South Africa Boer War Relief of Ladysmith, Colenso and Pieters Hill Surgeon’s pair awarded to Lieutenant Colonel C.W. Thiele, Royal Army Medical Corps. A medical graduate of Aberdeen University in 1880, he was commissioned into the Army Medical Service in 1881, and is known to have been on service in Malta between November 1894 and February 1898, being at some stage the officer-in-charge of the Station Hospital at Fort Chambray. During the Boer War, he took part in the operations in the Cape Colony, and the relief of Ladysmith, including the action at Colenso and the forcing of the Tugela Heights from 14th to 27th February 1900 during which he was present in action at Peters Hill. Thiele later saw service in the Orange River Colonel and the Transvaal, being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel during the campaign in July 1901. Thiele who had retired in March 1908, later saw home service during the Great War from April 1915 onwards, having command of the Station Hospital at Bellary in India.
Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 5 Clasps: Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal; (LT.COL. C.W. THIELE. R.A.M.C.); King’s South Africa Medal 1901-1902, 2 Clasps: South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; (LT.COL. C.W. THIELE. M.B. R.A.M.C.)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Together with a representative pair of miniature medals with matching clasps.
Charles William Thiele was born on 30th September 1854, and having studied at Aberdeen University, qualified as a Doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine Degree in 1880. Commissioned in the British Army as a Surgeon Captain with the Army Medical Service on 30th July 1881.
Thiele may possibly have been on service as a medical officer in the West Indies in the late 1880’s, and there is evidence that he got married out there, however he was serving at Aldershot in 1891. Promoted to Surgeon Major on 30th July 1893, his unit was retitled the Royal Army Medical Corps in that year and he then solely held the rank of Major. Thiele arrived in Malta on 30th November 1894, but was sent on sick leave to England on 19th July 1895, returning to Malta on 8th July 1896. As of 1897 he was at Malta as the officer-in-charge of the Station Hospital at Fort Chambray. Thiele left Malta on a trooping voyage on 3rd October 1897, but then returned, and left for Dover in February 1898.
With the outbreak of the Boer War, Thiele arrived in South Africa in 1899, and went on to take part in the operations in the Cape Colony, and the relief of Ladysmith, including the action at Colenso and the forcing of the Tugela Heights from 14th to 27th February 1900 during which he was present in action at Peters Hill. Thiele subsequently saw service on operations in the Orange River Colony from May to June 1900, and on operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria between July and 29th November 1900. He then remained continuously employed on operations in the Transvaal from 30th November 1900 though to 31st May 1902 when the war ended. During this period he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 30th July 1901.
Thiele was on service at Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1906, and was latterly stationed at Secunderabad in India at the beginning of 1908, and retired in the same year on 21st March 1908. With the Great War, Thiele was re-employed on home service from 19th April 1915, and had command of the Station Hospital at Bellary in India. Thiele reverted to the Retired List in 1919, and is not entitled to any awards for his Great War service. Thiele who became a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health, also contributed an article to the Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1907 titled “Visit to Ruins of Vyayangar and Hampi”, and died on 25th September 1933. Confirmed as his full medal entitlement.