DCM EdVII (4311 L.-Corpl: A. levey. 13th Hussars.);
QSA (4) Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal (4311 Pte. A. Levey, 13/Hussars);
KSA (2) (4311 Corpl: A. Levey. 13th Hussars.)
DCM LG 31 October 1902; Army Order 10/03; details TNA WO 108/170.
MID LG 29 July 1902.
The following extract is taken from The 13th Hussars in the South African War 1899-1902:
‘On December 15th  there was a remarkable eclipse of the moon.
At 4 A.M. Dundonald’s brigade, with the 7th Battery Royal Field Artillery, moved out of camp and moved off to operate against the left flank of the enemy. The 13th was halted on the high ground facing Hlangwani, while Thorneycroft’s Mounted Infantry and the South African Light Horse with the Composite Regiment went on dismounted to attack the hill. The force that could be employed at this point was insufficient, they lost heavily, and had to retire. The squadron under Major Williams was sent to help in the retirement. Lieutenant Bayley, who had been sent on with the signallers with the battery, was under heavy fire, and Private Humphrey was wounded. Another signaller, Private Wright, who was attached to the South African Light Horse, was also wounded in the attack on Hlangwani. On the left, things were going worse, and it was clear that the brigade would not reach the Tugela river that night. At 3 P.M. the order to retire was given, Major Smithson’s squadron being sent to escort the naval guns out of action. One gun was found deserted by the native drivers, and the oxen had scattered. However, some other drivers were found, the oxen collected, and the gun safely withdrawn. During the retirement news came that Colonel Long’s guns had had to be left on the field, and when the regiment arrived near Chieveley station they were ordered to go out and cover these guns, as an attempt to bring them in after dark would be made. But this order was almost immediately cancelled, and about 5 P.M. the 13th reached its camp. During the day Lieutenant-Colonel Blagrove’s horse was hit. The weather was extremely hot, there was hardly a breath of wind, and the horses had been without water since the evening before. The regimental stretcher-bearers did most excellent work during the day, one of then, Private Levey, being deserving of particular commendation. The names of the others were: Gallagher, Thompson, Twyman, Carstairs, Ellis, Meadon, and Smallwood. A regimental order 16/12/99 was issued on the subject by Major Lambkin, senior medical officer of the cavalry brigade. Had it not been for the devotion of these eight men, a number of wounded belonging to the other mounted corps engaged would have had to lie on the field wounded and unattended to for many hours.’
Alfred Levey was born in Melbourne, Australia, and attested for the 4th Hussars at London on 1 September 1892, and served with this regiment in India from September 1896 to March 1899, at the end of which month he transferred to the 13th Hussars. He was transferred to the 1st Class Army Reserve on 31 August 1899, but was recalled to Army service under Special Army Order of 7 October 1899, for service in South Africa. He was discharged on 31 August 1904, his discharge papers noting that he was subsequently paid a £20 gratuity issuable with the DCM on 28 July 1908.
DCM EdVII (49174 B: SJT: MAJ: D. NASH. 73RD. BTY: R.F.A.);
QSA (4) Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal; (49174 B.S.MAJOR. D. NASH. 73RD BTY., R.F.A.);
KSA (2) (49174 B.SERJT:-MAJ: D. NASH. R.F.A.);
1914-1915 Star; (L-32758 S.MJR. D. NASH. R.F.A.);
British War Medal and Victory Medal; (L-32756 W.O.CL.1. D. NASH. R.A.);
Army LS&GC EdVII (49174 B.S. MAJOR. D. NASH. R.F.A.)
David Nash was born in New Hampton, London, and having worked as a milkman, and saw service in the Militia as a Private with the 3rd Militia Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, then attested for service with the British Army as a Driver (No.49174) with the Royal Field Artillery on 28th May 1885, when posted to the 5th Brigade. With the reorganisation he found himself serving with the 54th Field Battery from 1st July 1889, and was appointed to Acting Bombardier on 17th September 1889, before being posted to the 73rd Field Battery on 4th October 1890.
Promoted to Bombardier on 9th September 1891, and to Corporal on 26th August 1892 followed by Sergeant on 10th September 1894, he remained on home service through to the outbreak of the Boer War. Promoted to Battery Sergeant Major on 7th October 1899, he was then posted with his battery to South Africa on 3rd November 1899.
The 73rd Battery, along with the 64th formed Parson's Brigade Division at Colenso on 15th December 1899, when both batteries did much valuable work. The 73rd Battery then accompanied Hart's brigade in the Venter's Spruit and Spion Kop operations leading to the relief of Ladysmith in February 1900, when it was at Vaal Krantz and in the final great combat for the relief, the Brigade Division then being the 28th, 73rd, and 78th.
Later in 1900 it was brought round to the Transvaal, and in 1901 two guns were in the column of Colonel Grey, afterwards with Colonel Garratt. One man gained mention by Lord Kitchener for gallant work in the Orange River Colony.
Nash was the most senior non-commissioned officer within the 73rd Battery during the conflict, and he was in addition on of only two men from the Battery to be awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for the Boer War. He was Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in the London Gazette for 10th September 1901, and his award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal was published in the London Gazette for 27th September 1901 and also published in Army Orders No.15 of 1902.
Nash was posted to India from 15th October 1902, and was awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in Army Orders No.172 of 1903, and having been permitted to extend his service beyond 21 years on 4th September 1905, was then posted home and transferred to the 31st Field Battery on 24th November 1906, and discharged on 31st July 1907.
With the outbreak of the Great War, Nash re-enlisted for the duration of the war at London on 26th June 1915, and was appointed a Warrant Officer 2nd Class and Battery Sergeant Major with the 166th Brigade. Appointed to Acting Warrant Officer 1st Class and Acting Regimental Sergeant Major on 29th November 1915, he was then posted to the Headquarters of the 167th Brigade on 1st December 1915, and saw service out on the Western Front from 12th December 1915. It was during the Battle of the Somme that Nash suffered a shrapnel wound to the left shoulder whilst in action on 22nd July 1916, as a result of which he was evacuated home on 25th July 1916, and did not see active service overseas again.
Posted as an Acting Regimental Sergeant Major to the 5th Reserve Brigade on being posted home, on his recovery he was posted as the Regimental Sergeant Major to the 1st ‘B’ Reserve Brigade on 17th October 1916, and was posted to ‘C’ Battery of the 342nd Brigade on 28th January 1918, before being posted to the Regimental Headquarters of the 342nd Brigade on 8h February 1918, and discharged physically unfit on 27th June 1918. He was awarded the Silver War Badge. Nash returned to live on King’s Cross Road in London. Confirmed as his full medal entitlement.