A Boer War, Old Contemptible, 1914 Star Casualty Group of 4 awarded to Sapper Walter Hughes, 26th Field Company Royal Engineers, comprising Queen’s South Africa Medal, 3rd type, 5 clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, (Tailors Copy), South Africa 1902, (8955 Sapr: W. Hughes. R.E.), impressed naming, 1914 Star, (8955 Sapr: W. Hughes. R.E.), 1914-1920 British War and Victory Medals, (8955 Spr. W. Hughes. R.E.) lightly toned, very fine.
Walter Hughes enlisted in Manchester on the 15th of May 1901 giving his home town as Bolton, a fitter by trade aged 25 years and 6 months old. He served Home from the 15t of May 1901 to the 10th of December 1901 and then South Africa from the 11th of February 1901 to the 23rd of February 1907, Home 24th of February 1907 to the 13th September 1909. Gibraltar 14th September 1909 to the 30th of March 1912, Home 31st of March 1912 to the 14th of May 1913, when he was transferred to the Reserve after 12 years-service with the Colours. He was mobilised at Bardon on the 7th of August 1914 and proceeded with the 26th Field Company Royal Engineers to France landing on the 17th of August 1914. He was admitted to No. 6 Stationary Hospital on the 10th of September 1914 and transferred to England on the “Carisbrooke Castle” on the 19th of September 1914. He was discharged from the Army under King’s Rules and Regulations as “No Longer Physically fit for War Service”, being discharged from No. 2 Western General Hospital, Manchester on the 22nd of December 1914 suffering from Chronic Bronchitis and Pulmonary Cardiac Dilation, originally diagnosed whilst on service in Gibraltar. He was subsequently awarded the Silver War Badge; his Military Conduct was Exemplary and his papers state that his trade was Fitter trained as a Motor Driver.
His Service Papers confirm the Queen’s South Africa Medal with all 5 clasps, and the Medal Index card confirms the 1914 Star Trio and eligibility to the Silver War Badge.
Sold with copy Service Papers, copy Medal Index card and a photocopy of his Honourable Discharge Certificate.