Brett Hendey wrote: It was easier for me to find the original record in my NP files:
A NATAL POLICE DCM
In his book “The Mounted Police of Natal” (John Murray, 1913), H P Holt gives a detailed account of what he termed the “Defence of Mahlabatini”, .............
Hopefully, this account will set the record straight.
HI Brett, thank you so much for taking the time to repost the information relating to Sgt Evan's DCM. I do recall reading it some time ago, but always good to be reminded.
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The DCM trio to Squadron Sergeant Major E. Mander, 7th Dragoon Guards sold this morning for a hammer price of £1,900. Totals (inc VAT on the commission for the UK only): £2,447. R49,200. Au$4,100. Can$4,200. US$3,200
DCM EdVII (4145 Lc. Serjt: G. Walker, 1/L.N. Lanc: R.);
QSA (6) Belmont, Modder River, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill (4145. Cpl. G. F. Walker. 1st. L.N. Lnc: Regt.);
KSA (2) (4145 Serjt: G. Walker. L.N. Lanc: Regt.);
Army LS&GC GV 1st issue (4145 C.Sjt: G. F. Walker. L.N. Lanc: Regt.)
Provenance: Dix Noonan Webb, December 1999.
DCM LG 27 September 1901.
George Frederick Walker was born in Beckton, Eseex, in 1874 and attested for the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Woolwich on 21 July 1893, having previously served in the 4th Volunteer Battalion, Essex Regiment. He served with the 1st Battalion in India from 7 February 1895 to 19 February 1896; in Ceylon from 20 February 1896 to 10 February 1899; and in South Africa from 11 February 1899 to 17 September 1902, being promoted Corporal on 29 December 1897. He served with the Mounted Infantry Company during the Boer War, was promoted Sergeant on 15 September 1900, and was Mentioned in Lord Roberts’ Despatch of 4 September 1901, as well as being awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Promoted Colour-Sergeant on 16 March 1907, he was awarded his Long Service Medal per Army Order 104 of 1912, and was discharged on 20 July 1914, after 21 years’ service.
Re-enlisting into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment following the outbreak of the Great War on 28 September 1914, Walker spent the entire War at home, being advanced Warrant Officer Class I. He was finally discharged on 8 February 1919, and was awarded a Silver War Badge.
Yes, it does appear circular - though a vernier reading would be the best proof. According to Recipients of the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1855-1909, the only award of the Bar "8th June, 1901" was made to "9738 Colour Sgt. Worthing, H.E." of the Rifle Brigade (2nd M.I.); "capture of Boer convoy at Rooival, 8/6/01".
The item could have been made up as a Museum sample or for some similar purpose.