A very fine First Anglo Boer War and Army Meritorious Service Medal and Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal pair awarded Quarter Master Sergeant John Leslie, 5th Princess Charlotte of Wales Dragoon Guards, who as a member of the 7th Hussars, saw service from 1871, being rapidly promoted, he was out in Natal during the First-Anglo Boer War in 1881 to 1882, and having transferred to the 5th Dragoon Guards in 1886, received his long service medal in 1889, before completing 21 years service in 1892 and being subsequently awarded the Army Merit

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A very fine First Anglo Boer War and Army Meritorious Service Medal and Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal pair awarded Quarter Master Sergeant John Leslie, 5th Princess Charlotte of Wales Dragoon Guards, who as a member of the 7th Hussars, saw service from 1871, being rapidly promoted, he was out in Natal during the First-Anglo Boer War in 1881 to 1882, and having transferred to the 5th Dragoon Guards in 1886, received his long service medal in 1889, before completing 21 years service in 1892 and being subsequently awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal.

Army Meritorious Service Medal, Victoria bust; (Q.M.SJT J. LESLIE, 5TH DRAGOON GDS:); Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Victoria small letter reverse; (3044. QR. MR. SGT. J. LESLIE. 5TH. DRAG: GDS.)

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John Leslie was born in Newbury, Berkshire, and having worked as a labourer, then attested for service with the British Army on 23rd August 1871, joining as a Private (No.1294) with the 7th Hussars. Promoted to Corporal on 25th November 1872, and to Orderly Room Clerk on 16th January 1875, he was then appointed to Orderly Room Sergeant Major on 16th January 1878, before being promoted to Quarter Master Sergeant on 25th February 1880.

Posted out to Natal on 25th February 1881, his regiment arrived at Port Natal on 4th April 1881 aboard the S.S. ‘Calabria’, but saw little action during the First Boer War. The war was disastrous for the British, especially the defeat at Majuba Hill on 26th and 27th Februsry 1882. Lord Roberts was shipped out but arrived after a peace deal had been signed. The army was sent home and the 2 Troops of the 7th Hussars, who had taken no part in the fighting, sailed partly on RMS 'Kinfauns Castle' arriving at Portsmouth on 25th April. The remainder sailed on 31st May. Leslie was with the later batch to return home, and arrived home on 4th July 1882.

Leslie transferred as a Quarter Master Sergeant (No.3044) to the 5th Princess Charlotte of Wales Dragoon Guards on 1st November 1886, and was awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 1st October 1889, before going in to be awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal and was discharged after 21 years service on 22nd August 1892.