Roberts’ Despatch of 14 August 1900 (LG 8 Feb 1901)
“In the western districts of Cape Colony Lieutenant-General Warren and Colonel Adye have operated against the rebels with considerable success. On the 21st May Warren surprised the enemy at Douglas, capturing their wagons, tents, and cattle. The Boers retreated northwards. On the 30th May (sic) Adye had an engagement near Khees in the Prieska district, our casualties being 1 Officer and 3 men killed and 4 Officers and 16 men wounded. On this occasion over 5,800 head of cattle and sheep were captured with large number of wagons and tents and much personal property.”
“Kheis: Northern Cape, 115 km west of Griekwastad. The pont at Kheis was ordered to be sunk in March 1900 by Brig-Gen H.H. Settle. In May 1900, about 400 rebel burghers formed a laager on the farm which is on the northern bank of the Orange River. Making a forced march from Prieska, Col J Adye reached the drift opposite Kheis on 26 May with a detachment comprising four guns, a company of the Gloucestershire regiment mounted infantry, the 32nd (Lancashire) company of the 2nd Imperial Yeomanry from Draghoender and the 5th (Warwickshire) company of the 2nd Imperial Yeomanry from Kenhardt. Leaving the latter with his guns to demonstrate at the drift, Adye took the remainder of his force to another drift eight kilometres upstream and came down the north bank to surprise the laager completely.
All the women and children, many prisoners and thousands of head of cattle were taken.”
QSA (1) CC (8895 Cpl. J. McDonnell. 32nd. Coy. 2nd. Impl. Yeo.);
KSA (2) (56 Supt. J. McDonell. S.A.C.);
1914-15 Star (Lt. J. Macdonell Bothas Ntl. Hse.);
BWM & AVM (Bil) (Lt. J. Macdonell);
War Medal (unnamed)
Mounted as worn.
James McDonell served in the 32nd Coy. 2nd Imp. Yeo. From 25 Feb 1900 and was severely wounded in the action at Kheis on 28 May. He took his discharge on 26 November 1900, joined the Orange River Colony Provisional Mounted Police and subsequently transferred to the SA Constabulary. He was slightly wounded at Driefontein on 12 January 1901.
His QSA with clasp CC was issued on 15 July 1901 and it would seem that the OFS clasp for service with the ORC Provisional Mounted Police never reached him. He was Mentioned by Kitchener in the rank of Superintendent. (LG 29 July 1902, p4857)
In August 1905 he was appointed as a Justice of the Peace for the Lydenburg District.
In 1914 he joined Botha’s Natal Horse as SgtMaj of B. Squadron. He was promoted 2/Lieut. On 19 January 1915 and served until 13 Aug 1915. At the age of 42 he joined up again on 23 April 1917 and sailed for British East Africa with the rank of Acting Sergt, later rising to the rank of Acting RSM. He returned to Pretoria after his spell with the SA Service Corps, Mechanical Transport, and was discharged on 20 December 1917.
The day after his discharge he was appointed Temp/Lieutenant and Road Officer, Mechanical Transport Depot, Roberts Heights. His task was, inter alia, to supervise the Bus Service between Roberts Heights and Pretoria which duty he carried out till his release as Transport Officer on 17 September 1919.
His subsequent movements are not known, but it is presumably extremely unlikely that he could have been entitled to the 1939-1945 War Medal, being a civilian approaching the age of 65 in 1939.
On Sunday 27 May the Yeomanry under Col Spragge entered Lindley. He chose a position at a number of hills, 4km north-west of Lindley, for the defence. The two southern koppies (later known as Yeomanry Koppies) turned out to be the key to the defence and were assigned for occupation to the 47th Coy for defence, while a farmhouse at the foot was occupied as an outpost. A stone kraal near the farmhouse, defended by the 45th Coy, was occupied to provide shelter for the horses. Spragge established his headquarters alongside. Robinson was wounded on 29 May at Yeomanry Koppies and died in Lindley on 1 June.
Thomas Westland Greene, a 29-year old Civil Engineer, served in South Africa between 13 March 1900 & 9 April 1901. The SAFF Casualty Roll lists him as “Wounded at Lindley between 28 and 31 May” although that is not reflected on his IY Soldiers Documents.
He was taken prisoner on 31 May and is also entitled to the SA’01 clasp.
Provenance: Hayward’s Gazette, Jan. 1974, £13.00.
QSA, disc only (14201 Tpr. J. Mates. 47th Coy. 13th Impl. Yeo.)
The disc has remnants of brooch-mounting on the obverse.
The QSA medal roll credits Mates with the clasps CC, OFS, Tvl & Natal, but it is not known whether the QSA was originally issued with the CC or the Natal clasp. A SA’01 clasp was returned unclaimed in October 1906.
Mates was wounded and taken prisoner at Lindley on 31 May.
IGS 1854 (1) Burma 1889-92 (2/Lieut: A. S. Crum. 2/Oxf: L.I.) official corrections to unit;
QSA (2) Cape Colony, Rhodesia (Capt. A. S. Crum. 18/Impl. Yeo.);
BWM 1914-20 (Major A. S. Crum.)
Major Alexander Stewart Crum died on July 24th, 1941. Born March 20th, 1867, he was educated at Eton and gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the 52nd, September 17th, 1887; Lieutenant, January 23rd, 1892; and resigned his commission, July 24th, 1897. All his service was spent with the 52nd in India and he served in the Burma Campaign, 1891; Wunthoo Column; medal with clasp. In 1900 he was re-employed as Captain Imperial Yeomanry till 1902. In the 1914-18 War Crum served as Major, second in command 9th (Service) Bn. and in September 1916 in the same appointment with the 36th Training Reserve Bn. Crum was a keen pig-sticker when in India.’ (Regimental Chronicle obituary refers).
Crum served on the Staff of the 18th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) in South Africa 1899-1901. His Medal Index Card confirms single BWM.
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (LIEUT A.M. BELLINGHAM IMP YEO);
KSA (2) (LT. I.Y);
1914/15 Star (LIEUT MIDD’X R);
British War Medal, Victory Medal, (MAJOR);
Imperial Russian Order of St. Vladimir 4th Class (reverse centre absent, enamel damage to one arm).
Military Cross London Gazette 16th September 1918.“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer, though not ordered to take part in a counter-attack, seeing men on the left hesitate to start, led them to the attack under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire, and gained his objective. His fine example of gallantry inspired the men and caused the success obtained.”Major Alan Mure Bellingham MC was born in India in 1880, returning to the family’s native home Bellingham Ireland, he was employed as a War Correspondent for The Daily Sketch and at the age of 20 volunteered at Belfast for service in the ranks of the 46th Company (Belfast) 13th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. He was captured and held prisoner in May 1900, but was released. After his one year service in the ranks he was granted a Commission with the Belfast Company in April 1901. Attached to the 13th Company (Shropshire) he was wounded in action at Kleinfontein on the 24th October 190. Recovering he remained in South Africa until the end of the war. Returning to Ireland he was granted a Commission into the Middlesex Regiment which he held until 1907 when he resigned. In 1914 he rejoined the Middlesex Regiment and appears to have been attached to the Royal Irish Rifles landing in France on the 15th November 1915. He volunteered for service with the Machine Gun Corps and promoted to acting Major in January 1917. With the end of the war he volunteered for service in North Russia with the Royal Irish Rifles, later Royal Ulster Rifles. The award of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Vladimir 4th Class is confirmed in “White Russian Awards to British & Commonwealth Servicemen during the Allied Intervention in Russia 1918-20”. Returning from Russia, in 1922 he is noted as serving as Adjutant with the Madras Guards.
QSA (4) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (29021 Pte. A. C. Garton. Imp: Yeo:);
Yorkshire Imperial Yeomanry Medal 1900-1902, 3rd Battalion, South Africa 1901-1902 (29021 Pte. A. C. Garton.)
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, (588 Pte. R. Thompson. 9th. Coy. 3rd. Imp: Yeo:);
Yorkshire Imperial Yeomanry Medal for South Africa 1900-1902, 3rd Battalion reverse for South Africa 1900-01 (588 R. Thompson)
Richard Thompson was from Pickering, Yorkshire, and having originally served in the 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars, then worked as a coachman in Keighley.
At the outbreak of the Boer War he attested for service with the Imperial Yeomanry at Sheffield in January 1900, joining as a Trooper (No.588) the 9th Company - the Yorkshire Hussars, and served with it as part of the 3rd Imperial Yeomanry Battalion in South Africa, having embarked later that same month.
Present on operations in the Cape Colony, Orange Free State and the Transvaal, he returned home in November 1900, and was discharged in January 1901.