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QSAs with the clasp Wepener 2 years 2 months ago #81796

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QSA (3) Wepener, Cape Colony, Transvaal (Lieut. J. B. Watts. S. Staff. Rgt.) officially engraved naming,

Described by DNW as:

John Briscoe Watts was born on 28 September 1881 and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, South Staffordshire Regiment, on 4 May 1901. He transferred to the Indian Army, 58th Rifles, as Lieutenant, in August 1903, and later served with the 4th Rajputs. Hart’s Army List for 1914 confirms service in South Africa 1899-1901, Queen’s Medal with 4 clasps but does not specify which ones.

He is apparently listed in War Medals and Decorations of the Officers of the South Staffordshire Regiment, by Lieutenant-Colonel M. B. Savage, as being entitled to clasps for Wepener, Cape Colony, Transvaal, and South Africa 1901 - but this needs to be verified. Two other officers are listed as being entitled to the clasp having served in the Cape Mounted Rifles prior to being commissioned into the South Staffordshire Regiment.


He did serve in the CMR but was not at Wepener prior to be commissioned. Wepener is ticked on the South Staffs roll but this is in error.

Also, the clasps are out of order and Wepener is a copy.

His entitlement is to QSA (4) CC OFS Tr SA01.
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QSAs with the clasp Wepener 2 years 2 months ago #81815

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Trpr 796 Llewellyn Hartly Thomas Brabant's Horse - has anyone recorded his QSA?
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QSAs with the clasp Wepener 2 years 2 months ago #81820

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I have not recorded his QSA, SWB.
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QSAs with the clasp Wepener 2 years 2 months ago #81841

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Medals of 785 Pte Porteous Kaffrarian Rifles KIA in 1916
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QSAs with the clasp Wepener 2 years 2 months ago #81842

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Nice group.

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QSAs with the clasp Wepener 2 years 2 months ago #81864

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Nemesis,

This is his entry from the Wepener book:

Porteous, 785 Private William Sutherland, Kaffrarian Rifles | QSA (4) CC Wep Tr Witt; KSA (2) | Born in Storness, Orkney Islands c 1878. To South Africa c 1897. Served in KR 22 October 1899 to 3 December 1900 and 17 June 1901 to 30 June 1902 (35023). Also served CinCBG (22788) 7 December 1900 to 6 June 1901. Aged 22 at CinCBG attestation. Single. Trade: Miner. NOK: Father, Orkney Islands, Scotland. KSA from KR returned. In the Great War, enlisted in the South African Overseas Expeditionary Force in October 1915. He arrived in France in June 1916 and was posted to the 4th SAI. He was killed in action on the Somme, 12 October 1916. The following obituary notice appeared in the Orcadian, 11 November 1916: 'Private William S. Porteous was the second son of Mr. Duncan Porteous, baker, Stromness, and of Mrs. Porteous. After serving his apprenticeship to his father's trade, he went to South Africa 19 years ago, and he found employment in the mines where so many Orcadians sought their fortunes. He volunteered his services in his country's cause against the Boers, and he went through the Siege of Wepener. In this campaign he so distinguished himself that he was promoted to Sergeant in the field, and he held the South African Medal. When the call came for volunteers for France, he again laid aside his civil occupation and donned the uniform of his King. It was in khaki that he visited his native town in February last, being his first visit since he left 19 years before. Four brief days were all too short after such a long absence, so he even availed himself of a one day's visit in June, immediately before crossing the Channel. Cheery letters were received from him as occasion permitted and he appeared to withstand the trials of the trenches and the hardships of active service very well. The fatal news was conveyed to his parents in a letter from a comrade by whose side he was shot in a charge across 'No Man's Land' on 12 October. Private Porteous was a widower and leaves two children. Nobly did he do his duty during the Boer War, but nobler still was his courage and determination to again face the foe on the sterner fields of France, where he testified with his life, his love and devotion to King and Country.' | Medals: QSA (4); BWM and VM (Pte 4th SAI); Memorial Plaque (William Sutherland Porteous); Pretoria Citizen's Service Medal for the Great War.
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