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Medals to Steinaecker's Horse 4 days 3 hours ago #68423

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[BSACM (1) Mashonaland 1897]
[QSA (2) RoL Tr]
KSA (2) (Capt. J.A.Lawson. Steinaecker's H.) Officially engraved

Information from the book titled Steinaecker's Horsemen by William (Bill) Woolmore, pp232-3:

'Lawson, John Augustus, Scout/Sergeant/Lieutenant/Captain (AO281 13:2:01): He served in the British South Africa Police during the 1896 campaign in Rhodesia against the Matabele and the Mashona and again during the 1897 campaign in Mashonaland. He earned the British South Africa Company's Medal with reverse for Rhodesia and the bar 'Mashonaland 1897'.

Previous Anglo-Boer War service as Trooper n/n with E Squadron, Colonial Scouts from 5 December 1899 to 19 March 1900 and also had service as a Scout with the Field Intelligence Department. He was one of the original six scouts who accompanied Steinaecker on the Komati Poort expedition (22 March 1900 to 17 July 1900) to blow up the railway bridge there. Steinaecker sent him on ahead to Palata, the plantation of John A.Major on the Lebombo Range in eastern Swaziland. He arrived at John Major's house in time to help him fight off a Swazi impi which was engaged in the 'smelling out' and 'killing off' resulting from the death of the Swazi King, Bhunu. Lawson shot dead one of the Swazi warriors just as he was attempting to stab his assegai into John Major. Joined SH (Steinaecker's Horse) on 16 September 1900. Promoted to Captain on 8 August 1901 (AO428 7:10:01). He resigned his commission when the regiment was disbanded on 7 February 1903. Qualified for the QSA medal with clasps Relief of Ladysmith & Transvaal and his KSA with the two date clasps (illustrated at Fig 85, p233 of above book) was issued from the SH roll.

Lawson died in 1939.
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QSA (3) Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, with unofficial MID emblem (1288 Tpr: F.Hennessy. Steinaecker's Horse.)

1288 Trooper Frank Hennessy confirmed on Steinaecker's Horse nominal roll.

Information from the book titled Steinaecker's Horsemen by William (Bill) Woolmore, p209, 'Hennesy Frank, Trooper No.1288: Born Liverpool, England on 2 February 1870. He had 3 years service in the US Navy and 2 1/2 years service in the US Army. Enlisted in SH (Steinaecker's Horse) at Durban on 26 February 1901 - age 31, seaman, height 5'7'', blue eyes, fair hair, tattoo on right forearm and 'X' on left arm, address: 28 Duke Street, Southampton (same as Trooper Hanrahan). NOK: mother, Mrs M.Hennessy, Liverpool, England. Slightly wounded (accidentally) at Nomahasha on 30 June 1901. Together with Trooper D.E.Wilson he was Mentioned in Lord Kitchener's despatches for rescuing a comrade (Trooper No.1110, Trooper G.Gaines) who was taken by a crocodile while bathing in the Usutu River at Usutu Poort in Swaziland on 30 November 1901. Trooper Gaines was dead when recovered. The citation read '...for most plucky rescue of the body of a comrade which had been carried off by a crocodile.' Discharged time expired at PMB (Pietermaritzburg) on 20 September 1902 after the cessation of hostilities. Qualified for the QSA medal with clasps Transvaal, SA 1901 & SA 1902.' (this medal illustrated at Fig 82, p209 of above book)
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