DCM VR (64 Serjt:-Maj: W. Smith. 3rd. K.O. Scot: Bord:);
IGS 1854 (1) Chin-Lushai 1889-90 (64 Sergt. W. Smith. 1st Bn. K.O. Sco. Bord.);
QSA (3) CC OFS Tr (64 Serjt:-Major W. Smith. K.O. Scot: Bord:);
KSA (2) (64 Serjt:-Maj: W. Smith. K.O. Scot: Bord:)
DCM London Gazette 27 September 1901. MID London Gazette 10 September 1901.
William Smith was born in Duns, Berwickshire. A Saddler by occupation and a member of the 1st Battalion Berwick Volunteers, he attested for the King’s Own Scottish Borderers at Berwick on 3 January 1882, aged 19 years, 4 months. He served overseas in Gibraltar, February-June 1886 and India and Burma, February 1889-February 1991. In the East Indies he took part in the Chin-Lushai Expedition of 1889-90, serving with the Gangaw Column.
He then served in the Second Boer War, March 1900-May 1902. As a Sergeant-Major with the regiment he was mentioned in Lord Robert’s despatches and awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. On his discharge in 1903 he settled in Edinburgh and was again employed as a Saddler. With the onset of the Great War he attested for the Army Reserve (Special Reserve) at Leeds in September 1914 - then aged 51 years. He served as a Sergeant-Major with the West Yorkshire Regiment based in England, September 1914-April 1916.
Sergeant-Major Smith died at Calstock, Cornwall on 6 August 1928.
DCM VR copy
QSA (6) Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittebergen and with unofficial MID emblem (81 Pte C.F.Selmes, N.S.W., A.M.C.)
DCM: LG 27/9/1901, p6329 to Pte G.F.Selmes, NSW Bearer Coy.
MID: LG 16/4/1901, p2607 to Pte G.F.Selmes, NSW Bearer Coy.
George Francis Selmes, 1st Contingent Army Medical Corps; Emb.28 Oct 1899; RTA 13 Dec1 900 arriving on 08 Jan 1901.
George Selmes had been a Constable for 3 years in the NSW Police Force attached to No.3 police station before his departure to South Africa as a member of the bearer section of the A.M.C. After his return, Constable Selmes continued on with his police service, was promoted to Constable First Class and transferred to Traffic Police. In July 1902 he resigned and moved to settle in Johannesburg, South Africa. His mother was a resident of Kogarah in Sydney, NSW.
The unusual MID emblem on the DCM pair in Nobles Auction is from the late Bill Woolmores collection. I knew Bill in Melbourne in the 80's and I recall he had these privately made out of frustration that medals of this period had no visible recognition of a MID.