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Boer war and Royal Victorian Medal group – 5th Dragoon Guards.


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Boer war and Royal Victorian Medal group – 5th Dragoon Guards.
Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 3 clasps, Defence of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Transvaal (4549 Pte. F. Smith. 5th Dragoon Guards); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (4549 Pte. F. Smith. 5th Drgn: Gds:) suspension claw tightened; Royal Victorian Medal, G.V.R., silver (Sgt. F. J. Smith, 5th D.G.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (D-20140 Cpl. F. J. Smith. 5/D. Gds:)

R.V.M. June 1916, on the occasion of the visit of King George V to Aldershot.

Frank John Smith was born in Kensington, London, and attested for the 1st Dragoon Guards in London on 27 January 1897, aged 18 years 7 months, a farrier by trade.

He transferred to the 5th Dragoon Guards in December 1898 when they were stationed in India, serving there until December 1899, when he served in South Africa until April 1902, then in India again until March 1904, and then back to South Africa until December 1908.
He transferred to the 1st Reserve Regiment of Cavalry on 9 August 1914, and served at home until finally discharged on 19 June 1919.
His L.S. & G.C. medal was announced in Army Order 106 of 1918.
Condition – Good Fine, mounted for display, the first two with edge bruising and contact marks.