djb wrote: The group to Sgt G E Watkins, KVR, part of a family group in the next DNW auction.
Six: Serjeant G. E. Watkins, South African Medical Corps, late Diamond Fields Horse and Kimberly Volunteer Regiment
Picture courtesy of DNW
CGHGSM (1) Bechuanaland (Sergt., Dmd. F. Hse.)
QSA (3) DoK OFS Tr (413 C. Sjt. Maj., Kimberley Vol. Regt.)
KSA (2) (G. E. Watkins) renamed
BWM & Bilingual Victory Medals (Sjt., S.A.M.C.)
Mayor of Kimberley’s Star 1899-1900, reverse hallmark with date letter ‘a’
George E. Watkins served as a Sergeant in the Diamond Field Horse during the operations in Bechuanaland 1896-97; as Company Sergeant-Major in the Kimberley Volunteer Regiment and Lieutenant in Scott’s Railway Guards during the Boer War and as a Serjeant in the South African Medical Corps during the Great War. K.S.A. not confirmed.
I was revisiting this thread and came across my old friend Watkins - I came into possession of this group via the party that purchased it from DNW - if memory serves his papers showed that he was awarded a 1914/15 Star of which no mention was made in the write-up.
QSA (4) Defence of Kimberley, Relief of Mafeking, OFS, Tr. (Pte. R.F. Ginsford, Kimberley T.G.)
Also served Kimberley Lt. Horse.
Severely wounded at Klipdrift, 7/3/1902
On 7 March De la Rey ambushed Methuen’s column at Tweebosch on the Little Harts River. in the action which lasted from dawn until 9:30 am. The British lost 200 killed and wounded, plus 600 men and all four guns captured. After being wounded twice and suffering a broken leg when his horse fell on him, Methuen was captured. He was the only general taken prisoner by the Boers during the war.