Queen’s South Africa, 3 bars, Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, 2781 Private Walter Smith, 1st Bn York and Lancaster Regiment.
Officially impressed: “2781 Pte W. Smith, 1st Yk: and Lanc: Regt”
Old silk ribbon
Confirmed on the medal roll, a bit of an unusual combination as he appears to have been sent home following the lifting of the Siege of Ladysmith, the medal remarking “Rejoined 1/Bn in South Africa”.
For his additional service, returning in 1902, he earned a loose “South Africa 1902” Clasp.
With copy service papers.
Walter Smith was born circa 1872 in Lewisham, London.
Son of Josh (Joseph or Josiah) Chapman Smith, Doncaster.
Attested on 10th July 1890, aged 18.
Home, 10th July 1890- 11th July 1897
Home, 11th July 1897 – 2nd Jan 1900 (Army Reserve)
South Africa, 3rd Jan 1900 – 15th June 1900
Home, 16th June 1900 – 13th April 1902
South Africa, 14th April 1902 – 26th Aug 1902
Home, 27th August 1902 – 28th August 1902.
Discharged on 28th August 1902 after completing 12 years 67 days.