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Can anyone tell me anything about the history of the 62nd, during the Boer war. I`m trying to find out there role in Cape Colony & Wittebergen.

I`m trying to research this man......

6287 Pte R F C Thomson 62nd Coy Imperial Yeomanry

Born in Belfast Northern Ireland 20/11/1875, son of William & A M Thomson, of Fountain Ville, Belfast Northern Ireland. In January 1900, he enlisted in the Middlesex Yeomanry, giving his trade as horse dealer. He is entitled to the Queens South Africa Medal, with clasps Cape Colony & Wittebergen. He served 4 years with the Middlesex Yeomanry.

He joined the 14th Regiment on the 29th September 1915, in Vermont DC aged 39 and 11 months. His employment as Rancher. He was part of the 104th F&C Militia, stating that he had previous military service with the 62nd Yeomanry. His next of kin was his sister, who lived at Caragh Lake, County Derry, Ireland. He was 5` 8”. A 36” inch chest, with fair complexion, hazel eyes and hair turning grey. Various scars and birth marks, but on his right fore arm a tattoo of the 62nd Yeomanry.

Killed in action Tuesday the 26th September 1916 (Somme), serving as a Pte in the 14th (Royal Montreal Regiment) Canadian Regiment. Aged 40. No known grave, he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial.

On the 26th September 1916, the 14th Regiment attacked Thiepval Ridge, on the Somme.

I think I`ve got his WW1 service sorted, but am having problems finding about his Boer War service, can anyone help?

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hi gordon, all i can tell you that the 62nd imperial yeomanry went out to south africa with 150 men. and all got the cape colony,wittenbergen clasps & 120 men got the south africa 1901 clasp.but what is unit did i can,t help there mate. plus have you try national archive of canada you can get a copy of his army papers free(.www.archives.ca) just put his name in .it may come up. good luck mate.paul

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HI GORDON, IF YOU JUST STARTED BUYING QSA TO IMPERIAL YEOMANRY.TRY TO GET THIS BOOK.BRITISH BATTLES AND MEDALS BY MAJOR L.L.GORDON.IT NAMES ALL THE IMPERIAL YEOMANRY UNITS IN SOUTH AFRICA.TELL YOU THE NUMBER OF THE MEN IN THE UNITS .AND THE CLASPS TO EACH UNITS ON THE QSA.YOU CAN PICK IT UP ABOUT 20-25 POUNDS.THE 1979 EDITION IS THE BEST IF NOT JUST ASK AS I GOT A COPY & I WILL ALWAYS CHECK IT UP FOR YOU OR ANYONE YOU NEEDS HELP. PAUL

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