QUEEN’S SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL, 1899-1902, 4 clasps
QUEEN’S SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL, 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (1439 Pte S. Tyack. Rly: Pnr: Regt); officially impressed, the last clasp loose on ribbon. Attractively toned, practically as struck. Private Stephen Tyack(e), born c.1871 in Breage, Cornwall – himself the son of a Tin-Miner, from a notable local family working in the Tin industry. At the time of the 1891 Census he was himself recorded as an 18 year old Tin Miner. Presumably drawn to the development of mining operations in South Africa, we do however know that he was present in South Africa during the Second Boer War. He attested for service with the 2nd Battalion Railway Pioneer Regiment on the 14th of December, 1900, at the age of 30, having previously worked as a Shift Boss. His papers note that he had previous service at Jameson, with the ‘mounted section’. He was discharged from further service with the Railway Pioneers on the 17th of June 1901 after his 6 months service had expired, with his address of discharge listed as Central Deep G M Coy, Roodeport, Transvaal. His Wife, Mrs L Tyack, was listed as next of kin with an address of Goldsitheney Marazion (presumably Cornwall). Medal worthy of further research, particularly into his earlier service. Genealogical research appears to show him as having died in 1933. Sold with copy discharge papers, and copy roll mentions confirming this award. The last clasp loose on ribbon, probably due to its arrival at a later date. NB It is worthy of note that one Major General David Noel Hugh Tyacke, CB OBE was the last Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, who is traced to a long family line of Cornish Tin Miners, and was buried in Breage.