QSA (3) Elandslaagte, Defence of Ladysmith, Belfast (6929 Corpl: C. J. Ridout. Middlesex Regt.)
[ KSA (2) ]
C. J. Ridout attested for the Devonshire Regiment and served with the 1st Battalion in South Africa at Elandslaagte and the Defence of Ladysmith, before transferring to the 2nd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment.
This combination of clasps is unique to a medal named to the Middlesex Regiment.
Sold with copied medal roll extract which states ‘Replacement 18/2/24’. However, the naming style on this medal suggests that this is the recipient’s original medal.
A very fitting day to be posting an Elandslaagte group.
Picture courtesy of DNW
IGS 1895 (2) Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 (4374 Pte. F. [sic] W. Lampon. 1st Bn. Devon: Regt.);
QSA (3) Elandslaagte, Defence of Ladysmith, Belfast (4374 Pte. T. W. Sampson [sic], Devon: Ret.);
KSA (2) (4374 Corpl: F. [sic] Lampon. Devon: Regt.);
British War and Victory Medals (144035 Spr. T. W. Lampon. R.E.);
ISM GV (Thomas William Lampon.)
Thomas William Lampon joined the London Postal Service on 22 December 1903. He was recalled for service during the Great War as a Sapper with the Royal Engineers (British War and Victory Medals confirmed on M.I.C.). He returned to the London Postal Service and was awarded the Imperial Service Medal announced in the London Gazette of 3 December 1935: ‘Lampon, Thomas William, Sorter, London Postal Service.’
“At 5pm after other Regiments had failed to clear the Boers off the hill, 3 Companies of the Devons were sent in who were ordered to turn the enemy off the ridge with the bayonet. The Devons dashed forward & gained a position under cover within 50 yards of the enemy. Here a fire fight ensued; but the Devons were not to be denied & eventually, cheering as they pushed from point to point, they drove the enemy not only off the plateau, but cleared every Boer out of the lower slopes & the dongas surrounding the position. The total loss of the Devons was nearly 28%”. 18 KiA, 2 DoW, 32 Wounded”.
“Our Regiments in South Africa” page 113 by J. Stirling.
Pte Norman was wounded in the bayonet charge of the Devons and in the Regimental History by Col M Jacson his name is one of seven noted for “gallantry on the occasion”. He is also Mentioned in White’s Despatch of 23 March 1900 (LG 8 Feb 1900, p932), Buller’s Despatch of 9 Nov 1900 (LG 8 Feb 1900, p 977: Rank stated as Bandsman) and Roberts’ Despatch of 10 Sept 1901 (LG 10 Sept 1901, p5939)