Cockney in the Cheshire Yeomanry 1901

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  1. Have been doing a bit of research on the Cheshire Yeomanry and came across this guy, thought ot might be of interest to someone.

    25896 Trp Harry Kilby 21st Coy Cheshire Yeomanry

    Born In Twickenham Middlesex.

    Enlisted aged 21, at the Pall Mall Deposit Carlton Street London on the 24th Jan 1901 Height 5` 81/2” Weight 153 LBS Attested 1st Feb 1901, Carlton Street. Next of kin Father address unreadable, but was somewhere in Twickenham

    Discharged 9th Nov 1901, at Gosport Elandsfortein, as being no longer fit for service. Character given as very good. Finally discharged from the Colours 15th May 1902.
    Service 1st Feb 1901 9th March 1901 Home
    South Africa 10th March 1901 to 17th Oct 1901
    Home 18th Oct 1901 to 9th November 1901
    Complexion Dark Eyes Dark Hair Brown
    Previous Occupation Fitter
    Previous military service in the 2nd Middlesex Rifle Volunteers.

    Entitled to the QSA Medal clasp CC,OFS,1901.

    “During the course of operations in South Africa the column was joined at Smalldeel on the 11th of April by some new `Yeoman`. So far as the Cheshire Companies were concerned their allotment was 48 men nearly all of whom had been recruited from the heart of London. Their experience of riding was mainly confined to donkeys at some seaside resort and during the first days history relates that there was seldom more than three quarters of them in the saddle at the same time.”
  2. Not really a Cockney - it looks like an early version of the S Type - join up for ops and then fecked off. I bet he went back to the 2nd Middx after his trip abroad and probably served in the Great War.