A fine South Africa Boer War Royal Horse Artillery Gunner’s September 1901 Distinguished Conduct Medal, Relief of Kimberley, and Zeerust 26th August 1900 casualty, India Punjab Frontier and Tirah long service group awarded to Gunner Dick Hutchinson, Royal Horse Artillery, later Royal Garrison Artillery, who saw service with ‘R’ Battery out on the Indian Frontier during 1897 to 1898, and was once again with ‘R’ Battery during the Boer War, being present at the relief of Kimberley on 15th February 1900 and in action at Paardeberg, the subsequent advances to Bloemfontein, the action at Johannesburg, the advance to Pretoria, the action at Diamond Hill, and the operations around Wittebergen. It was however most probably for the action at Zeerust on 26th August 1900 when he received a rifle bullet in the left leg, on a day when ‘R’ Battery left Zeerust for Krugersdorp, with "hard fighting the whole way..heavy casualties on both sides..”, that Hutchinson was subsequently mentioned by name in Lord Robert’s Despatch of 2nd April 1901, and awarded a Mention in Despatches and the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the London Gazette for 27th September 1901.
Group of 5: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Victoria issue; (75772 GNR: D. HUTCHINSON. R.H.A.); India General Service Medal 1895-1902, 2 Clasps: Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98; (75772 GUNR: D. HUTCHINSON. R BY. R.H.A.); Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, with ghost dates, 5 Clasps: Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittebergen; (75772 GNR: D. HUTCHINSON. R. BTY., R.H.A.); King’s South Africa Medal 1901-1902, 2 Clasps: South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; (75772 GNR: D. HUTCHINSON. R.H.A.); Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, EVII bust; (75772 GNR. D. HUTCHINSON. R.A.), each medal with individual silver brooch pins for wear.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Together with the following:
Soldier’s British Army Account Book, contained in its original leather wallet, the entire inscribed to Hutchinson.
Studio portrait photograph of the recipient, taken prior to his having seen active service, in the uniform of the Royal Horse Artillery, circa 1895. Taken by the photographer C.F. Farlie, of 74 Wellington Street, Woolwich.
Victorian period Royal Artillery cross belt badge.
Dick Hutchinson was born in 1873 in Croydon, Surrey, and having worked as a gardener, then attested for service with the British Army at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales on 14th November 1889, joining as a Gunner (No.75772) the Royal Artillery. Posted to the Royal Horse Artillery, he saw service with ‘R’ Battery out in India from 15th September 1891, and was then present during the operations on the Punjab Frontier which lasted from 10th June 1897 to 6th April 1898 and with the Tirah Field Force during the period 2nd October 1897 to 6th April 1898.
Posted home on 29th March 1898, he was transferred to the Army Reserve, but with the outbreak of the Boer War was recalled, and then posted back to ‘R’ Battery and out to South Africa from 3rd November 1899. Hutchinson was then present on operations and at the relief of Kimberley on 15th February 1900 and in action at Paardeberg on 17th to 26th February 1900, and the subsequent advances to Bloemfontein, the action at Johannesburg on 31st May 1900, the advance to Pretoria, the action at Diamond Hill on 11th to 12th June 1900, and the operations around Wittebergen from 1st to 29th July 1900, having assisted Sir Archibald Hunter in the operations for surrounding Prinsloo.
Hutchinson was slightly wounded in action at Zeerust on 26th August 1900 when he received a rifle bullet in the left leg. On this day ‘R’ Battery left Zeerust for Krugersdorp, with "hard fighting the whole way..heavy casualties on both sides.."
It is most probable for the action in which he was wounded, that Hutchinson was Mentioned in Lord Robert’s Despatch of 2nd April 1901 for ‘special and meritorious service’, and then awarded a Mention in Despatches and the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the London Gazette for 27th September 1901.
Posted home on 27th June 1902, he extended his service with the Colours, and is noted as being in service with the Royal Garrison Artillery when he married Florence Jane Huggett on 30th April 1906 at St John the Baptist Church in Croydon. Latterly serving with the Personnel Ordnance College, he was awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1909, and on his discharge at Woolwich on 13th November 1910, then went to live in Plumstead, Kent, and as of 1911 is shown as an Army Pensioner and working in the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich, where he was employed for the remainder of his working life, latterly as a crane driver. Hutchinson died in Plumstead on 29th May 1948. He is buried in New Woolwich Cemetery.