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2 Bar Cape of Good Hope 3 years 3 months ago #67816

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Interesting piece that has just shown up on Liverpool Medal's list.....


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2 Bar Cape of Good Hope 3 years 3 months ago #67845

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That is a nice medal.

CGHGSM (2) Basutoland, Bechuanaland (Sergt S. R. Style, Cape Mounted Riflemen) later Colonel and Mayor of King Williams Town and awarded the M.B.E., only 77 recipients of this bar combination.

5252 of these medals were issued, 585 of them had two clasps, these are typically Transkei and Basutoland as they took part in the same period, however this combination of a Basutoland (1880) and Bechaualand (1897) is very are with only 77 medals being issued.

First earned this medal for taking part in the Basutoland Gun War of 1880-1881 with the Cape Mounted Riflemen, then returning about 15 years later as a Sergeant in the regiment for the Bechualanand Campaign of 1896-1897.

Shortly afterwards engaged in the Boer War as a Major with the Cape Colonial Ordnance Department, whom he served with from 1900 until 1910, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
He had been commissioned as a Lieutenant circa 1898 and was first shown on the QSA medal roll earning the Cape Colony bar as Captain, earning his King’s South Africa Medal, 2 bars as a Major also serving on the Staff of the Cape Colony Defence Department as acting Commissioner of Ordnance.

During WW1 he was awarded the M.B.E. in the London Gazette 4th October 1918 as the Mayor of King William’s Town.
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