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QSA/WW1 GROUP TO AN IMPERIAL YEOMANRY OFFICER, WOUNDED DURING THE ‘V.C. ACTION’ AT TAFEL KOP, 1901, WHERE ACCORDING TO KITCHENER HIS UNIT SACRIFICED THEMSELVES ALMOST TO A MAN TO SAVE DAMANT’s GUNS

QUEEN’S SOUTH AFRICA 1899, 4 CLASPS, CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA 1901, SOUTH AFRICA 1902 ‘LIEUT., IMP. YEO.’; 1914-15 STAR ‘CAPT.,A.S.C.’; BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS ‘CAPT.’

Serving with the 91st Company (Sharpshooters), Lieutenant Armstrong was wounded at Tafel Kop on 20 December 1901. In the action, a large Boer force, disguised as British infantry, infiltrated a smaller British force composed of 2 guns 55 men under Colonel Damant, protected by 40 men of 91 Company Imperial Yeomanry. In the action that followed, the artillery horses and limbers were saved but at a cost - Out of the 95 men of the column, Damant’s Horse and 39th Battery RHA lost 43 killed and wounded including Lt Col Damant himself who was wounded in four places. In this truly heroic action, 91st Company Imperial Yeomanry had 32 hit out of 40, and, in the words of Lord Kitchener;

"sacrificed itself almost to a man to save Damant's guns".

Armstrong’s C.O. Captain Gaussen was killed and Shoeing-Smith Ind, R.H.A. won a V.C!

Condition GVF+, mounted as worn, with copied WW1 service papers, research on the action at Tafel Kop and an original group photograph.

Code J1695        Price £885