QSA (3) Defence of Kimberley, Orange Free State, Transvaal (4844 Pte. A. Bolling. L.N. Lanc: Regt.);
KSA (2) (4844 Pte. A. Bolling. L.N. Lanc: Regt.) number on KSA officially corrected
Arthur Frank Bolling was born in Southwark, London, around 1876. A labourer, he attested for the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at London on 4 June 1895, and witnessed overseas service in Ceylon from 22 October 1896 to 10 February 1899, and South Africa from 11 February 1899 to 3 October 1902. Present at the siege of Kimberley, he was discharged from the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, on 3 June 1907.
Re-enlisting at the outbreak of the Great War, Bolling served in France with the Middlesex Regiment from 3 December 1914 to 5 October 1915, before transferring to the Labour Corps and Royal Flying Corps on home service for the duration of hostilities.
Pair sold by Historik Orders August 2003 £245. eBay December 2005 £525.
QSA (2) Defence of Kimberley, Orange Free State (878 Serjt: J. Livingstone. Kimb: Town Gd:) minor official correction to latter part of surname;
KSA (2) (878 Sjt. J. Livingstone. Kimb: Vol: Regt.);
Kimberley Star, 'a', privately engraved ‘Sergt. J. Livingstone Kbly. Regt.’, lacking integral top riband brooch.
J. Livingstone lived in the besieged diamond mining town of Kimberley and served as part of the Kimberley Town Guard. Transferred to the Kimberley Volunteer Regiment, Livingstone is noted on the roll for the King’s South Africa Medal as ‘discharged at own request, 21/3/02.’
QSA (2) Defence of Kimberley, Orange Free State (3869 Pte. J. Bolton. L.N. Lanc: Regt.)
John Bolton was born in Bolton, Lancashire, around 1875. A miner, he attested at Preston for the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 4 January 1893, and witnessed extensive service in Ireland, India, Ceylon, and South Africa, including the Defence of Kimberley from 14 October 1899 to 15 February 1900. Besieged for 124 days and shelled from high ground on all sides, he and his comrades endured considerable hardships, exacerbated by isolation, lack of food and hostile climate. Invalided to Netley on 5 May 1900, Bolton continued to serve with the Colours until 19 August 1914, when he was discharged medically unfit.
Verified on WO100/192p317.
Previously sold with a Kimberley Star by DNW in December 2003.