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Boer War medal

Posted: 6 May 2012 8:10AM GMT
Classification: Query
I found a Kings Medal for 1901 and 1902 in a garden. the inscription was
11976 DVR J.E. MELLS R.F.A.

I am trying to find any information on this person.

Jack S

Re: Boer War medal

Posted: 12 May 2012 6:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
No 11976 Mells, Thomas Edward at age 18yrs 5 mths, attested into Royal Artillery 8 November 1895 for 12yrs Short Service (7yrs with Colours, 5 with Army Reserve.)
Born Parish of Liss, Petersfield, Hampshire (estimated year 1877)
Occupation Footman
Description at attestation:
Height 5 ft 5 in; Weight 132 lbs; Chest min 34 in, expanded 36in
Complexion Fresh; Eyes grey; Hair Light Brown.
Religion Church of England.

Service details: items in [ ] added
8 Nov 1895Attested Field Artillery Depot
13th Nov 1895 Joined at Woolwich
24 Dec 1895 Posted 56 Field Battery [Royal Field Artillery] rank driver
1 Feb 1897 Absent without Leave
9 Feb 1897 To duty – 8 days loss of service
11 Nov 1898 Posted 59 Field Battery [RFA] rank driver
8 Feb 1899 granted GC pay @ 1d [1 old penny per day Good Conduct pay, 240 pence to £1] [first good conduct badge]
16 Jan 1900 posted Howitzer A Column [ammunition column] rank driver
23 Nov 1900 posted 86 battery, RFA, rank driver
8 Nov 1901 granted GC pay @ 2d [2nd good conduct badge]
27 May 1902 posted 82 battery, RFA, rank driver
18 Oct 1903 posted 27(?) depot RFA, rank driver
15 Nov 1903 transferred B [class B] Army Reserve, rank driver
7 Nov 1907 discharged [on completion] first period [of 12 yrs service]

Service at home [all UK including whole of Ireland] and abroad
Home from 8 Nov 1895 to 30 Jan 1900, 4 yrs 84 days
South Africa from 31 Jan 1900 to 12 Nov 1903, 3 yrs 286 days
Home from 13 Nov 1903 to 7 Nov 1907, 3yrs 360 days
Total [service] 12 yrs 0 days

Campaigns: South Africa 1899

Medals:
1. South Africa [Queen’s South Africa] medal with 4 clasps: Cape Colony; O.F. [Orange Free] State; Transvaal & Lang’s Nek
2. King’s [South Africa] Medal 2 clasps: 1901 & 1902

Next of Kin Mother Margaret Mells Liss, Petersfield.

Ref: WO 97/5498 Royal Hospital Chelsea: Soldiers Service Documents; discharge papers, arranged by range of surname; Melican – Melody; Discharges 1900-1913

Birth Registration:
GRO Index to Civil Registrations of Births
Mells, Thomas Edward; Sep Qtr 1875, District Alresford [Hampshire], vol 2c, page 139

Possible marriage:
GRO Index to Civil Registrations of Marriage
Mells, Thomas Edward; Jun Qtr 1906, District Fareham [Hampshire], vol 2b, page 1274
Possible spouse
Gale, Edith; Jun Qtr 1906, District Fareham [Hampshire], vol 2b, page 1274

1911 Census Address: Pavenham Road Felmersham Bedfordshire

MELLS, Thomas, Edward; Head; Married; M[ale]; age 35; occupation: Groom Domestic born Listead Hants
MELLS, Edith; Wife; Married; for 4 years; F[emale]; age 28; born Warsash Hants
MELLS, Edward George; Son; M[ale]; age 3; born Radwell Beds

Ref RG14, Piece: 8831
Registration District: Bedford
Sub District: Harrold
Enumeration District: 3
Parish: Felmersham
County: Bedfordshire

Re: Boer War medal

Posted: 17 Mar 2013 4:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi
Could you please reply to me as I have just noticed your post on here about Thomas Edward Mells. My mother's birth name was Mells and I have done a lot of research on the family. I am descended from Thomas and I would love to hear from you.

Regards
Glynda
Ps I live in Hampshire

Re: Boer War medal

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 5:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
Glynda

I have forwarded the medal to the grandson of TE Mells. I checked his credentials and they appeared to be genuine. I have requested from him permission to forward his name and email address. No reply as yet

Jack Sandell
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