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Modder River 2 years 9 months ago #50785

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Group to H F Stevenson, from BidorBuy.


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An extremely rare QSA / WW1 medal group with single clasp Modder River and Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal all named to Sgt H.F.Stevenson, 62 Battery RFA.

According to the records, he was not wounded but if one reads the history, the 62nd Battery was held in reserve at the Orange River Bridge during the battle at Belmont. When the Boers attacked at Modder river, the 62nd Battery were forced matched to Modder river to assist in the battle. In twenty-eight hours the 62nd battery had covered sixty-two miles, at the expense of six horses which fell dead in their tracks, and of about forty more, which never recovered from the fatigue of this forced march. The weather was extremely hot and a large number of men fell due to fatigue. It is possible that Sgt Stevenson was amongst them as this could be one of the reasons that he only earned the single clasp (see his medical file).

This medal group was awarded to ABSM Henry Francis Stevenson. He attests as a Driver on the 14th June 1892. He is promoted to Corporal on the 31st October 1898 and Sgt in 1900. He receives his single clasp Modder river while serving with the 62nd Battery RFA. He also serves in France during WW1 for 250 days as part of the British Expeditionary Force and earns the 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. This combination is very rare and the fact that the single clasp is confirmed in his records makes this group highly collectable. All other medals are confirmed in his records and the medals are correctly inscribed. He is invalided during the Boer War (1901) and returns to England. He is discharged from the Army on the 21st September 1917. It is interesting to note that his medical file clearly indicates that he was affected by the adverse climate in Africa, liver and spleen became enlarged and he suffered some damage and this caused his disability.
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Modder River 2 years 9 months ago #50798

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Hello David,
Where were these particular lists you show actually published?
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They were from The Times, Frank.
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Hello David,
Okay, now I see, so a continuation from the previous post also from The Times, I see George Fairman was not listed in that particular issue, which I assume was actually the 14th of December 1899?
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Good heavens, what on earth am I talking about, you are referring to the events of the 28th of November and not the 11th of December, never mind, there has been far too much champagne drunk here!


Frank Kelley wrote: Hello David,
Okay, now I see, so a continuation from the previous post also from The Times, I see George Fairman was not listed in that particular issue, which I assume was actually the 14th of December 1899?
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Modder River 2 years 8 months ago #51759

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djb wrote: Group to H F Stevenson, from BidorBuy.



Seller's description:

An extremely rare QSA / WW1 medal group with single clasp Modder River and Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal all named to Sgt H.F.Stevenson, 62 Battery RFA.

According to the records, he was not wounded but if one reads the history, the 62nd Battery was held in reserve at the Orange River Bridge during the battle at Belmont. When the Boers attacked at Modder river, the 62nd Battery were forced matched to Modder river to assist in the battle. In twenty-eight hours the 62nd battery had covered sixty-two miles, at the expense of six horses which fell dead in their tracks, and of about forty more, which never recovered from the fatigue of this forced march. The weather was extremely hot and a large number of men fell due to fatigue. It is possible that Sgt Stevenson was amongst them as this could be one of the reasons that he only earned the single clasp (see his medical file).

This medal group was awarded to ABSM Henry Francis Stevenson. He attests as a Driver on the 14th June 1892. He is promoted to Corporal on the 31st October 1898 and Sgt in 1900. He receives his single clasp Modder river while serving with the 62nd Battery RFA. He also serves in France during WW1 for 250 days as part of the British Expeditionary Force and earns the 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. This combination is very rare and the fact that the single clasp is confirmed in his records makes this group highly collectable. All other medals are confirmed in his records and the medals are correctly inscribed. He is invalided during the Boer War (1901) and returns to England. He is discharged from the Army on the 21st September 1917. It is interesting to note that his medical file clearly indicates that he was affected by the adverse climate in Africa, liver and spleen became enlarged and he suffered some damage and this caused his disability.


I have been fortunate to acquire this group yesterday, been looking for a 62nd Battery Modder River medal, so with this group there was a reasonable amount of Icing as well!

Just to put the record straight he was awarded a 14-15 Star NOT a 14 Star.

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