ASHANTEE 1873, CLASP, COOMASSIE ‘LIEUT: C. J. GILBERT, 23RD. R.W. FUSILIERS 1873.4’
Charles J. Gilbert was born on 4 December 1842 and was commissioned Ensign in the 23rd Regiment of Foot on 3 March 1865. He was promoted Lieutenant on 1 September 1869, and embarked with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers for the Gold Coast on 21 November 1873. The Regimental History records him as being among the first troops to land. During the later stages of the campaign he served as Lieutenant-in-Charge Regimental Transport, and was present at the battles of Amoaful and Ordashu.
Promoted Captain on 30 March 1878, Gilbert retired as an honorary Major on 4 December 1882, and died on 6 October 1884.
Condition; edge bruising, VF. “R.W. FUSILIERS 1” contemporarily re-engraved, rest of the naming as issued. Clearly Gilbert wished to add the new Regimental name in place of ‘FOOT’ which was originally engraved on medals to the 23rd. Sold with copied medal rolls.
Quite a scarce British Officers clasped medal.