Mike will recall this one as he was kindly enough to allow the two medals to be reunited.
Dr. John Highet of Troon, Ayrshire who died recently of pneumonia in his 55th year was a native of Troon. He was educated at Ayr Academy and afterwards at the University of Glasgow where he took the degree of MB in 1874, becoming Doctor of Medicine in 1886. With the exception of a short interval he was in practice in Troon for 30 years. He was Medical Officer of Health for the Burgh of Prestwick and at one time for Troon, he took a great interest in local affairs. About nine years ago his health broke down under the strain of his professional work and he left for Perth, where he remained for several years until his health was completely restored. Afterwards he served as a Civil Surgeon with the South African Field Force and was Medical Officer on the transports conveying Boer prisoners to Ceylon. On leaving the transports he was employed by the Government at Pretoria on hospital work. For his services in South Africa he received the Queen’s Medal with three clasps and the King’s Sea Transport Medal. Returning to Troon two years ago, he resumed practice and until the time of his death he was a familiar figure in the town. Of a bright and genial disposition, Dr. Highet loved a good story and his wide experience of life gave him an abundance of interesting material for conversation. He was also a man of some literary ability and contributions from his pen have, from time to time appeared in local newspapers. Dr. Highet has left a wife but no family.
Seems the guys in Damants Horse liked adventure. Here is another but this time in WW1 he joined the Royal navy reserves (South Africa). Very small unit and I think they had armoured cars in German South West Africa.
Tpr A Gumley Damants Horse, then Petty Officer RNVR(SA) and finally S/Sgt SA Engineering Corp (SAEC)
Only 8 clasps this time... maybe he lost his South Africa 1901 clasp?
Its a pleasure. I am looking for one group with Queens, 2 American spanish war medals and and Imperial service medal at the end. what makes this fun is that he was British Army, took his discharge went to USA got caught up in the war there and then was recalled to the colours for the Boer war.