[ SAGS (1) 1879 ]
[ Army LS&GC ]
Meritorious Service Medal GV (C. S. Mjr. C. Ivens. R.E.)
Charles Ivens was born at Woodford, Kettering in 1854. Attesting with the rank of Sapper on 19 December 1876 and assigned the Regimental number 14011; he was deployed to the Cape of Good Hope on 2 December 1878 to fight in the Anglo-Zulu War where he formed part of No. 1 Column under Colonel Pearson. This - very likely - places him with No. 2 Field Company which was assigned to the formation. With this unit Ivens saw action at Inyezane on 22 January 1879 when a Zulu Impi attacked the column only to be thrown back by disciplined fire and the ferocious effects of a Gatling gun. The column entered the Missionary Fort at Eshowe the next day on 23 January only to receive news of the massacre at Isandlwana. Colonel Peason dug his troops in and they soon came under attack. Having driven the Zulus off the British troops found themselves under siege - however it was clear that their enemy couldn't take the Fort, leaving the opposing sides at an impasse. The Column was relieved on 3 April after months of siege, and Ivens went on to serve in the run-up to the advance on Ulundi.
Returning to Britain on 11 May 1880 Ivens remained there for the next eleven years, being promoted 2nd Corporal on 19 December 1888. Posted to Axim on the Gold Coast on 16 December 1891 he served there until 13 July 1892 before again returning to Britain. Here Ivens saw another five years of service. He is listed as Discharged on 19 December 1897 with the rank of Company Sergeant-Major. It seems that Ivens was either involved in the Army Reserve or was the recipient of a very late award as his MSM is a George V issue
Captain W. Sholto Douglas, Royal Engineers, who died of wounds on 14 November 1914
Queen's South Africa 1899-1902, 2 clasps, Cape Colony, Wittebergen (Lieut. W. S. Douglas. R.E.); Khedive's Sudan, 1 clasp, Sudan 1899, unnamed as issued, good very fine (2)
William Sholto Douglas was born on 18 September 1875 and was slightly injured whilst destroying arms. He was serving on the Staff and was mortally wounded near Ypres on 2 November. He died on 14 November 1914, being buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.
Additional information attached: He was the only son of Col. John Charles Douglas and nephew of Major General Sir William Douglas.
QSA (4) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, unofficial rivets between first and second clasps (5087 Sapper W. George [sic]. Rl: Engineers.);
1914-15 Star (5087 Sjt. W. G. F. Crosby. R.E.);
British War and Victory Medals (5087 W.O. Cl.2. W. G. F. Crosby. R.E.);
IGS 1908 (1) Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919 (5087 C.S.M. Crosby R.E., Rly. Bn., S. & M.);
Army MSM GV 1st issue (5087 Sjt: - A.C.S. Mjr: - W. G. E. [sic] Crosby. R.E.) number officially corrected;
Army LS&GC GV 1st issue (5087 Sjt. W. G. F. Crosby. R.E.);
Delhi Durbar 1911, silver, unnamed as issued
MSM London Gazette 13 March 1918 (East Africa).
William George Frederick Crosby was born in Liverpool on 24 September 1879 and attested for the Royal Engineers under the name William George on 12 March 1900. He saw active served in South Africa during the Boer War with the 46th Field Company from 5 March 1901, and remained in South Africa following the cessation of hostilities.
Retuning to the U.K. on 9 February 1906, he assumed his true name of William George Frederick Crosby on 9 April 1907, and was appointed Lance Corporal on 17 August 1908. Proceeding to India on 4 March 1910, for service with the 25th Railway Company, Sappers and Miners, he was promoted Corporal on 25 March 1911, and Sergeant on 25 September 1912, and whilst in India was present at the Delhi Durbar as part of the Sappers and Miners Contingent (confirmed on roll as being entitled to the Delhi Durbar Medal).
Crosby served with the Royal Engineers Railway Battalion, Sappers and Miners, during the Great War in East Africa from November 1914, and was wounded under fire at Tanga on 4 November 1914, when he voluntarily took a party ashore. He was promoted Warrant Officer Class II (Company Sergeant Major) on 25 September 1917, and for his services in German East Africa was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Returning to India, he saw further service during the Third Afghan War.
He was discharged on 11 September 1922, after 22 years’ service.