A Devon Regiment group of five Medals, awarded to 4122 Private R J Reddaway comprising: India General Service Medal, two clasps Tirah 1897-98 and Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Queen's South Africa Medal, two clasps Defence of Ladysmith and Belfast, W.W.I trio, to 14992 R. J. Reddaway, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, together with a quantity of associated ephemera including eight French embroidered 'silk' postcards, a photograph of the recipient in later life wearing the medals, and The Pocket Gospel of St. John "Active Service" 1914-1915 edition (a lot) Note: Mr Reddaway came from Great Torrington, North Devon, were he was a stone mason.
QSA (2) Natal, Belfast (4991 Pte W. C. Crews, Devon: Regt.);
KSA (2) (4991 Pte W. G. Crews. Devon: Regt.);
Army LS&GC GV (4991 C. S.Mjr. W. G. Crews. Devon: R.), the first two mounted as worn. heavy contact marks and edge bruising to first two, nearly very fine, third nearly extremely fine
William George Crews was born at Heavetree, Exeter in 1880 and enlisted with the Devonshire Regiment on 31 January 1898. Posted first to the 2nd Battalion at Aldershot he was to be reposted for service with the 1st Battalion during the Anglo-Boer War on 31 January 1900. Arriving in time for action in the Battle of Belfast he was to see the rest of his service with British Columns in the province of Natal.
Continuing to serve Crews was posted to India and promoted Corporal while there. Returning to Britain on 31 December 1908 he was appointed Lance Sergeant less than a year later on 16 July 1909 and finally advanced Sergeant on 10 June 1911. He remained with the Regiment, extending his service by one year on 3 April 1914 and as such was still with the Colours on the outbreak of the Great War.
Promoted Company Sergeant Major on 30 October 1915, Crews remained in this role throughout the war. He was discharged on 31 April 1919 at Exeter, giving his home address as Pinnhill Cottages, Exeter.
IGS 1895 (2) Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 (3095 Pte. R. Boulton. 1st. Bn. Devon: Regt.);
QSA (5) Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek (3095 Pte. R. Boutlon [sic]. Devon: Regt.);
KSA (2) (3095 Pte. R. Boulton. Devon: Regt.);
Imperial Service Medal GV (Richard Boulton)
ISM London Gazette 13 February 1934: ‘Postman, Fairford Sub-Office, Cirencester’.
Richard Boulton was born in Fairford, Gloucestershire. A Labourer by occupation, he attested for service in the Devonshire Regiment at Exeter on 11 October 1890, aged 18 years, 2 months. With the 1st Battalion he served in Egypt from January 1891 to December 1892, and in India from December 1892 to December 1898. He was transferred to the Army Reserve on 20 December 1898. Recalled to Army Service on 7 October 1899, he served with the 1st Battalion in South Africa during the Boer War from October 1899 to September 1902. He was finally discharged on 5 October 1902.