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Pte. W. Taylor 18th Hrs. PoW Schoeman's Kloof 5 years 5 months ago #17430

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18th Hussars QSA & KSA Pair - PoW

Queen's South Africa Medal (QSA) to: 4167 Pte W Taylor 18/ Hrs
Clasps: Talana, Defence of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Laing's Nek, Belfast

King's South Africa Medal (KSA) to: 4167 Pte W Taylor 18th Hussars
Clasps: South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902

Entiltlements are correct as per medal rolls. Noted that W Taylor is recorded as - Missing - Released on 4th September 1900 at Schoeman's Kloof (Official casualty roll location : Schoeman's Kloof
KSA medal roll state transferred to Army reserve on 19 October 1902.


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Pte. W. Taylor 18th Hrs. PoW 5 years 5 months ago #17432

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Unit history shows that your man was a member of "A" Squadron. No further details I can discover in that book; although it contains much information about the unit's movements. 18H were an excellent outfit - despite Talana - and Stirling ("Our Regiments in SA") comments that ".. nothing could possibly have been finer or more valuable than its subsequent work."
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Pte. W. Taylor 18th Hrs. PoW 5 years 5 months ago #17434

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A very good pair of medals! Thank you for showing them. When I saw the subject title, I assumed he was one of the ill-fated group captured at the Battle of Talana, but to find that his capture was much later makes him an unusual 18th Hussars casualty and his medals are therefore a rarity.

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Pte. W. Taylor 18th Hrs. PoW 5 years 5 months ago #17442

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AZYeoman,

A Talana to the 18th Hussars. What a nice way to start the day!

I looked for any account of the incident at Schoeman's Kloof in The Times but failed to find any specific action. Perhaps these men were scouting too far?

Taylor did receive two mentions in The Times.

7 Sep 00:



News of his release on 21 Sep 00:



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