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A Fenn 9th Lancers number 3992 3 months 1 week ago #57423

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researching my granddad his last position c squadron 9th lancers, severely injured magersfontein which led to him being invalided out of army, he was one of the c squadron involved aboard the wardha he was in troop one under lord blackwood the ship involved in tremendous storm off Durban as a young boy he would tell me of his adventures in the army in 50s which included India Muttra,meerrut, from what I can gather started out 5th lancers transferred 9th lancers according to ww1 service record born march 1875 Bermondsey no birth certificate

I am now researching for more evidence as his service record seems to have been destroyed he was at battle of Belmont and Modder river also had clasp for natal

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A Fenn 9th Lancers number 3992 3 months 1 week ago #57448

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DickTurpin,

They sound like wonderful stories you were told as a boy.

I have looked for any service papers and, like you, failed to find them.

The medal roll, WO100/116p18 and p57, confirm the 3 clasps, Natal, Belmont, Modder River.

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Do you have his medal by any chance?

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thank you for your interest unfortunately his medals have got lost my grandfather died 1961 age well into his eighties full name Alfred Edward fenn when he died Feb. 1961 looking through his personal effects his 3 sons found his army papers which showed he was older than his actual age or he lied about his age his medals I did see more than the 3 mentioned I would be 12 yrs old I believe his eldest son took procession of his military papers and medals he died 1994 they were then the property of his only child who died 2005 who probably sold them or similar so lost to the family so it will be stroke of luck if I come across them.
but his memory is preserved by his narrative when I was young lad around 6yrs old his army number will give me some idea of when he was transferred or even if he kept the same number from 5th lancers which would give a date of prior to 1891, for 1892 he had Christmas card stating Afghanistan my research has already paid some dividends so onwards and upwards
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A Fenn 9th Lancers number 3992 3 months 1 week ago #57538

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John,

It is always sad when medals leave the family. We have recorded several re-unites for family over the years so there is hope.

While not his medal, this is a QSA to another man of the 9th Lancers who earned the same clasp combination.



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