QSA (4) CC OFS Tr SA02 (8385 Pte. F. Herbert. Rl: Fus. M.I.)
Tibet (1) Gyantse (8385 Pte F. Herbert, 1st Bn. Royl Fusrs.)
An interesting and rare pair, Pte Herbert served during the Boer War with the 4th Bn Royal Fusiliers, also called the 20th Battalion Mounted Infantry. It is unusual to see these two medals together as the 1st Battalion who fought in Tibet did not take part in the Boer War, the only men to earn both had to switch across battalions.
According to the medal roll he earned the the CC & OFS bars with the 20th Bn Mounted Infantry on attachment, earning the rest with the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers, in the remarks stating “To 1st Bn R.F. Mandalay”
His transfer to the 1st Bn R. Fus then coincided with them being sent to Tibet on the Younghusband Expedition of 1904, being the only British Regiment present and the only British Regiment to have fought in action at an altitude of 16,500 feet.
He was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, He enlisted aged 18 Years 2 months on 7th November 1900, likely having heard plenty about the Boer War and itching to become 18 and join the war effort.
He was posted to South Africa with the 4th Battalion on 9th January 1902, two days earlier on the 7th January he had passed his Mounted Infantry class at Shorncliffe and was sent to form part of the Mounted Royal Fusiliers, later transferring to the 2nd Battalion on 11th August 1902.
As a reservist he was mobilised with the BEF on 5th August 1914 and was Posted on 14th August 1914, but he was found medically unfit and discharged on 25th November 1914, having served for 14 years, attributing his illness to his service in India between 1903 & 1908.
This is his full entitlement he did have the chance to earn any WW1 medals before his discharge.
QSA (2) CC SA02 (Capt: F. T. T. Moore, Imp: Yeo:);
Tibet (1) Gyantse (Captn. F. T. T. Moore, S. & T. Corps);
BWM & VM with MID (Lt. Col. F. T. T. Moore.)
Frederick Thornton Trevor Moore was born on 20 May 1870. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, from the Militia, Connnaught Rangers, 8 June 1889; Lieutenant, 24 September 1890; Lieutenant, Indian Army, 5 September 1891; Captain, Indian Army, 8 June 1900; Captain, Imperial Yeomanry, 11 January to 20 October, 1902; Major, Indian Army, 8 June 1907; retired 11 August 1911.
According to his own statement of services, he was Adjutant of the 4th Cavalry, Indian Army; Adjutant of the 28th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry, which he helped to raise and took it to South Africa in 1902; raised and commanded the 56th Camel Corps; commanded the 10th Mule Corps on the Tibet Expedition; and was Station Staff Officer at Jubblepore.
During the Great War he applied for and was recommended to a vacant Majority in 3rd Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the Battalion on 4 August 1914, and afterwards raised and commanded the 7th Service Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, and served with them for 8 months in France from 18 February 1916, until the battalion was amalgamated. Mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatch of 7 November 1917 (London Gazette 1 January 1918).
Lieutenant-Colonel Moore died at Richmond, Yorkshire, on 15 November 1925.
QSA (5) Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Transvaal (5798 Pte W. Saril, 2nd Rl: Fus:);
KSA (2) (5798 Pte W. Sarel. Rl: Fusiliers.);
Tibet (1) Gyantse (5798 W. Sarel 1st Bn Ryl Fuslrs).
Private William Sarel is confirmed on QSA and KSA rolls and having served with the 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers during
the Boer War with clasp entitlement as above. He continued to serve during the Tibet 1903-4 Campaign, receiving the above medal with ‘Gyantse’ clasp.