A South Africa & First War Long Service Group
A South Africa & First War Long Service Group- Queen's South Africa Medal, 3 Clasps - CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE, TRANSVAAL (4173, Pte. F. BROWN, A.O.C.); King's South Africa Medal, 2 Clasps - SOUTH AFRICA 1901, SOUTH AFRICA 1902 (4173 Pte F. BROWN. A.O.C.); British War Medal (S-4173 PTE. F.W. BROWN. A.O.C.); Victory Medal (S-4173 PTE. F.W. BROWN. A.O.C.); and Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, George V, un-crowned (4173 Pte F. BROWN. A.O.C.). Un-mounted, cleaned, light contact, edge nicks, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Boer War Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificate and South Africa Medal Rolls Entitling Him to the QSA with three clasps and KSA with two clasps, plus Medal Roll entitling him to the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Footnote: Frederick W. Brown was born in 1881 and named his next-of-kin as his mother, Elizabeth Brown. He also had a brother, Frank and a sister, Dorothy. He signed his Attestation Paper on August 20, 1897 at the Depot Battery, Field Artillery, Woolrich, Kent, England, with the Royal Artillery for twelve years' service, at the age of 16, stating the he was not married and his trade as that of Boy in the Royal Arsenal. He spent eleven days in hospital, from March 7 to 18, 1898 at Woolrich with a case of Ringworm. The following year, he was designated as a Driver with the Royal Artillery on May 20, 1899 and granted his 1st Good Conduct Badge on August 20th. Brown was transferred to the Army Ordnance Corps on January 29, 1900 and soon saw service in the South African theatre during the Boer War. He was hospitalized for various ailments aboard the S.S. Armenian on the trip to South Africa, as well as at Cape Town and Pretoria, but nothing of a serious nature. For his 4 year and 250 day service in South Africa (August 9, 1900 to April 15, 1905), he earned the Queen's South Africa Medal with three clasps (Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal) and the King's South Africa Medal with two clasps (1901, 1902), as evidenced by his Medal Rolls. Upon his return to England, he was granted his 2nd Good Conduct Badge on April 1, 1903 and his 3rd Good Conduct Badge on May 20, 1909. He re-engaged for additional service with the Army Ordnance Corps on July 9, 1909. Brown officially signed on for World War I service on November 5, 1914 and is documented as having been in Cairo, Egypt in 1915. It was here that he was granted 4th Good Conduct Badge on August 20, 1915. Near the end of the war, he was appointed Lance Corporal on November 1, 1918. He spent time at the Royal Hospital at Chelsea in June 1919 before being discharged from active service on July 13, 1919 at Woolwich. His Medal Roll indicates he was entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, in addition to the 1914-15 Star (which is not presented for sale here). His overall service included: Home (August 20, 1897 to August 8, 1900: 2 years, 354 days), South Africa (August 9, 1900 to April 15, 1905: 4 years, 250 days), Home (April 16, 1905 to January 17, 1910: 4 years, 277 days), Abroad (January 18, 1910 to June 10, 1919: 9 years, 144 days), Home (June 11, 1919 to July 13, 1919: 33 days), totalling 21 years, 328 days, entitling him to the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.