There were 16 single ABOs in the first iteration of the next auction catalogue. These have just been augmented by another 13 ABOs. As a rsult, the reserves on the initial lots have been reduced this week from R3400 (mostly) to R2900 (around £160)
A Great War “East Africa” M.S.M. Group of five to Sergeant (Motor Cycle Despatch Rider) William Henry Batchelor, Heidelburg Commando, South African Service Crops, late South
1.QSA Clasps: CC; OFS; Tvl ; SA01; SA02 3488 Cl. Tpr W.H.Batchelor S.A.C.
2. 1914/15 Star Sjt W.H. Batchelor Heidelburg Cdo
3. British War Medal 1914-20, Sjt W.H. Batchelor S.A.S.C.
4. Victory Medal (bilingual) Sjt W.H. Batchelor S.A.S.C.
5. Meritorious Service Medal GVR 2044 M.D.R. W.H Batchelor SA Mtr. Desp: Coy (this last with minor official correction, generally very fine)
M.S.M. London Gazette, 29 August 1918, S African Force, 2044 M.D.R. W.H. Bachelor SA Motor Despatch Coy. “…. In recognition of valuable services rendered with the Forces in East Africa during the present war”. UDF G.O 2630 Reward for War Services South African Force 2044 Motor Desp. Rider W.H. Batchelor, SA Motor Despatch Coy.
Extract from official records, being South African Motor Despatch Rider Company – Records of Service in East Africa (copy included)
“2044 Batchelor W.H. Despatch Rider Landed Kilindini 3:8:1916 Leave to SA 27:2:1917, returned to G.E.A. 18:6:1917. Invalided 17:11:1917. Joined G.H.Q. at Lukugura and went with them through to Morogoro. Then went with first detachment to Kilwa and remained there till he went to SA on leave. Since return through part Lindi operations. Awarded Meritorious Service Medal G.R.O. 549 17:6:1918” Herewith extracts from official records, being, SA Motor Cyclists Corps; E.A. Campaign 1916-1918 Part 1 (pages 1-5) “The SA Motor Cyclists Corps war formed in January 1916 under the command of Col. Fairweather, D.S.O., with Capt D McMillan as adjutant. It consisted of 8 platoons and Headquarters under Lieuts. Hoskyn, McHardy, Henry, Hall, Ramsay, Kelly, Jackson, Houghton and Clarke, respectively. Headquarters was composed of signalers, motor mechanics and c; in addition each platoon had its own mechanics. The uniform consisted of helmet (with yellow diamond flash having red edge), tunic, shirt, corduroy, riding breeches, leather leggings, and British warm overcoat, and for wet weather, oilskin coat and trousers of brilliant yellow hue. Badge on helmet was a flying wheel, and shoulder badges S.A.M.C.C. The machines provided were B.S.A’s and they certainly proved their worth in the field. Gun-buckets were affixed to the front fork as a receptacle for the short rifles issued, and were also used as a means for conveying Lewis guns, signaling equipment and c.
“At Kondoa, Irangi, we linked up with the 2nd Division under General Van Deventer. Cycles were parked near the hospital about 2 miles from the town, and we took up a position on a small hill (some 4 miles outside the town, called Rock Rabbit Ridge, with various infantry and horse units nearby. We were referred to by the other units as “Jimmy Fairweather’s rock rabbits”. One platoon was sent to another hill called Loskop. Patrols were sent out into the adjoining mealie lands to try and contact the enemy, who held a front of 7 miles. The whole division frequently came under shell fire from the German position, where some naval guns of the “Koningsberg” had been mounted.”
“Looking back on our experiences in East Africa, Central Africa, Nyasaland and Portuguese East Africa, we are proud to think we were the pioneer Corps of present day mechanized form of fighting, though little did we think of that at the time. Owing to our great mobility we could be rushed to any threatened spot with the least possible delay, and no one realized this more than General Northey”. “In all over 1000 men were recruited for the S.A.M.C.C. The Corps had engagements with the enemy at Kondoa Irangi, Kidete, Iranga (patrol skirmishes); Tandala and Regone (Portuguese East Africa)”
Herewith extracts from “Reminiscences of the German East Africa Campaign 1916-1918” by H.R. Dewey, which give some idea of the
realities in the Motor Cycle Corps in German East Africa.
Trio: QSA 2 Bars : CC and OFS KSA 2 Bars: SA01, SA02 RENAMED 4485 Pte W.J. RUSSELL 9th Lancers
Police Service Medal 2273 (M) Det/Constable W.J. Russell.
Included in lot is A ribbon bar
Disk: R. FURNEY C.G.R.
No bar: Tpr G. FAUCHE Hex River DMT – very scarce only 15 issued. With copy of the Roll
No bar: Tpr C. WANKLE (157) East London DMT F 1800
No bar: Tpr S.J. JAKINS Victoria East DMT. With copy of the roll
No bar: Tpr G. HOLLIS Adelaide DMT With copy of the page of the roll
One bar: OFS Mr S. GILLHAM Imp RLY
Pair : QSA Bar Defence of Kimberley and Kimberley Star ‘a’ Pte A. GOOSE Kimberly Town Guard With copy of the page of the roll
Two bars: Def. of Ladysmith; TVL Cpl J.M. WILLOCK (5709) Liverpool Regt With copy of the page of the roll
Three bars: CC; OFS; TVL
Pte J. GILKS (24002) 35TH Co. Imp. Yeo With copy of the page of the roll.
Three bars: CC; OFS; Tvl 65725 Dvr J. COLE 87th Bty R.F.A.
Four bars: CC; WEPENER; TVL; Witt Pte A.B. BAYLOR (3231) Cape Mtd Rifles impressed in small letters. This medal has not been renamed. With copy of the page of the roll There is also a copy of the liquidation account of the late Arthur Bayly Baylor who died at Bulawayo 15th September 1950
Four bars: CC; Rhod; OFS; TVL Lt Sir A. ARMSTRONG Bt 61 Co. 17/Imp Yeo. Engraved as issued. There is an extract from the who was who 1916-1928. Sir Andrew Harvey Armstrong 3rd Bart. Born 23rd May 1866. Formally Capt 3 Batt. Leinester Regt. (Royal Canadians) Served with the Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa.Joined 5th Service Batt. The Conaught Rangers 19th September 1914. Posted to depot 8th January 1915.
Five bars: CC; PAA; Drie; Jhb; SA01
Pte F MARLOW (3117) 2ND Duke of Cornwall Lt Inf. With copy of the page of the roll. There is an entry for him in the casualty roll. Severly burnt near Belfast. Died 30th July 1901.
V338 Pair: Tpr F.T. TOTHILL Lonsdale’s Horse
SA Medal 1877-8-9 Bar 1879
Cape of Good Hope General Service medal bar Basutoland Sgt F.T.Tothill C.M. Rif
No Bar: 18 Pte R.K. BILLSON Humandsorp C.D.F.
Bar Natal: MR H.L. MERCER
Four Bars: CC; OFS; TVL; SA 1901 32592 Tpr G.P.C.T. SMITH Damants Horse
Dr David Biggins
The following user(s) said Thank You: David Grant, ianbrentnall
Group of eight miniature medals attributed to Major GORDON-GRAY DSO, MC Distinguished Service Order SAFA 27/7/18 Military Cross SAFA 01/02/17 QSA Bars: CC; OFS; Tvl KSA Bars: SA01; SA02 Natal Rebellion bar 1906
Four: 10361 Pte H.F. DAVIS R.A.M.C. Queens Sudan 10361 Pte H.F. Davis R.A.M.C Khedives Sudan medal bar : Khartoum unnamed QSA: 2 Bars CC; OFS KSA: 2 Bars SA01; SA02 10361 Pte H.F. DAVIS R.A.M.C. – mounted for wear. Copies of his attestation papers confirm the medals. Attested 28 April 1894. Discharged 27-4-06
Borough of Newark 1900 HH516 – bronze 32 mm in diameter
British Transvaal War 1900 Success to New Zealand contingent 1899-1900 HH: 942- Gilt 22.5 mm Diameter
Blank DTD Unnamed not name erased
Disk only 2988 Pte J. NICHOL Thorneycrofts M.I.
Disk: R. FURNEY C.G.R.
No bar: 77751 Gnr W. ALLEN 5th E.D. R.G.A. – has a new suspender fitted.
[No reserve stated]
No bar: 308 Pte G.S. GLEESON K.W.T.G King William Town Guard No 1 copy served 28 April 1901
No bar: 581 Pte J. SMITH Cradock T.G. Sold with copied medal roll
No bar: 747 Pte W.J. HARPER Grahamstown T.G. 1ST Batt Sold with copied medal roll
No bar: 118 Tpr A.V. RIPPON Albany Dis M.T. Sold with medal roll
No bar: Tpr P.H. CLOGG E. London D.M.T. Sold with medal copied roll
No bar: 540 Pte G.S. VAN STADEN Uitenhage T.G. Sold with copied medal roll.
No bar: 67 Pte J. MACDONALD Cookhouse T.G. Only 100 issued – sold with copied medal roll
No bar: 86 Pte S. BILLET Tarkastad T.G. Discharged 30 September 1901 Left district – sold with copied medal roll
No bar: 55 Pte J.M. PENTZ Wellington D.M.T. Small edge ding – only 91 issued – sold with copied medal roll
No bar: 821 Pte J. McLAREN Grahamstown T.G. 1st Batt G.T.G. Sold with copied medal roll
No bar: 54 Pte G. WEST Burghersdorp T.G Re-suspendered – sold with copied medal roll
No bar: Pte A. MORTLOCK Barberton T.G. From 17 June 1901 to 21 December 1901. Sold with copied medal roll
One bar: OFS Mr S. GILLHAM Imp RLY
One bar: TVL 5097 Pte T. TILLMAN 18th Hussars Scratch marks from second medal when worn. Sold with copied medal roll.
One bar: OFS Mr H. DEVINE Imp Mil Railway
One bar: Cape Colony 387 Pte J.E. RUSSEL D.O.E.V.R.
One bar: Transvaal 3706 Tpr J. DUFF Scottish Horse
2 Bars: SA01 and SA02 2499 Tpr H.D. TEOBALD Natal Police Discharged 5 August 1903 sold with copied medal roll
2 Bars: CC; SA02 38337 Pte J. PRATT 27th Bn IMP Yeo Sold with copied medal roll
2 Bars: Tvl; SA02 2521 Pte P. McNICHOLAS Johannesburg M.R. Sold with copied medal roll – only SA02 is confirmed
2 Bars: CC; Tvl 510 Gnr J. MEARNS Cape G.A. – he is entitled to a KSA SA01 and SA02 – sold with copied medal roll
A modest Boer War offering in the next Kaplan auction on 20 June 2018 in B88.
Group of eight miniature medals attributed to Major GORDON-GRAY DSO, MC
Distinguished Service Order SAFA 27/7/18
Military Cross SAFA 01/02/17
QSA Bars: CC; OFS; Tvl
KSA Bars: SA01; SA02
Natal Rebellion bar 1906
1914/15 Star trio
Born in India on 3 April 1878, he was educated in England. During the Anglo Boer War he served in the Artillery Troop of CMR. During the 1906 Rebellion, he was a machine gunner with the maxim detachment. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1912. During WW I, Capt Gray served with the SAMR in SWA. In September 1915 he was the Battery Commander of 3 Field Battery and served in East Africa. He then served in Palestine with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. He was awarded the DSO and the MC. On his return to South Africa in 1919, he was posted to the SAMR. During the Rand Revolt, Major Gray was sent to Benoni with a machine gun company. On 11 March 1922 he was shot and mortally wounded by a sniper.
Medals mounted for wear. A copy of a photograph of him taken in 1915 accompanies the lot.
Three bars: CC, OFS, TVL
1069 Tpr T MELCHER Kimberley Horse. Edge nicks
Unnamed as issued – has all its proper Hallmarks.
BOER WAR MEDALLION
Medallion made from white medal. Has Kruger’s bust one side, other side in Afrikaans – Celebrates 100 years of Kruger’s birthday.
BOER WAR CURRENCY
Government £5 note number 9000 dated 28/5/1900
Government £5 note number 5849 dated 28/5/1900
MINIATURE MEDAL GROUPS
Miniature group of 4: Surgeon Captain Howard Decimus Buss 1.
Officer of the Order of St John 2.
QSA clasps Cape Colony, Rhodesia 3.
KSA clasps 1901, 1902 4.
Victoria Diamond Jubilee
Medal Mounted on a pin. Howard Decimus Buss studied at the University College London, at Paris and at Montpellier (France). He was attached to the base hospital at Marandellas in Rhodesia when he joined the Rhodesian Field Force. During the second half of the Boer War he served in the hospital in Tembuland.
He was an Honorary Life Member of the St John’s Ambulance
Another auction with very few QSAs but a great deal of documentation. Auction B89 on 22 August 18
One bar: CC
1293 Tpr R. WEBSTER Nesbitts Horse
Three bars: Tvl; OFS and CC
65725 Dvr j. Cole 87th Bty RFA
QSA to Capt W.H.G. FURNIVALL Impl L.I.
5 Clasps: Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal; Laing’s Nek and SA 01 (engraved naming)
British War Medal to Lieut W.H.G. Furnivall R.A.F. (Impressed naming)
Miniature set mounted as worn in leather box for the above two medals. QSA 5 clasps (as above) and British War medal
QSA medal impressed to 28503 C. Serjt. A.S. VINCENT Rand Rifles. The Rand Rifles was the Town Guard of Johannesburg during the Anglo Boer War.
STEVENS, CECIL ERNEST
33 TROOPER, VICTORIA COLUMN 1893
TROOPER, M.M.P. 1894
TROOPER, ARTILLERY TROOP, JAMESON RAID 1895
TROOPER, B.F.F. AND GREY’S SCOUTS 1896
10059 SERGEANT, FRENCH’S SCOUTS 1900
SCOUT, F.I.D. 1901 - 1902
487 HEAD CONDUCTOR, S.A.S.C. TRANSPORT & REMOUNT SECTION 1914
LIEUTENANT & CAPTAIN, CAPE CORPS 1915 – 1917
ESSENTIAL SERVICES PROTECTION CORPS 1939
SHIPPING INSPECTOR 1940
# B.S.A. Company medal. Reverse Matabeleland 1893 with Rhodesia 1896 bar.
Engraved “upside down” to C.E. Stevens – no rank or unit.
He appears on the Roll of the Victoria Column. According to Ian Johnstone, the National Archives of Zimbabwe has no record of Stevens’ application for his medal, which indicates that it would have been a late application.
Stevens was a Trooper (allegedly aged 16, but probably closer to 20) with the Victoria Column in 1893, a Trooper in the M.M.P. when he took part in the Jameson Raid, and a Trooper with Grey’s Scouts in 1896.
# Queen’s South Africa Medal with bars Cape Colony; Orange Free State; Johannesburg; Diamond Hill; Belfast.
10059 Sergeant, French’s Scouts.
# King’s South Africa Medal with bars South Africa 1901 and 1902.
# 1914-15 Star.
Lieutenant, S.A.S.C. – T. & R.
# British War Medal and Bilingual Allied Victory Medal.
# S.A. War Service Medal.
Essential Services Protection Corps. Unnamed as issued.
Four pages of typed research. Many pages of photocopies of his WW I Record of service. He is in a group photo of officers of the 1st Batt. Cape Corps.