Atkins, R.H., 3146, Private, 10th Hussars, Belfast. Attached to 6th Dragoons (Medal is named Atkins, R.) (Collection #1054)
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QSA (1) Belf (4159 Pte. W. Muckersie, 10th. Hussars)
William Muckersie served with the 10th Hussars in South Africa during the Boer War, and died of disease at Rustenberg on 24 December 1900. The published casualty roll lists him as ‘Mackersie’ in the 9th Lancers. Believed to be just 9 single ‘Belfast’ clasps to the 10th Hussars, all to men on attachment to the 6th Dragoons.
Military Historical Society
Major Anthony Thomas Hudson, 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment, died of wounds received the previous day at Elandspruit, on 20 Dec. 1900.
Hudson of Wiveton, Norfolk, passed through the Royal Military College with Honours, being awarded the Prize for Fortification and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant into the 63rd Regiment on 30 Jan. 1878. He was promoted Lieutenant, 23 June 1897; Adjutant, 15 Dec. 1884 - 17 June 1888; Captain, 2 Oct 1887, and Major, 20 Dec. 1901.
In the 1st Battalion Record of Services, there is a full account of the days before the death of Major Hudson. On 19 December 1901 the Battalion marched to Elandspruit and made camp. During the march Major Hudson was in charge of 'B'and 'C' companies who left ahead of the main column to command the heights above the valley. The Boers attacked the camp at Elandspruit and a large party under Major Hudson was despatched to occupy the hill surrounding the camp. They were received with a volley at short range which knocked over Major Hudson and others. In the list of wounded it states that Major Hudson had a dangerous leg wound. On 20 December 1901 the battalion marched for Dulstroom and reached camp under the Grookuikerboschkop. The record states, 'To the universal reqret of all ranks in the battalion, Major A. T. P. Hudson died of his wounds before reaching camp; his left leg had been badly shattered by a bullet." On 21 December, Major Hudson's funeral took place at 2 p.m.. 'C' Company and all the officers of the battalion attended. The body was carried by the sergeants of 'C' Company. The grave is situated at the foot of a small kopje about 110 yards west of the road at the northern end of camp.
Major Hudson's name appears of the monument in St. Annes Square, Manchester.