Queen’s South Africa Medal, 5 bars, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, 5701 Pte J. Gains, 1st Battalion Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment.
Officially impressed: “5701 Pte J. Gains, Yorkshire Regt.” Visible ghost dates to reverse.
Private Gains saw significant war service earning 5 “Battle” bars to his QSA Medal with 1st Bn Yorks Regt, before he died of disease at Pretoria, on 2nd August 1900.
Bar entitlement confirmed on the medal roll.
He is commemorated on the regiment’s South African War Memorial near York’s Skeldergate Bridge.
The granite obelisk unveiled in May 1904 bears the names of the 184 men of the regiment who died in the Boer War. 67 in or from wounds and 117 men from disease, including Pte Gains.