BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA COMPANY, REVERSE MATABELELAND 1893 ‘ LIEUT R PHOOPER RAAFFS COLUMN’
Lt Robert Poole Hooper was born on 11 June 1853 in Thornage Hall, Norfolk. Served as a Lieutenantin the Royal Lanark Militia before being commissioned a lieutenant in 2nd Battalion, 13th Foot on 6th Sep 1876, and retired in 1885. Between leaving the army and 1893, little is known of Lieutenant Poole’s activities but he seems to have been in South Africa as at his trial part of his previous service isgiven as ‘Major Low’s Police’, which would be in the Cape in the mid 1880’s. However he is picked up again serving as a Lieutenant in the famed Commandant Pieter Raaff’s column during the Matabeleland operations. However in May 1899, he and eight other ex British Army officers andNCO’s were charged with High Treason in Pretoria! These men were accused of planning an operationto take the Fort at Johannesburg with 2000 armed men from Natal, this to be held until British Forces arrived.
Robert’s Brother, Randle Brereton Hooper was serving in the 2nd Cape Mounted Yeomanry when he was killed in action in 1881 at Tweefontein, Basutoland.
Condition NEF. A superb medal with a great deal of research potential. Some research on CD