QSA (1) Defence of Mafeking (181 Tpr: A. H. Hodgkinson. Protect: Regt. F.F.) suspension re-constituted, cleaned
He was born in Bathurst, Cape Colony, in 1877. Enlisted in the PRFF 18 August 1899 and posted to D Squadron. Age 21. Nationality: English. Trade: Farrier. NOK: Mother, Bathurst, near Grahamstown. Wounded 7 November 1899, gunshot wound to left thigh, and 27 December 1899. The second injury is not recorded on the attestation paper. Discharged 5 July 1900. He married Rebecca Smith, 7 October 1905, in Grahamstown. He was aged 27 and working as a railway fireman. Albert was resident in Port Alfred. His wife was from Martindale, Bathurst and died in April 1919. Albert died in Port Elizabeth 12 August 1919, aged 42. He was described as a railway guard. They left 6 children, the youngest born in March 1919
QSA (1) Defence of Mafeking (Pte L. Webster. Mafeking C.C.), naming impressed on skimmed medal as for other Mafeking Cadet medals);
1902 Coronation Medal (bronze).
Sold with copied Rolls for both medals, five-page article copied from Vol 1 No 7 December 1970 Military Historical Journal Linden Bradfield Webster’s Reminiscences of the Siege of Mafeking, with 1963 picture of Mr. L. B. Webster copied article Mafeking Messengers.
There must be more to R Villet's medal than is in the public domain for it sold yesterday for a hammer price of GBP 2,400. Totals: GBP 3,091. R 67,240. AUD 5,510. NZD 6,000. CAD 4,980. USD 3,700. EUR 3,380. This is far higher than a similarly researched DoM QSA at Spink last year (E M Gates, £1,050 including commission).
If anyone has more information on Mr Villet, I would be pleased to include it in my Mafeking book.
Dr David Biggins
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