J. Knight attested for the Gloucestershire Regiment and served with the 1st Battalion in South Africa during the Boer War. He was taken Prisoner of War at Farquhar’s Farm on 30 October 1899, when his Battalion got ahead of the main relief body of the relief of Ladysmith. He spent ten months as a Prisoner of War before being released., during which he suffered from bad or little food.
In England various charities were set up to raise money to purchase food parcels for British Troops and British Prisoners of War in South Africa. One such charity, ‘The Absent-Minded Beggar Fund’, raised money by the sale of memorabilia, one of the more iconic items being the Boer War handkerchief, depicting the Boer War on a map of South Africa, which was priced at 1 shilling sixpence.
Sold together with two framed ‘The Absent-Minded Beggar Fund’ handkerchiefs, each showing words by Rudyard Kipling and music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, together with a map of South Africa showing the principle settlements, and portraits of Queen Victoria and Field Marshal Lord Roberts, both mounted in glazed display frames, each measuring 500mm x 500mm.
A medal very similar to the last one. This example is from the next Chorley's sale.
Pictures courtesy of Chorley's
A Queen's South Africa Medal to Private H. Dance, 1st Bn, Gloucestershire Regiment, Missing in Action at Ladysmith 30 October 1899 and subsequently taken Prisoner of War, Queen's South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Natal, Orange Free State, Transvaal (4391 Pte H. Dance, Glouc: Regt) slack suspension, edge bruising, very fine, with copied service papers.
4391 Private Henry Original Dance was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1875 and joined the Gloucestershire Regiment in 1894. Dance served in South Africa from 24 September 1899 to 16 December 1900; during this time he was reported missing at Ladysmith on 30 October 1899 and then taken POW and subsequently released shortly after.
QSA (3) Natal, Orange Free State, Transvaal (4609 Pte. H. Prince, Glouc: Regt.), mounted as worn, suspension re-affixed, unofficial rivets, very fine
Henry Prince was born in 1877 at Lymington, Hampshire and enlisted in the Gloucestershire Regiment on 17 June 1895. He was wounded in action due to a gunshot wound to the right forearm (30 October 1900) and subsequently captured at
Prince was released from captivity on 5 September 1900 at Nooitgedacht (16 km east of Waterval Onder on the Delagoa Bay railway line) having been forced to march east from the main Prisoner camp at Waterval, Pretoria. He was discharged on 21 June 1914.