I picked up (got) the following QSA as a Christmas Present, as my daughter had said I should find one I wanted and she would purchase it for me...…
I have a few questions that maybe a local from South Africa can answer for me.....
NAMED on MEDAL: _ VON KLEIST, R. _ NUMBER: _ 24 _ RANK: _ PRIVATE _
REGIMENT: __ BURGHERSDORP TOWN GUARD __
BARS/CLASPS: __ NONE __
I rec'd some information on him and a copy of the medal roll...… But I still have some questions...…
Robert Amiel Von Kleist born Burgersdorp in 1857, he had German/Dutch immigrant father and British mother, had two daughters and one son between 1905 and 1910. Died in Johannesburg, Gauteng, aged 63 in 1920,
1. Being born in 1857 he would have been 42 when the war started, was he to old for a Town Guard?
2. 48 and 53 years of age when he had children?
3. On the document that I have has the name as follows:
ROBERT AMIEL (EMIL) von KLEIST (Walterhofer)
I can imagine that he went by the name Emil, but what is the Walterhofer….?????
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