Pte. W. Delooze, Gren. Gds. (Cpl. on KSA). From Winchester, Hampshire, enl. 1894 aged 18, previously a groom. mentioned in despatches, Roberts, LG 4 September 1901.
DCM Ed VII;
QSA (5) CC OFS Tr 01 02;
Austria, large Medal for Bravery, Franz Joseph 1, silver,
5 DG. Regimental Medal, Best Man at Arms 1907, silver,
Serjt. T. Gilston,1st. Dragoon Guards DCM 30/10/1901, MID LG 23/6/1902.
Regimental records record ‘This NC Officer has several times performed acts of great personal gallantry and has been most valuable as NCO in
charge of special scouting parties. Recommended for DCM’. Transferred to 5 DG in 1904. His service papers state he was from Bally William,
Tipperary and also confirms his Austrian Silver Medal for Valour. As Colonel of the Regiment, the Emperor Franz Joseph bestowed medals to
both of the DCM winners for the Boer War. One in gold to RSM Goode and one in silver to Gilton. Unique group to the British Army.
DCM Ed V11;
QSA (3) CC OFS Tr;
Serjt. A. Wheaton, Suffolk Regt. DCM LG 31/10/1902, MID 29/7/1902.
DCM (Ed V11) (Sjt. 1/Yorks);
QSA (6) RoK Paar Drie Joh DH Witt (Sjt);
KSA (2) (Sjt. Instr. Musky.);
LS&GC GV (Col. Sjt.)
H W Wilson, Yorks. Regt. DCM LG 27/9/1901, MID Lord Robert’s Despatch 10/9/1901 for gallant service with the 2nd Mounted Inf. Became A/R.S.M. 1912. Served in the Great War and commissioned into the Yorks Regt. 1915, promoted Captain he was killed in action whilst attached to the 2/E. Yorks at Loos 4/10/1915.
DCM Ed V11 (B.Sjt.Mjr. 28th. B. R.F.A.);
QSA (5) CC TH OFS RoL Tr (B.S.Mjr. 28 B. R.F.A.);
LS&GC Ed V11 (B.S.Mjr.) to W.G. Phillips)
DCM LG 27/9/1901. Most likely an award for the rout at Vlafontein 29/5/1901 where in covering the retreat of the infantry guns of the battery staged withdrawal as though on parade. Two of the guns of 28 Battery were overrun by the Boers. The guns were recaptured in what has been described as one of the finest bayonet
charges of the war. During the action the battery sustained 5 killed and 12 wounded
Colour Sergeant later Captain & Quartermaster Roland Taylor, 2nd Battalion, late 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers, and later 5th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers attached to the 14th County of London Battalion - the London Scottish, London Regiment, who took part in all his battalion’s major actions during 1899 to late 1900, and at Pieter’s Hill on 27th February 1900, was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal ‘conspicuous gallantry in attack on Pieter’s Hill’. Subsequently wounded in action at Frederikstad on 23rd October 1900, he was pensioned in 1911 and then immediately commissioned, and saw service during the Great War at Gallipoli from June 1915 whilst attached to the London Scottish, being twice Mentioned in Despatches.
Taylor had also seen service in the Third Burma War during 1886 to 1887.
DCM Ed VII (38906 B:S: Maj: F. W. B. Little. 44th. Bty: R.F.A.);
QSA (3) CC OFS Tr (38906 B.S. Major. F. W. B. Little, 44th. Bty: R.F.A.);
KSA (2) (38906 B. Serjt:- Maj: F. W. B. Little. R.F.A.);
1914 Star, with clasp (38906 R.S. Mjr. F. W. B. Little. 12/Bde: R.F.A.);
BWM & VM (38906 W.O. Cl.1. F. W. B. Little. R.A.);
Delhi Durbar 1911, silver (No. 38906. Regtl. Sergt. Major F. W. B. Little, R.F.A.) minor official correction to rank;
Army LSG, VR (38906 Bty:- Serjt:- Major F. W. B. Little. R.F.A.)
DCM LG 27 September 1901, details appearing in London Gazette 17 January 1902: ‘Exceptional zeal and gallantry on several occasions with Colonel Crewe’s Column, Cape Colony.’
Frederick W. B. Little served with the 44th Battery, Royal Field Artillery during the Second Boer War. The Battery ‘arrived at the Cape on 12th February 1900. Was engaged in the Kheis district on the lower Orange River in May, and afterwards in the western part of Orange River Colony. Two guns were with Colonel Crewe in Cape Colony in 1901 (Lord Kitchener’s despatch of 8th July), and for good work there the sergeant-major was mentioned in despatches [sic].’ (British Regiments in South Africa 1899-1902, J. Stirling refers)
Little advanced to Regimental Sergeant Major, and served during the Great War with the 12th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery in the French theatre of war from 11 September 1914. He was discharged 23 June 1916.
DCM VR (... Corpl: W. G. Down. North.. Fus.);
Queen’s Sudan (3659. Sgt. W. G. Down, 1/Northd. Fus.);
QSA (2) Belm MR (3659. Corpl: W. G. Down: Northumberland Fus.);
IGS 1908 (1) North West Frontier 1908 (3659. Sergt. W. G. Down. 1st. Bn. N...);
Delhi Durbar 1911, silver (No. 3659 Sjt. W. G. Down, 1/5. Fus.) regimentally impressed naming;
Khedive’s Sudan (1) Khartoum (3659. Sergt. W. G. Down. 5th. Fusers.) contemporarily engraved naming,
DCM LG 27 September 1901.
William George Down was born in Poole, Dorset, and attested for the Northumberland Fusiliers at London in November 1892. Down advanced to Sergeant in August 1895, and served with the 1st Battalion in the Sudan, January - October 1898. He served in Crete, October 1898 - May 1899, before serving in South Africa, September 1899 - March 1900 and July 1902 - June 1903. An obituary which appeared in the St. George’s Gazette of January 1936 adds the following for Down’s service during the Boer War:
‘In which he was present at the battles of Belmont and Modder River, and was awarded the DCM for gallantry while in command of a machine gun team.’
Having advanced to Colour Sergeant, Down served with the Battalion in India, January 1908 - October 1913. He was discharged, 17 November 1913, having served 21 years and 17 days with the Colours. Down died in November 1935.