QSA (1) CC (Capt: F. W. Jones. S.A.M.I.F.)
KSA (2) (Capt: W. F. [sic] Jones. S.A.M.I.F.);
Officially impressed, and mounted on bar with reverse pin for wear.
Frederick Whitworth Jones was born on the 9th of October 1867, the first son of Henry Whitworth-Jones, a notable Opera Singer (1817-1891) and contemporary of Charles Dickens. He attended Radley College, and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry on the 28th of January 1888, but having reached Lieutenant, he then transferred to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry again as Second Lieutenant on the 21st December, 1889. By the time of the Boer War he was serving with the South African Mounted Irregular Force, and is reported as having been involved with the railways there. His regular address is mentioned in the London Gazette as also being at Brook House, Pulham St Mary Diss, Norfolk, noted in respect to the death of his mother Maria Whitworth Jones at this residence, in July 1905. He died on the 27th of June, 1935, at The Hatch, Seend, Wiltshire. He may also have been involved with the British Olympic Council c.1914.
QSA (1) CC (135 Tpr F. A. Davies. Scott’s Rly Gds:)
CGHGSM (1) Bechuanaland, (Tpr F. A. Davies. Dmnd Fds Hse)
Scott’s Railway Guards was only a small unit about 500 strong, headed by Lt Col R.G. Scott, V.C. D.S.O., he had previously earned his VC aged only 21 in the Zulu War at Morosi’s Mountain, during which action he lost his right hand to a time fuse bomb.
The unit did work on the Orange River to Kimberley Line, their region on the west of the Orange River Colony, bordering on the Cape Colony, the line was constantly harassed by Boer Bandits and the Railway Guards had many skirmishes with them during the war.