W Woolmore Collection - Singles
QUEEN'S SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL 1899, (type 3 reverse), - three clasps - Cape Colony, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal. 8962 Pte J.Parry. Th'croft's M.I. Impressed. Contact marks, otherwise nearly very fine.
Together with a matching miniature medal; two colour photos of the Spion Kop battlefield memorial.
8962 Private John 'Jack' Parry confirmed on nominal roll of Thornycroft's Mounted Infantry. Served from 28Dec1899 until KIA at Spion Kop 24Jan1900. His NOK was Mrs Parry at Maritzburg.
In the Mercury, a South African newspaper, there was an article that was printed under the heading, 'Athletes In Action, Sport and War', as follows:- 'With the assistance of the secretarial Pooh-Bah of Maritzburg sporting institutions (Mr R.F.Smithers), "Meteor" of the Witness, gives the names of the majority of Maritzburg athletes who are serving Queen and country, and assisting to "wipe something off a slate." Poor Jack Cunningham, who fell at Elandslaagte, was a rare good sportsman; Jack Parry, of Thorneycroft's, killed at Spion Kop, was a good type of the all-round man, but seen at his best between the uprights in a stiffly-contested "socker (sic)' game.'
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