In the last week of May 1901, the 9th Lancers were operating in a sweep south-east of Edenburg and they were ambushed on 27 May. “A” and “D” Squadrons were farm clearing, and as “A” would eventually have to get over the neck in the hills overlooking Ospoort, the emergency squadron (“C”) was sent to support them. While the clearing was going on Lieut Stirling was sent with his troop to occupy the neck, covered by the pom-pom.
The three advanced points were allowed to go right through the neck and the remainder of the troop to get right underneath the kopjes, some already having dismounted, when there was a shout of “Hands up!” followed by heavy firing, as Stirling shouted “Files about!”. The men all took what little cover they could find, while reinforcements were sent up on both flanks. The pom-pom getting to work effectually cleared the kopjes, and Lieut Kincaid-Smith, who had been sent up to the right, saw some 200 Boers going away north, besides a certain number leaving the different parts of the kopjes. The casualties all belonged to “C” Squadron: 1 man was killed, 4 were wounded and subsequently died of wounds and 3 were wounded.
“Diary of the 9th Lancers”, p215.
QSA (5) Cape Colony, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittebergen, South Africa 1901 (2822 Pte. E. Martin. 9/Lcrs.);
1914-15 Star (GS-10877 Pte. E. Martin. 9-Lrs.);
BWM and VM (GS-10877 Pte. E. Martin. 9-Lrs.)
Edward Martin served in France with the 9th Lancers from 3 April 1915 and latterly served as a Private (No. L-10229) with the General Service Lancers.
QSA (6) Belmont, Modder River, Relief of Kimberley, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittebergen (4077. Corpl. T. E. Walsh. 9/Lcrs.);
KSA (2) South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (4077 Corpl: T. E. Walsh 9th Lancers.);
Tibet 1903-04, (0) (4077 Sergt: T. E. Walsh. 9th Lcrs.);
BWM 1914-20 (4077 S-Cond. T. E. Walsh. I.U.L.);
Army LS&GC GV (Staff-Serjt. T. E. Walsh. I.M.L),
Thomas Edward Walsh was born in November 1876 and initially served with the 9th Lancers during the Boer War.
Returned to India, he gained attachment to the Supply & Transport Corps, appearing to be the only recipient of the Tibet Medal from the 9th Lancers.
Married at Bombay in 1905, he transferred to the Remount Department and served with the Indian Unattached List during the Great War, with sole entitlement to the BWM.
An active member of the 9th Lancers Old Comrades Association, Walsh returned from India during the 1920s and was soon appointed to the Committee of the OCA. He was latterly appointed as Hon. Treasurer - a role he held for some fifteen years whilst living at Tennison Road, SE25.
Walsh died in November 1950 and is buried in Harrow;