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Pte. Turner was ordered out to South Africa with the 2nd Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry, between October and November in 1899. On arrival the Somerset's joined General Sir Charles Warren's Fifth Division and were placed in Major-General Coke's Tenth Brigade alongside the Dorset and Middlesex Regiment.
Pte. Turner's first major action was at the Battle of Spion Kopp on the 24th January 1900, where the Regiment suffered numerous casualties. The Somerset's were later present at Vaal Krantz from the 5th to the 7th of January, before taking part in the Relief of Ladysmith between the 16th and 27th of February, 1900.
During these Boer War engagements the Somerset's suffered casualties of 19 killed and 64 wounded. The overall casualties sustained by the Regiment in South Africa numbered 29 killed and 82 wounded.
This is an excellent, quality medal to a famous Light Infantry Regiment.
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