SAGS (1) 1878 (LIEUT: H. PARKIN GRIQUALAND WEST L.I.)
BSACM reverse Rhodesia 1896 (0) (LIEUT H PARKIN TROOP G BFF)
QSA (2) Transvaal SA01 (1748 SERJT. H. PARKIN IMP. LT HORSE)
Herbert Parkin was born on 28 November 1849 at Port Elizebeth, Eastern Cape and served as Lieutenant in the Griqualand West Light Infantry during the 1878 campaign against the Griquas. 110 Medals issued to the Griqualand West Light Infantry, of which 85 medals were returned unissued, making Lieutenant Parkin’s one of just 25 medals issued. Parkin later joined the Lieutenant in the Matabeleland Mounted Police; serving with ‘G’ Troop, Bulawayo field Force under Captain H S Gradwell during the campaign in Matabeleland (BSAC medal). Having attained the rank of Sub- Inspector, he resigned from the Police in October 1896 and became an in keeper. However during the Boer War he again saw active service as a Sergeant in ‘D’ troop, Imperial Light Horse. A biography notes he was a Sergeant/Scout with this unit and that he was killed near Klerksdorp on 22 August 1901. However the Boer War casualty roll notes he died of disease at Matjespruit on this date and was interred at Klerksdorp.
Reginald Cottenham Luxford was born on 27 June 1870 at Dalton, South Africa, the son of Sussex-born John Cottenham Luxford and Edith Mary Perfect. A farmer by occupation, he joined the Natal Police on 14 April 1896 (No. 1622) and served soon thereafter in the Natal Troop Volunteer Corps who were engaged in putting down the rebellion which had started in Rhodesia; as 1 of approximately 59 volunteers, the Troop were described as 'picked men' who, 'with few exceptions, were old hands at the game' (The Natal Witness, 15 April 1896, refers). On 2 May he served under the B.S.A. Company and left Durban bound for Beira aboard the S.S. Umbilo (The Natal Witness, refers).
Returning home, Luxford served in South Africa with the 1st Battalion, Imperial Light Horse, from 27 September 1899 until his discharge on 11 April 1900, and then transferred as a Private to Steinacker's Horse. He died of disease at Fort Mpisane on 11 June 1901, leaving effects to the value of £2489 13s. 11d. to his widow, Elizabeth Marion Hussey. He is commemorated upon a brass memorial plaque in St. Mary the Virgin's Church, Salehurst, Sussex.
With Steinaecker's Horse he earned Tr (WO100/276p111) and SA01 (WO100/276p163).
QSA (3) Orange Free State, Transvaal, Relief of Mafeking, slight damage to top clasp facing and signs of this having been added later (697 Pte. C. Buckholz. Imp: Lt. Horse.)
I can see his OFS & Tr but not the RoM. Having previously served in the CDF, he only joined the ILH on 31 July 1901 and served until 14 February 1902. The nominal roll suggests date clasps issued and these two clasps are listed on WO100/251p175.