Egypt Medal 1882 - 1889 Undated to 220 Pte. A. Sykes 2/Durham L.I. SOLD
Condition - G.V.F. (some minor pitting as is usual with the Egypt medals)
Pte. A. Sykes together with his Regiment the 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry were part of General Francis Grenfell's expeditionary force based in the Sudan during 1884 and 1885. The Durham L.I. were placed in the 2nd Infantry Brigade and were sent to relieve the Cameron Highlanders who were besieged within the fort at Kosha near Ginnis.
During the expedition the 2/Durhams fought in the Battle of Ginnis on 30th December 1885. The Dervish army based around Ginnis attacked the Camel Corps causing it to withdraw. The 2nd Durhams immediately moved forward and repulsed this attack before advancing, fighting its way through the streets and routing the Dervishes. During the battle the 2nd Bn. Durham L.I. lost one man (who died of wounds) and four wounded.
Although this is a no clasp medal, the recipient was involved in heavy fighting. Some of the Regiments earning clasps for the Egypt medal, such as Suakin 1885 were to see no action whatsoever.
The medal is sold with copies of the account of the Battle of Ginnis plus a description of the part played by the 2/ Durhams.