South Wales Borderers Boer War Medal Pair
Queen’s South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Johannesburg Clasps named to:
3243 PTE W. T. WOODCROFT. S. WALES B:
King’s South Africa Medal with South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 Clasps named to:
3243 PTE W. T. WOODCROFT. S. WALES BORD:
William Thomas was born in Luton, Bedfordshire and was 18 years old when he attested into the South Wales Borderers May 1890. His medals and clasps are confirmed on the medal rolls. He was discharged 1902.
His papers, which are online, reveal that he saw Great War Service in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. He enrolled into the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment in March 1903.
As a 33 year old baker he re-enlisted into the Territorial Force in 1908. see attached image for Territorial Medal entitlement. These papers confirm the previous service in the South Wales Borderers.
2311 Sergeant W T Woodcroft is entilted, confirmed on respective medal rolls, to a 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal trio. He was also awarded the Silver War Badge number 265111 on his discharge.
His entry in the National Roll states:
WOODCROFT, W.T. Sergeant 1/5th Bedfordshire Regiment – Mobilised in August 1914, he proceeded to Gallipoli in the following year and fought in the landing at Suvla Bay and other engagements, including those at Anzac and Chocolate Hill. After the Evacuation of the Peninsula he was sent to Egypt in December 1915, and served in that theatre of war for several months. He returned to England and was discharged on account of his age in August 1916. Address given as 70 Park Road West, Luton.
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