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30-05-2009, 2:25 PM
Hi folks, I'm also looking for details on my grandfathers war service. He joined up in 1896, I think, and his regiment was the 19th Hussars. He served with this unit in South Africa and was awarded both the Queens and Kings South Africa medals. I don't know about any clasps but on his discharge papers it mentions Defence of Lladysmith and what looks like Belfast(?). He must have left the army at some point because I can next find him rejoining the same regiment in 1914 with the notation "recalled from the reserves". I would very much like to know more about his war service in both conflicts. Can anyone point me in the right direction ?
31-05-2009, 9:10 AM
The medal roll shows 4571 L/Cpl. J. Marklew 19th Hussars entitled to QSA with clasps Defence of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Laings Nek & Belfast. His KSA has the clasps South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902.
The clasps signify:
DoL - Besieged in Ladysmith 2/11/1899-27/2/1900
OFS - General service in that area
Laings Nek - Present with the British force that forced the pass at Laings Nek to enter Transvaal
Belfast - The last large scale battle 26/8/1900 before the guerilla phase of the war began. Most troops who received this clasp were just in the qualifying area rather than in the battle itself. Belfast is in the eastern Transvaal and is known as Bergendal in Afrikaans.
SA01 & SA02 - General service during the guerilla phase of the war
31-05-2009, 11:50 AM
To get a flavour of what the 19th were involved in, the following is a very good site.
01-06-2009, 5:52 AM
This site all about the Defence of Ladysmith could also very useful for your research.
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