A Canadian D.C.M Medal Grouping to a Boer War Veteran
A Canadian D.C.M Medal Grouping to a Boer War Veteran - Distinguished Conduct Medal, GVR (171 GNR: A. WILSON. CAN. G.A.); QUEEN'S SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL, 4 Clasps - TUGELA HEIGHTS, RELIEF OF LADYSMITH, TRANSVAAL, LAING'S NEK (5089 Pte A. WILSON, SCOTTISH RIFLES); King's South Africa Medal, 2 Clasps - SOUTH AFRICA 1901, SOUTH AFRICA 1902 (5089 Pte A. WILSON. SCOT: RIFLES.); 1914-15 Star (171 GNR. A. WILSON. 2-H.B. CAN. F.A.); British War Medal (171 A. CPL. A. WILSON. C.G.A.); and Victory Medal (171 A. CPL. A. WILSON. C.G.A.). Naming is officially impressed. The first four medals mounted to one suspension, the First World War pair mounted to a second suspension, each with swing bar pinbacks, as worn by the veteran, original ribbons, bruising on the QSA, light contact, very fine. Accompanied by a Queen Victoria South Africa 1900 Cadbury's Chocolate Gift Tin (96 mm x 155 mm x 21.5 mm, gilt loss and contact marks), along with his DCM Award Index Card and assorted research papers. Footnote: Alexander Wilson was born on May 8, 1873 in Aberdeen, Scotland. As a young man, he fought with the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) during the Boer War, earning him the QSA with four clasps and the KSA with two clasps. He later moved to Canada, where he was employed as an Iron Worker. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 2nd Brigade, Canadian Garrison Artillery, on December 17, 1914, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the age of 41, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Mrs. A. Wilson of Aberdeen, stating that he had twelve years previous service with the colours in the Imperial Service and four years in the Reserves, along with one year in the Canadian Garrison Artillery, that he was Married and that his trade was that of Iron Worker. It was also noted in his medical examination that he had multiple tattoos, including flags on his right forearm and Queen Victoria on his upper left arm, among others. He was credited with having served in Canada, the United Kingdom and France during the First World War, earning him the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Wilson was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, as mentioned in the Supplement to the London Gazette 31370, page 6843, on May 31, 1919, date sub-heading June 3, 1919. His citation appeared in the London Gazette on November 3, 1920 and the Canada Gazette on April 24, 1920: "During two and a half years' service in the line, he has consistently displayed great gallantry and devotion to duty. On two occasions, while in charge of the water-cart, he brought it into the battery position under heavy artillery fire. On one occasion both his horses were badly wounded."