The regimentally fine South Africa Boer War Belmont, Modder River and Relief of Kimberley, Delhi Durbar 1903 and long service group awarded to Bandsman J. Lees, 9th (The Queen's Royal) Lancers, who was a regimental trumpeter between November 1888 and July 1895, and as a Bandsman saw service during the Boer War in action at both Belmont and Modder River during 1899, before going on to see further service during the relief of Kimberley and in action at Paardeberg. He was present for the Delhi Durbar in 1903, for which he received a relatively rare medal to his regiment.
Group of 4: Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, with ghost dates, 4 Clasps: Belmont, Modder River, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg; (2381. PTE. J. LEES, 9/LCRS.); King’s South Africa Medal 1901-1902, 2 Clasps: South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; (2381 BANDSMAN J. LEES. 9TH. LANCERS.); Delhi Durbar Medal 1903 in Silver, regimentally engraved naming; (2381 BANDSMAN J. LEES 9TH. LANCERS); Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, EVII bust; (2381 BANDSMAN J. LEES. 9TH LANCERS.), mounted court style for display.
Condition: some contact wear, Very Fine.
John Lees was born in Bathgate near Armadale, Scotland, and having worked as a miner, then attested for service with the British Army at Edinburgh on 5th February 1884, joining as a Private (No.2381) the 9th (The Queen's Royal) Lancers. Appointed to Bandsman on 23rd November 1885, and then to Trumpeter on 8th November 1888, he resigned the appointment of Trumpeter and continued as a Bandsman from 1st July 1895. Having re-engaged at Aldershot to complete 21 years with the Colours on 1st February 1896, he was posted out to South Africa on 26th August 1896, and then to India from 12th March 1898, but with the outbreak of the Boer War returned to South Africa on 14th October 1899, and then saw service in action at both Belmont and Modder River during 1899, before going on to see further service during the relief of Kimberley and in action at Paardeberg.
Posted back to India on 5th April 1903, he was awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in Army Order No.235a of 1902, and was then awarded the Delhi Durbar Medal on 1st January 1903, a rare award to the regiment. Posted home on 23rd January 1906, Lees was discharged on 18th February 1906. Confirmed as his full entitlement. With a number of copied images of the recipient contained within the research.