DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL, E.VII.R. ‘5427 CORPL: H. DANDY. L.N. LANC: REGT.’; QUEEN’S SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902, 4 CLASPS, CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA 1901, SOUTH AFRICA 1902 ‘5427 CORPL: H. DANDY. L.N. LANC: REGT. M.I.’ Unofficial rivets between state and date clasps, which were issued separately.
Herbert Dandy was born in Warrington, Lancashire, in 1878, and attested for the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Chester on 6 January 1897. Posted to the 2nd Battalion, he served with the Mounted Infantry in Malta from 2 October to 17 December 1900, and with the Regiment in South Africa from 5 January 1901 until 16 September 1902, transferring to the 1st Battalion on 1 September 1901. Promoted Corporal on 30 November 1901, for his gallantry in South Africa he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal whilst serving with the 17th Company Mounted Infantry, together with a gratuity of £20 payable on discharge or transfer to the Army Reserve. Appointed Lance-Sergeant on 1 December 1902, he transferred to the Army Reserve on 12 November 1904, and was discharged on 5 January 1909, after 12 years’ service.
D.C.M. London Gazette 31 October 1902. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment were awarded 17 D.C.M.s for the Boer War, of which 5 were to the Mounted Infantry.
17th Mounted Infantry Company was made up from soldiers from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Worcestershire Regiment, Derbyshire Regiment and Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
The 17th Mounted Infantry were specifically mentioned for their ‘dash’ for actions during a long running fight over eight miles of bush and scrub, against 1500 Boers under De la Rey on 31st March 1902 at the battle of Harts River (also known as "Battle of Boschbult"). Its possible Dandy’s DCM was for this action or around this time, certainly it was for actions in 1902 after he was promoted.
Condition VF, little contact wear Ex J. B. Hayward, May 1979. Sold with Service records. A good Mounted Infantry DCM, to a soldier who would have seen some hard service – as all Mounted Infantry did. This Dandy’s only medal entitlement, confirmed on rolls as not entitled to KSA Medal.