A Boer War pair awarded to Corporal F. Metcalfe, 1st Royal Dragoons, late 6th Dragoon Guards and 3rd Dragoon Guards, who was present out in South Africa during the Boer War on operations in the Orange Free State and the Transvaal and in action at Laing’s Nek between 2nd and 9th June 1900. Promoted to Sergeant in June 1901, he was then convicted by Field General Court Marshal of drunkenness on duty and reduced to Corporal in December 1901.

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A Boer War pair awarded to Corporal F. Metcalfe, 1st Royal Dragoons, late 6th Dragoon Guards and 3rd Dragoon Guards, who was present out in South Africa during the Boer War on operations in the Orange Free State and the Transvaal and in action at Laing’s Nek between 2nd and 9th June 1900. Promoted to Sergeant in June 1901, he was then convicted by Field General Court Marshal of drunkenness on duty and reduced to Corporal in December 1901.

Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 3 Clasps: Orange Free State, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek; (4616. CORPL. F. METCALFE. 1/RL. DRGNS.); King’s South Africa Medal 1901-1902, 2 Clasps: South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; (4616 CORPL: F. METCALFE. RL: DRAGOONS.)

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Freeman Metcalfe was born in 1868 in Swinefleet near Goole, Yorkshire and by 1871 was living in Leeds. Having worked as a groom, he then attested for service with the British Army at Leeds on 30th November 1889, and joined as a Private (No.2738) the 6th Dragoon Guards. Having seen home service, Metcalfe then transferred as a Private (No.3357) to the 3rd Dragoon Guards on 26th August 1890, and embarked for India on 11th December 1890, and then joined his regiment at Muttra. Appointed to Lance Corporal on 6th May 1892, he then accompanied his regiment to South Africa on 19th October 1892 and was stationed at Pietermaritzburg. Metcalfe was promoted to Corporal on 9th June 1895.

Posted back to England on 23rd October 1895, he was then transferred to the Army Reserve ‘with his consent before the expiration of his period of army service’ whilst at Shorncliffe on 2nd October 1896, and married at Leeds in 1898. With the outbreak of the Boer War, Metcalfe was recalled for service on 20th December 1899 and was posted as a Corporal (No.4616) to the 1st Royal Dragoons on 18th January 1900. Embarking for South Africa to join his regiment on 6th February 1900, he was then present on operations in the Orange Free State, being appointed to Lance Sergeant on 14th April 1900 and was then present on operations in the Transvaal and in action at Laing’s Nek on 2nd to 9th June 1900, and was then promoted to Sergeant on 26th June 1901.

However on 26th December 1901 he was then convicted by Field General Court Marshal of drunkenness on duty and reduced to Corporal, but then remained on service in South Africa till posted home on 5th July 1902. Metcalfe was discharged at Shorncliffe on 15th August 1902, and by 1911 was living in Brighton, Sussex, where he was employed as a butler, whilst his wife was the cook in a private home. Metcalfe later returned to Leeds where he died in 1921.