JUST A QUICK QUESTION PLEASE I HAVE OBTAINED A MEDAL TO M BATTERY R H A AND CHECKING THE SOUTH AFRICAN FORCE CASUALTY LIST I SEE THER ARE ABOUT SIXTY MEN CAPTURED AT SANNAS POST, BUT CAN FIND NO ACCOUNTS OF THIS BATTERY BEING THERE, CAN ANYONE HELP PLEASE!
WTH Harwood is on WO100/139p76 with the clasps CC, OFS, Tr and SA01.
I see what you mean about the list for M Battery on page 28, of the second section of the casualty roll.
I believe this is an error in the Battery identifier. Checking two of the men in the list (Bostock and Buffham), both belonged to U Battery. While U battery is listed on page 32, it is notable that the gunners of U battery are absent. Bostock, Buffham et all were the gunners of U Battery.
QSA (3) Relief of Mafeking, Orange Free State, Transvaal (32045 Dvr: W. J. Mason, M Bty: R.H.A.);
KSA (2) (32045 Dvr: W. J. Mason. R.H.A.)
William James Mason was born at Leamington, Warwickshire, and attested for the Royal Artillery at Birmingham on 7 December 1898, aged 18 years 10 months, a groom by trade. He was posted to the Depot Battery R.H.A. on 24 January 1899, and to M Battery R.H.A. on 24 January 1899. He served with M Battery in South Africa from 17 February 1900, and was with the two sections of the battery that served with the Flying Column in the relief of Mafeking. He transferred to O Battery R.H.A. on 6 November 1900, and was invalided to England on 2 October 1902. He was finally discharged from A Battery (The Chestnut Troop) at Woolwich on 26 September 1906, ‘having been found medically unfit for further service’; ‘conduct very good, has been an officer’s groom for some time.’