DCM VR (3517 Cpl R. W. Feast, 5th Dragoon Gds: 2-8-00);
QSA (2) Nat, Tr (3517 Corpl: R. Feast. 5th Dragoon Gds:);
KSA (2) (3517 Corpl: R. W. Feast. 7th Drgn: Gds:);
BWM and VM (9092. Sgt. R. W. Feast. RAF);
Coronation 1911, Metropolitan Police (P.S., R. Feast.);
RAF MSM GV (9092 F/Sjt. R. W. Feast. RAF)
Provenance: Lovell Collection, Sotheby, November 1978; Buckland Dix Wood, October 1993.
DCM LG 19 April 1901.
MSM LG 3 June 1919.
Robert William Feast was born in St. Pancras, London, and attested for the 5th Dragoon Guards at Oxford on 9 March 1891. He served with the Regiment in South Africa, 8 February 1900 - 31 December 1900, and 26 November 1901 - 1 August 1902. He was awarded the D.C.M. for services at Volkrust, 2 August 1900, where he was taken prisoner and subsequently released. The Regimental History gives the following additional details:
‘The regiment continued to be employed on lines of communication till 1st May 1901, being kept most of the time split up in small detachments of half a squadron or even less. Patrolling was constantly carried out, so that there were daily some twenty patrols in constant touch with the Boers. On 2nd August one such patrol was sent with a guide to a farm near Wakkerstroom. It was attacked by the Boers, and the guide was wounded. Corporal Feast, who was in charge of the patrol, could have got away, but he went back to assist the guide, and they were both captured. Corporal Feast was afterwards awarded the D.C.M. for his conduct on this occasion.’
Having advanced to Corporal, Feast transferred to the 7th Dragoon Guards, 31 March 1902. He was discharged in March the following year, and joined the Metropolitan Police. He advanced to Sergeant (Mounted Police), before enlisting in the Royal Flying Corps, 31 August 1915. Feast served as a Flight Sergeant with the 8th Brigade, Royal Air Force, in the French theatre of war, 22 May 1918 - 9 January 1919. Primarily a bomber formation, this became part of the Independent Air Force in June 1918. He was discharged 30 April 1920.
DCM VR (5090 Pte. J. Banks. W. York: Regt.);
QSA (5) TH, OFS, RoL, Tr, Laing’s Nek (5090 Pte. T. Banks, W. Yorkshire Regt.);
KSA (2) (5090 Pte. T. Banks. W. York: Regt.)
Provenance: Glendining’s, June 1993.
DCM LG 27 September 1901.
J. Banks served during the Boer War with the West Yorkshire Regiment and was killed in action near Lindley on 6 May 1902, whilst attached to the 14th Battalion, Mounted Infantry, less than one month before the War ended.
DCM VR (11016 Sq:- Serjt:- Maj: W. Kirk. Imp: Yeo:);
QSA (5) CC, Rhod, OFS, Tr, SA01 (11016 Sq:- Serjt:- Major W. Kirk. 60th. Coy. I.Y.)
Provenance: BDW, September 1994
DCM London Gazette 27 September 1901.
William Kirk was born at Inver, Co. Donegal, Ireland, and attested for the 60th Company (North Irish Horse), 17th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry at Belfast on 23 January 1900. Promoted Corporal on 1 October 1900, he was advanced to Squadron Sergeant Major on 1 January 1901. He was discharged at his own request on 14 October 1901 at Green Point, Cape Town, having served continuously in South Africa since 6 April 1900.