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An 180-year-old China War medal is set to sell for hundreds of pounds at auction

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

An 180-year-old China War medal goes to auction

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An 180-YEAR-OLD war medal belonging to a South East Cornwall sailor is set to sell for hundreds of pounds at auction.

The 1842 China War medal was earned by Petty Officer John Nichols, who was last known to be living at New Street, in Millbrook as a pensioner in 1871 - he was born at Cawsand in 1802.

In 1823 he volunteered for the Royal Navy in Plymouth and left the services in 1843.

After serving on HMS Ocean he joined the HMS Modeste for the China conflict in 1838 when the British forces defeated the Qing.

James Sadler, auction manager at Lockdales of Martlesham, said: “These China War medals are much sought after as you might expect, and here we have one from a Cornishman born and bred.

“There has already been great interest in it.”

A total of 168 medals were awarded to servicemen on the ship.

His medal will go under the hammer at Lockdales, near Ipswich on January 25.

The medal has the head of Queen Victoria on one side and the opposite side is complete with the coat of Royal Arms and shield.

The China War of 1839 to 1842 was the first Anglo- Chinese War known as the Opium War.

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