South Africa Boer War, Great War German South West Africa, and Second World War South African Home Service group awarded to Private H.C. Copeland, 2nd Battalion, East Kent Regiment - the Buffs, later South African Forces as a Battery Quarter Master Sergeant with the Cape Garrison Artillery, and a Cook Corporal with the Active Citizen Force. Copeland was present during the Boer War on operations in the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, and having settled in South Africa after the war, then saw service during the Great War in the German West Africa Campaign during 1914 to 1915 as a Sergeant later Battery Quarter Master Sergeant with the Cape Garrison Artillery as part of No.2 Company. He one again volunteered his services during the Second World War with the Active Citizen Force in 1940, and was employed as a Cook Corporal with the 14th National Volunteer Battalion and then the 24th Company, South Africa Citizen Defence Contingent.
Group of 6: Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 3 Clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal; (3825 PTE. H.C. COPELAND. E. KENT. REGT.); King’s South Africa Medal 1901-1902, 2 Clasps: South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; (3825 PTE. H. COPELAND. E. KENT REGT.); 1914-1915 Star; (SJT. H.C. COPELAND. C.G.A.); British War Medal and South African issue bi-lingual Victory Medal; (B.K.M.S. H.C. COPELAND. K.G.A.); Africa Service Medal 1939-1945, named in officially impressed South African issue style; (ACF153124 H.C. COPELAND)
Condition: slight contact wear, overall about Good Very Fine.
Together with the recipient’s matching group of miniature medals mounted swing style as worn, the 1914-1915 Star however has been replaced by a 1914 Star with Clasp.
Harry Griffiths Copeland was born in 1887 and originally saw service with the British Army during the Boer War in South Africa as a Private (No.3825) with the 2nd Battalion, East Kent Regiment - the Buffs, being present on operations in the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal.
Copeland transferred to the Army Reserve whilst in South Africa, and then settled there, and was living together with his wife at Observatory in the Cape Province when with the outbreak of the Great War he attested on 8th August 1914 for service with the South African Forces as a Sergeant (No.A.4406) with the Cape Garrison Artillery, joining No.2 Company. Present during the operations in German West Africa during 1914 to 1915, he was promoted to Battery Quarter Master Sergeant on 1st February 1915, but reverted to Sergeant on 8th March 1916 and was discharged on 31st August 1916. He then re-enrolled as a Sergeant into the Cape Garrison Artillery on 1st April 1918, and saw service through to 24th January 1919 when he was again discharged, returning to live in Observatory.
Copeland subsequently moved to Claremont, where he qaslcving on the outbreak of the Second World War, and working as a dealer. As such Copeland then enrolled into the Active Citizen Force as a Corporal (No.153124) being posted to the 14th National Volunteer Battalion on 24th November 1940, and then to the 24th Company, South Africa Citizen Defence Contingent on 27th July 1942. He saw service as a Cook Corporal, and was discharged on the disbandment of his unit on 21st December 1946, and settled in Fish Hoek, Cape Town. Confirmed as his full entitlement.