Queen's South Africa medal
Clasps: CAPE COLONY/SOUTH AFRICA 1901/SOUTH AFRICA 1902
Condition : NVF. Some edge knocks.
A QSA to the CCCC unit has been a target of mine for quite a while now, narrowly missing examples to the corps on several occasions.
I had the winning bid on this one to Rhodes at the October sale at DNW. It came with a wad of paperwork and a bonus CCCC badge to boot!
I hope this posting will be enjoyed by the forum members as much as I have enjoyed putting it together using both the accompanying papers from the sale and searches on Ancestry and FMP.
John Hartley Rhodes was born in Morley, Yorkshire, England on 16th November 1867. In the 1871 Census he is residing at Queen Street, Morley with parents William Sunderland Rhodes and Hannah Rhodes, along with sisters Elizabeth and Mary and brother Joseph. They employed a live in domestic servant Mary Spencer. Therefore the Rhodes family were of good means as borne out by the 1891 Census where John's father's occupation is described as a mill owner living at Victoria Terrace in Morley. John was now recorded as a woollen manufacturer.
By the time of the 1901 Census it would appear that his father had died and his mother was living on her own means. As a family of reasonable wealth who still employed a servant we can assume that John could readily serve queen and empire and he must have travelled to South Africa by his own. I have been unable to find any shipping list with his name on at this stage, perhaps a forum member could please help to plug this gap (I should be most grateful).
John's first military service during the war was with the Capetown Highlanders as Private 1966. The medal roll for CH indicates that no clasps were issued from this roll. CC/SA1901/SA1902 are crossed out with 'Remarks' column stating that they were issued from the CCCC roll.
RECORD OF SERVICE
Place of enlistment :East London
Regtl. No. 35174
Regiment :Cape Colony Cyclists' Corps
Name: John Hartley Rhodes
Trade: woollen manufacturer
Attestation date: 27/08/1901
NOK: Mrs. Hannah Rhodes (mother), 'The Lodge,' Morley, Yorkshire, England.
Discharge date: 14th January 1902 time expired at Middelburg
Length of service :141 days
Address after discharge :The Lodge, Morley, Yorkshire.
He was paid to the date of discharge the sum of 18 pounds and 5 shillings by QM Prosser and was not in possession of any equipment issued by the government. Therefore he was no longer in possession of the bicycle!
Please correct me if I am wrong, but I am sure that I read somewhere that if a small amount of pay was surrendered each week men were allowed to keep the bicycle issued at the end of their service with the corps.
However, Rhodes went home to England on discharge so maybe had no need for it. Or perhaps he'd ridden the wheels off it!
In summary of his service, it would appear that his late joining of the CCCC would mean that he was not with the unit where they did their best work during the period where every horse available was needed for combat troops and the cyclists were invaluable in their role as messengers. However, he could have been involved with some of the actions of the Capetown Highlanders. Unfortunately, the medal and nominal rolls do not detail his service dates with CH. Could I please ask the forum if anyone could enlighten me on this missing piece of the jigsaw?
A John H Rhodes is recorded as living at 101 Listing Lane, Gomersal, Yorkshire as a wool stapler in the 1911 Census and a dealer in wool mills waste and laps in the 1939 Census. Not certain if this is the same man but his businesses seem to point in that direction despite a discrepancy in birth years. If so he died in 1945 in Yorkshire.