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Active service in the Boer War and Second World War 3 years 5 months ago #47227

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QSA (5) CC OFS Tr 01 02 (3617 Pte. M. Harrison, N. Zealand M.R.)
BWM & VM (10/3590 Sjt, M. Harrison, N.Z.E.F.)
War Medal 1939-45
NZ Service Medal 1939-45

Michael Joseph Harrison, a shepherd from Christchurch, attested for the 6th N.Z. Contingent and was embarked in the S.S. Cornwall in January 1901. A member of No. 19 Company, he served variously in Cape Colony, Orange Free State and the Transvaal and was discharged in May 1902. Re-enlisting in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in October 1915, he was drafted to the 9th (Wellington) Rifles and embarked for Egypt in January 1916. Later in the same year, he was embarked for France, where he served in the 2nd Battalion, Wellington Regiment until the war’s end. He was finally discharged as a Sergeant in February 1920. Also credited with military service in New Zealand during the 1939-45 War, he died in January 1958 and his ashes were scattered at Waikumete Cemetery.

The DNW write up suggests entitlement to the medals for the Second World War. Is it possible to verify these awards?
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Active service in the Boer War and Second World War 3 years 3 months ago #47967

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QSA (3) CC, OFS, Tr (126 Drmr: J. Maskell, Cldstm: Gds:);
KSA (2) (Dmr: J. Maskell. Coldstream Guards.);
BWM and VM (49335 S.M.1 J. Maskell. RAF);
War Medal 1939-45;
Coronation 1911, silver (126 Sergt. Dr. J. Maskell, 3rd. Bn. Coldstream Guards);
Army LS&GC GV, 1st issue (126 Cpl. J. Maskell. C. Gds.);
Meritorious Service Medal, G.VI.R. ,3rd issue, ‘Fid: Def:’ (126 Sjt. J. Maskell. C. Gds.)

John Maskell was ‘a very young barefooted boy who followed a battalion of Coldstream Guardsmen on manoeuvres near Swindon in 1893. Picked up, and found to be an orphan and a fine-spirited boy, the officers of the battalion placed him in the Gordon Boy’s Home. There he did well and became cornet player in the band, whence the officers of the Coldstream Guards took him into their own band as a drummer. He is a universal favourite and a good boy.’ He attested for the Coldstream Guards at London on Waterloo Day 1895, and was posted as Drummer to the 1st Battalion. He served with the Regiment in South Africa from 9 August 1900 until 4 November 1902, and was promoted Sergeant Drummer on 10 February 1908, having served as Drum-Major of the 3rd Battalion in Cairo. He transferred to the Army Reserve on 24 January 1912, and was awarded his Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal by Army Order 333 of 1913. Re-called to the Colours on the outbreak of the Great War, and posted to 5th Battalion, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 5 September 1916, and was advanced Regimental Sergeant Major. He was awarded his Meritorious Service Medal by Army Order 98 in 1953, and died in Fulham, London, on 15 March 1956.
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Active service in the Boer War and Second World War 3 years 2 months ago #48552

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This group just sold at Lockdales for a hammer of £290 (commission is 17.5%)


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Active service in the Boer War and Second World War 1 year 8 months ago #57844

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Highlighted in Medal News and from the Daily Sketch, 15 July 1944



There is more on Robert Scott here: www.angloboerwar.com/medals-and-awards/1...oss/231-scott-robert
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A lovely example for this thread from the next DNW auction:


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MBE 2nd, Civil
QSA (3) CC 01 02 (5290 Pte. R. H. Whittaker [sic]. 12th: Rl: Lancers);
BWM and Mercantile Marine Medals (Richard H. Whitaker) MMWM officially renamed;
1939-45 Star;
Atlantic Star;
Africa Star (1) North Africa 1942-43;
Pacific Star;
WM 1939-45

MBE London Gazette 4 January 1944, Richard Henry Whitaker, Esq, Chief Steward, Merchant Navy.

Richard Henry Whitaker was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, in November 1880. He served as a Private with the 12th Lancers during the Second Boer War, prior to his long and extensive service with the Merchant Navy. Whitaker served as Steward in Charge with the S.S. Howrata during the Great War. He served as Chief Steward of M.V. Rangitata during the Second War. The Rangitata was a passenger and cargo ship built for the New Zealand Shipping Company at Clydebank in 1929. She was requisitioned as a personnel carrier in December 1939, and served as a passenger transport ship (including evacuating children from Britain to the USA) until 1941, when she was converted to a troopship with a capacity for 2,600 men. During the course of the war the Rangitata had several narrow escapes from German surface raiders and U-Boats.
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Active service in the Boer War and Second World War 1 year 4 months ago #59887

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Described as:

Arthur Herbert Stevens
QSA Cc,OFS,Trans 5135 Pte A Stevens 18th Hussars
KSA 01& 02 as above
Both the 2 above Boer War medals have been re named to a high standard (over 100 years ago)
The details are correct to his original medals ,it is possible that he was not entitled to the CC bar
1914 star with original bar ,61 Cpl A Stevens 10th Hussars,these are officially impressed as issued (very low number),he joined the 10th Hussars 4/9/1907
WW11 defence medal (un named)
1911 Deli Dubar (un name )
GV LS & GC medal 53886 Srg A H Stevens 17th Lrs ,issued April 1922.offically Impreesed naming
GV1 MSM 53886 S/Srg A H Stevens 17/21st L,offically impressed naming
All medals on original ribbons & mounted for wear

Was born Islington,London 1881
Discharged 9/12/1925
Married Florance Betty Turner 12/12/1904
India 4/9/1907 - 6/11/1912
SA 7/11/12- 19/9/1914
BEF 6/10/1914 - 14/5/1915
BEF 31/3/1916- 6/10/1918
He was discharged by purchase from the 18th Hussars 8/4/1903 & served in rhe Boer War with them
For 1 year 298 days ,he was a Boot Maker when he enlisted on 24/2/1900 & served as a saddler in the 10th Hussars inww1

all the medals show light signs of being cleaned at some time)
Please note the QSA & KSA medals have been re named ( this was done a very long time ago)
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