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Barnshawe of the Lubombo Intellegence Scouts 2 years 6 months ago #49485

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I must thank the forum for the direction that the forum takes occasionally.

I have had a QSA WWI trio (missing victory) for many years to AEL Barnshawe whose QSA CC, SA01,SA02 is named to 31 Scout AEL Barnshaw FID. I have failed to find him on the QSA roll but after the flurry of activity about the FID on this forum I decided to bite the bullet and have "one more go" with amazing results.



There is no wonder I could not find him

My interest in Barnshawe ;- he went on to join the Northern Rhodesia Police as a scout

AEL Barnshaw served as a scout with the Lebombo in the Transvaal in the last two years of the war. Later he served as a scout with the Northern Rhodesian Police and in the Abercorn Telegraph Department.
Entered the East Africa, Nyasaland & Northern Rhodesia theatre of war on 29/8/1914.
“The garrison of Abercorn was a mere 12 district police under the District Commissioner, C.P. Chesnaye. On hearing of the outbreak of war, Mr Chesnaye promptly arranged the evacuation of European women and children, and sent out patrols of settler volunteers and natives to watch the movements of the enemy. The news of the war took several days to reach the German post near the border. There was no enemy action until late August 1914 when sporadic raids were commenced by native auxiliaries who cut the telegraph line between Abercorn and Fife. On 1 September a telegraphist went out escorted by 6 African police but found the line intact as far as Saisi”.
AEL Barnshaw farmed in the Abercorn Area of North-Eastern Rhodesia on a farm “Itimbwe” in the Saisi Valley before then war. The farm was used to hold cattle that were moved south to avoid Rinderpest at the start of the war. . The farm was later bought by Maxwell after Barnshaw had died complete with valuable cattle “for a mere song”. Barnshaw also ran a transport business ferrying stores from Kasama by ox-wagon with a span of eighteen oxen. The conveys would be made up of five wagons.

With some serendipity he appears on the same page of the Northern Rhodesian Journal with my Great - grandfather, William Govern Robertson and my Grandfather's best man Unwin Moffat.

So thank you.

The name on the roll is the easy part to "decipher" now. Anyone any comments on the other remarks.

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Barnshawe of the Lubombo Intellegence Scouts 2 years 6 months ago #49498

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A wonderful discovery, David! It is a reminder of how much our hobby has to offer, and also that research on the man (or woman) behind the medal is never completed.
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Barnshawe of the Lubombo Intellegence Scouts 2 years 6 months ago #49500

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Thanks Brett and for a brief moment he was in the box for City Coins.

Armed with his forenames I was able to find out that Albert Ernest Lovelace Barnshaw was born on April 22, 1876, in France, his father, Frederick, was 27 and his mother, Alice, was 24. He had one sister. He lost his mother when he was only 3, and his father when he was only 8.He was educated at the Beddington District Warehouse Clerks & Drapers School ( Now the Royal Russel School) The roll seems to hint at some relationship with the "Daily Mail"

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Barnshawe of the Lubombo Intellegence Scouts 1 week 1 day ago #63739

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Those of you with an interest in The Lubombo Intelligence Scouts ( & Steinaecker's Horse incidentally ) would be interested in an article by Don Diespecker in the Winter 1998 copy of The Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research - "Some British Countermeasures in Mozambique"



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