That is an especially nice group you have shown.
Regarding the title "Railway Staff Officer", some time ago I did a topic on a NSW Special Service Officer, Lt. Brace; who amongst other things, served as a Railway Staff Officer. Intrigued as to what that tittle actually meant, I finally fell back on the "Detailed History of the Railways in the South African War, 1899-1902" (two volumes). And there it was explained.
So I don't misread the entry or otherwise muck it up, here it is -
I don't think your man was guarding the baggage/railway line behind the action at Modder River. The qualifications for that clasp were rather wide and the Northamptons received the clasp under the heading of "All troops under Lt.Gen Methuen's command who were North of Honey Nest Kloof and South of the Magersfontein ridge, 28.11.1899".
Nevertheless, Lt. Pepys' duties during the campaign were - frankly - vital to the war effort.
This topic has been especially useful as I had completely forgotten it contained a listing of Jameson Raid members.
Thanks, Andrew and David.
That is very interesting to read and I have definitely learned something. I am very proud of the group and as far as I know, there are only 2 (perhaps 3) other groups with a Military Cross and BSA medal combination in them. I could stand corrected though? I have emailed the BSAP society to no response as of yet.
I find it fascinating that Pepys went from a combatant role, to a non-combatant role, to winning the Military Cross leading his men at the Gallipoli Landings and leading a bayonet charge after which he was shot through the jaw. His service certainly fluctuated!
Unfortunately the Northamptonshire Regiment museum just emailed me back saying that they are not taking military research requests until the Spring of 2020 due to renovations.