DNW sold a nice example of Q Battery group awarded to Major C. Harris, Royal Artillery back in 1993 when the hammer price was £1,450
MC GV (Capt., R.A.); DCM VR (2481 Serjt., R.H.A.); QSA (7) RoK Paar Drie Joh DH Witt 01 (2481 Sejt., Q.B.R.H.A.); 1914 Star (Lieut., R.F.A.); BWM & VM with MID (Major); Coronation 1911 (Regl. Sgt. Major, R.H.A.); ALS&GC (S.Mjr., R.H.A.); Defence Medal
MC LG 3 June 1916.
DCM, London Gazette, 27 September 1901, details London Gazette 20 August 1901 (Army Order 15/02) 'For conspicuous gallantry and good service during a Boer attack on a convoy near Mooifontein south of Bethel on 25 May 1901.’
‘Q' Battery was ambushed near Sanna's Post and remained in action for 4 hours under a terrific fire from the Boers under De Wet's command. All the N.C.O's were casualties and only six unwounded gunners remained. Eventually four guns were successfully withdrawn, cheered by the infantry they had so gallantly supported. Four Victoria Crosses were awarded to the Battery. On 23 May, 1901, a convoy consisting of 150 wagons containing sick, wounded, prisoners and Boer families, left Bethel for Standerton. It was escorted by 400 of the Somerset L.I., 250 Munster Fusiliers, 60 troopers of the 10th Hussars and 12th Lancers, 40 New Zealanders of the sixth contingent, and two guns of 'Q' Battery. Colonel Gallwey of the Somerset L.I. commanded. For two days Boer commandos harassed the convoy until, on the 25th, they attacked in force at Mooifontein, falling on front and rear simultaneously. For nine miles Gallwey sustained a running fight with great coolness and skill, repulsing repeated charges. At one time the Boers used the same tactics as at Vlakfontein, firing the long grass and galloping up under cover of the smoke, only to fall back again under the steady fire of the infantry. Casualties amounted to 43 but the convoy was saved. Harris was again mentioned in despatches, London Gazette, 10 September, 1901. He served in France and Belgium during the Great War from 10 November 1914 until 11 November 1918, again being mentioned in despatches on 14 December, 1917.
A more recent example from Sep 2011 awarded to Gunner W H Watkins. The paid refflect the premium paid for Q Battery medals. These two sold for a hammer price of £1,200
QSA (6) RoK Paar Drie Joh DH Witt (33655 Gnr. W. H. Watkins, Q.B., R.H.A.), KSA (2) (33655 Gnr. W. H. Watkiss, R.H.A.)
Resulting from De Wet’s ambush of General Broadwood’s Brigade at Korn Spruit (Sannah’s Post), “Q” Battery Royal Horse Artillery behaved with great gallantry and managed to save four of its guns from an apparently hopeless situation. The conduct of the battery was praised by Brigadier-General Broadwood in his report on the action. As a result of this report, Lord Roberts took the unusual step of ordering the battery to ballot for the Victoria Cross, to choose one officer, one non commissioned officer, one gunner and one driver to receive the coveted award, there being no other fair way to choose four from so many who performed so heroically on that day. As a result, Major Edmund John Phipps-Hornby, Sergeant Charles Edward Haydon Parker, Gunner Isaac Lodge, and Driver Horace Henry Glasock were each awarded the Victoria Cross. Gunner W. H. Watkin’s name would have been in the ballot for the Victoria Cross to the ‘Gunner’. With copied roll extracts.
I will not be home until Wed..... Will check copy of medal roll then.....
JustinLDavies wrote: Very interesting. I must look into this as the Q Battery list Henk reproduced on the previous thread and which Mike refers to has my father's hand writing on it not Frank Mitchell's.
Mike - have all the men on your list got the Driefontein clasp?
Military Historical Society
I went through the Medal Roll and have updated the list and made some changes.... I have found three names that are on the list but do not have the Driefontein bar and many many more who do but are not on the lists that I have.....
I went through the newspaper clippings that David posted and found that some of the names that were on the medal roll but did not have the bar.....
Q BATTERY, R.H.A.
Officers and Men Present at Sanna’s Post (Korn Spruit)
Updated from Medal Roll – Driefontein Bar