Can some one please help me.
I have been tracing a Stephen Francois Cherritt who was an orderly in the Imperial Hospital Corps. The Nominal Roll Image 2 for this unit shows he was I believe in Durban 5.4.00 and shown as dis 28.11.00 reduction of unit.
I am not goo on military history etc. Was the Imperial Hospital Corps a military unit. What happened to the men in a "Reduction of Unit" . How does one find how they either returned to the UK , stayed in South Africa, or transferred elsewhere?
Any help would be gratefully received.
A Stephen Francois Cherrett was born in England in 1855.
Since the name Cherrett/Cherritt is very uncommon , I think this may be him.
Then the SA National Archives have this entry below for `Cherrett (none for Cherritt ), note initials appear to be SJ and not SF, but an F is often mistaken for a J when handwritten.
So perhaps your man was born in England in 1855, a bookbinder by profession. He may have remained in South Africa.
I will look further.
DESCRIPTION GOVT PRINTING AND STATIONERY DEPT. REQUESTING AUTHORITY TO EMPLOY SJ
CHERRETT AS BOOKBINDER IN PLACE OF R IVERY, ALSO FOR EMPLOYMENT OF
REMARKS NEXT SUBSEQUENT PAPER 3165/01.
During the early months of the Boer War and the costly battles fought in Natal it became clear that the medical support provided for the Imperial forces was inadequate, so additional staff was enlisted locally. One example is the Natal Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NVAC), which made a major contribution to evacuating casualties from the battlefields. Also in short supply were hospital orderlies. In order to deal with the haphazard local recruitments of additional staff, the Imperial Bearer Corps (IBC) and Imperial Hospital Corps (IHC) were raised early in 1900.
Most of the recruitment in the IHC took place in Maritzburg and Durban during April,and May 1900. The last set-piece battles, which had resulted in so many casualties, took place later in 1900, after which the guerrilla phase of the war began. Battle casualties were fewer in number and the actions that occurred were more widespread, so the need for both the IBC and IHC declined. This led to the "Reduction of Unit" that you referred to.