Military Medals and Decorations
A King and Queen’s South Africa Pair to Lieutenant A.H. D. Blair
Item Reference: HG52705
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A King and Queen’s South Africa Pair to Lieutenant A.H. D. Blair, Imperial Yeomanry comprising Queen’s South Africa Medal, type 3, three clasps, Cape Colony, Transvaal, Wittebergen, (6852 Cpl A.H. Blair 44th Coy 12th Imp Yeo:); King’s South Africa Medal, two clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, (Lieut. A.H.D. Blair Imp. Yeo.) Both officially impressed, very fine.
Alexander Hugh Derenes Blair was born in Nairn in 1878, he enlisted into the Imperial Yeomanry, giving his trade as electrical engineer on the 9th January 1900, aged 22 years 3 months, he stated that he had previously served with the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders and had purchased his discharge in 1897. He enlisted for the “duration of campaign”.
He attested as Private at Norwich on the 9th January 1900 and served Home until 2nd March 1900 then he was posted to South Africa. He was promoted Corporal on the 16th September 1901 and was discharged to Commission on the 76th December 1901. He was discharged, at his own request on the 15th June 1901 from the 44th Company Imperial Yeomanry.
His Service Papers and relevant medal rolls confirm the award of both medals and all clasps. A rare officially impressed officers medal to the Yeomanry, sold with copy papers and medal rolls.