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In 1984 my father wrote to the Ministry of Defence asking for his father's military service record. The facts are as follows, but the original letter can be seen by clicking on the image below left.

1891

Enlisted into the ranks of the Bedfordshire Regiment as a Boy and allocated No 3784 on 18th March
Mustered to the ranks in 2nd Battalion 18th September

1892

Appointed Lance Corporal - 22nd February
Promoted Corporal - 1st November

1895

Appointed Lance Sergeant 26th June
Promoted Sergeant 19th July

1899

Posted to South Africa 16th February

1900

Promoted Colour Sergeant 26th October

1901

Mentioned in Earl Roberts despatches of 4 September, as having rendered special and meritorious service.

1903

Returns from South Africa 28th January

1905

Posted to Depot 18th February

1907

Posted to 2nd Battalion 18th February

Sent to Gibraltar 28th August

1908

Promoted Sergeant Major (WO) 1st November

1909

Returns from Gibraltar 23rd February

Posted to 3rd Battalion 24th February

1914

Granted a Commission as Quarter Master Honorary
Lieutenant Bedfordshire Regiment 25th August

1917

Promoted Honorary Captain (QM) 25th August

1927

Promoted Captain 1st November

1928

Retired 13th September

 

Medals

Queen Victoria South Africa Medal with clasp
Natal, Paarleberry, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittenburgen, Relief of Kimberley Driefontein

Kings South Africa Medal with bars
South Africa 1901 and 1902