That is a very handsome medal, although, missing the Great War medals, it is important to bare in mind the gap of two decades between their issuing, I suppose once into the roaring twenties, life had moved on, certainly not always for the better for so many, notwithstanding, I dare say the Anglo Boer War would have been a far off memory for some.
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QSA (1) Defence of Ladysmith (4010 Saddler A. Webb, 19th Hussars).
[BWM & VM]
In excellent condition and dark toned, officially engraved in Officer/Cavalry style. With service papers.
Arthur George Webb was a 20 year old Cook when he enlisted for service in the 19th Hussars on 20th January 1894, he had requested the opportunity to join the “Hussars of the Line”.
He served overseas in the East Indies from 13th September 1894 until 7th October 1899, the in South Africa for the Boer War from 8th October 1899 until 14th June 1900, before returning home after being besieged in the Town of Ladysmith and entering the General Hospital at Ladysmith with Diarrhoea, being invalided back to Netley Hospital.
He was brought up in Police Court at H.M. Prison Canterbury being arrested on 3rd January 1914, for an offence on 22nd November 1913, charged with a Felony of Larceny as Bailee and a Misdemeanour for Deserting his children.
He had been convicted by the City of Canterbury of being a “Rogue and Vagabond” on 4th December 1913 for “Unlawfully run away and leave Joy Webb of the age of 9 years, George Webb of the age of 8 years and Arthur Webb and Ernest Webb both of the age of 14 months, the legitimate children of him the said Arthur George Webb whereby the said children then and there became and from thence hitherto have been and still are chargeable to the Parish of Canterbury.” He was convicted to one month of hard labour, following which he was discharged to the Army Reserve.
On 3rd January 1914 he was discharged as “Having been convicted by the Civil Power of Felony” but was recalled for service in WW1.
During WW1 he served at home from 12th November 1914 until 17th May 1915, when he went overseas with the British Expeditionary Force until 8th September 1918, with only a 15 furlough he returned for service in France until 8th March 1919.