Queen’s South Africa, bar Relief of Ladysmith, King’s South Africa, 2 bars, SA 1901, SA 1902, Army Long Service and Good Conduct, EVII, 9435 Quartermaster Sergeant John McEvoy, Royal Army Medical Corps.
His QSA is to the rank of Sergeant, his KSA is to Staff Sergeant and LSandGC to Q.M. Sergeant.
A further entry on the medal roll of the 10th Brigade Bearer Company, Royal Army Medical Corps shows him as also entitled to the Natal bar which was sent separately, which would make for a most unusual combination on a QSA medal of Relief of Ladysmith and Natal
John McEvoy was born in Bedminster, Bristol, Somerset, he enlisted aged 22 for the Medical Staff Corps at Aldershot on 28th December 1891.
He began his service as 3rd Class Orderley Private, promoted to 2nd Class Orderly on 8th November 1892, then 1st Class Orderly on 1st February 1897.
Appointed Lance Corporal on 1st May 1898.
He then joined the new Royal Army Medical Corps and was promoted to Corporal on 1st April 1899.
Appointed Lance Sergeant on 18th November 1899, then full Sergeant on 7th March 1900.
During his service in the Boer War he was again promoted to Staff Sergeant on 20th August 1901.
Following the war he re-enlisted to complete 21 years and joined the Clerk Section in November 1905.
He became Quarter Master Sergeant on 15th June 1907.
At the age of 40 he was found medically unfit for further service and was discharged as Quartermaster Sergeant on 18th January 1910, having served 18 years.
He had served overseas in Egypt from 10th February 1894 to 28th October 1898 and in South Africa from 24th November 1899 to 3rd January 1903.