QSA to Worcs. Regt. with 1915 Star to S.Wales Bords (man from Pershore & Beaufort, Brecon)
Queen’s South Africa, with clasps Cape Colony, Wittebergen, Transvaal [2592 Pte. H. Andrews, Worcester Regt.]
Clasps correct on rolls and papers; top clasp attached with rod.[Entitled to K.S.A.]
1914-15 Star : 14331 Pte. H. Andrews, S. Wales Bord.
These two medals are to the same man, who has quite a sheaf of service papers for his earlier career and various pension cards.
Andrews was born in Pershore in 1870 and enlisted into the 1st Worcs. Regt. in 1889, serving in India (end of service 1896) and was recalled from Reserve for South Africa.
He was discharged as time expired at the end of the Boer War – QSA roll states entitlement to two “South Africa” dated clasps, but he is also on roll for KSA itself.
He then seems to have served with 3rd Royal Garrison Regt. in South Africa and was discharged from that in Pretoria in 1905.
Later in 1905, enlisted into 6th Worcesters (Militia) and remained with them until 1911.
Re-enlisted for WW1 service into South Wales Borders (F/F 25.11.14) and later posted to Labour Corps. Medal rolls etc reflect this change.
Andrews died in 1920 of heart disease (VDH) and is buried in Brynmawr Cemetery, Blaenau, Gwent. Interestingly, he is under a Royal Welsh Fusiliers headstone – in his various pension ledger cards there is indeed a sngle ref. to his service in RWF but nothing of this in papers or the medal rolls (SWalesB and Lab Corps only) so perhaps he was briefly posted to RWF in ill-health after war and died in their service – hence tombstone.
There are various pension ledger cards tying his name, regimental numbers and next of kin together – i.e. it is the same man.
His widow was Caroline (nee Teague; married Worcester 1898) and the family was living in South St., Beaufort, Brecon, certainly from 1911 and at the time of Andrews’ death.
On original ribbons; QSA with only light contacting GVF; 1915 Star better.