An impressive set of medals awarded to a distinguished officer from the Isle of Wight has sold at auction in Salisbury for £30,000.
Brigadier-General Cecil Faber Aspinall-Oglander, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. lived at Nunwell Estate, Brading from the time of his marriage to Joan Oglander in 1927, to his death in 1959.
He had an active and varied military career, and is remembered particularly as one of Sir Ian Hamilton’s most trusted aides during the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War, where his actions saw him mentioned in despatches over a dozen times.
The medal group included The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, and the Distinguished Service Order, as well as the Delhi Durbar Medal 1911, The French Legion of Honour, and the Siamese Order of the White Elephant.
Aspinall’s strength as a leader,was such that during his time in Gallipolli he had ordered a severely wounded soldier to stay put while he advanced with the remaining troops. On finding that the soldier had disobeyed his orders, Aspinall challenged him – “I ordered you not to come”. The loyal reply came, “I can still pull a trigger, sir”.
During his retirement on the Isle of Wight, Aspinall shouldered the considerable burden of writing the official history of the Gallipoli campaign (a task which many had already failed to complete), and at the outbreak of the Second World War he raised and commanded the 20th (East Wight) Battalion of the Hampshire Home Guard.
His medals were sold at Woolley and Wallis Salisbury Saleroom on 1st May for £24,000, plus the buyer’s premium of £6,000. They were only estimated at between £6,500-£7,500.