SOUTH AFRICA 1834-53 ‘S.M. HADAWAY, SURGN. 91ST REGT. & STFF. SURGN’
Samuel Maitland Hadaway, Inspector General of Hospitals, was born in Leith, Scotland, was appointed Surgeon in the 91st Regiment in 1843 and served with them in the Cape of Good Hope from May, 1843 to April 1847, taking part in the Seventh Kaffir War.
On 22 May 1846 Hadaway was involved in a disastrous Kaffir ambush; 60 men of the 91st were escorting 42 supply wagons between Fort Peddie and Trompetter's Drift when they came under heavy attack. The convoy stretched for some three-quarters of a mile and it being found impossible to protect such a long line of wagons, most had to be abandoned to the Kaffirs. For his actions, Hadaway was recommended in Captain Campbell's Despatch: 'Dr. Hadaway, who was in front with the advanced guard, afforded great assistance by encouraging the men, and doing everything in his power to get the leading waggons on. He had a horse killed by two assegai wounds, and his servant had another killed close to him'* (a fuller description of this action is to be found in the research sold with this medal)
Hadaway served with the Eastern Army in 1855-56 being appointed Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals in January 1856, and Director of Transports. Under his supervision on 5 July, two hospital ships embarked the last 600 sick from Balaklava together with all the soldiers' wives.
Condition GVF, minor edge bruising, with copy service and a good amount of copied research which includes multiple mentions of Hadaway in books. Ex DNW 1993 Ex DNW 1993 where it made the princely sum of £550!