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DCMs for the Boer War 8 months 2 weeks ago #92620

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DCM Ed VII (6724 Serjt: P. C. Jonas. Imp: Yeo:);
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (Lieut: P. C. Jonas, Imp: Yeo:);
KSA (2) (Lieut: P. C. Jonas. Imp: Yeo:) top lugs removed

DCM London Gazette 17 June 1902.

Percy Charlton Jonas was born in Ickleton, Cambridgeshire. He attested for the Imperial Yeomanry at Norwich in January 1900. He served during the Second Boer War with the 43rd (Suffolk) Company, 12th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa from January to October 1900. Jonas advanced to Sergeant in January 1900, and was later commissioned in the Imperial Yeomanry in October.
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DCM VR (2767 Pte C. Child. Suffolk Regt) surname partially corrected;
QSA (4) Cape Colony, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, unofficial rivets between state and date clasps (2767 Pte C. Child 1st Suffolk Regt) number and surname corrected

DCM London Gazette 27 September 1901.
MID London Gazette 10 September 1901.

Charles William Child/Childs was born in Norwich, Norfolk. He attested for the Suffolk Regiment at Bury St. Edmunds in June 1890, and served with the 2nd Battalion in the East Indies from December 1892 until January 1898. Child served with the Battalion during the Second Boer War, and was taken prisoner of war at Colesburg on 6 January 1900. He was discharged in June 1902, having served 12 years with the Colours.
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Of the two DCMs at Noonan's yesterday, the group to Sergeant Jonas was withdrawn and the pair to Private Child sold for a hammer price of GBP 1,100. Totals: GBP 1,417. R 30,980. AUD 2,610. NZD 2,820. CAD 2,310. USD 1,680. EUR 1,570.
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DCM VR (29492 Gnr: C. H. Fox. R.A.);
QSA (3) Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein (29492 Gnr. C. H. Fox, 76th. Bty., R.F.A.)

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DCM London Gazette 27 September 1901.

Gunner Fox was recommended to Lord Roberts by Major-General Clements: ‘I desire to bring to your Lordship's notice the very gallant and cool behaviour of a young soldier of the 76th Battery RFA: No. 29492 Gunner C H Fox and to express a hope that you may recommend this man to receive the medal for Distinguished Conduct in the Field. On 18 February the Battery was in action against the Boer laager. About 4:00 p.m. the Battery was fired into from behind by Boers who had occupied Kitchener's Kopie; two sections were thereupon ordered to come into action in that direction. As the order was given a volley from a 1 pounder Vickers Maxim Quick Firing gun was poured on the Battery. One shell burst on the gun to which Gunner Fox belonged, knocking the detachment out of time.

Gunner Fox sprang to his feet and entirely by himself turned the gun around, loaded and laid it in the new direction. Gunner Fox had several marks from the effect of the shell. One man was killed and five wounded at the same time. Gunner Fox, I may add, has only 15 months service.’

MID London Gazettes 8 February 1901 and 10 September 1901.

Charles H. Fox attested for the Royal Field Artillery and served with the 76th Battery in South Africa during the Boer War. He died of enteric fever at Brandfort on 9 May 1900.
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DCM Ed VII (6294 L. Corpl: J. Murdison. 1st. K.O. Scot: Bord:);
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Johannesburg (6294 Corpl: J. Murdison. K.O. Scot: Bord:);
KSA (2) (6294 Serjt: J. Murdison. K.O. Scot: Bord:);
1914-15 Star (6294 Sjt. J. Murdison. K.O. Sco: Bord:);
British War and Victory Medals (6294 Sjt. J. Murdison. K.O. Sco. Bord.);
Coronation 1911, unnamed as issued

Together with a King’s Own Scottish Borderers cap badge.

DCM London Gazette 27 September 1901.

John Murdison was born in Lauder, Berwick, and attested for the King’s Own Scottish Borderers at Edinburgh in November 1897. He advanced to Lance-Corporal in October 1898, and served with the 1st Battalion in South Africa from January 1900 until February 1903. Having advanced to Sergeant during the conflict, Murdison was reduced to Corporal in consequence of ‘Striking a Soldier’.

Murdison was once again promoted to Sergeant in 1906, and served in Egypt and then in the Sudan between 1907 and 1911. During the latter period he trained in Camel Corps Duties at Khartoum, and after a period of service in the East Indies he returned to the UK for service during the Great War. He served with the Regiment in the Balkan theatre of war from 25 April 1915. Appointed Acting Company Sergeant Major Instructor of Musketry, attached 2/1st Lanark Volunteer Regiment, in August 1917, he was discharged on 20 May 1919, having served 21 years and 200 days with the Colours.
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DCM Ed VII (65531 Sjt: F. Sharp. 84th Bty: R.F.A.);
QSA (5) Cape Colony, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast (65531 Sgt. F. Sharp, 84th Batt. R.F.A.);
KSA (2) (85531 Serjt: F. Sharp. R.F.A.)

DCM London Gazette 27 September 1901; Army Order 15 of 1902.

MID London Gazette 10 September 1901.

Frederick Sharp was born in the Parish of Bickinhill, Birmingham, and attested there for the Royal Field Artillery on 11 January 1888, aged 18 years 2 months. He was discharged at Netley Hospital on 16 February 1909, in consequence of ‘his having been found medically unfit for further service.’

Sold with original Parchment Certificate of Discharge which confirms all medals and clasps; contemporary photograph of the Left Section 84th Battery in South Africa; another of Sharp in uniform wearing medals with his wife and two daughters, and one of Sharp at Netley prior to discharge.

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