BSACM, reverse Rhodesia 1896 (1) Mashonaland 1897 (4028 Pte. W. Simmonds. 7th. Huss.);
QSA (5) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (4028 Serjt: W. Simmonds. 7th. Hussars);
1914-15 Star (P.25, Sjt. W. Simmonds. M.M.P.);
British War and Victory Medals (P-25 Sjt. W. Simmonds. M.M.P.)
W Simmonds served as a Sergeant with the Military Mounted Police during the Great War in Egypt from 2 July 1915, and was discharged to Class ‘Z’ Reserve on 28 May 1919.
I have just posted this picture on the Canadian Scouts thread but its definitely worth repeating here.
Picture courtesy of DNW
BSACM, reverse undated (2) Mashonaland 1890, Rhodesia 1896 (Tpr. Werrett, J. M. - B.S.A.C.P.);
QSA (4) Rhodesia, Relief of Mafeking, Orange Free State, Transvaal (1170 S.S. Maj: J. M. Werrett. Kitchener’s F.S.); official corrections to rank;
KSA (2) (S.S. Major: J. M. Werrett. Canadian Scouts.) rank re-engraved, remainder officially impressed
John Mark Werrett - ‘Known as “Johnnie”, he had been a ringmaster in a circus. He attested on 7 February 1890 and served in D Troop. He had a beautiful singing voice, and at a troop concert visibly moved the audience with the rendering of his tenor song, “The Song that Reached My Heart”. He was discharged from D Troop on 17 September 1891, and later became a partner of Napier Bros. in a trading concern.
The map of Matabeleland in F. C. Selous’ Sunshine and Storm in Rhodesia, shows Werrett’s Store near the right bank of the Shangani River on the main road from Gwelo to Bulawayo. He served in the forces in the 1896 Matabele Rebellion, and in 1927 was living in Shangani.’ (Men Who Made Rhodesia, by Colonel A. S. Hickman, refers)
Werrett served as a Trooper in the Gwelo Volunteer Corps during the Matabele Rebellion of 1896. He was likewise a Trooper in “E” Squadron of the Rhodesia Regiment in Rhodesia, at the relief of Mafeking and in the Transval. The medal roll notes that he also served in the Commander-in-Chief’s Body Guard, Kitchener’s Fighting Scouts, and the Canadian Scouts, and that his clasp for Orange Free State appears to have been issued from one of these rolls.