Queen’s South Africa, no bar, Drummer Arthur Charles Kerswell, Middlesex Regiment.
Born 1886 in Chatham, Kent.
Attested for service after the outbreak of the Boer War on 9/8/1900 as a Boy Soldier aged only 14 years and 7 months, standing 5 feet tall.
When he was 16 he was sent to St. Helena, on 11/3/1902, and was tasked with guarding the Boer Prisoners, clearly not deemed ready for what had become a bloody war.
He then went to South Africa from 17/9/1902 until 3/10/1906.
Following on from South Africa he was sent to China, where he served from 4/10/1906 until 22/11/1908, then onto Singapore from 23/11/1908 until 21/12/1909.
After three years at home he was discharged on 8/8/1902, having completed his service.
With copy service papers.