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PostSubject: Pte. H. Mears No. 7 Troop C.M. Rifles   Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:36 pm

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PostSubject: Pte.H.Mears No 7 Troop CMR.   Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:32 pm

Hi Tasker .
From memory I think they were with Rowland's No 5 Column , happy to be corrected .
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PostSubject: Pte; H; Mears No;7 Troop C.M; Rifles   Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:14 am

Hi Tasker

90th is correct, they were with Rowlands reserve column.

Raised 1855 as Frontier Armed and Mounted Force (FA&MF), name changed to Cape Mounted Riflemen 1878.

There is a snippet about them on The South African Military History Society site.

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PostSubject: Re: Pte. H. Mears No. 7 Troop C.M. Rifles   Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:37 pm

Thanks fellas. Just read that they won 3 VCs during the AZW, so they must have been in the thick of some of the action.
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PostSubject: Re: Pte. H. Mears No. 7 Troop C.M. Rifles   Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:12 pm

Hi Tasker224

I am willing to be corrected on this,

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Do you mean - Moirosi's Mountain campaign in Basutoland.
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PostSubject: Re: Pte. H. Mears No. 7 Troop C.M. Rifles   Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:32 pm

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Hi Tasker224

I am willing to be corrected on this,

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they won 3 VCs during the AZW
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Do you mean - Moirosi's Mountain campaign in Basutoland.
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i am sure you are right in this graves!
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PostSubject: Pte.H.Mears No 7 Troop CMR.   Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:26 pm

Hi all.
I would say either Morosi's mountain or the Sekukuni Campaign ?.
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PostSubject: Re: Pte. H. Mears No. 7 Troop C.M. Rifles   Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:07 pm

Hi 90th

More than happy be to corrected -

Moirosi's Mountain campaign was during the Zulu War (but as a separate campaign) -

Sekukuni Campaign was after the Zulu War.

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PostSubject: Pte.H.Mears No 7 Troop CMR.   Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:25 pm

Hi Graves1879.
The Medal for the Sekukuni campaign was the same Medal as issued for the AZW , I think it took place on two ocassions
the first time it was abandoned and was launched by Rowlands column ? . Then he I think launched another campaign in
Nov ? . Morosi's mtn also had two campaigns I think one was in June 79 ? ( Failure ) Not sure of the other ? . As Tasker said they
the CMR were awarded 3 VC's during the zulu war so I was trying to differentiate between the campaigns . Hope this makes sense ?
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PostSubject: Re: Pte. H. Mears No. 7 Troop C.M. Rifles   Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:18 am

This particular medal is to a soldier awarded the 1877-8-9 clasp, so it is not unlikely that he would have seen a lot of action in all these campaigns, alongside the 3 VC winners.
Makes it a very desirable medal to look after in one's collection imo.
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