DCM EdVII (2619 Serjt: J. Metcalfe. 6th. Dragoons.);
QSA (5) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast (2619 Serjt J. Metcalf [sic]. 6/Drgns.);
KSA (2) (2619 Serjt:-Sdlr. J. Metcalfe. Innis: Drgns:);
Army LS&GC EdVII (2619 Sdlr: Serjt: J. Metcalfe. 6th. Drgns:)
Together with the recipient’s Inniskilling Dragoons Retirement medal, bronze, the reverse inscribed ‘To 2619 S.Sgt. Saddlr. J. Metcalfe on leaving the Inniskilling Dragoons after 22 Years Good Service 14.5.08’.
DCM LG 27 September 1901: ‘In recognition of his services during the operations in South Africa.’
James Metcalfe was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1866 and attested for the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons at Middlesborough on 17 March 1886, having previously served in the 1st North Yorkshire Royal Artillery Volunteers. He was appointed Saddler on 10 October 1888, and was promoted Corporal Saddler on 10 October 1889, and Sergeant on 29 July 1896. He served with the 6th Dragoons in South Africa during the Boer War from 24 October 1899 to 29 October 1902, was promoted Saddler Sergeant on 15 February 1901, and was Mentioned in Lord Roberts’ Despatch of 4 September 1901 (LG 10 September 1901). For his services during the Boer War he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Metcalfe was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1903, and was promoted Saddler Staff Sergeant on 15 February 1904. He was discharged on 14 May 1908, after 22 years and 59 days’ service.