Queen’s South Africa Medal, bar Belmont, 5962 Pte Jonathan Hirst, Yorkshire Light Infantry, wounded in action at the Battle of Graspan Enslin, 25th November 1899.
Jonathan Hirst was born during 1870 in Holmfirth, Huddersfield, Yorkshire. He had been a 23 year old Quarryman when he attested for service on 4th December 1893, having been a previous member of the 1st Volunteer Battalion, West Riding Regiment.
He was the son of George and Jane Hirst, his father and 2 older brothers were also Stone Delvers in the local quarries, with the rest of the family working in the local mills, so this was his chance to escape the Quarries and join the Army and finally leave Yorkshire.
He saw the following service:
Home, 4th Dec 1893 – 1st Jan 1896
South Africa, 2nd Jan 1896 – 24th Jan 1896
Mauritius, 25th Jan 1896 – 15th Feb 1897
India, 16th Feb 1897 – 16th Feb 1899
Mauritius, 17th Feb 1899 – 5th Oct 1899
South Africa, 6th Oct 1899 – 23rd Dec 1899 (Invalided home after Enslin)
Home, 24th Dec 1899 – 7th June 1902.