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Hong Kong Plague Medal and QSA 7 years 9 months ago #12299

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I have added a nominal roll for the Shropshire Light Infantry today. This contains the names of 2,249 men.

Using The Whitewash Brigade by Platt et all (1998), I then tried to cross reference the named of the men who received the Hong Kong Plague Medal (HKPM) against the SLI nominal roll to see how many such combinations exist.

The task is somewhat complicated by the fact that no complete nominal list for the HKPM exists. The many names contained in The Whitewash Brigade have been compiled from many sources (contemporary records, medals in museums and on the market etc).

This leads to two lists. One for men of the SLI who definitely received the HKPM and another list of possible recipients.

A. Definite recipients of the HKPM and QSA (37)

3070 Birch Henry
2356 Buckingham E
3896 Buttle W
2125 Coates J
3047 Cooper H
2800 Corfield John
2770 Corfield Richard
3031 Evans W
3112 Evason J
Capt Forbes J G
3271 Garbett Henry
1827 Gilbert A E
2899 Hyde T
2705 Jones G
2988 Langley W
3049 Lawrence G
3008 Leighton H
1620 Lockley E
Lt Luard E B
2356 Merchant W
2787 Morgan G
2717 Moss A
2686 Oakley C
2252 Philtrip R
3441 Poole G
3360 Poulton G
2435 Preece F
3099 Price W
2166 Russell J
3355 Sindle C
3056 Smith T
2435 Taylor W
3071 Taylor W
2757 Walker J
2756 Walters G
2523 Wilby F
2758 Woolley T

B. Possible recipients of the HKPM and QSA (56)

Allen W
Ball A
Barry J
Bennett E
Biggs G
Blaze T
Briggs H
Chandler G
Coleman A
Colley W
Collins J
Cook W
Coombs W
Davies A E
Dawson S
Dawson T
Gill E
Godbehear A
Griffiths E
Griffiths J
Heath R
Holdbrook B
Holland C
Hughes T
Hyde E
Moore A G
Moore F
Moore J
Morgan A
Nelson E
Norman J
Norton J
Parker J
Capt Payn W A
Pearce J
Price C
Price F
Price J
Pritchard J
Pugh E
Purcell E
Smith A
Smith G
Smith H
Tague D
Taylor J
Taylor T
Thurston H
Tudor S
Wainwright J
Williams H
Williams J
Wilson J
Wright G

Hopefully over time, these lists can be improved.

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David
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Hong Kong Plague Medal and QSA 7 years 9 months ago #12300

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An example of a HKPM/QSA pair .
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Hong Kong Plague Medal and QSA 6 years 4 months ago #23822

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The group to Private William Price, Herefordshire Regiment, late Shropshire Light Infantry


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Hong Kong Plague 1894, silver issue (Private W. Price, S.L.I.)
QSA (3) CC Paar Drie (3098 Pte. W. Price, 2: Shrops: Lt. Inft.)
BWM (1740 Pte. W. Price. Hereford. R.)

William Price was born in the Parish of St Peters, Hereford, and enlisted into the Shropshire Light Infantry at Shrewsbury on 21 September 1899. He served in Hong Kong during the plague, in India, and in South Africa during the Boer War, and was discharged on 2 April 1902. He re-enlisted into the 1st Battalion, Herefordshire Regiment, on 8 August 1914, and served at Suvla Bay and Gallipoli from 28 August 1915. Also entitled to 1914-15 Star and Victory medal.
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David,

A very nice group, a strange suspender on the HKP medal?

Paul

djb wrote: The group to Private William Price, Herefordshire Regiment, late Shropshire Light Infantry


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Hong Kong Plague 1894, silver issue (Private W. Price, S.L.I.)
QSA (3) CC Paar Drie (3098 Pte. W. Price, 2: Shrops: Lt. Inft.)
BWM (1740 Pte. W. Price. Hereford. R.)

William Price was born in the Parish of St Peters, Hereford, and enlisted into the Shropshire Light Infantry at Shrewsbury on 21 September 1899. He served in Hong Kong during the plague, in India, and in South Africa during the Boer War, and was discharged on 2 April 1902. He re-enlisted into the 1st Battalion, Herefordshire Regiment, on 8 August 1914, and served at Suvla Bay and Gallipoli from 28 August 1915. Also entitled to 1914-15 Star and Victory medal.

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You're absolutely right Paul. This is the usual mounting:



The fraying on the ribbon is an interesting effect too.
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Lockdales have an intriguing HKPM in their next sale which indicates a QSA was awarded too.


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There are a few P Faheys on the QSA roll but more information is needed to confirm the HKPM & QSA.

Hong Kong Plaque Medal 1894 (silver) (Private P. Fahey, S.L.I.) GVF and Rare. Estimate: 1,400 GBP - 1,500 GBP
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