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QSA (5) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (5562 Pte. H. Bates. Rifle Brigade), unofficial rivets between state and date clasps

Henry Bates was born at Bethnal Green and served with the 4th Mounted Infantry, Rifle Brigade during the Boer War and was slightly wounded at Zandriverpoort on 21 May 1901. Having recovered from his wounds, he remained in service and latterly served in Malta, Cyprus and Egypt before joining the Reserve in 1910. He was discharged in May 1914.
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QSA (5) Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing's Nek (4753. Pte. J. Flory. Rif. Bde.), officially engraved naming, top clasp lugs clipped;
KSA (2) (4753 Pte. J. Flory. Rifle Brigade.)

John Flory was born at Harmondsworth in November 1877 and joined the Rifle Brigade on 3 December 1896, having purchased his Discharge from the 3rd Middlesex Regiment. He served in South Africa during the Boer War from 23 October 1899-29 October 1902 with the Mounted Infantry. He was posted missing and rejoined on 17 September 1901 at Blood River Poort.

Discharged in October 1908, Flory re-enlisted in October 1916 for the Army Service Corps and saw home service only.
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DCM GV (7575 Sjt: D. Carroll. 7/Rif: Bde:) surname partially officially corrected;
QSA (3) Cape Colony, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (7575 Pte D. Carroll. Rifle Brigade.);
1914 Star, with copy clasp (7575 L. Cpl D. Carroll. 3/Rif: Brig.);
BWM and VM (7575 W.O. Cl. 2. D. Carroll. Rif. Brig.) BWM named to ‘II’ rather than ‘2’, and ‘Carrol’

DCM LG 28 March 1918:
‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the enemy opened a heavy bombardment during a relief he repeatedly went out into the open under intense fire to assist the relieving troops in finding their positions. He showed the greatest coolness, courage, and initiative, and was the means of preventing many casualties.’

Daniel Carroll was born in North Shields, Northumberland. He attested for the Rifle Brigade at Gosport in February 1900. Carroll served with the 4th Battalion in South Africa, December 1901 - February 1903.

He served during the Great War with the 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade in the French theatre of war from 10 September 1914.

Carroll transferred to the 7th (Service) Battalion in September 1915, and advanced to Sergeant in August 1916. The Battalion moved into the front line at Passchendaele at the start of December 1917, and Carroll distinguished himself at Passchendaele Ridge 26/27 December 1917. On the latter night, in heavy snow, the 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment were to relieve Carroll’s Battalion. The Worcesters were ‘observed by the enemy who put down a heavy barrage. Thanks to initiative and coolness of the Battn. guides the casualties amongst the relieving Battn. were comparatively light.’ (Battalion War Diary refers).

Carroll was taken prisoner of war in 1918, and interned at Giessen, near Frankfurt. He was discharged 22 March 1919, and 19 years and 32 days service.
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JENNER, ALBERT VICTOR, Lieutenant, was born on 19 December 1862, son of Sir William Jenner, 1st Baronet, Physician, and Adela, daughter of Stephen Adey; and brother of Sir Walter Jenner. He was educated at Winchester; entered the Rifle Brigade 9 September 1882; served in the Burmese Expedition, 1886-88; was mentioned in Despatches; received the Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 3 August 1888]: "Albert Victor Jenner, Lieutenant, Rifle Brigade. For services during operations in Burma". Insignia were presented to him by Queen Victoria. He became Captain 2 December 1891; served in South Africa in 1896; commanded Mounted Infantry in North Mashonaland; Despatches [London Gazette, 9 March 1897], and given the Brevet of Major, and received the Medal. He became Major 2 August 1899.

Served in South Africa, 1900-2, on the Staff; commanded Mounted Infantry Corps (graded AAG) from 28 December 1900. Operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900; operations in the Transvaal, 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902; operations in Orange River Colony, July to August 1901; operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal, September and October 1901 (Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel, 26 June 1902; Queen's Medal with four clasps; King's Medal with two clasps).

He retired 23 January 1904, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served as a General Staff Officer at the War Office, 1915-19, and was created CMG in 1918. Lieutenant Colonel A V Jenner was a JP and FRGS.
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QSA (4) DEFENCE OF LADYSMITH, LAING'S NEK, BELFAST, CAPE COLONY (8599 Cpl S. WELLER. RIFLE BRIGADE);
KSA (2) (8599 CORPL: S. WELLER. RIFLE BRIGADE.);
Army LS&GC EdVII (8599 Pte S. WELLER. RIFLE BDE.)

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A Victoria Cross Involvement Group for Action at Bergendal 1900. Un-mounted, service number officially corrected on the KSA, minor contact and wear, cleaned, better than very fine. Footnote: Corporal S. Weller, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade served in South Africa during the Boer War. He was carried to safety by Private Edward Durrant after being wounded during the Battle of Bergendal (AKA the Battle of Belfast or the Battle of Dalmanutha) on August 27, 1900. Durrant's feat of bravery was recognized, as he was awarded the Victoria Cross, his citation appearing in the London Gazette 27366 of Friday, October 18, 1901, page 6779: "At Bergendal, on the 27th August, 1900, Acting-Corporal Wellar (sic) having been wounded, and being somewhat dazed, got up from his prone position in the firing line, exposing himself still more to the enemy's fire, and commenced to run towards them. Private Durrant rose, and pulling him down endeavoured to keep him quiet, but finding this impossible he took him up and carried him back for 200 yards under a heavy fire to shelter, returning immediately to his place in the line."

Assuming Corporal Weller was discharged prior to the First World War, it is worthy to note that 5013 Rifleman Sydney Weller, 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade, who was born in Mickleman, Surrey and a resident of Bletchworth Hill upon his enlistment, He was Killed in Action on September 22, 1914 and is remembered with honour on La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France.

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QSA (1) Defence of Ladysmith (4020 Bugr. T. J. Moggeridge, Rifle Brigade)

T. J. Moggeridge was killed in action at Caesar’s Camp during the siege of Ladysmith on 6 January 1900.

At three in the morning of 6 January the battalion heard the furious rattle of musketry round the southern defences, and at about 5.30 they were ordered to send six companies to Caesar's Camp, four miles off, arriving there about seven. Five companies were pushed into the firing line, which was distant from the enemy only 80 yards. "For nearly the whole day the fight raged fiercely, first one side then the other gaining a slight advantage, but we could not succeed in dislodging the Boers" from the south-east of the hill. At 3.30 the enemy tried to rush forward, but were driven back, and shortly afterwards retreated under a heavy fire, "some companies firing their last round". The battalion this day lost 1 officer killed and 1 mortally wounded, and 20 men killed, 5 officers and 32 men wounded. That night officers and men lay on the stricken field soaked and physically wretched, but knowing that another big bit of work had been done. Five officers and 8 non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned in Sir George White's despatch of 23 March 1900.
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