A Good Fighting Infantryman’s Two Clasp Queen’s South Africa Medal to the 1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry the Battalion Being Awarded Two Victoria Crosses During Their Time in South Africa awarded to Tpr. J. Paterson; Queen’s South Africa Medal, 3rd type, two clasps, Cape Colony, Wittebergen, (6751Tpr. J. Patterson. 1st High. Lt Infy), officially impressed, note spelling of Patterson with 2 “t’s”, nicely toned, light contact marks, otherwise good VF.
James Paterson (as listed on his service papers) was born in the parish of Barony, Glasgow, in May 1878. He attested for service with the Highland Light Infantry on the 29th November 1898, at the age of 20, having previously worked as a labourer.
After an initial year of Home service, he proceeded with the Highland Light Infantry to South Africa to take part in the Second Boer War. After three years’ service in South Africa, he spent over a year-and-a- half in Egypt and two years serving in the East Indies. He served a total of 12 years with the colours before being discharged upon his completion of his term of service.
Sold with copy short service papers which confirm this award with these two clasps and show his additional entitlement to the King’s South Africa Medal with two clasps, SA1901 & SA1902. His next of kin is listed as his father, James Paterson. Of 41 William Street, Glasgow, and his sister Isabella.