Queen’s South Africa Medal, 5 bars, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, SA 1901, SA 1902, 33696 Pte Charles Alfred Monk, 35th Middlesex Company 11th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry, slightly wounded in the right thigh at Krimiskop, 25th December 1901.
Charles Alfred Monk was born in Mortlake, Richmond upon Thames, Surrey, on 29th October 1880.
Since the age of 18 he had been an Apprentice Draper at J. Hunt and Co in Hammersmith, London.
He attested for service during the Boer War for the Duke of Cambridge’s Own Imperial Yeomanry on 8th February 1901, aged 21.
Not long afterwards on 8th March 1901, he arrived for service in South Africa for 1 year and 5 days.
He was wounded in action on 25th December 1901 at Krimiskop, and entered the 15th General Hospital at Howick on 29th January 1902, the medical report reading:
“Wounded at Tweefontein on 25/12/01, while in action. Bullet entered right side of thigh and emerged anterior to the femur.
Present Condition: Entrance wound healed, exit wound not yet healed, has stiffness of right thigh.
Prognosis: Not fit for further service.”
Report from the Board: “He suffered from Gunshot wound to right thigh and is unfit for further active service in South Africa. The disability will not stop him from earning a livelihood as a furnishing draper.
The Board recommend that he is sent to England for discharge.”
Arrived back from on 13th March 1902 and was discharged on 26th April 1902 at his own request.
During 1911 he was living in Luton, Beds, a Boarder to the Warmington Family, working as an Engineer Pattern Maker.
By 1939 he was living with Florence B.M. McIntyre working as an Engineer’s Pattern Maker at 47 Melfort Road, Croydon, Surrey