Thank you for trying. I was recently fed up by my failure to find any records of 'my' Burger Cilliers of the Heilbron Commando. I blamed the poor record-keeping of the relatively small population of South Africa in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. It seems that the very good records in Britain at those times can be as problematical because of too many people sharing names. The genealogists who trace ancestries back into the mists of time must be especially talented people.
I have been very fortunate in the past to handle the VC awarded to Maj Bradley.
Here are his miniatures from the next DNW auction.
Picture courtesy of DNW
VC, reverse centre inscribed, ‘26 /9/1901’, suspension bar reverse inscribed, ‘F. H. Bradley’; QSA (5) Tal DoL OFS Tr LN ; KSA (2); Natal 1906, 1 clasp, 1906; 1914-15 Star, reverse inscribed, ‘Lieu. F. H. Bradley V.C. Wit. Rifles’; British War and Victory Medals; Coronation 1937; Colonial Auxiliary Force Officers’ Decoration, G.V.R., with top bar; Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service, G.V.R., these mounted for wear; together with a Somme Commemorative Medal, bronze.
VC LG 27 December 1901.
‘On 26 September 1901 at Itala, South Africa, there was a call for volunteers to carry ammunition up the hill. To do this, a space of about 150 yards swept by a heavy cross-fire, had to be crossed. A driver and a gunner came forward and started, but half way across the driver fell wounded. Driver Bradley and the gunner, without hesitation, ran out, and while the injured man was carried to cover, Driver Bradley, with another volunteer, succeeded in getting the ammunition up the hill.’ (Ref. The Register of the Victoria Cross).
Not exactly bargains are they, I can remember the days when you could just pick the phone up, have a chat with Brian Clark and buy a Talana for £120 or so, very happy days indeed!
Kind regards Frank
djb wrote: Medals4Heroes are currently offering two Talana pairs to the 18th Hussars:
1. 4167 Pte W Taylor, 18H. Missing - Released on 4th September 1900 at Schoeman's Kloof. £780