Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, ghost dates, three clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, awarded to Private T. Astbury, 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, who saw service during the Boer War from March 1900, being present on operations in the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, and was severely wounded in action at General’s Nek on 18th February 1901.
Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, ghost dates, three clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal; (4988 PTE T. ASTBURY, S. STAFFORD REGT.)
Tom Astbury was born in Walsall, Staffordshire, and having worked as a carter and seen service with the 4th Militia Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, then attested for service with the regular army at Wednesbury on 18th February 1897, joining as a Private (No.4988) the South Staffordshire Regiment. Posted from the Depot at Litchfield to the 1st Battalion on 22nd May 1897, he was posted to Gibraltar from 13th November 1899, and then home from 9th February 1900. With the ongoing Boer War, he was then posted to South Africa from 17th March 1900, and saw service on operations in the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal and was severely wounded in action at General’s Nek on 18th February 1901. Appointed to Lance Corporal on 27th September 1902 and promoted to Corporal on 23rd July 1903, he was posted home from South Africa on 4th June 1904 and transferred to the Army Reserve on 17th February 1905, before being discharged on 17th February 1909. Additionally entitled to the King’s South Africa Medal with two clasps. Heavily polished, only Fine