East Lancashire Anglo Boer War with ASC 14 Star trio
Joseph Patrick Doyle, alias Hoctor, was an 18 year old labourer, born in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, when he attested into the East Yorkshire Regiment. He attested 30th June 1891. In his first period of engagement he saw service in South Africa (twice), Egypt, India as well as periods at home. Medal Rolls confirm the QSA and KSA with clasps present.
He was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with Wittebergen, Cape Colony, Transvaal clasps and the King’s South Africa Medal with SA01 and SA 02 clasps.
At the outbreak of the Great War Hoctor re-enlisted 9th August 1914 aged 40 years. He entered France 22nd September 1914 with HQ Company Lahore Dt, ASC. Medal rolls and Index Card confirm his award of the 1914 Star medal trio. He was promoted to Sergeant, as seen on his BWM and Victory pair. He served throughout the war and was finally discharged with Silver War Badge 19th July 1919.
Joseph Patrick Doyle, alias Hoctor died in Ashton-under-Lyme, Lancashire, in March 1946.
This swing mounted medal group is sold with his fob watch and chain with South African 1895 shilling attached and a very delicate Roll of Honour Christmas 1917 tissue from the United Methodist Church, George Street, Hyde, on which Hoctor is named serving in France and Belgium. Also with a Statement of Service in his own handwriting.
Queen’s South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Transvaal and Wittebergen clasps ( 3215 PTE. J. P. HOCTOR. EAST YORKSHIRE REGT. ) & King’s South Africa Medal with South Africa 1901 and 1902 clasps ( 3215 PTE. J. P. HOCTOR. EAST YORK REGT. ), 1914 STAR, with original clasp, ( SS-449 PTE. J. P. HOCTOR. A.S.C. ), British War MEdal and Victory Medal pair ( SS-449 SGT. J.P. HOCTOR. A.S.C. )