Offered is a Boer War service medal, comprising Queen’s South Africa Medal, as awarded to William Hamilton, who served with the New South Wales Artillery during the Boer War.1st type Queen’s South Africa Medal with campaign bars CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE, TRANSVAAL, SOUTH AFRICA 1901 & SOUTH AFRICA 1902. impressed to: 2689 DR. W. HAMILTON, N. S. W. ART. Medal rolls are included and confirm award with all bars, with the nominal roll showing Hamilton as a Gunner, as opposed to a Driver. The embarkation rolls confirms only 175 members of the Battery sailed for the Boer War. Hamilton is shown to have subsequently servied with the 1st Australian Commonwealth Horse, being 364 Trooper, ‘A’ Battery. Postage is inluded free worldwide.
Embarkation and Return: The battery embarked at Sydney on the 30th December, 1899, in the transport Warrigal, comprising 7 officers (including Captain G. A. Marshall, A.M.C., and Rev. E. C. Beck, C.E. Chaplain, with relative rank of Major); and 170 non-commissioned officers, artificers, and rank and file, with 148 horses; 6 guns, 6 wagons, 11 carts. Arrived at Cape Town 5th February, 1900. Two of the men died in South Africa.Captain Dangar joined at Cape Town on 6th February, and remained with the battery for some months.On the 15th March, 1901. Lieutenant R: G. King, with a draft of 43 sergeants and sank and file, and 19 horses, left Sydney and proceeded to South Africa, where he joined the battery, and was posted for duty, with the section under Captain Antill, serving with Colonel Williams’ column in Transvaal.The battery having completed about 13 months’ arduous service, was ordered home, and the various sections (which had been detached for special duty indifferent parts of the country), having re-united, the embarkation took place on the transport Harlech Castle on 12th August, 1901, arriving at Sydney on 18th September ; having called at Albany, Adelaide, and Melbourne on the passage.Service “A” Battery, soon after its arrival in South Africa, joined General Settle’s column, which was then engaged in clearing the districts of Prieska, Kenhardt, and Goodania, in north-western Cape Colony.In December, 1900, the left section joined Colonel Crabbe’s column, then operating on the Orange River, and remained with him until March, 1901, taking part in the chase after De Wet in the Hopetoun district. Was instrumental in capturing De Wet’s guns north of Pompean Pan in February. Also attached to Colonel GrenfeIl’s column in Graff Reinet district, operating against Commandants Malan and Kritzinger.The battery was subsequently employed in the Transvaal with Colonel Williams’ and Colonel Remington’s columns, and took part iii the operations against the commandoes then in the field.It was unfortunate that the battery, from beginning to end, was split up, and be hardly served at all as a complete unit. Colonel Smith observes in his diary, 25th October, 1900:- ” My battery now has its right section at Vryburg, its left at Prieska, and the centre here (Upington), thus covering a front of 360 miles.” The sections, however, individually did especially good service.The nominal roll & history of ‘A’ Battery, N.S.W. Artillery in the South African Campaign can be viewed: http://www.angloboerwar.com/images/pdf/Murray_NSW_raa.pdf