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DCMs for the Boer War 2 weeks 6 hours ago #70876

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DCM VR (1028 Serjt: P. S. Taylor. C.I.V.);
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Transvaal, Wittebergen (1028 Sgt. P. S. Taylor, C.I.V.)

Provenance: Sotheby’s, June 1984.

DCM London Gazette 27 September 1901
MID London Gazette 10 September 1901 - erroneously gazetted as Sergeant H.P.B. Taylor

One of only 14 Distinguished Conduct Medals awarded to the City Imperial Volunteers during the Boer War.

Percy Schall Taylor was born in 1870 and was a clerk by occupation. He joined the Honourable Artillery Company in 1894 and served as Sergeant of B Sub-division of the City Imperial Volunteers Battery in South Africa during the Boer War, commanding a gun. He was awarded the DCM, almost certainly for the action at Barkin Kop on 3 July 1900, where he and Sergeant Dixon of the CIV Battery fought their guns back to back and drove off a Boer Commando. Three guns of the 38th Battery, which the Boers had taken, were then recaptured. By turning trail to trail to defend themselves, a previously unheard of procedure, they fought an action that was probably unique in Royal Artillery history.

‘The H.A.C. guns on the left, hidden by their fold of ground, were not actually affected by the sudden raid we have described; but until the Australians returned, they were also left without a single protecting rifle, while they had at the same time to meet an emergency of their own, an attack on the left flank in support of the frontal raid. and to meet it without assistance too, for the detachment on their left, unlike the Australians, were very slow in returning. At one time, accordingly, the two guns were firing trail to trail, one at the Boers on their left, and one towards the right, over the heads of the disabled 38th. Under these difficult and perilous circumstances perfect steadiness prevailed.’ (The H.A.C. in South Africa edited by Basil Williams and Erskine Childers)

The HAC in South Africa clearly states on more than one occasion that the three sergeants of the H.A.C. with the CIV to receive the DCM, namely Sergeants Dixon, Taylor and Wood, were also all mentioned in despatches in the London Gazette 10 September 1901. While the mentions for Dixon and Wood’s are correctly gazetted, a clerical error led to P.S. Taylor’s mention being erroneously credited to H.P.B. Taylor, also of the HAC.

Taylor rejoined the Reserve Battery of the H.A.C. for Home Service in September 1914, and was commissioned Lieutenant in the HAC on 7 November 1914, and advanced Captain on 5 February 1915. He did not qualify for any Great War medals.
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DCMs for the Boer War 1 week 5 days ago #70920

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DCM V.R. (888 Serjt: W. J. Park. CIV);
QSA (4) Cape Colony, Johannesburg, Wittebergen, Diamond Hill (888 Sgt. W. J. Park, CIV);
BWM and VM (019822 Pte. W. J. Park. A.O.C.)

Provenance: A. A. Upfill-Brown Collection, December 1991

DCM LG 27 September 1901.

One of only 14 Distinguished Conduct Medals awarded to the City Imperial Volunteers during the Boer War.

William John Park was born at St. George in the East, London on 10 December 1877. A leather cutter by occupation, he enlisted into the 1st Tower Hamlets Rifles in 1896 and served with their detachment in South Africa during the Boer War as the senior volunteer NCO - under Sergeant Stevens, Royal Artillery - in the Machine Gun Section of the Mounted Infantry, City Imperial Volunteers. For his services during the Boer War he was Mentioned in Despatches (LG 10 September 1901) and awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Park later saw service in the Army Ordnance Corps during the Great War.
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DCM VR (3495 Pte. W. Boyd, 2nd Middlesex Regt.) with later unofficial Second Award Bar on riband;
[ IGS ];
[ QSA ];
[ KSA ];
[ 1914 Star trio ].

Provenance: Needes Collection 1911 (when sold alongside the recipient’s IGS, QSA, and KSA, and obviously before he had received a Second Award Bar); Baldwins, June 1956 (DCM only); Spink, November 1969.

DCM LG 19 April 1901
The recommendation, as recorded in General Sir Redvers Buller’s Despatch of 30 March 1900 (LG 8 February 1901), states: ‘Spion Kop. Conspicuous gallantry in constantly exposing himself, under very heavy fire, in order to obtain a better view of the enemy at whom he was firing.’

DCM Second Award Bar LG 16 September 1915:
‘For conspicuous gallantry on 14 June 1915 near Ypres. When several Officers and men of various Regiments were wounded by shell fire, this Non-Commissioned Officer, with two men, voluntarily undertook the task of rescuing them whilst the shells were falling, and eventually succeeded in bringing all into cover and then dressed the wounds. Sergeant Boyd has been twice specially promoted in the present campaign for gallantry and valuable services.’

William Boyd attested for the Middlesex Regiment and served with the 2nd Battalion on the Punjab Frontier in 1897-98, and in South Africa during the Boer War, where he was present wit hthe 2nd Battalion
‘The attack began successfully. A portion of the crest of Spion Kop was seized at 4 o’clock on the morning of 24 January by a force under General Woodgate. But a dense fog made it impossible to trace the entrenchments correctly, and when the fog rolled away the British position was found to be seriously exposed. In the face of the Boer attack, which began at 8 o’clock, it was maintained with great difficult, and an urgent request was sent for reinforcements. As it happened the 2nd Middlesex and the Imperial Light Infantry had already started. The extreme steepness of the hill made the climb difficult, and, in most places, it was necessary to ascend in single file. About midday four companies of the Middlesex had reached the summit, thrusting themselves into the firing line as they arrived, wherever their help seemed to be most needed. Without the aid of the Middlesex the hill must have been lost in disaster. That this was averted was due to the self-sacrificing valour of officers and men. It was round Aloe Knoll, at the eastern end of the crest, that the main fighting of the afternoon centred. When the retirement came at dusk the regiment had suffered heavily, with 4 officers and 38 men killed, and 4 officers and 49 men wounded.’ (The story of the Middlesex Regiment, by C L Kingsford refers).

For his gallantry at Spion Kop on 24 January 1900 Boyd was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal - one of three DCMs awarded to the Regiment for this action. He subsequently served with the 4th Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 11 November 1914 and received a Second Award Bar to his DCM for his gallantry at Ypres in June 1915.
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DCMs for the Boer War 5 days 6 hours ago #71049

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A curious pair renamed to S Braddock, 1st Durham LI. He is not on the DCM roll, this regimental number belongs to someone else and the DCM is a recast?

The seller does identify the renaming but gives no other information. IS Wright, Sydney, a coin and militaria dealer for over 45 years, add this proviso to all their current listing: 'Please Note: Due to military staff being currently unavailable, we are unable to answer Militaria related questions, nor can we supply extra photo or any more information than is mentioned in the description of the lot on offer. Sorry about that. If item is not as described, please return for full refund.'








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