A Boer War D.C.M. group of three to Sergeant J.Mundy, Wiltshire Regiment,
Lot 179
A Boer War D.C.M. group of three to Sergeant J.Mundy, Wiltshire Regiment,
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 3,200 - 4,900

Lot Details
A Boer War D.C.M. group of three to Sergeant J.Mundy, Wiltshire Regiment, A Boer War D.C.M. group of three to Sergeant J.Mundy, Wiltshire Regiment,
A Boer War D.C.M. group of three to Sergeant J.Mundy, Wiltshire Regiment,
Distinguished Conduct Medal, V.R. (2734 Serjt:J.Mundy. Wilts: Regt); Queen's South Africa 1899-1902, three bars, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (2734 Sgt J.Mundy, 2nd Wilts: Regt); King's South Africa, two bars, S.A.01, S.A.02 (2734 Serjt: J.Munday. Wilts: Regt). Light contact marks to the escond, otherwise very fine. (3)

Footnotes

  • D.C.M. London Gazette 27.9.1901.

    In recognition of services during operations in South Africa.

    M.I.D. London Gazette 10.9.1901.

    One of 9 DCM's for the Boer War.

    The 2nd Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment embarked on the 22nd October 1899 and on arrival at Port Elizabeth was sent straight off to assist General French, who, with an inadequate force, was checking the Boer invasion of Cape Colony. On the 25th January, the Wiltshires came in touch with the enemy in a reconnaissance to Reitfontein. In spite of a heavy fire the battalion got within 600 yards of the enemy's position, when the general, having ascertained the enemy's strength and position, ordered a retirement; 12 officers and men were killed or wounded in the action.

    When General French joined the army under Lord Roberts, many of the troops went with him, and the Wiltshires and those which remained round Colesberg with General Clements, were consequently left with a very difficult task, in view of the vastly superior force of the enemy.

    It was, however, of vital importance to Lord Roberts, that the position should be held to secure the safety of his supplies, and great credit is due to the Wiltshires, their commander and their comrades, for the manner in which they rose to the occasion.

    The Boer forces were able from their numbers to outflank the original British position, and the order was accordingly given to concentrate on Arundel. Two 15-Pounder guns had been cleverly taken up Coleskop, a steep hill some 800 feet high, by the exertions of the Essex Regiment, and the Wiltshires now equally cleverly removed them in the face of the Boers. There was severe fighting on the 10th, 11th and 12th February, when the Wiltshires rendered a good account of themselves, being much helped by the gallantry of the Victorian Mounted Rifles. Sergeant Munday of the Regiment won the DCM for assisting a wounded officer under heavy fire, and so did Private Pierce, who courageously remained out all night assisting the wounded.

    In the course of the retirement to Arundel, two Companies of the regiment were unfortunately cut off, and after losing one third of their number in a gallant contest with overpowering numbers, were captured by the enemy.
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