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A Military General Service Medal to Baron George Wichmann; King's German Legion

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A Military General Service Medal to Baron George Wichmann; King's German Legion

CIUDAD RODRIGO, VITTORIA, St SEBASTIAN, NIVELLE, NIVE (GEO. WICHMANN, LIEUt 1st LINE Bn K.G.L.). Naming is officially impressed in capitals. Original ribbon, fitted with a silver ribbon buckle with pinback, old repair to one side of the bottom carriage, edge nicks, light contact, very fine. Accompanied by copies of his service records from the National Archives and a photocopy of page 573 from the book entitled "History of the King's German Legion". Footnote: George baron Wichmann was appointed an Ensign in the 1st Line Battalion King’s German Legion on September 20, 1810, at the age of 24. He was promoted to Lieutenant on October 30, 1812 and served with the regiment in the Peninsula in 1811, 1812 and 1813; in the South of France in 1813 and 1814; in the Netherlands in 1814; and at Waterloo in 1815. He was slightly wounded before Bayonne on February 27, 1814. He was placed on half pay by the reduction of the King’s German Legion on February 24, 1816 at Brussels, was later named a Lieutenant-Colonel and awarded the Hanoverian Guelphic Order, 3rd Class and the Netherlands Order of Leopold, 3rd Class. Only two medals issued with this combination of clasps. He would later become Governor to Prince Albert, later husband of Queen Victoria and mentioned by Oberhofmarschalls Georg Graf von Wangenheim as a "gentleman dans la force du terme." He would later be elevated to the nobility as Baron and promoted to Lieutenant Colonell with a yearly pay of 2500, he accompanied Albert on his trips to Brussels and his studies at Bonn. Provenance: Lawson Whalley Collection 1884; Colonel Musgrove Collection 1912; Glendining, April 1926; Wallis & Wallis, July 2005; Dix Noonan Webb, December 2011.
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