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Condition - E.F.
Pte. G. Florence together with the 3rd Battalion K.R.R.C. embarked for South Africa in October 1899. On arrival, the 3rd Battalion K.R.R.C. became part of Brigadier-General Norcott's 2nd Division. The Regiment then became involved in Sir Redvers Buller's Relief on Ladysmith, which involved very heavy fighting particularly on the Tugela Heights.
Pte. Florence first saw action at Spion Kop at Potgieters Drift on 16th January 1900. On 22nd January, the K.R.R.C. was called upon to relieve the pressure on the trapped troops on the Kop and gallantly assaulted and captured a hill on Spion Kop ridge, sustaining over 100 casualties. Following this the K.R.R.C. took part in the battle of Vaal Krantz on February 5th - 7th 1900 and held it against seven Boer counter-attacks, once again suffering severe losses. Finally, on 26th February the K.R.R.C. captured Hlangwane Hill and Ladysmith was relieved.
For the rest of the war up until 1902 the 3rd Battalion K.R.R.C. was mainly involved in skirmishing with Boer guerillas and manning blockhouses. The total casualties sustained by the 3rd Battalion K.R.R.C. during the Relief of Ladysmith amounted to 50 killed and 132 wounded. In the entire South Africa campaign casualties amounted to 67 killed and 132 wounded.
The medal pair has an evenly toned dark patina. The pair is sold with copies of the QSA and KSA 3rd Battalion K.R.R.C. medal rolls confirming Pte. G. Florence's entitlement to all clasps on both medals.
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