Dulton, East Suffolk on the 15th April 1936, his death certificate states Army Pensioner and Licensed Victualler (retired).
Sold with copied Service Papers, copy medal rolls, birth and death certificates and several pages of typed research – an unusual unit.