Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
|5453 Pte. A. Daw, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
Distinguished Conduct Medal (EVIIR); Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State; King’s South
Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902.
MID Lord Roberts 4 September 1901; DCM LG 27 September 1901.
Wounded in action Holfontein 2 August 1900.
With 23 photocopy pages of service papers, photocopies of QSA and KSA roll pages
and London Gazette entry.
Arthur Daw enlisted at Liverpool 5 February 1892 aged 18 years 6 months. Born Liverpool. Occupation labourer. Between
1897 and 1899 had two entries in the defaulter book, both of which resulted in prison sentences. Imprisoned for 14 days in
April 1897 for a nine day unauthorised absence and for two months by the civil authorities in February 1899 for wilfully
breaking a window and a glass shade to the value of £2/5/-. DCM awarded for action at Holfontein while serving with No. 1
Malta Company, 9th Battalion Mounted Infantry. The unit was commanded by Captain J.E. Pine-Coffin whose diary is
published in “One Man’s War” (ed. Susan Pine-Coffin) and from it the following account of the action is quoted in “Red Roses
on the Veldt” by John Downham: “Was woke up during the night by report that train had been blown up. Got an engine & sent
it with armed party to the place. Took out all the M.I. & escorted the engine. Found the whole train on fire, 3 men killed &
general confusion. The American Consul & Lord Lennox in train. Had them sent back to V[entersburg] Road, also the dead and
wounded. At once pursued the Boers & followed them up for 10 miles, found them, had a great fight, killed 3, wounded 10
others, took some prisoners, & covered ourselves with glory. Generals & all kinds of people came down to see me &
congratulate me. The American Consul was very funny about it, altogether everything turned out well.” Received £20
gratuity with DCM, £18 of which was used to obtain his discharge by purchase. Discharged at Preston 31 December 1902.
Conduct fair. £12 was refunded upon re-enlisting as number 8032 in the Royal Irish Regiment at Liverpool 15 September
Transferred to Army Reserve 14 January 1907. Conduct good. Dismissed training and relegated 5 June 1909. Between 1904
and 1909 had nine entries in the defaulter book, mostly for drunkenness and absences. Taken prisoner 29 August 1914 and
interned in Holland 22 January 1918 until repatriated 13 October 1918. While interned had nine entries in the defaulter
book, again mostly for drunkenness and absences. Discharged no longer physically fit for war service at Cork 18 December
1918. Character fair. Suffered from mental instability attributable to his service in the First World War although it was
expected that there would be an improvement in his condition. Served in 1st and 2nd Battalions in South Africa. Also entitled
to 1914 Star and bar trio.