​ An interesting Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 2 Clasps: Orange Free State, South Africa 1902, awarded to Rifleman B. Crosthwaite, 1st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, who later became a Police Constable in Cairo, Egypt, where he lived till 1950, having married a local woman in 1911, and was a member of the Cairo Motor Cyclists Club.

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An interesting Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 2 Clasps: Orange Free State, South Africa 1902, awarded to Rifleman B. Crosthwaite, 1st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, who later became a Police Constable in Cairo, Egypt, where he lived till 1950, having married a local woman in 1911, and was a member of the Cairo Motor Cyclists Club.  

Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 2 Clasps: Orange Free State, South Africa 1902; (3166 PTE B. CROSTHWAITE. K.R.R.C.)

Condition: Good Very Fine.

Together with the following:

Cairo Motor Cyclists Club Silver Prize Medal, reverse engraved: ‘Reliability Trial 19-12-25 Full Marks B. Crosthwaite’.
British Army Parchment Certificate of Transfer on transfer to the Army Reserve, issued at Cairo, Egypt, dated 18th August 1908.
British Protestant Cemetery Cairo Burial Receipt, issued to the widow of Bertie Crostwaite, dated 20th May 1950.
British Consulate at Cairo Marriage Certificate, dated 18th August 1950, for his marriage back in 1911.
Bertie Crosthwaite was born on 10th December 1880 in Rawdon, Yorkshire, the son of Jesse Crosthwaite, a photographer, and his wife Elizabeth, nee Smith. Having worked as a joiner and seen service with the 1st Volunteer Battalion, Royal Garrison Artillery, he then enlisted into the British Army on 3rd October 1900 as a Rifleman (No.3166) with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, and after training, was posted to the 4th Battalion on 9th January 1901.

Crosthwaite was then posted to the 1st Battalion for service in South Africa during the Boer War from 11th December 1901, and was present on operations in the Orange Free State during 1902. Posted to Malta on 2nd February 1904, and to Crete from 27th February 1905, he then went to Egypt on 1st March 1906 and was discharged in Egypt on 2nd October 1912.
Crosthwaite then appears to have settled in Egypt, where he worked as a Police Constable, quite probably with the British Consulate Police, and married Theresa Farkash, a local woman from Cairo, on 4th May 1911. Remaining in Egypt for the rest of his life, he was a member of the Cairo Motor Cyclists Club and won a prize medal for Full Marks in a Reliability Trial on 19th December 1925. Crosthwaite died in 1950, and is buried in the British Protestant Cemetery in Cairo.