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VICTORIAN AND FIRST WAR FAMILY GROUPS TO SHROPS. L.I. & RIFLE BDE.

Group 1: South Africa Medal 1853 officially impressed to M. Harding, 1st Bn. Rifle Bde. (some wear before name); Crimea Medal with Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann and Sebastopol clasps, unnamed as issued; Turkish Crimea Medal engraved to 2333 M. Harding, R.B.; Victorian Army long Service & Good Conduct Medal to 2333 Corpl. Michl. Harding 1st Bn. Rifle Bde. Group 2: Edward VII Coronation Medal 1902; Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal to 3162 Sgt. T. Harding, Shrops. L.I.; Group 3: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Paaderberg & Johannesburg to 4347 Pte. L.V. Harding, 2nd Shropshire Lt. Infy; King's South Africa Medal with South Africa 1901 & 1902 clasps to 4347 Pte. L.V. Harding, Shrops. L.I.; WWI 1914-15 Star to 8092 Sgt. L. Harding, Shrops L.I.; WWI War & Victory Medals 8092 L. Harding, Shrops. L.I.; Death Plaque to Leonard Harding. Mounted with original photographs of the recipients with badges and cloth embroidery, accompanied by original Parchment Certificate of Michael Harding, Rifle Brigade and the same for Thomas Harding, K.S.L.I.
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Michael Harding was born in Corfu and worked as a Musician before enlisting at Westminster with the 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade on 27 July 1846 at the age of 14 years. Serving as a Sergeant at the Cape of Good Hope for 2 years and 9 months, the Crimea for 1 year and 12 months and British North America for 8 years 9 months and was discharged on 27 July 1871. Marrying Mary Harding, the couple had two sons; the first was Thomas Harding, born in Woolwich in 1872 and worked as a Labourer at the Royal Arsenal before attesting with the King's Shropshire Light Infantry at Woolwich on 15 Jan 1890. He was discharged on 14 Jan 1911 with entitlement on Coronation Medal 1902 and Long Service & Good Conduct Medal only. Leonard Harding served with the rank of Musician for the 2nd Battalion King's Shrophire Light Infantry during the Boer War and was wounded on 18 Feb 1900 at Paardeberg. Remaining with the 2nd Battalion K.S.L.I. during the outbreak of WWI, Harding entered France on 21 Dec 1914 with the rank of Bandsman and died of Tuberculosis of the lungs on 29 May 1916 at the age of 36, buried at Nunhead (All Saints) Cemetery.

 

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