Pre WW1 Medal Groups
Boer War/WW1 Medal Group, 17th Lancers - Named To Jefferies
A Boer War and WW1 medal group awarded to 5192 (later 643 and 855497) Private (later Bombardier) Frank Jefferies, 17th (The Duke of Cambridge's Own) Lancers - historically one of the regiments that charged in the ‘Charge Of The Light Brigade’, (and later 6 Res. Bde. (T) Royal Field Artillery).
The Details of his awards are as follows:
Queens South Africa Medal (with WITTEBERGAN, DIAMOND HILL, JOHANNESBURG, CAPE COLONY clasps) named to 5192 PTE F. JEFFRIES 17/LCRS. (See NOTE1 below).
These are confirmed on the Queens South Africa Medal Roll, which will be supplied with this listing but can also be viewed by clicking on here (if you have access to Ancestry).
Kings South Africa Medal (with SOUTH AFRICA 1901 &1902 clasps) named to 5192 PTE F. JEFFERIES., 17TH LANCERS. (See NOTE1 below).
These are confirmed on the King’s South Africa Medal Roll which will be supplied with this listing but can also be viewed by clicking on here (again if you have access to Ancestry).
Territorial Forces War Medal named to 643 BMBR. F. JEFFERIES. R.A.
This is confirmed on Territorial Force Medal Roll which will be supplied with this listing but can also be viewed by clicking on here (again if you have access to Ancestry).
British War Medal and Victory Medal named to 643 BMBR. F. JEFFERIES. R.A.
NOTE1 - there is a slight difference in the spelling of Jefferies on the QSA to the KSA. All the other medals are named to Jefferies. There is a mistake on the QSA roll reference where his name is given as ‘F Jeffies’ but with the correct service number of 5192 - on the roll itself it states Jefferies.
The QSA and the KSA are swing mounted with their original ribbons, the WW1 medals are supplied loose with replacement ribbons, although they do come with their original postal packages that are addressed to Jefferies at 9 Steephill Down Terrace, Ventnor on the Isle Of Wight - in line with the details on the 1911 Census.
Also included with this listing is a paper copy of his WW1 Medal Index Card which can also be viewed by clicking on here (again if you have access to Ancestry). I have been unable to locate any service records to this man.
Jefferies was born in 1872 (though some records say 1873) at Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. He married in 1898 and resided at Steephill Down Terrace, Ventnor on the Isle Of Wight. He enlisted into the 17th Lancers, and in March 1900, he was a part of the contingent from the regiment, comprising Lieutenant-Colonel E. F. Herbert and 500 troops, which were deployed to South Africa for service in the Second Boer War.
He was present at the Battle of Diamond Hill on the 11th/12th June 1900, details of which can be viewed by clicking on here, while the history of the 17th Lancers can be found by clicking on here although a more detailed account of the actions and activities of the regiment in South Africa can be viewed by clicking on here.
Upon returning to the UK It would appear that he left the army and by the time of the 1911 Census, details of which can be viewed by clicking on here, (again if you have access to Ancestry - although a paper copy will be provided), he was working as a labour and supporting his wife and 5 children. He re-enlisted into the armed forces (possibly the Territorials) on the 2nd September 1913, and served with the Royal Field Artillery during WW1.
He did serve overseas during WW1, but was discharged from the service on the 25th May 1918 at the age of 45, due to ‘sickness’ and was entitled to a Silver War Badge (No 389371), although this is missing from this medal group. The Silver War Badge roll can be viewed by clicking on here, (again if you have access to Ancestry - although a paper copy will be provided) which confirms along with the issue of a Territorial Force Medal that he did indeed serve overseas during WW1.
The SWB rolls details that his last unit was the 6th Reserve Brigade based at Luton, this was a training establishment and it is possible that Jefferies was by the time of his discharge an instructor. The entire war diaries for the 6th Reserve Brigade can be viewed by clicking on here, which gives an excellent insight to the activities of the reserve.
Jefferies died in March 1920, on the Isle Of Wight at the age of 47.
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