Queen’s South Africa, clasps Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesberg, Diamond Hill, Belfast, KSA with usual two clasps; AGS, Edward VII, clasp Somaliland 1902-04, 1914 trio with MID leaf.
to – 13083 Dr. W. Witham ASC (on QSA and KSA), L.Cpl. on AGS, T-13083 Sjt. on Star and Cpl. on pair.
A very attractive and scarce group, with 6 battle bars and a rare Somaliland – two ASC companies (15 and 22) supplied men for the Somaliland campaign but only approx. 75 ASC men in total received the clasp.
With campaign details, medal rolls and copied papers with great detail – born Brigg, 1877 and a farm servant when he enlisted in ASC in 1896.
Served in SA with 13th Coy. between 6th Oct. 1899 – 16th July 1903.
Straight from Durban to Berbera in 1903 with ASC contingent (he was from 22nd Coy) and served there through 1903.
To Reserve in 1904 and re-engaged for a further period in 1912.
Entered French theatre on 20.9.14 but no sign of award of dated clasp.
Served on Western Front (via St. Nazaire) with the transport train of the Meerut Division, Indian Army.
In Jan. 1916 posted to 181 Tunnelling Coy. RE and was Mentioned in Dispatches LG 5.6.16. Remained with 181 Coy RE until discharge while on leave 8th Jan. 1919.
His conduct sheets show why he never received a LSGC!
We believe that he died in Scunthorpe in 1952.
Medals in GVF/NEF conditon with only light contacting to earlier three medals and toning.
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