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The Rare Gwalior Star for Maharajpoor 1843, Sutlej Medal pair to Major A.W. FitzRoy Somerset, Grenadier Guards and General Staff, severely wounded at Maharajpoor and mortally wounded at Ferozeshah, 1845
The Rare Gwalior Star for Maharajpoor 1843, Sutlej Medal pair to Major A.W. FitzRoy Somerset, Grenadier Guards and General Staff, severely wounded at Maharajpoor and mortally wounded at Ferozeshah, 1845

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The Rare Gwalior Star for Maharajpoor 1843, Sutlej Medal pair to Major A.W. FitzRoy Somerset, Grenadier Guards and General Staff, severely wounded at Maharajpoor and mortally wounded at Ferozeshah, 1845
a) Maharajpoor Star (Captain Arthur William FitzRoy Somerset 1st or Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards), officially engraved in running script, with original hook suspension to which has been added a contemporary straight silver bar
b) Sutlej Medal, for Moodkee 1845, one clasp Ferozeshuhur [sic] (Major A: Wm. FitzRoy Somerset 1st Grenadier Guards), officially impressed
both nearly extremely fine, and a unique pair to the Grenadier Guards
Provenance
Major the Hon. Arthur Somerset (1816-1845).
Deposited with the Royal United Service Institution by Lt. Col. George Somerset, 3rd Baron Raglan, in 1895; removed by Major FitzRoy Somerset, 4th Baron Raglan, in October 1952.
Literature
Lieut.-Col. Sir A. Leetham, Official Catalogue of the Royal United Service Museum, Whitehall, S.W., 3rd Edition, 1908, p. 203, nos.
3067-8; and subsequent editions.

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Major Arthur William FitzRoy Somerset entered the 1st Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards as Ensign and Lieutenant, 1832, Lieutenant and Captain 1837, later advanced to Major. He was present during the action at Maharajpoor, where he was severely wounded whilst disarming a Mahratta soldier (see lots 87 & 88). General Sir Hugh Gough, Commander- in-Chief in a Despatch to the Governor of India wrote:
'Several acts of heroism occurred on this day: none exceeded those of Major General Churchill, C.B. and Captain Somerset of the Grenadier Guards, your Lordship's military secretary whom you kindly allowed to act on my staff, and whom I sent with Brigadier Cureton's brigade to communicate to me the movements of that Corps. These two gallant officers fell, having received wounds in personal recontre... I am glad to add that Captain Somerset will do well, though severely wounded.'
Major Somerset was present at the action of Ferozeshah, 21 - 22nd December 1845, was mortally wounded and died on Christmas Day. Lieutenant Sir Henry Hardinge, G.C.B. in a Despatch to General Sir Hugh Gough, wrote 'Major Somerset my Military Secretary, ... was shot through the body, conducting himself with the hereditary courage of his race. He was always foremost where difficulties required to be overcome, I deeply regret his loss'.

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