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I hear the Border Scouts QSA sold for a hammer price of R5,700 last night.
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From the auction on 17 July 2021

C017 Civ. Surg. J.C. RAMSEY
Five Bars: CC; OFS; TVL; SA01; SA02
Engraved as for Surgeons
VF 1600

C018 3114 Pte F. WILSON 97TH Coy Imp Yeomanry
Five Bars: CC; OFS; TVL; SA01; SA02
Confirmed with copy of Roll
VF 1600

C019 Tpr C.P. WILLIAMS SA Light Horse
Two Bars: CC; OFS
VF+ 1400

C020 1344 Q.M. Sgt S. McDONALD Steinaecker's Horse
Two Bars: SA01; SA02
With an extract from Steinaecker's Horsemen South Africa 1899-1902 by William Woolmore Page 245
VF 1400

C021 Cpl. J.L. FISHER Bedford T.G
No bar
VF 1200

C022 896 CORP.W.T. PEARSON Kitchener’s F.S.
Bars CC., OFS., TVL., SA 1901
VF+ 1500
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From the auction, 14 August 2021

SAGS
G003
South Africa Medal bar 1879 to Private S. OKTIL – Komgha Fingo Levy
VF+ 10000

G004
Group of 5 to A. THORPE – 1st Northumberland Fusiliers.
Queen’s Sudan Medal – 4415 L:Sgt A. Thorpe
Khedive’s Sudan Medal 1896-1908 (bar – Khartoum) – 4415 Sergt A. Thorpe
QSA - 4 bars (Belmont, Modder River, Transvaal, Orange Free State) 4415 Clr. Serjt. A. Thorpe.
KSA – 2 bars (South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902) 4415 Clr Serjt A. Thorpe
WW1 War Medal – Corporal A.Thorpe – 4th S.A.I.
Free Masons Medal ( Albert Edward Lodge) – Presented to Wor Bro A Thorpe President Albert Edward Lodge 1917-18

Aubrey Thorpe was born on 23rd August 1877 at Hastings in Sussex, U.K. He enlisted with the Northumberland Fusiliers at Aldershot on 10th January 1895. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 13th November the same year, then promoted to Corporal on 29th February 1896. On the 30th November 1898 he was promoted to Sergeant, and on 1st September 1900 he was promoted to the rank of Colour Sergeant. Colour Sergeant was in effect what in today’s Infantry would be the Company Sergeant Major.

Late in 1896 he was posted to Gibraltar and on the 17th January 1898 being posted with the Regiment to Egypt. He was at the battle of Khartoum which took place on 2nd September 1898. He was posted to South Africa 0n the 16th September 1899, serving with the regiment until the end of hostilities. On the 23rd June 1902 he was posted to the reserves and remained there until the 9th January 1907.
During the South African War 1899-1902 he was involved with the Relief of Mafeking, and was present at the Battles of Belmont and Modder River. At the battle of Modder River the Fusiliers lost 11 men killed and 34 wounded. The Regiment was not involved in the battle of Magersfontein as they were involved in holding the camp and making a diversion along the railway to the left of the real attack.

The Regiment saw little action in the first quarter of 1900, and after the fall of Bloemfontein the Regiment occupied Hoopstad, before moving to the Kroonstad district to protect Roberts’s lines of communication. The Regiment saw action at Lindley in June 1900, before moving into the Western Transvaal in pursuit of Boer General de Wet.

Early in 1901 the Regiment was involved in a battle at Lichtenburg with the Boers where 15 men were killed and 26 wounded. Late in 1901, as part of Methuens Brigade, the Regiment were attacked by de la Rey near Zeerust where the regiment has 13 men killed and 14 wounded. Early in 1902 the Regiment was again in action against de la Rey in the Klerksdorp district where they had 12 men killed and 62 wounded.
Aubrey moved to South Africa after the South African War and enlisted with the 1st South African Infantry a few months before the end of WW1. When he attested on the 20th September 1918 he was married and had 6 children – aged 10, 9, 7. 6, 5 and 4 years of age. He gave his occupation as that of a Shift Boss. Including 27 Pages of research. Papers shows Victory medal not issued.
VF+ 15000

G005
Group of 5 to W.C. BROWN
QSA – 3 bars (Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cape Colony) 1823 Sapper W.C. Brown – Royal Engineers.
KSA – 2 bars (South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902) 1823 Sapper W.C. Brown – Royal Engineers.
WW1 1914-15 Star – Corporal W.C. Brown – 6th Infantry
WW1 War Medal – Corporal W.C. Brown – 4th S.A.I.
WW1 Victory Medal (bilingual) – Private W.C. Brown – 4th S.A.I.

When William Charles Brown attested on the 14th September 1915, for service in Europe (WW1), he gave his age as being 40, and his place of birth being Bath in the U.K. He gave his residential address as being in Standerton in the Transvaal. His medal group includes South African War 1899-1902 QSA and KSA medal.

During the German South West Africa campaign, he had enlisted with the 2nd Transvaal Scottish, where he served as the Mess Sergeant. On those papers, he gave his age as being 42.

His Military History Sheet indicates that he was in both Egypt and Europe with the South African Infantry, and Ian Uys, in his book ‘Roll Call’, lists him as having been at Delville Wood (page 210) including 17 Pages of research.
VF 4000

G006
Natal Rebellion medal Bar 1906 to 765 Trooper W. BROWN Northern Rifles – Re-engraved. He is not entitled to this medal.
VF 1000

QSAs
S009
No Bar: Tpr S. CLARKE Wilge Fontein R.A. – confirmed on roll
VF+ 2500

S010
No Bar: Sjt J. THOMPSON Tows River T.G. – confirmed on roll
VF 2500

S011
No Bar: No 2 Sjt S. DU TOIT MELVILLE Carnarvan G.G – confirmed on roll
VF 2500

S012
No Bar: No 19 Pte F. VAN DER PHOLT Riversdale T.G. – confirmed on roll
VF 2500

V202
One Bar: Tvl
2581 Pte J. LORRAINE RLY PNR. Regt
Edge knock on “RRAINE”
VF 1100

V203
Four Bars: CC; OFS; Belfast; SA1901
8104 Pte W.P. DODDS Vol Coy RL Scots – confirmed with copy of the Roll
VF 2300

B016
Group of Four: 2nd Lieut E.S. BURLEY Chinese Labour Corps
QSA – 26323 Tpr E.S. Burley 33rd Coy Imp Yeo
3 bars: CC; OFS; TVL
War Medal – (English only) 2 Lieut E.S. Burley
Death Plaque – Ernest Sidney Burley with the letter from Buckingham Palace signed The King. A letter from the Imperial War Graves Commission giving grave location. A booklet about the memorial erected to the late employees of the Ferreira Deep GM Co giving his name. Included his bracelet which has Lieut E.S. Burly Chinese Labour Corps inscribed.
VF+ 2500

V200
Group of Five: Capt E.J. PUTMAN
Military Cross and bar – reverse of cross engraved MC Sept 12/1918 Capt E.J. Putman KRRif C Bar Nov 4/1918
QSA Bars: CC; OFS and SA 1902 E3725 Tpr E.J. Putman E. Div. SAC
1914/15 Star R15970 Pte E.J Putman KRRif C
War and Victory medals Capt E.J. Putman
“T./2nd Lt (A/Capt) Edward James Putman, M.C., 16th Bn, K.R.R.C. attd 13th Btn.

During the attack on Louvignies on 4th November, 1918, he displayed marked coolness and courage. Though early wounded he carried on, and when all the officers in the front wave had been wounded, he took command of the line. He personally rushed two enemy machine-gun posts from point-blank range, killing one officer and three men and causing the remainder to surrender. His gallantry was an inspiration to all ranks. M.C. Gazetted 11 January, 1919)

13 Jan 1919 “T/2ND Lt. (A.Capt) Edward James Putman, 16th BN., K.R.R.C. attd. 13th Bn. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He assembled his company for the attack under heavy artillery fire with great coolness, then led the first wave into a village, being held up just outside, but bombing up a communication trench, he gained his objective, killing about thirty and capturing thirty-seven prisoners and eight machine guns. During the night and following day, he was subjected to continuous attacks, and never once left the forward line. He was always to be found at the threatened point, controlling and directing the fire of his men and setting a grand example to them.”
EF 2200

NATAL REBELLION BAR 1906
V205
Tpr C.J. CACTYCE Northern D.M. Rifles – Tpr has been scratched – confirmed on roll
VF 3000

V206
Pair: L/Cpl W. RUSSEL 4TH SAI
War and Bilingual Victory medals. Copies of service papers shows that he attested 16/8/15. Enlisted South Hampton 7/8/16. Thus no star missing. Wounded in action 14/4/17 GSW Head Wound. Discharged 28/11/17 permanently unfit.
(no condition or estimate)

V207
Trio: Pte D.P. WILLIAMS 5th Infantry
1914/15 Star
War and Bilingual Victory medals Spr D.P. Williams S.A.R.O.D.S.
VF+ 800
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From the auction B116, 18 September 2021

Groups

A006
Group of 5 to A. THORPE – 1st Northumberland Fusiliers.
Queen’s Sudan Medal – 4415 L:Sgt A. Thorpe
Khedive’s Sudan Medal 1896-1908 (bar – Khartoum) – 4415 Sergt A. Thorpe
QSA - 4 bars (Belmont, Modder River, Transvaal, Orange Free State) 4415 Clr. Serjt. A. Thorpe.
KSA – 2 bars (South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902) 4415 Clr Serjt A. Thorpe
WW1 War Medal – Corporal A.Thorpe – 4th S.A.I.
Freemasons Medal ( Albert Edward Lodge) – Presented to Wor Bro A Thorpe President Albert Edward Lodge 1917-18

Aubrey Thorpe was born on 23rd August 1877 at Hastings in Sussex, U.K. He enlisted with the Northumberland Fusiliers at Aldershot on 10th January 1895. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 13th November the same year, then promoted to Corporal on 29th February 1896. On the 30th November 1898 he was promoted to Sergeant, and on 1st September 1900 he was promoted to the rank of Colour Sergeant. Colour Sergeant was in effect what in today’s Infantry would be the Company Sergeant Major.

Late in 1896 he was posted to Gibraltar and on the 17th January 1898 being posted with the Regiment to Egypt. He was at the battle of Khartoum which took place on 2nd September 1898. He was posted to South Africa 0n the 16th September 1899, serving with the regiment until the end of hostilities. On the 23rd June 1902 he was posted to the reserves and remained there until the 9th January 1907.

During the South African War 1899-1902 he was involved with the Relief of Mafeking, and was present at the Battles of Belmont and Modder River. At the battle of Modder River the Fusiliers lost 11 men killed and 34 wounded. The Regiment was not involved in the battle of Magersfontein as they were involved in holding the camp and making a diversion along the railway to the left of the real attack.

The Regiment saw little action in the first quarter of 1900, and after the fall of Bloemfontein the Regiment occupied Hoopstad, before moving to the Kroonstad district to protect Roberts’s lines of communication. The Regiment saw action at Lindley in June 1900, before moving into the Western Transvaal in pursuit of Boer General de Wet.

Early in 1901 the Regiment was involved in a battle at Lichtenburg with the Boers where 15 men were killed and 26 wounded. Late in 1901, as part of Methuens Brigade, the Regiment were attacked by de la Rey near Zeerust where the regiment had 13 men killed and 14 wounded. Early in 1902 the Regiment was again in action against de la Rey in the Klerksdorp district where they had 12 men killed and 62 wounded.

Aubrey moved to South Africa after the South African War and enlisted with the 1st South African Infantry a few months before the end of WW1. When he attested on the 20th September 1918 he was married and had 6 children – aged 10, 9, 7. 6, 5 and 4 years of age. He gave his occupation as that of a Shift Boss. Including 27 Pages of research. Papers shows Victory medal not issued.
VF+
14000

A009
Pair QSA (2 Bars – CC; Orange Free State) to 839 E Sheppard – Cape Town Highlanders; WW1 S1914-15 Star Private E. Sheppard – 8th Infantry (Tvl. Scottish)

The QSA has been renamed to Schoefer, but the research done (and included) on the medal indicates that No. 839 was issued to E Sheppard – the same person who enlisted with the 8th Infantry in 1914. The engraving on the QSA has the original number and the Regiment – Cape Town Highlanders. Both surnames have 8 characters, so it wouldn’t have been that difficult to rename. That both medals have been kept together, could Schoefer have been related to Sheppard? Certainly, worth more research. Including 4 pages of research
1000

SAGS

E007
Bar 1879 Tpr T. DENT C.M. YEO
Contemporary re-engraved
Confirmed on Roll 1st Cape Yeomanry
VF+ 6500

A007A
Bar 1879
602 Pte. J. Ingle 2/4th Regt . Confirmed on Roll
VF+ 12000

E007B
Bar 1879 Tpr.A.H. Humphreys C/ 3rd Cape YEOry
Confirmed on roll
A search on google finds Trp. Humphreys listed as being wounded at Morosi’s Mountain. This medal has been brooch mounted
F 7000

NATAL REBELLION

A008
Natal Rebellion Medal – bar 1906 to Trooper G. REDINGER – Umvoti Divisional Reserve
(88 medals issued to this Unit of which 27 were without clasp)

The unit was part of the Umvoti Field Force under Colonel G Leuchars and were engaged at Mpukunyoni on the 28th May 1906. On the night of the 26th the sentries and pickets were ordered to be on the alert for an attack, and at first light, a patrol was sent out to locate the rebel force which had been spotted the previous evening.

The rebels were found preparing to attack having made skilful use of the ground and, in the initial attack, attempting to stampede cattle into the Militia position. A volley killed the cattle and some of the men driving them. The rebels then tried to rush the Umvoti Field Force, but there was sufficient open ground for the Militia rifle fire to prevent the rebels from closing in.

As it got light, three snipers, positioned on a ridge, began to pick out targets and caused all the Umvoti Field Forces' casualties in the action - four killed or dying d of wounds received, and 24 wounded. The Umvoti Field Force, after countering the sniper attack, mounted a counter attack and the rebels broke and ran. About 100 of the rebel forces of 800 were killed in this engagement.
Including 2 Pages of research.
4000

QSAs

A010
Queen South Africa Medal (no Bar) to 980 Pte. P.J. VERMAAK – Uitenhage Town Guard
1 Page of research (verification).
VF+ 1200
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