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Tobacco Box 7 years 5 months ago #1916

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I have a silver tobacco tin which was presented to my great (or great-great) Grandfather, "by his Fellow Townsmen" (no mention of the women!!) of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire".

It also says: Presented to Pte. G H Radley Vol.A.S.Co. Lincolnshire Regiment".

What does AS stand for and do we know any theatre the Lincs Reg fought in during the SA War?
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Re: Tobacco Box 7 years 5 months ago #1918

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Hi,

That normally means Volunteer Service Company. Is that definitely an 'A'?

On the medal rolls for the 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment is 6662 Pte G Radley with entitlement to the clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal.

A short history of the regiment can be found here: www.angloboerwar.com/imperial-units/2053-lincolnshire-regiment

I could not find any service papers for him nor evidence of service during the Great War.

If would be interesting to see the tobacco box if you can upload a picture?

Best wishes
David

I think that means A

Dr David Biggins

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Re: Tobacco Box 7 years 5 months ago #1922

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My grandfather G.H.Burn was also presented with a similar inscribed silver box.
I wonder if they were similar? Unfortunately his has disappeared.
Do you have a photo?
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Mike

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Re: Tobacco Box 7 years 5 months ago #1923

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First of all, I took a magnifying glass to the tobacco tin and yes, it is an A. the engraving says this: "VOL. A.S.Co." So I think that means he was a volunteer in the "A.S. Company" of the Lincolnshire Regiment. Not sure what that means of course.

Yes, I will try to upload a photo. I've only just acquired the camera and whether I can get it to capture the engraving well enough is the $64,000 question :) But I'll try.

I am going to follow up the other links you dear men sent because this is absolutely the first time I have ever found any details about my Radley side and I've been trying to do my family hisotry for many years.

I am SO excited and hope this link will be a lead to more discoveries. If he was my great-grandfather, his father was Wilfred Radley but he could have been another relative from Gainsborough.

Now with grateful thanks I'll go away and see if I can get some decent photos of this tobacco tin and then comes the puzzle of how to upload it so you can see it :)

Back soon
Kind regards to all
Lynda Finn (nee Radley)

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Re: Tobacco Box 7 years 5 months ago #1924

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Here are a couple of photos which I hope will serve.

At the very top of the engraving is the strangest thing, to say this was made for a veteran of the SA War. It's a small drawing of a Sphinx, beneath which, in small capitals, it says EGYPT.

I wonder why that was included?
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Re: Tobacco Box 7 years 5 months ago #1926

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An image of the sphinx atop the word 'Egypt' is the main feature of the badge of the Lincolnshire Regiment.

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Brett
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