That has to be one of the ultimate QSA's for any collector to own, I remember watching this being sold and I don't feel you paid too much either, but, I must say that for this sort of money, Major Vallentin's group appears to be a real bargain.
It is, however, a quite magnificent group and regardless of how I feel about Lord Milner, Rhodes and "Pushfull" Joe, it is a group that "I could covet!" if you know what I mean and I feel sure that indeed you do!
It is wonderful to see them on here today, I have handled them over thirteen years ago now, so I do know the real buzz of electricity that you must have felt many times now.
Thank you again and very best regards Frank.
PS Please do remove that paper label!
I have been cleaning up over the long weekend in South Africa and found this group I mentioned earlier
Tpr Hickman &th Dragoon Guards. He served in the Dragoons, then went to find his fortune in America and served in the 1st Texas Regt, then was recalled to the colours for service in the Boer war. Nice with the Imperial service medal hanging on the end.
Am I correct, the first US medal is for the Spanish War.
I am missing his war and victory medal though.....
SYMES, W. J. (William Johnston)
REGT: ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS
BARS: SOUTH AFRICA 1901, SOUTH AFRICA 1902
REMARKS / HISTORY:
1. ORDER OF ST. SAVA OF SERBIA
2. William Johnston Symes in the 1933 Medical Directory who received his MB and BS at Durham in 1900 and who served as a Civil Surgeon with the South African Field Force during the Boer War. He is also Listed as Medical Officer, Angas Convalescent Home, Cudham; Hon. Visiting Surgeon, Chesterfield and N. E. Derbyshire Hospital; and Temp. Captain, RAMC. According to The Times he was the husband of Amy Doris, 2nd Daughter of Sir James B. Ball. He died on 2 March 1948.
William Johnston Symes was awarded 5th class St. Sava on the 7th of May 1920, he was an T/Captain at the time.
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