State: New South Wales, Australia
Issued on: Return
Date of presentation: 21/05/1901, 10/07/1901
Number issued: 3


Gold shield (May presentation) & gold Maltese crosses (July presentation), to:

21/05/1901 presentation

1st New South Wales Mounted Rifles –

377 Trooper John William Edward FOULSTONE

Presentation made by Mr Retallack, at Trooper Foulstone's mother's residence.

Obverse with two rifles crossed and a target.

Reverse: "Presented to Trooper J.W. Foulstone, by the inhabitants of Hoxton Park, on his return from the war".

Described as "a solid gold shield, surmounted by a crown, bordered by a laurel wreath".


10/07/1901 presentation

"D" Squadron, New South Wales Citizens' Bushmen –

377 Trooper Ewart Aaron AYSHFORD (of Austral Park)

"D" Squadron, New South Wales Mounted Rifles –
337 Trooper Peter Fraser McKELLOR [Mackellar]

Presentation made by Mr C. McClure, in the Austral Public School.

"The medals were in Maltese Cross form, with two rifles crossed".



Sydney Daily Telegraph, 11/07/1901
Sydney Morning Herald, 12/07/1901
Cumberland Argus, 13/07/1901
Cumberland Argus, 25th May 1901

Hoxton Park.


On Tuesday night last Trooper FOULSTONE was made the recipient of a handsome gold medal and sword scarf pin, the hilt being set with rubies and diamonds. The presentation took place at his mother’s residence, the committee sf the late concert having made the arrangements. Mr Retallack presided, and after congratulating Trooper FOULSTONE upon his safe return from the war, handed him the gifts. The medal was a solid gold shield, surmounted by a crown, bordered by a laurel wreath, and bearing on the obverse side two rifles crossed, and a target; and on the reverse the words – “Presented to Trooper J.W. Foulstone, by the residents of Hoxton Park on his return from the war”. Mr J. Doyle, sen., the oldest member of the committee, pinned the medal on the soldier’s breast, whilst the chairman’s remarks were heartily supported by Messrs Southwell, Flowers and Scott. Songs and recitations were contributed by various members of the committee, and a very jolly evening was brought to a close after refreshments had been kindly provided by Mrs Foulstone, by the singing of a stanza of the National Anthem, and “For he’s a jolly good fellow”. A vote of thanks was also accorded to Mrs Foulstone.

On Wednesday night, a thoroughly enjoyable social gathering was held at Mr G. McDowell’s house, which was very nicely decorated for the occasion. Nearly one hundred guests were present to do honour to Trooper FOULSTONE; and Mr McDowell, on behalf of himself and family, made that gentleman the recipient of a silver-mounted pipe and matchbox, suitably inscribed. The rest of the evening was spent in dancing and games, Mr B. McDowell acting as M.C.  Musical items were rendered by Miss E. McDowell, and Messrs Gillies, McDowell, FOULSTONE and Maxwell.
Liverpool Herald, 13th July 1901


Troopers AYSHFORD and MACKELLAR, of Hoxton Park (who recently returned from the South African war), were accorded a most enthusiastic welcome home by the residents of that locality on Saturday evening last, at a social held in the Austral Public School. Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, about fifty persons attended and the gathering was of a thoroughly representative character. Ex-alderman McClure presided, and the guests occupied seats on the platform.

The chairman, in opening the proceedings, said his thanks were due to the promoters of the gathering for the honor they had conferred upon him by placing him in the chair. He was always delighted to visit Hoxton Park, but never was he more pleased than on the present occasion when the residents had assembled to do honor to Troopers AYSHFORD and MACKELLAR, who had volunteered at the Empire's call. The prayers of all men should be for peace, but when the freedom of humanity was being trampled upon it wat necessary for Britons to draw the sword, not for the purpose of increasing the possessions of the Empire but rather to preserve and extend the cause of freedom. He felt assured that such men as their guests would always be found ready and willing to brave the dangers and hardships of battle until that blessed emblem of freedom, the Union Jack, floated throughout the length and breadth of South Africa. He then, on behalf of the residents, presented each of the guests with a handsome and suitably inscribed gold medal.

The guests suitably responded.

The various items of a well-arranged programme of vocal and instrumental music were admirably rendered, the performers being Messrs J. and E. Gillies, Kennedy, A. Miller and W. Hutton, and Master Carl Morris. Miss J. Buddon acted as accompanist throughout.

Votes of thanks were accorded the promoters and the chairman, after which a liberal supply of refreshments was dispensed, and the singing of a verse of the National Anthem concluded the proceedings.
Sydney Daily Telegraph, 15th July 1901
LIVERPOOL, Friday. — Troopers AYSHFORD and MACKELLAR, of Hoxton Park, who recently returned from active service in South Africa, have been extended a cordial welcome home by the. residents of this locality. The welcome, at which each of the guests was presented with a handsome suitably-inscribed medal, took place at the Austral Public School, in the presence of a thoroughly representative gathering. Ex-alderman M'Clure presided, and made the presentations.