Queens South Africa Medal ( QSA ) to Squadron Sergeant Major F Durman, 3rd Hussars
With copy of medal roll confirming his entitlement to the three clasps, SA 02, Trans & OFS (worn in the correct order). Third type reverse and correctly impressed on the rim to:
"2437 S.Serjt: - Maj: F. Durman. 3rd Hussars"
Slightly lose at suspension but otherwise in GVF+ condition. Replacement ribbon.
The 3rd Hussars came late to the conflict, having sailed from India, and arrived at Durban in December 1901. After being stationed in the Newcastle district for a short time, they and the 20th Hussars were brigaded under Colonel Nixon, and were employed in the last great drives, chiefly in the extreme north-east of the Orange River Colony, when many of the enemy were taken. This column was responsible for many of these captures, and in Lord Kitchener's despatch of 8th April 1902 he mentioned that "Colonel Nixon reported the discovery of three Krupp field guns which were found hidden in the bed of a tributary of Liebensberg's Vlei". Dealing with an earlier drive, Lord Kitchener stated that Colonel Nixon had on the night of 26th February 1902 "successfully repulsed an attack by a large number of the enemy upon the line of the Cornelius River". One officer gained mention by Lord Kitchener during the war, and in the final despatch 3 officers and 3 non-commissioned officers were mentioned.
The 3rd Hussars were a bit of a family firm for the Durman's with a number of them having achieved the rank of Quartermaster and RSM.
Sadly his son, Fred Durman was killed in WW1 serving with the 24th Battalion CEF. Copies of his son's attestation papers included which confirm he was the son of the late Sergeant Major F.J. Durman of the 3rd Hussars. The family was from Glasgow, Scotland.
(Please ignore the same item listed as 55097- for some reason and a software glitch I am unable to delete or modify 55097, so have marked it as reserved permanently - The Quartermaster).