QSA (6) RoK Paard Deie Joh DH Witt (31990 Dr. R. Gillinder, Q. B., R.H.A.);
KSA (2) (31990 Dvr: R. Gillinder. R.H.A.)
Robert Gillinder was born in 1878 at Gateshead, Durham. He worked as a moulder before attesting for the Royal Artillery on 28 November 1898 and serving in South Africa from 19 December 1899-6 November 1902. He served with 'Q' Battery during the action at Sanna's Post and later transferred to 'O' Battery on 9 December 1901.
He saw further service in India before being discharged on 27 November 1910.
QSA (4) RoK Paar Drie Tr (18070 Bomb. T. G. Hurley, Q, B., R.H.A.);
KSA (2) (18070 Gnr: T. G. Hurley. R.H.A.);
1914-15 Star (Pte. T. G. Hurley 7th. Infantry.);
BWM & VM (Cpl. T. G. Hurley. S.A.H.A.);
Thomas George Hurley was born at Dorchester and attested for the Royal Artillery on 13 January 1897, after brief service with the Kent Militia. He initially served at home where he was twice injured, firstly to the finger of his right hand whilst on duty, and secondly a contusion of his left ankle whilst off duty on 19 February 1898.
Posted to South Africa on 19 December 1899, he served as Acting Bombardier in 'F' Section of 'Q' Battery at Sanna's Post. At a time when the artillery pieces had no shields, he was fortunate to survive the encounter, in particular the Boer rifle fire.
It has been suggested that every man of 'Q' Battery was killed or wounded during the action, however this was not the case. What is agreed is that very few men were finally able to limber up and withdraw the guns following the 4 hours of artillery action. This is testament to the physical and mental exhaustion associated with very little, if any, sleep the previous night, and the intensity of the Battle. 'Q' Battery lost 4 officers wounded, 3 other ranks killed and 27 wounded, with a further 9 captured. One or two of those wounded later died from their injuries.
Hurley remained in South Africa following the cessation of hostilities and later served with the 2nd Kimberley Regiment and the South African Heavy Artillery during the Great War.
Harry Knibbs of 'Q' Battery was in fact born in Quainton Bucks. Having researched his family history quite carefully I can find no connection with Akeley.
The Harry Knibbs of Akeley referred to in the Buckingham Advertiser is Philip Henry Knibbs who was born in Akeley in 1886. He served in WW1 as a private in 7th Oxf & Bks L.I. He was always known in the village as Harry. Harry never married, was a devout churchgoer and indeed an accomplished violinist. He captained the cricket team in 1929 and was earlier 1921 recorded as playing soccer for the village team. In 1939 he was still living at home on Church Hill with his aging parents Philip Henry senior and Mary aged 86 and 89 respectively. Harry was 53. He died in Akeley in 1970 aged 84.
Much of the foregoing was confirmed in a conversation with an elderly villager who lived opposite Harry and his parents.
Hope this clarifies the situation a little.
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