Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, EDVII, 3845 Gunner H. Kain, D.O.E.O.E. Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Edinburgh Royal Field Artillery.
Officially impressed: “3845 Gnr H. Kain. D.O.E.O.E. R.F.A.”
Only 10 awards to the Edinburgh R.F.A.
A rare medal, throughout its life from 1908 until 1930, only 1078 medals would be awarded, with 428 of this type issued by King Edward VII and the remainder by George V.
The regiment was originally known as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Garrison Artillery Militia, before becoming transferred to the new Special Reserve during the Haldane Reforms of 1908, taking the new title of Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Edinburgh Royal Field Reserve Artillery. However, the next year the regiment would become defunct and was disbanded on 30th October 1909, ending it’s history that dating back to November 1854, this award being the last medal awarded named to the regiment.
Notably the City of Edinburgh Artillery stepped up to provide men to serve in South Africa.
A No 1866 Gunner Henry Kain, saw service with the Edinburgh Company RGA, the “Service Company D.O.E. Edinburgh R.G. Artillery (M), earning the Queen’s South Africa Medal, 3 bars, Transvaal, Natal and SA 1901.
This is most likely to be him.