WWII Awards to 5th South African Infantry; El Alamein Participant
WWII Awards to 5th South African Infantry; El Alamein Participant - 1939-1945 Star (77843 J.C. MOSTART); Africa Star (77843 J.C. MOSTART); Defence Medal (77843 J.C. MOSTART); War Medal 1939-1945 (77843 J.C. MOSTART); and Africa Service Medal 1939-1945 (77843 J.C. MOSTART). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, semi-dark patina on the ASM, surface wear on the reverse of the Africa Star, light contact and edge nicks, better than very fine. Accompanied by copies of Index Card, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Record of Volunteer's Service and Application for Campaign Medals (1939 onwards). Footnote: Jan Christoffel Mostert was born on May 5, 1917 in Rustenburg, Transvaal, South Africa. He signed his Union Defence Force Attestation Paper as a Private (77843) with the 5th South African Infantry Brigade, 2nd Regiment Botha, on September 9, 1940 at Barberton, South Africa, at the age of 23, naming his next-of-kin as his father, J.H. Mostert of Rustenburg, South Africa, stating that he had no previous military service, that his nationality was "Afrikanen" (African), that his profession was "Boer" and that he was Single. On his Index Card, he named his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. G.M.S. Mostert of Rustenburg. He embarked Durban, South Africa aboard the S.S. Llandaff Castle on November 21, 1940, disembarking at Mombasa, Kenya on November 27th. It is worthy to note, that two years later, on November 30, 1942, the unescorted Llandaff Castle was sunk by two torpedoes fired from a u-boat on the same run (Mobassa to Durban). While in Kenya, he officially joined the 5th South African Infantry Brigade, 2nd Regiment Botha on December 12, 1940, embarking Mombasa on April 19, 1941 aboard the S.S. Dunera, arriving in Suez, Egypt on May 3rd. Mostert was hospitalized on September 5, 1942, admitted to No. 15 South Africa Field Ambulance with "Pyrexia" (fever) for a period of one month, before being discharged on October 6th, just in time for participation in the Second Battle of El Alamein. The 5th South African Infantry Brigade, 2nd Regiment Botha was part of the 1st South African Division in October of 1942. He then rejoined his original unit on November 17th. He left Suez on January 4, 1943 for return to South Africa. In his Service Records, he was declared Absent Without Leave on November 8, 1944, then declared a "Deserter" at the Army Combat Training Centre in South Africa the same day, his "Deserter" status repeated on January 4, 1944. He did return to the regiment and resumed training, before leaving for a second trip to the North African theatre, from Durban, aboard the Reina del Pacifico on April 5, 1944, arriving in Suez on April 21st. He was posted to the 9th Battalion upon arrival and after five months in North Africa, left Suez on September 17, 1945, arriving in Durban on October 1st. Mostert was discharged upon partial demobilization on November 2, 1945, credited with having served four years and 330 days in the Union Defence Force, his character noted as "Good". It also states on his Record of Volunteer's Service that he was never AWOL, nor a deserter.