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  1. Cheshire Yeomanry

    Paul Could you please clarify re. 22nd Cheshire Yeomanry. Are you saying that someone who received a Transvaal clasp could only have been in the second contingent of IY (1901-02)? My great uncle was in the 21st and received The Queen’s South Africa Medal with Clasps: Cape Colony Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902. Does this mean he was NOT in the first contingent? And must have been in the second? I had assumed he was in the 1st and stayed on with the second. He came from Cheshire and was in the Cheshire Yeomanry. Many thanks John
  2. Cheshire Yeomanry

    My cousin and I are looking for any information on F.T. Allen, who we believe is her grandfather and my great uncle, Frederick Thomas Allen (1877-1951), born in Church Street, Runcorn. According to http://www.angloboerwar.com/unit-information/imperial-yeomanry-by-company/2296-21st-company-2nd-battalion, F.T. enlisted as a trooper, No. 29918, in the 21st Company (Cheshire), 2nd Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Whether this was in January 1900, when most of the coy. was raised, we do not know. The first contingent of the 21st arrived in South Africa 25 February 1900. FT was awarded The Queen’s South Africa (QSA) Medal with clasps for Cape Colony, the Orange Free State, and the Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902. I guess this means he was involved in relieving Ladysmith, Kimberley and Mafeking - and presumably Johannesburg and Pretoria. Action in Cape Colony was between 11 October 1899 and 31 May 1902; in the Orange Free State between 28 February 1900 and 31 May 1902; and in the Transvaal, 24 May 1900-31 May 1902. He was discharged as "medically unfit" on 4 April 1902, which likely means that he was also involved in the guerrilla war after the war "ended". We are trying to fill in more detail of where the 21st went during the Boer War and in which actions the unit was involved. If anyone has some details, including any on FT, I would very much appreciate receiving them. Many thanks Best wishes John
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