Boer War pair – Royal Engineers
Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902,(2nd type with Ghost dates) clasps, Laing’s Nek, Belfast, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, 3327 Sapr. J. Mantell. R.E.; King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 , 3327 Sapr. J. Mantell. R.E.
James Mantell born 1875 and enlisted in the Royal Engineers in July 1899. His first set of service papers show he served at home until the 23rd March 1900, then in South Africa until the 8th October 1903. These along with the medal rolls confirm his medal and clasp entitlement, the Cape Colony and Orange Free State being issued late in 1910, and are attached with unofficial rivets. Medal rolls show service in 23rd Field company Royal Engineers, later transferring to the 5th Company. He was discharged on the 8th October 1903 at his own request.
Mantell’s second set of service papers show he re-enlisted in May 1910 into the Royal Engineers for 4 years, in 1914 he was re-engaged serving through the first world war, initially at home but later France from March 1918 being issued the British War medal, Territorial Force war medal and Victory medal.
Medals – Good Fine, wear to naming, edge nicks to second.