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QUEEN'S SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL, ROYAL INNISKILLING FUSILIERS : KILLED IN ACTION INNISKILLING HILL

Bars, 'Cape Colony', 'Tugela Heights', 'Relief of Ladysmith', officially impressed naming - 2935 Pte. R. MAHONEY, 1st. Rl. Innis: Fus: (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) : (ROBERT MAHONEY - Born in the Parish of St Peters, Dublin. Ireland, around 1865, a 23 year old labourer and serving member of the 5th.(Militia) Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, on 4 July 1889, he attested for the Regular Army and was posted to the 1st.Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers : With the outbreak of the Second Boer War in 1899, the Battalion was deployed to South Africa, where in February 1900, it joined the 5th.(Irish) Brigade of General Sir Redvers Buller's corps in the attempt to relieve the besieged town of Ladysmith : The Brigade which, consisted of The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, The Royal Dublin Fusiliers and The Connaught Rangers was tasked with the attack against the key Boer positions on the heights near Colenso, known as 'Hart's Hill', (later to be renamed 'Inniskilling Hill') : On 23 February 1900, there were three desperate assaults by the Inniskillings, supported by the Dublins and the Connaughts, in an attempt to dislodge the Boers from this heavily defended postion : Under accurate Boer fire the Inniskillings forced their way up, scrambling over and around boulders, until they eventually reached a false crest near the summit. As they crossed the crest the Boers, from their well sited trenches, opened fire and inflicted many casualties, "There was no enemy to see and nothing to fire at. All we had to do was lie as close to the ground as we could, watch the bullets pitting the earth round us and wonder whose turn it would be to be hit next". The attack could go no further and soon after dawn on the following day the Inniskillings were ordered to withdraw, but it was yet another day before a truce was arranged to allow the wounded to be brought down from the hill. The Inniskillings suffered 60 killed, 168 wounded with 24 missing from a total strength of 512, Winston Churchill wrote in the 'Morning Post', "The Inniskillings had almost reached their goal but they were too few, thus confronted, the Irish perished rather than retire" : The recipient was among those killed on 23 February, he has no known grave but is commemorated on the memorial sited on Inniskilling Hill and on the Regimental War Memorial at Enniskillen.) : Sold with verification, copy Service Papers, copy Casualty Roll entry, copy photographs of the two memorials and other related research : Toned EF - £795