A North West Mounted Police Medal Group to George A. Faddy
A North West Mounted Police Medal Group to George A. Faddy - North West Canada Medal 1885; Queen's South Africa Medal, 4 Clasps - CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE, JOHANNESBURG, DIAMOND HILL (66 CORPL: G.A. FADDY, LOCH'S HORSE); and King's South Africa Medal, 2 Clasps - SOUTH AFRICA 1901, SOUTH AFRICA 1902 (1937 TPR: G.A. FADDY. S.A.C.). Naming is officially impressed on the Boer War pair, the NWCM is un-named. Un-mounted, dark patinas and bruising evident on the South African service medals, near extremely fine. Accompanied by his North West Mounted Police Application for Engagement, Engagement Certificate and Discharge Certificate, North West Canada Medal Roll, his South African Constabulary Attestation Paper, Roll of Individuals entitled to the Queen and King's South Africa Medals with Clasps, along with various service records and correspondence. Footnote: George Augustus Faddy was born in England in 1865 and later immigrated to Canada. He was a resident of Montreal, Quebec when he signed his Application for Engagement in the North West Mounted Police Force, on June 27, 1885 in Ottawa, Ontario, coming recommended by F.C. Silcock of the Johnson Fluid Beef Company of Montreal, naming his next-of-kin as his father, S.B. Faddy of West Norwood, London, S.E., England, stating that he had previous service with the "Volunteers" (Cadet Corps) in England, that he was Single and that his trade was that of Railway Worker. During his medical examination, it was noted that he was "moderately educated" and that he had two tattoos on the left side, one on the forearm and one on the shoulder. He officially enlisted as a Constable (1477) with the North West Mounted Police Force of Canada, signing his Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office on July 9, 1885 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Faddy participated in a defensive roll with the NWMP during the North West Rebellion of 1885 and is listed on the Roll of those who received the North West Canada Medal without clasp. By 1890, he was stationed in Lethbridge, Alberta. In a letter to the Officer Commanding, "K" Division, NWMP in Lethbridge, dated April 15, 1890, he wrote "I have the honour to request that you will forward the enclosed pass for one month to the Commissioner for approval, my reason being to attend to urgent private affairs in England. My intentions are to take my discharge." Three days later, his request was approved on the 18th. He was officially discharged on June 26, 1890 at Regina, having served five years and his conduct noted as "very good". Upon arrival in England, he took up residence at his father' home in West Norwood, London, S.E., England and was living there when he received a letter from a Comptroller in Canada, dated July 2, 1890. Faddy had requested information about land grants for members of the North West Mounted Police, but the Comptroller stated that the granting of land grants had been discontinued to any person who had entered the police force after July 1, 1879. Faddy later moved to South Africa, enlisting with the Natal Mounted Police and serving with them for four years. With hostilities in full swing during the Boer War, he enlisted as a Corporal (66) with "A" Squadron, Loch's Horse, the corps having been raised by Lord Loch in February 1900. It might be said that having been largely recruited in England it was not a Colonial force, but in the official army lists Loch's Horse was always included among the South African Irregulars and was disbanded in April 1901. Faddy is listed on the Roll of Individuals entitled to the Queen's South Africa Medal with four Clasps (Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill), the document dated September 4, 1901 at Cape Town. Two months after the unit's disbanding, now age 36, living in a hotel in Johannesburg and still willing to serve, he signed his Attestation Paper as a Trooper (1937) with No. 2 Troop, "A" Division, South African Constabulary, on June 6, 1901. He stated that he had five years' previous service with the North West Mounted Police, four years with the Natal Mounted Police and fourteen months with Loch's Horse. As a member of Loch's Horse, he stated that he had "traversed the country" and that he was able to ride and shoot, along with stating his marital status as Single. Faddy served one year with the South African Constabulary, before being discharged on June 5, 1902 and is listed on the Roll of Individuals entitled to the King's South Africa Medal with two Clasps (South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902), the document dated 1903 at Potchefstroom.