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Singleton, Tobias George. Kaptein 6 years 1 month ago #36597

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Served: OVS. Awarded the DTD (Dekoratie voor Trouwe Dienst) and received the Wound Ribbon (Lint voor Verwonding).
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Singleton, Tobias George. Kaptein 7 months 1 week ago #72648

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From the City Coins 71 auction, November 2020.

DTD (Kaptein T.G. Singleton);
ABO (Kaptein T.G. Singleton);
with length of Wound Riband (LvW)

According to his widow, Tobias George Singleton came from Cradock in the Cape Province and joined the Winburg Commando as a Burgher under Commandant Jordaan in November 1899. He was wounded at Modder River on 21 February 1900 (bomb-fragment, left thigh) and, after spending some time in the Bloemfontein Hospital he joined General de Wet’s Commando where he was promoted to Captain.

He applied for the DTD/ABO/LvW in March 1923. General J M B Hertzog signed Vorms”B” & “C”, but noted on Vorm “A” that although Capt Singleton was very brave and faithful, he (Hertzog) was not sufficiently conversant with pertinent facts to complete the recommendation. The Adjutant General ruled that the matter be kept in abeyance pending further information from Singleton.

Singleton did not pursue the matter further and died in 1925. His widow put in a new application in Nov 1927. This time the DTD Recommendation Vorm”A” was signed by a Field Cornet Swanepoel, and after further explanatory information from Mrs Singleton, the award of the DTD, ABO and LvW was approved.

With the original application Singleton mentioned that he had also been wounded at Bethlehem and Retiefsnek (no dates stated). He was taken prisoner with 4 other Burghers at Welgevonden (between Winburg and Brandfort) on 26 May 1901 and sent to Bermuda as PoW No 20361.
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