IGS 1895 (1) Relief of Chitral 1895 (7204 Lce. Corpl. J. Cam, 1st Bn. K.R. Rifle Corps);
QSA (5) Tal DoL Tr LN OFS (7204 Serjt. J. Cam, K.R.R.C.), last clasp unofficially riveted;
KSA (1) SA02 (7204 Serjt. J. Cam, King's Rl. Rif.);
Delhi Durbar 1911, regimentally impressed naming, '7204 C./S. Cam, K.R.R.C.';
Army LS&GC Ed VII (7204 C. Sjt. J. Cam, K.R.R.C.)
Joseph Cam enlisted in the King's Royal Rifle Corps at Sheffield, Yorkshire in March 1892, aged 21 years. Posted to the 1st Battalion in India in December 1893, he was subsequently present as a Lance-Corporal in the relief of Chitral operations (Medal & clasp).
Having then been advanced to Corporal in January 1897, he was embarked for South Africa in May 1899 and quickly saw action at Talana and in the defence of Ladysmith. He was afterwards employed in operations in Transvaal and the Orange Free State, but he was invalided home after being hit in the left leg by a mauser bullet at Amersfoort on 7 August 1900. In the following year, and having joined the 4th Battalion as a Sergeant, he returned to South Africa, but he broke his leg jumping off a runaway wagon. He was admitted to hospital at Harrismith and invalided home (Queen's Medal & 5 clasps; King's Medal & 2 clasps).
Cam was appointed an Orderly Room Colour-Sergeant in July 1903 and went on to serve in India in the period December 1909 to March 1914. He was recommended for his L.S. & G.C. Medal in July 1910 and was awarded the Delhi Durbar Medal in the following year. He took his discharge on returning to the U.K., having recently been advanced to Orderly Room Q.M. Sergeant.