QSA (5) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, unofficial rivets between state and date clasps (36481 Tpr: E. E. Squibb. 50th. Coy. Imp: Yeo:) minor official correction to surname;
Coronation 1911, County and Borough Police (P.C. C. Squibb. Portsmouth. 10 Years.)
Charles Squibb was born at Blandford, Dorset, in 1879 and attested for the Imperial Yeomanry at Winchester on 12 February 1901, serving with the 50th (Hampshire) Company, 17th Battalion in South Africa during the Boer War from 24 March 1902 to 29 July 1902. He was discharged on 5 August 1902, and subsequently joined the Portsmouth Police.
Note: The recipient’s service papers are signed under the name of 36481 Charles Squibb; the medal roll for the Queen’s South Africa Medal lists him initially as 36481 Squibb, C, with the initial crossed out and replaced by the initials E E.
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Transvaal, Wittebergen (11386 Cpl. S. Sheffield. 62nd. Coy. 11th Imp: Yeo:);
KSA (2) (Lieut: S. H. Sheffield. Imp: Yeo:);
1914-15 Star (Lieut. S. Sheffield. Hamps. R.);
BWM and VM with MID oak leaves (Lieut. S. Sheffield.)
MID LG 20 August 1901: Lance-Corporal S. Sheffield, 62nd Company Imperial Yeomanry: ‘For gallantry in the attack on Retief’s Nek, Orange River Colony, 29 April 1901. Promoted Corporal by Commander-in-Chief.’
MID LG 5 November 1915 (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force).
Surtees Sheffield was born in London on 8 June 1878 and was educated at Godolphin School. He ‘was a medical student at Guy’s Hospital, London, but after the outbreak of the South African War he enlisted as a Trooper in the Middlesex Yeomanry early in 1900, and obtained a commission soon after. He served through that campaign, for which he was Mentioned in Despatches, was awarded the Queen’s Medal with three clasps, ands the King’s Medal with two clasps, the latter being personally presented to him by King Edward VII at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his gallantry at Retief’s Nek. On the termination of the war he resigned his commission and went to Malaya, where he was engaged in rubber planting when war was declared in August 1914. He returned to England at once and took up his commission, becoming Lieutenant in the 13th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment on 29 January 1915. He went to Gallipoli on 25 May 1915, with a draft for the 2nd Battalion, and as was wounded in July, being sent to hospital in Alexandria. He returned to his regiment on 1 August, and was killed in action five days later, while leading his company in an attack on the Turkish trenches before Achi Baba. For his gallant and distinguished service in the Field he was Mentioned in Despatches by Sir Ian Hamilton.’ (The Roll of Honour refers).
Sheffield has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.
QSA (2) Cape Colony, South Africa 1902 (Capt: F. T. T. Moore, Imp: Yeo:);
Tibet 1903-04, (1) Gyantse (Captn. F. T. T. Moore, S. & T. Corps);
BWM and VM with MID oak leaves (Lt. Col. F. T. T. Moore.)
Frederick Thornton Trevor Moore was born on 20 May 1870. He was appointed Second Lieutenant, from the Militia, in the Connnaught Rangers on 8 June 1889, and was promoted Lieutenant on 24 September 1890. He transferred to the Indian Army on 5 September 1891, and was promoted Captain, Indian Army on 8 June 1900; Captain, Imperial Yeomanry, from 11 January to 20 October 1902; and Major, Indian Army on 8 June 1907.
He retired on 11 August 1911.
According to his own statement of services, Moore 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, being Mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatch of 7 November 1917 (LG 1 January 1918). Lieutenant-Colonel Moore died at Richmond, Yorkshire, on 15 November 1925.
QSA (2) Cape Colony, South Africa 1902 (39513 Pte. H. H. Metcalfe. 129th. Coy. Imp: Yeo:)
Herbert Henry Metcalfe was born in Manchester in 1879 and attested for the Imperial Yeomanry at Doncaster on 6 January 1902. He served with the 129th (Westminster Dragoons) Company, 28th Battalion in South Africa during the Boer War from 1 May to 19 October 1902, and was discharged on 26 October 1902.
QSA (5) Cape Colony, Rhodesia, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, unofficial rivets between state and date clasps (4779 Tpr: G. W. Suter. 50th. Coy. 17th. Impl: Yeo:)
George William Suter was born in Gosport, Hampshire, in 1877 and attested for the Imperial Yeomanry at Winchester on 14 February 1900, having previously served in the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. He served with the 50th (Hampshire) Company, 17th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa during the Boer War from 7 April 1900 to 9 June 1901, and was captured and taken Prisoner of War at Boshof on 16 January 1901:
‘The column was subjected to a fierce attack from the enemy, who were strongly posted on a long range of kopjes which commanded the road. The fight continued for over three hours before the enemy were dislodged from their position by a frontal advance on foot of the Hampshires and other troops, and at 2 p.m. the Boer position was in our hands. During the engagement the 50th had no casualties except five horses shot in the early part of the fight, and one man, Trooper Suter, being made prisoner. Suter was carried to the ruins of the Viljoens Kloof (which had been burned by the Squadron upon their former visit), and told he would be shot in the morning; but during the night he effected his escape and rejoined his comrades in Boshof.’ (Rhodesia - and after, by Sharrad H. Gilbert refers).
Suter was discharged on 15 June 1901, after 1 year and 122 days’ service.
Dr David Biggins
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