look up / advice request Boer War
- From: Naomi <n.spannerdavies@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 20:52:49 +0000
I'm trying to find out where to find out more about a Englishman who served in the Boer War (I'm not 100% sure which one). He received a medal, and stayed in South Africa.
This is a completely new topic to me. I am not a military historian by any means. Is it a case of having to go to Kew, or are there some other things I can try first?
Also, can anyone help me interpret the abbreviations on his medal?
The details I have are:
Richard James HALES
born (from South African death certificate) c1862 "London, England"
No idea of father (that's what I'm trying to find)
He was definitely in South Africa by the birth of his child in 1902. He married a South African.
His medal says:
"135. C. SJT. MAJ: R.J. HALES, D. of E, OWN V.R."
I'm assuming Company Sergeant Major RJ HALES (?), but don't know the next bit.
In 1902 he listed his occupation as plasterer.
I've looked on Find My Past for his outward passage, but I suspect he went with the army, so not even sure why I looked!
What else could I try?
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