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DCM GV (1192 Sjt: F.Stevens. 3/Regt; S.A.M.R.);
QSA (2) Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (116 Serjt. F.Stevens. P'Burgh L.H.);
Natal (1) 1906 (Tpr: F.Stevens, Natal Police);
1914-15 Star (Sjt. F.Stevens 3rd. S.A.M.R);
BWM (Sjt. F.Stevens 3rd. S.A.M.R);
VM (Sjt. F.Stevens 3rd. S.A.M.R;
South Africa Police Good Service Medal (No 8013 (M) 1/C Sergeant. F.Stevens. (D.C.M)

DCM: Supplement to LG 22/8/1918, p9801 - for distinguished service in the Field, in connection with the campaign in German South West Africa, 1914-15 - to 1192 Sjt. F.Stevens, 3rd Regt S.A.M.R.

Information from the book titled The Bushveldt Carbineers and the Pietersburg Light Horse by William (Bill) Woolmore, p273,

Stevens Frank, Sergeant, No.116 (A Squadron, BVC): Born Montreal, Canada, on 10 October 1873. No previous service claimed. Enlisted in the BVC at Durban on 12 March 1901 - age 27, bridge builder, height 5'10 1/2", 168 lb, grey eyes, light hair, blind in right eye. NOK: father, Frank Stevens, 116 Six St, Montreal, Canada. He was with the patrol when Lieutenant Lewis allegedly attempted to shoot Trooper Homann (BVC) for suspected treachery near Pietersburg (Trooper R.M.Cochrane's letter to Major Bolton).
He served with A Squadron under Captain Robertson in the Spelonken and, on 2 July 1901, was at the head of the squad from which the advance patrol was selected to intercept and shoot the six Boers who were believed to be coming in to surrender. He was fortunate not to be included in the party. Discharged at Pretoria on 6 December 1901. Served subsequently as No.5 in the East Griqualand Mounted Volunteers, and later as No.623 in the Natal Volunteer Composite Regiment. His QSA was named 'Pietersburg Light Horse' and he qualified for the clasps Transvaal, SA 1901 & SA 1902.

After the war he joined the Natal Border Police and then the Natal Police with which he served during the Zulu Rebellion of 1906 and earned the Natal Medal with 1906 bar. He had militia service with the 2nd South African Mounted Rifles, and when World War I broke out in 1914 he was ready to serve with them. He fought in the 1915 campaign in German South West Africa with the South African Mounted Rifles, and for his gallantry was awarded the DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal).

He was also the recipient of the South African Police 'Voor Troue Dienst' (For Faithful Service) medal. His medals are pictured on the dustjacket of this volume.'
Dr David Biggins

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