Hong Kong Plague Medal and QSA Medal Pair. Hong Kong Plague Medal May to September 1894 issued to those eligible of the Royal Navy, Royal Engineers and King’s Shropshire Light Infantry and local personnel.
The Hong Kong Plague Medal is named to PRIVATE J. CLARKE. S. L. I. and the Queen’s South Africa Medal with Cape Colony Clasp, Paarderberg Clasp and Driefontein Clasp is named to 2931 PTE. J. CLARKE. 2ND SHROPSHIRE LT. INFY.
James Clarke was 19 years old, born Pontesbury, Shropshire, when he attested into the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry in 1888.
His service papers confirm that he served for 13 years and that, as well as serving in Malta, Egypt, India and South Africa he also served in Hong Kong from 2nd December 1891 to 21st December 1894 – a total of 3 years 20 days at Hong Kong.
The papers also confirm that he received the Queen’s South Africa Medal with the clasps as listed above.
His father is listed as living at Chilton, Atcham Bridge, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire. His intended place of residence upon discharge was Kingsland Grange, Shrewsbury, Salop.
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