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The Indian Contingent 5 years 8 months ago #14570

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Below are two photographs from Henry Kisch's book, 'The Siege of Ladysmith'. Sadly, we will never know the names of the Indians shown, some of whom must also have been a Talana.

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The Indian Contingent 5 years 8 months ago #14573

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Thanks Brett for that. See "page 1" for a more relaxed pic of the 69th Field Hospital.
For interest. The Indians in the 1st Picture of the 24th has 7 members in a darker uniform. ISMD. The ISMD Bengal Command had 7 hospital assistants in Ladysmith. I hate coincidences.

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Can you start naming this happy band.





Do you have a pic in Kisch book of the Hospital Department in front of a building - can not find my copy.

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Is this the one?



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Found it.- will post in the morning.

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572 3rd Grade Ward Servant
Vythee
Army Hospital Corps Madras Command

Queen’s South Africa Medal no Clasps 572 3rd Gd Ward-Servant Vythee S&TC

Present for the clasps Belfast, Talana, Defence of Ladysmith Laing's Nek

A India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Burma 1885-7, bronze issue was issued to 50 Ward Servt. Vythee, Mad. A.H.N. Corps.sold DNW



The numismatic importance of this medal is that no clasps were authorised for Ward Servants issued with the silver medal.

Rules for Adoption in the Future claims to War Medals

“Clasps may be granted to both classes when the clasp is awarded on a General Service Medal as distinctive of the operations as a whole, and not of any particular action. As, for instance, in the case of the Africa General Service Medal and the Indian Frontier Medal.”
www.angloboerwar.com/medals-and-awards/b...s-south-africa-medal

No. 18 Field Hospital, initially at Dundee, was moved to Ladysmith and sited around Market Square

The Indian hospital corps did excellent service by following after the troops during the fight and bringing in the wounded on stretchers for surgical treatment, thus rendering the extreme pain which they were suffering to be of as short-lived duration as possible. www.angloboerwar.com/books/invasion/stott-talana_hill.htm

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