In 1984 my father wrote to the Ministry of Defence asking for his father's military service record; this is the reply. My father has annotated the letter saying that my grandfather also gained 3 World War 1 medals, plus long service & good conduct, plus ?1910 Coronation medal.
Ministry of Defence
Bourne Avenue, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 1RF
2nd April 1984
Dear Col Hislop
Captain (QM) Joseph Archibald Martin HISLOP
Thank you for your letter of 2 March 1984. The military service record of the above named officer is somewhat depleted in scope but it does contain the following information:
Enlisted into the ranks of the Bedfordshire Regiment as a Boy
Overseas Service: South Africa from 16.2.1899 to 28.1.03. Gibraltar from 29.8. 07 to 23.2.09
Medals etc: Queen Victoria South Africa Medal with clasp, Natal, Paarleberry, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittenburgen, Relief of Kimberley Driefontein, Kings South Africa Medal with bars, South Africa 1901 and 1902
Mentioned in Earl Roberts despatches of 4 September 1901, as having rendered special and meritorious service.
I regret the paucity of the record