Frank Parker enlisted for 7 years with the Royal Sussex Regiment at Chichester on 22 December 1896. Mr. Parker attestation indicates he had prior service with the 3rd Battalion (militia). He remained with the 1st Battn. until 1912 when he was posted with the 3rd Battn.
Pte. Parker progressed through the ranks fairly quickly -
1898 - Lce. Corpl.
1900 - Corporal
1902 - Lce. Sgt.
1904 - Sargeant
1914 - Clr. Sgt. & Coy. Q.M.S.
1917 - C.Q.M.S.
Corpl. Parker saw his first overseas service in South Africa during the Boer War. He arrived in South Africa on the 6 May 1901. His certificates state that he was awarded the Mounted Infantry Certificate for services in South Africa. There were no battle bars issued for this part of the War's guerilla warfare. After departure from SA (16 October 1902) his service shows posting either in England or India. He remained in England with the 3rd Battn. for the duration of WWI and is not entitled to any WWI medals. QSA has beautiful ghost dates.
Mr. Alfred Charles Smith's attestation papers indicate that he signed up for 12 years with the Essex Regiment on 11 Feb 1887 at the age of 14 years. Alfred Smith was born in Calcutta, India presumably to a military family. His papers state that he was a member of the 4th Essex Militia upon his signing.
In 1891 Mr. Smith attained the age of 18 years and was posted as a Private in the 1st Battalion.
Pvt. Smith arrived in South Africa with the 1st Battalion on 11 Nov 1899. He was appointed as Lance Corporal 28 Mar 1901 and promoted to Corporal on 15 Nov 1903.
Corpl. Smith earned All Battle Bars entitled to the 1st Battalion during the Boer War.
"At Paardeberg the Essex suffered 12 men killed and 2 officers, including the Colonel, and 20 men wounded. Lieutenant Parsons was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry during the action. At Driefontein they and the Welsh took part in a famous bayonet charge, 7 officers and 10 other enlisted men are mentioned in Lord Roberts’ dispatch of 31 March 1900. In this battle, they suffered higher casualties 2 officers, including the gallant Lieutenant Parsons, and 14 men were killed and a further 2 officers and 70 men wounded. "
Corpl. Smith was discharged on 30 May 1905 as "Medically Unfit". His time in service entitled him to the LS&GC Medal.
1 C.Q.M.S. Frank Parker Royal Sussex Regiment
- Queens South Africa Medal "Cape Colony", "Orange Free State", "Transvaal", "South Africa '01" & "South Africa '02"
- Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (GV)
- Special Constabulary Medal (GV)
2 Corpl. Alfred C. Smith 1st Battn. Essex Regiment
- Queens South Africa Medal "Relief of Kimberly", "Paardeberg", "Driefontein", Johnnesburg", "Diamond Hill", & "Belfast"
- King's South Africa Medal "South Africa '01" & "South Africa '02"
- Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Edw. VII)