Since the Seaforth's did not serve in Natal, I have not collected their medals, which is regrettable since the India/Sudan/South Africa combination makes for great looking medal groups. Thanks to David and IL for showing examples.
Very nice indeed, Ian, but, a "serious" moment in Dads Army, surely not?
LinneyI wrote: David and others interested
I think such Regimental threads are very interesting and can broaden the appeal of the site.
My contribution is as follows;
IGS95 (Rel.of Chitral), engraved to "3538 Pte. W.Thompson 2nd Bn, Seaforth Higlrs"
Queen's Sudan, engraved as above, unit "1/Sea.Hrs"
QSA (CC,Tv, Witte) impressed to "3538 Pte.W.Thompson, 2: Sea ; Highrs"
KSA (01/02) impressed as above but unit shown as "Seaforth Highrs"
Khedive's Sudan (The Atbara/Khartoum" named in large caps. to "3538 Pte W.Thompson, 1st Sea. Highrs".
Private William Thompson's QSA/KSA are confirmed on WO100/203-343; with margin note on KSA roll: "to AR (Army Reserve) - England 12-8-02"
His unit's service to earn the "Wittebergen" clasp was as part of the Highland Bde under Sir. A.Hunter. The 2SHldrs were ordered to effect a wide turning movement during the taking of Retrief's Nek and - in the words of the General - ".... the Seaforths advancing with quiet gallantry and seizing the ridge". Later, the Bn. operated in the Western Cape and on the railway line North of Kroonstad. Afterwards, they strengthened the columns in the Western Transvaal after Lord Methuen's disaster.
Looking at groups such as the above, IL is always reminded of a serious moment in an episode of "Dad's Army"; when Capt. Square commented to L/Cpl. Jones - "Do you realise what you have there on your chest is an illustrated history of the British Empire?".
Regards to all - and I hope other members will add their examples of medals/groups to the Seaforths for everyone's enjoyment.
IGS 1854, (1) Hazara 1891 (2819 Pte. A Forbes 2d. Bn. Sea. Highrs.);
IGS 1895, (1) Relief of Chitral 1895 (2819 Pte A. Forbes 2nd. Bn. Seaforth Highrs);
QSA (2) CC, Paard (2819 Pte. A. Forbes, 2: Sea: Highrs:)
Alexander Forbes served with the 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders in India before transferring to the Army Reserve, 12 February 1896. He served with the 2nd Battalion during the Second Boer War, and was killed in action at Paaderberg, 18 February 1900. On the latter date, the first day of the Battle of Paaderberg, the Highland Brigade bore the brunt of the attack and by nightfall British losses amounted to 24 officers and 279 men were killed and 59 officers and 847 men wounded. Judged by British casualties it was the most severe reverse of the war and became known as ‘Bloody Sunday’.
From the net DNW auction. Group to Sgt M McCandlish, killed at Sulva Bay, 2 Sep 1915.
Picture courtesy of DNW
IGS 1895, (1) Relief of Chitral 1895 (4167 Pte. M. McCandlish 2d. Bn. Seaforth Highrs.);
Sudan (4167, Pte: M. McCandlish. 1/Sea: Hrs:);
QSA (3) CC, Tr, Witt (4167 Pte. M. MC’Candlish, 2: Sea: Highrs:);
KSA (2) (4167 Pte. M. McCandlish. Seaforth Highrs:) suspension claw re-pinned, with official corrections;
1914-15 Star (431, Sjt. Cook. M. McCandlish, Sco. H.);
BWM and VM (431 Sjt. M. McCandlish. Sco. H.);
Khedive’s Sudan 1896-1908, (2) The Atbara, Khartoum (4167 Private M. McCandlish 1st Sea Highrs)
Matthew McCandlish was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and attested for the Seaforth Highlanders at Fort George, Inverness, in January 1892. He served with the 2nd Battalion in India, December 1893 - January 1897, and in South Africa, March 1900 - September 1902. McCandlish was discharged 26 January 1904, having served 12 years with the Colours.
McCandlish re-engaged as a Sergeant Cook for service during the Great War with the 1/3rd Scottish Horse. He served with the Battalion as part of the 1/1st Scottish Horse Brigade in the Gallipoli theatre of war from 1 September 1915. The Regiment landed on C Beach, Suvla Bay from 10pm on 1 September. All three Battalions of the Scottish Horse were caught in shell fire on leaving the beach the following morning. Two officers were wounded, 46 other ranks wounded and three were killed. McCandlish, aged 45 years old, was amongst those killed, and he was buried in Lala Baba Cemetery, Turkey.