BSACM Rhodesia 1896 (1) Mashonaland 1897 clasp (4004 Pte G. Davis. 2/Hamps. Regt.);
QSA (6) Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittebergen (4004 Pte G. Davis, 2nd Hampshire Regt);
KSA (2) (4004 Pte G. Davis. Hampshire Regt).
Just 25 medals were issued to the Hampshire Regiment with the Rhodesia 1896 reverse, according to Forsyth’s BSAC Medal Roll, which includes the medal to Private G. Davis - who served in the Mounted Infantry Battalion. He is also confirmed on the QSA and KSA
rolls with entitlement as above.
QSA (4) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (Capt. A. T. B. Carter. 2/Hamps. Rgt.);
BWM and VM (Capt. A. T. Bonham-Carter) with named card boxes of issue;
Together with the recipient’s sister’s County of Hampshire British Red Cross Society Medal, gilt and enamel, the reverse engraved ‘4344 Miss Bonham Carter’
Arthur Thomas Bonham-Carter was born on 24 May 1869, the son of J. Bonham-Carter Esq., and the Hon. Mrs. Bonham-Carter, of Adhurst St. Mary, Petersfield, and was educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar in 1894.
Following the outbreak of the Boer War, Bonham-Carter offered his services and was commissioned into the 1st Volunteer Company of the Hampshire Regiment From 1902 to 1914 he held various judicial appointments in the Transvaal and British East Africa, and by 1914 was First Pusine Judge of the High Court at Mombassa. Following the outbreak of the Great War he immediately undertook the organisation of the Mombassa Town Guard and served for several months with the Defence Force as Director of Military Supplies.
In 1915 Bonham-Carter obtained leave to return to England and was re-commissioned into the Hampshire Regiment on 22 July 1915. He served with the 1st Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 8 February 1916, and was killed in action at the head of his Company near Beaumont Hamel on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, on 1 July 1916. He is buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 2, France.
MC GV, the reverse contemporarily engraved ‘Qr. Mr. & Lieut. W. J. Saunders. Hamps. R.’;
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Johannesburg (3867 Sejt. W. Saunders, 2: Hampshire Regt.);
KSA (2) (3867 Cr:-Serjt: W. Saunders. Hampshire Regt.);
1914-15 Star (Q.M. & Lieut. W. J. Saunders. Hamps. R.);
BWM and VM with MID oak leaves (Q.M. & Capt. W. J. Saunders.);
Army LS&GC EdVII (3867 S.Mjr: W. J. Saunders. Hants: Regt.) mounted as worn;
together with the related miniature awards, these similarly mounted, and both housed in separate Spink, London, leather case
M.C. LG 2 February 1916:
‘For services rendered in connection with military operations in the field.’
The original recommendation states: ‘Military Cross awarded for operations at ANZAC on 21 August 1915 under Brigadier-General Russell, General Officer Commanding New Zealand Mounted Brigade.
When all other Officers of the 10th (Service) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment had become casualties, Captain Saunders took Command. He made all the preparations necessary within the Battalion for an attack on the Turkish Trenches, carried out a personal reconnaissance of the ground, obtaining valuable information, and led the Battalion into action.’
William John Saunders was born on 28 June 1874 and joined the Hampshire Regiment at the age of 18, serving with them throughout the Boer War. Awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal per Army Order 92 of April 1911, he was appointed Quartermaster of the 10th (Service) Battalion at the outbreak of the Great War, and served with them during the Great War at Gallipoli. Promoted Captain in 1917, for his services during the Great War he was twice Mentioned in Despatches (LGs 28 January 1916 and 30 January 1919), the first for services at Gallipoli, and the latter for services with the British Salonika Force. He retired from the Army in 1920, and in later life was a prominent member of the British Legion. He died at Hedge End, Hampshire, on 20 November 1943.
Sold together with two portrait photographs of the recipient wearing his medals, both mounted in glazed display frames; original signed Recommendation for the Military Cross; various newspaper cuttings; and copied research.
IGS 1854 (3) Burma 1885-7, Burma 1887-89, Burma 1889-92 (1204. Pte. J. Barrett. 2/Hamps: R.) battalion number officially corrected;
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Johannesburg (1204 Pte. J. Barrett, 2nd. Hamps: Regt.)
Joseph Barrett was born in Southampton in 1865 and attested for the Hampshire Regiment at Winchester on 30 October 1883, having previously served in the regiment’s 3rd (Militia) Battalion. He served initially with the 2nd Battalion in India and Burma from 9 January 1886, before transferring to the 1st Battalion, and remained overseas until 19 July 1894. He was discharged on 29 October 1895, after 12 years’ service, but subsequently re-enlisted for service in South Africa during the Boer War.