Cape of Good Hope General Service Medal, 2 bars, Basutoland, Bechuanaland, Sergt S. R. Style, Cape Mounted Riflemen, later Colonel and Mayor of King Williams Town and awarded the M.B.E., only 77 recipients of this bar combination.
5252 of these medals were issued, 585 of them had two clasps, these are typically Transkei and Basutoland as they took part in the same period, however this combination of a Basutoland (1880) and Bechaualand (1897) is very are with only 77 medals being issued.
First earned this medal for taking part in the Basutoland Gun War of 1880-1881 with the Cape Mounted Riflemen, then returning about 15 years later as a Sergeant in the regiment for the Bechualanand Campaign of 1896-1897.
Shortly afterwards engaged in the Boer War as a Major with the Cape Colonial Ordnance Department, whom he served with from 1900 until 1910, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
He had been commissioned as a Lieutenant circa 1898 and was first shown on the QSA medal roll earning the Cape Colony bar as Captain, earning his King’s South Africa Medal, 2 bars as a Major also serving on the Staff of the Cape Colony Defence Department as acting Commissioner of Ordnance.
During WW1 he was awarded the M.B.E. in the London Gazette 4th October 1918 as the Mayor of King William’s Town.
Personal Life and his Eldest son who was decorated and wounded at Delville Wood:
Sydney Richard Style was born on 14th January 1857 in Yeovil, Somerset, England. Born into a large household, with 5 sisters and 3 Brothers as of the 1871 Census, he appears to have set sail for South Africa around 1880.
He married Leonora Power Wilson 18th March 1880, having two children, Grace Wilson Elliot Style (1887-1963) and Sydney Wallis Elliot Style (1892-1926).
His eldest son was granted a commission in WW1 as Lieutenant of the 1st South African Infantry, D Company. He was the acting Adjutant of the 1st S.A.I., during the war having heard that a number of wounded men had been lying for 24 hours in the trench occupied by the 3rd S.A.I. he gathered some stretcher-bearers under great difficulty and led them into Delville Wood, he helped to bring out the wounded, he personally carried Captain Claude Browne, but was then wounded by a gunshot to his throat. Before leaving he wrote a bloodstained note to Dawson, who had first ordered him to go into Delville Wood and recover the wounded reading “I’m awfully sorry, Sir, but it wasn’t my fault; ill get back as soon as I can.”
For his actions he was awarded the Military Cross and French Medaille Militaire.
He later Married Jane Whittaker, following the death of his wife at King William’s Town on 29th August 1898, having 2 more sons and 3 daughters, before his death on 18th February 1925.