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Medals to the Dordrecht District Volunteer Guard 6 months 1 week ago #75236

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449 names are listed on the DDVG roll but many of the medals were returned.

This example to Lt Horne has been looking for a home for a long time now.


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QSA (1) Cape Colony (Lieut: E. J. Horne. Dordrecht D.V.G.).

He also served with E Squadron Cape Colonial Forces, earning SA02.
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Medals to the Dordrecht District Volunteer Guard 6 months 1 week ago #75237

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Morning David.......

Here is another the name is wrong on the medal:

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FALCONER, W.M. (SALONER on medal roll)
REG. NO.: 21
RANK: TROOPER
REGT: DORDRECHT DISTRICT VOLUNTEER GUARD
BARS: CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA 1901, SOUTH AFRICA 1902
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Medals to the Dordrecht District Volunteer Guard 5 months 3 weeks ago #75595

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The medal to Lt Horne sold this week for a hammer price of £180. Totals (inc VAT on the commission for the UK only): £223. R4,400. Au$390. Can$370. US$300
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Medals to the Dordrecht District Volunteer Guard 1 month 3 weeks ago #77539

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The medal to Lieutenant E J Horne is now available from the London Medal Co for £350.

The write-up says:

Ernest James Horne was born in South Africa. He saw service during the Boer War initially as a Lieutenant with the Dordrecht District Volunteer Guard, one of only a handful of officers to service with this unit. Constant fighting took place in the Dordrecht District throughout the war, and for a period Dordrecht itself was captured by the Boers. It was men of the Dordrecht District Volunteer Guard who were responsible for the moment in which the Boer leader. Jan Smuts, came closest to losing his life during the war, when he and some of his men were ambushed on 7th September 1901 during his entry into the Cape Colony. They were ambushed on the Eastern Cape farm of Moordenaarspoort. Smuts would later state this was the closest he came to cheating death. Whether or not Horne was present for this engagement remains unconfirmed.

For his part Horne went on to see further service during the conflict as a Lieutenant with “E” Squadron of the Cape Colonial Horse, with whom he gained additional entitlement to the South Africa 1902 clasp, this clasp being not present with the medal. He survived the conflict, and later married Lizzie Fremantle in Burghersdorp on 28th May 1908
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