QUEEN'S SOUTH AFRICA 1899, CLASPS, CAPE COLONY,TRANSVAAL ‘2250 PTE. J. CRONSHAW, E. LANC: REGT.’ ,
Jacob Cronshaw was born in 1871 at Burnley, Lancashire and served in South Africa during the Boer War with the East Lancashire Regiment (Queen's Medal & 2 clasps).He was posted missing - rejoined near Schweizer Reineke on 21 October 1900 (WO108-372, refers):
“A patrol of 30 men under Lt Berry sent to capture some Boers at a farmhouse. They were ambushed and four men were captured whose horses had bolted. The four men were exonerated at a court of enquiry.”
From the above, it appears Private Cronshaw was serving with the mounted Infantry. According to a separate roll, he was additionally entitled to the South Africa 1902 which was to be issued loose (having received his medal 2 years earlier). However it seems this clasp was returned unissued in 1908.
Upon the outbreak of the Great War, by now aged 43, he re-enlisted on 14 November 1914 and served overseas with his Regiment from 28 December 1914-13 February 1915 (1914-15 Star Trio). Cronshaw latterly served with the Royal Fusiliers and the Training Reserve.