QSA (7) Belmont, Modder River, Paardeberg, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast, Driefontein (5738 T. Holt, R.M, H.M.S. Powerful) last clasp loose on ribbon
One of 16 7-clasp Medals issued to H.M.S. Powerful’s crew, all Royal Marines. Two further Privates received medals with 8 clasps.
Thomas Holt was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, on 5 January 1873, and enlisted into the Royal Marine Light Infantry in Liverpool in September 1891. Having joined H.M.S. Powerful in September 1899, he was landed with the Naval Brigade in South Africa and was taken prisoner at at Roodeval on 7 June 1900. Holt was discharged ashore ‘time expired’ in October 1913 but did not qualify for the L.S. & G.C. medal having been charged with desertion in 1894
QSA (1) Defence of Ladysmith (175914 Sto: W. James, H.M.S. Powerful) impressed naming;
RN LS&GC Ed VII (175914 William James, Ch. Stoker, H.M.S. Duke of Edinburgh.)
William James was born in Shorwell, Isle of Wight, in October 1873 and joined the Royal Navy as Stoker Second Class in September 1893. He was promoted Stoke, serving in H.M.S. Royal Sovereign, in October 1894, before transferring to H.M.S. Powerful in June 1897. He served during the Boer War as part of Powerful’s Naval Brigade that took part in the Defence of Ladysmith, before transferring to H.M.S. Duke of Wellington in June 1900. He was advanced Stoker Petty Officer in July 1906, and transferred in that rate to H.M.S. Duke of Edinburgh in April 1908. He was promoted Chief Stoker the following month, and was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in September 1908.
QSA (2) Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith (277758. Sto. J. Johnstone. H.M.S. Terrible.) engraved naming
John Johnstone was born in Inveravon, Banffshire, on 21 August 1862, and joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd Class on 21 October 1894. Advanced Stoker on 7 November 1895, he joined H.M.S. Terrible on 24 March 1898, and served with the Naval Brigade during the operations in South Africa, and subsequently saw service in China. He was shore pensioned on 27 July 1904.
QSA (1) Defence of Ladysmith (186778 A-B: J. F. Annett, H.M.S. Powerful) impressed naming, last two letters of ship officially corrected
John Frederick Annett was born in Eltham, Kent, on 20 June 1879, and joined Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 19 December 1895. He served in H.M.S. Powerful from 8 June 1897 to 9 March 1900, in H.M.S. Doris from 10 March to 23 April 1900, and then back in H.M.S. Powerful from 24 April to 8 June 1900, and was promoted Able Seaman on 6 April 1899. Annett was advanced to Petty Officer on 25 March 1913, and served during the Great War in H.M.S. Sentinel from July 1914 to July 1918.
QSA (1) Defence of Ladysmith (283450 Sto. W. E. Gatehouse, H.M.S. Powerful) impressed naming
William Edward Gatehouse was born in Deptford, London, on 26 November 1876 and joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd Class on 24 September 1896. He served in H.M.S. Powerful from 8 June 1897 to 8 June 1900, and was promoted Stoker on 21 April 1898. He joined the Royal Fleet Reserve at Chatham on 26 September 1908, but was recalled for service during the Great War,