|Above: A rather nice five clasped Queen's South Africa Medal issued to Trooper Arthur Henry Moore of the Imperial Yeomanry. The medal appears
untouched with the exception of having been lightly cleaned at some point. The medal appears to retain it's original ribbon as well as its original silver
plated brass ribbon brooch. As for the brooch being "original" it should be noted that Victorian campaign medals were issued without any means or
wear attached to the ribbon and brooches such as that pictured here were purchased from a jeweler by the medal's recipient. This brooch was probably
purchased by Trooper Moore soon after he was issued his medal
Queen's South Africa Medal (3rd type)
No. 27432Trooper Arthur Henry Moore
30th Company, Imperial Yeomanry
Census records of 1891 reveal that Moore’s father was employed as a “Fly Driver” (driver of a type of carriage) and his mother and elder sister were
employed running a lodging house. Virtually every family enumerated on the same census page as the Moore’s were employed in the lodging house
business and a number were listed as “living on own means” and two – including Arthur’s other elder sister Anna were employed by the local telegraph
office. All of this coupled with Marine Terrace being beach front property one may guess that the time the area was something of a resort/holiday
As previously mentioned Arthur Henry Moore attested with 30 Company on 19 February, 1901 and spent a full 19 days at home prior to shipping out to
South Africa on 9 March, 1901. Even considering his undetermined service time with the 1VB/East Kents one can hardly imagine that this was enough
time to prepare Moore for mounted active service in South Africa.
Moore would spend 1 year, 103 days in South African and shipped home on 21 June, 1902. He was discharged as medically unfit for further service at
Shorncliffe on 22 July, 1902. His charter was assessed as “Very Good”.
As Moore’s medal so aptly illustrates, he saw considerable field service, and it bears the clasps “Cape Colony”, “Orange Free State”, “Transvaal”,
“South Africa – 1901” and “South Africa – 1902”. I have been unable to find a specific history for 30th Company’s movements during the war although
it was attached to the 9th Battalion which formed part of the First Contingent sent to South Africa. Aside from a few hard fought actions, the First
Contingent spent most of its time on seemingly endless patrols and escort duties across the veldt while in South Africa. Trooper Moore may not have
shot at many Boers but he certainly wore out a lot of leather looking form them.
Moore’s trail goes cold after his return home and discharge from the Imperial Yeomanry. No marriage or death records have been found and no entry
in the 1911 census for him has been found to date.