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Private and police constable John Campbell

Private John Campbell  served with the 1st battalion Scots Guards during the Boers War and in World War One. Between those two conflicts he served as a police constable with the city of Glasgow, Scotland. He is entitled to the Queen South Africa Medal clasps Belfast, Orange Free State, Belmont, the King South Africa Medal, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1903 Visit to Scotland Medal.

Private John Campbell medals

Campbell 4

John Campbell was born in Paisley, Renfrew, Scotland on March 9th, 1875, His father was James Campbell and his mother was Janet Hamilton.

1881 Scotland Census: He was living at 11 Castle Street in Paisley, Scotland. He had 4 sisters and 2 brothers

1891 Scotland Census: He was living at 105 Causeyside in Paisley, Scotland. He had 6 sisters and 3 brothers

He enlisted in the 1st battalion Scots Guards on December 28th, 1893. He said that he had some previous military service with the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. He joined the regiment in London on January 3rd. He was a laborer

Height: 5’ 10’’               weight: 135 lbs.           eyes: hazel       hair: dark brown

On June 12th, 1894 he completed his certificate of education 3rd class

July 1st, 1895: He was found sleeping at his post and was confined to his room. On August 6th, he was convicted to 49 days of prison. He returned to duty on August 24th.

Boers’ War

October 16th, 1899: The 1st Battalion Scots Guards was inspected by the Prince of Wales at Chelsea Barracks

October 21st: The battalion left Chelsea barracks and entrained at Nine Elm Station. They were part of the Guards Brigade with the 1st Division. They embarked on the Nubia and arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on November 13th.

November 21st: At 4h00 the battalion started advancing toward Belmont (12 miles).

Map showing Scots Guards position before the attack on Spur Hill

Red rectangle shows the objective – Red Arrow show the path the regiment followed for the attack

Belmont map 1

November 23rd: At 2 a.m. the battalion paraded and advanced to the rendezvous point at 3:15 a.m. The battalion launched its attack on Spur Hill, near Belmont at around 4 a.m.. Near the top, confronting a fierce Boers’ opposition they fixed bayonet for last push. Private John Campbell was severely wounded at both arms and on his side in that charge. During that particular attack the Scots Guard suffered many casualties 3 officers and 51 other ranks dead, 23 officers and 220 other ranks wounded.

Drawing showing Scots Guards assault on Spur Hill

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He was sent back to United Kingdom and transferred to the 3rd battalion on January 17th, 1900

He was sent to South Africa and transferred to the 1st battalion on May 23rd.

He received his first Good Conduct Pay on March 18th 1901

He was back in United Kingdom on August 22nd 1902. Shortly after his arrival, he was transferred to the 3rd battalion (reserve) on September 9th.

He joined the Renfrewshire police on September 8th and he was stationed in Port Glasgow.

On January 5th, 1903 he was caught drunk on duty and was absent from the station from 7:20 am until 3 pm the next day. He was fined 2 days without pay.

He was part of a detachment sent to the City of Glasgow for the Royal visit in Scotland around May 14th. He would receive his King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903 in March of 1904.

The Royal Proclamation for the Royal visit in Scotland

Glasgow proclamation

November 27th: He was caught drunk on duty a second time and this time he struck Sergeant McLean. He was dismissed the next day.

He reengaged with the Scots Guards on December 25th, 1905 to complete 16 years term.

On December 31st, 1907 he married Rosina McKellar in Glasgow. She was a servant and born in 1884. He was working with the Caledonian Railway Company as a railway brakeman

He was discharge from the army on December 24th, 1909

1911 Scotland Census: He was living with his wife at 116 Barclay Street in Paisley, Scotland. They had no kid.

World War One

He re-enlisted in the Scots Guards on July 2nd 1915. At the time he was living at 17 Barclay Street in Paisley, Scotland. Together with his wife Rosina, they had no children.

He entered France on October 7th and was transferred to the 2nd battalion on October 26th.

January 1916: The battalion spent the whole month near the villages Meville, they were shelled most of the day but this was very ineffective.

September 15th: Both battalions were part of a major attack that was not a success. It lasted until the 17th. They were sent to rest of the 18th. (2nd battalion 16 killed, 125 wounded and 28 missing)

The battalion launched a second attack to gain the missed objective of Leboeuf and Gueudecourt of September 15th, they suffered even more casualties 42 killed, 200 wounded and 88 missing

January-February 1917: No major fighting during that period but just a series of skirmishes and artillery bombardment.

March: The Germans retrieved their troops from the Hinderburgh Line and they provoked a series of small attacks from the British on their lines. Both Scots Guards regiment saw some fighting during that period.

June: Second Battle of Ypres

He was on leave to United Kingdom from July 9th 1917 to the 19th. He was then absent without permission from July 21st to the 23rd. He was fined with 3 days forfeit pay.

July 22nd: Germans launched a gas attack that continued until the 26th. On the 25th, Scots Guards launched their attack to raid the German lines. 6 killed. 28 wounded and 132 gassed

July 31st. Third Battle of Ypres. The 2nd battalion launched its attack at around 6:30 am, 38 minutes after 0 hours and suffered less casualties. He was wounded to the head by a gun shot. He was later admitted that day to the 47th Casualty Clearing Station. He was transferred to the 57th General hospital in Boulogne the next day and then to another hospital in Boulogne on August 9th.

October 8th: The 2nd battalion relieved the 1st and got into their position to lead next day’s attack. They are going to be relieved on the 13th.

November 24th: The battalion was sent to the lines for the Battle of Cambrai and take Bourlon Woods. They suffered many casualties but much less than their previous engagement.

November 30th: The Germans counter-attacked and both battalions were thrown back in the battle in order to stop the Germans advance. They were taken out of the lines on December 11th and had a quiet rest of December.

On February 9th, 1918, he was transferred to the 3rd battalion (reserve) and sent to England.

On March 6th, 1919, he was transferred back the 1st battalion and was discharged in London on June 11th.

He died on January 27th, 1932. He was struck by and engine of a railway train at Wallneuck Junction. He had a fracture skull, compound fractures and multiple injuries to the body. He was a foreman with a railway company

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Lieutenant-Colonel George Johnston Stoney Archer

Lieutenant-Colonel George Johnston Stoney Archer, B.A., M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O. served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Boers’ War and World War One. He is entitled to the Queen’s South Africa Medal (clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal), the King South Africa Medal (clasps South Africa 1901 and 1902), the 1914 Star, The British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He was born in the no 3rd Ward in Dublin, Ireland on November 15th, 1875. His father George Thompson Archer and his mother Mary Elizabeth Stoney

He received his degree in medicine 1897 from the University of Dublin

He was promoted Lieutenant on July 27th, 1898 (London Gazette)

He married Ethel Mary Beauchamp on September 4th, 1899 in St-Stephen Parish, Dublin, Ireland. His address at the time was 4 Longfield Terrace North Circular Road. Together they will have four children.

During the Boers War he served with the 5th and 7th Stationary Hospital

He was promoted Captain in on July 27th, 1901 (London Gazette)

He was promoted Major on April 27th, 1910 (London Gazette)

He disembarked in France on August 19th, 1914.

He was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel on March 2nd, 1915 (London Gazette)

He was placed on the ill-heal list on December 23rd, 1920 and he retired on October 25th, 1921 due to his illness contracted while on service. (London Gazette)

In May of 1923, he applied for the Soldier Wound Badge and it was refused to him. This badge was given to soldiers who received wounds or illness during the war

On January 3rd, 1929 he left South Hampton, United Kingdom with his wife on the ship Johan de Wit for Batavia, Java. He is listed as a Lieutenant-Colonel (still). They came back to United Kingdom at the end of the month.

He also bought a piece on land in Gloucestershire in the same year

He died on November 5th 1955 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire leaving 27293 £.

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Private George Charles Flynn

Private George Charles Flynn  served in the 1stbattalion of the Scots Guards Regiment during the Boers’ War. He is entitled to the Queen South Africa with clasps Belfast, Orange Free State, Cape Colony. He is also entilted to the King South Africa with the clasps South Africa 1901 and 1902.

He was born in June of 1876 in Cork, United Kingdom

Trade : seaman     Religion : Roman Catholic   Hair : brown

Height : 5′ 8″    Weight : 150 lbs         Eyes : grey

He is not listed in the 1881 United Kingdom census.

June 11th, Served as escort for the guns in the Diamond Hill attack

Private George Charles Flynn enlistment papers

October 16th, 1899: The 1st Battalion Scots Guards was inspected at Chelsea Barracks

May 23rd, 1900 : He left for South Africa with the regiment

April 29th,1901 : They arrived back in Bloemfontein

May 12th: The regiment entered Kronstad

May 31st: The regiment entered Johannesburg

June 5th : The regiment entered Pretoria

June 11th : The battalion served as escort for the guns in the Diamond Hill attack

August 4th : Entered Middleburg

August 26th : Battle of Belfast

July 10th, 1902 : The battalion entered Bloemfontein for garrison duty until the end of the war

September 9th : Left Bloemfontein for Cape Town. Embarked on the Winifridian on September 13th and arrived in Southampton on October th

October 6th : They received their Queen South Africa medal from the hands of His Royal Highness

February 4th, 1903: He received the King South Africa medal

May 10th, 1910 : He left the army

Typical Boers War medals pair

Orderly – Gunner Alexander Day Martin

Orderly and Gunner Alexander Day Martin served in the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital during the Boers’ War and with the Canadian Field Artillery during World War One. He is entitled to the Queen South Africa Medal with clasps South Africa 1901, Transvaal, Orange Free State and Cape Colony, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He was born on February 5th 1875 in Kentish Town County, London, England

He served from 1894 until 1898 in the 22nd Artillery Battery in United Kingdom.

He married Mary Cunningham Spenster on June 2nd 1900 on 17 Victoria Road, Broad Lane Sottenham. The witnesses were Frank Martin and Ellen Cunningham

1901: United Kingdom census. He lived at 9 Vickon Road and his wife Mary was born in 1873.

He had one child, Kathleen Cland born on June 1st, 1901

His mother in law Sarah Cunningham (nurse)


Trade: fitter

Religion: Church of England       Status: married         Height: 5′ 3 ½ “

Eyes: grey      Hair: brown       Weight:140 lbs.

He enlisted in the Imperial Yeomanry in London on January 18th, 1902 at 88 Victoria Street.

Prior to his enlistment he had service in the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital. He agreed to allot 2/5 of his pay to his wife

He was promoted to corporal on June 27th

He served at home from January 18th, 1902 to May 25th, 1902 for 129 days

in South Africa from May 26th, 1902 to November 18th, 1902 for 175 days

and back at home from November 19th, 1902 to November 25th, 1902 for 6 days

In the Regular Forces he was in the 38th battalion, 168th company

He was discharged at Aldershott on November 25th at his own request. His attitude is described as indifferent


Trade: Wheeler         Address: Melbourne, Quebec

November 18th, 1914: He enlisted in the 21st Artillery Battery in Montreal, Quebec. He mentioned on his enlistment paper that he served 5 years with the A.S.C. and 6 years 11 months with the Hussars militia

May 26th, 1915: He was drafted to go to France

June 16th: He was taken on strength with the Ammunition Column

Hospitalized at the 21st Division Rest Station for ingrowing toe nail on March 4th to March 20th, 1916.

September 20th: Transferred to the Reserve Brigade for discharge

He returned to Canada on October 17th and demobilized on October 3oth. No cause of discharge was mentionned on his papers but since he was 41 at the time, he was probably unfit for military duty

September 12th, 1918: He enlisted a second time in the Canadian Military Police Corps No 4 Detachment in Montreal, Quebec. His address was 2426 20th avenue, Montreal, Quebec

January 1st, 1919: He was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal.

March 18th: H was discharged in Montreal. He gave his address 2426 20th avenue, Montreal but according to the Montreal White Pages of 1920, he was mot living there anymore

He died on January 19th, 1935 and is buried in Lot 74 #114 at Hawthorn-Dale Cemetery in Montréal, Québec.


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Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Spring Walker, C.B.E., M.I.D.

Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Spring Walker served in the Royal Army Medical Corps
He was a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military). He was also entitled to the Queen’s South Africa Medal with the Orange Free State and Cape Colony clasps, the 1914 Star with clasp, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal .

He was born January 6th 1876 at Glanbehy, County of Kerry

April 5th, 1894: He is listed as a Midshipman on the Royal Navel Reserve List

July 29th, 1898: He received his diploma for Licentiate Midwifing from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He is listed as living at the Hurricane Lodge, Glenbeigh, and County of Kerry

April 25th, 1900: He was promoted Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps

June 18th: He sailed to South Africa (from the London Times) with the 9th General Hospital

November 14th: He embarked on the HMS Assaye. He had been invalidated. He arrived in South Hampton, United Kingdom on December 5th (from the London Times)

He served in India from 1902 to 1903

He was promoted Captain in April of 1903

He was sick from February 1904 and was back at his rank on October 19th, 1904. During that period he was probably sent back to United Kingdom.

He went back to India and served from 1905 to 1908.

March 29th, 1908: He was promoted Major and was stationed at the Magistrate Department Cantonment in India.

April 25th, 1912: He was promoted Major

September 13th, 1914: He disembarked in France with the 26th Field Ambulance (British Expeditionary Forces)

He was promoted the Assistant-Director of the 6th Division at some point during the war.

February 17th, 1915: He was Mentioned-in-Despatches for the first time.

August 3rd: He arrived on the Island of Malta from England

August 20th: He embarked on HMHS Valdivia and sailed for Mudros Harbour on the small Greek Island of Lemnos. At the time the Island of Mudros was used a rear medical base for the sick and wounded of the Gallipoli campaign. The number of casualties was so high Eastern Campaign, especially in the Dardanelles, that the British putted a lot of resources to help reduce the pressure on the medical units.

September 19th: He returned from the Island of Mudros to the Island of Malta.

January 5th, 1916: He sailed back to England.

December 26th, 1917: He was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel

May 30th 1919: He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (Commander level) for valuable service in connection with the war (London Gazette June 3rd)

July 10th: He was Mentioned-in-Despatches for a second time.

July 29th: He was Mentioned-in-Despatches for a third time. In a period of 5 months he was decorated three times for his valuable services in connection with the war. It is rare for someone to receive so many official recognitions in such a short period, although 1919 was the period to close the book for WW1 decoration.

September 9th: He applied for his 1914 Star

May 15th, 1920: He retired from the Army. He was again taken off strength for medical reasons from May 15th, 1920 until December 20th, 1920.

December 20th, 1922: he was taken off the Officer Reserve List and retired from pay

1927: He is listed as living at Woodquest, Crosshaven, County of Cork in the Medical Register. He lived there until his death in 1941.

June 24th 1941: He died Ripley Lodge Caragh Lake in Kerry County

He had one daughter named Marjorie Rose

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Trooper William Henry Mercier

Trooper William Henry Mercier served in 74th Dublin company Imperial Yeomanry during the Boers War and during WW1 in United Kingdom. He is entitled to the Queen’s South Africa Medal (clasps Cape Colony Orange Free State Transvaal). His enlistment number was 32504.

Born on April 1880 in Callan, Kilkenny, Ireland

Name of his mother: Rachel Mercier

March 1st, 1901 : Enlisted in Dublin, Ireland in the 74th Company Imperial Yeomanry.

The 8th Battalion was composed of these companies ; 23rd (Lancashire) Company Co-sponsored by Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry Cavalry, and Lancashire Hussars, the 24th (Westmorland and Cumberland) Company, the 74th (Dublin) Company Transferred 1902 from 16th Battalion, the 77th (Manchester) Company Sponsored by Lancashire Hussars, 99th (Irish) Company and the 105th (Manchester) Company

Trade : none             Height : 5′ 10″

Weight : 159 lbs.        Eyes : brown

March 1st until March 21st : Served at home (21 days)

March 21st until August 31st, 1902 : Served in South Africa (1 year and 163 days)

August 11th : Sailed from South Africa on the Norham Castle (from the Cape Times Weekly)

August 31st : The Norham Castle arrived Southampton Saturday morning (from the London Times)

September 1st until September 7th : Served at home (7 days)

September 7th : Discharged

WW1 : William Henry Mercier probably served during WW1. One Medal Index Card does have his name but does not show service in France.

William Mercier Medal Index Card

1935 : Died last semester of the year. According to the age on his death certificate, I think he lied about his age on enlistment. He was probably born in 1870

There was another Mercier in the 74th Company, named Charles Mercier 32560 who died on May 8th, 1902. (probably his brother).

Queen’s South Africa Medal

Brigade-Surgeon Alfred Henry Anthonisz

Brigade-Surgeon Alfred Henry Anthonisz served in Egypt in 1882 and 1885, he also served during the Boers’ War. He is entitled to the Egypt medal clasp Suakin 1885, the Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Cape Colony and the Khedive’s Star.

December 22nd, 1844: Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was educated at Colombo Academy and Queen’s College. His parents were Gerard Henricius  Anthonisz and Abigail Elizabeth Wright.

1862: He went to the Calcutta to do his medical studies. After completing his schooling he entered the Ceylon Medical Service Department where he served for two years.

1867: Graduated M.B. and C.M. from the University of Aberdeen

November 11th, 1870: His name appears for the first time in the Medical Register

Between February 20th and 27th 1871: He passed his examination for admission in the Medical Service of the Royal Navy and then entered the army as Staff-Assistant-Surgeon. On April 1st he was sent to Bombay to be stationed there.

September 12th: Married to Cristian Joanna Sim.

September 19th: Appointed Staff-Assistant –Surgeon.

1873: Promoted Surgeon and posted to the 108th Foot Regiment. His first son Alfred George Henry was born that year and would later become a civil surgeon. He died when struck by lightning in South Africa in 1901.

1874: Birth of his daughter Eshel Maud

1876: Birth of his second daughter, Winnifred Maud

1878: Stationed in Bombay

July 19th, 1879: He was elected as a member of the Asiatic Society of Bombay

1880: Birth of his second son, Edward Guy also became a surgeon and served in WW1 with the British Forces

Egypt Campaign

September 1882: Served during the Egypt Campaign in the Tel-El-Kebir Campaign at the Fork Medical Depot. He was back in United Kingdom in December.

April 1st, 1883: Promoted Surgeon Major and stationed in Barbados

June 1885: He was attached to General Graham Force in Suakin in March. He came to United Kingdom in July arriving at Portsmouth on the Troopship Jumna. He was then posted to Devonport.

1888: He was stationed in Barbados

April 1890: Transferred from Bengal to Aldershot, United Kingdom. He took charge of the Third Station Hospital in Aldershot in June.

April 1st, 1891: Promoted Staff Lieutenant-Colonel

May 15th, 1895: Promoted Brigade-Surgeon (Lieutenant-Colonel)

August 21st, 1896: Appointed to officiate the Administrative Medical Staff of the Bengal Army with the temporary rank of Surgeon-Colonel. He was officially appointed in October. In November he is appointed to officiate as Principal Medical Officer in the Oude and Rohilkind District.

April 1897: Transferred from Bengal to Gosport

Boers’ War

October 6th: Arrived in Durban, South Africa onboard the transport ship Breamer Castle with the 1st General Hospital (From the London Times of October 5th). The hospital was later sent to Cape Town South, Africa where they arrived on October 27th. (From the official history book of the Royal Army Medical Corps). He was in charge of the medical function of the hospital that was then moved in Wynberg, South Africa and then opened on October 30th.

December 1899: Promoted to the rank of Colonel.

While in South Africa in the hospital was inspected by Mrs. Richard Chamberlain and he was accused of mismanagement of the hospital. This did create a commotion and it was found that Mrs. Chamberlain had no experience in hospital management so Colonel Anthonisz was later cleared of any wrong-doing

December 24th, 1900: He left South Africa for England onboard the Wakool. He is listed as invalids. (From the London Times of December 24th).

January 1901: He was sent back to Bombay. In June, he then served in India in the Bombay Command and was appointed Principal Medical Officer Secunderabad and Belgaum Districts. In September he was transferred from Bombay to Madras.

December 22nd, 1904: Placed on the Retired Pay

February 17th, 1905: He retired

December 6th, 1907: Departed from London, United Kingdom and sailed to Calcutta, India on board Jelunga with his wife.

October 27th, 1919: Died at Coonoor, Nilgiri Hills, South India.

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Picture of Brigade-Surgeon Alfred Henry Anthonisz  taken before his departure for South Africa.


Color Sergeant William Frederick George Glegg

Color Sergeant William Frederick George Glegg served in the 2nd battalion Scots Guards during the Boers War and with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment after 1906 and during WW1 . He is entitled to the Queen South Africa Medal (clasps Witterbergen, Transvaal and Cape Colony), the King South Africa Medal (clasps South Africa 1901 and 1902) and the Army Long service and Good Conduct Medal. His enlistment number was 9868.

Born on April 1868 in Renfrew, England

Trade : solicitor      Religion : Presbyterian   Hair : auburn

Height : 5’10”          Weight : 142 lbs          Eyes : brown

1871 UK Census Listed as a scholar living with his parents in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire

1881 UK Census : Listed as a scholar living with his parents in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire

October 13th 1892 : Enlisted for short service in London, United Kingdom in the 2nd battalion Scots Guards

July 20th, 1893 : Appointed Lance-Corporal

November 1st, 1895 : Promoted Corporal

August 31st, 1896 : Appointed Lance-Sergeant

November 25th, 1897 : Promoted Sergeant

June 7th, 1899 : Married to Edith Bellitta Saunders (their address was 10 Robert road)

March 15th, 1900 : Embarked on the Britannic in Southampton, arrived at Port Elizabeth, South Africa on April 8th.

May 29th : The 2nd battalion covered the retreat of the Grenadiers Guards at Biddulphsberg

June 3rd : Arrived at Ticksburg and stayed there for a few days

August 5th : Reached Harrismith and stayed there until august 28th. For the next 6 weeks they did a lot of marching covering 492 miles by October 19 and back to Harrismith by October 30th :

November 20th : Left Harrismith to escort a convoy. Back on December 1st. Stayed there until mid-April 1902.

July 35th, 1902 : Assembled at Volksrust and left to Durban by train on September 11th. Because of a derailment they were delayed by a day and embarked on board Michigan on September 27th

October 27th: Arrived in Southampton, England and missed the Guard’s parade

October 28th : He received his Queen South Africa Medal

January 24th, 1903 : He received the King South Africa medal

King South Africa medals roll

January 12th, 1906 : Posted with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

April 20th, 1908 : Promoted to the rank of Colour-sergeant

January 1st 1911 : Recommended for his Long Service and Good conduct medal. UK Census taken in Preston : Listed as a Colour Sergeant and with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

William Frederick George Glegg 1911 census

October 12th, 1913 : Discharged at Preston

April 7th, 1915 : Enlisted for service at home with Loyal North Lancashire Regiment the rank of colour sergeant no 20566.

June 2nd, 1918 : Promoted Warrant officer class II

March 13th, 1919 : Transferred in the Army of Occupation. He is not entitled to the British War medal meaning that he did not serve in France before November 11th, 1918. As a member of the Army of occupation, he was probably sent to France and Germany.

December 18th : Demobilized

April 24th 1924 : Died in Preston, Lancashire, England

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Nursing Sister Amy Madeline Alice Turner

Nursing Sister Amy Madeline Alice Turner served in the Army Nursing Service Reserve with the British Army during the Boers’ war. She is entitled to the Queen South Africa Medal (no clasp). It is very difficult to have information on her military service because Nursing Sister were not considered military personnel but rather civilian, so they had no service file.

She was born in Bham, Warwickshire, England on November 2nd 1872

1881 United Kingdom census taken in Westfield Bellevue Road, Harborne, Staffordshire, England

Her father was a coal merchant and they had one servant Elizabeth Greaves

1891 census taken in Ombersley Worcestershire

Father: George Thomas Turner (born 1848)             Mother: Emma (born 1849)

Sister: Elsie Emma A (born 1872)                             Sister: Mignon A (born 1882)

She completed her nursing education at the South Staffordshire Hospital in Wolverhampton.

June 1900: She joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service Reserve 41 as # 600 to serve in the Boer’s War.

She sailed from England on June 27th, 1901 on the Assaye. They left Southampton in the afternoon with 34 nurses (from London Times)

August 8th: Reported at the 3rd General Hospital in Kroonstad, South Africa

May 1st, 1902: The Simla left South Africa for England Apr. 27, with the following invalids … Nursing Sister A.M.A. Turner (from the London Times)

May 22nd: The Simla arrived at Plymouth yesterday and then sailed for Southampton. The following were listed Nursing Sister A.E. Turner (from the London Times)

1910: She married John Hearn

1974: She died at the Brookfield Hall Nursing Home in Broadclist, Devon at the venerable age of 102 in the second semester (April-May-June) of the year.

In an entry of the London Gazette of July 29 th 1974, the post-nominal M.B.E. appears after her name, so I guess she received the award at some point in her life but I cannot find a trace of that award.

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Queen’s South Africa Medal with no clasp

Private Richard Rowland Thompson

A few years ago I was surprised and very pleased to discover that this gentleman was buried in a cemetery close to where I lived. I was surprise to see that someone who did such brave actions for his country was so unknown and buried in a cemetery almost forgotten by everyone. The cemetery is so small and in a remote area that I passed three times in front of the entrance before noticing the small sign of the cemetery. Today, they’ve replaced it with a larger sign that is much easier to see from the road.

Private Richard Rowland Thompson fought during the Boers’ War and was awarded the Queen’s South Africa medal with the clasps Paardeberg, Driefountain and Cape Colony. For his action he was also awarded the Queen’s Scarf. His medal and the scarf are at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

He was born in Cork, Ireland in 1877

He completed his secondary schooling at Cork’s Model School in 1892.

From 1895 to 1897 he studied for a medical degree at Queen’s College in Cork, where he was apparently a keen football player but an indifferent student. There is no record of his having written a single examination and college authorities referred to his “very bad attendance” at lectures.

After leaving university, he immigrated to Canada.

Private Richard Rowland Thompson enlisted as a medical assistant in the Royal Canadian Regiment on October 18th, 1899 in Ottawa, Ontario. His enlistment number was 7552. The battalion left for South Africa on November.

Picture of Richard Rowland Thompson

Trade: Medical Student       Single        Religion: Anglican

Hair: Light Brown        Eyes: blue        Height: 5’6”     Weight: 129 lbs.

February 18th to the 27th: He was at Paardeberg, the Royal Canadian Regiment took part in its first battle, during which he showed notable courage offering assistance to wounded comrades. On the 18th he remained seven hours in an exposed position maintaining pressure on the ruptured jugular vein of Private James L. H. Bradshaw. Nine days later he went across 200 yards of bullet-swept ground to reach a wounded soldier. On finding that the man had died, he walked back to his lines in defiance of the enemy fire.

The 3 pages letter written by Lieutenant-Colonel William D. Otter recommending Private Thompson for the Victoria Cross.

His recommendation was unsuccessful. Letter of refusal for Private Thompson Victoria Cross

Instead, he became the only soldier from Canada to be awarded the Queen’s Scarf. The Queen’s Scarf was designed and crocheted by Queen Victoria and was given to men did an act of bravery on the battlefield in South Africa. Although it was never part of the British Honour and Award System and was not a higher decoration than the Victoria Cross, the scarf was given to men in order to mark their brave conduct on the battlefield. Only eight Commonwealth soldiers received such an honour.

Picture of the Private Thompson Queen’s Scarf

He was invalidated to England on July 31st, 1900 and discharge on October 30th in Quebec City, Quebec. He suffered of sunstroke followed by rheumatism.

He went back to South Africa the next year as a Lieutenant in the South African Constabulary, a position he kept less than a year before accepting employment with DeBeers Consolidated Mines at Kimberley, South Africa.

August 6th, 1903: He received his Queen South Africa Medal

He married Bertha Alexander, Cape Town, South Africa who he had met her in Canada in 1898. She sailed to South Africa to join him. His stay with DeBeers was also brief. He suffered a fatal attack of appendicitis in 1908 he was in Buffalo, New York. The 43rd Regiment (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles) gave him the full military honours at his funeral in Ottawa, after which he was buried at Chelsea, Quebec, and then largely forgotten for many years.

In 1956 a journalist from the Winnipeg Free Press, R. S. Malone got interested in his story and published his story reviving the story of this gentleman.

Letter received from Canadian War Service Records by the Winnipeg Free Press

Article published by R.S. Malone in the Winnipeg Free Press of November 10th, 1956

Picture of Richard Thompson grave in Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery in Chelsea, Quebec.

A plaque in english at the cemetery entrance commemorating Private Thompson

A plaque in french at the cemetery entrance commemorating Private Thompson

Private Thompson gravestone

On a final note, 24 May 1965, at a special ceremony on Parliament Hill, his nephew, Samuel F. Thompson, presented to the people of Canada through their representative, Governor General Georges-Philéas Vanier, the khaki scarf that commemorates Thompson’s gallantry. The scarf is now at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario.

Picture sources – Library and Archives Canada – Canadian War Museum

Private John Wilkinson

Private John Wilkinson served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the 1898 Sudan campaign, the Boers’ war and WW1. He is entitled to the Queen’s Sudan 1896-98 Medal, the Queen’s South Africa Medal, the King’s South Africa Medal, the 1914 Star with clasp, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Khedive’s Sudan 1896-1908 (no clasp).

Born on October 1877 in Nelson, Lancashire, England

Trade : weaver         Hair : brown          Eyes : brown

Religion : Church of England    Height : 5’6″      Weight : 136 lbs

October 4th 1897 : Enlisted in the Medical Staff Corps in Burnley

December 23rd : Finished his training at the Medical Staff School in Aldershot and promoted 3rd class Orderly

April 1st, 1898 : All the Medical Staff Corps personnel transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps

Sudan campaign

July 4th : Left Aldershot on the SS G___ngo (unreadable from his file). Arrived in Cairo on July 28th.

April 15th, 1899 : Suffered from enteric fever

May 20th : Back home

October 4th : Granted Good Conduct Pay

July 22nd : Posted at the Tower of London

Boer’s war

January 1st, 1900 : According to his file, he sailed to South Africa on the ship Cyric but according to the shipping list no unit of the RAMC sailed on that ship on that day but the 3rd Division Field Hospital sailed to South Africa on the ship America on that day.

Drawing showing Royal Army Medical Corps on the battlefield

July 1st : Appointed 2nd class Orderly

July 1st, 1901 : Appointed 1st class Orderly

September 23rd, 1902 : Returned back to United Kingdom. Probably returned home on the Sicilia (left Durban on September 18th)

December 27th : Transferred to the Reserve

December 27th, 1903 : Discharged from the army

April 4th, 1904 : Married Maude Spencer. From that union two children were born in Nelson, Lancashire, Dorothy (November 29th 1905) and Jamie (March 29th 1911)

June 12th, 1913 : Rejoined the R.A.M.C.

First World War

August 16th, 1914 : Embarked on the Dublin. Arrived in Havre on the 18th.

Served in the field with the 1st battalion East Surreys regiment

November 26th, 1915 : Transferred to the 13th Field Ambulance

January 29th, 1916 : Admitted at the 13th Field Ambulance for rheumatism and arthritis to the knee

May 12th : Transferred to the 24th British General Hospital

March 25th, Appointed Corporal and reverted to the rank of acting Corporal on April 7th.

April 23rd : Appointed Corporal and Lance-Cergeant on June 29th.

August 30th, 1918 : Appointed acting Sergeant

February 4th, 1919 : Proceeded to England and arrived in England the next day.

March 5th : Discharged – address on discharge 15 Raglan street, Nelson Lancashire

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Private John Wilkinson Medals Index Card WW1

Warrant Officer Charles Gordon

Warrant Officer class 1 Charles Gordon served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Boers’ War and WW1. He is entitled to the Queen South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony and Orange Free State, the 1914 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. His enlistment number is 12932.

February 1877 : Born in Aberdeen

January 6th 1900 : Enlisted in Aberdeen, Scotland in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Height : 5′ 3″           Weight : 128 lbs.      Religion : Presbyterian

Eyes : Hazel             Hair : Brown           Trade : chemist

March 2nd : Appointed 3rd Class Orderly and left for South Africa with No. 10 General Hospital, Nowals Pont the next day, March 3rd

August 7th : Back in United Kingdom and left for South Africa on November 12th

April 29th, 1901 : Back in United Kingdom

October 1st, 1902 : Appointed 2nd class orderly and Lance-corporal on October 8th

1904 : Promoted corporal January 12th and sergeant on October 19th

December 22nd : Left for South Africa

January 5th, 1907 : Service extended to 12 years

February 2nd, 1911 : Back in United Kingdom

December 15th, 1913 : Married Ada Annie Bushell in Folkstone and posted to 11th Company and promoted Quartermaster Sergeant the next day, December 16th

August 10th 1914 : Promoted to Sergeant-Major

August 19th : Sent to France with the 4th Cavalry Field Ambulance (with the 1st Division)

January 18th 1918 : Admitted at the 4th Cavalry Field Ambulance for rhumatism. Transferred to the 3rd Stationnary hospital on February 18th.

May 13th : Back to UK

June 3rd : Joined the 35th Company in London

December 31st : Proceeded to the Army Medical Record Office

January 3rd,  1921 : Discharged               Address on discharge : 6 Wellington, Sandgate, Kent

The front cover of his file is addressed to The Secretary, Royal Hospital, Chelsea and was received December 16th 1920.

On a total of a 21 years career, Charles Gordon served 10 years and 233 days outside United Kingdom, that is more than half of his career.

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Warrant Officer Charles Gordon

Warrant Officer Charles Gordon enlistment form Boers’ war (page 1)

Warrant Officer Charles Gordon enlistment form Boers’ war (page 2)

Corporal and Police Constable William Oakley

Corporal William Oakley served with the 1st battalion Scots Guards during the Boers’s war. After his military career he went on to serve with the City of London Police. He is entitled to the Queen South Africa (clasps Driefountein, Modder River, Belmont), the 1902 Coronation Police Medal and the 1911 Coronation Police Medal. His enlistment number in the Scots guards was 9679.

Height : 6’4″      Weight : 143 lbs.    Eyes : Grey     Hair : Light brown

Trade : labourer        Father : Thomas Oakley

August 1873 : He was born in Portsmouth

30th June 1892: He enlisted in the Scots Guards at St-George Barracks in London, England.

Corporal Oakley enlistment paper for the Boers’ war

November 9th, 1893: He was appointed Lance-corporal

December 12th: He completed his 3rd class Certificate of education

March 17th 1899: He completed his 2nd class Certificate of education

March 27th: He was promoted corporal and appointed Lance-sergeant on September 25th

January 29th: He was reverted to the rank of Corporal at his own request.

June 29th, 1899: he transferred to the Army Reserve and joined the City of London Police as a Constable

October 7th: He was recalled to the colors with the 1st battalion Scots Guards.

October 16th: The 1st Battalion Scots Guards was inspected

October 21st: The battalion entrained at Nine Elm Station (it was part of the 1st Division and the Guards Brigade ) The battalion embarked on the Nubia and arrived in Cape Town on November 13th.

November 21s: At 4h00 they started advancing toward Belmont (12 miles).

November 23rd: At 2 a.m. the battalion paraded and advanced to the rendezvous point at 3:15 a.m. The battalion launched its attack on Spur Hill, near Belmont at around 4 a.m. . Near the top, confronting a fierce Boers’ opposition they fixed bayonet for last push. Private John Campbell was severely wounded at both arms and on his side in that charge. During that particular attack the Scots Guard suffered many casualties 3 officers and 51 other ranks dead, 23 officers and 220 other ranks wounded.

November 25th: The battalion left Belmont en route for Modder River

November 28th: Battle of Modder River. They were on the left side of the attack line.

Picture of “G” Company Scots Guards at Modder River

November 29th: Moved north of Modder River and stayed there until December 10th.

December 11th: Magersfountain Assembled at 1:00 am and got lost during the night march, instead they covered the retirement of the Highlander regiment.

March 13th, 1900: The battalion entered the capital of Orange Free State, Bloemfontein

Picture of the Scots Guards battalion entering Bloemfountain

August 13th: They were back in United, Kingdom

March 7th, 1901: he was transferred to the 3rd battalion at his own request.

United Kingdom Census list him as a Police Constable living in London.

April 21st, 1902: He transferred to the Army Reserve with the rank of Corporal and returned with the City of London Police.

City of London Police enlistment paper

June 26th: The Coronation ceremony, 1060 Police Constable of the City of London took part in the ceremony.

November 1st: He was found drunk on the job for the first time

December: He married Emily Annie

Early January 1904: He and two of his colleagues were accused of soliciting goods (Christmas box) to a local merchant as a gratuity. The accuser did not want them to get into any trouble and changed his minds when he was asked to identify the three Police Constables in question.

June 29th: He was discharged from the Army Reserve.

December 1907: He moved from 16 Ilfracombe Buildings to 64 Douglas buildings.

January 2nd 1911: Siege of Sydney Street – Police of London and the Scots Guards were called to stop the riot (http://www.britishpathe.com/video/london-sidney-street-siege )

1911 census document

March 30th United Kingdom census: Married to Emily Annie Oakley with his children, Herbert William (5 years), Irene (3 years), Ernest Charles (2 years) and Emily Irene (9 months).

June 22nd: The Coronation ceremony. 1400 Police Constable of the City of London took part in the ceremony.

August 18th: Birth of his daughter, Hilda Helena Oakley

May 31st, 1912: He was found drunk on the job for a second time and he also threatened another Police Constable.

August 25th, 1913: Found drunk again on the job.

September 20th: Birth of his son, Franck Oakley

November 25th: According to his superior, his conduct was satisfactory.

February 25th, 1914: According to his superior, his conduct was satisfactory.

August 25th: According to his superior, his conduct was satisfactory

October 9th, 1916: He was caught drunk for the fourth time on his night shift. The report produced by his superior mention that William Oakley was crying and he said that he was depressed and he would cut his throat. They detained him until he was sober. Later that month, he was sent to the Police Force doctor to be examined and was found unfit for the service. His medical report says that he suffered from mental disorder. He was fired from the police after 17 years of service. He had two service numbers, 685 and 80a

November 6th: His uniform had been returned to the police.

January 11th 1917: He retired from the Police with a pension of £38.2.10 per annum.

Police Constable William Oakley discharge certificate

March 1921: The City of London Police gave reference for him to his future employer, Société Générale, and mentioned that they considered him trustworthy.

February 26th, 1927: His wife Emily Annie died of heart failure.

August 27th: The City of London Police gave reference for him to his future employer, Messrs Lovell and Christmas, while there is no reason to doubt his honesty, his absolute sobriety could not be vouch for.

January 28th, 1928: He married for a second time to Esther Humpryes in London. They were both already living together at 15 Victoria Chambes Luke Street. She died on March 1st, 1932 of a myocardial degeneration and anasarca. This disease could be caused by liver failure (cirrhosis of the liver) or renal failure.

October 13th, 1951 he died of cerebral hemorrhage. At the time of his death he was married with C Oakley meaning that he got married a third time.

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Warrant Officer Arthur Edwin Haines M.I.D.

Warrant officer class I Arthur Edwin Haines served during the Boers’ War with the Royal West Kent Regiment (British Force) and in World War One with the 67th battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force. He is entitled to the Queen’s Mediterranean Medal, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal with Oak leaves. He was also Mentioned in Dispatches (M.I.D.). His War Service Badge number 305660.

Born on March 5th, 1881 in Kent, England    Religion : Church of England

1881 census United Kingdom taken in Warmington, Northampton, England

Arthur E. born in 1881 at Chislehurst, Kent, England

Father: George William Haines 1855 – 1928

Mother: Gabriella Dorcus Sutton 1857 – 1889

He had 3 brothers and one sister Albert Haines (born 1879), George Ernest Haines (born 1883), William Haines (born 1885) and Harriet Haines (born 1888)

Boer’s War

October 25th, 1899 : He enlisted in the 3rd battalion Royal West Kent Regiment (listed as a labourer on Mr Batholenew Betson‘s farm)

Height : 5′ 3″ Hair : brown         Weight : 107 lbs      Eyes : gray

December 11th : The Royal West Kent regiment assembled at Maidstone.

December 16th : Absent from tattoo until 17h00 on the 17th (1 day forfeit pay)

January 4th, 1900 : They left Chatham Barracks and ship sailed at 14:30. He arrived in Malta on January 15th

He was reprimanded 4 times while stationned in Malta

March 25th, 1901 : The King visited the troops stationed in Malta

May 31st : Embarked on ship Formosa and left the next day. The ship Dilwara left the port on June 2nd with some companies of the 3rd battalion. Formosa arrived in Southampton (June 9th) and Dilwara arrived at Maidstone on June 10th.

April 14th, 1902 : Transferred to the Royal Horse Artillery (number 23444)

Height : 5′ 6″       Weight : 130 lbs

June 4th, 1904 : Transferred to the Army Veterinary Corps

August 5th, 1906 : He married Mabel Annie Cox, together they had 5 children Mabel Annie Haines  (1907 – 1909), Florence May Haines (1909 – 1985), Arthur Edwin Haines (1912 – 1915), William Haines (1916 – 1985) and Albert Edwin Haines (1920 – 1998)

February 8th, 1909 : He transferred to the Reserve Army Veterinary Corps

1911 Canadian census : He is listed as living in Nanaimo, British Columbia

First World War

He enlisted on September 7th, 1915 in the 67th battalion in Victoria, British Columbia.

Height : 5′ 7″                 Weight : 156 lbs     Eyes : hazel

Trade : teamster          Hair : dark Brown

He sailed from Halifax on April 1st, 1916 on SS Olympic and arrived in England on March 11th.

April 1st: He was appointed acting sergeant and confirmed as a Battery Sergeant Major.

June 9th: He was promoted Sergeant and confirmed in the rank on July 5th.

August 5th : He was appointed Company Sergeant Major.

August 13th : Left camp at 6:30, sailed from Southampton at 8:00 on the HMT 460. Arrived on the 14th. Confirmed Company Sergeant Major on that day. He entrained at Havre, France on the 17th and arrived in Poperinghe, Belgium at 10:30 on the 18th.

November 4th : He was promoted Warrant Officer class II.

Picture of Warrant Officer Arthur Edwin Haines (probably taken end of 1916 – early 1917)

Haines, Arthur Edwin(3)

picture from Pauline Haines

May 1st, 1917 : He was struck of strength 67th battalion and arrived with his new unit (54th battalion) on May 2nd.

July 29th : The battalion captured their first houses in the city of Lens

September 6th : First day of Lens’ battle. The 54th was part of the first wave of the attack.

August 3rd, 1918 : Left Warlus for Amiens. Arrived on the 7th.

August 8th : They moved to their position for the initial assault behind Gentelles Wood.

August 10th : Arrived in Merihencourt

September 2nd: At 5:00 am the battalion is ordered to march forward

September 27th : Crossed Canal du Nord and captured the eastern part of Bourlon Wood.

September 28th : Promoted Warrant Officer class I and appointed Regimental Sergeant Major.

September 29th : Launched their attack from Bourlon Wood village, they were shelled and suffered a lot of casualties.

November 2nd : Battalion took the town of Marly.

April 18th, 1919 : Battalion left Groenedal, reaching Havre, France on the 20th. He sailed to England at 16:30 on April 28th and arrived in Southampton on the 29th.

Picture of Warrant Officer Arthur Edwin Haines

On the cuff of his right sleeve you can see the Warrant Officer rank and the three chevrons, each one representing one year of good services oversea. Over the flap of his left pocket of his tunic, you can see the Queen Mediterranean Medal ribbon

May 31st : He embarked for Canada on H.M.T. Mauretania

June 8th : He reached Hamilton. left on the 10th

He was discharged on June 13th with the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major

Mentioned in Dispatches on July 8th, 1919 (London Gazette 31448). In the official history of the battalion he is listed as a Military Cross recipient but neither his file or any official Canadian records list him as a Military Cross recipient. Since the book was printed in 1919, I think he was recommended for a Military Cross but it was downgraded to a Mentioned in Dispatches by that time the book had already being sent to the printer and they could not changed the text.

Warrant Officer Arthur Edwin Haines medals (picture from the family)

As mentionned in the above paragraph, not sure about the Military Cross (first medal from the left)

Haines, Arthur Edwin medals

picture from Pauline Haines

He died on February 20th, 1935. Buried in plot T 091 E 40 in Ross Bay Burial Cemetery, Victoria British Columbia.

Also in the same lot are;

Haines, Arthur Edwin, born Victoria, died Victoria, Mar 16, 1915, aged 30

Haines, Mabel Anne, born in Lock Bottom, Kent, died Victoria, Sep 4, 1970, aged 67

White, Ada Mary, born Eng, died Victoria, Apr 9, 1940, aged 74

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Picture of his grave in Ross Bay Burial Cemetery, British Columbia

Sergeant Percy Bassett

Sergeant Percy Bassett served with the Canadian Mounted Rifles during the Boers’ War and the Canadian Forestry Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the Queen South Africa clasps Orange Free State-Cape Colony and the British War Medal. His enlistment number is 1037202. His War Service Badge Class “C” number is 20295.

He was born on March 17th 1880 in Wimbledon Surrey, Enlgand

Trade : rancher        Religion : Church of England  Status : single

Height : 6’0″         Eyes : blue         Hair : brown     Weight: 180 lbs.

1881 United Kingdom census taken St Pancras, London, England at 76 Mansfield road

Father : Joseph Bassett (police officer) born in 1849

Mother : Mary Bassett (b.1851)     Brother : Thomas H. Bassett (b.1874)

Sister : Elizabeth M. Basset (b. 1876)

1891 United Kingdom census taken in Lambeth, London county at 30th St-Mary Square road

Father : Thomas H (Police constable)       Mother : Mary (housekeeper)

Sister : Elizabeth (dressmaker apprentice) Sister : Ethel L (scholar)

Brother : Oscar W (scholar) born in 1889 in London, Lambeth

May 16th, 1894 : Arrived at Montreal, Quebec from Liverpool, England wit his family. Sailed on ship Lake Superior. Their final destination was the city of Cochrane in which was part of the North West Territories at the time.

Boer’s war service

January 3rd, 1900 : Enlisted with the 2nd battalion of the Canadian Mounted Rifles with the number 52 in Calgary in a North Western Mounted Police post. He was living with his mother in Cochrane, Alberta.

Percy Bassett Boers’ War enlistment paper

January 20th : The regiment was inspected by the Governor- General in front of the Parliament in Ottawa.

January 27th: He embarked on the ship SS Pomeranian in Halifax and arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on

February 26th. A small detachment of the 2nd battalion of the Canadian Mounted Rifles embarked on the ship SS Laurentian on the January 20th and arrived in Cape Town on February 17th. The third and the last ship of the second Canadian contingent to South Africa was the Milwaukee, it sailed from Halifax on

February 20th with onboard a smaller detachment of the 2nd battalion of the Canadian Mounted Rifles. Their first assignment when they arrived in South Africa was to escort Boer’s prisoner to their internment camp.

March 4th begin the move to Sunyside à Far North. They left for West Victoria on March 13th and took the direction of Cararvon and then change course to the north-west to Kendhart.

April 13th : Unit camped near the city of De Aar.

May 3rd : There is a battle near Brandfort, Boers retreated.

May 28th : They arrived in Transvaal, there is a battle near the bridge of Clip’s river in Doorkop.

June 6th : They entered Pretoria, on June 12th they go back to Irene Station near Pretoria.

End of July : They were on the left flank off the attack at Witport.

July 31st : Invalidated to England for reason of enteric (typhoid) fever. Arrived in Canada on December 8th and demobilised on December 11th. When soldiers were sick or wounded they were sent to hospital in England and then transferred to Canada or returned to their unit when they back on their feet.

1901 Canadian census taken in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada (living with him)

Mother : Mary Bassett 50 years (widow)   Brothers : Thomas H. Bassett 27 years and Oscar Bassett 13

September 28th : His Queen’s South Africa  Medal was presented to him by His Royal Highness in Calgary

Percy Bassett medal roll

His mother died on February 23rd, 1904 (from B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13094)

May 28th, 1913 : Arrived from Sydney, Australia at Vancouver Port. Sailed on ship Niagara. Listed with him, his wife Barbara.

World War One service

June 27th 1916 : Enlisted in the 238th battalion with number  # 1037202 in the 238th battalion CEF in Cochrane, Alberta. He was married to Barbara Ann Basset and living in Cochrane, Alberta, they had an 8 years old boy (Leonard).

Recruitment poster for the 238th battalion, Percy Bassett’s unit


September 11th : He sailed from Halifax on board the ship S.S. Scandinavian and was appointed Acting Sergeant in the 238th battalion. He arrived in England on September 22nd.

He did his whole service with the 238 th battalion and was transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps when his battalion was disbanded. He never went to France

July 5th, 1919 : He sailed from Liverpool, England on board the ship R.M.S. Carmania.

July 18th : He arrived in Canada and demobilised.

November 19th : Arrived in Montreal, Quebec from Glasgow, Scotland on ship Sicilian

February 24th, 1920 : Arrived in St-John, New-Brunswick from Liverpool, England on SS Grampian

July 24th : Married Jessie Shennan (from B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B12905)

March 12th, 1922 : Arrived from Auckland, New Zealand in Vancouver British Columbia

September 26th 1927 : Sailed on ship Georgic from South Hampton, England and arrived in New York, New York. Kate Favell is listed as his wife

He died on February 3rd, 1972 in the Nanaimo Regional Hospital in British Columbia at age 92. He worked for the fishing and gaming department in Calgary where He was an inspector in Port Alberni until he retired in 1957 at 77. He was a member of the Masonic Order. He lived on Lake Shore Road, Port Alberni, British Columbia. He was married to Jessie Basset, he had a daughter Jessie Bland, one brother William Basset who was living in Vernon, British Columbia in 1972. There is no mention of his first wife and his first son he had with her in his obituary.

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