A fine combination India Relief of Chitral 1895, Reconquest of the Sudan 1898, and South Africa Boer War Defence of Jagersfontein 16th October 1900 killed in action group awarded to Private W. Gorman, 1st late 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, who having fought with the 2nd Battalion during the operations leading to the relief of Chitral which lasted from 7th March to 15th August 1895, then transferred to the 1st Battalion, and took part in the reconquest of the Sudan being present in action at the battle of Omdurman and the entry into Khart

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A fine combination India Relief of Chitral 1895, Reconquest of the Sudan 1898, and South Africa Boer War Defence of Jagersfontein 16th October 1900 killed in action group awarded to Private W. Gorman, 1st late 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, who having fought with the 2nd Battalion during the operations leading to the relief of Chitral which lasted from 7th March to 15th August 1895, then transferred to the 1st Battalion, and took part in the reconquest of the Sudan being present in action at the battle of Omdurman and the entry into Khartoum on 3rd September 1898. Later he was present during the Boer War on operations in the Cape Colony and the Orange Free State, and was killed in action at Jagersfontein on 16th October 1900, when the town came under attack at daybreak by Boer forces under General Hertzog who were intent on jail-breaking the General’s brother, Willie Hertzog from the local jail. The Boers took the outer forts and captured 25 Seaforths, and then infiltrated the town, released the prisoners from the jail, and after a Briitsh counter-attack, were then forced from the town, with Private Gorman, being one of 12 men of his battalion killed.

Group of 4: India General Service Medal 1895-1902, 1 Clasp: Relief of Chitral 1895; (4337 PTE: W. GORMAN 2D: BN: SEAFORTH HIGHLRS:); Queen’s Sudan Medal 1896-1898; (4337. PTE W. GORMAN. 1/SEA HRS); Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 2 Clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State; (4337 PTE W. GORMAN. 2: SEA: HIGHRS:); Khedive’s Sudan Medal 1896-1908, 1 Clasp: Khartoum; (4337 PTE W. GORMAN 1ST SEA: HIGHRS)

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Together with an original full length studio portrait photograph of the recipient in uniform, as taken by the photographer Dinshaw of Poona.

William Gorman saw service as a Private (No.4337) with the 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, and was present out in India during the operations leading to the relief of Chitral which lasted from 7th March to 15th August 1895. Having then transferred to the 1st Battalion, he was present during the reconquest of the Sudan in 1898, and was present in action at the battle of Omdurman and the entry into Khartoum on 3rd September 1898.

Gorman then saw service during the Boer War in South Africa on operations in the Cape Colony and the Orange Free State, and was killed in action at Jagersfontein on 16th October 1900. At daybreak on the 16th October 1900, the Boer General Hertzog, attacked the mining town of Jagersfontein. The town garrison consisted of two companies of the Seaforth Highlanders commanded by Major King-Hall with two field guns, as well as 100 members of the Town Guard and local police. The Boers captured the forts west of the town and took 25 Highlanders prisoner, and then Charles Nieuwoudt and 25 Boers crept into the town and fired on the reservists and Town Guard. They released Willie Hertzog, General Hertzog’s brother, and several other prisoners from the local jail. The town was retaken from the Boers by King-Hall and the Seaforth Highlanders, and the police. There was fierce fighting in the streets. The Seaforths lost 12 men, and six were injured. Rumours of approaching British reinforcements made the Boers withdraw. A Mrs Hendrina Rabie-Van der Merwe was promptly jailed by the British, for her alleged role in the attack. Until the end of the war, she was kept in various camps and prisons, without any trial.

Private William Gorman was one of the 12 men of the 1st Seaforth Highlanders lost in this action, and he is commemorated on the Seaforth Highlanders Memorial at Dingwall in the Highlands.