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Sgt JW Curran, 12967
39th Battery, Royal Field Artillery

Wounded in Action: Tafel Kop (20th December 1901)



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The battery was represented in Damant's fierce little action near Tafel Kop on 20th December 1901 (see Lord Kitchener's despatch of 8th January 1902 and commendations).

The enemy, through being disguised in khaki, imitating the formations of British troops, and even "firing volleys in the general direction of some other Boers", were taken for friends, and so managed to gain a ridge commanding the guns which were with Damant's advance-guard; but his men, notably the 91st company of Imperial Yeomanry, which "sacrificed itself almost to a man", pushed back the enemy, who, on the arrival of Rimington with help, fled as usual.

The section lost 5 killed and 7 wounded. At least 2 officers, 2 non-commissioned officers, and 1 man of the battery gained mention for acts of very great gallantry on this occasion.

Sgt JW Curran was one the men of the 39th Battery RFA who was severely wounded on that day.



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Medals to the Royal Artillery 4 months 3 weeks ago #94281

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Well done becoming the custodian of Sgt. Curran's medal. A very worthwhile addition to any QSA collection.
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Sturgy,
Great medal, and I really like the connection with Damants/Rimington being involved in the action at Tafel Kop.
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Hi Sturgy
A super medal to add to the collection.

James William Curran. I assume you have his paperwork?
Joined the colours aged 14 years and 9 months. 1896.
Severely wounded in both legs from gunshot wounds atTafel Kop.
I believe a KSA is out there somewhere?
Look forward to the write up.

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Hi Dave,

Thanks for that information....despite my numerous attempts I couldn't locate his paperwork; it would be greatly appreciated if you could post them for me.

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My pleasure Sturgy.













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