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DCMs for the Boer War 7 months 4 weeks ago #61732

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DCM, V.R (951 Clr:-Serjt: G. Trivett. Devon: Regt.);
QSA (5) TH OFS RoL Tr LN (951 C.Sgt. G. Trivett, Devon: Regt.);
KSA (2) (Clr:-Serjt: G. Trivett. Devon: Regt.);
Army LS&GC EdVII (951 Clr:-Serjt: G. Trivett. Devon: Regt.);
Army MSM GV (3/7390 S.Mjr. G. Trivett. Devon: R.)

DCM London Gazette 27 September 1901. MID London Gazette 8 February 1901 and 10 September 1901. MSM (Immediate) London Gazette 22 February 1919.

George Trivett was born in 1866 at Axminster, Devon, and enlisted into the 4th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment Militia on 26 July 1884, and, on 9 September following, joined the 2nd Battalion. He was promoted to Lance-Corporal on 27 February 1888; Corporal, 14 November 1889; Lance-Sergeant, 30 October 1891; Sergeant, 1 March 1894; Colour-Sergeant, 16 April 1895. Following outstanding service in the Boer War, gaining two mentions and the DCM, Trivett was posted to the Permanent Staff of the 4th Volunteer Battalion, Devonshire Regiment, as Colour-Sergeant Instructor on 1 March 1902. He received the LS&GC medal in 1903, and was discharged in the rank of Colour-Sergeant on 28 March 1910. On the outbreak of war in 1914, he re-joined the 6th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment, for the period of the war, and served as Regimental Sergeant-Major to that battalion, on Home Service only. He received a ‘Class B’ mention in February 1917 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in February 1919. On leaving the Army, he worked for Devon County Council as a School Attendance Officer, and died in Pembroke, Wales, in September 1932.
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DCM VR (3191 L. Corpl. R. Edmondstone, Gordon Highrs.);
IGS 1895 (3) Relief of Chitral 1895, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98, clasp carriage altered to accommodate additional clasps (3191 Lce. Cpl. R. Edmondston [sic], 1st Bn. Gordon Highrs.);
QSA (5) CC Paar Drie Joh Belf (3191 Pte. R. Edmondston [sic], Gordon Highrs.);
KSA (2) (3191 Pte. R. Edmondstone, Gordon Highrs.)

DCM London Gazette 27 September 1901.

R. Edmondstone attested for the Gordon Highlanders, and served with the 1st Battalion as part of the Chitral Relief Force under Major-General Sir R. C. Low, K.C.B. Serving at the forcing of the Malakand Pass, he was slightly wounded by buckshot on 3 April 1895 (London Gazette 15 November 1895). For his services in the campaign, his name was brought to the notice of Brigadier-General H. G. Waterfield, Commanding 2nd Brigade. Edmondstone subsequently served with the Tirah Expeditionary Force under Sir William Lockhart, K.C.B., K.C.S.I., against the Afridi and Orakzai tribes.

Edmondstone then served in the Boer War and was mentioned in Lord Robert’s despatch of 4 September 1901 (London Gazette 10 September 1901), and was subsequently awarded the DCM for his services.

The regimental history records an incident during the battle of Magersfontein, 11 December 1899, following the initial retirement when the Highland Brigade was repulsed in their disastrous attempt to take the hill. A Boer shell dropped near a group of Highlanders crowded around a water-cart. It was noted that, ‘The Gordon water-cart had been pretty far forward before this, for Lance-Corporal Edmondstone, in charge, was mentioned for gallantry. He was very strict in not serving without orders, and no man got a second drink.’

Elsewhere in the regimental history it is recorded, ‘Lance-Corporal Edmondstone, end man of many a tug-of-war team, one of the original machine-gun squad of the battalion; and so big that he was allowed an extra half-ration daily. Someone gives his weight as 19 stone, but I consider that a libel; anyway he did his marches well enough.’
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