Queen’s South Africa, 3 bars, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, King’s South Africa, 2 bars, SA 1901, SA 1902, 8448 Pte W. Tone, 2nd Bn Royal Fusiliers, injured in the Armoured Train Disaster at Daspoort on 5th May 1902.
Initial is “L” on Q.S.A. but his name is confirmed as William and correctly stamped “W” on K.S.A.
William Tone was onboard Armoured Train No. 15, his battalion appeared to be on Armoured Train Duty, when it derailed on 5th May 1902, he suffered an injury to his scalp.
The Morning Post, London, 10th May 1902;
“SOUTH AFRICAN WAR – THE TRAIN ACCIDENT.
Pretoria, May 8-
Armoured Train No. 15 left Pretoria Station on Monday night at about seven o’clock.
While taking a sharp curve at Daspoort cutting, the train left the rails, falling down the embankment. Lieutenant Campbell, of the Cape Garrison Artillery, and ten men were killed, and eleven men were injured.
The fireman of the train was also killed and the driver injured. The fireman knew the line well.”
William Tone was one of the 9 men of the 2nd Bn Royal Fusiliers to be injured, along with the Driver and Stoker who were also injured.