India Relief of Chitral 1895 and South Africa Boer War Mounted Infantryman’s pair awarded to Private later Lance Corporal A.G. Penny, Seaforth Highlanders, who saw service with the 2nd Battalion out in India on operations during the relief of Chitral between 2nd April 1895 and 18th September 1895, and having transferred to the 1st Battalion, saw service during the occupation of Crete from April to November 1897, and during the reconquest of the Sudan, and was present at the Battle of the Atbara on 9th April 1898 and the battle of Omdurman and the entry into Khartoum on 3rd September 1898. Penny was one of a batch of the 1st Battalion to see service in South Africa during the Boer War from January 1901 when serving with the 18th Mounted Infantry on operations in the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal.
India General Service Medal 1895-1902, 1 Clasp: Relief of Chitral 1895; (4025 PTE. A. PENNY. 2D: BN: SEAFORTH. HIGHLRS.); Queen’s South Africa Medal 1901-1902, 3 Clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal; (4025 L-CORPL: A. PENNY. SEA: HIGHRS: M.I.)
Condition: some contact wear, Very Fine.
Arthur George Penny was born in Walworth, London, and having worked as a marble polisher, then attested for service with the British Army at London on 21st October 1891, joining as a Private (No.4025) the Seaforth Highlanders. Posted to the 1st Battalion on 19th December 1891, and then to the 2nd Battalion out in India on 4th December 1893, he was then present on operations during the relief of Chitral between 2nd April 1895 and 18th September 1895.
Penny was then posted to Malta to join the 1st Battalion on 23rd January 1897, and then saw service during the occupation of Crete from 7th April to 24th November 1897, after which he was posted back to Malta. Posted to Egypt from 5th January 1898, he then took part in the reconquest of the Sudan, and was present at the Battle of the Atbara on 9th April 1898 and the battle of Omdurman and the entry into Khartoum on 3rd September 1898.
Having extended his service to complete 12 years with the Colours on 11th June 1899, he was still on service in Egypt with the 1st Battalion when he was appointed to Lance Corporal on 12th August 1899. With the ongoing Boer War, he was then posted to South Africa from 21st January 1901, and then saw service as one of a batch of men from the 1st Battalion to see service with the 18th Mounted Infantry on operations in the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal.
Penny was still on service in South Africa when he was promoted to Corporal on 4th January 1902, and then transferred to the 2nd Battalion on service in South Africa on 16th September 1902. On 16th January 1903 he was placed under arrest and then on the 21st January was tried by Regimental Court Martial ‘for drunkenness on duty’ and having been found guilty, was sentenced to be reduced to the ranks. Penny was posted home on 16th February 1903 and discharged on 20th October 1903. He is additionally entitled to the Queen’s Sudan Medal 1896 to 1898, and the Khedive’s Sudan Medal 1896-1908 with clasps for The Atbara and Khartoum.