A Boer War & First War Group to the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
A Boer War & First War Group to the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery - Queen's South Africa Medal, 5 Clasps -CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE, TRANSVAAL, SOUTH AFRICA 1901, SOUTH AFRICA 1902 (908 TPR: W.T. NEWNHAM. S.A.C.); 1914-15 Star (85406 R.CAN:H.ART:); British War Medal (85406 GNR. W.T. NEWNHAM. R.C.H.A.); and Victory Medal (85406 GNR. W.T. NEWNHAM. R.C.H.A.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, light contact, QSA has an "IC" scratched in after the service number and separation evident between two sets of clasps, extremely fine. Accompanied by a Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs Medal (silver and blue enamels, hallmarked with the British lion, marked with an anchor (made in Birmingham), dated marked "k" (1909) and maker marked "Mn&Wb" (Mappin & Webb) on the reverse, 30.7 mm x 42 mm, on original ribbon with pinback); a Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs "The Bell Medal" (bronze, 38.7 mm); a Premier Mine Football Board 1910 Medal (9K Gold and red enamels, weighing 5.4 grams, marked with a "9", ".375", an anchor (made in Birmingham), date marked "k" (1909), maker marked "HB.&S", engraved in the centre with the initials "WN" (William Newnham), engraved "MINER" above and "W. NEWNHAM" below, 26.5 mm, with ring suspension), along with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: William Thomas Newnham was born on December 26, 1881 on the Isle of Wight, England. He signed his Attestation Paper on December 4, 1914 in Kingston, Ontario, at the age of 32, naming his next-of kin as his wife, Mabel Newnham, stating that he had six years' previous military service with the South Africa Constabulary, that he was married and that his trade was that of Saddler. He was posted to the 22nd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, 6th Brigade, with his unit sailing for Europe on February 23, 1915. One month after arriving in England, Newnham was transferred to the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery at Shorncliffe on April 1st and after three months orientation and training entered the French theatre at Le Havre, France on July 18, 1915. On April 7, 1916, while on service with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, he fell from horse and suffered what was thought to be initially a sprained right ankle and was admitted to No. 7 Canadian Field Ambulance. He was soon transferred to Lucknow Casualty Clearing Centre, where he was reassessed and diagnosed with a fracture to his right tibia. He was transferred to No. 16 General Hospital at Le Treport on the 14th, then transferred "Sick" to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre at Folkestone on the 26th and placed at Fakenham Military Hospital at Norwich. After one month, he saw another transfer, this time to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom on May 26th, where he was to recuperate for the next seven and half weeks, before being discharged on July 17th. He reported to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre at Epsom the following day and was taken on strength by the 3rd Battery, Reserve Battalion. In a medical report dated, December 15, 1916 at Shorncliffe, the examination brought to light that Newnham was suffering from "Indigestion" for the last eighteen months, with a "Pain in (the) pit of (his) stomach two hours after eating every meal." and noting that he had "Acid". He was discharged a month later as "Unfit for Service" at Shorncliffe on January 12, 1917 and retired to his home at Stanway Cottage, Binshead, Isle of Wight. He must have moved to South Africa after the war, as his medals were posted in 1921 to P.O. Box 108, Premier Mine, Transvaal, South Africa.