1901 - Another distribution of medals by the King.
....The King distributed yesterday afternoon medals to about 500 recipients in the grounds of Marlborough House. An Indian tent was erected in front of the main entrance, and each of the recipients passed in turn before His Majesty. Sir Henry Trotter had charge of the arrangements, and with him were Colonel Sir James Willcocks, Colonel Ricardo, and various other officers. The following is a complete summary of the recipients of the medals :— About 40 officers of various corps and rank, including the Duke of Norfolk and Colonel Sir Howard Vincent; detachments of the Antrim Artillery Militia, the Donegal Artillery Militia, the Royal Monmouth Militia (Royal Engineers); officers and permanent staffs of the 6th Royal Warwick Militia, 4th Scottish Rifles (Cameronians); 4th Derby, 3rd Durham (Light Infantry); a detachment of Lumsden's Horse, a detachment of the 1st Central Africa Regiment, and 150 to 200 nursing sisters and nurses. All the forces named, with the exception of the Central Africa Regiment, had bestowed upon them the South African war medal, and the same remark applies to the whole of the nurses and nursing sisters. Apart from detail officers, only the Central Africa Regiment received the Ashanti medal. Mr Winston Churchill, as lieutenant of the Light Horse, was also the recipient of a medal. ....After the soldiers and nurses had taken their places on the lawn they were inspected by Lord Roberts, Sir E. Wood, and other officers. At half-past three the King and Queen emerged rfrom Marlborough House, the former in the uniform of a field-marshal. The Queen was leading by the hand Prince Edward, and behind her came Princess Victoria and the other two ohildren of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. In attendance were Captain Ponsonby, Captain Holford, Miss Knollys. and other ladies and gentlemen of the suite. The band of the Grenadier Guards played the National Anthem, the King meantime standing at the salute. The distribution then proceeded. The King and Queen afterwards specially asked for the only two Colonial-born nurses present, and had a long chat with them. Aberdeen Journal, Tuesday 30th July 1901
....Most were in full review order of their respective regiments, but two of them—Mr. Winston Churchill, M.P., was one—appeared in frock coat and silk hat, without gloves. The incongruity of the severe black garb against the resplendent uniforms of his neighbours appeared in no way to upset Mr. Churchill's composure, and with his hands resting on his hips and his hat slightly tilted back, the member for Oldham stood conversing with one or two friends. Mr. Churchill, who is now, of course, without a commission, received his medal from the King because of his former lieutenancy in the South African Light Horse. Manchester Courier, Tuesday 30th July 1901
....The following officers and men of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineer Militia, who have just returned from active service, were amongst the recipients :—Major C. C. E. Morgan, Lieutenant C. H. R. Crawshay, Lieutenant V. J. T. Eyre, Sergeants G. Pynea and A. Freeman, Corporal T. Llewellyn, Lance-Corporal J. Jenkins, and S. Jeremy, Sappers W. Charles, J. Collins, C. Cronin, M. Connor, W. Milsom, T. Morgan, W. Rowan, and W. Thomas. ....His Majesty conferred the medal of the Royal Victorian Order upon Bandmaster Hall, 2nd Life Guards ; Regimental Corporal Major Capel, 1st Life Guards ; Squadron Corporal Major Armstrong, 2nd Life Guards ; Sergeant-Major Thomas, Grenadier Guards, and Mr. David Hughes, engine driver, Great Western Railway. Cardiff Times, Saturday 3rd August 1901