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  1. Hi Lynn, My apologies for the belated response, I am currently in Bangui in the Central African Republic where I do not have regular access to the internet and will be travelling again soon and I should then be online more often. Can you provide a copy of the newspaper article please? The information I have is what I managed to find out about him in the Defence Archives do any additional information would be very welcome. Regards, Will
  2. Thanks Owain, Unfortunately, it is not named. Regards, Will
  3. The medal arrived safely in Juba on Saturday. Thank you all for the advice and assistance. Regards, Will
  4. I think many of the senior officers present may have had similar items which would have been kept in the rear areas during the offensive. I am also fortunate to have General Lukin's "batman's" medals who served with him in this capacity in the Anglo-Boer war and also the 1914 rebellion and German South West Africa campaign. Lukin went so far as to get parliamentary permission for his man to accompany him to the Western Front as a member of the South African Mounted Rifles and he therefore kept his regular status in the Union Defence Force and he did not attest in the 1st South African Infantry Brigade.
  5. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_11_2013/post-3034-0-01412500-1383892149.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_11_2013/post-3034-0-84920100-1383892033.jpg Documentation and other items from the suitcase relating the opening of the Delville Wood memorial in 1926.
  6. Thanks Brett, Part of our responsibility is to preserve our proud military heritage. Regards, Will
  7. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_11_2013/post-3034-0-18464500-1383807600.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_11_2013/post-3034-0-27916700-1383807583.jpg As stated by Chris, the quality is of a very high standard.
  8. I was very fortunate to have obtained these items approximately ten years ago. The hallmarks on the items indicate production at the time of the Anglo-Boer War which further suggests that this suitcase was with the General throughout the Boer War, 1906 rebellion and the German South West Africa campaign. He also attended the Delville Wood memorial inauguration in 1926 and was the representative for the German South West African campaign veterans. The suitcase contained a number of items from the inauguration which included menus, seating plans and other items.
  9. Thanks Brian, They do come up but research is obviously paramount. This is another Sandfontein P.O.W. in the collection, he does appear on the official casualty return after the battle. Regards, Will
  10. Thanks Brian, My first "find" here in almost 2 years. Regards, Will
  11. It is very possible, unfortunately the research available on these helmet flashes are not complete and I have some in my collection that I have not been able to identify.
  12. 1. Military Medal and Bar 2. Queen's South Africa Medal (unnamed medal that came with the group) 3. British War Medal 1914-20 4. Victory Medal
  13. W I have posted some details on this unit in previous posts and this is the third group that I have the privilege to be custodian of. I am busy with deliberate research on the unit and every individual that joined and is listed as being part of this very elite unit. Lance Corporal Frederick Stober joined the South African (Baileys) Sharpshooters on the 27th of June 1916. He was 37 years old and had passed the very stringent selection to become a member of this illustrious unit. Stober was born in Claremont in Cape Town. A carpenter by trade, he was a resident of Kenilworth, Cape Town at the time of his attestation. He was married to Maria Stober and their ceremony had taken place on 10 June 1904 in Calvinia in the Cape Province. The couple had five children with the last child having been born in October, 1916. He is described as having being sallow with dark hazel eyes and stood at 5 feet and 8 inches. His weight was given as 144 pounds on attestation. Stober had seen active service during the Anglo-Boer War and was Trooper No 606 in Warrens Mounted Infantry. He joined on the 27th of June 1901 and remained part of the unit until 19 July 1901. It was during this period that he encountered a very serious bout of enteric fever. After recovering, he joined the South African Light Horse as No 36288 Corporal Stober and served until 13 May 1902 when he left as time expired. As No 20 in the South African Sharpshooters, he joined the 1st Northamptonshire Regiment on 1 December 1916. His service as a scout/sniper was duly recognised and he was awarded the Military Medal and Bar in accordance with the London Gazettes that were dated 13 and 17 March 1919 respectively. The arduous life and exposure to the elements had a major negative effect on Stobers health: Served in Boer War, eneteric fever, joined for overseas. Transferred to H.1 (sd) E. Basil Brooke, Capt. S.M.C. 5.2.18 Mist. Rhei c Gent tds. Influenza in France Nov.1916. Dec.1916 felt pain in back and legs. Went on Med. Duty till March 1917, went sick pains in legs and back. Went to hosp. Rouen 3 weeks, marked nephritis, transferred to hospital Manchester 12 days and transferred to Richmond May 20th 1917. Returned to France to duty June 1917, felt ill indefinite pains in back and legs. Carried on until Jan. 1918. Went sick 24.1.18 with ischic rectal abscess. Sent to Etaples, transferred to Richmond 3.2.18. Present condition: feels tired, slight pain across back and left shoulder, legs stiff and weak. Heart sounds normal, no enlargement. 8.2.18 Bilharzia ova in urine. Mist. Salcl.tds. 6.3.18 Less pains in limbs, not much haematuria. 10.3.18 is much improved, no symptoms of circulatory disturbance. Recommended 10 days furlough class 2. Signed .B.J. Guillemard M.D. He was discharged on 27 June 1919 being temporally unfit for War Service. This was a decision made by a Medical Board on 30 May 1919. His military character was described as being Very Good and he had served for three years and one day. This took place at the Dispersal Depot at Maitland in the Cape.
  14. Thank you. He was a pilot and there is a very good photograph of him in the uniform wearing a white early SAAF Wolseley pattern helmet which I hope to post soon.
  15. The son still has the decorations, medals and other items. The owner of the uniform was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross during World War 2.
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