djb wrote: The four Wepener QSAs in this week's Spink sale, including one casualty and two officers' medals:
Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Wepener, Transvaal, Wittebergen, South Africa 1901 (Lieut: A. E. Judd. Driscoll’s Scts.), good very fine and a rare casualty £500-600
Alex Edwin Judd was severely wounded at Wepener on 8 April 1900, whilst serving with Driscoll’s Scouts. He died of his wounds on 24 April 1900. Starting as a small unit serving with the Colonial Division, just 56 men from Driscoll’s Scouts were present at the siege of Wepener, under Captain Daniel Patrick Driscoll. Initially kept in reserve, the Scouts were brought forward in support of the Cape Mounted Rifles and two miles from a position of relative safety beside a farmhouse, they faced a continuous fire from two Maxims, a pom-pom and rifles. During the siege, Lieutenant Weiner and about a dozen N.C.O.s and men were wounded, including Lieutenant A. E. Judd.
Medal roll shows Judd earned an SA01 clasp with Driscoll's Scouts and later served with the Xalanga MR.
Spink issued a saleroom notice regarding A E Judd yesterday saying:
According to In Memoriam by S. Watt, A. E. Judd died of wounds on 24 April 1900 having been severely wounded as a Sergeant at Wepener. The S.A. Field Force Casualty Roll notes he died. However, further research indicates that Judd may not have died from his wound, but was in fact promoted Lieutenant 3 December 1900 and resigned his commission on 5 April 1901 (The Nominal roll refers). This may explain the rank upon the medal. He also may have served with the Xalanga Mounted Rifles. An interesting research project for the successful bidder. Revised estimate £250-300.
Delving into Wepener at the weekend I spent time looking at the two Piggin brother who served side by side in Brabant’s Horse and then separately doing the Great War, one being drowned off Alexandria.
Piggin, 923 QMS Frederic Williams, Brabant's Horse | QSA (4) CC Wep Witt Belf, KSA (2) | Born c 1877 in Long Eaton, Derbyshire. Brother of H A Piggin. Enlisted in 2nd BrH, 15 December 1899 in Cape Town. Severely wounded at Wepener. Slightly wounded in the wrist near Lindley, 31 December 1900. Discharged 26 February 1902. Had transferred to 1st KFS (1295 and 1949) 11 May 1901. Discharged 26 February 1902 in Cape Town. Settlement of £111/19. Medal issued 17 July 1902. KSA issued 11 March 1904. Working as a butcher in 1910 in Long Eaton and living in Beeston, Nottingham. Served during the Great War in Salonica, Egypt and Palestine. Temporary Lieutenant 12 November 1915. Second Lieutenant, South Nottinghamshire Hussars, 6 October 1916. Temporary Captain 11 November 1916. Acting Captain 12 March 1918. MC LG 5 July 1918: Lieutenant [acting Captain] Frederick William Piggin, Yeomanry. 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was in command of the leading squadron in an action, and led his men with great skill. He advanced rapidly over very difficult country, driving back a superior force of the enemy. He cut the enemy's line of retreat, capturing two field guns and some prisoners.' He died 27 May 1918, drowned when the troop transport Leasowe Castle was torpedoed off Alexandria, Egypt, with a loss of 83 men, officers and other ranks. Commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, Egypt. Forenames sometimes Frederick William | [MC]; QSA (4); KSA (2) (RQMS KFS); 14-15 Star (2/Lt S Notts Hussars); BWM; VM (2/Lt). Glendining December 1969 £36
Piggin, 922 RQMS Henry Arthur, Brabant's Horse | QSA (4) CC Wep Witt Belf, KSA (2) | Born c 1880 in Long Eaton Derbyshire. Brother of F W PIggin. Enlisted in 2nd BrH, 15 December 1899 in Cape Town. Discharged BrH, time expired, 26 February 1902 in Cape Town. Conduct exemplary. Address after discharge: Long Eaton, Nottingham. Claimed balance of pay of £42/9/6. Had transferred to 1st KFS (1296 and 1977) 11 May 1901. Discharged 8 February 1902 in Cape Town. Medal issued 17 July 1902. Served during the Great War and in France. Second Lieutenant South Notts Hussars, 15 June 1916. Temporary Lieutenant 18 September 1917. Temporary Captain 4 February 1919. Resigned 14 September 1920. Served in the North Midland Field Ambulance and the Army Remount Service. Married Kathleen Cooper in September 1926. Riding instructor and horse dealer in Repton, Derbyshire. He died on 14 December 1961
QSA (4) CC Wep Tr Witt 416 Trooper W G Wood Brabants Horse)
KSA (2) (37789 Serjeant W G Wood, Driscoll's Scouts)
Wood, 37789 Sergeant William George, Driscoll's Scouts | QSA (4) CC Wep Tr Witt, KSA (2) | Served 1st BrH (416) 1 December 1899 to 7 August 1901 in C Troop and DrSc 16 August 1901 to 30 June 1902. Aged 23 in August 1901. Nationality: Scottish. Trade: Painter. 5'7'', 130 lb, chest 36. NOK: Sister, Salt River, Cape Town | QSA (4); KSA (2). BidorBuy September 2019 | Ref: 245p112, 237p116, 360p155