​ ​ A very fine South African Colonial Forces Basutoland 1880-1881, Boer War Natal, and Great War German South West Africa Campaign group awarded to Captain F.D. Herbert, Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Volunteer Rifles, later 83rd South African Company, Army Service Corps, and South African Staff Corps, who as a Lieutenant with the DEOVR saw service during the operations in Basutoland which lasted from 13th September 1880 to 27th April 1881. Returning to London where he held a commission in the 9th Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Company, King’s Royal Rif

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Condition: possible correction to rank on first, the recipient would appear to have been a Private during the Bastuland campaign. Good Very Fine.
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A very fine South African Colonial Forces Basutoland 1880-1881, Boer War Natal, and Great War German South West Africa Campaign group awarded to Captain F.D. Herbert, Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Volunteer Rifles, later 83rd South African Company, Army Service Corps, and South African Staff Corps, who as a Lieutenant with the DEOVR saw service during the operations in Basutoland which lasted from 13th September 1880 to 27th April 1881. Returning to London where he held a commission in the 9th Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Company, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, he then returned to South Africa, and saw service during the Boer War with the 83rd South African Company, Army Service Corps, and for a period was with the 3rd Militia Battalion, Leinster Regiment during 1904 to 1904, before finally seeing service with the South African Service Corps during the German South West Africa Campaign in 1914.    

A Cape of Good Hope General Service Medal 1880-1897, 1 Clasp: Basutoland, awarded to Private S.J. Sandford, Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Volunteer Rifles, South African Colonial Forces, who saw service during the operations in Basutoland which lasted from 13th September 1880 to 27th April 1881.
Cape of Good Hope General Service Medal 1880-1897, 1 Clasp: Basutoland; (LT. F. HERBERT. D.E.O.V.R.); Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 3 Clasps: Natal, Orange Free State, Belfast; (CAPT. F.D. HERBERT. A.S.C.); King’s South Africa Medal 1901-1902, 2 Clasps: South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; (CAPT. F.W. HERBERT. A.S.C.); 1914-1915 Star; CAPT. F.D. HERBERT. S.A.S.C.); British War Medal and South Africa bi-lingual Victory Medal; (CAPT. F.D. HERBERT.) Condition: possible correction to rank on first, the recipient would appear to have been a Private during the Bastuland campaign. Good Very Fine.
Francis Disney Herbert was born on 18th April 1862 in Hackney, London, the son of William Herbert and Ellen Herbert, nee Girling.
Having emigrated to South Africa, and joined the South African Colonial Forces as a Private with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Volunteer Rifles, and then saw service during the operations in Basutoland which lasted from 13th September 1880 to 27th April 1881. In all only 1589 medals with this clasp were issued for Basutoland, with 187 going to men of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Volunteer Rifles.
Returning to London, he married Adela Potter-McQueen in Marylebone on 5th September 1887, and the couple had two children. At the time of the birth of his second child, a son, in Paddington, Herbert is shown as serving as a Lieutenant with the 9th Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Company, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Having then returned to South Africa, with the outbreak of the Boer War, he was appointed as a Lieutenant into the Army Service Corps, and then saw service with the 83rd South African Company, on operations in Natal during the period from 11th October 1899 to 11th June 1900, and later in the Orange Free State and at Belfast on 26th to 27th August 1900. Herbert was later promoted to Captain and was at Vryburgh in April 1901, and then took part in operations in the Orange River Colony from December 1901 to 31st May 1902. He is also noted as having briefly seen service in the Cape Colony and the Transvaal at various dates. Herbert was ultimately appointed as a Captain to the 3rd Militia Battalion, Leinster Regiment, on 22nd June 1903, but left this regiment on 24th September 1904.

Herbert then went back to work as an Insurance Agent and moved to Johannesburg in September 1903, but ended up with marital difficulties when his wife left him, their children being then aged 17 and 14 respectively. She refused to return to him and did not return even for the court hearings having moved back to London, and a divorce was issued to him in May 1906. However in her defence, his errant wife then wrote to confirm that she had left him due to his having an affair with a women, known as Betsy Bell. Herbert clearly was having an affair, as he then married for a second time, Lilian, nee Bell, clearly the woman known as Betsy, in London in 1906, and then returned with her to South Africa where he lived in Johannesburg.

With the outbreak of the Great War, he was then granted a commission as a Captain into the South African Service Corps on 2nd September 1914, and after service during the German South West Africa Campaign, was released from service on 21st December 1914.