According to Colin Walker's "Mafeking Siege Register", "117 Tpr. John George Bird Thompson" served with C Sqn., Prtoectorate Regt . BPs' Staff diary of 7/11 page 13 says Tpr. J.G.B.Thompson was wounded in a surprise attack on Western laager. Other sources quoted by Colin Walker give dates aroun 7/11. A diary entry by Sgt. Hosking (Prot Regt) on 9/1/00 records that that "tpr Thompson is bad and grows weaker and weaker. He has lost the power of his legs and cannot feed himself. He sticks to it well taking all things into consideration".
Colin Walker also records the medal previously being in the Hill collection, Lusaka 1975.
I would certainly think it adds to both the Man Behind the Medal and consequently the asking. Without being overly critical of DNW (with whom I have dealt to my satisfaction), it would not have been hard for a cataloguer to add such info to the item in question. It was simply a matter of IL reaching for Colin Walker's invaluable Siege Register and looking the man up. I always thought that was what references were for!
"Geoff" Bernard, as he was known, joined the Mafeking Town Guard after 12th October 1899. He had a lucky escape on 14th October when a Boer shell from their huge 94 pounder gun struck the roof of a building in Martin's Yard in Mafeking. There had been several serious casualties and at least two deaths on the same day due to the enemy shelling.