QSA (1) CC (Capt. J. A. Orr-Ewing. 5/Co. 2/Imp. Yeo.).
DNW Mar 14. Estimate £2000-2500
Major James Alexander Orr-Ewing, Commanding the Warwickshire Yeomanry, was killed in action at Kleis, on 28 May 1900, apparently whilst helping a wounded officer out of a river. He was the younger son of Sir Archibald Orr-Ewing of Ballikinrain, 1st Baronet, born on 22 February 1857. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, becoming M.A. in 1889. He joined the 16th Lancers in 1880, was promoted Lieutenant in 1881, Captain in 1888, and Major in 1896. Retiring from the 16th Lancers he joined the Reserve of Officers, and was gazetted a Captain in the Warwickshire Yeomanry in 1898, a Company of which he commanded at the time of his death. He was Aide-de-Camp to Lord Londonderry (Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland) from 1885 to 1890, and Aide-de-Camp to Field-Marshal Earl Roberts (Commander-in-Chief in Ireland) from 1895 to 1896. Major Orr-Ewing, who was a very keen and popular sportsman, and a good rider and fisherman, married, in 1898, Lady Margaret Frances Susan Innes-Ker, daughter of the 7th Duke of Roxburghe and Lady Anne Emily Spencer-Churchill, by whom he left one daughter.
The Warwickshire Yeomanry served in South Africa as the 5th Company, 2nd Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry, and comprised of five officers and 116 men. The Company sailed for South Africa in the S.S. Erie on 1 February 1900. At Kleis Drift on 28 May 1900, Major Orr-Ewing and two men were killed when trying to help wounded comrades in the river; another ten men were wounded.
Some papers for Major Orpen's men have survived here and are in WO126/99, it would be worth looking.
It may be that he tried to join the Price of Wales Light Horse and a look in WO126/101-104 may give you further information, but, to be really quite honest, I would be rather surprised.
Orpen's was raised at Hopetown on the 22nd of January 1900 with a strength of three squadrons, they are rather underated today and indeed, never sought the attention that some craved during the war.
They were disbanded, I believe, at Prieska, on the 1st of October 1901.
Going back to the Price of Wales Light Horse, or, "The South African Welsh" as it was known when raised in Capetown on the 18th of January 1901, I think it was a superb unit.
They were raised as an anti commando unit and it's members spent much of their time on the veldt actually chasing De Wet, who was proving to be a real pain for Lord Kitchener.
They were disbanded in Middleburg on the 31st of December 1901.
I like your medal!
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Here is a new member of the collection which arrived today.....
The medals to Lieutenant Colonel T Wilson, Army Service Corps
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OBE (Military Division), 1st Type
Egypt Medal (1) Suakin 1885 (1930 Sergt. T. Wilson, 3rd Co. C. & T. C.)
Ashanti Star, 1896
QSA (1) CC (Lieut. ‘Q.&M.’ T. Wilson, A.S.C.)
KSA (2) (Lt. ‘Q.&M.’ T. Wilson, A.S.C.)
1914-15 Star (‘Q.M.’ & Major T. Wilson, A.S.C.)
BWM & VM (‘Q.M.’ & Major T. Wilson)
Coronation Medal 1911
Khedive’s Star, 1884-6