Upon reading your post it does seem very clear you have established that 1342 Colour Sergeant James Corr is indeed the man in question here and that you have already seen his service papers.
He served as part of the British Armies garrison in South Africa from the 25th of April 1897 to the 19th of May 1900, having married at Aldershot the month before on the 29th of March 1897.
His actual wartime service appears to have been with the 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, he is shown twice on their roll, interestingly, attached from both the 1st and 3rd Battalions Royal Irish Rifles, hence the Natal clasp, it is interesting to note that he had not received his medal upon being discharged, this was issued to him on the 4th of May 1905.
Kind regards Frank Kelley
Damon Corr wrote: My name's Damon and I've just joined this fascinating site. I'm quite new to the history of the Boer War and there's a good reason why I'm here.
It started with a family tree and discovering my grandfather Sidney Alexander Corr (of Belfast) was born in Fyzabad in 1902 and that his elder brother Robert James was born in Ladysmith on September 26th 1899. At that stage I had no idea of the events that were soon to follow at Ladysmith and left research in to 'Uncle Bob's birthplace until later while I explored his lengthy army career that started as a private soldier of the Royal Irish Rifles in 1914 with continous service until discharge as Major as the end of the second world war.
It was evident that his father James Corr was also a soldier of the RIR having attested in 1883, lying about his age (he was born in summer 1867) and serving until discharge in 1904, although at the unlikely age of 48 he joined up for two more years in 1916 and was immediately reinstated as substantive Colour Sergeant. Anyway the point is that I have uncertainty about which battalion my great grandfather James served with because from reading the RIR history it's not definitively stated anywhere that there were any RIR within Ladysmith in Sept 1899 but for Uncle Bob to have been born there there was certainly the wife (Jane Corr) of an RIR soldier in the town.
That sent my research from being one of family tree to one of much wider interest in the conflict in South Africa.
Meanwhile I still remain a little confused as to how Uncle Bob was born in Ladysmith at that time when it seems that the RIR were all elsewhere.
If anyone in the know can give me some direction with this I'd be extremely grateful.