SOUTH AFRICA 1877-9, CLASP 1919 ‘2205 LCE. CORPL G. BAXTER. 94TH FOOT’
George Baxter, aged 18 from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, enlisted into the 54th Foot on 5 September 1877 and transferred to the 95th Foot on 1 November that year. Transferring to the 94th Foot on 24 February 1879, embarking for South Africa 2 days later, a station he would serve at until 19 April 1882. Taking part in the Zulu War, he was promoted Lance Corporal on 3 September 1879 and took part in the Sekukuni Campaign. Promoted Corporal on 13 January 1880, he further took part in the 1st Boer War. Baxter was finally appointed Lance Sergeant on 1 March 1881, just prior to cessation of hostilities he reverted to Private at his own request 20 days later and transferred to the Army Reserve on 5 September 1883.
Under ‘Campaigns’, his service papers note: “Zulu and Sekukuni Campaigns 1879, Transvaal Campaign 1880-81”. He is further noted as being stationed at Standerton from 1 June 1881 and it may be possible to find out where he was besieged during the 1st Boer War.
The 94th Connaught Rangers had a long service in South Africa, taking part in the Zulu War, including the battle of Ulundi, The Sekukuni Campaign, in which they were heavily involved and afterwards the 1st Boer War. During the latter campaign they were involved in the disaster at Bronkhurst Spruit, where A and F companies of the 94th lost 4 officers and 71 men and 1 officer and 105 men became prisoners of the Boers. The other six companies of the regiment spent the war besieged by the Boers; C, D and H in Standerton, E and G in Pretoria, B in Marabastad, and a small detachment of 50 men in Lydenburg. Some of these being noted for their epic defences.
Condition GVF. Attractive patina, with original ribbon and engraved brass brooch pin for wear. Sold with copy papers on CD.