India Relief of Chitral 1895 and Punjab Frontier 1897 to 1898, and South Africa Boer War 1902 pair awarded to Private F. Smith, 1st Battalion, later 2nd Battalion, East Kent Regiment - the Buffs, who was with the 1st Battalion on operations during the relief of Chitral between 2nd April 1895 and 18th September 1895, before returning to garrison duty in India, and was then present during the operations on the Punjab Frontier from 9th August 1897 till April 1898. Having transferred to the 2nd Battalion in January 1902 he saw service towards the very end of the Boer War on operations in the Transvaal.
India General Service Medal 1895-1902, 2 Clasps: Relief of Chitral 1895, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, mounted on carriage in reverse order as issued; (4030 PTE: F. SMITH. 1ST: BN: EAST KENT REGT:); Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 2 Clasps: Transvaal, South Africa 1902; (4030 PTE. F. SMITH. E. KENT REGT.)
Condition: Good Very Fine or better.
Fred Smith was born in Meudham near Norwich, Norfolk, and having worked as a labourer, then attested for service with the British Army at Norwich on 10th November 1892 joining as a Private (No.4030) the East Kent Regiment - the Buffs. Posted from the Depot to the 2nd Battalion on 1st December 1892, he was then posted out to India to join the 1st Battalion on 2nd February 1894.
Smith was then present on operations during the relief of Chitral between 2nd April 1895 and 18th September 1895, before returning to garrison duty in India, and was then present during the operations on the Punjab Frontier from 9th August 1897 till April 1898. He was transferred to the 2nd Battalion on 24th January 1902 for service in South Africa, being present on operations towards the end of the Boer War in the Transvaal. Posted home on 8th September 1902 he was transferred to the Army Reserve on 10th February 1903 and the discharged on 9th November 1904. Confirmed as his full entitlement.