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Two Albert Medals awarded in 1910 1 year 3 months ago #57364

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ECHO OF THE BOER WAR

The "London Gazette" on Tuesday states that the King has been pleased to approve of the Alberrt Medal of the first class being conferred upon Mr. Charles Wagner and the Albert Medal of the second class upon Mr. Alexander James Stewart, both of Pietermaritzburg, for gallantry in saving life during the Boer War.
On November 15, 1899, near Chieveley Station, in Natal, an armoured train was intercepted by Boers and three carriages thrown off the line. Until the wreckage could be moved the engine and escort of about 150 men were exposed to a severe fire. The sole means by which the line could be cleared was the engine, which, moving to and fro, butted at the wreckage until, after about fifty minutes' work, it was pushed off the track. Wagner, the driver, although himself severely wounded, managed the engine skilfully, and by clearing the line saved from death and wounds a proportion at least of the 50 or 60 persons who effected their escape upon the engine and tender. Stewart was his fireman.
Evening Express, Wednesday 15th June 1910
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Two Albert Medals awarded in 1910 1 year 3 months ago #57368

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Many thanks, Berenice. This is a lovely story . Churchill initiated the awards once he became Home Secretary in 1910.

Dr David Biggins

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Thanks, David, I'd missed your post.

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