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QSAs with clasp Elandslaagte 2 years 11 months ago #64252

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In a week of QSA coincidences with Wep and RoL, Spink January 1970 listed a QSA (2) Eland RoL that was not to the NFA. This QSA was seemingly awarded to 4129 Cpl T Reid, Manchester Regiment). £7 was the asking price.

Sadly, it was not to be:

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QSAs with clasp Elandslaagte 2 years 11 months ago #64286

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Lieutenant Robertson receiving his VC from Queen Victoria. His VC can be seen today in Edinburgh Castle.

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The group to J Horswell is being auctioned (again) by DNW next month.

DCM VR (1977 C.Sgt. J. Horswell. 1st. Devon: Regt.);
IGS 1895 (2) Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 (1977 Color Sergt.J. Horswell, 1st. Bn. Devon: Regt.);
QSA (3) Elandslaagte, Defence of Ladysmith, Belfast (1977 C.Sgt. J. Horswell, Devon: Regt.);
KSA (2) (1977 Qr:- Mr:- Serjt: J. Horswell. Devon: Regt.);
Defence Medal;
Army LS&GC Ed VII (1977 Q.M. Sjt. J. Horswell. Devon Regt.);
MSM GVI (Q.M. Sjt. J. Horswell. D.C.M. Devon. R.)

DCM London Gazette 19 April 1901

John Horswell was born in Plymouth, Devonshire on 26 August 1864 and attested there for the Devonshire Regiment on 3 February 1888, having previously served in the 2nd (Volunteer) Battalion. Promoted Corporal on 29 October 1890, he served with the 1st Battalion in Egypt, January 1891 until December 1892, and in India, December 1892 to September 1899, taking part in the operations in the Khanga and Chillas Valley in 1893, and with the Tirah Expeditionary Force on the North-West Frontier in 1897-98, and was promoted Sergeant on 15 April 1893 and Colour Sergeant on 2 January 1894.

Arriving in South Africa with his Regiment on 21 September 1899, he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry at the battle of Elandslaagte, 21 October 1899, and subsequently took part in the Relief of Ladysmith, being Mentioned in General Sir Redvers Buller’s Despatch after the Relief (London Gazette 8 February 1901). Promoted Quartermaster Sergeant on 20 September 1902, he was posted as Quartermaster Sergeant of the 4th Battalion on 31 March 1904, and then, in the same role, to the 3rd Battalion on 28 July 1908. He was discharged on 2 February 1909, after 21 year’s service.

Horswell was appointed Quartermaster of the 7th (Cyclist) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment, and was Commissioned Lieutenant on 21 March 1914. He served with them at home throughout the Great War and retired in 1920, having reached the upper age limit, and retained the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, together with an annuity of £10, on 8 September 1938, and died in 1942.
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QSAs with clasp Elandslaagte 2 years 11 months ago #64446

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On the face of it, I would say that is a particularly nice group, I wonder when was is sold last time and what the hammer price might have been?



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Picture courtesy of DNW

The group to J Horswell is being auctioned (again) by DNW next month.

DCM VR (1977 C.Sgt. J. Horswell. 1st. Devon: Regt.);
IGS 1895 (2) Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 (1977 Color Sergt.J. Horswell, 1st. Bn. Devon: Regt.);
QSA (3) Elandslaagte, Defence of Ladysmith, Belfast (1977 C.Sgt. J. Horswell, Devon: Regt.);
KSA (2) (1977 Qr:- Mr:- Serjt: J. Horswell. Devon: Regt.);
Defence Medal;
Army LS&GC Ed VII (1977 Q.M. Sjt. J. Horswell. Devon Regt.);
MSM GVI (Q.M. Sjt. J. Horswell. D.C.M. Devon. R.)

DCM London Gazette 19 April 1901

John Horswell was born in Plymouth, Devonshire on 26 August 1864 and attested there for the Devonshire Regiment on 3 February 1888, having previously served in the 2nd (Volunteer) Battalion. Promoted Corporal on 29 October 1890, he served with the 1st Battalion in Egypt, January 1891 until December 1892, and in India, December 1892 to September 1899, taking part in the operations in the Khanga and Chillas Valley in 1893, and with the Tirah Expeditionary Force on the North-West Frontier in 1897-98, and was promoted Sergeant on 15 April 1893 and Colour Sergeant on 2 January 1894.

Arriving in South Africa with his Regiment on 21 September 1899, he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry at the battle of Elandslaagte, 21 October 1899, and subsequently took part in the Relief of Ladysmith, being Mentioned in General Sir Redvers Buller’s Despatch after the Relief (London Gazette 8 February 1901). Promoted Quartermaster Sergeant on 20 September 1902, he was posted as Quartermaster Sergeant of the 4th Battalion on 31 March 1904, and then, in the same role, to the 3rd Battalion on 28 July 1908. He was discharged on 2 February 1909, after 21 year’s service.

Horswell was appointed Quartermaster of the 7th (Cyclist) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment, and was Commissioned Lieutenant on 21 March 1914. He served with them at home throughout the Great War and retired in 1920, having reached the upper age limit, and retained the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, together with an annuity of £10, on 8 September 1938, and died in 1942.

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Frank,

It was offered by J Collins in January 1997 for £4,500. It then appeared at DNW in September 2017 where the hammer price was £2,800.
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It is certainly interesting to note the difference in price and the passage of two decades.

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