Boer War Queen’s & King’s South Africa Medals to Major Claude Houston Stuart-French, who served with the 5th Dragoon Guards and was Aide-De-Camp to the Governor and Commander in Chief of Western Australia. Medals include the Queen’s South Africa Medal, with campaign bars TUGELA HEIGHTS, ORANGE FREE STATE, RELIEF OF LADYSMITH & TRANSVAAL, engraved named to Capt. C. H. STUART. 5/Drgn. Gds. King’s South Africa Medal, with date bars SOUTH AFRICA 1901 & 1902, engraved named to Maj. C. H. STUART. 5/Dgn. Gds. The full sized pair comes with the requisite miniature medals.
Claude Houston Stuart-French, born March 1867, the third son of Major-General William James Stuart and Eleanor French; educated at Sherborne School, the King’s School, Rochester, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, February 1887; promoted Lieutenant, January 1889; appointed Aide-de-Camp to the Governor and Commander in Chief of Western Australia, February 1891; transferred as Captain, 5th Dragoon Guards, October 1896; served during the Second Boer War, and took part in the Relief of Ladysmith, including operations of the 5th-7th February 1900 and the action at Vaal Krantz; the operations on Tugela Heights and action at Pieter’s Hill; operations in the Transvaal, 1900; in Natal, 1900; in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, 1900; and in the Orange River Colony, 1900; twice Mentioned in Despatches, and promoted Brevet Major, 29.11.1900; changed his name by Royal Licence to Stuart-French in 1911 in order to inherit from his elder brother Thomas the estate of their uncle Thomas French; served during the Great War with the 5th Dragoon Guards as Deputy Assistant Quarter Master General to General Burn Murdock; died of heart failure, 23.12.1916, and is buried in Bishop’s Stortford Old Cemetery, Hertfordshire.