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MR. J. J. WHARTON. NATAL GOVT. RLYS.

QUEEN'S SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL
CONDITION :GVF
CLASPS:NONE

MR. J. J. Wharton served as a Bridge Guard for the NGR. This was often a tedious duty where a couple of men would be told off to protect important bridges on the rail network.
For more information about the unit, pease see the relevant page on this forum for Natal Government Railways Bridge Guards.
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W. A. GLISSON. CGR

ARMOURED TRAIN GUARD

QUEEN'S SOUTH AFRICA
CONDITION:NEF
CLASPS:NONE

First of all, let me say congratulations to the Springboks on their series win against the B and I Lions.
I will continue along the sporting vein with this recent addition to my QSA collection.
William Albert Glisson was born on 8th July 1882 at Port Elizabeth. During the Anglo Boer War he served as a guard on armoured trains as detailed in WO100/279 'Worked armoured trains from July 1st 1901 to end of war'.
WO126/286 also shows service with the Uitenhage Town Guard.
Neither medal roll shows any entitlement to clasps.

William married Violet Cecilia Kelly of Graaff Reinet at St. James' Church in her home town on 20th April 1914, when he was recorded as working for South African Railways.

He also enjoyed playing a high standard of cricket for Eastern Province from the 1906/07 season to 1922/23. Please see above photo for a shot of the team he played in.

As followers of cricket will know, a player's lifetime statistics can be found in publications such as Wisden's amongst other sources.
I found William's stats on cricHQ and have the pleasure of posting the following :
BATTING AND FIELDING
Matches:17
Innings:31
Not out:0
Runs:470
Highest score:81
Average :15.16
SR:N/A.
50s:1
100s:0
4s:0
6s:0
Caught:13
Stumped:0

BOWLING
Matches:17
Innings:20
Balls:1456
Runs:984
Wickets:40
BBI:7/50
BBM:10/91
Average :24.6
Economy :4.05
SR:36.4
4 wickets taken:3
5 wickets taken:3
10 wickets taken :1

He was no big hitter with the bat, but must have been unplayable in the match in which he took 10 wickets for 91!!

William Albert Glisson:Town guard, railwayman and first class cricketer died aged 82 at Uitenhage on 10th August 1964.
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Medals to the Railways 3 weeks 4 days ago #78155

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From the next DNW auction

QSA (0) (F. R. Robinson. Cape G.R.)

Frank Reginald Robinson served as a Guard with the Cape Government Railways Traffic Department. Sold with copied medal roll extract (for Robinson only) which states that he ‘Travelled through affected area in charge of trains and relieved at several stations within fire zone during the whole period of the war.’ Medal issued on 4 May 1908, to the recipient at ‘The Pharmacy, Potters Bar, Middlesex’.
Dr David Biggins
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