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
and allocated No 3784 18.3.1891
Mustered to the ranks in 2nd Battalion 18.9.1891
Appointed L/Cpl 22.2.1892
Promoted Cpl 1.11.1892
Appointed L/Sgt 26.6.1895
Promoted Sergeant 19.7.1895
Promoted Colour Sergeant 26.10.1900
Posted to Depot 18.2.1905
Posted to 2nd Battalion 18.2.1907
Promoted Sergeant Major (WO) 1.11.1908
Posted to 3rd Battalion 24.2.1909
Granted a Commission as Quarter Master Honorary
Lieutenant Bedfordshire Regiment 25.8.1914
Promoted Honorary Captain (QM) 25.8.1917
Promoted Captain 1.11.1927
Retired 13.9.1928

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
Yours sincerely

JE Treble
For Departmental Record of Officer (Archives)






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