County: West Yorkshire
Issued on: Return
Date of presentation: 1902
Number issued: c. 29 (as per the Horbury Town Hall plaque)


Gold medals, to:

Potential recipients (as listed on the Horbury Town Hall plaque).

1st Volunteer Active Service Company, 1st Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry –
7522 Private George Edward BLACKMORE
7519 Private Samuel COOK (died, Boshof, 12/05/1900 – did his family receive a medal?)
7520 Private Walter HANSON
7494 Private Samuel MUSGRAVE [Musgreave]

7515 Private Robert Ernest PAYNE

2nd Volunteer Active Service Company, 1st Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry –

7645 Private Alfred HAIGH

2nd Volunteer Active Service Company, West Riding Regiment –

7065 Corporal Benjamin HARROP

2nd Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry –
5353 [5253] Lance-Corporal Thomas CHARLESWORTH
4178 Private James BARBER
4812 Private Andrew BENNETT
4159 Private Luke BLACKER
5243 Private Edgar CHARLESWORTH
4290 Private William Bower EXLEY
4177 Private John HOLDROYD
1820 Private John MURGATROYD

4783 Private Berry RIPLEY

3rd Bn. York & Lancaster Regiment (Militia) –

9186 Private John Henry GOLDTHORPE

6th Inniskilling Dragoons –

4528 Private Lister METCALFE

7th Dragoon Guards –

5033 Private Cyrus Septimus ELAND (died, Kroonstad, 03/11/1901 – did his family receive a medal?)

18th Hussars –

4352 Private Augustus BAINES

44th Battery Royal Field Artillery –

2596 Bombardier Wheeler Ernest HODGSON (died, 30/11/1902 - did his family receive a medal?)

Royal Field Artillery –

2427 Bombardier Wheeler John William TORDOFF

5th Field Company Royal Engineers (Reserve) –

37 Sapper James Herbert BURTON

"A" Division, South African Constabulary –

579 Trooper Charles Edward HARTLEY

"C" Division, South African Constabulary –

2083 Trooper Lewis YATES (died, 02/02/1902 - did his family receive a medal?)

Unknown Regiments –
???? Frederick FLETCHER
???? John HORNBY
???? Tom MOUNTAIN (either 2095 Pte T. Mountain, 1st Bn. York & Lancaster Regt OR 713 Pte T. Mountain, 1st Bn. West Riding Regt)
???? Arthur SMITH
The six men of the two K.O.Y.L.I. Active Service Companies may also have received medals from Ossett.
As of April 2022 no report has been found for the Horbury presentation.
Obverse with the civic arms of Horbury (in enamels), and: "PRESENTED FROM THE / HORBURY WAR FUND".
Reverse with crossed Union Jacks (in enamels), and: "CHARLES EDWARD HARTLEY / SOUTH AFRICAN WAR / 1899-1902".

It was reported in December 1899 that "about a dozen Horbury men had gone to the front" (Wakefield Herald, 16/12/1899). A plaque mounted inside Horbury Town Hall lists 29 men who served in South Africa (see below; no regiments given).



Wakefield Herald, 24/02/1900
Wakefield Herald, 15/12/1900
Batley Reporter, 18/01/1901
Wakefield Herald, 16/02/1901
Batley Reporter, 08/03/1901
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Wakefield Herald, 24th February 1900


So far this week four Volunteers have left Horbury for active service in South Africa, viz., Messrs G. BLACKMORE, W. HANSON, S. MUSGRAVE, and R.E. PAYNE.
Wakefield Herald, 15th December 1900



On Saturday evening the four Horbury Volunteers who have just returned from the seat of war were entertained to supper at the Cherry Tree Inn. About 20 sat down to the meal, which had been subscribed for by the company, and which was admirably served by the landlord, Mr Walter Beckett. Toasts to the Queen and then Volunteers were honoured amidst cheers. Subsequently the evening was spent in a convivial manner, songs being contributed by Privates R.E. PAYNE, W. HANSON, and S. MUSGRAVE (the latter singing “When we get to Bloemfontein”), Messrs J.A. Blackburn. J. Steele, H. Larder, and C. Payne. Mr H. Lonsdale accompanied the singing on the pianoforte. We should not omit to mention that the guests of the evening were Messrs R.E. PAYNE, S. MUSGRAVE, W. HANSON, and G. BLACKMORE.
Batley Reporter, 18th January 1901


1st V.B. Yorkshire Light Infantry,

Volunteer Barracks, Dewsbury.

To the Editor of “The Reporter”.

Dear Sir,
May I take the liberty of placing, through the columns of your paper, before the employers of labour in Dewsbury and Ossett district, the names of those men in the detachment under my command, who volunteered for service and proceeded to South Africa in February and May of last year, to join our 2nd Battalion on active service.
The firms by whom the men were employed up to the time of their departure for South Africa were all requested (in some cases personally) to keep, if possible, the Volunteers’ situations open for them until their return.

Unfortunately, in some cases, the employers have been unable to do so; but I feel sure that the latter will have no hesitation in giving satisfactory characters to any firms who might have vacancies for any of the Volunteers still out of work. Thanking you in anticipation, – I am, yours truly,

LOUIS J. FOX, Captain,

Commanding Dewsbury Detachment, 1st V.B.K.O.Y.L.I.
Corporal E. WILCOCK, George Street, Ossett, formerly office clerk for Messrs Archer, Shaw, and Co., Ltd., brass founders, Ossett.
Private G. BLACKMORE, Hall Cliffe Road, Horbury, formerly labourer for Horbury District Council.
Private E. OLDROYD, 33 Camroyd Street, Eastboro’, Dewsbury, formerly railway porter, G.N. Railway Company, Queensbury, who would probably give him his work back if he applied, but he is anxious to find work nearer home.
Private W. CALVERT, Fiddlers Hill, Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury, formerly office clerk for Messrs Roberts, Mart, and Co., Ltd., Bank Mill, Leeds.
Private J.T. NORGATE, 9 Oldroyd’s Buildings, Batley Carr, formerly warehouseman for Messrs S. Milnes and Sons, 45 Bradford Road, Dewsbury.
Wakefield Herald, 16th February 1901


An interesting ceremony took place at the Horbury Conservative Club on Tuesday evening, when presentation to one of the members, Mr Charles Edward HARTLEY, who is leaving England for South Africa, to join Baden Powell’s Mounted Police, was made. The function took place in the billiard room, which was crowded with members. Mr E. Poppleton, on behalf of the members, presented Mr HARTLEY with a pair of field glasses and a pocket knife, the case of the field glasses bearing the following inscription: – “Presented by the members of the Horbury Conservative Club to Mr Charles Edward HARTLEY, on his departing to join Baden Powell’s Mounted Police, February 12, 1901”. Mr B. Wilson also made a few remarks, and Mr HARTLEY expressed his thanks to the members for their gift. Subsequently a most enjoyable smoking concert was held, when songs, recitations, etc., were given by Professor Harris, of Leeds; songs by Messrs A. Rhodes, M. Rigg, D. Dews, and C. Widdop; and quartettes by Messrs W.H. Giggle, G. Hunt, M. Rigg, and J. Woffenden. Mr HARTLEY left Horbury on Thursday, and sailed from Southampton yesterday (Friday).
Batley Reporter, 8th March 1901


Ossett Men Entertained.

Members of the “G” (Ossett) Company of Volunteers who are going to South Africa were entertained to dinner by the local Send-off Committee on Saturday evening at the Coopers Arms, where a well-prepared meal was served by the landlady, Mrs Hawes …….

The Secretary then handed to each of the men a parcel containing pipes, tobacco, writing materials, etc., the names being as follows: – Corporal JESSOP; Privates MITCHELL, GOODARE, SPENCER, AUTY, WESTWOOD, HINCHLIFFE, GOMERSAL, HAIGH, MORTON, PHILLIPS, THEWLIS, and ISAACS. The last two were absent, THEWLIS through a family bereavement, and ISAACS on account of sickness.




HORBURY S.Africa plaque ALL

Plaque mounted inside Horbury Town Hall 




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