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Medals to Vallentin's Heidelberg Volunteers - E.F. Hopkins 1 week 3 days ago #69391

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This corps, which was raised by Major Vallentin, was largely composed of surrendered Boers, was employed on the Standerton line, their duties being chiefly to protect the line and the possessions of surrendered Burghers in the neighbourhood. But they did more active work, and on 24th May 1901 were credited with a smart capture of a laager, when they secured 9 armed prisoners and much stock. Major Vallentin was wounded on this occasion. On 24th July a party of the scouts fell into an ambush, and 4 were killed.

The medal below is to Edward Faux Hopkins, a resident of Heidelberg (in the then ZAR), a Sanitary Inspector with the government, who threw his lot in with Major Vallentin.







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Had he survived, Major Vallentin would have had quite a story to tell.
Dr David Biggins

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