QSA (1) (8714 Pte M. Carty, 1st Battalion Scots Guards)
Killed in Action at during the Battle of Belmont on 23rd November 1899.
With presumably his Son’s British War Medal & Victory Medal pair, 201295 Pte H.J. Carty, Royal Berkshire Regiment.
Also period newspaper cutting regarding his death, Q.S.A. near mint and dark toned, the Pair also in unworn condition.
A very rare and emotive Belmont Casualty during the First Guards Brigade action of the war, the Battalion having only arrived the week earlier.
Michael Carty was a reservist, brought into the Army for the Boer War, eager to serve his country with his job back home in England awaiting his safe return and his Wife and two children, The Scots Guards were ready for war and were inspected by the Prince of Wales at Chelsea Barracks on 16th October 1899, having entraing at Nine Elm Station they embarked on the Nubia and arrived 3 weeks later in Cape Town, South Africa on 13th November.
A newspaper cutting describes him well;
“A READING MAN KILLED AT BELMONT
Amongst the soldiers who fell in the battle of Belmont on Nov 23, when Lord Methuen’s Brigade defeated the Boers, was Private M. Carty (8714) of the 1st Scots Guards. Carty lived at 21, Surrey-place, Caversham, and was employed at the G.W.R. Works. He Leaves a widow and two children. He was a man of fine physique, and when called upon to rejoin the colours he expressed pleasure on learning that his place at the G.W.R. Works would be kept vacant for him.”
A great and decisive victory for the British, the Battle of Belmont caused few casualties in their defeat of the Boers, sadly Pte Carty was one of 10 men from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards to be killed in action, out of total of 52 men from the Army, comprising of 4 Officers and 48 N.C.O.’s and other ranks.
The total casualties to the Force being 52 men Killed, 240 Wounded and 2 Missing in Action.
During the Boer War, the 1st Battalion Scots Guards had 33 N.C.O.’s and Men killed in action, Michael Carty on of the 33, with 43 died from disease and 78 wounded in action, they also lost 2 Officers to disease and had 6 wounded in action.
Upon arriving in South Africa the 1st Battalion Scots Guards as part of the Guards Brigade was swiftly on the war path to relieve Kimberley, headed by Lieutenant General Lord Methuen, Scots Guards.
They started off on 21st November, only two days later engaged at Belmont, The Guards Brigade were sent by Methuen on a Night March to outflank the Boers as they sat atop the Belmont Kopje, ready to be assaulted, although the maps were faulty and the Guards instead found themselves right in front of the Boers.
At 2am on 23rd November, the Battalion paraded and advanced to the rendezvous point at 3:15am.
The Battalion then launched its attack on Spur Hill, near Belmont around 4 a.m.
Near the top of the hill, they confronted a fierce Boers opposition holding the top, they fixed bayonet for a last push and took the hill, taking numerous casualties including Pte Carty.
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