Wednesday 21st 5.02
Received orders to go to Kaapmuiden
Thursday 22nd 5-02
Left Barberton at 8.30 AM and arrived at Kaapmuiden 11.30. Stayed there for the night
Friday 23rd 5-02
Left Kaapmuiden to guard the line between there and Hector Sprui. Stationed in M Blockhouse with Pvte Wilson, Pvte Prince & 3 natives about 30 miles from Kaapmuiden.
Sunday June 1st 02----received a telegram from an Intelegence Officer stating that peace had been declared the night previous
Wednesday June 25th 02---Left M Blockhouse at 10AM and arrived at Kaapmuiden same day. Corporal of the Regimental Guard at 6PM until 6PM Thursday 26th 02
Sunday June 29th 02----took over Post Master at Kaapmuiden, had charge of all mails coming in & through
Wednesday July 9th 02----Left Kaapmuiden for Durban, reached Durban on Sunday July 13th. left there again same day & reached Pietermaritzburg at midnight. Orderly Sergeant for the Lincolns during the time we stay in the Rest Camp at Pietermaritzburg
Monday night July 28th 02----Sailed from Durban on the SS Aurania
Friday August 1st 02
Reached Cape Town 8-PM
Sunday August 3rd 02----Left Cape Town 6 PM
Sunday August 17th 02
Reached St Vincent
Tuesday August 19/02----Left St Vincent for England
Thursday August 28th 02----Arrived at Southampton.
There are other pages with information such as the men of the guards, Morse code, Kafir to English translations, Equipment at M Blockhouse, poems etc.
A brief history of service of my Great Grandfather written by my Mum several years ago:
No. 1128 Corpl Spencer Arthur
!st Volunteer Brigade Lincoln Regiment
20-12-1898 to 31st March 1908
Medals. SA 1902 Queens Medal & 3 clasps ( Cape Colony, SA 1902 & Transvaal)
Then he joined the Territorials
Medal. Territorial Force Efficiency Medal.
No. 202499 Sgt A Spencer Regimental No 2382
5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regt.
Enlisted 29th Aug. 1914
Admitted to 1st Gen. Hosp. Etrelat 15-10-15 - Gas Poisoning
Transferred to army reserve 24-05-17
Discharged as No. 6241 from 4th Reserve Battalion Lincoln Regt 31-07-17 But released to Ruston Proctor for munitions work 30-12-1916
Medals. Mons Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Joined the Special Constabulary.
Medal. George VI medal for faithful service in the Special Constabulary.
I do hope this has been of interest to some and I haven't wasted my time.
In a later post I will put a couple of photographs from the Boer War and maybe one or two from the 1st W..W.
Thank you for sharing your family records with us. Often a family's interest in their ancestors comes only after memories have faded and papers have been lost. You have done your descendants and other people a great service by adding your records to this forum.
A bit more information about A G Spencer.
No.1128 Corpl. Spencer Arthur,
1st Volunteer Brigade Lincoln Regiment.
20/12/1898 to 31/03/1908.
Then joined territorials.....No details apart from winning the Herald shield for rifle shooting in 1907, 1909, 1910 and 1911
WW1: No. 202499 Sgt. A Spencer Regiment no. 2382. 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.
Admited to 1st General Hospital Etrelat 15/10/15 - gas poisoning.
Transferred to Army Reserve 24/05/17
Discharged as no.6241 from 4thReserve Battalion Lincoln regt. 31/07/17 but released to Ruston Proctor for munitions work 30/12/1916.
Rifle instructor at Saltfleetby. No details.
Special Constable in Lincoln.
Early 1960s, School crossing patrol (Lollypop man) Lincoln.
From left to right. Queens SA medal with SA1902, Cape Colony and Transvaal clasps./ Mons star/ British War Medal/ Victory Medal/ Territorial Force Efficiency Medal/ George 5 medal for faithful service in the special Constabulary.
Hope it is OK to stray outside of the Boer War on this Forum but it is the history of one of the soldiers from that war. Unless there are any objections I would like to post some images from WW1 to add to this story of my Great Grandfather.