Farquhars Farm Casualty Queens South Africa Medal To Gloucester Regiment
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Farquhars Farm Casualty Queens South Africa Medal To Gloucester Regiment:
A Queens South Africa medal with three clasps Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal to:-
4055 PTE.G.BARRETT, GLOUC:Regt
Served with the 1st Battalion and was taken Prisoner on 30/10/1900 when the Glosters and Royal Irish Fusiliers were marched out from Ladysmith at night through the Boer positions to seize and hold a long ridge called Nicholsons Nek.
The ridge was a mile in length and was very stony, strewn with boulders and scrub. The ground was rock hard and the troops could not dig in and the position itself was too large for only two battalions to defend it leaving it isolated and exposed to attack from all sides. The Boers soon discovered the position and surrounded it. After several hours hard fighting the Glosters ammunition was running low and their advance positions were driven back with huge losses allowing the Boers to gain the crests. The Boers could then fire down from all sides onto the men crowded together and the position became untenable and the Glosters surrendered.
With service and casualty record