Friday 30 August 2019

Tribute Medals: Holborn Engine Works

A "new" tribute medal has appeared on eBay. The medal is not in Hibbard's Boer War Tribute Medals: The Definitive Work (Constantia Classics (1982)).


The tribute was presented to Ralph Charles P Coulthard who served as Sapper 5861 1st Newcastle Volunteers RE attached to 12 Field Company. He was awarded a QSA with J,DH,Bf,CC,OFS,SA01 clasps, I have not noted the medal for sale. His service papers are catalogued on FindmyPast under number 5858.

Ralph Coulthard was born in St Andrew's, Newcastle in 1880 (or 1882 according to census information), the son of James and Sarah Coulthard. He enlisted for Short Service, one year, to serve in South Africa on January 19th, 1900. He was serving in the Newcastle Volunteers RE.
Ralph was working as a fitter apprenticed to G Gray (or Grey), Holborn Engine Works for five years. Holborn Engine Works made ships engines.

There were 52 men from the Newcastle Volunteers who went out in March 1900 to serve with the 12th Field company RE. They served until May 1901, in that time they served in the Cape Colony, Orange Free State and the Transvaal.

Ralph was awarded the QSA with the clasps: Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast, Cape Colony, Orange Free State and South Africa 1901.

Sunday 25 August 2019

Repeated Gallantry: brave veterans of the Anglo-Boer War

During the Anglo-Boer War there were only three gallantry awards available to the Army; Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Order and the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

78 Victoria Crosses and 2092 DCMs were awarded. The number of gallantry DSOs has not been calculated and they are excluded here.

Thousands of ABW veterans went on to serve in other wars, notably the First World War. The tables below show the gallantry awards subsequently won by ABW veterans.

Further details on these men are available on The Register.

You can see which ABW veterans went on to win their first gallantry awards (and other orders and campaign medals) using the search in The Research Centre.

VC winners - who subsequently won a second VC (1):

Name Rank Number Unit Remarks
Martin-Leake, A Surgeon-Captain South African Constabulary

DCM winners - who subsequently won an MC (50):

Name Rank Number Unit Remarks
Acraman, WE Colour-Sergeant 3070 Grenadier Guards
Axten, S Sergeant 3172 Cameron Highlanders
Beckett, AC Corporal 27995 Engineers, Royal
Bell, WC Lance-Sergeant 6380 Fusiliers, Royal
Belt, CB Quartermaster Sergeant 2814 South Staffordshire Regiment
Boast, ST Quartermaster Sergeant 1989 South Lancashire Regiment
Bradley, SGL Colour-Sergeant 328 Middlesex Rifle Volunteers
Brown, A Sergeant-Major 2623 Dorset Regiment
Burke, J Sergeant-Major 43 Dublin Fusiliers
Carney, TP Drummer 5748 East Yorks Regiment
Chalmers, J Sergeant 4978 Scottish Rifles
Clarke, AJ Sergeant 3012 Norfolk Regiment
Collier, A Sergeant 3513 18th Hussars
Croydon, AC Colour-Sergeant 4401 Lincolnshire Regiment
Dakin, E Colour-Sergeant 4649 Royal Lancaster Regiment
Downing, S Sergeant 2689 Devonshire Regiment
Dunn, JC Trooper 8376 Imperial Yeomanry
Finney, W Colour-Sergeant 3154 Manchester Regiment
Forbes, HN Sergeant 4216 5th Lancers
Harford, CE Regimental Quartermaster Corporal Major 1284 Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)
Harris, CB Sergeant 2481 Horse Artillery, Royal
Hazelgrove, A Drill Sergeant 1703 Grenadier Guards
Hazelwood, J Colour-Sergeant 4588 South Staffordshire Regiment
Hodgkinson, C Sergeant 3496 Worcestershire Regiment
Hudson, J Colour-Sergeant 398 Irish Guards also awarded bar to DCM
Jones, TA Colour-Sergeant 3871 Sussex Regiment
Langrish, W Sergeant 3433 Scottish Rifles
Leavens, FC Sergeant 3254 East Surrey Regiment
MacWhinnie, NH Sergeant 5177 King's Own Scottish Borderers
Marsden, WH Lance-Sergeant 4956 Shropshire Light Infantry
Moncrieffe, JA Sergeant 252 Imperial Yeomanry
Moore, J Sergeant 4204 King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Nicholl, RA Corporal 26794 Engineers, Royal
Parker, EA Sergeant-Major 1726 Welsh Fusiliers, Royal
Pepper, AL Colour-Sergeant 2624 Norfolk Regiment
Percy, HJ Colour-Sergeant 3046 East Surrey Regiment
Reid, W Quartermaster Sergeant 3479 Inniskilling Fusiliers
Richardson, JT Quartermaster Sergeant 2547 Norfolk Regiment
Roberts, FG Colour-Sergeant 4930 Scots Fusiliers, Royal
Ross, T Sergeant-Major 8322 Scots Guards
Rouse, AW Sergeant-Major 5365 Berkshire Regiment
Routh, PG Sergeant 314 Strathcona's Horse
Scaife, J Corporal 2622 Gloucester Regiment
Seaton, W Colour-Sergeant 4440 Derbyshire Regiment
Shea, JPL Colour-Sergeant 4236 Durham Light Infantry
Simpson, W Colour-Sergeant 6867 King's Own Scottish Borderers
Watts, AF Sergeant 87933 Field Artillery, Royal
Wenham, E Sergeant 9283 King's Royal Rifle Corps
White, EO Colour-Sergeant 2877 Border Regiment
Withers, J Corporal 3250 Leicestershire Regiment

DCM winners - who subsequently won a bar to the DCM (16):

Name Rank Number Unit Dated Bar
Boyd, W Private 3493 Middlesex Regiment '14th JUNE 1915'
Burley, JE Lance-Corporal 4 West Australian MI
Carney, TP Drummer 5748 East Yorks Regiment
Cownie, S Private 6411 Royal Scots Also won an MM
Howells, A Private 5771 South Wales Borderers
Hudson, J Colour-Sergeant 398 Irish Guards '10th -11th AUGUST 1915', also awarded MC
Hudson, WG Sergeant 2208 Devonshire Regiment
Lawn, JW Private 5516 King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry '29th SEPTEMBER 1915'
MacDonald, A Drummer 4938 Hampshire Regiment  '19th OCTOBER 1914'
MacKie, JD Colour-Sergeant 1980 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
MacKinnon, A Sergeant 2541 Cameron Highlanders '25th-27th SEPT. 1915'
McIntyre, WL Colour-Sergeant 2794 Highland Light Infantry '30th JULY 1915'
Noble, A Colour-Sergeant 3042 Durham Light Infantry '31st JULY 1915'
Shields, W Gunner 95011 Garrison Artillery, Royal '28TH JANUARY 1916'
Skinner, J Colour-Sergeant 4853 Seaforth Highlanders
Wing, FW Sergeant 3802 5th Lancers

DCM winners - who subsequently won an MM (3):

Name Rank Number Unit Remarks
Cownie, S Private 6411 Scots, Royal Also won a second bar to the DCM
Donnelly, JP Private 3269 East Yorks Regiment
Holmes, W Sergeant 5433 Dublin Fusiliers