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W Fincham Imperial Military Railways Gold Medal 7 years 6 months ago #21066

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Hi Forum members

I have recently acquired a 9ct small gold medal, enscribed to Fireman W Fincham, and dated 5th April 1901.

I also see that W Fincham was a member of the Imperial Military Railways.

Can a forum member help me to figure out why this medal was awarded to Fincham ?

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Adrian


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Adrian,

What a wonderful item.

Can I ask if there's anything on the reverse?

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Hi David

Sorry, the reverse appears exactly the same without any engraving.

A rumour from the seller is that it relates to an incident in the Orange Free State, but whether that is correct, I am not sure at all.

A Driver Fincham was involved in a train accident at Graaf-Reinet on 1 January 1924. But that may not be the same man at all.
There is a death notice in the Cape Archives for W Fincham dated 1901 ? I have no contact to obtain that as yet.
WO 100/252 has records for W Fincham and W R Fincham for the Imperial Military Railways . I am waiting to see whether the first name or only the initials are given.




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Adrian

Check the casualty rolls - any will do but I recommend a certain one ;)

Stoker Fincham [no initial] IMR injured slightly Smaldeel April 5 1901.

I think this is your man - a number of soldiers were killed and injured in a train accident at Smaldeel on this day. I don't think the Boers were involved.

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Hi Meurig

I really appreciate your help, you have found my man , and I am a happy chappy!

I understand from the wink, that there must be a special casualty roll you recommend. Which is it, and how do I get it for the future ? Is it yours ?

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Hi Forum

Now that I know Smaldeel was the scene of the accident, here aare 3 extracts from newspapers relating to it.

They are from the Dundee Courier, 11 April 1901, the Aberdeen Journal 13 April 1901, and the Lincolnshire Echo, 20 May 1901.

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