QSA (2) CC 02 (Lt: Col: C. A. Swan, C.M.G, Linc: Rgt:);
Coronation 1902, silver,
CMG London Gazette 26 June 1902.
Charles Arthur Swan was born in 1854 in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, the son of the Rev. Charles Trollope Swan, J.P. by his wife, Grace, daughter of the Rev. Samuel Martin. He resided at Sausthorpe Hall, Lincolnshire and was educated at Eton College and at Magdalen College, Oxford. As Lieutenant-Colonel he commanded the 3rd Battalion (The Royal North Lincolnshire Militia) 1900-09, and was Honorary Colonel of that Battalion from 17 February 1909. He served in the South African War, where he commanded the 3rd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment from 11 April 1902 to 31 May 1902 and was awarded the CMG for his services. ]
QSA (4) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (6650 Pte: H. Reynolds. 2/Linc. Rgt.);
British War and Victory Medals (356 Sjt. H. Reynolds. Linc. R.);
Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, E.VII.R. (356 Cpl. H. Reynolds. 5/Linc: Regt.);
Together with a particularly fine Boer War presentation silver oval tobacco box, hallmarked Chester 1900, gilt interior, the lid finely engraved with presentation inscription below Sphinx facing left over EGYPT: ‘Presented to Pte. H. Reynolds. Gainsborough Contingent. Vol. A.S. Co. Lincolnshire Regt. By his Fellow Townsmen. S.A. War. 1900-1.’ contained in its Barnes & Son, Jewellers, Gainsborough fitted presentation case.
Queen's Sudan (2552. L/Cpl. A. Tomlinson. 1/Lin: R.);
QSA (2) Transvaal, South Africa 1902 (2552 Serjt: A. Tomlinson. Lincoln: Regt.);
South Africa, Prison Service Faithful Service (139/T. 3.C.Wr. A. G. H. Tomlinson);
Khedive's Sudan (2) The Atbara, Khartoum (2552. Lce. Corpl. A. G. Tomlinson. 1 Linc. Regt.), engraved naming
Alexander G. H. Tomlinson was born at Portsmouth in 1876 and enlisted in the Lincolnshire Regiment on 27 June 1890. Having served in Egypt and Sudan, 4 July 1897-7 November 1898 and South Africa from 6 January 1902, he was discharged at his own request in South Africa on 8 July 1903. Tomlinson afterwards joined the South African Prison Service.
Sold for a hammer price of £500. Totals (inc VAT on the commission for the UK only): £620. R12,100. Au$1,090. Can$1,040. US$830
Provenance: Purchased from Spink & Son, Specialist London Medal Auction House &Dealer, on 24 November 2005.
To quote “The Poachers” by David Nalson:
7th Corps MI “fought a successful action with DeWet’s rear-guard on 29 January 1901. The (Lincolnshire) Company made a charge on the Boer position and was complimented by its commander. In that action 1 man was killed and 5 wounded”. Edwin Scott was one of the wounded.
David Nalson records in the South African War the Lincolns lost 1 officer and 93 NCO’s and men killed in action or died of wounds, disease or other causes; 9 officers and68 other ranks were wounded.
To quote “South Africa and the Transvaal War” by Louis Creswicke:
“On the 29th the ubiquitous Knox engaged De Wet’s force about 40 miles north of Thabanchu. De Wet had been loafing about in the region between Ladybrand and Winburg, waiting, it was believed, for more of his followers who were enjoying furlough, prior to making the grand invasion of Cape Colony. Fighting was fierce and sustained, but at last the Dutchmen made off.
De Wet himself, with a gang of some 2,500 guerrillas, came into contact with Major Crewe’s composite column near to Tabaksberg, a rectangular slab of mountain, which was held by a force five times superior to the British in number, who poured a terribly severe rifle fire on the British party. A brilliant retirement was affected in the dusk and the convoys saved, though a pom-pom, after desperate efforts to remove it, had to be abandoned”.
Edwin Scott’s sacrifice is recognised on the memorial in Lincoln Cathedral to the officers and men of the Lincolnshire Regiment who died in the South African Campaign1899 – 1902. Also, E Scott of the Lincolnshire Regiment is commemorated on the Boer War Memorial in Bloemfontein.
5192 Edwin David Scott attested for the Lincolnshire Regiment on 22 November 1898 in London aged 18 years. He was then serving in the Militia as 6183 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade.
His regimental record notes his service in South Africa (in the Boer War) and that he died from wounds at Bloemfontein on 16 February 1901 having been severely wounded in action at Tabaksberg on 29 January 1901.
(WO 100/173& 322 confirms his entitlement to the Queen’s South Africa Medal (Paardeberg, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittebergen, Cape Colony clasps) and EC Roll:173/418, SA 1901 clasp, Deceased. (“5198 J Scott” on EC Roll, Casualty Roll: Died of wounds, Bloemfontein, 16/02/01).[/b]
DSM GV (4412C. T. H. S. Bates. Smn. R.N.R.) in named card box of issue;
DSM GVI (JX.179588 H. S. [sic] Bates. 2-Hd. R.N.R.) in case of issue;
QSA (2) Cape Colony, South Africa 1902 (5008 L/Cpl. T. Bates. 3-Linc. R.) in named card box of issue;
1914-15 Star (4412.C. T. H. S. Bates. Smn. R.N.R.) in named card box of issue;
British War and Victory Medals (4412C. T. H. S. Bates. R.N.R.) in named card box of issue;
1939-45 Star, in named case of issue;
Atlantic Star, in named case of issue;
War Medal 1939-45, in named case of issue;
RNR LS&GC GV (4412C., T. H. S. Bates. Smn. R.N.R.) in named card box of issue
The pre-Second War awards all official duplicates; the Second War campaign awards all 21st Century later issues
DSM London Gazette 2 July 1917: ‘In recognition of his services in Mine-sweeping operation between 1 July 1916 and 31 March 1917.’
Second DSM London Gazette 6 September 1940: ‘For good services during attacks by enemy aircraft in Molde Fjord.’
Thomas Henry Searby Bates was born in Caistor, Lincolnshire, on 18 May 1881 and attested for the Lincolnshire Regiment , serving with the 3rd Battalion in South Africa during the Boer War. A fisherman by profession, sailing from Grimsby chiefly as a Mate, he enlisted in the Royal Naval Reserve on 16 May 1911, and served during the Great War on minesweeping duty in H.M. Trawler Oepheus II, being awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Remaining active in the Royal Naval Reserve post-War, he was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in December 1922.
Following the outbreak of the Second World War Bates re-enlisted in the Royal Naval Reserve for the duration of hostilities on 22 January 1940, and was advanced Second Hand (rated as Chief Petty Officer). Serving again on minesweeping duty, his vessel H.M. Trawler Cape Siretoko was sunk during a German air raid in the Molde Fjord off the west coast of Norway on 28 April 1940; the crew were rescued and provisioned by the Norwegian resistance and made it back to the U.K. For his conduct and good services during this attack Bates was awarded a second Distinguished Service Medal. He was discharged, physically unfit for Naval Service, on 5 December 1942, and died in Grimsby on 25 August 1954.
Note: The recipient’s original pre-Second War medals were lost during the sinking of the Cape Siretoko, and duplicates for all of them were issued on 15 September 1940 (service record refers). His original DSM was impressed ‘Orpheus II. Minesweeping 1916-7’. His Second War campaign stars and medals were issued in 2020.
Sold together with the recipient’s original Second War Parchment Certificate of Service; two United Navigation Committee, Grimsby, Certificates, appointing the recipient Third Hand, dated 19 December 1913, and Master, dated 29 June 1921; Defence Council enclosure for the Second War campaign medals; correspondence with the Ministry of Defence regarding the award of the Second War campaign medals; original newspaper cutting announcing the award of his second DSM; a leather case, inscribed ‘Presented to Lce Cpl Bates by Lieut Elliot, 3rd Lincoln Regt, Beaufort West, South Africa 1902’