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IMAGE number
NAM5926827
Title
2nd Afghan War Medal 1878-80, awarded to Major General Euston Henry Sartorius, 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment (metal)
Artist
British School, (19th century) / British
Location
National Army Museum, London
Medium
metal
Date
1878 (C19th)
Description
2nd Afghan War Medal 1878-80, awarded to Major General Euston Henry Sartorius, 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment. All Indian and British participants in the 2nd Afghan War (1878-1880) qualified for the Afghan War Medal. Euston Henry Sartorius was born in Portugal on 6 June 1844. On 24 October 1879, while on campaign in Afghanistan serving with the 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment, Sartorius led a small force of men in an assault on an enemy position on a steep hill. During the successful attack Sartorius was wounded by sword cuts to both hands, which resulted in the partial loss of use of his left hand. Sartorius won the Victoria Cross for his actions at Shahjui and he received the gallantry award from Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle on 1 July 1881. Sartorius went on to serve in Egyptian War of 1882, retired from the Army in 1905 and died at his home in Chelsea in London on 19 February 1925. From a medal group awarded to Major General Euston Henry Sartorius (1844-1925), 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment.
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Bridgeman Images
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