QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1902, unofficial rivets between second and third clasps (6641 Pte. T. Neale. The Queen’s.);
British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Q.M. & Capt. T. G. Neale.)
MC London Gazette 11 April 1918.
Thomas George Neale was born in 1883 and attested for the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) at London on 15 January 1901, serving with the Regiment in South Africa during the Boer War in 1902. Advanced Colour Sergeant, he was appointed Quartermaster and Honorary Lieutenant of the 22nd (County Of London) Battalion, London Regiment (The Queen’s) (Territorial Force) on 5 August 1915, and served with them during the Great War as part of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Egypt and Palestine. He was promoted Captain on 7 August 1918, and for his services during the Great War was Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 23 October 1917) and awarded the Military Cross. He relinquished his commission in the Territorial Force on 20 July 1920, and returned to the Regular Army, as Company Sergeant Major on the Permanent Staff of the 4th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. He retired on 19 July 1922, after a further two years’ service, and was granted the rank of Captain.
DCM Ed VII (787 Clr.-Serjt. W. Ewer. 2nd Rl. W. Surrey Regt.);
QSA (5) TugH, OFS, RoL, Tvl, L Nek (787 Clr.-Serjt. W. Ewer. The Queen’s.);
KSA (2) (787 Clr.-Serjt. W. Ewer. The Queen’s.);
Army LS&GC Ed VII (787 Clr.-Sergt. W. Ewer. Rl. W. Surrey Regt.)
While the drama at Long’s guns enfolded on the outskirts of Colenso, there was some determined fighting inside the village.
“The fire now became intense, but in spite of bursting shells and whistling bullets, the men advanced as steadily as on a Long Valley field day, and no halt was made until the foremost ranks were within 1000 yards of the Tugela. Here a few volleys were fired at the crest of the low hills behind Colenso, and the advance was then continued, first by section, and, as rein¬forcements came up, by half-company rushes, until the men on the left of the line halted in the cover of a small shelter trench 400 yards to the south-west of Colenso. So rapid had been the attack that a gap now appeared between the right of the Queen’s and the left of the Devons, owing to the slower movement of the troops in the donga, and this was at once filled by A and B companies, which crossed the railway line under a storm of bullets.
Soon afterwards, as the men of the Devons advanced, the Queen’s re-crossed the line, and pushing gradually forward portions of A, B, C, D, and E companies succeeded in establishing and maintaining themselves in Colenso, in face of heavy rifle fire, being from time to time reinforced by driblets of men from a hut on the railway about 250 yards in rear, where a consider¬able number of the men of the Battalion had found cover. In the course of one of these forward rushes by a section of Captain Croft’s company, led by Lieutenant Watson, a man fell severely wounded in the village street. Seeing this, and in spite of the heavy fire which swept the roadway, 2nd Lieutenant Wedd at once rushed out of a house, which he was holding with about 5 men, and, with the help of Sergeant Ewer, succeeded in carrying the wounded man to a place of safety.”
Regimental History: The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, p225.
Sgt Ewer’s name was among those specially brought to notice by LtCol Hamilton for service at Colenso and he was awarded the DCM in the London Gazette, 27 September 1901, p6311. According to Ewer’s Service Papers he enlisted on 2 November 1883 and saw service in Burma and India between 1885 and 1894 (India Medal with clasp Burma 1885-87). He received a gunshot wound to the head at Colenso and received the LS&GC Medal on 3 November 1902.
He was finally discharged in England on 1 November 1904.
Regiment.................2 Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Rolls WO100/319 page 253
Country Great Britain
QSA Clasps: TH / OFS / RL / TVL / LN
KSA Clasps: SA01,SA02
Record set Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory Boer Wars
Collections from Great Britain, UK None
Military Historical Society
As a regimental collector to The Queen's it's great to see a few groups unknown to me - thanks for sharing to all.
One of my favourites from my collection, Lt-Col. H.F Warden, DSO
Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh Fawcett WARDEN, DSO
Distinguished Service Order (George V type)
Queen’s South Africa Medal, clasps: Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal
King’s South Africa Medal, clasps: South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902
British War Medal
Victory Medal with Oak leaf device for being Mentioned in Despatches
• Born 10th of March 1871 at Easthampstead, Berkshire. Son of Thomas Fawcett Warden and Elizabeth Brancker.
• Attended Haileybury 1885-1888. Played on the school’s 1st XV Rugby team.
• Gentleman cadet at RMC Sandhurst 1888-1889.
• Commissioned a Second-Lieutenant in The Royal West Surrey Regiment 29th October 1890.
• Promoted Lieutenant 11th May 1892 and Captain on 30th October 1898.
• Went to South Africa with the 2nd Battalion in 1899.
• First wounded in action at Venter’s Spruit on 21st January 1900.
• Wounded again 24th February 1900 at Tugela Heights.
• Mentioned in Lord Roberts’ despatch of 4th September 1901 and again on 29th July 1902.
• Appointed Superintendent of Gymnasia, Southern District, England, in September 1902, returning to Battalion duty in 1906.
• Promoted Major on 2nd March 1913 and married Frances Muriel Hamshaw that same year.
• Appointed as the Officer Commanding the Regimental Depot in Guildford.
• Appointed Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel on 14th August 1914 and given command of the 6th (Service) Battalion. This was the first of Kitchener’s “New Army” battalions for The Royal West Surrey Regiment.
• Warden’s battalion went to France in July 1915 and first saw action at the Battle of Loos.
• Mentioned in Despatches 1st January 1916.
• On 25th June 1916 Warden’s battalion moved to the Albert sector of the Somme front.
• Warden’s battalion went “over the top” on 3rd July 1916 losing 10 of 18 Officers and 294 other ranks. They remained in the line until relieved on 17th December 1916.
• Appointed Companion of the Distinguished Service Order 1st January 1917.
• Again Mentioned in Despatches 4th January 1917.
• Commanded the 6th Battalion during the battle of Arras during the early spring of 1917.
• Appointed commandant of the VI Corps School of Instruction 13th May 1917 (still in the rank of Temp. Lt.-Col.).
• Reverted back to substantive rank of Major in January 1918 and again appointed to command the Regimental Depot of The Royal West Surrey Regiment.
• Promoted substantive Lieutenant-Colonel on 5th November 1918.
• Appointed Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion in early 1919, to oversee the demobilization period.
• Retired on 15th May 1920.
• In retirement Warden lived at Merry Gardens, Burley, Ringwood, Hampshire, and was a member of the Army and Navy Club. During the Second World War he served as a local Air Raid Warden.
• Died on 19th February, 1951, aged 79.
Warden as a Captain in the early 1900's:
As Lt-Col in command of 6th Bn The Queen's during WW1: