What are appropriate categories for Boer War veteran

+5 votes
Have a relative (Gilbert-9401) with QSA from 2nd Boer War - can someone advise as to the appropriate category (or categories) also served in WWI.

Period of Service : 1886-1921

Conflicts : Boer War, WW1

Places Served : England, Portuguese East Africa, Rhodesia, South Africa, France, Ireland

During his 35 years' service he was awarded 7 medals: Queen’s South Africa Medal (with 4 clasps: Rhodesia, Orange Free State, South Africa 1901, Cape Colony), WW1 War Medal, Victory Medal WW1, WW1 Territorial Force War medal, Coronation Medal 1910, Meritorious Service Medal, Volunteer Long Service Medal.

Thanks in advance
WikiTree profile: Sharrad Gilbert
in Genealogy Help by Shirley Gilbert G2G6 Mach 5 (54.2k points)

2 Answers

+2 votes

Here are the categories available for the Boer War. 

Here are the categories available for WWI. I would definitely use the Heroes category with those medals as well as the locations such as South Africa.

by Mindy Silva G2G6 Pilot (871k points)
Thanks Mindy but this only has a sub-category for first Boer War - does't feel quite right. I'll keep searching. But truly do appreciate your time!
I wish I knew more about the Boer War Shirley, but I just don't. Hopefully someone that is will jump in and help you with that! Sharrad deserves to be honored here the best way possible!
+2 votes
From my limited knowledge of the British Army, the categories for Sharrad should be [[Category: British Army, Second Boer War]] and [[Category: British Army, World War I]].  Most of his medals also have categories; see the sub-categoroes of [[Category: Military Decorations, United Kingdom]].

I think he may also have qualified for the 1914 Star or 1914/1915 Star.  Check out whether the Meritorious Service Medal, UK entitled Sharrad to the post-nominal, MSM (he must have been awarded the medal for gallantry of meritorious service during the First World War).


by Kenneth Evans G2G6 Pilot (215k points)
That's great, thank you, Kenneth. I'll have to dig into the MSM a bit more- I hadn't seen any mention of the Star in War records, and trust me the auction house that advertised the grouping went into great detail on the grouping, but worth another look. (Btw the medals ended up donated to his Regiment's museum)

Always something new to learn and look for!

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