'Hawkins Charles Smith, Trooper No.142 (BVC): Born Derbyshire, England on 8 March 1869. Previous service with the 20th Coy Imperial Yeomanry, and as No.25225 in the Commander-in-Chief's Bodyguard as Trooper C.E.Hawkins from 1 December 1900 to 21 January 1901 when he was discharged as 'undesirable'. Enlisted in the BVC at Durban on 11 April 1901 - age 32, engineer, height 5' 9", 9 stone, brown eyes, black hair. NOK: William Hawkins, Blackbrook Belber, Derbyshire, England. Note on bottom of attestation form reads 'This man came from Montreal, Canada to take part in the war'. Discharged from BVC on 8 October 1901. He qualified for the QSA medal with clasps Cape Colony, OFS, Transvaal & SA 1901 but because of his behaviour he was awarded the medal with Transvaal and SA 1901 only. His medal was one of the few actually named 'Bushveldt Carbineers'. He privately had the rank removed from his medal which would indicate he did not admit to being a mere trooper.'
Thank you for posting that example. I decided to bite the bullet and bought a copy from Australia so it's going to take a few weeks to arrive, but it's something to look forward to whilst on lockdown with covid 19. Final question is the book quite highly illustrated?