HANSFORD, ROBERT GEORGE D.C.M. (Defence of Ladysmith).


HANSFORD, ROBERT GEORGE D.C.M. (Defence of Ladysmith).

(Wagon Hill Action)

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Rank: Sergeant
Service No: 3/7548
Date of Death: 25/09/1915
Regiment/Service: Devonshire Regiment 8th Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 35 to 37.

Medal / D.C.M. Early variety.. which had effectively a double rim strike.There are minor contact marks to the medal as obviously worn and therer is a slightly weak strike to the back at 5 o’clock. (which is typical of this period) and where the understrike to the Pte is on the rim – the heavy strike has created a minor edge bumpwhic shows on the reverse.. (not major or detracting -0but for the purposes of explanation and clarification mentioned.)

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This is generally a very fine and rare D.C.M. for a rare action.
Pte. 4288, Robert was in the 8th Bn. Devonshire Regiment and mentioned twice in despatches for his bravery in the Second Boer War. He was also entitled to the Queens South Africa Medal with clasps for Belfast, Elandslaagte and the Defence of Ladysmith; Kings South Africa Medal with 2 clasps;
Private Hansford earned his D.C.M. most likely for the Wagon Hill action.

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During late 1899 and early 1900 the 1st Devon’s were engaged against the Boers in the Siege of Ladysmith, in South Africa. Ladysmith is surrounded by hills and the garrison units were tasked with keeping the Boers from taking the heights to prevent Ladysmith coming in range of their artillery. On the 6th January the Boers made a determined effort to assault Caesar’s Camp and the Devon’s were tasked with preventing its capture. Wagon Point formed part of Caesars Camp and it was successfully cleared by the Devon’s during a vicious thunderstorm. During the action a Lieutenant Masterson won a Victoria Cross.
1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals.
Robert re-enlisted during WWI and died on the 25th September 1915 with the rank of Sergeant, and is remembered with Honour at Loos Memorial.

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