South Africa Medal 1834-1853, awarded to Private later Corporal Daniel Dukes, 2nd Queen’s Royal Regiment of Foot, who served between 1840 and 1861 and was present in South Africa during the Eighth Xhosa War in 1851 when on active service in the Cape Colony.

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South Africa Medal 1834-1853, awarded to Private later Corporal Daniel Dukes, 2nd Queen’s Royal Regiment of Foot, who served between 1840 and 1861 and was present in South Africa during the Eighth Xhosa War in 1851 when on active service in the Cape Colony.

South Africa Medal 1834-1853; (DANIEL DUKES, 2ND. REGT.)

Condition: some contact wear, Very Fine.

Daniel Dukes was born in Yoxall, Lichfield, Staffordshire, and having worked as a boiler maker, then attested for service with the British Army at Birmingham on 16th January 1839, joining as a Private (No.1838) the 2nd Queen’s Royal Regiment of Foot, and went on to serve for 21 years and 185 days, of which 8 years and 11 months were spent on overseas service with all of them at the Cape of Good Hope in what is now South Africa.

The 2nd Foot were sent to South Africa for service in the Eighth Xhosa War in 1851, and saw active service in the Cape Colony. On 25th February 1852 a detachment of 51 men under the command of Ensign Boyland were aboard HMS Birkenhead travelling from Simon’s town to Port Elizabeth when the ship struck rocks off Start Point in Gansbaai. The troops were assembled on deck and remained at attention to afford the embarked women and children time to take their place in the lifeboats. Shortly after this the ship broke up and the vast majority of the troops on board were either drowned or fell victim to sharks. The bravery of the troops, made up of cadres from ten different regiments, led to the naming of the Birkenhead Drill.

Dukes was promoted to Corporal on 1st November 1857, but was then tried and imprisoned for drunkenness on 31st May 1859, but was then pardoned and returned to duty as a Corporal on 30th May 1859. Dukes was discharged on 19th July 1861 at Walmer. Confirmed as his sole medal entitlement.