South Africa Boer War Relief of Ladysmith Naval Brigade and China Boxer Rebellion pair awarded to Able Seaman E.D. Curtis, Royal Navy, who saw service during the Boer War ashore with the Naval Brigade from the cruiser Terrible, being present at the forcing of the Tugela Heights and the relief of Ladysmith in February 1900, and later going on to see service during the Boxer Rebellion in China.
Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 2 Clasps: Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith; (176076 A-B: E.D. CURTIS, H.M.S. TERRIBLE); China Medal 1900, no clasp; (E.D. CURTIS. A.B., H.M.S. TERRIBLE.)
Condition: some contact wear, Very Fine.
Edgar Douglas Curtis was born on 19th September 1878 in Alderbury, Wiltshire, and having worked as a boy at sea, then joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class (Portsmouth later Chatham No.176076) with Boscawen from 27th September 1893, being rated as a Boy 1st Class on 16th August 1894. Rated as an Ordinary Seaman whilst aboard Australia on 19th September 1896, he training in gunnery, and was then rated as an Able Seaman whilst aboard Voyage on 8th April 1897.
Posted to the cruiser Terrible from 24th March 1898, he was with her when she was posted out to the China station, however with the Boer War in South Africa having just started, Terrible was diverted there on her way out to China, and as such Curtis saw service ashore with the Naval Brigade commanded by Captain E.P. Jones, R.N. Curtis was present with the naval guns from Terrible involved in the relief of Ladysmith operations from 15th December 1899, being present in the battle of the Tugela Heights from 14th to 27th February 1900, and at the relief of Ladysmith on 28th February 1900.
Having re-embarked aboard Terrible, the ship proceeded to China and operated on and off the coast of China during the Boxer Rebellion, however this time Curtis did not serve ashore. Curtis was posted off Terrible in October 1902. Rated as a Leading Seaman whilst aboard Bedford on 5th April 1905, he was however disrated to Able Seaman on 8th June 1906, and then deserted his ship, namely Pembroke, the shore base at Chatham on 30th June 1906, and did not rejoin till 5th September 1906 after being apprehended by the Metropolitan Police, being then sentenced to 42 days hard labour. Curtis was discharged on 18th September 1908. Confirmed as his full entitlement.