(1) Cape of Good Hope GSM bar "Bechuanaland", engraved to "237 Pte. U.B.HODGSON, C.Pol".
(2) QSA bars "Orange Free State", " Defence of Mafeking" and "Transvaal" engraved to "Lieut. N.B.HODGSON", A.S.C."
(3) KSA normal date bars, engraved as above.
The eldest son of N.L.Hodgson of Woolwich and Blackheath, Nevil Bursey Hodgson enlisted in the Cape Police as a trooper in June of 1896
(disclosing previous service in the London Rifle Brigade) and was awarded the CoGH GSM for active service between 24/12/1896 and 30/7/1897. The initial "U" on his first medal is regarded as a naming error. There is on other HODGSON noted on the roll for the CP.
Tpr. HODGSON served in Mafeking during the siege, being noted in the Mafeking Mail as winning a number of morale boosting competitions as well as acting as acting as "look out"; warning of incoming shells. After the death of Capt. Girdwood on 13/2/1900, Tpr. HODGSON was appointed acting S/Major, ASC at twenty one shillings a day to help with food distribution. Acting S/Major HODGSON was Mentioned in Despatches by Major General Baden Powell and was noted elsewhere by BP as having " .. proved himself to be a most thoroughly reliable, sober and upright man, clever at his work and zealous in its performance".
On the recommendation of the C-in-C, South Africa, Nevil HODGSON was gazetted 2nd Lt. in the ASC on 15/9/1900 and promoted Lt. on 11/11/1901. It is sad to record that Lt. HODGSON contracted Enteric Fever and died at Pretoria on 27/5/1902.
Thanks to Colin Walker (who compiled the Mafeking Siege Register), attached is a restored pic (nd) of Tpr. HODGSON as a member of the Cape Police football team.
Here is another to the ASC; perhaps not in the same bracket as a DofM - but interesting nevertheless;
(1) Cape of Good Hope GSM, clasps "Transkei" and "Basutoland" engraved to "Corp. R.H.GLENCROSS, Willougthby's Horse"
(2) QSA clasps "Orange Free State", "Transvaal" and "Laing's Nek" impressed to "Leader R.H.G.GLENCROSS, A.S.C."
(3) KSA one clasp "South Africa 1901" impressed to "1210 Condr. R.H.G.GLENCROSS, A.S.C."
The group came into IL's custody some time ago via City Coins - and the following is extracted (with due acknowledgement and thanks) from the catalogue bio:
Willoughby's Horse was formed in October, 1880 and served in the Transkei area under Col. Wavell during the Basuto rebellion and also with the H.Q. column in Basutoland in 1881. The two-clasp CofGH medal is confirmed on the Forsyth roll. Robert Glencross enlisted in the Imperial Bearer Corps on 1/6/00 as Company Leader and served until 10/6/1901. He then joined the ASC. He then served with the Ox Transport Depot at Pretoria and later transferred to 24 Coy., ASC. There he remained until the end of the war.
As an ASC Conductor, he was entitled to a KSA but not to the two date bars. However his time with the IBC did count for an SA1901 clasp. On page 350 of WO 100/350, any entitlement to a SA1902 clasp on his KSA was firmly cancelled.