Battle of Hartebeestfontein Imperial Yeomanry Gallantry Medal. A scarce medal, this distinguished conduct medal awarded to 3218 L. Sergt. A Scott,
. Scott won his award at the battle of Hartebeestfontein, also recognised as Australia’s first battlefield engagement during the 2nd Boer War.
Distinguished Conduct Medal announced in the London Gazette 27 September 1901.3218 Lce Sgt A Scott 5th Imperial Yeomanry
Adam Scott was also Mentioned in Despatches, published in the London Gazette 10th September 1901, page 5694.
Page 46 of the history of the Northumberland Hussars, How Scott won his medal after significant losses “Our losses were 3 officers and 13 men killed, and 3 officers and 30 men wounded. Lieutenant Wilson, of the 15th Company, a very gallant and popular officer — son of the late Sir Samuel Wilson, for some time M.P. for Portsmouth and tenant of Hughenden—was so severely wounded that he died shortly afterwards ; and Trooper Hebeler, of the 14th Company, was killed. Sergeant Adam Scott, who acted throughout as galloper to Colonel Meyrick, had his mare—one of the few English horses left by this time—shot under him during the fight. Sergeant Scott was one of several Northumberlands to win the Distinguished Conduct Medal,”
Hartebeesfontein Poort, was the scene in February 17, 1901. The British forces, a contingent of Lord Methuen led by Captain Poison, were descending the 500 ft escarpment above town, when they were confronted by entrenched Boer forces of about double their number. From dawn to 10 o’clock the forces were deadlocked, when Lord Methuen ordered two companies of Major Murray’s convoy guard to occupy a strategic position. After some dozens of soldiers were killed on each side, the British secured the pass and captured ample Boer supplies of stock and grain.
Distinguished Conduct Medal to 3218 L. Sgt. A. Scott 14th Coy, 5th Imperial Yeo this has been re-clawed after restoration, it was damaged in a fire which has left it with pitting – most noticeable on the reverse
Scott was additionally awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with three state clasps and the clasp for 1901. Served in the 14th (Northumberland) Company 5th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry.
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