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QSA with the British South Africa Company Medal 3 weeks 9 hours ago #68361

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BSACM reverse Matabeleland 1893 (2) Rhodesia 1896, Mashonaland 1897 (1764. Troopr H.Kirkham. B.B.Police);
QSA (1) Transvaal (Lieut: H.F.Kirkham. Stein's Horse);
KSA (2) (Lt. & Qr. Mr. H.F.Kirkham. Steinaecker's H.)

Lieutenant Henry Faithful Kirkham confirmed on nominal roll of Steinaecker's Horse. Enlisted 09Nov1900 and to Lt and Q'Master 12Dec1901, Discharged on disbandment of regiment 07Feb1903.

Information from the book titled Steinaecker's Horsemen by William (Bill) Woolmore, pp228-9, 'Kirkham Henry A. Faithful, Regimental Quartermaster-Sergeant/Lieutenant & Quartermaster (AO515 15:3:02): He served as Trooper No.1764 in the Bechuanaland Border Police during the Matabele War of 1893. His regiment was with Forbes' column and was engaged in the pursuit of the Matabele King, Lobengula. It was from this column that the 35 man 'Shanghai Patrol' under Captain Alan Wilson set out over the Shangani River in pursuit of the King. The river flooded behind them, cutting them off from the column. Their gallant last stand against an overwhelming Matabele force is an epic tale. During the native rebellion in Rhodesia in 1896 Kirkham served as a Trooper in the Salisbury Field Force. He was Quartermaster-Sergeant in the Garrison Volunteer Corps during the campaign in Mashonaland during 1897. Previous Anglo-Boer War service as Quartermaster-Sergeant at the Imperial Irregular Corps Depot. Enlisted in SH (Steinaecker's Horse) on 9 November 1900. He was in charge of the Steinaecker's Horse Depot in Pietermaritzburg and was promoted to Lieutenant & Quartermaster on 12 December 1901. He resigned when the regiment was disbanded on 7 February 1903. He qualified for the QSA medal with clasp Transvaal and his KSA was issued from the SH roll. He had previously earned the British South Africa Company's Medal 1893 with clasps 'Rhodesia 1896 & Mashonaland 1897'. (his medal group is illustrated at Fig 84, p228 of above book)
Dr David Biggins

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