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Moedwil 1 week 4 days ago #67063

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QSA (5) Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal (72560 Corl A. E. Graham. 28: B, R.F.A.);
KSA (2) (24149 Bmbr: A. E. Graham. R.H.A.);
Army LS&GC GV (24149 Bmbr: A. E. Graham. R.H.A.).

Corporal Alfred Ernest Graham, of Hull, Yorkshire, attested for service in April 1889, and was severely wounded in action during the action at Moedwil on 30 September 1901. He also served as Master Tailor for a period of 12 years, and retired from further service
on 30 April 1902, having served for just over 13 years.
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From the next Morton and Eden sale:

QSA (3) Cape Colony, Transvaal, Wittebergen (12081 Pte. H. Gunton, R.A.M.C.);
KSA (2) (12081 Pte H. Gunton. R.A.M.C.);

Private Henry Gunton, of Whitechapel, London, was slightly wounded during the action at Moedwil on 30 September 1901. He was one of just 4 RAMC. personnel wounded. Serving throughout the Great War from 1914 onwards, his two MICs appear to state the he forfeited his Great War entitlement, for reasons as yet unknown, despite reaching the rank of Acting Staff-Sergeant for a time. He was demobilised on 20 February 1919.
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Private William Bees, VC

William Dolman Bees VC (12 September 1871 to 20 June 1938) was born in Midsomer Norton, Somerset. He joined the 1st Derbyshire Regiment 7 March 1890 aged 18. He served in the Tirah Campaign, 1897-8.

VC citation, LG 17 December 1901:

Private Bees was one of the Maxim-gun detachment, which at Moedwil, on the 30th September, 1901, had six men hit out of nine. Hearing his wounded comrades asking for water, he went forward, under a heavy fire, to a spruit held by Boers about 500 yards ahead of the gun, and brought back a kettle full of water. In going and returning he had to pass within 100 yards of some rocks also held by Boers, and the kettle which he was carrying was hit by several bullets.

He was promoted to Corporal for his action at Moedwil.

The VC was presented by Lord Kitchener 30 July 1902.

Bees was discharged 18 September 1902.

During the Great War, he served in various posts in the UK and was affected by ill health.

His VC is on display at the Sherwood Foresters Museum, Nottingham Castle.
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The Moedwil QSAs sold for quite reasonable prices this afternoon:

QSA (4) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (24448 Tpr: A. J. Woods. 69th Coy Imp: Yeo:),
£550

QSA (4) Belmont, Modder River, Paardeberg, Johannesburg (23691 Gnr: G. A. Chambers, R.F.A.).
£170

QSA (5) Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal (71409 Gnr: W. Homer, 28: B, R.F.A).
£320

QSA (5) Rhodesia, Relief of Mafeking, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (Lieut. E. E. White, Imp: Yeo).
£750

QSA (5) Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal (72560 Corl A. E. Graham. 28: B, R.F.A.);
KSA (2) (24149 Bmbr: A. E. Graham. R.H.A.);
Army LS&GC GV (24149 Bmbr: A. E. Graham. R.H.A.).
£240

QSA (3) Cape Colony, Transvaal, Wittebergen (12081 Pte. H. Gunton, R.A.M.C.);
KSA (2) (12081 Pte H. Gunton. R.A.M.C.).
£160
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