​ An interesting British South Africa Company Medal 1890-1897, reverse for Rhodesia 1896, no clasp, awarded to Trooper H.W. Garbutt, Gifford’s Horse, who was one of 171 men of his unit present on operations during the Rhodesia campaign which lasted from 24th March to 31st December 1896. A respected member of the Bulawayo society, he was Justice of the Peace, a member of the Pioneer’s Society of Bulawayo, and Hospital Secretary of the Bulawayo Memorial Hospital, and wrote articles for various publications, with titles such as “Native witchcra

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An interesting British South Africa Company Medal 1890-1897, reverse for Rhodesia 1896, no clasp, awarded to Trooper H.W. Garbutt, Gifford’s Horse, who was one of 171 men of his unit present on operations during the Rhodesia campaign which lasted from 24th March to 31st December 1896. A respected member of the Bulawayo society, he was Justice of the Peace, a member of the Pioneer’s Society of Bulawayo, and Hospital Secretary of the Bulawayo Memorial Hospital, and wrote articles for various publications, with titles such as “Native witchcraft and superstitions in South Africa”, “Native Customs in Nyasa and Yao”, “Notes on the natives of Rhodesia” and “Resemblances between the customs and utensils of ancient Egyptians and those of the South African Bantu races”. He also saw brief service during the Great War with the South Rhodesia Volunteers in the Western Division from 17th September 1914, and also joined the British Red Cross.

British South Africa Company Medal 1890-1897, reverse for Rhodesia 1896, no clasp; (TROOPR. H.W. GARBUTT. GIFFORD’S HORSE)
Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.
Together with two copied photographs which are believed to show the recipient.
Herbert William Garbutt was born circa 1866, and from 1894 was a resident in Matabeleland, Rhodesia, being an early settler. He was later shown as having settled in Bulawayo. During the Rhodesia campaign which lasted from 24th March to 31st December 1896, Garbutt enlisted into the local South African Colonial Forces as a Trooper with Gifford’s Horse, and was one of 171 men of his unit present on operations.
From 25th to 28th March his unit under Captain Sprackley conducted a patrol to Filabuse. Then it was in action under Captain Selous on the 20th, 22nd and 25th April. On the 24th to 25th May under Captain Knapp, it formed part of Major Watts’ Column, and under Captain Knapp, on 5th June it took part in Captain MacFarlane’s patrol to Gwaai. All as a part of the Bulawayo Field Force. Gifford’s Horse was disbanded before the end of the operations on 4th July 1896.  
A respected member of the Bulawayo society, he was Justice of the Peace, a member of the Pioneer’s Society of Bulawayo, and Hospital Secretary of the Bulawayo Memorial Hospital, a position he held till October 1919. He appears to have returned to England shortly after the end of the Great War, he having seen service locally as a Private (No.5447) with the South Rhodesia Volunteers in the Western Division from 17th September 1914, and also joined the British Red Cross.  
Whilst in Rhodesia, he had written a number of articles for various publications, with titles such as “Native witchcraft and superstitions in South Africa”, “Native Customs in Nyasa and Yao”, “Notes on the natives of Rhodesia” and “Resemblances between the customs and utensils of ancient Egyptians and those of the South African Bantu races”, as well as publishing “A Short History of the Bulawayo Memorial Hospital”.