William Humerston was born in Bromley, Kent in 1855 and joined the Army on 1875. He married in Cork in 1892 and had four children over an 8 year period. William died aged 47 in Cork in 1903 and his wife survived him by 43 years.
The catalogue suggests the QSA is officially renamed but the rim fits snugly into the No 4 frame with no evident signs of renaming.
There have been a number of KRRC medals and groups in recent auctions and I suspect these are from the collection of the late Irv Mortensen. Some years ago I was in correspondence with Irv and he was always forthcoming with all sorts of information. A true gentleman who will be sadly missed.
I did not know that Irv Mortensen had died. He was a true gentleman., and his passing is a great loss to the medal-collecting fraternity. He was very generous in sharing his unequaled knowledge of the KRRC. On learning of my interest in the Composite Regiment, Mounted Brigade, during the Relief of Ladysmith he very kindly offered me one of only two QSA/KSA pairs in his collection awarded to a member of the 2nd KRRC Mounted Infantry Company. Although I later acquired a few 'better' KRRC groups that pair is still one of the favourites in my collection.