Queens South Africa Medal 1899-1902, four clasps: Cape Colony, Defence of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Transvaal; (3084 PTE J. NESBITT. 11TH HUSSARS.)
John Nesbitt saw service as a Private (No.3084) with the 11th Prince Albert’s Own Hussars, and was then attached to the 5th Princess Charlotte of Wale’s Dragoon Guards, and saw service during the Boer War on operations in the Cape Colony, and then during the defence of Ladysmith from 3rd November 1899 to 28th February 1900. Nesbitt then became the Servant to Lord Cardigan. As the servant to George W.J.C. Brudenell-Bruce, the future 6th Marquess of Ailesbury, who saw service during the Boer War as a member of the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry and was serving with the Transport Department of the Natal Field Force at the relief of Ladysmith, Nesbitt, who was employed with Cardigan after his release from the siege of Ladysmith, would have found himself employed with a number of units to which Lord Cardigan was attached, and is shown on the medal roll for the 42nd Company, Army Service Corps as well as on the roll for the men of the 11th Hussars attached to the 5th Dragoon Guards. During the Boer War, Lord Cardigan who had taken part in the relief of Ladysmith, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 27th September 1901.