Unique Staffs medals with rare Hafir bar

A GROUP of Staffordshire medals from a soldier who served under Lord Kitchener in the Sudan is coming up to auction in Lichfield.

The significant group of six medals to Hugo Angrave, who served in the 1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment in the Sudan Campaign and later in the First World War, is coming to sale with Richard Winterton Auctioneers online from The Lichfield Auction Centre on Monday, September 28.

The set, from Lichfield, includes the unique ‘Hafir’ Battle Bar and a North Staffs military swagger stick topped with the regimental crest.

It is being sold as Lot 282 online only in Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ Antiques & Home Sale starting 9.30am on Monday, September 28.

View the online catalogue via our auction dates page

Hugo E Angrave served with the 1st Battalion, which was based in Ireland but moved to England in 1883.

They then moved to the West Indies and on to Natal South Africa in 1887, to Mauritius in 1890, Malta in 1893 and Egypt in 1895.

After moving from Wadi Halfa to avoid a cholera outbreak, the battalion began operations under Lord Kitchener and in September was involved in the battle against the ‘Dervish Army’ in the Battle of Hafir.

Fought in late September 1896, the battle saw the Anglo-Egyptian forces under Field Marshal Sir Horatio Kitchener advance against the Mahdist forces of Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Taashi and ultimately end the campaign.


“This is a fantastic medals group with significance locally to Staffordshire but also across the board in terms of British military history,” said Nick Thompson, militaria specialist at Richard Winterton Auctioneers.

“The 1st Battalion was the only British Line Regiment with this honour, serving under Lord Kitchener in the Sudan.

“No other regiment in the British Army was awarded the Hafir Bar (pictured below).

“This is a significant and completely unique group of medals to a soldier whose military service is remarkable.”

The group consists of:

  • Queen’s Sudan Medal, named 4014 Pte H. ANGRAVE 1st North Staffs Reg
  • British War and Victory medals named 4014 WO Class 2, H.E. ANGRAVE, North Staffs Reg
  • Edward VII Army Long Service Medal, named 4014 Sgt H. E. ANGRAVE North Staffs Reg
  • Khedives Sudan Medal with Hafir Bar, named to No 4014 Pte H. ANGRAVE 1st North Staffs Reg
  • Edward VI Meritorious Service medal, named W.O. Class 2, H. E. ANGRAVE, North Staffs Reg.

The first five medals are on a period wearing bar, all with period ribbons.

Also with the group is a North Staffs Regiment swagger stick, metal topped with a regimental crest, a set of four solid silver spoons named on the cartouche to Sgt Angrave, two Stafford WW1 era collar tags and a small button.

There is also a mysterious sepia photo on card of a soldier in Scottish Victorian uniform complete with kilt, who is believed to be a family member.

The collection is estimated to fetch between £700 and £900 at auction on Monday, September 28. The sale starts at 9.30am – for more information, call Richard Winterton Auctioneers on 01543 251081 or email office@richardwinterton.co.uk.

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