Lot 241 (The Medals Auction to include the Malcolm Scott Collection, 18th August 2020)
Sold for £3,400
Note description amendment - VM not named to Percival
Important Northumberland Fusiliers DSO group, awarded to Major (temporary Lieutenant Colonel) Arthur Jex Blake Percival, Northumberland Fusiliers, comprising QV Distinguished Service Order, Queen's Sudan Medal, Queen's South Africa medal with four clasps Belmont, Modder River, Orange Free State, Transvaal, King's South Africa medal with two clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, 1914 star with 5th Aug-22nd Nov 1914 (Mons Clasp), British War Medal, 1911 GV Coronation medal, France Legion of Honour 4th Class gold coloured and enamel breast badge, Khedives Sudan medal with three clasps, Khedives Sudan Khartoum, Nyam Nyam, Talodi, Turkish Order of Medjidie 4th Class gold, silver and enamel breast badge, Memorial Plaque missing, mounted and framed with photographs; the Victory Medal with laurel named to Private A.T. Horton, Lancaster Fusiliers.
Percival Arthur Jex Blake Captain Percival, Arthur Jex Blake, Captain, was born 1 December 1870, youngest son of the Right Reverend John Percival, Bishop of Hereford, and Louisa (who died in 1896), daughter of James Holland. He entered Marlborough College in 1885, but went on to Rugby in 1887, when his father was appointed Head Master of the school. He was in the XV in 1889; was gazetted to the Northumberland Fusiliers 20 February 1892, and was promoted Lieutenant 27 October 1894. He served in the Nile Expedition of 1898, taking part in the Battle of Khartoum (Medal and Egyptian Medal with clasp). He became Captain on 17 February 1900. Captain Percival served in the South African War, 1899-1902, and was in the advance on Kimberley, including the actions at Belmont and Modder River. He was afterwards on the Staff 22nd April 1901 to 30 June 1902; was mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette, 26 January 1900, 10 September 1901, and 18 July 1902); received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps; was placed on the list of Officers considered qualified for Staff employment, in consequence of service on the Staff in the Field, and was created a Companion, of the Distinguished Service Order (London Gazette, 27 September 1901): "Arthur Jex Blake Percival, Captain, Northumberland Fusiliers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 24 October 1902. He saw active service in the Egyptian Army, under Lord Kitchener, 1 January 1903 to 12 January 1908; was in command of the Camel Corps, and served in operations against Nigam-Nigam Tribes in the Bahr-el-Ghezal province, and at Talodi, in Southern Kordofan (two claps and 4th Class Medjidie; Despatches 13 May 1906). He was promoted Major 15 August 1908, and later was employed on the Staff at the War Office and at the Staff College. He went to the Front at the beginning of the European War of 1914, as General Staff Officer to Major General Monro, Commander of the 2nd Vision and later of the 1st Army Corps; was mentioned in Despatches by Sir John French 8 October 1914, and was one of the first English officers to receive the Cross of the Legion of Honour (Croix d'Officier). A week before his death it was decided that he was to be given a brigade immediately. He was told of this, but did not live long enough to be gazetted. Major (Temporary Lieutenant Colonel) Percival was killed on 31 October 1914, by a shell, with four other officers of the Staff of the 1st and 2nd Divisions, who had met for a conference in the Chateau of La Hogue. General Lomax, who was present at this conference, was wounded, and subsequently died of his wounds. Field Marshal Lord Methuen, GCB, GCVO, CMG, wrote: "I had no officer serving under me in the South African War whose service as a regimental officer I valued more highly. He was a born leader of men, of splendid courage, and possessing a character which inspired all with whom he came in contact". General Gorringe, CB, CMG, DSO, said: "He was the best Stall officer I have ever had I don't say this only now. I have said so for some time, and had he been given, as he deserved, a command during the war, he would have won still higher honours". A brother officer wrote: "He and I were in the Egyptian Army together, and I learnt out there to admire his wonderful energy and great strength of character. I shall never forget the day he rode quietly into Wau, in the Bahr-el-Ghezal, on the date he said he would arrive, after a most extraordinary journey, in which his great qualities had had full play. His Arabs simply worshipped him. By his death we have lost one of the best officers in the army, and at a time when men of his type are priceless". Others spoke in these terms: "A very gallant soldier, loyal, straight, and the best of friends, with never an unkind word". "He was one of the few men I have ever met who apparently did not know fear". "The whole army knew of his splendid qualities. I always used to talk of him as the bravest man I have ever known. He simply knew no fear". The Sirdar, Mr Asquith, Lord Lincolnshire, General von Donop, General Monro, General Belfield and many others sent telegrams and letters to Lieutenant Colonel Percival's family expressing their sorrow at his death. A letter from a private in his company sums up the general opinion of this gallant officer. "It is said that there are men who fear not death on the battlefield. Certainly no one could have faced death with more serene courage. His absolute indifference to danger was the theme of frequent discussion among the men. His infectious gaiety - no other word is applicable to his demeanour under fire - made a vivid impression upon us young soldiers". Captain Percival married, in 1907, Cecil, daughter of Charles Henry Henland, and founder of the Princess Christian Hammersmith Day Nursery and of the National Society of Day Nurseries, and who has also published several children's books.
DSO, Queens Sudan (Lt 1/North Fus), QSA (4) Bel M-R OFS Trans Capt, DSO, 1/North Fus), KSA (2) (Capt, DSO, North Fus), 1914 Star and Bar (Lt Col DSO), BWM, (Victory Medal), 1911 Coronation, Legion d'Honneur (France) 4th Class, Order of the Medjidie (Turkey) 4th Class, Khedives Sudan (3) Khartoum Nyam Nyam Talodi (Lt). Glendinings 1989 £1,100.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book).
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Auction: The Medals Auction to include the Malcolm Scott Collection, 18th August 2020
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