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QSAs with clasp Defence of Kimberley 7 months 2 days ago #62464

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Liverpool Medals are asking nearly £1,000 for this pair to to the KTG with later service in the 8th NZMR.

QSA (3) DoK Tr SA02 (Private C.H. Austin, Kimberley Town Guard)
Kimberley Star, 'a'
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During the siege he was with No III Section, A Company, Beaconsfield Town Guard.

Top bar to Kimberley star has been neatly engraved “C.H. Austin”, sewn onto the ribbon is a 1.5cm thick piece of shrapnel cut into a shield shape, engraved: “Kimberley Siege 1899-1900”.

Entitlement confirmed on the roll, Defence of Kimberley earned with the Town Guard, Transvaal & South Africa 1902 earned with the 2nd Regt 8th N.Z. Cont.

Charles Harold Austin did not appear to be content with his service having become besieged at Kimberley whilst working in the town of Beaconsfield which was besieged alongside Kimberley, after his discharge he returned to Southland, on the South Island of New Zealand, and was a member of H Squadron South Island Regiment, he was sent back to South Africa on the ship Cornwall on 8th February 1902, for further service with the 2nd Regiment, 8th New Zealand Contingent with service number 6028

Press Newspaper in New Zealand, 8th February 1902, lists the men who were sent overseas with the Eighth New Zealand Mounted Rifles Second Battalion: “Corporal Charles Harold Austin, Carpenter & Pattern-maker, Leet Street, Invercargill.”


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QSAs with clasp Defence of Kimberley 6 months 3 weeks ago #62563

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A considerable amount sought, even by todays standards, but, it is pleasing to actually see. despite the mounting, that the original broach upon the star has been retained.

djb wrote: Liverpool Medals are asking nearly £1,000 for this pair to to the KTG with later service in the 8th NZMR.

QSA (3) DoK Tr SA02 (Private C.H. Austin, Kimberley Town Guard)
Kimberley Star, 'a'
Shell fragment

During the siege he was with No III Section, A Company, Beaconsfield Town Guard.

Top bar to Kimberley star has been neatly engraved “C.H. Austin”, sewn onto the ribbon is a 1.5cm thick piece of shrapnel cut into a shield shape, engraved: “Kimberley Siege 1899-1900”.

Entitlement confirmed on the roll, Defence of Kimberley earned with the Town Guard, Transvaal & South Africa 1902 earned with the 2nd Regt 8th N.Z. Cont.

Charles Harold Austin did not appear to be content with his service having become besieged at Kimberley whilst working in the town of Beaconsfield which was besieged alongside Kimberley, after his discharge he returned to Southland, on the South Island of New Zealand, and was a member of H Squadron South Island Regiment, he was sent back to South Africa on the ship Cornwall on 8th February 1902, for further service with the 2nd Regiment, 8th New Zealand Contingent with service number 6028

Press Newspaper in New Zealand, 8th February 1902, lists the men who were sent overseas with the Eighth New Zealand Mounted Rifles Second Battalion: “Corporal Charles Harold Austin, Carpenter & Pattern-maker, Leet Street, Invercargill.”


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QSAs with clasp Defence of Kimberley 6 months 3 weeks ago #62568

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Hello Frank,

The top bar is less common these days not to mention being very difficult to mount well.
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QSAs with clasp Defence of Kimberley 6 months 3 weeks ago #62617

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I think it is just nice to see these days, so many are lost forever, there used to be a collector of all things Kimberley that insisted upon mounting his collection with awful polyester ribbon, but, at least he always kept the original brooches, although, they do look a little odd when court mounted for display.

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QSAs with clasp Defence of Kimberley 6 months 3 days ago #62795

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QSA(4) DoL (4505 Pte G Sheppard 1st L.N.Lanc Regt.)

Born Fulham, London. Died of Disease at Klerksdorp 17 December 1901.
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QSAs with clasp Defence of Kimberley 6 months 1 day ago #62821

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The DoK pair to J R De Melker whose brother was married to South Africa's first serial killer, Daily De Melker.




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