“It happened that a party of Boers had been reported at Treurfontein, some twenty miles to the south-east (of Lichtenburg). On January 21st Lieut.-Colonel K. Chesney was despatched to engage them with 200 men. But the supposed small band proved to be a strong commando, under General Celliers, who, after demolishing Chesney’s advance-guard squadron, pro¬ceeded to outflank and hustle the rest back towards Lichtenburg. Within six miles of the town the detachment, which had lost more than a third of its strength, was fortunately met by Lord Methuen, who had heard of the affair, sallied out to the rescue with 500 men and three guns.”
Official History, Grant p406-7.
WO100/372 (SA Surrenders) adds an interesting observation: “The Yeomanry appear to have lost all cohesion, and retired in a disorganized state through the British South African Police”. It also notes British losses as 10 men killed and 25 wounded.
Found myself a nice QSA to a Bandsman rank with Rhodesia and ROM clasps - Never had one before so a nice addition to the overall collection. 854 Bandsman F Grant - BSAP. No research done to date but I know he is on the roll. If anyone has any information to confirm the claps I would be most grateful, and the price was most reasonable - $200.
A slightly confusing lot from the next Spink sale.
Photographed as a QSA and BWM.
QSA (3) Rhodesia, Relief of Mafeking, Transvaal (994 Tpr: D. Bruce. B.S.A. Police);
KSA (2) South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (994 Tpr: D. Bruce. B.S.A. Police.);
1914-15 Star (982 Pte. D. Bruce. 2-Rhodesia Regt.);
BWM 1914-20 (L/Sjt D Bruce. Rhod. 1 St. S.A.I. Bgde.).
British South Africa Company Medal 1890-97, reverse undated, (1) Mashonaland 1890 (Tpr. Glover, J. - B.S.A.C.P.);
QSA (2) Defence of Mafeking, Transvaal (2519 Tpr: J. Glover. B.S.A. Police);
KSA (2) (Lieut: J. Glover. Driscoll’s Scts.)
John Glover attested for the British South Africa Company's Police on 19 January 1890, and served in “C” Troop in the Pioneer Column of 1890. He was discharged from the same troop on 8 October 1890.