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8572 SAPPER W.D.THOMAS, 2ND. CHESHIRE ROYAL ENGINEERS VOLUNTEERS :

Queen's South Africa Medal, bars, 'Cape Colony', 'Orange Free State', 'Transvaal', 'South Africa 1901', 'South Africa 1902' (last two bars loose on ribbon); officially impressed naming (8572 Sapper, RE.); British War Medal (345546 Spr. RE.) : (WILLIAM DAVID THOMAS - Born in South Wales in 1881, he resided in Carmarthen, and served in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War with the Active Service Section, of the Cheshire Royal Engineer Volunteers attached to 10th. Company Royal Engineers and was with the 2nd.Section (Railway Volunteers), which arrived in South Africa on 26 May 1901 : His medal with three clasps was sent to the Officer Commanding the unit on 11 March 1903 and two further clasps were authorized in October 1907 : His name is listed on the Boer War Memorial at Crewe, Cheshire : He later lived in, and became a citizen of the United States of America and with the outbreak of war enlisted at Philadelphia on 3 October 1917 : He served in the United States for a period of eleven weeks and in England for fifteen months with the Mechanical and Shipyard Formation, Inland Waterways Department, Royal Engineers, based at Sandwich, Kent, he was a riveter by trade : On 16 March 1918, whilst on leave he fractured his left ankle, in an accident which resulted in him being granted a 20% disability : He was discharged to the Reserve from 14 March 1919 : This is the recipient's full medal entitlement.) : Sold with verification and copy First World War Service Record : A very scarce Queen's South Africa Medal to a member of the Cheshire(Railway Volunteers) Royal Engineers. GVF - Reserved