DCM VR (Pte. J. Cottle. Durham Lt. Infy.);
Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek, South Africa 1901 (2792 Pte. J. Cottle. Durham Lt. Infy.) unofficial rivets between State and Date clasps;
1914-15 Star (13105 Sjt. J. Cottle. R. Ir. Fus.);
British War and Victory Medals (13105 W.O. Cl. 2 J. Cottle. R. Ir. Fus.)
Provenance: Spink, July 2010.
DCM London Gazette 8 February 1901 (in joint citation with 4154 Private G. Bennett and 5754 Private J. S. Parker): ‘On the 24th February, when the enemy would not allow us to remove our wounded, and fired heavily on any one who tried to do so, these three men all brought in wounded men.’
James Cottle was born in Bristol, and attested for the Durham Light Infantry in 1887. He served with the 1st Battalion in South Africa, 24 November 1899 - 7 July 1901, during which period Cottle’s battalion took part in the storming of Vaal Krantz (5 February 1900):
‘Their final charge that day was carried through in a way worthy of the battalion. The words of Sir Redvers Buller are, “The men would not be denied.” Their losses were heavy: 2 officers and 12 men killed, 6 officers, including Colonel Fitzgerald, and 76 men wounded...
The battalion took part in the last and successful attempt to relieve Ladysmith, and was almost constantly engaged between 13th and 27th February. On the 18th the battalion and the 1st Rifle Brigade attacked and carried the ridge between Monte Cristo and Green Hill, and losing no time, captured the Boer laager. The 4th Brigade, were on the left in the final assault on the 27th. The battalion’s losses during the fourteen days were approximately 2 men killed and 51 wounded. Six officers and 13 men were mentioned in despatches for good work in the relief operations, 3 men getting the distinguished conduct medal - another man of the Mounted Infantry got that medal for excellent work at Alleman’s Nek - and in General Buller’s final despatch 12 officers were mentioned.’ (British Regiments in South Africa 1899-1902 by J. Stirling refers)
Cottle was discharged in July 1901, only to re-engage for service during the Great War. He served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers in the Gallipoli theatre of war from 7 August 1915 (wounded and entitled to Silver War badge). Cottle advanced to Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant in January 1916, and was discharged in October 1918. He died in Dublin in 1947.
DCM Ed VII (2734 Serjt: G. Culbertson. Welsh Regt.) note spelling of surname;
QSA (6) Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast (2734 Sejt. G. Culberson, Welsh Regt.);
KSA (2) (2734 Serjt. G. Culberson. Welsh Regt.);
1914-15 Star (2561 Q.M. Sjt. G. F. Culberson, Welsh R.);
British War and Victory Medals (Q.M. & Lieut. G. F. Culberson.);
Army LS&GC Ed VII (2734 C. Sjt: G. F. Culberson. Welsh Regt.)
DCM London Gazette 31 October 1902 (Culbertson).
MID London Gazette 10 September 1901 (Lord Roberts’ despatch dated 4 September 1901) and 29 July 1902 (Lord Kitchener’s despatch dated 23 June 1902).
George Francis Gilberson enlisted for Boy Service into the Welsh Regiment on 27 January 1890, was posted to the 1st Battalion in Malta in September 1890, and was mustered to the ranks on 27 January 1894. He was appointed Lance-Corporal, 3 December 1895; Corporal, 8 October 1896; Lance-Sergeant, 11 May 1897; Sergeant, 10 November 1898; Colour Sergeant, 4 July 1902. He was awarded the D.C.M. in recognition of service during the operations in South Africa. He was posted to the 3rd Battalion (Cardiff Depot) as Permanent Staff Instructor in July 1905, and in the same capacity to the 6th Battalion (Swansea) in December 1908. Culberson was discharged to Pension on 31 July 1913.
Recalled to the regiment in August 1914, he served with the 11th Battalion in France from 5 September 1915, having been appointed Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant on 29 January 1915. He was commissioned as Quartermaster on 4 June 1917 and posted to the 9th Service Battalion, The Border Regiment.
Thomas Coad attested as Private in the Army Hospital Corps on 7 January 1884. He served in Egypt from November 1884 to July 1885, Cyprus July 1885 to April 1886 and again in Egypt till May 1889.
His Boer War service was from 9 November 1899 to 20 September 1901 and he finally took his discharge at Aldershot on 16 September 1907. On his Discharge Papers he was noted as: “Trained Sick Attendant. Superintending Cook in Military Hospital. Mentioned in Despatches 10.9.1901, 29.7.1902”
His MID of 10 September 1901 led to the award of a DCM, which was gazetted on 27 September 1901. Then in WO 108/165 (Final recommendations: Royal Army Medical Corps June 1901-August 1902). Coad was recommended for a “Clasp to D.C. Medal". This, however, was downgraded to another MID, gazetted on 29 July 1902.
There were only six 2nd Award bars to the DCM approved during the war and they were all dated. Only two of the relevant DCM's were awarded for Boer War service : if Coad's bar had been approved he would have been part of a very select group of DCM recipients.
DCM Ed VII (4617 Sq: Serjt:- Maj: M. Harrison. Imp: Yeo:);
QSA (4) Natal, Relief of Mafeking, Orange Free State, Transvaal (4617 Sq: Sjt: Maj: M. H. F. Harrison. 41st. Coy. I.Y.);
KSA (2) (4617 S. Serjt:- Maj: M. Harrison. Imp: Yeo:)
DCM London Gazette 31 October 1902. MID London Gazette 29 July 1902.
Mortimer Harry Francis Harrison was born in Portsmouth on 29 April 1865, and attested for the 16th Lancers at Gosport on 17 February 1888. Promoted Corporal on 22 June 1890, he served with them in India from 2 September of that year to 26 February 1892, and was discharged on 19 July 1892, after 4 years and 154 days’ service. He subsequently emigrated to Canada.
Following the outbreak of the Boer War Harrison attested for the Hampshire Carabineers Yeomanry at Cambridge Barracks, Portsmouth, on 8 January 1900, giving his occupation as a Canadian Cowboy. He served with the 41st (Hampshire) Company, 4th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa from 31 January 1900 to 25 April 1902, was rapidly promoted to Squadron Sergeant Major, and was for a while attached to the Bechuanaland Police for the Natal and Relief of Mafeking clasps. For his services in South Africa he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Mentioned in Despatches. He arrived home on 25 April 1902, and was discharged the following day, after 2 years and 109 days’ service.