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QSA (4) Cape Colony, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (33906 Tpr: J. Love. 89th Coy. Imp. Yeo.);
together with a Montgomeryshire Imperial Yeomanry Tribute Medal 1901, 38mm, bronze, the obverse featuring the arms of Mongomeryshire, ‘Mongomeryshire Imperial Yeomanry’ around, the reverse featuring a mounted trooper with a soldier knelt firing a rifle at his side, ‘South African Campaign 1901’ around, unnamed, and housed in fitted case

James Love was born in St Albans, Chester in 1881, and attested for the 89th (Montgomeryshire) Company, Imperial Yeomanry at Ruabon on 12 March 1901, having previously served with the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. He served with the Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa from 7 April 1901 until 27 August 1902, and was discharged on 3 September 1902.
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QSA (5) Cape Colony, OFS, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (32061 Pte G.W. Blewitt 39th Coy Imp Yeo)

Described as 'suspension bar bent, several edge contact marks'.
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BSACM Rhodesia 1896 (Lieut H B Smith-Bingham, Gwelo Volunteers);
QSA (3) Witt Tr OFS (Lt 1st Imperial Yeomanry)

City Coins #12, July 1971.

Estimate R99.
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QSA (5) Cape Colony, Rhodesia, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (Lieutenant E. C. Palmer, 61st Coy. Imp: Yeo:), unofficial rivets between state and date clasp, date clasp with lugs clipped, rank unofficially re-engraved, edge bruise, thus nearly very fine
[ KSA (2) (Lt) ]

11253 Private on the Supplementary Roll (WO100/127p118).

4 state clasps verified on WO100/127p112. Initial G and rank Trooper.

Edward Cochrane Palmer served as a Trooper (No. 11253) with the 61st (South Irish Horse (Dublin)) Company, Imperial Yeomanry. They were raised on 7 March 1900 at Dublin and were perpetuated on 7 January 1902 by the South of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry. Palmer lived at Beckfield House, County Laois, Ireland.

The KSA roll (WO100/357p179) states 'In rank emb(odied) for SA 6 April 1900. Commissioned in 110th Coy 17 April 1901 and served continuously until cessation of hostilities.
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QSA (4) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (14506 S-S. Major. W. F. Loveland. Impl: Yeomanry.), unofficial rivets between state and date clasps;
British War and Victory Medals (Lieut. W. F. Loveland.)

MID London Gazette 9 July and 10 September 1901.

Walter Fletcher Loveland was born in Sevenoaks, Kent on 23 November 1871. Having spent time in British Columbia he returned to Britain in order to join the 20th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry (Rough Riders) for service in South Africa. Disembarking in South Africa on 14 April 1900 he joined 72nd Company, Imperial Yeomanry. Loveland attached to the Imperial Light Horse at Hartebeestfontein when they were confronted by a much larger Boer Commando on 22 March 1901. Immediately the Boer's began to press them very hard and Loveland, at the time a Corporal was hit, despite that he held his ground and kept firing till the Boer's rolled over his position. As his first 'mention' in General Babbington's Despatch stated:

'Although wounded in five places, continued to fire until the Boers galloped over him.'

For his bravery Loveland was promoted Sergeant by the Commander-in-Chief. Finishing the conflict with the rank of Staff Sergeant-Major, he was demobilised on 15 July 1901. Returning to Canada he joined the Civil Service but maintained a connection to the military, serving with the 50th Gordon Highlanders of Canada. He was commissioned into the 230th Forestry Battalion, Canadian Forestry Corps with the rank of Lieutenant for service and entering the war in France on 29 April 1917. Loveland survived the war although he was hospitalised from 11 March-23 March 1919 spending this time in Matlock, Bath. Returned to Canada aboard HMT Northland on 13 May 1919 and demobilised on 29 May 1919.
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QSA (4) Cape Colony, Rhodesia, Orange Free State, South Africa 1901 (12569 Tpr: E. Cameron. 70th Coy. 18th Imp. Yeo.);
1914-15 Star (St. Surg. E. Cameron, M.B., R.N.);
British War and Victory Medals, with MID (Surg. Lt. Cr. E. Cameron. R.N.);
AGS 902 (1) Somaliland 1920 (Surg. E. Cameron.)

Ewen Cameron was born in 1878 at Epworth, Lincolnshire. His father is not recorded at home in the 1881 census but his mother is shown as 'Doctor's wife'.

Young Cameron entered Edinburgh Medical School in 1895 and graduated in 1902. His studies were interrupted as in February 1900 he joined the Imperial Yeomanry and served in South Africa until June 1901 (Medal & 4 clasps).

In February 1906 he joined the Royal Navy as Surgeon. His promotions were to Staff Surgeon in February 1914, Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander in March 1918 and to Surgeon Captain on retirement in May 1928.

After appointments on Vivid, Skipjack, Caernarvon, Terrible, President, Vernon and Gibraltar he joined Espiegle in December 1912 and was to serve on her until May 1916.

In 1913 he had requested a transfer to the Colonial Service in Somaliland and later that year he was commended for his handling of the Camel Corps after the disaster at Burao - for which he earned the N.G.S. with clasp 'Persian Gulf 1910-14'. His Medal was lost when the P&O liner Persia was sunk on 18 December 1915, no record of a replacement ever being issued.

The Espiegle was soon into the action of the Great War:

'By September 1914, it had become clear that Turkey was preparing for war, and it was only a matter of time before she entered the conflict on Germany's side. In anticipation, three Royal Navy vessels, the Odin, Espiegle and Dalhousie entered the Shatt-al-Arab in order to protect the Abadan Island oil refineries. Soon thereafter, on October 7th, a formal letter from the Turkish Government was delivered to the Espiegle essentially stating that the RN ships were violating Turkish sovereignty and that they must depart from the Shatt-al-Arab within 24 hours. The British however, were unwilling to leave their interests defenseless, and in any event, since one bank of the Shatt belonged to Persia, Turkey's control over it was not absolute. Throughout the rest of October, the Turks and the Royal Navy sat in an uneasy peace, with both sides hurriedly preparing for the war they knew was coming. On October 31st, the Commander of the Espiegle learnt through a telegram that the Turkish Navy had bombarded the Russian port of Odessa in the Black Sea on October 28th, thus effectively declaring war. On November 5th, Great Britain officially declared war on the Ottoman Empire. The very next day, the Espiegle engaged and silenced a significant body of Turks who had constructed a series of trenches opposite Abadan Island in a hotly contested affair. The war in Mesopotamia had begun.'

In May 1915 Cameron was again commended for his work during and after the Battle of Shaiba and was awarded a 'mention' (London Gazette 17 October 1916, refers). This seems to be covered by two recommendations, one with several Naval Officers for actions in November and December 1917 and the second for service at the British General Hospital Basra for his work after the action at Saiba. In August 1920 it was noted that Cameron had been recommended for a decoration for his work in Mesopotamia but no action could be taken as the final list had been presented.

In August 1918 he was lent to the Colonial Office for a term of three years. His trip to Somaliland was not uneventfulf or he was travelling on the Tasman which was sunk on 16 September 1918.

Having served during the campaign of 1920, with Sick Berth Petty Officer Hulme at his side - Cameron was again 'mentioned' for his part in the operations (London Gazette 29 November 1920, refers).

Suffering dysentery and malaria Cameron went on sick leave until 1922. His final appointment was aboard Carysfoot. In 1940 he was working in the Public Health Department in Stafford. Cameron died in May 1952 at Petersfield, Hampshire.

Sold for a hammer price of £4,200. Totals (inc VAT on the commission for the UK only): £5,208. R98,300. Au$8,870. Can$8,370. US$6,550
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