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Modder River 6 years 1 month ago #11923

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Modder River 6 years 1 month ago #11928

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Hi David,
Nothing wrong with the Argyll's, I like them and the last single clasp Modder that I bought was to a rather unlucky member of their 1st Battalion, recalled back the the colours and shot through both legs at Magersfontein. :(
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Modder River 6 years 2 weeks ago #12660

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The main reason that single clasp Modder River QSAs are scarce is that many of the men involved had also fought at (and qualified for the clasp) Belmont as well.

As Frank has intimated there are single clasp Modder River QSAs to the Argylls out there, although they're far from commonplace, to Magersfontein casualties. The one below was awarded to 19 year old 6554 Pte. J. Dillon who sustained a gunshot wound to the back of the skull. Without wishing to be appear uncharitable this is most likely to have happened when the Highland Brigade infamously broke and ran during the battle.

Dillon was unsurprisingly invalided out of the army and his PIN 71 file shows he was unconscious for 3 days after the battle. The poor chap had an almost complete loss of power in his left arm and leg and was deaf in his right ear. He struggled along with his considerable disability, which severly restricted his capacity to earn a living, until his death in 1936 aged just 56.

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Modder River 6 years 2 weeks ago #12668

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Hello David,
A nice example of a single clasp and an interesting write up.
Seems Pte.Dillon never recovered from his injuries.

Paul
"From a billow of the rolling veldt we looked back, and black columns were coming up behind us."

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Modder River 6 years 2 weeks ago #12677

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Gentlemen,
Here is the last one I bought, if George Fairman "broke and ran" he would not have got very far with gunshot wounds to both legs, I expect he just lay on the veldt all day in the blazing sun, without any water, whilst his friends lay dead and dying all around him, I salute a brave man!

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Modder River 6 years 2 weeks ago #12678

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Frank - As he was shot in both legs it does seem likely Fairman was wounded in the initial attack. The reason I suspect Dillon was wounded in the mass panic retreat when the Highland Brigade broke is that he was shot in the back of the head.

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