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The Indian Contingent 6 years 9 months ago #43382

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Brett Hendey wrote: It would indeed be an excellent medal to have! This is the first time I have read of anyone in such circumstances being captured by the Boers. The fact that Syce Khan was twice released by the Boers is very surprising. I wonder which Commando(es) was (were) involved?

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“One day about 30 Indian grooms of the Military Officers of the garrison were sent to cut mealie stalks and grass for the Officers' chargers. I was after the same on this day. I had crossed the Klip River and made my way to the wagon, standing about 50 yards from the bank. I saw all the coolies away ahead of me. They did not seem to have any fear, and went on with their cutting and talking as though no enemy was near. Suddenly, and just as I was about to join the party of cutters, several Boers stood up in the long grass and opened fire on the coolies. This is what I overheard: "Nihi, Sahib; No shootee me! Me no make fighting! Me Indian coolie man! Me no say "Helbagari!" Dutchman, me say "Helbagari" Englishman! "Helbagari Skoshman! Nihi Sahib! Nihi! Ahrrrrrr…!" A couple were wounded and captured, while the remainder bolted for it. The line of fire was straight for the wagon I was standing behind, and of course all the coolies made a bee line for it. Bullets were whizzing over me and around me, so I joined the stampede. The first question I was asked by the officer was, "Where's the buck and the birds? I should have thought you would have brought in quite a brace of partridges and a buck or two, judging from the amount of firing I heard in the mealie field.”(Lieutenant H Hurst, “The Funny Side of Some Old Natal Wars", Broadcast at SABC, 11 May 1940.KCM, Dawes Collection, File B, No. 16}
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The Indian Contingent 6 years 6 months ago #44413

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From the next DNW auction, Feb 2016


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IGS 1895 (1) Relief of Chitral 1895, bronze (Syce Moolarack, 1st Bomby. Lcrs.)
QSA (0) bronze. (8 Syce Moolarack, 1st Bo. Lcrs.)

The first with officially re-engraved naming, the second edge bruise, polished, good fine or better (2) £180-220
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Yes I saw this pair. First IGS '95 that I have ever seen to the 1st Bombay Lancers. More interestingly is that he is on the roll for the Sudan and Khedive's medal.
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That would be a superb group if you could ever complete it.
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A group that I could only covert......... The KSA has now reported back to South Africa for Garrison duty




Supply and Transport Corps Bombay Command Mhow District

642 Vet.Asst. 3rd Gd.Mahomed Suliman Order of British India 2nd Class;

India ’54 Clasp: (Commissariat Transport);
India ’95 “Tirah 1897-98”(Commissariat Department);
QSA CC;OFS;Tvl
KSA SA01;SA02
Tibet mid
1914 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
MSM ( India )











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That medal group must be, or must have been just about as good as it gets! Thank you for your post.
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