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A Rare and Unusual South Africa M.V.O. Group of Four to Colonel F.H. Chapman, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, The Royal Victorian Order, Member's (M.V.O.) Fourth Class breast Badge, silver-gilt and enamel, the reverse officially numbered, '794'; India General Service 1895-1902, two clasps, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 (Captn., 1/D.C.L.I.); Queen's South Africa, three clasps, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (Major, D. of C.L.I.); Union of South Africa Medal 1910, unnamed as issued, good very fine 	 (4)
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A Rare and Unusual South Africa M.V.O. Group of Four to Colonel F.H. Chapman, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, The Royal Victorian Order, Member's (M.V.O.) Fourth Class breast Badge, silver-gilt and enamel, the reverse officially numbered, '794'; India General Service 1895-1902, two clasps, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 (Captn., 1/D.C.L.I.); Queen's South Africa, three clasps, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (Major, D. of C.L.I.); Union of South Africa Medal 1910, unnamed as issued, good very fine (4)

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A Rare and Unusual South Africa M.V.O. Group of Four to Colonel F.H. Chapman, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, The Royal Victorian Order, Member's (M.V.O.) Fourth Class breast Badge, silver-gilt and enamel, the reverse officially numbered, '794'; India General Service 1895-1902, two clasps, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 (Captn., 1/D.C.L.I.); Queen's South Africa, three clasps, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (Major, D. of C.L.I.); Union of South Africa Medal 1910, unnamed as issued, good very fine (4)
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Lot Essay

M.V.O. London Gazette 9.11.1910.

Colonel Frederic Hamilton Chapman, M.V.O., was born in Chertsey, Surrey in February 1863 and was educated at Radley and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Commissioned into the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1884, he went on to witness active service on the Punjab Frontier and in the Tirah operations of 1897-98, in addition to the Boer War, when he served as Commandant of Eerzte Fabrieken. Given the Brevet of Lieutenant-Colonel and a Mention in Despatches (London Gazette 29.7.1902 refers), Chapman was appointed Military Administrator to Bermuda in late 1907 and C.O. of the 2nd Battalion in South Africa a year or two later. In addition to his M.V.O., which was awarded in respect of services on the occasion of the presentation of Colours to the 2nd Battalion by H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught during his visit to South Africa, Chapman was also awarded the Union Medal of 1910. Placed on the Retired List in 1912, he re-offered his services on the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914 and was appointed C.O. of the Regimental Depot in Bodmin for some weeks, prior to serving in France. The Colonel, whom listed among other interests, 'growing roses and apples, and Japanese art', died in December 1925.
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