The single QSA to 5163 Pte J Crabb, Gordons. From Baldwin's Jun 13 auction. My thanks to Baldwin for the permission to reproduce this image.
Private James Crabb was born in Dundee, Forfar, Scotland, and had previously worked as a Millworker, and had served with the 3rd Royal Highlanders prior to enlistment with the Gordon Highlanders on the 11th of September, 1894. He served with this famous regiment during the Second Boer War, and was present during several important actions including Elandslaagte and the Defence of Ladysmith. He served for a total of over 12 years with the colours, and is additionally entitled to the India Medal with clasp Punjab Frontier 1897-8 and Tirah 1897-8 and KSA.
Thought I would add this medal to the battle of Elandslaagte
Name: 456. Tpr. Harold Sudgen Maplestone
Regt: 1st Imperial Light Horse
Medal: QSA-Elandslaagte / Defence of Ladysmith
Died of Enertic at Chieverley-16 April 1900
Pte.Harold Maplestone attested in Pietermaritzburg on the 28.9.1899 at the age of 22yrs.
Height 5ft 8 1/2 inch and weight of 141 Lbs. Participated at the battle of Elandslaagte and Defence of Ladysmith.
Can anybody assist as to why he would have been at Chieverley?
Thank you to Eggsa for allowing the use of this photograph
Chieveley was the site of No. 4 Field Hospital, which was set up there on 13 December 1899, shortly before the Battle of Colenso. It was in this hospital that Lord Roberts' son Freddie Roberts VC died of wounds after the battle. His is the most impressive grave in the cemetery that was established near the hospital. Many of the graves no longer have any markers as it has been repeatedly vandalised over the years. This is evident in the photo below.
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