Thank you so much for finding that information, Adrian. As I am pretty sure the William Carey, I am looking for, was born in 1881, this person you have found might not be the same one unfortunately.......but it certainly could be that he travelled to South Africa then stayed there. It seems strange that St John's Brigade in Hebden Bridge have no record of him, if indeed he was a member of the organisation - finding the record of the medal renewed our efforts to find out more.
The little bit I have found on 1418 W. Carey, is that he served on the Hospital Ship Simla.
He was not awarded any bars for his Queen South Africa Medal. Serving on the Hospital Ship could account for that.
If you have a closer look at the buttons on the uniform he is wearing in the picture, it would give you an indication of who he was serving with at the time. (Are you sure the photo is W. Carey)?
You could contact St. John HQ in London, at St. John's Gate, Clerkenwell to see if they have any information on your Gt. Uncle. You will need to tell them that you think he served with Hebden Bridge. There are two mentions on the SJAB roll, W. Carey and G.W. Carey. The information I have given you is for W. Carey. Do you know if he had a second initial?
I have an Article that states that letters from George Pickles, and E. Carey, were often sent home from the Boer War and published in the "Old Yorkshire" paper. So I would certainly check out the local papers around that date.
There is also a memorial plaque in the Hebden Bridge Town Hall, for soldiers that died in the Boer War, so you may like a look at that.
Thank you so much once again, James - it is wonderful to have people like you to assist with information.
We are most interested to hear that the W Carey with that service number, served on a hospital ship.........and thank you for the suggestion that we write to St John headquarters - we will certainly do that. As for your query as to whether we know if the photo is definitely William Carey - we have assumed it is as an Aunt (who was a lot older than my Mother and therefore had more knowledge of the Carey family) wrote on the back of the photo. She also named Ernest Carey on another photo and with help from this forum, and much research, we found details of his death in South Africa, an article about a letter he wrote (which included the same photo we have in our possession!) and also that he is commemorated on the plaque in the Hebden Bridge Council offices. We wish we had known about these family links to the Boer War when we lived in Africa!
We will follow up on what you have told us. Thank you again.
Group to Pte J L Tadman, SJAB, on sale at BidorBuy.
The seller says:
A Group of Three Medals Awarded to Private J.L. Tadman who served with the St. John Ambulance Brigade during the Boer War.
Queen’s South Africa Medal: Cape Colony clasp. Edge impressed: “773 PTE. J.L. TADMAN. ST. JOHN AMB: BDE:
St. John Ambulance Medal (1902): Edge engraved: “773. PTE. J.L. TADMAN G.E.R. CORPS.”
Royal Norfolk Veterans Association (1909) Medal: Unnamed as issued.
Both the St. John Ambulance medal and the Royal Norfolk Veterans Association Medal are scarce.
The QSA is confirmed on the medal roll and his service with the St. John Ambulance on their roll.
Except for the noted defects, the medals are in good condition with the original ribbons, mounted for wear on a bar. The suspension bar on St.J.A. medal has become severed from the medal. The claw on the RNVA medal has rotated off the vertical.
J.L. Tadman was with the Great Eastern Railway (G.E.R) Division of the St. John Ambulance Brigade. The G.E.R operated a Railway network between London and Norwich and other destination in Norfolk and East Anglia. Tadman volunteered for service in South Africa and was stationed at Number 11 General Hospital in Kimberley. In 1909 the Norfolk Veterans were inspected by King Edward VII. Tadman received the medal here for the occasion. He probably wore this group of three medals at the Royal review.
Note: Tadman also was presented with the Norwich Tribute medal for his volunteer service in the Boer War. This is not a military award and I am listing the medal separately.
I just noted this thread and decided to set aside Christmas Cookie Baking to read thru logs of my previous ABW collection and found two SJAB's to reference in Vol 1 & 2.
Group of Four, QSA Ord. J. R. WOOD
WAR MEDAL and VICTORY, 214697 PTE. J. R. WOOD, LABOUR CORPS
SJAB Medal, 1643 PTE. J. R. WOOD, WHALEY BRIDGE DIV.
My note indicates I acquired this from Kaplan for $50.00 US but not when at that price.
QSA, CC, OFS, TRANS
1238 ORDLY A. E. MOORE, St JOHN AMB BDE
My note indicates sold as Lot 172, Glendinings, Dec. 1989
I did note the one to MOORE was not listed above.
Later I will dig thru the other logs to see if I owned addtl SJAB's