No 1928 William George, enlisted into the East Kent Regiment at Canterbury 16 Oct 1885
Age 24yrs 6 mths.
Born Parish of Sheldwick, Faversham, Kent
Transferred to 1st class Army Reserve 16.10.92
Final discharge from AR 15.10.97
Total service 12yrs
NoK listed as:
Father Henry, Mother Frances of Bacon Hill Faversham
Brothers, Charles, Alfred (51 foot), Frederick, Rich’d (51 foot), Edw’d
Sisters Harriett, Fanny [?], Keziah
Note with the lack of space on the page and the after thought notation in red, putting the 51st Foot was probably easier than the regiment’s post 1887 title of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Ref WO 97/2870/72
The record doesn’t mention him receiving the QSA, but I have a copy of the Buff’s QSA medal roll and can confirm that:
Private 1928 George W, received the QSA with clasps Cape Colony & Orange Free State and was invalided home 19 July 1900.
Regimental numbers were not re-used and in any case what would be the odds be of a man of the same name getting the number if it was re-issued. I must admit I’m at a loss to explain it; all I can assume is the record is incomplete in that he must have either extended his 1st Class Army Reserve service or (less likely) re-enlisted to the regular battalion.
Note: the Natal clasp is ticked (but marking against all in roll is a tick rather than a / , the normal mark and the column may have been used during a checking) and appears to be the only column that is marked for every member of the regiment. The clasp isn’t listed for the Buffs in “Medals of the Regiments” on the North East Medals web site and if I’m reading their descriptions of the criteria for clasp awards correctly (on QSA medal page), the Cape Colony and Natal clasps are mutually exclusive.