India Relief of Chitral 1895 and Punjab Frontier 1897 to 1898 and long service pair awarded to Private later Drummer Christopher Bolton, 1st Battalion, East Kent Regiment - the Buffs, who was present during the relief of Chitral between 2nd April ...

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Condition: the first is most unusually named, it being an official late issue example partially impressed in the style from around the G
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India Relief of Chitral 1895 and Punjab Frontier 1897 to 1898 and long service pair awarded to Private later Drummer Christopher Bolton, 1st Battalion, East Kent Regiment - the Buffs, who was present during the relief of Chitral between 2nd April 1895 and 18th September 1895 and then during the operations on the Punjab Frontier which lasted from 10th June 1897 through to 6th April 1898. Bolton also saw service in both Burma and Aden, and was awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in Army Order No.280 of 1911, one of the very first awards issued during the reign of King George V.

India General Service Medal 1895-1902, 2 Clasps: Relief of Chitral 1895, Punjab Frontier 1897-98; (4112. PTE. C. BOLTON. 1ST. BATT. E. KENT REGT.); Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Fm. bust; (4112 DMR: C. BOLTON. E. KENT REGT.)

Condition: the first is most unusually named, it being an official late issue example partially impressed in the style from around the Great War period, however his service number, rank, initials and surname and battalion details have then all been re-engraved, hence we can only describe this pair as Fine at best.

Christopher Bolton was born in Thurnham, near Maidstone, Kent, and having worked as a labourer and seen service as a Private with the 3rd Militia Battalion, East Kent Regiment - the Buffs, then attested for service with the regular British Army at Canterbury on 4th January 1893, joining as a Private (No.4112) the East Kent Regiment - the Buffs. Posted to the 2nd Battalion on 14th April 1893, and then to the 1st Battalion out in India on 8th December 1894, he saw active service on operations during the relief of Chitral between 2nd April 1895 and 18th September 1895, and then later during the operations on the Punjab Frontier which lasted from 10th June 1897 through to 6th April 1898. Posted back from the North West Frontier to resume garrison duty in India from 4th October 1898, he was then posted to Burma from 16th February 1901.

Bolton was appointed to Drummer on 4th January 1902, and was posted back to India from 12th December 1902, before being posted to Aden from 23rd November 1903, and back home from 10th December 1904, being discharged on 30th November 1911. He had been awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in Army Order No.280 of 1911, one of the very first awards issued during the reign of King George V. Bolton latterly worked as a warehouseman and lived in Dartford, and died on 1st February 1962. The pair are confirmed as his full entitlement