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Medals to the Railway Pioneer Regiment 3 weeks 4 days ago #79625

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Excellent photo of my great grandfather Captain John Francis Fisher at the start of this message string. As Local Acting Major, he was to die from wounds 20 November 1901 following a skirmish near Villiersdorp. Captains Inglis and Langmore survived the war, and Captain Langmore served and survived WW1.

Last dispatch by Major John Francis Fisher at 7.40am, 20th November 1901, Wounded at Villiersdorp & later Died about an hour after writing this:

"Capt Fox,
The Boers are on the Kopje to our W[est] (between us and SAC Post) I don't think there are many of them but we cannot shift them. Perhaps the xxx and xxx men might make a diversion. Our horses etc are all right. Don't bring the infantry on on my account but hold the camp. If we do not return before, shall retire under cover of darkness....Boers have moved off NE.
J.F.Fisher, Major 7.40am 20-11-01"

Extract from The Great Boer War by Arthur Conan Doyle Chapter 36 The Spring Campaign (September to December, 1901)
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Only two small actions during these months appear to call for any separate notice. The first was an attack made by Buys' commando, upon November 20th, on the Railway Pioneers when at work near Villiersdorp, in the extreme north-east of the Orange River Colony. This corps, consisting mainly of miners from Johannesburg, had done invaluable service during the war. On this occasion a working party of them was suddenly attacked, and most of them taken prisoners. Major Fisher, who commanded the pioneers, was killed, and three other officers with several men were wounded. Colonel Rimington's column appeared upon the scene, however, and drove off the Boers, who left their leader, Buys, a wounded prisoner in our hands.
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Medals to the Railway Pioneer Regiment 6 days 4 hours ago #79895

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Not a medal, but the badge to the RPR, hope it is of interest?
I have borrowed the images from the British Badge Forum, the thread is here www.britishbadgeforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=87370



The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.
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Medals to the Railway Pioneer Regiment 4 days 5 hours ago #79918

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Many thanks, Rob. Had not seen a badge like that before.
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