Certainly a very well documented recipient, for example, he was kicked by a horse on the 22nd of June 1894, the result being a wound to his head, notwithstanding, I don't think I'd rush to buy this medal.
Picture courtesy of Warwick and Warwick
QSA (3) Tal DoL OFS (92760 Dvr H. Hayward 13/Bty R.F.A.) 13 officially re-named
Casualty roll shows he was reported missing and released POW at Battle of Talana Hill 20/10/99 (casualty roll shows Dundee). With 8 copied pages of service record, roll and research, Henry Hayward was born in Holloway, enlisted 10/9/92 in 2nd Bty, transferred to 13th Bty 8/10/92, suffered horse kick to head 22/6/94, roll marked to England as non-combatant under Geneva Convention 6/5/00, granted furlo to join SAC 25/3/01, served South Africa with E Division SAC 26/4/01 to 25/2/03, discharged from AR 10/11/08. Does not appear to be entitled to Defence of Ladysmith clasp and also issued KSA with SAC.
My notes say:
Hayward, 92760 Driver Henry, 13th Battery, Royal Field Artillery | QSA (2) Tal OFS, KSA (2) | Taken prisoner, Talana, 20 Oct 99. Note on RFA QSA Roll says 'To England as non-combatant 5 May 00 under Geneva Convention'. Also served as Hosp Corporal in E Div SAC (E7718) 20 Apr 01 to 31 May 02. Entry crossed out on SAC QSA and Supplementary Rolls. QSA (3) inc DoL (copy). DNW Dec 00 £160 | Ref: QSA: WO100/140p178, WO100/273p78 Suppl: WO100/273p266 KSA: WO100/366p169.
There is no picture of the QSA sold by DNW in 2000 but the DoL clasp now looks fine so did someone replaced the copy with an original even though he was not entitled to it?[/quote]
'Major Daly, RAMC, who was captured by Boers at Dundee with his hospital, which contained the late General Penn Symons, is here feeding two Boer lambs, which were presented to him by General E Howard, and go by the names Violet and May. Our photograph is by Lieutenant E B Knox, RAMC'
QSA (5) Tal DoL OFS LN Belf (28687. CPL: J. DENNIS, R.E.);
KSA (2) (28687 CORPL: J. DENNISS. R.E.);
1914 Star with Clasp; (28687 Q.M.SJT J. DENNISS. R.E.);
BWM & VM (28687 W.O.CL.2 J. DENNISS. R.E.);
Army LS&GC GV (28687 Q.M.SJT: INSTR: J. DENNISS. R.E.)
John Denniss, surname spelt Dennis on first, was born in 1874 in Lee, Kent, and having worked as a carpenter, then attested for service with the British Army at Woolwich on 8th November 1894, joining as a Sapper (No.28687) the Royal Engineers. Posted to South Africa to Natal on 10th June 1899, he was stationed there on the outbreak of the Boer War when serving with the 23rd Field Company.
A total of 21,000 Boers advanced into Natal from all sides. General White, commanding the forces in Natal, had been advised to deploy his force far back, well clear of the area of northern Natal known as the "Natal Triangle", a wedge of land lying between the two Boer republics. Instead, White deployed his forces around the garrison town of Ladysmith, with a detachment even further forward at Dundee. Deniss formed a part of the detachment at Dundee.
Denniss was therefore one of 45 men of his unit under one officer present at the battle of Talana on 20th October 1899, these being the only Royal Engineer’s troops present, and was Mentioned in Despatches by General Sir Redvers Buller in the despatch of 23rd March 1900 from Lieutenant-General Sir George White’s report of 2nd December 1899 describing the military operations in Natal at Talana Hill, his award being officially published in the London Gazette of 8th February 1901.
After his distinguished service at Talana, Deniss. who may have been possibly related to the officer of his regiment by that name killed at Waggon Hill on 6th January, was promoted to 2nd Corporal during the siege of Ladysmith on 1st December 1899, and was further promoted to Corporal on 10th January 1900, this being later antedated to 1st December 1899. He went on to see further service during the Boer War in action in the Orange Free State and at both Laing’s Nek and Belfast, and was posted home on 29th October 1902.
Having re-engaged in order to complete 21 years service on 4th February 1905 whilst serving with the 47th Field Company, Denniss was posted to Saint Helena on 21st February 1905, and was then promoted to Sergeant on 1st September 1905, being posted back to South Africa on 12th January 1907. Having transferred to the 5th Field Company on 25th March 1909, he was posted home on 17th April 1909, and then transferred to ‘A’ Company on 15th January 1911. Denniss was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant Instructor and Warrant Officer 2nd Class on 31st March 1912, and awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in Army Order No.117 of 1913.
With the outbreak of the Great War, Denniss then found himself as one of two officers and 32 other ranks of the Royal Engineers Detachment to be attached to the Royal Naval Division for service out on the Western Front from 20th September 1914, and took part in the defence of Anwerp from 28th September to 10th October 1914. Denniss was one of the large number of defenders who instead of surrendering then fled north to Holland, where he was interned on crossing the border, and held at Hulst from 24th October 1914, being later held prisoner in Gronigen, till repatriated home with the end of the war, returning home on 18th November 1918. Denniss was discharged on 13th January 1920. He latterly lived in Gillingham, Kent.