An Excellent Egypt Medal, two clasps, The Nile 1884-85 and Abu Klea clasp to Private W. Sapey, 5th Lancers, one of 45 from his regiment who served with the Heavy Camel Regiment.
A very fine and scarce Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-1889, reverse undated, 2 Clasps: The Nile 1884-85, Abu Klea, awarded to Private W.G. Sapey, 5th Royal Irish Lancers, late East Norfolk Militia, and one of 45 men of his regiment to serve with the Heavy Camel Regiment during the attempt to relieve General Gordon at Khartoum, being present in action at the battle of Abu Klea on 17th January 1885.
Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-1889, reverse undated, two clasps, The Nile 1884-85, Abu Klea; (1978. PTE: W. SAPEY. 5TH: LANCERS.)
William George Sapey was born in 1859 in Norwich, Norfolk, and having served briefly with the East Norfolk Militia and worked as a labourer, then enlisted into the British Army on 31st May 1878, joining as a Private (No.1978) the 5th Royal Irish Lancers.
Sapey was appointed to Shoeing Smith on 3rd July 1883, but then reverted to Private on 9th October 1883, and saw service in Egypt from 26th September 1884 being present during the attempt to relieve General Gordon at Khartoum, during which operation he was present in action at the battle of Abu Klea on 17th January 1885 when attached to the Heavy Camel Regiment as part of two officers and 43 other ranks of the 5th Lancers to do so.
Sapey came down with enteric fever whilst in Egypt on 3rd February 1885, and also developed acute rheumatism, blood poisoning, together with swelling of the joint of the right ankle and osteosis. After 50 days in hospital, he was posted home on 18th May 1885, and was discharged medically unfit on 18th May 1886. By 1901 he is shown as still living in Norwich, where he worked as a carter, and he died on 4th July 1904 of tuberculosis.