djb wrote: The group to Burt sold well. The hammer price was £500. Totals (inc VAT on the commission for the UK only): £620. R12,300. Au$1,060. Can$970. US$730
Herewith some photos of Burt's group. I love the untouched patina of the medals - they have obviously lain in a box, unmolested, for many years. He will be a very interesting character to research. Can anyone tell me what year the hallmarks on the VD represent?
The recipient was Henry Doubell. He was born 17 August 1862 in Aberdeen, Cape Colony, the son of Water David Peter and Esther Anabella Jones Doubell. His baptism took place on 25 December 1862.
He married Catharina Elizabeth Janse van Rensburg in Jansenville, 20 August 1883. He was 21 and Catharina was 17. Both were resident in Steylerville at the time so why they married in Jansenville is unclear. Perhaps Catharina's parents lived in Jansenville? Jansenville is 50 miles from Steytlerville.
The couple had 5 sons:
Walter David Peter (1884 - 1974)
Johannes Jacobus (1890 - 1959)
Henry Jones (1892 - 1965)
Peter William (1894 - 1981)
Thomas Henry William (1896 - 1974)
On 3 August 1899 Henry and Catharina suffered the death of their premature son who died within a day of being born. At the time, Henry was described as a 'well digger maker' and resided in Steytlerville.
During the Boer War he served in his local Town Guard. Henry was 38 years old. Number 8, Sergeant, he was entitled to a no clasp medal but decided to add the clasps SA01 and SA02 to his QSA.
The Doubell family were well represented in the Steytlerville TG and DMT
n/n Pte Thomas Doubell (served TG and DMT)
27 Pte W J Doubell (TG )
98 Pte Douw Snetler Doubell (TG and no 30 DMT), 1881-1938, worked as a mason, son of Walter Doubell
6 Corporal George Doubell (DMT)
Lt Walter David Peter Doubell (DMT)
A net of 96 medals issued to the Steytlerville TG.
Henry died of influenza and pneumonia after an illness of two weeks, 2 February 1924, aged 62. He was described as a mason and transport rider. He still resided in Steytlerville and was interred there.